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Fourth win for the SNP with calls for second independence referendum

The Scottish National Party is celebrating the party’s fourth consecutive victory in the Scottish parliament election after winning a near majority of 64 seats.  In Scotland’s highest ever electoral turnout, with around 63 per cent of the electorate voting, the SNP fell short of just one seat needed to secure a majority at Holyrood but […]

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The Student in conversation with Elaine Gunn, Green Party candidate for Edinburgh West

The Student speaks to Elaine Gunn, the Green Party candidate for Edinburgh West, to find out why she thinks the party is the way forward. When did you first start to consider entering politics? Elaine: It was quite a quick decision. I kind of flirted with the idea for a few years, I liked the […]

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Progressives must unite to win this election

And we’re off. This parliament which has fought on with no overall majority since June 2017 has now been dissolved and Britain heads to the polls on the 12th of December, the first election held in this month since 1923. This election has been seen by pollsters and commentators as the most volatile and difficult […]

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Lecturers demonstrate as MSPs pass climate bill

University lecturers were among climate change protestors outside the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday as MSPs passed the Climate Change Bill. Protestors read aloud the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report on the impact of global warming above 1.5 degrees. The Bill, which sets the target for Scotland’s emissions to be net-zero by 2045, was […]

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We must not turn our backs on each other

It’s 2015. We’ve just had a General Election. And after five years of austerity and cuts, policies punishing the most vulnerable in our society, and selfish economic thinking, the UK has still voted in a Conservative majority. After weeks of projections of the coalition possibilities should we have a hung parliament, which everyone from mainstream […]

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Political parties clash in Teviot debate

SNP, Labour, Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Greens clashed in Teviot Debating Hall last night (30 March) during the Politics and International Relations (PIR) Society’s General Election Debate. The event, which was jointly hosted by outgoing PIR Society president Maxwell Greenberg and outgoing EUSA president Briana Pegado, saw ten speakers answer questions from the hosts and the […]

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Green Party poses a threat to Labour at the General Election

In recent weeks, a massive surge in membership saw the Green Party overtake both UKIP and the Lib Dems, signing up 13,247 new members in just one week. If the current rate of growth continues, membership figures will overtake the Tories by the middle of March, and Labour by May. Although those who are members […]