Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon’s push for a second independence referendum means the stakes are high in the Holyrood contest. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/Pool/AFP via Getty

Polling stations have opened in England, Scotland and Wales for voters to cast their ballots in a set of elections which could shake up British politi(...)

Leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon alongside the party’s campaign bus at Drumgelloch near Airdrie during campaigning for the Scottish Parliamentary election. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

As Northern Ireland marks its centenary with resounding affirmations about the strength and lasting qualities of the union, that entity has in reality(...)

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar, First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party  Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Conservative party leader Douglas Ross. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

When Scots vote next Thursday, they will not only choose who should govern them from Holyrood for the next five years – they could begin to determine (...)

Scottish first minister and leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon at Rouken Glen Garden Centre while campaigning. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/Pool/Getty

Nicola Sturgeon came to Reuken Glen Garden Centre on the outskirts of Glasgow on Wednesday morning to have a cup of tea, buy a few potted azaleas and (...)

Alex Salmond, former Scottish first minister and leader of the Alba Party,  in the boxing gym of former world champion Alex Arthur in Edinburgh on Monday. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

In a boxing gym in Edinburgh’s New Town, Alex Salmond stood in the centre of the ring, his fists up in a huge pair of worn boxing gloves as he posed f(...)

The hurdles faced by a Scottish majority determined on a constitutional road to independence are already high. Photograph: iStock

With less than a month to go to the hard-fought Scottish Parliament election, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon appears to be leading her Scottish Nation(...)

Former SNP leader Alex Salmond has launched a new party. File photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond on Friday launched a new political party to contest crucial elections to the Edinburgh parliament, in a fr(...)

First minister Nicola Sturgeon in the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh on Tuesday. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Nicola Sturgeon has comfortably survived a vote of no confidence over claims she misled the Scottish parliament about her handling of sexual harassmen(...)

First minister Nicola Sturgeon leaving her Glasgow home on Monday morning. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/ Getty

Nicola Sturgeon and her adversaries agreed on very little about the Alex Salmond affair but both sides were united in their admiration for James Hamil(...)

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon. A judicial review found that the Scottish government’s handling of the complaints against Mr Salmond was biased and unlawful and the exercise cost the authorities more than £500,000 (€583,000) in legal bills. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, faces a vote of no confidence next week after a parliamentary committee reportedly found that she misled p(...)

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