Cameron will send home-grown jihadists back to school

Cameron1“Suspected British jihadists returning from Syria will be forced to attend classes confronting their “warped” outlook, David Cameron has declared. The prime minister revealed the measure as he warned that the battle against Islamic extremism was the defining fight of the 21st century. It comes as part of a long-awaited government plan for tackling the growing threat of home-grown terrorism.” – The Times (£)

  • Government sets up £5m fund for counter-extremist groups – The Times (£)
  • Hate preachers to be and banned from contact with children – Daily Telegraph
  • ISIS nuts will be treated like paedophiles – The Sun (£)
  • New measures to stop British teens joining ISIS – Financial Times
  • Labour prepared to oppose new counter-terrorism legislation – The Guardian

David Cameron: All Muslims must speak out against extremism

“Today, we publish our counter-extremism strategy. It sets out our plan to tackle this poison on every level: to counter the ideology that underpins it; to take on both the violent and non-violent parts of the creed; to empower the mainstream voices that are too often drowned out; and to tackle the alienation and segregation that can allow extremist narratives to take root.” – The Times (£)

>Today: ToryDiary: The anti-extremism strategy: what’s right, what’s wrong – and what’s missing

Fallon pushes for air strikes against ISIS…

ISIS“The UK’s defence secretary has accused Vladimir Putin of “propping up the Assad regime” as he again pushed the case for British air strikes against Isis strongholds in Syria. Michael Fallon told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday that Russia’s intervention in Syria should not “divert us for a moment from our focus against [Isis],” adding that “the logic is inescapable” for joining air strikes against extremist groups’ strongholds.” – Financial Times

Six Cabinet ministers demand right to campaign for Brexit

“Six Conservative Cabinet ministers have privately demanded that David Cameron allows them to campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, in the biggest split yet over the Prime Minister’s in-out referendum. The Tory secretaries of state are calling on Mr Cameron to waive “collective responsibility” in the run-up to the referendum, allowing Cabinet members to publically back an “out” vote.” – Daily Telegraph

>Today: Nadhim Zahawi MP’s column: Our best future in Europe would be a multi-speed EU – not the divorce which would be worse for everyone

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Fallon says Cabinet are “all Eurosceptics now”

Tax Credits: Osborne stands firm on reductions…

OSBORNE scissors“George Osborne is set to resist pressure to change his policy on tax credits, as the Labour party committed itself to reversing the chancellor’s policy ahead of a Commons vote on the issue on Tuesday. John McDonnell, shadow chancellor, said on Sunday: “If he doesn’t reverse these cuts, we are making it clear that we will.” – Financial Times

  • Chancellor faces Tory pressure to change course – The Independent
  • Seventy Conservative MPs could be at risk from tax credit fallout – The Independent


  • Osborne must retreat over tax credits – Tim Montgomerie, The Times (£)

>Yesterday: Dan Dalton MEP in Comment: The sharing economy offers a golden opportunity to regulate

…and Labour divided on whether they would reverse them

“Labour’s leadership was thrown into fresh chaos today, as the party struggled to say whether it would reverse planned cuts to tax credits. Two senior frontbenchers – including the deputy in the Treasury team – went on TV to attack Tory plans to slash the amount working families can claim but would not say if they would restore the money if they win the next election.” – Daily Mail

  • McDonnell overrules senior shadow ministers – Daily Telegraph
  • Shadow Chancellor under pressure for inviting 9/11 conspiracy theorists to Parliament – Daily Mail

Chancellor unveils North East devolution deals

OSBORNE of the north“Two devolution deals covering the whole of north-east England with a combined value of more than £1bn are expected to be announced this week. The deals would mean the creation of two more mayors, a cornerstone of George Osborne’s vision for greater devolution, who would champion the interests of a swath of England stretching from the Scottish border to the edge of North Yorkshire, bounded by the North East and the Pennine ridge.” – Financial Times

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The Chancellor should abandon the Sunday Trading portion of his localism agenda

Boris is public’s choice for next Tory leader

“Boris Johnson is backed by more voters to make a better Prime Minister than George Osborne, because he appeals to Labour and Ukip supporters, a new poll shows. The survey bolster the London Mayor’s reputation as the politician able to reach parts of the electorate other Tories cannot reach.” – Daily Mail

Ministers hit back at bishops over refugee policy

Church shield“Conservative Cabinet ministers have criticised Church of England bishops for attacking their policy on Syrian refugees. Stephen Crabb, the Welsh Secretary, said the government had been “at the coalface” in Syria for four years and their criticism was “not news.”” – Daily Telegraph

  • Clerics demand Britain takes another 30,000 refugees – Daily Mail

Loughton claims Watson’s smears have put children at risk

“Tom Watson has undermined the fight against child sex abuse, a former ally claimed yesterday. Tory former children’s minister Tim Loughton said the Labour Deputy Leader had acted as “judge, jury and executioner” in smearing politicians like Leon Brittan.” – The Sun (£)

MPs warn that pension liberalisation endangers savers

MANIFESTO money“The government has come under fire over the introduction of pension freedoms, with a committee of MPs accusing it of putting savers at risk of a mis-selling scandal. In a report to be published on Monday, the Commons work and pensions committee warns that a lack of regulatory clarity is “endangering pension savers” trying to find their way around the retirement income market.” – Financial Times

Liam Fox: High GDP isn’t a sign that we’re all getting richer

“We have long been fixated on the concept of GDP growth as the determinant of economic wellbeing, particularly in the political arena. Yet, there is a difference between GDP and wealth creation and it is the latter that ultimately determines our national prosperity.” – Daily Telegraph

McDonnell seeks to broaden Bank of England’s horizons

McDonnell Conference Speech“John McDonnell has called for the Bank of England to have more input from Scotland and other parts of the UK as he tries to move on from his “embarrassing” debut as shadow chancellor. Writing in the Financial Times, Mr McDonnell says the Monetary Policy Committee should “look beyond Lombard St” and suggests it should have more regional voices and more women at the table.” – Financial Times

  • The Bank’s mandate isn’t set in stone – John McDonnell, Financial Times

Chinese warn Corbyn to behave

“The Chinese ambassador has warned Jeremy Corbyn should “know how to behave” when he sits down with the country’s President at Buckingham Palace. Mr Corbyn is expected to confront the Chinese President over his human rights record when he attends a state banquet on Tuesday evening.” – Daily Telegraph


Salmond claims ‘net is closing’ around Blair on Iraq

BLAIR demon eyes“Tony Blair was today accused of signing up to the Iraq War ‘willy-nilly’ as damning U.S. memos reveal he backed George Bush’s plan for the conflict a year before the invasion started. SNP MP Alex Salmond said the ‘net is closing around’ the former Prime Minister after it emerged Blair gave an unqualified pledge to the White House in 2002, while still telling the British people at the time: ‘We’re not proposing military action.’” – Daily Mail

SNP divided over Sturgeon’s EU trigger for rematch

“A split has emerged in the SNP’s top echelons over a key plank of Nicola Sturgeon’s strategy for deciding the timing of a second independence referendum. The First Minister has rejected staging another vote on separation within the next five years but has suggested a special exception could be made if the UK leaves the EU against the wishes of a majority of Scots.” – Daily Telegraph

  • First Minister bids to reassure waverers – The Guardian
  • Party claims 60 per cent support needed before next attempt – The Scotsman

News in Brief:

  • Row between Oxford University and Ukraine over textbooks on Crimea – Daily Mail
  • Cuts mean Armed Forces may not have personnel to operate new equipment – Daily Telegraph
  • Spies guard nuclear sites from China cyberattack – The Times (£)
  • Immigration fear boosts Swiss far right – Financial Times
  • Charity working with VIP sex abuse witnesses accused of using counselling technique which creates ‘false memories’ – Daily Mail
  • Friends express concern about suspicious circumstances of UK journalist’s death in Istanbul – Daily Telegraph
  • Welsh Assembly budget to rise to cover AM salary hike – Wales Online

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