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

    Blog | LabourList source icon

    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

    Blog | Coffee House source icon

    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

    20:13| Press Release

    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

    Blog | LabourList source icon

    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

    Blog | LabourList source icon

    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

    Blog | Gary Gibbon on Politics source icon

    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

    Blog | LabourList source icon

    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

    News | BBC source icon

    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

    Blog | LabourList source icon

    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
  • 20:00 2020 Vision The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine 2020 Vision

    Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield    My eyesight has been improving,” says Danny Alexander. “They say you get more long-sighted as you get older, and I was slightly short-sighted to start with. So maybe that process has del... Continue to article

  • 20:00 Kevin Maguire: For the sake of our democracy we should strive for short, fixed-term parliaments The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Kevin Maguire: For the sake of our democracy we should strive for short, fixed-term parliaments

      Those of us who love the thrill of a general election would’ve hated the Septennial Act of 1716 which increased the maximum length of parliaments from three to seven years – a period longer than the Second World War, or the time it tak... Continue to article

  • = 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 | Scottish First Minister, SNP l... | 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

    Blog | LabourList source icon

    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

    News | The Guardian source icon

    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

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."