Giving Scotland its own devolved parliament was supposed to help cement its place in the Union while maintaining Labour's hegemony within the country itself. But on 3 May 2007, in just the third election to the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish National Party, advocates of independence for Scotland, outpolled Labour and seized the reins of power in Edinburgh. This paper uses survey evidence to assess the apparent implications of the election for the health of the Union.
State of the North 2024: Charting the course for a decade of renewalThe North’s communities are ambitious for a better future, but face systemic and pronounced inequalities. Gaps in power, wealth, opportunity, and health result in shorter, sicker, less fulfilling lives.
No home left behind: Funding a just transition to clean heat in ScotlandHow can we ensure that investment in clean heating in Scottish homes drives a just transition, sharing costs and benefits fairly?
The asylum backlog: Job done?This blog post sets out how the department must now grapple with a new set of backlog challenges.