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    1. December 23, 2014

      Northern Ireland’s parties reach broad deal but obstacles remain

      Northern Ireland’s political leaders have reached broad agreement on tackling the legacy of the province’s past as well as...

    2. December 23, 2014

      Deal elusive after all-night talks on Northern Ireland

      The future of Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government was at stake on Tuesday as the province’s political leaders...

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    1. 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...

    2. December 21, 2014

      Oil rout would have wrecked an independent Scotland’s finances

      Scotland’s North Sea revenues would have slumped to one fifth of Holyrood’s preferred forecasts in its first year of...

    3. 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...

    4. December 14, 2014

      Murphy plays Scottish card to prevent Labour disaster in May

      Jim Murphy, Scottish Labour’s new leader, plans to rewrite the party’s constitution to emphasise its autonomy from London...

    5. December 12, 2014

      Let us first be clear what we want from Scottish land before talking about ownership

      Scattered across the Scottish Borders is a collection of fields and forests so large that if nearby Edinburgh had taken root...

    6. December 12, 2014

      Tories plan to restrict voting by Scottish MPs

      Scottish MPs would be banned from having the final say over legislation that does not affect their constituents under...

    7. December 11, 2014

      Wales Bill foresees Cardiff raising a fifth of its expenditure

      The Wales Bill, which passed its last hurdle in the House of Commons on Wednesday, envisages that by 2020 Cardiff will be...

    8. December 10, 2014

      Irish and UK leaders aim to break Northern Ireland deadlock

      The Irish and UK prime ministers will arrive in Belfast on Thursday, in an attempt to move the leaders of Northern Ireland’s...

    9. 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...

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      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...

    11. December 2, 2014

      Tax devolution unites Northern Ireland

      Northern Ireland’s two main political parties do not agree on much. Divided by the legacy of the Troubles and their...

    12. December 2, 2014

      Scotland’s taxes have nowhere to go but up

      The Smith commission appointed in the aftermath of the Scottish independence referendum presented its report last week,...

    13. December 1, 2014

      Osborne ready to devolve corporation tax powers to Stormont

      George Osborne will signal his backing this week for the devolution of corporation tax to Northern Ireland, in a politically...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. November 27, 2014

      Greatest Scottish devolution pitfalls avoided, say economists

      The Smith Commission’s proposals for Scotland taking charge of a chunk of tax revenues won conditional support from...

    17. November 27, 2014

      Business groups voice concerns over Scottish tax plans

      Devolution to Scotland of control over income tax rates and bands threatens to add to the administrative burden on companies...

    18. 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...

    19. November 27, 2014

      David Cameron pushes for ‘English votes for English laws’

      David Cameron has called for more constitutional change that could bar Scottish MPs from voting on key English legislation...

    20. 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...

    21. November 27, 2014

      Politicians pile chips high to gamble again on Scotland’s future

      Tony Blair once called devolution “a dangerous game to play”. On Thursday Westminster’s politicians piled the chips high in...

    22. November 27, 2014

      Scotland to get new tax and welfare powers

      Scottish ministers will get the power to set income tax rates and bands, as well as significant controls over welfare...

    23. November 26, 2014

      Smith recommends big transfer of power to Scots

      Lord Smith of Kelvin has unveiled plans for the biggest transfer of power to Scotland since the creation of the Holyrood...

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      November 26, 2014

      Scotland: the Basque Country of the United Kingdom

      Since Scots voted against independence on September 18 the Scottish National party has surged in opinion polls and appointed...

    25. November 25, 2014

      Jim Murphy backs devolution of income tax to Scotland

      Jim Murphy, the favourite to become Scottish Labour leader, is backing the devolution of income tax to Scotland, shrugging...

    26. 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...

    27. November 23, 2014

      A bad deal on devolved tax will turn the UK into a new eurozone

      Two months ago Scotland voted decisively to reject independence and to remain within the United Kingdom. Voters did so for...

    28. 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...

    29. November 20, 2014

      Scotland reacts with caution to Ineos fracking proposals

      The Scottish government responded warily to plans by Ineos to invest $1bn in shale gas exploration and appraisal. The...

    30. November 20, 2014

      Cameron backs Scottish control of benefit spending

      Almost all benefit spending could be devolved to Scotland, David Cameron has suggested, as he told MPs he is likely to back...

    31. November 20, 2014

      Wales defies spending cuts to outperform UK regions

      Wales has outperformed other UK regions in job creation and foreign investment, confounding expectations it would collapse...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. November 11, 2014

      The unionist battle for Scotland has only just begun

      In the panic engendered by opinion polls that showed the referendum on Scottish independence would be a close-run thing,...

    36. 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...

    37. 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....

    38. 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...

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