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Shadow Chancellor backs Gordon Brown's Scotland third option

Labour's Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell MP, has backed Gordon Brown's third option for Scotland's future.

He described it as a form of radical federalism, to repatriate powers from Europe and give them to devolved parliaments.

Mr McDonnell thinks the former Prime Minister's plan is the one which will prove the most popular in the end.

WATCH: Scottish Labour leader accused of saving SNP

Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale has been accused of saving the SNP Government from defeat in a council tax debate, after her vote did not register.

She told ITV Representing Border that she DID vote, and that it must have been down to a technical problem.

The Scottish Parliament told ITV Representing Border that voting consoles in the chamber have now been checked, and they are satisfied the system is working properly.


Labour wins in Carlisle by-election

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The Labour party has won a Carlisle City Council by-election.

Anne Glendinning stood for the party, after the death of councillor Ged Caig in May triggered the election in the city's Castle Ward area.

Labour won the election with 398 votes, with Melissa Andrews, standing for the Conservatives, coming second with 228 votes.

Carlisle City Council now has 52 councillors, of which 27 are Labour, 20 are Conservative, four are independent and one is a Liberal Democrat.

Local Elections England 2016: Labour HOLD Carlisle City Council

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Labour HOLD Carlisle City Council.

One third of the seats were contested.

Labour lost one seat to an independent candidate but still have 27 seats overall and remain in control of the council.

turnout at the polls in Carlisle, with 24,046 votes made.
  • Labour - 27 seats
  • Conservatives - 20 seats
  • Independent councillors - 4 seats
  • Liberal Democrats - 1 seat
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