Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

David Cameron in Scotland for devolution talks with SNP

David Cameron is in Scotland to hold talks with Nicola Sturgeon about new powers for her government following the SNP's landslide election victory.

The pair are expected to clash over plans for greater devolution for Scotland, with the Prime Minister stating ahead of the meeting that he intended to implement pre-election proposals.

David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon. Credit: PA

These include giving Scotland control over 60% of its spending and the power to set rates and bands of income tax.

However, Ms Sturgeon said she will press for even more powers for Holyrood, including over the minimum wage and employment law.

She will argue that it would be "inconceivable" for the UK Government to ignore the democratic will of Scottish people after the pro-independence party won almost every Scottish seat.

Mr Cameron has promised to include a new Scotland devolution bill in the first Queen's speech on May 27.

Mr Cameron said he was "remaining true" to the promise to implement the all-party Smith agreement that he said would make Scotland "one of the powerful devolved parliaments in the world."

Scotland has two governments and it is the duty of the First Minister and myself to respect each other's roles and responsibilities, and to work together for the benefit of all the people of Scotland.

As more powers are devolved to Scotland, it is time to move beyond the debate about processes and focus on those bread-and-butter issues that affect every family in our United Kingdom - jobs, homes, good schools and strong public services, and dignity and respect in retirement.

These are the building blocks we need to provide a brighter future for people in every part of our country."

– David Cameron

Ms Sturgeon said that she has already made it "crystal clear" that the SNP's victory in the general election means that Mr Cameron cannot expect things to be "business as usual" at Westminster.

She described the Smith agreement as "a good starting point".

Scotland expects these powers to be delivered - and I expect the Prime Minister and his Government to recognise the democratic mandate that now exists to deliver them."

– Nicola Sturgeon

Ms Sturgeon has dismissed claims in some reports today, which quote a senior SNP source in Westminster, that the party would push ahead with a referendum without the Prime Minister's permission.

Her representative said: "These claims are totally wrong - there are no such plans.

"The position is crystal clear: the General Election was not a mandate for another referendum. And there will only be another referendum if and when the people of Scotland back such a proposal at a Scottish Parliament election."

More on this story