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  • Clegg promises 'a heart' for Tories
    Clegg promises 'a heart' for Tories Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Nick Clegg has staked the Liberal Democrats' claim to remain in government by promising that his party would give "a heart" to Conservatives and "a brain" to Labour in coalition. More »

  • Alex Salmond's Tough Race For Westminster
    Alex Salmond's Tough Race For Westminster Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    More than anything else, it's what has made him the bookies' favourite to take the Gordon constituency. Salmond's opponents, too, acknowledge that the recognition factor puts momentum behind Scotland's former First Minister. It is a prosperous part of Scotland, stretching north from Aberdeen. Up the coast, I stood on the 18th tee of Trump International Golf Course, where the 360 degree view takes in the wealth generators: farmland, business in the city of Aberdeen and, at sea, the supply vessels of the North Sea Gas industry that's brought big money in with the tide. More »

  • 'Queen of Scots' Sturgeon could be UK election kingmaker
    'Queen of Scots' Sturgeon could be UK election kingmaker Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Steely and polished, Scotland's pro-independence First Minister Nicola Sturgeon could decide who is Britain's prime minister after May's election thanks to an extraordinary surge in support for her party. More »

  • Ukip tribute to Russia's Putin
    Ukip tribute to Russia's Putin Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    A Ukip MEP has spoken of her admiration of Vladimir Putin because he is a "very nationalist" leader who was "standing up for his country". More »

  • Why the UK general election could tell us a lot about our own
    Why the UK general election could tell us a lot about our own Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    There are some remarkable similarities between British and Irish politics as voters in the UK prepare to vote on 7 May, writes Seamus Conboy. More »

  • Scottish nationalists offer to help Labour to power
    Scottish nationalists offer to help Labour to power Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    The Scottish National Party leader offered to help Labour party leader Ed Miliband become prime minister, while raising the possibility of seeking another independence referendum after 2016. More »

  • Scottish nationalists offer to help Britain's Labour to power
    Scottish nationalists offer to help Britain's Labour to power Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    The Scottish National Party leader offered to help British Labour party leader Ed Miliband become prime minister, while raising the possibility of seeking another independence referendum after 2016. More »

  • Scottish nationalists raise prospect of another independence vote after 201 …
    Scottish nationalists raise prospect of another independence vote after 201 … Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    By Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) - Just a month before the most unpredictable British election in a generation, Scottish nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon raised the prospect of another independence referendum after 2016 that could break apart the United Kingdom. Though Scots voted to stay part of the United Kingdom in a Sept. 18 referendum, support for the Scottish National Party (SNP) has surged before a UK-wide general election on May 7. Former Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond said during the referendum campaign that the September vote was a once in a generation chance to break the 307-year-old union with England. Sturgeon said she still wanted independence, but cautioned that next month's UK-wide election was not a re-run of the referendum and would not lead directly to independence for Scotland. More »

  • Election 2015: I've known Nicola Sturgeon for 20 years and she'd never …
    Election 2015: I've known Nicola Sturgeon for 20 years and she'd never … Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    For those of us north of the border, it was only a matter of time before the right-wing press exacted revenge on Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, following her assured performance in last week's televised debate between the main party leaders. Sure enough, it was less than 48-hours before there surfaced a 'leak' of her private conversation with the French ambassador – or rather, a second-hand gloss by a UK civil servant who had not been present – in which the First Minister supposedly professed her preference for David Cameron as Prime Minister. The First Minister went further and repeated the SNP's invitation to Labour leader Ed Miliband to form a progressive alliance against the Tories. Faced with a meltdown in its Scottish heartland, it is no surprise Labour is keen to talk up the notion of Nicola Sturgeon favouring a Tory victory. More »

  • Stephen Foster: Labour's Ed Miliband badly needs a smart ad agency but probably …
    Stephen Foster: Labour's Ed Miliband badly needs a smart ad agency but probably … Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    So far there's been one well-aimed punch, M&C Saatchi's poster for the Conservatives featuring Labour leader Ed Miliband under the control of likely Scottish Nationalist leader in the House of Commons Alex Salmond. If Miliband needs to form a coalition government or rely on one party to support him vote by vote, the SNP looks the likeliest candidate. The fact that the 40 or so Westminster seats the SNP may win will come from Labour makes this scenario all the more uncomfortable for Miliband. If Labour had ignored it, saying when asked that the election result was far from determined and it hoped to win an outright majority, then it would have done better. More »

  • Inquiry into memo leak ordered
    Inquiry into memo leak ordered Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Whitehall's most senior civil servant has ordered an inquiry into the leak of a UK Government account of a private meeting between Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon and the French ambassador. More »

  • Sturgeon Denies Handing Cameron Keys To No 10
    Sturgeon Denies Handing Cameron Keys To No 10 Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Nicola Sturgeon has denied handing the keys to 10 Downing Street to David Cameron with her commanding performance during the seven-way leaders' debate. The Scottish First Minister said if the election delivered a landslide for the SNP and Labour made a deal with the nationalists then together they could actually lock the Tories out of number 10. Ms Sturgeon is widely considered the winner of the high-stakes showdown on Thursday night,  although snap polls gave no clear victor , particularly in Scotland where she is being praised for delivering a "Sturgeon surge". But Ed Miliband has also enjoyed a popularity boost following on from the TV election debate and interviews , a Survation poll for the Daily Mirror found. More »

  • Watch out Westminster: Alex Salmond heads south
    Watch out Westminster: Alex Salmond heads south Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Alex Salmond took Scotland to the brink of independence in last year's referendum, and now the pugnacious nationalist firebrand is bringing the fight to London at the head of a "tartan" army. More »

  • Miliband 'clinging to pretence'
    Miliband 'clinging to pretence' Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Ed Miliband is still "clinging to the pretence" that he has a chance of winning an overall majority in the election, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said. More »

  • Labour renews debate challenge
    Labour renews debate challenge Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Labour has renewed its challenge to David Cameron to face Ed Miliband in a head-to-head TV debate, after polls suggested that neither leader managed to secure a decisive lead in their first televised clash of the general election campaign. More »

  • Battle For Number 10: Leaders In Showdown
    Battle For Number 10: Leaders In Showdown Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    David Cameron and Ed Miliband have attempted to convince voters they have what it takes to lead the country into 2020 in the first major showdown of the election campaign. In 90 minutes of the Sky News Channel 4 Battle for Number 10 programme the two men faced tough questioning from the arch inquisitor Jeremy Paxman and members of the studio audience, hosted by Kay Burley. Mr Miliband attempted to burnish new hardman credentials by telling Paxman "hell yes I'm tough enough" to run the country and said he had stood up to the "leader of the free world" Barack Obama over military action in Syria. In a candid exchange with the studio audience Mr Miliband admitted he had been "bruised" by the leadership battle with his brother, David, in 2010  and it had left the relationship strained but it was healing. More »

  • Cameron Rules Out VAT Rise In Next Parliament
    Cameron Rules Out VAT Rise In Next Parliament Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron has ruled out a rise in VAT in the next parliament if the Conservatives are in power after the election. In the final head-to-head debate with Ed Miliband before the election, he appeared to wrong-foot the Labour leader by unexpectedly ruling out an increase in the tax. More »

  • Cameron rejects charge he's become lame duck by nixing third term
    Cameron rejects charge he's become lame duck by nixing third term Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn and Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron denied he had become a lame duck leader during his final debate in parliament before a tight national election as he sought to leverage his economic record to give his party an elusive lead in stagnant opinion polls. Contesting the closest and most unpredictable British election since the 1970s, Cameron's Conservative Party is neck-and-neck in opinion polls with the opposition Labour Party with neither on course to win an outright majority. In febrile scenes, Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband used the opportunity to rehearse their attack lines before the May 7 election to cheers and jeers, with Miliband quipping that Cameron's surprise decision to rule out a third term meant he had announced his retirement. More »

  • Salmond Reveals Plans To 'Lock Out' Tories
    Salmond Reveals Plans To 'Lock Out' Tories Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Alex Salmond has said that the Scottish National Party will attempt to "lock" David Cameron out of Downing Street if the Conservatives try to form a minority Government after the General Election. The comments come as Mr Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband clashed for the final Prime Minister's Questions of this Parliament. "The Tories would have to go straight effectively for a vote of confidence, usually the Queen's Speech, although it could be otherwise, and we’d be voting against it," Mr Salmond told the New Statesman magazine. Mr Salmond's interview took place over a fish and chip lunch, at which he ordered a bottle of pink champagne to celebrate the publication of his new book about the referendum campaign: The Dream Shall Never Die. More »

  • Scottish nationalists would block second Cameron government - Salmond
    Scottish nationalists would block second Cameron government - Salmond Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The Scottish National Party (SNP) would try to block Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron from forming a government if the result of a national election on May 7 is inconclusive, former SNP leader Alex Salmond said. The SNP, which polls suggest could emerge as the third biggest party in the House of Commons, would vote against any attempt by Cameron to form a Conservative minority government if, as expected, the election does not produce a clear winner. "The Tories (Conservatives) would have to go effectively straight for a vote of confidence ... and we'd be voting against," said Salmond, who is standing for a Commons seat and is expected to lead SNP strategy there. Despite losing a referendum on Scottish independence last year, the SNP is benefiting from a surge in nationalist sentiment and could win a record number of seats, which could potentially hand it the balance of power. More »

  • SNP 'will block Tory minority rule'
    SNP 'will block Tory minority rule' Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    The Scottish National Party would block any Conservative attempt to form a minority government by voting down a Tory Queen's Speech if it holds the balance of power after the general election, Alex Salmond has said. More »

  • Scotland's Salmond targets Westminster seat for next nationalist push
    Scotland's Salmond targets Westminster seat for next nationalist push Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    By Andy Bruce INSCH, Scotland (Reuters) - Scotland may have said 'No' to independence last year, but Alex Salmond, who has campaigned for 30 years to break away from the United Kingdom, believes a tie-breaker British election next month could offer a chance to put the question again. Since Scots voted 55-45 percent to preserve the United Kingdom in last September's referendum, the country has seen a surge in nationalism. At the same time Britain's two biggest political parties Labour and the Conservatives are neck and neck, watching a wider disaffection splinter their support. Most opinion polls now suggest the Scottish Nationalist Party will win the lion's share of Scotland's 59 Westminster seats, potentially making it the third largest party in London after May 7 and handing it the balance of power. More »

  • Labour Party hopes of clear vote win clouded by Scotland problem - poll
    Labour Party hopes of clear vote win clouded by Scotland problem - poll Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    The opposition Labour Party's hopes of winning a May 7 national election in Britain outright remain clouded by a collapse in support in Scotland, a poll showed on Monday, boosting nationalists there who hope to hold the balance of power. The ICM poll for the Guardian newspaper showed Labour faces losing 29 of its 41 Scottish seats. Support for the Scottish National Party (SNP) was 43 percent, unchanged from the last ICM poll in December, when Labour elected a new leader for its Scottish wing. Labour was up one point on 27 percent. More »

  • Miliband dismisses Salmond input
    Miliband dismisses Salmond input Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Alex Salmond will never be allowed input in a UK Labour government budget "in a million years", leader Ed Miliband has said. More »

  • Salmond demands Treasury chief quit
    Salmond demands Treasury chief quit Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Alex Salmond has called for the Treasury's top civil servant to resign after a report by MPs said his "perceived impartiality" had been compromised during the run-up to the independence referendum. More »

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  • 'Terrifying' Salmond Sets Out Labour Deal Terms
    'Terrifying' Salmond Sets Out Labour Deal Terms Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    Alex Salmond has said Labour would have to agree to ditch Trident and the austerity agenda, and extend HS2 to Scotland if Ed Miliband wants the SNP to put him in power. The former Scottish First Minister told Sky's Murnaghan programme he could see his party signing up to a "confidence and supply" agreement with Labour. But he set out a shopping list of demands the SNP would make including steering Labour against signing up to the Tories austerity agenda and having a say over what was included in any Budget. And he indicated the SNP would also use high speed rail as another bargaining chip - insisting HS2 started in Scotland and not the north of England. More »

  • Scottish nationalists open to informal pact with Labour Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    The Scottish National Party (SNP) could support a minority government led by the Labour Party after national elections on a "vote by vote" basis in return for an end to austerity policies that have resulted in public spending cuts. Neither the Conservatives, who are currently ruling in coalition with the Liberal Democrats, nor the Labour Party are on course to win an outright majority in the vote on May 7, according to polls, and minority parties such as the SNP and the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) could hold the balance of power. The SNP, which is set to beat Labour north of the border, will be a "tartan block occupying the green benches of the House of Commons", former leader Alex Salmond told the BBC's Andrew Marr, and they would push for more public spending. "If you hold the balance, you hold the power," he said, adding that although Labour had ruled out a coalition, it had not ruled out a confidence and supply arrangement or, more likely, a vote-by-vote arrangement. More »

  • SNP 'power' claims from Salmond
    SNP 'power' claims from Salmond Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    The SNP would hold "the power" if a Labour government needed its votes to survive, Alex Salmond has insisted. More »

  • Lib Dems can win, insists Clegg
    Lib Dems can win, insists Clegg Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Liberal Democrats can thwart Alex Salmond's bid to return to Westminster, Nick Clegg will claim today as he insists his party "can and will win" in the general election. More »

  • Budget: Biggest Spending Cuts Still To Come
    Budget: Biggest Spending Cuts Still To Come Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    So let's ignore the verbiage and have a look at the story of the Budget told through some of the charts in the documentation that have been released by the Treasury and Office for Budget Responsibility. Perhaps the most eye-catching of all the charts in the Autumn Statement was one showing the Government was determined to get total spending down to the lowest level since the 1930s, prompting comparisons with George Orwell’s depression-era Road to Wigan Pier. So one of the biggest stories in this Budget is that the guilty chart has been effectively amended. Now it will only hit 36%  -  which is what's on the blue line in this chart (which I've adapted from OBR data). More »

  • Budget Bingo: Predicting Osborne's Key Words
    Budget Bingo: Predicting Osborne's Key Words Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Sky News' Economics Editor Ed Conway and Political Editor Faisal Islam give their predictions in Budget Bingo. Why not play along by marking which phrases Mr Osborne delivers. Expect it to figure repeatedly, and not just from the Chancellor. If you look solely at full-year growth last year, Britain was indeed, the fastest-growing economy in the group of seven leading industrialised nations (Britain's 2.7% growth just outpaced Canada's 2.6% and America's 2.4%). More »

  • Miliband: No SNP Ministers In My Government
    Miliband: No SNP Ministers In My Government Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Ed Miliband has ruled out any coalition deal with SNP that would see Scottish ministers in Westminster. The Labour leader insisted the party would not form a Government with nationalist MPs from north of the border if Labour did not win a majority in May. Speaking at an event in Leeds, he said: "Labour will not go into coalition government with the SNP. Crucially, however, he stopped short of ruling out a looser arrangement that would see the SNP offering limited support to shore up Labour. More »

  • Labour Party rules out coalition with Scottish nationalists
    Labour Party rules out coalition with Scottish nationalists Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn and Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) - The Labour Party ruled out forming a coalition government with the Scottish National Party (SNP) after a May 7 national election, a tactical move it hopes will resurrect its flagging fortunes in Scotland and calm nervous English voters. Since Scots voted by 55-45 percent to preserve the United Kingdom in a referendum last year, support for the SNP has surged, largely at the expense of Labour, on a perception that Britain's rulers are backsliding on pledges to grant Scotland more powers. With opinion polls showing it faces all but being wiped out in Scotland at the SNP's hands, Labour has been under mounting pressure from its own lawmakers to rule out an SNP deal. "It will not happen," Labour leader Ed Miliband said on Monday of a possible formal coalition with the SNP. More »

  • Miliband rules out SNP coalition
    Miliband rules out SNP coalition Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Ed Miliband has flatly ruled out going into coalition with the SNP as he attempted to draw a line under weeks of Tory jibes. More »