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Nigel Farage in talks with Rupert Murdoch

Nigel Farage during a Facebook chat

Nigel Farage has had a "good chat" with Rupert Murdoch about the defection of Tory MPs to the anti-EU party, the Ukip leader has disclosed, in a development set to cause concern for the prime minister.

Monetary union for Scotland? Just look at the eurozone

Alex Salmond at Press Conference

Have I got this right? The world is facing, in Ukraine and the Middle East, the most disturbing concatenation of unpredictable events for decades, but the big issue in Scotland is whether it should leave the UK, and the main obsession of the Conservative party is the prospect of the UK's departure from the European Union – or Brexit, as it is known.