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Victoria King and Alex Hunt

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  1. Look ahead to Wednesday

    That's all folks for Tuesday's political coverage. Wednesday is set to be dominated by the issue of future aviation capacity and whether a new runway will be built at Heathrow or Gatwick. The Airport Commission's report will be published at 07.00 BST. You can follow all the political reaction here on the BBC website. Ahead of the announcement, you can also read how Heathrow and Gatwick match up, examine  the chequered history of airport expansion in the UK  and see how other countries around the world  have been powering ahead. 

  2. Heathrow 'to get runway backing'

    Plane taking off from Heathrow

    The Airports Commission will recommend Heathrow as the preferred site for London's new runway, sources have told the BBC.

    But while backing Heathrow, it may also leave the door open for alternative expansion at Gatwick.

    The commission is due to make its recommendation at 07:00 BST on Wednesday.

    With no clear decision, the report is likely to open up splits within the Conservative Party over which airport to back .

    As the commission is an independent body its report does not bind the government.

    Read the full story

  3. Today in brief

    Here's a summary of the main things that have been going on in the political world today:

    - Cabinet has met to discuss the Tunisia attacks - as has the goverment's emergency committee Cobra. Downing Street says all those Britons injured are now back in the UK and the bodies of those killed will begin to return to Brize Norton on RAF aircraft on Wednesday.

    - Conservative backbench MP Adam Afriyie says MPs who have said they will donate their £7,000 pay rise to charity  are "quite embarrassing".

    - Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announces tougher targets for so-called "coasting" schools .

    - She also says new guidance is being issued to schools to help teachers spot signs of radicalisation among pupils. Mrs Morgan told the Today programme homophobic remarks could be one of the red flags.

    - Labour leadership and deputy leadership hopefuls have taken part in trade union hustings.

  4. 'Grandstanding'

    Adam Afriye

    Conservative backbench MP Adam Afriyie says MPs who've vowed to donate their £7,000 pay rise to charity are "quite embarrassing".

    IPSA, the independent body that sets MPs' pay, has said unless there is "new and compelling evidence", it will rise by 10%, from £67,060 to £74,000.

    Mr Afriyie told Victoria Derbyshire that MPs who chose not to accept the increase were "grandstanding".

    David Cameron has said the proposed 10% increase was not acceptable. Read more.

  5. Gender politics

    Caroline Flint

    There's a heated discussion between Stella Creasy and debate chair Kevin Maguire, associate editor of the Daily Mirror, after he asks the candidates if the leader and deputy leader should be of different genders.

    "This question is beginning to really wind me up," she says, arguing that even if there are two women at the top, there will still be more men in senior posts across the Labour movement. "This kind of question tells you how far we have to go in tackling equality across the party," she argues, getting increasingly irritated. Pressed again, she says: "When did you stop beating your wife Kevin?" "Blimey," says Maguire.

    Moving swiflty on, Ben Bradshaw says: "If I won and if the leader was a man I hope he would split the role and appoint another deputy who was a woman."

    Caroline Flint says:

    Quote Message: I think it would look bad for the party if there were two men at the top... and actually it is interesting, as soon as there's the likelihood of two women at the top we have talks about, 'Ooh that might be difficult, let's split the position of deputy leader.' No way, no way. Don't start putting conditions on us when it looks like men aren't going to get the full whack."
  6. 'Crass and unjust'

    Chris Leslie

    Shadow chancellor Chris Leslie says next week's Budget should focus on boosting productivity and delivering "thoughtful" public service reforms. He also says:

    Quote Message: It would be an act of gross irresponsibility and unfairness if the chancellor took money from these working households while cutting taxes for the very richest for a second time. To countenance a cut in the 45p top rate on earnings of over £150,000 at this difficult time would be crass and deeply unjust. All help available must be for those on middle and lower incomes first."
  7. Scotland Bill vote

    A short time ago MPs divided to vote on amendment 128 to the Scotland Bill at committee stage.

    Amendment 128 sought to change the definition of disability benefit in the bill to make it "less restrictive", so as to not place "unnecessary limits on the kind of benefits the Scottish government has the power to introduce".

    This was clearly a vote the government wanted to win, as our chief political correspondent notes.

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    And indeed the government did win. Amendment 128 was defeated by 312 votes to 252, a majority of 60.

    The united votes of Labour and the SNP were not enough to see this amendment make it on to the face of the bill.

    We can expect several more votes this afternoon on amendments relating to universal credit, further welfare powers, and employment support.

  8. Creasy makes her case

    Stella Creasy

    Stella Creasy is the final deputy leadership candidate to speak. She says she wants to "smash the myth that trade unions are a destructive force and restore the role of Labour as the champions of social justice". She says she knows many in the trade unions "are frustrated that this hasn't been a relationship of equals", with the unions portayed as "either a cashpoint for Labour or a source of conflict for Labour". She adds: "Neither does justice to our shared ambitions."

  9. Flint and Bradshaw

    More from the Labour deputy leadership hopefuls.

    Shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint says at the election, millions of people voted Tory "not because they are Tory by nature but because they did not trust that we could deliver what we promise". She says if the debate continues to be Tory austerity vs anti austerity "we will lose". "We've got to work together as a Labour family to balance the books," he adds.

    Ben Bradshaw says he's the only candidate with a record of winning in a previously safe Conservative seat - "the sort of seat we're going to have to win in droves" if we are to win in 2020. He says he's a member of trade unions "but because I'm not seen as a trade union politician I think I'm well-placed to make the argument for the trade union link."

  10. Would-be deputies make their pitch

    Labour deputy leadership candidates

    Labour's deputy leadership candidates are now on stage at the trade union hustings in London.

    Angela Eagle goes first. She says the Conservatives view unions as "the enemy", and David Cameron "wants to silence your voice". She goes on: "I love the Labour Party. I see the Labour Party and the trade union movement as two sides of the same coin I believe we belong together and we have to overcome these challenges together if we are to succeed in these challenges of building a better Britain."

    Next up is Tom Watson, who paints an apocalyptic picture of life under the Conservatives. "Organised labour is under systematic attack..." he says. "No justice, no voice, no rights. That's Cameron's vision of a workers' Britain." He goes on: "Labour must say no."

  11. 'Create your own welfare system'

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Ian Murray

    Scotland would be able to mitigate Conservative welfare cuts under Labour and SNP plans to give Holyrood the power to create new benefits and top up existing payments, the shadow Scottish secretary has said.

    Moving a series of amendments to the Scotland Bill, Ian Murray said Labour's plans, some of which are backed by the SNP, would “effectively give the Scottish Parliament the power to design its own welfare system”.

    He said:

    Quote Message: However unlike others we are determined to ensure the welfare state remains an integrated UK-wide system of social security to allow for the continued pooling and sharing of risks and pooling and sharing of resources."
  12. Rail decision 'disappointing'

    Railway line

    Business Secretary Sajid Javid has said he's "disappointed" with the government's decision to halt electrification work on the Midland Mainline and the TransPennine route between Leeds and Manchester.

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin gave the news to the Commons last week.

    Speaking at business questions, Mr Javid said: "I was disappointed with that recent news because it's important we continue to invest in infrastructure, not least to increase productivity and therefore jobs growth.

    "I haven't had a discussion with [Mr McLoughlin] at this point but I'm looking forward to doing so."

  13. 'Some consolations'

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Ed Miliband

    Former Labour leader Ed Miliband says one of the consolations of losing the general election is that his children "know who I am now".

    Mr Miliband resigned immediately following the result, saying his party must "rebuild" with a new leader.

    "There are some consolations," he told BBC Radio 5Live Daily. "I get to spend some time with my children - they know who I am now. They recognise me in the mornings. There are some upsides in what obviously is a very disappointing situation."

    He added later: "I came back to Parliament a couple of weeks after the election and spoke about issues I care about like inequality, which is an issue I will continue to talk about."

  14. Freedom of Information changes?

    The World at One

    BBC Radio 4

    The Prince of Wales

    Former attorney general Dominic Grieve has said ministers won't be able to"duck" the question of whether Freedom of Information laws need to be tightened up following the court ruling earlier this year which cleared the way for the Prince of Wales' private letters to ministers to be published. He tells The World at One this ruling effectively "got rid" of the ministerial veto which previously allowed the government to block the disclosure of information in exceptional circumstances. Mr Grieve says this was not intended by Parliament when it passed the legislation introducing FOI more than a decade ago. FOI campaigner Maurice Frankel says he believes ministers want to make it easier for the government to overrule the courts and for public authorities to refuse FOI requests on cost grounds. He adds: 

    Quote Message: It might be convenient for the government but the public will notice their rights have been undermined in a significant way."
  15. Cabinet briefing

    At the weekly Cabinet meeting earlier, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin outlined the process behind the Airports Commission. The report is out tomorrow and there will be a ministerial statement in the Commons. 

    At Cabinet the prime minister also talked about the European Council and the foreign secretary talked about Iran.

    Asked if there had been any discussion on military options to tackle Islamic State at source, the prime minister's official spokesman said there was a general discussion on a "fully fledged" response but no discussion either ruling in or out further military action.

    The spokeswoman said while military action wasn't ruled out "forever" the prime minister made it clear he would go back to the Commons if it was to be stepped up. Asked if we were doing anything more militarily, No10 said the UK has "beefed up" training of local troops.

  16. Tory mayoral race

    Writing in ConservativeHome , Paul Goodman says he understands the Conservative candidate for London mayor will be decided in September. He believes the contest will be an open primary, in which anyone can register to take part, rather than being restricted to Conservative Party members. The public, he believes, will be asked to choose from a "shortlist" of candidates selected by the party rather than all of those who have so far put their names forward. He suggests that this is all "good news" for the frontrunner, Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith. 

  17. Original northern powerhouse?

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Dennis Skinner

    Dennis Skinner has claimed he and Gordon Brown "were the northern powerhouse" during Labour's time in office. The MP for Bolsover told the Commons during business questions: 

    Quote Message: I asked him for £40m to flatten the pit tips at Markham Vale, and he gave it me. I asked for some more money for an interchange straight off the M1 into Markham pit yard and I got that as well. We were actually fixing the roof while the sun was shining - we don't want none of this claptrap about Tory northern powerhouse."
  18. Call for strike action

    Yvette Cooper

    Yvette Cooper proposes "a candidate strike" when questioner Kevin Maguire tries to begin a series of quickfire questions - how much is a pint of milk, that sort of thing. She says "we're all going to get these things wrong".

    However, it's put to the audience and the cheer-ometer says he has to ask them anyway.

    Only Andy Burnham gets his question - what's the weekly rate of child benefit - bang on. It's £20.70 by the way. Liz Kendall gets pretty close on what level the higher rate of tax kicks in.

  19. More from the Labour hustings

    Will you reverse cuts to the arts, the candidates are asked.

    "No," says Yvette Cooper, "I'm not going to promise to reverse any cuts... I do, think, however, the government is wrong to have this rollercoaster cuts plans."

    "No, you can't promise no cuts for the arts at a time when we're cutting social care, when we're taking support off kids with complex needs... you can try to minimise them," Andy Burnham says. He says he would boost the status of art in schools though.

  20. More on Tunisia aftermath

    More from Downing Street. All British nationals injured in the Tunisia attack are now back in the UK - repatriation of the bodies of those killed will begin on Wednesday. Many of those bodies will be carried on RAF planes and will land at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

    All government and royal buildings will fly their flags at half mast on Friday to remember the victims of the Tunisia attack. 

  21. BreakingTunisia death toll

    A total of 21 Britons have been identified as victims of the Tunisian beach massacre and a further nine are believed to be among the dead, Downing Street says.

  22. Hairdresser not required

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Chuka Umunna and Sajid Javid

    In between serious questions, Business Secretary Sajid Javid pokes fun at himself and his opposite number Chuka Umunna over their shaved heads.

    After Conservative Alan Mak hailed the success of Headromance, a salon in his constituency, Mr Javid joked: "I'm not sure I would have much need for the services of Headromance and I'm sure that applies to the shadow business secretary too.

    "But that doesn't stop me from warmly congratulating them on their success and particularly for backing apprentices."

  23. What went wrong?

    The Labour candidates conduct a post-mortem on Ed Miliband's election campaign.

    Jeremy Corbyn says Mr Miliband was doing "a great job" arguing about zero hours contracts, low page, inequality. "The problem was that we weren't challenging the fundamental message that somehow or other we have to continue shrinking the state for an arbitrary date to move into budgetary surplus."

    "I think Ed was outrageously treated, says Yvette Cooper. "He dealt with that with real dignity." She continues: "There were a lot of really great things in our manifesto," but Labour talked much more about cracking down on zero hours contracts and less about creating good jobs.

  24. Business questions

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Sajid Javid

    Over in the Commons, Business Secretary Sajid Javid and his ministerial team are taking questions from MPs.

    It began with the new Conservative MP for Havant Alan Mak's question on what is being done to to support small and medium-sized businesses to become more competitive.

    The business secretary promised "extensive cuts to red tape" in this parliament.

    Later, SNP business spokesperson Michelle Thomson urged the UK government to follow the Scottish government's "four i's" of innovation, internationalisation, investment, and inclusion to create jobs.

    Mr Javid told the SNP to help businesses in Scotland by removing regulation.

  25. Future of care

    Care for elderly and vulnerable people is "the big issue of our time," says Andy Burnham in a response to a question from a GMB branch secretary. He says we've currently got "a malnourished, minimum wage, zero hours care service" - and instead we need a new National Health and Care Service. He says he''s been trying to get Labour to back the plan for years and if he's leader, it will become policy.

    Liz Kendall says the care system is "a moral scandal" and "economically illiterate" because it costs the country more in unnecessary hospital stays. She promises to improve pay for care workers - "This is why we're in the Labour Party," she adds.

  26. Minimum wage debate

    Labour hustings...

    Labour hustings

    The Labour candidates are now facing questions from the floor. First up is Kyle Williamson, from the TSSA union, who asks about the minimum wage.

     Yvette Cooper says the amount must rise, and the low pay commission should urgently review the youth rate and apprentice rate too. "Frankly it's an outrage that anybody is still living on poverty pay in Britain," she adds. 

    Andy Burnham says he "can't support a separate minimum wage for young people - an hour's work deserves an hour's pay whatever age you are". He also wants more tax breaks for firms to offer the living wage.

    Liz Kendall says the low pay commission's remit should be changed so it can work out how to move sector by sector, towards a living wage - "The living wage has got to be our goal for all."

    Jeremy Corbyn says the living wage "should become the minimum" and £10 is "the right level to go to". He also says low pay costs the country a lot of money because those people receive tax credits to top up their salaries.

  27. 'Spurious'

    The Daily Politics

    Peter Lilley says fracking company Cuadrilla should appeal against the Lancashire decision because the planning officers have made the ruling on the grounds of visual impact, and he thinks that is "largely spurious and it might be overturned by an inspector".

  28. Greens on fracking

    The Daily Politics

    In response to Peter Lilley, Caroline Lucas says: 

    Quote Message: We can argue about how safe or not it is... but even if we could imagine the best regulation in the world that would somehow be able to protect us from the water and air pollution... the bottom line is that fracking is about getting more fossil fuels out of the ground at exactly the time when the scientists are saying we need to leave 80% of known fossil fuels in the ground to avoid climate change."
  29. Fracking rejected

    Peter Lilley

    Conservative MP Peter Lilley says he's "very sad" about Lancashire council's decision to block a fracking application in its area. He says:

    Quote Message: It actually shows how brilliantly successful the Green Party has been at scaring people about what is a very safe technology."
  30. 'Betrayal of Labour values'

    The Daily Politics

    Chris Leslie

    Chris Leslie, Labour's shadow chancellor, tells the Daily Politics "we do have to make sensible savings", but it's a "totally bogus" comparison to liken the UK to Greece as George Osborne has done when justifying his economic stance. "We have to make proper savings to areas that are not vital for our productivity, for our economy because if we cut off economic growth that's not going to get us out of our deficit," he continues.

    Mr Leslie also reiterates Labour's backing for a cut to the benefit cap - the total amount of benefits a household can receive - but that angers Caroline Lucas.

    She says: 

    Quote Message: That is such a betrayal of Labour values. The idea that you now have to show that you're fiscally muscular in some sort of showdown with George Osborne... there is no reason at all to cut that welfare cap and you're hurting some of the poorest people by doing that."
  31. 'More distrust'

    The Daily Politics

    Caroline Lucas

    Green Party leader Caroline Lucas is asked about Education Secretary Nicky Morgan's decision to issue schools with guidance on how to spot children at risk of radicalisation.

    "I'm not entirely clear that teachers are much the wiser as a result of this intervention," she tells the Daily Politics.

    "For many young people, teachers are people they can trust... this only breeds more distrust in our schools."

  32. Kendall on 'continuity Miliband'

    Liz Kendall

    Labour MP John Woodcock, one of Liz Kendall's main backers for leadership, has branded Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham "continuity Miliband" candidates.

    Asked about the characterisation at her Reuters event this morning, Ms Kendall said: 

    Quote Message: People need to think about who is the leadership candidate that isn't just going to argue for a little bit of change, who is going to face up to the scale of the challenge, who is going to be the candidate that the Tories really fear because they are facing head on people's concerns about their money, about welfare and have a properly broad pitch."

    She said "some of the leadership candidates" had described her backing for deficit reduction and her pro-business stance as "Tory values. "It's completely wrong," she added.

  33. What is fracking?

    The Daily Politics

    Government hopes that fracking for gas could help plug the UK's looming energy gap, and bring down energy prices, were hit when another application to frack was blocked by Lancashire councillors. 

    Ahead of a Daily Politics debate - around 11:20 BST on BBC2 - on the merits of fracking with Green MP Caroline Lucas and Conservative MP Peter Lilley, reporter Adam Fleming has a video guide to what it is all about.

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  34. 'Nervousness and confusion'

    We've written  a full story  from Nicky Morgan's interview on Today. She suggested homophobic remarks could be a sign that a child is at risk of radicalisation - and teachers should keep a look out.

    Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, isn't convinced. She said: 

    Quote Message: Already, in many schools, Prevent (the government's existing anti-extremism programme) is causing significant nervousness and confusion among teachers. If pupil well-being and safety is the aim, the Prevent strategy is felt by many teachers to be counter-productive and wide of the mark. It risks closing down the very opportunities where the classroom can be used to develop democracy and explore human rights. "
  35. Another early start for the Daily Politics

    The Daily Politics

    Jo Coburn will have the latest news from Westminster, including a discussion of the crisis in Greece with shadow chancellor Chris Leslie and Green MP Caroline Lucas. 

    There will also look at fracking with Conservative MP Peter Lilley, and the conflict between residents and music lovers over noise from venues, with this film from reporter Ellie Price (below) in Brighton.Due to Wimbledon coverage, the live political programme is on air early, from 11:00 to 11:30 BST on BBC2.

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  36. Labour reaction to schools plan

    Tristram Hunt

    Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt said the government's "coasting" schools plan was an "inadequate response" to the challenge of raising school standards.

    Quote Message: No parent wants their child to be schooled in an inadequate, failing or coasting school. But these plans mean that it is likely that underperforming schools will simply pass from one poor provider to another, without the measures required to turn around sub-standard school leadership and poor classroom teaching."
  37. 'Propaganda war'

    Rachel Sylvester, in the Times,  compares David Cameron's reaction to the Tunisia attacks with Tony Blair's response to the 7 July London bombings.

    Quote Message: Whereas the former Labour prime minister let rip with a raft of draconian new laws designed to prevent future attacks, including the proposed 90-day detention without trial of terrorist suspects, the current Conservative one is embarking on a battle of ideas... Mr Cameron is convinced that it is a propaganda war rather than military campaign that must be won."
  38. Sunni vs Shia

    Victoria Derbyshire

    Sir Christopher Meyer

    Sir Christopher Meyer, former UK ambassador to the US, paints a bleak picture of Iraq and the growing influence of Islamic State there. 

    The invasion of Iraq, he says, led to the disbanding of the Iraqi army which left large numbers of armed, trained and disaffected Sunni Muslims ripe for IS to recruit.

    Former Iraqi President Nouri al-Malaki also ran a Shia-led government which disenfranchised Sunnis even more.

    Sir Christopher says David Cameron uses the argument that moderate Sunni Muslims in Iraq must reject IS's narrative "more in hope than expectation" - and the only way that could happen is if the new Iraqi president is "more even-handed" than the last.

    And as for Britain? 

    Quote Message: We're caught like jam in a sandwich between these warring factions and interests."
  39. Heroes of the voters

    Victoria Derbyshire

    Adam Afriye

    Adam Afriye says good pay for MPs is fundamental to democracy:

    Quote Message: MPs are backbenchers. We're the heroes of all the voters.You vote us in, therefore we should be standing up for you in parliament, doing things correctly. If, however, the government can offer and lure people to front bench jobs with big extra salaries then that actually makes democracy, to some degree, undermined."
  40. Growth revised up

    The UK economy grew faster than previously estimated in the first three months of the year, official figures have shown. The  Office for National Statistics (ONS)  said the economy grew by 0.4% in the quarter, compared with an earlier estimate of 0.3%.

    George Osborne has welcomed the news.

    Quote Message: It is clear that our plan is laying the foundations for economic security for working people, with the three main sectors of the economy growing over the past year and business investment over 30% higher than at the start of the last parliament. Today’s figures are another reminder that the economic plan we've pursued in Britain these last five years has increased our resilience - and we will take whatever further steps are needed to protect the UK from the new risks we see to our economic security.”
  41. 'Not just the clever or wealthy'

    Victoria Derbyshire

    Victoria Derbyshire

    One audience member says she's in favour of a pay rise for MPs because it will help attract good people who might not go for the job because of the pay cut they'd face.

    John Mann replies: 

    Quote Message: Some of the best people who could become MPs would be shop workers or factory workers or nurses or fire fighters or police officers or teachers. All these people would have a pay increase. It's not just the clever or wealthy who are somehow better as MPs."
  42. MPs' pay packets

    Victoria Derbyshire

    The Victoria Derbyshire Show is discussing the MPs' pay rise - of £7,000 - that is on its way.

    Conservative Adam Afriye says he doesn't "want to see Parliament stuffed with millionaires or bachelors who don't have families to take care of". But he says that while MPs' salaries might be going to rise, their overall package, including expenses, is going down. 

    But Labour's John Mann asks: "Everyone else in the public sector is on a 1% increase, so why should MPs get more than that?"

  43. 'The die is cast'

    The Financial Times reports that the chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, Andrew Tyrie, has "reluctantly endorsed" the chancellor's plan to make the Office of Tax Simplification a permanent feature in Whitehall. In a letter to George Osborne, Mr Tyrie said the move was "not in line with my instincts" but "the die is cast", the paper says. Apparently, Mr Tyrie would prefer the job of making tax simpler to be left to Revenue and Customs.

  44. Corbyn cites Smith

    Jeremy Corbyn

    Jeremy Corbyn would “press the government to end the public sector pay freeze”, if he was elected party leader, according to Labour List. In an article due to go up on his campaign website this morning, the candidate also says trade unions need to be given the right to access more private sector workplaces and Labour should look at setting up wage councils. Labour List says he'll quote a speech from the late party leader John Smith in which he set out a Charter for Employment Rights - Mr Corbyn will argue that plan is ripe for revival.

  45. Lord Janner reaction

    The Daily Telegraph

    There's a mixed reaction in the papers to Monday's U-turn over Lord Janner’s prosecution. You'll remember the CPS had decided he wasn't fit to be charged over alleged historical child sexual abuse because of dementia, but yesterday, that decision was overturned.

    The Daily Telegraph's leader column says Director of Public Prosecution Alison Saunders' “credibility to continue as the occupant of such an important office must now be in doubt”. 

    In contrast, the Guardian says the situation is not Ms Saunders’ fault. It argues says it has been a year since Theresa May announced an independent inquiry into child sex abuse but “the lack of visible activity is rapidly dissipating the good that was done by announcing an inquiry into the first place”. 

    “If Ms Saunders resigned, she would be a casualty of its apparent lethargy,” the paper adds.

    Lord Janner denies any wrongdoing.

  46. 'Bad father'

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    On the matter of climate change scepticism, Lord Deben says "the science is now stronger than the connection between smoking and health".

    "You can smoke as much as you like but that would be your health. If you take the risk with the climate, it's everyone else's health."

    He continued:

    Quote Message: As every learned society in the world warns you of that risk, you'd be a very bad father of a family who said, 'I know best.' If even the Pope comes out and says, 'This is a serious risk,' you wouldn't be a very sensible person to say, 'I know better than everyone else'... this is what the science says, this is what the facts are, you can ignore them, but if you do so you take a very large risk."
  47. Beyond 2020

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    Lord Deben says all the government's current programmes to tackle climate change are due to come to an end in 2020 - he says people and importantly, businesses, need to know what will happen after that if they are going to invest in new renewable technology, better home insulation, and so on.

    "If we wait and see it'll be much more expensive and the climate will become much more difficult to live in," the peer added.

  48. Climate change report

    The government has been warned that the UK must take urgent action to prepare for the impact of climate change .

    Ministers should focus on the future risks of heatwaves and flooding, says the Committee on Climate Change. Its report said more needed to be done to keep emissions on track, although the government said it was committed to meeting its climate change target.

    We'll be hearing from the chairman of the committee, Lord Deben, on Today shortly.

  49. Homophobia in schools

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    Some of those tweets we included a short time ago mentioned a question Nicky Morgan faced about homosexuality. She was asked what sorts of things teachers would be told to look out for under the new radicalisation guidance.

    She replied: 

    Quote Message: I think there are things like tolerance. There are lines that young people or anyone else can tip over. It could be, as we've seen sadly, Isil [terror group Islamic State] are extremely intolerant of homosexuality and I think if there were language... but I'm not going to get into examples."

    She said a homophobic comment could trigger a reaction from a teacher but "it would depend very much on the context in which that was being discussed".

    A teacher would raise the matter internally in the school first, but if it was deemed to be urgent, the police or social services could be notified, she added.

  50. 'Less bureaucracy, less rank'

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    Police officers

    The police service is resistant to change because of an "insular attitude" and chief constables who fail to listen to officers, the body responsible for training in England and Wales says.

    Alex Marshall, executive chief constable of the College of Policing, told the Today programme forces need "less bureaucracy, less rank" and more power to be devolved to those working on the front line.

    "We need to have a really good look at what leadership we need for the future... the person at the front end is sometimes checked upon by several layers of supervision," he said.

    "The command structure, of course, has its place.,, the counter terror testing today is a good example of that," he continued, but he added that lots of policing was about looking at local problems and finding local solutions and officers needed the freedom to do that.

    By the way, here's a bit more on that counter-terrorism exercise being held in London today - it's designed to simulate a so-called "marauding gun attack".

  51. Scotland welfare

    There have been calls for additional welfare powers for Holyrood to be included in the Scotland Bill being debated in the Commons.

    Tuesday is the third day of debate on the legislation.

    It will give further control to the Scottish parliament over taxation, VAT revenues and welfare.

    Scottish secretary David Mundell has been accused of failing to listen and respond to calls for changes to the  Scotland Bill . He in turn has called on the Scottish government to "come clean" with the Scottish people, adding:

    Quote Message: They will soon be receiving the powers over welfare which they have long wanted; they now have to tell us how they intend to use them. If that means higher welfare payments, they will have to be clear with Scotland how that will be paid for: higher taxes or cuts to services."

    Here's more.

  52. Labour hustings

    Labour leadership contenders

    The would-be leaders of the Labour Party will go head-to-head again today in another hustings - this time in front of trade union members in central London.

    To coincide with that, two of the candidates are focusing on their plans for employment. Liz Kendall will argue that back-to-work schemes should be devolved to cities and regions across England rather than run from Whitehall. 

    Her rival Andy Burnham is to announce that the former director of public prosecutions-turned Labour MP Sir Keir Starmer will lead a review of charges introduced in 2013 for workers seeking to bring a case against their employer to an employment tribunal. Read the full story.

  53. 'Rebroker a school'

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    Now on to coasting schools. "There are some schools where, actually, they may be very good schools but young people are not fulfilling all the potential they should be," Mrs Morgan says. 

    How will you change that, she's asked. "We'll contact the school and work with them to find out what the issue is - leadership, teaching, etc," the education secretary says.

    "If the school has a clear plan to improve, we'll work with that," but if not, academisation could be an option. If it's already an academy "we will rebroker a school, find a new sponsor, if that is necessary", she adds.

  54. Radicalisation in schools

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    Nicky Morgan is now on the Today programme. She's first asked about new guidance being issued to teachers to help them spot children at risk of radicalisation. 

    "Perhaps changes in behaviour, things that they say," she says, and teachers will be getting advice on how to report concerns.

    What if a child expresses doubts, for example, about democracy, she's asked. Mrs Morgan says schools should be "a safe space for children to explore all sorts of ideas", but teachers must still be alert.

    She adds:

    Quote Message: Being drawn into non-violent extremism is a very real threat."
  55. 'Hundreds of schools'

    BBC Breakfast

    Nicky Morgan

    Nicky Morgan has spoken to BBC Breakfast about her plans to crack down on what she calls "coasting" schools.

    These, she said, are defined as those who are "not helping all pupils to make the progress they should". 

    Explaining her definition further, she said results would be looked at over three years, 2014, 2015 and 2016. For primary schools, the key thing will be how many pupils are ready for secondary school in terms of reading, writing and matths standards. For secondary schools, GCSE results will be crucial.

    She said she couldn't predict how many there would be, "but it will be hundreds of schools", including some "in leafy areas".

    For any teachers worried about yet more change in their industry, she added:  "Schools will have time...we will work with the profession."

  56. On the agenda

    Norman Smith

    Assistant political editor

    There'll be a number of things on the agenda at this morning's Cobra meeting. Completing the repatriation of the injured will be one, and another will be the need to press the Tunisian authorities to finish the formal identification of those killed. That's proving difficult because many hadn't carried any documents to the beach. 

    The security services will also brief the meeting on efforts being made to identify links - if indeed there are any - between the gunman and other terrorists.

    And finally, plans for Friday's minute's silence in memory of those killed will also be discussed.

  57. Front pages

    We'll be picking out stories from the papers as we go along this morning, but in the meantime,  check out our daily digest.  Top of the agenda is a minute's silence - or "a minute's defiance", as several papers put it - for the Tunisia victims, announced by David Cameron.

  58. Welfare report

    More than half of UK households receive more from in welfare payments and pensions than they pay in tax, according to a report by the Centre for Policy Studies  think tank.

    The centre-right organisation said 51.5% of households took in more than they contributed in 2013/14. That's down from a peak of 53.5% in 2010/11, but well above the 43.8% recorded in 2000/01.

    Co-author Adam Memon said that the figures displayed levels of "welfare dependency" which were too high, and urged the government to press ahead with deeper welfare reform.

    But the TUC called the analysis as "extremely misleading", because it included retired households who receive pensions after a lifetime of paying taxes.  

  59. Pupil premium report

    Child playing

    In another education story, the National Audit Office has found that schools in some of England's poorest areas saw funding fall by more than 5% between 2010-11 and 2014-15. 

    The NAO report said:

    Quote Message: Over the last four years, the department has given £6 billion to schools under the pupil premium policy but reduced other school funding in real terms at the same time. As a result total per-pupil funding has increased in 55% of schools in real terms, but it has decreased in real terms in the remainder. Some schools with very disadvantaged intakes have less money per pupil now, in real terms, than in 2010, despite the extra funding provided by the pupil premium."

    The report said money allocated via the pupil premium was yet to make an impact - although it has "potential", there is still "more to do" by schools and government, it concluded.

    The government says it wants every child to benefit from a good education, regardless of their background. Read more.

  60. School standards

    School pupils sitting an exam

    Elsewhere, schools in England are to face tougher exam targets, under plans announced by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. Those falling below the targets, including some rated as "good" by Ofsted, will be labelled as "coasting".

    The new threshold for secondary schools will require 60% of pupils to achieve five good GCSEs, including English and maths.

    "I'm unapologetic about shining a spotlight on complacency," said Mrs Morgan. 

    We'll be hearing more on the plans from the education secretary this morning. Read more.

  61. Tunisia attack

    Tunisia attack victims

    On the subject of Tunisia, cabinet will meet today to discuss the events of last Friday. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will also chair another meeting of the government's Cobra emergency committee.

    Up to 18 UK citizens have been confirmed dead, and it is feared the number will rise to about 30. Four of those seriously wounded by the gunman on the beach near Sousse were flown home to the UK on an RAF C17 aircraft overnight. Read our full story.

  62. Good morning

    Hello from a very sunny Westminster, Victoria King and Alex Hunt here with Politics Live. We'll take you through all the events of the day, including further political reaction to the beach attack in Tunisia.