Government accused of being ‘in hock’ with China over steel

Building shield“Ministers were accused of presiding over a ‘total shambles’ last night as Britain’s steel industry teetered on the brink of collapse – with the loss of 40,000 jobs. David Cameron jetted back from holiday to hold an emergency summit at No 10 while Business Secretary Sajid Javid aborted a controversial trip to Australia.” – Daily Mail

  • Cameron flies in for emergency meeting – Daily Telegraph
  • Chaotic response puts 40,000 jobs at risk – The Times (£)
  • Javid ‘not convinced’ renationalisation is the answer – The Sun
  • Soubry hints that local management could take over steelworks – Wales Online
  • Tata cuts UK steel loose – FT
  • Is this Indian magnate the man to save British steel? – Daily Mail
  • The clocks has been ticking on this industry for decades – The Times (£)
  • Government ignores Corbyn’s recall petition… – The Sun
  • …but First Minister could convene Welsh Assembly – Wales Online


  • Bankers were saved, we can’t let steel die – Daily Mail
  • Public ownership is not the answer – The Times (£)
  • Clarity is needed over British steel – Daily Telegraph
  • Long-term state aid is an illusory escape route – FT

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: The UK is sacrificing steel for its Chinese relations

“The EU trade directorate has been rendered toothless by a British veto. So much for the canard that the UK has no influence in Brussels. “The British are sacrificing an entire European industry to say thank you to China for signing up to the nuclear power project at Hinkley Point, and pretending it is about free trade,” said one official in Brussels bitterly.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Port Talbot’s fate shows the importance of adapting to change – Tim Montgomerie, The Times (£)
  • A short period of public ownership may be the only way forward – Vince Cable, FT
  • We could create a nationalised, Welsh steel company from Tata’s assets – Adam Price, Wales Online

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Steel yourself until June

Grayling chairs peace talks between Brexit campaigns

EU Exit brexit“Warring Brexit groups have held a secret peace meeting chaired by a cabinet minister after months of bitter infighting, The Sun can reveal. A very public civil war between the various Eurosceptic factions has blighted the “Out” campaign so far, but insiders say Monday’s talks headed up by Chris Grayling were “incredibly productive”.” – The Sun

  • Rival groups vie for official designation – The Guardian
  • Cameron claims lack of answers is all that unites eurosceptics – Daily Telegraph
  • O’Donnell warns of tough post-Brexit negotiations- The Times (£)
  • ONS warns that the public must be told the truth about migration before the referendum – Daily Telegraph
  • Britons must be given the facts, claims migration watchdog – Daily Express
  • Britain is the third worst country in the EU for nanny state regulation… – Daily Telegraph
  • …but will soon rank first thanks to the sugar tax, experts warn – The Sun


  • Cameron announces UK will spend £10 million making nuclear sites safer from terrorists – Daily Telegraph
  • Britain preparing for ISIS dirty bomb – Daily Express
  • UK and US to simulate cyber attack on nuclear power stations – The Guardian

Dominic Raab: Leaving will stop terror leaking into the UK

“Being a member of the European Union does little to keep Britain secure that we could not achieve if we left. But the EU does one thing which definitely makes us less safe — stripping the UK of proper control over our borders. Its rules dictate that we can’t deny entry to any EU national, unless they represent a “genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat affecting one of the most fundamental interests of society”.” – The Sun

  • The Brexiteers’ magical thinking on trade – Peter Sutherland, FT
  • Gender, age, and political alliegance are a poor guide on how we’ll vote on Brexit – Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

>Today: David Shiels in Comment: How Northern Ireland’s Unionist parties are gearing up for the EU Referendum

Davidson rejects ‘hidden taxes’ charge

Scottish Conservatives“Ruth Davidson has insisted the Tories remain the only party on the side of Scottish workers as she fought back against claims her pledge to reintroduce university tuition fees and prescription charges is a “hidden tax plan”. The Scottish Conservative leader attempted to get her Holyrood election campaign back on track after a difficult TV debate on Tuesday night by emphasising that her party remains the only one not proposing an increase in income tax for the middle classes.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Scottish Conservative leader calls for ‘rethink’ on ‘named person’ law – The Scotsman

>Yesterday: Henry Hill’s Red, White, and Blue column: Grayling attacks SNP as Tory MPs call for ‘Unity Day’

Labour refuses to commit to defend the Falklands

“The shadow defence secretary provoked fury from veterans last night after refusing to commit Labour to respecting the Falkland islanders’ wish to remain British. Emily Thornberry repeatedly declined to confirm that her party’s policy review would contain a commitment to defend the islands from Argentina’s claims of sovereignty.” – The Times (£)

MPs warn against return of paupers’ funerals

money“Bereaved families are facing soaring costs from funeral homes who are using monopolies to increase prices above inflation, MPs fear as they warned of “the spectre of miserable pauper’s funerals” returning in modern Britain. The Commons Work and Pensions Committee has become so concerned by the way prices are set for burials that they have demanded the Competition and Markets Authority intervene.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Strugging Brits can’t bury the dead due to ‘rip-off’ prices – The Sun

Trump u-turns on ‘punishment’ for those who seek illegal abortions

“Donald Trump yesterday advocated “some form of punishment” for women who have abortions if he gets his way and the practise is outlawed. The Republican front-runner says he has “evolved” on the issue of abortion. He was pro-choice for years before changing his position and backing a ban on abortion. If that ban is implemented, he said it would include repercussions for women who defy it.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Republican frontrunner under fire for remarks – FT
  • How the Republicans could sabotage Trump – Daily Express

News in Brief:

  • Teachers may join doctors on strike – The Times (£)
  • Brussels police chief sent home on day of attacks for reporting to crisis meeting drunk – Daily Mail
  • PPI complaints rise six per cent as customers continue to win compensation – Daily Telegraph
  • Election pollsters went astray because they weren’t talking to enough Tories – The Sun
  • UK property funds see biggest outflows since 2008 – FT
  • Turks shoot to kill as refugees cross border – The Times (£)
  • Orange Order to appoint first Chief Executive – News Letter