Events in Scotland show that a result as close as 50 per cent plus one does not necessarily meet the test of making a nationalist win likely. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Much thought is given to the impact of Scottish independence on unionists in Northern Ireland. Equal thought should be given to the impact on national(...)

Election agents check on votes being counted for the Scottish parliamentary elections at the Inverness Leisure hall. Photograph: Trevor Martin/PA

The Scottish National Party has held three of the first four constituencies declared in the Scottish Parliament election. Counting of votes(...)

Conservative’s Jill Mortimer is declared winner in the Hartlepool parliamentary by-election at Mill House Leisure Centre in Hartlepool. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Boris Johnson has described the early election results in the UK as “very encouraging” after hopes of a Labour revival were dealt a crushing blow when(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

Colm Tóibín is among the signatories. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

More than 170 writers, artists and intellectuals have called on European leaders to offer an independent Scotland a simple and attractive way to join (...)

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(...)

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(...)

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon giving evidence before the Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints. Photograph: PA

Nicola Sturgeon entered the Robert Burns room in the Scottish Parliament apparently embattled after fresh testimony about her role in the Alex Salmond(...)

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