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  • = Key Development Tuesday 27th January
  • 16:26 Chilcot delay is not my fault, says Sir Jeremy Heywood House of Commons

    Chilcot delay is not my fault, says Sir Jeremy Heywood House of Commons

    The head of the civil service has denied that he had any influence in delaying the publishing of the Chilcot Inquiry. Speaking to a panel of MPs on the Public Administration Committee, Sir Jeremy Heywood said that he did not have any kno... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 22nd January
  • 23:33 Chilcot delays a 'scandal' - Abbott PoliticsHome News

    Chilcot delays a 'scandal' - Abbott PoliticsHome News

    MPs rounded on Sir John Chilcot for the delays in the publication of his report into the Iraq war during this week’s Question Time discussion. Labour’s Diane Abbott described the news that details of the inquiry would not be released unt... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 16th January
  • 16:16 In Brief Events

    16:16 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon meet with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt speak at the BETT 2015 education techno... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 14th January
  • 07:42 Lord Ashdown: Cameron mustn't get away with debate no-show On air

    On Air | Lord Ashdown | Former Liberal Democrat leader | Breakfast, BBC One Video Lord Ashdown

    Lord Ashdown accused David Cameron of trying to hold the TV leaders’ debates to ransom by demanding the inclusion of the Greens.   “Is it perfect for the Liberal Democrats? No, it’s not, but in the interests of having these debates, we g... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 11th January
  • 22:17 The election debates will not go ahead, says Mark Field PoliticsHome News

    The election debates will not go ahead, says Mark Field PoliticsHome News

    Mark Field said that he did not expect the televised leader’s debates to go ahead as only prime ministers who felt they had nothing to lose would take part. “I take the view that I thought… it was unlikely that the debates were going to ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 30th December
  • 13:09 Rafael Behr blog: Words may decide the next prime minister but he’ll be a slave to numbers News

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    With no clear-cut winner likely in May’s general election, 2015 will be a year in which British politics takes an arithmetical turn David Cameron doesn’t have one, Gordon Brown’s was modest but workab... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 29th December
  • 13:22 Jose Manuel Barroso: Britain under Cameron is no longer at the centre of EU decision-making On air

    On Air | Jose Manuel Barroso | Former president of the Europe... | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Jose Manuel Barroso

    Jose Manuel Barroso said Britain's influence on the European stage had diminished under David Cameron's leadership. “I’ve worked, and I think I’ve established good relationships, personal relationships, with Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 21st December
  • 09:33 Ken Clarke: EU debate has been disastrous On air

    On Air | Ken Clarke MP | Conservative MP | Andrew Marr Show, BBC One Video Ken Clarke MP

    Ken Clarke bemoaned the “disastrous” debate about Britain’s membership of the European Union. “We’ve had a rather silly debate about Europe over the last six months. In fact, the political debate in this country over the last six months ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 19th December
  • 13:25 Dot Commons: Labour probes DCLG's Big Mac spending Dot Commons

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    Labour MP Jon Ashworth has served up a storm at the communities department, asking ministers how much they've spent on fast food since the election. DCLG's response left him none the wiser, with minister Kris Hopkins responding that "The...

  • = Key Development Monday 8th December
  • 15:58 LabourList blog: Shadow Scotland Secretary Curran backs Murphy for Scottish Labourleader News

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    Many senior Scottish Labour figures have stayed above the fray in the contest for Scottish labour leader so far. Acting leader Anas Sarwar, former leader Johann Lamont and former PM Gordon Brown have ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 2nd December
  • 16:13 Story (14 links): Brown eyeing global economy post - McBride

    PoliticsHome Brown eyeing global economy post - McBride Story View links

    One of Gordon Brown’s former advisers has predicted he could seek a post in a global financial institution after announcing he will not stand again as an MP.

    Damian McBride, who worked with the former prime minister in both the Treasury and No 10, told ITV this morning:

    “I think what he’d like to do ultimately is get back into management of the international economy.”

    Mr Brown confirmed his departure at a meeting in his Fife constituency last night.

    He ruled out taking a seat in the House of Lords and said he wanted to now focus on the “moral purpose of public service” in his role as UN special envoy for global education.

    He also pledged to do all he could to secure the election of Ed Miliband.

    Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell described Mr Brown as “brilliant but impossible”.

    “Gordon is without doubt one of the political figures of our time. A great mind, an ability to focus on really big challenges, and understand the role of politics in meeting those challenges," he told the Today programme.

    "At his best, he was absolutely brilliant. Equally, at other times, he could be a nightmare to work with."

    Meanwhile, a new report from Aston University, based on interviews with senior political figures, has said Mr Miliband should issue an ultimatum to his Shadow Cabinet to back him, warning the Labour leader is in “serious trouble”.

  • = Key Development Monday 1st December
  • 21:56 The Spectator blog: The best and the worst of Gordon Brown News

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    Tonight Gordon Brown announced he will stand down as an MP at the next election.  Continue to article

  • 20:13 SNP: First Minister comments on Gordon Brown Press Release

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    SNP press release Commenting on Gordon Brown’s announcement that he is to stand down from the House of Commons at the next election, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I wish Gordon Brown well. There is no doubt that has made an en... Continue to article

  • 20:12 Danny Alexander: No reason that there shouldn't be a Scottish chief secretary to the Treasury Press Release

    20:12| Press Release

    Speaking as one of the guests on The Agenda with Tom Bradby to be broadcast on ITV at 10.35pm tonight, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said there was no reason that there shouldn't be a Scottish chief secretary to the Treasu... Continue to article

  • 19:54 LabourList blog: “Thank you for the chance to serve, thank you all very much”: Gordon Brown confirms departure from Parliament News

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    In a speech in his constituency this evening, Gordon Brown has confirmed that he’s stepping down as an MP at the next election. Continue to article

  • 18:01 Kirsty McNeill blog: 10 of the best Gordon Brown speeches from his time as PM and beyond News

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    Today’s announcement by Gordon Brown gives us a chance to reflect not just on his extraordinary legacy but the body of thinking he leaves behind. Continue to article

  • 17:39 Gordon Brown and the last minute job offer News

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    Gordon Brown leaves parliament only weeks after his successor Ed Miliband asked him to throw himself back into frontline politics. Continue to article

  • 12:03 Guardian: Gordon Brown ‘to stand down as MP’ News

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    Former PM expected to confirm that he does not intend to run again in his Fife constituency of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath Gordon Brown is expected to announce on Monday evening that he is standing down... Continue to article

  • 11:52 LabourList blog: Gordon Brown expected to announce retirement today News

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    Gordon Brown is expected to announce his retirement as an MP today. Sources suggest that the former prime minister and chancellor will say that he is to step down at the next election. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 30th November
  • 23:00 Stephen Williams: Tories taking credit for Lib Dem policies is frustrating On air

    On Air | Stephen Williams MP | Communities minister | Westminster Hour, Radio 4 Video Stephen Williams MP

    Stephen Williams said Liberal Democrats were frustrated that their Tory colleagues were taking credit for his parties’ tax policies.   “To be perfectly candid… that has been frustrating for me and my Liberal Democrat colleagues, in parti... Continue to article

  • 11:36 Lib Dems call for half of £2bn NHS fund to be spent on mental health PoliticsHome News

    Lib Dems call for half of £2bn NHS fund to be spent on mental health PoliticsHome News

    The Liberal Democrats have called for half of the Chancellor’s £2bn NHS cash injection to be spent on improving mental health services. Brian Paddick told Sky News’ Murnaghan programme that £1bn of new government health spending should g... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Saturday 29th November
  • 11:33 BBC: VIDEO: 'Time to reset Scottish politics' News

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    Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown says politicians in Scotland must stop obsessing about constitutional change and focus on improving people's lives. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 21st November
  • 13:01 LabourList blog: Gordon Brown outlines proposals for a stronger Scottish Parliament News

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    Today Gordon Brown will give a speech to the 17th State Of The City Economy Conference in Glasgow Continue to article

  • 12:37 Michael Gove: Conservatives got a very good result in the Rochester by-election On air

    On Air | Michael Gove MP | Chief whip | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video Michael Gove MP

    Michael Gove said the Conservatives had got a "very good result" in the Rochester and Strood by-election. "We got a very good result, we got a significantly better result than any commentator was expecting or predicting, we managed to ta... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 18th November
  • 17:35 Dot Commons: Danny puts Coalition on ice Dot Commons

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    Are we witnessing a chill in one of the Coalition's more successful relationships? Danny Alexander told reporters at a Westminster lunch today that his Tory boss, Chancellor George Osborne, keeps a lock on his fridge in the Treasury to s...

  • = Key Development Friday 14th November
  • 15:15 Transcript: Alex Salmond's departing speech as SNP leader, to the party conference Transcripts

    Alex Salmond's departing speech as SNP leader, to the party conference Transcripts

      Friends,  As I stand here before you today: - The Scottish National Party has a massive lead in the polls at both Holyrood and Westminster. - As of this morning we now have 85,101 members. - And we have contributed to what is ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 9th November
  • 10:35 Miliband could be gone by next week - former Labour MP PoliticsHome News

    Miliband could be gone by next week - former Labour MP PoliticsHome News

    A former Labour MP has predicted Ed Miliband could be removed as Labour leader within the next week. Andrew MacKinlay, who was in the Commons from 1992 to 2010, said Mr Miliband “should go”, after a series of stories about internal Labo... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Saturday 8th November
  • 08:43 George Osborne: It wasn't always clear that the UK's debate would apply to EU budget surcharge On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said it was not clear whether Britain's rebate would have applied to the EU budget surcharge. "The difference is that first of all we have the British rebate applied in full, and that was not clear. That means that instead... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 6th November
  • 13:26 Andrew Harrop: Ed Miliband is a hindrance to Labour On air

    On Air | Andrew Harrop | General Secretary of the Fabia... | The World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Andrew Harrop

    Andrew Harrop said Ed Miliband was “a hindrance to the Labour party’s success” but warned against a change of leadership so close to the general election. “There is a nervousness, there is jitteriness amongst, not just backbenchers but t... Continue to article

  • 13:26 Andrew Harrop: Ed Miliband is a hindrance to Labour On air

    On Air | Andrew Harrop | General Secretary of the Fabia... | The World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Andrew Harrop

    Andrew Harrop said Ed Miliband was “a hindrance to the Labour party’s success” but warned against a change of leadership so close to the general election. “There is a nervousness, there is jitteriness amongst, not just backbenchers but t... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 2nd November
  • 10:29 Nicola Sturgeon: Only referendum will deliver Scottish independence On air

    On Air | Nicola Sturgeon MSP | Scottish First Minister, SNP l... | Murnaghan, Sky News Video Nicola Sturgeon MSP

    Nicola Sturgeon said independence for Scotland would only come about after a referendum. “We can only get independence if we persuade a majority of people to vote for independence in a referendum. There’s no shortcuts to Scotland being i... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 30th October
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  • = Key Development Wednesday 15th October
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  • = Key Development Tuesday 14th October
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  • = Key Development Sunday 12th October
  • 12:35 Story (4 links): Brown blasts Tory Scots tax plans

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    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."

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  • = Key Development Friday 10th October
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  • = Key Development Tuesday 23rd September
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Stories involving Gordon Brown

Brown eyeing global economy post - McBride

One of Gordon Brown’s former advisers has predicted he could seek a post in a global financial institution after announcing he will not stand again as an MP.

Damian McBride, who worked with the former prime minister in both the Treasury and No 10, told ITV this morning:

“I think what he’d like to do ultimately is get back into management of the international economy.”

Mr Brown confirmed his departure at a meeting in his Fife constituency last night.

He ruled out taking a seat in the House of Lords and said he wanted to now focus on the “moral purpose of public service” in his role as UN special envoy for global education.

He also pledged to do all he could to secure the election of Ed Miliband.

Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell described Mr Brown as “brilliant but impossible”.

“Gordon is without doubt one of the political figures of our time. A great mind, an ability to focus on really big challenges, and understand the role of politics in meeting those challenges," he told the Today programme.

"At his best, he was absolutely brilliant. Equally, at other times, he could be a nightmare to work with."

Meanwhile, a new report from Aston University, based on interviews with senior political figures, has said Mr Miliband should issue an ultimatum to his Shadow Cabinet to back him, warning the Labour leader is in “serious trouble”.


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."


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."


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