Lords put pressure on Cameron to save child refugees

Snip20160427_5“David Cameron came under mounting pressure last night to give sanctuary to child refugees stranded in Europe following a humiliating rebuke from the House of Lords… Members of the Lords voted by a majority of more than 100 – by 279 to 172 – for Britain to accept its fair share of unaccompanied child refugees. The move comes after the Commons rejected plans to welcome 3,000 desperate youngsters into Britain” – Daily Mail

  • Tories under fire over child refugees vote – Financial Times
  • The Government’s cowardice over the plight of child refugees is putting Britain to shame – Yvette Cooper, Independent

US warns that EU’s open borders allow terror cells

“Open borders across Europe have allowed Isil to plant sleeper cells across the continent and in the UK, poised to launch Paris or Brussels-style massacres, America’s intelligence chief has warned. James Clapper, the US Director of National Intelligence, warned the free movement of citizens around the EU was ‘in conflict’ with the need to protect security” – Daily Telegraph

Migration undercounted by 250,000, think tank claims

IMMIGRATION mat“Immigration from within the European Union may be as much as a quarter of a million higher than official estimates because of undercounting, a report claims today. Net migration from the 28 EU member states may have been undercounted by at least 50,000 a year over the past five years, which would increase the overall annual net figure to almost 375,000. The findings come from Migration Watch UK” – The Times (£)

Remain campaigners use WhatsApp to evade scrutiny

“David Cameron’s inner circle are sending group texts using the WhatsApp service to keep details of how they are running the EU Remain campaign secret for all time. Ministers and the PM’s most senior aides are keeping discussions of their campaign plans off official Downing Street emails… Vote Leave’s CEO Matthew Elliott said: ‘This is potentially criminal and should be investigated by Sue Gray the Head of Ethics at the Cabinet Office’” – Sun

Leave camp balks at ECJ’s increasing activism

EU Exit brexit“The Charter of Fundamental Rights lays out the basic rights of EU citizens. These are enforced by the European Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court, which, in recent years, has become more activist. As the June 23 in-out referendum approaches, both the charter and the court are at the heart of the argument that Britain needs to leave the bloc to end a state of affairs in which EU law trumps its own legislation” – Financial Times

  • Gove snubs May by dismissing her call to leave ECHR – Guardian

UK paid £650 million in fines for misspent EU funding

“The government has incurred at least £650 million in penalties over the past decade because of errors in how public bodies have spent EU funds, parliament’s spending watchdog has found. The Treasury is partly to blame for a failure to control the way the EU money has been spent, according to the public accounts select committee” – Guardian

Wolf: Why I dispute the top ten arguments for Brexit

“If the UK voted to leave the EU, it would almost certainly be outside the arrangement organising the life of our neighbours and principal economic partners forever. Given this, the question is whether the option to leave should be exercised now. My answer is: absolutely not. To see why, let us examine popular arguments in favour of departure” – Martin Wolf, Financial Times

  • Brexit row is pulling friends and families apart – Allison Pearson, Daily Telegraph
  • If British expats are allowed to vote, they could swing the EU referendum – Philip Johnston, Daily Telegraph

Public wants no escalation of doctors’ strike

HUNT Doctor Carla Millar“Striking junior doctors are running out of options, with the public strongly opposed to a significant escalation of their battle with the government. One in five junior doctors who were due to work yesterday crossed picket lines in the first all-out strike in NHS history. About 20,000 refused to work” – The Times (£)

  • Junior doctors warn Hunt: start talking or strikes will get worse – Independent
  • Corbyn and McDonnell join striking junior doctors on Whitehall march – Guardian
  • NHS doctor: Why I won’t be withholding emergency care – Guardian
  • Hunt could have stopped this doctors’ strike. But he wanted it – Polly Toynbee, Guardian

Downing Street retreats on trade union reforms

“Downing Street has agreed to a partial climbdown on reforms of trade unions amid warnings that the EU remain campaign needs to keep their members on side for the 23 June referendum. After a protracted battle over the trade union bill, the government proposed delaying changes to political funding and agreed to a trial of e-voting for strike ballots” – Guardian

Top earners to pay a third of income tax by 2020

money“The top one per cent of earners will pay almost a third of income tax by 2020 and now nearly half of all working adults don’t pay it at all, new figures reveal. Rapid increases in the tax-free personal allowance since 2010 have led to a sharp decline in the number of people paying any income tax, according to analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies” – Daily Mail

Hillsborough families call for police to be prosecuted

“The families of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster have called on authorities to bring criminals proceedings against those responsible for their loved ones’ deaths. A jury in fresh inquests into the deaths today found a series of failures by police and authorities caused the 1989 stadium tragedy – and concluded the supporters were not to blame for what happened” – Daily Mail

  • Why Hillsborough has destroyed my faith in the police – Peter Oborne, Daily Mail
  • Sun and Times front pages criticised for ignoring Hillsborough verdict – Guardian

Tycoon’s knighthood at risk over BHS collapse

“Political backing for Sir Philip Green was ebbing away last night amid cross-party calls for him to be stripped of his knighthood over the sale and collapse of BHS. Sir Philip was knighted under Tony Blair and recruited by David Cameron in 2010 as his efficiency tsar to scrutinise public spending and identify savings” – The Times (£)

  • Where on earth were the BHS pension trustees? – Patrick Hosking, The Times (£)

McDonnell aide resigns in anti-semitism row

Naz Shah“A Labour MP has resigned as an aide to John McDonnell after sharing a graphic on social media that appeared to say Israel should be ‘relocated’ to America. Bradford West MP Naz Shah shared an image that showed an outline of Israel superimposed on to a map of the USA. The headline on the image said: ‘Solution for Israel-Palestine Conflict – Relocate Israel into United States.’ Ms Shah then wrote with the post: ‘problem solved’” – Daily Mail

  • Why I won’t be voting for Sadiq or Zac – Alice Thomson, The Times (£)


Trump wins all five east coast primaries

“Donald Trump swept all of the five Republican primary races on Tuesday, securing big wins that boosted his chances of avoiding a contested convention when the party meets in Cleveland to choose its presidential nominee. The New York property developer won Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island” – Financial Times

  • Britain will be at the front of the queue for a US trade deal – Ted Cruz, The Times (£)

News in brief

  • Cameron says Port Talbot is only open because of the UK Government – Wales Online
  • Belgian Navy in strange manoeuvre off the coast of North Wales – Daily Mail
  • Apple suffers first quarterly revenue fall in 13 years – Financial Times
  • Tory MP Mark Pritchard opposes noise pollution – Daily Mail
  • Snow stops play at cricket matches – Daily Telegraph

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