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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 Christine Jardine, Liberal Democrat candidate for Edinburgh West

The Student speaks to Christine Jardine, the Liberal Democrats’ candidate for Edinburgh West, about why she is standing for election. When, and how, did you first get involved with the Liberal Democrats?  Christine: I was always a Liberal when I was at university. I wasn’t sure of my politics at university, but I always remembered […]

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Oh God, please not another coalition

Before I start, just a brief disclaimer: the upcoming election is a controversial topic. I have had enough drunken conversations with people in the smoking areas of clubs to know that a lot of people feel passionately about it, and opinions vary. This is only right, and my own desires for the outcome of the […]

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Interview with Liberal Democrats Edinburgh South West candidate Tom Inglis

The Student spoke to Liberal Democrat’s candidate for Edinburgh South West, Tom Inglis, to discuss how he feels the party has progressed since the coalition and in advance of the General Election. Why should students trust the Lib Dems? Do you feel that your party has regained some of the trust that may have been lost […]

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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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The Liberal Democrats and BREXIT: repercussions for a dramatic policy change?

The Liberal Democrats are back. This is probably the most uncontroversial statement that can be made in British politics at present. The Lib Dems have undoubtedly enjoyed an incredible summer  — reflected through their gain of 700 councillors in the May 2019 local elections; a secured second place in the European Parliament elections; the win […]

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We should not be so dismissive of Liberal Democrats

In a recent article for The Student, Nicol Ogston argues that the Liberal Democrats’ recent electoral losses reflect the public’s rejection of centrism, in favour of the “core ideology” offered by each of the two main parties. While intuitive, this view offers an incomplete picture of both the Liberal Democrats and UK politics as a […]

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Party leaders have gravely misunderstood Labour’s Scottish loss

In terms of the post-election flurry of results, resignations, analyses, and general confusion, 2015 has proven to be unparalleled in recent electoral history. But equally characteristic of the election has been general misunderstanding. The electorate’s decision to heavily punish the Liberal Democrats, who, in spite of flaws of which the student community need not be […]