Britain's one trillion pound debt leads our 5pm news round-up PLUS Andrew Lansley launches robust fightback
BRITAIN'S ONE TRILLION POUND DEBT
- UK's accumulated borrowing hit £1.004 trillion last month, 64.2% of GDP - Guardian
- Debt equal to £16,072 for every man, woman and child in Britain - Daily Mail
- Video of David Gauke, Treasury Minister, discussing the trillion pound debt
IMF DOWNGRADES UK GROWTH FORECAST
- "Britain’s teetering economy will see puny growth of just 0.6% this year. But the grim new IMF prediction still makes the UK the best performing major country in Europe in 2012, with the debt crisis seeing the single currency area slip into a small recession." - Tom Newton-Dunn at The Sun
- PoliticsHome previews tomorrow's growth figures.
ANDREW LANSLEY FIGHTS BACK AGAINST CRITICS. HARD.
- The Health Secretary testily rejects Health Select Committee report from Stephen Dorrell as anecdotal and unsubstantiated - Times (£)
- Andrew Lansley likens Royal College of Nursing to a vested interest indulging in trade union-like behaviour - Telegraph
- Video of Lansley's counter-attack.
- "The Health Secretary has failed in the eyes of NHS staff and increasingly lacks the political authority needed to explain and defend the reforms. Should Chris Huhne's legal travails force Cameron to reshuffle his cabinet, he may well take an opportunity to move the discredited Lansley." - George Eaton at the New Statesman
- Tim Montgomerie recommended Lansley's reshuffle on ToryDiary this morning.
- Thomas Cawston of Reform Think Tank: NHS reform is a necessity but the Coalition chose the wrong reforms.
- Alex Salmond says Scotland and England will still enjoy "social union" if SNP wins independence vote - FT (£)
- "Independence can probably be defeated on economic grounds alone. But if the Union is to be strengthened, then an emotional case for it will have to be made as well." - James Forsyth at The Spectator
RICHARD BRANSON URGES CAMERON TO SUPPORT DRUGS REFORM
- Sir Richard Branson said David Cameron should ignore newspapers like the Daily Mail, and reform the UK drug laws - BBC video
- Cannabis taxation: a win-win all round, Richard Branson tells MPs - Guardian
BORIS ACCUSES KEN OF MAKING FRAUDULENT PROMISES TO CUT TUBE AND BUS FARES - Evening Standard
- Guido Fawkes notes Robert Halfon's question to William Hague: What if sanctions against Iran don't succeed?
- Watch William Hague respond.
- When will Parliament have its proper say about Iran? - Nik Darlington at Egremont
- Willetts cans for-profit universities - LeftFootForward
- Is Vince Cable castrating non-execs over bosses' pay? - Robert Peston
- Labour MP David Lammy tells Mumsnet parents should be allowed to smack their children without the fear of facing jail - BBC
- Nick Clegg in search of more issues like the 50p tax band - Matt Chorley at Independent blogs
- 68% of Britons don't trust the red-top newspapers - Roy Greenslade
- World economic growth is originating almost exclusively from the emerging world - Economist