Iain Duncan Smith

Following the resignation of the Work and Pensions Secretary from the Cabinet on Friday, several of the media look at the fallout.

ITV claims there is a growing split in Conservative party.

The Tory party could be facing a growing split among its ranks as opinions appear to remain divided in the wake of Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation as Work and Pensions Secretary.

On one side of the fence MPs including Peter Bone praised Duncan Smith’s decision and hailed him a “man of principle”, while others including Michael Gove said the resignation and the reason given for it were “puzzling” and “disappointing”.

Duncan Smith quit his post on Friday claiming it was because of benefit cuts which he thought were ” a compromise too far” but this was refuted by the Prime Minister who questioned his colleagues reasoning saying he knew the government was going to drop the current version of proposed cuts anyway.

The Mirror claims IDS’ resignation is not only because he is an anti-European but also because ‘loathes George Osborne’.

David Cameron knew Iain Duncan Smith would quit his Cabinet before June 23’s EU referendum .

He just didn’t know when. All the PM was certain of was that like the Scots Guards Army officer the Welfare boss once was, IDS would mount his surprise attack to cause maximum damage.

But IDS was bounced into a frontal assault under cover of darkness at 9pm on Friday.

The ex-Work and Pensions Secretary now says he’s unable to stomach disability cuts any longer.

The truth is more cynical. And the irony is IDS went not because disability benefits were going to be slashed. But because they weren’t.

As Friday progressed a growing Tory rebellion meant George Osborne had to bin brutal plans to snatch £3,500 a year from 600,000 disabled people.

But pensioners’ champion Baroness Ros Altman claims he resigned because of the EU, says the BBC.

On Friday, Mr Duncan Smith said he was quitting as work and pensions secretary in protest at disability benefits cuts.

But Lady Altmann, who described her ex-boss as “exceptionally difficult” to work for, accused him of wanting “to do maximum damage to the party leadership” to help his campaign to leave the EU.

Sources close to Mr Duncan Smith insist his resignation was not about the EU.

Mr Duncan Smith is due to give his first interview since resigning on BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show at 09:00 GMT. Stephen Crabb was appointed as Mr Duncan Smith’s replacement on Saturday.

In his resignation letter, which many commentators have interpreted as an attack on Chancellor George Osborne, Mr Duncan Smith said the latest changes to benefits for the disabled were “not defensible in the way they were placed within a Budget that benefits higher earning taxpayers”.

Sky News has a similar story.

Pensions Minister Baroness Altmann has hit out at her former boss Iain Duncan Smith, calling into question his motives for quitting the Cabinet.

In a personal statement, Baroness Altmann accused the ex-Work and Pensions Secretary of stepping down in order to do “maximum damage to the party leadership” ahead of the EU referendum.

Mr Duncan Smith, who has been campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union, cited proposed disability cuts for his decision, saying they were a “compromise too far”.

“I am extremely shocked by the news of Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation and the way he has behaved,” Baroness Altmann wrote.

The Guardian claims he quit because the Treasury refused to consider pensioner cuts.

Iain Duncan Smith resigned from the cabinet because he was frustrated that Downing Street and the Treasury refused to consider controversial cuts to universal pensioner benefits, it has been claimed.

Friends of the former work and pensions secretary said he was fed up of being asked “again and again” for cuts to working age benefits and those for disabled people, while the money spent on older voters remained untouched.

That led him to write a furious resignation letter, pointing the finger at the chancellor, George Osborne, and questioning his claim of “we are all in it together”.

David Cameron responded by saying he was “puzzled and disappointed” because reforms to personal independence payments (PIP) had been accepted by the Department for Work and Pensions.

The Independent has a similar story.

Iain Duncan Smith resigned as Work and Pensions Secretary because he felt that children’s benefits were being unfairly cut while pensioners’ benefits were left untouched, it has been reported.

Mr Duncan Smith resigned last night, stating that austerity cuts had gone “too far” and arguing that to cut disability benefits at the same time as announcing tax cuts for high earners was “not defensible”.

Terror attacks

In other news, the Times reports that London is on standby for multiple terror strikes.

POLICE and special forces troops have been told to prepare for up to 10 simultaneous terror attacks on the streets of London.

The National Crime Agency has been ordered to make a crackdown on firearms a priority amid fears of a Paris-style attack by terrorists returning from Syria.

A minister familiar with the proposals said: “We used to plan for three simultaneous attacks but Paris has shown that you need to be ready for more than that. We are ready if someone tries with seven, eight, nine, ten.”

Army regiments outside London are also on standby to help the SAS and Metropolitan police in the event of a multiple target attack.

The Sun also covers the story.

COPS and Special Forces are preparing for up to ten simultaneous attacks on London, it was reported last night.

Army regiments have been put on standby to help the Met and SAS amid fears the number of venues targeted could be in double figures.

The National Crime Agency has also been ordered to make a crackdown on firearms a priority.

Counterterrorist bomb disposal has been beefed up to be ready for a chemical or biological attack.

A minister familiar with the proposal told The Sunday Times: “We used to plan for three simultaneous attacks but Paris last November has shown you need to be ready for more than that.

“We are ready if someone tries with seven, eight, nine, ten.”

Brexit

Drugs giant Glaxo is not worried about Britain leaving the EU, says the Times.

BRITAIN’s biggest drug company has waded into the debate over Britain’s membership of the European Union, saying that Brexit would not hammer its profits.

In its annual report, published last week, Glaxo said it did not believe there would be a “material adverse impact” on its financial position. It admitted that a victory for the leave campaign would “create uncertainty and add complexity . . . with some short-term disruption”.

However, it revealed that it had “plans in place to mitigate [the] effects” if voters chose to leave in the June 23 referendum. “We do not currently believe that there would be a material adverse impact on [our] results or financial position.”

The Daily Star claims Brexit could spell the end of the ‘booze cruise’.

BOOZE cruises across the channel could be over for Brits if the UK leaves the EU, experts have warned.

Hopping to Calais to bulk up your alcohol stock could become a thing of the past if Brits vote to leave the EU in June.

The jolly up to get cut price beer and wine has become increasingly popular but custom limits could be reintroduced if Britain backs Brexit.

Booze cruisers can often pick up a bottle of wine for an average of £3 less than they can in the UK with Britain in the union.the booze cruise industry

The Express reports on the same subject.

LEAVING the European Union could put a stop to Brits crossing the channel in order to pick up cheaper booze, according to experts.

A vote to leave the EU on June 23 could mean loading your car with crates of cheap alcohol in Europe will be a thing of the past.

Trips across to Calais to pick up cut price beer and wine have become increasingly popular but custom limits could be reintroduced if Britain backs Brexit.

Booze cruisers can often pick up a bottle of wine for an average of £3 less than they can in the UK with Britain in the union.

Migrants

Breitbart claims the EU will stop Britain refusing to take migrants.

The European Commission is blocking plans to introduce an Australian-style policy which would see boats full of migrants turned around and returned to their port of origin. Instead, Commissioners have insisted that Europe has a “moral duty” to take all who come.

The idea was raised by a senior MEP at a private meeting on Europe’s migrant crisis held earlier this month, and gained the backing of Prime Minister David Cameron, who wanted to deploy EU vessels in Libyan waters to turn the ships carrying migrants around.

But according to sources present at the meeting Christos Stylianides, the Greek-Cypriot EU commissioner in charge of immigration astonished MEPs by first ignoring the suggestion and then exploding with anger when pressed, the Daily Express has reported.

He claimed that European nations had a “moral duty” to take the migrants, saying it was “against our EU values” to send them back to Turkey or Libya.

Death star

But perhaps worrying about the referendum is in vain as we are all going to get wiped out by a mystery planet, says the Star.

A MYSTERY mega planet dubbed the NEMESIS GIANT is on a collision course with Earth, according to a staggering new theory.

The huge sphere – which resembles the Death Star in the sci-fi blockbuster Star Wars – appears in the sky in daylight and at night, according to the videos.

Space boffs claim the giant rock is related to Planet X – or Nibiru – a heavenly body believed to come close to the planet in April.

Dill Martin, who has been analysing footage of apparent giant sightings, claims the planet is becoming more visible to the human eye in time for its approach next month.

He describes it as a “dark star or dwarf brown” that is being orbited by Nibiru and other planets, including Earth.

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