ISIS

The Express claims the terror groups is about to strike in Europe.

ISIS militants are set to launch a “series of coordinated attacks across European cities” in a plan to replicate Paris terror on the streets of other countries.

The terror blitz will be happen “all at once” according to a former propaganda mastermind of the Islamic State group.

The jihadist group, also termed Daesh, plan to turn the streets of European cities into bloody carnage.

British authorities are concerned that the recent wave of migrants across Europe could set the stage for pan-European terror.

The horrifying plan has been revealed after a former Daesh identified only as Harry S escaped the terror group and is now being questioned by authorities in Germany.

The 27-year-old once appeared in a propaganda video after the jihadists seized the city of Palmyra in May.

He told German intelligence officers that senior ISIS commanders asked him, along with other fighters, if he would “bring jihad back to their homeland”.

He then detailed a plan to carry out a Europe-wide terror attack.

He said: ”They want something that happens everywhere at the same time.

“All you need is to take a big knife, and go down to the streets and slighter every infidel you encounter.”

The German jihadist witnessed beheadings and executions in Syria for three months but fled after he could no longer stand its brutality.

Harry S admitted he had been leading mass executions and holding weekly ideological training sessions in Raqqa.

In a video in May, he was spotted with the Islamic State flag before other German-speaking militants called on supporters across the world to kill “infidels”.

The video ended with the militants shooting two prisoners dead.

Harry S now stands accused of membership of a terror group and faces a lengthy prison sentence if convicted.

Justice

The Mail highlights a case where suspected rioters were set free after they refused to give police their names.

Three suspected rioters who refused to reveal their identities in court have had the charges against them dropped.

Prosecutors were yesterday accused of failing justice as they said the case had been ‘discontinued’.

The trio walked free last month despite refusing to give their names. They were ordered to stand trial next year, but will now face no further action.

The decision to effectively exonerate them came as:

  • The Crown Prosecution Service was criticised for failing to prosecute a serial burglar – who targeted a whole town in North Wales – for nine offences;
  • It emerged that a suspected rapist has dodged justice and is now in Bangladesh after he was given police bail before a grooming gang trial.

Critics said the decision to drop the alleged rioters’ case risked sending a message that offenders can dodge trial by simply refusing to co-operate.

A retired senior police officer said the decision was ‘ludicrous’, and branded the CPS the ‘Can’t Prosecute Service’.

Conservative MP Peter Bone said the men had been allowed to ‘thumb their noses at the law’.

He added: ‘It goes against the national interest if any rioter or thug can decide to withhold their name … It would be completely wrong for them not to prosecute because these men wouldn’t give their names It would send the wrong signal to everyone.’

The trio were arrested in November after allegedly clashing with police during demonstrations by thousands of students against Government cuts.

Masked protesters let off flares, threw paint over Government buildings in Westminster and forced their way through police lines.

Corbyn

As Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn celebrates his first 100 days, several of the media speculate on his performance so far.

The Guardian runs the results of a poll which shows a majority of likely voters do not expect Corbyn to be in charge in 2020.

Almost a third of Labour supporters do not think that Jeremy Corbyn will lead Labour into the next general election, according to a new  Opinium/Observer poll to mark the Labour leader’s first 100 days in office.

A majority of likely voters (57%) – including 30% of Labour supporters – said they did not expect Corbyn to be in charge at the 2020 election.

Many of the survey’s findings will make grim reading for Labour MPs and supporters, three and a half months after Corbyn won an extraordinary mandate from party supporters in the leadership election to succeed Ed Miliband.

He reaches the 100th day of what has been a turbulent start to his leadership on Monday.

When asked who they believed would make the best prime minister, 41% of all questioned named Cameron, compared with just 20% who chose Corbyn. Only 54% of Labour voters thought Corbyn would be the best PM, whereas 91% of Tory voters selected Cameron.

The poll put the Conservatives on 38%, eight points ahead of Labour, which is on 30%. A month ago the gap was 7%.

The UK Independence party (Ukip), on 16%, has dropped only one point since last month, despite rumblings over the leadership of Nigel Farage.

The SNP and the Liberal Democrats are unchanged since November on 6% and 5% respectively, while the Greens have risen two percentage points to 5% in a month. An Opinium poll on 17 December 2010, at almost the same stage of Ed Miliband’s leadership, showed Labour and the Conservatives tied on 37%.

However, while the poll reflects widespread doubts over Corbyn’s electability as prime minister, it shows that the Islington North MP has characteristics that appeal to the public. Over half of voters think that he stands by his principles: 56% of respondents agreed that Jeremy Corbyn “sticks to his principles rather than just saying what people want to hear”, compared with 24% who disagreed. Only 34% of likely voters felt the statement was true of David Cameron.

The public also has concerns about the media’s treatment of the new Labour leader. Half of all voters think that Corbyn is treated unfairly by the media, with the proportion rising to just over two thirds (68%) among Labour voters. Voters are more divided on whether Labour party members and MPs treat Corbyn fairly, with 37% thinking he has received fair treatment and 40% saying he has been treated unfairly.

The poll also asked voters to choose who they thought would be the better prime minister out of Jeremy Corbyn and three plausible Conservative successors to David Cameron, who has made clear that he will stand down at the next general election.

Of the three, Boris Johnson fared best. In a Corbyn contest between the Mayor of London and Corbyn, 34% of voters favoured Johnson against 23% for Corbyn. When Corbyn was pitted against Theresa May, 29% said the current Home Secretary would be the better PM against 23% who named Corbyn. George Osborne, the chancellor, fared worst, with just 24% of voters judging him the best prime minister against 21% for Corbyn.

Sky News quotes Corbyn as insisting he’s not going anywhere.

The Labour leader delivers a defiant message to critics in his shadow cabinet and makes clear he is planning a top team shake-up.

In an interview with The Sunday Times to mark his 100th day as Labour leader on Monday, he said critics in his top team “obsess” about him and accused them of failing to use their talents for the good of the party.

Asked whether he was prepared to sack his critics in a “revenge reshuffle”, he did not deny the claims and made clear he was preparing a shake-up of his top team.

“There will be appointments when appointments are made,” he said.

Addressing his critics, the Labour leader added: “I would encourage them to share their talents with all of us, not keep it to themselves. Some people are more difficult to reach than others. They shouldn’t obsess about me.”

Health

The Mail reports a whistleblower who claims that unqualified foreign nurses are running hospital wards and dishing out drugs

NHS patients are being put in danger by unqualified foreign nurses left in charge of hospital wards, whistleblowers have warned.

Overseas-trained nurses who have come to Britain to work are being asked to carry out critical duties they are not supposed to do on both NHS and private wards, say worried British nurses.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the insiders say unqualified nurses are being allowed to do sensitive tasks such as administering drugs and changing intravenous insulin levels for diabetic patients.

The Royal College of Nursing said the testimony was ‘deeply worrying’. Although the NHS relies on thousands of overseas nurses to boost its workforce, foreign-trained staff must pass a six-month university course and be registered with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council before they can carry out the duties of a fully qualified ‘Band 5’ NHS nurse.

Until then, they may work as lower-paid healthcare assistants (HCAs) – support staff who carry out less clinical tasks.

But under-pressure hospitals are choosing to deploy them in more senior roles before they have been registered because they are cheaper than calling in a qualified agency nurse, the whistleblowers allege.

‘Carol’ said Filipino nurses who had moved to Britain in the past few months were employed as Band 4 healthcare assistants, but expected to work as Band 5 nurses at Lewisham Hospital in South London.

Carol said: ‘We often have a Band 4 so-called overseas nurse in charge of the ward. They are doing medication and IVs [intravenous drips] –things they shouldn’t be doing.

‘Most are from the Philippines. When we raise it we are told they’ve got eight years’ experience in their home country, and have been qualified there for ages. But they’re not yet qualified here.’

She also claimed the hospital was effectively misleading patients by posting the names of the HCAs on ward whiteboards, which detail who is on duty, under the title ‘Nurses’.

Referendum

The Express claims the BBC has accepted millions in EU cash during the run up to referendum

THE BBC has admitted to taking a massive £2 million of funding from the European Union in the run up to the referendum.

The corporation, which already gets £3.7 billion from the licence fee, took the cash over the last three years to expand its   and development (R&D) arm.

But critics have blasted the broadcaster, saying the payouts give the impression the BBC “is being paid to do the EU’s bidding”.

It comes as doubts have been cast over the the corporation’s ability to remain impartial in the run up to the EU referendum, which David Cameron has implied could begin next summer.

Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen said: “Everyone knows that the BBC has an inbuilt pro-EU bias, but it should be above reproach during this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to vote on the future of our relationship with Europe.

“It already receives £3.7 billion from the licence fee, and taking EU funding unavoidably creates the impression that it is being paid to do the EU’s bidding.”

The BBC’s R&D program – which received the funding – is working on projects like 3D broadcasting and ultra-high definition filming, and has previously splashed out cash on arty digital media installations.

The broadcaster is not allowed to spend the EU money on its programmes or news gathering, and sources inside the corporation have insisted the funding has had no impact on editorial decisions.

They added that the EU grants could help the entire broadcasting sector in the development of new technology.

A BBC spokesman defended the funding, saying: “BBC News protects its impartiality by not permitting any external funding, which includes EU grants.

“Our annual report discloses any income received from grants covering a variety of areas, of which, a very small proportion comes from the EU for non-news research and development projects.”

This is not the first time the broadcaster has been accused of political bias.

Last year the BBC was slated by Scottish Nationalists, who accused the broadcaster of having an anti-independence bias in the run up to the Scottish referendum.

Earlier this year British Broadcasting Corporation  news Director James Harding admitted the referendum would “test perceptions of the BBC’s impartiality”.

The Telegraph reports that MPs who want to campaign to ‘Leave’ are being gagged by the Prime Minister.

David Cameron is facing demands from his own Cabinet ministers to set them free to campaign in the European Union referendum, as Eurosceptic Tories warn that forcing them to stay quiet would be “a catastrophic mistake”.

Ministers on both sides of the argument over whether Britain should leave or stay in the EU believe the Prime Minister must now give them the freedom to make their cases in public.

The ministers are backed by Graham Brady, the party’s most senior backbench MP, who in a Telegraph article urges Mr Cameron to do what is “morally right” and suspend the rule of collective responsibility for ministers.

Failure to give government ministers permission to express their views on Europe would risk a “damaging split” in the party, he says.

“There are deeply held views – on both sides – which cannot be reconciled. To try and force members of the Cabinet to ignore their convictions would be a catastrophic mistake,” warns Mr Brady, who oversees Tory leadership elections.

David Cameron and Angela Merkel grimace as they discuss how the Spanish premier was punched during an election rally  Photo: Rex Features

The calls came after the Prime Minister effectively launched his own campaign to keep Britain in Europe, at a summit in Brussels during the week.

As he sought to win support for his renegotiation from over a dinner of chicken terrine and venison on Thursday night, Mr Cameron assured EU leaders he wanted to “win the referendum both for Britain and for Europe”.

Mr Cameron signalled that the in/out referendum would be held next year, perhaps as early as June, as he conceded that he was worried voters were increasingly inclined to leave the EU.

As the Prime Minister struggled to win support in Brussels, his Cabinet ministers in London warned privately that he would split the Conservative party unless he gave them freedom to express their views public.

And the Independent offers 10 things you need to know about David Cameron’s negotiations in Europe.

What does David Cameron want?

His letter to Donald Tusk, EU president, last month listed four things: Britain to be excluded from the aim of “ever closer union”; reforms to promote competitiveness; protection for non-euro countries; and restrictions on welfare to reduce the “pull factor” for EU immigrants.

Hasn’t he retreated from what he said he wanted before?

You mean you remember his big speech on immigration in November last year? The one in which he said EU immigrants must have a job to go to before they arrive? That was dropped soon afterwards. Douglas Carswell reminded him in the Commons last week that three years ago he had also said his EU renegotiation “would mean returning control over social and employment law” to Britain. Given that the aim is to stay in the EU, there was no point in asking for things he was definitely not going to get.

What has he got already?

The first three items (they call them “baskets”) in the Tusk letter have been agreed in principle. They are not nothing – “ever closer union” is a resonant phrase from the Treaty of Rome, 1957. And some of the welfare “basket” has been agreed: no universal credit for EU job-seekers; and EU immigrants who find no job in six months to be sent back.

What’s he likely to get?

The plan to block child benefit for children who are not in the UK is described by No 10 as “still in play”. This is code for: “The eastern Europeans don’t like it but they’re willing to trade.”

What’s the sticking point?

Denying in-work benefits, such as tax credits, to EU arrivals until they have paid taxes here for four years – many other EU leaders were vocal in their opposition to this “discrimination” at Thursday night’s dinner.

How’s he going to finesse it?

Cameron’s problem is that he made a manifesto promise: “We will insist that EU migrants who want to claim tax credits and child benefit must live here and contribute to our country for a minimum of four years.” Given the refusal of Angela Merkel and others to allow British and other EU workers to be treated differently, the only way he could keep that promise would be to bring in that same contributory principle for British nationals. It would look bad to be denying tax credits to young British workers, who would have to work until they are 23 (or 26 for graduates) to qualify. But the idea of paying in before you take out is popular, and it could be a theme of George Osborne’s Budget, to be delivered on 16 March, after the EU deal might be done.

Are there other ways he could do this? 

Cameron has suggested that other ways of reducing the pull factor might be acceptable. Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, said: “Limiting access to welfare benefits is not an end in itself, it’s a means to an end – we’re trying to reduce the attraction of Britain to European migrants.” Sources in the European Commission suggest that it is thinking about an “emergency brake” on immigration if public services are under strain. The problem for Cameron is that the EC would decide if the conditions were met – if that could be changed, he might accept it, but it would still be awkward to break that manifesto promise.

What form might the deal take?

It is still not clear exactly how any changes in the terms of British membership of the EU will be made. One option is a protocol to be attached to the EU treaties, but that would provide for special treatment for the UK and other countries that choose to adopt it; more likely is a legal agreement, to be lodged with the UN, committing EU members to treaty changes in advance – given that it would take too long to revise and ratify the treaties themselves.

What will happen in February? 

The next few weeks are “where the rubber hits the road”, in one of the Prime Minister’s favourite phrases. The intention is to have a text drafted for the February meeting of EU leaders. But all 28 members have to agree, so it may be more realistic to see that as a deadline for a first draft, with the real target being an agreement in the summer and a referendum in September.

Why does he want a June referendum?

Because he thinks the deal is nearly done and a dash to the polls minimises the risk that other things could go wrong, such as a worsening refugee problem on the EU’s southern and eastern borders, or a new crisis of the euro.

Passport holders

The Express claims that more than 5,000,000 foreign passport holders are living in UK despite Cameron’s ‘crackdown’

THE number of foreign passport holders in Britain has soared past five million for the first time, despite David Cameron’s assurance that the government will be tough on immigration.

New figures reveal the number of foreign passport holders in the country has rocketed by a staggering 612,000 the last four years.

The numbers show that Polish passport holders make up the largest percentage, with nearly 750,000 living in Britain.

Polish passport holders make up more than their Indian and Irish equivalents combined – who came second and third according to the data.

The majority of foreign passport holders in the UK came from the EU, with 2.6 million people coming into the country from the Union.

Eurosceptic Tory MP Steve Baker said: “While the EU appears to be playing down EU migration, many British people will regard with astonishment the news that nearly eight per cent of people living in the UK are from overseas — with half of them from the EU.”

It comes as David Cameron comes up against strong opposition in his talks with EU countries over controlling immigration from the Union.

Ongoing talks are being held in the hope that Cameron could broker a deal to give Britain stronger standing in the EU before an upcoming referendum.

Earlier this week the Prime Minister told EU leaders: ““The levels of migration we have seen in a relatively short period of time are unprecedented, including the pressures this places on communities and public services.

“This is a major concern of the British people that is undermining support for the European Union.”

Nigel

UKIP’s own Nigel Farage has issued his Christmas message in the Mirror, saying  we must have respect for all faiths but uphold the UK’s Christian values.

The reason we’re having this holiday and the reason it’s called Christmas is that it’s Christian festival.

That means that whilst we have absolute respect for people of all religions from all over the world, regardless of whether they agree or support our faith, we as a country must be up standing and defend who we are.

We are a Christian country with a Christian constitution and a Christian monarch .

Whilst I would not ever present myself as being a person of deep religious conviction I absolutely believe in Christian values that have made this country great.

I want everybody, all 65 million of us, to have a happy Christmas if you are Christian and holiday if you’re not.

We can all look forward to 2016 where hopefully none of us attempt to impose our ideologies on anybody else.

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