It’s deputies day.
Labour lords are preparing to defy the House of Commons after it blocked their proposals to let 16- and 17-year-olds vote in the EU referendum.
David Cameron is to make a final push at an EU summit next week to win agreement for a four-year ban on EU migrants claiming in-work benefits, in the hope that fellow leaders show more flexibility than officials who have dismissed the proposal.
By staging a referendum on UK’s EU membership, David Cameron has chosen to “play with fire” and may find he is entirely dependent on the decisions of Labour voters to avoid finding himself badly burnt, a leading poll analyst has concluded.
Britain and its allies should accept that Bashar al-Assad’s forces are best placed to lead a ground assault against Islamic State in Syria because David Cameron’s claims about 70,000 moderate opposition forces are “exaggerated,” Boris Johnson has said.
The shadow cabinet is bracing itself for a “revenge reshuffle” in the aftermath of Labour’s victory in the Oldham byelection, with key senior figures voicing fears they will be sacrificed by Jeremy Corbyn to kill dissent.
The government is under fire from doctors’ leaders and unions over controversial new plans to charge migrants and other foreign visitors from outside Europe for emergency treatment on the NHS.
The Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith has been accused by Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign of talking up the threat of a split in the party and giving tacit support to plotters who want to see it divided.
Steven Woolfe, the favourite to succeed Nigel Farage as Ukip leader, could be out of the race after he missed the deadline for submitting his application by 17 minutes because of technical problems.
Theresa May is facing calls to block honours for No 10 “cronies” after a leaked list revealed David Cameron has requested knighthoods for party donors, pro-EU campaigners and political aides.