Rebecca Long-Bailey calls for greater powers for Scotland and Wales

Labour leadership candidate says assemblies should be on equal footing with Westminster

Rebecca Long-Bailey has called for the Scottish and Welsh parliaments to be put on an equal footing with Westminster instead of being “servile” satellites.

Long-Bailey, who received the backing of Unite on Friday in the Labour leadership race, said Holyrood and the Welsh assembly needed to be as “autonomous and independent” as they could possibly be, as she backed further devolution to help Labour win back ground in Scotland in particular.

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Brexit secretary says UK will set out trade talk aims by early February

Steve Barclay says UK will not diverge from EU for the sake of diverging

The UK will set out its negotiating aims for trade talks with the EU by early February and will not diverge from Brussels’ rules for the sake of it, Steve Barclay has said.

The Brexit secretary, whose job will become defunct when the UK leaves the EU on 31 January, set a more moderate tone than some of his colleagues who insist the UK will be looking for no alignment with the EU after Brexit.

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Northern rail to be renationalised – and some Beeching closures could reopen

Transport secretary due to announce this week decision to terminate Northern’s franchise

• Watchdog criticises UK rail passenger survey

Ministers will pledge to reopen closed rail lines in the north this week as the government prepares to renationalise the failed Northern franchise.

The promise of hundreds of millions in investment to restore some lines axed in the Beeching closures in the early 1960s will come at about the same time as the expected announcement of the termination of the Northern franchise, operated by Arriva.

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