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PM accused of 'panicky and ill-considered bargaining'

David Cameron has been accused of engaging in "panicky and ill-considered bargaining" during the Scottish referendum campaign.

Writing in the Sunday Times, Former minister David Davis claimed the UK's political leadership had "behaved with remarkable carelessness" towards the interests of voters in the UK.

Mr Davis said it was "disgraceful" that the people of England, Wales and Northern Ireland had not been consulted about the plans.

David Davis has been critical of the promises made by the No campaign. Credit: PA Wire

He also called for the instant removal of Scottish MPs' right to vote on English issues - an issue David Cameron has vowed to address.

"Both logic and justice demand that the first step in the process, the removal of Scottish MPs' right to vote on English business, should happen straight away," Mr Davis wrote.

He also suggests no new powers should be transferred to Scotland until a "complete deal, debated and scrutinised by parliament for the whole of the UK".

Paterson criticises PM over referendum handling

Former environment secretary Owen Paterson has criticised David Cameron over his handling of the Scottish referendum.

Former environment secretary Owen Paterson. Credit: PA Wire

Mr Paterson - who was sacked as environment secretary during July's government reshuffle - told the Sunday Times MPs were left "in the dark" about what was going to be offered to Scotland in a bid to keep the union together.

He also claimed that the Prime Minister did not discuss the details of the referendum with the Cabinet.

“I have talked to two cabinet ministers, one of them still serving, as to whether the detail of this referendum was discussed in cabinet and I don’t remember it being so,” Mr Paterson said.


Clegg warns PM over constitutional reform plans

Nick Clegg has warned the Prime Minister not to link the issues of a new "English votes for English laws" with his promise of further powers for Scotland.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Credit: PA Wire

Writing in the Sunday Times, Mr Clegg accused the Tories of being more concerned with the threat from Ukip than the vow made to Scotland.

"The Conservatives, in their rush to protect themselves from an attack from the right, are only concerned about English votes on English matters.

"Of course we need a solution to this dilemma but, by appearing to link it to the delivery of further devolution to Scotland, they risk reneging on the commitment made to the Scottish people that, in the event of a No vote, new powers would come what may."

The Deputy Prime Minister said there could be "no ifs, no buts" about delivering extra powers to Scotland, adding that the package "cannot be made contingent on other constitutional reforms".

PM challenges Miliband over 'English votes for English laws'

David Cameron has called on Ed Miliband to work with him to ensure only English MPs can vote on English laws.

David Cameron has said Scottish MPs should not vote on English issues. Credit: PA Wire

Promising to deliver a "truly fair settlement for the whole of the UK", the Prime Minister urged the Labour leader to help address the "fundamentally unjust" situation which means Scottish MPs can vote on laws which do not apply to their constituents.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Mr Cameron said if Miliband did not agree, he should explain to the British people "why they shouldn't have the same powers as we are rightfully devolving to the people of Scotland".

"Why should Scottish MPs be able to vote on what is taught in English schools, to reduce spending on English hospitals, or even vary English or Welsh income taxes, when under the new settlement English or Welsh MPs would have no say in such matters in Scotland?" Mr Cameron said.

Meanwhile, Mr Cameron said a timetable for giving Scotland a new range of powers over tax, spending and welfare would be met, after Alex Salmond accused Westminster of "tricking" No voters.

British woman found dead after Mexico hurricane

A British woman who went missing while travelling on a yacht off the coast of Mexico has been found dead.

The Foreign Office confirmed that a body, believed to be that of Simone Wood, was discovered following a search operation launched in the wake of Hurricane Odile.

Ms Wood's partner Paul Whitehouse is still missing, Associated Press reported.

"We can confirm the death of a British national, reported missing along with another British national earlier this week off the coast of Mexico," a Foreign Office spokeswoman said.

White House intruder was 'armed with knife'

An intruder who made it into the White House after breaching security was allegedly armed with a knife, a court document has revealed.

Oscar Gonzalez was filmed running towards the presidential residence.

Oscar Gonzalez, 42, climbed over the fence and made it through an entrance to the White House on Friday night - just minutes after President Obama and his daughters had left the presidential residence.

Gonzalez was charged with unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a "deadly or dangerous weapon," the US Attorney's Office said.

The Secret Service previously said Gonzalez was unarmed.


Sir Richard Branson 'most admired business leader'

Sir Richard Branson has been voted Britain's most admired business leader.

Sir Richard Branson is Britain's most admired business leader, a new poll suggests. Credit: PA Wire

The Virgin boss was was the runaway winner in the survey of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 chairmen, chief executives, lawyers, accountants and headhunters.

Branson was recognised for his "longevity and impact across a big number of industries."

Among the runners up in the poll, published today in the Sunday Times, was the vacuum cleaner designer Sir James Dyson.

Toddler in serious condition after falling from balcony

A toddler is in a serious condition in hospital after falling from a balcony at a hotel.

The incident occurred at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool's city centre. Credit: Google Maps

The two-year-old boy fell from the mezzanine floor to the lobby of the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool's city centre on Saturday evening.

The child sustained serious head injuries in the incident, Merseyside Police said.

Hilton Liverpool said it was liaising "closely with the child's parents, police and local hospital", adding that the safety of guests was of "paramount importance".

White House security increased after intruder scare

Security at the White House will be increased after a man managed to jump over a fence and enter the doors of the building, the Secret Service said.

Journalists were evacuated after a man managed to evade security and enter the White House. Credit: Reuters

The director of the Secret Service Julia Pierson has ordered the "immediate enhancement of officer patrols and surveillance capabilities along the Pennsylvania Avenue fence line".

An internal investigation into security procedures is also under way following the breach, the service added.

The White House was partially evacuated on Friday night after Omar J Gonzalez evaded security and entered the doors of the executive mansion.

The Secret Service said agents displayed "tremendous restraint and discipline" in dealing with Gonzalez.

Hostage's wife: Don't allow world to see Alan dying

The wife of British hostage Alan Henning has pleaded with Islamic State militants not to "allow the world to see a man like Alan dying".

Ina statement released through the Foreign Office, Mr Henning's wife Barbara said she has sent messages to IS urging them to release her husband but has received no response.

I am Barbara Henning the wife of Alan Henning.

Alan was taken prisoner last December and is being held by the Islamic State.

Alan is a peaceful, selfless man who left his family and his job as a taxi driver in the UK to drive in a convoy all the way to Syria with his Muslim colleagues and friends to help those most in need.

When he was taken he was driving an ambulance full of food and water to be handed out to anyone in need.

His purpose for being there was no more and no less. This was an act of sheer compassion.

I cannot see how it could assist any State's cause to allow the world to see a man like Alan dying.

I have been trying to communicate with the Islamic State and the people holding Alan. I have sent some really important messages but they have not been responded to.

I pray that the people holding Alan respond to my messages and contact me before it is too late.

When they hear this message I implore the people of the Islamic State to see it in their hearts to release my husband Alan Henning.

– Barbara Henning
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