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Jim Murphy: Labour Should Have Tackled Scottish Nationalism Twenty Five Years Ago

(8) Comments | Posted 21 September 2014 | (19:38)

MANCHESTER - The Labour Party's long-term failure to address growing nationalism in Scotland for over a quarter of a century is partially to blame for the demand for independence that almost lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom, Jim Murphy has said.

The shadow international development secretary, who took...

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Alex Salmond Quits As Scottish First Minister After Referendum Defeat

(484) Comments | Posted 19 September 2014 | (16:02)

Alex Salmond has announced he will quit as Scottish first minister and leader of the SNP, following the decision by voters to reject Scottish independence.

Speaking in Edinburgh on Friday afternoon, Salmond said it had been the "privilege of his life" to serve as first minister, but...

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Scottish Independence Result A Personal Triumph For Gordon Brown

(57) Comments | Posted 19 September 2014 | (09:57)

EDINBURGH - "He was a shite prime minister, but that was a pretty good speech." The view of one No voter when asked about Gordon Brown's impact on the Scottish referendum campaign.

The margin of victory for Better Together on Friday morning, 55% to 45%, was a collective relief for...

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Scottish Independence Result: 'I Am Embarrassed To Be Scottish,' Yes Voters Are Sad

(283) Comments | Posted 19 September 2014 | (08:29)

EDINBURGH - As polls closed at 10pm last night, hundreds of vocal Yes campaigners singing the Scottish national anthem and waving flags descended on the parliament building at Holyrood. They were confident Scotland would wake to independence. But in the morning drizzle, with the No campaign celebrating a...

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Scottish Referendum Day In An Edinburgh Pub, Independence Tastes Nice But Comes At A Price

(11) Comments | Posted 19 September 2014 | (02:15)

EDINBURGH - The Green Mantle pub, within stumbling distance to the Scottish parliament at Holyrood, is one of just eight bars in the Scottish capital that has been granted extended opening hours for referendum night. The staff are preparing for a busy, and raucous, evening. A small table...

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Scottish Independence: 'Revolutionary Tourists' Seek Inspiration From Referendum

(17) Comments | Posted 18 September 2014 | (14:56)

EDINBURGH - Alex Salmond's claim that the "eyes of the world" are looking at Scotland today might be a bit of an exaggeration. But separatists in other countries are certainly paying attention. And more than a few have descended on Edinburgh to join the 'Yes' camp and watch...

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Nigel Farage Warns Scottish Independence Campaign May Cause Riots

(126) Comments | Posted 17 September 2014 | (11:00)

The attitude of the Yes campaigners in the Scottish independence campaign could lead to rioting, according to Nigel Farage.

As the battle for votes entered its final day, the Ukip leader accused some pro-independence campaigners of intimidating the pro-Union side. We are also seeing the sort of abhorrent behaviour that...

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Scottish Independence: Obama White House Repeats Preference For 'No' Vote

(27) Comments | Posted 16 September 2014 | (09:42)

The White House has repeated its wish that Scotland reject independence, as polls suggest the future of the United Kingdom remains too close to call.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Monday that the break-up of the UK was a "decision for the people of Scotland to...

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The Scottish Independence Referendum Result Will Be Announced Like This

(75) Comments | Posted 15 September 2014 | (15:41)

The question is simple enough. "Should Scotland be an independent country?" But when will we actually know how the Scottish have voted? Polling stations for the referendum open across the country at 7am on Thursday 18 September and close at 10pm.

Unlike UK general elections, and just...

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Alex Salmond Accuses 'Frenetic Unionist' Press Of Inventing Story About The Queen

(80) Comments | Posted 15 September 2014 | (12:32)

Alex Salmond has accused the "frenetic unionist" media of inaccurately implying the Queen has publicly endorsed the No campaign in the Scottish independence referendum.

On Saturday, the Queen was overheard by journalists telling a well-wisher outside a church service near Balmoral that she hoped Scots would think "very...

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Scottish Independence Poll Gives 'Yes' Campaign 8 Point Lead, But Other Polls Show 'No' Ahead

(271) Comments | Posted 13 September 2014 | (20:30)

The future of the United Kingdom hangs in the balance, as a series of polls released over the weekend indicate the result of the Scottish referendum remains too close to call.

With under a week to go until the vote, three surveys showed the No campaign clinging to...

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Scottish Independence: Darth Vader Music Chases Labour MPs Around Glasgow

(126) Comments | Posted 11 September 2014 | (15:37)

Half the Labour shadow cabinet travelled to Scotland today to campaign against Scottish independence. They were met in Glasgow by a man on a rickshaw playing the Imperial Death March from Star Wars, who then chased them down the street.

"People of Glasgow, this is your...

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Gordon Brown May Seek Election To The Scottish Parliament to Fight Alex Salmond 'Lies'

(154) Comments | Posted 11 September 2014 | (10:59)

Gordon Brown has said is so annoyed at the "lies" being told by Alex Salmond, he could seek election to the Scottish parliament.

The former Labour prime minister has taken a leading role in the pro-Union campaign over the last week. According to the New Statesman he told...

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Miliband Victory 'Real Possibility,' Culture Secretary Warns Tories

(91) Comments | Posted 10 September 2014 | (15:09)

The Conservative Party's inability to push through changes to the electoral map means there is a "real possibility" that Ed Miliband will win the next election, culture secretary Sajid Javid has warned colleagues.

The Conservative cabinet minister told Tory activists at an event in Westminster on Tuesday evening that while...

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Scottish Independence: Cameron, Miliband And Clegg Abandon PMQs To Campaign For No Vote

(124) Comments | Posted 9 September 2014 | (12:02)

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg will abandon prime minister's questions tomorrow in order to campaign to save the union.

The unprecedented and dramatic announcement on Tuesday morning by the leaders of the three main Westminster parties came amid fears in London that the momentum was with

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Ban Scots From Voting In 2015 Election If They Choose Independence, Says Veteran Tory

(421) Comments | Posted 8 September 2014 | (12:32)

Scots should be banned from voting in the 2015 general election if they choose independence in the referendum in ten days time, a former Conservative cabinet minister has said.

On 18 September Scotland will vote on whether to stay in the United Kingdom or for separation. If the...

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Scottish Independence Campaigners Guilty Of 'Misogynistic Abuse', Says Labour's Margaret Curran

(77) Comments | Posted 3 September 2014 | (13:33)

Labour's shadow Scottish secretary, Margaret Curran, has hit out at the co-ordinated "misogynistic" abuse she has received from some supporters of Scottish independence, as the latest polls suggest the outcome of the referendum is on a knife edge.

In an interview with The Huffington Post on Wednesday, Curran...

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Clacton By-Election To Be Held On David Cameron's 48th Birthday

(9) Comments | Posted 2 September 2014 | (10:37)

Happy Birthday prime minister. The Clacton by-election will be held on 9 October the Conservative Party has announced, the same day David Cameron turns 48-years-old.

Douglas Carswell triggered the by-election when he defected from the Tories to Ukip last week and the eurosceptic is on course...

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Boris Johnson Rules Out Fighting Douglas Carswell For Clacton

(4) Comments | Posted 2 September 2014 | (09:47)

Boris Johnson has ruled out standing as the Conservative Party candidate in the upcoming Clacton by-election triggered by Douglas Carswell when the former Tory MP defected to Ukip last week.

Speaking on LBC Radio on Tuesday morning, the London mayor said it would be a "bit eccentric" for...

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Douglas Carswell Told: 'You'll Regret This', Tory MPs React To Bombshell Ukip Defection

(168) Comments | Posted 28 August 2014 | (12:31)

Conservatives have warned Douglas Carswell he will live to regret his decision to defect to Ukip, following the Clacton MP's bombshell announcement on Thursday morning.

Carswell, one of parliament's most eurosceptic voices, surprised Westminster today by revealing he was joining Nigel Farage's party and would trigger a by-election...

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