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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.

Leading Scottish Tory plans to disband party

The front-runner to become Conservative leader in Scotland will today set out plans to disband the party north of the border, arguing that its brand has become fatally tainted among voters.

Scottish Tory aims to disband party

A contender to lead the Scottish Conservatives is vowing to disband the party and split from London control if elected.

Labour wins Bolsover by-election

Labour gained in an English council by-election and easily held off the Scottish National Party in a marginal ward north of the border.

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (21/08/11)

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Lockerbie bomber decision defended

The Scottish Government insists it has been "vindicated" two years to the day since the controversial decision to release the Lockerbie bomber from jail on compassionate grounds.

Edinburgh, a city with tramlines &ndash; but still no trams

After more than 10 years in the pipeline, scrapping the project could cost as much as completing it

Dominic Lawson: Scottish pride and English money

Brutal financial calculation remains an essential solvent in the glue that holds the two nations together

Clegg faces up to collapse of Lib Dem vote in Inverclyde

Nick Clegg was facing recriminations yesterday after the Liberal Democrats suffered their second by-election humiliation in four months.

Poll victor Iain McKenzie hails Labour fightback

Labour today declared a "fightback" was under way after retaining Inverclyde and claimed the Scottish National Party's "bandwagon has ground to a halt".

Tories lose by-elections in nail-biting night

Six seats changed hands out of 11 at stake in the latest council by-elections with Tories losing four.

The Sketch: Salvoes on reform bring out lordly left's conservative side

There may be new readers unfamiliar with the remark of that toriest of Tories, Lord Salisbury, so here it is again: "What do we need change for," he said. "Aren't things bad enough as they are?"

Business Diary: Billions of reasons for Scots to stay

The rise and rise of the Scottish National Party has got the Institute of Economic Affairs thinking about Scottish independence – and not in a good way. The IEA's message to the Scots is that if they want to break away from the rest of the UK, they'll have to take their share of the national debt with them. It reckons £110bn, around 10 per cent of the total, is fair because that's Scotland's share of spending. That should give Alec Salmond, the nationalist leader, something to think about.

SNP selects by-election candidate

The Scottish National Party has selected its candidate to succeed the late David Cairns as the new MP for Inverclyde.

Scots to protest at English intervention in legal cases

Alex Salmond was last night preparing for his first showdown with London after leading the SNP to a crushing victory in elections to the Scottish Parliament.

Labour has lost lead over Tories, says survey

Labour has lost its lead over the Tories for the first time in seven months as Ed Miliband struggles to make an impact with the public, according to ComRes's poll for The Independent. It shows the parties running neck and neck following a turbulent political month in which Labour was trounced in elections to the Scottish Parliament and recorded a mixed performance in contests for English councils.

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