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Military action in Iraq could begin 'in weeks'

The momentum behind airstrikes against the Islamic State is continuing to grow, with Philip Hammond today saying Britain would "certainly consider" such a move.

The Foreign Secretary said the UK had "made no commitment to take part in any airstrikes as yet, but we certainly consider that possibility if we think that it is the best and most effective way to support a credible and inclusive Iraqi government." 

This follows talks held last night between the Prime Minister and President Obama on military and political action against Isis, prior to today’s Nato summit which is being held in Wales.

The pair reportedly agreed on a broad campaign which could start as soon as the country agreed a new government.

Speaking today at the summit David Cameron said: "An arc of instability bends from North Africa to the Middle East. Last night we discussed the threat posed by Isil in Iraq and Syria, so our message is clear, we are united in condemnation of these barbaric and despicable acts."

Mr Cameron earlier urged fellow world leaders they should not give in to the Islamic State’s demands for hostage ransoms, labelling the policy “worse that self-defeating” and warning it increased “risk to us at home”.

Downing Street this morning said Nato was "first and foremost" focused on putting together a "regional strategy" to deal with the threat of the Islamic State.

Number 10 said the meeting in Wales would seek "unity and agreement around the right way to do this".

When pressed on whether this would include specific measures such as airstrikes, PMOS said "all of these things are being thought about", but stressed that a regional response was the priority.

Former Army chief Lord Richards this morning urged the Government to consider working with Syria's President Assad in the short term to counter the threat from IS.

"I know how difficult this is for all governments, given the rhetoric and the facts on the ground, but my judgement is one way or another, you’ve got to bring him into this, and then perhaps you’re in a better position downstream to deal with him in a political way," the former chief of the general staff told Today.

But Downing Street reiterated that the UK was pushing for a "transition away from the Assad regime" in Syria, adding: "Russia is an important part of that."

 


Cameron may base himself in Scotland for referendum

The Prime Minister may base himself in Scotland for the last two weeks of the campaign over the referendum on Scottish independence.

The move is opposed by the Liberal Democrats, who believe David Cameron's presence could weaken the No campaign.

No 10 confirmed that Mr Cameron was considering the plan, but gave no timetable for it.


Eleven bills in Queen's Speech - but Labour calls for more

David Cameron and Nick Clegg have hailed the “bold steps” set out in the Government’s legislative agenda for the final session of the Parliament, but Ed Miliband has said the Queen's Speech should have been more wide-ranging.

Eleven bills were announced in the Queen’s Speech, which introduced a charge for plastic bags and a new Modern Slavery Bill.

However Labour sources said it was "staggering" that the NHS and immigration were not mentioned today and Mr Miliband outlined seven further bills that he would have included.

The speech began with a nod to both the Conservative slogan of a “long-term economic plan”, and the Lib Dems’ promise to build a “stronger economy and fairer society”.

“My government’s legislative programme will continue to deliver on its long-term plan to build a stronger economy and a fairer society,” Her Majesty said.

Speaking in the House this afternoon, Mr Cameron said: "Our long-term economic plan is working but there is much much more to do....

"This Queen's Speech sets out the next steps in seeing through this vital plan to secure our future but it will take the rest of this parliament and the next to finish the task of turning our country around. That is the enormity of the challenge we face but, Mr Speaker, it is matched by the strength of our commitment to sorting it out."

Mr Miliband said there were measures his party supported in the Queen's Speech "including tackling modern slavery, an Ombudsman for our Armed Forces and recall".

But he maintained that the speech failed to live up to the scale of the challenges facing Britain and that Mr Cameron should have gone further.

"There is a chasm between the needs and the wishes of the people of this country and whether or not this House and politics is capable of responding," he told MPs.

"We need to rise to this challenge, but this Queen's Speech doesn't do it. But it can be done...

"This is what the Queen’s Speech should have done: A Make Work Pay bill to reward hard work, a Banking Bill to support small business; a Community Bill to devolve power; an Immigration Bill to stop workers being undercut; a Consumers Bill to freeze energy bills; a Housing Bill to tackle the housing crisis; and an NHS Bill to make it easier to see your GP and stop his privatisation."


No 10 defends Calais plans after Eurotunnel call

Downing Street has insisted the UK is investing to boost security at Calais, after Eurotunnel was forced to warn passengers to check their cars for illegal immigrants.

Around 100 illegal immigrants attempted to force their way onto a P&O ferry bound for Dover earlier this week, prompting the Channel Tunnel operator to issue the warning.

Eurotunnel's John Keefe told KentOnline the situation at Calais was "quite dramatic" and that it was "extending...advice to motorists to be on their guard."

But Downing Street today said that £3m of investment had already been committed to boosting security at Calais and was currently "awaiting approval from Calais Chamber of Commerce".

Labour seized on Eurotunnel's advice to accuse the Government of presiding over a "mismanagement of our borders".

"Of course people should be vigilant and help the authorities but ultimately it's for the Government to police our borders properly," Shadow Immigration Minister David Hanson said, adding: 

"Now is the time for them to work urgently with the French government and the rest of Europe to get on with it ‎"

The Mayor of Calais yesterday repeated her threat to block the port in a bid to make Britain change its policy towards migrants.


Cameron heaps praise on NCA after sex crime arrests

The National Crime Agency should be credited for playing an instrumental role in arresting 660 suspected paedophiles, according to David Cameron.

The Prime Minister told reporters that the NCA, which replaced the Serious Organised Crime Agency in 2013, deserved praise for the move.

He said: “I think what these arrests show is that the National Crime Agency, which this Government set up, is now up and running and doing very good job at bringing all the modern methods of policing and technology to go after the perpetrators of a particularly horrible crime.

“Obviously now it’s important that these cases are brought to trial and tried properly. But it’s a good step forward for the National Crime Agency and I commend them for their work.”

 


Cam hands bank fines to soldiers charity

Over £1m of the fines taken from banks in the wake of the Libor scandal will be donated to a military charity, the Sun reports. David Cameron announced the measure in advance of the paper's annual military awards.