May wants to strip British terror suspects of passports

MAY Home Office“Terror suspects with British citizenship will be stripped of their passports even if it leaves them “stateless”, under plans proposed by Theresa May. The Home Secretary wants the power to take a UK passport from anybody whose conduct is “seriously prejudical to the interests of the UK”. The move to bring in new legislation has provoked a row with the Liberal Democrats, who are strongly opposed to it.” – The Times (£)

  • Home Secretary says that BBC website is ‘destroying’ local newspapers and harming democracy – The Sun (£)
  • May wears little black dress to Lord Mayor’s banquet – Daily Mail

Is an “NHS crisis” on its way?

“Dr Cliff Mann, president of the College of Emergency Medicine, said this winter would ‘probably be worse than last winter, which was the worst we have ever had’. He added: ‘It’s not chaos in emergency departments, but it is a crisis.’ The Prime Minister has intervened to help draw up contingency plans that would see beds freed up in private hospitals should A&E units become too full.  David Cameron has also demanded weekly updates on the situation.” – Daily Mail

> Today: ToryDiary – Doctors’ contracts and an “NHS crisis”

Hunt: The Quality Care Commission will shine a light into the dark recesses of the NHS

HUNT Doctor Carla Millar“In the wake of scandals such as the one at Mid-Staffordshire NHS trust, Mr Hunt said that “health and care failures remind us that secrecy can be fatal”. Writing on the ConservativeHome website, Mr Hunt said: “There was a time when parents were in the dark about schools. Too many were allowed to fail desperately. “There was a chronic lack of awareness about what was happening. Ofsted now shines a light into these once dark recesses with an easy-to-understand ratings system that empowers parents and holds schools accountable for their performance.” – Daily Telegraph

> Yesterday: Jeremy Hunt MP on Comment: I’m determined to do for hospitals what Gove is doing for schools

Prime Minister tells Lord Mayor’s banquet that we need a leaner state…

“Britain will lose its top rank in the world unless we regain our “buccaneering spirit”, David Cameron said last night. The PM also warned we must shrink the State, as he outlined a vision for “a new kind of economy”. His two-pronged plan combined more slashing of Government spending — plus a culture change to “support, reward and celebrate enterprise”. Addressing the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in London, Mr Cameron said the challenge from growing economies in the East meant Britain may no longer bounce back from recessions.” – The Sun (£)

  • “Cameron snubbed as safe Tory seat rejects his aides” – The Times (£)
  • Cameron reaffirms decision to attend Colombo summit – Financial Times
  • Osborne will now deliver statement on 5 December to allow Cameron time to return from trade mission – The Guardian

…and ups aid to the Phillipines to £10 million

CAMERON Lord Mayor's banquet 2010“He said: “We continue to help around the world – as we are today in the Philippines, where Typhoon Haiyan has wrought such appalling devastation. “Britain is contributing £10m and HMS Daring, currently deployed near Singapore, will shortly be heading at full speed towards the disaster zone with further support from an RAF C-17 which will be a powerful help to the relief operation”…Mr Cameron announced temporary shelters and water supplies would be flown to the 300,000 people on eastern island of Cebu.” – Daily Express

  • British and US warplanes head for the Phillipines – The Guardian

Janan Ganesh: The political point of Right To Buy

“If Britain’s housing market is what economists would call an insider-outsider system, then many senior Conservatives are the ultimate insiders: they not only own expensive homes but had parental help in acquiring them. They also know that, when voters are asked to draw a picture to represent the Tory party, they will produce a smug family posing in front of a mansion. Help to Buy might be the antidote to all this, the “nuclear bomb” needed to turn the war over the cost of living in Mr Cameron’s favour.” – Financial Times

  • New London housing ‘aimed at wealthy’ – The Guardian
  • What we know from one month of the scheme – John McDermott, Financial Times
  • Planning reforms make Britain a better place, says Boles – Daily Telegraph
  • Will politicians never learn? The Government’s Help to Buy scheme is sub-prime mortgages all over again – Steve Richards, The Independent
  • Forget social mobility: it’s social insurgency we need – Ruth Porter, Daily Telegraph
  • As the economy recovers, so do the Tories’ prospects of victory – Benedict Brogan, Daily Telegraph

> Today: Richard Blakeley on Comment – Boris is meeting the housing challenge

> Yesterday:

Rachel Sylvester: Cameron ignores Major’s message at his peril

Major calls for windfall tax“The Prime Minister’s biggest weakness is the perception that he is privileged and out of touch, and the Conservatives’ greatest stumbling block to winning power with an outright majority is that they are still seen as the “party of the rich”. Of course, “it matters more where you are going to than where you came from” — as No 10 said pointedly yesterday — but many voters still share Nadine Dorries’ view that Mr Cameron and George Osborne look like “posh boys who don’t know the price of milk”.” – The Times (£)

> Today: Peter Saunders on Comment – Wrong, Sir John. Social mobility is the norm in Britain, not the exception.

> Yesterday: ToryDiary – The Conservatives’ real class problem

Heseltine plan to cut costs of HS2

“In a move that would smooth the way for Labour to offer wholehearted support for HS2, the transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin is to study plans to raise extra private sector funds by selling a 30-year concession on the high speed tracks. The proposal, outlined by the former Tory deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine in a speech on Monday night, could raise up to £10bn in private funds towards the £42bn cost of the project, which includes a contingency reserve of £14.4bn.” – The Guardian

Gove’s quest to reform social work training

michael-gove“The cabinet minister, who was adopted at the age of four months, will echo the prime minister’s conference speech saying that social work is a “noble and demanding vocation”, and outline the recommendations of a review by ex-Barnardo’s chief Sir Martin Narey. Although the education secretary will say that “the best social workers are brilliant”, he will warn that “great practice is too often undermined by dogma”.” – The Guardian

Clegg criticises British Gas over insulation project

“Ed Davey, the energy secretary, recently wrote to the big six asking whether they have been delivering the insulation scheme at cost or below. Mr Clegg, the deputy prime minister, said that British Gas appeared to be “prominent” in struggling to do so. Ministers are currently trying to find the £1.6bn needed to pay for switching the ECO and other energy efficiency measures away from household bills in response to public anger about the rising cost of fuel.” – Financial Times

  • E.ON becomes fifth of the Big Six to hike prices by more than double inflation rate – Daily Mail
  • Cable to address Greenpeace protesters’ arrests in Russia – The Independent

Falkirk latest: Labour warned about Unite vote tactics ten months ago

MILIBAND Red Ed“One of Labour’s most senior officials was alerted to a membership drive by a Unite activist in Falkirk ten months ago, raising questions about when the leader’s office became aware that a vote-rigging scandal could be brewing. Emilie Oldknow, Labour’s executive director of governance and party services, was contacted on January 14 and asked to help sort out difficulties with some of those signed up in the recent recruitment exercise.” – The Times (£)

  • Labour lead over Tories widens to eight points. Miliband also outperforms David on several personal scores, but not on question of who makes best Prime Minister – The Guardian
  • Reeves claims housing benefit changes could cost more money than they save – The Independent
  • Influx of Roma migrants could spark city riots, warns David Blunkett – Daily Telegraph
  • Blair’s son’s football agent business takes off with £6.7million deal to bring Mexican star to Europe – Daily Mail
  • Hazel Blears: how my mother’s Alzheimer’s wrecked my family – Daily Express
  • Hollande booed at Arc de Triomphe ceremony – Daily Mail

> Today: Lord Ashcroft on Comment – Twenty minutes of Miliband

News in Brief

  • Police to investigate Guardian’s role in Snowden affair – The Times (£)
  • Iran nuclear deal may unravel – The Guardian
  • Government helplines cost those on hold £26 million – The Sun (£)
  • Libel case against Lord Triesman “threatens free speech in Westminster” – Financial Times
  • Environmental offsetting’ rights will destroy valuable habitats, say MPs – The Independent
  • David Dimbleby gets his first tatoo at 75 – Daily Telegraph
  • Nadine Dorries ordered to apologise to Parliament for refusing to say how much she earned on I’m A Celebrity – Daily Mail
  • Nation pays tribute to troops who paid the ultimate sacrifice – Daily Express

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