Highlights: The big political party spring conference round-up
We wrap up some highlights from the spring political party conference season in one handy chunk
DURING the political party conference season, CommonSpace reporter David Thomson made his way around the country with a microphone and got chatting to Scotland's political figures.
Rise to campaign for right to #indyref2 without Westminster consent
Leftwing electoral alliance launches petition to add weight to demand
THE SOCIALIST electoral alliance Rise has published its strategy to give the Scottish Parliament the right to decide when it holds a second independence referendum.
Rise women's network to hold pro-choice rally in wake of hospital protest threats
THE WOMEN'S network of the new socialist Rise coalition will hold a demonstration tomorrow (Saturday 13 February) in response to threats by an anti-choice group to picket a Glasgow Hospital.
The rally, open to all regardless of party affiliation, will be held at the steps of the Glasgow Royal Concert hall at 1pm.
SNP domination of constituencies means contest for list votes between smaller parties #SP16
Nationalists 52 per cent predicted list seat vote expected to return just a handful of SNP seats
NEW POLLING has shown that the SNP is set to dominate constituency seats in elections to the Scottish Parliament in May 2016, leaving Scotland's smaller parties focused on the proportional regional list seats.
Radical Independence Conference to debate 'routes to independence' #RIC2016
2016 conference aims to promote radical politics 'beyond elections'
THE RADICAL INDEPENDENCE CAMPAIGN (Ric) is set to hold its fifth national conference focusing on debates about the way to achieve independence.
The conference, scheduled to meet in the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh in on 20 February , will hear from figures on the left of 2014's Scottish Independence referendum and seeks to re-energise a radical politics that goes "beyond elections".
Dan Vevers: Why the SNP vs Rise is a schism that was always likely to happen
CommonSpace columnist Dan Vevers says the emerging internal struggle for the soul of the independence movement was inevitable
TWO things are obvious in the social media bubble of pro-independence politics this month: there's not enough news happening, and there's a Holyrood election coming up.
How else can the depressing internecine 140-character warfare that has gripped the nation be explained? And by nation, I mean about 42 people on Twitter.
"The people own Scotland": @Rise_Scotland stage anti-Donald Trump occupations
Protests in Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire aim to embarrass UK presidential candidate
SOCIALIST campaigners occupied the business properties of American business billionaire Donald Trump yesterday [Sunday 17 January] to challenge his political campaign that targets US minority groups.
Activists from Rise, the socialist alliance standing in May's Scottish election, took to the Trump international hotel in Aberdeenshire and Turnberry golf course in Ayrshire to express "opposition to Trump's commercial presence" in Scotland.
Ross Ahlfeld: A Christian socialist reflection on Rise Scotland
Ross Ahlfeld, who has a keen interest in Catholic social teaching and old Christian socialism, offers his thoughts on the new socialist coalition putting up candidates for the Holyrood election, Rise
AS A KID, I always remember people in my family hoping for good weather on the eve of every General Election day during the dark years of Thatcher.
New Labour MSP urged to 'clarify' 2014 comments on Northern Ireland
Pro-Corbyn councillor said during indyref that Scottish independence 'concern' for 'fragile' Northern Ireland
ACTIVISTS in Dundee have called on their new MSP Lesley Brennan to "clarify" her "ill-considered views" made during an anti-independence speech in March 2014.