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      Lone Scots Lib Dem MP under fire over leaked memo

      Nicola Sturgeon has called on the Lib Dems’ sole surviving Scottish MP, Alistair Carmichael, to consider his position after...

    2. May 21, 2015

      Scotland collects £11m less in stamp duty since devolution

      Stamp duty paid to the Scottish government since devolution of property tax was less than half that anticipated, as buyers...

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      May 21, 2015

      'For most people in Scotland the SNP is a normal party that they like, hate or are indifferent to'

      In trying to explain the rise of the Scottish National party, one possible explanation is that it was a growing sense of...

    2. May 15, 2015

      David Cameron squeezed by pleas for power on both sides of border

      David Cameron faces intensifying rival pressure from London and Edinburgh, as a leading Tory backbencher insists on more...

    3. May 15, 2015

      Dual residence complicates Scottish tax status

      The government is facing obstacles to identifying Scottish taxpayers, with less than a year to go before income tax is...

    4. May 15, 2015

      Cameron agrees to consider more powers for Scotland

      David Cameron has agreed to consider more powers for Scotland at his first meeting north of the border with Nicola Sturgeon...

    5. May 15, 2015

      Bond market waits for Scotland’s ‘kilts’

      For the past month Scotland has possessed one of the most important powers of a sovereign authority: the ability to issue...

    6. May 15, 2015

      Cameron stresses commitment to union in meeting with Sturgeon

      David Cameron will underline his commitment to the United Kingdom in his first meeting in Scotland with Nicola Sturgeon...

    7. May 14, 2015

      Draft legislation for transferring powers to Scotland ‘falls short’

      UK government draft legislation transferring new powers to Scotland “falls short” of a cross-party deal brokered last year,...

    8. May 13, 2015

      Nicola Sturgeon calls for more talks on devolved powers

      The Scottish government has demanded a new round of devolution discussions, saying last week’s general election result...

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      May 13, 2015

      The impossible task facing further Scottish devolution

      In the ongoing discussions about the extra powers to be devolved to Scotland there is a complex and technical issue that it...

    10. May 12, 2015

      Scotland’s powers to be limited to those already agreed

      Ministers will push through plans for powers to be transferred to the Scottish parliament by the end of the summer, but will...

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      May 12, 2015

      Why repealing the Human Rights Act is not going to be easy

      The United Kingdom’s Conservative party no longer has to share power as part of a coalition. Now it has a majority in the...

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      May 12, 2015

      What now for the future of the union?

      Where now for this weary union? After the general election triumphs of the Scottish National party and the Conservatives,...

    13. May 10, 2015

      SNP vows to win more power over business tax and welfare

      The Scottish National party will make it a priority to win greater power over business taxes, welfare and the minimum wage...

    14. May 10, 2015

      Fears for election euphoria over Brexit challenge

      A euphoric market reaction to the Conservative party’s unexpected general election victory could soon prove fleeting as...

    15. May 9, 2015

      Sturgeon rallies troops with anti-austerity message for Westminster

      Nicola Sturgeon mustered her new cohort of Scottish National party MPs on Saturday, insisting they would bring her...

    16. May 8, 2015

      Prospect of separate Scottish tax regime stokes business alarm

      Directors of Standard Life are preparing to issue a coded warning next week on the dangers of Scotland’s tax regime...

    17. May 8, 2015

      David Cameron faces huge task to defuse nationalism

      David Cameron raised the possibility of a shake-up of the union between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland after...

    18. May 8, 2015

      After a famous win, the chance to restore the United Kingdom

      David Cameron’s election victory has sprung one of the biggest surprises of the modern British political era. After a...

    19. May 8, 2015

      Bribery, corruption and other ways to curb Celtic nationalists

      We may have been here before. Prime Minister David Cameron has pulled off a coup; but the narrowness of his majority,...

    20. May 8, 2015

      Devolved Welsh stamp duty could hit prime homes

      Estate agents fear prime property purchases could be targeted by the first Welsh tax in over 800 years. Concerns have been...

    21. May 8, 2015

      David Cameron pledges “one nation” government

      David Cameron promised to lead a “one nation” government on Friday as he reassured the Scots he would deliver on devolution...

    22. May 8, 2015

      Sturgeon dismisses SNP landslide a mandate for independence vote

      The Scottish National party’s unprecedented election victory on Thursday raised a pressing question: would SNP leader Nicola...

    23. May 8, 2015

      An ever more fragile union

      Britain has a Conservative government. David Cameron has confounded the pollsters, and left egg on the faces of the pundits...

    24. May 8, 2015

      Signs of radical settlement for Scotland emerge after poll results

      The Conservative majority alongside a nationalist landslide in Scotland reopened the question of powers for the Scottish...

    25. May 8, 2015

      General election: A Labour defeat the Tories cannot celebrate

      Imagine a general election in which the Conservative party has been wiped out by Labour in Surrey and across its other home...

    26. May 8, 2015

      Pollsters and pundits make the wrong call on UK election

      With the notable exception of Scotland and the Scottish National party landslide, the pollsters were wrong about the 2015 UK...

    27. May 8, 2015

      Scottish pride in Britishness fades like the Edinburgh haar

      The votes were cast in church halls, schools, working men’s clubs and old corn exchanges. In the wee hours of Friday...

    28. May 7, 2015

      Broken parties that may break Britain

      After the campaign? Impasse. If the opinion polls are half-right David Cameron’s Conservatives and Ed Miliband’s Labour are...

    29. May 6, 2015

      The strange silence of unionist Scotland

      In The Strange Death of Liberal England, his 1935 romp through late Victorian politics, George Dangerfield wrote that the...

    30. May 5, 2015

      General election: Plaid Cymru seeks funding parity with Scotland

      Plaid Cymru is to make fair funding for Wales the price for supporting a minority Labour government in the event of a hung...

    31. May 5, 2015

      Westminster deadlock puts Northern Ireland parties into spotlight

      Nothing sets Northern Ireland apart from the rest of the UK like a general election campaign. The biggest political story in...

    32. May 1, 2015

      General election: Greater powers will test SNP’s defences

      Perhaps the greatest source of frustration for opponents of the Scottish National party is the way it has remained popular...

    33. April 30, 2015

      General election: Businesses in Scotland braced for shift to left

      With the Scottish National party poised to sweep the board in Scotland on May 7, businesses and financial groups are braced...

    34. April 28, 2015

      A failed bet that threatens to split Britain’s union

      David Cameron anticipated that a referendum on independence for Scotland would produce a decisive No vote, damaging the...

    35. April 27, 2015

      England spells more trouble for union than Scotland

      Winston Churchill was eloquently stumped by Russia, but the “riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” could be his own...

    36. April 24, 2015

      General election: Cameron accused of breaking pledge to Scots

      David Cameron’s pledge to give English MPs the final say on income tax rates south of the border was denounced by Nicola...

    37. April 22, 2015

      SNP corporate tax proposal could lower rates across UK

      A Scottish National party push to control business taxes would potentially cut corporation tax revenues in Scotland and the...

    38. April 21, 2015

      Scotland warned of substantial tax rises

      Scotland would need to make “substantial” tax rises or spending cuts if it won full control over taxation and spending, a...

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