Lord Ashcroft Poll 30 June: Con 33%, Lab 31%, Lib Dem 9%, UKIP 15%
YouGov/The Sun 30 June – Con 35%, Lab 37%, LD 8%, UKIP 12%
ComRes/Independent Monthly Poll: CON 30%, LAB 32%, LDEM 7%, UKIP 18%
Sky News
Nearly 2,000 Killed As US Bolsters Iraq Forces. The death toll in Iraq reaches its highest monthly figure since May 2007 as goverment forces fight back in Tikrit.
Russian Hackers ‘Could Disrupt Power Supply’. More than 1,000 Western companies are targeted with malware which could allow hackers to take control of power plants.
City AM
– John Longworth, Director-General of the British Chambers of Commerce: Britain needs safeguards on ever closer union or we’ll sleepwalk into an EU exit.
Daily Telegraph
Daily Express
Daily Mail
– Top Tories blast European allies but PM gets a boost in the polls.
– Robin Harris: Whatever Dave says, we’re now weaker [re: EU].
– Max Hastings: Amid calls to merge tax and NI. Be brave, Mr Osborne, and end this sham that hides the taxman’s greed.
The Times
The Guardian
– All down to the don’t knows: Scotland’s destiny in hands of a million switherers .
– Trident gets thumbs up in report that will dismay anti-nuclear campaigners. Cross-party commission comes out in favour of keeping nuclear missile deterrent to prevent future security threats for Britain​.
The Independent
– Steve Richards: Forget Juncker. Cameron will always have the same difficult relationship with the EU – it’s just part of being a Tory PM.
Financial Times
The Sun
House of Commons

– Health Select Committee hearing on NHS data. Speakers include: Kingsley Manning, chair of the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), Sir Nick Partridge, non-executive director of the HSCIC and Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and information at NHS England.

–  British Gas, UK Power Networks, Citizens Advice Bureau and others give evidence to the Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee on network costs.

– The Leader of the House Andrew Lansley and shadow leader Angela Eagle give evidence to the Commons Standards Review Sub Committee.

House of Lords

– Oral Questions. Moving UK elections from Thursday to Sunday

 – Orders and Regulations. Political Parties, Elections and Referendums (Civil Sanctions) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2014
– Orders and Regulations. European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Partnership and Co-operation Agreement) (Iraq) Order 2014
– Orders and Regulations. European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Partnership and Co-operation Agreement) (Mongolia) Order 2014
– Orders and Regulations. European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Partnership and Co-operation Agreement) (Philippines) Order 2014
– Orders and Regulations. European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Partnership and Co-operation Agreement) (Vietnam) Order 2014
– Economic and Financial Affairs (EU Sub-Committee A)
– (at 3.10pm) evidence will be on Enhanced Scrutiny of the draft 2015 EU Budget from The Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP


– Payday lenders come under tougher rules from today. The new rules ban them from rolling over loan more than twice and restrict their ability to drain money from borrowers’ bank accounts.

– The new £15,000 “super Isa” comes into being, allowing savers to put more money away tax-free.

– Anniversary of the ban on smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces in England (2007).
– LIVERPOOL: Unite national conference. Biennial conference of the Unite union.
– LONDON: Age UK annual conference. Speakers include NHS England boss Simon Stevens, Health Minister Lord Howe and Pensions Minister Steve Webb.
– LEEDS: Ed Miliband and Lord Adonis launch Labour review on the economy.
– LONDON: Channel 4 chairman Lord Burns and chief executive David Abraham give evidence to the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
– EDINBURGH: Lord McConnell speech for Better Together. The former Labour first minister will be joined by Advocate General Jim Wallace, who was his deputy first minister, as he makes his first speech for the cross party pro-UK campaign group. The Hub Castlehill, Royal Mile, EH1 2NE. David Ross 07725988440.
– LONDON: The issue of Scottish independence and its impact upon the City of London will be the focus of a debate attended by over 160 senior finance and legal figures working in the Square Mile. The event, run by Scots law firm Tods Murray, will hear from a panel of speakers from both sides of the debate. Sir Malcolm Bruce will put the case for the Better Together campaign while the SNP’s Stewart Hosie will put the case for Yes.
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