UKIP

It seems that the party’s biggest backer wants to lead UKIP, reports the Express.

UKIP was plunged into a new crisis last night as its biggest donor threatened to quit unless he is allowed to take over the party.
Millionaire businessman Arron Banks said the party was being run like a “jumble sale” as he issued a dramatic ultimatum to leader Paul Nuttall in the wake of last week’s Stoke-on-Trent by-election defeat.
Mr Banks said unless he is made chairman he will quit and invest his millions in a new, rival political movement that will “destroy” Ukip.
He also claimed that Nigel Farage shared his frustration and could consider “heading in a different direction” if things didn’t change.
If Mr Banks became chairman, he revealed that his first act would be to expel Ukip’s only MP, Douglas Carswell, whom he accused of “treachery” following a row over claims he blocked a knighthood for Mr Farage.
The claims that Mr Carswell had stood in the way of an honour were made on Question Time last week.

ITV News also carries the story.

One of Ukip’s major donors, Arron Banks, has threatened to pull his funding unless he is made chairman so he can stop the party being “run like a jumble sale”.
Following party leader Paul Nuttall’s defeat in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election, Mr Banks blamed “dullards” like Ukip’s only MP Douglas Carswell for not bringing in enough Tory votes.
He said the defeat was the “final straw” for Mr Carswell, accusing him of being preoccupied with “sabotaging” a knighthood for former leader Nigel Farage, an accusation the MP denies.
Mr Banks said Mr Farage would have a “more fulsome role” in the party under his stewardship.
Mr Banks told The Sunday Express: “I am giving Paul Nuttall an ultimatum that either I become chairman and sort out Ukip by bringing in business people and professionals to make the party electable, or I am out of there.
“The party cannot continue to be run like a jumble sale.
“If Nuttall doesn’t professionalise it and toss out the likes of Douglas Carswell, Suzanne Evans and the rest of the Tory cabal then the party is finished anyway.”

Terror threat

The Telegraph reports the prospect of terror attacks.

British citizens are facing a level of threat from terrorists not seen since the IRA bombings of the Seventies, the country’s new terrorism watchdog has warned.
In his first major interview since taking the role, Max Hill said Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) was planning “indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians” on a scale similar to those perpetrated by the IRA 40 years ago.
He told 
The Sunday Telegraph that Islamists were targeting UK cities and said there was an “enormous ongoing risk which none of us can ignore”.
The warning comes just days after Mr Hill, one of Britain’s leading terrorism prosecutors, was unveiled as the new independent reviewer of terrorism legislation. 

BBC News also runs the story.

Britain faces a level of terror threat not seen since the IRA bombings of the 1970s, according to a new watchdog.
Max Hill, the independent reviewer of terrorism laws, told the Sunday Telegraph Islamists were targeting UK cities.
He credited the effectiveness of the intelligence services in limiting the level of threat to Britain.
Mr Hill pledged to review anti-terror measures over concerns about any infringements of freedom.
Mr Hill, who successfully prosecuted the failed 21/7 bombers and the killers of Damilola Taylor, said the so-called Islamic State was planning “indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians of whatever race or colour” in UK cities, close to the scale of Provisional IRA attacks of the 1970s.

Brexit Bill

The progress of the Bill to divorce us from the EU is highlighted in the Telegraph.

Theresa May is facing a double defeat over the Brexit Bill as peers from across parties back extra protections for EU citizens and a veto on the final deal.
Labour, Liberal Democrats, cross-benchers and Tory rebels have all rallied around two amendments that would force changes on the legislation to start Brexit talks.
One change would ensure every EU citizen currently in Britain keeps the right to work and stay here, even if Britons living on the Continent lose protections.
The second would force ministers to get the approval of MPs and peers on the final Brexit deal before they withdraw from the EU – an effective veto.
Opposition sources have boasted they “have the numbers” to defeat the Government because the Tories have no majority in the Lords.
Tory rebels have also publicly expressed support for the moves.

ITV News claims the House of Lords will rebel.

Tory grandee Lord Heseltine has vowed to rebel against Theresa May over Brexit and back opposition efforts in the House of Lords to ensure a meaningful vote on the final outcome of negotiations.
The former cabinet minister insisted he was not engaging in a “confrontation” with the Government.
He said Labour, Liberal Democrat and rebellious Tory colleagues ready to back a change to the Brexit Bill simply want to uphold the Supreme Court’s ruling that MPs and peers have ultimate authority.
A Labour Lords source said the party “would be likely to win handsomely” and inflict defeat on the Government on the issue, as well as in a bid to guarantee rights of EU nationals already in the UK.
A vote on whether Parliament should have a meaningful say on the final deal is not expected during the European Union (Notification Of Withdrawal) Bill’s committee stage next week, but is more likely during report stage on March 7, the source said.
Writing in The Mail On Sunday, Lord Heseltine said: “In the end the outcome of Brexit will have to be confirmed by Parliament.
“It will also have to pass in 27 national European parliaments, several sub-national parliaments and the European Parliament.

Immigration

Immigrants could receive visas lasting several years, says the Times.

The biggest shake-up of immigration policy in a generation is expected to see multi-year visas handed to migrants who get jobs in key sectors of the economy but limit access to benefits for new arrivals.
Under plans advocated by senior ministers the government would seek to take political heat out of immigration by getting an independent body to advise on how many visas should be issued.
At a meeting of the cabinet’s Brexit committee on Thursday, Theresa May ordered ministers to draw up a two-stage plan: first, to deal with EU nationals already in the UK; second, to set up a new visa regime for those who arrive later.

The Independent also has the story.

Ministers are reportedly considering plans to limit benefits for new immigrants and give multi-year visas to migrant workers in key sectors as part of efforts to stick to the pledge to bring net inward migration down to the tens of thousands.
The plans being discussed by senior ministers could also see the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) advising the Government on how many visas should be issued to take the political sting out of the issue, according to 
The Sunday Times.
Under the proposals for a post-Brexit Britain with full control over immigration, new arrivals could be given five-year working visas if they have a job but be banned from claiming any benefits during that time.
The MAC would decide how many visas need to be issued for workers in key industries such as software engineering, health and social care, farming and hospitality, which are heavily reliant on immigrants.

As does ITV News.

Ministers are reportedly considering plans to limit benefits for new immigrants and give multi-year visas to migrant workers in key sectors.
Under the proposals for a post-Brexit Britain with full control over immigration, new arrivals could be given five-year working visas if they have a job but be banned from claiming any benefits during that time.
The proposals are said to form part of a drive to bring net inward migration down to the tens of thousands.
According to The Sunday Times, it could also see the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) advising the Government on how many visas should be issued to take the political sting out of the issue.
The MAC would decide how many visas need to be issued for workers in key industries such as software engineering, health and social care, farming and hospitality, which are heavily reliant on immigrants.

Disabled benefits

But it seems that disabled people could lose some of their benefits, says the Independent.

The Liberal Democrats have tabled a motion in the House of Lords to kill a Government bill that will severely restrict disability benefits.
It follows a written statement to the House of Commons by Conservative disability minister Penny Mordaunt that the Government will introduce emergency legislation to tighten the criteria of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) to disabled people after they were told to cover a broader spectrum of claimants, including those with mental health problems.
The move could potentially deprive 160,000 people of state help which is “rightfully theirs”, disability charity Scope warned.
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) was advised to expand the reach of the PIP scheme by two separate tribunals to give claimants more points for “psychological stress”.
The PIP scheme assesses claims on a points based for two different categories – “daily living” and “mobility” – and claimants must score at least eight points to receive a basic payment and 12 points to receive an enhanced rate.
It is designed to cover the extra costs that come with being disabled, such as specially adapted aids, cars and appliances, and measure how a disability affects a person’s life rather than the disability itself, but critics say the criteria is too strict.
But the first tribunal ruled that claimants should receive more points for “mobility” if they suffer from “overwhelming psychological distress” when travelling alone.

French elections

One of the contenders for the French presidency has declared his wish for more and more immigration, reports Breitbart.

We have entered a world of great migrations and we will have more and more of it [migration]”, former investment banker Emmanuel Macron declared during a debate on climate change.
Speaking at a discussion staged for Science and Future magazine, the independent candidate announced that the world has entered an age of mass migration which will be inescapable for Europe.
“In the coming decades we will have migrations from geopolitical conflicts that will continue to play, and we will have climate migrations because the planet is in a state of deep imbalance,” he said.
France’s failure to tackle climate change will have contributed to these mass migrations, according to Macron, who argued that the country must “reconcile a principle of solidarity [with the ‘refugees’]”.
Voicing a stance diametrically opposite to that of his rival Marine Le Pen, who wants to close France’s borders, Macron said the country’s geographical location makes resisting the migrant tide impossible.
“France will not be able to stem it, and Europe will be affected immediately. We will see a migratory phenomenon far greater than what we have seen [with migrants from] Syria.”

Labour Party

Leaks have revealed the party’s propaganda following the Copeland by-election, says the Telegraph.

Labour MPs were ordered to claim that holding Copeland was always an “uphill task” just hours after their historic defeat, leaked briefing notes have revealed.
A “script” urged MP to claim that winning the seat – which Labour had held for the 80 years – was “always going to be difficult”.
The politicians were also told to praise Labour’s campaign there as “excellent” and blame “very specific local issues” for their loss.
The 600-word spinning notes were emailed to MPs around 8.10am on Friday morning as the party went into damage limitation mode after the by-election defeat.
“In Copeland we fought a good campaign, but it was always going to be an uphill task in a marginal seat with particular unique circumstances in play and the Tories threw everything at it,” MPs were urged to say.
The full document has been passed to The Sunday Telegraph amid fury that the party leadership is trying to shift blame from themselves.
One critic said: “This farcical array of excuses is just the latest weak defence in the downfall of a failing hard Left project.”
It comes as trade union leaders gave Jeremy Corbyn until Christmas to turn around the party’s dire poll ratings or face calls to quit. 

Barclays

It seems the bank has had some problems with its card transactions, says ITV News.

Barclays customers were left unable to make payments using their cards after its digital services experienced “technical difficulties”.
ATM machines were affected, while people also reported problems using cards in shops.
Telephone banking and in-branch payments are also thought to have been hit.
The problem was not down to a cyber attack but because of issues with the bank’s own systems.
ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi said the situation was a “fiasco” for Barclays.
Barclays tweeted on Saturday: “Technical issues are affecting some digital services. We’re investigating this and apologise for any inconvenience.”
It later added: “We’re still experiencing issues affecting Barclays Debit Card and ATM transactions. Our teams are working to get this restored.”

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