UKIP

Nigel Farage is encouraging people who have experienced pro-EU, Anti-UKIP bias within the education sector to get in touch with him, reports Breitbart.

A remarkable though virtually uncommented-upon piece of political propaganda was issued in late July this year. Universities for Europe and Universities UK, who represent 133 higher education institutions, came out with clear, unequivocal backing for the UK to vote to stay in the European Union (EU).

How could it be that this sector could have decided to ignore political neutrality? And indeed perhaps we need to ask ourselves what are universities for?

From the very beginning, the objective of university has been to be a place where young people can expand their minds, be exposed to a whole range of arguments and so surely it must be fundamental that students should be exposed to both sides of every argument?

Only in a tyrannical country would the state seek to exert control over the type of content that universities speak about. Indeed Stalin was very good at it. What I have discovered is that deep political prejudice lies at the heart of our universities and that the EU has effectively tried to buy the sector.

The Express reports ‘fury’ as a UKIP politician is banned from speaking at a EU venue, despite the decision to let Gerry Adams in

A UKIP politician has reportedly been banned from speaking at a venue funded by the European Union.

MEP Steven Woolfe said his planned speech at the Skainos Centre in Northern Ireland was cancelled at the last minute.

Officials claimed the controversial decision was made because political parties are not allowed to use the facilities, Wolfe said.

But the venue, built with money from the European Regional Development Fund, hosted a conference for Northern Ireland’s Green Party last March.

Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness have also spoken at the venue, which was booked by Ukip’s Northern Ireland branch.

Woolfe’s speech, on the European Union and migration, was moved to a different venue.

A spokesman for Ukip blasted the cancellation, saying: “This is a blatant attempt to stifle democratic expression of a legitimate national political party representing four million people across this country.”

And Mr McNarry, leader of the party in Northern Ireland, accused the centre of “shockingly unprofessional” behaviour.

He said: “We booked the building over a month ago and have been in constant contact with them.

“No later than yesterday [Thursday] at 3pm my staff were in Skainos with Skainos staff working out the seating arrangements.

“Skainos suggested we put the seats in a U-shape and we settled on the amount of tea, coffee and biscuits.”

Syria

There are several angles coming out of the conflict in Syria.  Sky News reports the Prime Minister’s claim that Russia is backing President Assad with its air strikes.

Russian strikes in Syria are hitting citizens and helping the “butcher” Assad’s regime, David Cameron has said.

The Prime Minister said that Vladmir Putin’s military intervention was “making the situation worse” and called for regime change in Syria to end the fighting.

Mr Cameron said: “It’s absolutely clear that Russia is not discriminating between Isil and the legitimate Syrian opposition groups and as a result they are actually backing the butcher Assad and helping him and really making the situation worse.

“Rightly they have been condemned across the Arab world for what they have done and I think the Arab world is right about that.

“But we should be using this moment now to try to force forward a comprehensive plan to bring political transition in Syria because that is the answer for bringing peace to the region.”

The Telegraph reports that Cameron has promised more drones will join the fight.

Britain’s special forces will be the biggest beneficiaries of the forthcoming defence review as the country prepares to take military action in Syria to help wipe out Isil, the Prime Minister discloses.

In his first newspaper interview since his election victory, David Cameron pledges to significantly beef up the SAS and double the number of British drones, whose main task is to remotely target Isil jihadists.

The Prime Minister indicates that he wishes to push ahead with a parliamentary vote on British air strikes in Syria and insists that Russian involvement in the civil war should not undermine this country taking part.

And the Express claims Russia will send thousands of troops to the area.

VLADIMIR Putin is preparing to send 150,000 troops to Syria in a bid to wipe out the evil Islamic State once and for all.

The Russian leader is reportedly mounting an enormous military mission to take control of the terror group’s stronghold of Raqqa.

The city is the self-declared capital of ISIS in Syria and is patrolled by as many as 5,000 jihadi members.

Putin is set to mobilise 150,000 reservists who he conscripted into the military earlier this week.

An insider revealed: “It is very clear that Russia wants to sweep up the west of the country, taking Raqqa and all the oil and gas resources around Palmyra.

“This is fast becoming a race to Raqqa – to secure the oil fields they need to cleanse the region of insurgents, and the IS capital is vital to do that.”

It comes a day after Russian jets obliterated nine ISIS outposts in just 24 hours using bunker-busting bombs.

The Express also report religious leaders’ plea to Christian genocide.

The Sunday Express revealed last week how scores of Christians have already been murdered by Islamic State and thousands forced to leave ancient Christian communities in northeastern Syria and western Iraq as the extremists demand they either convert to Islam, pay an extortionate rate of tax or face execution.

More than 700,000 of Syria’s population of 1.1 million Christians have already been forced to leave as IS militants expanded into the northwest of the country and it is believed there are now no more than 250,000 Christians living in Syria.

Lord Carey added his voice to a lobby which includes members of the Rothschild dynasty and Lord Weidenfeld, a Jewish peer who was saved from the Nazis in Austria in 1938.

Lord Carey said: “Time is running out for Christians in the region. It is 100 years since Armenian and Assyrian Christians faced genocide and since then they have experienced increasing persecution in the region.

Conservative conference

Sky News reports on the demonstrations proposed for the Tory conference.

Thousands of anti-austerity protesters are preparing to march through Manchester as the Conservative Party starts its conference in the city.

The self-styled ‘People’s Assembly’ says the government’s intention to cut tax credits would place the burden of reducing the budget deficit on the working poor.

The government says many of those affected would benefit from other changes to the welfare system including 30 hours of free childcare for working families.

Protest organiser Sam Duckworth told Sky News: “There seem to be tax breaks for millionaires, inheritance tax (and) corporation tax breaks.

“But frontline benefits like housing and child benefits – anything that’s supposed to be for the good of the people – seem to be the first things that are cut,” he said.

‘Granny leave’

The Mail claims chancellor George Osborne is planning to offer grandparents incentives to look after their grandchildren.

Millions of grandparents could be paid by the State to look after their grandchildren under radical reforms to be introduced by Chancellor George Osborne.

For the first time, they will be able to claim paid ‘granny leave’ or ‘grandpa leave’ – at £140 a week – to look after new grandchildren for up to a year.

The Chancellor is to announce that new parents will be able to transfer their parental leave allowance to their newborn’s grandparents, allowing them to get back to work quicker, if they wish.

Only working grandparents will qualify for the handouts; but they would not have to give up their jobs permanently to look after grandchildren, as after a year they will have a legal right to claim their job back.

The revolution in childcare marks the latest attempt by the Conservatives to portray themselves as the party of the working family, and is set to prove a major boost to working mothers – increasingly the main breadwinner in a family – and single parents.

It is very similar to a Labour plan unveiled by Harriet Harman before the General Election in the party’s ‘manifesto for women’.

Brexit

The Sunday Times claims the Prime minister is in a state of panic as the ‘exit’ campaign is launched.

DAVID CAMERON is facing a showdown with EU judges and his party on Europe this week, amid claims he has privately pledged not to pull Britain out of the EU.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will deliver a ruling on Tuesday that could force Britain to give prisoners the right to vote in European elections. It would be a blow to the prime minister, who has previously called the idea “sickening”, as he prepares to give his speech to the Tory party conference.

Later this week the “no” campaign to leave the EU will be launched, unveiling a list of Tory donors who have defied pleas from Lord Feldman, the Tory party chairman, not to campaign against Cameron.

The Independent considers the future for the UK after ‘Brexit’.

Fears are growing that the European Union will impose tough new trading terms on the UK should Britons vote to leave the bloc in the In/Out referendum which must be held by 2017.

Eurosceptics have argued that the UK would still enjoy favourable trading terms with the EU even if it left, often citing Norway, which is not a member but is still the fifth biggest exporter to the bloc. Lord Lawson, the new head of a Conservative Brexit campaign, said last week Britain could “negotiate a free trade deal with the rest of Europe”, entailing “a more amicable and realistic relationship”.

But ‘In’ campaigners say this would not be so easy, claiming technical rules for EU withdrawal mean, should Britain vote for “Brexit”, the remaining 27 states would negotiate between themselves to determine the terms of the new relationship. They have warned that this would risk disadvantageous rules being “dictated” to the UK, threatening millions of jobs.

The procedures for EU exit are outlined in Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which states: “The member of the European Council or of the Council representing the withdrawing member state shall not participate in the discussions of the European Council or Council or in decisions concerning it.”

NHS

The Guardian claims ministers ‘are hiding details of a £2bn NHS cash crisis’

 Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, is under pressure to explain why data that is in effect from the NHS’s own regular health checks has been withheld from publication.

Government ministers have buried NHS statistics that show the service hurtling towards an unprecedented £2bn deficit to avoid overshadowing the Tory party conference, say top NHS officials.

One senior figure at the health service regulator Monitor said his organisation had been “leaned on” by Whitehall to delay its report, which shows that NHS finances are worsening.

Neither Monitor’s quarterly report on how the NHS is faring, nor equivalent data from the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA), have been published, as they usually are around the time of the organisations’ board meetings last month. Hospital trusts passed their information to the two regulators two months ago.

NHS insiders said it was “very, very odd” and significant that, in a departure from its usual practice, Monitor discussed the financial and treatment waiting time performance of the 152 foundation trusts it regulates in the private – rather than the public – session of its board meeting last Wednesday.

The Independent claims an exclusive in a report that the chief inspector of hospitals says there is a ‘crisis of leadership’ in the NHS.

Doctors and nurses need to “step up to the plate” and help tackle a crisis of leadership in the NHS, the chief inspector of hospitals has said. Professor Sir Mike Richards said the health service’s financial problems were making it “very, very difficult” for even the best hospitals to deliver good patient care.

However, speaking exclusively to The Independent on Sunday, he added that some hospitals were coping better than others, and those that were struggling needed “better leadership” more than extra money.

The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) hospital inspectorate has now visited 70 per cent of NHS trusts since Sir Mike’s appointment as chief inspector in July 2013. While two hospital trusts have been rated outstanding and 16 good, 68 have been told they must improve, and 12 have been rated as inadequate.

Increases in health spending have not kept pace with demand in recent years, and the NHS in England has been told it must make savings of £22bn by 2020. However, asked if funding shortages were to blame for substandard care, Sir Mike said: “I don’t think that is the main factor.

“I have been round a lot of the NHS and have asked the question of very senior people: if I could wave one magic wand and it’s either to give you more money or to give you better leadership, they almost all say ‘I’d choose better leadership.’ I don’t want to diminish the financial problem. Even the ones at the top end are finding it very, very difficult. But in those that are struggling, if we could get the better leadership that would be a major contribution to dealing with the financial problem.”

Healey

Several of the media pay tribute to former chancellor Denis Healey, who has died.

The Independent says:

During his 40 years in Parliament, Lord Healey served as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Defence Secretary

Denis Healey has been described as a “Labour giant” as colleagues from across the political spectrum pay tribute to the former Chancellor, who has died aged 98.

He died peacefully in his sleep at home in Sussex, following a short illness, his family said in a statement.

The Guardian quotes the Prime Minister’s tribute.

The prime minister has led tributes to Denis Healey – a “giant of postwar politics” and hero of the second world war – after the former chancellor’s family announced that he had died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Sussex on Saturday morning. He was 98.

Credited by many as the man who saved the economy in 1976 by negotiating a loan from the International Monetary Fund, Healey was the last survivor of the cabinet formed by Harold Wilson after Labour’s victory in the 1964 general election.

The Sunday Times bids him ‘farewell’.

WITH the passing of Denis Healey at the age of 98, the Labour party and the British people have lost the last representative of the great postwar generation of left-wing politicians. He was a big figure in every sense — physically, intellectually, emotionally, politically, culturally.

A grammar school boy who won a scholarship to Oxford, took a double first in classics, fought bravely in the Second World War — he was the military landing officer when the British forces came ashore at Anzio in the Italian campaign — he combined a passion for politics with what he called “a hinterland”: a love of music, especially Italian opera, of photography, films and literature. He spoke fluent Italian, which he claimed to have learnt in the bedroom from girlfriends in the war.

The Telegraph also carries an obituary.

Lord Healey, who has died aged 98, was a giant of British politics, serving as Defence Secretary and Chancellor in Labour governments under the most difficult circumstances and becoming almost a national institution.

A boon to cartoonists and impressionists through his beetling brows and colourful turn of phrase, Denis Healey combined a formidable intellect with an ability to communicate with the man in the street. No other politician of his era could have held their own playing a pub piano in a Christmas television special, yet no-one doubted his seriousness in government.

As does City AM.

Former Labour chancellor Denis Healey died at his home in Sussex this morning, aged 98. According to his family, he died peacefully in his sleep following a short illness.

The politician served as an MP for Leeds for 40 years, and was chancellor of the exchequer from 1974 to 1979. In 1980, he became deputy leader of the Labour party in opposition.

During his time as chancellor, he had to deal with major difficulties including a five-fold increase in oil prices and the potential collapse of the pound.

And Sky News.

Former Labour chancellor Lord Denis Healey has died aged 98.

He passed away in his sleep this morning at his Sussex home, his family said.

Lord Healey, who was in number 11 between 1974 and 1979, had to deal with the economic consequences of a five-fold increase in oil prices in 1973 to 1974.

He also grappled with the demands of powerful trade union leaders as well as the IMF crisis of 1976.

Friends said he was proud of his record as defence secretary under Harold Wilson in the 1960s, and is credited with not sending British troops to Vietnam.

And Breitbart.

Born in Mottingham, Kent, in August 1917, a Communist in his youth, Healey joined the Labour Party in 1945 after fighting in the Second World War with the Royal Engineers in the North African Campaign, the Allied invasion of Sicily and the Italian Campaign.

Lord Healey, a Labour Member of Parliament for 40 years from 1952, served as Secretary of State for Defence from 1964 to 1970 and Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1974 to 1979. On retiring from the House of Commons in 1992 he joined the House of Lords.

And ITV.

Tributes have poured in for Denis Healey, the former Labour Chancellor and one of the most prominent Labour politicians.

Former Labour leaders Tony Blair and Neil Kinnock have both offered tributes to the party’s former chancellor Denis Healey.

Blair described Lord Healey as a “great champion for social justice, in and out of Government, a stalwart of the Labour Party, a true patriot who fought for and cared deeply about his country and an extraordinary and vibrant character.”

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