BREAKING NEWS

Raheem Kassam has withdrawn from the Leadership Race:

SKY News: “Mr Kassam’s announcement comes three days after he launched his campaign in a Westminster pub and with nominations for the party leadership set to close at noon. He said: As of today, I am formally suspending my campaign for UKIP leader After much consideration, I have decided not to pursue my campaign to be UKIP leader any further. This was a very difficult decision, and I want to thank everyone who supported me in the process

BBC News: “The former aide to leader Nigel Farage said: “It is a decision I have not taken lightly, but following meetings this weekend I realised the path to victory is too narrow. Mr Kassam urged his supporters to back Peter Whittle for party leader.

ITV News: “Nigel Farage’s former aide Raheem Kassam has pulled out of the race to become Ukip leader, saying “the path to victory is too narrow”.Kassam had been considered among the three frontrunners to succeed Farage. His departure leaves Paul Nuttall and Suzanne Evans as the main candidates in the leadership race, though he has urged his supporters to back Peter Whittle.

Brexit

Express
CONTINUED payments into the EU budget might have to be one of the requirements of Brexit, Nick Clegg has suggested. The former deputy prime minister urged Theresa May and Philip Hammond to “pluck up the courage” and “face down” Brexiteer “head bangers” on the Tory backbenches who advocate a clean divorce from Brussels. Meanwhile, he insisted that if the Government does agree a so-called “hard Brexit ” – widely interpreted as the UK leaving the European single market – there should be a second referendum. Speaking to ITV’s Peston On Sunday programme, he said: “There is a way forward for the Government. “I think the only way forward is for Theresa May and Philip Hammond to pluck up the courage to face down Liam Fox, to face down the Daily Mail, to face down all these sort of head bangers on the backbenches and to say listen …” Mr Clegg was then interrupted and asked if he thought it would mean raising the prospect of the UK continuing to pay into the EU budget.

Huffington Post
It has taken seven years to strike a trade deal between Canada and the European Union, and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker signalled an agreement with post-’Brexit’ Britain could be just as lengthy. The EU on Sunday held a summit to sign-off the Canada pact which had been held up by objections from the Walloon regional government in Belgium. Brexit-eers’ have argued the Canada agreement could be used as the starting point for negotiations with the UK once Article 50 is triggered, the mechanism by which Britain formally quits the bloc.

NHS

BBC News
A group of MPs says the government is incorrect to keep claiming it is allocating an extra £10bn to the NHS in England over the next five years. The Health Committee has written to the chancellor to say using the figure gives the “false impression that the NHS is awash with cash”. It is calling for more NHS funding to be announced in November’s Autumn Statement. The government insisted the £10bn figure was accurate. The Health Select Committee, chaired by Dr Sarah Wollaston, has been hearing evidence over recent months on the state of NHS finances. Its letter says what it was told by senior NHS figures “clearly demonstrated the financial pressure facing the NHS”. But it warned that “the extent of this pressure is not sufficiently recognised” by government.

Guardian
Theresa May’s claims of £10bn in extra funding for the NHS are untrue and give a “false impression” that the health service is awash with cash, MPs have warned. In a strongly worded letter to the Chancellor, Dr Sarah Wollaston, chair of the Commons Health Select Committee, and four other MPs have urged Philip Hammond to use his first Autumn Statement as Chancellor to provide a cash injection for the NHS, amid claims social care in Britain approaching “tipping point”. Dr Wollaston says the £10bn figure cited by Ms May is untrue at a time when pressure on its finances were threatening to become “overwhelming”. Ms May last used the figure at Prime Minister’s Questions after the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn criticised the Government’s record on running the health service.

Telegraph
Almost half of NHS authorities are drawing up plans to cut hospital beds, and one third intend to close Accident & Emergency departments, it can be disclosed. New research shows the full extent of swingeing measures planned to tackle the greatest financial crisis in the history of the NHS. It comes as the Tory head of the influential Commons health select committee made an unprecedented plea to the Chancellor, calling for a major cash injection to prevent the collapse of the NHS. Dr Sarah Wollaston urged the Treasury to step in, to ensure the long-term survival of the health service and tackle a “severe” crisis in social care.

Mirror
Tory MPs have turned on their own Chancellor, accusing him of giving a ‘false impression’ of the state of the NHS’ finances. The MPs have demanded fresh cash is pumped into healthcare next month. Chancellor Philip Hammond is warned of a looming “crisis” in social care unless he pledges new funding at the Autumn Statement on November 23. Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston, who chairs the Commons Health Committee, has written to Mr Hammond warning the adult social care sector was nearing “tipping point”.

Sky News
The Government’s claim that it is investing billions more in the NHS are “incorrect”, a group of top MPs has claimed. In a strongly worded letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond, the group accused the Government of wrongly claiming it is going to raise spending on the NHS in England by £10bn over the next five years. Five MPs led by Conservative Dr Sarah Wollaston, the chair of the commons health select committee, warned Mr Hammond the figure was misleading the public about the state of the NHS’ finances at a time when funding pressures were threatening to become “overwhelming”.

Morning Star
CHANCELLOR Philip Hammond has been urged by a Tory MP to invest in social care in order to fend off an imminent NHS crisis, it was revealed yesterday. In the run-up to the Autumn Statement, Commons health committee chair Sarah Wollaston sent Mr Hammond a stern letter warning that the adult social care sector was approaching a “tipping point.” Traditionally, local authorities were responsible for helping people to live independently, but privatisation and lack of funds have led to council-run social care largely disappearing and the NHS now deals with the fallout. Ms Wollaston wrote that, unless there was swift action, the knock-on effects of increased A&E attendances and longer hospital stays could derail the delivery of the Tories’ NHS five-year forward view plan.

Benefits

Mail
A family-of-ten who receive an estimated £44,000-a-year on benefits who previously claimed to have been ‘neglected’ have been moved to a £425,000 ‘dream’ house. Father-of-eight Arnold Sube and wife Jeanne have moved their brood into the home in Milton Keynes after previously complaining about their ‘cramped’ three-bed home in Luton. They even turned down three moves to bigger homes and were presented with an ultimatum to accept another house or be made homeless by Luton Borough Council. According to the Sun, they are now living in a detached property with four double bedrooms, a utility room, garage, garden and a driveway that would normally cost £1,200 per month. The move has angered neighbours who told the paper it was ‘unfair’ the family did not have to pay rent in a ‘lovely estate’.

Sun
IT’S a simple statement of fact that we don’t have enough British doctors and nurses to staff the NHS. Training more is important. As things stand, however, we need foreign staff to keep the show on the road. But what’s simply bonkers is paying hundreds of thousands of pounds in benefits to secure their services. It’s costing the NHS £27,000 to pay for Arnold Mballe Sube’s psychiatric nursing degree. For the NHS, that’s doubtless money well spent. Except it’s not just costing £27,000. Because the rest of us now have to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds supporting Mr Sube’s family . In one year alone they cost taxpayers almost £100,000. In total it’s an eye-watering £238,512. Any benefit the NHS receives from paying for Mr Sube’s training is lost hundreds of times over.

Child refugees

Guardian
Theresa May has declined to make any extra commitments on receiving child refugees affected by the demolition of the Calais refugee camp, after the French president, François Hollande , rang her to ask for the Britain to consider its “moral duty”. Downing Street said the UK has already taken a “considerable number of unaccompanied minors”, and several hundred more children and young people would be arriving in the coming weeks. The government has taken about 274 child refugees this month, mostly those with family ties to the UK under the Dublin regulation. David Cameron also promised earlier this year to take an unspecified number of vulnerable child refugees from France, Greece and Italy after coming under pressure to accept an amendment to the law from the Labour peer Alfred Dubs , who was rescued in the second world war Kindertransport evacuation.

Sun
A CHILD migrant who reports claimed was 22 and a university student declared last night “I’m 16 and starting school soon”. Afghani refugee Haris Stanikzai was one of the first to Britain from the Calais Jungle and has already been enjoying classic UK telly Deal or no Deal and Countdown. A LinkedIn page says he studied at an Afghani university three years ago. But yesterday it was alleged he had enrolled in university three years ago and had a dating profile saying he was 22. An official quoted from Jahan University in Kabul also claimed he remembered him from there. But his uncle Jan Ghazi, 37, who Haris is living with said: “We have spoken to him and we are happy he is 16 to 17. I happy he is a child. He says his plan is to become a doctor. He has said I want to go to school. We don’t know which year, we are waiting for the Home Office papers.

Post-Brexit trade

Reuters
Britain told Nissan it would aim for tariff-free trade with Europe for the motor industry after Brexit, persuading the Japanese company to invest in the country’s biggest car plant, a cabinet minister said on Sunday. Last month Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn said he would need a guarantee of compensation to offset any tariffs imposed when Britain leaves the European Union, before deciding whether to build new models at the Sunderland factory in northeast England. Business Secretary Greg Clark said the government was determined the motor industry would remain competitive, and he had told Nissan it wanted to negotiate tariff-free trade for the sector with the remaining 27 EU members.

Independent
Greg Clark, the Business Secretary, has revealed the Government told Nissan it would seek a tariff-free deal with the European Union for the car sector in Britain. It comes after the Government faced intense pressure to disclose assurances provided to the Japanese car giant behind the scenes at Downing Street earlier this week. To the delight of ministers, the manufacturing company decided it will continue investing in Britain after Brexit and promised to build its new cars at its flagship Sunderland plant. But Mr Clark revealed on Sunday the company announced its intentions after receiving assurances the Government was committed to securing continued tariff-free access to EU markets.

UKIP leadership

Independent
One of Ukip’s leadership hopefuls has said he would back a referendum on capital punishment. Paul Nuttall said he “believes in direct democracy” and that he thought the majority of British people would support its return. If enough people decided that [a referendum] was required, then so be it. I’m relaxed about all of these kinds of things,” he told Sky News. In terms of capital punishment, I have been quite open that I believe in capital punishment for the killers of children,” he added.

Breitbart
UKIP leadership candidate Suzanne Evans has set out her “centrist” platform in a car-crash interview with the left-wing press, slamming elements of the party as bigoted, whilst praising the smoking ban and prosecution of Christians who oppose homosexuality. Evans promised to make the party “friendlier, more approachable [and] broaden our appeal”, in the interview with the Guardian newspaper, claiming to be the “moderate, sensible” face of UKIP. Attacking the party she wishes to lead, the Guardian journalist wrote she is “genuinely disgusted, not just embarrassed, by ugly comments periodically reported in the press.” Abandoning any pretence of upholding right wing or libertarian principles, she said, “I actually really like the smoking ban!” adding: “So I definitely disagree with Nigel on that one.” No, good God no, absolutely not”, she said of a suggestion to relax increasingly punitive drink-driving laws. “I am passionately anti-speeding”, she added in relation to speed cameras and driving laws.

Post Office strikes

ITV News
Post Office workers and managers across the country will stage a fresh strike Monday in a dispute over jobs, pensions and branch closures. Members of the Communication Workers Union and Unite will walk out for the second time in as many months, with further action closer to Christmas not ruled out. The unions are in dispute over the closure of the final salary pension scheme, job losses, and the franchising of Crown Post offices, the larger branches usually found in high streets. The Post Office said that most of its branches will not be affected by the action, but the dispute affects thousands of staff working across the UK. The strike follows a walkout in September which the unions said was strongly supported. CWU general secretary Dave Ward said: “The stakes have never been higher for the future of the Post Office, its workers and the communities they serve. “The Post Office is at crisis point and the management and Government need to listen to the workforce.

Morning Star
POST OFFICE staff are set for a nationwide walkout today in a second 24-hour national stoppage over job losses, pension cuts and privatisation. CWU general secretary Dave Ward warned that the future of the service is at risk, saying: “The stakes have never been higher” as it reaches “crisis point.” Striking workers will gather at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in London at 10.30am before heading off for a Halloween-themed tour of the city. They will take their message to the doorstep of Post Office headquarters with a rally at noon. Up to 3,500 CWU members will be joined by hundreds of Post Office managers belonging to Unite on picket lines across the country as the long-running dispute continues. “Around 2,000 jobs are believed to be at risk on top of plans for “mean-spirited” pension cuts and privatisation of the flagship crown post office network.

Rail strikes

Mail
Train travellers face a Christmas of chaos and cancellations for the third year in a row. Network Rail is warning of major disruption caused by around 200 improvement projects. London, Manchester and Cardiff are among the cities worst affected. Many of the capital’s main stations will be disrupted at some point over the holiday season – affecting journeys to and from the South West, Wales, East Anglia and Kent. Work on some schemes will begin on Christmas Eve, which falls on a Saturday. That will give engineers and maintenance teams four days to carry out upgrades before most people return to work. The Great Western mainline to South Wales and the South West is among the worst affected routes. Crossrail engineering works will cause the closure of Paddington station in West London, with trains using Ealing Broadway instead. Signalling work in South Wales means there will be a rail replacement bus service between Newport and Cardiff.

Scotland

Mail
Scottish independence would be more damaging to the nation’s finance sector than Brexit, according to a new report. Research published by Strathclyde University says leaving the European Union will not create significant risks for Scotland’s banks and finance firms. The study was carried out by former Royal Bank of Scotland economist Jeremy Peat and Owen Kelly, a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University and head of Scottish Financial Enterprise. The report said: ‘The uncertainties for the sector following independence look even greater than those following a sharp Brexit. There are risks associated with Brexit but, historically, they are not the largest that the industry has faced. While it is not easy to see new opportunities arising from Brexit, equally the threats are not, given the diversity of the sector existential.’

Aliens

Star
MILLIONS of alien-human hybrids are living among us – and it could be YOU, conspiracy theorists have claimed. UFO fanatics have lifted the lid on how different so-called extraterrestrial races – including the Greys and Reptilians – are creating a new advanced race on our planet. And the race are going to take over mankind, alien hunters claim. There is a huge project that sees humans catalogued as they hunt people with the most desirable traits for the race, the bizarre theory proposed. Grey aliens reportedly inject so-called alien DNA into human abductee’s eggs and sperm. The bizarre processes occur during abductions, alien hunters claim. Predominately human hybrids can be carried in the wombs of women while mainly aliens can only co-exist in out of space environments, the theory proposed. Leisha – who claims her mother was snatched on several occasions – boldly associates herself as a human-Grey alien hybrid. She said: “I will be one of the hybrids that will lead mankind into the new age.

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