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    1. December 15, 2014

      UK election threat to nuclear deterrent

      The UK would need to abandon its independent nuclear deterrent if Labour wants to form a coalition after the general...

    2. December 14, 2014

      Jim Murphy believes Labour can hold on to Scotland seats

      Jim Murphy, Scottish Labour’s new leader, has insisted the party can hold all its Westminster seats in Scotland despite...

    1. December 12, 2014

      Women of 2014: Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister

      Suggest to Nicola Sturgeon that she is walking in the footsteps of the late Margaret Thatcher and Scotland’s ever-poised new...

    2. December 9, 2014

      Fracturing of UK politics complicates general election

      Alex Salmond’s ambition to lead a strong cohort of Scottish Nationalist MPs to “rumble up” Westminster has reinforced...

    3. December 6, 2014

      Salmond to stand as Westminster MP

      Alex Salmond, the former Scottish first minister, has announced he will stand in next May’s general election, a decision...

    4. Off Message

      December 4, 2014

      Scotland's new political landscape

      The general election in May is one of the most difficult to predict in British history. The result will undermine old...

    5. November 30, 2014

      Nicola Sturgeon: ‘business has nothing to fear’

      Scotland’s new first minister Nicola Sturgeon has told companies they have “nothing to fear” from her administration as she...

    6. November 28, 2014

      Scots voted to preserve an ever more distant union

      This month, in a plebiscite on Catalan independence, four out of five voters opted to secede from Spain. The vote was...

    7. November 27, 2014

      Could devolution deal actually save the UK?

      The Scottish devolution deal announced on Thursday poses a big unanswered question: will the UK’s greatest transfer of...

    8. November 27, 2014

      Westminster cuts the purse strings to Scotland

      By the time they reached the final straight of the Scottish independence campaign, Britain’s main political parties were in...

    9. November 26, 2014

      Scotland’s huntin’ and shootin’ landowners under fire

      Scotland’s new first minister has taken aim at big landowners, calling for the power to intervene if they stand in the way...

    10. November 23, 2014

      Alistair Darling warns over bad deal on Scotland’s devolved tax

      Plans to give Scotland full power over income tax would increase borrowing costs for the entire UK and end in “floods of...

    11. November 23, 2014

      Nicola Sturgeon gig a triumphal celebration of Scottish nationalists’ revival

      With rock ’n’ roll bagpipers and hip hop artists among her support acts, and a crowd welcome worthy of a pop diva,...

    12. November 21, 2014

      Nicola Sturgeon balances genders in Scottish cabinet reshuffle

      Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s new first minister, has unveiled a cabinet reshuffle intended to stamp her mark on the...

    13. November 20, 2014

      Economists raise doubts on tax levers for Holyrood

      The majority of a panel of economists does not believe the benefits of devolving control over income tax to Scotland would...

    14. November 19, 2014

      Nicola Sturgeon elected first minister of Scotland

      Nicola Sturgeon was elected as Scotland’s first female first minister on Wednesday, vowing to govern for the whole nation...

    15. November 16, 2014

      SNP rides crest of wave but choppy waters lie ahead

      With its triumphal leadership transition and capacity crowds, the Scottish National party’s conference in Perth offered a...

    16. November 16, 2014

      The overflowing in-tray of Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon

      A minor earthquake shook Dumfries in southern Scotland on Friday. No one appears to have been hurt. But since September’s...

    17. November 15, 2014

      Nicola Sturgeon sets out SNP’s price for supporting Labour

      The Scottish National party would demand substantial devolution and policy rethinks on austerity and nuclear weapons as the...

    18. November 14, 2014

      Nicola Sturgeon urges SNP to win Scottish seats in general election

      The Scottish National party’s new leader has set her sights on winning a majority of Scotland’s seats in the UK parliament...

    19. November 13, 2014

      Salmond signals preference for Labour minority rule

      The Scottish National party would favour a Labour minority government over a new coalition, Scotland’s outgoing first...

    20. November 13, 2014

      Scottish Labour faces ‘death’ if Murphy wins, union head says

      The head of Labour’s biggest donor, Unite the Union, has warned that if Jim Murphy becomes leader of the party in Scotland...

    21. November 13, 2014

      Alex Salmond mocks UK on EU stance

      Alex Salmond relishes few things more than tweaking the Westminster establishment – even if that requires the unlikely...

    22. November 13, 2014

      Buoyant Alex Salmond eyes Westminster prize

      Seldom has a vanquished political leader left office in such good cheer as Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister. Despite...

    23. November 13, 2014

      Ukip seeks funds as donations slow

      The former treasurer of the UK Independence party has appealed for donors to give his party more cash, after figures were...

    24. November 9, 2014

      Jim Murphy appeals to ‘scunnered’ Scottish Labour voters

      The word of the moment, on a wet autumn afternoon in the East Renfrewshire constituency of Jim Murphy, the top contender to...

    25. November 5, 2014

      Lower oil price ‘would cost independent Scotland £8.7bn’

      Plunging global oil prices would cost an independent Scottish government £8.7bn in lost budget revenues over a three-year...

    26. November 2, 2014

      Alistair Darling prepares to leave the political arena

      Alistair Darling knows the timing is not exactly propitious. The Labour party in Scotland is in crisis and facing possible...

    27. November 2, 2014

      Alistair Darling to stand down as Labour MP

      Alistair Darling, the former chancellor, is to stand down as an MP at the next election, in a further blow to a Scottish...

    28. October 30, 2014

      Poll predicts Scottish wipeout for Labour in general election

      Labour is facing a potential electoral wipeout in Scotland, with a new poll suggesting more than twice as many voters would...

    29. October 29, 2014

      Jim Murphy to stand as Labour leader in Scotland

      Jim Murphy has confirmed he will stand to be the next Labour leader in Scotland, becoming the first Westminster MP to do so....

    30. October 29, 2014

      Scotland should have veto on UK exit from EU, says Sturgeon

      Scotland should have the right to veto a referendum vote taking the UK out of the EU, Nicola Sturgeon, the incoming Scottish...

    31. October 29, 2014

      SNP’s new leader promises to govern for ‘all of Scotland’

      Scotland’s incoming nationalist first minister is promising to focus on public services, economic issues and health when she...

    32. October 26, 2014

      Johann Lamont’s bitter exit offers Scottish Labour revival chance

      The departure of Johann Lamont, Scottish Labour leader, was a gift for the party’s nationalist opponents who have long...

    33. October 24, 2014

      Johann Lamont quits as Scottish Labour leader

      Johann Lamont, Labour’s leader in Scotland, has resigned in acrimony as Ed Miliband attempts to revive his party’s fortunes...

    34. October 24, 2014

      Flight tax revenues reach new heights

      Twenty years after its introduction, the UK’s tax on flying is landing record amounts for the Exchequer, raising over £330m...

    35. October 15, 2014

      SNP election threat worries Labour

      Labour strategists are increasingly concerned about the potential impact of a surge in support for the Scottish National...

    36. October 15, 2014

      Nicola Sturgeon confirmed as SNP leader

      Nicola Sturgeon will take over from Alex Salmond as leader of the Scottish National party next month, after she was the only...

    37. October 10, 2014

      Edinburgh demands ‘full fiscal responsibility’ for Scotland

      Scotland’s nationalist government has called for “full fiscal responsibility” to be transferred to Edinburgh. The demand...

    38. Westminster Blog

      October 10, 2014

      Five Things We Have Learned From Thursday's By-Elections

      1] Dislike of the “Westminster elite”.   The SNP are poles apart from Ukip when it comes to their actual policies: the...

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