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  • Alex Salmond blasts BBC Scottish independence coverage after Nick Robinson bullying …
    Alex Salmond blasts BBC Scottish independence coverage after Nick Robinson bullying … Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Alex Salmond has attacked Nick Robinson after the outgoing BBC political editor compared protests against his coverage ahead of the Scottish independence referendum to scenes from Vladimir Putin's Russian. Robinson is set to replace Jim Naughtie as a presenter on BBC Radio 4's flagship current affairs show the Today Programme. More »

  • Alex Salmond brands BBC referendum coverage 'disgrace'
    Alex Salmond brands BBC referendum coverage 'disgrace' Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Alex Salmond has described the BBC's coverage of the Scottish independence referendum as a "disgrace" as he hit back at outgoing political editor Nick Robinson's attack on "Putin-like" protests against the corporation. More »

  • Nick Robinson condemns Putin-like protests against referendum coverage
    Nick Robinson condemns Putin-like protests against referendum coverage Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Nick Robinson has compared protests against his coverage of the Scottish independence referendum to something out of Vladimir Putin's Russia. More »

  • Who is Kezia Dugdale, the new Scottish Labour leader?
    Who is Kezia Dugdale, the new Scottish Labour leader? Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    Kezia Dugdale was born on 28 August 1981 and is one of the Scottish Labour Party's 38 members of the Scottish Parliament, representing the Lothian region. Dugdale read Law at the University of Aberdeen from 1999-2003 and then completed a Masters in Policy Studies from 2004-2006 at the University of Edinburgh. While studying in Edinburgh, Dugdale worked as Campaigns and Welfare Adviser for Edinburgh University Students' Association and as Public Affairs Officer at the National Union of Students Scotland. More »

  • Syria, Iraq airstrike civilian death claims should be probed - Alex Salmond
    Syria, Iraq airstrike civilian death claims should be probed - Alex Salmond Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    Claims that airstrikes have killed hundreds of civilians in Iraq and Syria should be "urgently" investigated by the UK Government, Alex Salmond has said. More »

  • Tory strategist Lynton Crosby shares rare analysis of 2015 general election
    Tory strategist Lynton Crosby shares rare analysis of 2015 general election Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    The man behind David Cameron's general election success has given a rare analysis on why Labour and Ukip performed so badly in the polls, while claiming Nigel Farage would be better off as a talk show host. Lynton Crosby, who helped shape the Conservative's campaign, gave the breakdown at an Australian British Chamber of Commerce event in Sydney. The political strategist told Sky News Australia the Tories won the election and secured a majority of MPs in the House of Commons by offering stability in the face of a SNP/Labour government. More »

  • Ken Macintosh: Scottish Labour leadership hopeful on 'optimistic' politics …
    Ken Macintosh: Scottish Labour leadership hopeful on 'optimistic' politics … Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Ken Macintosh is an unashamed advocate of "anti-austerity" politics. The Scottish Labour leadership contender is tired of his party telling people what they are opposed to, rather than taking a positive message to the doorstep. Macintosh, who hails from Inverness, even suggested he could work with the nationalists if he becomes Jim Murphy's successor on 15 August. More »

  • PM Says No To Second Scottish Referendum
    PM Says No To Second Scottish Referendum Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    In a direct shot at Scottish National Party MP Alex Salmond - who claimed a second vote on independence was "inevitable" - the Prime Minister said the decision by the Scottish public had been "decisive". And he stressed that any decision by the Scottish Government to hold a referendum would not be legitimate. Mr Cameron's comments are likely to put him on a collision course with the party, which has already made clear its intention to be a thorn in the Conservative Government's side. More »

  • SNP urged to clarify stance on second Scottish independence referendum
    SNP urged to clarify stance on second Scottish independence referendum Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    The Scottish Secretary has demanded clarity on the SNP's position on a second referendum as the party's chairman confirmed that independence will be on the agenda at its forthcoming conference. More »

  • Jeremy Corbyn dismisses Labour contest 'infiltrators' theory
    Jeremy Corbyn dismisses Labour contest 'infiltrators' theory Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has dodged questions about whether he is a Marxist as he dismissed warnings that the contest is being warped by hard-left "infiltrators". More »

  • Salmond: New Scottish Referendum 'Inevitable'
    Salmond: New Scottish Referendum 'Inevitable' Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Alex Salmond has been accused of "obsessing about a re-run" of the Scottish referendum after he said another vote on independence was "inevitable". Scotland's former first minister argued the only question was the timing, which "was very much in the hands" of his successor Nicola Sturgeon. Voters in Scotland rejected independence by 55% to 45% in last September's referendum. More »

  • Alex Salmond: second Scottish referendum is inevitable
    Alex Salmond: second Scottish referendum is inevitable Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Former First Minister Alex Salmond has said that a second referendum on Scottish independence is "inevitable". More »

  • New Scottish independence vote 'inevitable' says ex-leader
    New Scottish independence vote 'inevitable' says ex-leader Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Former Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond said Sunday that another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom was "inevitable" because of policies pursued by Prime Minister David Cameron's government in London. More »

  • English votes for English laws plan attacked in marathon Commons debate
    English votes for English laws plan attacked in marathon Commons debate Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Plans for English votes for English laws (Evel) should be thrown out and begun again, the Government has been told after a marathon Commons debate. More »

  • James Kelly: SNP decision on fox hunting provokes the Tories into overplaying …
    James Kelly: SNP decision on fox hunting provokes the Tories into overplaying … Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Nicola Sturgeon flies to London to decide the SNP's position on fox hunting in England, and within hours David Cameron has surrendered without a shot being fired, or even a fox being ripped to shreds. The only inaccurate thing about that famous Tory election poster was that it depicted Ed Miliband in Alex Salmond's pocket, rather than Cameron. Nothing has changed – the Tories still have an absolute majority, and in most parliamentary votes, the SNP will be on the losing side. More »

  • 'Coherent response' to IS urged
    'Coherent response' to IS urged Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Tackling the threat of Islamic State (IS) requires a coherent response and not the "knee-jerk" extension of Syrian air strikes, Alex Salmond said today. More »

  • Boris Will Be Boris: Non-Stick, Sticky Moments
    Boris Will Be Boris: Non-Stick, Sticky Moments Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Alex Salmond and Nigel Farage seem to walk away relatively unscathed from gaffes that might be career-ending for others. Even the latest incident, in which he fired an expletive-laden missile at a taxi driver, has not drawn scorn in the way it might have done had it been George Osborne, let alone Andy Burnham or Yvette Cooper. More »

  • Government defeats rebels on Europe
    Government defeats rebels on Europe Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    The Government has seen off the first significant Tory rebellion of the Parliament over Europe, but 27 Tory rebels would have been enough to defeat David Cameron had Labour taken part. More »

  • Has Cameron Staved Off Commons Defeat On EU?
    Has Cameron Staved Off Commons Defeat On EU? Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    David Cameron has again offered a major concession to stave off defeat in the Commons over his EU renegotiation strategy. At 9.35pm on Monday night, No 10 published its own amendment ruling out a referendum on 5 May, 2016, the same date as elections to Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish legislatures. And yet Sky News understands that the move came after Downing Street learnt that the DUP had signed up to an SNP amendment essentially calling for the same change. More »

  • Tory Rebels Win Concession Over EU Vote Date
    Tory Rebels Win Concession Over EU Vote Date Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    The Government has decided not to hold the EU referendum alongside other elections next year in an apparent concession to backbench rebels. More »

  • Salmond warns 'hokey-cokey' Tories
    Salmond warns 'hokey-cokey' Tories Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    Failure to give 16 and 17-year-olds a vote in the EU referendum will "neither be forgotten nor forgiven", Alex Salmond has said. More »

  • MPs back Cameron's EU referendum plans but debate highlights risks
    MPs back Cameron's EU referendum plans but debate highlights risks Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan and William James LONDON (Reuters) - Members of Parliament on Tuesday backed Prime Minister David Cameron's plan for a referendum on Britain's EU membership, but a heated debate highlighted passions that could split his Conservative Party and re-open Scotland's bid for independence. Cameron, seeking to put an end to a decades-old rift within his party over Britain's place in Europe, has promised to negotiate a new settlement with Brussels and hold a referendum by the end of 2017. Voters will be asked: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?", a choice of wording which allows the "in" campaign to brand itself as "Yes". More »

  • Early EU vote possible - Hammond
    Early EU vote possible - Hammond Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    The referendum on Britain's membership of the EU will go ahead early if renegotiation is completed ahead of schedule, Philip Hammond has told MPs. More »

  • Trump: Salmond 'Abusing Power' Over Wind Farms
    Trump: Salmond 'Abusing Power' Over Wind Farms Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Donald Trump has accused Alex Salmond of abusing his power by "littering" Scotland with wind turbines. The US property tycoon hit back at criticism by Scotland's former first minister, who labelled him a beaten man who could not accept defeat. The latest round in the argument between the two men came as Mr Trump opened a new clubhouse at the Turnberry golf links in Ayrshire. More »

  • SNP's motley crew prepares to take Westminster by storm
    SNP's motley crew prepares to take Westminster by storm Mon, May 18, 2015

    A comedy club owner, an ex-motorcycle expedition leader and a politics student are just some of the 56 new Scottish nationalist MPs set to be sworn in at Britain's parliament this week. More »

  • David Cameron: Second Scotland referendum 'not remotely on the cards …
    David Cameron: Second Scotland referendum 'not remotely on the cards … Fri, May 15, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron dismissed a second Scottish independence referendum as "not remotely on the cards", but he would consider nationalist demands for greater powers to be devolved from London to Scotland. Cameron was speaking after meeting Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, just over a week after her Scottish National Party (SNP) won almost every seat in Scotland in the general election, straining Britain's unity nine months after a referendum saved it. The Scottish people decided to stay in the United Kingdom. So I don't think, as (First Minister of Scotland) Nicola Sturgeon herself has said, this is not on the cards," Cameron said. More »

  • Cameron to face Scottish secessionist leader over fate of Britain
    Cameron to face Scottish secessionist leader over fate of Britain Thu, May 14, 2015

    By Paul Sandle, Alistair Smout and Andy Bruce EDINBURGH/ABERDEEN, Scotland (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron travels to Scotland on Friday to face his new adversary, the Scottish secessionist leader whose triumph at last week's election put Britain's unity in jeopardy just nine months after a referendum saved it. As both sides brace for a confrontation, Cameron is offering Scotland the "the strongest devolved government anywhere in the world", with more powers to set income tax rates and influence welfare spending. "We want to see devolution of powers over employment policy, including the minimum wage, welfare, business taxes, national insurance and equality policy," Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. More »

  • Salmond To Get Leading Role, Says SNP Chief
    Salmond To Get Leading Role, Says SNP Chief Tue, May 12, 2015

    Alex Salmond is to be handed a "leading" and "very significant" role for the SNP at Westminster after the party's storming success in the General Election. Minutes after being re-elected as the SNP’s Westminster leader, Angus Robertson MP told Sky News the former first minister would be back in the front line. There is speculation that Mr Salmond, who captured the Aberdeenshire seat of Gordon from the Liberal Democrats, could become SNP spokesman on Europe. In his Sky News interview, Mr Robertson identified campaigning to remain in the EU as one of the top priorities for the SNP’s 56 MPs in the months ahead. More »

  • Tory election result was the right one for business while UK should remain in …
    Tory election result was the right one for business while UK should remain in … Mon, May 11, 2015

    From a business perspective, and speaking as someone who does a lot of business in London and globally, the election result was the right one. Something big has happened when someone like Douglas Alexander loses his seat. Scotland is still part of the UK, so we will have to work together and it's important Nicola Sturgeon remembers this. I don't believe the Tories hate Scotland. More »

  • SNP MPs Head To Westminster To 'Get Job Done'
    SNP MPs Head To Westminster To 'Get Job Done' Mon, May 11, 2015

    Other colleagues came from elsewhere - pretty much the length and breadth of Scotland, aka the power base. Ms Black, who defeated shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander in a shock result, told Sky News it feels "exciting" to head toward Westminster and that she is "looking forward to doing my best". It's day one of an SNP adventure that the party promises will provide a "stronger voice" for Scotland at Westminster. Where the SNP goes, so do questions about Scottish independence. More »

  • EU Vote 'May Trigger New Scots Referendum'
    EU Vote 'May Trigger New Scots Referendum' Sun, May 10, 2015

    A vote on EU membership could trigger a second Scottish referendum on independence, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said. Ms Sturgeon said any disagreement between Scotland and the rest of the UK over EU membership would increase pressure for another vote on independence. Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show she responded to a question about what could trigger a second Scottish referendum. More »

  • 'Winner takes all' vote system exaggerates Britain's divisions
    'Winner takes all' vote system exaggerates Britain's divisions Sun, May 10, 2015

    By Mark Trevelyan LONDON (Reuters) - David Cameron can thank Britain's winner-takes-all voting system for handing him an outright majority in parliament on just 37 percent of the vote. By Sunday morning, 100,000 people had signed a petition launched by the society and another campaign group, Unlock Democracy, that states: "The 2015 general election has shown once and for all that our voting system is broken beyond repair." It urges politicians of all parties to embrace reform. More »

  • Salmond: Tory Majority To 'Erode In Months'
    Salmond: Tory Majority To 'Erode In Months' Sat, May 9, 2015

    The Conservatives' newly won majority in Parliament will "erode and change ... within months", Alex Salmond has claimed. The former SNP leader said the lion of Scotland "roared" as his party posted a landslide victory in the Scottish polls that meant the big beast of politics north of the border will soon be back in Westminster, growling at the new Tory government. Having been replaced at the helm last November, he takes every opportunity to praise his successor and architect of the SNP triumph, Nicola Sturgeon. He is predicting trouble aplenty for David Cameron's government - not least on honouring in full the pledges made to head off last year's independence vote. More »

  • Sturgeon Vows To End Austerity Across UK
    Sturgeon Vows To End Austerity Across UK Sat, May 9, 2015

    Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to carry an anti-austerity message to Westminster after the SNP gained a record 56 seats in the Commons. "Let us be very clear - the people of Scotland voted for an SNP manifesto that had ending austerity as its number one priority and that is the priority for these men and women to now take to the very heart of the Westminster agenda," she said. Voters granted the Conservatives a surprise majority on Thursday, but in taking all but three of Scotland's 59 seats, the SNP ensured they will be hard to ignore in the new-look House of Commons. Ms Sturgeon had a brief conversation with the Prime Minister on Friday, agreeing to face-to-face talks "as soon as possible" - an early indication of the First Minister's likely influence over the next five years. More »

  • Scottish nationalists tell Cameron: Ignore Scottish landslide at your peril
    Scottish nationalists tell Cameron: Ignore Scottish landslide at your peril Sat, May 9, 2015

    By Alistair Smout and Paul Sandle SOUTH QUEENSFERRY, Scotland (Reuters) - After sweeping almost all the seats in Scotland in Thursday's British election, the leader of the secessionist SNP cautioned Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday: Ignore the wishes of Scottish voters at your peril. Cameron's Conservatives stormed to a surprise overall majority in the national parliament, but scraped only one seat in Scotland while the Scottish National Party, less than nine months after losing an independence referendum, grabbed half of all the votes cast north of the border. "My message today to Westminster is this: Scotland's voice will be heard in Westminster now more loudly than it has ever been before," SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said in the shadow of the Forth Bridge outside the Scottish capital. More »