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Brown: Fat cats not ordinary Scots 'will benefit most'

Former prime minister Gordon Brown has addressed a Better Together campaign rally in Dundee:

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Brown: "It's the fat cats who will benefit most from the SNP's tax policies, not the ordinary people of Scotland." http://t.co/6C00YZbCMf

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Gordon Brown in Dundee: "Our UK welfare state offers better protection for pensioners, disabled and the unemployed." http://t.co/AYzvqu9EBH

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Brown urges 'practical measures' to return schoolgirls

Gordon Brown called on the international community to turn their offer of help to return over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram 10 weeks ago into "practical measures".

The former PM said Nigerian authorities needed support with night-vision equipment, air cover and suggested some of the girls could be in neighbouring Niger, Cameroon or Chad.

Read: Nigeria at a crossroads: The Boko Haram challenge

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Boko Haram 'need to prove all schoolgirls are alive'

Gordon Brown called on Boko Haram to photograph pictures of all the schoolgirls they kidnapped four weeks ago to prove they are still alive.

The former Prime Minister tried to remain optimistic about the video which emerged yesterday showing approximately 100 of kidnapped schoolgirls as it meant "the majority of them are still alive", he told Good Morning Britain.

He also called "on every religious community to condemn Boko Haram and tell them that they cannot use girls in this way".

Pensions 'better protected with risks spread across UK'

Pensions have a more secure future if the "risks are spread across the UK" than if Scotland choses to be an independent nation, according to Gordon Brown.

In a speech given later today the former Prime Minister will say:

The SNP Government has said the case for independence should be judged on whether Scotland would benefit financially or not.

It is clear that pensioners are better protected when the risks are spread across the UK and it is also clear that, in the year the SNP want independence, the Scots pension bill alone is three times the income from oil revenues.

Indeed the best deal for poorer pensioners is the redistribution of resources we have negotiated within the UK which allowed pensioner poverty in Scotland to fall under Labour, from 33% in 1997 to 11% when we left office.

– Gordon Brown

'Pensioner time bomb' if Scotland goes it alone

Scotland faces a "pensions time bomb" if it choses to leave the union in September's referendum, according to former prime minister Gordon Brown.

Read: Defence chiefs warn against Scottish independence

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Independence will put pensioners in a precarious position, Gordon Brown will say. Credit: PA

Read: Salmond: 'Bluff and bluster' over pound is just tactics

Pensions will be more secure and cheaper to administer if Scotland remains in the UK, the Scottish Labour MP will say in his first speech for the cross-party Better Together campaign.

However, if Scotland leaves the union, the first annual pension bill would be "three times the income from oil", the former Labour party leader is expected to say in his speech.

And it faces a "pensioner time bomb" as the number of elderly people is growing faster than the working age population, an internal Department of Work and Pensions memo procured by Mr Brown said.

Read: Unionists 'could lose independence poll'

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Brown: Independent Scotland to face pensions struggle

An independent Scotland's first annual pension bill will be three times as much as oil revenues, according to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Gordon Brown will warn of the cost of pensions in an independent Scotland in a speech tomorrow
Gordon Brown will warn of the cost of pensions in an independent Scotland in a speech tomorrow Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mr Brown is expected to say that pensions would be more secure and cheaper to run if Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom, in a speech tomorrow for the anti-independence Better Together campaign.

Scotland faces a £100 billion public sector pensions bill and a "pensioner time bomb" as the number of elderly people grows faster than the working age population, Mr Brown will say.

Read: Defence chiefs warn against Scottish independence

Gordon Brown to 'remain an MP', says spokesman

Former prime minster Gordon Brown "will remain" an MP, denying speculation that he could stand down in 2015, his spokesman has said.

The news came after the New Statesman magazine reported that he would stand down from the Commons at the general election next year, but Mr Brown's office said the former Labour leader remained an MP and had "no plans to make any announcement to the contrary".

Brown will continue to be a Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

Since leaving No 10 Mr Brown has combined his job as a constituency MP with acting as the UN special envoy for global education.

"He is, and will remain, Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath and he has no plans to make any announcement to the contrary," his spokesman said.

Brown : 'Radical transfer of powers to Edinburgh'

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.
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