The Express reports further defections from Conservative to UKIP
EIGHT more Tory MPs are believed to have held secret talks with Ukip in the wake of the shock defection of Douglas Carswell.
The exiting member for Clacton threatened to re-open a rift in the Conservative party yesterday after quitting in protest at David Cameron’s stance on Europe and immigration.
But eight further Tory MPs may be ready to spark a full-scale mutiny after they were reportedly wooed by millionaire Ukip donor Stuart Wheeler.
“Stuart is quietly confident that more will follow Douglas,” a source reportedly said.
UKIP leads in the polls
And the Mail reports on UKIP’s staggering poll lead over the Conservatives.
Ukip are set to win their first Commons seat with a landslide 64 per cent of the vote following the biggest swing in modern political history.
Turncoat MP Douglas Carswell is set to humiliate David Cameron at the Clacton by-election sparked by his defection, a Survation poll for The Mail on Sunday has revealed.
The figures – the first test of public opinion since the politician rocked Westminster by defecting to Nigel Farage’s party – predict a record 48 point swing towards Ukip.
And they put the anti-Brussels party a staggering 44 percentage points ahead of Mr Carswell’s former party in the Essex constituency.
If the results are repeated in the by-election, expected in October, the swing would exceed the current record 44 points achieved by Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes when he thrashed Labour’s Peter Tatchell, the gay rights campaigner, in a by-election in Bermondsey, South London, in 1983.
In another example of EU lunacy, the Express reports that the Czech Republic has been given a huge grant to boost its fishing industry, despite being a lancd-locked country.
BRITISH taxpayers will help fund a £24million EU handout to the Czech Republic – to help boost the LANDLOCKED country’s FISHING industry.
The money is part of a £19billion package agreed by Brussels to help develop industries in the Czech Republic and tackle unemployment.
But unemployment in the eastern European country is at a lower rate than in Britain, leading to claims UK taxpayers are “being taken for a ride”.
The handout comes just weeks after it was revealed more than £20billion of EU funds will be spent on tackling unemployment in Portugal.
Rory Broomfield, director of the eurosceptic Better Off Out campaign group, said: “The UK taxpayer is being asked to spend billions of pounds to countries throughout the EU on projects that it may not directly support or see a benefit from.
“It makes a mockery of the UK if it is expected to give the EU funds to support fishing industries in landlocked countries such as the Czech Republic.
“As a result, the UK taxpayer is being taken for a ride and there seems to be little political support in Government to end this practice.”
And on a more serious note, Sky News says the EU has given Russia an ultimatum over Ukraine.
Russia could be facing a fresh wave of EU sanctions within a week after Russian tanks reportedly attacked a town near the Ukrainian border city of Luhansk.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said tanks had been used to ‘destroy virtually every house’ in the town of Novosvitlivka.
There were now thousands of foreign troops and hundreds of foreign tanks inside Ukraine, he told a news conference in Brussels, where EU leaders met to discuss the crisis.
“There is a very high risk not only for peace and stability for Ukraine but for the whole peace and stability of Europe,” he said.
After meeting his European counterparts, Mr Poroshenko warned that efforts to end violence with pro-Russian rebels were close to a “point of no return” and that failure could lead to “full-scale war”.
In an effort to ‘talk tough’, the Prime Minister has claimed he will confiscate the passports of British jihadis returning to the UK, reports the Mail.
Plans to strip British jihadis of their UK citizenship will be unveiled by David Cameron tomorrow
Draconian plans to strip British jihadis of their UK citizenship will be unveiled by David Cameron tomorrow.
He will ban them from entering the UK, forcing them to stay in Iraq, Syria or other countries such as Turkey, from where many fly back to Britain.
The Prime Minister will argue that they must be stripped of their passports – and their right to come back to the UK – because they could be plotting terrorist attacks.
The move could land the Government in trouble with human rights judges, however. It is against international law to make an individual stateless – they can be stripped of their citizenship only if they have dual nationality.
The Prime Minister intends to get round this by claiming the ban is temporary – and justified following a warning by intelligence chiefs that the risk of a major terrorist attack on the UK mainland is ‘severe.’
And the Times claims British Muslim leaders have instructed their followers not to follow the terrorist group Islamic State
SOME of Britain’s most influential imams have condemned British Muslims fighting alongside Isis extremists in Iraq and Syria.
They have issued a fatwa, or religious decree, describing them as “heretics”.
The fatwa “religiously prohibits” would-be British jihadists from joining “oppressive and tyrannical” Isis, also known as Islamic State. The imams order all Muslims to oppose Isis’s “poisonous ideology”, especially when it is promoted within Britain.
The fatwa, the first of its kind issued by British Muslim scholars, follows the elevation of Britain’s terror threat from substantial to severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely”.
Senior officials revealed last night that the prime minister would announce plans tomorrow for laws to prevent British jihadists fighting in Iraq and Syria from re-entering Britain. Passports of UK citizens suspected of terrorist activity will be cancelled.
Whichever way the Scottish independence vote goes, the Guardian claims more powers must be given to Scotland.
The director of the IPPR North thinktank sets out three steps which Westminster politicians must take to unlock national economic prosperity
Even if the people of Scotland vote against independence, all of the mainstream political parties have promised Holyrood greater powers and responsibilities. If the nation avoids separation, this could still precipitate a constitutional conundrum south of the border as England – led by its core cities – asks “What about us?” The upcoming conference season will be a good time for politicians to offer some answers.
IPPR North has long argued that greater English devolution can both unlock national economic prosperity and drive a new wave of public service reform. It rests on three key planks.
First, the chancellor, George Osborne, must come good on his promise to make northern infrastructure investment the centrepiece of his autumn statement. Northern leaders have overcome past divisions to bring forward a coherent plan for investment which, at £15bn, is still way short of the amount we are investing in London, but this now needs urgent appraisal, investment and action.
Following this, we need a decade of genuine devolution, starting with the big cities but reaching out elsewhere as and when new combined authorities (including county-district arrangements) can be formed. Those ready to act now should not be held back by those with less appetite or capacity for change.
Child sex scandal
And further questions about the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal should be put to former Prime Minister Tony Blair, says the Independent.
The extent to which the former Labour government tried to play down criminality and extremism among British Muslims for fear of undermining community cohesion is revealed today, as the fallout from the Rotherham sex abuse scandal continued.
The publication last week of Professor Alexis Jay’s report into grooming by Muslim gangs in Rotherham has triggered widespread criticism over how much the council and the police knew about the abuse more than a decade ago.
The Independent on Sunday can reveal that a House of Commons committee is to investigate what Tony Blair’s Home Office knew about the Rotherham scandal as far back as 2001 after more evidence emerged about his government’s efforts to pacify Muslim communities.