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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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Scottish Party Leaders Participate In A Live STV Debate

Sturgeon vs Murphy vs Davidson is the best show in British politics

9 April 2015 18:09

Right now, you know, Nicola Sturgeon vs Jim Murphy vs Ruth Davidson is the best show in British politics. It really is. Better, for sure, than David Cameron vs Ed… 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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The referendum is still defining Scottish politics

8 April 2015 18:07

One of the most striking things about Scotland is how the referendum still dominates politics here. I’ve seen more Yes posters and stickers than I’ve seen posters for any political… Continue reading

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First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon (3rd R) speaks as (L-R) Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie look on during the Scottish Television Debate at the Assembly Rooms on April 7, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Three ways the Scottish leaders’ debate will affect the UK general election campaign ​

7 April 2015 23:11

Tonight’s Scottish debate isn’t going to fundamentally alter the dynamics of this general election campaign in Scotland. But it will reverberate through the UK-wide general election campaign. Both Ed Miliband… 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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Why all this talk of a hung parliament could be a self-fulfilling prophecy

6 April 2015 17:18

In a close campaign, you would normally expect the smaller parties to get squeezed as voters decided that is really a choice between Labour and the Tories. But this time,… Continue reading

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David Cameron Speaks At The Conservative Party General Election Rally

Tories convinced ‘moment of maximum danger’ has passed

5 April 2015 12:45

On Thursday night, David Cameron didn’t eviscerate the competition. But nor did he suffer any damage and that, to Tory high command, meant that it was job done. The Tory… Continue reading

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Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

Why the leaked Nicola Stugeon memo rings true 

4 April 2015 13:22

After 15 hours of fascinating and – let’s face it – fairly exciting developments in l’affaire Sturgeon, here’s where I think we are, and I’ll try to stick as much… Continue reading

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Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

Leaked memo shows Nicola Sturgeon admitting that the SNP prefers Cameron to Miliband

3 April 2015 21:42

So who does Nicola Sturgeon really want as Prime Minister? Her official line is that she’d put in anyone but the wicked Tories – indeed, Alex Salmond told me last… Continue reading

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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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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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