In the news, 3 - 5 March
Author: James Graham
Published on Mar 05, 2012
The Labour Party are to demand a referendum as the price for their support of democratic reform of the House of Lords (Guardian). Also in the Guardian, columnist Suzanne Moore visits the House of Lords.
The Institute for Government has written to the new heads of the civil servants to call for a radical shakeup of how Whitehall is organised in order to head off a looming crisis in public services (Independent, FT - paywall).
Labour are considering a “radical” devolution of powers to Scotland in the result of a no vote in the independence referendum (Guardian), as are the Liberal Democrats (Telegraph). Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie has offered to work with Alex Salmond to increase devolution in the event of a no vote (Herald). 60% of Scots want an additional question in the referendum on further devolution (Scotsman).
Speaking a year on from the referendum on enhanced powers for the Welsh Assembly, the chairman of the Yes campaign Roger Lewis has argued that need for the referendum is now clearer than ever (Western Mail). Meanwhile Nick Clegg has called for more powers for the Welsh Assembly (BBC). And the three candidates for leader of Plaid Cymru have been discussing their plans for Welsh independence (BBC).
The Welsh Assembly’s Presiding Officer has called for a debate on whether to lower the voting age to 16 (BBC).
The Chairman of the Regional Growth Fund, Michael Heseltine, has urged people to vote Yes in the upcoming referendums on city mayors (BBC).
Anger about the proposed Westminster parliamentary boundary changes is growing in Scotland (Herald).
A number of senior Labour politicians have been accepting secondments from accountancy firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (Telegraph). Meanwhile, a billionaire Labour donor Victor Dahdaleh appeared in court on London regarding a £700m bribery allegation (Scotsman).
Aides for Education Secretary Michael Gove have been deleting emails exchanged on private accounts despite a Freedom of Information ruling which said this practice was unacceptable (Telegraph).
Lord Carter of Coles, the chairman of the NHS Co-operation and Competition Panel has had his independence brought into question following revelations that his has a number of paid links with private healthcare companies (Mail).