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SNP avoids another bruising leadership contest but relief will be short-lived | Scottish National party (SNP)

SNP avoids another bruising leadership contest but relief will be short-lived | Scottish National party (SNP)

[ad_1] John Swinney and senior Scottish National party deal-makers have scored an initial success in avoiding another bruising leadership contest, which would have been potentially disastrous in a general election year. But that relief will be short-lived, as the new leader faces a series of immediate practical challenges. Chief among them are convincing voters the party is genuinely focused on their concerns, and rebuilding cross-party trust at Holyrood in minority government. Polling has consistently suggested the SNP will face heavy losses to the resurgent Scottish Labour party in the general election. There is also the more existential conundrum of healing fault lines over the party’s internal politics and policy direction that opened during the contest last March to replace Nicola Sturgeon and which the outgoing leader, Humza Yousaf, ultimately failed to resolve. What is expected now is a swift and unfussy coronation, with an understandable urgency in steadying the ship in a term packed with bills and with a general election just around the corner. Swinney is likely to spend the weekend pruning back existing …

‘This isn’t a game of 4D chess’: Tories braced for bruising local elections | Local elections

‘This isn’t a game of 4D chess’: Tories braced for bruising local elections | Local elections

[ad_1] At a bus depot in Derbyshire Rishi Sunak valiantly rehearsed some of the arguments the Conservatives are preparing to deploy against Keir Starmer and Labour at the local elections in May. Starmer was “arrogantly taking the British people for granted”, he claimed, and pointed to Birmingham council as an example of how Labour had “effectively bankrupted the largest local authority in Europe”. But the problem for Sunak is that these criticisms are more resonant when levelled at the Tories. They are 20 points behind in the polls amid accusations of being out of touch and having crashed the economy, sending inflation and interest rates soaring under Liz Truss. Launching his party’s local election campaign, the prime minister is six weeks away from a moment of maximum danger for his premiership. Qualms about Sunak’s leadership are rumbling on, with talk of installing Penny Mordaunt or Tom Tugendhat in his place, but those calls may become more public and louder from some Conservative MPs if the party loses mayoralties in Tees Valley and the West Midlands …

Biden clinches nomination, bruising US presidential rematch with Trump looms

Biden clinches nomination, bruising US presidential rematch with Trump looms

[ad_1] President Joe Biden won enough delegates on Tuesday (Mar 12) to seal the Democratic Party’s nomination, with a face-off against former president Donald Trump looming in what would be the first US presidential election rematch in nearly 70 years. Biden needed 1,968 delegates to win the nomination and Edison Research said he passed that number on Tuesday night as results began to come in from the primary contest in Georgia, ahead of expected results from Mississippi, Washington state, the Northern Mariana Islands and Democrats living abroad. Trump was expected to clinch the Republican Party’s nomination later on Tuesday as four states held contests, including Georgia, the battleground where Trump faces criminal charges for his efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 results. The outcome is essentially predetermined, after Trump’s last remaining rival for the Republican nomination, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, ended her presidential campaign following Trump’s dominant performance last week on Super Tuesday, when he won 14 of 15 state contests. Biden, meanwhile, faced only token opposition in the Democratic primary campaign, though liberal …

Sunak faces conflicting calls over Tory path forward after bruising byelections | Conservatives

Sunak faces conflicting calls over Tory path forward after bruising byelections | Conservatives

[ad_1] For Reform UK to win 13% of the vote in a byelection is a long way from the heady days of Ukip taking 60% in Clacton in 2014. However, that share of the vote was still a shock for the Conservatives on Friday morning, given that Reform is a newer party without the draw of Nigel Farage as leader or the rallying cause of Brexit behind it. When a rightwing government has lost two byelections to a centre-left opposition, it would seem a strange response for the prime minister to veer further to the right. Nevertheless, the loudest voices urging Sunak to change path on Friday were those of Jacob Rees-Mogg, the former Conservative cabinet minister, and the founders of the New Conservatives parliamentary group – Miriam Cates and Danny Kruger – who, instead of seeing Labour as the biggest threat, claimed that uniting the “Tory family” of Reform and Conservative voters would be a winning strategy. Many polling experts were quick to say such an approach did not make sense. Straightforwardly adding the …

Emma Raducanu suffers bruising loss to Ons Jabeur at Abu Dhabi Open | Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu suffers bruising loss to Ons Jabeur at Abu Dhabi Open | Emma Raducanu

[ad_1] Emma Raducanu’s bid to reach the last eight of the Abu Dhabi Open was ended in straight sets by the world No 6 Ons Jabeur. Britain’s Raducanu has been making encouraging strides on her comeback after eight months out following surgery on her wrists and ankle. The 21-year-old briefly pushed three-time grand slam finalist Jabeur in a close opening set. But Tunisian Jabeur, the runner-up at Wimbledon in the previous two years, was ultimately too strong in a 6-4, 6-1 victory. Raducanu dropped serve in the first game of the match and was soon a double break down at 5-1. But the 2021 US Open champion gradually began to remind everyone of just how cleanly she strikes a ball at her best. She saved three set points before breaking Jabeur’s serve to trail 5-3, and then a gritty hold brought her to within one game. However, Jabeur comprehensively held serve in the next to take the first set in 50 minutes. The second seed converted a third break point to take the initiative at …

Jim Jordan vows to keep fighting for House speaker votes after bruising defeat in second round – US politics | Republicans

[ad_1] Key events Show key events only Please turn on JavaScript to use this feature As Democrats and Republicans increasingly call for the expansion of powers surrounding the Patrick McHenry, the House’s speaker pro tempore, here is the Guardian’s profile on the North Carolina congressman: The 47-year-old, a Republican, was once the youngest member of Congress, first elected in 2004 at the age of 29. He is now in his 10th term representing North Carolina’s 10th congressional district and chairs the committee on financial services. His political career is long: before Congress, he served in the North Carolina house of representatives and he worked on the former president George W Bush’s 2000 campaign. While the top contenders for the speakership have, at least to some degree, cast doubt on the 2020 election, McHenry voted to certify Joe Biden’s 2020 win. McHenry helped McCarthy become speaker and was a key negotiator in the debt limit deal that got McCarthy booted by the far-right flank of the Republican party. But he also, soon after taking the interim …