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News review – Monday 22 April 2019

News review – Monday 22 April 2019

Theresa May

Telegraph
A vote on Theresa May’s future among the party’s grassroots supporters which could hasten her departure from office is just weeks away after enough local party chairmen signed a petition supporting it. The National Conservative Convention, which represents Tory volunteers, now has a duty under the party’s constitution to call an “extraordinary general meeting” to allow a no confidence vote in Mrs May to be held. Any vote would be unprecedented and would put pressure on Conservative MPs to change the leadership rules and allow them to hold an early vote on Mrs May’s future which could see her being forcibly removed from office.

Express
A TORY grassroots plot to force Theresa May into quitting has secured enough support to trigger an emergency party meeting for a no-confidence vote. The Prime Minister’s failure to secure Britain’s exit from the European Union has unleashed a furious uprising in the party. Last night the threshold needed to demand an extraordinary general meeting of the party’s national convention, the most powerful body representing the rank and file, was reached. Sources involved in the plot said the petition had been backed by at least 65 constituency association chairmen after the Prime Minister’s “spectacular failure to deliver” Brexit. “It’s a farce,” they added. “If she’s not capable of doing the job, then somebody come forward that is because this just can’t go on.”

Mirror
Tory activists are drumming up a new plot to oust “calamity” Theresa May by June 30 over her handling of Brexit . Fresh reports have emerged that activists want to change party rules to force another leadership challenge against the flailing Prime Minister. Currently Mrs May has a year’s grace after surviving a Tory leadership challenge in December 2018. But furious activists say she should face a contest again sooner after delaying Brexit to October 31 and opening softer deal talks with Labour .

Sun
THERESA May is expected to be told she must step down as Prime Minister by the end of June or Conservative MPs will change the party rules and force her out. The chairman of the party’s all-powerful back bench 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady is poised to tell May that now 70 percent of her MPs want her to resign over her handling of Brexit and for being in charge when support for the party collapsed. Sir Graham will meet with the committee’s 18 executives on Tuesday to discuss whether or not to tear up the party’s rules to allow a new no confidence vote on May before December. Insiders say undecided “swing voters” are pushing for a change in the rules unless she agrees to go by June 30, The Times reports. As chairman of the body that represents the interests of the party’s back-benchers Sir Graham effectively holds a powerful kingmaker role and is usually the one to tell a Tory leader when it is time to go.

Times
A leading Tory donor says that he and other benefactors angry at Theresa May’s handling of Brexit are bypassing party HQ and giving directly to MPs who oppose the prime minister’s deal. Alexander Temerko, a Ukraine-born businessman who has donated more than £1 million to the Conservatives, said that Remainers and Brexiteers were frustrated at Mrs May’s leadership and lack of progress and that she had “alienated” donors. Mr Temerko, a Remainer, said that he had given tens of thousands of pounds in the past few months “not to CCHQ but to associations and MPs”. “Who is suffering? CCHQ. A lot of donors now prefer to support individual MPs not CCHQ,” he said.

Conservative Party

Sun
THERESA May has been forced to abandoned plans for a major Cabinet reshuffle next month because of the Brexit delay. The new blow to the PM’s survival hopes comes as it emerged that three out of five party members plan to refuse to vote Tory in the euro elections. Close allies had urged the PM to carry out a big clear of her ageing top team. The move would have helped fend off calls for her to resign immediately after an expected local election meltdown on May 2. Ushering in a younger generation of Tory MPs to the Government’s top ranks could have kept the PM in No10 until December, Cabinet allies argued. But the new six-month delay to Britain’s EU exit until October has plunged Mrs May into a fresh crisis and destabilised her yet further.

Express
THERESA MAY has had to abandon plans for a Cabinet reshuffle due to the Brexit delay. A senior No10 source revealed a reshuffle would be “impossible”. They told The Sun: “A reshuffle is going to be impossible now. Things are just too precarious. The last thing we need is any more enemies on the backbenches.” Allies close to the Prime Minister encouraged her to spring clean her top team. The move would have reportedly eased calls for Mrs May to resign. The allies argued a younger generation of Tory MPs would have kept Mrs May in power until December, the Sun reported. The failed plans follow news that three out of five Tory members will refuse to vote Conservative in the European elections.  Meanwhile, Chairman of the 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady has order Mrs May to stand down.

Labour Party

Mail
Jeremy Corbyn has been slammed after footage emerged of him branding British SAS soldiers in Iraq ‘lawless’. The Labour Party leader was filmed just days after the dramatic rescue of two special forces men from an Iraqi police station in 2005. Speaking at a Stop the War rally, Mr Corbyn, who was a backbench MP at the time, said: ‘What happened in Basra this week, you could have written a play about it, you couldn’t have made it up. ‘British SAS officers, armed to the teeth, driving through a checkpoint, dressed in some other clothing, then tried to shoot their way out of it, and then they are arrested, apparently quite properly by the local police.

Independent
Labour will be beaten by Nigel Farage if it offers only “mealy-mouthed” support for a second Brexit referendum, Tom Watson has warned Jeremy Corbyn. In what will be seen as an extraordinary criticism of his leader, Mr Corbyn’s deputy says his own party is trying to “sit on the fence about the most crucial issue facing our country”. Mr Watson – who backed a fresh public vote last month – warned the tactic risked handing victory to Mr Farage’s new Brexit Party, which has topped polls for next month’s European Parliament elections. And he said: “Labour won’t defeat Farage by being mealy-mouthed and sounding as if we half-agree with him.

Guardian
Labour will never defeat Nigel Farage if it continues to “sit on the fence” over Brexit and offers only “mealy-mouthed” support for a second referendum, the party’s deputy leader says today. In an extraordinary intervention that exposes the tensions at the top of the party over Brexit strategy, Tom Watson warns that Labour will lose to Farage’s new “far right” Brexit party in May’s European elections if it continues to give the impression that “we half agree with him”. Writing in today’s Observer, Jeremy Corbyn’s deputy argues that Labour needs to give much clearer and more enthusiastic backing to another referendum and also spell out a positive, radical vision of how a Labour government could advance socialist values by working with other centre-left parties inside the European Union.

Mail
Labour cannot beat Nigel Farage at the upcoming European elections if it ‘sits on the fence’ on Brexit, the party’s deputy leader has warned.  Tom Watson said Labour needed an ‘inspiring’ message and had to show ‘real leadership’ to counter Mr Farage and his newly formed Brexit Party.  Polls for the hastily arranged European Parliament elections have shown Labour and the Brexit Party battling for first place.  Mr Watson said Labour would profit by backing a second referendum but many of his colleagues fear it would damage the party in northern England.  Writing in the Observer, he said: ‘Labour won’t defeat Farage by being mealy-mouthed and sounding as if we half agree with him.

BBC News
Labour must promise another Brexit referendum to counter the electoral challenge posed by Nigel Farage, the party’s deputy leader has said. Writing in the Observer, Tom Watson said his party could not “sit on the fence” about the biggest issue to face the UK for a generation. But ex-UKIP leader Mr Farage said a new referendum would be “a total insult” to five million Labour Leave voters. The UK has been given an extension to the Brexit process until 31 October. This means the UK is likely to hold European Parliament elections on 23 May. Mr Farage launched his new Brexit Party last week and said it had a list of 70 candidates to fight the May elections. Mr Watson warned that Labour would not defeat Mr Farage “by being mealy- mouthed and sounding as if we half agree with him”. “We won’t beat him unless we can inspire the millions crying out for a different direction,” he added.

TBP

Mail
Yesterday, a poll suggested that up to 40 per cent of Tory councillors are willing to back Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party in the European elections. But it’s not just councillors he’s winning over. Having already unveiled Annunziata Rees-Mogg, whose brother Jacob is the high priest of Tory Brexiteer MPs, Farage is hinting he has some other big names up his sleeve — and some will be announced at a press conference tomorrow. One who is reportedly on the verge of signing up is my good friend and former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe. A Tory for 55 years, the redoubtable Widdecombe campaigned hard for Brexit and was appalled by the failure to deliver on the Article 50 commitment to leave on March 29. In a recent TV interview Widders, an MP for 23 years, described Theresa May as the worst Tory leader since Sir Anthony Eden, who led Britain into the humiliating 1956 Suez Crisis.

Express
THERESA MAY has been snubbed by Tory councillors, with 40 percent saying they will vote for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party at the European elections. A recent survey of elected grassroots Tories found three quarters of Mrs May’s councillors wanted her to resign, with 43 percent of them calling her to quit immediately. Just over half said they would vote Tory in the European election – a figure that would rise to 65 percent if the Prime Minister was replaced by leading Brexiteer Boris Johnson, according to a Survation poll for the Mail On Sunday. A further 40 percent said they would vote for Mr Farage’s Brexit party. However, this figure would plummet to 22 percent if Mr Johnson was in Number 10. A staggering 96 percent agreed that the party has been damaged by the Brexit deadlock.

Guardian
Conservative members and activists are likely to abandon the party in vast numbers in the European parliament elections in favour of Nigel Farage’s Brexit party, two surveys have suggested. A questionnaire of party members for the ConservativeHome website found 62% were planning to vote for the Brexit party if the European elections went ahead in the UK in May as expected, and only 23% intended to vote for their own party. Separately, a poll of Conservative councillors by Survation for the Mail on Sunday found 40% were planning to vote for the Brexit party, and only 52% for the party they represent in local government. Ministers have claimed the European elections could still be cancelled if MPs approved the Brexit agreement first, but parliament would also have to pass the withdrawal agreement legislation before 23 May and at Westminster it is widely assumed that even if Theresa May found a surprise majority for a deal there is no realistic chance of her meeting this timetable.

Mirror
The full extent of the Tory Brexit meltdown has been exposed in a shock poll – which shows almost HALF of councillors are set to back Nigel Farage. Only 52% of Conservative councillors plan to vote for their own party in the EU elections, according to a damning Survation poll of 781 of them. And a whopping 40% said they plan to vote for the Brexit Party, the new outfit set up by Farage in direct opposition to the Tories. The survey reveals the depth of anger against Theresa May among grassroots Tories after she delayed Brexit to October 31, and opened cross-party talks that could lead to a softer deal. Some 96% of councillors said the Brexit deadlock damaged the party. And 76% want the Prime Minister to resign – with 43% saying she must go immediately.

Sun
A LARGE number of Tory councillors have proposed to back Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, according to reports. A survey found 40 per cent of them will back the former Ukip leader’s new party in the European Elections next month. And at least three quarters of them are hoping she will resign, with almost half are calling for her to quit immediately, according to The Mail on Sunday. The newspaper surveyed 781 Conservative councillors and found that 65 per cent of them would vote for Conservatives if Boris Johnson became the party leader. But some 40 per cent would reportedly back Farage’s new party if the Tories remained under their current leadership. Some 15 per cent of those surveyed said they believed Mr Farage would be the best leader of the Conservative Party.

Independent
A staggering 40 per cent of Conservative councillors say they will back Nigel Farage‘s new Brexit Party in the European elections, in a fresh grassroots revolt against Theresa May. Three-quarters of Tory councillors want the prime minister to quit, a survey found – while an overwhelming 96 per cent believe their party has been damaged by the Brexit stalemate. The devastating results come after one local Conservative group took the extraordinary step of refusing to help with the 23 May elections – insisting they “should not be happening”.

Mail
Nigel Farage said yesterday that he is planning a ‘northern attack’ on Labour-voting Leave areas. It came as Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, called for his party to back a second Brexit referendum. Mr Farage, leader of the new Brexit Party, which last week surged to a shock lead in the polls, said he would be targeting ‘Labour lies and dishonesty’ in the run-up to the European Parliament elections on May 23. He said any notion of a second referendum would be a ‘total insult’ to the five million Labour supporters who voted Leave.  But Mr Watson insisted Labour backing for a second – or ‘confirmatory’ – referendum was the only way to respond to the challenge posed by Mr Farage.

Breitbart
An eminent British academic has warned that a political status quo defined by an increasingly insular and out of touch political class could be shattered by the rise of Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party. John Gray, an Emeritus Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics (LSE), pointed out that while around a third of MPs from the Labour Party came from working-class families in 1945, when that party won its first ever majority government, today “only around four percent of [all] MPs come from this background.”

CHUK

Independent
Boris Johnson taking over at No 10 would be “the end of the road” for several Conservative MPs who would defect to the new centrist Change UK party, its leader says. Heidi Allen, a former Conservative, predicted “a number” of her former colleagues would follow her across the Commons if the arch-Brexiteer – or someone like him – succeeded Theresa May as prime minister. She also played down fears that the failure of Change UK to agree a joint slate of candidates for the European Parliament elections with the Liberal Democrats and Greens would damage the anti-Brexit cause. Ms Allen said she had studied the workings of the proportional voting system to be used on 23 May, adding: “I don’t think there’s a risk of that. “We will poll differently in different parts of the country but I think we stand every chance of doing very, very well in certain regions.”

Foreign aid

Independent
Vital foreign aid could be cut as Tory leadership rivals push their anti-aid platforms with Conservative members, a Labour frontbencher has warned. The budget could be used as a “political football”, the shadow international development secretary claimed. It is feared aid could emerge as a pivotal issue in a leadership contest after Theresa May announces her departure date.  The UK is committed to spend 0.7 per cent of gross national income (GNI) on development assistance overseas – £13.9bn in 2017.  It was a target first met by David Cameron’s administration, and one Ms May’s government has remained committed to, despite calls from prominent MPs in the party to scale back the budget

NHS

Telegraph
Patients recovering from a stroke can slash their risk of blood clots by wearing a small “half wrist-watch” around their leg, a trial has shown. A study at Royal Stoke University Hospital found the geko device could reduce the risk of clots compared to standard treatment, is comfortable to wear and could save the NHS cash. Approved for use on the NHS for other conditions, the geko is a battery-powered, disposable, device designed to increase blood flow in the deep veins of the legs. Its action is the equivalent of about 60 per cent of walking – even though the patient does not have to move.

Drugs

Times
Instagram is helping drug pushers to provide “dial-a-deal” services by recommending local suppliers of cocaine and cannabis, a Times investigation has found. Dozens of accounts linked to dealers in large cities included photographs of drugs on offer, mostly cannabis, as well as the location. While being illegal, selling such drugs is also against Instagram’s terms, but the dealers operate openly. Interest in accounts of cannabis dealers led to recommendations for sellers of cocaine. Following a drug dealer’s account on the social network or liking a post triggered suggestions to follow other dealers, sometimes in the same area. Several accounts found using hashtags such as #brumweed and #mancdank featured offers such as “free shipping” and “bulk discounts”.

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News review – Good Friday 19 April 2019

News review – Good Friday 19 April 2019

Brexit

Mail
Spartan Tories insisted today they would never vote for Theresa May‘s Brexit deal and said staying in the EU for longer was a better solution to the impasse. The hardline intervention is a fresh blow to the Prime Minister’s hopes that sending MPs away from Westminster for a week of Easter holidays would cool tempers. Mrs May herself is in Snowdonia trying to find a new strategy for getting her deal through Parliament after it was crushed three times by MPs. At the last vote she was still defied by 28 Tory Brexiteer rebels in the hardline European Research Group. Since the vote, the number of rebels has if anything gone back up. One of them, former Cabinet minister David Jones, said a long extension inside the EU was better than signing up for the deal. He said delay allowed time for a new deal or better preparations for No Deal.  He was backed by Stewart Jackson, a former Tory MP and chief of staff to David Davis when he was Brexit Secretary.

Guardian
Jeremy Corbyn is to be urged by a group of Labour MPs not to “torpedo” the prospect of a Brexit deal with Theresa May by insisting on a second referendum. The MPs, including Stephen Kinnock and Gloria De Piero, are set to send the  Labour leader a letter early next week setting out their “deep-seated reservations about a second referendum”, which they believe would be “divisive but … not decisive”.

EU

Breitbart
Britain should use the six-month delay before Brexit to “cool down” and reverse its decision to leave the EU, Frans Timmermans has said. The globalist vice-president of the European Commission — who recently declared that uniting Europe with Africa was “a matter of destiny” — expressed hope that Britain would use the time before its delayed Brexit departure date of October 31st to decide to stay in the bloc.

Reuters
Britain should use the next few months to “cool down and rethink” its decision to leave the European Union, the socialist candidate to head the next European Commission, Frans Timmermans, said on Wednesday. Last week EU leaders gave Britain an extension of its departure date until Oct. 31, with the possibility of leaving sooner if parliament ratifies a divorce deal Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated with the EU. Lawmakers have already rejected the deal three times.

BBC

Conservative Woman
ON March 29 last year, one year before non-Brexit day, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a day-long series of programmes called Britain at the Crossroads which the Corporation’s PR hype said was designed to examine the steps towards Brexit. At its heart was the first of a multi-part series presented by Mark Mardell called Brexit: A Love Story? which purported to give a history of the love-hate relationship between the UK and the EU. Predictably, it proved very one-sided. There was a deluge of pro-EU/EEC comment – from both presenter and contributors – but much less from those who were anti-EEC/EU.

Conservative Party

Sun
MINISTERS blew more than £13m in two months on failing to persuade MPs to vote for Theresa May’s Brexit deal and a hard exit that never happened. The splurge was carried out between mid-November to mid-January, in the run up to the first Meaningful Vote on January 15. A total of £12.4m was spent by the Cabinet Office on external consultants’ fees. The vast sum paid for external experts to drum up alternative plans to keep the Irish border open as well as prepare for a No Deal exit.

Independent
Theresa May could face an unprecedented no-confidence vote among grassroots Tories, as the prospect of a crushing defeat in European elections looms. Local party chairs have been circulating a petition that is on course to force the National Conservative Convention to hold an extraordinary general meeting where members could pressure the prime minister to resign. The plot emerged as a poll showed Nigel Farage‘s new Brexit Party had stormed into the lead ahead of EU parliament elections next month.

Mail
Two MEPs campaigning for a second referendum have been re-selected as candidates for the Conservative Party. Sajjad Karim, a former Liberal Democrat who has described Brexit as ‘madness’, will be top of the party’s candidates list in the North West of England.  While Charles Tannock, who co-founded the Conservatives for a People’s Vote campaign, will be on the ballot paper in London.

Local elections

Telegraph
Tory councillors are refusing to mention Theresa May’s name on doorsteps ahead of next month’s local elections because voters associate it with “betrayal”. Conservative Associations across the country are finding that Mrs May’s name is so toxic with voters that the mere mention of the Prime Minister gets in the way of campaigning. Tory councillors fear that voter backlash against Mrs May’s handling of Brexit will cost them their seats, and are desperately trying to keep conversations focused on local issues to avoid being tainted by events in Westminster.

TBP

Mail
Nigel Farage revelled in the ‘very good start’ enjoyed by his new Brexit Party today as a new survey showed it topping the polls for the EU elections. Mr Farage said it was clear the ‘public are warming to us’ and he moves to crush both the Tory party and his old force Ukip. A new YouGov survey – the third in a week – for the Times today again shows the Brexit Party on top, leading Labour 23 per cent to 22 per cent. The lead is smaller than yesterday’s sensational results which showed the Brexit Party on 27 per cent.

Express
THE Labour EU elections list is so remain heavy left-wing Brexiteers are throwing their lot in with Nigel Farage, including George Galloway. The May 23 European Parliamentary election are already throwing up some strange bedfellows and none more stranger than the firebrand former Labour and Respect MP and the Brexit Party. Mr Galloway took to Twitter to explain his position after seeing the Labour list of candidates for the EU elections.

UKIP

Mail
Ukip leader Gerard Batten has sparked fury by sharing a platform today with an election candidates who sent a ‘rape’ tweet to an MP. The right wing leader appeared at the party’s EU election launch in London alongside Carl Benjamin – also known as YouTube personality Sargon of Akkad. Benjamin, 39, has nearly 1million subscribers and hit headlines when he tweeted ‘I wouldn’t even rape you’ at Labour’s Jess Phillips, prompting Batten to defend it as ‘satire’.

Guardian
Gerard Batten, the Ukip leader, has insisted his party is the true voice of leave voters as he sought to counter an existential threat from Nigel Farage. At a press conference to launch Ukip’s European election campaign, Batten, whose party has been reduced to a rump in the European parliament after defections to Farage’s new Brexit party, insisted Ukip still had a future.

Sky News
UKIP’s leader has dismissed Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, telling Sky News it is “not a proper political party”. Gerard Batten said the former UKIP leader’s new venture was a “vehicle for one man” and added: “All you get from Nigel is rhetoric.” One opinion poll predicts the Brexit Party could win next month’s European elections, with suggestions many UKIP voters are switching to the new party.

Huffington Post
Ukip leader Gerard Batten walked out of a TV interview on Thursday after he was questioned over his defence of a party candidate who made a comment about raping a Labour MP. In 2016, Carl Benjamin, who wants to be the Ukip MEP for the South West, tweeted at Jess Phillips that he “wouldn’t even rape you” and that “feminism is cancer”. Batten has previously defended the Tweet as “satire”.

Parliament

Times
Theresa May has told ministers to finalise their plans for legislation to feature in the Queen’s Speech in a move that will inflame tensions with Tory MPs who are demanding that she leave Downing Street this summer. Whitehall departments were told last week that the prime minister would “actively consider” proposals for the speech — which outlines the government’s legislative plans at the beginning of a new session of parliament — after the Easter recess ends on Tuesday.

Guardian
Theresa May could put off the Queen’s speech until later this year, with government sources saying there were no immediate plans to bring one forward while parliament had not yet approved a Brexit deal. May had been widely expected to schedule a Queen’s speech setting out the government’s legislative agenda within weeks, because she announced a two-year parliamentary session in mid-June 2017.

Tory Party leadership

Independent
Boris Johnson has grabbed himself a highly prized new Commons office in a move designed to help him win a Conservative leadership contest. The leading  Brexiteer is moving into spacious rooms big enough to accommodate a campaign team at the heart of the Westminster estate, The Independent has learnt. The switch will allow the former foreign secretary – still the bookies’ favourite to succeed Theresa May – to better coordinate efforts to win the backing of Tory MPs in the looming contest.

Sun
BORIS Johnson would win the Tory leadership contest if Theresa May is toppled in the next few weeks, his key allies now believe. A dramatic surge in the last four weeks has seen the former London Mayor rapidly sign up almost as many MPs as race frontrunner Jeremy Hunt. Both senior Tories are now counting on the votes of more than 50 Conservatives MPs, from a total of 313. But BoJo’s campaign team are convinced he will trounce his successor as Foreign Secretary in phase two of the campaign, a head-to-head run off between the two leading candidates in front of all 150,000 party members.

Bercow

Mail
A hardline Tory Brexiteer is to make a fresh attempt to boot out Commons Speaker John Bercow, accusing him of ‘bias’ in favour of Remainers that has helped delay the Uk’s departure.  Former minister Crispin Blunt, a member of the European Research Group of Tory eurosceptics, said he intended to table an early day motion (EDM) of no confidence when MPs return to Westminster on Tuesday. EDM’s – which are not allocated any time in the parliamentary timetable – are rarely debated or voted on, but are used by MPs as a vehicle to express their views on a particular issue.

Express
BREXITEERS have launched a fresh attempt to oust Commons Speaker John Bercow over his shameless Remainer bias. Former minister Crispin Blunt has been rallying support for a motion of no confidence over Mr Bercow’s handling of laws taking Britain out of the European Union. The Tory MP wants to pile pressure on the Speaker to quit after speculation he will stay in post until after the Brexit deadlock is resolved. “Even his most partisan supporters for the positive changes he has delivered as Speaker do not now seriously dispute his bias in the conduct of our affairs,” he said.

Yahoo News
Furious Brexiteers are said to be preparing a motion of no confidence in Speaker John Bercow because of his apparent ‘bias’ over Brexit. Former minister Crispin Blunt, a strong Leave supporter, is seeking support for an early day motion (EDM) when MPs return to Westminster on Tuesday following the Easter break. EDM’s – which are not allocated any time in the parliamentary timetable – are rarely debated or voted on, but are used by MPs as a vehicle to express their views on a particular issue.

Guardian
John Bercow is facing another attempt to oust him as Speaker after a leading Conservative MP began collecting signatures for a no-confidence motion. Crispin Blunt, a former chair of the House of Commons foreign affairs committee, wrote to fellow MPs saying he wanted to table an early day motion saying Bercow was no longer impartial. In the letter, he claimed to have some frontbench Conservative support for the move against the Speaker, who has enraged the government in recent months by refusing to let MPs vote repeatedly on Theresa May’s Brexit deal after their rejections of it.

Climate change protest

Guardian
Sajid Javid has called on police to use the “full force of the law” against Extinction Rebellion protesters causing disruption in London to draw attention to the issue of climate change. The home secretary, who is positioning himself for a run at the Conservative party leadership, made a series of tweets condemning “any protesters who are stepping outside the boundaries of the law”. He called on the police to “take a firm stance” against protesters who were “significantly disrupting the lives of others”.

Times
Sajid Javid demanded that police crack down on climate change activists yesterday as Scotland Yard was criticised for failing to stop the protests that have left parts of London paralysed. The home secretary urged the police to use the “full force of the law” after footage emerged of two officers dancing to music at an illegal roadblock at Oxford Circus and of another using a skateboard on Waterloo Bridge.

Mail
Eco-warriors are plotting to bring misery to Easter holidaymakers today. They plan to ‘shut down’ Heathrow and disrupt traffic for families planning a bank holiday getaway. The mainly middle-class protesters have already caused chaos by blocking four major routes through London for four days. Now they have vowed to ‘raise the bar’ by targeting hundreds of thousands of tourists jetting off for the weekend. More than 1,000 police are being deployed each day but have failed to restore order – leading to claims they are surrendering the streets.

Morning Star
EXTINCTION REBELLION protesters are planning to disrupt Heathrow airport tomorrow, their fifth consecutive day of action. The anti-climate change campaign group confirmed today that it plans to occupy runways at London’s main airport over the Easter weekend as part of an “escalation” of ongoing protests. Extinction Rebellion, whose protests have brought major routes in central London to a standstill this week, has sent out an appeal to members to take part in an “arrestable action” at the airport.

ITV News
Climate change protesters have revealed they plan to “shut down Heathrow” on Good Friday and disrupt the Easter holiday plans of thousands of travellers. However Scotland Yard has warned the protesters face a “robust response” if they target Heathrow and added it has ”strong plans” in place. Heathrow added it is “working with the authorities” to address any threat of mass disruption, while Home Secretary Sajid Javid urged police to use the “full force of the law”. Eco-activists from Extinction Rebellion (XR) have been causing large-scale disruption in London since Monday as they campaign against climate change.

Times
Holidaymakers have been warned to expect chaos at Heathrow today as climate change campaigners vowed to shut down the airport. Extinction Rebellion activists may try to block access roads, including the tunnels to the airport. In a leaked Whatsapp message the group said: “Many of you have expressed a desire to disrupt Heathrow — and so we wanted to share this action with you. For the bank holiday we are halting swarming disruption and turning our focus on to the aviation industry. We want you to join us.”

Mail
Emma Thompson arrived at Marble Arch yesterday afternoon to support climate change protesters and urged others to join their numbers. What she might not have mentioned to them is that she had just flown back to Heathrow Airport from Los Angeles the day before. Many of the protesters have demanded that the Government limit how many times individuals can fly each year. Extinction Rebellion ringleader Robin Boardman-Pattison declared during a television interview this week that flying ‘should only be used in emergencies’ – despite his own apparently extensive travels.

Telegraph
Dame Emma Thompson joined climate protesters in London on Thursday to declare that she wants to be among those demonstrators arrested by police. However, it has emerged that the Oscar winning British actress was photographed a day earlier arriving at Heathrow Airport after apparently flying from Los Angeles where it is believed she had been celebrating her 60th birthday. The Extinction Rebellion group, which is calling for flights to be used only in emergencies, insisted that any flight she had taken was an “unfortunate cost in our bigger battle to save the planet”.

NHS

Telegraph
First, health chiefs warned of the perils of Easter eggs – which stood accused of fuelling Britain’s obesity crisis. Now millions of DIY- enthusiasts are being cautioned to take care before indulging in another bank holiday tradition – the home improvement. Health officials today urged those tempted to pick up their power tools this weekend to think twice, in case they end up in hospital. And they warned that men are far more likely than women to end up suffering injuries from powertools, lawnmowers, or toppling off ladders.

Times
If you’re planning a spot of DIY over the bank holiday weekend, NHS chiefs would appreciate it if you could do so as carefully as possible. In the past year there have been 4,764 hospital admissions caused by injuries from drills and other power tools, 6,372 after falls from ladders, 3,190 involving contact with a non-powered hand tool and 519 related to lawnmowers. Falls involving furniture accounted for 4,319 admissions. NHS England said that the number of injuries from power tools had gone up by 7 per cent in three years.

HS2

Times
Almost £600 million has been spent buying up property to make way for the HS2 high-speed rail link amid warnings over soaring costs. Figures released under freedom of information laws showed that HS2 Ltd, the government-owned company behind the programme, has purchased 902 homes, farms and other properties over the past eight years. Analysis of the figures shows that the taxpayer-funded company paid out more than £1 million for 130 of the properties. This includes £6.8 million for Whatcroft Hall near Northwich, Cheshire, which was owned by the comedian John Bishop.

Notre Dame

Mail
The Duke of Rutland has offered to donate mature oak trees grown on his estate at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire to help restore Notre Dame.   The 850-year-old cathedral in central Paris lost its spire and much of the ornate timber roof during Monday’s devastating blaze.  French cultural heritage expert Bertrand de Feydeau said France no longer has trees on its territory big enough to replace Notre Dame’s ancient wooden beams, which were cut in the 13th century from primal forests.  But the Duke of Rutland and a number of other owners of historic British estates have now offered to provide some of the oaks.

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News review – Wednesday 17 April 2019

News review – Wednesday 17 April 2019

Conservative Party

Telegraph
Grassroots Tories believe they are just weeks away from triggering a little-known process that could help to bring down Theresa May. Party chairmen are circulating a petition calling for the party’s National Convention, which represents the grassroots, to call an Extraordinary General Meeting to pass a vote of no confidence in Mrs May, the Tory leader. If the petition motion is signed by more than 65 association chairmen, the party is obliged to hold the meeting. So far between 40 and 50 party chairmen have signed it, and the threshold could be passed as early as next week

Mirror
Fed-up local Tory chairmen are plotting to force out Theresa May sooner than planned by using little known powers in the party rule book. An emergency meeting of the Conservatives’ National Convention, which represents the party’s grassroots, can be called if 65 local association chairmen agree, paving the way for a no confidence vote in the Tory leader. The signatures are already being gathered, with Brexit-leaning grassroots Tories furious at the Prime Minister’s handling of the UK’s departure from the EU.

Express
THERESA MAY could face another no-confidence vote as Tory MPs plan to set the motion at an extraordinary general meeting. Party chairmen have been encouraging MPs to sign a petition calling for a National Convention to oust the party leader, the Daily Telegraph reported. The Conservatives must hold the meeting if the petition is signed by more than 65 association chairmen. Up to 50 chairmen have reportedly signed it so far.

Sun
TORIES fear they could lose around half of their MEPs if Theresa May stays in No10. Candidates say that a combination of Brexit chaos and the PM clinging on means they face a drubbing in the local and Euro elections next month. The PM has said she will step down if her deal goes through, but she still stick around and Britain will have to take part in the polls one isn’t signed off in weeks.

Express
A MASSIVE surge to join the Conservative Party has prompted fears that Brexit activists are signed up in a bid to pick a new Prime Minister. A whopping 30,000 people have joined the Tories within the last 12 months, the Sun has claimed. The increase would boost its overall numbers to more than 150,000, which would be a seven year high. CCHQ insiders say some of the rise is from a new recruitment drive, but others believe the prospect of having a say on Theresa May’s successor is now being heavily exploited.

Westmonster
The Conservative Party’s membership has ballooned by tens of thousands in a year following Leave.EU’s drive to push for Brexiteers to join so that they can vote in the next Tory leadership contest.  Around 30,000 new members have joined the Tory Party over the last 12 months, according to The Sun. And whilst Tory chiefs will of course say this is as a result of their own recruitment, it comes after Leave.EU launched a campaign urging Brexiteers to join in order to help determine who will follow Theresa May as the next Party Leader after she eventually leaves.

Brexit

Independent
Theresa May has “no chance” of passing her Brexit deal in time to pull the UK out of the European parliament elections and avoid a likely devastating defeat, experts have concluded. Time has already effectively run out on attempts to ratify the agreement by 22 May, they say – despite the prime minister insisting talks with Labour can still deliver a compromise before the deadline. The verdict puts the Conservatives on course to lose most of their MEPs, polls suggest, as Leave voters protest at the failure to deliver Brexit, a disastrous result that would trigger huge pressure on Ms May to resign.

Sun
A FRESH plot is underway to force through a soft Brexit to end the Commons deadlock, it was revealed today. Veteran MPs Frank Field and Ken Clarke are teaming up to force another vote on a customs union in weeks – in a hope they can push through a soft exit. A customs union has already been rejected by MPs in the Commons last month, where it lost by eight votes. But Independent MP Mr Field told the Evening Standard that bringing it back again could get both party leaders “off the hook” and they won’t have to sign a formal Brexit deal.

Cross party talks

Guardian
No 10 is feeling the pressure to pull the plug on Brexit talks with Labour and move to an alternative plan, amid warnings that the opposition is in no hurry for a deal before the European elections. With talks deadlocked and no sign that the government moving on its red lines, neither the Conservatives or Labour want to appear responsible for the breakdown in discussions. However, government sources acknowledge Theresa May is under much greater time pressure than Labour, which has little incentive to do a deal before the European and local elections that are likely to result in the Conservatives suffering heavy losses to  Nigel Farage’s Brexit party.

Express
DOWNING Street is under pressure to scrap Brexit talks with Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn amid concerns his party is in no rush to break the impasse before the European elections. Government sources say the Labour Party has little incentive to rush through a deal before the May European Elections as the Tories face heavy losses to Nigel Farage’s Brexit party. Number 10 is also said to be concerned Labour will not support a plan for MPs to vote on amendments to the withdrawal deal in order to break the deadlock, according to The Guardian. If the withdrawal bill is voted down before the amendments, Prime Minister Theresa May would be forced to prorouge parliament and start again by bringing it forward with a new session and the Queen’s speech.

Reuters
The Labour Party denied a Guardian newspaper report on Tuesday that Brexit talks with Prime Minister Theresa May’s government had stalled. The newspaper had said talks had stalled due to a Conservative desire for post-Brexit deregulation including pursuing a U.S. trade deal. “There has to be access to European markets and above all there has to be a dynamic relationship to protect the conditions and rights that we’ve got for environment and consumer workplace rights,” Corbyn said according to the Guardian.

Huffington Post
Cross-party talks aimed at breaking the Brexit deadlock are close to collapse, Jeremy Corbyn has suggested. The Labour leader said his negotiating team, led by shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, had pressed “very robustly” for a customs union, but backbench Conservatives demanding low tax and deregulation were blocking progress.

CHUK

Times
The Independent Group of breakaway MPs has formally become a political party — but candidates will have a blank space next to their names on ballot papers after their logo was rejected. The Electoral Commission has approved an application from the group of former Labour and Tory MPs to become Change UK — The Independent Group in time for them to fight the European elections from May 23 to 26.

BBC News
The Electoral Commission has approved The Independent Group’s application to register as a political party. The group – made up of 11 former Labour and Tory MPs who quit their parties in February – will become Change UK. The approval means they can put forward candidates in the European elections due to take place on 23 May – if the UK has not left the EU by then. But the Commission rejected the party’s logo, saying it was “likely to mislead voters”.

Mail
The fledgling centrist political party set up by disaffected Tory and Labour Remainers has been swamped by requests from 3,000 people who want to become its first MEPs. Change UK, which was launched by the Independent Group’s 11 MPs, plans to whittle the list down to a shortlist of 100 before choosing who to put forward for the UK’s 73 seats, the Times reported. In a statement on the close of applications, the Independent Group told the paper: ‘We have been overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of applicants.’

The Brexit Party

Breitbart
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has said EU elections will mark the beginning of a new era in British politics and told MEPs in the European Parliament, “I’m coming back. In fact, lots and lots of us are coming back.” “The Brexit Party will sweep the board at these elections,” Mr Farage told his colleagues in Strasbourg on Tuesday. “There is only one way to stop it and that is if the governing party of Mrs May and the Opposition of Mr Corbyn come together and agree to a permanent Customs Union and indeed effectively membership of the Single Market.

Westmonster
Brexit MEP Nigel Farage today warned that the EU establishment will be “very, very surprised” by what happens at the European Elections Elections on 23rd May and declared that it will mark “a new future for British democracy”. In a speech in the European Parliament today, Farage declared that the Brexit Party “will sweep the board” in the European Elections unless the Conservatives and Labour “come together to agree to a permanent Customs Union”.

EU

Westmonster
The European Union’s Donald Tusk today insisted that the dream of the UK remaining in the EU wasn’t dead after all. Now that would truly be a nightmare for the pro-Brexit majority of Brits.  Speaking today, Tusk insisted that “all options remain on the table such as ratification of the current Withdrawal Agreement or extra time to rethink Brexit if that were the wish of the British people”.

Mirror
Donald Tusk has said he still “dreams” of the UK reversing Brexit following the six month extension. The European Council President insisted that the UK cannot be a “second category” member of the EU if it takes part in elections.  Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Mr Tusk said: “During the European Council, one of the leaders warned us not to be dreamers, and that Brexit couldn’t be reversed.

BBC News
The UK will take part in May’s European elections and British MEPs could sit for “months or even longer”, European Council President Donald Tusk has said. Mr Tusk said the decision to delay Brexit to 31 October meant British voters would be going to the polls. But Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt said the six-month extension was too short for change and too far away to prompt action.

Independent
The president of the European Council has warned opponents of Brexit not to “give in to fatalism” and accept Britain’s departure from the European Union. Speaking in the European parliament on Tuesday, Donald Tusk said Europe and Britain needed “dreams and dreamers” to keep the idea of a united Europe alive and the UK in the EU. “During the European Council, one of the leaders warned us not to be dreamers and that we shouldn’t think that Brexit can be reversed,” Mr Tusk told MEPs in Strasbourg

Guardian
Donald Tusk, the European council president, has turned his fire on senior MEPs after he was accused of dividing the EU and prolonging the Brexit crisis for Europe by delaying it to 31 October. The European parliament’s Brexit coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, had warned during a Brexit debate that the EU27’s decision last week would “poison” the European elections, in which Britain would need to take part.

Mail
Britain cannot be treated like a second class member while it remains an EU member state ahead of Brexit, a top European politician has warned. Donald Tusk used a speech to euro MPs in Brussels to urge them not to give in to ‘fear and scaremongering’ claims that the UK could use extra time inside the bloc to ‘disrupt’ its activities. To muted applause in Brussels today the European Council president said that the UK had been a ‘constructive and responsible’ member state throughout Brexit talks.

Independent
Donald Tusk has told MEPs a long extension to the Brexit process allows for “all options” to remain on the table, including the possibility of a second referendum. In reference to claims from Brexiteers such as Jacob Rees-Mogg in recent weeks, Mr Tusk added: “I know that some have expressed fear that the UK might want to disrupt the EU‘s functioning during this time. “But the EU did not give in to such scaremongering… in fact, since the very beginning of the Brexit process the UK has been a constructive and responsible EU member state.

Telegraph
The established centre-left and centre-right blocs in the EU Parliament are likely to lose their combined majority in May’s European Elections, according to the latest polling. Polls indicate that these two large pan-European blocs, which are comprised of a host of allied parties from each EU country, will lose seats under a tide of populist support. While the centre-right European Peoples’ Party (EPP) and centre-left Socialists & Democrats (S&D) are likely to remain the largest parliamentary groups, experts warn that their current position of dominance is now “threatened”.

Mail
A senior EU negotiator said yesterday he believes Britain will waste its latest Brexit extension. Guy Verhofstadt, European Parliament Brexit coordinator, said the UK will probably ‘run down the clock’ once again. He criticised MPs’ decision to go off on holiday as soon as the six-month extension had been agreed. Mr Verhofstadt said delaying Brexit to the end of October risked prolonging the uncertainty of the process because it was ‘too near for a substantial rethink and at the same time too far away to prompt any action’.

Times
Nigel Farage is “the only thing that can save” the European Union from being “poisoned” by a never-ending Brexit, Guy Verhofstadt has warned. The European Parliament’s Brexit chief, a passionate supporter of a United States of Europe, attacked EU leaders yesterday for allowing Britain to delay Brexit at a summit last week. Mr Verhofstadt echoed arguments against a Brexit extension made by President Macron, who is the most powerful ally of the MEP’s liberal bloc in next month’s EU elections.

Crime

Telegraph
Criminals will have minor offences wiped from their records under plans being considered by Sajid Javid to stop them being denied jobs by “spent” convictions. The Home Secretary is reviewing a rule where anyone with more than one conviction, no matter how minor, automatically has them disclosed to a prospective employer for the rest of their lives.

Independent
Employers could be kept in the dark about the criminal records of some job applicants under a review of rules by the home secretary. Sajid Javid said the government needs to “look again” at how much is revealed about people who have committed certain crimes when they apply for jobs. Currently anyone with more than one conviction automatically has details shared with potential employers, no matter how much time has passed.

ITV News
Employers could be kept in the dark about the criminal records of some job applicants under a review of rules by the Home Secretary. Sajid Javid said the Government needs to “look again” at how much is revealed about people who have committed certain crimes when they apply for jobs. Currently anyone with more than one conviction automatically has details shared with potential employers, no matter how much time has passed.

Mail
Criminals with minor convictions will be given a clean slate to stop them being denied jobs under Home Office plans. Home Secretary Sajid Javid yesterday revealed he is reviewing a rule that allows bosses to know their prospective employees’ criminal pasts. The current rule states jobseekers with criminal convictions automatically have them revealed to interviewers if they have more than one. But under new plans, crimes such as drug possession, thefts or minor assaults will not be disclosed to employers by the Government’s disclosure and barring service (DBS) as a matter of course.

Dementia

Times
Dementia patients will be handed prescriptions to kit their houses out with smart technology at the point of diagnosis within the decade, experts predict. The technology, including radar to monitor their movement, robotic devices to remind them if they have left the hob on and ear-worn sensors to track their brainwaves and gait, is designed to help them to stay in their own homes as long as possible.

Education

Independent
Labour would scrap the controversial Sats exams in English primary schools, Jeremy Corbyn has said. The “regime of extreme pressure testing” would be abolished amid reports of children crying, vomiting and having nightmares, the Labour leader told the National Education Union conference. Mr Corbyn has also announced that the next Labour government will scrap the government’s baseline assessments for children as young as four – which are due to come into effect next year. The pledge was received with a standing ovation and loud cheers from teachers in Liverpool, with some chanting, “Oh Jeremy Corbyn”.

Morning Star
JEREMY CORBYN has vowed that a future Labour government will abolish hated primary school SATs. The Labour leader made the pledge in a barnstorming speech at the National Education Union’s (NEU) annual conference in Liverpool today. He laid out the policy under plans to abolish the “regime of extreme pressure testing” for primary school children, who are among the most tested in the world.

Mastercard

Mail
Nearly every adult in the UK could be in line for a payout from Mastercard after a £14billion damages claim against the payment provider was revived by the Court of Appeal today.  The legal action is being brought against the card giant by Former financial ombudsman Walter Merricks. He said the maximum payout from the proposed ‘opt-out’ claim will be around £300 for anyone over the age of 16 and who was a resident in the UK for three months or more between 1992 and 2008.  Around 46.2million people could qualify for the payout – including those who have never had a Mastercard, according to Merricks.

Times
One of the largest damages claims to be brought in the English courts is back on after the Court of Appeal revived a £14 billion lawsuit against Mastercard on behalf of 46 million UK consumers. If the case is successful, in theory it would enable anyone who was aged 16 or over between 1992 and 2008 to claim compensation from Mastercard, the American payments processing business. The claim works out at up to £304 per person. Walter Merricks, the former Financial Ombudsman who has fought Mastercard for three years, hailed the decision as a milestone in his battle to see shoppers compensated.

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News review – Monday 15 April 2019

News review – Monday 15 April 2019

Euro elections

Mail
A Labour move to ban pro-Brexit candidates standing for the party in the European elections was revealed last night. Labour’s 20 MEPs, who are all Remainers, have urged Jeremy Corbyn to force all candidates to promise to back calls for a second referendum, party sources claimed. But the move is fiercely opposed by some members of Mr Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, who fear it will drive Brexiteer Labour voters towards Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party or far-Right groups in the May 23 elections. The row was revealed after Richard Corbett, Labour’s leader in the European parliament, said Mr Corbyn must back a second referendum – or ‘confirmatory vote’ – in its Euro elections manifesto.

Huffington Post
Two leading supporters of Jeremy Corbyn are in the frame for a plum European Parliament seat when Labour selects its candidates this week. Laura Parker (pictured above), national coordinator of the grassroots group Momentum, and Katy Clark, a former MP and political secretary to Corbyn, are both in contention for a London region MEP spot, party sources said. Gordon Nardell, who is Labour’s new in-house lawyer tasked with dealing with anti-semitism cases, is also seen as a contender.

Mail
Tory activists have threatened to boycott European Parliament elections in protest at Theresa May’s decision to delay Brexit. Almost 40 Conservative association chairmen have written to her saying they will not take part because it would be ‘inconsistent and unprincipled to do so’. The letter, seen by the Daily Mail, accuses the Prime Minister of breaking ‘solemn pledges’ to honour the referendum result and ‘leave the EU on time on March 29’.

Mail
The Conservatives are facing an exodus as up to 40 EU election candidates are believed to be defecting to the Brexit Party. Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage has reportedly received word from 26 MPs that privately said they will vote for his new group. And even more are said to be ditching their Tory MEP campaigns in favour of standing for the Brexit Party.

Independent
The Conservatives are facing a humiliating defeat at the European elections next month after support for the party slumped to its lowest level since 2013, according to a new poll. The survey shows the Tories on just 28 per cent when it comes to general election voting intention – a four-point fall which leaves them trailing Labour on 32. When voters were asked which party they will vote for at the European elections, Theresa May’s party languished on 16 per cent, eight points behind Labour on 24

Brexit

Express
ARCH-BREXITEER and Tory MP Sir John Redwood has blasted Theresa May for agreeing to a “needless” Brexit delay and accused Parliament of “dancing on the EU strings”. Mr Redwood said MPs had lost faith in Britain’s ability to govern itself and instead were clinging to the idea of the UK attaching itself to the EU forevermore. The 67-year-old summed up the behaviour of many lawmakers as “bizarre” as they continue to coil away from the offer to “take back control” and instead advocate for a semi-Brexit.

Telegraph (by Boris Johnson)
I know it may not feel much like it at the moment, but some day soon we are going to get out. Unless we MPs have taken leave of our senses, we will honour the wishes of the people. Unless the PM has some secret plan to stifle Brexit with a series of ever more ludicrous delays, it seems to me all but inevitable that we will eventually respect the result of the 2016 referendum and leave the European Union. So don’t despair. Don’t give up. It is going to happen, and at that wonderful moment it will be as though the lights have come on at some raucous party.

Times
A prominent Labour MP was criticised yesterday for likening Conservative Brexiteers to the Nazis and warning that they must not be “appeased”. David Lammy defended comments he had previously made in which he compared members of the European Research Group of Tory MPs to the Nazis. Far from this being an unacceptable comparison, he had not gone far enough, he said, and then accused Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg of associating themselves with far-right propagandists.

Mail
Jacob Rees-Mogg has slammed David Lammy after the Labour MP compared him and Boris Johnson to Nazis today. The second referendum campaigner likened the politicians to Hitler in a damning outburst on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. And his rant sparked fury among Conservatives who claim the MP for Tottenham has ‘lost it’ with the comparisons to ‘white supremacists’.  Now, Rees-Mogg has taken to Twitter to criticise the Labour MP: ‘I feel sorry for Mr Lammy, comparing a Parliamentary ginger group with an organisation and creed that killed six million Jewish people makes him look foolish and his comments unbalanced.

Express
JACOB Rees-Mogg has lashed out at David Lammy after the Labour MP compared the Brexit-backing European Research Group to Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party. The prominent Brexiteer and chair of ERG said he felt sorry for the Labour MP following his controversial comments which made him “look foolish”. In a blistering attack, Mr Rees-Mogg said Mr Lammy’s comments were “unbalanced” and would “damage his reputation”.  He tweeted: “I feel sorry for Mr Lammy, comparing a Parliamentary ginger group with an organisation and creed that killed six million Jewish people makes him look foolish and his comments unbalanced.

Sky News
Senior Conservatives hope Brexit compromise talks will conclude with enough time for the UK to avoid fighting European Parliament elections. Cabinet Office minister David Lidington and Iain Duncan Smith both indicated they wanted negotiations to wrap up before 22 May. Britain has been granted a new Brexit delay until 31 October by the EU, with the option to pull out of the bloc earlier if parliament passes a divorce deal.

EU

Express
FINLAND has sent a strong warning to the EU after the populist Finns party made huge gains in Sunday’s parliamentary elections to come second. The nationalist Finns Party narrowly avoided victory after taking 17.6 percent after more than 97 percent of votes were counted. They were narrowly pipped to the post by Finland’s leftist Social Democrat party (SDP), with leader Antti Rinne declaring victory after partial results showed his party winning by a tight margin with 17.8 percent

Conservative Party

Express
TORY MPs desperate for a new leader amid the Brexit chaos could oust Theresa May by holding another no confidence vote, it has emerged. Prime Minister Theresa May believes she is safe from a no confidence vote until December under current rules after she faced down the same vote in December 2018. But now Tory grandees Michael Spicer and Archie Hamilton, who are former chairs of the 1922 Committee, have warned that the group can make its own rules. They said the rule of the 12-month block on a new no confidence vote “has been interpreted as being immovable”.

Mail
Theresa May could face a fresh leadership challenge within weeks after senior Tories agreed to launch a review of the party’s rulebook. The backbench 1922 Committee is looking at whether to tear up the rules that prevent the party leader facing more than one challenge in a 12-month period. Sources on the committee last night said the change would be debated by the ruling executive at its first meeting back after Easter on April 23. Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady is understood to be seeking legal advice on the proposed change, amid concerns that it could be challenged by supporters of the Prime Minister.

Breitbart
Support for the Conservative Party has sunk to its lowest level in years according to polling from multiple firms. The British public are clearly furious that Theresa May has totally failed to deliver Brexit on time, as promised. The latest Opinium poll has the Tories down to 29% for a General Election, a 6-point drop that gives Labour a 7-point lead. Two weeks ago they were neck and neck on 35% each. This level of support is the lowest Opinium have recorded for the Conservatives since May 2014 nearly five years ago.

Reuters
Britain’s ruling Conservative Party cannot let itself be defined solely by Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May’s de facto deputy said on Sunday, as polling showed failure to leave the European Union on schedule has badly damaged its support. May’s authority has been shattered by her three-time failure to get an exit deal approved by parliament and a pledge to quit once Brexit is delivered, driving speculation about her successor and a possible national election.

Telegraph
Philip Hammond has ridiculed three Brexiteer Tory leadership candidates for engaging in “suicide pacts” when they each failed in their bid to be Prime Minister instead of Theresa May. In a speech in Washington, the Chancellor said Michael Gove and Boris Johnson had formed an “unintended suicide pact” during the last leadership contest while Andrea Leadsom effectively “knifed herself” in a “private suicide pact”. The Chancellor said there was likely to be a far “wider field” this time.

Sky News
Sajid Javid is unveiling a radical blueprint for protecting communities from crime, in a high profile move being widely seen as paving the way for a Tory leadership bid. In a major policy speech, he is calling for a dual approach that limits opportunities to commit crime, coupled with early intervention to prevent young people being drawn into it. As well as tackling issues like knife crime, the home secretary’s speech is being seen as a move to step up his campaign to succeed Theresa May as prime minister.

Times
Cabinet rivals to succeed Theresa May are backing the prime minister to stay in office into the autumn if she fails to get her Brexit deal through parliament. A leading Brexiteer demanded yesterday that Mrs May step down by the end of June and raised the prospect of another move to unseat her within months. Supporters of cabinet contenders to succeed her have made clear privately, though, that they do not want a contest before the first stage of Brexit is resolved, even if talks with Labour break down.

Breitbart
The Conservative Party has been hit by more defections this weekend in another major blow to the party. Two former Tory MPs, Stephen Dorrell and Neil Carmichael, have said they are leaving the Conservative Party in order to join the ultra-europhile splinter party Change UK (CUK), formed by eight Labour and three Conservative MPs who had left their former parties over issues including anti-Semitism in Labour and their handling of Brexit.

Labour Party

Express
THE SNP is appealing to Jeremy Corbyn for help in blocking Brexit, saying it would be “unforgivable” for the Labour leader to reach a deal with Theresa May that does not include a second referendum. Ian Blackford, the Scottish National Party’s Westminster leader, said Mr Corbyn was “wasting time” by holding cross-party talks with the Prime Minister and urged him to stop skirting around the issue of a so-called People’s Vote, which is supported by 80 Labour MPs.

Independent
Jeremy Corbyn is on course to be prime minister as Conservative support plummets, according to an analysis of recent polling. Labour could capitalise on the Brexit delay to sweep into power, with the Tories set to lose 59 seats in the event of a general election, according to Electoral Calculus research for The Sunday Telegraph. The analysis is the latest in a clutch of surveys which point to a collapse in the Conservative vote, with two other polls this weekend putting support for the party at its lowest in at least five years.

Mail
Jeremy Corbyn is set to take power due to Theresa May‘s failure to deliver Brexit by March 29, a polling analysis has revealed.   A general election would see the Conservative Party losing 59 seats, meaning Mr Corbyn’s party would be left the largest in the House of Commons, a Sunday Telegraph poll of polls claimed.  President of the British Polling Council Professor Sir John Curtice said Brexiteers had been ‘drawn back to either Ukip or Nigel Farage‘s newly launched Brexit Party’.

Times
The former cabinet minister chosen to lead an inquiry into Labour’s handling of antisemitism claims he has warned the party that it faces a “very real” electoral threat if it is not dealt with soon. Lord Falconer of Thoroton admitted yesterday that his work was “on hold” while the party awaited an inquiry by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and said he was “very frustrated” at the slow pace of the investigation. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s The World This Weekend, Lord Falconer said he feared that the time the commission would take to complete its investigation would be “too long” for Labour to take effective measures against the reputational threat it faced now.

Customs union

Guardian
The government and Labour must reach a compromise on their red lines around a customs union if a deal is to be reached between the two sides, Theresa May’s de facto deputy has said. David Lidington, who is leading the government’s talks with Labour which are set to continue next week, said there was a deal to be done on the UK’s future customs arrangements after Brexit and said various options were being “tested”. A detailed programme of talks between ministers and shadow ministers on different topics has been prepared to take place next week, over the parliamentary recess.

NHS

Times
Thousands of Welsh patients could be banned from English hospitals as a funding row escalates. Conservatives have demanded that the Welsh government “pay up” while NHS insiders expressed frustration that politicians are “just throwing rocks at each other”. Last week the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said that apart from emergency or maternity patients, it would no longer treat people from Wales because they did not bring in as much money as those living in England.

Times
The leader of a government review on the gender pay gap in medicine says that a pensions tax on high earners could deter female doctors from applying for senior roles and awards. Tax rule changes are causing widespread concern in the NHS, with warnings that overstretched services will be understaffed as senior doctors cut their hours to avoid punitive tax rates.

Education

Times
An estimated 53,000 pupils attend so-called zombie schools that are stuck in administrative limbo as they wait for new sponsors. Official figures show that 93 academies are in the process of transferring between trusts after their original sponsor backed out. The figure has increased by 45 per cent from 64 in 2017. The academies are said to be crippled by the uncertainty of the transfer process, with governing bodies hesitanting to make long-term decisions until a sponsor is found.

Guardian
Children in England with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) have lost out on £1.2bn worth of services because government funding has failed to keep pace with soaring demand for additional support over the past four years, according to an analysis. The number of children and young people with an education, health and care plan, a legal document detailing a child’s entitlement to support for special needs, has risen from 240,000 to 320,000 since 2015 – an increase of 33% – according to research by the National Education Union (NEU).

Private tenants

Telegraph
Landlords will no longer be able to evict people at short notice without good reason under plans to create “open-ended tenancies”. Theresa May will bring an end to “no fault” evictions which give tenants as little as eight weeks’ notice after their fixed term contract has come to an end. Landlords will instead have to take tenants to court and provide “legitimate reasons” for removing people from their properties.

Times
Tenants are to be protected against eviction without good reason in a renting revolution to offer peace of mind to families unable to buy their own homes. No-fault evictions are to be scrapped under government plans to be announced today which will, in effect, make tenancies open ended, as they are in Germany and several other European countries.

ITV News
Private landlords will no longer be able to evict tenants at short notice and without good reason under a major shake-up of the rental sector, the Government has said. Prime Minister Theresa May said the move would end the threat of so-called “no-fault” evictions which give tenants as little as eight weeks’ notice after a fixed-term contract has come to an end. Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary James Brokenshire said the proposed changes would effectively create open-ended tenancies.

Mirror
Private landlords will be banned from evicting tenants at short notice and without good reason under plans unveiled on Monday. In a major victory for campaigners, landlords will no longer be able to oust renters with as little as eight weeks’ notice after the fixed-term contract has come to an end. It is aimed at effectively creating open-ended tenancies – offering hundreds of thousands of families in rented accommodation greater protections and certainty.

Independent
Theresa May has pledged to overhaul the private rental sector by abolishing landlords’ powers to evict tenants at short notice and without good reason. In a major reversal of a policy implemented during Margaret Thatcher‘s time in Downing Street, the prime minister said she was taking action to end “no-fault” evictions in England.  Under the practice – already abolished in Scotland – landlords in England are able to evict tenants on a whim and without reason with as little as eight weeks’ notice, once a fixed-term contract has come to an end.

Guardian
Housing campaigners have hailed a groundbreaking shift for tenants’ rights after the government announced plans to scrap “no-fault evictions”, which it described as the biggest overhaul for renters in a generation. The government will consult on abolishing section 21 evictions in England, meaning private landlords would no longer be able to evict tenants from their homes at short notice and without good reason.

Mail
Landlords will no longer be able to evict tenants at short notice without good reason under a major housing shake-up to be announced today. Prime Minister Theresa May said the move would end the threat of so-called ‘no-fault’ evictions which give renters as little as eight weeks’ notice to leave if their fixed-term contracts have ended. But landlords have warned that the move could create ‘indefinite tenancies by the back door’ leading to fewer homes being available in the rental sector.

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Sunday papers – 14 April 2019

Sunday papers – 14 April 2019

Conservative Party

The Mirror claims the PM is panicking.

Panicking Theresa May has cancelled the Easter break for her Brexit negotiators in a bid to head off the threat of Nigel Farage.
The former UKIP leader launched his new Brexit Party this week.
Bookies instantly made it second favourite after Labour to win most seats in European elections due on May 23.
The launch sparked fear among the main parties – and put new urgency into talks with Labour counterparts that many thought would be suspended during Parliament’s Easter recess.

The Tories will go to any lengths to save the Premier, reports the Mail.

Tory Whips were at the centre of a growing dirty tricks storm last night after it emerged that a second former Army officer tipped for party leadership is having his past mysteriously probed.
On Thursday, war hero turned Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer took to social media to accuse an anonymous Tory enforcer of attempting to ‘dig up dirt’ about his military career. The accused is understood to be Deputy Chief Whip Chris Pincher.
Now The Mail on Sunday has learnt that similar enquiries have been made to former Army colleagues of Tory MP Tom Tugendhat – who served in the Intelligence Corps – who last week ruled out a tilt at No 10.

And ITV News reports the other side of the argument – that some Tories will change the rules to get rid of May.

Tory grandees have raised the possibility of a change in the rules governing challenges to the party leader.
Under the current system, a move against the leader can only be brought once in a 12-month period.
Theresa May saw off a bid to oust her last December and so would not expect to face the risk of another possible attempt to topple her until the end of the year.

The Sun reports the reason she won’t call a General Election.

THERESA May faced a hammer blow last night as public sympathy for her collapsed.
The embattled PM has been propped up by voter admiration for her dogged determination to deliver Brexit.
But private polls reveal it began ebbing away after she failed to lead Britain out of the EU on time.
Tory chiefs are alarmed at how quickly voters have lost patience with her.

Labour Party

The Labour Party isn’t doing much better, reports the Independent.

Jeremy Corbyn has been warned by Labour’s leader in the European parliament and other grandees that the party will be deserted by millions of anti-Brexit voters if it fails to clearly back a second referendum in its manifesto for next month’s EU elections.
The message from Richard Corbett, who leads Labour’s 20 MEPs, comes amid growing fears at the top of the party that it could lose a generation of young, pro-EU voters if it does not guarantee another public vote.
That age group, as well as many other Remainers, MPs say, could turn instead to unambiguously anti-Brexit parties, including the fledgling independent group Change UK, the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and the SNP.

But the Telegraph claims he’s still in the running for No. 10.

Jeremy Corbyn is on course to sweep into No 10 after Theresa May failed to deliver on her promise to take the UK out of the EU by March 29, a major polling analysis reveals.
The Conservatives would lose 59 seats in the event of a general election, making Labour the largest party in the Commons, according to an exclusive poll of polls for The Sunday Telegraph.

The Mail also runs the story.

Jeremy Corbyn is set to take power due to Theresa May‘s failure to deliver Brexit by March 29, a polling analysis has revealed.
A general election would see the Conservative Party losing 59 seats, meaning Mr Corbyn’s party would be left the largest in the House of Commons, a Sunday Telegraph poll of polls claimed.
President of the British Polling Council Professor Sir John Curtice said Brexiteers had been ‘drawn back to either Ukip or Nigel Farage‘s newly launched Brexit Party’.

The Brexit Party

Nigel’s new party is surging in the polls, says Westmonster.

Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party has had a surge in the latest YouGov poll for The Times, with the new outfit and UKIP polling a combined 29% for the European Elections.
In a poll conducted before Farage launched the party yesterday, the Brexit Party are on 15% for the European Elections compared to 16% for the Conservatives and 24% for Labour who lead.
UKIP are polling a further 14%, meaning the combined Brexit Party/UKIP voting intention of 29% outguns Labour by 5 points.

Anti-semitism

A private comment has been leaked to the Times.

Jeremy Corbyn has privately admitted that evidence of anti-semitism in Labour has been “mislaid, ignored or not used”, The Sunday Times can reveal.
He made the admission during a secretly recorded meeting with the MP Margaret Hodge to discuss the party’s anti-semitism crisis.
It is the first time Corbyn has cast doubt on his own staff’s ability to tackle the problem that has dogged his leadership for years and whether they have mishandled evidence of racism.

Several of the media have picked up the recorded words.  BBC News says:

Jeremy Corbyn has privately expressed concern that evidence of anti-Semitism within Labour was “mislaid or ignored”, leaked recordings suggest.
The Sunday Times has released part of a conversation the party leader had with Dame Margaret Hodge, which she taped.
The Barking MP has been a fierce critic of Mr Corbyn’s stance on anti-Semitism.
A Labour spokesman said the tape showed Mr Corbyn’s desire for “robust and efficient” procedures and to “rebuild trust with the Jewish community”.

Sky News says the meeting was private.

In a secret recording obtained by the Sunday Times, Jeremy Corbyn reportedly said that he believes that evidence of antisemitism in his party has been “mislaid or ignored”.
He was alleged to have made the comments during a private meeting with Dame Margaret Hodge, who is a long-time critic of Mr Corbyn, over his handling of antisemitism.

Second referendum

But Corbyn is warned that he has to support a second referendum, claims the Independent.

Jeremy Corbyn is under intense pressure from within his shadow cabinet to give a strong commitment to a new Brexit referendum as part of Labour’s European election campaign offer.
A string of senior shadow ministers are advocating a new public vote, alongside MPs from the left and right of the party, buoyed by a groundswell of support from the membership.
The Independent understands Labour is now beginning the process of drawing up its manifesto with those wanting to give the public a final say on Brexit pushing the leader to make a strong bid for the Remain vote on polling day.

BBC News also carries the warning.

Jeremy Corbyn has been warned Labour will “haemorrhage” votes in the EU election unless the party explicitly backs a further referendum.
MEP Richard Corbett, leader of the party in the EU Parliament, told the Observer Labour risked losing out to parties committed to a public vote.
If Labour offered “clarity” on a public vote, it would do “very well”, he said. Labour’s current policy is to keep all options on the table – including pressing for a further EU referendum.

Corbyn’s demands are outlined in the Express.

LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn has demanded Prime Minister Theresa May scrap her Brexit red lines if cross-party talks on Britain leaving the EU are to succeed.
The veteran left-winger said it is “scandalous” that she has not sought a dialogue with Labour on Brexit over the past few weeks. Mr Corbyn issued a scathing attack on Mrs May while once again pushing for a second referendum on the 2016 Brexit vote.

Green Party

The Greens are under fire in the Times.

The Green Party ignored allegations that its former deputy leader had been involved in sexual misconduct with children, allowing him to remain as a councillor and continue at senior levels of the party for a further two years.
The party admitted last night that it was guilty of “a serious omission and failure” over Will Duckworth, 65, who was its second most senior figure until 2014, a parliamentary candidate in 2015 and a Green councillor until 2016.
An email, disclosed to the Jay inquiry into child sexual abuse, shows senior staff at the party’s headquarters were told of the allegations against Duckworth as early as December 2014.

Euro elections

Back to elections and now we’re facing the Euros, the Independent looks at the polls.

The Conservatives are facing a humiliating defeat at the European elections next month after support for the party slumped to its lowest level since 2013, according to a new poll.
The survey shows the Tories on just 28 per cent when it comes to general election voting intention – a four-point fall which leaves them trailing Labour on 32.
When voters were asked which party they will vote for at the European elections, Theresa May’s party languished on 16 per cent, eight points behind Labour on 24.

UKIP’s former leader has written for the Express (by Nigel Farage).

THIS is not a bad dream, I’m afraid. It is a pitiful reality. On 23 May, Britain will once again be asked to go to the polls to return 73 MEPs to the European Parliament in Brussels.
After 25 years of campaigning to get the UK out of the EU, I am the last person who wanted our country to be in this position. Frankly, I think it is an unforgivable state of affairs. But the refusal of the political class in Westminster to honour the referendum result of 2016 means that this unwanted election is upon us. We must make the best of it.

The Guardian claims the elections will be a ‘soft referendum’.

Pro-EU parties, including the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and the Independent Group, will not form pacts or alliances at the forthcoming EU elections, hoping to use the poll as a “soft referendum” to show a surge in support for remain.
If no Brexit deal is passed by parliament, the UK will be required to hold the poll on 23 May. The Lib Dems, the mainstream party hoping to capitalise most on anti-Brexit discontent, has almost finalised its manifesto and plans a huge operation of ground campaigning targeting remain voters.

EU

The rest of the bloc could also vote against the EU, says the Express.

FINLAND could join the likes of Poland, Hungary, Italy and Bulgaria by electing its first populist leader in 20 years, sparking panic for Brussels.
The polls open later today, with the Social Democrat Party (SDP) currently leading the ballot with 19 percent support.
The last time they won was in 1999. Behind the SDP is the Nationalist Finns Party at 16.3 percent in the opinion polls, followed by the centre-right National Coalition Party (NCP) with 15.9 percent.

The Express says Ireland could be forced to count its votes twice.

BRITAIN’s failure to deliver Brexit on time will cause chaos at the upcoming European Parliament elections and may force Ireland to count its votes twice, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has warned.
Ireland had been due to be one of the beneficiaries of the UK leaving the bloc by gaining seats in the Brussels chamber, however a six month extension to Article 50 has almost guaranteed Britain’s reluctant participation on May 23-26. Constituencies in Dublin and Ireland South (Munster and south Leinster) were expected to gain an MEP, and Mr Varadkar wants to ensure it does by being prepared for every eventuality.

And on the other side of the Channel, it seems they’re totally ready for ‘no deal’, reports the Express.

A CALAIS port has unveiled its multi-million pound revamp to prepare for no deal Brexit, with its French CEO insisting “we are not afraid” of the UK’s exit from the bloc.
The Port Boulogne Calais’ has ploughed €6million (£5.17million) in to new facilities at the French city to avoid “chaos at Calais” , in terms of terms of customs, veterinary and phytosanitary declarations. Port boss Jean-Marc Puissesseau, who is also deputy mayor of the French city, told Express.co.uk how his port had been preparing for a no deal Brexit since the very moment Britain voted to unshackle itself from the EU in 2016.

Tory leadership

Potential Conservative leaders have started setting out their stalls.  Dominic Raab is covered by the Telegraph.

Private renters should be helped onto the property ladder with a radical new Help to Buy scheme, according to a frontrunner for the Conservative leadership.
Dominic Raab, a former housing minister, says that landlords should be exempted from paying capital gains tax on properties they sell to existing tenants, in order to boost home ownership.
The MP, who quit as Brexit Secretary last year, advocates the plan as part of a “radical agenda” of reforms he says are needed to help deliver on the “dream of the UK as a property-owning democracy. “

The Home Secretary is reported by the Times.

Sajid Javid launched his bid to replace Theresa May as prime minister with a speech to 50 Tory MPs last week in which he said the party needs to “show love” to public sector workers in order to win a majority at the next election.
The home secretary gave what those present said was an impassioned speech as his allies sought to make up for lost time in the leadership race.
Javid described public services as his own “ladder” out of poverty, telling the social justice group of MPs that he used public libraries for study, while praising the NHS, state schools and university for helping him to make his way in the world.

And the Times reports on the campaign to stop Boris.

Senior Tories have launched a “stop Boris” campaign, warning that handing the keys to No 10 to a hard Brexiteer such as Boris Johnson or Dominic Raab would be electoral “suicide”.
Sir Patrick McLoughlin, the former party chairman who is backing Jeremy Hunt to succeed Theresa May, today launches a broadside at Brexiteer candidates, warning that their “ideological” attachment to a no-deal Brexit is “reckless”.
Writing in The Sunday Times, he says: “Defining ourselves as the Brexit party, pursuing the hardest form of Brexit with a parliament that will not deliver it, is a recipe for paralysis in government and suicide with the electorate.

Bercow

The little Squeaker is planning to stay on, says the Times.

John Bercow has abandoned plans to announce his resignation as Commons Speaker later this month after being persuaded to stay on by anti-Brexit Tory MPs, friends told The Mail on Sunday.
Until last week’s decision by European Union leaders to allow Brexit to be delayed until the end of October, Mr Bercow had intended to make a statement to the Commons on April 23 declaring that he was finally making way for a successor after ten years in the job.
But he is understood to have now ‘ripped up’ the statement after coming under ‘huge pressure’ to stay put from pro-Remain MPs.

Legal challenge

Still, the English Democrats’ plan for legal action is supported in the Telegraph (by Sir Bill Cash).

After hours of discussions with QCs and former judges, I believe the British Government’s extension of Article 50 is unlawful.
It is a fundamental principle of UK constitutional law that the Government may not use its powers, including its powers to make international agreements, to frustrate the intention of Parliament. Parliament’s intention is to be found, and is only to be found, in the laws it makes. Resolutions of the House of Commons may sometimes be politically important, but they are of no legal effect unless an Act of Parliament expressly gives them legal effect.

The Express agrees.

THERESA May’s decision to postpone Brexit by extending Article 50 could be illegal according to Conservative MP Sir William Cash, who has indicated the Government could face legal action.
The Prime Minister has agreed to two Brexit extensions, with the most recent taking the UK’s planned departure date to October 31. Mrs May hopes to use the time to persuade MPs to back her EU exit deal, or an alternative agreement drawn up with the opposition Labour Party.

Terror attacks

We may not be out of the woods as far as Isis is concerned, reports the Times.

A victim of the 2015 attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris is helped away. The Paris assaults are listed as an ‘inspiration’ by the authors of Isis documents outlining plans for further outrages.
In Paris four years ago 130 people died when Isis terrorists stormed the Bataclan concert hall and attacked other soft targets across the city. In Manhattan two years later a pick-up mowed down cyclists and runners by the Hudson River, killing eight.
Isis operatives remember the atrocities well. Documents seen by The Sunday Times show that they are actively planning to recreate them in new attacks across Europe and the Middle East.

Health

The Times reports on a potential test for dementia.

The NHS is conducting trials of a five-minute iPad test to spot the early signs of dementia.
The “quick and easy” check could offer “huge benefits” to patients and their families, potentially detecting it years before symptoms appear.
Experts say earlier diagnosis could lead to effective therapies. At present, dementia has no cure. It could also cut the number of “worried well” people who are referred for scans, saving the health service time and money.

The Times also reports on the disgusting content of some homeopathic medicines.

Homeopaths are prescribing potentially dangerous autism “treatments” containing rabid dog saliva and cancerous breast tissue to children as young as three.
They claim the pills can undo the “damage” caused by vaccines and conventional medicine that they believe can trigger autism.
Alan Freestone, from Birmingham, claims to have treated 1,185 autistic patients with remedies such as carcinosinum, made from cancerous breast tissue; lyssin, made with rabid dog saliva; and medorrhinum, made from the discharge of a man with gonorrhoea.

Islam

Marital rape and death for gays are subjects being promoted by some Muslim charities, reports the Times.

Muslim charities have been promoting links to websites that endorse marital rape and support the death penalty for gay people and apostates.
A community charity in Yorkshire, IslamBradford, linked to guidance that said a wife who refused a husband’s “legitimate sexual advances . . . would be committing a monstrous sin”.

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News review – Friday 12 April 2019

News review – Friday 12 April 2019

Euro elections

Westmonster
The Leader of the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats, Sir Vince Cable, has said that he would be up for debating Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage in the run up to May’s European Elections. Speaking to James Whale this morning on TalkRadio, Cable said: “I’m hoping that we’ll have proper Leaders’ Debates about this European Election and I’m certainly up for a proper debate with Nigel Farage.” When asked if he would take part in a one-on-one debate, the LibDem MP said: “I’d love to do that. He is a formidable debater and in many ways quite an engaging character, I’ve crossed swords with him frequently. I think a debate of that kind I would certainly welcome.”

Guardian
Conservative MPs have suggested they could boycott campaigning in the European elections and instruct local parties not to take part, with some saying they would fear for the safety of their activists. Theresa May has said she does not want to fight the elections on 23 May, with No 10 sources suggesting the UK could pull out of holding the vote just 24 hours before the polls open as long as a Brexit deal was passed. However, Conservative MPs and activists remain furious about the prospect of campaigning, especially given many were already experiencing a backlash when canvassing in local elections.

Conservative Party

Mail
Tory support appears to be in free fall amid the Brexit chaos today as a new poll showed the party down 10 per cent in a month. Today’s BMG poll comes just a day after a Kantar survey showed a nine per cent plunge in support. Both polls put Theresa May‘s party in second place behind Labour amid mounting public anger at the shambolic handling of Brexit. Two successive polls showing dramatic falls in support will deeply alarm Tory HQ ahead of local elections on May 2 and likely European elections on May 23.

Sun
TORIES face election meltdown after a new poll shows support for them has plummeted by 10 points in a single month. The result fuelled fears of a bloodbath at the council and European elections and came just days after Tory MP Anne Marie Morris said she may defy her bosses and back the Brexit Party at the polls. A poll by BMG found that just 29 per cent of Brits would vote Tory of a general election was held tomorrow.

‘No deal’ planning

Telegraph
No deal Brexit plans have been shelved by the Government “with immediate effect” as Theresa May faced mounting pressure from Cabinet ministers, Tory Eurosceptics and the DUP to name a date for her departure. Mark Sedwill, the Cabinet Secretary, told the civil service to “wind down” worst-case scenario no-deal planning after the European Union imposed a further six-month Brexit delay on Theresa May.

Independent
The government has halted all emergency planning for a no-deal Brexit despite committing £4bn to preparations, according to reports. A leaked email reportedly sent to all civil servants in an unnamed “front line Brexit department” said no-deal operational planning had been suspended with “immediate effect”.

Express
GOVERNMENTAL departments have been told to stand down their planning for a no-deal Brexit with immediate effect after the EU agreed an Article 50 extension until October 31 – even though £4 billion has already been spent on preparations. A Downing Street source said “in common with the rest of government we have stood down our no-deal operational planning with immediate effect”. The news triggered an angry reaction from Brexiteers, with Tory MP Crispin Blunt describing it as a “confidence matter if true”, implying it could trigger the fall of Theresa May’s Government.

Sun
EMERGENCY planning for No Deal was called off today after the Brexit delay was written into law. Civil servants were reportedly told to stand down from urgent meetings meant to ensure the UK is ready to leave the EU without a deal. The move comes after the Brexit date was moved from April 12 to October 31 following a late-night Brussels summit. The decision comes as citizens and businesses – including L’Oreal, Tesco and BMW – were continuing to stockpile for No Deal.

Mail
The Government is standing down emergency preparations for a no-deal Brexit costing £4million after Theresa May agreed to a six-month delay with EU leaders.  Civil servants were last night told to halt emergency preparations ‘with immediate effect’, including the Operation Brock contraflow on the M20 in Kent. The move infuriated Tory Brexiteers already angry at the latest delay to Britain’s departure from the EU, with former Brexit minister Steve Baker accusing the government of acting out of ‘sheer spite’.

WA

Independent
Theresa May has paved the way for a final shot at pushing a Brexit deal through the House of Commons ahead of European elections in May. The prime minister and her aides repeatedly highlighted that the country could avoid the ignominy of electing British MEPs to the European parliament if the Commons passes a deal in the coming weeks. It would also mean Britain would not need the full extension of the Article 50 negotiating period until 31 October offered by European leaders last night – a proposal that saw Tory Brexiteers demand Ms May resign on Thursday.

DUP

Sun
THERESA May is today under fresh pressure to rip up her Brexit deal and scrap the hated Irish backstop. DUP boss Arlene Foster called on the PM to use the six-month delay to Brexit to start talks again and push the EU into compromising. She warned that if Brussels doesn’t shift its position, the EU will be responsible for triggering a No Deal scenario.

Express
DEPUTY leader of the DUP, Nigel Dodds, demanded the Prime Minister learn her “lesson” over the threat of “no deal” which he claims prompted the European Union to “back down” and offer Britain an extension to the Article 50 process. Nigel Dodds, the DUP’s Commons leader, claimed the European Union had “backed down” as they faced the prospect of Brexit Britain leaving the bloc without a deal.

Westmonster
Conservative MPs Owen Paterson and Iain Duncan Smith have been in Brussels today where they spoke to the European Union’s Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier and continued pushing for the backstop to be ditched. After the meeting, DUP Leader Arlene Foster insisted that “we should have already left” whilst calling for Theresa May “to look at the alternative arrangements to the backstop”. “She should come out here very strongly and say ‘the backstop is the issue, so let’s deal with it’,” Foster told Sky News.

Cross-party talks

Telegraph
Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn agreed last night to press on with Brexit talks as the prime minister spelt out a new route to reaching a deal in the Commons. The party leaders held a short meeting in parliament after Mrs May updated MPs on the latest Brexit delay. In notably warmer exchanges she suggested that the two sides were closer than many realised on the key issue of the customs union while Mr Corbyn did not repeat a previous claim that she was refusing to move from her “red lines”.

Mail
Theresa May edged closer to a compromise with Labour on a customs union last night as she resumed Brexit talks with Jeremy Corbyn. The two met in Parliament hours after Mrs May told MPs there was ‘more agreement in relation to a customs union than is often given credit’. The Labour leader also suggested the talks – which have now lasted nine days – were making progress. He said: ‘I welcome the indications from the Government that they may be willing to move in the key areas that have prevented the Prime Minister’s deal from being supported on this side.’

Second referendum

Telegraph
Geoffrey Cox said ministers would “listen” to demands for a second Brexit referendum in the strongest sign yet the Government is ready to water down its negotiating red lines. The Attorney General said the aim of Brexit compromise talks with the Labour Party was to “find common ground” as he told MPs the Government had entered discussions without any “preconditions”.

Mirror
Second referendum campaigners have hailed today’s pledge to delay Brexit – claiming it paves the way for another EU vote. The six month extension to Halloween has boosted hopes for a second referendum – or that leaving the EU might be cancelled altogether. And today EU chiefs fuelled the hopes, saying they “dreamed” of a day Britain would end the “Halloween nightmare” and stay in the EU altogether. Odds for the UK revoking Article 50 which would effectively cancel Brexit are now at 2/1.

Theresa May

Telegraph
The question was almost inevitable, but when it came, delivered in the measured tones of veteran MP Sir Bill Cash, it was still enough to cause gasps in the House of Commons. Accusing Theresa May of “abject surrender” in accepting a six-month Brexit extension from Brussels, he asked the Prime Minister: “Will she resign?” Sir John Major, David Cameron and Mrs May herself all had their battles with Sir Bill over Europe, but in his 35-year Parliamentary career, it was the first time he had ever called for a Tory leader to go.

Mirror
A senior Tory today launched a blistering attack on the Prime Minister asking her to her face to “resign”. Long term eurosceptic Bill Cash tore into Theresa May’s agreement with the EU27 for an extension until the end of October calling it an “abject surrender”. Mr Cash, who has consistently voted against the Prime Minister’s deal and supports a no deal Brexit , was the first Tory MP to attack the severely weakened Mrs May.

Conservative Woman
IT hasn’t taken long for those modern British evils of declinism and defeatism to work their way through the Westminster village woodwork. The woodworm that’s infested Number Ten and spread to Parliament is now contaminating the mainstream media. By yesterday they’d forgotten that just over a week ago they were taking the end of Theresa May’s reign as read. Let’s hope today’s wake-up lasts.

Mail
Tory Party chiefs are gearing up for a summer leadership contest in preparation for Theresa May quitting, the Daily Mail has learned. Senior officials have drawn up detailed plans for hustings between leadership candidates, including scouting locations across the country, sources said. Details of the preparations come as a string of Eurosceptic Tory MPs called for Mrs May to resign after she agreed to delay Brexit further.

Guardian
Theresa May will face increasing pressure from Eurosceptics to stand down after accepting a delay to leaving the EU until the end of October, the former Brexit secretary David Davis has said. Davis, who has not ruled out standing to replace her, said on Thursday that calls for her to go would rise “dramatically” but did not sound convinced they could persuade her to resign of her own accord or be able to force her out. The prime minister cannot officially be subject to another party leadership challenge until December – a year after seeing off the last one – but a string of Conservative MPs are considering ways to show she has lost the confidence of her party.

Independent
Theresa May is set to enrage her critics within the Conservative party after setting herself up to stay on as prime minister until the winter while presiding over a long delay to Brexit. She told MPs just weeks ago that she was “not prepared to delay Brexit any further than 30 June” as prime minister and said she would resign once this stage of talks was complete – prompting her rivals to gear up for a summer leadership contest.

Breitbart
Tory MPs who have lost patience with Theresa May’s repeated efforts to delay Brexit, breaking multiple promises along the way, are trying to organise an internal petition to change party rules and remove her as leader. Mrs May was granted a 12-month period of immunity from votes of no confidence by the parliamentary party after surviving a challenge in December 2018, despite more than half of her backbenchers voting for her removal.

Times
DUP chiefs have held private talks with Boris Johnson and his Tory leadership campaign team as Theresa May faces repeated challenges to her dwindling authority. The prime minister brushed aside calls by Tory Brexiteers yesterday for her resignation but was put on notice by her supposed allies in the Democratic Unionist Party that the clock was running down on the deal under which they prop up her government.

EU

Telegraph
Theresa May certainly faced a tough crowd at Wednesday’s EU summit in Brussels, with Emmanuel Macron’s hardline stance against a long extension to Article 50 threatening to destabilise the European consensus and give the PM a headache. But help came in the unlikely form of Angela Merkel. While Theresa May may not be a stranger to public snubbing at these summits, the German chancellor went out of her way to share an endearing moment with the British Prime Minister.

Independent
Theresa May disowned hardline Tory Eurosceptics at a closed meeting of EU leaders in Brussels in her bid to win a further delay to Brexit. The prime minister stressed to Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and others that MPs like Jacob Rees-Mogg – who have suggested the UK should cause chaos at EU institutions if it stayed in the bloc – had no influence. “She made clear that that the United Kingdom was a serious country and that we should not be distracted by some non-members of the government who were trying to give the opposite impression,” a senior EU official who was in the meeting said.

Independent
European Council president Donald Tusk has said it is his “quiet dream” for the UK to stay in the EU after the bloc’s leaders offered to delay Brexit until Halloween. In a dramatic night in Brussels, European leaders rebuffed Theresa May’s calls for a short extension to 30 June, instead offering the prime minister a longer extension to 31 October to find a way through the Brexit deadlock.

NHS

Mail
More than 71,000 patients were taken back to hospital last year just a day after they were sent home, figures have revealed. The number of readmissions soared by a third in four years, figures revealed, with experts blaming a severe shortage of hospital beds. They are concerned patients are being sent home before they have recovered to create room for others arriving from A&E.

Telegraph
Hospital inspections are bad for patients because they divert staff away from giving basic care, a new study indicates. A major review of NHS trusts found the rate of potentially dangerous falls and bedsores tends to be worse in the aftermath of a visit by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) than they otherwise would be. Since 2013, the watchdog has undertaken longer and more complex inspections of hospitals at least once every three years.

Mail
Britain’s obesity crisis means one in five young adults now have a potentially harmful liver condition. Junk food and a lack of exercise have been blamed for people in their twenties suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. A study of more than 4,000 young adults found more than 20 per cent are walking around with dangerous levels of fat in their liver. This gives them twice the risk of suffering a cardiac event such as a heart attack, and in extreme cases can lead to liver cancer or the need for a liver transplant.

Times
Women should be able to book an abortion without seeing a GP or having counselling, according to NHS guidance designed to speed up terminations. Tens of thousands of women should also be able to take abortion pills at home, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has recommended after a legal change last year. Terminations should be carried out within two weeks of a woman requesting one, according to its first guidance on abortion.

Mail
Women should be able to terminate pregnancies within a week of seeing a doctor, new official guidelines state. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) also says patients should be able to self-refer to abortion clinics rather than see a GP first, if they prefer. They could even be booked in for a termination without seeing a doctor in person if they choose a phone or video consultation instead.

Morning Star
A&E performance was the worst on record in the last financial year as patient waiting times increased and targets for ambulances and diagnostic tests were missed, new NHS England figures show. A total of 88 per cent of patients were seen within four hours, down from 88.3 per cent in 2017-18 and 89.1 per cent in 2016-17. Eighty-seven per cent of the 4.1 million patients on the referral to treatment waiting list at the end of February this year had been waiting less than 18 weeks — not meeting the 92 per cent standard.

Mail
Hospital privacy curtains are a breeding ground for potentially deadly superbugs. The curtains, which are frequently touched by patients, have been found to contain dangerous MRSA. They are also a source of bacteria called vancomycin-resistant enterococci, or VRE, which can cause blood and urinary infections. Researchers led by the University of Michigan swabbed the edges of curtains dividing hospital beds where they were most touched.

Education

Times
Dozens of illegal schools, some with open sewers or operating from rat-infested or dangerous buildings, have been discovered during an investigation by Ofsted. Inspectors also found that vulnerable children were left playing computer games for hours in the care of unqualified teachers. Councils also paid illegal schools to teach difficult children. Fees of £27,000 a year per child were paid by one local authority to an unregistered school, set up as alternative provision for children not in mainstream education.

Mail
Thousands of children are attending illegal schools where they get little or no teaching and are subjected to dangerous conditions such as open sewers and exposed wiring, a report has found. The education watchdog warns that more than 200 unregistered establishments may be providing sub-standard teaching and care. In some cases they are being unwittingly funded by councils. The unregistered schools include those run for strict religious parents who do not want their children in mainstream education.

Times
A university shake-up ordered by Theresa May could lead to a two-tier system in which the rich buy places on degree courses, a former minister has warned. Students with poor A level grades, such as three Ds or below, could be banned from applying for loans in an attempt to raise degree standards.

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