A tax on growth: The EU demands £1.7 billion more from Britain

EU Exit‘The EU last night demanded an extra £1.7billion from the UK – because our economy is recovering faster than other member states. David Cameron came under fire from MPs as Brussels demanded the hefty surcharge. To add insult to injury, France will receive a £790 million rebate…Philip Davies, MP for Shipley, said: ‘The Prime Minister should tell them to stick their 2billion euro demand where the sun doesn’t shine.’ – Daily Mail

  • Abrasive Prime Minister arrives in Brussels – FT
  • PM’s pro-EU comments redacted – FT
  • Foul smell of UKIP’s new partner – Ben Macintyre, The Times (£)
  • 1,130 new EU regulations on business in the last year – The Times (£)
  • Juncker is messing with trade deals – FT Leader

>Today: Richard Benyon MP on Comment: A pact with UKIP? Time for some facts

>Yesterday: Sir Bill Cash MP on Comment: We must face down the EU establishment

Immigration 1) Voters sceptical that Cameron will deliver

‘David Cameron faces public scepticism that he will honour a promise to curb the number of EU migrants coming to Britain…a YouGov poll suggests that only 11 per cent of voters believe that he can deliver a reduction if he wins the next election.’ – The Times (£)

>Today: ToryDiary: Who should lead the Metropolitan Party?

Immigration 2) Labour try to get tough

LABOUR dead rose‘Ed Miliband is to toughen Labour’s line on immigration as he seeks to combat Ukip’s growing appeal to the party’s traditional working class supporters. The Labour leader said that the UK “needs stronger controls on people coming here”.’ – The Independent

NHS 1) Five year plan for more cash and drastic reform

‘It should be “perfectly feasible” for politicians to find the extra £8 billion a year needed for the NHS to prevent a funding gap causing severe effects for patients, the head of the health service has said. NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens threw down the gauntlet as six national bodies set out a five-year blueprint for radical changes to relieve pressure on staff and slash £22 billion from annual costs.’ – Daily Mail


NHS 2) Hunt: Labour ’sleepwalking into a Welsh Mid Staffs’NHS

‘For all their posturing, Labour’s terrible stewardship over the border exposes the big lie at the heart of Ed Miliband and Andy Burnham’s position on the NHS. They use the NHS to get votes but won’t run it for patients. Earlier this year, I said that the government in Cardiff is sleepwalking into a Welsh Mid Staffs. The tragedy for Welsh patients is that Labour still shows no sign of waking up.’ – Daily Mail

Terrorism 1) Canadian parliamentary Sergeant-at-arms applauded for his bravery

‘The heroic sergeant-at-arms who shot dead a lone gunman in Canada’s Parliament on Wednesday has been greeted back to work with a lengthy standing ovation. Kevin Vickers, 58, struggled to contain his emotions as members of the House of Commons paid tribute to his bravery, which put an end to Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s shooting spree.’ – Daily Mail

Terrorism 2) Warnings of ISIS cells in the UK

Police shield‘Up to three Islamic State terror cells in Britain are planning attacks on troops stationed at their barracks, The Sun can reveal. But a “lone wolf attack” — like those that killed two soldiers in Canada this week — is also “extremely likely” in the UK, a terrorism expert has warned.’ – The Sun (£)

  • Miliband should stop blocking Syria action – The Sun Says (£)
  • Royal Marine stopped from trying travelling to fight for Kurds – Daily Mail
  • Security experts warn against seizing passports – The Times (£)
  • Are our armed forces up to the job? – Richard Kemp, The Times (£)

Red Len dismisses Miliband…and lines up Burnham to succeed

‘Labour wouldn’t miss a beat if Ed Miliband was run over by a bus, union giant Len McCluskey claimed last night. Red Len savaged Red Ed – claiming he didn’t really know the Labour leader well enough to like him. He said that of all the frontbenchers, “the person who impresses me most at the moment is Andy Burnham”, the Shadow Health Secretary.’ – The Sun (£)

MPs’ outside earnings revealed

PARLIAMENT‘MPs, including former coalition ministers who have since returned to the backbenches, have declared more than £7.1m earnings from second jobs and outside interests, according to parliamentary records. An analysis by the Guardian shows that 26 MPs declared more earnings from directorships, paid employment or shareholdings than they did from their parliamentary salary.’ – The Guardian

Lewis: Builders should hire ex-soldiers

‘Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has ordered a top-level summit with housebuilders next month. And he will urge them to step up efforts to recruit military heroes returning to civvy street. One of Britain’s biggest housebuilders, Persimmon, runs a scheme to help former soldiers start a new career in construction.’ – The Sun (£)

Exam reforms end GCSE grade inflation

School‘Pass rates for GCSEs have plummeted after exams were made tougher. Figures show 52.6 per cent of pupils in England gained five A*-C passes including maths and English, down from 59.2 per cent last year.’ – The Sun (£)

  • LGA calls for ban on term-time holidays to be relaxed – The Sun (£)

>Yesterday: UKIPWatch: Pinning Down Farage: What is UKIP’s education policy?

MI5 watched Communists including Eric Hobsbawm

‘Eric Hobsbawm, the late Marxist historian, was closely monitored by MI5 for more than two decades, newly-released papers show. The security services opened the academic’s letters and bugged his telephone calls and meetings, learning that he was in contact with leading members of the now defunct British Communist Party.’ – The Guardian

  • Secret services collecting international emails without minister’s sign-off – FT
  • Plans to protect journalists’ phone records from snooping – The Sun (£)
  • Met pays compensation to mother of undercover officer’s child – Daily Telegraph

News in brief

  • Annual debate over moving the clocks – Daily Mail
  • Scientists claim Boris tried to silence them over pollution – The Times (£)
  • Alvin Stardust dies – Daily Telegraph
  • Botham attacks RSPB for being more interested in lobbying than helping birds – Daily Mail
  • Ofcom complaint over Guru-Murthy bias – Daily Telegraph
  • Sir Cliff Richard police were ‘inept’, say MPs – The Times (£)
  • Ched Evans’ aunt urges him to apologise to his victim – The Sun (£)
  • Unobtrusive banker who tricked Nazi spies – The Times (£)
  • Doctor diagnosed with Ebola in New York – Daily Telegraph

And finally…

It’s easier to read Newton, Hobbes and Hegel than your local council’s budget

‘Analysis of local authority documents has found that trying to get your head around your a council’s expenditure can be a much harder task than understanding the laws of gravity…Solihull Council’s annual report was gauged even more troublesome than the first chapter of Georg Hegel’s The Phenomolgy of Spirit. Andy Silvester, spokesman for the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: ‘How can taxpayers scrutinise Council decisions properly when those decisions are explained in such a complex way?’ – Daily Mail