YouGov/Sun poll: CON 35%, LAB 35%, LD 8%, UKIP 12%
– Zerozone. Euro area caught in vicious cycle as growth stalls, inflation flatlines and debt piles (also in Daily Mail, The Guardian, Financial Times)
– Natasha Porter: Better with their hands: How to rid vocational education of its stigma
– Benny Peiser and Daniel Mahoney: Short-sighted populism risks missing shale’s huge benefits
– The long walk to democracy: Magna Carta trails announced
– Fracking will not spoil countryside as turbines do, says expert
– Britain ready to arm Iraq’s Kurd fighters in fight against Islamic State (also in The Times, The Guardian)
– Bring back hanging for child killers, says UKIP MEP Louise Bours
– Postcode lottery ‘is killing 6,000 cancer patients every year‘ (also in The Times)
– Toby Young: Don’t let the left destroy [Gove’s] legacy
– Richard Littlejohn: Don’t they have EU rules in Europe?
– Angela Levin: Bedlam behind bars
– Pass rate drops but record numbers gain places at University
– NHS faces huge bill over private provider’s botched eye operations
– Record numbers win university places but gender gap widens
– Labour peer under fire for “cynical” praise of China’s work in Tibet
– Nigel Farage: I’m against the death penalty, but I think we should be free to debate it
– 0930: Baby Names 2013. The Office for National Statistics will be publishing the list of the most popular baby names for boys and girls in 2013. The release will show the top 100 names for boys and for girls across England and Wales as a whole, the top ten names for boys and for girls for Wales only, the top ten names for boys and for girls for England only, the top ten names for boys and for girls for each of the nine English regions and the most popular names by month in 2013 to show seasonal variations. The release helps to reflect changes in society and complements other life event publications on topics such as births, deaths and marriages.
– 0930 YORK: Parade to mark centenary of First World War with RAF Typhoon flypast. As part of the First World War commemorations more than 150 servicemen and women will conduct a Freedom Parade in York followed by a service in York Minster. An RAF Typhoon fighter jet will also conduct a fly past during a review of the troops.
– 0930 LONDON: Second estimate of second quarter GDP is published by the Office for National Statistics.
– 1000 EDINBURGH: Launch of new book on Scottish constitutional politics. Dr Elliot Bulmer, author of A Constitution for the Common Good will be joined by Canon Kenyon Wright, Robin McAlpine and Mary Lockhart.
– 1100 BRUSSELS: European foreign ministers meeting. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and European counterparts will meet to discuss the situation in Iraq. Post-meeting press conference expected around 1700.