A 16,000-ton Royal Navy Trident-class nuclear submarine: besides scrapping the Trident plan, the SNP wants tax powers devolved  and a reversal of spending cuts. Photograph: PA/PA Wire

Labour would not scrap plans to replace the UK’s nuclear missile force as part of the price for the Scottish National Party’s support after the May e(...)

Celtic fans unveil a banner depicting their version of the four horsemen of the apocalypse during the Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on April 29, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

“I got feelings in my skin.” “What kind of feelings?” “It’s hard to say, kid. You know quite a bit before water boils, it gets to heavin’ around? That(...)

A new Conservative Party  poster showing Labour leader Ed Miliband, Scotland’s former first minister Alex Salmond of the SNP and  Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams which claims together they will bring chaos to Britain. Image: Conservative Party/PA Wire.

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson, the Democratic Unionist Party leader, has condemned the BBC’s refusal to review its decision to exclud(...)

Scotland and its fractious politics returned to centre stage at Westminster last week, a combination of unfinished referendum business and pre-general(...)

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon: said blocking the privatisation of services in England would help to protect Scotland’s own independent National Health Service. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scottish National Party MPs can vote on issues affecting the English National Health Service after the general election, Scottish first minister Ni(...)

“Cameron is not trying to win back voters who have defected to Ukip. He is out to stop a further haemorrhage.”

In 2010 the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats agreed to change UK law to ensure that parliaments lasted five years – a concession to the smaller(...)

Predictions about oil are usually wrong, so the SNP is joining a long queue of people. However, being wrong may prove important if, as some now suggest, the world is  facing an era of cheap oil. Photograph: PA

North Sea oil has been central to the dream of Scottish independence for decades. In the 1974 general election, the Scottish National Party won extra (...)

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond: said successor as part leader would be “prepared to listen to other counsel” – coded language indicating the could support Labour. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has opened up the possibility that the Scottish National Party could drop a long-standing practice of n(...)

Alex Salmond: “The opportunity exists for Scotland to emerge from next year’s election in a commanding position.” Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Former Scottish National Party leader and first minister Alex Salmond is to bid to return to the House of Commons, saying that the prospect of a hung(...)

Alex Salmond announces to party members in his constituency at the Buchan Hotel in Ellon that he will stand as candidate for the SNP at the next parliamentary elections. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Former SNP leader and first minister Alex Salmond has begun his bid to win a seat at Westminster, saying it is “impossible to stand on the sidelines w(...)