Sky News

HS3 From Leeds To Manchester Being Outlined. The Government is announcing plans for a high-speed rail link aimed at helping rebalance the UK economy (also in City AM, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Independent)
– The US warns of dire consequences as ISIS captures four more towns in western Iraq and John Kerry arrives in Baghdad for talks.


City AM

– As Cameron faces a crunch week in his battle over EU reform, a new report backed by leading business figures warns…something’s got to give

– Booming mid-sized firms hit hard by UK tax system

– Dozens of Euro banks in need of more capital

National debt to rise £128.6bn under new UK accounts system


Daily Telegraph

– Roger Bootle: UK could make its way in the world outside EU.

– Chuka Umunna email row: furious Ukip supporters launch computer-savvy campaign

– Iraq jihadist takeover warning ‘was ignored’

– Foreign Office cuts terror budget by half to rein in spending by envoys

– Gay MP Nigel Evans cleared of rape battles to keep seat

£200,999 for the NHS boss who works one day a week

Patient care takes back seat to politics, public fears

BBC must try to please the licence-fee payers, not the politicians says trust head

Salmond agrees to debate with Darling instead of Cameron

– Daniel Hannan: Europe at the crossroads

– Editorial: Defeat for Cameron will be a slight to the country

– Cristina Odone: Opponents of a sugar tax may just have to lump it


Daily Express

Cameron’s showdown to block EU favourite

Human rights law keeps thieving postie in the UK incl comment from Steven Woolfe MEP

NHS sends 28 staff on £280k trip to the US

– Leo McKinstry: Multi-culturalism is responsible for terror in our midst


Daily Mail

Re-train the retired to teach at inner city schools, say Tories

– Lib Dem Peer Lord Storey says Clegg is toxic to voters (also in The Times)

EU is flicking two fingers at us over ‘drunk’ president says Iain Duncan Smith (also in The Guardian)

– Labour: UKIP voters can’t use the internet

Kinnock comes to the rescue… Ed must be really desperate (also in The Guardian)

– Dominic Lawson: Cognac at breakfast? I’m more worried Dave’s nemesis is drunk on federalism

The Times
– £2bn NHS black hole will cause care crisis

– Stephen Pollard: Yet another Labour big beast departs the stage


The Guardian

Spy agencies may need more powers says Liam Fox

Bring a few ‘oldies’ back, Blunkett tells the Labour leader

– Labour figures attack ‘soap opera’ of Miliband sniping

– Independent Scotland’s initial startup costs put at only £200m

– Chris Huhne: Nation states are too small to fix global problems


The Independent

– Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Fabricant and a party’s true colours

Schools struggling to fill governor posts as candidates daunted by work

– Tories plan to run state schools for a profit, says Labour

– Lib Dems urge £2bn extra for NHS

Interview with John Swinney: “Can we go it alone and pay our way? Of course we can” [re: Scotland]

Financial Times

Foreign and Commonwealth Office halves its counter-terrorism budget


The Sun

– Trevor Kavanagh: it is not justice to wait years for a trial


Daily Events

House of Commons
– First Delegated Legislation Committee. Draft European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and Protocol thereto on matters specific to Aircraft Equipment) Order 2014
– Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee. Motion in the name of Secretary Vince Cable relating to Financial Assistance to Industry in respect of early stage venture capital funds investing in small and medium-sized enterprises
– Transport Select Committee.  Security on the railway – Baroness Kramer, Minister of State, Department for Transport and Steve Marshall-Camm, Head of Rail Sponsorship and Stakeholders; Paul Crowther, Chief Constable, British Transport Police and Millie Banerjee, Chair, British Transport Police Authority
– Communities and Local Government Select Committee. Local Government Chief Officers’ remuneration – Brandon Lewis MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government
– Science and Technology Select Committee. Social media data and real time analytics
– Communities and Local Government Select Committee. Operation of the National Planning Policy Framework – Richard Barnes, Senior Conservation Manager, Woodland Trust and Simon Marsh MBE, Head of Planning Policy, RSPB

House of Lords
– Oral Questions. Impact of independent schools on the British economy
– Oral Questions. Setting up a UK constitutional commission to examine further devolution and decentralisation within the UK
– Legislation – Lord Astor of Hever. Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill [HL] – Second reading – Lord Astor of Hever
Debate. Role of the Armed Forces
– European Union Select Committee: evidence will be heard from the Rt Hon David Lidington MP concerning the upcoming June Council meetings in Europe.

– LONDON: Trial of George Galloway’s ex-secretary and a police officer on misconduct and data protection charges. Aisha Ali-Khan, former parliamentary secretary to Bradford West MP, and Afiz Khan, detective inspector, who was head of the Muslim contact unit at the Met’s counter-terrorism unit SO15, are charged with misconduct-related and data protection offences.
– LONDON: Acting head of BBC Trust discusses the corporation’s future. Diane Coyle will give a lecture on the 21st Century BBC


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