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Newslinks for Thursday 14th February 2013

Screen shot 2013-02-14 at 18.10.406.15pm WATCH: In Bagdhad, Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt fields Facebook questions from Iraqis

6pm LISTEN: Ooops! Miliband defends scrapping the 10p tax rate (from 2008)

5.30pm ToryDiary: Grayling's new plan for young offenders: "We cannot go on just doing more of the same"

5pm MPsETC: Update with more names. Conservative MPs launch the European Mainstream group. "The torch is being passed to the next generation."

4pm Mark Fox on Comment: Who is going to give us the leadership we deserve?

3.15pm LeftWatch: Miliband's 67p a week tax cut

12.45pm MPsETC: Conservative MPs launch the European Mainstream group. "The torch is being passed to the next generation."

Screen shot 2013-02-14 at 12.50.2210am Local Government: In his weekly ConHome column, Brandon Lewis MP decides Staffordshire Moorlands is the Council of the Week

ToryDiary: Beware of a BBC Fleet Street

Henry Hill's weekly Red, White and Blue column: Welsh separatists and arch-devolutionists did the Union a favour this week

Caroline Nokes MP on Comment: Busting the myths about eating disorders

Local Government: Baker Days should be abolished

LeftWatch: Miliband aims to hand Eastleigh to Cameron

The Deep End: Sweden - Beacon of the right

It's Valentine's Day, and it's official: Cameron is in love with India

He loves me! Prime Minister says: no limit on Indian students. No limit on how long they can stay

Screen shot 2013-02-14 at 07.46.15"The fact is today, as we stand, and this is going to be the case going forward, there is no limit on the number of students who can come from India to study at British universities, no limit at all,” he said. “All you need is a basic English qualification and a place at a British university. And what’s more, after you’ve left a British university, if you can get a graduate-level job there is no limit to the amount of people who can stay and work, or the time that they can stay at work.” - Daily Telegraph

  • Cameron’s India business trip derailed by £44m bribery claim over Agusta-Westland helicopters - The Times (£)
  • "The Prime Minister’s strenuous efforts to attract Indian students and graduates to settle here represent an immigration policy with Britain’s interests at its heart" - Daily Mail Editorial

…He loves me not! Cameron hints that he wants to reduce access to housing, medical care and legal aid for coming Romanians and Bulgarians

Screen shot 2013-02-14 at 07.48.50"Ministers are considering how services are accessed by EU and non-EU citizens, and by legal and illegal immigrants – made more urgent by limits on Bulgarians and Romanians being lifted next year. Mr Cameron told MPs: “We are going to look at every one of our systems...to make sure that we are not a soft touch for those who want to come here. It is absolutely vital that we get this right.” His reference to “access to justice” was believed to be about the right of immigrants to claim legal aid." - Daily Express

  • Cameron to launch anti-teenage rape video - The Sun
  • Sexual violence as a message of war - Nicola Blackwood MP, Central Lobby

What Happens When The Heart Just Stops. As Eastleigh turns nasty, Cameron and Clegg launch trial separation...

By-election: Prime Minister launches attack on LibDems over double standards after their candidate criticises top rate tax cut

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"David Cameron will question the reliability of Liberal Democrats today as the Tories accuse their coalition partners of playing fast and loose in the Eastleigh by-election. The Prime Minister pitched himself into the poll yesterday by praising the “straight-talking” Tory candidate. A key part of the Tory strategy is to suggest that the Lib Dems cannot be taken at face value, although Mr Cameron does not plan to make direct capital from the downfall of Chris Huhne." - The Times (£)

  • Prime Minister hints he may support Robert Halfon's 10p tax band restoration plan - Financial Times (£)
  • Laws says he opposes Halfon 10p tax plan - Daily Telegraph
  • The Tories have a posh problem. They should restore the 10p rate.  Go for it, Ozzy - Sun Editorial

General election: Yellow B**stards plead for truce over their backing for higher taxes and more migrants

Screen shot 2013-02-14 at 07.59.08"Nervous Lib Dem Ministers are pushing for a truce with the Tories to keep embarrassing Cabinet discussions secret, The Sun can reveal. They fear their crusades for tax hikes and softer immigration curbs could be used against them at the next General Election. It comes as Coalition tensions deepen with David Cameron campaigning today in Eastleigh — even though PMs traditionally snub by-elections." - The Sun

> Yesterday: Local Government - Lib Dem misrule on Eastleigh Council

Peter Oborne: The LibDems are having a nervous breakdown

"Let’s face the truth. There are now two Nick Cleggs. There’s Nick Clegg the Deputy Prime Minister. And there’s Nick Clegg the Lib Dem leader. There’s the Nick Clegg who introduced the boundary reform proposals. And there’s the Nick Clegg who led the opposition to his own measure. His party’s campaign literature in Eastleigh calls for “action to cut taxes for local workers – not millionaires”. Yet Nick Clegg’s Lib Dems voted for the 2012 Budget and its reduction of the 50p income tax rate to 45p." - Daily Telegraph

  • MPs to get new Westminster mental health clinic after growing number report suffering depression and anxiety - The Times (£)

Former NHS Trust Chief claims that he was fired after warning Sir David Nicholson about the health service target culture - Daily Mail

Police under increasing pressure to investigate Mid Staffs deaths - Daily Telegraph

> Yesterday: ToryDiary - When will we see a Danny Boyle-style pageant showing nurses mistreating their patients?

Environment Select Committee blasts "flat-footed" Ministers over horsemeat

Screen shot 2013-02-14 at 08.01.06"Ministers have been "flat-footed" in their handling of the horsemeat scandal and have "weakened" the capacity of regulators to spot mislabelled food by scaling down the powers of the food safety regulator, according to a damning report from a cross-party group of MPs. The highly critical report came as two surveys of public attitudes to the scandal found that public confidence in food has been hit, with between a third and a half of consumers saying they would stop buying processed meat." - The Guardian

  • After those discoveries in Wales and West Yorkshire, the horsemeat crisis can't simply be blamed on Romanians - Times Editorial (£)

Gove repeats: I knew nothing about bullying claims - Financial Times (£)

"Millions of families will never recover from the financial crisis"

"Average earnings have sunk to the level they were at 10 years ago as workers are squeezed by a toxic combination of pay freezes and hikes in the cost of living. Real earnings peaked in 2009, with the average wage at £12.25 per hour, but since then pay increases have been outstripped by inflation, knocking the average back down to where it was in 2003 at £11.21 per hour, the Office for National Statistics said." - Daily Mail

> Yesterday: The Deep End - At last! Someone on the left gets it about the economy

Boris to ban petrol and diesel cars, buses, taxis, vans and lorries from central London during office hours. Oh, hang on a minute: it won't happen until after he's gone - The Times (£)

Warning light for Hunt as A & E waiting times rise to highest in a decade

Screen shot 2013-02-14 at 08.04.04"The number of patients waiting more than four hours in A&E is at its highest level in a decade, according to an authoritative report which suggests that the financial squeeze is having an adverse effect on access to care. A survey of finance chiefs across the NHS and local authorities suggests that while many organisations are at least balancing the books, this is being achieved at a cost to the quality of care…The most worrying issue is the deterioration in emergency care, with 4.3 per cent of patients waiting more than four hours in A&E, the highest level since 2003-04." - The Times (£)

Grayling to ask private schools to run young offender institutions - Daily Mail

People who 'do God, do good', says Warsi

"Baroness Warsi will defend the right of Christians, Muslims, Jews and others to publicly practise their faith insisting that “people who do God do good”. Her comments come in a speech in London marking the first anniversary of a landmark visit to the Vatican by a delegation of ministers in which she claimed that British society is under threat from the rising tide of “militant secularisation”. It comes as new research lays bare the scale of Britain’s growing dependence on religious groups to meet social needs in the midst of recession." - Daily Telegraph

Hague strives to balance terror intelligence sharing with promoting human rights

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"In a keynote speech to the Royal United Services Institute in London, Mr Hague will acknowledge that the plan carries risks, but he will argue they are outweighed by the dangers of terrorist attacks on British citizens if the Government fails to engage with such countries. The initiative comes after six British nationals were killed last month when Islamist militants overran a BP-run gas plant in Algeria. But it is likely to prove controversial with civil rights organisations." - Daily Express

  • Terror watchdog questioned "bewildering" array of powers - Daily Telegraph

> Yesterday: Chris Newton writes our latest foreign policy column: David Cameron is no military heir to Blair

The Times asks: What's Miliband for?...

Screen shot 2013-02-14 at 07.42.54"Labour has hardly disclosed anything about what it would wish to do in office. Mr Miliband has shown himself an adept commentator on events and some of his tactical interventions have been sharp and successful. However, he is a long way from underpinning his leadership with indicative policy. The feeling persists that Labour is comfortable commenting on events and criticising cuts. It will have to do a great deal more than that." - Times Editorial (£)

  • Reasons to be cheerful. One, two, three: Miliband warns of hard times ahead - The Times (£)
  • The Joke candidate: Why I'm standing in Eastleigh - John O'Farrell, The Guardian

...While Murphy prepares to admit ‘painful’ errors on Iraq and al-Qaeda (as the publication of the Chilcott report looms nearer)

"Ten years after the Iraq War, Labour will attempt to further distance itself from a conflict which alienated many voters by warning against the “ideological” crusade against al-Qa’ida favoured by Mr Blair and Mr Cameron. The party will say that Mr Cameron risks repeating Mr Blair’s errors in Mali, where 350 British  personnel are supporting the French military operation…The shadow Defence Secretary will also argue: “While Iraq and Afghanistan have been painful and rightly controversial, we cannot hide from the fact that threats overseas may necessitate the use of military force." - The Independent

  • If you’re opposed to drones, then think again - Lord Ashdown, The Times (£)

MAJOR johnMajor to back EU referendum - Chatham House

"It's Scotland's shale": gas could be worth £5 billion - Scotsman

Keith Vaz flayed by Labour MPs after he tweets that Theresa May could be suffering from stress - Daily Mail

Pope calls for an end to the ‘sins’ of division at last public Mass - The Times (£)

Six former News of the World journalists arrested - The Independent

Parents unaware vice-principal of college had spied on police for IRA - Belfast Telegraph

Email accident for Conservative Party as opposition councillors see election tactics - Western Morning News

Being a Tory or a socialist "changes how the brain functions" - Daily Mail

Valentine's Day: it must be love - Everywhere

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