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Craig McAngus discusses how Scottish Labour’s new leader has a formidable challenge of rebuilding the party’s image in Scotland. This blog was orignially published on The Conversation

Rumours have been swirling for about a month now that Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont was facing an internal challenge. So in one sense, the news of her resignation is not a surprise. But despite the signs, her decision to step down with immediate effect was still a shock.

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Taking England Seriously: The New English Politics

The 2014 Future of England Survey discovers not only a distinct English identity but a strong and growing desire for England-wide solutions to English constitutional solutions. The survey of 3,705 adults in England found support for David Cameron's preferred option of English Votes for English Laws; however there was little confidence that the Tories or their leader would speak out for English interests.

What next for Scotland? YouTube footage: Why Scots voted no - Professor Ailsa Henderson, University of Edinburgh

The referendum result has raised questions for both the immediate and longer term future of Scotland and the rest of the UK. At this event, experts from the Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change offered some answers, looking at what happened on 18 September and what might happen in the weeks, months, and years ahead.

Malcolm Harvey looks forward to the UK General Election in May 2015 and the issue of electoral politics.

Now that the independence question has been answered (at least for the time being) in a relatively decisive manner, political attention has returned to the issue of electoral politics. Given that there is a UK General Election in May 2015 – now just 8 months away – this should not come as too much of a surprise. 

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