Leon Brittan questioned

Most of the papers have stories of the former Home Secretary Leon, now Lord, Brittan who was quizzed by the police over an allegation of rape in the 1960s.  He denies all accusations,

The Mail on Sunday reports:

Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has been questioned by police over claims he raped a 19-year-old student.

The assault, which he is said to strongly deny, is alleged to have taken place at his Central London flat in 1967 following a blind date.

Brittan was in his late 20s at the time of the alleged incident.

Police said last night that the woman originally made a complaint in late 2012.

It is being investigated by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.

Scotland Yard confirmed that a man in his 70s was ‘interviewed under caution by appointment at a Central London location in connection with the allegation. He was not arrested. Inquiries continue.’

Other papers covering the story include The Sunday Times, The Guardian,  the Independent  and The Mirror.

Government files lost

The Brittan investigation story is tied up with the loss of more than a hundred files concerning an alleged paedophile ring within Westminster, a story that was featured extensively in yesterday’s papers report and, as a follow-up, it has now been decided to launch a formal investigation into the allegations.

The Guardian reports on the investigation.

David Cameron has asked the Home Office’s most senior civil servant to investigate what happened to a missing dossier of alleged paedophile activity involving politicians in the 1980s.

The request follows pressure from former ministers and campaigners to find the dossier, which was handed to the then home secretary, Leon Brittan, by the Conservative MP Geoffrey Dickens.

And the Mirror says an MP has demanded the investigation be ‘beefed up’.

European Arrest Warrant fight

In other news, the Telegraph reports that the Prime Minister could be in for a fight over the European Arrest Warrant next week.

Tory MPs are planning a public show of dissent next week against the Prime Minister in a Commons debate over European Union justice and home affairs powers.

David Cameron urged Scottish business leaders to ‘talk with their work forces about the strength of our United Kingdom’

Scores of right-wing Conservative MPs are set to defy David Cameron over the controversial European Arrest Warrant next week.

Tory MPs are planning a public show of dissent against the Prime Minister in a Commons debate over the European Union’s justice and home affairs powers.

 “Juncker is the right man for the EU presidency”

One person who has said he is happy with the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission is arch federalist Ken  Clarke, who, according to the Express, is now facing the sack because of his views.

Veteran Tory minister Ken Clarke is likely to lose his seat in the Cabinet after defying the Prime Minister and declaring himself “perfectly happy” with the appointment of Jean Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission.

Mr Clarke, one of the Conservative Party’s most high profile pro-Europeans, publicly went against David Cameron’s opposition to Mr Juncker’s appointment during an interview in Germany.

The Prime Minister was firmly opposed to the appointment of Mr Juncker, fearing he would be a block on any significant reform of the European Union.

He even forced an unprecedented vote on the matter at last week’s European Summit, but lost it 26-2.

Mr Clarke’s remarks have prompted speculation that the former Chancellor could be axed in the Prime Minister’s next Cabinet reshuffle.

EU migration controlled?

The Telegraph reports that the Conservatives are planning to cap immigration from the EU.

A partial ban on EU migration could be included in David Cameron’s sweeping renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with Brussels, senior sources tell The Telegraph

Senior Conservatives are drawing up radical plans to cap the number of immigrants allowed into Britain from poorer European Union countries.

Under the scheme, existing EU members, such as Romania and Bulgaria, as well as new countries joining in future, would be included in the restrictions on migrant numbers.

The move would tear up the EU’s founding principles of “free movement” for citizens.

But it is understood to have attracted support at the highest levels of the Conservative Party as the central element of a fundamental reform to the structure of Europe intended to stop “vast migrations” from poorer countries.

The so-called “two rings of Europe” model would see Britain and other countries formally split from the core of nations inside the eurozone, who are committed to “ever closer” integration of their political systems and economies.

Airport chaos can not be avoided

And Sky News reports on comments by Sir Malcolm Rifkind that the chaos at airports caused by the security scare are ‘unavoidable’.

The chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee insists the new measures are “not bureaucratic nor an overreaction”.

Newly imposed airport security measures are “sadly unavoidable” because terrorists have not given up “trying to do harm” to the British public, Sir Malcom Rifkind has said.

Sir Malcom, the head of the parliamentary committee which oversees the work of Britain’s intelligence agencies, warned of ‘complacency’ among the public in the face of the failure of the terrorists to mount any successful mass casualty attack in the UK since the 7/7 bombings in London in 2005.

And he said jihadi extremists were deploying “devilish technical skill” to create ever more sophisticated devices to evade existing security measures.

 

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