All a unionist party does by dissolving its British connections is signal to the electorate that the SNP are right.
If these results were replicated in May, Douglas Alexander would lose his seat. So, too, would the Liberal Democrats’ Danny Alexander.
She tells Andrew Gimson that Scottish Conservatives are determined to defend the UK, and may even prosper by doing so.
By Peter HoskinFollow Peter on Twitter Today’s the day for pre-emptive strikes. Ed Miliband, Douglas Alexander, Nick Clegg and Vince Cable are all spread across the airwaves, attacking David Cameron’s Europe speech in advance of its delivery tomorrow. And so their main points of difference with the PM have become clearer, but also — more neglected […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Labour will be able to introduce three new Members of Parliament when the House next meets. The party won three by-elections on Thursday, in Manchester Central, Corby and Cardiff South and Penarth. Will they bring some expert wisdom to Parliament? Perhaps they leave behind distinguished careers? Have any of […]
By Tim MontgomerieFollow Tim on Twitter One of the alliances that Number 10 has most feared is between Eurosceptic Tory backbenchers and the Labour Party. It feared it on the IMF bailout and it fears it on the EU budget. In an important intervention in tomorrow's Times (£) Ed Balls and Douglas Alexander make the […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. The present political situation has created a wonderful example of opportunistic politics: Labour's attempt at condemning David Cameron for his referendum stance. Douglas Alexander, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, wrote for the Guardian today: "Of course, there are also those within the Labour party who have speculated about the possibility […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander, has written for the Guardian today, on Labour's new policy of "mature patriotism" towards Europe. Alexander writes: "Our task is instead to tell a new story about Britain and Europe, rooted in the need for reform revealed by new economic and political realities. To […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Following Ed Miliband's Shadow Cabinet reshuffle this afternoon, we can take a look at some of the reaction in the press: The Spectator's James Forsyth: "The Labour reshuffle is an attempt to bring more energy and aggression into Ed Miliband's top team. It is also a recognition that the […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter The BBC is reporting that Scottish Labour MP Tom Harris "has stated his interest in becoming the new Labour leader in Scotland.". Harris is firmly on the centre-left, and was one of Labour's star bloggers before leaving the blogosphere last year. He also stood, unsuccessfully, for the Shadow Cabinet elections […]
By Jonathan Isaby Peter Oborne has written a piece for today's Daily Telegraph asserting that that there has been a seismic shift in Labour's attitudes towards the European Union in recent weeks, leading it to take "a new and potent position". He points in particular to two recent interventions: Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls' demand that […]