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Mundell: New income tax powers for Scottish Parliament should be in place by 2017

Scottish Secretary and South of Scotland MP David Mundell Credit: ITV Border

Scottish Secretary and South of Scotland MP David Mundell says new income tax powers for the Scottish Parliament should be in place in 2017, a year earlier than planned.

Talking at the Conservative Party conference he told ITV that the UK Government wants to see the new powers come into force as soon as possible.

But the SNP say the Bill fails to meet promises made in the post-referendum Smith Commission and they will not support any deal which would leave Scotland worse off.


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Roads Minister: Cumbria to North East is 'national pinch point'

The A69 could be made a dual carriageway. Credit: ITV Border

Roads Minister Andrew Jones says there is a "national pinch point" between Cumbria and the North East when it comes to road transport.

He's in Carlisle today, to look at plans to turn two major Cumbrian roads, the A69 and A66, into dual carriageways:

The key thing here is we know we have a national pinch point. We want to improve the east to west connections in the north of our country.

And how do we do that is the question we've asked. And we've asked it in a strategic study, which is going to report next year, and that will form part of our thinking in how we construct future road investment schemes."

– Andrew Jones, Roads Minister
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