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  • 11:47 Sir George Young: Another hung parliament could lead to permanent coalitions On air

    On Air | Sir George Young MP | Conservative MP | Murnaghan, Sky News Video Sir George Young MP

    Sir George Young expressed concern that another hung parliament after the next election could lead to a “European-style” political system which anticipated coalitions. “I think both my party leader David Cameron and Nigel Farage have rul... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 19th December
  • 12:50 Tele: Prime Minister's former aide denies child porn charges News

    News | Telegraph blog source icon

    Patrick Rock, who advised David Cameron, on Internet porn policy, pleads not guilty to child porn charges when he appears before Southwark Crown Court Continue to article

  • 12:26 Mark Reckless: Sour grapes legal action against me won't distract me from representing my constituents On air

    On Air | Mark Reckless | Ukip MP, Rochester and Strood | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video Mark Reckless

    Mark Reckless said he did not want the "sour grapes" legal action by the Conservatives against him distract him from representing his constituents. "I wasn’t going to warn them in advance. If I’d done that they’d have started these attac... Continue to article

  • 11:11 Story (5 links): EU president: Russia requires long-term strategy

    PoliticsHome EU president: Russia requires long-term strategy Story View links

    The European Union must agree a long-term strategy for Russia that will last for many years including looking beyond sanctions, the European Council president has warned.

    Speaking as the EU summit drew to a close yesterday, former Polish prime minister Donald Tusk said a “long-perspective strategy” was needed and hinted at stronger sanctions, but David Cameron indicated that approach could change if Russia’s policies were altered.

    “The door is always open if Russia changes its behaviour,” the Prime Minister said, although he stressed that sanctions will remain for now.

    The EU agreed new punitive measures against the annexed region of Crimea yesterday and pushed forward Jean-Claude Juncker’s investment plan for infrastructure and the economy of the bloc.

     

  • = Key Development Thursday 18th December
  • 16:18 David Cameron: EU investment package is necessary but we also must complete single market On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | Pool clip Video David Cameron MP

    David Cameron said he believed the EU investment package was necessary but that expanding the single market was also the best way to improve Europe's economy. "We have a long-term economic plan in Britain that we’ve been working to and w... Continue to article

  • 08:26 Story (5 links): CBI to press Cameron on TTIP

    PoliticsHome CBI to press Cameron on TTIP Story View links

    The CBI and other European business groups will today press the Prime Minister on the importance of securing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

    They will urge David Cameron and European national governments to deliver an ambitious agreement that could create thousands of jobs.

    John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said the deal could be “vital for future growth and the prosperity for citizens across the EU.”

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that the Government would secure written guarantees for the NHS and public services before signing any agreement. 

  • 07:00 Tim Montgomerie: The splintering of the left is the big Tory hope (£) News

    Opinion | The Times source icon

    David Cameron can do little now to draw votes back from Ukip. Labour’s anti-austerity rebels may do his work for him Continue to article

  • 00:01 CBI and European business groups unite to call for ambitious EU-US trade deal Press Release

    00:01| Press Release

    A press release from the CBI: CBI AND EUROPEAN BUSINESS GROUPS UNITE TO CALL FOR AMBITIOUS EU-US TRADE DEAL  Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership could contribute up to 120bn EUR a year  The CBI is today (Thursday) hosting talk... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 17th December
  • 17:41 Osborne grilled on claim to have halved £1.7bn EU bill PoliticsHome News

    Osborne grilled on claim to have halved £1.7bn EU bill PoliticsHome News Osborne grilled on claim to have halved £1.7bn EU bill

    George Osborne has defended his claim to have slashed in half a demand for £1.7bn towards the European Union's budget. The call for the extra cash, which followed a review of member states' economic performance since 1995, was described... Continue to article

  • 15:44 Fallon slams Labour on 'out of control' £800m hole in defence budget PoliticsHome News

    Fallon slams Labour on 'out of control' £800m hole in defence budget PoliticsHome News

    The Coalition government inherited a defence budget that was “out of control” and a “shambles”, the Defence Secretary has said. During a meeting of the Defence Committee this afternoon, Michael Fallon told MPs that ministers found projec... Continue to article

  • 14:17 Sally Gimson blog: Christmas crackers News

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    It was the last prime minister’s questions of the year and there was no sign of festive cheer. David Cameron’s team had been using Christmas to think up cheap jibes. Continue to article

  • 13:00 PMQs: Miliband presses Cameron on tax and spend plans House of Commons

    PMQs: Miliband presses Cameron on tax and spend plans House of Commons

    David Cameron and Ed Miliband have clashed over Tory spending plans in the final Prime Minister’s Questions of the year. The Labour leader repeatedly accused Mr Cameron of wanting to go back to public spending levels last seen in the 193... Continue to article

  • 11:08 Nancy Platts blog: Cameron and Clegg don’t understand how vital the NHS is to most people – but we do News

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    We didn’t believe David Cameron’s promise in 2010 not to cut funding to the NHS. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 16th December
  • 16:06 Pakistan massacre marks a 'dark day for humanity' - David Cameron PoliticsHome News

    Pakistan massacre marks a 'dark day for humanity' - David Cameron PoliticsHome News

    Today’s terror attack in Pakistan marks a “dark day for humanity”, David Cameron has said. The Prime Minister was responding to a Taliban attack on a school which has left more than 135 people dead, mostly children. Mr Cameron said the a... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 15th December
  • 17:50 Story (13 links): Cameron's deficit claim questioned

    PoliticsHome Cameron's deficit claim questioned Story View links

    David Cameron has been accused of lying after he claimed today that the Coalition had "cut the deficit in half".

    In a speech today, the Prime Minister stepped up his attack on Labour and Ed Miliband by saying that the party's economic plans would be a “massive gamble” with the future of the UK.

    During the speech on the economy and housing, he warned that a prospective Labour government represents a “great, black, ominous cloud" on the horizon.

    Mr Cameron also repeated a claim made by George Osborne in a recent newspaper article that "already we have cut the deficit in half and we have set out clear steps to finish the job by 2018".

    But this claim was quickly rebutted by the editor of The Specator. Fraser Nelson wrote: "Can the Tories really be planning to fight the next election lying about the deficit? I ask because in his speech today, David Cameron has just repeated an untrue claim...

    "If truth matters at all in politics, neither Cameron or Osborne should get away with this.... Even the most generous interpretation, the deficit will be halved in the year ending April 2016."

    This morning, Chancellor George Osborne published new Treasury research claiming that Labour's plans "would mean a national debt bigger by half a trillion pounds in 20 years’ time".

    The Prime Minister also used his speech today to unveil a scheme offering 100,000 first-time buyers under 40 the chance to buy a new home on brownfield land with a 20% discount.

  • 17:38 Story (4 links): Cameron pledges action on Scots' voting age

    PoliticsHome Cameron pledges action on Scots' voting age Story View links

    David Cameron has promised to do "everything he can" to give 16 and 17 year old Scots the vote by 2016, Downing Street has said.

    The Prime Minister met Nicola Sturgeon this morning for the pair's first face-to-face talks since she was voted in as First Minister last month.

    A Downing Street spokesperson said the "very cordial and constructive meeting" had looked at plans to grant Holyrood the power to lower the voting age, as well as handing the devolved parliament a greater say over welfare policy.

    "They discussed the Smith Commission's recommendation on the Scottish Parliament having the power to extend the vote to 16 and 17 year olds, and the PM told the First Minister that he will do all he can to ensure 16 and 17 year olds can vote in next Holyrood elections," the spokesperson said.

    "They also agreed to establish a joint ministerial working group with UK and Scottish Government Ministers to look at practical implementation and transitional issues around DWP programmes."

    "The PM made clear that he wants to work with the First Minister, forging even stronger ties between our governments and our parliaments and working together on the big issues for the future of Scotland and the United Kingdom."

    September's referendum on Scottish independence, which prompted the Smith Commission report on new powers for Holyrood, allowed 16 and 17-year-olds to cast their vote.

    It was reported this morning that Mr Cameron would urge the First Minister to focus on UK-wide issues such as terrorism and not constitutional matters during the meeting.

  • 16:23 Fraser Nelson: Why is David Cameron now misleading voters about the deficit? News

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    Can the Tories really be planning to fight the next election lying about the deficit? Continue to article

  • 14:35 Transcript: David Cameron: economy speech Transcripts

    David Cameron: economy speech Transcripts

    INTRODUCTION   This Government has a long-term economic plan...   ...and today I have seen that plan in action.   Here in Magna Academy...   ...which has been re-built not just in its bricks and mortar, but in its cu... Continue to article

  • 13:33 No 10 statement: Downing Street: JMC meeting and PM meeting with the First Minister of Scotland Press Release

    13:33| Press Release | No 10 No 10

    A Downing Street spokesperson said: "The Prime Minister met with the First Minister of Scotland this morning, following the Joint Ministerial Committee. "They had a very cordial and constructive meeting. "They discussed the Smith Comm... Continue to article

  • 13:14 Source:Joint Ministerial Committee communiqué: December 2014 News

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    Continue to article

  • 11:54 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    11:54 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 11:30am: Justice questions (topicals at 12:15pm) Main business Ten minute rule motion: Equal Pay (Transparency) Bill (Sarah Champion, Lab, Rotherham) Counter Terrorism and Security Bill: Committee (Day 3) Local... Continue to article

  • 09:09 Labour: Chris Leslie comment ahead of David Cameron's economy speech Press Release

    09:09| Press Release

    A press release from Labour: Chris Leslie MP, Labour's shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, commenting ahead of David Cameron's speech on the economy, said: "It comes to something when the Prime Minister desperately wants to divert ... Continue to article

  • 08:32 Stefan Stern blog: What if the LibDems have really had it? News

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    Nick Clegg is probably looking forward to the TV election debates with almost as little enthusiasm as David Cameron is. Continue to article

  • 07:00 George Osborne: How to keep proving the economic pessimists wrong News

    Opinion | The Wall Street Journal source icon

    Our pro-growth policies in the U.K. are paying off, and the U.S. is reviving too. Here are three essential elements of a plan for long-term progress Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 14th December
  • 10:01 James Forsyth blog: Why both the Tories and Labour now want a fight on the economy News

    Blog | Coffee House source icon

    Tomorrow, in a sign of how keen the Tories are to keep the political debate focused on it, both David Cameron and George Osborne will give speeches on the economy. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Saturday 13th December
  • 12:12 Jim Murphy: I want to make Scotland the fairest country on Earth On air

    On Air | Jim Murphy MP | Scottish Labour leadership can... | BBC News Video Jim Murphy MP

    Jim Murphy said he was pleased to have received the backing of the majority of party members in his successful bid to become the new Scottish Labour leader. “I’m delighted to be elected leader of the Scottish Labour party, and to have th... Continue to article

  • 08:55 Douglas Alexander: Scottish Labour rewrote statute book but didn't rewrite the story On air

    On Air | Douglas Alexander MP | Shadow foreign secretary | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Douglas Alexander MP

    Douglas Alexander argued that the Labour party in Scotland had failed to update its message for the 21st century. “To understand where Scottish politics is today, as you’ve suggested, you need to understand that we’re still in the immedi... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 12th December
  • 10:29 McGuinness and Adams blame austerity for NI talks collapse PoliticsHome News

    McGuinness and Adams blame austerity for NI talks collapse PoliticsHome News McGuinness and Adams blame austerity for NI talks collapse

    Sinn Fein's leaders have delivered a scathing verdict on the British Government's handling of cross-party talks intended to resolve a series of disputes in Northern Ireland. David Cameron this morning conceded that a deal over flags, p... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 11th December
  • 17:10 Open Europe blog team blog: Free movement: Why reforming rules on in-work benefits doesn't require treaty change News

    Blog | Open Europe blog source icon

    Following David Cameron's speech on immigration, much has been made of his comments that the package of measures he proposed to reform EU free movement would require treaty change. Continue to article

  • 14:19 David Cameron: I am optimistic about Northern Ireland talks On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | BBC News Video David Cameron MP

    As he arrived in Stormont for cross-party talks over unresolved issues, David Cameron said he was there to help and be constructive.   “I think everyone in Northern Ireland wants the same thing; that is an economy that grows, politics th... Continue to article

  • 00:01 PM announces new global action to deal with child abuse online at the #WeProtect Children Online global summit Press Release

    00:01| Press Release

    A press release from Number 10: #WEPROTECT CHILDREN ONLINE GLOBAL SUMMIT PM ANNOUNCES NEW GLOBAL ACTION TO DEAL WITH HORRORS OF CHILD ABUSE ONLINE * New NCA-GCHQ Unit to tackle paedophiles on the 'dark net' * Google, Facebook, Yahoo, ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 10th December
  • 16:41 Telegraph Opinion: Abortion protests: Can't we all just agree harassment of women is wrong? News

    Opinion | Telegraph blog source icon

    Anti-abortion campaigners should be allowed to express their views but it's downright wrong to block women's entrance to clinics, film them or intimidate healthcare staff. This is why David Cameron must back buffer zones Continue to article

  • 12:55 PMQs: Clegg and Harman clash over record on women House of Commons

    PMQs: Clegg and Harman clash over record on women House of Commons

    Nick Clegg and Harriet Harman have gone head-to-head over the Government's record on equality. At Prime Minister's Questions, the Deputy Prime Minister - standing in for David Cameron who is on a foreign visit - was accused by his Labour... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 9th December
  • 14:31 Story (4 links): Cameron to ask Turks for more info in Isil fight

    PoliticsHome Cameron to ask Turks for more info in Isil fight Story View links

    David Cameron is in Turkey for meetings with the country’s prime minister and president.

    The Prime Minister will hold talks with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoğlu, as well as the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during a visit to the country.

    A Downing Street spokesman told reporters today that counter-terrorism co-operation would be "the primary subject area of discussion" in the talks, with a focus on the threat posed by the self-declared Islamic State militant group.

    "That is why a visit such as this one is in the national interest because it is around how we work with international partners to help keep Britain and British citizens safe," the spokesman said.

    "So that is the focus. They will, I'm sure, also have an opportunity to talk around bilateral trade, and they may touch on the forthcoming Turkish presidency of the G20. But counter-terror is front and centre."

    Mr Cameron is expected to urge Turkish leaders to exchange more information on Britons and other jihadists returning from the region, including greater cooperation from commercial Turkish airlines.

    “That is part of the measures that we talked about in terms of the future legislation. So that is one that we are discussing with all the relevant international bodies,” the spokesman said. 

  • 12:00 Lobby:Number 10: Counter-terrorism front and centre of PM's Turkey talks Lobby Briefings

    12:00 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    David Cameron will put discussion of counter-terrorism measures "front and centre" when he meets Turkey's leaders later today, Downing Street has said. The Prime Minister is due to hold talks with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoğlu... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 8th December
  • 13:13 In Brief Events

    13:13 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime Minister David Cameron visits Turkey Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt (4:00pm) and shadow health secretary Andy Burnham (12:30pm) speak at the Britain against cancer conference (Central Hall, Westminster) Energy Secretary Ed Davey a... Continue to article

  • 12:49 David Cameron: Candy Crush MP will be embarrassed by the incident On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | LBC Radio Video David Cameron MP

    David Cameron said the MP who played Candy Crush during a select committee would be "embarrassed" by the event. "I haven’t spoken to Nigel [Mills] about it. I know he’s a very hardworking MP, I know him well, he fights very hard for his ... Continue to article

  • 12:09 David Cameron: Maths, science and coding will determine our success On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video David Cameron MP

    David Cameron said coding would determine whether the UK was successful or not in the future. "This set of skills, this new way of teaching is for everyone. I want everyone in our country to have this opportunity. The truth is one of the... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 5th December
  • 14:50 Dot Commons: Clegg's merry Christmas victory Dot Commons

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    With the Liberal Democrats averaging eight percent in the polls, it’s only fair someone gives Nick Clegg a break for Christmas. So the Deputy Prime Minister will surely be overwhelmed with delight to hear that he is judged to have "won C...

  • 11:45 Lobby:Number 10: Unacceptable to make breastfeeding mothers feel uncomfortable Lobby Briefings

    11:45 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    David Cameron believes it is "totally unacceptable" to make women feel uncomfortable when breastfeeding in public, Downing Street has said. At this morning's Lobby Briefing, the Prime Minister's Official Spokeswoman was asked whether Mr... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 4th December
  • 11:48 Lobby:No 10: Cameron agrees BBC coverage of spending cuts is unfair Lobby Briefings

    11:48 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street has joined the attack on the BBC’s coverage of future spending cuts. The Chancellor this morning accused the broadcaster of "totally hyperbolic coverage" for comparing the situation to George Orwell’s Road to Wigan Pier a... Continue to article

  • 11:07 No Coalition agreement yet on Evel - Hague House of Commons

    No Coalition agreement yet on Evel - Hague House of Commons No Coalition agreement yet on Evel - Hague

    The Coalition has yet to reach agreement on plans for English votes for English laws, William Hague has said. David Cameron has promised to set out plans to bolster the powers of English MPs on solely English matters before Christmas, i... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 2nd December
  • 22:00 Labour: Ed Balls words ahead of Autumn Statement Press Release

    22:00| Press Release

    Labour press release Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, speaking ahead of the Autumn Statement, said:   “David Cameron and George Osborne have now failed every test and broken every promise they made on the economy.   “... Continue to article

  • 14:05 David Cameron: Damaged flood defences have been repaired as part of £2.3bn plans On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | Pooled Clip, Sky News Video David Cameron MP

    David Cameron said flood defences damaged last year had been repaired and replaced as part of the Government's flood prevention plan. "The first thing that we are doing is that we have made sure that all the flood defences that were dama... Continue to article

  • 12:55 Lobby:Number 10: Dementia Friends training for Cabinet ministers Lobby Briefings

    12:55 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Cabinet ministers underwent training as 'Dementia Friends' at this morning's meeting, Downing Street has said. David Cameron this morning described the condition as “one of the greatest enemies of humanity”, and confirmed £15m of Governm... Continue to article

  • 08:59 Dot Commons: Minister for This Morning Dot Commons

    PoliticsHome Minister for This Morning

    It’s no secret that David Cameron has increased the number of people attending the Cabinet table, but it’s just getting ridiculous now. In a rare insight into the kind of lobbying operations that can secure ministers a spot at the top ta...

  • 08:14 David Cameron: We must make communities more dementia-friendly On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | Good Morning Britain, ITV Video David Cameron MP

    David Cameron called on people to give their time to help those suffering from dementia, and revealed the Cabinet would today be undergoing training to become “dementia friends”. “Particularly when loneliness is such an issue, when there... Continue to article

  • 07:00 Leader: Beijing Bully (£) News

    Opinion | The Times source icon

    China’s decision to ban a group of MPs from visiting Hong Kong is testing the limits of Britain’s patience. It is an outrage, and David Cameron must say so Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 1st December
  • 22:00 ComRes/Independent poll: Cameron & Osborne lead Miliband and Balls on economy and family finances Press Release

    22:00| Press Release

    David Cameron and George Osborne are winning the economic argument with Ed Miliband and Ed Balls as voters make up their mind in the run-up to next May’s general election, according to a ComRes survey for The Independent.   People are... Continue to article

  • 15:37 In Brief Events

    15:37 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime Minister David Cameron chairs a conference on Afghanistan in London and is expected to meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (9:00am) Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks at the NHS Alliance conference and exhibition in London ... Continue to article

  • 14:55 David Cameron: Road and rail investment will speed up growth On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | Pooled clip, BBC News Video David Cameron MP

    David Cameron said investment in road and rail schemes would speed up economic growth. "The budget deficit is down by a third under this Government, and we’ll see what happens on Wednesday at the Autumn Statement, but the fact is we’ve g... Continue to article

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EU president: Russia requires long-term strategy

The European Union must agree a long-term strategy for Russia that will last for many years including looking beyond sanctions, the European Council president has warned.

Speaking as the EU summit drew to a close yesterday, former Polish prime minister Donald Tusk said a “long-perspective strategy” was needed and hinted at stronger sanctions, but David Cameron indicated that approach could change if Russia’s policies were altered.

“The door is always open if Russia changes its behaviour,” the Prime Minister said, although he stressed that sanctions will remain for now.

The EU agreed new punitive measures against the annexed region of Crimea yesterday and pushed forward Jean-Claude Juncker’s investment plan for infrastructure and the economy of the bloc.

 


Cameron's deficit claim questioned

David Cameron has been accused of lying after he claimed today that the Coalition had "cut the deficit in half".

In a speech today, the Prime Minister stepped up his attack on Labour and Ed Miliband by saying that the party's economic plans would be a “massive gamble” with the future of the UK.

During the speech on the economy and housing, he warned that a prospective Labour government represents a “great, black, ominous cloud" on the horizon.

Mr Cameron also repeated a claim made by George Osborne in a recent newspaper article that "already we have cut the deficit in half and we have set out clear steps to finish the job by 2018".

But this claim was quickly rebutted by the editor of The Specator. Fraser Nelson wrote: "Can the Tories really be planning to fight the next election lying about the deficit? I ask because in his speech today, David Cameron has just repeated an untrue claim...

"If truth matters at all in politics, neither Cameron or Osborne should get away with this.... Even the most generous interpretation, the deficit will be halved in the year ending April 2016."

This morning, Chancellor George Osborne published new Treasury research claiming that Labour's plans "would mean a national debt bigger by half a trillion pounds in 20 years’ time".

The Prime Minister also used his speech today to unveil a scheme offering 100,000 first-time buyers under 40 the chance to buy a new home on brownfield land with a 20% discount.


Cameron to ask Turks for more info in Isil fight

David Cameron is in Turkey for meetings with the country’s prime minister and president.

The Prime Minister will hold talks with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoğlu, as well as the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during a visit to the country.

A Downing Street spokesman told reporters today that counter-terrorism co-operation would be "the primary subject area of discussion" in the talks, with a focus on the threat posed by the self-declared Islamic State militant group.

"That is why a visit such as this one is in the national interest because it is around how we work with international partners to help keep Britain and British citizens safe," the spokesman said.

"So that is the focus. They will, I'm sure, also have an opportunity to talk around bilateral trade, and they may touch on the forthcoming Turkish presidency of the G20. But counter-terror is front and centre."

Mr Cameron is expected to urge Turkish leaders to exchange more information on Britons and other jihadists returning from the region, including greater cooperation from commercial Turkish airlines.

“That is part of the measures that we talked about in terms of the future legislation. So that is one that we are discussing with all the relevant international bodies,” the spokesman said. 


CBI to press Cameron on TTIP

The CBI and other European business groups will today press the Prime Minister on the importance of securing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

They will urge David Cameron and European national governments to deliver an ambitious agreement that could create thousands of jobs.

John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said the deal could be “vital for future growth and the prosperity for citizens across the EU.”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that the Government would secure written guarantees for the NHS and public services before signing any agreement. 


Cameron pledges action on Scots' voting age

David Cameron has promised to do "everything he can" to give 16 and 17 year old Scots the vote by 2016, Downing Street has said.

The Prime Minister met Nicola Sturgeon this morning for the pair's first face-to-face talks since she was voted in as First Minister last month.

A Downing Street spokesperson said the "very cordial and constructive meeting" had looked at plans to grant Holyrood the power to lower the voting age, as well as handing the devolved parliament a greater say over welfare policy.

"They discussed the Smith Commission's recommendation on the Scottish Parliament having the power to extend the vote to 16 and 17 year olds, and the PM told the First Minister that he will do all he can to ensure 16 and 17 year olds can vote in next Holyrood elections," the spokesperson said.

"They also agreed to establish a joint ministerial working group with UK and Scottish Government Ministers to look at practical implementation and transitional issues around DWP programmes."

"The PM made clear that he wants to work with the First Minister, forging even stronger ties between our governments and our parliaments and working together on the big issues for the future of Scotland and the United Kingdom."

September's referendum on Scottish independence, which prompted the Smith Commission report on new powers for Holyrood, allowed 16 and 17-year-olds to cast their vote.

It was reported this morning that Mr Cameron would urge the First Minister to focus on UK-wide issues such as terrorism and not constitutional matters during the meeting.


Cameron faces more EU pressure

Up to six Cabinet ministers are prepared to speak out in favour of Britain leaving the EU if David Cameron does not agree new membership terms, the Guardian reports.

The newspaper names Culture Secretary Sajid Javid and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith as some of the potential backers of leaving the union.

The Prime Minister is expected to make a speech on his plans to reform the free movement of people in the EU within days.