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  • 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 »

  • SNP hands Salmond foreign brief
    SNP hands Salmond foreign brief Wed, May 13, 2015

    Former Scotland first minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond will be his party's voice on one of the "dominating issues in parliament" after being appointed foreign affairs spokesman on his return to Westminster. 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 »

  • Robertson backed for SNP group post
    Robertson backed for SNP group post Mon, May 11, 2015

    SNP MP Angus Robertson has secured the backing of Alex Salmond and the nationalists' most senior MP to continue as group leader at Westminster. More »

  • SNP MPs gather at Parliament
    SNP MPs gather at Parliament Mon, May 11, 2015

    Nicola Sturgeon has presented the SNP's delegation of 56 MPs to Parliament and vowed to hold a face to face meeting with David Cameron shortly. 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 »

  • Sturgeon firm on independence vow
    Sturgeon firm on independence vow Sun, May 10, 2015

    Nicola Sturgeon has insisted the SNP is not "changing its tune" on Scottish independence after her predecessor Alex Salmond said the party's landslide general election victory had brought it closer. 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 »

  • Scottish MPs celebrate election success with anti-austerity pledge
    Scottish MPs celebrate election success with anti-austerity pledge Sat, May 9, 2015

    Scotland's new pro-independence MPs and their leader Nicola Sturgeon on Saturday celebrated their seismic election gains against the backdrop of a landmark railway bridge. More »

  • Cameron Promises Britain 'Something Special'
    Cameron Promises Britain 'Something Special' Sat, May 9, 2015

    David Cameron has told voters the UK is on the "brink of something special" as he promised to deliver on all election pledges, including an EU referendum and powers for Scotland. In an extraordinary General Election, which claimed the scalps of three party leaders within 52 minutes, the Conservatives confounded expectations to win outright, returning Mr Cameron to Number 10. Speaking on the steps of Downing Street after a meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, Mr Cameron vowed to be the party of the "working people". He later revealed who would take the senior roles of Chancellor, Home Secretary, Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary in his Cabinet. More »

  • Cameron savours shock triumph in British election
    Cameron savours shock triumph in British election Fri, May 8, 2015

    By Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron swept to a stunning election victory on Friday, confounding forecasts that the vote would be the closest in decades and winning a clear majority that left his Labour opponents in tatters. The sterling currency, bonds and shares surged on a result that reversed near-universal expectations of an inconclusive "hung parliament", in which Cameron would have had to jockey for power with Labour rival Ed Miliband. Instead, Cameron met Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace to accept a mandate to form the first majority Conservative government since John Major's surprise victory in 1992. Despite the unexpectedly decisive outcome, longer-term uncertainty looms over whether Britain will stay in the European Union - and even hold together as a country. More »

  • Cameron wins stunning victory in watershed UK vote
    Cameron wins stunning victory in watershed UK vote Fri, May 8, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives were on Friday celebrating a stunning victory in Britain's general election, which cut short the careers of his top three rivals and put the country's European Union future in doubt. More »

  • Cameron vows to govern for all UK
    Cameron vows to govern for all UK Fri, May 8, 2015

    David Cameron has vowed to govern for the whole of the United Kingdom as he returned to No 10 at the head of a majority Conservative government while the Scottish Nationalists virtually swept the board north of the border. More »

  • Nationalists triumph in Scotland, set stage for possible new independence v …
    Nationalists triumph in Scotland, set stage for possible new independence v … Fri, May 8, 2015

    By Angus MacSwan, Andy Bruce and Alistair Smout EDINBURGH/ABERDEEN (Reuters) - Scottish nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon on Friday held out the possibility of a new independence referendum - but not immediately - after her party's crushing victory north of the border in a British national election. The Scottish National Party (SNP) obliterated its opponents, taking 56 of Scotland's 59 seats in the Westminster parliament. The Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats could muster only one seat each. More »

  • Cameron faces nationalist surge and pressure on Europe
    Cameron faces nationalist surge and pressure on Europe Fri, May 8, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron was celebrating a surprise victory in Britain's general election Friday but thorny issues such as Europe and Scotland mean his second term could be even tougher than his first. More »

  • 'Lion roars' as Scottish nationalists score historic sweep
    'Lion roars' as Scottish nationalists score historic sweep Fri, May 8, 2015

    Scotland's nationalists swept to a "watershed" victory north of the border in Britain's general election, leaving the pro-independence party in a prime position to push its cause at Westminster. More »

  • Election 2015: A look at the newspaper front pages with Tory victory immine …
    Election 2015: A look at the newspaper front pages with Tory victory immine … Fri, May 8, 2015

    David Cameron's Conservatives are set to govern Britain for another five years after an unexpectedly strong showing at the general election. By mid-morning, the Conservatives had won 308 of 650 seats with an exit poll suggesting they were on track to win 316 seats in the lower house of parliament, just shy of a majority but with ample options to form a government. Ed Miliband, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, all but conceded defeat on Friday morning, saying he was "deeply sorry" for a "very disappointing and difficult night". "[I have] just a deep-rooted fear... of them [the Conservatives] getting back in," said Lynn. More »

  • Election 2015: Ed Miliband says he is 'deeply sorry' as resignation …
    Election 2015: Ed Miliband says he is 'deeply sorry' as resignation … Fri, May 8, 2015

    Ed Miliband said he is "deeply sorry" to his Scottish colleagues for his party's disastrous performance north of the border at the general election as rumours build that he will resign as leader of the Labour party. Despite previous polls predicting the race between Miliband and his Conservative counterpart David Cameron as too close to call, an exit poll found Labour on 239 seats to the Conservatives 316 -- well short of the number of MPs needed to form a majority in Westminster. A harrowing night for Labour, which saw them struggle to gain marginal seats from the Tories and hemorrhage seats to the SNP in Scotland, leaves the party facing the likely prospect of performing worse than it did under Gordon Brown at the 2010 election. Speaking after winning his constituency seat of Doncaster North by 11,780 votes, Miliband said, "This has clearly been a very disappointing and difficult night for the Labour party. More »

  • 6 things you need to know after a stunning UK election
    6 things you need to know after a stunning UK election Fri, May 8, 2015

    The opinion polls were wrong and David Cameron is almost certainly continuing his stint in Downing Street. More »

  • Election 2015: Alex Salmond says SNP have created an 'electoral tsunami' …
    Election 2015: Alex Salmond says SNP have created an 'electoral tsunami' … Fri, May 8, 2015

    Former first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond has said that the huge swing to the Scottish National Party in the general election is part of an 'electoral tsunami' that is taking place across Scotland. "We're seeing an electoral tsunami on a gigantic scale and that is a tide flowing with the Scottish National Party," Salmond told ITN. "It certainly leaves David Cameron with no legitimacy in Scotland whatsoever," he said. "Nicola Sturgeon made a very important point earlier this week that political legitimacy matters in terms of a government of the UK having a reach across these islands. More »

  • Factbox - Ten seats to watch in Britain's election Fri, May 8, 2015

    An exit poll on Thursday night showed Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives are on track to govern Britain for another five years even though they are likely to fall just short of an outright majority. Results from Britain's 650 constituencies are due throughout the night. Below are ten key seats to look out for, in order of expected declaration time: NUNEATON, ENGLAND, RESULT EXPECTED 0000 GMT This Labour target seat, where the Conservatives are defending a majority of just over 2,000 votes, could provide the first clue of a possible swing in key Conservative-Labour battlegrounds. An Ashcroft poll in March showed Labour winning. More »

  • Final Hours Of Campaigning Ahead Of Election
    Final Hours Of Campaigning Ahead Of Election Wed, May 6, 2015

    :: Follow the election results live on skynews.com, our mobile apps and on Sky News TV from 10pm on Thursday. The main parties are locked in a tight race ahead of Thursday's vote, with opinion  polls suggesting the final flurry of campaigning has not led to a decisive breakthrough for either the Conservatives or Labour. David Cameron has appealed for more time to build a better Britain on the eve of an election he insists will "define a generation". "Whether you want me to continue leading our country and taking it forward, or whether you want Ed Miliband to go back to the start and waste all the work of the last five years. More »

  • Ten key seats in the UK election
    Ten key seats in the UK election Wed, May 6, 2015

    Britain's general election on Thursday promises to be the closest in living memory with newer, smaller parties on the right and left threatening to disrupt the old order. More »

  • Election 2015: Nick Clegg warns Britain could face second election before C …
    Election 2015: Nick Clegg warns Britain could face second election before C … Wed, May 6, 2015

    Britain faces a disruptive second election before Christmas if either of the two main parties try to govern alone as minority governments after Thursday's (7 May) ballot, Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader, warned on Tuesday (5 May). Two days before the country's closest election since the 1970s, Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party are level in most polls with neither on track to win outright. More »

  • New coalition 'would need majority'
    New coalition 'would need majority' Wed, May 6, 2015

    Nick Clegg has indicated he would not form a coalition with either the Tories or Labour that would not guarantee a majority in the Commons. More »

  • Parties pull out stops for votes
    Parties pull out stops for votes Tue, May 5, 2015

    Party leaders are criss-crossing the country in a frenetic final round of campaigning ahead of Thursday's election - with David Cameron predicting a high turnout in one of the closest contests in living memory. More »

  • Stephen Foster: Ed Miliband wins the election ad campaign leaving David Cameron …
    Stephen Foster: Ed Miliband wins the election ad campaign leaving David Cameron … Tue, May 5, 2015

    I've got no idea who's going to win the forthcoming election – the latest polls shows the Tories and Labour neck and neck on 33%, as they pretty much have throughout – but we can, at least, offer a view on who won the ad campaign. Actually, by "ad campaign" we don't mean just the ads produced by each party. More »

  • Robert Phillips: Conservatives and Labour - the coalition that dares not speak …
    Robert Phillips: Conservatives and Labour - the coalition that dares not speak … Tue, May 5, 2015

    A Populus/Hanover survey, quoted in the Financial Times at the end of April, reckoned the Tories have less than an 18% chance of eventual government, such is the party's limited options and few friends beyond the Lib Dems and the Democratic Unionist Party. The percentage could fall lower still should Nick Clegg lose Sheffield Hallam, leaving the current prime minister with the unwelcome prospect of dealing with a combination of Vince Cable, Simon Hughes and Tim Farron. David Cameron plus Clegg plus a few Ulstermen still equals less than 50% of those bothered to turn out. Likewise, Ed Miliband plus Clegg but not Nicola Sturgeon/Alex Salmond barely reaches much higher. More »

  • Independent Backs Tory-Lib Dem Coalition
    Independent Backs Tory-Lib Dem Coalition Mon, May 4, 2015

    :: Follow the election results live on skynews.com, our mobile apps and on Sky News TV from 10pm on Thursday. The Independent has surprised political observers by backing a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government if there is another hung parliament. The newspaper, owned by Russian media tycoon Alexander Lebedev, said a minority Labour administration reliant on the support of the SNP would be "a disaster for the country". Ed Miliband's opposition appear "unready for government" and there would be "justified fury" if nationalists wanting to break up the UK were to wield power, it said in an editorial. More »