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Revealed: The reason behind Alex Salmond’s pink champagne order

2 April 2015 12:57

After Alex Salmond was outed as ordering pink champagne in not one but two interviews last week, naysayers were quick to ridicule the former Scottish First Minister for his lavish choice… Continue reading

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Jim Murphy’s popularity surges (in England)

1 April 2015 12:57

There’s not much love for Labour in Scotland at the moment, with Mr S reporting this week that Jim Murphy has failed to mention his own party on campaign leaflets. As the… Continue reading

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Day Two - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

A shocking Scottish opinion poll reveals that Labour aren’t dead yet

1 April 2015 10:51

When is a disaster also a miracle? When it allows Scottish Labour to simultaneously endure its worst result since 1931 and live to fight another day, that’s when. Yesterday’s ComRes/ITV poll… Continue reading

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Referendum Debate Continues As Campaigns Enter Final Week

New poll shows SNP will annihilate Labour — but the nation is still divided over independence

31 March 2015 21:32

Scottish Labour is having no luck in denting the SNP’s support. ComRes/ITV News have released a new poll this evening, which shows a 19 per cent swing to the SNP across… Continue reading

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Mini Election: what’s on the mind of Scottish nationalists?

31 March 2015 12:20

The Scottish nationalists are in a buoyant mood. At last weekend’s spring conference in Glasgow, the 3,000-odd SNPers had two main issues for the upcoming general election: fighting both the Westminster… 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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Former leader Alex Salmond addressing the SNP conference at the SECC in Glasgow.

Alex Salmond invades the stage and appeals to the cultish side of the SNP

29 March 2015 17:10

Alex Salmond has been oddly absent from the SNP’s spring conference this weekend. Although the former First Minister’s only official positions are as the MSP for Aberdeenshire East and the… Continue reading

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Podcast special: eve of the general election campaign + SNP spring conference

29 March 2015 15:09

The general election campaign kicks off tomorrow and Labour appears to have the ‘Big Mo’. In this View from 22 podcast special,  Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and I discuss the state… Continue reading

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Stakes raised ahead of Thursday night’s debate

29 March 2015 13:00

The stakes have been raised, at least psychologically, for Thursday night’s debate. Today’s YouGov poll has Labour four points ahead, in contrast to a two point Tory lead in their… Continue reading

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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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