David Cameron will today insist his commitment to further tax cuts and a continuing squeeze on public spending is motivated not by a right-wing agenda but a principled commitment to helping hard-pressed families.
His return to Westminster, Boris Johnson suggested to incredulous MPs on Monday, was “a vanishingly improbable event”. He was a “proud municipal politician”. After all, who would want to be Prime Minister when he can preside over the “tunnelising” of Hammersmith flyover?
The Ukip leader Nigel Farage has admitted that immigration has “jollified” Britain and improved the food – while at the same time hitting out at an influx of foreign workers for “changing our communities”.
A threat by Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson to resign over the collapse of the murder case against republican John Downey has brought warnings from his party that politics in Belfast is in crisis.