Is Cameron’s Commons announcement of an early EAW vote an admission of defeat in Rochester?

CAMERON knives“Mr Cameron surprised MPs by announcing: ‘We are going to have a vote, we are going to have it before the Rochester by-election. Your questions have just collapsed.’…MPs expressed surprise at the decision to risk a major revolt just days before a by-election the Conservatives had promised to ‘throw the kitchen sink at’ in terms of money and resources.” – Daily Mail

The Commons:

  • Harman’s feminist T-shirt was “the most interesting thing to emerge from the session.” – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
  • This is what an infantile row over immigration looks like – Daily Telegraph

> Yesterday:

The Daily Telegraph says: Tory rebels should avoid war over the arrest warrant

“It would have been better had the UK sought a bilateral agreement with the EU over these matters – as Denmark did after rejecting the Maastricht Treaty in 1992 – rather than allow them to become part of the Community’s acquis and therefore subject to the ECJ. But it is too late for that now; and a decision must be taken by December 1 or our extradition arrangements will have a gaping hole in them up to and beyond the general election.” – Daily Telegraph Editorial

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of Schools, warns that schools needs more help to deal with the consequences of mass immigration

Screen shot 2014-10-30 at 08.08.22“Speaking on LBC radio, Sir Michael said increasing numbers of children whose first language isn’t English pose major problems for schools. He said: “When they’re faced with an influx of children from other countries, they need the resources and capacity to deal with it. If those resources aren’t there, that’s a big issue for Government.” – The Sun (£)

  • Labour attacks May over collapse of sham marriages trials – Daily Mail
  • Stewart Jackson defends Fallon, Philip Davies defends Boles – Daily Mail
  • National Audit Office highlights 1.6m kids being taught in failing schools – The Sun (£)
  • Osborne says that Britain can cut its EU bill – Daily Telegraph
  • The UK’s net payments to Brussels have almost doubled over the past five years to more than £8bn a year – Financial Times


  • The moral imperative to get tough on immigration – Daily Mail Editorial
  • The political class is responsible for immigration mess – Leo McKinstry, Daily Express
  • Why Rochdale’s Gillian Duffy spoke up – Simon Danczuk MP (for Rochdale) – The Sun (£)

> Today: ToryDiary – Osborne has not given up on deficit reduction

> Yesterday: Ziya Meral on Comment: Most Britons with migrant origins are natural Tories. Here’s why the Conservatives are losing them.

Cameron: Our tax cuts plan is affordable – and here’s the moral case for it

Cameron Fightback“Financing these tax cuts while continuing to cut the deficit will be hard, but doable. In this parliament we will have made £100 billion of savings while cutting income tax by £10.5 billion. In the next parliament we plan to make £25 billion of savings while making £7.2 billion in income tax cuts. And of this I am in no doubt: Labour could not deliver any of this. Forget, for a moment, its complete lack of economic credibility; put aside the fact that it only ever proposes tax rises — on your home, on your business, on your pension. Just think of its beliefs. This is a party ideologically addicted to spending and borrowing and taxing.” – The Times (£)

  • “His economic record lends credibility to his promise of lower taxes.” – Times Editorial (£)
  • Cameron accused of failing military covenant – Daily Mail

IDS greets record fall in jobless families

“Families where all the adults work is now 55.3 per cent, up by 1.5 per cent, found analysis by the Office of National Statistics. And the data also revealed that 1.5 million children living in workless households is down by 132,000 from a year earlier. That is the lowest number for a generation, according to the Department of Work and Pensions.” – Daily Express

> Today on Comment: Ryan Bourne and Kristian Niemietz: Tory Reform 4) Iain Duncan Smith – a tenacious reformer on a moral mission

Hunt’s £5bn fund to boost care for elderly in their homes

HUNT Doctor Carla Millar“The Better Care Fund is intended to prevent 2,000 people a year being admitted to expensive nursing homes and also prevent 160,000 hospital admissions every year, he said. The fund was first announced by the Government in June 2013, with a value of £3.8billion – but the figure has been increased to £5.3billion each year, which will fund thousands more care workers.” – Daily Mail

Clegg swoops on Home Office drugs report to push the liberalisation cause

“The ground breaking study – ordered by the Home Secretary – probed different regimes around the world. It didn’t find “any obvious relationship” between the toughness of legal penalties for narcotics use and the numbers of the deadly substances’ users. In a second major finding, the report also found treating heroin, crack and cocaine addiction as a health problem rather than a criminal one saves hundreds of lives.” – The Sun (£)

  • Did Norman Baker leak the report? – The Guardian 
  • How a ban on legal highs could work – Daily Telegraph
  • We just can’t carry on with the status quo – Sun Editorial (£)
  • “Two out of three voters…back a Government review of all the drug policy options, which MPs will debate on Thursday in a landmark vote.” – The Sun (£)
  • Greens overtake LibDems in YouGov poll: Clegg’s party comes in fifth – The Sun (£) 

Maureen Lipman: Miliband came to my house for a kosher shabbat dinner. Then he was snapped eating a bacon sandwich.  I’m finished with him.

Miliband coffee“The actress said she felt unable “in all seriousness” to back senior figures in Ed Miliband’s team, including Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, Harriet Harman, the deputy leader Chuka Umunna, the shadow business secretary, Tristram Hunt, the shadow education secretary, and Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary. However, she reserved her most stinging criticism for the Labour leader and his decision to back a Commons vote in favour of recognising the state of Palestine alongside Israel.” – The Times (£)

Full Maureen Lipman article from Standpoint

Martin Kettle: Miliband is approaching the point of no return

“Miliband, therefore, has to come off the ropes now. He must either act decisively to restore Labour in Scotland – which means allowing the Scottish party to go its own way while remaining an ally, as the Bavarian CSU does with Angela Merkel’s CDU – or he must get out of his London comfort zone, fight Rochester to win and thus send a message to England. The option of doing nothing does not exist. But if he wants my advice, he should do both.” – The Guardian

> Today:

It’s official: Jim Murphy will stand for the leadership of Scottish Labour

Screen shot 2014-10-30 at 08.12.01“Mr Murphy, shadow development secretary, said on Wednesday night he would become the third and most high-profile politician to enter the race to succeed Johann Lamont. The former Scotland secretary said: “I want to bring Scotland back together after the referendum. There is so much to be proud of in Scotland but so much we have to change.” – Financial Times

UKIP hopes for upset in South Yorkshire Police Commissioner vote (including Miliband’s Doncaster seat)

“Alan Billings, the Labour candidate, is favourite to win the position, which fell vacant after Shaun Wright resigned over the Rotherham child abuse scandal. But Ukip officials say they expect to run Labour close in one of the opposition party’s most secure strongholds, which includes the Doncaster North seat of Ed Miliband, Labour leader.” – Financial Times

Peter Oborne: Must we dance to the Saudi tune over the Muslim Brotherhood?

Screen shot 2014-10-30 at 08.13.16“The problem is that Sir John failed to reach the conclusion that the Prime Minister, Prince Charles and their vociferous Middle Eastern allies wanted. They had hoped for confirmation that the Saudis had been correct in their assessment of the Brotherhood. Sir John Jenkins’s exculpation has caused grave affront to powerful interests, and has led to a long, vicious Whitehall battle that began over the summer, persisted throughout the autumn and shows no signs of ending.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Cameron urges Qatar to stem the flow of money to jihadists – The Times (£)

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