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Lesley Riddoch: Brexit voters believe there is nothing to lose

Yet just a year back it was very different when many of those self-same voters cheerfully backed a majority Conservative government led by Europhiles like...

Allan Massie: Gordon Brown's new book makes passionate defence of EU

In the summer and early autumn of 2014 Gordon Brown made a Scottish patriot's case for rejecting Scottish independence and remaining within the United Kingdom,...

Gordon Brown leads plea to Labour supporters to vote in EU referendum

In a speech at the Hay-on-Wye Festival, Mr Brown was set to say that the Remain camp is relying on non-Conservative supporters - nine million...

Dani Garavelli: Easy swing at Muirfield doesn't make the cut

Last month, the Scottish Conservative leader pledged to boycott the Open at Troon as long as the ban on women members remained in place and...

Concerns voiced over Scottish NHS 'marking its own homework'

Health Secretary Shona Robison put forward plans for an independent whistleblowing officer last November but legal experts warned the new role must have the power...

Holyrood 2016: Can the SNP win every constituency seat?

ETTRICK, ROXBURGH AND BERWICKSHIRE (Previous incumbent: John Lamont, Conservative. Majority: 5,334). If the SNP are to win every constituency they must overcome established MSPs such...

Brian Monteith: Consistency will pay off for Scots Tories

Thursday night's debate between the party leaders will have contributed to that possibility with the Conservative leader Ruth Davidson eclipsing the Labour leader, Kezia Dugdale,...

Euan McColm: open season on Labour's 'righteous bystanders'

Creasy's colleague, John Woodcock – another Labour MP who holds the seemingly unfashionable view that his party should probably try to win an election by...

Richard Lochhead announces funding package to help farmers

Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesman Tavish Scott said: “This is a total admission of failure from the SNP government. Their approach to CAP payments...

Andrew Whitaker: Talk of Tory revival may be mirage

The Tories taking more seats in a national election than Labour in Scotland this May would mark the first time the party had done so...

On this day: Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill met in Tehran

1994: Eight rebel MPs were stripped of the Conservative whip as Prime Minister John Major survived a vote of confidence on Europe. ... and songwriter,...

Scott Macnab: Civil war brewing within the SNP

The SNP has now firmly replaced the Liberal Democrats as the third party in UK politics. It's spokespeople now ... Civil servants at St Andrews...

Tom Peterkin: Cameron playing fast and loose with the Union

Better Together made sure his public appearances were rationed and the heavy lifting was done by Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown. Perhaps then Cameron might...

On this day: Edward Heath becomes leader of Conservative Party

Scotsman - The ScotsmanScotsmanOn this day in 1965 Edward Heath succeeded Alec Douglas-Home as leader of the Conservative Party. ... 1990: More than 800 young...

Scottish Labour 'has fewer than 13000 members'

The former Glasgow South West MP added: “For a long time, Labour in Scotland has been blighted by the four C's: complacency, conservatism, cronyism and...

Gordon Brown: SNP win may put Tories back in No10

In his speech in Glasgow, Mr Brown said Labour could do more for people in minutes than would be achieved if Scotland elected 59 SNP...

Scotland's top 10 constituencies to watch

Any of the three parties could emerge as the winner although Lord Ashcroft's poll has suggested Conservative candidate John Lamont could be victorious at the...

Gordon Brown: Tories have become 'anti-Scottish'

Mr Brown said the Conservative Party had “sacrificed its historic commitment to being a Unionist party to become an English Nationalist Party”, with Mr Cameron's...

How Tory Dumfriesshire plans to hold off SNP surge

At a table outside Cafe Ariete, Katrina Robb is no great fan of David Cameron, but feels more in tune with the Conservatives than any...

Lord Smith: Let negotiators get on with devo talks

Smith praised the Labour, SNP and Tory leaderships for their appointment to the commission, who include former Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, former Scottish Conservative leader...

Brown urges Tories to get radical on devolution

GORDON Brown yesterday urged the Conservatives to “radically improve” their offer for a stronger Holyrood when he called on them to embrace a raft of...

Leaders: Gordon Brown points way forward

GORDON Brown adopted a low profile approach to life after his tenure as Prime Minister, doing some charity work, writing, simply being an MP. Until,...

Leader: Constitutional change delay boost for Ukip

Telegraph.co.uk (blog) FAR from the political temperature cooling, it's fast hotting up south of the Border. This week Labour ... But yesterday it was the turn...

Bill Jamieson: At last, the waiting is almost over

Ruth Davidson has had a good campaign, consolidating her position as Scottish Conservative leader, notwithstanding her verbal slip in which she conceded next year's general...

Stephen McGinty: Bake Off takes the biscuit

The leader of the Conservative Party was not yet prime minister and could not expect to be without a full disclosure to the British people...

Matt Qvortrup: Taxing issue of paying for equality

... makes political sense for Better Together. Gordon Brown's and Better Together's argument is that allocating money to free university education (which benefits the middle-classes)...

George Kerevan: We'll pay high price for pound

Another member of the ubiquitous Oxford-educated Establishment, Ed Balls got his political leg-up as Gordon Brown's chief economic advisor in the 1990s. If anyone is...

Boris Johnson declares intention to become MP

The Guardian However, Mr Johnson's declaration immediately raised the prospect that he could emerge as a rival for the Conservative leadership if the party is defeated...

Vitol chief makes new donation to pro-UK group

Unionists have received a total of £2,657,723 since December 18 compared with £1,524,120 for the nationalists, with both sides boosted by seven figure donations by...

Vitol chief makes new donation to pro-UK group

Ian Taylor, president and chief executive of Vitol, gave £30,000 to the Let's Stay Together campaign, which produced a film starring Doctor Who and Torchwood...

Vitol chief in further donation to pro-UK group

Ian Taylor, president and chief executive of Vitol, gave £30,000 to the Let's Stay Together campaign, which produced a film starring Doctor Who and Torchwood...

On this day: Saddam Hussein's sons killed in Mosul

1990: More than 800 young people were arrested at an “acid house” party in Yorkshire. ... 1993: John Major was defeated in the Commons as...

US TV star James Garner dies at 86

After quitting Maverick, he went on to appear in 1963's The Great Escape as Flight Lieutenant Robert Hendley, an American in the RAF, and the...

MPs back laws to allow e-mail and phone snooping

The review will be carried out by the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation David Anderson. He will consider issues including current and future threats to...

On this day: The Three Tenors at Dodger Stadium

1991: British Airways chairman Lord King stopped his annual £40,000 donation to the Conservative Party, saying government policy had harmed the airline. 1993: Stella Rimington,...

Glasgow 2014 won't match boycotted Edinburgh 1986

Edinburgh had Kenneth Borthwick, a wholesale confectioner who'd been lord provost when the city was routinely under Conservative rule. “Poor Ken – he really was...

On this day: Bryan Allen's Gossamer Albatross trip

1917: King Constantine of Greece abdicated, making way for his son, Alexander. ... 1952: Chris Chataway ran two miles in a record eight minutes, 55.6...

Future of beards on a razor's edge

Alexander McCall Smith meets meerkats. Alexander ... Bearded models – Ricki Hall, Billy Huxley and Scot Chris Millington – had accrued tens of thousands of...

On this day: Baghdad fell to US forces

1992: The Conservatives won a fourth successive term in office when they triumphed at the general election – but with a greatly reduced majority of...

Labour eye Holyrood tax rise for richest Scots

(blog)Former prime minister Gordon Brown recently called for more tax-raising powers to be devolved when he said there should be a “partnership of equals”...

Allan Massie: No pointers in European election

If Ukip does well and the Conservatives do badly, that, they will say, is a smack in the face for David Cameron, just as the...

Call for Holyrood's fiscal powers to be expanded

(blog) (blog)This agreement should then be in the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat manifestos ahead of next year's general election and included in the...

On this day: Vivien Leigh won Best Actress Oscar

1682: The Advocates' Library (since 1925 the National Library of Scotland) opened by its founder, Sir George Mackenzie, the Lord Advocate. 1711: The first edition...