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Scottish Secretary Michael Moore says the SNP would 'pretty well say anything and do anything' to win referendum as First Minister Alex Salmond argues for a move away from current 'undemocratic' system

Budget 2013: Scotland - Changes give Holyrood an extra £176m

An extra £176m will be available to the Scottish Government because of decisions made in the Chancellor's Budget, according to the UK Government.

Scotland aims for official exit from UK in 2016

Scotland would formally break away from the UK in March 2016 if next year’s referendum results in a vote in favour of independence, under a timetable drawn up by the Scottish Government.

David Cameron insists UK is 'better together' as plans for Scottish referendum are finalised

David Cameron has promised to campaign against Scottish independence with “everything we've got” as negotiations over a referendum entered their final stages.

Deal brokers: Nicola Sturgeon and Michael Moore in talks this month on the referendum

Deal on Scotland vote likely 'in days'

Westminster agrees to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in referendum on independence

'Reform banks' group launched

Paul Moore, the HBOS whistleblower, is launching a lobbying group – The New Wilberforce Alliance – to spearhead a campaign for a full public inquiry to clean up the banking industry.

The Chancellor after appearing on breakfast TV yesterday to talk about the Budget

Did Osborne tip off GlaxoSmithKline about his plans?

Less than 24 hours after George Osborne confirmed in the Budget that the Government would bring in new tax measures to encourage investment in research and development in the UK, the pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline announced it would be building its first new manufacturing facility in the UK for almost 40 years and investing £500m to create 1,000 UK jobs.

Mike Daisey's monologue 'The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs' has its European premiere at the High Tide in May

Screen Talk: Comic potential

The comic industry's Eisner Awards may not be globally renowned, but Hollywood and beyond certainly regards winners as having big-screen potential. But it came down to a British-based production banner, Studio Eight, to option the film rights to I Killed Adolf Hitler, a graphic novel by Norwegian comic artist Jason (aka John Arne Sæterøy). The novel's publisher, Fantagraphics, has hired screenwriter D C Walker of Up Country Productions to adapt the 2007 Eisner Award winner. The story follows the adventures of a hitman who encounters complications after travelling back in time to 1938 to assassinate Hitler.

Warsi to make case for faith on Vatican trip

The Conservative Party chairman will today warn against the marginalisation of Christianity as she leads a delegation of seven ministers on an official visit to the Vatican.

Louis Theroux: The reluctant geek bringing light to the world's dark corners

Theroux accepts that finding a balance between entertainment and revelation is a challenge, writes Ian Burrell

Swinton: 'It's a horror film, a love story, a war film, not social comment'

A best-selling novel unnervingly brought to life by the British film-maker Lynne Ramsay has so far been the competition highlight of the Cannes Film Festival. Based on the 2003 book by Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin stars Tilda Swinton and is directed by Glasgow-born Ramsay, who made her feature debut in Cannes in 1999 with the acclaimed Ratcatcher and whose last film was Morvern Callar in 2002.

First Night: We Need To Talk About Kevin, Cannes Film Festival

An eerie adaptation that doesn't quite ring true

Halfway house option for Scots in pursuit of change

The referendum on whether Scotland should leave the United Kingdom may offer Scots a "third way" option of greater financial freedom without leaving the Union.

Cameron offers major concessions to Salmond

SNP leader gets new economic powers and is told that Westminster will not place obstacles in way of referendum
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