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The campaign against Scottish independence must move beyond economics to arguments of the “head and heart”, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

Cameron 'will work with anyone' to preserve union

Tory leader David Cameron today warned Scotland's First Minister the SNP's Alex Salmond not to assume the election of a Conservative government would fuel demands for Scottish independence.

Iain Grey: What Scotland needs is a first minister with passion

It is sometimes said that Labour has governed Scotland for 50 years. Well, I joined the party in a council scheme in a city, Edinburgh, which had been ruled by the Tories for centuries. It did not feel like Labour was in charge.

New leader for Scotland's Labour Party

The former Holyrood minister Iain Gray was elected leader of the Scottish Labour Party yesterday and used his victory speech to attack Alex Salmond. Mr Gray accused the SNP first minister of "taking pride in putting people down".

Great Scot eyes next victory

He is known as the "real McHoy", and yesterday the cyclist became Scotland's greatest ever Olympian, taking his medals collection to three golds and one silver with victory in the keirin track event.

Alex Salmond: The new king of Scotland

The Scottish Nationalists are riding high in the polls and savouring a crushing victory over Labour in the Glasgow East by-election. Their administration is earning plaudits, even from Cabinet ministers, but can the First Minister really pull off a break-up of the Union? John Mullin meets... Alex Salmond

Glasgow kisses goodbye to Labour

The saltires were flying yesterday at the Glasgow Fort Shopping centre in the east end of the city as Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, was greeted with a hero's welcome. Mr Salmond walked and talked with the confidence of a man who knows that he is now dictating the agenda – not just in Scottish politics, but in Westminster as well.

Alan Massie: Salmond's triumph brings a whiff of Gaullism

The future of Scotland and the Union itself is now in question after the SNP's triumph in Glasgow East

The Atlantic Ocean, by Andrew O'Hagan

Storm warnings for this leaky union

Brown faces by-election earthquake, says SNP

The SNP insisted that it was still on course to deliver a "political earthquake" in one of Labour's safest seats and humiliate Gordon Brown by snatching victory in today's Glasgow East by-election.

Final push for by-election votes

Labour today mounted a final push in the Glasgow East by-election by knocking on 10,000 doors in the constituency.

Labour campaign descends into shambles

Labour's campaign to hold on to a parliamentary seat in Glasgow descended into farce yesterday, as, less than three weeks before polling day, the favourite to become the party's candidate withdrew from the race at the last minute.

Leading article: A perfect storm facing Mr Brown in Scotland

It's understandable that Wendy Alexander should feel bitter over the way she has been forced to stand down as the leader of Scottish Labour. The £950 donation to her election campaign that she failed to report to Holyrood's standards committee pales when set against the £60,000 that the two Tory MPs, Sir Nicholas and Lady Winterton, claimed on expenses, let alone the gargantuan sums that some Tory MEPs have milked from public funds. It is not as if this money went to her directly.

Scotland: one year closer to breaking away as SNP momentum continues

When Gordon Brown addresses the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh today, no doubt some in the audience will privately reflect on the widely differing fortunes of the Prime Minister and Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister.

Leading article: Alex Salmond's success is taking Scotland closer to independence

Alex Salmond can look back on his year as Scotland's First Minister with some satisfaction. The SNP leader has used his minority government to maximum effect over the past 12 months and, in doing so, has strengthened his party's support among the Scottish population. Those who predicted that the pressures of office would squeeze the nationalists' popularity have been confounded. Indeed, the difference between Mr Salmond's serene year in Holyrood and the meltdown experienced by his fellow Scot, Gordon Brown, in Downing Street is unmistakable.

Deborah Orr: Why struggle for Scottish independence when ironic detachment is just as good?

Devolution, in Scotland anyway, has turned out to be a lot more fun than anyone envisaged. Except for Labour, of course. The party that introduced devolution with such enthusiasm, breezily certain that it could do nothing but cement its popularity in the north, can do little but watch as the whole process turns into what can only be viewed from its perspective as a continuing farce.

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