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Video Evidence That Ed Balls Is Quite Good At Dancing

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2014 | (00:10)

Tuesday evening was party night at the Labour conference in Manchester. One of the highlights was the Daily Mirror's bash at the Rovers Return pub from Coronation Street. Dancing happened, including this.

(Thank you Kaya Burgess from The Times for capturing this...
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Using 'Real Voices' In Political Speeches Inauthentic, Says Better Together Campaign Director

(1) Comments | Posted 23 September 2014 | (17:17)

Josephine, Ziamra, Elizabeth, Colin and of course, Gareth. Ed Miliband peppered his conference speech today with references to the 'real people' he had met recently and how their life stories informed his policy decisions.

The technique of weaving a cast of characters through a political speech, or in a debate,...

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Ed Miliband Wants A UN Security Council Resolution Before Backing Isis Airstrikes

(52) Comments | Posted 23 September 2014 | (13:51)

Ed Miliband has indicated he would not support British military action against Isis in Syria unless there was a United Nations security council resolution authorising it.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, UK time, the United States along with regional Arab allies, launched airstrikes against Isis targets in Syria....

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Ed Balls: 'I Love The Sound Of Music'

(7) Comments | Posted 23 September 2014 | (01:06)

Ed Balls loves, loves The Sound of Music. He loves it. And it makes him cry. The shadow chancellor revealed details of his recent family holiday during a fringe event hosted by The Huffington Post on Monday evening at the Labour Party conference in Manchester.

"I had never been inter...

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English Votes For English Laws Would Fracture The Union, Says Ed Balls

(40) Comments | Posted 22 September 2014 | (18:35)

Changing the constitution so that only English MPs could vote on laws affecting solely England would lead to the "fracturing" of the United Kingdom, Ed Balls has warned.

Speaking at a event hosted by The Huffington Post at the Labour Party conference on Monday evening, the shadow chancellor said a...

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Alex Salmond Has 'Lost The Plot,' Says Alistair Darling

(633) Comments | Posted 22 September 2014 | (14:50)

MANCHESTER - Alex Salmond's suggestion that Scottish nationalists could try again to break-up the United Kingdom despite last week's referendum result shows he has "lost the plot", Alistair Darling has said.

Addressing the Labour Party conference in Manchester on Monday afternoon, the former leader of the Better Together said Salmond...

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

(95) 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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Almost Half Of Labour Voters Think There's A Better Leader Than Ed Miliband

(50) Comments | Posted 20 September 2014 | (21:47)

A majority of voters, and almost half of Labour supporters, believe there are other potential leaders of the Labour Party that would be better than Ed Miliband, according to a poll published today.

The Survation survey carried out for The Huffington Post to mark the Labour Party conference in Manchester,...

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Alex Salmond Quits As Scottish First Minister After Referendum Defeat

(487) 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

(60) 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

(297) 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

(127) 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'

(155) 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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