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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Words: Paul Waugh and Daniel Bond Photos: Paul Heartfield “To defeat a populist party, you defeat them conversation by conversation, doorstep by doorstep, street by street, community by community.” Douglas Alexander is i... Continue to article
She doesn’t want that to look too obvious or too partisan, so she’s trying to make it look like a wider attack on the political culture in general, and there’s no easier dog to kick in her own garden than Gordon Brown. Continue to article
Ever since he helped draft Gordon Brown's five (unpassable) tests for UK membership of the euro, Ed Balls has long been a Brussels sceptic. And it was no surprise when he last year said it would be 'stupid' for Labour to rule out an In-O... Continue to article
Ed Balls said change was needed to ensure Britain continued to offer good jobs for people. “We have a great history in our country of innovation, science, wealth creation. But for the 21st century, we need more good jobs, we will need mo... Continue to article
Ahead of his Commons debate tomorrow, Gordon Brown said more needed to be done to rescue the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. "This is every parent's and every friend's nightmare.... We really must make our international pressure felt even... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Scotland questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12 noon: Prime minister questions 12.30pm: Presentation of bills: Affordable Homes Bill; International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill; Euro... Continue to article
Ed Balls has accused George Osborne of bringing the Government into disrepute by hiring Andy Coulson, after the former No 10 communications chief was found guilty of phone hacking. Following a long-running trial stemming from allegation... Continue to article
To think there was a time back in the mid-1990s when it was said by his critics on both the left and right that Tony Blair did not believe in anything. Today, no-one doubts that the former prime minister has very strong beliefs, on for... Continue to article
Lord Forsyth said the Better Together campaign on Scottish independence was “winning the arguments” but conceded that it had got off to a “slow start”. “I think Alistair [Darling] has done a good job and I think it’s great that Gordon Br... Continue to article
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.
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.
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.
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.
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