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  1. Off Message

    July 3, 2014

    Are pollsters exaggerating the Yes vote in Scotland?

    “Why do opinion polls in Scotland vary so much?” asks Peter Kellner. It is an important question. An answer would give us a...

  2. July 1, 2014

    Scottish independence: FT analysis shows No vote at 49%

    Campaigners for Scottish independence are not making enough progress to win September’s referendum on leaving the UK,...

  1. June 15, 2014

    Party leaders join forces for pro-union campaign

    The Scottish leaders of the three main UK political parties are to appear together to show voters they are serious about...

  2. June 9, 2014

    English support falls for independent Scotland

    Most English people want to preserve the union, according to a survey of attitudes published 100 days before the referendum...

  3. Off Message

    April 1, 2014

    The real cause for unionist concern

    Alistair Darling, the head of the Better Together campaign for a No vote in the referendum on Scottish independence, has...

  4. Off Message

    March 11, 2014

    A cunning plan for a Salmond victory

    I know what you’re thinking: Alex Salmond doesn’t need political advice. He is a MacMachiavelli, a crafty schemer, “the best...

  5. February 17, 2014

    Salmond reassures Scots over currency and EU after recent attacks

    Facing the biggest onslaught yet on his campaign for Scottish independence, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond responded...

  6. February 13, 2014

    Osborne ups stakes by ruling out shared pound

    George Osborne has emphatically dismissed Scottish National party calls for a post-independence currency union, warning...

  7. February 6, 2014

    Scots’ independence would make it harder for Labour to govern UK

    Labour would need nearly a quarter of a million extra votes to win a majority at the next election if Scotland becomes...

  8. Off Message

    November 26, 2013

    Scotland's all-important 'don't know' voter

    The Scottish National party on Tuesday launched its white paper for independence. It takes the form of a 670-page collection...

  9. Westminster Blog

    September 4, 2013

    More poll blues for Miliband

    This weekend, a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times showed Labour with a 10-point lead over the Tories. After a bruising summer...

  10. Westminster Blog

    May 21, 2012

    "Lines of communication open" between Labour and LibDems

    John Curtice, the respected professor of politics, warned Labour last week that the party needed to “build bridges” with the...

  11. May 20, 2012

    Jobs plans split coalition partners

    Vince Cable, UK business secretary, has vowed to resist “bonkers” proposals to allow bosses to fire underperforming staff at...

  12. May 4, 2012

    PM rejects call to turn right after poll losses

    Labour has made sweeping gains in local elections across England and Wales, winning an 8 percentage point lead over the...

  13. April 27, 2012

    Glasgow jittery over local election

    From the tower blocks of Glasgow’s council estates to its tree-lined Georgian streets, there is a palpable nervousness about...

  14. Westminster Blog

    January 13, 2012

    Would Scottish independence kill off Labour in Westminster?

    It’s a common assumption that without Scotland the Labour party would be eternally doomed, unable to ever get another...

  15. January 11, 2012

    Tories see referendum as ‘win-win’ situation

    For David Cameron to preside over the break-up of the UK would be an unfortunate legacy for a Conservative and Unionist...

  16. December 4, 2011

    Third of Scots back independence

    Support for independence in Scotland has reached a six-year high but still falls well short of a majority, with many Scots...

  17. December 2, 2011

    Euro loses its appeal for Scotland

    For more than two decades, Scottish nationalists have used the promise of “independence in Europe” to promote their...

  18. October 12, 2011

    Scottish boundary changes cut seven MPs

    Plans to cut the number of Scottish Westminster MPs from 59 to 52 at the next general election could prove a dilemma for the...

  19. May 13, 2010

    Stability lies in mutual policing

    The agreement between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats is likely to prove tougher and more binding than a traditional...

  20. May 13, 2010

    Stability lies in mutual policing, not fine print

    The agreement between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats is likely to prove tougher and more binding than a traditional...

  21. May 6, 2010

    Exit poll prediction is problematic

    At 10pm tonight a joint BBC/ITN/Sky exit poll will tell television viewers the most likely election result, writes Chris...

  22. Westminster Blog

    April 27, 2010

    Election morning briefing

    Peter Mandelson, Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper will host Labour’s press conference Cameron will give a speech in South London...

  23. April 24, 2010

    Tories speculate on Clegg deal

    David Cameron may have to strike a deal with the Liberal Democrats on voting reform if he wants to be prime minister in a...

  24. April 23, 2010

    Tories speculate on Clegg deal

    David Cameron may have to strike a deal with the Liberal Democrats on voting reform if he wants to be prime minister in a...

  25. Westminster Blog

    April 19, 2010

    Election morning briefing

    Gordon Brown, Peter Mandelson and Alistair Darling will hold a press conference on the economy David Cameron will deliver a...

  26. March 1, 2010

    Cameron pledges radicalism to halt poll decline

    David Cameron yesterday res-ponded to a falling Tory opinion poll lead by promising voters radicalism, optimism and...

  27. February 28, 2010

    Cameron vows frankness after poll fall

    David Cameron on Sunday responded to a falling Tory opinion poll lead by promising voters radicalism, optimism and...

  28. February 23, 2010

    Scots Tories

    Could there be a Conservative mini-revival in Scotland? A YouGov poll in the Scottish Sun last week put the Tories on 21 per...

  29. December 8, 2009

    Well-off become target as Labour seeks core vote

    The drive to shore up Labour*s core vote in next year*s general elect ion explains the government*s decision to target the...

  30. December 7, 2009

    Well-off targeted as Labour seeks core vote

    The drive to shore up Labour’s core vote in next year’s general election explains the government’s decision to target the...

  31. November 25, 2009

    Election talk swings to speculation of a hung parliament

    It is about that time in the electoral cycle: with polling day less than seven months away, speculation is rising at...

  32. November 24, 2009

    Politicians weigh chances of hung parliament

    It is about that time in the electoral cycle: with polling day less than seven months away, speculation is rising at...

  33. October 1, 2009

    Murdoch tabloid swings to Tories

    Rupert Murdoch's Sun newspaper has switched its support from the Labour government it is credited with helping to sweep to...

  34. September 30, 2009

    Silence on televised duel speaks volumes

    The loudest silence in Gordon Brown's speech was the non-announcement of a -televised election debate. The prime minister...

  35. September 30, 2009

    Silence on televised duel speaks volumes

    The loudest silence in Gordon Brown’s speech was the non-announcement of a ­televised election debate. The prime minister...

  36. September 7, 2009

    Labour has stiff task as gloom pervades

    Gordon Brown risks a "catastrophic" general election defeat if Labour remains politically "paralysed", a leading party...

  37. September 6, 2009

    Labour has stiff task as gloom pervades

    Gordon Brown risks a “catastrophic” general election defeat if Labour remains politically “paralysed”, a leading party...

  38. June 8, 2009

    Ukip emerges as surprise package again

    The UK Independence party has proved once again to be the surprise package in European parliament elections, only a matter...

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