Fisheries

Express
THE European Union is plotting an action plan of revenge to ensure the UK follows its rules after Brexit as the bloc pushes for access to UK fishing waters. EU member states are pushing Michel Barnier to insist they have access to UK waters and “stable” fishing quota shares when trade talks begin with Boris Johnson. A new draft mandate has been written after complaints from France, Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands that the previous plans were too weak. The EU is also plotting measures for a quick, “cross-cutting” dispute resolution mechanism to ensure the UK adhere to the rules of the trade deal once an agreement is reached. Brussels will insist the entire future relationship deal – which will include trade, security and other agreements like fishing rights – should be “embedded in an overall governance framework” that covers “all areas” of cooperation.

Telegraph
EU member states are hardening their demands for ‘status quo’ access to UK fishing grounds after Brexit, the Telegraph can reveal, as fears grow that fundamental differences on the shape of the future EU-UK relationship could now crash the talks within months. A new draft of the EU’s negotiation mandate presented to EU ambassadors over the weekend shows major EU fishing states looking to further tie the hands of the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier to retain their existing fishing quotas.  The new text says that Mr Barnier must “uphold” existing reciprocal access to fishing grounds, following complaints from France, Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands that the previous pledge merely to “build upon” existing access was far too weak.

Coronavirus

BBC News
The UK government has declared coronavirus a “serious and imminent threat” to public health. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced new measures in England to fight the spread of the virus. These include additional powers to keep individuals in “supported isolation for their own safety”, the Department of Health said. There have been more than 40,000 cases of the virus globally, mostly in China, with four so far in the UK. The total number of deaths in China is now 908 – but the number of newly-infected people per day has stabilised.

Express
CORONAVIRUS has been declared a “serious and imminent threat” to public health by the UK Government, as a leading expert warns the NHS may be unable to cope with an increase in the number of cases. Coronavirus, the deadly virus that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has already claimed 910 victims globally and the rapid spread of the disease has prompted the UK Government to declare coronavirus as a serious and imminent threat to public health. The move gives the Government additional powers to fight the spread of the virus.

Telegraph
Health officials are under pressure to release details of the movements of a British coronavirus “super spreader” – amid fears the virus is far more contagious than was thought. The unnamed businessman, who contracted the virus in Singapore, is now known to have infected at least seven fellow Britons in a French ski resort, before returning home to Brighton, falling ill some five days later. Those he infected include the fourth person to have contracted the disease in the UK and patients in Spain and France, all of whom were believed to have been with the ‘super spreader’ in France.

Yahoo News
The head of the World Health Organization has warned that confirmed cases of coronavirus being transmitted by people who have never travelled to China could be the “tip of the iceberg”. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ remarks come as members of a WHO-led “international expert mission” flew to China on Monday to help coordinate a response to the outbreak that has so far infected more than 40,000 people and killed 908 in the country. “There’ve been some concerning instances of onward #2019nCoV spread from people with no travel history to (China),” Ghebreyesus tweeted Sunday, using the virus’s provisional scientific name.

Times
A businessman from the south coast who caught the coronavirus at a conference in Singapore is thought to have infected at least seven other Britons after going to France for a skiing holiday. Five people who were sharing a chalet, including an environmental consultant and his nine-year-old son, are receiving hospital treatment in France for the virus. Two more Britons were found yesterday to have been infected after coming into contact with the unnamed businessman in the ski resort of Les Contamines-Montjoie in the Alps, showing how quickly the virus can spread.

Mail
A British ‘super spreader’ is feared to have infected at least seven others with coronavirus, prompting the emergency testing of hundreds of people. The businessman is at the centre of a web of cases stretching across the UK, France and Spain after he apparently contracted the virus during a four-day trip to Singapore for a sales conference for gas analysis company Servomex. The man in his fifties then jetted from south-east Asia to the Alps to ski in Les Contamines-Montjoie in late January where two more Britons became infected despite the ‘super spreader’ not having any cold or flu-like symptoms.

Telegraph
Testing aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan has reportedly found 60 more confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus – amid fears the virus is far more contagious than was thought. That brings total cases on the ship docked in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, to 130, according to TBS. The liner was placed on a two-week quarantine on arriving at Yokohama on Feb. 3. In Britain, meanwhile, health officials are under pressure to release details of the movements of a British coronavirus “super spreader”.

Breitbart
The United Kingdom is facing a “major outbreak” of the deadly coronavirus, warns the scientist who co-discovered the Ebola virus in Africa. As the death toll for the coronavirus officially surpasses that of the SARS outbreak in 2003, the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Peter Piot, said that he is “increasingly alarmed” by the rapidly spreading virus, saying that it is a “greater threat” than Ebola. “It’s a greater threat because of the mode of transmission. The potential for spread is much, much higher.

Sun
A BRIT businessman is feared to have infected at least seven other people with coronavirus on a ski holiday then flew home on a packed easyJet flight. The middle-aged “super-spreader”  contracted the deadly virus while at a conference in Singapore  and is then believed to have passed it on while staying at a chalet in France. A frantic search is underway to find the hundreds of people he may have had contact with. The businessman flew back to Britain on an easyJet flight from Geneva that landed at Gatwick on January 28. It throws open the possibility he could have spread the virus to the 183 passengers and six crew.

Ireland

Telegraph
Sinn Fein has delivered a political earthquake by winning the popular vote in the general election, raising the prospect it could enter government for the first time in the Republic of Ireland. Even though Sinn Fein secured 24 per cent of the popular vote, marginally ahead of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail both on 22 per cent, it will end up with less seats than the other two parties. According to the latest projections Fianna Fail are on course to have 41 seats, Fine Gael 39 and Sinn Fein 37. The target is 80 seats to form a parliamentary majority.

Sky News
Sinn Fein wants to exclude Ireland’s major political parties, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, from a new coalition government, its president Mary Lou McDonald has said. A final election result is expected later, but counting suggests the party, formerly the political wing of the IRA, could poll more votes than either of its rivals, who have dominated Irish politics for 90 years. That would mean it is outperforming even Saturday night’s extraordinary exit poll that put all three parties on 22%, sending shockwaves through Irish politics.

Times
Sinn Fein was on the brink of a historic election victory last night in which the republican party could enter government in the Irish Republic for the first time. With all 39 constituencies reporting results Sinn Fein had secured 24.5 per cent of first-preference votes and was ahead of both main centrist parties. Fine Gael, led by Leo Varadkar, the prime minister, was pushed into third place behind Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail. Significantly Micheál Martin, the leader of Fianna Fail, refused to rule out a coalition with the republicans, saying: “I’m a democrat. I listen to the people.”

Express
LEO VARADKAR has lost to Sinn Fein’s Paul Donnelly in his own Dublin West constituency, with Mr Donnelly topping the poll by taking 28 percent of the votes and taoiseach Mr Varadkar coming in second place with 20 percent of the votes. Sinn Féin’s TD Paul Donnelly topped the poll in the Dublin West constituency, ahead of Taoiseach, Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar. Elections of candidates in Ireland are by single transferable vote (STV), with each constituency returning between three and five deputies, each called a Teachta Dála or TD. This shocking turn of events has been accentuated by Sinn Féin’s Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire topping the polls in Cork South Central and beating Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin.

Freeports

Guardian
The government has launched a consultation on creating up to 10 freeports with special tariff and duty status – an idea ministers argue will fuel growth but critics say could encourage money laundering and other crimes. The government said it was firmly committed to announcing locations this year so that the first could open in 2021. The idea was first raised by Boris Johnson during his campaign to become Conservative leader. It is proposing zones – which do not necessarily have to be located in a port – where no duty is paid on goods until they enter the full UK market, meaning none at all is paid if they are re-exported from the port. Other extra freedoms include duties only being paid on final goods, not on any raw materials that are imported into the area and then processed.

Reuters
Britain plans to announce the location of up to 10 post-Brexit freeports by the end this year so they can begin operating in 2021, the government said on Sunday. As Britain develops its own trade policy for the first time in decades after leaving the European Union at the end of January, the government has launched a 10-week consultation setting out its plans for the freeports, or free trade zones. Once the consultation is completed, sea, air and rail ports will be able to bid for freeport status.

Mail
Boris Johnson will pave the way for the biggest infrastructure revolution ‘since the Victorians’ this week, by giving the green light to HS2 and backing a new generation of ‘free ports’. After months of wrangling ministers are expected to finally give the go ahead to the troubled HS2 rail line, despite estimated costs trebling to more than £100 billion. A decision could come as early as tomorrow. Last night, the Prime Minister announced he would also fast-track plans to create 10 new ‘free ports’ across the country aimed at driving investment after Britain leaves the EU.

Labour Party

Mirror
Labour’s leadership race has exploded into a furious dirty tricks row after the party reported alleged data breaches to an official watchdog. Claims about Keir Starmer’s team have been passed to the Information Commissioner after his staff were accused of “hacking” into the party’s membership database. Sir Keir’s campaign chairwoman today dismissed the allegations as “utter, utter nonsense” – adding it is “supposed to be a clean fight”.

BBC News
The Labour party has formally reported members of Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership campaign team to the Information Commissioner, accusing them of hacking into the party’s membership database, the BBC has learned. The allegations were made against two members of Sir Keir’s team – one of them is his compliance official. They were passed to the Information Commissioner’s Office on Thursday. Sir Keir and his team said the claims were “utter nonsense”.

Sun
SIR KEIR Starmer’s team are being probed over claims they hacked the party’s membership data. Labour bosses reported the alleged foul play, sparking civil war in the party. They accused two of Sir Keir’s team of “data-scraping” — hacking the membership database to help them drum up more support for the Labour leadership frontrunner. Sir Keir last night branded the allegations “nonsensical”. And furious allies suggested he was the victim of a dirty tricks campaign. The bitter row erupted as the Labour shadow Brexit boss pulled out of campaigning events at the weekend after his mother-in-law died.

Huffington Post
Labour has been plunged into a bitter row over the security of its membership details after Keir Starmer’s leadership campaign was reported to the UK’s data watchdog for alleged hacking. The allegations, described as “utter nonsense” by the Starmer campaign, were made by party officials against two of his staff in a formal submission to the Information Commissioner’s Office last week. Allies of the Labour leadership frontrunner believe the claims are part of an attempt to distract from revelations last week that the party itself had failed to safeguard access to its 500,000-plus members in the contest to replace Jeremy Corbyn.

Express
Labour’s leadership contest was engulfed by a dirty tricks row after officials reported the frontrunner for hacking party records. Sir Keir Starmer’s campaign team was accused of swiping information from the membership database and reported to the Information Commissioner. But centrists said the allegation was “pumped up” in an attempt to derail the shadow Brexit Secretary’s campaign in favour of Corbynista candidate Rebecca Long-Bailey. The row came as Sir Keir was hit by a family tragedy after his mother-in-law died following an accident. Labour said it is conducting “a thorough investigation” into the hacking claims and has written to all candidates warning them not to misuse data.

Sun
SIR KEIR Starmer’s team are being probed over claims they hacked the party’s membership data. Labour bosses reported the alleged foul play, sparking civil war in the party. They accused two of Sir Keir’s team of “data-scraping” — hacking the membership database to help them drum up more support for the Labour leadership frontrunner. Sir Keir last night branded the allegations “nonsensical”. And furious allies suggested he was the victim of a dirty tricks campaign. The bitter row erupted as the Labour shadow Brexit boss pulled out of campaigning events at the weekend after his mother-in-law died.

Times
Labour’s most senior official was accused yesterday of trying to derail Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership bid by alleging that his staff had hacked into an internal party database. Jennie Formby, general secretary of Labour and an ally of Jeremy Corbyn, has reported Sir Keir’s campaign to Britain’s data watchdog over claims that it had gained unauthorised access to a list of party members. The move infuriated Labour MPs, who accused pro-Corbyn staff members of dragging the leadership race into “the gutter” in an attempt to damage Sir Keir, the frontrunner.

Boris bridge

Sun
BORIS Johnson is completely serious about building a bridge from Scotland to Northern Ireland to boost the union. The PM has ordered officials in Whitehall to look at the project and whether it’s possible. A Whitehall source told The Sun: “There were some people who thought the Channel Tunnel was a mad idea at the time. “We are looking at the feasibility of a bridge and if it could be made to work.”  The bridge is estimated to cost around £20billion – and engineers are examining whether the bridge between Sweden and Denmark could act as a model. The PM is keen to sign off on a series of bold projects during his time in office. And a bridge across the 28mile gap between Scotland Northern Ireland has been a plan of his for some time.

Storm Ciara

Times
The sound of flood sirens, like a wartime air raid warning, wailed across Hebden Bridge yesterday as the water rose. It was one of the West Yorkshire towns devastated by the Boxing Day floods in 2015 that feared even more damage from Storm Ciara. Winds of almost 100mph caused chaos across Britain yesterday as roads and homes were flooded, trains, flights and ferries were cancelled and power was cut to about 539,000 people. Two hundred flood warnings were issued across the country as rivers burst their banks in what the Met Office called “probably the biggest storm this century”. The highest wind speed of 97mph was recorded at the Needles off the Isle of Wight, and there were gusts of 93mph in Aberdaron, north Wales.

Mail
Storm Ciara is wreaking havoc across the country as homes are being evacuated after a hotel collapsed into raging flood waters while 93mph gales ripped down cranes, windmills and even a pub.  The Met Office has hailed it as the ‘storm of the century’ due to its sheer size, with warnings covering huge swathes of the country. Forecaster Helen Roberts said: ‘In terms of area, this is probably the biggest storm this century. I have not seen amber warnings on this scale, across all of Wales and much of England. The yellow wind warnings cover the whole of the UK.’

Child sexual abuse

Mail
The Church of England could be forced to pay £200million to survivors of child sex abuse, its parliament is to be told. The money is being set aside for ‘restoration or redress’ to thousands of victims abused by bishops, clergy and lay helpers. This huge bill is more than the annual sum spent running the C of E by its financial arm, the Church Commissioners. It could lead to major spending cuts and force the sale of some of the Church’s £8billion-worth of historic assets.

Education

Mirror
Ministers have been accused of blowing more than £100,000 on a “propaganda” website about school funding. The new site appears to be a bid to compete with SchoolCuts, a search engine that allows parents to look up how much cash their children’s school budget has been slashed. But unlike SchoolCuts, which is run by teaching unions, the government’s website ignores the impact of inflation, increases in staff pay and other costs. Education Minister Nick Gibb confirmed the Government had spent £112,125 building the website.

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