YouGov/Sun poll: Labour are back to a 3 point lead and the Libs are very low – CON 33%, LAB 36%, LDEM 7%, UKIP 13%.

City A.M.

– Barack Obama: Russia to blame for violence in Ukraine​

– Douglas Carswell shock defection from Conservative party fails to rock David Cameron

– Hollande calls for growth summit amid political turmoil

Daily Mail

– EIGHT more Tories ‘in Ukip talks’: After rebel Tory MP’s shock defection, other Conservatives are wined and dined by Nigel Farage’s millionaire donor 

– The maverick mutineer who had been plotting for a year and why Douglas Carswell’s defection is ‘biggest political surprise for years’ 

– Cameron’s pledge to slash net migration to below 100,000 left in tatters after 40% increase sees it surge to 243,000 in just 12 months 

– Hospitals threatened with fines for failing to serve decent food: Hunt orders overhaul so healthier options are available 

The Express

– Immigration RISES despite government pledge to slash numbers (mention Steven Woolfe MEP)

– TORY SHOCK: Ukip defection piles pressure on David Cameron

– Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to Ukip as he blasts Downing Street ‘clique’

– David Cameron warns Vladimir Putin as 1,000 Russian troops pour into Ukraine ​

Financial Times

​- Ukip defection exposes Tory faultlines

– EU influx pushes net migration to highest level since 2011

– Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip risks Tory split in run-up to election

The Guardian

– More power to London? Who could possibly disagree?

– Carswell’s Ukip defection puts pressure on Cameron

– Rotherham: police spent ‘great deal of time’ trying to disprove victim abuse

– Libertarian ideology is the natural enemy of science

– Douglas Carswell’s defection leaves Cameron’s strategy in tatters

The Independent

– Nigel’s column: With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward

– Tories fear Douglas Carswell’s Ukip defection may be first of many

– Net migration jumps by nearly a quarter of a million

– Douglas Carswell defection: Eurosceptic ex-Tory MP fires parting shot at Cameron

The Sun

– MP Claire Perry in bid to limit train fare rises

– I’ve gone, you must go too (South Yorks Deputy PPC)

– Farage gets ‘the Big Mo’ over Cameron again

– Ukippered AGAIN

– Are you sitting comfortably, Minister?

The Telegraph

– Nigel Farage: More Tories could defect after ‘high noon’ by-election

– Vince Cable builds up war chest for election

– Where do MPs make friends and plot against their enemies?

– Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip could mark a turning point in politics

The Times

– Rotherham ‘seized files in grooming cover-up

– Cameron braced for more Ukip defections

– Patient score sheet to expose hospitals serving worst food

– Students ‘penalised for good answers’ in language exams

– On Clacton seafront, Ukip’s new man has a wave of followers


– 0700: Nationwide Building Society releases its house price study for August.

– 1030 LONDON: A High Court judge gives a decision on a challenge to a Government decision to let the latest badger cull go ahead without monitoring by a panel of independent experts.

– 1745 INVERNESS: Danny Alexander, Willie Rennie and Charles Kennedy host public meeting.

– 1930 FALKIRK: Labour for Independence event.

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