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Labour Party leader Ed Miliband points to members of the audience high up on abalcony before a speech on the Party's NHS rescue plan at the Brooks Building, Manchester Metropolitan University on April 21, 2015.

Campaign kick-off: 13 days to go

24 April 2015 9:26

For the first time in this campaign, foreign affairs are not only being discussed but also dominating today’s agenda. Ed Miliband is set to criticise the coalition’s record on foreign… Continue reading

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Ruth Davidson. Photo by Isabel Hardman.

Breaking: Politician spotted talking to a real voter

23 April 2015 14:42

I’ve just witnessed an extraordinary moment on the campaign trail in Edinburgh. No, it’s not this, but a political party leader talking to a real voter. This is Ruth Davidson,… Continue reading

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David Cameron Meets With John Major In Downing Street on May 26, 2010 in London, England.

Campaign kick-off: 16 days to go

21 April 2015 9:14

The Tories are partying like it’s 1992. Sir John Major is being wheeled out today to reinforce what Michael Fallon and others have said: the SNP are dangerous for Britain. Labour… Continue reading

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Doesn't she know you aren't meant to talk to grassroots activists? (Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty)

Five rules of politics that Nicola Sturgeon has broken

20 April 2015 12:39

Nicola Sturgeon met my Auntie Patsy over the weekend, then was kind enough to tweet a picture of their encounter (below). Seeing her sandwiched between the two people most likely… Continue reading

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Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

What’s going on in Scotland

11 April 2015 11:04

If the election in England is the political equivalent of trench warfare with Labour and the Tories inching forwards and then back, what’s going on in Scotland is a rout… Continue reading

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Defence Secretary Michael Fallon gives a press conference on April 9, 2015 in London, England.

Campaign kick-off: 27 days to go

10 April 2015 8:59

It’s the Conservatives’ turn to try and bounce back today. After the ‘dead cat’ thrown onto Ed Miliband’s kitchen table, it looks as if Tories parties will be hoping to return… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband Announces His Party's Education Manifesto

Podcast special: polls and personal attacks

9 April 2015 23:58

With 28 days to go, is the momentum beginning to move towards Labour? In this View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the latest polls… Continue reading

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Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

Sturgeon hints that the SNP would never back a Labour budget

9 April 2015 11:57

“Is it sensible to spend your way out of debt?” ran the opening question in the last night’s Scottish leaders debate – marking it out, straight away, as something very… Continue reading

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Labour Leader Ed Miliband delivers a speech at Warwick University on April 8, 2015 in Warwick, England

Podcast: what if Ed wins, the madness of Scottish politics and Catholic wars

9 April 2015 10:30

Ed Miliband could still win the general election, but what would happen next? On the latest View from 22 podcast, The Telegraph’s Dan Hodges discusses this week’s Spectator cover feature on what to expect from a Miliband premiership with George… Continue reading

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Protesters hold placards and signs against nuclear weapons during a rally against the Trident nuclear programme in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland, on April 4, 2015.

Campaign kick-off: 28 days to go

9 April 2015 9:56

Trident is set to be the big issue today — but the fight isn’t just about policy. Several newspapers have splashed on the news that the Tories are attempting to… Continue reading

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Scottish Party Leaders Participate In A Live STV Debate

Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP continue to defy the usual laws of politics

8 April 2015 18:07

It’s nice to be noticed. I cannot recall the Scottish portion of a UK general election ever exciting this much interest from folk unfortunate enough to live south of the… Continue reading

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Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon Gives A Speech On Child Poverty

My night with Nicola Sturgeon

7 April 2015 17:27

When I watch Nicola Sturgeon exercising her newfound charm and confidence, I experience a pang of intimate regret. Some 15 years ago — when she was a new MSP and… Continue reading

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Attends CND Scotland Scrap Trident Rally

The Scottish TV debates offer Labour one final chance to hold back the SNP advance

7 April 2015 10:57

Tonight’s Scottish leaders’ debate in Edinburgh is as important to the general election campaign as last week’s debate featuring Cameron, Miliband et al in Manchester. Both this debate and the… Continue reading

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The Labour Party Conference Continues

Jim Murphy fails to mention Labour on his campaign leaflets

30 March 2015 8:05

Earlier this month the Labour party were accused of not including pictures of Ed Miliband on campaign literature out of fear that the mere image of their party leader could… Continue reading

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Gordon Brown's Speech Proposing Further Devolution To Scotland on March 10, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Gordon Brown laments the ‘constitutional revolution’ of his own making

26 March 2015 19:17

Given that Gordon Brown has hardly been seen in the Commons since losing power five years ago, it was a bit rich of him to say goodbye now. But the… Continue reading

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Watch out, sheep. Image: Getty

We need to remember that lynx aren’t simply the big pussycats that they appear to be

25 March 2015 19:14

As our Barometer column reminded us this week, a campaign is underway  to reintroduce the Eurasian lynx – which became extinct in the UK around 1,300 years ago – to the… Continue reading

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Another poll suggests Labour wipeout in Scotland

23 March 2015 12:14

Will the SNP eviscerate Scottish Labour? A new poll from the Guardian/ICM today suggests once again that the SNP is on course to do very well in the upcoming general… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron And Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond Meet To Set Out Independence Referendum Deal

Could the Tories do a deal with the SNP? (Yes they could)

23 March 2015 11:50

We have been here before, you know. Seven years ago Alex Salmond looked forward to the prospect of a hung parliament and spied an opportunity to ‘make Westminster dance to a… Continue reading

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Scottish nationalism is hypersensitive and insular. So is the newspaper it has spawned

20 March 2015 17:38

Last year Russia Today launched a poster campaign with a fanciful strapline: ‘This is what happens when there is no second opinion’. The extraordinary implication is that the conflict could… Continue reading

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Vince Cable criticised ring-fencing. Picture: Getty

A Vince intervention that will please the Tories

14 March 2015 13:15

Later today, Vince Cable will launch his traditional conference attack on the Tories. He’ll denounce them for their positions on Europe and immigration. But his pre-conference interview in The Guardian… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband. Photo: Getty Images.

Ed speaks some human

12 March 2015 21:44

When Ed Miliband ran for the Labour leadership in 2010, his supporters boasted that he spoke human. Tonight, in a question time session with a group of young people broadcast… Continue reading

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If Alex Salmond thinks posh boys are cowards, he should visit Eton’s war memorial

12 March 2015 9:57

 Alex Salmond’s brand of populist nationalism involves portraying the Tories as the party of the class enemy. But his latest attack on David Cameron and the TV debates has crossed… Continue reading

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Scotland Prepares For The Independence Vote

Yes, Scotland does receive an unfair share of public spending. Probably

11 March 2015 18:04

Gulp. But what about England? That’s one of the questions to be asked in the aftermath of the latest Scottish spending and revenue figures, published today. The figures do not… Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon And SNP Party Activists Launch Election Campaign

The latest economic statistics are a disaster for the SNP (not that it matters)

11 March 2015 11:41

That, pictured above, is what the Scottish government wants you to remember about the latest GERS (Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland) figures released today. It’s not, at least according to… Continue reading

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Miliband under pressure over SNP pact

6 March 2015 8:44

Labour has found Sir John Major rather useful in this Parliament, with his criticisms of government policy and praise of Ed Miliband’s energy price freeze. But his op-ed in today’s… Continue reading

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