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, (...)

A session of the Scottish parliament, sitting in Glasgow, in 2000. The Conservatives currently hold 15 seats in the parliament. Photograph:  David Cheskin/PA

A few hundred Conservatives met in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in March, surrounded by crowd barriers manned by police.Such security(...)

‘Many Scots are being registered to vote for the first time by young activists from the likes of the Radical Independence Campaign who are reinventing mass street campaigning.’ Above, Radical Independence delegates at their conference last November in Glasgow. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

‘Something pretty big is happening in Scotland, ” Lesley Riddoch warns. Such is her confidence that the Scotsman columnist and Yes campaigner was taki(...)