Britain took 1.6 million EU migrants in nine years

Snip20160330_3“More than 1.6 million migrants moved to Britain from within the EU in less than a decade. The astonishing figure – the equivalent to the populations of Manchester and Birmingham combined – settled here between 2006 and 2014, according to the UK Statistics Authority. It means an average of 500 people every day for nine years exercised their right to free movement – adding to the pressure on Britain’s schools, hospitals and other infrastructure” – Daily Mail

Most pollsters “are underestimating Remain’s lead”

“The polling industry is facing another furore over its work on the EU referendum, an influential pollster has warned, just days before the final inquest is published into what went wrong with last year’s general election prediction… The findings by Mr Singh and Mr Kanagasooriam suggest that the campaign for Britain to remain in the EU has a larger lead in public opinion than many people believe” – Financial Times

  • Voters “could back Brexit if it would make them £25 a year better off” – The Times (£)
  • Cameron should step down if we vote for Brexit, poll says – Independent
  • Peers attack Cameron’s “Project Fear” – The Sun
  • Labour MPs claim Brexit campaigners have track record of hostility to NHS – Guardian
  • The referendum must be decided by more than 55 per cent of voters – Philip Johnston, Daily Telegraph
  • Are you sure you want the facts about Europe? – Daniel Finkelstein, The Times (£)


Bank of England warns of Brexit risks

Snip20160330_4“The Bank of England issued another stark warning about the risks of Brexit yesterday, claiming it could hit foreign investment, borrowing costs and the pound. In its latest health check on the economy, the central bank predicted millions of households could see their mortgage rates rise if the public votes to sever ties with Brussels. Warning of a further fall in the value of the pound, the Bank described the ‘uncertainty’ created by the EU referendum on June 23 as the biggest short-term domestic threat to financial stability” – Daily Mail

  • Raab to claim staying in EU leaves us more vulnerable to terrorists – The Sun
  • Leaving the EU would be a retrograde step for national security – Keir Starmer MP, Daily Telegraph
  • Haywood refuses to say whether he’s met Remain campaigners – Daily Mail
  • Ministers distracted by referendum, think tank warns – Daily Mail
  • Nicky Morgan claims Brexit will make Interrailing more difficult – Daily Mail
  • House price crash could leave savers short of retirement cash, Bank warns – Daily Telegraph
  • Savers deserve better from Osborne – Daily Telegraph editorial

Bank of America tells staff not to mention “Brexit”

“Bank of America is warning senior staff not to use the word ‘Brexit’ when talking to clients as it tries to steer clear of the raging debate over the UK’s membership in the European Union. The US bank last week told managers ‘not to provide opinions, not to influence voters, not to assume a particular result and not to engage in campaigning’ in the run-up to a June 23 vote on whether the UK should leave the EU” – Financial Times

British steel industry hit by Tata sale plan

“The British steel industry suffered a severe blow as Tata, the Indian steel giant, confirmed fears that it was about to put is UK businesses up for sale. Late on Tuesday the Indian group said it was ‘looking at strategic alternatives’ to the current ownership… Earlier, union sources had revealed that the company was poised to announce the sale of its British steel operations, plunging several plants — at Port Talbot, Rotherham, Corby and Shotton — into uncertainty” – Financial Times

  • EU rules “stop Britain blocking cheap Chinese steel” – Daily Mail
  • The crisis in British steel has been 40 years in the making – Guardian

Former MP urges May to quit

Theresa May 14-04-15“Harvey Proctor, the former MP cleared after Scotland Yard’s investigation into claims of an establishment child sex abuse ring closed, called for the home secretary to ‘consider her position’. Mr Proctor, 69, claimed that Theresa May stood ‘idly by’ as the Met carried out Operation Midland, the inquiry into allegations that public figures abused young boys that cost nearly £2 million and did not lead to an arrest” – The Times (£)

Home Office seizes overseas counter-terror role

“The Home Office is to take control of the UK’s diplomatic counter-terrorism and liaison work abroad in one of the biggest shake-ups to security and foreign policy in Whitehall in years… It will be viewed as a coup for Theresa May, the home secretary, and a consolidation of her authority over British security policy, thus strengthening her position at the top of the Conservative party but angering her rivals in cabinet” – Financial Times

  • Hackers force revamp of Trident security – The Times (£)
  • Cameron accused of “fighting Daesh with the handbrake still on” – The Sun
  • Special Forces go wherever they keep us safe – Johnny Mercer MP, The Sun
  • May’s Brexit warnings are becoming increasingly barmy – Allison Pearson, Daily Telegraph

Britain dismisses UN ruling on Falklands

“Britain and Argentina clashed again over the Falklands yesterday after Buenos Aires claimed that the United Nations backed the extension of its maritime territory to include the islands. A ruling by the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, which appeared to endorse Argentina’s claim to the seabed up to and beyond the islands, was hailed as “historic” by the South American country… A spokeswoman for David Cameron described Argentina’s claims as speculation” – The Times (£)

  • The Argentines are childish stalkers who menace us Falkland Islanders – Lisa Watson, Daily Telegraph

Teachers may take joint strike action with doctors

School“Teachers may take joint action with the junior doctors as part of their campaign against the Government, National Union of Teachers general secretary Christine Blower has said. In her farewell speech to the NUT conference Ms Blower said she had received a letter of support from Yannis Gourtsoyannis of the British Medical Association’s junior doctors’ committee after her union had voted to back a ballot on strike action over the Government’s proposal to turn every state school into an academy” – The Independent


Goldsmith accused of delay in declaring donations

“The multi-millionaire Tory candidate to be Mayor of London is facing an investigation by Parliament’s sleaze watchdog over claims that he delayed revealing thousands of pounds worth of donations from rich society friends and family to the Commons authorities, The Independent can reveal.  Kathryn Hudson, the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, is looking into allegations the Zac Goldsmith omitted to declare donations totalling over £120,000 from the Register of Members Interests” – The Independent

Corbyn adviser urges activists to “isolate” opponents

Jeremy Corbyn 16-11-15“Jeremy Corbyn’s strategy chief has called on hard-left activists to ‘isolate’ the Labour leader’s opponents by targeting them on social media. Seumas Milne, the former journalist who is now Mr Corbyn’s director of communications, issued the plea at a meeting of the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD), a left-wing group that has previously backed the mandatory reselection of MPs” – The Times (£)

Sturgeon cautious on second referendum

“Nicola Sturgeon has said she will put the decision on whether Scotland should have another independence referendum ‘in the hands of the people’ but admitted her Scottish National party would need better arguments to win next time around. Ms Sturgeon’s comments during a second televised debate ahead of Scottish parliamentary elections in May are an attempt to balance impatience among SNP supporters for independence and awareness a second referendum defeat would be disastrous for her cause” – Financial Times

  • Additional powers centre stage in TV debate – Scotsman
  • Davidson accuses Sturgeon of keeping Scotland “on a knife edge” – Guardian
  • Police probe Scotland’s largest jobs quango as directors resign en masse – Herald



Trump defends manager charged with battery

Snip20160330_2“Donald Trump has defended his presidential campaign manager after Corey Lewandowski was charged with battery following an incident in which he allegedly grabbed a female reporter who was covering a rally in Florida. Police in Jupiter, Florida, charged Mr Lewandowski on Tuesday with ‘simple battery’ after a complaint from Michelle Fields, a Breitbart News reporter, who accused him of grabbing her in an encounter that left her arm bruised” – Financial Times

  • Trump revokes pledge to support Republican nominee – Guardian

Man posed for selfie with hijacker

Snip20160330_1“The man who took a grinning selfie with the EgyptAir hijacker has been named as a 26-year-old Brit health and safety expert. Ben Innes posed for the bizarre snap with Seif Eldin Mustafa while being held hostage aboard EgyptAir MS181. The Leeds man was one of four ‘foreigners’ held along with the crew, during the six-hour standoff at Cyprus’ Larnaca airport” – The Sun

  • EgyptAir hijacking from siege to surrender – Guardian

News in brief

  • Brazil president moves closer to impeachment – Guardian
  • Elton John responds to sexual harassment claims – The Independent
  • Picture of pensioner who swam after cruise ship – Daily Telegraph