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First Minister of Scotland and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon takes a selfie with a fan. Picture: Getty

The strangest thing about the SNP conference is how normal it is

17 October 2015 11:06

The SNP conference has had to get bigger as the party has grown. Those who’ve been coming for years are…

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Leaked extracts of Nicola Sturgeon’s speech suggests she doesn’t care much about Syria

17 October 2015 8:24

Nicola Sturgeon is to close the SNP annual conference today, and her aides have leaked what she proposes to say about…

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SNP conference 2015, in pictures

16 October 2015 21:36

This year’s SNP conference has proved to be a somewhat tame affair with Nicola Sturgeon playing down talk of a second independence referendum. While…

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Watch: SNP’s Stewart Hosie asks interviewer ‘why are you doing this?’ as he flounders on NHS and oil

16 October 2015 18:26

Pity Stewart Hosie, the SNP’s deputy leader. He appeared on the Daily Politics today to defend the party’s North Sea…

SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson. Picture: Getty

Angus Robertson: Older voters took longer to persuade in the referendum than we predicted

16 October 2015 15:31

The SNP didn’t win the independence referendum, but is still talking about the lessons it can learn from what happened…

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon delivers a welcome address to the 81st Annual SNP conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference centre on October 15, 2015 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon explains how a second independence referendum could be ‘unstoppable’

16 October 2015 9:15

Nicola Sturgeon has a plan about how to achieve another independence referendum, even if there won’t be a pledge for one in…

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SNP toys with Labour by announcing troublesome Trident vote

15 October 2015 18:06

The SNP are very, very happy that they now have 56 MPs in Westminster. But to listen to their conference…

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 15:  First Minister Nicola Sturgeon delivers a welcome address to the 81st Annual SNP conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference centre on October 15, 2015 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Nicola Sturgeon used her opening speech at the SNP conference to call on people who rejected independence in the referendum to vote for her party in next years Holyrood election.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Nicola Sturgeon taunts ‘divided’ Labour party

15 October 2015 11:39

Remember those Tory posters that put a tiny Ed Miliband in Alex Salmond’s coat pocket? Well, it’s only five months…

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Nicola Sturgeon: SNP needs to talk about governing

15 October 2015 10:29

SNP members are gathering for the first day of their party’s autumn conference in Aberdeen. The party is keen to…

Nicola Sturgeon meets members of the public during campaigning on, May 3, 2015 in Kirkcaldy, Scotland.

Podcast: the disaster of the SNP’s illiberal, one-party state

15 October 2015 9:31

The SNP’s eight years in government have been devoid of much scrutiny but in many areas, it has been a disaster.…

Former M&S boss Stuart Rose at the launch of the 'Britain Stronger in Europe' campaign. Image: Getty

The SNP bow out of the shambolic EU ‘in’ campaign

13 October 2015 9:05

After the chaotic launch of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign (didn’t they work out that having the acronym BSE…

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Ukip MEP on dangers of an independent Scotland: we’ll end up living in caves, eating cold porridge

11 October 2015 22:08

This morning Nicola Sturgeon said in an interview on the Andrew Marr Show that a second referendum on Scottish independence is…

If the kids are bright and poor, they'd be better off in England

The SNP is failing Scotland’s poor, and Nicola Sturgeon is struggling to deny it

11 October 2015 11:35

Would Scotland be better if government was run from Edinburgh rather than London? This is the SNP’s central proposition, but…

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Jacob Rees-Mogg finds an unlikely fan in Mhairi Black

9 October 2015 17:32

In Mhairi Black’s maiden speech in the House of Commons, the young SNP MP voiced her opposition to the Tories…

Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party Ruth Davidson addresses the Conservative Party conference at Manchester Central.

Ruth Davidson: the Tories need to be more than ‘decent technocrats’

7 October 2015 18:46

Ruth Davidson has secured her place as one of the most interesting politicians in the Conservative party. In her speech…

Michelle Thomson MP and Nicola Sturgeon, in happier times. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN

Sleaze, cronyism and the SNP: the New Politics is charmingly familiar

1 October 2015 14:27

The great thing about the ‘new politics’ – or at least the new politics we have lately been privileged to…

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Jocky Come Home: a Labour misery drama that will flop

29 September 2015 14:47

Jeremy Corbyn is supposed to come to Scotland this week. Thursday’s visit will be his first since he became leader…

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Welcome to the new-look Spectator Life – that’s already making the front page news

24 September 2015 10:08

I wanted to let you know about the new issue of Spectator Life that’s out today – free with the…

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Do English Tories care more about the EU than the UK?

22 September 2015 15:23

This morning Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party, outlined the extent to which she agrees with…

Kezia Dugdale is the leader of Scottish Labour

Is Labour still a Unionist party?

21 September 2015 16:25

The answer to this question, it turns out, comes from Kenny Dalglish. The answer is mebbys aye, mebbys naw. At the…

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Project Fear and the grim legacy of Scotland’s ‘no’ campaign

19 September 2015 10:57

A year ago today, Britain woke up to find the union saved – but only just. In 10 Downing St,…

Glasgow Prepares For The Independence Vote

Unionism’s referendum triumph has proved as bitter as it has been short-lived

18 September 2015 14:06

Nicola Sturgeon got one thing right this morning. A year on from the independence referendum, Scotland’s First Minister allowed that…

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Watch: Mhairi Black plays ‘My Heart Will Go On’

18 September 2015 12:32

Mhairi Black won millions of fans with her maiden speech in Parliament criticising George Osborne over his cuts to the welfare…

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WATCH: Nicola Sturgeon sings God Save the Queen

9 September 2015 16:16

As the Queen celebrates becoming Britain’s longest-serving monarch today, David Cameron led tributes for Her Majesty this morning in the Commons ahead of…

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Why won’t the SNP discipline Paul Monaghan over offensive tweets?

5 September 2015 13:25

Paul Monaghan, the SNP MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, seems quite keen to become Parliament’s new David Ward…