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Labour will 'name and shame' companies which don't pay men and women equally
Companies would be “named and shamed” under a Labour Government to put pressure on them to close the pay gap between men and women.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:20:35 +0100)

Scottish referendum: Police struggle to control Unionist rally in Glasgow's George Square
Police in Glasgow struggled on Friday night to control a mass pro-Union rally after hundreds of demonstrators chanting "Rule Britannia" marched through the city centre in celebration of Scotland rejecting independence.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:36:54 +0100)

Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
I bet David Cameron regrets panicking about what the result was going to be now. By 5am he must have been screaming, “Oh shit, how much power have I offered them?”
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:16:24 +0100)

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be
Step off the train at Stirling, as I did on Wednesday, and you could be forgiven for thinking that the local authorities had mandated a vote for independence. The Scottish Connections tartan-tourist shop greeted travellers, festooned with blue Yes balloons.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:00:15 +0100)

Forget devolution, the only thing that matters in Westminster is the next General Election
Within hours of Scotland delivering an answer, David Cameron posed another question: What to do about England? And he offered his solution.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:23:28 +0100)

Scottish referendum results: Banks fail to give guarantees on retaining offices
Banks and financial giants refused to give concrete guarantees to retain their headquarters in Scotland despite the No vote – amid ongoing uncertainty around the deals that will be struck between Westminster and Holyrood over more powers for the Scottish Parliament.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:19:53 +0100)

Pyramid scheme queens and a con that fools 500,000 every year
For thousands of women struggling to keep households going as the credit crunch bit ever deeper, Give & Take seemed a heaven-sent deal: invest £3,000, receive £23,000 within days.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:13:58 +0100)

Scottish referendum: How did Labour manage to end up on the losing side?
The political establishment was so uncertain about the outcome of the Scottish referendum that, amid panic at Westminster, Labour drew up two slogans for its annual conference starting tomorrow. “Labour’s Plan for Britain’s Future”, the original choice, will now be used after the No vote.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:11:14 +0100)

Scottish referendum results: Outcome divides opinion in Northern Ireland
The referendum result was welcomed with great relief by Northern Ireland Unionists, who had feared a Yes victory could undermine the union with Britain, which they regard as fundamental to their identity.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:08:23 +0100)

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Alex Salmond's gone and suddenly the SNP looks a lot less scary
What a long time is a day in Scottish politics. At 6.30am Alex Salmond, a little less bullish than usual, of course, as he accepted “the verdict of the people”, was still managing to make it sound if all that the Yes campaign had achieved – record turn-out, a once unthinkable 45 per cent vote for independence, the vow of devo max – were just as good as mere victory would have been.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:57:00 +0100)

The future of Scotland: What each Westminster party needs to do now
Despite the opening of the Holyrood Parliament 15 years ago, most high-flying Scottish Labour politicians have continued to focus their ambitions and energies south of the border.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:55:46 +0100)

Chris Grayling’s legal aid cuts ‘so unfair they are illegal’, rules High Court
Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Justice, acted illegally in trying to drive through multi-million pound legal aid cuts that could have led to the closure of hundreds of legal firms, a High Court Judge has ruled.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:54:46 +0100)

Scottish referendum result: Yes voters grieve the Scotland that could have been
On Thursday it had been unofficially dubbed Independence Square, transformed into a jubilant festival of blue and white as thousands of Glaswegians waited expectantly for the news that Scotland had voted Yes. But 24 hours is a long time in politics.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:46:33 +0100)

Devo max explained: How the decision will affect our institutions
The BBC
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:44:29 +0100)

Devo max explained: The biggest constitutional change since Ireland got home rule
What is David Cameron promising?
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:39:44 +0100)

Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
The cross-party consensus which defeated calls for Scottish independence has been shattered almost immediately by a bitter row between the Conservatives and Labour over David Cameron’s plans to bring in “English votes for English laws”.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:36:16 +0100)

Scottish referendum results: Huge turnout bolsters case for voting at 16
The enthusiasm with which Scottish teenagers seized their chance to vote in the referendum is proof that the voting age should be lowered to 16 across the UK, Wales’s First Minister argued yesterday.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:07:41 +0100)

Scottish referendum results: Tories call on PM to renege on reckless funding vow
With a No vote successfully secured senior Conservatives have come out of the shadows to demand that David Cameron renege on his “reckless” promise to maintain Scotland’s generous funding settlement from Westminster.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:06:13 +0100)

Scottish referendum's swings and turnabouts: two years on the long road to poll position
When David Cameron and Alex Salmond signed the Edinburgh Agreement two years ago, paving the way for Thursday’s referendum, it looked like the nationalists had taken on an almost impossible task. Far from persuading voters of the merits of independence, the experience of having a robust SNP government in power had seemingly persuaded Scots that devolution could be made to work to Scotland’s advantage after all.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:02:43 +0100)

Grace Dent on Scottish referendum TV coverage: 'I vote No for referendum coverage'
As through-the-night voting coverage goes, BBC1’s Scotland Decides and Sky News’s coverage were soporifically familiar.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:01:03 +0100)

What’s next for asylum-seekers from war-torn Sudan?
Adam Mohammed Abdullah’s flight from the war in Sudan started on a camel and ended in Britain, hidden in the back of a refrigerated lorry.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:48:40 +0100)

Scottish referendum result: Gordon Brown's place in history rewritten after decisive intervention
Gordon Brown has been hailed as the man who saved the Union, after his late intervention in the referendum campaign halted a slide of Labour supporters who had been planning to vote for independence.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:09:43 +0100)

Scottish independence result: Petition calling for inquiry into vote counting reaches 28,000 signatures
A petition calling for an independent inquiry into the Scottish referendum vote count has already garnered almost 28,000 signatures, despite calls from Alex Salmond to accept "the democratic verdict of the people of Scotland".
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:56:27 +0100)

Scottish referendum results: As Alex Salmond steps down, Nicola Sturgeon waits for her chance to lead
Nicola Sturgeon has made little secret of her desire to be Scotland’s first female leader. Now she has her chance.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:48:28 +0100)

Dr Livingstone's, I presume? Natural History Museum finds explorer's African insect collection
A Natural History Museum curator has made the surprise discovery of a unique collection of insects gathered by Dr Livingstone, one of Britain’s greatest explorers of Africa, which has remained unknown for 150 years. 
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:33:34 +0100)

Scottish independence: Despite defeat history may still point to Alex Salmond as the victor
The referendum is almost certainly Alex Salmond's final battle - and he lost. His shock resignation marks the career-end of one of Scotland and Britain’s most remarkable and committed politicians. Slumped in the back seat of his official car on his way to Aberdeen airport, with the stench of uncomfortable defeat coursing through the Yes camp, Scotland’s First Minister looked like a disappointed bloodhound. But it hid a deeper pain; the realisation that Scotland’s “once in a lifetime” rejection of independence also meant that calling it a day as First Minister of Holyrood was his only honourable option.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:25:24 +0100)

NHS in crisis: English health service runs £500m deficit in just three months
The NHS in England has been rocked by “dire” new financial figures which reveal that the two thirds of hospitals are in the red, in the latest warning sign of an imminent financial crisis that experts said could lead to staff cuts, longer waiting times, and poorer patient care.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:25:05 +0100)

Alex Salmond resigns: Scottish First Minister to stand down after referendum defeat
Alex Salmond has announced he is to stand down as the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and as Scotland's First Minister after losing the independence vote at the Scottish referendum.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:12:27 +0100)

Scottish referendum: It's hard for us Labour supporters to admit, but Cameron did good here
At next week's Conservative party conference, it's unclear just how hard a ride David Cameron will get from his backbenchers. They may see today’s result as too much of a close shave for the union, and as John Rentoul has argued today, end up hating him for his efforts. But I disagree. But in my view, there's no reason for Cameron to be in the firing line, at least until the next general election.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:54:03 +0100)

Scottish independence: Hague calls for rebalancing of constitution 'to give English votes to English MPs'
William Hague has called for the constitution to be re-balanced in order to give English votes to English MPs after the No campaign’s victory in the Scottish referendum.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:26:22 +0100)

Scottish referendum results: Majority of Scottish academics relieved at result
The majority of Scottish academics will have greeted the “no” vote in the Scottish referendum with a sigh of relief.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:08:31 +0100)

Alice Gross: Former mother-in-law says suspect Arnis Zalkalns was ‘control freak with fierce temper’
A Latvian builder named by police investigating the disappearance of teenager Alice Gross has been described as a "control freak with a fierce temper" by his former mother-in-law.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:54:17 +0100)

Scottish referendum: The pain that was inflicted on family and friends by David Cameron’s narrow politics
The real losers of the referendum campaign are David Cameron and the people around him. It has been clear throughout the Scottish referendum campaign that the overwhelming majority of people in Scotland would have voted for more autonomy within a UK framework, and by refusing to give them that democratic choice for his own narrow political reasons, the prime minister pushed people into taking absolutist positions they wouldn't otherwise have taken. He’s created artificial divisions among the Scottish people.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:37:45 +0100)

Ten ways to ward off spiders this autumn
Autumn is approaching, and along with delicately blushing leaves and cooler, crisp air comes the inevitable invasion of spiders in British homes.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:16:33 +0100)

Scottish referendum: The people of my country have brought a catastrophe upon themselves by voting No
So, we lost.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:31:21 +0100)

Scottish independence referendum: Frankie Boyle reacts to nation's 'No' vote - 'To be fair, I've always hated Scotland'
Famous reactions to the ‘No’ vote from ‘Yes’ campaigners has been a mixed bag thus far.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:21:33 +0100)

Scottish referendum result: Five huge questions David Cameron failed to answer about the future of the United Kingdom
He certainly sounded decisive and statesmanlike. Standing outside Downing Street David Cameron declared that the Scottish referendum result had “kept our country of four nations together” and it was time for the United Kingdom now to “move forward”.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:06:16 +0100)

Scottish independence referendum: Piers Morgan finally honours promise – to leave the UK now Scotland has voted 'No'
Delighted, disappointed or just plain indifferent – it doesn’t matter how Scots voted in the referendum.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:53:25 +0100)

Scottish referendum results: Questions over Alex Salmond's future as Scotland rejects independence
Alex Salmond’s future as the First Minister of the Scottish National Party (SNP) could be cast in doubt after Scotland rejected independence in Thursday’s historic referendum.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:50:58 +0100)

Scottish referendum results: The independence question is resolved for a generation at least
Yesterday as Scots we voted to maintain our 307-year-old union and bring faster, better, safer change to Scotland than would have been achieved by separation. I am proud that we have reaffirmed all that we have in common and that binds us together across the UK.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:49:46 +0100)

Scottish referendum results: Now let’s give all 16-year-olds the vote
A big thank-you to everyone in Scotland who voted in the Referendum. You showed us what commitment and passion are all about and given the rest of the UK a wake-up call.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:41:28 +0100)

Scottish referendum result: What is the West Lothian question?
In the wake of Scotland’s rejection of independence, the question of whether MPs from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should be allowed to vote on policies that only affect England is now being pushed to the forefront of the debate.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:28:18 +0100)

Scottish referendum full results, region by region - graphic
The votes have been counted and Scotland has spoken.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:00:36 +0100)

Scotland referendum result: Nigel Farage on devolution says English 'have been suckers for too long'
Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, has written a scathing article for The Sun newspaper condemning the main political parties’ response to the Scottish referendum and calling for more regional power in England.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:51:59 +0100)

Scottish independence referendum: JK Rowling, Russell Brand, Nigel Farage and more react to the 'No' vote
The campaign for and against Scottish independence had a particularly high turn-out – not just the 87 per cent who voted at the polls, but of the famous faces who lent their signatures, careers and reputations to backing the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ campaigns that preceded it.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:44:57 +0100)

Scottish referendum: this will give Scotland’s economy an immediate bounce
The decision in Scotland is about politics, not economics – though it seems certain that economic concerns did buttress the No case. The coming months will also be about politics, as the new powers for Scotland are clarified, along with the changes for the rest of the Union too. But there will be a three-fold economic benefit to the Union that will feed through quite quickly, and this will be felt on both sides of the border.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:42:36 +0100)

Scottish independence referendum results: David Cameron pledges plans for 'English votes for English laws' by January
David Cameron today gave himself less than a year to solve the biggest constitutional quagmire in a century: How can a devolved United Kingdom be fairly governed?
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:59:00 +0100)

Scottish independence referendum results: Read David Cameron's speech in full
The people of Scotland have spoken. It is a clear result. They have kept our country of four nations together. Like millions of other people, I am delighted.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:45:26 +0100)

Scottish referendum: Alex Salmond concedes defeat - but now wants devolution promised by Westminster
Alex Salmond was cheered by supporters of the Yes campaign in Edinburgh, moments after Better Together stormed to victory to ensure Scotland remains part of the UK.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:13:18 +0100)

Scottish referendum results: David Cameron did the right thing, so why does Scotland’s vote feel like a defeat?
What a relief. Scotland will not, after all, go to the trouble and expense of making itself a fake small country and the UK will not, after all, be diminished. Today ought to be a great day for the British people and for David Cameron, so why does it feel so bad?
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:51:49 +0100)

Scotland votes No: Union remains as nation rejects independence by clear margin
Scotland has said No to independence and preserved its 307-year-old union with England after a historic referendum which gripped voters and smashed electoral records.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:23:46 +0100)

Scotland votes: Markets rejoice and pound bounces back as nation rejects independence
The financial markets rejoiced through the night at the pending victory of the No campaign in the Scottish referendum.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:00:00 +0100)

Scottish referendum results: Calm and relief in the No camp as results dash Yes hopes
From the moment Clackmannanshire became the first region to declare shortly after 1.30am – handing the unionists victory in a must-win region for the nationalists – calm and relief  were visible on the face of everyone wearing No badges in the Highland Hall in Edinburgh.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:46:19 +0100)

Scottish referendum results: David Cameron set to unveil major devolution of powers to England
David Cameron is preparing to announce a major devolution of powers to England following the Scottish independence referendum result.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:49:57 +0100)

Scottish independence results: Alex Salmond spends referendum result night at home
Alex Salmond decided to spend the night of Scotland’s historic referendum at home in Aberdeenshire rather than attending his local count – as sources indicated the area was poised to return a vote against independence.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:31:33 +0100)

Scottish referendum results: 10 counts of electoral fraud alleged in Glasgow
Allegations of electoral fraud at polling stations in Glasgow cast a shadow over the Scottish referendum result today.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:54:16 +0100)

Scottish independence live: Scotland gives a clear 'No' in historic referendum - as it happened
Scotland has voted to reject independence. Here is a summary of the latest developments and analysis:Scotland votes against independence by 55% No to 45% YesAlex Salmond has conceded defeat and said Scotland will move forward as 'one nation'The First Minister insisted devolution promises must be rapidly honouredDavid Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have reaffirmed commitment to devolutionThe Prime Minister said it is a "great opportunity to change the way" Britain governedCameron to unveil major devolution of powers to EnglandWelsh First Minister says "the Union is dead" and calls for immediate talks10 counts of electoral fraud alleged in Glasgow
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:31:00 +0100)

Record average rents hit £761 per month - or £1,160 in London
Rent charges are rocketing to an all-time high of £761 a month, putting more tenants than ever into financial difficulties.
(Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:06:45 +0100)

Andy McSmith's Diary: One Lib Dem MP the party can live without
The sigh of relief from the Liberal Democrats’ Great George Street headquarters could almost be heard above the sound of Big Ben. They have a letter of resignation from an MP. Normally, it is a blow to a political party to lose an MP less than a year from a general election, but this is a loss the Liberal Democrats can live with.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:58:33 +0100)

Scottish independence: YouGov final prediction puts No campaign 8 points ahead - but Yes team remains optimistic
A poll taken after people voted in the Scottish referendum predicts a narrow victory against independence.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:48:58 +0100)

Scottish independence: How the battle for Scotland’s future was won – and lost
Nobody in Westminster suspected that when the summer was over they would be peering into the abyss, contemplating what would happen if the United Kingdom was broken apart.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:00:48 +0100)

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Surely the writing is on the wall for bullying tactics
Although he had been chatting to his nationalist counterpart monitoring the polling station in Alexandria, James Smart, a Freddie Mercury tribute singer, was probably one of the lonelier No volunteers in Scotland yesterday.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:00:42 +0100)

Scottish independence: They came, they queued, they decided their fate
From Inverness to the Borders, the queues formed before polling stations opened. In Paisley, schoolgirls in blazers cast their ballots en route to lessons. And close to Gretna Green, an English couple dodged the cameras – their shyness caused by eloping to the Yes camp when their family thought they were No.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:00:33 +0100)

Fancy that! A Cambridge professor is setting up parties to uncover uncanny coincidences
Have you met a stranger outside a Moscow cafe and discovered that you share a great grandfather who, it turns out, kept a secret second family in South Africa? Have you endured a morning of mishaps involving marmalade and a suitcase before noticing graffiti on a wall that reads: "marmalade suitcase"? Have you driven around Israel in a Nissan Micra you named Jolene before the Dolly Parton hit became the only non-Hebrew song to play on its radio?
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:20:00 +0100)

Labour will introduce new powers to protect girls from FGM
The threat to girls of being subjected to female genital mutilation would be reduced by new “protection orders” if Labour wins power, the party will announce tomorrow.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:12:51 +0100)

Letter from UK Muslims calling for Alan Henning release will be translated
A letter from more than a hundred UK Muslim leaders calling for Alan Henning to be released by his Isis kidnappers is to be translated into Arabic and read by a leading imam in an online video as the campaign grows.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:11:12 +0100)

Scottish independence: ‘Something has to change. The whole world is watching’
Leif Findlay had intended to play the bagpipes on his way to the polling station. But in the end, out of respect for his two rescue Staffordshire bull terriers who object to the skirl of the pipes, he chose to mark the occasion dressed in the ancient Farquharson tartan of his ancestors.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:58:12 +0100)

The 'Key to a Fortune' pyramid scheme queens who conned 10,000 out of their savings
A band of middle-aged women masterminded a £21m get-rich-quick pyramid scheme that fleeced at least 10,000 victims out of their money, a court has ruled.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:52:44 +0100)

Scottish independence: What would have happened if Scotland voted Yes? I've got a rough idea
19 September 2014, 3.12am“We have seized the moment”. Alex Salmond leads ecstatic celebrations across Scotland as the Yes campaign declares victory and the vote just tips over the 50% mark in favour of independence. Some scuffles break out and a few arrests are made. Isolated examples of burning the union jack.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:39:33 +0100)

NHS cutbacks blamed for death of great-grandmother in ambulance queue
The family of a grandmother who died in an ambulance as it waited in a queue outside hospital have blamed “cutbacks” to the Welsh NHS for her death.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:24:49 +0100)

Scottish independence: Lacking the theatricality of the Yes camp, the No campaign quietly gets out its vote
If there was a contest for flag-waving and high-profile street campaigning, Alex Salmond’s Yes campaign will have already taken Scotland back from Westminster. But in Glasgow, Aberdeen, in Edinburgh, and elsewhere, the lower-volume and less visibly patriotic campaign to keep Scotland part of the United Kingdom concentrated on only one thing – getting out its vote.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:18:57 +0100)

Southbank undercroft saved: Spiritual home of UK skateboarding rescued from developers
Skateboard campaigners have emerged victorious after an 18-month battle with the Southbank Centre over redevelopment of the site dubbed the “spiritual home” of British skateboarding.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:42:03 +0100)

I'm incensed that I cannot vote in the referendum as a Scot living in London
It’s so surreal. And it’s heartbreaking. It would only take 2.1m voters representing 4 per cent of the British electorate to destroy the United Kingdom. Thank you and well done David Cameron. That he disenfranchised the millions of Scottish voters living outside Scotland is unforgiveable. I can live in France and vote in the British general election, but I can’t vote in the referendum even though I live in London.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:32:16 +0100)

NHS nurses, healthcare assistants and porters vote to strike over pay
NHS staff in England have voted to strike over pay in a decision which could kick-start the biggest wave of industrial action in the health service since the Thatcher era.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:22:14 +0100)

Scottish independence: The Statue of Liberty makes its presence known in Edinburgh
Yes campaigners in Craigmillar, a suburb in the south east of Edinburgh, have built an impressive replica of the Statue of Liberty which is on proud display a few hundred yards from the polling station.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:17:38 +0100)

Scottish independence: Historic day marred by isolated reports of intimidation, abuse and violence
The historic referendum vote was marred by isolated reports of intimidation, abuse and violence as nearly four million Scots cast their verdict on independence.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:12:28 +0100)

Scottish independence: Tory revolt against 'devo max' grows as Rail Minister Claire Perry joins
The Conservative Party revolt against David Cameron’s promise of further devolution to Scotland grew today as one of his own ministers joined.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:04:05 +0100)

Scottish independence: At Glasgow's busiest polling booth, voters arrive in their hordes
At Glasgow’s busiest polling station off Byres Road in the city’s West End, located between the student population of Glasgow University, middle-class Hyndland and the once traditional Labour voting of Partick, almost 40 percent of registered voters had marked their ballot papers before 3pm. Both the Yes and No campaigners visible at the gate of the red sandstone primary school said they had been involved in general and Holyrood elections. “This like nothing we’ve seen before, astounding,” said the woman holding up a No poster.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:58:15 +0100)

Scottish independence: Lead by a flaming bagpiper, the Craigmillar Yes campaign burns bright
“Today is the day when the people of Scotland reclaim our nation,” Derek Durkin shouts into his microphone, his eyes fixed on the two 14-storey concrete tower blocks in front of him. Inside, residents gather at the windows and stare down at the spectacle unfolding below.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:49:18 +0100)

Isis, the Rotherham abuse scandal and Lee Rigby killing 'are fuelling far-right extremism'
The activities of Islamic State militants, the Rotherham abuse scandal and the advent of social media are fuelling the growth of Islamophobia from far-right groups in the UK, a leading criminologist has said.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:41:23 +0100)

Islamic State: YouTube propaganda video of British hostage John Cantlie released by Isis
A British newspaper photographer has became the latest kidnap victim to appear in an Islamic State (Isis) propaganda video which he admits is a desperate attempt to save his life.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:21:04 +0100)

iPhone 6: Homeless charity Depaul auctions queue spot outside Apple store
A youth homelessness charity has ingeniously pitched up outside an Apple store in London so that it can sell the prime location to an iPhone fanatic.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:45:09 +0100)

Scottish independence: Craigmillar Yes campaigners build replica Statue of Liberty
Yes campaigners in Craigmillar, a suburb in the south east of Edinburgh, have built an impressive replica of the Statue of Liberty which is on proud display a few hundred yards from the polling station.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:44:55 +0100)

Steve Forbes: Scottish Independence will inspire 'chaos, terrorism and aggression'
Steve Forbes has suggested that Scottish Independence could lead to international terrorism.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:44:53 +0100)

Scottish independence: Nationalism is a dangerous political philosophy. I am Scottish and I am British.
When divisions are so hardened that proponents do not listen to one another, facts and analysis don’t matter. All that will be heard is that which cannot be refuted: people’s experiences, feelings, and beliefs. As a Scot who has spent years working in international development, please allow me to share mine with you.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:38:39 +0100)

Scottish independence: Polling station graffiti sparks accusations of voter intimidation during referendum vote
There are growing fears that a No vote in today’s referendum will not be quietly accepted by supporters of independence after it emerged pro-union billboards have been vandalised with paint and a polling station was sprayed with graffiti warning: “Vote Yes – or else".
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:38:17 +0100)

Will Bonny Donny also break away? Ed Miliband's constituency Doncaster 'may actually be owned by Scotland', experts warn Labour
As if Ed Miliband didn’t have enough headaches as a result of the today’s historic referendum, it now turns out that his own constituency may belong to Scotland. According to a local historian a 12th century Treaty giving Doncaster to the Scots  as the price of calling off their invasion of England has never been revoked.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:32:32 +0100)

Ukraine crisis: BBC issues Russia with 'formal complaint' after news team is beaten up on eastern Ukraine border
The BBC has formally complained to the Russian authorities after a news team was beaten and a camera destroyed in an assault by “unidentified men” on the Russia/Ukraine border.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:22:35 +0100)

Scottish independence: Final poll puts No campaign ahead by six percentage points
Scotland was heading to a nail-biting finale in the vote on independence, the final survey of the two-and-a-half year referendum campaign suggested.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:13:18 +0100)

Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted to feeling doubts over the existence of God.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:12:09 +0100)

Scottish independence: A Yes vote represents a chance to finally break away from this rotten tradition of British 'unity'
Why did I move my family (my English wife and Welsh-born children) back to Scotland after 20years away?
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:11:38 +0100)

Scottish independence: Salmond welcomes Murray's last minute declaration of support
As voting got underway in Scotland, Alex Salmond received an early boost when Andy Murray delivered a surprise endorsement of independence.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:04:33 +0100)

The City roundup: Huge trading levels expected after Scottish vote
Get the latest business news with our daily roundup of the biggest news from the City.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:46:49 +0100)

Scottish independence: What you shouldn't tweet about if you want to avoid jail today
The media has come under scrutiny in recent weeks for the way it has reported the lead-in to today’s historic vote. It is an oddity of the system of media regulation in the UK that different rules apply to broadcasters and to ‘the press’ in the arena of election coverage, even though a division of those camps is increasingly anachronistic.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:31:05 +0100)

Andy Murray branded 'irresponsible' for revealing 'extremely ill-advised' Scottish Independence view on Twitter
Andy Murray’s last-minute decision to tell the public that he supports Scottish independence has been criticised on Twitter.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:19:48 +0100)

Alice Gross: Suspect Arnis Zalkalns 'is convicted murderer', say police
A Latvian builder wanted by police over the disappearance of teenager Alice Gross is a convicted murderer who was arrested for the alleged indecent assault of a 14-year-old five years ago, Scotland Yard said today.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:19:57 +0100)

Scottish independence referendum: How to vote
Polling stations are now open on a historic day for Scotland as voters determine whether the country should remain part of the United Kingdom. A record 97 per cent of the electorate have registered to vote – or 4,285,323 people.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:35:04 +0100)

Scottish independence: Today's referendum explained in under three minutes
A two-year bitter election campaign will reach its conclusion in the next 24 hours as Scottish voters head to the polls to decide their country's future.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:13:15 +0100)

Alan Henning: Full letter by British Imams and Muslim Leaders appealing for release of British aid worker
We, the undersigned British Muslim Imams, organisations and individuals, wish to express our horror and revulsion at the senseless murder of David Haines and the threat to the life of our fellow British citizen, Alan Henning.
(Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:46:37 +0100)