John Curtice

John Kevin Curtice is an academic who is currently Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde

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Yes supporters gather outside the Usher Hall, Edinburgh. The latest polls suggest that the 'No' campaign is slightly ahead

Scottish indepence polls: All to play for as result comes down to the don’t-knows

Between them the last half dozen polls point to an average of Yes 49 per cent, No 51 per cent

The Yes side don’t believe Scotland will lose the pound

Scottish independence: The Yes side don’t believe Scotland will lose the pound

Yes camp have made significant progress on whether or not an independent Scotland would be a more prosperous country

A defaced Ukip poster in Sheffield. The three major parties face serious questions about strategy for next year’s general election

European elections 2014 Ukip analysis: Unpopular big three parties give Nigel Farage room to manoeuvre

Both Labour and Ukip had something to prove when the Euro votes were eventually counted on Sunday night.

Nigel Farage in Essex yesterday; Ukip gained about 150 seats in the local elections

Local election results 2014: Gloomy results all round - unless you're a Ukip voter

Only London, with its well educated population, resisted the Ukip tide. In the capital, Nigel Farage’s party managed only 11 per cent of the vote on average in the wards in which it stood.

The Conservatives should not be spooked by Nigel Farage

The three main parties suffered in the polls this year. Only UKIP truly did well

Never before has a wholly independent fourth party enjoyed such support

Analysis: Coalition may have its troubles after Ukip's rise - but Ed Miliband still has to prove he can capitalise on them

Many a Conservative MP feared the worst when the local ballot boxes were opened. Their concerns were fully realised.

John Curtice: Ukip are the moral victors of Eastleigh

The party has once again scaled heights that only a little while ago seemed unimaginable

John Curtice: Mid-term loss for the Tories has proved Ukip’s gain

The principal electoral development of 2012 was the advent of mid-term blues for the Conservatives. The party began the year well, with a narrow lead over Labour, one secured the previous month thanks to David Cameron’s European veto.

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How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
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One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
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The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
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Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
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Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
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Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
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As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
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For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
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The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
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Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
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