Cameron ‘offered migrant welfare deal… which covers British workers too’

CAMERON EU fence“Germany has offered David Cameron a deal that would see EU citizens who earn only the minimum wage denied state handouts. But, to make the idea acceptable to Brussels, hundreds of thousands of low-paid British workers would also miss out on tax credits. Insiders say the idea has been embraced by No 10 – which is desperate to declare that it has secured a ‘win’ on limiting migrant benefits.” – Daily Mail

  • High hopes for Prime Minister’s deal – The Times (£)
  • Tory leader gets surprise boost from Germany – The Sun
  • EU negotiator warns Cameron may not secure treaty change next month – Daily Telegraph
  • Premier tell Eurosceptics to remain civil – FT


  • Chancellor rules out second vote after ‘crucial’ decision is made – The Guardian
  • Osborne says voters don’t want to leave Europe – Daily Mail


  • Obama beware… the Tory eurosceptics are out to get you – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph
  • The voice of Brexit speaks, and Europhiles crack open the champagne – John Crace, The Guardian




Fraser Nelson: A vote to leave the EU is no guarantee we’d shake off its malign influence

“Norway embodies what is, perhaps, the most awkward question facing the “out” campaign: how can we be sure that Britain does not end up in the same trap? Might we vote to reclaim British sovereignty, only to find out that such a thing was never really on the menu?” – Daily Telegraph

  • Brexit, the golden opportunity which could become Sturgeon’s nightmare – Colin Kidd, The Guardian

Ministers 1) Morgan announces new professional standards for social workers

“Social workers will be judged by standards similar to those of surgeons and lawyers, Nicky Morgan said today as she unveiled a new regulatory body intended to prevent another ‘Baby P’ tragedy. The Education Secretary said the new professional watchdog will set standards for training and create a new assessment and accreditation system for social workers.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Education Secretary urges people to shun X Factor’s ‘bad role models’ – The Sun

Ministers 2) Hammond to press Turkey on refugee crisis

HAMMOND Philip Marr“The foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, will urge the Turkish government to do more to stem the flow of migrants into the EU, but will also offer a message of solidarity following the Islamic State attack in Istanbul this week that killed 10 people including nine German tourists. Hammond is visiting Turkey to meet both the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and the foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, in Ankara. He will later visit a refugee camp in southern Turkey.” – The Guardian

Ian Birrell: How Tory ministers are learning to love the interfering state

“Among those praising intervention recently are three of the most liberal-minded cabinet ministers. George Osborne called the banking crisis “a spectacular failure of capitalism”, and admits he understands the positive power of the state more than a decade ago. Justice secretary Michael Gove argued that governments must intervene to curb cartels and “rent-seeking”. Business secretary Sajid Javid rightly pointed out that “without government intervention a business owner would be allowed to refuse me service because of the colour of my skin – as some did to my dad”.” – The Guardian

  • Maria Miller, a study in surviving scandal – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

Emails reveal Boris’ Iraq visit was a diplomatic headache

BORIS blue and red“His gun-toting visit to Iraq last year drew comparisons — from some — to Winston Churchill. But newly published diplomatic correspondence sheds a less statesmanlike light on Boris Johnson’s activities during his foreign trip. Foreign Office staff had to pick up a hotel bar tab, stop Mr Johnson from driving a sports car out of a showroom and arrange last-minute tours when the mayor of London travelled to Erbil, in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, in January 2015.” – FT


  • Pressure grows for third leadership slot to avoid Osborne-Johnson showdown – The Times (£)
  • Chancellor is losing both to Boris and May – The Independent

Other mayoralty news:

  • Goldsmith criticised over betting industry donations to his campaign – The Guardian

>Yesterday: John Moss in Comment: What Zac needs to win in Waltham Forest

Opposition attack ‘underhand’ abolition of student grants

“Ministers have been accused of pushing through plans to abolish student maintenance grants in an “underhand and undemocratic” fashion. A parliamentary committee yesterday approved proposals to replace means-tested grants for poorer students with more generous loans, which will now be debated in the Lords. Opponents of the move argued that it should have been put to a Commons vote.” – The Times (£)

  • Field criticises ‘flat rate’ state pension plan – The Sun

Corbyn promotes allies to Shadow Cabinet…

Jeremy Corbyn (Tory Poster)“Corbyn aides said the appointments were to new roles, and were not part of the reshuffle, which saw two critics of the leader sacked and four shadow ministers resign. An analysis shows that 17 of the 34 Labour MPs who nominated Mr Corbyn for the party leadership now have front bench jobs. The 35th – Michael Meacher – died last Autumn.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Ten prominent critics of leadership face fight for their seats due to boundary review – The Independent
  • Only 14,000 members have left Labour since the election – The Independent


  • Fury as Livingstone accelerates defence policy review – The Sun
  • Former London mayor accuses US ambassador of scaremongering – The Independent
  • Leader meets resistance to ‘fast track’ Trident rethink – FT
  • Thornberry will have final say on her party’s nuclear stance – The Guardian


  • Labour’s debate about Trident is important, and good-natured – John McTernan, The Guardian


  • Corbyn bows to pressure as Labour publish review into election defeat – FT
  • Beckett report finds Labour lost on the economy, immigration, and benefits – The Guardian
  • Labour was not too left wing in 2015, review concludes – The Independent

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Hague on the need for a strong opposition

Labour MP proposes party levy ‘wealth tax’ on rich supporters

“Labour members living in homes worth more than £1 million should have to pay the party an annual wealth tax, one of its MPs has said. John Mann, the MP for Bassetlaw, made the suggestion as he warned that Labour’s membership boom under Jeremy Corbyn was making the party more middle class and increasingly distant from its traditional base. He said that MPs living in high-value properties should pay an annual membership fee of £1,000.” – The Times (£)

  • Kinnock the younger amongst new MPs blasted for milking expenses system – The Sun

News in Brief:

  • Talks with junior doctors restart – The Sun
  • Ten thousand to join Queen for 90th birthday celebration on the Mall – Daily Mail
  • Taiwan looks to the “Merkel of the East” – The Times (£)
  • Hunt on for Hatton Garden thief on the run with £10m in jewels – Daily Telegraph
  • Trump and Cruz clash as gloves come off – FT
  • Fans and co-stars pay tribute to Alan Rickman – The Sun

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