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Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), speaks at a Spring Conference event in Glasgow, U.K., on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Nicola Sturgeon’s speech in Glasgow highlights the similarities between the SNP and Ukip

28 March 2015 19:12

Is Nicola Sturgeon trying to channel Nigel Farage? Scotland’s First Minister regaled the 3,000-strong crowd at the SNP’s spring conference today with some nuggets of policy, more demands for Ed… 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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Podcast: Cameron’s second coalition dream and the problems of the sharing economy

26 March 2015 9:12

David Cameron is secretly planning for a second coalition, according to the new Spectator. In this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth and Miranda Green discuss the possibility of another Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition after 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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The BBC Host The Third And Final Televised Leaders' Debate

Debate deal finally reached

21 March 2015 15:53

After months of negotiations, a final deal on debates has now been reached. There will be no head to head debate between Cameron and Miliband. Instead, there will be one… Continue reading

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Keith O’Brien stripped of the rank of cardinal – an extraordinary disgrace for the Scottish Church

20 March 2015 18:08

Keith O’Brien, former Cardinal Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, was today stripped of the rank of cardinal by Pope Francis. Technically he has resigned. But the statement above leaves us… 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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David Cameron And George Osborne on February 5, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Tories ahead again in first post-Budget poll 

19 March 2015 23:55

The Tories have pushed ahead of Labour again after George Osborne’s successful Budget. In tonight’s poll from YouGov/The Sun, the Conservatives are ahead by two points on 35 per cent… Continue reading

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Labour Party Conference Focuses On Economy

Labour’s election chief in campaign struggle to hold onto his seat

19 March 2015 14:44

Douglas Alexander claimed this week that Facebook has made it difficult for politicians to campaign successfully. He said that Labour were struggling to win back voters in Scotland as a result of conspiracy theories being posted on… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Tories agree to TV debate offer

17 March 2015 16:12

Downing Street has agreed to an offer from the broadcasters for one seven-way election debate on 2 April. The Tories felt that it was close enough to their final offer… Continue reading

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Labour Party Conference Focuses On Economy

Douglas Alexander: Facebook makes it more difficult for politicians to campaign

17 March 2015 11:00

Labour is struggling to win back voters in Scotland because of social media conspiracy theories that are difficult to debunk, the party’s campaign chief said this morning. Speaking at a… Continue reading

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Tories will continue Labour/SNP attacks, despite Miliband’s comments

16 March 2015 18:57

Labour has decreed today it won’t go into a formal coalition with the SNP, but this won’t stop the Tories from attacking Ed Miliband over the possibility. Despite Miliband’s proclamation… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband rules out a formal coalition with the SNP — but a deal could still be on the cards

16 March 2015 14:11

Ed Miliband has today ruled out a formal coalition between Labour and the SNP. Labour hope that this will draw the sting from Tory claims that if you vote Labour,… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg: The Liberal Democrats are the continuity choice at the election

15 March 2015 14:52

The Liberal Democrats sense an opportunity in all this speculation about who the Tories and Labour would do deals with in the event of a hung parliament. They believe that… Continue reading

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How George Osborne got the Liberal Democrats to agree to an ‘interesting Budget’

15 March 2015 10:33

George Osborne and Ed Balls have just done their pre-Budget interviews with Andrew Marr. The show, though, was dominated by talks of post-election deals rather than the contents of the… 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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Labour edges towards firmer line on SNP coalition

13 March 2015 8:54

If mainstream politicians are a bit confused and downbeat at the moment, Scottish Labour MPs are the most miserable of the lot, facing a savaging in constituencies they never thought… 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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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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David Cameron wants to party like it’s 2011

11 March 2015 10:50

This was a landmark week in this long election campaign. It was the first this year in which two pollsters (YouGov and Lord Ashcroft) each posted a Conservative lead outside… Continue reading

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Ireland's Alexis Tsipras? (Photo: Paul Faith/Getty)

Sinn Féin has begun to think of itself as the 'Irish Syriza'

9 March 2015 12:14

Imagine a party that’s a cross between the SNP, Syriza and Ukip – one that is anti-establishment and combines the self-regard of the plucky outsider with an intermittent lead in the… 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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New Ashcroft polling points to Labour/SNP bloodbath

4 March 2015 20:45

Has the SNP threat to Labour in Scotland abated? Not yet according to Lord Ashcroft, who has released his latest round of constituency level polling. Focusing on the SNP/Labour marginals,… Continue reading

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Glasgow Prepares For The Independence Vote

Night of the long claymores: the SNP are poised for a historic, momentous, victory.

4 March 2015 19:16

The latest Scottish polling conducted by Lord Ashcroft is another reminder, should you still need it, that this year’s election looks like being an unmitigated disaster for Unionism. The noble,… Continue reading

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