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  • = Key Development Thursday 30th October
  • 23:27 Home Office Report an 'open door' to drug reforms - Lucas PoliticsHome News

    Home Office Report an 'open door' to drug reforms - Lucas PoliticsHome News

    Today’s Home Office report which found "no obvious" link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use offers “an open door” to drug policy reform, Caroline Lucas has said. Appearing on BBC’s Question Time programme, the Green MP, w... Continue to article

  • 20:00 2020 Vision The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine 2020 Vision

    Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield    My eyesight has been improving,” says Danny Alexander. “They say you get more long-sighted as you get older, and I was slightly short-sighted to start with. So maybe that process has del... Continue to article

  • 16:11 Cameron defends Government drug policy PoliticsHome News

    Cameron defends Government drug policy PoliticsHome News

    David Cameron has defended the Government’s drug policy, saying the current approach is “working” and use of illegal substances is falling. Speaking at an event this afternoon, the Prime Minister gave a robust defence of the Government's... Continue to article

  • 10:20 Nick Clegg: Conservative drugs policy leading to 2,000 deaths every year On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | Sky News Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg accused the Conservatives of pursuing a damaging policy on drugs. “I’m anti-drugs, and that’s why I’m pro-reform. I’ve been arguing for a different approach to this for years, and this report is a wake-up call to Ed Miliband a... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 29th October
  • 19:49 Gaby Hinsliff blog: Feminism is for everyone even men and Tories News

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    The F-word describes anyone who believes men and women are equals. Its a shame David Cameron doesn't get it. Continue to article

  • 16:53 Isabel Hardman blog: European Arrest Warrant rebellion shrinks after Cameron pledges pre-Rochester vote News

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    Why did David Cameron set the vote for the European Arrest Warrant for before the Rochester and Strood by-election? Continue to article

  • 16:36 Grace Wright blog: I’m not upset about Cameron’s refusal to wear a t-shirt – it’s everything else that gets me News

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    On Monday the news broke that David Cameron has repeatedly refused a request by Elle magazine to be photographed wearing a t-shirt. Why? Continue to article

  • 13:34 Douglas Alexander: Govt has record of shame on asylum On air

    On Air | Douglas Alexander MP | Shadow foreign secretary | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Douglas Alexander MP

    Douglas Alexander said the Government had a “record of shame” on asylum seekers. “It can’t be acceptable that the Home Office have no idea how many of 175,000 failed asylum seekers are still in the UK; it can’t be acceptable that since 2... Continue to article

  • 12:50 PMQs: Cameron vows EAW vote before Rochester by-election House of Commons

    PMQs: Cameron vows EAW vote before Rochester by-election House of Commons

    The Prime Minister has pledged a vote in the coming weeks on the European Arrest Warrant, despite a potential Tory backbench rebellion.  David Cameron denied dithering on the contentious issue after Ed Miliband piled on the pressure at P... Continue to article

  • 07:39 Nicola Sturgeon: Brexit should require majority in Scotland as well as UK On air

    On Air | Nicola Sturgeon MSP | Deputy First Minister of Scotl... | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Nicola Sturgeon MSP

    Nicola Sturgeon said any major constitutional reform, including a referendum on Britain’s EU membership, should need to be approved by a majority in each of the nations making up the United Kingdom. “What I’m suggesting is the kind of do... Continue to article

  • 07:00 Labour: Boles interview reveals the chaos and confusion in the Government's immigration policy - Hanson  Press Release

    07:00| Press Release

    A press release from Labour: David Hanson MP, Labour's Shadow Immigration Minister, responding to Nick Boles interview in TotalPolitics, said: "Nick Boles interview reveals the chaos and confusion in the Government's immigration policy... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 28th October
  • 23:52 Sajid Javid tweets: Lib Dems have killed the EU Referendum Bill. Like Labour, not interested in giving the people a say! http://dailym.ai/1vb3e05 #shameless

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  • 19:31 Story (5 links): EU referendum bill pulled by Tories

    PoliticsHome EU referendum bill pulled by Tories Story View links

    The Conservatives have accused their Liberal Democrat coalition partners of blocking David Cameron’s bid to legislate for a referendum on Britain leaving the European Union, and have pulled their plans.

    The Lib Dems have insisted that the Conservatives have added terms to the negotiations that they could not agree with.

    Tory MP Bob Neill told the Mail: “The Lib Dems have killed off our chances of putting into law, this side of an election, an in-out referendum by 2017.”

    It was claimed that Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg wanted the Tories to make changes to the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ as agreement for the bill to continue. However, the Conservatives offered a money resolution and government time to debate the bill.

    Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Malcolm Bruce said that the Lib Dems were “never going to block their referendum bill”.

    “The truth is they have folded like a cheap deck chair and are trying to make us take the blame by adding ridiculous conditions they knew we would not and could not accept.

    "It is amazing that the Tories are prepared to sacrifice a bill they say they care about for some short-term tactical distinction from UKIP. They clearly never wanted the referendum bill to pass."

    The bill, which was sponsored by Mr Neill, and supported by Mr Cameron, was hoped to become law before the May 2015 general election.

    A senior Liberal Democrat source added: "The Tories put forward a proposal they know for certain will be turned down by the Lib Dems - a completely unfair deal.

    "We can only assume they would prefer it hadn't become law by the time of the General Election. They would prefer not to be talking about their bottom lines in their proposed grand renegotiation and instead try and deal with UKIP by saying the only way to get a referendum is to vote Tory. They couldn't do the latter if their bill had become law."

  • 18:34 Deputy Prime Minister's Office statement: Liberal Democrats on the EU Referendum Bill Press Release

    18:34| Press Release | Deputy Prime Minister's Office

    A press release from the Lib Dems: · The Conservatives have pulled the plug on their own EU Referendum Bill (Bob Neill's Private Members Bill), despite being given the opportunity by the Liberal Democrats to take it before the House of Co... Continue to article

  • 15:30 David Cameron: Sporting events held in the UK are paying off On air

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

    David Cameron said he thinks major sporting events that have been held in the UK are “paying off” by inspiring children to take up sport. “Crucially I think we put on a long-term footing, which is one of the most important things of all,... Continue to article

  • 15:00 Mohammed Amin blog: Mohammed Amin: Winning the global race – the role of Islamic finance News

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    Where we are since the announcement by David Cameron a year ago that the UK would issue a sovereign sukuk. Continue to article

  • 13:26 Isabel Hardman blog: Can George Osborne quibble away shock EU bill? News

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    What’s next for David Cameron’s tussle with Brussels? The Prime Minister made clear yesterday that ‘we are not paying a sum anything like’ the £1.7 billion demanded. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 27th October
  • 22:35 Nigel Farage: Ukip Calypso was just a bit of fun On air

    On Air | Nigel Farage | UKIP leader | The Agenda, ITV Video Nigel Farage

    Nigel Farage defended the song, Ukip Calypso, which was withdrawn after it was deemed offensive.  "I don't think it is, no. We have really gone too far with all of this. There's a huge difference between people causing offence and people... Continue to article

  • 15:34 Cameron rejects the 'scale and timetable' of £1.7bn EU bill PoliticsHome News

    Cameron rejects the 'scale and timetable' of £1.7bn EU bill PoliticsHome News

      The Prime Minister has reiterated his commitment that the UK will not pay a £1.7bn bill from the European Union within the set timescale. David Cameron told the House of Commons: “It’s not just about the scale of the money being dem... Continue to article

  • 15:21 Mark Pritchard: There should be an inquiry after PM was jostled in the street On air

    On Air | Mark Pritchard | Conservative MP | Sky News Video Mark Pritchard

    Mark Pritchard called for an inquiry after a man collided with David Cameron as he left a meeting in Leeds today. "On this occasion, I think there, well clearly there was a breach. I think there should be an inquiry, it should be swift, ... Continue to article

  • 15:19 Dot Commons: The PM and the 'jogger' Dot Commons

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    A member of the public ran into David Cameron as he left a meeting in Leeds. After member of the PM's security team intervened, the man was bundled away and the prime minister got into a waiting vehicle. See the video here via ITV News  ...

  • 14:41 Guardian: Protester 'barges into' David Cameron in Leeds video News

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    A 28-year-old man appears to push the prime minister, David Cameron, after running past security officals near Leeds civic hall on Monday. Security staff immediately force the man to the ground, while... Continue to article

  • 14:12 Reuters: PM Cameron rushed to his car by bodyguards after man confronts him News

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    LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron was bundled into his official car by his bodyguards on Monday after a member of the public ran into him in what looked like a serious security breach, v... Continue to article

  • 13:00 Damian Green: UK should not pay the EU £1.7bn bill On air

    On Air | Damian Green MP | Conservative MP | Daily Politics, BBC Two Video Damian Green MP

    Damian Green said David Cameron had been “sensible” to refuse to pay a £1.7bn bill from the European Union. “As somebody has pointed out, €2bn, £1.7bn is more than Labour is planning to raise from the mansion tax so it is a significant s... Continue to article

  • 12:20 Lobby:No 10: EU budget on agenda next week Lobby Briefings

    12:20 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street said that the EU budget would be on the agenda at the meeting of finance ministers in Brussels on 7 November. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said: "I would expect that to be a key agenda item on the 7 November fin... Continue to article

  • 11:50 David Cameron: HS3 will make a massive difference to the future of our country On air

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

    David Cameron said today's announcement to expand and improve rail services in the north will make a "massive difference to the future of our country". “I am delighted to be here today because I am passionate about high speed rail. I thi... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 26th October
  • 22:50 Charlie Elphicke: Cameron has shown he is willing to take the battle to Europe On air

    On Air | Charlie Elphicke MP | | The World This Weekend, BBC Radio 4 Video Charlie Elphicke MP

    Charlie Elphicke said David Cameron’s refusal to pay a £1.7bn bill from the European Union showed that he was committed to reducing the cost of EU membership.   “These are rules which have been in place since 1995. There is occasionally ... Continue to article

  • 14:14 Story (16 links): UK towns risk being 'swamped' – Fallon

    PoliticsHome UK towns risk being 'swamped' – Fallon Story View links

    New restrictions on immigration from the European Union are needed to prevent UK communities being "swamped" by an influx of migrants, Michael Fallon has said.

    The Defence Secretary was commenting on reports that Angela Merkel looks set to block David Cameron's plan to introduce a cap on the number of people arriving from the EU.

    The German Chancellor told the Sunday Times she would not support the Prime Minister's plan to limit freedom of movement.

    "The Germans haven't seen our proposal yet and we haven't seen our proposal yet, and that's still being worked on at the moment to see what we can do to prevent whole towns and communities being swamped by huge numbers of migrants," Mr Fallon told Sky News' Murnaghan programme.

    "In some areas of the UK, down the east coast, yes, towns do feel under siege, large numbers of migrant workers and people claiming benefits, and it's quite right that we look at that."

    But the Environment Secretary admitted this afternoon that the UK still needed EU migrants to come in to do low-skilled, badly paid jobs that Britons are reticent to take for its agricultural system to work.

    "I accept that we do, yes. I’m an MP in Norfolk and there is an element of migrant workforce, that’s certainly true," Liz Truss told the BBC's Sunday Politics.

    And Mr Fallon's fellow Cabinet minister Ed Davey accused him of resorting to hyperbole to appeal to voters tempted by Ukip.

    "I think those comments are more based on the Conservatives' concerns of the Ukip threat in the Rochester by-election than they are based on the facts," the Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary told the Murnaghan programme.

    Mr Fallon's comments come just days after Mr Cameron declared a £1.7bn EU surcharge imposed on the UK in the light of its economic performance relative to other countries "unacceptable".

    On this issue, at least, Mr Davey seemed more in tune with his Tory colleagues, casting doubt on the methods used to calculate the contributions of respective member states.

    "Rules that are being used to decide these amounts of money, whether it’s for the UK or for Greece or for Ireland, they look pretty suspect," he ventured.

    "And sometimes the rules need to be revisited. These rules clearly need to be revisited here."


  • 13:25 Pat McFadden: Michael Fallon wrong to say UK 'swamped' and 'under siege' from EU migrants On air

    On Air | Pat McFadden MP | Former Minister for Business, ... | The World this Weekend, BBC Radio 4 Video Pat McFadden MP

    Pat McFadden dismissed comments made by the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon that some UK towns were "swamped" with EU migrants. "That’s certainly not language I would use. We have a big debate about immigration in the country, it's impo... Continue to article

  • 11:30 Elizabeth Truss: We need EU migrants for agricultural system to work On air

    On Air | Elizabeth Truss MP | Environment Secretary | Sunday Politics, BBC One Video Elizabeth Truss MP

    Liz Truss conceded that the UK still needed EU migrants to come in to do low-skilled, badly paid jobs that Britons are reticent to take for its agricultural system to work. “I accept that we do, yes. “I’m an MP in Norfolk and there is... Continue to article

  • 07:42 Jane Merrick: The EU is starting to annoy even its friends News

    Opinion | The Independent on Sunday source icon

    If I feel a surge of disenchantment with the EU, what’s everyone else going to think? Continue to article

  • 07:31 James Forsyth: Dave's ready to 'do a Thatcher' on EU money-grabbers News

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    The European Commission’s outrageous demand has propelled David Cameron into the most serious confrontation of Britain’s 42-year membership of the Brussels club. Continue to article

  • 07:18 Leader: Back off, Europe, and cut Cameron some slack (£) News

    Opinion | The Sunday Times source icon

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  • 07:00 Paul Goodman: An incendiary analysis of Cameron's options in the fallout of Ukips... Rochester apocalypse News

    Opinion | The Mail on Sunday source icon

    David Cameron's best chance lies in the weakness of Ed Miliband. Continue to article

  • 07:00 Times: May warns Tory rebels will make Britain a honeypot for criminals (£) News

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    Continue to article

  • = Key Development Saturday 25th October
  • 08:26 Editorial Comment: There is only one way to escape Brussels demands News

    Opinion | Daily Express source icon

    DAVID Cameron’s strong words on the latest attempt by the EU to take cash from British taxpayers are to be welcomed. Continue to article

  • 07:30 Bill Cash: Committee will quiz Treasury on £1.7bn EU payment On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video David Cameron MP

    Bill Cash confirmed his European Scrutiny Committee would be calling Treasury Ministers to explain why David Cameron appeared not to have been informed in advance about the £1.7bn surcharge demanded by the European Union. "I’m calling in... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 24th October
  • 20:08 Jonathan Freedland blog: In his anger, Cameron has made Britain a toxic brand News

    Blog | Comment is Free source icon

    The prime minister rages at the EUs £1.7bn bill, but his miscalculations have lost Britain vital allies in Europe Anger suits David Cameron. Its one of the modes he does well. Continue to article

  • 19:08 Editorial blog: The Guardian view on the European Union budget demand: messing with the national interest | Editorial News

    Blog | Comment is Free source icon

    Either David Cameron sought this battle or he was asleep on the job. It is hard to say which is worse. Continue to article

  • 16:56 UK agreed EU rules that led to £1.7bn surcharge - Barroso PoliticsHome News

    UK agreed EU rules that led to £1.7bn surcharge - Barroso PoliticsHome News

    The demand that Britain pay £1.7bn more towards the European Union’s budget should have come as no surprise to David Cameron, Jose Manuel Barroso has said. Mr Barroso, who stands down as head of the European Commission next month, insis... Continue to article

  • 14:22 Reuters: Angry British PM Cameron says won't pay 'unjustified' EU bill News

    News | Reuters source icon

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday Britain would not make an additional 2.1-billion-euro (1.66 billion pound) payment into this year's European Union budget, calling the ... Continue to article

  • 14:00 Angry Cameron tells EU: I won't pay £1.7bn bill by December PoliticsHome News

    Angry Cameron tells EU: I won't pay £1.7bn bill by December PoliticsHome News

    David Cameron has ruled out adhering to a demand for Britain to pay an extra £1.7bn towards the European Union budget by the start of December. The Prime Minister said he was considering a legal challenge against the charge, which has co... Continue to article

  • 11:34 George Osborne: EU demand for more money is totally unacceptable On air

    On Air | George Osborne MP | Chancellor of the Exchequer | BBC News Video George Osborne MP

    George Osborne said the EU's request for more funds from the UK was "totally unacceptable". "I learned earlier this week and it’s totally unacceptable. It’s unacceptable to be presented with a multi-billion pound demand with six weeks t ... Continue to article

  • 11:31 Ed Balls: Government should have called EU talks last week when it found out On air

    On Air | Ed Balls MP | Shadow Chancellor | BBC News Video Ed Balls MP

    Ed Balls said the Government should have called a meeting of EU finance ministers to discuss the new surcharge on Britain's contribution to the EU budget last week, when it was notified. "It’s unacceptable and it’s unacceptable that it’s... Continue to article

  • 10:13 Labour: Ed Balls response to GDP figures Press Release

    10:13| Press Release

    Labour press release Ed Balls MP, Labour's Shadow Chancellor, responding to today's GDP figures, said: “For all George Osborne's claims that the economy is fixed most people are still not feeling the recovery. Working people are over ... Continue to article

  • 09:27 Nigel Farage: There's nothing David Cameron can do about EU black economy surcharge On air

    On Air | Nigel Farage | UKIP leader | Sky News Video Nigel Farage

    Nigel Farage said there was nothing David Cameron could do about the surcharge on Britian by the EU due to the scale of its black economic activity. "What is he going to do? These are the rules, the contributions to the European Union wa... Continue to article

  • 08:26 John Redwood: Cameron must make clear EU contribution is illegal as far as we're concerned On air

    On Air | John Redwood MP | Conservative MP | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video John Redwood MP

    John Redwood said David Cameron had to make clear to the EU Commission that its request for a higher contribution to the EU budget from the UK is "illegal as far as the United Kingdom is concerned". "He should first of all decline to pay... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 23rd October
  • 22:47 George Freeman: NHS reorganistion must be localised On air

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

    George Freeman said NHS reorganisation must come from "local leadership". "Most people work in the real world. The conversation we need to be having, the key point today is that it’s about local leadership.  "[Simon Stevens] is a man ... Continue to article

  • 14:48 David Cameron: EU need to address the challenges of Ebola and the economy On air

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

    David Cameron, arriving at the European Council, said he wanted to address the risks of Ebola and of the European economy during the summit. "What I hope for at this summit is that we address some of the risks that we face. Risk number o... Continue to article

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EU referendum bill pulled by Tories

The Conservatives have accused their Liberal Democrat coalition partners of blocking David Cameron’s bid to legislate for a referendum on Britain leaving the European Union, and have pulled their plans.

The Lib Dems have insisted that the Conservatives have added terms to the negotiations that they could not agree with.

Tory MP Bob Neill told the Mail: “The Lib Dems have killed off our chances of putting into law, this side of an election, an in-out referendum by 2017.”

It was claimed that Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg wanted the Tories to make changes to the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ as agreement for the bill to continue. However, the Conservatives offered a money resolution and government time to debate the bill.

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Malcolm Bruce said that the Lib Dems were “never going to block their referendum bill”.

“The truth is they have folded like a cheap deck chair and are trying to make us take the blame by adding ridiculous conditions they knew we would not and could not accept.

"It is amazing that the Tories are prepared to sacrifice a bill they say they care about for some short-term tactical distinction from UKIP. They clearly never wanted the referendum bill to pass."

The bill, which was sponsored by Mr Neill, and supported by Mr Cameron, was hoped to become law before the May 2015 general election.

A senior Liberal Democrat source added: "The Tories put forward a proposal they know for certain will be turned down by the Lib Dems - a completely unfair deal.

"We can only assume they would prefer it hadn't become law by the time of the General Election. They would prefer not to be talking about their bottom lines in their proposed grand renegotiation and instead try and deal with UKIP by saying the only way to get a referendum is to vote Tory. They couldn't do the latter if their bill had become law."


Brown blasts Cameron over English votes 'trap'

Gordon Brown has accused David Cameron of laying a "Tory trap" for Scottish voters with his plans for devolution.

The former prime minister wrote to constituents to warn that his successor's plans to tie greater devolution to a fresh settlement for English MPs would undermine the "no strings attached" promise made to woo 'no' voters in the Scots referendum.

Mr Brown wrote: "The Tory trap that we are in danger of falling into is to devolve all decisions on Scotland's income tax rates away from Westminster and then to deny Scotland representation in votes on budget decisions on income tax rates."

He said "no party leader ever suggested... any further caveats" in discussions over the vow to give Scotland more powers, which was made just days before the independence vote.

Mr Brown told BBC Scotland that the Conservative plans meant "budgets at Westminster will be distorted by having two classes of members of Parliament voting on them."

“It is not in Scotland’s interest," he added.

"Scotland has an interest in the decisions on income tax, indeed all tax, that are made in the UK, because even under the Conservatives’ proposals, about half of the budget of the Scottish Parliament is still financed from Westminster.”

The intervention by Mr Brown comes after David Cameron told a Scottish Conservatives reception his party needed to target areas that voted 'No' to independence to encourage a Conservative comeback in Scotland.

He named a series of regions, including Alex Salmond’s Aberdeenshire constituency, that used to vote Tory but were now voting SNP.

“We’ve got the people, we’ve got the message, we’ve got the leader,” he said. “Now I think we can really turn the next 200 days into the opportunity to deliver more Conservative seats in the Westminster parliament for Scotland."


Boris' former deputy defects to Ukip

David Cameron has attempted to downplay the defection of a former Boris Johnson aide to Ukip.

Former deputy Mayor of London Richard Barnes announced the move this morning, saying that the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems do not “speak the language of normal people”.

He told the Evening Standard that Ukip was the only party with answers on Europe, immigration and transport, and branded Conservative plans to renegotiate a deal with Europe were “unrealistic”.

But the Prime Minister told 5 News: "I don't think this one was particularly significant. I don't think it was a name on your lips before this morning, was it?"

He added: "The election isn't changed by this defection or that defection. The choice still comes down to a very straight one."

Mr Johnson attempted to tackle the subject as he addressed delegates at the Conservative party conference today.

He asked: "Are there any quitters or splitters? Anyone feeling a bit yellow around the edges – like a kipper?"

The Mayor added: "If I can quote a great Midlands author: 'He which hath no stomach to this fight, let him depart.'"

There were also reports this morning that Mr Cameron had launched an extraordinary attack on Mark Reckless, whose defection to Ukip was announced on Saturday.

According to MailOnline, Mr Cameron is said to have told Tory members at a conference event that if Mr Reckless "got off his fat arse and worked harder he wouldn't have to defect to UKIP to save his skin".

Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, said the Conservative Party appeared to be "falling apart at the seams."

“The defection of Boris's right-hand man and former Deputy Mayor also shows once again that UKIP is a party of Tory politicians, Tory policies and Tory money," he said.

Mr Barnes served as deputy mayor from 2008 to 2012. He was embarrassed last year after naked self-portraits appeared on his Facebook account.

Also today, Ukip announced that the son of Eurosceptic Tory MP Bill Cash had joined the party. William Cash Jr is being appointed heritage spokesman for Ukip and is hoping to stand in Warwickshire in the general election next year.


UK towns risk being 'swamped' – Fallon

New restrictions on immigration from the European Union are needed to prevent UK communities being "swamped" by an influx of migrants, Michael Fallon has said.

The Defence Secretary was commenting on reports that Angela Merkel looks set to block David Cameron's plan to introduce a cap on the number of people arriving from the EU.

The German Chancellor told the Sunday Times she would not support the Prime Minister's plan to limit freedom of movement.

"The Germans haven't seen our proposal yet and we haven't seen our proposal yet, and that's still being worked on at the moment to see what we can do to prevent whole towns and communities being swamped by huge numbers of migrants," Mr Fallon told Sky News' Murnaghan programme.

"In some areas of the UK, down the east coast, yes, towns do feel under siege, large numbers of migrant workers and people claiming benefits, and it's quite right that we look at that."

But the Environment Secretary admitted this afternoon that the UK still needed EU migrants to come in to do low-skilled, badly paid jobs that Britons are reticent to take for its agricultural system to work.

"I accept that we do, yes. I’m an MP in Norfolk and there is an element of migrant workforce, that’s certainly true," Liz Truss told the BBC's Sunday Politics.

And Mr Fallon's fellow Cabinet minister Ed Davey accused him of resorting to hyperbole to appeal to voters tempted by Ukip.

"I think those comments are more based on the Conservatives' concerns of the Ukip threat in the Rochester by-election than they are based on the facts," the Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary told the Murnaghan programme.

Mr Fallon's comments come just days after Mr Cameron declared a £1.7bn EU surcharge imposed on the UK in the light of its economic performance relative to other countries "unacceptable".

On this issue, at least, Mr Davey seemed more in tune with his Tory colleagues, casting doubt on the methods used to calculate the contributions of respective member states.

"Rules that are being used to decide these amounts of money, whether it’s for the UK or for Greece or for Ireland, they look pretty suspect," he ventured.

"And sometimes the rules need to be revisited. These rules clearly need to be revisited here."



Cameron vows seven-day GPs

David Cameron has unveiled plans to see GP surgeries open 12 hours a day, seven days a week by 2020.

The policy is part of a new contract for GPs set out at the Conservaitve Party conference in Birmingham.

“People need to be able to see their GP at a time that suits them and their family. That’s why we will make sure everyone can see a GP seven days a week by 2020,” the Prime Minister said.

 Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed that 5,000 more GPs would receive training, and said a future Conservative government would "have no greater priority than to protect and invest in our NHS."

He promised to give patients access to their medical records online by next April, and also warned Labour against claiming to be the party of the NHS.

"It's not a Labour health service or a Conservative health service, it’s a National Health Service," he said.

Conservative MP and chair of the Health Select Committee Sarah Wollaston welcomed the move to boost GP numbers.

"What I was pleased about is to see recognition that it can’t be achieved without addressing the workforce shortfall in general practice," she told BBC News.

But Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the British Medical Association's GP committee, warned that the announcement failed to take into account "the current reality" facing doctors.

"We need immediate solutions to the extreme pressures that GP practices are facing, with inadequate numbers of GPs and practice staff to manage increasing volume of patients, who are already having to wait too long for care," he told ITV news.


Leave ISIS war to military, PM told

The Prime Minister’s former chief military adviser said yesterday that David Cameron must not become too wrapped up in the action against Islamic State in Iraq.

General David Richards, head of the armed forces until last year, said he should “give his military commanders the flexibility to meet his political intent.”

He praised Mr Cameron’s “highly effective” leadership and said he was better than previous prime ministers at engaging in debate about military action.


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