SNP at centre of criminal fraud probe amid claims £600k fundraising cash has gone missing 

The Scottish National Party is at the centre of a criminal fraud probe amid claims cash donated to a £600,000 fundraising drive has gone missing. Police Scotland said the investigation focused on seven complaints about donations and had been launched after consultation with prosecutors. Detectives are looking at allegations that cash which was earmarked for … Read more

Ministers ‘hope bid to host the 2030 World Cup can help save the union’

Ministers ‘hope bid to host the 2030 World Cup can help save the union’ as Nicola Sturgeon pushes for Scottish independence Boris Johnson is pushing a joint British and Irish bid to host the 2030 World Cup The prospect has been boosted by Euros and response to Super League plan Government sources suggested World Cup … Read more

SNP wins by-election in Airdrie and Shotts

SNP wins by-election in Airdrie and Shotts called after sitting MP opted to swap Westminster for the same seat in Holyrood Anum Qaisar-Javed was elected with 10,129 votes, ahead of Labour’s candidate Kenneth Stevenson came in second with 8,372 votes. Tory candidate got 2,812 SNP leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sent her congratulations  By Chris Jewers … Read more

ANDREW NEIL: Nicola Sturgeon’s canny switch would have made Arthur Daley proud

Following the failure of Nicola Sturgeon’s pro-independence SNP to win an overall majority in last week’s elections to the Scottish parliament, the 314-year-old Union between England and Scotland lives to fight another day. Of course, it is by no means certain that the British Government would have bowed to Sturgeon’s demands for a second independence … Read more

DOMINIC LAWSON: Under Labour, unions would have jumped the vaccine queue – voters preferred fairness

There’s no gratitude in politics, they say. But this aphorism appears to have been refuted in last week’s multiple elections. The Conservatives in England, the SNP in Scotland and Labour in Wales: all were rewarded. The point is that in each of our nations, the leaders of these (governing) parties were fronting up the Covid … Read more

Michael Gove tells Nicola Sturgeon to focus on running Scotland not independence

Michael Gove today told Nicola Sturgeon to focus on fixing the NHS after she renewed her independence drive despite the SNP falling short of a majority in crunch elections. The Cabinet Office minister said Ms Sturgeon should think again about her ‘priorities’ in the wake of the Holyrood results, where her party saw a boost … Read more

Nicola Sturgeon warns Boris Johnson he would be ignoring ‘Scottish democracy’ with IndyRef block

Key moments for today in Scots battleground seats Scotland will find out today whether Nicola Sturgeon has managed to win a majority, with results from key seats set to be declared throughout the day. So far 49 constituencies have been confirmed, with the SNP on track to form the next Scottish Government. The Nationalists made … Read more