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Cameron forced to vote in white tie in EAW chaos

EU Flag‘In extraordinary remarks for a Speaker, Mr Bercow accused ministers of breaking their promises for a full debate and vote on the warrant in a ‘sorry saga’ that would leave the public ‘contemptuous’. Mr Cameron came within nine votes of losing the support of the Commons after Labour mounted an ambush to try to halt proceedings…the earlier manoeuvre meant the Prime Minister was forced to rush back from his annual speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in London – dressed in the traditional white tie worn at the occasion.’ – Daily Mail

Editorials:

>Today:

>Yesterday: 

Wrong to stick with the EU ‘come what may’

‘David Cameron said he believes it would be wrong to stick with Europe “come what may” in rhetoric suggesting that leaving the EU is under consideration. In comments designed to undermine Ed Miliband, the prime minister told Britain’s strongly pro-European business leaders that preserving the status quo was untenable.’ – The Times (£)

Johnson: I will never seek the Labour leadership

LABOUR dead rose‘The position of Labour leader has been vacated twice during my time as a member of parliament. Both times I chose not to stand. I happen to think that a better person took this onerous role on each occasion. I have never stood for the leadership of my party – and for the avoidance of doubt, regardless of the circumstances, I never will.’ – Alan Johnson MP, The Guardian

>Yesterday:

Clear blue water opens on £12bn welfare savings

‘David Cameron on Monday claimed the next election would be “a competition about who can make savings most efficiently”, putting renewed focus on the Conservatives’ controversial plan to cut welfare spending by a further £12bn…It has been dubbed “extreme” by Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat leader, and Labour has promised only limited cuts to the benefits bill.’ – FT

  • Hungarians hit back over sandwich dispute – Daily Mail
  • Welfare kills the will to work – Daily Mail Leader
  • Aldi to create 35,000 jobs – Daily Mail
  • UKIP accuse the government of immigration betrayal – The Sun (£)

Conway: Break Britain’s addiction to debt

MANIFESTO money‘The economy is recovering, and, save for weakness in the eurozone, the prospects look good. The Bank is unlikely to raise interest rates any time soon. In fact, look at the borrowing rates in the marketplace and it’s clear that, far from being tightened, monetary policy is still loosening. The problem is that the longer the Bank keeps its foot on the gas, the more reliant Britons will become on debt. We all know where that leads.’ – Ed Conway, The Times (£)

Armed Forces imam tells Muslim kids: look up to our soldiers

‘A leading imam has told all Muslim school children to look up to British troops as much as they do to doctors and nurses. The Armed Forces official imam Asim Hafiz intervened as part of a bid to face down extremists who are targeting service personnel…The teaching pack was written by former Army officer Tom Tugendhat, who is a now a prospective Tory MP.’ – The Sun (£)

>Today: Rebecca Coulson’s column: The poppy – charitable, respectful and a reminder of the state’s primary duty

Lord Mayor’s Banquet: Britain will take on Putin over Ukraine

Vladimir Putin‘David Cameron has warned Russia are dragging the world to the brink of a new Cold War – 25 years after the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. The PM slammed the Kremlin for continuing to “rip up” the international rulebook in Ukraine. And he warned that unless Russia changes course its “relationship with the rest of the world will be radically different in the future”.’ – The Sun (£)

Javid: Bill of Rights will protect press freedom

‘A new British Bill of Rights proposed by the Conservatives will include protections for journalists and the free press, Sajid Javid will say today. The Culture Secretary will pledge that a Conservative-only government after the general election will enshrine freedom of the press in a new law.’ – Daily Telegraph

  • Introduce it now – The Sun Says (£)
  • Police don’t know how many journalists they snooped on - The Times (£)

Danczuk criticises sex abuse inquiry failings

Simon Danczuk‘An inquiry into the Home Office’s handling of historic child sex abuse allegations – to be published imminently – has been criticised by a campaigning MP. Simon Danczuk, who exposed former Lib Dem MP Cyril Smith as a paedophile, said the review by Peter Wanless, the chief executive of the NSPCC, had neglected to use high-tech digital techniques which may have helped locate missing files. It is understood the review commissioned by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has failed to track down 114 missing files on child sex abuse allegations.’ – Daily Telegraph

  • Cooper to press May on the missing files – The Guardian
  • Record sentences given to sex offenders – The Sun (£)

Medway NHS demand that Reckless withdraw ‘misleading’ leaflet

‘Mark Reckless, the Ukip Rochester and Strood by-election candidate, came under fire from fellow candidates and audience members in a debate, as a local NHS trust demanded that he withdraw a “misleading” election leaflet. In a debate in Rochester and Strood organised by BBC South East televised yesterday, Mr Reckless was attacked for his defection from the Conservative party and for alleged U-turns on policy.’ – The Times (£)

Parents plan to invoice NUT strikers for disruption

On strike‘Furious parents are threatening to bill a teachers’ union for lost pay and childcare as strikes in support of a member who has not taught for 14 years disrupt pupils’ education. Julie Davies is accused of holding thousands of parents to ransom by leading walkouts against attempts to stop her working for the National Union of Teachers. Mrs Davies, who is paid £45,900 a year as an English teacher despite having been a full-time NUT rep since 2000, was suspended after local heads accused her of ‘confrontation’ and encouraging ‘a climate of mistrust’.’ – Daily Mail

Davies Commission says Heathrow expansion plan would be best

‘A third runway at Heathrow would be the best option for for airport expansion, according to an independent commission led by former boss of the Confederation of British Industry Howard Davies. The commission said a new runway at Heathrow would deliver better economic returns than the an alternative plan at Gatwick. However, there will be a four-month consultation prior to a final recommendation.’ – City AM

£7 million – the cost of burying one pylon’s cables

Environment (Deep End)‘Electricity pylons are to be removed from beauty spots for the first time, with the power lines buried underground at a cost of £7 million for each structure. It emerged yesterday that a £500 million National Grid scheme will result in 65 pylons being dismantled across Britain. That equates to fewer than 1 in 20 of the 1,500 pylons in national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.’ – The Times (£)

Juncker under fire for role in massive corporate tax avoidance

‘Jean-Claude Juncker yesterday faced calls to resign following damaging claims he helped some of the world’s largest companies avoid paying billions of euros in tax when he was prime minister of Luxembourg. Leaked documents showed how hundreds of sweetheart deals with more than 300 companies including Heinz, Burberry, Dyson and Ikea were signed while the newly appointed European Commission President was in charge.’ – Daily Mail

News in brief

  • Keir Starmer defends practice of leaving people in limbo on bail – Daily Mail
  • South Korean ferry captain sentenced to 36 years for disaster – The Times (£)
  • Number of adoptions plunges – Daily Telegraph
  • Blunkett fears the Archers is headed for extinction – Daily Mail
  • Ship’s rubber cargo washes up a hundred years after it sank – The Times (£)
  • New knife attacks in Israel – BBC News
  • Plot allegations rock French politics – FT
  • ISIS destroy memorial to the Armenian genocide – The Independent
  • Man stripped of £7,500 in lap-dancing club – Daily Telegraph

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