Category Archives: Scotland

The People’s Election: The final chapter … Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill

Coatbridge has voted Labour en masse for decades TOM Clarke is angry with the media. Last week, The Guardian followed the Labour MP as he canvassed Coatbridge and its environs, the North Lanarkshire patch he has represented since 1982. The … Continue reading

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The People’s Election: Part 9 – Edinburgh South

Ian Murray, ‘a good local MP’ THIS is supposed to be the social media election. But nobody seems to have told the good people of leafy Morningside. On a blustery weekday afternoon in the land of Miss Jean Brodie few … Continue reading

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The People’s Election: Part 8, Paisley and Renfrewshire South

Despite having more than a 16,000 majority, Douglas Alexander lags behind SNP challenger Mhairi Black, above, in Paisley Paisley has more than its fair share of attractions. There’s the medieval Abbey, cradle of the Royal House of Stewart. The art … Continue reading

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The People’s Election: Part 7, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey

Inverness was above the national average in its Yes vote ‘WE didn’t obtain the result we wanted but sooner or later we will get the result we want,” says Norman Will, leaning back on a comfy armchair in the Yes … Continue reading

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The People’s Election: Part 5, Midlothian

Gordon Brown addresses an audience at Loanhead Miners Welfare and Social Club in Midlothian last September ‘WHICH way will you be voting in May?” I ask a table laden with lunchtime half pints and nips in the members’ bar at … Continue reading

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The People’s Election: Part 4, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale

the banner-carrying Principal of the Common Riding, who has ‘aye been’ a man ON the last Friday of every July, Langholm hosts the Common Riding. In a throwback to the days of vicious Reiver battles with the English across the … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Revenge

INVERNESS, Scotland — Last September, Scotland held a referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. The campaign was lively, colorful and, it seemed, decisive: Scots voted by a 10-point margin to stay a part of Britain. But just seven months … Continue reading

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How Labour Lost Ground to the Scottish National Party

“Which way will you be voting in May?” I ask a table laden with lunchtime half pints and nips in the members’ bar at Loanhead Miners Welfare and Social Club in Midlothian, half a dozen miles or so from Edinburgh. … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Labour party dominance and UK vote tumult

Scotland’s Labour party leader Jim Murphy [Reuters] Glasgow, Scotland – There is an old adage that in Glasgow, Labour votes are weighed not counted, such is the party’s historical dominance of Scotland’s largest city. Labour has controlled Glasgow city council … Continue reading

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UK elections and the shift from ‘tribal’ politics

The historic multi-party debates in the UK have rekindled political diversity [Reuters] Glasgow, UK – Some seven million viewers across Britain tuned into the first, and only, televised multi-party debate ahead of May’s general election. What they saw on April … Continue reading

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