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Passion appears to have gone missing from the arguments of those opposed to Scottish independence - with the notable exception of Gordon Brown Continue to article
Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, speaking today at a meeting of Conservative Party Activists said: Convention chums, Never be worried of reminding people that Labour left our country with the ... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Chris Leslie is feeling old. The erstwhile Baby of the House says his original arrival in the Commons in 1997 feels like it was “quite a long time ago”. Now 41, he’s a relative... Continue to article
There is no such thing as bad publicity – all publicity is good publicity. The old adage is, of course, rubbish. Just ask Fylde MP Mark Menzies who was forced to quit as a ministerial aide after he was splashed across the front pa... Continue to article
After three years of unity, are the cracks beginning to show at the top of the Labour Party? While David Cameron has had to contend with rebellious backbenchers for most of this Parliament, Ed Miliband’s party has shown a remarkable ab... Continue to article
Caroline Flint said there was "no way" David Cameron could win the next general election. "I think we are making the weather: what are we talking about today? We’re talking about energy market reform and a price freeze. [Ed Miliband] set... Continue to article
Danny Alexander said the Liberal Democrats had delivered all four of their main manifesto commitments. "I’ve been clear, George Osborne has been clear for some time that dealing with the deficit is going to take longer, there are going t... Continue to article
2003: Blair says Gordon Brown’s ambition to be PM is "not an ignoble one". (h/t @elliotttimes)
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield The Reds are back, and Len McCluskey is delighted. In fact, by May 2015 they could come out on top. “If Liverpool could sort their defence out, perhaps next season we could be genui... Continue to article
Gordon Brown said Scotland should stay part of the UK but the Government needed to think about giving more domestic powers to Scotland. "I think we've got to think to the future - not just this year, next year, the next 10 and 20 years -... Continue to article
Gregg McClymont said Gordon Brown was "making the distinctive Labour case" for Scotland remaining in the UK. "When Gordon Brown speaks, people listen, and what Gordon was doing in his powerful speech today was making the distinctive Labo... Continue to article
Who is David Cameron? I only ask because so few people seem to know. Of course voters know his job title and a bit about his background – largely that he went to Eton, then Oxford, where he was a member of something called the B... Continue to article
Lord O’Donnell insisted fixed-term parliaments represented a “fairer system”. “I think democracy benefits because, first of all, it’s a fairer system. To me, it’s a ridiculous system that says, actually, the Government in power, the incu... Continue to article
Gordon Brown warned that Scottish pensioners would be worse off in an independent Scotland. “We pool and share resources across the whole of the United Kingdom; Scotland gets a huge benefit from that; it’s worth about £200m; we pay in a... Continue to article
Gordon Brown has urged the Government to get behind a Unicef-led plan to improve education for the hundreds of thousands of children fleeing the Syrian conflict. The former prime minister paid tribute to the work done by the Government i... Continue to article
Mike Kane Labour Who is your political hero? MK: My political hero is Alf Morris – the former Labour MP for Wythenshawe and Sale and the man who inspired me to join the Labour movement. Alf was the first politician anywhere in... Continue to article
In Plenary The Northern Ireland Assembly is not meeting in plenary In Committee Committee for Employment and Learning (10.00am, room 29) - Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 - Euro... Continue to article
Watching Gordon Brown at the WEF in Davos warning of the £1 tr infrastructure gap
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."
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.
The Leveson Inquiry is set to investigate evidence that private detectives bought access to data, including criminal record checks on a number of senior Labour politicians. Among those claimed to have been targeted are ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former Agriculture Minister Nick Brown and backbencher Martin Salter.
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."
David Cameron, George Osborne, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband will appear before the Leveson Inquiry into media standards next week, it was announced today.
The Chancellor and former prime minister Gordon Brown will appear on Monday, before Mr Miliband, Harriet Harman and former prime minister John Major give evidence on Tuesday.
The Deputy Prime Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond will be appearing on Wednesday, before Mr Cameron gives evidence on Thursday.
The full schedule can be found on the Inquiry's website here.
Rupert Murdoch has admitted there was a "cover up" at News of the World over the phone hacking scandal.
But Tom Crone, the newspaper's former legal manager, hit back at Mr Murdoch's evidence, releasing a statement claiming insinuations that he was involved in a cover up are a "shameful lie".
Giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry for the second day, Mr Murdoch said there was "no question" in his mind that "someone took charge of a cover up".
The News Corp chairman insisted he and other senior executives were "misinformed" about the extent of phone-hacking at the tabloid, which he was forced to close last summer.
Mr Murdoch said he "panicked" when he made the decision to close the paper, and added he wishes he had done it sooner.
“I panicked. I'm glad I did," he said.
"I’m sorry I didn’t close it years before and put a Sunday Sun in but I’ll tell you what held us back – the News of the World readers.”
He put much of the blame for the lack of transparency at the News of the World on senior executives at the time such as Len Hinton and Colin Myler, as well as the lawyers used by News Corp to investigate. However he still apologised for the scandal, which he described as a “serious blot on my reputation”.
Elsewhere in the testimony, Mr Murdoch defended his comments yesterday that Gordon Brown had “declared war” on the Murdoch newspapers, after the former Prime Minister today dismissed them as “wholly wrong”.
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