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Today's teatime newslinks are led by the debate over welfare reform

WELFARE REFORM

  • LordsThe Government vows to tackle last night's defeat in the House of Lords of its welfare bill - Guardian
  • Welfare changes will continues, despite defeat - BBC
  • Government will fight to overturn cancer welfare defeat - Times (£)
  • Chris Grayling expresses his disappointment at "the attitude of the Labour party, who last week were talking about the need to take tough decisions on welfare"
  • A live discussion on what happens next - Guardian
  • Clegg: The welfare system needs reform - Telegraph
  • Mark D'Arcy: Bruising defeats on the Welfare Bill last night in the House of Lords - is this just a taste of what's in store for the government? - BBC
  • Pete Hoskin: "Do they [Grayling & IDS] continue to oppose the Lords amendments, not least because they would add £2 billion to the welfare bill? Or do they concede ground in the hope that it will hasten some of their bigger reforms, such as the Universal Credit?" - Spectator
  • Michael White: "What would Charles Dickens have made of the coalition's welfare reform bill, which a rival coalition of crossparty and no-party peers have combined to defeat?" - Guardian

REFERENDUM ON SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE

  • ScotlandThe Scottish Parliament will vote to symbolically leave the UK - Telegraph
  • Break up would cost Scotland £140billion - Daily Mail
  • Salmond says he has "every interest" in reaching a consensus to stage an independence referendum - Scotsman
  • Clegg attacks "slippery" Salmond: “The people who matter the most, it’s not actually Alex Salmond, I mean, sometimes I get the impression he thinks it’s all about him,” said Mr Clegg - Times (£)
  • Today's First Minister's Questions - BBC
  • Scottish party leaders clash in a heated debate - BBC
  • Graeme Archer: "If Alex Salmond were a stand-up comedian, he'd be Jimmy Carr (though with a different accent). Like Mr Carr, his shtick is to fire out outrageous statements with machine-gun rapidity, statements that bear only a glancing relationship with reality" - Telegraph
  • Allan Massie: "The arguments over a Scottish referendum have overshadowed the renewal of demands for Cornish devolution ... The demand for some form of Cornish devolution may be gaining ground. It is now being backed by Plaid Cymru, the Welsh nationalist party" - Telegraph

IRISH PM ENDA KENNY MEETS CAMERON

MI5 TO BE INVESTIGATED BY SCOTLAND YARD OVER ITS ROLE IN THE TORTURE OF LIBYANS

  • Mi5Criminal inquiry announced to investigate claims that Mi5 rendition operations led to leading Libyan dissidents being tortured in Gaddafi's prisons - Guardian I Independent I Telegraph
  • The Government "completely condemns torture and inhumane treatment", says Clegg - Telegraph
  • Con Coughlin: 'Moazzem Begg and friends owe MI6 and MI5 an apology' - Telegraph

EXECUTIVE PAY

  • Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna calls for major shareholders to have a greater say on company boards - BBC
  • Labour also wants more women on remuneration committees to help tackle excessive pay for company bosses - Evening Standard

OTHER TOP TORY & POLITICAL NEWS

  • CameronDowning Street obliged to justify Cameron's appearance on Top Gear, after Indian diplomats complain to the BBC over Jeremy Clarkson's offensive remarks about India - Times (£)
  • Cameron expected to visit Saudi Arabia tomorrow for talks - Times (£)
  • Jeremy Warner on HS2: "At every stage in its construction, it will be castigated as a complete waste of money, and no doubt it will run hugely over budget ... Yet once it's up and running, we'll wonder what all the fuss was about, and indeed how we ever managed without it" - Telegraph
  • Ed West: "The “international health service” is just one more irrational and emotive aspect of the immigration debates. It makes advocates feel better and nicer about themselves but, as today's report shows, it doesn’t improve everyday British life" - Telegraph
  • Niles Gardiner on UK-US relations: "The Special Relationship has barely been a blip on President Obama’s teleprompter in the past three years, a damning indictment of a failed and confused foreign policy that has made America weaker and less feared on the world stage" - Telegraph
  • Caroline Flint discusses how having an alcoholic mother toughened her up in the Evening Standard.

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