Labour’s inexorable decline is turning Scottish politics on its head

Labour’s inexorable decline is turning Scottish politics on its head

by Euan McColm / 10 Feb 2016 14:30

For the past decade, a common response to news about yet another dip in Scottish Labour’s fortunes has been "surely not?"

Such was the party’s dominance of Scottish politics that the speed of its fall from favour has surprised even members of the SNP.

When, back in 2006, polls showed the nationalists starting to gain support after decades on the fringes, the widespread view was that this was a blip. When former SNP chief Alex

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Watch: If PMQs went gangster...

Watch: If PMQs went gangster...

10 Feb 2016 14:02

What would Prime Minister’s Questions be like with an injection of gangster rap?

The Private Gentlemen's Yacht Club imagines it so that you don’t have to…

Jeremy Corbyn might kick off with something along the lines of:

"Yo thank you Mr Speaker it’s me JC, yeah I’m a threat to your national security. They call me Red Jez cos my rhymes are sick, now watch me crucify this Right Honourable Dick."

And David Cameron

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David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn do PMQs battle over Rosie The Housing Tenant

David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn do PMQs battle over Rosie The Housing Tenant

10 Feb 2016 13:01

Joe The Plumber became an unwitting star of the 2008 U.S. presidential election, after Republican candidate John McCain decided that the small businessman from Ohio was a helpful metaphor for middle-class Americans.

If she is ever tracked down, Rosie The Housing Tenant may not reach quite the same level of fame. But she undoubtedly speaks for huge numbers of people who are struggling to get anywhere near the housing ladder as prices in London and

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Hillary Clinton’s ‘lack of idealism’ lets Bernie Sanders net New Hampshire

Hillary Clinton’s ‘lack of idealism’ lets Bernie Sanders net New Hampshire

10 Feb 2016 08:42

"It is just too late for the same old, same old establishment politics."

That was Bernie Sanders' take on the New Hampshire primary, but it might easily have escaped the lips of his Republican mirror image, Donald Trump.

Both men stormed to victory in the second race for their party's nomination to the White House, leaving the race wide open until Super Tuesday at the beginning of March.

The New York Times explains why

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David 'Tarzan' Cameron applauded for EU dealings... by the National Front

David 'Tarzan' Cameron applauded for EU dealings... by the National Front

09 Feb 2016 19:00

After British newspapers formed an orderly queue to savage David Cameron’s EU renegotiation plan last week, the prime minister can hardly afford to turn away admirers of his European arm-twisting efforts.

But Downing Street may not be entirely thrilled with one hot new endorsement from the far right of the political spectrum.

Senior figures from France’s National Front party gathered for two-and-a-half days of talks about the party’s political line last weekend. And the British

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Ruth Davidson laughs off Tory leadership bid, but Jacob Rees Mogg won't take no for an answer

Ruth Davidson laughs off Tory leadership bid, but Jacob Rees Mogg won't take no for an answer

09 Feb 2016 13:36

As Tory MPs increasingly wonder whether someone other than George Osborne or Boris Johnson might be their next leader, one outside shout in recent months has been Ruth Davidson.

The speculation started when the Scottish Conservative leader impressed lobby journalists and MPs alike with her party conference speech last year.

But Davidson has now moved to kill off the idea that she could be the next Tory leader. She told the BBC's Daily Politics today:

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Zac Goldsmith gets extra campaign clout from mystery donor… and Downing Street

Zac Goldsmith gets extra campaign clout from mystery donor… and Downing Street

09 Feb 2016 11:30

As Zac Goldsmith struggles in the polls, his London mayoral campaign is set for an extra injection of firepower on two fronts.

At last night’s annual Black and White Ball, one Conservative donor shelled out £35,000 for a day of campaigning with the Tory London mayoral candidate.

The prize was billed as an "opportunity to gain a unique insight into this important campaign".

For good measure, the package is also said to have included

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Emily Thornberry hits back after Labour PLP row over Trident: 'Five or six people kicked off...'

Emily Thornberry hits back after Labour PLP row over Trident: 'Five or six people kicked off...'

09 Feb 2016 09:46

Shadow defence secretary Emily Thornberry has played down reports that she got a terrible reception at last night’s Parliamentary Labour Party meeting.

Thornberry admitted that a handful of Labour figures hit out when she spoke about Trident but she suggested that her critics were not representative of the wider parliamentary party.

She told the Today programme that Labour wanted people to contribute to its defence review.

"I think that we shouldn’t be afraid of having

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Will David Cameron really back Michael Gove’s justice reforms?

Will David Cameron really back Michael Gove’s justice reforms?

by Tom Gash / 08 Feb 2016 16:30

Today, David Cameron is making a speech which has been heavily trailed in various newspapers. The prime minister is lending his support to the reforming justice secretary Michael Gove and, as when he made previous speeches supporting justice secretaries Ken Clarke and Chris Grayling, his focus is on reoffending.

Cameron is backing Gove’s idea that reoffending rates will fall if prison governors are given more freedom to experiment with new approaches to managing their inmates.

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Ukip and Lib Dems unite…. in opposition to David Cameron's of ‘scaremongering’ over Brexit

Ukip and Lib Dems unite…. in opposition to David Cameron's of ‘scaremongering’ over Brexit

08 Feb 2016 13:33

David Cameron has provoked a backlash from a unusually wide range of political figures with a controversial claim that leaving the EU could lead to thousands of asylum seekers appearing in southern England overnight.

Number 10 had briefed the Daily Telegraph last night that Cameron would warn about the Calais refugee camp being displaced to the south of England if Britain votes for Brexit.

The prime minister’s spokesman confirmed today that this was Cameron’s belief

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Tommy Sheppard: Labour can only reclaim power in Scotland if the SNP fucks it up

Tommy Sheppard: Labour can only reclaim power in Scotland if the SNP fucks it up

by Sebastian Whale / 08 Feb 2016 12:00

Tommy Sheppard has a bee in his bonnet. The SNP MP for Edinburgh East is sat in his cramped parliamentary office, busy reeling off a series of gripes he harbours with Westminster.

The former Labour man’s political career spans more than three decades, but life inside parliament only began nine months ago. And Sheppard has been caught off-guard by blockages in the Commons ever since.

“This place is barely fit for purpose. This country gets

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A very Conservative row: Tories at odds over Margaret Thatcher's supposed EU view

A very Conservative row: Tories at odds over Margaret Thatcher's supposed EU view

08 Feb 2016 09:27

It has become commonplace for various political parties and movements try to appropriate Winston Churchill’s opinions for their cause. But this weekend marks the first time that Margaret Thatcher has been subjected to the same treatment.

Thatcher’s private secretary Lord Powell kick-started a very Conservative row with an article in the Sunday Times which claimed the former PM would have would have "raged more mightily" at Brussels - but would ultimately have settled for the

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Tommy Sheppard: Labour can only reclaim power in Scotland if the SNP fucks it up

Tommy Sheppard: Labour can only reclaim power in Scotland if the SNP fucks it up

Tommy Sheppard has a bee in his bonnet. The SNP MP for Edinburgh East is sat in his cramped parliamentary office, busy reeling off a series of gripes he harbours with Westminster.

The former Labour man’s political career spans more than three decades, but life inside parliament only began nine months ago. And Sheppard has been caught off-guard by blockages in the Commons ever since.

“This place is barely fit for purpose. This country gets

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