Jim Murphy

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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(...)

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said Labour leader David Miliband “can say what he likes now [about a deal post election], but he’ll have to wake up and smell the coffee on May 8th”. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Claims that the Scottish National Party holding the balance of power after next week’s UK general election would cause a constitutional crisis are “a(...)

Steve Bradley: Steve Bradley’s father, Pat, was Northern Ireland’s chief electoral officer. Photograph: Mark Hennessy

Steve Bradley’s father, Pat, stood at a podium in the King’s Hall in Belfast surrounded by television cameras in 1998 to announce the Belfast Agreemen(...)

Mayor of London Boris Johnson and prime minister David Cameron after visiting a nursery during the election campaign, in south London. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

English MPs must be given powers to pass legislation affecting only English voters, such as tax rates, the Conservatives have said, pledging to begin (...)

Former British prime minister John Major has warned that a minority Labour government will be held “to ransom on a vote by vote basis” by the Scottish National Party. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Former British prime minister John Major has warned that a minority Labour government will be held “to ransom on a vote by vote basis” by the Scottish(...)

 Prime minister David Cameron on the Conservative election campaign bus, near Builth Wells, Wales. Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Job numbers in the UK now stand at a record high and unemployment has fallen back to 1.8 million, according to published figures seized upon by the(...)

Labour leader Ed Miliband arrives to address supporters during the party’s launch of its election manifesto in Manchester. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The expectant queue stood in line at the old Granada TV studios in Manchester yesterday morning as the bus carrying some of Labour’s team arrived for (...)

Medium and message: Prime Minister David Cameron talks to Conservative Party supporters in Cornwall. Click to the next photograph for an alternative take on the size of the crowd. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Jim Murphy, the leader of the Scottish Labour Party, stood at a bar counter late on Thursday night, buying a round of drinks for his staff after the s(...)

 Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon was met with groans during an Edinburgh TV debate, when she indicated that a pledge to hold a second referendum would be included in the SNP’s manifesto for next year’s Holyrood elections. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that, as part of a deal to keep Labour in power in Westminster, the Scottish National Party (SNP) wi(...)

From left: Scotland’s Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Labour leader Jim Murphy, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie during Tuesday night’s televised debate. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has declared that a vote for the Scottish National Party in next month’s Westminster elections “doesn’t mean t(...)

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