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A tax on growth: The EU demands £1.7 billion more from Britain

EU Exit‘The EU last night demanded an extra £1.7billion from the UK – because our economy is recovering faster than other member states. David Cameron came under fire from MPs as Brussels demanded the hefty surcharge. To add insult to injury, France will receive a £790 million rebate…Philip Davies, MP for Shipley, said: ‘The Prime Minister should tell them to stick their 2billion euro demand where the sun doesn’t shine.’ – Daily Mail

  • Abrasive Prime Minister arrives in Brussels – FT
  • PM’s pro-EU comments redacted – FT
  • Foul smell of UKIP’s new partner – Ben Macintyre, The Times (£)
  • 1,130 new EU regulations on business in the last year – The Times (£)
  • Juncker is messing with trade deals – FT Leader

>Today: Richard Benyon MP on Comment: A pact with UKIP? Time for some facts

>Yesterday: Sir Bill Cash MP on Comment: We must face down the EU establishment

Immigration 1) Voters sceptical that Cameron will deliver

‘David Cameron faces public scepticism that he will honour a promise to curb the number of EU migrants coming to Britain…a YouGov poll suggests that only 11 per cent of voters believe that he can deliver a reduction if he wins the next election.’ – The Times (£)

>Today: ToryDiary: Who should lead the Metropolitan Party?

Immigration 2) Labour try to get tough

LABOUR dead rose‘Ed Miliband is to toughen Labour’s line on immigration as he seeks to combat Ukip’s growing appeal to the party’s traditional working class supporters. The Labour leader said that the UK “needs stronger controls on people coming here”.’ – The Independent

NHS 1) Five year plan for more cash and drastic reform

‘It should be “perfectly feasible” for politicians to find the extra £8 billion a year needed for the NHS to prevent a funding gap causing severe effects for patients, the head of the health service has said. NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens threw down the gauntlet as six national bodies set out a five-year blueprint for radical changes to relieve pressure on staff and slash £22 billion from annual costs.’ – Daily Mail

Editorials

NHS 2) Hunt: Labour ’sleepwalking into a Welsh Mid Staffs’NHS

‘For all their posturing, Labour’s terrible stewardship over the border exposes the big lie at the heart of Ed Miliband and Andy Burnham’s position on the NHS. They use the NHS to get votes but won’t run it for patients. Earlier this year, I said that the government in Cardiff is sleepwalking into a Welsh Mid Staffs. The tragedy for Welsh patients is that Labour still shows no sign of waking up.’ – Daily Mail

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