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'No second Scottish referendum' insists Michael Gove

Conservative leadership candidate, Michael Gove, has insisted there will not be a second independence referendum in Scotland despite the split result of the European Union vote which showed the majority of Scottish people want to stay in the EU.

In Scotland 62% of people who voted in the EU referendum wanted to 'remain'. Credit: Andrew Milligan / PA Wire

Mr Gove admitted that the vote in Scotland, where 62% backed Remain, raised "profound" questions and vowed to listen to Scottish public opinion.

Describing Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as "charming and never offensive", Mr Gove said he wanted to "make the United Kingdom work".

If she (Nicola Sturgeon) wants a prime minister who understands and believes in Scotland - and indeed somebody who has got personal friends in the SNP, who include SNP MPs, people I've worked with for 20 years - then I can do that. I can do it because the one thing I will want to do is make the United Kingdom work and I will treat with respect those people who've got a mandate in Scotland...

I don't think we're going to have a second independence referendum.

– Michael Gove

Michael Gove pledges '£100m more a week for the NHS'

'Leave' campaigners suggested EU funding could be spent on the NHS. Credit: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire

Michael Gove has promised to put "£100m a week more into the NHS" during his official launch to lead the Conservative party.

Asked about the controversy over Vote Leave's claims - branded "misleading" by various critics - that Britain handed £350 million a week to Brussels, Mr Gove said he was always clear that this was "a gross figure".

I was clear that when we take a look at net figures we needed to take back control of that money and with the net sum give £100m a week extra to the NHS.

– Michael Gove

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Royals lay wreaths at the Cross of the Sacrifice

The Prince of Wales lays a wreath during a service in Thiepval. Credit: PA

The Royal family, led by Prince Charles and French President Francois Hollande, have laid wreaths at the Memorial to the Missing in Thiepval.

The wreaths were laid at the Cross of Sacrifice in front of 10,000 guests.

Prince Harry, the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge. Credit: PA
Prime Minister David Cameron. Credit: PA

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Chancellor abandons plan to balance books by 2020

Chancellor George Osborne has abandoned his plan to balance the UK's books by 2020 because of the economic impact of the country's decision to leave the European Union.

In a speech to business leaders in Manchester Mr Osborne said: "We must be realistic about achieving a surplus by the end of the decade."

He added that the UK "needs to reduce uncertainty by moving as quickly as possible to forming a new relationship with the EU".

As the Bank of England said yesterday, the referendum result is as expected likely to lead to a significant negative shock for the British economy. How we respond will determine the impact on people's jobs and on economic growth.

The Bank of England can support demand, the Government must provide fiscal credibility so we will continue to be tough on the deficit but we must be realistic about achieving a surplus by the end of this decade and we need to reduce uncertainty by moving as quickly as possible to a new relationship with Europe and being super competitive...

The government must provide fiscal credibility, so we will continue to be tough on the deficit but we must be realistic about achieving a surplus by the end of this decade. This is precisely the flexibility that our rules provide for.

– Chancellor George Osborne

'Leave' campaigner best person to lead UK, Gove says

Conservative leadership hopeful, Michael Gove, insists the best person to lead the country in the future "is someone who argued to get Britain out of the European Union".

Mr Gove added that "the country voted for change and I am the candidate to deliver that change".

I will ensure that we honour the instructions that the British people have given us...

The promise to leave the European Union, end the supremacy of EU law, and take back control of our democracy - with my leadership it will be delivered.

The promise to take back control of our borders, and end free movement - with my leadership it will be delivered.

– Michael Gove

Michael Gove: I did not want to be Conservative leader

Michael Gove said he 'did not want' to lead the Conservative party. Credit: Pool

Justice Secretary Michael Gove has admitted that he "did not want" to lead the Conservative party and "in fact did everything I possibly could to avoid it".

But when he came to the conclusion that Boris Johnson did not possess the necessary qualities to be Tory leader or Prime Minister, "he stood up for his convictions", and decided to join the leadership contest.

That realisation meant that I once more faced a difficult decision. Could I recommend to friends, colleagues and the country, a course in which I no longer believed? I could not.

I had to stand up for my convictions. I had to stand up for a different course for this country and stand for the leadership of this party.

– Michael Gove
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