– Former prime minister Gordon Brown
Tony Benn was a powerful, fearless, relentless advocate for social justice and people's rights whose writing as well as speeches will continue to have a profound influence on generations to come.
My thoughts are with his family, whom he adored.
The six pillars of Gordon Brown's plan to revamp the UK's relationship with Scotland will outline a "radical" transfer of powers downwards from Westminster and Edinburgh to local communities". It also includes:
- A new UK constitutional law setting out a plan to share resources for defence and security.
- A constitutional guarantee of the permanence of the Scottish Parliament.
- A new division of powers between Scotland and Westminster that gives Holyrood more powers in employment, health, transport and economic regeneration.
- A new tax sharing agreement that balances the commitment of the UK to pool and share its resources.
- New power-sharing partnerships to address shared problems on poverty, unemployment, housing need and the environment.
Fife MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath Gordon Brown is expected to say in a speech later that he wants to move from a "old highly-centralised" Britain to "power sharing".
– Gordon Brown
I want to move us from the old highly-centralised, uniform Britain dominated by out-of-date ideas of an undivided Westminster sovereignty to a new diverse power-sharing, risk-sharing, resource-sharing UK which is best defined not as an old union but as a modern, constitutional partnership of nations.
Mr Brown will outline his plans to an audience in the east end of Glasgow later today.The former Prime Minister and Chancellor has spoken out on issues surrounding the independence debate in the past.
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown is to use a speech to propose six "major" constitutional changes to revamp the UK's relationship with Scotland, outlining his vision for the country within the Union.
Mr Brown will argue his plans for a new power-sharing constitutional partnership between Scotland and the rest of the UK represent a "radical break" from the status quo and a more appealing offer than "irreversible" independence.
Such a view of Scotland's future represents a "clear, positive alternative" to independence, and is one which will deliver a strong Holyrood and enable the country to meet the challenges of poverty, health inequality and poor educational standards, it is claimed.
Constitutional reforms should be made to create a "union for social justice" in which the UK can pool and share resources for the benefit of all, according to former prime minister Gordon Brown.
Mr Brown says Scotland will be strengthened by his proposed constitutional changes while remaining within the union.
The former PM is due to give a speech on Scotland's future in his constituency today and will say: "I am of the view that the party that first created a powerful Scottish Parliament is best-placed to strengthen devolution and to create a stronger Scottish Parliament in a stronger UK.
"We can show how with our reforms, to be implemented by Labour administrations in Westminster and in Edinburgh, we can address some of the greatest social and economic challenges a future Scotland faces."
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who was at the memorial service, has said that South Africans see Nelson Mandela as "not just a president but as a friend".
He told ITV News that it was a "privilege" to work with Mandela, adding that he "teaches us that nothing is impossible, as long as you have hope".
Gordon Brown fondly recalls the moment he had a "father to father" conversation with Nelson Mandela.
The former Prime Minister told ITV News that Mandela had phoned to congratulate him the day after his son's birth:
Brown said: "We'd both lost children and we had what was not a statesman to statesman conversation but a father to father conversation.
"That was Mandela all the time - the personal care he took in his relationships, his great sense of humour .... he was just a very complete and warm human being".
GB: Nelson Mandela was the greatest leader of our generation and one of the heroes of not just our time, but all time.
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela's foresight and hope:
"He could see far wider and more ahead than any other and he saw that freedom had to be achieved. That South Africa had to be rebuilt. A multi-racial community had to be established.
"And there was an even bigger cause - that we had to eradicate poverty and injustice throughout his country and the rest of the world. He will remain in the centuries ahead a great inspiration for millions of people."
Former prime minister Gordon Brown has added his tribute to BBC broadcaster John Cole, who has died at the age of 85 after a long illness.
The statement from Mr Brown said: "John Cole was the soft-spoken giant of journalism whose friendly manner and unimpeachable integrity allowed him to ask the difficult questions that got to the heart of an issue.
"Respected by all, he leaves a great legacy of writing and commentating which will serve the test of time."