General election 2019: Why Labour is lost in the middle in Scotland

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Image caption Jeremy Corbyn sounds more relaxed than his predecessors about independence

Ask voters in former Labour strongholds why they left the Labour Party, and they almost always reply: "I didn't - the party left me."

Some blame Jeremy Corbyn for taking the party too far to the left. Others blame Tony Blair for taking the country into the Iraq War.

But the unifying theme is that voters no longer feel that the Labour Party are standing up for them or for Scotland, and they are very happy to give their support to the party they identify as caring about their national needs - the SNP.

The Labour fall in Scotland has been as almost as swift as it has been dramatic.

Less than 10 years ago, in the 2010 general election, it scooped 41 out of Scotland's 59 Westminster seats - even as the party lost power across the UK.

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Image caption Douglas Alexander was among the Labour MPs who lost seats in 2015

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Does Ruth Davidson going make independence more likely?

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Image caption Ruth Davidson's broad appeal was based on not looking like a typical Conservative

Ruth Davidson's unique selling point has always been that she doesn't look or sound like a Tory so she could persuade people who would never previously have considered voting Conservative to at least give them a hearing.

When the Tories fight election campaigns in Scotland they don't do it under the name of the "Scottish Conservative Party". They do it as "Ruth Davidson's Party". It's her picture that looms large on campaign leaflets. Any mention of being Conservatives is consigned to the small type.

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What can be done to halt Glasgow's HIV epidemic?

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Researchers have described a "perfect storm" that has allowed the HIV virus to spread so quickly in Glasgow. Homelessness is the key factor. Combined with a significant rise in the numbers of people injecting cocaine as well as heroin.

People who are sleeping rough can often be seen injecting drugs in public places in the city centre - sometimes sharing needles and other drug-injecting paraphernalia.

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Johnson in Scotland: Was PM's toughest meeting with Ruth Davidson?

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Image caption Ruth Davidson and Boris Johnson have had their differences in the past - notably in the Brexit debate

PM Johnson said he had come to Scotland to renew the ties that bind the United Kingdom. Yet his trickiest task may be to try and restore the ties between him and the leadership of his Scottish party.

On Monday, during his first trip to Scotland as prime minister, Mr Johnson met the first minister of Scotland.

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Could Prime Minister Boris Johnson break up the UK?

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Image caption Ruth Davidson and Boris Johnson have had their differences in the past - notably in the Brexit debate

The Scottish Conservative (and Unionist) party has enjoyed something of resurgence in recent years under the energetic leadership of Ruth Davidson.

The party's opponents are convinced that Boris Johnson as prime minister could put an end to all that - and could even put an end to the union between Scotland the rest of the UK.

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Why is Nicola Sturgeon making indyref2 plans?

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Image caption Ms Sturgeon met members of a youth cafe in Edinburgh on Wednesday morning as she promoted the Referendums (Scotland) Bill

Nicola Sturgeon has no intention of going ahead with an independence referendum that has not been authorised by Westminster.

It may be very frustrating to her that the UK government need to give their consent to another vote, but she does accept that it is the reality.

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Using Brexit to make the case for Scottish independence

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The Scottish parliament has just voted to stop the Brexit process by revoking article 50 unless there is an extension to allow for a second referendum on Brexit

"So what?," you might say. They can't legally force the UK government to do anything.

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Dramatic tactics grab the headlines

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Image caption SNP MPs gathered for selfies outside the Commons

Was it a stunt? Maybe. But it was a highly effective one.

The SNPs opponents may be complaining that they deliberately manufactured their parliamentary walkout but the SNP are very happy that their dramatic tactics have propelled them up to the top of tonight's news agenda.

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Tension within the SNP's broad church

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Image caption The SNP's membership has always been united around its shared goal of independence

The SNP has always been a very broad church - with congregants from the left and right.

At the SNP conference, pro-business small "c" conservatives have always happily rubbed shoulders with diehard socialists.

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How the SNP hope to avoid taking an indyref2 pounding

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Image caption The commission report was presented by former SNP MSP Andrew Wilson

The SNP know that one of the reasons they failed to win the 2014 Scottish referendum was because they failed to convince voters of the economic case for independence.

So it was the job of the Scottish Growth Commission to rewrite the economic prospectus for independence and try to make it more convincing - more politically bullet-proof.

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