Seconds out. Parliament dissolved. The queen has given her approval – although she has no formal role in the dissolution – and the bout is finally on.(...)

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon told the party faithful at the annual conference that her “message today reaches far beyond the ranks of our party”. Photograph: EPA

Thousands travelled to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on the banks of the Clyde at the weekend. Some came for Scotland’s big(...)

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will tell voters elsewhere in the UK that they should welcome the SNP’s hold on power in Westminster, “not fear it.” Photograph: PA

Scotland must be able to make its own decisions about taxation and spending to fend off plans by the Conservatives to cut £30 billion from public spen(...)

British prime minister David Cameron speaking to members of Age UK in London yesterday. Looking flustered on stage, the prime minister said: “I’ll be frank: if you are not satisfied with how elderly people are being looked after and valued by this government, don’t blame other ministers, blame me.” Photograph: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

Dennis Andrews caught prime minister David Cameron’s attention by waving his walking stick in the air. Very soon afterwards, Cameron was regretting th(...)

Labour leader Ed Miliband has accused the Scottish National Party of being in “an unholy alliance”. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Labour leader Ed Miliband, who faces major losses in Scotland in May’s general election, has accused the Scottish National Party (SNP) of “an unholy (...)

Martin McGuinness described the comments as ‘total nonsense’ and said Sinn Féin’s has made significant contributions to the economy in the North.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Martin McGuinness has rejected suggestions by Goldman Sachs that Sinn Féin represents the main threat to the growth of Ireland’s economy as “total no(...)

Their language is significantly different about possible post-election coalition allies. Ed Miliband, Labour’s leader, on Monday firmly ruled out a fo(...)

First minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon. “I have said repeatedly that a formal coalition between Labour and the SNP was highly unlikely, [and] would not be my preference.” Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Conservatives’ decision to target the role the Scottish National Party could play in the next House of Commons shows that it no longer “even prete(...)

Labour leader Ed Miliband has consistently refused demands from within his own ranks to match the Conservatives’ pledge to hold a referendum on EU membership. Photograph: Robert Perry/EPA

The Democratic Unionist Party will demand the holding of an European Union referendum as part of its price to support Labour’s Ed Miliband in power if(...)

David Cameron is accused of “cowering” after making one excuse too many for why he won’t debate other party leaders on TV.  Photograph: Andy Rain/AFP/Getty Images

“Politics of fear” usually refers to tactics that spur the electorate to vote one way by suggesting that to do otherwise would threaten their individu(...)