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Today’s news in brief
● Vince Cable has attacked his Conservative coalition partners, accusing them of “ugly” and “blinkered” politics at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow.
● Liberal Democrat Home Office minister Jeremy Browne has said he wants a “national debate” over whether the state should step in to protect the young from having the veil imposed upon them.
● The world must hold Syria to account if it fails to destroy its chemical weapons, foreign secretary William Hague has warned.
● The Labour Party has said it has no plans as yet to repeal the Bedroom Tax if it wins the 2015 election. A UK Labour spokeswoman said the party “hadn’t made that pledge to date”.
● Lib Dem activists have backed the leadership plans for cutting the deficit, rejecting a motion at conference by the left-wing Social Liberal Forum for changes to the Bank of England and housing controls to promote growth.
Latest YouGov stats
CON 33%, LAB 38%, LDEM 9%, UKIP 12%.
Today’s top articles at Left Foot Forward
Another ‘crackdown’ on benefit fraud, yet it accounts for just 0.7 per cent of the welfare budget
“Head of the Crown Prosecution Service Keir Starmer apparently said society was ‘hurting as a result of people taking advantage of the benefit system, and he would crack down on perpetrators’.
“In truth, however, benefit fraud accounts for just a fraction of the welfare budget.”
There was never any question of a veil ban. The whole thing was a Twitter storm in a teacup
“Whether one agrees with a veil ban or not – I don’t; and it’s actually the niqab which some secularists want to restrict, rather than the veil – there was never any question of Birmingham Metropolitan College bringing in a ‘veil ban’. A specific veil ban was never on the cards in any sense at all.”
Lewisham Hospital: Jeremy Hunt must disclose his reasons for appeal
“It matters that Hunt has not disclosed his reasons for appeal because he is using public money to pursue a case which he is likely to lose and which, despite his protestations, is not in the public interest. Given that taxpayers are paying for this case, we are effectively the client, whether we like it or not.”
Elsewhere on the web
The Decline and Fall of Barack Obama (£) – Tim Montgomerie,
The Missing Partner – If you really want peace in Syria, talk to Iran – Bill Keller, the New York Times
A Frosty G20 Puts Global Warming on Ice – Assaad W Razzouk, the Independent