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In his latest blog our Political Editor, Peter MacMahon, looks back at the SNP's history and their biggest challenge to date.

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Labour party to cut ties with Co-operative bank

The Labour party is looking to end its long-standing relationship with the troubled Co-operative Bank, which stretches back to 1920.

The Labour party wants to cut its ties with the Co-operative bank
The Labour party wants to cut its ties with the Co-operative bank Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Labour's general secretary Iain McNicol is understood to want to move a £1.2 million loan from the Co-op to the trade union-controlled Unity Trust Bank and current accounts are also likely to be shifted, according to PA.

Read: Co-op faces radical overhaul after record losses

The move comes after a tumultuous period for the bank, which has seen record losses and the resignation of chairman Paul Flowers, who is now facing drug possession charges.

Labour said the change of loan provider was for "commercial reasons", but the controversy gripping the Co-op over the past year is thought to have strained relations.

Read: Ailing Co-Op 'committed to reform'

Signing up Axelrod 'can hardly hurt Miliband's chances'

Although there are significant differences between the US and British electoral systems, Ed Miliband's decision to take on one of Barack Obama's key strategists, David Axelrod, can hardly hurt the Labour leader's chances.

ITV News Political Correspondent *Romilly Weeks *reports.

Read: Obama strategist Axelrod joins Labour's election campaign

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Labour website misspells new strategic adviser's name

David Axelrod, one of US President Barack Obama's top strategists, has been warmly welcomed by Labour after joining their election team, however that did not stop the party's website from misspelling his name.

David Axelrod is one of US President Barack Obama's top strategists. Credit: Labour.org.uk

The news release spelled his name 'David Alexrod' but the website has now corrected the error.

Read: Miliband says Axelrod will be huge asset to Labour

David Axelrod 'proud' to work with Ed Miliband

President Obama strategist David Axelrod has tweeted he is proud to be working with Ed Miliband.

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Proud to work with @ed_miliband. UK has same fight we fought in 2012; for an economy that works for working people. http://t.co/dQWhTX9WsX

Miliband: Axelrod will be huge asset to Labour campaign

Labour leader Ed Miliband has welcomed the news US presidential strategist David Axelrod is to join the party's election campaign.

Labour leader Ed Miliband. Credit: Press Association

He said: "It's excellent news that David has agreed to help One Nation Labour win the next election and build our campaign to change Britain so hard-working people are better off.

"He will be a huge asset to our campaign as we work to show the British people how we can change our country for the better."

Obama strategist to join Labour's election campaign

One of US President Barack Obama's top campaign strategists has been recruited by Labour to play a key role in Ed Miliband's bid for Downing Street in next year's general election.

Obama strategist David Axelrod is to join Labour's election campaign. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA/Press Association Images

David Axelrod, who is credited with masterminding Mr Obama's presidential victories in 2008 and 2012, will join Labour's general election campaign team as a senior strategic adviser, the party announced.

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Doreen Lawrence tipped as Labour Mayor candidate

The mother of Stephen Lawrence is being tipped as Labour's candidate to fight the 2016 London mayoral elections.

Doreen Lawrence has campaigned for justice since her teenage son was murdered in 1993, and was named the most powerful woman in the country in a list compiled for Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

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Baroness Lawrence founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to support young people from ethnic minority backgrounds. Credit: PA

Labour policy coordinator Jon Cruddas MP wrote in The Sunday People that the "influential and dynamic" peer is "a class act and going from strength to strength".

A Labour Party spokeswoman said: "The Labour Party's selection process for our London Mayoral candidate is not yet under way."

Scottish Tories: Women can spot a dodgy chat up line

Alex Salmond "failed to provide voters with the real facts and costs of separation" following his speech this afternoon, said the Scottish Conservatives.

The party's chief whip John Lamont also attacked Mr Salmond's bid to woo more female voters with the promise of more women in his party, saying, "Alex Salmond knows he has a problem appealing to half of the electorate, but women can spot a dodgy chat up line when they hear it."

Experts said Alex Salmond must deliver the speech of his life today, but he fell far short of appealing to people beyond die-hard Nationalists.

This was what we have become used to from the First Minister - full of assertions and repeating the same, tired divisive rhetoric of how everything is Westminster's fault.

It was gripe and grievance politics without giving the people of Scotland the real facts or costs about independence.

– Scottish Conservatives party chief whip John Lamont

SNP 'reluctant to answer big questions over Europe'

Responding to the First Minister's speech, former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell said:

All we have heard today is more of the same from a party who seem reluctant to answer the big questions over what independence would truly mean for Scotland.

The one thing the polls show is that the majority of Scots want to stay as part of the UK family with a stronger Scottish Parliament.

Most Scots want to see us build on the successes of devolution and secure new powers for Holyrood.

That is what Liberal Democrat Home Rule plans would mean for Scotland.

A positive vote to stay in the UK will help us deliver the change that people really want to see.

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