Cameron accused of “scaremongering” about Jungle camp in Kent

Snip20160209_2“Downing Street today stood by a claim the Calais Jungle camp could reappear in Kent ‘overnight’ if Britain leaves the EU despite a fierce backlash claiming David Cameron was ‘scaremongering’… The Prime Minister’s claims were immediately attacked by senior Tories, including former Cabinet minister Liam Fox who pointed to a quote from the French government last year ruling out the idea that it would ever tear up the agreement. Dr Fox added that he was ‘sad and disappointed’ at Mr Cameron’s claims while David Davis said it was ‘desperate scaremongering’” – Daily Mail

  • France contradicts Cameron over Calais migrant camps – Daily Telegraph
  • Cameron says being in the EU gives Britain key counter-terrorism information – Guardian
  • Margaret Thatcher would vote for Brexit – Lord Young of Graffham, letter to The Times (£)
  • Cameron says no to televised referendum debate – The Sun
  • The referendum is happening too early to be meaningful – Janan Ganesh, Financial Times
  • Macedonia builds another fence on border with Greece – Daily Mail
  • NHS “bled dry by EU tourists” – The Sun
  • We are up against a new Reich – Peter Hill, Daily Express


Comment: Matthew Goodwin: Mapping the Leave-voting heartlands


Osborne could be forced to raise petrol prices

Osborne“George Osborne may be forced to raise prices at the petrol pumps to meet his election pledge to eliminate the deficit, a leading think tank has warned. Freezing fuel duty has become a central plank of government policy under the chancellor. He could be forced to look at raising the tax, however, to fill a £3 billion hole in the country’s finances, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies” – The Times (£)

  • Budget surplus goal at risk – Financial Times
  • Osborne’s plotting another pensions grab – Ed Conway, The Times (£)
  • Half a million families will lose child benefit – Daily Telegraph
  • Cameron’s mother confirms that she signed petition against cuts – Guardian
  • Osborne’s psychiatrist brother admits sleeping with vulnerable patient – Daily Telegraph

Cameron announces prison reforms

“David Cameron announced plans to give prison governors greater control over rules for prisoners, saying it was wrong that Whitehall officials were ‘wondering how many pairs of underpants they’re allowed’. The Prime Minister said the current system was ‘infantilising’ senior staff and unveiled plans to create six new ‘reform’ prisons where proven governors would be given ‘total discretion’ over how they spend their budgets” – Daily Mail

  • Gove must nail the lie that prison works – Rachel Sylvester, The Times (£)
  • Cameron’s right to tackle prisons, but his answer is wrong – Steve Richards, Independent
  • If Cameron really cared he would cut prisoner numbers – Polly Toynbee, Guardian
  • Is this really a Tory PM speaking? – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph
  • Gove does a runner without answering EU question – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
  • Experts want Scotland to scrap short jail sentences – Herald



Tories “flouted electoral law”

ballotbox“Senior Conservatives appear to have flouted electoral law by failing to declare spending amounting to tens of thousands of pounds during three key by-election campaigns, it has been reported. Channel 4 News said it had obtained hundreds of pages of receipts which suggested the party broke the rules in the 2014 contests in Newark, Clacton and Rochester & Strood” – Independent

BMA accuses Hunt of vetoing deal

Jeremy Hunt“Jeremy Hunt vetoed a deal to end the junior doctor dispute which was supported by the NHS’ own negotiators, it has been claimed. According to sources close to the British Medical Association (BMA), a proposal that addressed pay for working evenings and Saturdays – the last major contentious issue – and which was cost neutral for the Government, was blocked despite negotiators from the NHS Employers organisation viewing it as an opportunity to resolve the dispute” – Independent

  • Dissatisfaction with NHS shows greatest rise in 30 years – Daily Telegraph

MPs “better placed than judges” to decide on public interest

“Politicians are frequently better placed than judges to decide what constitutes the public interest in releasing information about foreign relations, national security and other areas, according to the attorney general. Citing the Guardian’s controversial litigation over Prince Charles’s ‘black spider’ memos to government departments, Jeremy Wright QC has called for a rebalancing of the relationship between the judiciary and elected MPs” – Guardian

French general given top UK army job

“A French general is to become second-in-command of one of the UK army’s two frontline divisions from August, as part of a permanent exchange of senior personnel that underpins deepening Anglo-French military co-operation. The Ministry of Defence confirmed an as-yet unnamed French brigadier-general will take up the post as the deputy to the commander of 1st (UK) Division from August. The move is a permanent posting” – Financial Times

Thornberry gives disastrous speech on Trident to Labour MPs

Emily_Thornberry_2111“The shadow defence secretary has been accused of ‘living in la-la land’ by the Labour party’s own MPs after making a ‘disastrous’ presentation on Britain’s nuclear deterrent. Emily Thornberry, who is against renewing the Trident programme, was repeatedly heckled by Labour MPs last night as she tried to set out the options on whether or not to renew the weapons system… Her speech was described as waffly, patronising and disastrous” – The Times (£)


Tory ball offers lunch with Feldman

Lord Feldman“Lunch with Tory party chairman Lord Feldman and a day campaigning with London mayoral hopeful Zac Goldsmith may not sound like everyone’s perfect Saturday activity. But for one lucky bidder at the Conservative party biggest annual fundraiser, it was a one-in-a-million opportunity – or £35,000 to be exact… But lunch with the embattled chairman did not seem to entice everyone at the event, with one unnamed donor saying the night was full of ‘pretty low level items’” – Daily Mail

  • Cabinet members spared the embarrassment of being offered as “star lots” – Daily Telegraph

Civil servants accept corporate gifts

“Wimbledon tickets, iPads and Montblanc pens worth £300 were among hundreds of gifts handed to senior civil servants by corporations over a three-year period, raising potential conflicts of interest, the government’s spending watchdog has disclosed. According to the National Audit Office, mandarins accepted perks from bankers during a market manipulation inquiry” – Guardian

News in brief

  • Asian stocks tumble amid fears of new global recession – Guardian
  • Bloomberg eyes 2016 run for the White House – Financial Times
  • Clintons look downcast in New Hampshire diner – Daily Mail
  • Trump calls Cruz “a pussy” – Guardian
  • Hong Kong clashes leave scores injured – Financial Times
  • Man shot dead in Dublin in revenge killing – Guardian
  • Farage tries to stop Hamilton standing for Welsh Assembly – WalesOnline
  • Football fans plot mass walkout in protest at ticket prices – Daily Telegraph
  • Storm Imogen brings chaos – Daily Mail

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