Lord’ Farage?

Could our party leader become a peer? That possibility is examined by Sky News

Nigel Farage could be in line for a peerage if UKIP is offered seats in the House of Lords.
All three candidates to succeed the 52-year-old as party leader – Paul Nuttall, Raheem Kassam and Suzanne Evans – have said they will seek to get him a seat on the red benches, The Sunday Times writes.
Mr Farage announced his resignation as UKIP leader in July having achieved his career goal of securing the UK’s exit from the European Union.
He said at the time: “During the referendum I said I wanted my country back … now I want my life back.”

And the Times

He has failed seven times to win election to the House of Commons, but something grander may be in prospect for Nigel Farage: the chance to become “Lord Leave”.
The three frontrunners to replace the Ukip leader — Paul Nuttall, Raheem Kassam and Suzanne Evans — all say that they aim to secure him a peerage if they win.
Ukip, which won nearly 4m votes at the last general election, will press Theresa May to give the party its first peers. Its current members of the Lords are defectors from other parties.

In the Express, Nigel has criticised former PM Tony Blair.

NIGEL FARAGE has hit out Tony Blair over his bizarre call for Remain voters to become “insurgents” to keep Britain in the EU.
The former prime minister sparked outrage on Friday after describing Brexit as a “catastrophe” and calling for Leave voters to change their minds.
Theresa May was forced to slap down Mr Blair, who continually pushed for greater integration with Europe during his time in No 10.
Mr Farage said Mr Blair’s comments were yet another demonstration of the EU’s stubbornness and arrogance.
Speaking on LBC he said: “Now I’ve been involved with this debate for twenty-five year and what I’ve got to tell you that in the European Union, if the people resist reject any aspect of membership… they are made to vote again until they give the right answer or they are simply completely ignored.”

UKIP leadership

The Express is one of those media which reports leadership contender Raheem Kassam’s words.

FORMER Nigel Farage aide Raheem Kassam today vowed to “make Ukip great again” as he launched his leadership bid but immediately faced claims he will “publicly disgrace” the party.
The editor of right-wing website Breitbart London told supporters in a Westminster pub this morning “amateur hour is over” for Ukip as he set out his policy agenda.
The 30-year-old former Muslim said he wants a national referendum on banning women wearing the niqab and claimed he is the only leadership candidate willing to tackle issues such as “radical Islam, mental health, and the BBC”.
Mr Kassam vowed to carry on Mr Farage’s legacy and branded himself the “Faragist candidate”.

The Guardian reports that Kassam has defended Donald Trump.

One of the frontrunners to become the new Ukip leader has used his official campaign launch to defend Donald Trump and to call for a national referendum on banning women from wearing the niqab.
Speaking in front of a few dozen supporters at a pub in Westminster, Raheem Kassam also appeared to cast doubt on the veracity of women accusing the US Republican presidential candidate of sexual assault, and said he did not believe Trump had anti-Muslim views.
Kassam, 30, a former staffer for Nigel Farage who now runs the UK arm of the rightwing US news network Breitbart , is second favourite with bookmakers behind Paul Nuttall, an MEP and deputy leader, to be voted the next Ukip leader.
Suzanne Evans, a former Conservative councillor who compiled the party’s 2015 election manifesto, is also standing. Farage is the interim leader after his replacement, Diane James, stepped down after 18 days .

And the Mail reports on a row between Kassam and another contender, Suzanne Evans.

The man who claims to be ‘the new Nigel Farage’ was embroiled in a furious row last night after claiming he had apologised for vile sex slurs against a rival woman candidate in the Ukip leadership race.
Raheem Kassam has hurled a series of offensive insults at Suzanne Evans, calling her a ‘wrinkly old ginger bird’.
Kassam, a former aide to Farage who is the bookies’ second favourite to become leader, told The Mail on Sunday he had apologised to Ms Evans at a Ukip ‘patrons lunch’ in London yesterday.
But Ms Evans denied this, saying: ‘He did no such thing. I am still waiting for an apology.’
Ms Evans, a leading critic of Farage, has previously denounced Kassam for being ‘incredibly sexist’ towards her.

Migrants

The problems at The Jungle in Calais have not gone away, reports Breitbart.

The total closure and dismantling of the Calais Jungle migrant camp hasn’t dissuaded new migrants from arriving there, and French authorities don’t know what to do with them.
The Calais Jungle has largely disappeared thanks to the efforts of the French government and courts who gave the go ahead to relocate the thousands of migrants trying to illegally hop over to Britain.
The clearing of the camp has been deemed a success by many but new migrants have not been dissuaded from appearing at the camp in hopes of getting to the UK reports German broadcaster N-TV.
The makeshift residences for the migrants who were living in the Jungle have become full as the French government anticipated a set amount of people to house before redistributing them to various asylum centres around the country. The new arrivals are making that task harder as there is simply no space for them.

And some migrants who have been moved to the countryside, are cross, says Breitbart.

Despite the clean, safe, accommodation on offer for them across France, migrants moved from the Calais “jungle” say they are more determined than ever to reach the UK.
France’s refusal to grant them large city dwellings, and the desire to be surrounded by their own countrymen are some of the reasons cited by migrants who say they are undeterred in their efforts to live in Britain.
Afghans who have been moved from Calais to the countryside say they loathe France and the food and shelter provided by the country’s taxpayers, who one 18-year-old says are “racist”.
Rahmat Ahmadi claims they were tricked by authorities, who promised them “a big house in a city” before transporting them to rural Normandy. “They lied to us” he says, complaining that, instead “they dumped us here in a place with no halal meat in the meals, no internet, and where we sleep ten to a bedroom and the kitchen is covered in flies.

The Sun says all they want to do is get back to Calais, from where they will try again to get to the UK.

A GROUP of migrants moved from the Jungle camp to an Alpine holiday resort say they have one aim — to get back to Calais and into the UK .
Afghan refugee Ali Hamazi and his pals were bussed 13 hours to the village of Champtercier on Thursday.
Their group of 100 are among more than 8,000 sent to reception centres around France after the refugee camp was torn down this week.
But as they hang around at a bus stop hours after arriving at the former holiday camp, they are already planning the journey to the place they really want to call home — Britain.
Ali, 22, said: “I’d rather be back in the Jungle where there is a chance I can get to the UK, than here.

And France is still calling for the UK to take more children, says Breitbart.

France has demanded that Britain take in nearly 1,500 “child migrants” staying in Calais, who councils say will cost taxpayers £133,000 per head.
The diplomatic row that has broken out over the fate of the alleged minors comes after a huge increase in the number of youths traveling to Calais in recent weeks, as news spread that the UK is taking child migrants in.
Staff at the Home Office have been screening the alleged children in order to assess their eligibility for resettlement in Britain either because they have family in the UK, or under the Dubs amendment.
Under the amendment , the government is now committed to offer sanctuary to “unaccompanied minors”. It was defeated in the Commons, as public opinion is fiercely against further migration, but pushed through by the House of Lords.

ITV News has a similar story.

French President Francois Hollande has told Prime Minister Theresa May that the British should take on their share of responsibility and welcome children from the demolished ‘Jungle’ camp.
His comments come after a week of tension between France and Britain over how to take care of minors after bulldozers flattened the camp that had been home to about 6,000 refugees and migrants.
“I talked yesterday with the British prime minister, as [French Interior Minister] Bernard Cazeneuve did with his British counterpart, so that the British can go to those centres with those minors and take their share [of responsibility] to welcome them in Britain.”

As does Sky News

French President Francois Hollande has urged the UK to do more to help the migrant children from the Calais “Jungle” camp.
Mr Hollande said he had spoken with Prime Minister Theresa May about the issue and how the migrant children should be welcomed.
His comments come after a week of tension between France and Britain over how to take care of them after bulldozers flattened the camp that had been home to about 6,000 refugees and migrants.

Childcare

The Mirror reports that the Conservative’s promise of free childcare isn’t working.

The Tory pledge of 30 hours’ free childcare is in danger of collapsing as nurseries run out of cash.
Ministers promised to introduce the nursery provision to working parents of three and four-year-olds from September next year.
But councils in hard-hit Labour areas have had funding slashed and warn they will not be able to provide the childcare.
Some nurseries have said they will have to close because of the shortage.
The free childcare is being provided through a mix of private nurseries and maintained nursery schools, which are operated by local councils.

Scotland

Reuters claims a new deal for Scotland is on the cards following an alleged deal with Nissan.

The British government’s promises to Japanese carmaker Nissan open the door to a special deal for Scotland if Britain leaves the European Union, Scottish nationalists said on Sunday.
Nissan said on Thursday it would build two new models in Britain, after what a source described to Reuters as a promise of aid from Prime Minister Theresa May’s government to counter any loss of competitiveness caused by Brexit.
On Friday other carmakers asked for help too, while the opposition Labour Party called for more detail about the deal.
On Sunday the Scottish National Party joined them.

Northern Ireland

And that deal could extend to Northern Ireland, says Reuters

Northern Ireland could have a different relationship to the European Union’s single market or customs union from the rest of the United Kingdom following its exit from the EU, the leader of the British province said on Saturday.
The head of Scotland’s devolved government Nicola Sturgeon this week said she would make specific proposals over the next few weeks to keep Scotland in the single market even if the rest of the UK left, and that British Prime Minister Theresa May had said she was prepared to listen to options.
Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom with a land border with the European Union and First Minister Arlene Foster has repeatedly said she wants to avoid a “hard border” with border posts and customs checks with the Republic of Ireland.
Asked by Reuters if Northern Ireland might have a special status in relation to either the customs union or the EU’s single market Foster said “those are all matters, of course, for negotiation.”

Homes

The Telegraph reports on the prospect of prefabricated homes to be built to counter the housing problem.

Britain is to get a new wave of prefabs as ministers plan to offer help to build 100,000 ready-made homes to try to solve the housing crisis, the Telegraph has learnt.
In a major strategy shift, the Government has decided to meet its ambitious housing targets by embracing the first new generation of pre-packed homes since the great reconstruction drive that followed the Second World War.
Many of the modern prefabs, now known as “modular homes”, will be aimed at younger Britons to help them on to the housing ladder.
It is understood that a Government white paper expected to be published next month will include measures to encourage banks to lend to small firms that build houses off-site, which are then delivered to a final destination.
Ministers have taken a “huge interest” in 21st-century prefabs after being impressed that some were erected on site in just 48 hours.

ITV News has picked up the story.

Ministers are planning a new wave of prefabricated homes in an attempt to solve Britain’s housing crisis, according to reports.
More than 100,000 pre-packed “modular” homes could be created as the government looks at ways to meet its one million homes target by 2020, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
A white paper due out next month will include measures to encourage banks to lend to firms which construct homes off-site before delivering them to their final destination, the newspaper said.
The initiative imitates the reconstruction drive which followed the Second World War as “prefab” homes sprung up across the country in an attempt to house families bombed out of their homes.
While prefabs in the 1940s were often poor quality, improvements in technology mean the new ready-made homes should be a lot better, and they can be put up in as little as 48 hours.

As does Sky News.

Ministers are planning a new wave of prefabricated homes in a drive to solve Britain’s housing crisis.
Funding the pre-packed homes construction industry will help the Government meet its target to provide one million new homes by 2020, according to The Sunday Telegraph.
Although the housing market has shown signs of cooling since the vote to leave the EU, a chronic shortage of properties continues to keep prices out of reach of many young and low-income people.
Earlier this month the Government set out details to tackle the housing shortage by building 25,000 new homes using a £3bn Home Building Fund.

Carney

Is the governor of the Bank of England about to step down? The Mail covers the possibility.

Mark Carney’s days as Governor of the Bank of England appear to be numbered amid rumours he could resign within days.
The Canadian – who has been a controversial figure since the Brexit vote as many of his ‘Project Fear’ predictions are yet to materialise – could elect to return to his homeland next year due to family reasons.
A decision will be made before the end of the year and could be announced at the Bank’s quarterly inflation report next Thursday.
Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Treasury Select Committee member and one of Dr Carney’s most outspoken critics, has been touted as a potential replacement, according to
Bloomberg.

The Times picks up the story.

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, is poised to announce his departure before the end of the year amid mounting tensions with the new government.
Two senior figures who have worked closely with Carney since he moved to Britain in 2013 believe he will resign in 2018 at the end of his five-year term, rather than serve an extra three years. They said he has grown disillusioned with the populist thrust of Theresa May’s plans and has been bruised by Eurosceptic criticism of his “Project Fear” warnings during the European Union referendum campaign.

So does the Telegraph

The City is awaiting Mark Carney’s decision on whether he will stay on at the Bank of England as speculation mounted yesterday about his future.
The Canadian will announce by the end of the year whether he will continue as the Bank’s governor beyond 2018, but there have been suggestions he might make a statement as soon as Thursday, when he delivers his quarterly inflation report.
Mr Carney suggested during an appearance before a House of Lords committee this week that he was still weighing it up, saying it was a “personal” decision.

Disability benefits

ITV News reports the government is looking at further assessments to decide whether someone is disabled enough to claim benefits.

The British government is planning an overhaul of the assessment process for disability benefit claimants, in an effort to help more people back into work.
Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green will announce on Monday the launch of a consultation on reform of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) tests.
Minister say they want more “targeted and personalised support” for disabled people while they look for work.
The move was welcomed by disability charities who said the system at the moment was “fundamentally flawed”, but campaigners warned that those who are unable to work must continue receiving the support they need.

Sky News also carries the story.

The Government is planning a major overhaul of disability benefits assessment – a system that has been described by critics as “cruel”.
On Monday, Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green will launch a consultation on how to reform the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), which was overseen by Iain Duncan Smith under the last government.
It is used to determine how much financial support people with disabilities should receive while they look for work.
The Government says it wants to provide more “targeted and personalised support” to help people return to work as soon as possible.

So does the Independent

The Department for Work and Pensions is to overhaul the way claimants for disability benefits are assessed in an attempt to help more people into work.
Damian Green, the Work and Pensions Secretary, is poised to launch of a consultation on reform of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) test on Monday. It comes after Mr Green announced, earlier this month, that chronically sick claimants will no longer be required to prove they are stil ill every six months.
The controversial testing process has come under intense criticisms for failing some of the most vulnerable people in society in recent years. But Mr Green is expected to say he wants his department to provide a more “targeted and personalised support” for people with disabilities while they look for employment.

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