Nicola Sturgeon

The Atherstone hounds. Image: Getty

The SNP don’t care about foxes. It was all a pack of lies

24 November 2015 18:19

So, it turns out that the SNP weren’t that bothered about the plight of foxes after all. Back in July,…


Scottish Labour pull campaign video after spelling gaffe: #genertaion

30 October 2015 13:03

Someone at Scottish Labour is having a very bad day. The beleaguered party’s Perth conference has made the news. Alas, it…

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Has Nicola Sturgeon found a verbal formula to disguise SNP’s failure of poor students?

18 October 2015 7:54

At the SNP conference the First Minister and her deputy, John Swinney, both had precisely the same thing to say…

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 17:  First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon gives her keynote speech at the 81st annual SNP conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on October 17, 2015 in Aberdeen, Scotland.  During her address to delegates, Nicola Sturgeon announced a pledge to build a new network of NHS treatment centres and more financial support for carers if the SNP wins next year's Holyrood elections.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The Age of Nicola: Sturgeon maps out the road to independence

17 October 2015 18:07

The problem with Nicola Sturgeon is that she is, by the standards of contemporary politics, unusually straightforward. There is little…

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Nicola Sturgeon: the SNP would welcome uncomfortable scrutiny

17 October 2015 17:33

Nicola Sturgeon spoke at the open and close of the SNP conference, and her speech today transposed the key themes…


Nicola Sturgeon parties with the Daily Mail

17 October 2015 12:37

Nicola Sturgeon and the Daily Mail hosted a drinks reception for journalists last night. The unholy alliance included speeches from…

First Minister of Scotland and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon takes a selfie with a fan. Picture: Getty

The strangest thing about the SNP conference is how normal it is

17 October 2015 11:06

The SNP conference has had to get bigger as the party has grown. Those who’ve been coming for years are…

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Leaked extracts of Nicola Sturgeon’s speech suggests she doesn’t care much about Syria

17 October 2015 8:24

Nicola Sturgeon is to close the SNP annual conference today, and her aides have leaked what she proposes to say about…

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SNP conference 2015, in pictures

16 October 2015 21:36

This year’s SNP conference has proved to be a somewhat tame affair with Nicola Sturgeon playing down talk of a second independence referendum. While…

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon delivers a welcome address to the 81st Annual SNP conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference centre on October 15, 2015 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon explains how a second independence referendum could be ‘unstoppable’

16 October 2015 9:15

Nicola Sturgeon has a plan about how to achieve another independence referendum, even if there won’t be a pledge for one in…

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party addresses delegates on the first day of the SNP conference in Aberdeen. Picture: Getty

Sturgeon tries to calm nerves about another referendum

15 October 2015 12:50

One of the key aims of this SNP conference in Aberdeen is for the party to reach out to those who…

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 15:  First Minister Nicola Sturgeon delivers a welcome address to the 81st Annual SNP conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference centre on October 15, 2015 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Nicola Sturgeon used her opening speech at the SNP conference to call on people who rejected independence in the referendum to vote for her party in next years Holyrood election.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Nicola Sturgeon taunts ‘divided’ Labour party

15 October 2015 11:39

Remember those Tory posters that put a tiny Ed Miliband in Alex Salmond’s coat pocket? Well, it’s only five months…


Nicola Sturgeon: SNP needs to talk about governing

15 October 2015 10:29

SNP members are gathering for the first day of their party’s autumn conference in Aberdeen. The party is keen to…

Nicola Sturgeon meets members of the public during campaigning on, May 3, 2015 in Kirkcaldy, Scotland.

Podcast: the disaster of the SNP’s illiberal, one-party state

15 October 2015 9:31

The SNP’s eight years in government have been devoid of much scrutiny but in many areas, it has been a disaster.…


Ukip MEP on dangers of an independent Scotland: we’ll end up living in caves, eating cold porridge

11 October 2015 22:08

This morning Nicola Sturgeon said in an interview on the Andrew Marr Show that a second referendum on Scottish independence is…

If the kids are bright and poor, they'd be better off in England

The SNP is failing Scotland’s poor, and Nicola Sturgeon is struggling to deny it

11 October 2015 11:35

Would Scotland be better if government was run from Edinburgh rather than London? This is the SNP’s central proposition, but…


Jacob Rees-Mogg finds an unlikely fan in Mhairi Black

9 October 2015 17:32

In Mhairi Black’s maiden speech in the House of Commons, the young SNP MP voiced her opposition to the Tories…

Michelle Thomson MP and Nicola Sturgeon, in happier times. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN

Sleaze, cronyism and the SNP: the New Politics is charmingly familiar

1 October 2015 14:27

The great thing about the ‘new politics’ – or at least the new politics we have lately been privileged to…

The Labour Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 2

Jocky Come Home: a Labour misery drama that will flop

29 September 2015 14:47

Jeremy Corbyn is supposed to come to Scotland this week. Thursday’s visit will be his first since he became leader…


Jonathan Meades on god, football and brutophilia – and why his memoir was 17 years late

25 September 2015 0:04

This is a transcript of a talk, ‘Composing the Past’, given by Jonathan Meades at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh…

New Scottish Labour Party Leader Announced

Is Labour still a Unionist party?

21 September 2015 16:25

The answer to this question, it turns out, comes from Kenny Dalglish. The answer is mebbys aye, mebbys naw. At the…

Glasgow Prepares For The Independence Vote

Unionism’s referendum triumph has proved as bitter as it has been short-lived

18 September 2015 14:06

Nicola Sturgeon got one thing right this morning. A year on from the independence referendum, Scotland’s First Minister allowed that…

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Is Nicola Sturgeon trying to have her feminist cake and eat it too?

7 September 2015 12:26

Nicola Sturgeon is fed up that ‘literally every time I’m on camera’ people discuss about her appearance. She’s so fed…

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Yvette Cooper responds to Charles Moore over wardrobe comments

3 September 2015 9:51

Charles Moore recently wrote in his Spectator Notes that a candidate’s looks matter in leadership elections. While discussing the Labour leadership hopefuls,…

Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon’s bandwagon rolls on: a new poll puts the SNP on 62%

10 August 2015 12:40

People like to support successful teams. That’s why there are far more Chelsea fans now than there were 20 years…