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  • 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 »

  • Has Miliband Wriggled Out Of Salmond's Pocket?
    Has Miliband Wriggled Out Of Salmond's Pocket? Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    The message is clear: Vote Labour, Get SNP. Today Ed Miliband has wriggled out of the jacket pocket: he's ruled out a coalition with the SNP. It's smart politics, and in reality the Labour leader had little choice. What would be the pound of flesh the SNP would demand in return for propping up a Labour government? More »

  • Ed Miliband Unveils Labour's Election Pledges
    Ed Miliband Unveils Labour's Election Pledges Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Ed Miliband has unveiled Labour's pledges for the General Election, covering the economy, the NHS, immigration and tuition fees. More »

  • Labour To Unveil Key General Election Pledges
    Labour To Unveil Key General Election Pledges Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Ed Miliband is due to launch Labour's General Election pledge card, containing promises on the economy, living standards, the NHS, immigration and tuition fees. More »

  • Miliband 'should rule out SNP deal'
    Miliband 'should rule out SNP deal' Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Senior Labour MP Alan Johnson has called on Ed Miliband to rule out a deal with the Scottish National Party to secure power after the May 7 general election. More »

  • Leaders Trade Insults Over TV Debates At PMQs
    Leaders Trade Insults Over TV Debates At PMQs Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    There have been vicious exchanges during Prime Minister's Questions as David Cameron and Ed Miliband clashed for a second week running over the election debates. Broadcasters say they will go ahead with the debates without the Prime Minister after he ruled out proposals for two debates with the seven party leaders and one head-to-head clash with Mr Miliband. During very personal exchanges at PMQs, the Labour leader said Mr Cameron was using "pathetic feeble excuses" and "ridiculous tactics" as he challenged him to meet on the three dates. "You are not going to be able to wriggle off this ... There is only one person preparing for defeat and it is this Prime Minister," Mr Miliband said. More »

  • Party leaders clash over TV debates
    Party leaders clash over TV debates Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    David Cameron and Ed Miliband have traded personal insults as they clashed again over the prospect of TV debates ahead of the general election. More »

  • Balls: SNP pact 'not part of plans'
    Balls: SNP pact 'not part of plans' Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    Coalition with the SNP after the May 7 general election is "not part of Labour's plans", shadow chancellor Ed Balls has said. More »

  • Tory Poster Puts Labour 'In Salmond's Pocket'
    Tory Poster Puts Labour 'In Salmond's Pocket' Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    David Cameron has accused Ed Miliband of being in Alex Salmond's pocket as the Tories focus their campaign on an SNP-Labour coalition. The Prime Minister tweeted the new campaign poster depicting the former Scottish First Minister with a tiny Mr Miliband in his shirt pocket with the line: "The frightening prospect we must avoid". It was accompanied by a Facebook post in which Mr Cameron wrote: "Britain needs to wake up to a chilling and real prospect: Ed Miliband as Prime Minister, propped up by Alex Salmond who says he will call the tune. "Again and again, Ed Miliband refuses to rule out this possibility. More »

  • Memo to John Major: If you want to know why the SNP are winning, just look in …
    Memo to John Major: If you want to know why the SNP are winning, just look in … Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    So what are we to make of John Major suddenly crawling out of the woodwork to have a good old rant about these ghastly, uppity Jocks who dare to presume that their votes in May should have some kind of impact on how their country is run? The first thing to say is that I'm genuinely stunned to learn that he apparently doesn't spend each and every day thanking his lucky stars that Scotland is a nation of almost saintly patience and restraint. As prime minister in 1992, he fought a general election north of the border on a platform of maintaining direct rule from London – and not only was he defeated, he was utterly humiliated. Quality of votes matter more than quantity if you're a Tory leader fighting elections in Scotland – or at least we must assume that's the case, because it's very hard to see any other way in which victory for the party's preferred constitutional model could have been claimed on the basis of securing just 26% of the vote, and 11 out of 72 parliamentary seats. More »

  • Cameron call to Miliband over SNP
    Cameron call to Miliband over SNP Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    David Cameron has challenged Ed Miliband to publicly rule out any post-election pact with the SNP, saying a party which wants to "break up Britain" has no place in the country's government. More »

  • Grand coalition 'could curb SNP'
    Grand coalition 'could curb SNP' Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    A Tory-Labour grand coalition could be needed after the election to stop the SNP holding the balance of power at Westminster, a former chairman of the Conservative Party has suggested. More »

  • Tory-Labour Grand Coalition To 'Keep Union'
    Tory-Labour Grand Coalition To 'Keep Union' Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    A coalition pact between the Conservatives and Labour after the election may be the only way to keep the UK together if the Scottish Nationalist Party holds the balance of power at Westminster, a former Tory chairman has suggested. Lord Baker of Dorking said such an agreement could avoid the "nightmare" of a minority Labour administration depending on SNP votes to get English legislation on to the statute book, which would "stretch the constitution of our country to breaking point". Writing in The Independent, the former education secretary accepted that a deal between David Cameron and Ed Miliband was "quite unthinkable" at the moment, but pointed out that in Germany Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats governed with the Social Democrats. Lord Baker's intervention follows a warning from former prime minister Sir John Major that the SNP would enter any deal with Labour with the "overriding aim" of "prising apart" the union. More »

  • SNP 'poised to take Brown's seat'
    SNP 'poised to take Brown's seat' Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Gordon Brown's parliamentary seat is set to be claimed by the SNP at the general election, according to polling by Tory peer Lord Ashcroft. More »

  • PM Warns Of Labour-SNP 'Nightmare Scenario'
    PM Warns Of Labour-SNP 'Nightmare Scenario' Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    David Cameron has set out his reasons to vote Conservative in Scotland - saying a vote for either Labour or the Scottish Nationalist Party will mean a Labour-SNP coalition. The Prime Minister was speaking at the conference of the Scottish Conservative Party in Edinburgh where he thanked party workers for helping to keep the UK together. Tory activists were among those supporting the successful 'No' campaign in the Scottish independence referendum in September. "Friends - a major risk to Scotland's future remains. Miliband and Balls," he said, referring to the leader of the Labour Party and the shadow Chancellor. More »

  • PM warning on 'nightmare scenario'
    PM warning on 'nightmare scenario' Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Britain could be left with the "ultimate nightmare scenario" of Labour and the SNP in power at Westminster after May's general election, David Cameron has warned. More »

  • Lib Dems 'trying to take credit'
    Lib Dems 'trying to take credit' Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Tory Chief Whip Michael Gove has hit out at the Liberal Democrats, accusing them of trying to take the credit for Conservative policies in government. More »