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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 article: With voters in a mood to punish, the chance of a lifetime has been lost

There was one conspicuous winner and one conspicuous loser from Thursday's elections and the historic referendum.

Reformists turn on Clegg after landslide defeat in voting referendum

Clegg blamed as referendum on voting system backs status quo / Liberal Democrats left reeling after huge losses in local elections

Salmond hails majority election win

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Alex Salmond pulled off an unprecedented victory in the Scottish Parliament election today, clearing the way for a referendum on independence.

'A real knock' says embattled Clegg over lost seats

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg admitted today that the Liberal Democrats had suffered a "real knock" as voters took out their anger on the party for the coalition's cuts.

SNP secures majority election win

The SNP has secured an unprecedented victory by taking a majority of seats in the Scottish Parliament election.

Scottish Labour leader Gray to stand down

Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray will stand down in the autumn after a disastrous night for his party in the Holyrood election.

Cameron 'committed' to coalition

The coalition Government "is as good today as it was a year ago", Prime Minister David Cameron insisted today as the Liberal Democrats suffered heavy defeats in the local elections.

Clegg suffers double blow and faces party backlash

Defeat looms in AV and council polls while Lib Dems vow to hit back at Tories

Lib Dem leader sees council power lost – even in his own back yard

The Liberal Democrats conceded defeat early this morning in the battle to hold on to the council in Nick Clegg's home city of Sheffield as the party's vote slumped across the North of England.

John Curtice: Miliband will probably prefer Cardiff to Edinburgh

Labour's one-seat defeat at the hands of the Scottish National Party in 2007 was a big shock for the party. But at least it could be blamed on dissatisfaction with Tony Blair's government in London, compounded by a reluctance to air disagreements with the UK government in public.

Yes campaign makes its final push for victory

Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg last night made last-ditch pleas to the public to defy David Cameron and the pollsters by supporting a historic change to the voting system in tomorrow's referendum.

'Clear tartan water' after disastrous Labour gaffes

Gordon Brown was hemmed in between the soft fruit and the yoghurt at a supermarket in Livingston. The former prime minister crouched down between two small children while their mother lined them all up in front of her camera phone.

Cable makes final plea for 'historic' change to UK's voting system

Business Secretary defies PM and urges voters to back AV – as a former MP labels status quo a 'moonlighter's charter'
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