These two MPs have not found, at the first attempt, the sort of language that will appeal to the unconverted. But nor did David Cameron.
Indeed, the EU’s digital tax is a good example of a well-intentioned measure that makes little sense. Revenue taxes are also more likely to be passed on to consumers.
The Conservatives lost seats to the Lib Dems in Aylesbury Vale and to Labour in Staffordshire Moorlands. But the Conservatives gained seats from UKIP in Thurrock and from an independent in Chiltern.
Caught between Moscow’s ruthless security forces and a million newly-arrived Russian settlers, the peninsula’s minority population deserves our support.
Looking back, 55 years of Liberal and Liberal Democrat by-election success looks less important than UKIP’s two-year surge.
But expansion won’t take off for a long time yet, if at all – and, ominously for the Government, a Select Committee report published today has big concerns about costs.
Iain Dale: Will the price of an EU deal be French-made blue passports and Spanish boats in British waters?
Plus: The Whips need to get a grip. I greet the recovery of the pound. I fear for the future of our high streets.
Lord Ashcroft: “We didn’t elect him to be a saint, we elected him to be a leader.” My latest American focus groups.
We found that those who had voted enthusiastically for Trump were still on board, and were prepared to overlook his private conduct, however regrettable they found it.
After Brexit, EU nationals in the UK should have the right to vote in local elections – so should all other permanent residents
The principle of “no taxation without representation” should apply. Why should a Swede be able to vote but not a Norwegian?
It might please nurses, but provokes new pay demands from teachers, doctors and soldiers. Nor would a hypothecated ‘NHS Tax’ make the issue go away.
J P Floru: People only moan about the use of Facebook data when it is used by campaigns they dislike
If Hillary and Remain had won, using the same methods, would anyone at the Guardian or the BBC have cared a bean about Cambridge Analytica’s behaviour?
Also: Commons gives Bradley the power to cut MLA’s pay – but the Government insists that it isn’t introducing direct rule.
As a Kent MP, I’m delighted Canterbury is one of the sites chosen to host new training facilities.
Calling Conservatives: New public appointments announced. Chair of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority – and more
Further details enclosed.
The Prime Minister won’t get some other EU countries where she wants them. Not to mention Juncker. (And Trump, for that matter.)
The UK can not allow Russia to believe it got away with it without serious consequences.
Kemi Badenoch: My plan for candidates – a transparent, democratic process, for an even stronger Party
Also, a balanced Parliamentary Party requires a diverse pipeline of candidates – this means diversity of background and thought.
James Palmer: Solving the housing crisis needs proper infrastructure – Network Rail is holding us back
This wasteful bureaucratic behemoth is delaying the new stations we need. Conservatives should champion a radical approach with more competition.
The former ‘People’s Army’ is struggling to survive, and even what’s left of its poll support could be an overstatement.
Only 28 years after the poll tax precipitated Thatcher’s downfall, no one called for a new system of local government finance.
“The independent statutory inspection, which concluded last week… was clear that Northamptonshire’s failure was not a case of under-funding.”
Dublin threatens to cut off its nose to spite its face, apparently in a misjudged attempt to pressure the UK into abandoning Brexit. This is a serious error.
May leads tributes to those killed in the Westminster Bridge attack
“Police stood shoulder to shoulder as they honoured their colleague Keith Palmer as the Prime Minister led tributes to the five people who lost their lives in the Westminster Bridge attack. Officers fell silent near to the spot where PC Palmer was murdered as they lay flowers and wiped away tears at a special vigil for the victims. Theresa May pledged to remember them and stand ‘in defiance of those who would seek to silence our democracy.’ MPs observed a minute’s silence in the House of Commons this morning before Theresa May laid flowers near the site where Pc Keith Palmer and four innocent pedestrians were killed. Speaker John Bercow asked members in the House of Commons chamber to pause ‘in respectful memory’ of those who died on March 22 last year.” – Daily Mail
- Ellwood ‘breaks down’ as he remembers events – The Times
- UK insurance against terror attacks upgraded – FT
Prime Minister to urge MPs to back Heathrow expansion
“Theresa May will ask MPs to kick-start Brexit and back the £15billion expansion of Heathrow in a Commons vote this June. Sources yesterday told The Sun the Government has finally committed to putting the plans before the House in the belief a majority of MPs now back a third runway. A vote in favour of the project in three months’ time will allow Heathrow to finally proceed with a detail design of the flagship development and seek planning approval. Ex-PM David Cameron promised a decision on Heathrow by the end of 2015 – before stalling in the face of a backbench rebellion. The Government delayed again in 2016 after the Referendum vote.” – The Sun
- MPs say runway must have noise and cost safeguards – FT
- New Downing Street unit to promote female entrepreneurship – Daily Telegraph
>Today: ToryDiary: Heathrow’s engines rev up
Hancock warns that Facebook could face billions in future fines
“Facebook could be fined more than £1billion if it breaks new data protection laws, Matt Hancock warned today. The Culture Secretary said the measure was at the heart of a package of reforms that would help Britain lead the world in setting the terms on how social media giants operate. Mr Hancock set out plans today to end the ‘Wild West’ of the internet in which the biggest social media firms set the rules on how they collect and use private data. But speaking at a Westminster lunch, Mr Hancock refused to say whether he would keep his own Facebook account after revelations user data was misused by Cambridge Analytica as part of political campaigns.” – Daily Mail
- British Government could pull all its Facebook adds – The Sun
- Advertisers begin to boycott Facebook – The Times
- The poison in politics runs deeper than dodgy data – Gary Younge, The Guardian
- Let’s remake the case for capitalism – Lee Rowley MP, Times Red Box
- Tech tax reforms – Daily Telegraph
>Yesterday: JP Floru in Comment: People only moan about the use of Facebook data when it is used by campaigns they dislike
Brexit 1) EU prepares to take action against Russia over Salisbury
“Russia’s spy networks across Europe were under threat last night as at least five EU countries prepared to follow Britain and expel diplomats, while the European ambassador to Russia was recalled. The moves, in response to the Salisbury poisoning, came as Theresa May appeared to have won a battle to unify all 28 countries behind a statement blaming Moscow for the attempted murder of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Last night Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, issued a statement on behalf of its members saying that it supported the British government’s assertion that it was “highly likely” Russia was responsible and that there was “no plausible alternative explanation”.” – The Times
- Corbyn refuses again to blame Russia for poisoning – The Sun
- Putin’s espionage network in Europe at risk – Daily Telegraph
- Kremlin hits back at Johnson’s ‘unacceptable’ Hitler comparison – The Sun
- Russia is ready to fight, but are we? – Fraser Nelson, Daily Telegraph
- Europe needs a collective defence strategy to counter Moscow – Guy Verhofstadt, The Guardian
- London deserves Brussels’ support against Moscow – The Times
>Yesterday: Garvan Walshe’s column: How to show Putin we are taking the Salisbury attack seriously
Brexit 2) EU leaders ‘set to agree transition’
“European leaders will on Friday agree to extend Britain’s de facto EU membership until the end of 2020, backing a transition deal to smooth the implementation of Brexit. Theresa May, Britain’s prime minister, proclaimed at a European Council meeting in Brussels on Thursday that “considerable progress” had been made towards negotiating the end of Britain’s 45-year membership of the EU. After months of talks, the leaders of the remaining 27 EU member states will on Friday rubber-stamp plans for a 21-month transition deal, starting on “Brexit Day” on March 29 2019 and lasting until the end of 2020. On Friday the EU27 states are also expected to approve guidelines setting out the bloc’s strategy for negotiating a future relationship with the EU, covering trade, security and other issues.” – FT
- Prime Minister urges EU leaders to create ‘new dynamic’ – Daily Telegraph
- Smith urges Corbyn to offer a referendum on the final deal – The Guardian
- Varadkar gives October deadline for resolving Border issue – Belfast Telegraph
- Pro-EU marchers rally in Edinburgh – The Scotsman
- At last, good news: Britain is heading for Norway – Simon Jenkins, The Guardian
- Britain’s latest strategy: any deal will do – Philip Stephens, FT
- We may not be doomed by Brexit after all – Brian Wilson, The Scotsman
- Labour should ask if leaving is the right decision – Owen Smith MP, The Guardian
>Yesterday: Henry Hill’s Red, White, and Blue column: Holyrood and Westminster face off as MSPs pass Brexit bill
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