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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.

Former minister David Cairns mourned

Political leaders turned out to pay tribute to former Scotland Office minister David Cairns at his funeral today.

First by-election blood to Tories in Surrey

Tories comfortably defended a marginal seat in the first council by-election since this month's main contests.

SNP plans law change over Lockerbie files

New laws to allow the publication of Lockerbie files are to be brought in by the SNP.

Leading article: The SNP may propose, but it is the voters who will dispose

What is holding Alex Salmond back? The central goal of the Scottish National Party since its formation in 1934 has been independence for Scotland by popular consent. This was out of reach until last week, because the SNP did not have the votes to get the necessary legislation through the Scottish Parliament, let alone through Parliament at Westminster. But after Thursday's result, the way is clear. The Scottish Parliament can pass a Referendum Act whenever Mr Salmond chooses. David Cameron and the Scottish Secretary, Michael Moore, have both, rightly, said that they will not stand in the way.

Letters: the SNP won because it offered real policies

The London-based parties forgot to take the Scottish voters seriously: there were no real policies from Labour or Lib Dem but scare tactics aplenty: "Vote SNP and you'll get independence"; "Vote non-Labour and you'll be back to Thatcher". The SNP offered many solid policies, not just independence, as did the Greens – the only two parties to grow and the two parties that took the Scottish election seriously.

Sean O'Grady: Split with Scotland would make for a messy divorce

Economic Outlook: The debt-to-GDP ratio of an independent Scotland might prove so large as to sink it financially before it was even born

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.

Miliband hails Labour's election gains

Ed Miliband today hailed Labour's election performance, denying he was disappointed with the results.

Scottish Lib Dem leader steps down

The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has stepped down from his post after a "disastrous" result for the party in the Scottish Parliament elections.

Chris Huhne: No reform now means bigger reform later

The pressure to change the voting system can't be ignored for ever. The plates have shifted, but the Tories still won't accept change

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

Leading article: Let's hold the Tories to account

The Prime Minister is well qualified for the job in at least one important sense: he is lucky. He is lucky that Nick Clegg has absorbed most of the opprobrium directed at the coalition in its first year. From some of the press coverage recently, a Rip Van Winkle might rub his eyes and conclude that Mr Clegg was the most evil man in Britain. Yet anyone who has actually been awake during the past 12 months must know that Mr Clegg is trying to promote the values of social justice and toleration for which his party stands. As John Rentoul argues today, one may disagree with the way he has gone about it, but one should not doubt his sincerity or seriousness of purpose.

PM urged to improve Scotland Bill

The Prime Minister has been asked to reappraise his position on Scotland's financial and constitutional future following a landslide victory for the SNP.

SNP landslide puts break-up of Britain on political agenda

A triumphant Alex Salmond swept back to power in Scotland in such emphatic style that he put the break-up of Britain firmly on the political agenda for the first time in 300 years.

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