Screen shot 2011-12-13 at 21.29.339.30pm WATCH: Mary Portas has "given us the blueprint" on how we can save our high streets, says Cameron

7.30pm MPsETC: Changes to the scrap metal industry, and a new taskforce to deal with the problem of metal theft will be implemented says James Brokenshire

5.30pm MPsETC: Julian Brazier calls on Government to take tougher action to control immigration

5pm: Today's teatime newslinks – including the Cabinet meeting after the EU veto debate, Barroso attacking Cameron's decision and Government backing for Mary Portas' high street review.

4pm Roger Helmer MEP on Comment: UN Climate deal agreed! … this year, next year, sometime, never?

Raab3.30pm WATCH: Dominic Raab MP: The unions are out of touch with public opinion 

2.30pm Columnist Andrew Lilico: Don't buckle yet, Mr Cameron!

1.30pm MPsETC: The Government is delivering on its commitments to tackle domestic violence, says Theresa May

1pm WATCH: Vince Cable describes today's Cabinet meeting as a "good business like discussion" between coalition partners

12.30pm WATCH: de Gaulle to Sarkozy: A history of Anglo-French relations from the Daily Politics Show

Noon ConHomeUSA: Today's top Republican and American political news

Cleggcam11.30am ToryDiary: Cameron must not let Clegg disembowel the veto

11am Nick Pickles on Comment: Why is the Government opposing amendments in the House of Lords which would seek to protect homeowners?

10am Columnist Anthony Browne: Europe: nothing to see, move along now

ToryDiary: Euro-sceptics won't win an EU referendum without a Business for Britain campaign

Columnist Stephan Shakespeare: Freedom of data, freedom from bad treaties: two very big moments in contemporary history

Liz Truss MP on Comment: Respected universities should set the content of exams so that we can again trust the results

Local government: Katharine Birbalsingh plans free school in Tooting

International: In historic rejection of Climate Change Plan A, Canada's Conservative government pulls out of Kyoto

VIDEO: David Lidington MP claims "overwhelming majority" of Tory MPs want to stay inside the EU

Screen shot 2011-12-13 at 08.02.41Newspapers attack Nick Clegg for missing Commons debate

  • "Big, brave Nick Clegg stayed hidden in his office yesterday as David Cameron stood in the Commons to defend his decision to veto the euro rescue plan." – Mirror
  • Cameron was deserted by his deputy Nick Clegg in the Commons last night in an extraordinary sulk that exposed the shattering Coalition rift over Europe – Express
  • The Independent describes Clegg's "day of rage".
  • "The Conservative MP for Shipley, Philip Davies, called the Lib Dems "lickspittles" and Mid Bedfordshire's Nadine Dorries accused Clegg of being "cowardly and negative" in his attacks on the prime minister's tactics in Brussels. Cameron said both Dorries and Davies had "taken it a little too far"." – Guardian
  • "Mr Clegg said he did not wish to be a distraction; instead, he looked craven" – Telegraph leader
  • Mr Clegg had done a Greta Garbo… I vant to be alone! – Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail
  • "The Lib Dem leader flounced off to his Commons room yesterday like a petulant schoolboy rather than sit by David Cameron as the PM explained why he used his veto over Europe. It was a pathetic protest that made Mr Clegg the object of derision." – The Sun Says
  • CBI lashes out at political row over Cameron’s veto – City AM

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Cameron wins plaudits from his backbenchers, but where was Clegg?

> David Cameron's full statement on the European Council to the House of Commons | Video highlights

Cameron ready to compromise with Clegg on EU

"Downing Street signalled that Mr Cameron was ready to yield on one of Mr Clegg’s objections — the Prime Minister’s assertion that the new “euro-plus” group of up to 26 nations should not use the institutions of the European Union… Downing Street is paving the way for Britain to accede to the group using EU institutions. The Government had received legal advice and Mr Clegg’s objections had to be taken into account." – Times (£)

  • PM avoids triumphalism in Commons – FT (£)
  • Justice Secretary Ken Clarke attempts to calm Lib Dem nerves (and his own?) by saying there was "not the faintest prospect" of the UK seeking to repatriate powers – BBC

LAWS DAVIDDavid Laws: Cameron must confront the Conservatives who want out of Europe while Clegg must confront the Lib Dems who oppose EU reform – David Laws in The Times (£)

Tory MPs praise Cameron but does he want their enthusiasm?

  • Tory back-benchers including veterans Sir Peter Tapsell, Sir Malcolm Rifkind and John Redwood lavished praise on the Prime Minister as the Conservative benches erupted with glee at Cameron's statement – Daily Mail
  • "There are groans in No 10 every time John Redwood or Bill Cash praises the Prime Minister for his bravery in Brussels." – Rachel Sylvester in The Times (£)

The Scotsman: This could be Cameron's Falklands moment

"Mr Cameron has drawn a line in the sand against further European incursion in British life and was right to do so. If he stands firm and sees off the doubters, this could be his Falklands moment. As the Falklands was for one of his predecessors, it could be a turning point in the Cameron premiership." – Scotsman leader

Third poll backs Cameron veto: YouGov for The Sun finds 58% support the video, 21% opposeUK Polling Report

Should Cameron call a snap election?

Birrell Ian"To the left is a Labour Party with a foundering leader who remains trapped by his past, has failed to connect with the electorate and is stuck with outmoded economic policies. To the right, the headbangers of Ukip have been rendered even more irrelevant than usual. And in the centre, a pygmyish party that has lost any sense of purpose and would be fighting on the basis of closer European ties." – Ian Birrell in The Independent

  • At Telegraph blogs Toby Young says Cameron won't even contemplate an election until the boundary changes have been implemented.
  • "Mr Clegg knows that if he threatens to quit the coalition, his bluff could be called. An early election would probably wipe out the Lib Dems but give the Tories a chance at the majority they crave. The option of gradually forcing a coalition split may well be in the back of Conservative strategists’ minds." – FT leader (£)

The British PM deserves credit for standing up to Brussels Wall Street Journal leader

Despite the tonal shift Cameron is still son of Thatcher – Steve Richards in The Independent

Europe plans revenge on Britain

16129036"European economics commissioner Olli Rehn insisted that the EU could override the Prime Minister’s veto to slap more regulation on the City of London. And he vowed that Brussels would ignore Mr Cameron’s bid to protect British finance and British jobs. Finnish-born Mr Rehn said: “If this move was intended to prevent bankers and financial corporations in the City from being regulated, that is not going to happen. We must all draw lessons from the financial crisis and that goes for the financial sector as well.” – Express

Chris Skidmore MP finds cash-strapped NHS is paying for tattoo removal The Sun

FSA says Ed Balls and Labour leadership encouraged 'light touch' on banks and must take share of blame for financial crisisGuardian | Express

The FSA's report on RBS doesn't do enough to counter crony capitalism – Jesse Norman MP for The Guardian

Parliamentary committee demands changes to the way MPs' expenses are handled, saying the current independent method was "untenable"BBC

"MPs brushed aside public anger over their expenses last night – and demanded automatic allowances to fund their second homes. A cross-party committee suggested they should no longer be required to provide receipts to back claims for housing and travel. Instead, they argued, their salaries should be boosted by automatic flat-rate payments potentially worth tens of thousands of pounds a year." – Daily Mail

The growing power of select committee chairmen – Mark D'Arcy for the BBC

Labour MP Dan Jarvis to receive MBE for life-saving work as soldier in AfghanistanThe Sun

"Britain’s high streets have reached a “crisis point” and will "disappear forever" as shopping destinations unless they are urgently regenerated, Mary Portas has warned."Telegraph


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