Migration 1) Ministers consider no-fly zone over Syria

RAF roundel‘Britain is looking at setting up a no-fly zone over Syria in a bid to halt the refugee exodus to Europe. David Cameron was presented with the option by military chiefs at the National Security Council yesterday. It was one of several drawn up after the PM ordered top brass and intelligence bosses to look again at how to end the four-year civil war. Any bid to impose a no-fly zone over tyrannical President Assad’s killing grounds was ruled out in 2013 when Mr Cameron lost a Commons vote on missile strikes.’ – The Sun (£)

  • Britain sends warship to fight people smugglers – The Times (£)
  • It has a state of the art drone aboard – The Sun (£)
  • GCHQ hacked ISIS phones for drone strike – The Times (£)
  • The Navy needs digital natives – FT
  • Military chief warns of Britain’s reluctance to use her power – FT
  • British jihadi complains his fellow terrorists are rude to him – Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: Garvan Walshe’s column: The military options for Syria aren’t easy, but they are feasible and pressing

Migration 2) European Court strengthens Cameron’s case on benefits for migrants

‘A European court ruling has found EU migrants working in another member state can be denied benefit payments if they lose their job in a boost to David Cameron. The European Court of Justice ruled that Germany is entitled to cut off unemployment benefits to a Swedish family that came to the country to find work but only held temporary jobs for a short time. David Cameron has been lobbying for a new EU deal to ensure national parliaments retain power and stop welfare incentives from attracting people to the country from across Europe.’ – Daily Mail


>Today: ToryDiary: The Conservatives should not deploy money or manpower either way in the EU Referendum campaign

Attorney General: I don’t know if we’ll stay in the ECHR

EU FLag‘Appearing before the justice select committee, Mr Wright was asked whether he thought the UK would remain signed up to the convention at the end of the parliament. He replied: ‘The honest answer to that is I don’t know. A lot depends on what new settlement we can reach.’ He said repeated controversial rulings from judges at the European Court of Human Rights – which has demanded prisoners should get the vote – meant the status quo was ‘not sustainable’.’ – Daily Mail

Osborne sees off threatened welfare rebellion

‘Plans to cut £4.4 billion from the tax credit system were approved by the Commons last night after Labour failed to turn out their troops and George Osborne talked round Tory rebels. The government saw off a potential rebellion by 325 votes to 290, a majority of 35, which is substantially higher than the Tories’ majority in the Commons of 12. There were two Conservative rebels, David Davis and Stephen McPartland. Mr McPartland said afterwards that a bigger rebellion fizzled out because of Labour divisions.’ – The Times (£)

  • Andrew Percy MP abstained – The Sun (£)

Norman suggests inquiry into BBC lobbying

NORMAN Jesse‘BBC television boss Danny Cohen has been accused of breaking the broadcaster’s own rules after he secretly organised a lobbying letter signed by its stars. Conservative MP Jesse Norman, who chairs the powerful Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, said today that the controversial ‘luvvies’ letter’ was a ‘direct attempt’ to influence the government, and called for a BBC inquiry into the television executive’s behaviour.’ – Daily Mail

  • Corporation apologises after wrongly attacking partially deaf Tory MP – Daily Mail
  • Radio 3 is turning into a Classic FM copy, says Bingham – Daily Mail

Hague: Leading the Opposition is no picnic

‘Within days, the front-runner for party leader is transformed into the back marker to be the next prime minister. The candidate used to being ahead in all polls now has to answer questions on being behind in polls. The adrenalin surge of the short leadership campaign is replaced with the drudgery of half a decade of managing, balancing, cajoling and comforting a couple of hundred of Britain’s most ambitious but insecure men and women. And after the leadership campaign and victory in which opponents within your party were at your mercy, you now face the awful realisation that you are at their mercy.’ – William Hague, Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: What Conservative MPs are saying about how to deal with Corbyn

Labour 1) Corbyn refuses to sing the national anthem

Corbyn anthem‘Jeremy Corbyn provoked widespread criticism yesterday when he refused to sing the national anthem during a commemoration service to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Aides to Mr Corbyn, an avowed republican and pacifist, insisted that he had stood in “respectful silence” as other members of the congregation, including David Cameron and the Earl of Wessex, sang God Save the Queen during a service at St Paul’s Cathedral. His stance was met with fury among Royal Air Force veterans, former military commanders and politicians. Tom Neil, 95, a former wing commander who flew 141 combat missions during the Battle of Britain and was credited with 14 kills during the Second World War, said: “It just shows how bigoted he is and how small-minded.”’ – The Times (£)

>Yesterday: Daniel Kawczynski MP on Comment: Honouring our Polish allies of World War Two, and reinforcing our modern ties

Labour 2) He promises to oppose the hugely popular benefit cap

‘He said Labour would vote against cuts to tax credits. “We oppose the benefit cap. We oppose social cleansing. We will bring the welfare bill down by controlling rents and boosting wages, not by impoverishing families and socially cleansing our communities,” he said.’ – The Guardian


>Yesterday: Left Watch: What Corbyn thinks about economics

Labour 3) Robertson: Corbyn is ‘dangerously deluded’ on defence

DEFENCE cuts‘A former Labour defence secretary last night condemned Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘dangerously deluded’ stance on national security. George Robertson, who served as defence secretary under Tony Blair, said it was ‘ludicrous’ for Labour’s new leader to suggest Nato should be wound up. Lord Robertson, who later served as Nato’s secretary-general, also attacked Mr Corbyn’s campaign to scrap Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent, saying it was the ‘crucial insurance policy that ensures our safety and way of life will be ultimately protected.’ – Daily Mail

Labour 4) The left splits over the EU

‘Labour’s split over Europe widened yesterday as Jeremy Corbyn’s key ally John McDonnell warned that the party could set its own conditions for staying in the EU. Alan Johnson, appointed by Harriet Harman to lead a Labour campaign to stay in Europe, heaped pressure on Mr Corbyn yesterday to commit to an “unequivocal” pledge to remain. Union chiefs warned that millions of their members could vote no in the EU referendum.’ – The Times (£)

  • One hundred Labour MPs will campaign for In under any circumstances – Daily Telegraph
  • McDonnell’s friends on the right – The Guardian
  • Internal rows over sexism – The Times (£)

King’s Fund warns NHS is ‘overspending’

NHS_Logo‘Analysts from the King’s Fund, Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation said that the NHS was under severe pressure, with hospital overspending this year likely to hit £2 billion.Anita Charlesworth, chief economist at the Health Foundation, said: “The NHS is massively overspending . . . and yet everything is carrying on. It is that moment before the train crashes, where actually everything is sort of oddly calm, but in the end you can’t overspend by that amount and it not have consequences.”’ – The Times (£)

Marine A’s wife accuses the MoD of a ‘cover-up’

‘The wife of a jailed Royal Marine last night accused military chiefs of an insulting new cover-up. Claire Blackman expressed fury over the latest crass attempt by top brass to sabotage her campaign for justice for her husband Alexander… Yesterday the MoD ‘favoured’ Mrs Blackman with early sight of that report, which is codenamed Operation Telemeter. But instead of the full, 50-page version, she was sent a single page covered in censor’s black ink.’ – Daily Mail

News in Brief

  • Facebook will launch a ‘dislike’ button – Daily Mail
  • Lord Smith publishes green case for shale gas – FT
  • Kids Company gets just two calls in a month – The Times (£)
  • Anger over Rugby World Cup policy demanding babies need a ticket – WalesOnline
  • Victorian treasures at risk – The Independent
  • Feminism should not be a stick with which to beat men – Jane Moore, The Sun (£)
  • £5 billion stuffed under British mattresses – Daily Mail
  • Chote re-appointed at the OBR – FT
  • Argentine soldiers in the Falklands abused by their own side – The Times (£)