Devolution

Letting Londoners Run London Will Be Good for All of Britain

Sadiq Khan | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

The devolution debate in the UK is often portrayed as 'London versus the rest of the UK'. In reality, devolving more power and responsibility to London's Government is not just good for Londoners, it's good for the rest of the UK too.

Devolution the Way Forward for Britain

Kamran Hussain | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kamran Hussain

There is a general consensus that politics needs to have more transparency, integrity and accountability. Further devolution will be welcomed as regions would be able to allocate money where they think it is most needed. There will also be opportunities for more people to get involved in politics at a local level.

After Scotland: English Devolution - why, what and how?

John Tizard | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

September 18th 2014 has changed the politics and governance of the UK radically and irreversibly. But let's please be clear about what we are seeking to do and for what purpose; and then let's get to it!

SNP Demands Scottish Government Be Given Full Control Of Taxes

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK

The Scottish Government has called for Holyrood to be given full control of all taxes and welfare in its submission to the commission tasked with reac...

Counties Demand Devolved Powers - What 'One Place, One Budget' Could Achieve

David Hodge | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Politics
David Hodge

Last week's No vote in the Scottish referendum marks the start of a new discussion, one devoted to devolution that could lead to the transform of the whole of the UK. Whatever results from the negotiations around Scottish Devo-max or the immediate fallout for the UK's other regions, what is perhaps more significant is that a generation of voters has recognised a Whitehall and Westminster centred model is not set in stone...

No Vote Creates Greater Uncertainty for British Business

Charlie Mullins | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

The dust has seemingly started to settle after the Scottish people decided that we are, indeed, better together, but it has led to a period of uncertainty that has the danger to damage both countries, the Union and our economy if it's not resolved.

The Mathematics of Devolution

John Watson | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Watson

Whatever one might think politically, the Scottish "No" vote avoids some nasty questions for those of us who live south of the border. Would we have found a new home for Trident? Would the reduction of clout have prevented us reforming the EU? Would it have lost us our seat on the Security Council?...

Could Scotland's 'No' Vote Lead to a Revolution for the Unemployed?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The people of Scotland have spoken, and they believe we are better together after all. The dust hasn't settled on this historic vote, but the win for 'no' was gained by English politicians entering the fray at the last minute and promising more powers for the region...

The Union Itself Wasn't Broken... But Politics Certainly Is

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Should devolution extend to England too? Should Scotland now get the 'devo max' option that didn't appear on the ballot paper? Should Scottish MPs continue to vote on English-only issues in Parliament? These are all thorny issues as we want to decide what the Union should look like to bring it up to date.

Mehdi Hasan

What Is The West Lothian Question And Is There An Answer To It?

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Politics

In a parliamentary debate on devolution to Scotland and Wales on 14 November 1977, the then Labour MP for West Lothian, Tam Dalyell, rose to his feet ...

Time for a New Start

Robin Lustig | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

The people of Scotland have taught the rest of us an invaluable lesson. They have shown us that people do still care about the country they live in, its future, and how it is governed, and that they can become engaged, enthusiastic and passionate if they believe their views will make a real difference. So surely we can learn that lesson and build on it. Now it's time for the rest of us to demand that we too are given the same opportunity to make our voices heard, so that we too can have a say in what kind of country we and our children will live in.

Now The North's Newspapers Have United To Demand Devolved Power

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK

Following Scotland's historic referendum vote, regional newspapers in northern England have united to launch a campaign for greater powers in the nort...

Clegg: Scottish Independence Would Mean Change For How Scottish MPs Vote In Westminster

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics

The way Scottish MPs vote at Westminster will have to change if new powers are handed to the Scottish Parliament in the event of a No vote in the refe...

The Issue With Scottish Independence Is Not 'Yes' Or 'No', It Is When and How

Malory Nye | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Politics
Malory Nye

I feel in my bones that perhaps, yes quite maybe, that the time is now right to say The Time is Now, the time for Scotland to take charge of ourselves. A once in a lifetime opportunity for peaceful independence for Scotland should not be missed.

The Case for an English Parliament Is About to Become Unanswerable - The Left Should Support It

Paul Embery | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Embery

The Left should be out of the blocks quickly when the debate over devolution for England begins in earnest after the probable no vote next Thursday. And we should shape the campaign for a new settlement in our own image - an image that draws on every democratic and radical movement England has produced from the Levellers and Diggers to the Chartists, from the early Christian socialists to the Jarrow marchers, from Tolpuddle to the Suffragettes, from Wat Tyler to the pioneers of the New Unionism.

'No' Campaign Accused Of 'Utter Panic' As Gordon Brown Sets Out Further Devolution For Scotland

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK

Former prime minister Gordon Brown has announced plans for a timetable to give the Scottish Parliament more powers if voters reject independence in ne...

Salmond Says Yes Vote Would Make Scotland 'Wealthiest Country In The World To Declare independence'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Politics

Scotland would be the wealthiest country in the world to become independent if there is a Yes vote in four weeks' time, Alex Salmond has said. The Fir...

To Win in 2015, Tories, Labour and Lib Dems Need to Think Cities

Ben Harrison | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Harrison

The election itself will inevitably focus on issues that matter most to voters - from jobs and housing to wages and welfare. But it is less well recognised that the election in 2015 will be determined primarily in our urban areas, and that the fortunes of each of the major political parties depend upon how they perform in, and help support, UK cities.

Billy Bragg Takes On Peter Hitchens On What It Means To Be English

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK

On Newsnight on Thursday, musician and activist Billy Bragg took on columnist Peter Hitchens on what it means to be English, though the most interesti...

Multicultural Britain 2.0 Is the Best Answer to Ukip: We Need to Learn How to Live at Ease With Our Diversity

Malory Nye | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Malory Nye

There have been many predictions that both the Conservatives and Labour will move to the right in the next year, out of fear of the impact of Ukip's anti-multiculturalism. I am not sure if this is the necessary and 'politically correct' route to ensure electoral success in 2015.

Is Westminster Covering Up The Truth About Scottish Independence?

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK

Westminster has been accused of burying the findings of an opinion poll on Scottish independence because it apparently showed a "surge" in support for...

Mebyon Kernow, the Party for Cornwall, to Make the Case for a Cornish National Assembly

Rob McNamara | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK Politics
Rob McNamara

On Wednesday, Mebyon Kernow will launch a White Paper outlining the case for Cornish devolution and the creation of a Cornish National Assembly...

Enhanced Devolution Would Make Scotland More Powerful, Says Gordon Brown

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Former prime minister Gordon Brown has called for a "fairer deal" for Scotland, but urged people not to break up the union. In a constituency speec...

The Scottish Referendum

Peter Ingram | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Ingram

Cameron needs the Scottish people to reject independence in order to boost his own fortunes. To this end Cameron's inner cabinet has made this month a...

'An Act Of Self-Belief'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A vote for Scottish independence would be an "act of national self-belief", Alex Salmond argued today. The First Minister used his keynote speech a...