News review

Daily Telegraph

– UKIP is a threat to peace in Europe, says Germany
– Solar panels better than a pension, says minister
Tim Yeo ousted by local party in ‘Tory Spring’ against Campaign HQ (also in Daily Express, Daily Mail, The Times)
– Up to 15,000 illegal foreign drivers avoid tax, fines and MoTs
‘Breath-taking’ corruption costs EU economy £100bn a year incl. comment from Paul Nuttall
– Benedict Brogan: Cameron’s choice – to stand firm, or dance to UKIP’s tune
– Phillip Johnston: Britain’s energy crisis is about to boil over

Daily Express

– All pensioners will get bigger payouts
– Anger as prisoners are paid £41m in benefits by mistake

Daily Mail

– Revealed: Vote-rig report Red Ed tried to suppress
– Children will go to school nursery from age of two
– “UKIP spokesman was kidnapper
– Simon Heffer: Nurture the grassroots or pay a heavy price incl. comment from Tim Aker and coverage of UKIP in Thurrock  

The Times (£)

– Britain and Germany at odds over EU
– Coalition selects more women and Tories for top public-sector jobs
– Fast-track planning to end costly challenges
– RSPCA accused of sending dozens of sheep to their death

The Guardian

UN housing report dismissed as ‘Marxist’ 
– More floods forecast as Paterson defends relief efforts (no link available, p.4)
Gove accuses unions of complicity in school failures 
– Ofcom should have final say on media takeovers, say peers

The Independent

– Mark Thompson says sorry for wasting £100m on computer project
– LibDems accuse Alexander of ‘going native’ at Treasury 
– Environment Agency chief Lord Smith under fire in Somerset as he admits: I’ve not visited flood areas
– Letter from David Bannerman MEP: A Political Leader Without Policies 

The Sun (£)

– Clegg: war on drugs is just unwinnable 
– 14,000 need home in an area where Tube strike union fatcat has a housing association semi (no link available, p. 19)
Brits don’t want my £16k job so I’ll recruit in Romania 


Daily events


In the House of Commons

– Commons Justice Committee takes evidence on crime reduction strategy. Witnesses include Nick Hardwick, HM Chief Inspectorate of Prisons and Eoin McLennan-Murray, President, Prison Governor’s Association.- The Financial Conduct Authority’s chairman John Griffith-Jones and chief executive Martin Wheatley give evidence to the Commons Treasury Committee.- Chancellor George Osborne gives evidence to House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee.

– European Committee B. Subject: Unnumbered European Union Documents, the European Court of Auditors Annual Report concerning the financial year 2012 and the European Court of Auditors Annual Report on the activities funded by the Eighth, Ninth and Tenth European Development Funds (EDFs), together with European Union Document No. 12772/13 and Addenda 1 to 5, a Commission Report to the European Parliament and the Council on the protection of the European Union’s financial interests: Fight against fraud 2012 Annual Report

– Home Affairs Select Committee. Subject: Police and Crime Commissioners: progress to date

– Scottish Affairs Select Committee.Subject: The Referendum on Separation for Scotland


In the House of Lords

– Oral Questions incl. West Lothian Question in the light of further taxation powers granted to the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish referendum



– Welsh Assembly Plenary. Plenary session of the Welsh Assembly. Includes questions to First Minister Carwyn Jones.

– Energy Minister Greg Barker speaks at launch of Conservative 2020 report. Sweating our Assets – Productivity and Efficiency Across the UK Economy, is a report by the 2020 Productivity and Efficiency Group which makes ten “forward-thinking and innovative recommendations aimed at improving the future productivity, efficiency and profitability of the UK economy”.


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