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Devolution plan 'may be a nightmare for Labour'

David Cameron's decision to devolve voting powers on English issues to English MPs alone could cause a major issue for the Labour Party, reports ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby.

In the event that Labour wins the next election with a slim majority, it may rely on MPs in Scotland that would then be ineligible to vote on English matters such as a budget.

That may mean major bills such as the Budget could be at risk of failure without cross-party support.

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MP: Devolution bill needs to 'cover the whole of UK'

A devolution bill should "cover the whole of the UK" and not just provide more powers for the Scottish government, a leading backbench MP has told Good Morning Britain.

Conservative MP Peter Bone said it was "totally unacceptable" to have Scottish members voting on purely English affairs when English MPs were unable to do the same on matters north of the border.


North East newspapers call for more devolution

The Northern Echo and The Journal

North East newspapers have joined together by printing the same front page. They are calling for more powers and funding to be given to the region.

Peter Barron is the Editor of the Northern Echo:


Why does the North East want Scotland to stay?

I think two things are bubbling beneath this poll. First, a sense that Scotland is our closest friend, and second, that it could become our worst enemy.

As a friend, the North East does plenty of trade across the border with Scotland. But would an independent Scotland turn on its neighbours, slashing taxes to compete for business?

I heard some of that concern on the streets today as South Tyneside Council raised the Saltire this morning. People there clung to 'No' signs to show that while they don't have a voice, they do have a view. And that view was largely that Scotland and the North East are better together.

But interestingly, our poll doesn't suggest that support for the union is that much higher in the North East than elsewhere in England, at least not when compared to other recent polls. I think there may be two things at play here too.

One is the promise from Alex Salmond that the North East could actually benefit from Scottish independence. That together, they could build an economic powerhouse to rival the south, linking the great cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle.

The other, is his vision for what some believe would be a more 'socialist' Scotland. In the North East, the majority of people vote Labour. And not just Labour, but Old Labour. There are some who quite fancy the idea of Scotland embarking on a left-wing adventure right on our doorstep.

But unlike the polls in Scotland, here there is a clear majority. And for now, that majority is firmly in favour of the union.

- Paul Brand, ITV Political Correspondent

Exclusive poll for ITV News Tyne Tees: Scotland should stay

In an exclusive poll ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, ITV News Tyne Tees can reveal that two thirds of residents in the North East of England say they do not want Scotland to become an independent country.

Half say that if it did happen, it would have a negative impact on the region.

The full results of the poll are to follow.

The poll was conducted by ComRes, who interviewed 510 adults living in the ITV News Tyne Tees region online between 4th and 11th September 2014.

Data was weighted to be representative of all adults in the region.

Dean of Durham offers prayers ahead of referendum

The Dean of Durham is encouraging people to pray that Scottish voters “use their votes carefully with concern for the common good,” ahead of the Referendum on Independence this week.

The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove said: “In these days leading up to the Referendum, and on the day itself, we are inviting people to pray for the people of Scotland and the whole United Kingdom at this crucial time of decision. We pray that all the people of Scotland will use their vote responsibly and carefully with a view to the things that will enable our mutual flourishing so that these islands remain a secure home for all our people.”

Two prayers have been written, which have been placed at a specially created prayer station at the Altar of St Margaret of Scotland, within Durham Cathedral.

The Dean has been vocal on both his blog and twitter platform about the Scottish Referendum and said: “Although the Church of England has not taken an official stance on this political vote, I believe that people in England should be given the opportunity to pray about something that will, in the end, affect us all.”

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