EU

Breitbart

The Justice Secretary Michael Gove has warned of the dangers of staying in an ever expanding European Union (EU). Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey joining the EU over the next few years would open the door to 88 million people, all eligible to come to the UK for treatment on the NHS and for a British education for their children, he said.

 

The Sun

TWO Euro MPs have milked the taxpayer for more than £1million each, The Sun can reveal. Tories Richard Ashworth and Sajjad Karim have been able to pocket the vast sums over five years in salaries, allowances and expenses. The news comes after ex-Labour MEP Peter Skinner was jailed for four years for a £100,000 expenses fraud. There is no suggestion Mr Ashworth or Dr Karim acted illegally.

 

Daily Mail

Swigging what appears to be vodka in broad daylight and ignoring police warnings, these are the dozen or so migrants now living in the shadow of one of the world’s most prestigious 5-star hotels. Pictures show groups of men and woman huddled up in warm clothing, some lighting cigarettes and others in sleeping bags, after making themselves at home just yards from The Ritz in London‘s Green Park. Despite such close proximity, the luxury of the iconic Grade II listed hotel, built in 1906, is a world away from the everyday existence of those sleeping rough nearby – many of whom are believed to be from Eastern Europe. It is not the first time migrants have used parks in the capital as a temporary home.

 

Daily Express

IAIN Duncan Smith claims David Cameron is dodging a TV showdown after he challenged the Prime Minister to a live debate on the European Union. The former work and pensions secretary is a die-hard supporter of the Vote Leave campaign backing Brexit. After walking out of the PM’s cabinet in March, he has accused the pro-EU campaign of “running away” from a clash on national television. Now he says Downing Street should lift the ban on Tories debating against fellow Tories as he paves the way for a showdown between Mr Cameron and himself, Boris Johnson or Michael Gove.

 

The Sun

AN Albanian refused entry to Britain six weeks ago was under arrest last night after £1.5million of cocaine was seized by cops. The suspect, 21, was held with another Albanian when the National Crime Agency busted a drugs ring on Friday. The arrests came as Cabinet heavyweights Theresa May and Michael Gove issued warnings about the threat to the UK from gangsters from Albania, currently bidding to join the EU.

 

Health

ITV News

Tens of thousands of patients are having do not resuscitate orders imposed without their families’ consent, an audit has found. Hospitals are failing to tell relations that they do not intend to attempt potentially lifesaving techniques to save their loved ones, according to the Royal College of Physicians. Its audit of 9,000 dying patients found that one in five families were not informed of the plans – equivalent to 40,000 patients a year, the Daily Telegraph reported.

BBC News

Thousands of people in England are having “do not resuscitate” orders imposed on them without their family’s consent, an audit has found. The Royal College of Physicians’ audit of 9,000 dying patients found one in five families had not been told orders had been imposed on their relative. Prof Sam Ahmedzai told the Telegraph it is “unforgivable” not to tell families. NHS England said there had been improvements in end-of-life care, but that more could be done.

 

Telegraph

As many as 40,000 patients a year are having “do not resuscitate orders” secretly imposed on them without their families ever being told, it can be disclosed. A national audit of dying patients has highlighted a failure by authorities to tell relatives of plans put in place for their loved ones. It is estimated that every year, more than 200,000 patients are issued with do not resuscitate orders, instructing doctors not to attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation if the patient suffers a cardiac arrest or stops breathing.

BBC News

The mosquito-borne Zika virus may be even more dangerous than previously thought, scientists in Brazil say. They told the BBC that Zika could be behind more damaging neurological conditions, affecting the babies of up to a fifth of infected pregnant women. Rates of increase in Zika infection in some parts of Brazil have slowed, thanks to better information about preventing the disease. But the search for a vaccine is still in the early stages. And Zika continues to spread across the region.

 

Scotland

BBC News

The prospect of a second referendum on Scottish independence has dominated the final TV debate between the leaders of the country’s five main parties. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Greens argued it would be undemocratic to rule out a referendum if enough people wanted one. But the leaders of the other three parties called on them to respect the result of the last referendum. The BBC Scotland debate was held at Hopetoun House, near Edinburgh.

 

Anti-Semitism

Sky News

Labour frontbenchers are threatening to resign within weeks over Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of the party’s anti-Semitism row, according to reports. MP Naz Shah and former London Mayor Ken Livingstone were suspended from the party last week over claims of anti-Semitism. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn says his team is “united” but – with crucial elections looming and some polls predicting Labour could lose more than 100 seats – the real situation is reported to be somewhat different.

The Times

Labour frontbenchers are threatening to resign within weeks over Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of the antisemitism row, amid claims that Jewish donors have abandoned the party. As the crisis engulfing Labour intensified, one of its most generous donors said that its future as a political force was in jeopardy unless it dealt with the problem. Sir Ronald Cohen, the social investment pioneer who gave the party more than £2.5 million under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, said: “There is no room for racism among the values of the Labour party.”

Telegraph

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to continue talking to terrorist organisations Hamas and Hezbollah, in comments that threaten to further destabilise his leadership ahead of the local elections. The Labour leader refused to denounce the groups in the wake of calls from Jewish leaders, the Israeli Ambassador and members of his own party to distance himself from those with anti-Semitic views. He has previously referred to the organisations as “friends”, despite both being declared terrorist groups by the EU and America.

Independent

Diane Abbott has waded into the row over antisemitism in Labour by dismissing claims the party has a problem as “smears” – as Len McCluskey claimed the furore was a “cynical attempt” to undermine Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.  Ms Abbott, the shadow International Development Secretary and one of the Labour leader’s closest allies sought to play down tensions in the party, insisting robust action had been taken to combat antisemitism but denied the party was “riddled” with it. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Ms Abbott said: “It’s something of a smear against ordinary party members, it is, it is a smear to say the Labour party has a problem with antisemitism.

 

Green belt

Sky News

The green belt is being “sacrificed” to make way for new homes as councils face pressure to help the Government hit a target of 200,000 new properties a year, countryside campaigners are warning. A report by the Campaign to Protect Rural England has revealed 275,000 homes are currently planned for the green belt – up 25% on last year. Close to half of those are in the area around London, including Central Bedfordshire where residents are concerned about the rate at which protected land is being earmarked for development.

 

Education

Daily Mail

Headteachers could go on strike later this year after voting overwhelmingly against schools being forced being forced to become academies. Members the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) agreed that a walk-out would be an option ‘as a last resort’ if the government does not reconsider the scheme. Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, has announced plans to make all schools become academies within the next six years in what is considered to be the greatest shake-up to the education system in generations.

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