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  • = Key Development Wednesday 29th October
  • 17:13 Dot Commons: Wild, wild West Dot Commons

    PoliticsHome Wild, wild West

              As a former First Sea Lord and, arguably more pertinently, a minister in Gordon Brown’s government, Lord West is quite familiar with the importance of peacemaking. The skill proved handy when he defused a potenti...

  • = Key Development Monday 27th October
  • 12:25 Katy Clark: Scottish Labour needs to make a significant move to the left On air

    On Air | Katy Clark MP | | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video Katy Clark MP

    Katy Clark said Scottish Labour needed to enact a "significant move to the left" in order to remain relevant in Scotland. "It’s not one person that’s to blame but I think what we need to see happening now is a debate in Scotland about wh... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 26th October
  • 10:35 LabourList blog: Has Gordon Brown ruled himself out of the Scottish Labour leader race? News

    Blog | LabourList source icon

    Gordon Brown will not run in the Scottish Labour leadership contest, according to Sky News. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 16th October
  • 17:40 Brown batters away Tory plans for 'two classes' of MPs House of Commons

    Brown batters away Tory plans for 'two classes' of MPs House of Commons

    Gordon Brown has warned that English votes for English laws would mean effectively a “reduction in the rights of Scottish representatives” and would create” two classes of MPs”. The former prime minister made a strong case against the Co... Continue to article

  • 11:28 LabourList blog: Is Gordon Brown being urged to return to frontline politics? News

    Blog | LabourList source icon

    Gordon Brown will today lead the House of Commons debate on granting greater devolution to Scotland. But is he long for this chamber? Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 15th October
  • 17:54 Iain Martin blog: The English do not want England divided up to suit politicians News

    Blog | Telegraph politics blog source icon

    While Gordon Brown was burbling on in the Commons yesterday about the constitution, and in his usual fashion taking no responsibility whatsoever for the mess he helped cause. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 14th October
  • 12:59 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    12:59 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 9:30am: Culture, media and sports questions (topicals at 10.05am) 10:15am: Women and equalities questions 10:30am: Urgent question from Iain Wright (Lab, Hartlepool) to ask the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, if he ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 12th October
  • 12:35 Story (4 links): Brown blasts Tory Scots tax plans

    PoliticsHome Brown blasts Tory Scots tax plans Story View links

    Gordon Brown has warned David Cameron that "nations can be lost by accident" as he revealed he will this week set out new plans to devolve powers to Scotland.

    The former prime minister, who made a heavyweight intervention in the campaign against Scottish independence, warned that Conservative plans to hand 100% of income tax raising powers to the Scottish Parliament were "100% wrong" and a "gift to the separatists".

    "I would like us all to rise above party advantage, and indeed above driving a wedge between Scotland and England," he told Sky News' Murnaghan.

    "You see, in the United Kingdom, England is about 84% of the United Kingdom. Scotland’s 8%, Wales is 5%, Northern Ireland’s 3%. And you’ve got to find a fair distribution of power that recognises the majority rule but also recognises the minorities and that they have special needs that have to be met.

    "If you do that, I think you’ll come up with a solution that does not include the 100% devolution of income tax, but perhaps 75%."

    Later this week, Mr Brown will set out proposals for a ‘Scottish powerhouse’ that would put the parliament in charge of raising 54% of its income, a total of £18bn by 2016, up from just £4bn.

    Ahead of a House of Commons debate on Tuesday and Thursday, the former prime minister also backed plans to assign VAT revenues to the devolved administration.

    But he attacked his Conservative successor over his pledge to give more say to English MPs "in tandem" with new powers for Scotland.

    "There are lots of grievances as a result of what Mr Cameron said the day after the referendum," Mr Brown said.

    "I think he did so in an unstatesmanlike way, and I think he should regret what he did.

    "You cannot at one and the same time promise Scotland something on a Tuesday and then change the offer the day after the referendum on the Friday. And I think the Conservatives have got to think again about playing fast and loose with the constitution."

  • 11:08 Nicola Sturgeon: Labour's offer on Scottish devolution is less radical than the Tories On air

    On Air | Nicola Sturgeon MSP | Deputy First Minister of Scotl... | Pienaar's Politics, BBC Radio 5Live Video Nicola Sturgeon MSP

    Nicola Sturgeon said it was “ironic” that Gordon Brown had called for the Conservative party to offer more on devolution to Scotland when Labour’s proposals were even less radical.      “I would certainly echo his call for the Conservati... Continue to article

  • 10:20 Gordon Brown: Tory Scottish tax plans are a mistake On air

    On Air | Gordon Brown MP | Former prime minister | Murnaghan, Sky News Video Gordon Brown MP

      Gordon Brown called on the Conservatives to be “more radical” in offering Scots greater powers. “We’ve got an agreement on the timetable so powers will have to be delivered with a draft bill in January. What we’ve now got to get agr... Continue to article

  • 08:02 LabourList blog: Brown calls for Tories to support radical devolution plans for Scotland News

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    Ahead of two scheduled debates about Scotland, due to take place in the House of Commons on Tuesday and Thursday, Gordon Brown has called for the creation of a ‘powerhouse’ Scottish Parliament. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 10th October
  • 14:00 Gordon Brown: Nobel Peace Prize reflects liberation movement for children worldwide On air

    On Air | Gordon Brown MP | Former prime minister | BBC News Video Gordon Brown MP

    Gordon Brown said the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai was recognition of the “liberation movement” for children’s rights. “This is great news for anybody who’s concerned about children, children’s... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 6th October
  • 10:21 Transcript: Kirsty Williams' speech to the Liberal Democrat conference Transcripts

    Kirsty Williams' speech to the Liberal Democrat conference Transcripts

    Conference, 2014 has been a year when many have tried to divide us. Politicians desperate to tear us from Europe Nationalists wanting to rip up a 300 year old union The rise of ‘us versus them’ Now more than ever we need positiv... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 2nd October
  • 20:00 Laws Abiding The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Laws Abiding

      Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield      Michael Gove is gone but not forgotten in the Department for Education. Its ground-floor reception area has an impressive gallery of photos of every single Secretary of State s... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 30th September
  • 19:45 Gordon Brown: Tory plans mean Westminster budgets will be distorted by two classes of MP On air

    On Air | Gordon Brown MP | Former prime minister | BBC News Video Gordon Brown MP

    Gordon Brown hit out at Conservative plans to seek a new settlement for English and Scottish MPs at Westminster. “The most important thing is this: that the Conservative proposal means that there would be no decision on income tax rates ... Continue to article

  • 19:29 Guardian: Gordon Brown accuses David Cameron of setting trap for Scottish voters News

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    Former PM says Tories want to limit Scottish MPs voting rights in the Commons, which would put union at risk Gordon Brown has accused David Cameron of setting a trap for Scottish voters by trying to d... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 23rd September
  • 12:37 Caroline Flint: It's not clear exactly how much money mansion tax would raise On air

    On Air | Caroline Flint MP | Shadow Energy and Climate Chan... | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video Caroline Flint MP

      Caroline Flint said it wasn't clear exactly how much Labour's mansion tax would raise. "We’re looking at well over £1bn. I think it’s about £1.5-£2bn, it’s not quite clear at the moment. We have said we’re going to have a mansion ta... Continue to article

  • 07:00 Simon Danczuk: There’s no point in defending status quo (£) News

    Opinion | The Sun source icon

    WHEN Gordon Brown delivered the speech of his life to save the union last week, he made it clear how a two-year campaign would be decided. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 22nd September
  • 15:31 Curran: Labour needs to reconnect with Yes voters PoliticsHome News

    Curran: Labour needs to reconnect with Yes voters PoliticsHome News

    The Shadow Scotland Secretary has warned Labour needs to reconnect with Scots who supported independence in last week’s referendum. In a speech to the Labour conference, Margaret Curran announced she would be visiting the ten constituen... Continue to article

  • 12:46 Transcript: Len McCluskey speech to Labour conference Transcripts

    Len McCluskey speech to Labour conference Transcripts

    Thank you, Chair Len McCluskey, Unite, moving composite 4 Sisters and Brothers There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen. So said a famous Russian revolutionary a century ago. He could ... Continue to article

  • 12:13 Transcript: Ed Balls' speech to the Labour conference Transcripts

    Ed Balls' speech to the Labour conference Transcripts

    INTRODUCTION Twenty years ago, starting at this Labour conference, we together took the historic step of reforming our party’s constitution. The result is on the back of our membership cards today. Our goal: ‘a community in which p... Continue to article

  • 10:42 LabourList blog: No Westminster stitch-up on power devolution News

    Blog | LabourList source icon

    This post is written by Alison McGovern MP and Stephen Twigg MP. The most powerful argument in the Scottish referendum campaign came from Labour’s Gordon Brown: “We don’t want freedom from England." ... Continue to article

  • 10:18 Cameron must heed calls for a constitutional convention - Shadow Welsh Secretary PoliticsHome News

    Cameron must heed calls for a constitutional convention - Shadow Welsh Secretary PoliticsHome News

    David Cameron should heed the words of Ed Miliband and call a Constitutional Convention to “forge a new Union for Britain”, the Shadow Welsh Secretary has said. Kicking off the second day of the Labour conference, Owen Smith welcomed the... Continue to article

  • 09:54 Transcript: Carwyn Jones' speech to Labour conference Transcripts

    Carwyn Jones' speech to Labour conference Transcripts

    We need to build a new United Kingdom. Conference, greetings from a land with a Labour Government.  Soon to be joined by another one in May Can I say a special good morning to those of you who are here from Scotland. There are few peo... Continue to article

  • 07:23 Lord Digby Jones: Labour must not take flight to populism over business On air

    On Air | Lord Digby Jones | Former Minister of State for T... | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Lord Digby Jones

    Lord Digby Jones said Labour must not indulge in a “flight to populism” at the expense of the party’s relationship with businesses. “When you’ve got someone like Peter Mandelson saying ‘I’m intensely relaxed’ about people making money; w... Continue to article

  • 07:00 Kevin Maguire: Ed Miliband could learn from Gordon Brown on how to win the popular vote News

    Opinion | Daily Mirror source icon

    Ed Miliband can learn from Gordon Brown on how to win a popular vote. Because the lack of excitement or anticipation about a Labour government is a serious handicap for the figure most likely to be Britain’s next prime minister. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Saturday 20th September
  • 10:45 Brown unveils devolution pledge 'lock-in' PoliticsHome News

    Brown unveils devolution pledge 'lock-in' PoliticsHome News

      All three Westminster leaders have signed a resolution to go before the Commons on Monday pledging further powers to the Scottish parliament, Gordon Brown has revealed. Speaking in Fife following Scotland’s rejection of independence i... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 19th September
  • 16:24 Transcript: Alex Salmond resignation: full statement Transcripts

    Alex Salmond resignation: full statement Transcripts

    "I am immensely proud of the campaign which Yes Scotland fought and of the 1.6 million voters who rallied to that cause by backing an independent Scotland. “I am also proud of the 85 per cent turnout in the referendum and the remarkable ... Continue to article

  • 09:31 Liam Fox: Gordon Brown played a blinder On air

    On Air | Liam Fox MP | Former Defence Secretary | Sky News Video Liam Fox MP

    Liam Fox said Gordon Brown had “played a blinder” in his speech during the final days of the Scottish independence campaign but cast doubt on the affect it had had on voters.     “I think he did make a positive contribution to that campa... Continue to article

  • 07:37 William Hague: Details of Scottish devolution will be set out in coming weeks On air

    On Air | William Hague MP | Leader of the House of Commons | BBC News Video William Hague MP

    William Hague said the timetable for further devolution to Scotland had been set out but the content would be decided in the coming weeks.    “That is already the policy of all three main parties including the two parties in the Coalitio... Continue to article

  • 07:34 Gordon Brown blog: Scottish independence: The silent majority will be silent no more News

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    This was the speech that many are saying won the referendum for no, delivered by an impassioned Gordon Brown. Heres another chance to read it in full The silent majority will be silent no more. And ou... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 17th September
  • 12:19 Don't sever the union, Brown urges Scots PoliticsHome News

    Don't sever the union, Brown urges Scots PoliticsHome News

      Gordon Brown has made a final, impassioned plea for Scottish voters to reject independence at tomorrow's referendum. Addressing pro-union supporters at a rally in Glasgow ahead of the crucial vote tomorrow, the former prime minist... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 15th September
  • 17:46 Gordon Brown tries to bump David Cameron off the news News

    Blog | Gary Gibbon on Politics source icon

    If it's a no vote on Thursday, Gordon Brown will feel he played a central role in helping to save the union. Quite a few others will agree. Continue to article

  • 16:56 Nick Robinson blog: Brown calls for three 'guarantees' for Scotland News

    Blog | Nick Robinson source icon

    Gordon Brown is calling for three "guarantees" for Scotland to be "locked in" before voting takes place in the referendum on Thursday. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Saturday 13th September
  • 11:19 Christopher Chope: UK Parliament should have been able to vote Devo Max option On air

    On Air | Christopher Chope MP | Conservative MP | Week In Westminster, BBC Radio 4 Video Christopher Chope MP

    Christopher Chope said the UK Parliament should have been able to debate a pledge by Gordon Brown that whoever won the 2015 election would enact the so-called "Devo Max" option in the event of a "No" vote in Scottish referendum. "It was ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 12th September
  • 10:42 Brown makes case for enshrining 0.7% aid spending in law House of Commons

    Brown makes case for enshrining 0.7% aid spending in law House of Commons

    Britain can be a “catalyst” for other nations to increase their international aid budgets by enshrining in law a promise to spend 0.7% of national income on aid, Gordon Brown has said. In a Commons debate on Liberal Democrat MP Michael ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 10th September
  • 12:40 Hague and Harman: we want Scots to stay House of Commons

    Hague and Harman: we want Scots to stay House of Commons

    William Hague has urged Scots to reject independence, saying: "we want you to stay in the United Kingdom." David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg were all absent from this week's Prime Minister's Questions as they toured Scotland in ... Continue to article

  • 06:47 Danny Alexander: Westminster leaders have only a small role in No campaign On air

    On Air | Danny Alexander MP | Chief Secretary to the Treasur... | Good Morning Britain, ITV Video Danny Alexander MP

    Danny Alexander denied that David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg heading to Scotland would be counterproductive for the No side, but said they had a “relatively small place” in the campaign. “I don’t think that’s right at all. Look,... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 26th August
  • 17:08 Telegraph: Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling put aside differences in fight for UK News

    News | The Daily Telegraph source icon

    The former Prime Minister and his former Chancellor are to share a platform for the first time in the independence referendum debate following Alex Salmond's damaging TV debate victory. Continue to article

  • 15:10 John Stevens tweets: Interesting! Gordon Brown & Alistair Darling to put their differences aside tomorrow to appear together at a joint #indyref campaign rally

    Twitter | Twitter source icon

  • = Key Development Friday 8th August
  • 15:08 In Brief Events

    15:08 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Foreign secretary Philip Hammond attends a meeting of European foreign ministers in Brussels (11.00) Business minister Matthew Hancock attends the home business summit at Somerset House and announces new measures on starting and growing ... Continue to article

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Brown blasts Tory Scots tax plans

Gordon Brown has warned David Cameron that "nations can be lost by accident" as he revealed he will this week set out new plans to devolve powers to Scotland.

The former prime minister, who made a heavyweight intervention in the campaign against Scottish independence, warned that Conservative plans to hand 100% of income tax raising powers to the Scottish Parliament were "100% wrong" and a "gift to the separatists".

"I would like us all to rise above party advantage, and indeed above driving a wedge between Scotland and England," he told Sky News' Murnaghan.

"You see, in the United Kingdom, England is about 84% of the United Kingdom. Scotland’s 8%, Wales is 5%, Northern Ireland’s 3%. And you’ve got to find a fair distribution of power that recognises the majority rule but also recognises the minorities and that they have special needs that have to be met.

"If you do that, I think you’ll come up with a solution that does not include the 100% devolution of income tax, but perhaps 75%."

Later this week, Mr Brown will set out proposals for a ‘Scottish powerhouse’ that would put the parliament in charge of raising 54% of its income, a total of £18bn by 2016, up from just £4bn.

Ahead of a House of Commons debate on Tuesday and Thursday, the former prime minister also backed plans to assign VAT revenues to the devolved administration.

But he attacked his Conservative successor over his pledge to give more say to English MPs "in tandem" with new powers for Scotland.

"There are lots of grievances as a result of what Mr Cameron said the day after the referendum," Mr Brown said.

"I think he did so in an unstatesmanlike way, and I think he should regret what he did.

"You cannot at one and the same time promise Scotland something on a Tuesday and then change the offer the day after the referendum on the Friday. And I think the Conservatives have got to think again about playing fast and loose with the constitution."


Brown: An independent Scotland would have a ‘neo-colonial relationship with UK’

Gordon Brown has weighed into the debate on Scottish independence, saying that leaving the United Kingdom would be the "worst possible outcome for Scotland".

Speaking at the launch of his book 'My Scotland, Our Britain' at the Edinburgh International Book Festival yesterday, the former Prime Minister said an independent Scotland would have neo-colonial relationship with the rest of the UK, as it would enjoy no say over key economic and monetary decisions.

Meanwhile, Australian Prime Tony Abbott has shared his views on the Scotland issue, saying it would be a bad idea for the country to become independent.


Murdoch stands by claim

Rupert Murdoch has stood behind his comments to the Leveson Inquiry that Gordon Brown called him to “declare war” on News International after the Sun’s endorsement of the Conservatives.

Despite the Cabinet Office today releasing information supporting Mr Brown’s denial, the News Corporation chairman tweeted today: “I stand by every word is aid [sic] at Leveson.”

The Cabinet Office earlier confirmed only one phone call took place between Gordon Brown and Rupert Murdoch in 2010, when the two men apparently spoke about Afghanistan.

Mr Brown and Mr Murdoch gave contradictory evidence to the Leveson Inquiry, Mr Murdoch saying that Mr Brown warned him in 2010: "Your company has declared war on my Government and we have no alternative but to make war on your company."

The Cabinet Office statement read: "That call took place on the 10th of November 2009. This was followed up by an email from Gordon Brown to Rupert Murdoch on the same day referring to the earlier conversation on Afghanistan.

"Four witness statements have been submitted to the Inquiry on the content of the call by staff who worked in No.10 Downing Street and who were the four and sole personnel on the phone call."


Brown remains confident of 'No' vote

Gordon Brown has said he remains confident of a 'No' vote in the Scottish referendum on September 18th, despite a recent surge in popularity for the 'Yes' campaign.

Speaking on BBC News this afternoon, Mr Brown said: "As we go through the next two weeks, it will go from a protest vote that people might have been thinking about making, to people deciding that, actually, they don’t want to sever every connection with the UK.”

Earlier, Alex Salmond announed he would not step down if Scotland rejects independence.

Visiting Glasgow yesterday, Mr Salmond was asked whether he would resign in favour of Nicola Sturgeon if the country chose 'No' at the referendum, and replied: "No... We will continue to serve out the mandate we have been given and that applies to the SNP always. It applies to me – all of us.”

Meanwhile, the Independent reports that David Cameron could face a leadership challenge from his own MPs if Scotland chooses to back separation. The paper says discussions have already taken place among Tory MPs who are considering challenging Mr Cameron, should the Yes campaign with the referendum.


Brown appointed UN education envoy

GordonBrown has been appointed as the United Nations Special Envoy for Education, the UN has announced.

The former Prime Minister will launch a new UN initiative for universal education in September which will campaign for a fund to finance schools and train 2 million teachers worldwide.

In a statement, Mr Brown said: "Ensuring that every child in the world has the opportunity to go to school and to learn is a longstanding passion of mine... Education breaks the cycle of poverty and unlocks better health and better job prospects."


Murdoch claim contradicted

Former PM Sir John Major has revealed that Rupert Murdoch threatened to withdraw support from him if he did not change his policy on the European Union.

The new evidence, given to the Leveson Inquiry, appears to contradict the claim by Mr Murdoch that he had never asked a prime minister for a favour.

 Sir John described a dinner with Mr Murdoch in the run-up to the 1997 election, in which the proprietor said his papers could not support the Conservative Government unless the changes were made. He said that Mr Murdoch "didn't make the usual nod towards editorial independence", but that he ignored his entreaties anyway.

He also criticised the claim by newspaper proprietors that they could not be expected to know what their reporters were doing in order to obtain stories. Sir John told the hearing: “It defies credibility that they actually don't know what is happening and I think the 'I had no idea what was going on below me' argument is one that I find extremely difficult to accept."

Later, Gordon Brown’s claim that he was unaware of briefing by his special advisers against Tony Blair came under fire from Ed Miliband today.

The Labour leader told the Leveson Inquiry Charlie Whelan, one of Mr Brown's advisers, had left his position due to briefing.

He told the Inquiry: “Ed Balls, no. Charlie Whelan left, I believe in 1999 – left the Government in 1999. One of the reasons he left was because of his style of operation. I can’t point you to direct evidence but I would say one of the things he did was he briefed, including potentially against people in the government.

“On Damian McBride, when I was a Cabinet minister, I did raise a specific concern that I had with Mr Brown, I believe in 2008, about some of Mr McBride’s activities.”

Mr Miliband also urged Lord Leveson to look into the issue of how power in the newspaper market is concentrated, suggesting a limit of between 20 and 30% of the market. This led Lord Leveson to lament the way his terms of reference “grew like a mushroom cloud”.

You can catch up on all the action from today's Inquiry with our liveblog here.