Health

Mail
NHS leaders have vowed to save 500,000 more lives through a ten-year plan that will see DNA-tailored cancer treatment for children – despite warnings that it faces a £1billion hole in this year’s budget. The world-first promise is unveiled today as part of a long-awaited plan for the health service. It follows Theresa May’s pledge to hand the NHS an extra £20billion, but a senior policy analyst at the Nuffield Trust think tank has warned the NHS will be still be short because of pay rises and growing patient numbers

Sky News
Up to 500,000 more lives will be saved in the next decade by improving treatment for major killers including cancer and heart-disease, the NHS will say as its long-term plan is revealed today. Plans to be unveiled by Prime Minister Theresa May include a commitment to make the NHS the first health service anywhere in the world to offer genomic tests to every child diagnosed with cancer.

Times
More than 80,000 lives a year will be saved by an NHS budget boost, the chief of the health service is to promise today, despite warnings that it is already £1 billion short for the coming year. All children with cancer will have their genetic code sequenced to guide treatment under the new ten-year plan for the future of the NHS. It is one of a series of commitments on cancer, heart disease, mental health and GPs contained in the proposals drawn up by Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England.

Guardian
NHS leaders are to outline a future in which genomics, cutting-edge surgery and artificial intelligence help save hundreds of thousands more lives and every area of care is improved in return for the government’s major funding boost for the service. On Monday, Theresa May and Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, will publish the service’s long-awaited long-term plan, which will pledge to transform the help it provides everyone from premature babies to the growing number of older people over the next 10 years.

Independent
Ministers have been warned not to think of the NHS long-term plan as a “wish list” of new targets and priorities which could be unachievable and further demoralise stretched staff. In advance of NHS England releasing its long-term plan the Prime Minister and her senior ministers said the plan would improve treatment of conditions like mental health  and  cancer, and keep patients healthy and at home. The priorities were welcomed as good aspirations, but health bosses said ministers must not underestimate how far the NHS has “fallen behind” after eight years of austerity

Telegraph
Genetic tests will be offered to all children with cancer and adults with some of the most hard-to-treat diseases in a bid to save half a million lives within a decade. Health chiefs said a “gene revolution” would transform survival rates from some of Britain’s biggest killers, as they announced a 10-year plan for the NHS. By the end of this year, every child diagnosed with cancer will be offered tests which mean they can be given personalised treatment, boosting its effectiveness.

Brexit

Express
SENIOR Tory and Labour MPs have joined forces to launch a daring attempt to prevent a no-deal Brexit this week, in a move that could cripple the Treasury and lead to “total paralysis” at the top of Government. The group, led by former Labour cabinet minister Yvette Cooper, aims to starve the Government of cash and create a shutdown similar to that currently seen in the US. On Tuesday MPs will vote on two amendments to the Finance Bill that would lead to a gridlock in Whitehall unless Theresa May wins approval from Parliament for a deal with Brussels.

Express
A CROSS-party group of MPs have faced angry accusations of “sabotage” over a new plot to block Government preparations for a no-deal Brexit. Pro-Brussels Tories and Labour backbenchers united in proposing an amendment to Treasury legislation that could freeze spending on vital contingency measures needed to ready the country for a sudden break with Brussels. The plot, led by former Labour minister Yvette Cooper, was designed to create financial gridlock in Whitehall in the hope of preventing a no-deal outcome from the exit negotiations.

Breitbart
A group of Remainer MPs will attempt to stop a no deal Brexit by starving the Treasury of funds which could lead to “total paralysis” of the Government. The MPs are set to vote on two amendments to the Finance Bill, which grants funds to the Treasury to spend on implementing no deal arrangements, on Tuesday. Labour’s Yvette Cooper MP, who leads the group that includes former Tory ministers Nicky Morgan, Oliver Letwin, and Nick Boles, said, “Our amendment would block some of the Treasury’s no-deal powers unless parliament has explicitly voted for no deal or unless the government has requested an extension of article 50.”

Mail
Britain could suffer a Donald Trump-style Government shut-down under a Remainer plot to block a no deal Brexit. Remainer Tories are joining with Labour and Lib Dem MPs to back changes to a key piece of legislation to bind the Government’s hands if Theresa May refuses to take no deal off the table. Labour ex minister Yvette Cooper and Tory MPs Oliver Letwin and Nicky Morgan have tabled an amendment to the Finance Bill. It would rob the Treasury of its no-deal powers if ministers pressed ahead with a plan to crash out of Brussels without the support of MPs. A second amendment, tabled by Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable and the Greens, would stop the Treasury from raising income or corporation tax unless parliament approved a Brexit deal.

Times
A cross-party effort to prevent a no-deal Brexit began in earnest last night as senior Labour and Tory MPs launched an attempt to deny the Treasury powers to change taxes after a chaotic departure from the EU. MPs including Yvette Cooper and Nicky Morgan tabled an amendment to the finance bill that would allow ministers to implement tax changes after Brexit only if parliament has backed a deal, endorsed a no-deal departure or during an extension to Article 50.

Breitbart
‘An all-party group of senior MPs’ are plotting to sabotage Brexit by ‘starving the [British] government of cash and creating a Donald Trump-style shutdown’. Do any of these gimps appreciate what a terrible look this is for representative democracy? According to the Sunday Times, this group includes “former Labour cabinet minister Yvette Cooper”, along with former Tory ministers Nicky Morgan, Oliver Letwin and Nick Boles. The idea is to vote on “two amendments to the Finance Bill that would lead to a gridlock in Whitehall unless Theresa May wins approval from parliament for a deal with Brussels.”

Independent
More than 200 MPs from across the Commons have signed a letter to the prime minister urging her to rule out a no-deal Brexit. The letter, which has been signed by both Leave and Remain supporters, was organised by the former Conservative cabinet minister Dame Caroline Spelman and Labour’s Jack Dromey. Dame Caroline told BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour: “Crashing out of the EU without a deal will cause job losses and bring to an end the renaissance of manufacturing that we’ve seen in regions like mine in the West Midlands, and both Jack Dromey and I know the human interest and impact of this.”

Sky News
More than 200 MPs from various parties have signed a letter urging the government to take the prospect of a no-deal Brexit off the table. The politicians are from the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, SNP and Plaid Cymru parties and the letter was written by Meriden MP Caroline Spelman and Birmingham Erdington MP Jack Dromey. The group is concerned about the effect of a no-deal Brexit on the manufacturing industry.

Mail
More than 200 MPs are expected to warn Theresa May today they will never accept a no deal Brexit. The cross-party group led by former Tory Cabinet minister Dame Caroline Spelman and Labour frontbencher Jack Dromey will urge Mrs May to guarantee that the UK will not leave the EU without a deal even if her own proposals are defeated in the Commons next week. And the group, which includes nine former Cabinet ministers, will meet the Prime Minister tomorrow to press their case that a no-deal Brexit would cause ‘economic damage’ and cost thousands of jobs.

BBC News
More than 200 MPs have signed a letter to Theresa May, urging her to rule out a no-deal Brexit. The MPs – including both Leave and Remain supporters – have been invited to meet the prime minister on Tuesday. Tory Dame Caroline Spelman, who organised the letter with Labour MP Jack Dromey, said a no-deal Brexit would cause job losses. Government sources have confirmed the vote on Mrs May’s withdrawal deal will take place on 15 January.

Westmonster
Conservative Lord Lilley and Labour Councillor Brendan Chilton have come together to make the cross-party case for the increasingly popular choice of a No Deal Brexit, arguing that it means “cashing in, not crashing out”. With a report co-authored by the pair due to be circulated to MPs on Monday, Lord Lilley told The Telegraph: “The government is clearly determined to play up the supposed horrors of leaving with no Withdrawal Agreement in the hope of persuading MPs to vote for the EU’s unloved draft ‘deal’.

Independent
Parliamentary rules will prevent Theresa May bulldozing her Brexit deal through by staging multiple repeat votes until the Commons surrenders, MPs believe. The tactic – increasingly seen as the prime minister’s only hope of rescuing her unpopular agreement – is explicitly barred by procedures to stop the government bullying the legislature, they say. Even if Ms May tries to evade the rules by changing a few words of the motion put before MPs, it would be ruled out of order if it is “the same, in substance, as a question that has been decided”, the rules say.

Mirror
Theresa May repeatedly refused to rule out holding the ‘meaningful vote’ on her Brexit deal “again and again and again” if she loses. Just last night the Prime Minister warned a second referendum on Brexit would damage trust in democracy. But she wouldn’t commit to respecting the will of Parliament if she doesn’t get the result she hopes for. The BBC’s Andrew Marr asked the Prime Minister: “Is this vote it? Is it the only chance MPs will get to support or oppose your deal? Or will you come back again and again and again if you lose the first time?”

Mail
Theresa May is being urged to delay the crunch Commons vote on her Brexit deal a second time until she has secured enough concessions from Brussels to win over her mutinous MPs. Yesterday, the Prime Minister insisted the vote would go ahead next week after it was axed at the last minute in December. But with dozens of Eurosceptic Tories and her DUP governing partners threatening to join forces with Labour to vote it down, several ministers are expected to use tomorrow’s Cabinet meeting to urge her to delay again.

Guardian
Theresa May has insisted she will go ahead with a crucial vote on her Brexit deal amid growing speculation that it could be delayed. The prime minister said she was seeking further clarification from the EU to address the concerns of MPs, as well as specific measures relating to the backstop on Northern Ireland before the vote in the week beginning 14 January. She also said she would look at giving parliament a greater say in how the UK’s future relationship would be negotiated, but refused to say exactly what that might be.

Sun
BORIS JOHNSON last night claimed a No Deal Brexit is the “closest to what people voted for” in the 2016 Referendum. And he urged Cabinet Ministers  to mirror the British public’s “optimism and self confidence” for the possible exit scenario. Ex-Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith last week said the chances of a No Deal were now “more than 50 per cent”. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson said the public had rejected the “downright apocalyptic” forecasts of what could happen if Britain leaves without a deal on March 29.

Telegraph
As the Government’s warnings grow ever more hysterical, support for no-deal rises. Time and again the Brexit debate turns into a tribute to the wisdom of the British people – and their instinctive ability to sort fact from nonsense. Over the last few weeks, they have been bombarded with warnings of what could happen to this country in the event of a “no-deal Brexit” – otherwise known as coming out on World Trade terms. Whether prompted by No 10 or not, establishment figures have taken to the airwaves to warn of the perils of rejecting Theresa May’s lamentable Withdrawal Agreement; and we now have a cumulative forecast that is downright apocalyptic.

Times
Theresa May will ask Brussels to agree a 2021 deadline to complete the final Brexit agreement in a last-ditch effort to get MPs behind her divorce deal. It is one of three elements of a package designed to address concerns that commitments to avoid a hard Irish border will shackle Britain to the bloc indefinitely. The prime minister is due to update parliament on Wednesday before a vote that she has promised to hold on her deal next week. Despite intense diplomacy over Christmas, however, she has little new to offer sceptics.

Telegraph
Theresa May will decide on Monday whether to cancel MPs’ February break and make them work at weekends as time runs out to pass Brexit legislation before Britain leaves the EU. The Prime Minister will summon the Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and the Chief Whip Julian Smith to an emergency meeting to carve out the necessary parliamentary time in the three months left before the March exit date. Aides have already warned Mrs May she is likely to end up with “bad legislation” because she has delayed the meaningful vote on the deal for so long that there is little time left to scrutinise new arrangements, whether she ends up with a deal or no deal.

EU

Guardian
Germany’s foreign affairs minister is to fly to Dublin on Tuesday for Brexit talks as relations with Ireland intensify in an attempt to find a “fix” that will help Theresa May get the EU withdrawal agreement ratified. Heiko Maas will address an annual gathering of Ireland’s global diplomatic corps and take part in an unofficial fourth round of talks between Ireland and German leaders since Thursday. He will make the address in English, with a large German media contingent accredited, a reflection of how significant his speech is deemed back in Berlin.

Foreign aid

Mail
Tens of millions of pounds in foreign aid money could be used to build ships to provide humanitarian relief – and help the Royal Navy. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt believes this dual role will quell concerns about Britain annual £14billion foreign aid budget. Critics often claim it is used to help nations wealthy enough to run their own space programmes, such as India and China. However, Miss Mordaunt claims the vessels’ dual role – by assisting in military operations when they are not needed as hospital ships in disaster zones – will allay those fears. In addition, the ships could even be used to host trade missions and promote Britain to the world.

Universal credit

Times
Amber Rudd is to shelve the extension of universal credit to all benefit claimants because she is convinced it would be a disaster. The work and pensions secretary is to cancel an imminent Commons vote on allowing all existing claimants of relevant benefits to be moved to the all-in-one payment and will instead seek approval to move just 10,000 claimants on to universal credit to test it further. Committees in both houses of parliament had raised concerns about the plan to move about three million claimants on to the combined payment and the government might have lost the Commons vote on the “managed migration” programme.

Guardian
The roll-out of the government’s flagship welfare programme is to be overhauled amid dire warnings about its impact on the vulnerable, the Observer understands. Amber Rudd, work and pensions secretary, is to scrap plans for an imminent parliamentary vote allowing 3 million existing welfare claimants to be transferred to the controversial universal credit system. The move is expected to be part of a major rethink  designed to quell concerns about the programme’s roll-out and avoid a damaging Tory rebellion. Rudd will now seek approval from MPs only for a pilot scheme that transfers just 10,000 people from the old to the new system – a system that has been blamed for pushing some to the brink of destitution.

Mirror
Tory Amber Rudd has scrapped plans to move three million benefit claimants on to Universal Credit. The Work and Pensions Secretary was expected to seek approval from MPs to move all relevant existing benefit claimants on to the hated all-in-one payment. But fearing a humiliating Commons defeat following fury over the benefit shake-up’s bungled rollout, she has yanked the plan. Instead she plans to seek approval to move just 10,000 claimants onto UC to monitor the way the system works.

Flu

Telegraph
Is that a sniff you hear? A stifled cough, perhaps? As temperatures plunge, our minds inevitably turn to colds, flu, and the long list of other dastardly illnesses that flourish around this time of year. And with runny noses and tickly coughs also come also the various myths, legends and old wives’ tales: can being cold really give you a cold? Should you feed a cold, but starve a fever? Does “man flu” really exist? Dr William Bird MBE, founder of online community Intelligent Health, says that he encounters “very deeply held myths and beliefs” about the illnesses every year, with each culture, religion, and age group professing different ideas about how to fend them off.

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