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Demand for separate Scottish representation in European Union

Edinburgh - The Scottish National Party (SNP), the governing party in Scotland’s devolved parliament based in Edinburgh, today called for Scotland to have its own representation in the European Union (EU) and other international bodies.

UK: Security alert as jogger runs into Prime Minister Cameron

Leeds - Questions are being asked concerning security protecting UK Prime Minister David Cameron after a jogger out running in Leeds, West Yorkshire collided with the Prime Minister as the latter was leaving an engagement at Leeds Civic Hall.

Op-Ed: Scottish National Party now UK’s third biggest political force

Edinburgh - An upsurge in membership numbers since last Thursday’s Scotland’s Independence Referendum has made the Scottish National Party (SNP) the third biggest UK political party, nudging the UK-wide Liberal Democrats into fourth place.

Timetable for the Scottish Independence Referendum results

Edinburgh - In just under an hour's time, voting in Scotland’s Independence Referendum comes to an end when polling stations close at 10 p.m. local time (5 p.m. EDT).

Unite leader McCluskey issues fresh funding threat to Labour

In the wake of what has been a year of big changes in UK politics, Len McCluskey, leader of Unite, has informed Ed Miliband that Labour funding could be relinquished should they enter coalition with the Liberal Democrats.

Op-Ed: Scots independence vote — The week the 'No' campaign fell apart

Edinburgh - Last week didn’t produce a political earthquake in Scotland but that may yet happen if voters vote “Yes” to independence in sufficient numbers on their date with destiny, September 18, when the Scottish referendum on independence is held.

Cameron optimistic on EU referendum

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he is confident a referendum on the UK's membership in the EU can be conducted in 2017.

Op-Ed: Sunday Herald first newspaper to back an independent Scotland

Glasgow - The Sunday Herald, published in Glasgow, Scotland, last weekend became the first newspaper circulating in Scotland to openly back a “yes” vote in the referendum on Scottish independence scheduled for Sept. 18, 2014.

UK's Ministry of Defence to beef up cyberspace capabilities

London - The UK’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced at the weekend the formation of a new Joint Cyber Unit with offensive capabilities.

Op-Ed: Syrian crisis — UK parliament recalled, warplanes sent to Cyprus

London - As Country Joe Fish's anti-Vietnam anthem loops around this bloggers' brain it looks like one, two three once again we could be off to war. This time the target is Syria.

Chris Huhne, disgraced UK MP, and former wife jailed

London - Chris Huhne and Vicky Price were a high-flying British couple, until the old-adage that "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" hit home.

Op-Ed: Britain's 'nasty party', the Tories, pushes for secret courts

London - The British coalition government is often referred to as the "condems", for obvious reasons. The UK Conservatives or Tories are often called the "nasty party" and below are yet more reasons why.

British court ruling declares government work schemes unlawful

UK government works and pensions minister, Iain Duncan Smith, introduced a wide range of sweeping welfare reforms. A court of appeal ruling Tuesday has 'blown a big hole' in his return-to-work schemes.

Op-Ed: SNP reveal Scotland’s independence day — too difficult, says UK

The Scottish National Party-controlled Scottish Government today began fleshing out a timetable for Scotland to become an independent nation once again. For opposition parties in Scotland it was a case of, “Hawd on a wee minute."

Op-Ed: April introduction of UK 'bedroom tax'

As part of the British coalition government's austerity measures, welfare reform has taken centre stage. An introduction of a 'bedroom tax', for those in receipt of housing benefit is scheduled for April.

UK: Secret papers show extent of senior royals' veto over bills

The appointment of a UK Information Commissioner, and introduction of the Freedom of Information Act, have resulted in many 'secrets' being made public. The latest revelations relate to Prince Charles and the Queen, with regard to the royal veto.

UK: Millions face tax hike under new pension plans

Government proposals, in the UK, to reform pensions will see winners and losers. It is estimated that higher national insurance contributions will mean, in effect, a tax rise of 1.4p in the pound, for more than 6 million workers.

Aberdeen woman cleared of nominating shop dummy for election

Aberdeen - Early in 2012, “Helena Torry” was nominated to stand in local elections to Aberdeen City Council in Scotland but it transpired that Helena Torry was a dummy, not a political dummy in a pejorative sense, but a real...err... live, shop mannequin!

Op-Ed: Britain's National Health Service reform

The NHS used to be called the "Pride of Britain". In recent years it has faced reform after reform and news of its failings have shocked the nation. Can the NHS endure the coalition's planned reforms and become a better service?

British Health Secretary claims failing NHS bosses will go

As a report into failing standards, at one UK hospital trust, is about to be published, UK Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, claims that failing bosses in the NHS will go.

British PM David Cameron wants seven more years

As politicians in the UK begin to set their sights on the 2015 general election, David Cameron has announced that he wants seven more years in office.

Labour MP Diane Abbott forced to apologise for racist tweet

London - Diane Abbott, the UK Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington and Shadow Cabinet Minister for Public Health, issued a hasty apology for tweeting a comment many consider to be racist in the wake of the Lawrence murder trial.

Op-Ed: UK Labour leader Miliband should learn to embrace 'Red Ed'

UK Labour leader Ed Miliband publically rejected the label "Red Ed". But as questions continue to mount about his leadership and he struggles to find a power base in his party, he desperately needs a political identity.

Op-Ed: The referendum in UK, taking a back seat

With current world events, such as Japan and the Middle East, the upcoming referendum in the UK on the subject of the "Alternative Vote" seems to have slipped out of the news completely.

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