Ed Miliband has come under increased pressure to end his silence on accusations of Westminster pulling the strings in the Labour Party in Scotland, following contradictory claims of interference regarding the Bedroom Tax.
Reports in the Guardian on Saturday revealed that Ed Miliband had barred Johann Lamont from speaking out against the Bedroom Tax for a year, with a source close to Ms Lamont stating “they told Lamont not to condemn it (the Bedroom Tax) for a year while Ed made up his mind.”
Labour leader Ed Miliband must end the silence over his role in the resignation of Johann Lamont as the crisis engulfing Labour deepened today amid claims across the Sunday press of backstabbing and bitterness between Westminster and Scottish Parliament Labour leaders.
Labour’s civil war was compounded by senior Labour backbencher Malcolm Chisholm MSP saying it is so untenable for Labour to have a Westminster MP as the next leader of the party in Scotland that it would turn a “crisis into a catastrophe”.
Mr Chisholm made his views clear about the prospects of widely tipped Jim Murphy taking over the Scottish party when he clashed on BBC Radio Scotland’s Crossfire show with Mr Murphy’s ally John McTernan. (more…)
In the same week it was announced that Scottish universities have climbed the Times Higher Education world rankings, new research shows that Scottish students have saved £1bn as a result of fee-free higher education.
Meanwhile, the research also shows that students south of the border have been hit by a £14bn tuition fee burden from Westminster.
Stewart Maxwell MSP has said that attempts by Ruth Davidson to limit the powers that can be discussed by the Smith Commission show ‘an extraordinary degree of bad-faith’.
In a speech at her party’s conference today (Tuesday), Ruth Davidson stated “that means ruling out so-called Devo Max. Such a plan – which would devolve everything bar foreign affairs and the Armed Forces – is a complete non-starter.”
SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell is today calling on the Westminster parties to clarify whether child benefit will be among the powers they claim will be devolved to Scotland – as Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls outlines plans to introduce a cap and real terms cut that would hit hard-pressed families across the country.
In his speech to Labour conference earlier today, Ed Balls stated that the 1 per cent cap on child benefit would extend to 2017 under Labour – a move that would take money out of family budgets.
He renewed Labour’s commitment to the continuation of Tory cuts and austerity – stating that “cuts and tough decisions” would be made by a Labour government.