William Hague throws down gauntlet to Labour over Scottish MPs voting rights The leader of the House of Commons called on Labour to clarify its thinking by the time of the election in May, as an opinion poll showed that nearly two-thirds of voters believe Scottish MPs should be banned from voting on English-only matters at […]
Miliband rejects PM’s call to link Scottish devolution to English reforms Labour leader says new powers for Scotland should not be linked to ban on Scottish MPs voting on English matters.
Gordon Brown says Scotland devolution promises will be kept Former UK prime minister also praises Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond and calls on yes and no camps to unite.
Labour proposes devolution settlement to ‘shape own futures’ Ed Miliband unveils plans for constitutional convention and stresses need for dialogue about how power is dispersed.
Alex Salmond blasts Treasury over RBS ‘tip-off’ to BBC First minister demands inquiry after corporation disclosed bank’s decision to move HQ to England in event of yes vote.
Firefighters strike over pensions across England and Wales Members of Fire Brigades Union set up picket lines, with threat of further action if dispute continues.
As a political force Englishness is on the rise – and Labour mustn’t forget it | Vernon Bogdanor This week the party’s headache is Falkirk. But its long-term problems will be south of the border.
The Bank of England boss is about to step down, and has said he’s going to give himself a gap year. He probably deserves a break – but lose the backpacker lingo, eh Merv? Mervyn King is retiring as governor of the Bank of England. I’m sure we’ll all get over it. It’s not like […]
The spirit of Albion, as conjured in the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale, makes for some surprising and dramatic connections. The Turner-winning artist explains his thinking ‘Things obsess me,” Jeremy Deller says, “but I don’t think of myself as obsessive.” At 9.30 on the morning before his show opens in the British pavilion at […]
Lending to individuals is on the up, driven by mortgages, BoE figures show, but business lending hits a slump Lending to individuals rose in April, but figures from the Bank of England showed a sharp fall in the amount of borrowing done by businesses. Non-financial firms paid off £3bn of loans (including overdrafts) over the […]