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Cameron faces more EU pressure

Up to six Cabinet ministers are prepared to speak out in favour of Britain leaving the EU if David Cameron does not agree new membership terms, the Guardian reports.

The newspaper names Culture Secretary Sajid Javid and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith as some of the potential backers of leaving the union.

The Prime Minister is expected to make a speech on his plans to reform the free movement of people in the EU within days.


Police officer killed in NI bomb blast

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson said that "every party and every politician is united in condemnation" of the murder of Ronan Kerr, a 25-year-old Catholic police officer in Omagh, Northern Ireland yesterday.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said: “there’s no sense to it, there’s no merit in it, there’s no point to it, and they should stop – and stop now”.

SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie said those who committed the bombing were "enemies of Ireland both North and South".

Earlier Owen Paterson condemned the murder as “senseless”, “pointless” and “revolting”. The Northern Ireland Secretary told Sky News a “significant number” of events had been thwarted and the Government were determined to bear down on terrorists.


“We are not going to be diverted. This was a revolting, disgusting crime. It will achieve absolutely nothing”. David Cameron yesterday called the attack "wicked and cowardly", while Labour leader Ed Miliband decribed the bombing as an "appalling outrage". Although no group has taken responsibility for the attack, suspicion has fallen on dissident Republicans.


Sir Hugh Orde has said that officer Ronan Kerr represented "the new police service in Ireland that is determined to keep all communities safe, and it will absolutely continue to do that”.


Saville report awaited

Northern Ireland secretary Owen Patterson has received his copy of the report into the Bloody Sunday shootings at a civil rights march in Londonderry in 1972, after an inquiry was set up to re-examine the 13 deaths following claims the original investogation was a "whitewash". The report to be published on Tuesday afternoon is the result of a 12-year inquiry led by Lord Saville costing around £195m.


Environment Secretary claims positive side of climate change

The Environment Secretary has used a fringe event at the Conservative party conference to highlight what he says are the positive effects of climate change.

Speaking at the Guardian fringe, Owen Paterson said it there would be a "relief" from a new UN report showing there was a 95% certainty that humans were causing climate change.

"The relief of this latest report is that it shows a really quite modest increase, half of which has already happened. They are talking one to two and a half degrees," he said.

Mr Paterson highlighted deaths in cold winter, which he said would reduce if climate change made weather in Britain warmer.

"Remember that for humans, the biggest cause of death is cold in winter, far bigger than heat in summer. It would also lead to longer growing seasons and you could extend growing a little further north into some of the colder areas," he explained.

The Environment Secretary's comments are at odds with scientific opinion, as the consensus view is that climate change will lead to more severe winters in the UK.


Sinn Fein MPs have been invited to 'write their own oath' in an attempt to persuade them to take up their seats in Parliament. The party has previously boycotted Westminster with its MPs refusing to take the oath of allegiance to the Queen.


The British government has been speaking to dissident republicans, according to Northern Ireland's deputy first minister Martin McGuinness. Northern Ireland secretary of state Owen Paterson recently denied claims the government wanted discussions with dissidents.


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