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Cameron resists pressure to admit thousands of migrant children…

Cameron1“David Cameron last night rejected calls for Britain to take in 3,000 migrant children who have made the journey to Europe. The Prime Minister was under huge pressure from charities and opposition MPs to act, but said caving in would encourage thousands of youngsters to undertake dangerous boat journeys across the Mediterranean.” – Daily Mail

  • …but agrees to take some – The Guardian
  • Premier under fire for referring to ‘a bunch of migrants’ at PMQs – Daily Mail
  • European Committee on Social Rights attacks language requirement plan – The Times (£)
  • Cameron makes last-ditch appeal to Juncker as renegotiation stalls on migration – Daily Telegraph
  • Prime Minister accused of deploying a ‘dead cat’ strategy with migrant remarks – The Independent

Comment:

  • A brave, difficult and humane decision – Daily Mail editorial
  • Still no dash or panache from hopeless Corbyn – Quentin Letts’ sketch, Daily Mail
  • The phrase ‘a bunch of migrants’ was beneath Cameron – Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian

London:

  • Prime Minister urges Londoners not to be ‘lab rats’ for Corbynism – Daily Mail
  • Number 10 slams ‘hysterical’ Khan over rats remark – The Guardian
  • The Tories should pay heed to the Labour leader’s London support base – Sebastian Payne, FT

Google:

  • Cameron defends Google bargain and criticises Labour’s record – FT
  • Soubry admits Google tax deal is not ‘a lot of money’ – Daily Mail
  • Osborne’s ‘blunder’ over tax affair – The Sun

Scotland:

  • Prime Minister unveils  City Deal for Aberdeen – Daily Telegraph
  • Plan worth £250 million unveiled for the north east – The Scotsman

>Yesterday:

David Aaronovitch: We’ve ruled out every moderate solution, is it time for something radical?

“Suppose that sinking boats was exactly what we did do? It would be wrong to expect the Greeks to shoulder this burden alone, but if the big EU countries contributed to a military force aimed at preventing trafficking at sea, we could solve this problem in weeks.” – The Times (£)

>Today: ToryDiary: “A bunch of migrants”. Muslims learning English. Why Cameron thinks immigration could decide the EU referendum.

Jenkin fails to oust Elliott and Cummings from Vote Leave…

EU Exit brexit“The leaders of one of the campaigns to take Britain out of Europe were the target of a botched coup this week as infighting among Eurosceptics reached new heights. MPs tried to oust Dominic Cummings, the campaign director of Vote Leave, and Matthew Elliott, its chief executive, at a board meeting of ministers and donors on Tuesday. Bernard Jenkin, a Tory MP involved with the organisation from the start, made the move after pressure from MPs who objected to the way in which Mr Cummings was running it.” – The Times (£)

  • Farage warns that Brussels could buy propaganda in Brexit battle - Daily Mail
  • First council votes to leave the EU – Daily Telegraph
  • Eurocrats claim paper rounds breach the social chapter – Daily Mail
  • EU VAT review could scrap UK exemptions – Daily Telegraph
  • Democratic Unionist politicians at odds over Irish leader’s intervention – News Letter
  • Ireland fears ‘major impact’ from Brexit – FT
  • Claims that quitting EU could slash migration attacked – The Independent

…as Cameron thinks he’s got Boris and Gove on-side

“David Cameron believes he has won over two of the Tories’ biggest beasts – Boris Johnson and Michael Gove – to campaign with him to stay in the EU, The Sun can reveal. The two key men’s support will be a major coup for the PM, with both having flirted strongly with a Leave vote in the past.” – The Sun

  • Crabb to make the case for Britain to remain in a reformed EU – Wales Online

Comment:

  • Boris must lead ‘Out’, or forget about leading the Tories – Stephen Glover, Daily Mail
  • Would-be successors jostle for position – Janan Ganesh, FT

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>Yesterday:

Mordaunt calls for greater protection for soldiers

Armed Forces“A Defence Minister has said British troops need ‘more than body armour’ when they are sent into battle as they have to deal with spurious claims from ‘parasitic’ lawyers when they return to the UK. Speaking during a Westminster Hall debate Tory minister Penny Mordaunt revealed among the claims the courts have dealt with are an insurgent bomb-maker who sued the UK because he was taken prisoner and detained until it was safe to transfer him to local forces – when instead we could have shot him.” – Daily Mail

  • Law firm accused UK troops of killing Danes had admitted to – Daily Telegraph

Hollobone calls for veil ban

“A complete ban on women wearing veils should be introduced because it stops them from “smiling, waving and saying hello” in a very British way, a Tory MP has said. Philip Hollobone said it was “really, really sad” that Britain would be a “miserable country” if everyone went about their business with their faces covered.” – Daily Telegraph

Melanie Phillips: Tories are wrong to collude in the assault on gender

MILLER Maria white Marr“…for trans people gender is certainly not irrelevant but is of all-consuming importance. Yet Miller and her committee would deprive them of the ability to announce their new sexual identity on passports or other official documents. Is this not, by Miller’s own logic, cruelty to trans people? But of course logic doesn’t come into this. Gender politics is all about subjective feelings. It has nothing to do with fairness or equality.” – The Spectator

  • Children as young as 13 to be asked if they’re ‘gender fluid’ – Daily Mail

Comment:

  • Transgender athletes are unfair on women – Janice Turner, The Times (£)

Kinnock suggests that Corbyn should go

“Jeremy Corbyn has suffered a fresh blow to his leadership, with former Labour chief Neil Kinnock telling him to resign if he fails to prove he can win a general election. And he urged Labour MPs to step in to oust their leader if he refuses to quit before 2020. But Lord Kinnock, who led the party to successive election defeats in 1987 and 1992, advised MPs to bide their time before pushing Corbyn out because acting too soon will prove ‘fruitless’.” – Daily Mail

  • Former leader warns split would hand 21st Century to the Tories – Wales Online
  • Stop being ‘silly’ on business, Blachflower tells Labour leader – The Times (£)
  • BBC bosses accused of breaking their own rules with Abbott payment – Daily Mail

News in Brief:

  • Withdrawal of spare room subsidy deemed unlawful – The Times (£)
  • Holocaust survivors living in poverty in Israel – Daily Mail
  • Top investor turns on Google over tax ‘sham’ – The Times (£)
  • Google marks ‘historic milestone’ in quest for AI – FT
  • Mystery as LA-bound flight turns back after spate of sickness – The Sun
  • Armed police hold anti-terror drill at Glasgow shopping centre – The Scotsman

And finally… Sam Cam wins the Sport Relief Bake Off

CAMERON Samantha Carla“The PM’s missus beat EastEnder Maddy Hill, former England goalie David James and comic Jason Manford to become star baker thanks to her “perfect” vol-au-vents. And after landing the prize, Sam Cam declared: “I’m normally being given flowers for being David’s wife, so it’s really nice being given flowers for doing something I’ve done on my own.”” – The Sun

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