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'No reason there shouldn't be Scots in the treasury,' says Danny Alexander

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Danny Alexander MP says there's no reason there shouldn't be a Scottish Chief Secretary to the Treasury, despite calls for English and Scottish MPs to only vote for their own countries.

Speaking on tonight's The Agenda, Mr Alexander said: "I think Scots can be and should be treasury ministers. There have been Scots in the treasury for some time. That's been a jolly good thing for the United Kingdom as well as for Scotland."

He told Tom Bradby that Wednesday's Autumn Statement will not be a 'giveaway.' Mr Alexander added that details emerging this week about infrastructure and investment were originally announced last year and the Government is setting out how the money will be spent, not providing additional funds.

Watch The Agenda tonight at 10.35pm on ITV.


Shapps: Politicians should not use Twitter 'to judge the public'

Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps has said politicians should not be using Twitter to judge the public but that the public should be judging politicians, after Emily Thornberry's tweet led to her resigning from the front bench.

Tonight's panel on The Agenda with Tom Bradby. Credit: Twitter/ @agendaitv

Speaking as one of the guests on The Agenda with Tom Bradby Mr Shapps said it was still important for MPs to be on Twitter: "Politicians can either hide away or they can be out there. It's not just tweeting - it's about replying to people who tweet to you."

Other guests on the programme on ITV at 10.35pm tonight are feminist writer Germaine Greer, poet Benjamin Zephaniah and Telegraph Women's Editor, Emma Barnett.

Miliband denies getting 'depressed' over leadership criticism

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Labour leader Ed Miliband has told The Agenda he did not get depressed over the criticism he received about his leadership.

Speaking as one of the guests on The Agenda with Tom Bradby, to be broadcast on ITV tonight, Miliband is asked whether his "leadership woes" ever led to moments where he was "depressed".

Mr Miliband replies: "Definitely not. It's huge privilege doing this job. That's part of the test, to be resilient."

Watch The Agenda with Tom Bradby on ITV tonight at 10:35pm.


Osborne: British people are very frustrated with Europe

Chancellor George Osborne has told ITV's The Agenda that the British people are "very frustrated with Europe."

Mr Osborne listed a range of issues that he believes are annoying the public in relation to Europe including excessive business regulations and immigrants claiming benefits without making a contribution.

He said: "People work hard and pay taxes and suddenly with a few weeks notice Europe can say we need that money...The economic problems of recent years have turned Europe from quite a dry constitutional issue for most people to quite a real live issue for people."

He added that Britain can fight for changes to the way the EU works and he believes "most people in the UK want to be in Europe but not run by Europe".

Speaking about the Conservative's proposed referendum on Britain's membership of the EU if they win the next General Election, Mr Osborne said: "this will resolve an issue that has hung over the country for too long."

Also on the panel will be the comedian and journalist, Victoria Coren Mitchell, the author, Anthony Horowitz and the businesswoman, Michelle Mone.

They will be discussing e-cigarette adverts, Europe and The Imitation Game.

The Agenda with Tom Bradby is on ITV tonight at 10:35pm.

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Chuka Umunna: Election 'going to be very, very close'

Chuka Umunna is on ITV's The Agenda tonight Credit: PA Wire

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna has told ITV's The Agenda that he thinks next year's General Election is going to be "very, very close".

The Labour MP said he was annoyed at how a lot of discussion about politics relates to the personalities of the leaders of the parties.

Asked about whether Ed Miliband's message was getting through, Umunna said: "...he is a man of deep beliefs, sincerity, honesty.

"He’s not into the whole PR thing and if we’re honest about it I don’t think there are that many politicians that people attribute those qualities to

"And by the time we get to the next general election hopefully we’ll have the debates and the Prime Minister will stop playing chicken on that, and we’ll have the debates and people will be able to see even more of Ed than they have already."

Also on the panel will be the Editor-In-Chief of ELLE UK, Lorraine Candy, the Chair of the Arts Council England, Sir Peter Bazalgette and the author and Fleet Street Fox blogger, Susie Boniface.

The panel will be discussing campaigns, including ELLE's "This is what a feminist looks like" campaign, Labour's fortunes and power dressing.

The Agenda with Tom Bradby is on ITV tonight at 10:35pm.

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