David Cameron has outlined plans for an annual review of the impact of Scottish Devolution on the rest of the UK.
He announced what he's calling the "Carlisle principle" during a speech in Crewe this morning.
He says the aim is to make sure policies that devolve more power to Scotland, don't have a negative impact on other parts of the UK, in areas like air passenger duty, tax rates, university tuition fees or energy policy:
"I want to set out a new principle - you could call it the Carlisle Principle - that we will make sure that there are no unforeseen detrimental consequences to the rest of the country from Scottish devolution, for either England, Wales or Northern Ireland."
Our reporter Tim Backshall asked the Chancellor how his party's policies might affect people in Cumbria, and the south of Scotland.Read the full story ›
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is campaigning in Carlisle today, ahead of the general election in just over three weeks.
The city is considered a key marginal seat as the Conservative Party took it at the 2010 election with a majority of just 853 votes.
Before that, it had been represented by Labour for more than 40 years.
At this general election, the seat, being contested by
- Alfred Okam (Independent)
- Fiona Mills (UKIP)
- Helen Davison (Green Party)
- John Stevenson (Conservative)
- Lee Sherriff (Labour)
- Loraine Birchall (Liberal Democrats)
You can read our full Carlisle constituency profile here.
Commenting on the latest polls by Lord Ashcroft, Scottish Labour Leader Jim Murphy has said "David Cameron will be rubbing his hands with glee when he sees these polls".
- Read more: Poll suggests SNP South of Scotland surge
There is no gloss that can be put on these polls. This is bad news for Scottish Labour but great news for the Tories.
David Cameron will be rubbing his hands with glee when he sees these polls, because any seat the SNP take from Scottish Labour makes it more likely the Tories will be the largest party across the UK.
We can’t let David Cameron back into Downing Street by the back door. That would be a disaster for Scotland, but it looks like that is what might happen if these polls in Scotland are repeated on election day."
But the Scottish Conservatives say this poll shows that their "are now in a real fight across Scotland".
A spokesperson for the Scottish Conservatives has said:
With the Liberal Democrat vote having collapsed completely, we offer Scots the opportunity to unite around a plan to finish the job of economic recovery and to secure Scotland’s place in the UK – any other vote will let Ed Miliband into Downing Street, with Alex Salmond calling the shots.
That’s the message we will be delivering before May. We know that more and more Scots are backing that plan.”
The Scottish National Party's General Election Campaign Director Angus Robertson MP has said the polls "are very encouraging", but that they aren't taking a single seat or vote for granted in May".
- Read more: Polls: SNP surge in 'no' and 'yes' voting areas'
Scotland Office minister David Mundell says the Conservatives will "give no quarter" to the Lib Dems at the next general election.Read the full story ›
Scottish Political Editor Peter MacMahon writes about the Conservatives' devolution journey north of the border.Read the full story ›
The Conservative Party is changing the way it selects Westminster parliamentary candidates in a key Borders seat.
Anyone living in the** **Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency can apply to vote in the selection process.
The Tories say the open primary system will give electors more of a say in choosing their MP.
Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader of the Scottish Conservatives told ITV Border how the process would work:
Members of Parliament travelling back to the UK from overseas to pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher can claim up to £3,750 in travel expenses, it was confirmed today.
MPs are able to claim for their journeys back following the recall of Parliament during the Easter recess, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) says.