Alex Salmond’s new Alba Party could STOP Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP gaining an outright majority

Alex Salmond’s upstart pro-independence Alba Party party could ruin Nicola Sturgeon‘s chances of an outright SNP majority in the Scottish parliament election, a new poll suggests today.   The Savanta ComRes poll for The Scotsman predicts the SNP will return 64 MSPs, one short of the 65 needed for a majority. The poll predicts the Alba … Read more

Minister hints at domestic vaccine passport climbdown

Ministers today sparked speculation of a potential climbdown on domestic vaccine passports as they insisted the Government is ‘concentrating on ticketed, big events’.   Paul Scully, the Small Business Minister, said the work on so-called ‘Covid Status Certification’ is focused on major events which are ‘tougher to get back to a semblance of normal rather than … Read more

SNP could save PM from Tory revolt over domestic vaccine passports

The SNP could save Boris Johnson from a growing Tory revolt over domestic vaccine passports as Labour hardened its opposition to the documents.  Some 40 Tory MPs have made clear they are against domestic ‘Covid Status Certification’, warning that introducing the checks in everyday life would create a ‘two tier’ nation.  Labour is also increasingly … Read more

Alex Salmond demands Scottish independence talks begin IMMEDIATELY after May’s Holyrood elections

Alex Salmond today demanded fresh Scottish independence talks start immediately after May’s Holyrood elections if separatist parties achieve a ‘super-majority’ of seats. Launching his new Alba Party’s election campaign today the former SNP First Minister said that discussions with Westminster should begin in ‘week one’ of the new assembly. A poll at the weekend suggested … Read more

Gordon Brown tells Nicola Sturgeon to stop ‘petty politicking’ over Scottish independence

Former prime minister Gordon Brown accused Nicola Sturgeon of ‘petty politicking’ over Scottish independence today, telling the First Minister to focus on Covid and nothing else.  In his first major intervention in the Holyrood election campaign the former Labour leader said that the SNP chief should ‘put her constitutional argument to one side and focus … Read more

Pro-independence parties set for ‘super-majority’ in Scottish elections

Pro-independence parties could win a ‘super-majority’ in May’s Scottish Parliament elections, according to a new poll today that will put more pressure on Boris Johnson. The Scottish National Party, the Scottish Greens and Alex Salmond’s new Alba Party are forecast to win 79 of the 129 Holyrood seats between them, according to a survey by … Read more

Nicola Sturgeon says Alex Salmond should not be included in election TV debates

Nicola Sturgeon says Alex Salmond should not be included in election TV debates because his new Alba Party is too small as she sets outs plans for £60m fund to revamp play parks First Minister launches scathing attack on SNP predecessor ahead of election Salmond will write to broadcasters to ensure ‘fairness and parity of … Read more

MP Margaret Ferrier claimed £175 in expenses for overnight hotel stay

Coronavirus carrying SNP MP Margaret Ferrier claimed £1175 expenses for trip from London to Glasgow after testing positive for virus Margaret Ferrier, 60, travelled from Glasgow to Westminster and back again She allegedly travelled to London while waiting for the results of a Covid test She made a return journey after being informed she had … Read more

MP Margaret Ferrier claimed £175 in expenses for overnight hotel stay

Coronavirus carrying SNP MP Margaret Ferrier claimed £1175 expenses for trip from London to Glasgow after testing positive for virus Margaret Ferrier, 60, travelled from Glasgow to Westminster and back again She allegedly travelled to London while waiting for the results of a Covid test She made a return journey after being informed she had … Read more

Scottish elections: Alex Salmond threatens legal action if Alba Party barred from TV debates

Alex Salmond threatens broadcasters with legal action if he is barred from taking part in live TV debates ahead of the Scottish elections as he says there is an ‘unanswerable’ case for including his new Alba Party Alba leader is to write to broadcasters and regulator Ofcom to demand a place  He was was unveiled as … Read more