– Troops sent into flood-hit areas (also in Daily Express)
– Cameron faces Tory revolt over human right laws. Almost 100 Conservative MPs demand foreign criminals be banned from using European human rights laws to avoid deportation
– Carney tells Scots: Choose independence or the pound (also in Daily Express and Daily Mail)
– French dismiss Cameron’s hopes of EU treaty change (also in The Times) David Cameron will have to wait years to re-write the terms of Britain’s membership of the European Union, says Francois Hollande
– EU’s secret plan to fit ‘remote stopping’ devices to all cars . The EU is developing a secret plan to give the police the power to control cars by switching the engine off remotely.
– Peter Oborne: Here are three living examples of Parliament’s low standards
– Nigel Mills MP: If we don’t restrict EU immigration now, when will we? MPs will be failing their constituents tomorrow if they don’t support my proposal to curb immigration from Romania and Bulgaria, says Nigel Mills.
– Lords back a ban on smoking in cars carrying children (also in Daily Mail, The Times) Smoking in cars when children are present moved a step nearer to becoming a criminal offence after the Government was defeated in the House of Lords, yesterday.
– I have always known the EU Referendum Bill would fail. Contrary to what some might think we cynics are not happy and smug when we are proved right.
– Double your dole Eurocrats [the Council of Europe] tell UK. £67 jobless handouts ‘must be raised to £138’ (also in The Times, The Guardian)
– Scandal of 4,000 foreign criminals who have been let back on streets: Leaked report says attempts to deport them are often futile
- Their offences include murder, manslaughter, rape of a minor and kidnap
- Rebel Tory MPs threaten motion making it easier to deport criminals
- Home Office’s handling of issue has been labeled ‘a complete farce’
- Red Cross volunteers bring fuel, food and heavy supplies to Muchelney, which has been cut off since Christmas
- David Cameron vows that dredging of rivers Tone and Parrett will begin as soon as possible to alleviate flooding
- Prime Minister says that Government will do would do everything in its power to relieve the crisis
- Experts say Environment Agency’s decision to stop dredging rivers had created 25-square-mile ‘disaster area’
- Two key Somerset rivers are so silted up their capacity is down 40 per cent, meaning water is unable to run to sea
– Passports for profit. Private company could make £50m from selling EU citizenship to ‘ultra-high net worth individuals’
– Shock plans for Britain’s schools. Detention for all. 9-hr days, 7 weeks holiday a year
In the House of Commons
– Legislation. Immigration Bill – Report stage
– Legislation. Immigration Bill – Third reading
– European Committee B. Subject: European Union Documents No. 12989/13, the 2012 Annual Report from the Commission on relations between the European Commission and national parliaments, and No. 13002/13, the Commission Annual Report on subsidiarity and proportionality
– Party leaders from the Welsh Assembly will appear before the Commons Welsh Affairs committee. Welsh Conservative Group leader Andrew RT Davies, Welsh Liberal Democrats leader Kirsty Williams and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood will give evidence on pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Wales Bill
In the House of Lords
– Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy. Subject: Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy. Witness(es): (at 3.00pm) evidence will be heard from the Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP
– Debate. The implications for the UK of the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum
– Short Debate. Improve access to finance to small and medium-sized businesses
– Bank of England releases its Money and Credit report for December.