As Conference begins, Cameron says: If Europe doesn’t reform, I could lead Britain out…

EU Exit“David Cameron today warns EU leaders to ‘fix it’ for Britain or he will lead us to the exit door. … The PM reveals for the first time he would be prepared to head the out campaign in a referendum if he fails to win us a better deal. … In an exclusive interview with The Sun on Sunday, he admits he has ‘a job to do’ to convince our army of readers that we should stay in. … But asked if he could see himself leading the out campaign, he replied: ‘If we don’t get what I want, I’ve said I’ll rule nothing out. And by that I mean I’ll rule nothing out.’” – Sun on Sunday (£)

  • “Fears are growing that the European Union will impose tough new trading terms on the UK should Britons vote to leave the bloc in the In/Out referendum which must be held by 2017.” – Independent on Sunday
  • “Ministers were urged to send troops to the Channel Tunnel last night after it was ‘invaded’. … A gang of 120 migrants desperate to reach Britain stormed it after overwhelming security staff in Calais.” – Sun on Sunday (£)
  • “David Cameron is being urged to back new EU controls on gas boilers by the coroner who investigated how two British children died from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu.” – Mail on Sunday
  • “The owner of Blackwell’s bookshops will bankroll the growing grassroots campaign for the UK to leave the European Union, declaring that the referendum represents a new ‘Battle for Britain’.” – Sunday Telegraph

And comment:

  • Newspaper mastheads“…it is depressing to hear the Prime Minister admit that he has given up hope of getting the now farcical ‘freedom of movement’ rules scrapped. … Neither do we think that he is serious about backing a UK exit if he does not get his way — that is a bluff.” – Sun on Sunday editorial (£)
  • “There is little sign that the prime minister is building the alliances needed for successful renegotiation and reform.” – Sunday Times editorial (£)
  • “Whether it is over-promising what he can get from the EU, setting an impossible migration target or committing to a welcome increase in the minimum wage but without a plan to boost productivity, Cameron is prone to adopting short-term fixes to postpone dealing with long-term issues.” – Observer editorial
  • “Divisions over Europe will explode in a series of meetings on the conference fringe, as rival ‘In’ and ‘Out’ campaigns gear up for the referendum promised by Cameron by the end of 2017.” – Toby Helm, The Observer
  • “The prime minister’s discomfort over the EU vote could be eased from an unlikely quarter… Nigel Farage” – Rob Ford, The Observer
  • “The Brexiteers are against a lot of things. That’s not enough.” – Catherine Bearder, Independent on Sunday

> Yesterday: ToryDiary – Should Britain leave the EU? Come and hear Steve Baker at ConHome’s Conservative Conference fringe meeting

…but does he actually mean it?

CAMERON EU fence“David Cameron is facing a showdown with EU judges and his party on Europe this week, amid claims he has privately pledged not to pull Britain out of the EU. … a new biography reveals Cameron has repeatedly said privately that he has no intention of leading Britain out of the EU. … The book, by Lord Ashcroft and Isabel Oakeshott, details how the prime minister has watered down the demands he is making in his renegotiation with Brussels.” – Sunday Times (£)

Read Lord Ashcroft and Isabel Oakeshott’s revelations about Cameron and Europe (£)

  • “Samantha and David Cameron put on a united front yesterday as they watched their son play football amid attempts to smear their marriage by a snubbed peer. … Mrs Cameron is reportedly furious about allegations made in Lord Ashcroft’s unofficial biography about the Prime Minister, Call Me Dave.” – Mail on Sunday
  • “Lord Ashcroft, co-author of a controversial book about David Cameron, has become embroiled in a tax avoidance investigation, it has emerged.” – Independent on Sunday

The Prime Minister orders “super-drones” as part of a £600 million offensive against ISIS

Drone“Britain is to buy a new fleet of super-drones to spearhead an all-out blitz on IS. … David Cameron wants jihadists in Syria and Iraq targeted as part of a £600million offensive. … The PM decided to invest further after drones killed two Brit jihadists in Syria last month. And he says he will not hesitate to order further strikes. … He told The Sun on Sunday: ‘We need to address the threat of terrorism from every angle.’” – Sun on Sunday (£)

  • “Britain’s special forces will be the biggest beneficiaries of the forthcoming defence review as the country prepares to take military action in Syria to help wipe out Isil, the Prime Minister discloses.” – Sunday Telegraph
  • “David Cameron has claimed Russia is backing ‘the butcher’ President Bashar al-Assad rather than fighting terrorism in Syria.” – Independent on Sunday
  • “An organisation condemned by the Government as ‘linked to individuals who fuel hatred, division and violence’ was cleared to host an official reception inside the secure zone at this week’s Conservative Party conference.” – Sunday Telegraph

And comment:

  • “Which side are we really on in this war of the awful against the evil?” – Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday
  • “Putin sees intervention in Syria as a way out of his current isolation.” – Petr Kozlov, The Observer
  • “Let’s welcome Russia’s entry into this war.” – Patrick Cockburn, Independent on Sunday
  • “Vladimir Putin can sense our weakness.” – Simon Heffer, Sunday Telegraph
  • “…perhaps the Russian president had to pinch himself before realising that the West had left him with such a vacuum in which to operate.” – Sunday Times editorial (£)
  • “David Cameron needs to talk about Syria at the Conservative conference.” – Sunday Telegraph editorial

The last Briton in Guantanamo Bay tells of his ordeal. Davis calls for torture inquiry

David Davis“The last Briton held in Guantanamo Bay – now hoping to be freed within weeks – has given a searing account of his 14-year ordeal to The Mail on Sunday. … Last night senior Conservative MP David Davis said this newspaper’s revelations ‘massively strengthened’ the case for an independent inquiry into Britain’s alleged involvement in the systematic torture of terror suspects. … He said: ‘Only by dealing with it can we restore our nation’s honour and integrity.’” – Mail on Sunday

  • “Lies, torture and the fight for Iraq truth.” – Mail on Sunday editorial

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