British prime minister David Cameron talks to staff during a visit to the Tetley factory in Stockton-on-Tees. Mr Cameron told workers that it is “almost impossible to get a decent cup of tea in Europe”. Photograph: PA

British Prime Minister David Cameron, buoyed by his unexpected majority in the House of Commons, is considering holding a referendum on the UK’s membe(...)

Ruth Davidson,  leader of the Scottish Conservative Party,  with a supporter at a campaign event  in Hamilton ahead of Thursday’s election. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty Images

From a distance, one could assume that Conservatism is dead in Scotland: the party that was once dominant is down to just one House of Commons MP, (...)

Scottish first minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon visits an amusement park in Motherwell. The major UK parties have looked to strategic voting to halt the advance of the SNP. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Alastair Cameron had just arrived home on September 18th last year, the night of the Scottish independence referendum, when he got a telephone call sh(...)

British prime minister David Cameron speaking in Scotland last night. He said it was “a great day for Scotland and a great day for the United Kingdom”. Photograph: James Glossop/PA Wire

Scotland will get new home rule powers next year, under plans published yesterday by the British government that were immediately attacked as inade(...)

Former Labour chancellor of the exchequer Alistair Darling told the conference that Scottish first minister Alex Salmond had not “entirely accepted” the result. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

The Conservatives will make demands for greater powers for English MPs over English laws a central part of next year’s British general election – u(...)

Better Together campaign leader Alistair Darling (left) and Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont taking part in a church service to promote unity in the wake of the independence referendum, at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh yesterday. Photograph: Andrew O’Brien/Church of Scotland/PA Wire

Scots over the age of 55 have “impeded” younger Scots’ demands for independence, first minister Alex Salmond has said, following Thursday’s referen(...)

After the referendum defeat, Alex Salmond said it was time for a new leader who could now take the devolution process forward. Photograph: PA 1:47

For Scottish leader Alex Salmond, the journey started with tales from his granddad about repelling the English invaders in the 14th century. It ended (...)

 JK Rowling: was recently attacked online following a blog posting where she compared extreme nationalists to Death Eaters, supporters of the evil Voldemort in her Harry Potter series. Photograph: Ian West/PA

Scotland’s best known literary icon, the poet Robert Burns, would vote for independence in this week’s referendum, according to Alex Salmond, the nati(...)

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Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond implored Scots to grasp the ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ to secure independence in a vote tomorrow that coul(...)

Queen Elizabeths
 has until now 
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avoided entering the referendum debate. Photograph: Fred Thornhill/Reuters

Scots “should think very carefully about the future” before deciding on this week’s independence referendum, Queen Elizabeth has said. Her rema(...)