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Brown: Time to go 'beyond constitutional change'

In a speech later Gordon Brown is expected to say it is time to 'reset politics' beyond the 'old issues of constitutional change'.-

It is time to move beyond two years of constant talk of constitutional change to a new focus in the next two years on the social and economic change that Scottish people have said they want.

I am pressing the reset button because it is time to move beyond the old issue of bigger powers for the Scottish Parliament, as we now have more powers than at any time, to the issue that really concerns Scotland - better lives for the Scottish people.

– Gordon Brown

The Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP is to address the annual meeting of Scottish Labour councillors in Glasgow this morning.

Gordon Brown hopes to 'reset' Scottish politics

Gordon Brown hopes to "reset" Scottish politics in a bid to shift the focus from the constitutional debate to how to improve the lives of ordinary people.

Independence has dominated politics north of the border for the last two years ahead of September's historic referendum.

Gordon Brown hopes to 'reset' Scottish politics. Credit: PA

Former prime minister Mr Brown played a pivotal role in the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK and was also a key player in the pledge by the Westminster parties to deliver more powers for Holyrood.


Builder charged with double murder of couple in Surrey

A man in his 30s has been charged with two counts of murder after a man and a woman died at a property in Fetcham earlier this week.

Viktoras Bruzas, 38, from Walton-on-Thames. Credit: Police handout

Although formal identification has not yet taken place, the victims are believed to be Patrick and Gillian Kettyle, a married couple who lived at the property.

Viktoras Bruzas, 38, from Walton-on-Thames has been charged with murder. He is due to appear at South East Surrey Magistrates Court in Redhill tomorrow.

Another man in his 30s who was arrested on Thursday morning at a property in Walton-on-Thames on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder has now been released with no further action taken against him.

Cameron was forced to 'retreat' over EU migrant plan

Prime Minster David Cameron backtracked from a radical plan to cap directly the number of EU migrants entering Britain after an intervention, according to reports

Reports say Cameron was forced to 'retreat' over EU migrant plan. Credit: PA

And it was the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, who warned him she would not tolerate such an incursion into the principle of the free movement of workers, according to the Guardian.

It said that the decision to step back from the harder stance in the PM's speech on immigration on Friday disappointed the Eurosceptic backbenchers, but pleased business leaders.


Scottish leaders to speak at Clutha anniversary service

Among those expected to contribute at a service at Glasgow Cathedral to mark the first anniversary of the Clutha helicopter crash with be

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Bernard Higgins, Assistant Chief Constable of Police Scotland, and Reverend Gordon Armstrong, Chaplain of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Credit: PA

Dr Neil Dignon, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and several church leaders are also due to speak.

Clarke: We'll retire number 64 shirt to honour Phil Hughes

In an emotional tribute cricket Captain Michael Clarke has said Australia will retire the number 64 shirt to honour the memory of Phil Hughes.

We're going to miss that cheeky grin and that twinkle in his eye. The world lost one of its great blokes this week and we are all poorer for it.

Our promise to Hughesy's family is that we will do everything we can to honour his memory.

Last night, I asked Cricket Australia if Hughesy's one-day, Hughesy's one-day Australia international shirt number, 64, could be retired, to which they agreed.

That means so much.

– Australia Cricket Captain Michael Clarke

Service will mark anniversary of Clutha helicopter crash

One year on, a service will be held at Glasgow Cathedral to mark the first anniversary of the Clutha helicopter crash.

A service will mark anniversary of Clutha helicopter crash. Credit: PA Wire

Ten people lost their lives and many more were injured when the police helicopter, a Eurocopter EC135, crashed on to the roof of the Clutha pub on November 29 last year.

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