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The 650 | 4th May 2017

Five of Scotland’s most exciting general election battles

In 2015, the Scottish National Party won Scotland in a landslide. With the next election expected in 2020, politics for the next five years looked homogenous, managerial and predictable.

But then came Brexit, talk of a second independence referendum, and an early election. Now everything’s at play. Depending on your perspective, this is a proxy indyref2, or a chance to condemn the Brexit government, or the opporunity to turn Scotland blue. One thing is sure – local contests will not just be about collecting the bins on time, but about the great constitutional questions of the day. With a giant splash of egotism.

Here is my pick of the constituency battles to watch:
Constituency: East Renfrewshire
Battle to watch: Blair McDougall (Labour) vs Paul Masterton (Tory)

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The 650 | 4th May 2017

View from Paisley: How the Conservatives are wooing Labour’s Scottish heartlands

How Scotland is learning to love (or at least, tolerate) the Tories

Not so long ago, Conservative activists in Paisley could expect doors slammed in their faces. A referendum has changed that.

Tony Lawler, a Labour activist, was recently knocking on doors in the Scottish town of Paisley, when he came across a disgruntled resident. “I’m really disappointed in Douglas Alexander,” the potential voter complained. “I haven’t seen him. He used to be in Morrisons.”

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