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    1. January 26, 2015

      May election will see end of the two-party political system

      Britain’s two-party political system is broken. To adapt Tony Blair’s phrase: the kaleidoscope has been shaken and nobody...

    2. January 26, 2015

      David Cameron to renew pledge to cut taxes

      David Cameron will on Monday commit a future Conservative government to tax cuts, claiming that middle Britain needs to be...

    1. January 25, 2015

      Abellio’s £2.5bn ScotRail deal threatened by Labour

      Labour plans to exercise a break clause in the Dutch group Abellio’s £2.5bn ScotRail franchise if it wins power in Scotland...

    2. January 25, 2015

      Scotland hardens stance against fracking

      Scotland is set to lead resistance to the fracking of shale gas in the UK, with both the Scottish National party and the new...

    3. January 23, 2015

      Broadcasters step up pressure on Cameron to enter debates

      UK broadcasters stepped up pressure on party leaders to take part in TV debates ahead of May’s general election by...

    4. January 22, 2015

      David Cameron’s bluff called on UK televised poll debates

      Broadcasters have called David Cameron’s bluff by setting out new proposals for televised election debates that would...

    5. January 22, 2015

      Surge in SNP support forces Labour to rethink power deal

      Amid the political scrambling after the 2010 general election, one of Labour’s most senior MPs, Douglas Alexander, ruled out...

    6. January 22, 2015

      UK unveils Scottish devolution deal

      The UK government has published draft legislation transferring new powers over tax and spending to Scotland, dismissing...

    7. January 22, 2015

      Nicola Sturgeon says SNP will vote on English laws

      Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, has said Scottish National party members of the UK parliament are ready to vote...

    8. January 20, 2015

      Monty Python scenario that shows Britain is a constitutional mess

      Britain needs a constitutional rethink. To concentrate minds, it might be helpful to contemplate a nightmare; one so...

    9. January 20, 2015

      Labour urged to rule out SNP coalition pact

      George Osborne has urged Ed Miliband to rule out a pact with the Scottish National party in a hung parliament, claiming that...

    10. January 19, 2015

      Only 1 in 10 believes UK politicians want ‘best for country’

      Faith in politicians has fallen to such an extent that only one in 10 believe they want to do “their best for the country”,...

    11. January 19, 2015

      Jim Murphy seeks to woo back Dundee for Labour

      Jim Murphy took his Scottish Labour shadow cabinet to Dundee on Monday, seeking to rebuild the party’s fortunes in a city...

    12. January 18, 2015

      Scottish government rethinks home purchase tax plan

      The Scottish government will this week announce a rethink of its planned tax on home purchases that is likely to ease the...

    13. January 18, 2015

      Prospect of new Scottish poll spooks investors

      Several large investors remain wary of investing in Scotland amid fears of a renewed push for independence following a surge...

    14. January 1, 2015

      Annual FT economists’ survey: Political risk is back on the worry list

      Political risk is back on the worry list for economists, with opinion polls increasingly suggesting neither of the two main...

    15. January 1, 2015

      We have yet to find an answer to the Scottish question

      The latest opinion polls in Scotland show the nationalists leading Labour by about 20 points, with other parties trailing...

    16. FT Data

      December 30, 2014

      The ten charts of 2014

      We produce a lot of charts at the FT. Here are ten of the most notable, which illustrated some of the biggest stories of the...

    17. December 22, 2014

      Polls point to most unpredictable UK general election in decades

      With less than five months until the UK general election, end of year polls suggest that neither Labour nor the...

    18. December 22, 2014

      Labour’s Jim Murphy faces formidable Scottish challenge

      Less than a quarter of Scottish voters back the Labour party, according to the first poll published since it elected a new...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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,...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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