Migration figures deliver fresh blow to Government’s ambitions…

IMMIGRATION mat“The true scale of the immigration crisis facing this country was laid bare last night as damning figures revealed net migration had surged to a record 330,000 – a rise of 40 per cent in one year. It is a humiliating blow to David Cameron after his ‘no ifs, no buts’ pledge to reduce the number to ‘tens of thousands’. Incredibly, yesterday’s figures do not include illegal immigrants in the UK, estimated at 1.1 million. The devastating statistics came as thousands of migrants yesterday flooded across the Hungarian border into central Europe.” – Daily Mail

  • Brokenshire blames businesses’ reliance on foreign workers – Daily Telegraph
  • Field demands Government take control of the border – The Sun (£)
  • Eastern European benefit claimants double to 50,000 – The Times (£)
  • Government accused of closing doors to Eritrean refugees – The Independent
  • Petition in support of Afghan translators signed by 50,000 – Daily Mail
  • Why is it so difficult to reduce immigration? – The Independent

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…as Cameron criticised for peerage nominations

“David Cameron was accused of an ‘affront to democracy’ last night after handing peerages to a millionaire donor, an MP at the heart of the expenses scandal and a string of political cronies. The Prime Minister named 26 new Conservative peers in his dissolution honours list, as well as handing knighthoods and other honours to political friends. New peers include former Cabinet minister Douglas Hogg, who stood down from the Commons in 2010 following controversy over his expenses claims, which included billing the taxpayer £2,200 to clear the moat at his 13th-century manor house.” – Daily Mail

  • Downton Dave under fire for using honours to tip the help – The Times (£)
  • Ex-MPs and aides pack list of new lords – Financial Times
  • Prime Minister criticised for handing peerage to ‘Lord Moat’ – Daily Telegraph
  • MPs caught in expenses scandal elevated to the Lords – The Times (£)
  • New Tory peers won’t save Government from defeat, Tories concede – The Times (£)
  • Cameron now supports time limits for peers – The Guardian
  • Lord Winston calls for House of Lords to be cut in half – Daily Telegraph
  • Crowded upper house beginning to look ridiculous, warns Lamont – The Times (£)


  • Radical reform of the Lords is vital, so I’m glad to be a member – Peter Hain, The Guardian
  • The House of Lords is full of sycophants, sack them all – Leo McKinstry, Daily Telegraph
  • What’s the point of a chamber which rewards failure? – Martin Kettle, The Guardian


Fraser Nelson: Ignore the hype, Cameron can’t be bothered to fix the BBC

BBC“In fact the Prime Minister admits, in private, that he’s quite happy with the BBC and is baffled by colleagues who loathe it. He grumbles about Nick Robinson having kept him awake by filming reports outside his bedroom in No 10, but his animus doesn’t run much deeper… There are Tories who would love to dismember the BBC, but they’re not in positions of power. John Whittingdale, the Culture Secretary, was hawkish on the BBC during the election campaign when bookmakers gave the Tories a 10-1 chance of being able to do anything about it. But in power, he is cooling quickly; when speaking at the Edinburgh Festival earlier this week, he even dropped his criticism of Strictly Come Dancing. Mr Cameron’s overall feeling is that he doesn’t want to be drawn into a “never-ending argument”. So why the panic? Perhaps because any rational analysis of the BBC highlights several anomalies crying out for change – and none bigger than the licence fee.” – Daily Telegraph

Rudd heralds dramatic reduction in support for solar

“Ministers moved to slash massive subsidies for solar panels yesterday, amid signs the Government’s enthusiasm for green energy is waning. In a surprise move, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd announced a consultation aimed at cutting the subsidies by almost 90 per cent. If implemented, such a step would remove virtually all incentive for home owners to install the panels and could mean the end of Britain’s solar power boom. In recent weeks, ministers have tightened planning restrictions and reduced subsidies for wind farms.” – Daily Mail

Duncan to tackle ‘overuse’ of road signs

Sir Alan Duncan“Road signs could soon include ‘remove-by dates’ as part of plans to get rid of ‘the blight of pointless signs’, say ministers. A consultation paper has been unveiled, setting out plans to declutter the nation’s highways.  A taskforce headed by Tory MP Sir Alan Duncan to ‘tackle the overuse of road signs’ has also been announced. Research by the Department of Transport in 2013 found that the number of traffic signs has doubled in the last 20 years, to the point that many are now confusing, distracting and dangerous.” – Daily Mail Continue to all today’s Newslinks