EU 1) Cameron leaning toward EU poll in autumn of 2016…

Cameron1“The referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union is likely to be held in October next year, Cabinet sources have revealed. Downing Street is looking at a date in the autumn for the crunch vote, with October the most likely. The Tory manifesto commitment was to a vote before the end of 2017. Only a week ago David Cameron was still entertaining the possibility of a vote on May 5 next year – but backed down this week in the face of opposition from Eurosceptic backbenchers. Tory MPs likely to vote for Britain to leave the EU opposed to a poll on that date because of major elections being held in Scotland, Wales and London.” – Daily Mail

  • Sources suggest an October vote – Daily Telegraph
  • Swede inside Number Ten holds key to European plan – The Times (£)
  • As co-leader of the party’s anti-EU faction, Steve Baker brings evangelical zeal – Financial Times
  • Support for EU membership higher than it’s ever been – The Independent

>Yesterday: Iain Dale’s column: Cameron’s EU negotiation policy. “Give me what I want or… er, I’ll stay in.”

EU 2) …as he steps up military response to Mediterranean migrant crisis

“Britain has come under pressure to take in thousands of the Mediterranean refugees, but David Cameron has pointed to our country’s high defence and aid budgets as proof it is providing help in other ways. It has also been suggested that the UK could take the lead on the fight against people-smugglers by setting up a military headquarters in Sicily. However, Mr Cameron yesterday said the best long-term solution is to persuade migrants to stay in their own countries and ‘break the link’ between boarding a boat and settling in Europe. Speaking at a global security summit in Bratislava, Slovakia, he said he wanted Europe to spend millions on aid to improve lives in North Africa and the Middle East.” – Daily Mail

  • Prime Minister claims Britain will take hundreds more Syrian refugees – Daily Telegraph
  • Two graphs reveal UK’s dire record on those fleeing Syria – The Independent

Comment and Editorial:

>Today: Sir John Major in Comment: Human Rights reform. The land that gave us Magna Carta will not turn its back on fundamental liberties.

EU 3) Labour mavericks set up ‘Out’ group

EU Exit“Three maverick Labour MPs have set up a group to campaign for a No vote if David Cameron fails to win enough concessions ahead of the referendum on EU membership. Graham Stringer, Kate Hoey and Kelvin Hopkins believe the eurosceptic stance espoused by their Labour for Britain group is shared by millions of Labour voters, especially those tempted to switch to the UK Independence party over the issue of immigration. “It is a mistake not communicating with people who care about immigration and Europe,” Mr Stringer said. “In fact I think it cost us the election.” The referendum has exacerbated longstanding divisions in the opposition party, which is still in a state of shock after losing May’s general election.” – Financial Times

Warsi hits back at Cameron’s ‘misguided’ message to Muslim communities

“David Cameron could ‘alienate’ and ‘demoralise Muslims’ by suggesting they were not doing enough to challenge extremism, a former Tory Cabinet Minister warned yesterday. Sayeeda Warsi said Mr Cameron seemed to ignore that British Muslims were already fighting terrorist ideology. A backlash was building last night from community leaders over the Prime Minister’s warning that Muslims must not ‘quietly condone’ terrorist groups. Writing for the Guardian newspaper, Baroness Warsi said: ‘My concern is that this call to Muslims to do more without an understanding of what they already do now will demoralise the very people who will continue to lead this fight.’” – Daily Mail

  • Warsi: Cameron wrong to target Muslims over radicalisation – The Guardian


  • Remember Prime Minister, British Muslims hate ISIS too – Baroness Warsi, The Guardian


Matthew Parris: We’ve become ISIS’ propaganda machine

parris“The first objection, then, to the storm of publicity about how to stop Isis recruiting British Muslims is that it’s entirely counter-productive. The second is you can’t stop people going anyway. It’s absurd to blame the airlines — 41 million people visited Turkey last year: the world’s sixth most popular tourist destination. The third is that on any historic scale, the numbers are small. The government thinks that in the past four years maybe about 700 have gone to Syria and Iraq. Many of these will have been killed. Others will doubtless have come home, disenchanted, sheepish and keeping their heads down. I’ve heard no evidence that a flyblown stint with murderous bigots in Syria has “radicalised” young British Muslims who return: these are human beings like us, many of whom will have reacted to the reality of that dirty war in the same way as you or I would have done — with shock and disillusion.” – The Times (£)

National debt tops £1.5 trillion even as Osborne cuts borrowing…

“National debt has topped £1.5 trillion for this first time, official figures revealed this morning. The eye-watering figure means every person in the UK is on the hook for £23,400 as a result of government spending on borrowed cash. At the end of May, the debt pile had reached £1,500.2 billion, or 80.8 per cent of the entire British economy – up £83.2billion in just a year – as George Osborne struggles to control the government’s finances. The revelation threatened to overshadow separate figures showing the government had cut day-to-day borrowing. In May, the government borrowed £10.1billion – £2.2 billion lower than in the same month last year, according to the Office for National Statistics.” – Daily Mail


…and the Chancellor issues a dire warning on Greece

George Osborne“George Osborne warned Britain to fear the worst over Greece yesterday as European chiefs propped up the country’s banks. The European Central Bank agreed to pump emergency funds into Greek banks to see them through the weekend as terrified savers withdrew cash. In his bluntest statement yet, Chancellor Mr Osborne said Europe was entering the “eleventh hour” of the Greek crisis and urged Athens to do a deal with its lenders. Arriving at a summit in Luxembourg, he said: “We hope for the best, but we now must be prepared for the worst.”” – The Sun (£)


  • Greek debt crisis is the Iraq War of finance – Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: The Deep End: Heresy of the Week: A common unemployment insurance scheme for the Eurozone? What a good idea!

Whitehall officials warned against extending right to buy

“Whitehall officials warned David Cameron against a key manifesto pledge weeks before the general election, The Times can reveal as new figures confirm the extent of the housing crisis. The disclosure comes as data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show that one in five first-time buyers will be paying off their mortgage beyond the age of 65, up from 8 per cent in 2008. Separate analysis from the Office for National Statistics indicates that home ownership fell for the first time in a century in 2011, while renting and overcrowding increased markedly. The Tories asked civil servants to look at their plan to extend the policy of right-to-buy from council houses to 1.3 million homes owned by housing associations.” – The Times (£)

  • Right to buy could worsen the housing crisis – Jill Sherman, The Times (£)

Whittingdale may strip BBC Trust of role ruling on bias claims

Whittingdale“The BBC Trust could be stripped of the power to rule on allegations of bias, John Whittingdale has said, as he insisted that he does not have a “vendetta” against the Corporation. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, the new Culture Secretary said that the BBC needs a “very robust system in place” when dealing with issues of impartiality. It follows repeated claims by senior Conservatives of “left-wing bias” exhibited by the BBC in the build-up to the general election.” – Daily Telegraph

  • ‘I’m not going to war with the BBC’, claims Culture Secretary – Daily Telegraph

Gove may scrap £100m super-prison for teenagers

“The justice secretary, Michael Gove, is considering whether to scrap government plans for a super-prison for teenage offenders costing almost £100m that Labour has described as a “modern-day borstal”. It is understood the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is looking at alternative options as departments come under pressure to make spending cuts. The “secure college” plan was jointly announced by Chris Grayling and Nick Clegg under the coalition, which passed enabling legislation at the end of the last parliament. However, a Lords minister revealed on Thursday that the plan still does not have Treasury approval and cast doubt on whether it would proceed. A source at the MoJ confirmed Gove had placed it under review and no decisions had been taken.” – The Guardian

Douglas Carswell: Cameron has many more Tory rebellions to look forward to

CAMERON knives“It is not merely a question of maths. Conservative rebellions will become more frequent over the next five years because – to be blunt – rebellion pays. Remember the rows over Lords reform or the infamous pasty tax in the last Parliament? Try reasoned arguments with the Downing Street clique, made in good faith, and you will be ignored. Find half a dozen colleagues to join you in defiance, and David Cameron will sooner or later tell you that what you want him to do was actually his idea all along. Which is, if you think about it, why we are having an In-Out EU referendum in the first place.” – Daily Telegraph

Labour leadership 1) Unions back Corbyn for the leadership

“Loony leftie Labour leadership challenger Jeremy Corbyn was hailed as the man to lead the party back to No.10 yesterday by union chiefs. Tube strike union Aslef said the veteran CND and anti-austerity champ “understands what Labour has to do to win back the hearts, the minds and votes of ordinary working people”. And a senior official at the GMB said the 66 year-old – who has spoken out in favour of terror group Hamas – was the perfect candidate to lead an “ideological reawakening” of the left. The backing will leave plunge senior Labour figures into even greater despair.” – The Sun (£)

  • Johnson says next leader should be anyone… except Corbyn – The Independent


Labour leadership 2) Watson claims party has lost working class roots

LABOUR holes“Former Labour voters defected to Ukip in large numbers at the general election because they believed many of its leading figures had lost touch with its working-class roots, the front-runner for the party’s deputy leadership has said. Launching his campaign, Tom Watson called for a drive to encourage more working-class people to stand for parliament to make the party “look like the country we want to serve.” He announced a nationwide investigation into the reasons for the haemorrhage of Labour support to Nigel Farage’s party, warning the party had failed to respond early enough to the Ukip threat.” – The Independent

  • Labour still a 20th Century party, claims candidate for deputyship – The Guardian


  • The Tories have laid Thatcher to rest, but Blair still haunts Labour – Andrew Grice, The Independent

Miliband seeks global warming role

“Ed Miliband intends to take on a significant role in the forthcoming global climate change debate. In the first indication of what life will be like for the former Labour leader, a spokesman for Mr Miliband confirmed that he is turning his attention to November’s climate change talks in Paris. He is thought to have held talks about taking on an informal position connected to this agenda. There is no indication that he wishes to stand down as an MP. Mr Miliband is seeking to reprise in part the role he played in 2009 when he attended climate change talks in Copenhagen.” – The Times (£)

Labour Lords 1) Straw denied peerage over lobbying sting

LORDS logo“Jack Straw is set to miss out on a peerage in the next set of honours because he is under investigation over cash-for-access claims. The former Home and Foreign Secretary will not be given a seat in the Lords alongside other Labour grandees in David Cameron’s dissolution honours. But David Blunkett and Alistair Darling will be handed peerages in the traditional post-election honours round, Labour sources revealed. Gordon Brown is thought to have declined the offer of a peerage. Mr Straw will miss out after senior figures concluded he could not be honoured while an investigation into his alleged role in a cash-for-access scandal is ongoing.” – Daily Mail

Labour Lords 2) Peer’s polling regulation bill clears first hurdle

“A Bill that could result in opinion polls banned in the run-up to a general election cleared its first hurdle in the House of Lords amid criticism of the pollsters’ performance at last month’s general election. The Labour peer Lord (George) Foulkes claimed that inaccurate polls could have “changed the course of history” in May and during the referendum on Scottish independence last autumn. His Regulation of Political Opinion Polling Bill would replace self-regulation by the industry with a new authority that would set rules – which could include methodology and the prevention of the publication of polls just before an election, as in France.” – The Independent

Bloom denounces Farage as ‘unelectable’ as row over Evans deepens

UKIP glass“Nigel Farage is “unelectable”, his former flatmate Godfrey Bloom has said as the row over whether deputy chairman Suzanne Evans is being frozen out from the UK Independence Party escalated. In an unhelpful intervention for the Ukip leader, Mr Bloom compared Mr Farage to Joseph Stalin and suggested the leader was a “ruthless operator”. The former MEP said any “hint” of criticism over the party’s direction led to punishment and warned that Ukip was becoming too autocratic. It comes amid claims Ms Evans had been sacked as a Ukip spokesman after an internal email seen by the BBC ordered the party’s press office not to accept media requests for her to be interviewed.” – Daily Telegraph

News in Brief:

  • Europe gives Greece another £2bn to prevent banks closing – Daily Mail
  • Putin offers emergency cash to Greece – The Times (£)
  • Danish poll heralds a new political era – Financial Times
  • Scientists warn that Earth has entered its sixth mass extinction – Daily Telegraph
  • NHS hospitals ‘burning out’ young medics by depending on them for extra work – The Independent
  • To celebrate 50 years of the BT Tower, the famous revolving restaurant is re-opening for two weeks – Daily Mail