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Brown blasts Cameron over English votes 'trap'

Gordon Brown has accused David Cameron of laying a "Tory trap" for Scottish voters with his plans for devolution.

The former prime minister wrote to constituents to warn that his successor's plans to tie greater devolution to a fresh settlement for English MPs would undermine the "no strings attached" promise made to woo 'no' voters in the Scots referendum.

Mr Brown wrote: "The Tory trap that we are in danger of falling into is to devolve all decisions on Scotland's income tax rates away from Westminster and then to deny Scotland representation in votes on budget decisions on income tax rates."

He said "no party leader ever suggested... any further caveats" in discussions over the vow to give Scotland more powers, which was made just days before the independence vote.

Mr Brown told BBC Scotland that the Conservative plans meant "budgets at Westminster will be distorted by having two classes of members of Parliament voting on them."

“It is not in Scotland’s interest," he added.

"Scotland has an interest in the decisions on income tax, indeed all tax, that are made in the UK, because even under the Conservatives’ proposals, about half of the budget of the Scottish Parliament is still financed from Westminster.”

The intervention by Mr Brown comes after David Cameron told a Scottish Conservatives reception his party needed to target areas that voted 'No' to independence to encourage a Conservative comeback in Scotland.

He named a series of regions, including Alex Salmond’s Aberdeenshire constituency, that used to vote Tory but were now voting SNP.

“We’ve got the people, we’ve got the message, we’ve got the leader,” he said. “Now I think we can really turn the next 200 days into the opportunity to deliver more Conservative seats in the Westminster parliament for Scotland."


Boris' former deputy defects to Ukip

David Cameron has attempted to downplay the defection of a former Boris Johnson aide to Ukip.

Former deputy Mayor of London Richard Barnes announced the move this morning, saying that the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems do not “speak the language of normal people”.

He told the Evening Standard that Ukip was the only party with answers on Europe, immigration and transport, and branded Conservative plans to renegotiate a deal with Europe were “unrealistic”.

But the Prime Minister told 5 News: "I don't think this one was particularly significant. I don't think it was a name on your lips before this morning, was it?"

He added: "The election isn't changed by this defection or that defection. The choice still comes down to a very straight one."

Mr Johnson attempted to tackle the subject as he addressed delegates at the Conservative party conference today.

He asked: "Are there any quitters or splitters? Anyone feeling a bit yellow around the edges – like a kipper?"

The Mayor added: "If I can quote a great Midlands author: 'He which hath no stomach to this fight, let him depart.'"

There were also reports this morning that Mr Cameron had launched an extraordinary attack on Mark Reckless, whose defection to Ukip was announced on Saturday.

According to MailOnline, Mr Cameron is said to have told Tory members at a conference event that if Mr Reckless "got off his fat arse and worked harder he wouldn't have to defect to UKIP to save his skin".

Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, said the Conservative Party appeared to be "falling apart at the seams."

“The defection of Boris's right-hand man and former Deputy Mayor also shows once again that UKIP is a party of Tory politicians, Tory policies and Tory money," he said.

Mr Barnes served as deputy mayor from 2008 to 2012. He was embarrassed last year after naked self-portraits appeared on his Facebook account.

Also today, Ukip announced that the son of Eurosceptic Tory MP Bill Cash had joined the party. William Cash Jr is being appointed heritage spokesman for Ukip and is hoping to stand in Warwickshire in the general election next year.


Cameron 'wanted to resign if Scotland voted Yes'

David Cameron has admitted that he wanted to resign if Scotland had voted for independence.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, the Prime Minister said he had “thought about it a lot” and he would have been “very winded and wounded” should Scotland have voted Yes. 

The PM said he had ultimately decided it was his “duty” to stay on as Prime Minister, saying resigning would not have been the right thing to do. 

On referendum night he admits he “did not sleep” and watched the results come in with his children on his knee. “I think they sensed how worried I was by it,” he said.


Cameron vows seven-day GPs

David Cameron has unveiled plans to see GP surgeries open 12 hours a day, seven days a week by 2020.

The policy is part of a new contract for GPs set out at the Conservaitve Party conference in Birmingham.

“People need to be able to see their GP at a time that suits them and their family. That’s why we will make sure everyone can see a GP seven days a week by 2020,” the Prime Minister said.

 Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed that 5,000 more GPs would receive training, and said a future Conservative government would "have no greater priority than to protect and invest in our NHS."

He promised to give patients access to their medical records online by next April, and also warned Labour against claiming to be the party of the NHS.

"It's not a Labour health service or a Conservative health service, it’s a National Health Service," he said.

Conservative MP and chair of the Health Select Committee Sarah Wollaston welcomed the move to boost GP numbers.

"What I was pleased about is to see recognition that it can’t be achieved without addressing the workforce shortfall in general practice," she told BBC News.

But Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the British Medical Association's GP committee, warned that the announcement failed to take into account "the current reality" facing doctors.

"We need immediate solutions to the extreme pressures that GP practices are facing, with inadequate numbers of GPs and practice staff to manage increasing volume of patients, who are already having to wait too long for care," he told ITV news.


Leave ISIS war to military, PM told

The Prime Minister’s former chief military adviser said yesterday that David Cameron must not become too wrapped up in the action against Islamic State in Iraq.

General David Richards, head of the armed forces until last year, said he should “give his military commanders the flexibility to meet his political intent.”

He praised Mr Cameron’s “highly effective” leadership and said he was better than previous prime ministers at engaging in debate about military action.


No 'opt out' in Islamic State fight - Cameron

David Cameron has warned that the UK cannot "opt out" of the fight with Islamic State militants.

Speaking in the United States where he is set to discuss international action against the extremist group with Barack Obama as well as Iraq's new prime minister Haider al-Abadi, Mr Cameron said:

“There is no doubt in my mind it has already undertaken and is planning further plots in Europe and elsewhere, specifically in Belgium, in Brussels. It was an Isil plot that went into a Jewish museum and killed entirely innocent people.

“And there are other plots they have been attempting including in my own country - in order to kill and maim innocent people. And the same applies to the United States of America. So this is a fight you cannot opt out of.”

Mr Cameron's warning came after Ed Miliband said he would back airstrikes against Islamist terrorists in Syria, but cautioned that the United Nations “must play its part”.

In his Labour conference speech after the US and five Arab nations hit targets in Syria for the first time, Mr Miliband said: "We support the overnight action against ISIL. Now the UN must play its part - a UN Security Council resolution to counter the threat of ISIL."

He promised: “This country will never turn our back on the world, and never turn our back on the principles of internationalism.

The new Defence Secretary earlier warned the confrontation with Islamic State militants represented "a new Battle of Britain".

“We’ve had attacks on the streets of London, on our transport system, at Glasgow Airport, the murder of Lee Rigby – how much more evidence do you need that this is a very clear and dangerous threat to our way of life and to all the democracies of the west,” Michael Fallon told the Spectator.

Meanwhile, the family of Alan Henning, the British aid worker held by Islamic State militants, tonight confirmed that they had received a tape of Mr Henning pleading for his life and issued a fresh plea for his release.

"I have seen Muslims across the globe question Islamic State over Alan’s fate," Mr Henning's wife Barbara said in a statement.

"The voices of the people have spoken out loud and clear. He was working with Muslims to help the most vulnerable within Syria. Nothing has changed. He went to Syria to help his Muslim friends deliver much needed aid."


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