Henry Smith’s comments come as Jacob Rees-Mogg told MPs to head back to parliament after recess.
A pro-independence news outlet labelled the claim 'false and deliberately misleading' in a 'fact check' piece.
In a letter to Scotland's first minister, the PM said: “I cannot agree to any request for a transfer of power that would lead to further independence referendums.”
It came just hours after new Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle said he wanted the House to “have a better image” that is “respected” by the public.
MPs are preparing to take control of the Commons timetable with a second series of "indicative" votes on Brexit.
How to maintain a soft Irish border had emerged as the key sticking point to getting agreement from the EU to move on to phase two in negotiations.
MP Jim McMahon is trying to lower the voting age for General Elections to 16 in a bid to get more young people involved in politics
Since the 2014 independence referendum, there has always been a section in Nicola Sturgeon’s autumn conference speech which uses the “I” word – independence. There was a bit of that when the SNP leader reached that paragraph this time, but nothing like there’s been in previous years. “To all of you here in this hall and across our country who are impatient for change,” said Sturgeon, “let me say this.
Nicola Sturgeon said yesterday’s Programme for Government was “fresh, it is bold and it is ambitious”, and therefore aspects of it would undoubtedly be “controversial”. For the most part, however, what the first minister served up as part of a long-trailed effort to “refresh” her administration after more than ten years in office sounded familiar: educational reform (“most radical change”), more cash to boost economic growth (“raising our ambition”) and the creation of a Scottish National Investment Bank. Sturgeon noted vaguely that there were “arguments for and against” a citizens’ basic income, but added that it merited “deeper consideration”.
Like Aesop’s mountain, we’re led to believe, Nicola Sturgeon has spent the days since the general election labouring, or rather “reflecting”, on the future of independence. It remained her view, she told the Scottish parliament, that voters should have a “choice” at the end of the Brexit process, while by any democratic “standard” the Scottish government’s mandate to hold a second referendum was “beyond question”.
Labour’s electoral surge could put paid to any chance Scotland has of having a second vote on independence, it has been claimed.
The SNP could end up teaming up with Labour in the event of a hung Parliament next week, Nicola Sturgeon has suggested. Scotland’s First Minister said she would want the SNP to be part of a “progressive alternative to a Conservative government”, hinting that her party could potentially end up working with Labour. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Ms Sturgeon ruled out the possibility of a formal coalition, but said the SNP would work with other left-leaning parties on an “issue-by-issue” basis.
Theresa May is arrogant, Jeremy Corbyn is weak and Tim Farron is weird – according to the British public. Populus asked voters to pick from a list of positive and negative words to describe the leaders of the four main political parties – the Tories, Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP.
A Conservative MP has been forced to apologise after he swore at a Scottish schoolgirl who said she would vote for an independent Scotland in a second referendum. James Heappy, who is standing for re-election in Wells, Somerset, told the sixth-former to “f*** off” when she made the remark during a debate at Millfield school. The girl reportedly told her father – who is believed to be an SNP supporter – what Mr Heappey had said and he contacted the school to complain.
A Rubbish Party has won election in Scotland. Sally Cogley beat Labour and the SNP to win a seat on East Ayrshire Council. Most specifically, the Rubbish Party was campaigning to clamp down on litter, dog fouling, fly tipping and pollution.
Back in the late 90s, shortly after the Scottish Tories were wiped out in the 1997 Labour landslide, Sir Malcolm Rifkind used to make a little speech in which he claimed that up to 40% of Scots voters were potential Conservatives. It seemed far-fetched at the time, but judging by a couple of opinion polls at the weekend the former MP for Edinburgh Pentlands might have been on to something. In the first indication of how Scotland might vote, Survation put the Scottish Tories at 28% and Panelbase on 33%, figures the party last managed more than three decades ago.