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Scottish Labour Deputy Quits Amid Bad Polling

And a YouGov poll of Scottish voters put SNP support on 43% at the election – up from 20 per cent in 2010 – and giving the party a 16 point lead over Labour. Ipsos Mori poll, for STV, found that 52% of the Scottish electorate would vote for the …

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Labour faces electoral wipeout in Scotland as new poll shows party will hold …

Those who would stand to lose their Westminster seats include Jim Murphy, who is standing to be the next leader of Scottish Labour, Douglas Alexander, the shadow foreign secretary, and Margaret Curran MP. Gordon Brown, meanwhile, would be one of the …

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Jim Murphy: Decisions on Scottish Labour party will be made in Scotland

Jim Murphy has said the era of decisions about Scottish Labour being made outside of Scotland is "gone for good." Speaking after he announced his candidacy to replace Johann Lamont as Scottish Labour leader, he vowed to stand for the Scottish …

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16 thoughts on a dramatic Scottish poll

Scottish polls like this are generally quite soft. In England, there is a very small pool of people who will swing between the two biggest parties. Look at how voters in Scottish local elections, where candidates are ranked in order of preference, vote …

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Anas Sarwar quits as Scottish Labour deputy leader

Mr Sarwar said: “I will remain focused over the next seven weeks on ensuring Labour hold both the UK and Scottish governments to account and on getting the best outcome for Scotland out of the Smith Commission process for more powers for the Scottish …

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Scottish Labour leadership race: who's in the running?

Jon Craig, chief political correspondent at Sky News, notes that with new powers promised to Holyrood, the Scottish first minister will become "a more powerful figure than most of the Cabinet" in Westminster. But whoever takes on the Scottish Labour …

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Jim Murphy – is Scottish Labour dyeing?

While watching Scottish Labour leader frontrunner Jim Murphy launch his campaign today, you might be forgiven for thinking the teetotaller has been hitting the bottle. The bottle of hair dye, that is. There is a noticeable change in tone from when …

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Scottish Labour leadership: Murphy says he would 'bring Labour together'

Jim Murphy MP has formally announced his intention to run for leadership of the Scottish Labour Party. The former Scottish secretary is the third contender to join the race to replace Johann Lamont, who resigned on Friday. Mr Murphy told BBC Scotland …

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First Scottish Paranormal Festival launched in Stirling

"The Scottish Paranormal Festival came from my passion for the unexplained," he said. "Whether it's pondering the existence of poltergeists or understanding UFOS, we've been able to bring an exciting number of experts, writers and investigators from …

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Beleagured Scottish Labour Party would be annihilated if a general election …

The full breakdown of the poll is SNP 52%, Scottish Labour 23%, Scottish Conservatives 10%, Scottish Liberal Democrats 6%, Scottish Green Party 6%, Ukip 2% and 1% support for others. The 1026 participants were surveyed between October 22 and 29 as …

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Jim Murphy voes to end Labour's Scottish 'losing streak'

“I want to end that period of losing Labour here in Scotland, starting with the UK general election in 2015, where I'm confident we can hold all the seats we currently have but pick up one or two on top and also win that election in 2016 for the …

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Ed Miliband: Labour faces a fight to save its Scottish MPs

In a mark of the damage caused by the bruising resignation of Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont last week, when she accused Miliband of treating her party like “a branch office”, Miliband said his party had already been though a “tough week” and …

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Drink-drive limit in Scotland will be reduced in time for …

The drink-drive limit in Scotland will be reduced in time for Christmas as new legislation is introduced. Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill will announce on Friday the new limit, that will be introduced on December 5. Under the …

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Scottish firms optimistic for growth

Grant Westfield began as a traditional Edinburgh shop-fitting firm but under Nigel Patch's direction it is expanding across the UK and edging into European markets. Kenny Kemp talks to him about the export challenges. Scotland · Interview · 0 Comments …

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Jim Murphy hopes to become first minister of Scotland

Jim Murphy, the shadow international development secretary, has confirmed he will leave Westminster for the Scottish parliament if he wins the contest to become Scottish Labour leader. Murphy will stand to replace Johann Lamont after her shock …

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Tesco Bank wins Scottish Financial Services Award

Run by Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE), sponsored by EY and supported by The Scotsman, the award judges entrants on their contributions to Scotland's standing as a financial centre, their long-term perspectives, the benefits for customers and their …

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Jim Murphy joins Scottish Labour race

Mr Murphy, who will stand for a seat in the Scottish Parliament by 2016, will launch his campaign next week. The shadow secretary of state for international development said: “I think it is time for a fresh start for the Scottish Labour Party. I am …

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Wellcome Trust Capital Award to support Scottish centre for scientific engagement

The Wellcome Trust is pleased to announce significant funding towards the creation of six new science and technology galleries at the National Museum of Scotland, opening in 2016. A Capital Award grant of £1.3 million will help create a Scottish centre …

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Poll predicts Scottish wipeout for Labour in general election

Labour is facing a potential electoral wipeout in Scotland, with a new poll suggesting more than twice as many voters would back the Scottish National party in May's UK general election. The Ipsos Mori poll for STV found just 23 per cent of voters …

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Miliband rallies Scottish troops

Mr Miliband acknowledged that Labour has had a "tough week" with the dramatic resignation of Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont, but said its general election success and devolution referendum in 1997 and the success of Labour-led Better Together in …

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Scottish Labour is in crisis; is Jim Murphy the solution?

I argue in the magazine this week http://www.spectator.co.uk/columnists/politics/9355852/scotland-needs-jim-murphy-even-if-he-doesnt-want-to-go-back-there/ that Jim Murphy is, by a distance, the best candidate for the job. He has what Scottish Labour …

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STV poll: Labour would annihilated if general election held tomorrow

The Labour Party in Scotland would face political annihilation if there was a general election tomorrow, according to a poll commissioned by STV. The Ipsos Mori survey shows Labour would poll 23% of the Scottish vote, leaving them with just four seats …

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Scottish Labour leadership: Jim Murphy vows to end Labour losing streak

Jim Murphy has said he wants to end Labour's "losing streak" in Scotland and become the country's first minister in 2016. The East Renfrewshire MP was speaking after confirming himself as a candidate for the Scottish Labour leadership. Mr Murphy said …

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Poll: Labour Faces Annihilation In Scotland At General Election

Ed Miliband would find it almost impossible to win the election in seven months time without a holding onto a subsantial number of Scottish MPs. Election expert professor John Curtice said: "According to STV the estimated 25% swing from Labour to SNP …

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Bronx boxers strike gold at Scottish Novice Championships

And there was further success for the gym last weekend for Daryl Brown, Jay Colbourne and Ben Cymber, who were in competition at the Scottish Novice Championships at Ravenscraig last weekend. The trio took the championships by storm, each claiming …

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Scottish Labour

TO LOOK at Scotland's two main political parties six weeks after its independence referendum, you would not know that Scots had rejected secession. The Scottish National Party (SNP), which led the failed case for separation, is buoyant. By contrast the …

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Scottish Labour leadership: Murphy's 'London life coming to an end'

Jim Murphy has announced his intention to run for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party and to be a future first minister of Scotland. Mr Murphy said he would not be "pushed around" if elected. He said: "No-one will tell me what to do if I'm …

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Matheson: years of disproportionate cuts from Scottish Government are putting …

Labour-led Glasgow City Council expects to balance the books despite "year after year of disproportionate cuts" from the Scottish Government. The city's financial forecast for 2015/2016 says it will need to find savings to meet a spending gap of £28.9 …

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Murphy to stand as Scottish Labour leader

Murphy, who was Scottish secretary under Gordon Brown, said today that he was determined to 'end the period of self-harm that we have had in the Scottish Labour Party' and that he wanted to channel the energy of the referendum debate into solving …

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Scottish tourism jobs up more than 16% in a year

The number of people employed by Scotland's tourism industry has rocketed by 16.4% in a year, official figures show. According to the Scottish Government, the key economic sector provided jobs for 211,200 people last year. This was up from 181,500 in …

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Jim Murphy joins the contest to replace Johann Lamont as leader of Scottish …

I want to strike a tone that stops the Scottish Labour Party from committing self harm. I want to unite the Labour Party but, more importantly, I want to bring the country back together after the referendum. "I am not going to shout at or about the SNP …

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Jim Murphy confirms Scottish Labour leadership bid

Labour MP Jim Murphy has announced he is to stand as the next leader of the Scottish Labour Party in a bid to become the First Minister. The Shadow International Development Secretary will launch a formal campaign later this week and will face MSPs …

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Scottish Power scales back big East Anglia wind farm

The company planning to build one of the world's biggest offshore wind farms off East Anglia says it has had to scale back the project because government subsidies available for it are too low. Scottish Power energy group secured planning permission …

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Eight Scottish restaurants rank among the best in Britain …

Restaurant Martin Wishart in Edinburgh is the highest-ranking Scottish establishment at number 11, with his Loch Lomond restaurant, Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond, closely following at number 13. The Castle Terrace and …

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Nicola Sturgeon new leader of Scottish National Party …

The Scottish National Party says Nicola Sturgeon will be its next leader, replacing Alex Salmond, who is stepping down after failing to secure independence in a referendum last month.

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