Conservative Party

The Mirror claims the PM is panicking.

Panicking Theresa May has cancelled the Easter break for her Brexit negotiators in a bid to head off the threat of Nigel Farage.
The former UKIP leader launched his new Brexit Party this week.
Bookies instantly made it second favourite after Labour to win most seats in European elections due on May 23.
The launch sparked fear among the main parties – and put new urgency into talks with Labour counterparts that many thought would be suspended during Parliament’s Easter recess.

The Tories will go to any lengths to save the Premier, reports the Mail.

Tory Whips were at the centre of a growing dirty tricks storm last night after it emerged that a second former Army officer tipped for party leadership is having his past mysteriously probed.
On Thursday, war hero turned Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer took to social media to accuse an anonymous Tory enforcer of attempting to ‘dig up dirt’ about his military career. The accused is understood to be Deputy Chief Whip Chris Pincher.
Now The Mail on Sunday has learnt that similar enquiries have been made to former Army colleagues of Tory MP Tom Tugendhat – who served in the Intelligence Corps – who last week ruled out a tilt at No 10.

And ITV News reports the other side of the argument – that some Tories will change the rules to get rid of May.

Tory grandees have raised the possibility of a change in the rules governing challenges to the party leader.
Under the current system, a move against the leader can only be brought once in a 12-month period.
Theresa May saw off a bid to oust her last December and so would not expect to face the risk of another possible attempt to topple her until the end of the year.

The Sun reports the reason she won’t call a General Election.

THERESA May faced a hammer blow last night as public sympathy for her collapsed.
The embattled PM has been propped up by voter admiration for her dogged determination to deliver Brexit.
But private polls reveal it began ebbing away after she failed to lead Britain out of the EU on time.
Tory chiefs are alarmed at how quickly voters have lost patience with her.

Labour Party

The Labour Party isn’t doing much better, reports the Independent.

Jeremy Corbyn has been warned by Labour’s leader in the European parliament and other grandees that the party will be deserted by millions of anti-Brexit voters if it fails to clearly back a second referendum in its manifesto for next month’s EU elections.
The message from Richard Corbett, who leads Labour’s 20 MEPs, comes amid growing fears at the top of the party that it could lose a generation of young, pro-EU voters if it does not guarantee another public vote.
That age group, as well as many other Remainers, MPs say, could turn instead to unambiguously anti-Brexit parties, including the fledgling independent group Change UK, the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and the SNP.

But the Telegraph claims he’s still in the running for No. 10.

Jeremy Corbyn is on course to sweep into No 10 after Theresa May failed to deliver on her promise to take the UK out of the EU by March 29, a major polling analysis reveals.
The Conservatives would lose 59 seats in the event of a general election, making Labour the largest party in the Commons, according to an exclusive poll of polls for The Sunday Telegraph.

The Mail also runs the story.

Jeremy Corbyn is set to take power due to Theresa May‘s failure to deliver Brexit by March 29, a polling analysis has revealed.
A general election would see the Conservative Party losing 59 seats, meaning Mr Corbyn’s party would be left the largest in the House of Commons, a Sunday Telegraph poll of polls claimed.
President of the British Polling Council Professor Sir John Curtice said Brexiteers had been ‘drawn back to either Ukip or Nigel Farage‘s newly launched Brexit Party’.

The Brexit Party

Nigel’s new party is surging in the polls, says Westmonster.

Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party has had a surge in the latest YouGov poll for The Times, with the new outfit and UKIP polling a combined 29% for the European Elections.
In a poll conducted before Farage launched the party yesterday, the Brexit Party are on 15% for the European Elections compared to 16% for the Conservatives and 24% for Labour who lead.
UKIP are polling a further 14%, meaning the combined Brexit Party/UKIP voting intention of 29% outguns Labour by 5 points.

Anti-semitism

A private comment has been leaked to the Times.

Jeremy Corbyn has privately admitted that evidence of anti-semitism in Labour has been “mislaid, ignored or not used”, The Sunday Times can reveal.
He made the admission during a secretly recorded meeting with the MP Margaret Hodge to discuss the party’s anti-semitism crisis.
It is the first time Corbyn has cast doubt on his own staff’s ability to tackle the problem that has dogged his leadership for years and whether they have mishandled evidence of racism.

Several of the media have picked up the recorded words.  BBC News says:

Jeremy Corbyn has privately expressed concern that evidence of anti-Semitism within Labour was “mislaid or ignored”, leaked recordings suggest.
The Sunday Times has released part of a conversation the party leader had with Dame Margaret Hodge, which she taped.
The Barking MP has been a fierce critic of Mr Corbyn’s stance on anti-Semitism.
A Labour spokesman said the tape showed Mr Corbyn’s desire for “robust and efficient” procedures and to “rebuild trust with the Jewish community”.

Sky News says the meeting was private.

In a secret recording obtained by the Sunday Times, Jeremy Corbyn reportedly said that he believes that evidence of antisemitism in his party has been “mislaid or ignored”.
He was alleged to have made the comments during a private meeting with Dame Margaret Hodge, who is a long-time critic of Mr Corbyn, over his handling of antisemitism.

Second referendum

But Corbyn is warned that he has to support a second referendum, claims the Independent.

Jeremy Corbyn is under intense pressure from within his shadow cabinet to give a strong commitment to a new Brexit referendum as part of Labour’s European election campaign offer.
A string of senior shadow ministers are advocating a new public vote, alongside MPs from the left and right of the party, buoyed by a groundswell of support from the membership.
The Independent understands Labour is now beginning the process of drawing up its manifesto with those wanting to give the public a final say on Brexit pushing the leader to make a strong bid for the Remain vote on polling day.

BBC News also carries the warning.

Jeremy Corbyn has been warned Labour will “haemorrhage” votes in the EU election unless the party explicitly backs a further referendum.
MEP Richard Corbett, leader of the party in the EU Parliament, told the Observer Labour risked losing out to parties committed to a public vote.
If Labour offered “clarity” on a public vote, it would do “very well”, he said. Labour’s current policy is to keep all options on the table – including pressing for a further EU referendum.

Corbyn’s demands are outlined in the Express.

LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn has demanded Prime Minister Theresa May scrap her Brexit red lines if cross-party talks on Britain leaving the EU are to succeed.
The veteran left-winger said it is “scandalous” that she has not sought a dialogue with Labour on Brexit over the past few weeks. Mr Corbyn issued a scathing attack on Mrs May while once again pushing for a second referendum on the 2016 Brexit vote.

Green Party

The Greens are under fire in the Times.

The Green Party ignored allegations that its former deputy leader had been involved in sexual misconduct with children, allowing him to remain as a councillor and continue at senior levels of the party for a further two years.
The party admitted last night that it was guilty of “a serious omission and failure” over Will Duckworth, 65, who was its second most senior figure until 2014, a parliamentary candidate in 2015 and a Green councillor until 2016.
An email, disclosed to the Jay inquiry into child sexual abuse, shows senior staff at the party’s headquarters were told of the allegations against Duckworth as early as December 2014.

Euro elections

Back to elections and now we’re facing the Euros, the Independent looks at the polls.

The Conservatives are facing a humiliating defeat at the European elections next month after support for the party slumped to its lowest level since 2013, according to a new poll.
The survey shows the Tories on just 28 per cent when it comes to general election voting intention – a four-point fall which leaves them trailing Labour on 32.
When voters were asked which party they will vote for at the European elections, Theresa May’s party languished on 16 per cent, eight points behind Labour on 24.

UKIP’s former leader has written for the Express (by Nigel Farage).

THIS is not a bad dream, I’m afraid. It is a pitiful reality. On 23 May, Britain will once again be asked to go to the polls to return 73 MEPs to the European Parliament in Brussels.
After 25 years of campaigning to get the UK out of the EU, I am the last person who wanted our country to be in this position. Frankly, I think it is an unforgivable state of affairs. But the refusal of the political class in Westminster to honour the referendum result of 2016 means that this unwanted election is upon us. We must make the best of it.

The Guardian claims the elections will be a ‘soft referendum’.

Pro-EU parties, including the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and the Independent Group, will not form pacts or alliances at the forthcoming EU elections, hoping to use the poll as a “soft referendum” to show a surge in support for remain.
If no Brexit deal is passed by parliament, the UK will be required to hold the poll on 23 May. The Lib Dems, the mainstream party hoping to capitalise most on anti-Brexit discontent, has almost finalised its manifesto and plans a huge operation of ground campaigning targeting remain voters.

EU

The rest of the bloc could also vote against the EU, says the Express.

FINLAND could join the likes of Poland, Hungary, Italy and Bulgaria by electing its first populist leader in 20 years, sparking panic for Brussels.
The polls open later today, with the Social Democrat Party (SDP) currently leading the ballot with 19 percent support.
The last time they won was in 1999. Behind the SDP is the Nationalist Finns Party at 16.3 percent in the opinion polls, followed by the centre-right National Coalition Party (NCP) with 15.9 percent.

The Express says Ireland could be forced to count its votes twice.

BRITAIN’s failure to deliver Brexit on time will cause chaos at the upcoming European Parliament elections and may force Ireland to count its votes twice, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has warned.
Ireland had been due to be one of the beneficiaries of the UK leaving the bloc by gaining seats in the Brussels chamber, however a six month extension to Article 50 has almost guaranteed Britain’s reluctant participation on May 23-26. Constituencies in Dublin and Ireland South (Munster and south Leinster) were expected to gain an MEP, and Mr Varadkar wants to ensure it does by being prepared for every eventuality.

And on the other side of the Channel, it seems they’re totally ready for ‘no deal’, reports the Express.

A CALAIS port has unveiled its multi-million pound revamp to prepare for no deal Brexit, with its French CEO insisting “we are not afraid” of the UK’s exit from the bloc.
The Port Boulogne Calais’ has ploughed €6million (£5.17million) in to new facilities at the French city to avoid “chaos at Calais” , in terms of terms of customs, veterinary and phytosanitary declarations. Port boss Jean-Marc Puissesseau, who is also deputy mayor of the French city, told Express.co.uk how his port had been preparing for a no deal Brexit since the very moment Britain voted to unshackle itself from the EU in 2016.

Tory leadership

Potential Conservative leaders have started setting out their stalls.  Dominic Raab is covered by the Telegraph.

Private renters should be helped onto the property ladder with a radical new Help to Buy scheme, according to a frontrunner for the Conservative leadership.
Dominic Raab, a former housing minister, says that landlords should be exempted from paying capital gains tax on properties they sell to existing tenants, in order to boost home ownership.
The MP, who quit as Brexit Secretary last year, advocates the plan as part of a “radical agenda” of reforms he says are needed to help deliver on the “dream of the UK as a property-owning democracy. “

The Home Secretary is reported by the Times.

Sajid Javid launched his bid to replace Theresa May as prime minister with a speech to 50 Tory MPs last week in which he said the party needs to “show love” to public sector workers in order to win a majority at the next election.
The home secretary gave what those present said was an impassioned speech as his allies sought to make up for lost time in the leadership race.
Javid described public services as his own “ladder” out of poverty, telling the social justice group of MPs that he used public libraries for study, while praising the NHS, state schools and university for helping him to make his way in the world.

And the Times reports on the campaign to stop Boris.

Senior Tories have launched a “stop Boris” campaign, warning that handing the keys to No 10 to a hard Brexiteer such as Boris Johnson or Dominic Raab would be electoral “suicide”.
Sir Patrick McLoughlin, the former party chairman who is backing Jeremy Hunt to succeed Theresa May, today launches a broadside at Brexiteer candidates, warning that their “ideological” attachment to a no-deal Brexit is “reckless”.
Writing in The Sunday Times, he says: “Defining ourselves as the Brexit party, pursuing the hardest form of Brexit with a parliament that will not deliver it, is a recipe for paralysis in government and suicide with the electorate.

Bercow

The little Squeaker is planning to stay on, says the Times.

John Bercow has abandoned plans to announce his resignation as Commons Speaker later this month after being persuaded to stay on by anti-Brexit Tory MPs, friends told The Mail on Sunday.
Until last week’s decision by European Union leaders to allow Brexit to be delayed until the end of October, Mr Bercow had intended to make a statement to the Commons on April 23 declaring that he was finally making way for a successor after ten years in the job.
But he is understood to have now ‘ripped up’ the statement after coming under ‘huge pressure’ to stay put from pro-Remain MPs.

Legal challenge

Still, the English Democrats’ plan for legal action is supported in the Telegraph (by Sir Bill Cash).

After hours of discussions with QCs and former judges, I believe the British Government’s extension of Article 50 is unlawful.
It is a fundamental principle of UK constitutional law that the Government may not use its powers, including its powers to make international agreements, to frustrate the intention of Parliament. Parliament’s intention is to be found, and is only to be found, in the laws it makes. Resolutions of the House of Commons may sometimes be politically important, but they are of no legal effect unless an Act of Parliament expressly gives them legal effect.

The Express agrees.

THERESA May’s decision to postpone Brexit by extending Article 50 could be illegal according to Conservative MP Sir William Cash, who has indicated the Government could face legal action.
The Prime Minister has agreed to two Brexit extensions, with the most recent taking the UK’s planned departure date to October 31. Mrs May hopes to use the time to persuade MPs to back her EU exit deal, or an alternative agreement drawn up with the opposition Labour Party.

Terror attacks

We may not be out of the woods as far as Isis is concerned, reports the Times.

A victim of the 2015 attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris is helped away. The Paris assaults are listed as an ‘inspiration’ by the authors of Isis documents outlining plans for further outrages.
In Paris four years ago 130 people died when Isis terrorists stormed the Bataclan concert hall and attacked other soft targets across the city. In Manhattan two years later a pick-up mowed down cyclists and runners by the Hudson River, killing eight.
Isis operatives remember the atrocities well. Documents seen by The Sunday Times show that they are actively planning to recreate them in new attacks across Europe and the Middle East.

Health

The Times reports on a potential test for dementia.

The NHS is conducting trials of a five-minute iPad test to spot the early signs of dementia.
The “quick and easy” check could offer “huge benefits” to patients and their families, potentially detecting it years before symptoms appear.
Experts say earlier diagnosis could lead to effective therapies. At present, dementia has no cure. It could also cut the number of “worried well” people who are referred for scans, saving the health service time and money.

The Times also reports on the disgusting content of some homeopathic medicines.

Homeopaths are prescribing potentially dangerous autism “treatments” containing rabid dog saliva and cancerous breast tissue to children as young as three.
They claim the pills can undo the “damage” caused by vaccines and conventional medicine that they believe can trigger autism.
Alan Freestone, from Birmingham, claims to have treated 1,185 autistic patients with remedies such as carcinosinum, made from cancerous breast tissue; lyssin, made with rabid dog saliva; and medorrhinum, made from the discharge of a man with gonorrhoea.

Islam

Marital rape and death for gays are subjects being promoted by some Muslim charities, reports the Times.

Muslim charities have been promoting links to websites that endorse marital rape and support the death penalty for gay people and apostates.
A community charity in Yorkshire, IslamBradford, linked to guidance that said a wife who refused a husband’s “legitimate sexual advances . . . would be committing a monstrous sin”.

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