Cameron turns nasty with savage attack on Boris…

Snip20160223_3“The Tories were at war over the EU last night after an astonishing revenge attack by the Prime Minister on Boris Johnson. In a packed Commons chamber, David Cameron accused his long-standing rival of backing the Out campaign solely to further his dream of becoming PM. ‘I’m not standing for re-election,’ said Mr Cameron. ‘I have no other agenda than what is best for our country’” – Daily Mail

  • Hell hath no fury like a Bullingdon boy scorned – Patrick Kidd, The Times (£)
  • The hatred is now naked – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
  • Cameron treats Boris to the thrashing of his life – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph
  • Cameron savages Boris – The Sun
  • Rivals since their Eton schooldays – The Sun
  • Is Cameron losing touch with Britain? – Daily Mail editorial
  • Well done, Boris, but now watch your back – Peter Oborne, Daily Mail
  • Downing Street signals that Brexit could spark second Scottish independence referendum – Herald


… but Boris becomes the bookies’ favourite

Snip20160223_4“Boris Johnson is now the bookies’ favourite to succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister for the first time… A recent survey of a panel of members by the website ConservativeHome found a close race in which eurosceptic candidates had gained at the expense of those in favour of remaining in the EU” – Independent

  • Boris Johnson boosts fight to quit EU – Daily Express
  • Fact or fiction? Boris Johnson’s Euro claims – Financial Times
  • Sorry, Boris, a vote to leave means we leave – Alan Renwick, Daily Telegraph
  • Brussels officials deny Boris Johnson’s claims – Independent
  • Boris Johnson has failed the Churchill test – Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
  • Borismania exposes Britain’s over-excited political class – Janan Ganesh, Financial Times
  • Johnson and Gove will transform the Brexit campaign – Sebastian Payne, Financial Times
  • Where is Labour’s clear and principled response to Boris Johnson? – John Rentoul, Independent

Boris trails behind his QC wife

“Boris Johnson and his children were pictured trailing behind his wife as she was made a QC alongside the spouse of former Labour leader Ed Miliband. Marina Wheeler, 52, and Justine Miliband, 45, were among 107 senior barristers to be appointed to the prestigious legal position of Queen’s Counsel at a ceremony in central London. Ms Wheeler was seen leading the Johnson pack, as she walked to the ceremony with her husband and their sons Milo Arthur and Theodore Apollo and daughters Lara Lettice and Cassia Peaches” – Daily Mail

Patel says Cameron’s deal could be “ripped up by EU judges”

PATEL Priti preferred“David Cameron suffered a humiliating slap down by his own Cabinet minister tonight as Priti Patel said his EU deal could be ‘ripped up by EU judges’ – at the same time as the Prime Minister was telling MPs it was ‘legally binding’… Her direct contradiction of her leader… signals the deeply damaging impact the EU referendum campaign is set to have on the Tory party” – Daily Mail

Senior Tories vow to oust PM if he loses

“Senior backbench Tory MPs last night vowed to oust the PM if he loses the EU referendum, The Sun can reveal. Despite the official line that the PM would carry on regardless of the result, leading MPs on the Tories influential 1922 Committee say the PM would be ‘toast’ if he lost June’s crunch vote. The threat came as Liam Fox – who ran against Cameron for the Tory leadership in 2005 – refused to rule out a challenge for top job in the event of a Brexit” – The Sun

  • Who are the Tory MPs on each side of the EU debate? – Guardian


Hague: Conservatives must not throttle each other

HAGUE Marr“Not since the fierce disagreements over the euro in the 1990s have Conservatives so strongly opposed each other in public on a fundamental issue. The party is more evenly divided than it ever was then… It is therefore vital for the country’s sake that ministers do nothing to prevent themselves working as productively together as they have done for the past six years throughout and after this referendum campaign” – William Hague, Daily Telegraph

Bosses say Brexit would cost jobs

“The bosses of more than a third of Britain’s 100 largest companies are calling for the country to stay in the European Union, providing a boost to David Cameron as he fights to put his referendum campaign back on track. In a letter to The Times, about 200 business leaders employing more than 1.2 million people echo the prime minister’s warning that Brexit would put the economy at risk” – The Times (£)

Mandelson: Cameron’s deal is a chance to make the EU work

MANDELSON Peter Sky“Whatever we may think about how David Cameron got to this point, this is a national fight we face now, not a party one, and for Britain’s sake we need to make sure that the right side wins. For those of us who do not support the prime minister’s policies, we owe it to Britain’s workers not to gamble with the nation’s economy by quitting Europe and taking a leap into the unknown” – Peter Mandelson, Guardian

Labour at war on defence

“The shadow defence secretary has refused to commit the party to spending 2 per cent of GDP on defence, opening a new front in Labour’s internal battle over military expenditure. Emily Thornberry, who has hired Damian McBride, Gordon Brown’s former spin doctor, as her political adviser, is at the centre of a row over whether Labour will support the renewal of the nuclear deterrent” – The Times (£)

  • Former Labour defence secretaries fire broadside at Trident review – Guardian
  • Labour’s Trident review needs to be based on facts – John Hutton and George Robertson, Guardian
  • Whatever the EU result, Labour is the loser – Rachel Sylvester, The Times (£)

Goldsmith publishes his tax returns

Zac Goldsmith 04-02-16“Zac Goldsmith has made more than £10 million from earnings and allowances over the past five years. The Conservative candidate for the London mayoralty published his tax returns to tackle questions over his finances… Since becoming MP for Richmond Park in 2010, Mr Goldsmith has made £6,013,816… He paid nearly £2,776,809 of tax on the sum at a rate of 46 per cent” – The Times (£)

  • Zac and Sadiq fight for suburban doughnut – Dave Hill, Guardian


News in brief

  • Eric “Winkle” Brown, great aviator, dies – Daily Mail
  • North Sea oil industry at risk – Scotsman
  • Newly-wed bride “killed her husband after he lost his job” – Independent
  • Adam Johnson admits shame: “She was a child and should have been safe” – The Sun

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