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Teatime newslinks for Monday 12th December 2011

PARLIAMENT DEBATE THE EU TREATY VETO

  • No sign of Clegg as Cameron makes his Commons statement - Daily Mail
  • Live blogs from the Parliamentary debate - Telegraph I BBC I Guardian
  • Cameron's statement in full - MPsETC
  • Cameron wins plaudits from his backbenchers, but where was Clegg? - ToryDiary
  • Martin Bright: 'Cameron proves he is a politician of the eurosceptic right, but he still seems like a reasonable guy' - Spectator
  • Daniel Knowles: 'Cameron makes his case well, Clegg doesn't turn up, but when the euro collapses none of this will matter' - Telegraph
  • Cameron defends €uro veto decision - Channel4 News

COMMENTARY PRIOR TO TODAY'S EU DEBATE

  • James Forsyth: 'Expect today's €urosceptic celebrations to be muted' - Spectator
  • Dan Hodges: "In the short term the Man of Steel [Cameron] now has enough capital within his party to marginalise the anti-EU ultras should they come demanding fresh Euro scalps. His brilliant failure in Brussels also represents a bitter blow to Ed Miliband and the Labour party" - Telegraph
  • Evening Standard Comment: "Cameron's statement to the Commons today requires a delicate balancing act. Justifying his actions at the EU summit in a way that appeases his restive Lib-Dem partners as well as continuing to please Tory Eurosceptics means no triumphalism, but no apologies either" - Evening Standard
  • Louise Armistead: "Whichever side of the dichotomy you’re on, it ain’t Cameron you should be praising or blaming, but Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy. The truth is, Cameron hasn’t stood-up for Britain or quit the eurozone debate: Britain has been kicked out" - Telegraph
  • Jenni Russell: "Those warning against adopting a knee-jerk scepticism, whether they are Lib-Dem, Tory or Labour, are right. Britain didn't mean to fall out of Europe's circles of influence. The last thing the Tories should do is to shrug their shoulders and decide to capitalise on where they've ended up" - Evening Standard
  • Cristina Odone: 'I'm not a hardline Eurosceptic, but even I can see that the BBC is biased in its reporting of the eurozone crisis' - Telegraph

MORE ON THE EUROPEAN TREATY VETO

  • The European Commission warns Britain that "its decision to stay out of the new fiscal pact for the eurozone would not save its finance industry from new EU regulation" - Times (£)
  • Prior to the Parliamentary debate, Downing Street said it would "engage constructively" with Europe - BBC
  • Danny Alexander says the EU treaty veto is "no threat" to the Coalition - Guardian
  • David Miliband describes Cameron's decision as "foolish" - Telegraph

OTHER TORY & POLITICAL NEWS

  • As the Government considers making forced marriages an offence, statistics suggest there could be up to 8,000 cases in the UK - Guardian
  • Shelagh McKinlay: 'The Scottish parliament must hold its nerve and support equal marriage' - Guardian

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