Cameron has a “long way to go” to secure emergency break on welfare in EU deal

EU Exit brexit“David Cameron has dismissed a proposed “emergency brake” on in-work benefits for EU migrants as “not good enough” after talks in Brussels. The plan had been proposed by EU officials to break the deadlock in Mr Cameron’s EU renegotiations. He said progress had been made but there was still a “long way to go”. The PM is aiming to get a deal with other EU nations on benefits and three other demands at a summit next month before holding an in/out referendum.” – BBC

  • Four out of five say Brexit would be a risk – Independent
  • Actor demands that UK citizens in Manx should have a EU referendum vote – BBC
  • Brussels applies the break – The Times(£)
  • Juncker rebuffed – Daily Telegraph
  • Sceptics in emergency talks after failed coup – The Times(£)
  • Eurosceptics in peace talks – Independent
  • Embassies signing up expats to help defeat Leave campaign – Independent
  • The talks are going our way says Cameron – The Guardian
  • 54 per cent back staying in – Daily Mail


  • What a daft charade – The Sun Says
  • Cameron must take a tough line – Leader Daily Telegraph
  • The gutlessness of career ministers – Quentin Letts Daily Mail
  • This deafening silence and the Cabinet cowards – Leader Daily Mail
  • Karren Brady’s own goal – Michael Deacon Daily Telegraph
  • Cameron’s patience will not be rewarded – Leader Daily Express
  • We need the best deal, not the quickest – James Forsyth The Sun

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Without Vote Leave and its leadership, Britain’s chances of leaving the EU will be significantly reduced

Lawson calls for abolition of Corporation Tax

“The Google tax row shows that corporation tax has “had its day” and should be replaced with a tax on sales, Lord Lawson, the former Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer, has said. The peer, who has acted as an informal adviser to the current Chancellor George Osborne, said the fact that multinational companies can move profits around the globe meant that corporation tax was out of date. Lord Lawson’s comments came as the row over Google’s “sweet heart” deal to pay a £130million bill to cover tax owed for 2006 to 2011 in the UK continued unabated.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Google spreads tentacles to the political class – The Times(£)
  • Google crosses borders – so should the tax collectors – Jonathan Freedland The Guardian
  • Flat rate Estonia offers the answer? – The Times(£)

Villiers urged to review payments to IRA kidnap gang

VILLIERS Theresa purple“Eight republicans who were found guilty of being part of an IRA kidnap gang have been awarded £1.6 million by the government after their convictions were quashed because of the role of a British secret agent….The Ulster Unionist MP Tom Elliott called for Theresa Villiers, the Northern Ireland secretary, to review the deal and said that republicans were being treated like “a protected species”. He added: “People left bereaved by the IRA do not get adequate compensation. It is that imbalance that frustrates and angers people.”- The Times(£)

Willetts: Oriel College has “seen sense” over Rhodes statue

“The decision by Oriel College to keep its controversial statue of Cecil Rhodes was welcomed by politicians and education figures yesterday….Lord Willetts, the former universities minister, said: “Thank goodness they have seen sense. You can’t cut away your own history like that. Like so much in life, there is good and bad completely intermingled. With Rhodes there was racism but he also left an endowment that people from all races benefited from.” – The Times(£)

>Today: Peter Ainsworth on Comment: Why blame Oriel for the Rhodes debacle? It was only following Ministers’ lead.

Goodman: Obstacles facing Osborne as he plans his move from No 11 to No 10

Paul Goodman portrait“It is a golden rule of appointments that the anger of the losers exceeds the gratitude of those who win. The chancellor’s aggressive use of patronage thus risks the resentment of the former, as does his imperial sweep: only this week, he was advertising his support for the elimination of malaria in a photo op with billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates. In public, few Tory MPs dare cross him. In the privacy of a secret ballot, it could be a different matter.” – Paul Goodman FT

  • Osborne’s pension revolution could cost you £161,263 – Daily Telegraph

Phillips attacked for comparing Cologne sex attacks to a typical night out in Birmingham

“An MP has been criticised for downplaying the Cologne sex attacks by comparing them to harassment of women during a typical night out in Birmingham. Hundreds of women in the German city were subjected to sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve, 2015. Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, said it was akin to “heckling” on Birmingham’s Broad Street.” – BBC

Corbyn showed off Abbott in his bedroom

ABBOTT Diane open mouth“Jeremy Corbyn “showed off” a naked Diane Abbott to impress his Left-wing friends when he was a young Labour activist, a new book has revealed. The Labour leader invited fellow activists to his London flat where they were “shaken” to find Ms Abbott in his bed, one of his friends recalled. The incident took place in 1979 soon after Mr Corbyn’s first marriage broke down because of his near-obsessive dedication to his political activism. It is described in Comrade Corbyn, a biography of the Labour leader by Rosa Prince, which is being serialised by The Telegraph.” – Daily Telegraph

Scottish councils attack SNP Government’s budget offer…

snplogo“The group representing many of Scotland’s councils has urged them to reject the Scottish government’s funding settlement offer. Council leaders on the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities voted by 21 to 7 to reject the “unacceptable” deal. The motion said the Scottish government’s approach was “wholly misguided” and “threatens grievous injury” to communities and citizens. Finance secretary John Swinney called the offer “a deal worth taking”.” – BBC

…as East Sussex County Council attacks spending cuts

“A Conservative-controlled local council has written to David Cameron to tell him the cuts included in his budget are “unrealistic”. East Sussex County Council, a Tory stronghold since its creation, said the Government’s fiscal policy would “significantly reduce the quality of life for many people in East Sussex”. The letter to the PM was signed by Councillor Keith Glazier, who leads the council, and the leaders of the other political party groups in East Sussex.” – Independent

News in brief

  • Lord Farmer says £300 a day Lords allowance should be increased – The Times(£)
  • Maoist cult leader jailed for 23 years – Daily Telegraph
  • Lib Dem peer Lord Roper dies – BBC
  • NHS helpline does need more doctors says Hunt – Daily Mail
  • Rowling may sue SNP MP over tweet – BBC
  • Legal action against soldiers undermines Britain on the battlefield warns chief of general staff – Daily Telegraph
  • New engines for Royal Navy warships – BBC
  • Christians must stand up for their faith says Wilshaw – Daily Mail
  • Anglicans back gay marriage – Daily Telegraph
  • Off patent drugs plan to save NHS money – Independent
  • US economy slows – Daily Telegraph
  • Foreign doctors skip language test – The Sun(£)
  • Isil terrified of sniper – Daily Express

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