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  1. David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon discuss new powers for Scotland
  2. There will be a devolution bill in the Queen's Speech later this month
  3. Nigel Farage warns 'one person' in UKIP to decide whether they want to stay in the party
  4. Shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna, withdraws from Labour leadership contest after just three days

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By Dominic Howell and Angela Harrison

All times stated are UK

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Before we close the Politics Live page for the night, here's a brief look back at today's main political stories.

David Cameron says he's prepared to consider devolving more powers to the Scottish Parliament - beyond those recommended by the Smith Commission after the independence referendum. 

It follows talks with Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, in Edinburgh, which she said were "constructive and business-like".

Chuka Umunna has pulled out of the contest for the Labour leadership three days after throwing his hat in the ring, saying he had underestimated the scrutiny he would be under. 

Nigel Farage has told his critics within UKIP that they should "put up, shut up - or go". The party's one MP Douglas Carswell has praised Mr Farage but told him to "take a break now".

Saturday's Guardian


'Constructive' talks

Brian Taylor, Political Editor, BBC Scotland writes:

David Cameron has long since learned, like other prime ministers before him, to tread warily in dealing with the miasma of constitutional, electoral and strategic issues which comprise the body politic in Scotland.

So it was again today when he met Nicola Sturgeon in Bute House. And yet there is caution too on the first minister's side.

Why so? Competing mandates - and sundry thoughts as to how those mandates are most effectively exercised.

Both leaders took pains to describe today's talks as constructive. Yet both leaders retain distinctly different visions as to the final constitutional construct which could emerge.

You can read all of Brian's articlehere.

David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon
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'Like a bereavement'

Newsnight's Katie Razzall spoke to some of the MPs who lost their seats in the election. Conservative Lee Scott, who lost in Ilford North, said it was "almost like a bereavement". He said he was trying not to watch the news and that he'd burst in to tears in a supermarket when people there were "so lovely" to him.

It's not different to anyone out there who has lost their job. I left school at 15 without qualifications...went to night school...and became an MP. They can't take that away from me, but in a way I feel a failure."

Lee Scott, ex-MP
Lee Scott

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Saturday's Telegraph


Bradshaw runs for deputy leader

Former culture secretary Ben Bradshaw has confirmed he is to stand for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party. The Exeter MP said his "big tent" approach to politics was the only way Labour would attract the voters it needs to win the next election.

Labour did badly everywhere and in Wales and England outside London we went backwards against the Tories. Labour must and could win the next election, but only if it broadens its appeal by adopting sensible, centre-left politics which celebrate wealth creation and entrepreneurship as vital means of delivering social justice. "

Ben Bradshaw

Saturday's Independent


Douglas Carswell: Farage should 'take a break'

The UKIP MP Douglas Carswell has written in The Times that he does not wish to lead the party.

Amid a dispute in the party over the leadership, the former Conservative MP praised party leader Nigel Farage, but was also critical of UKIP's "angry" tone in the election campaign and some of its standpoints. 

He also said UKIP needed to consider carefully "what comes next" and added that Mr Farage needed to "take a break".

He wrote: "Being leader means long, often thankless, hours. Internal uncertainty and external scrutiny are constant companions. It takes a set of rock-solid beliefs and a sense of self-belief to lead a party well."

We need, at this stage of the electoral cycle, to consider carefully what comes next. On Monday, UKIP’s national executive committee made a decision to reinstate Nigel as party leader. Yet even leaders need to take a break. Nigel needs to take a break now."

Douglas Carswell

Saturday's Mail

Daily Mail
Daily Mail

Saturday's Express


Saturday's Times


Poppy seller

The Prime Minister has paid tribute to 92-year-old poppy seller Olive Cooke, who was found dead at the Avon Gorge by Clifton Suspension Bridge last week. It's reported she was "exhausted" by letters and phone calls from charities asking for donations. However her family say she had also been suffering from ill-health and age-related problems.  

In a statement, David Cameron said: 

"Olive Cooke was an incredible woman who worked tirelessly for the charities she supported and I was pleased to recognise her with a Point of Light award in November for being Britain’s longest serving poppy seller. I know there is a code that is meant to protect people from feeling pressured by charities and I hope the Fundraising Standards Board will look at whether any more could have been done to prevent this."

Olive Cooke

Obese Britain?

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The Any Questions panel agree there's a need for action on obesity in the UK. Conservative MP Sarah Woollaston says this should be a priority, that "we've normalised being overweight" and that this could bring a "tsunami" of related problems. Independent columnist Joan Smith says intervention is needed and that it's a class issue.

Any Questions - human rights

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Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston and Tim Montgomerie are speaking up for the Tory manifesto pledge to scrap the Human Rights Act, saying that like other democracies, Britain should be have its own Bill of Rights incorporating universal human rights. 

Mr Montgomerie said there had been a "mission creep", and that the Act had been brought in to disrepute.

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw disagreed and said the Conservatives would have problems getting such a change through Parliament and it would be "swiftly jettisoned". 

The pledge came, he said, from an "irrational hatred of everything European".


BBC correspondent tweets:

Just bumped into a disgruntled SDLP supporter who said he was thinking of writing a book ... 'The SDLP: from Civil Rights to Civil War'.

Ben Bradshaw drops hint

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw drops a huge hint on Any Questions that he will stand for the deputy leadership of the Labour party.

He said by the time the programme was repeated on Saturday it would be "out of date".

Any Questions

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Times columnist Tim Montgomerie tells Any Questions when he was working for Iain Duncan Smith, the politician was "traduced daily" by the media and "his wife was attacked too".

Talking about Chuka Umunna's decision not to go through with his bid for the Labour leadership, he said:

It's not much fun being a party political leader and not much fun if your party is not popular."

Any Questions

BBC Radio 4

Coming up soon on BBC Radio 4 ....Jonathan Dimbleby presents political debate and discussion from Filleigh Village Hall in North Devon with Labour MP Ben Bradshaw, Times Columnist Tim Montgomerie, Independent Columnist Joan Smith,and Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston.  

'UKIP cross'

Guardian writer tweets:

Decent Douglas Carswell MP deserves nod for refusing all the taxpayer cash which Ukip's 4 mn votes entitled it to.Typical of him. UKIP cross

Next week in Parliament

It will seem very strange, writes BBC parliamentary correspondent Mark D'Arcy 

David Cameron will deliver a Queen's Speech. Harriet Harman, as acting Leader of the Labour Party, will respond for the opposition. In due course the leader of the third party will rise - not a Lib Dem, but the SNP's Angus Robertson.

It will be a sight as jarring as the appearance of Lib Dems on the government front bench in 2010. And somewhere in a corner, pushed out of their previous front-bench perch, the remaining Liberal Democrats will gather. Read Mark's full blog here.

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The Guardian is reporting that Conservative MP Victor Montagu escaped prosecution for child sex abuse in the 1970s, after promising not to see his victim - a young boy -  again.  The MP died in 1995. 

'All too soon'

Political editor of BBC News tweets:

Endless gossip re why Chuka really quit. Perhaps he's told us "I always wondered whether it was all too soon for me to ...I fear it was."

Tory hopes

Former deputy chairman of Conservative party tweets:

Tories crossing their fingers and hoping for Andy Burnham as Labour leader. Right or wrong?

Ken on Chuka

The Labour former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, says Chuka Umunna had previously got on well with the press - and wouldn't have been prepared for the level of intrusion. 

Mr Umunna ruled himself out of the contest for the Labour leadership earlier, citing the pressure of scrutiny by the media. 

Mr Livingstone said: 

They'll have had private investigators, everything would have been gone over, and it is quite a shock. It happened to me when I was 35, it's like a tidal wave of intrusion and abuse - they tracked down old girlfriends who I'd forgotten - I mean everything. And it is incredibly intrusive and I think Chuka is most likely just deciding, at this stage in his life he doesn't want his girlfriend and his family going through all of that."

'The UK's Obama'

Simon Woolley from the charity Operation Black Vote, which encourages people from ethnic minorities to get involved in politics, says that, after raising expectations of a new future for politics, Chuka Umunna has left people bitterly disappointed. 

We wrote last week that he was running for leadership and our site, our story went crazy. It was just shockingly positive, that people thought 'yes, let's get behind him'- just saying look, there's a new face, he's young, he's the UK's Obama if you like, because he had all those attributes, lawyer, mixed heritage and brilliant at what he does. And so with that meteoric rise there's been a spectacular drop."

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Chuka branded 'naive'

BBC Radio 4

Bill Grimsey a former business adviser to Labour during the last parliament has cast doubt on Chuka Umunna's leadership qualities in an interview with BBC Radio 4's PM programme.

Mr Grimsey said he been tasked by the party to find out what businesses thought of Labour and he offered to speak to the CEOs of FTSE 100 companies.

Mr Grimsey told the BBC: "His [Chuka Umunna's] reply was 'no we don't need to do that, I know all these people very very well, I'm on good terms with them, I know exactly what they think'. 

"And I said to Chuka - 'that's not real, grow up, they're telling you what you want to hear'. He wasn't interested - and I call that naive."

Could Chuka come back?

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That was the question put to Anne McElvoy of the Economist and Atul Hatwal of Labour Uncut, after Chuka Umunna suddenly pulled out of Labour's leadership race.  Anne said "Politics is full of revivals as well as falls," and said Chuka could make a come back in time. But Atul disagreed and said it was all over. 

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Former MEP convicted of expenses fraud

A former MEP has been convicted of fraudulently claiming almost £500,000 in European Parliament expenses.

Ashley Mote, 79, denied 11 charges relating to fraudulent claims to pay people he said were "whistleblowers".

The offences include obtaining a money transfer by deception, fraud, acquiring criminal property and false accounting.

Mr Mote, from Binsted, Hampshire, sat as an independent MEP for South East England from 2004-2009 after being expelled from UKIP. Full story here.

Ashley Mote

Who is pulling the strings?

Scottish Conservatives leader, Ruth Davidson, has called Nicola Sturgeon's SNP leadership into question, in the wake of the First Minister's meeting with David Cameron in Edinburgh today.

Ms Davidson said: "The question facing the SNP is whether Nicola Sturgeon is really in charge, or is it the foreign office with Alex Salmond pulling the strings.

"In office, Mr Salmond said that last year's referendum was once in a lifetime - he needs to front up and tell us, on the record, whether that is something he still supports."

Meanwhile, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie, criticised the SNP following today's meeting.

He said: "Only a week after the result the SNP have returned to business as usual, stoking up divisions in their drive for an unstable constitutional settlement."

'Calm down Twitter'

Editor of Politics Home tweets:

Calm down Twitter. @DanJarvisMP speaking at Progress tmrw. But I'm told he's NOT changing his mind on leadership or endorsing any candidate


Sky News' deputy head of politics tweets:

Tristram Hunt, you tease - "I am continuing to listen to colleagues in the PLP... on how we rebuild the Labour Party..." Not yes, not no

Resignation call

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has called on Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy to resign following the party's election defeats in Scotland. Mr Murphy is expected to face a vote of no confidence at a meeting of Scottish Labour's executive in Glasgow tomorrow. 

Senior MPs and MSPs have been defending Mr Murphy, insisting Labour's problems were too deep for him to turn around in a few months. But trade union members have urged him to go. 

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As the early team logs off and the new team takes over, it's time for a quick round-up of what's been happening today:

David Cameron  met Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Edinburgh. Mr Cameron says he will  "look at" any proposals for further powers for Scotland, but wants to get the Smith Commission plans implemented first.

There will be a devolution bill in the Queen's Speech later this month.

One of the favourites for the Labour leadership, Chuka Ummuna , has pulled out of the contest, citing pressure and scrutiny from the media. 

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has challenged his critics to decide whether they want to stay in the party as a bitter internal row continues.