Nigel to pick his seat

Several of the papers report on the prospect that UKIP’s Nigel Farage will contest the Thanet South seat at next year’s General Election.  The Telegraph says:

Nigel Farage is expected to announce that he will stand in Thanet South at the general election.

The UK Independence Party leader is understood to be preparing to take part in a hustings in the constituency at the end of the month.

Polling has suggested that Ukip are in a strong position to win the seat after the current Conservative MP, Laura Sandys, announced that she was standing down.

The Guardian has a similar story

Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, is on the verge of declaring he will stand in South Thanet in next year’s general election, after local party officials in the constituency conceded he was on the shortlist.

There had been plans earlier in the week for the shortlist for the selection on 26 August to be published on Friday.

But Ukip national officials delayed the announcement, possibly to avoid a crowded newsday and the danger that he might seem to be following another of the country’s populist politicians, Boris Johnson, who announced this week that he was seeking a Conservative seat.

And even the Mirror picks up this story

Nigel Farage is to stand for Parliament in 2015 for the Kent seat of South Thanet, it was reported today.

Local activists said the UKIP leader’s name was on the shortlist of candidates for the seaside constituency.

Support for Boris Johnson is behind the scenes

The Telegraph reports that supporters of Boris Johnson are afraid to show their hands for fear of upsetting chief whip Michael Gove

The battle between Boris Johnson and George Osborne over the future Tory leadership is like the political drama ‘House of Cards’ with politicians scared of openly supporting the London mayor, a Tory MP has said.

Nadine Dorries, Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire and vocal supporter of Mr Johnson, said people were too fearful to speak out because of potential repercussions from Michael Gove, the chief whip.

She said the goings on in Parliament were comparable to the underhand scheming in the political television drama, which has recently been screened in the US.

Cronyism allegations over Lords appointments

Some of the papers cover recent appointments to the House of Lords.

The Express reports on the latest appointments.

POLITICAL parties were yesterday accused of creating too many peers and favouring cronies, donors and apparatchiks after naming 22 new members of the House of Lords.

Football boss and Apprentice star Karren Brady and former Marks and Spencer chief Sir Stuart Rose were among 12 new Conservative “working peers” who could become ministers.

Labour’s three new law-makers are ex-MEP and one-time EastEnders actor Michael Cashman, Penguin Random House UK publisher Dame Gail Rebuck, widow of New Labour guru Lord Gould, and former party deputy secretary general Chris Lennie.

Nick Clegg has six new peers, including four ex-council leaders, while Democratic Unionist Party nominee William Hay, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, will sit as an independent.

And The Guardian also runs this story

David Cameron was embroiled in another cash for peerages row after he ennobled two big donors in a 22-strong list of new political peers.

The pair were the Conservative party treasurer Michael Farmer, who has given £5.9m to the party, and an Asian businessman, Ranbir Singh Suri, chairman of Oceanic Jewellers. Labour said that 13 peers created by Cameron since becoming prime minister were Tory donors, including Farmer and Suri. The 13 have collectively given the Tories more than £22m, Labour claimed.

Of the 22, there are 12 Conservative peers, six Liberal Democrats, three Labour and one Democratic Unionist. Half are women.

The Mail centres the story on the boss of internet giant Google.

David Cameron faced fresh accusations of cronyism last night after he sent a former boss of the tax-avoiding firm Google to the Lords.

Joanna Shields, the Prime Minister’s digital adviser who used to be in charge of the internet giant’s Europe division, was among 22 ‘working’ peers nominated by the main political parties yesterday.

The appointment will deepen concerns that the Conservatives are too close to Google and that the company has the ear of the Government on sensitive topics.

The party’s links to the firm are also controversial because Google was accused of tax avoidance after paying just £11.6million to the Treasury in 2012, despite generating £3.4billion of business in Britain.

Google bosses enjoy regular access to senior ministers, while some senior Conservative employees have taken jobs with the company.

Calais migrants can’t be stopped

The Times claims police can’t stop surge of migrants heading for the UK.

French police say they are powerless to cope with a 50 per cent surge in illegal migrants trying to reach Britain from Calais.

Migrants are being caught in unprecedented numbers, a police union spokeman said yesterday, but they are quickly released, and try to cross the Channel again, often within hours, because border controls in continental Europe have been abolished.

Scottish independence

In the run up to the Scottish independence elections, The Times reports that money is being moved out of Scotland.

Chief executives of companies based in Scotland are moving their business bank accounts out of the country because of fears over the independence referendum, MPs have been told.

The claim was made by Ronald MacDonald, professor of economics at Glasgow University at a hearing by Westminster’s Scottish affairs select committee in Edinburgh .

Sources in the Scottish government scoffed at the claim.

And The Guardian reports Labour leader Ed Miliband’s announcement that if Scotland votes for independence, it will have to find a new form of currency.

The conflict over Scotland’s currency options after independence has intensified further after Ed Miliband said Labour’s next manifesto would promise to veto AlexSalmond’s plans to share the pound.

The Labour leader said he would seek a formal mandate from other voters in the UK to reject a deal to share sterling, by putting that veto in the 2015 general election manifesto if there was a yes vote in September’s referendum.

End of the world?

And finally … the Express claims that tomorrow’s moon could signal the end of the world.

A rare phenomenon this Sunday could trigger the end of life as we know it in an explosion of earthquakes, killer plagues and volcanic eruptions.

Lunar activity is said to mark the End of Time, with some religious groups believing it to be a sign of the Judgement Day.The supermoon will light up the sky in a beautiful spectacle on Sunday but may also act as a catalyst to Earth’s terrifying and dramatic conclusion, according to ancient legend.

Perhaps the plague that is going to hit us has already started in Africa.

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