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Summary

  1. David Cameron has held talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels
  2. The prime minister says there is no deal yet on curbing welfare payments to EU migrants
  3. Eurosceptics criticise talk of an "emergency brake" on in-work benefits that would have to be agreed by a majority of EU states

Live Reporting

By Jackie Storer

All times stated are UK

  1. Friday round-up

    Here's a round up of stories that have made the news today:

    • David Cameron has dismissed a proposed "emergency brake" on in-work benefits for EU migrants as "not good enough" after talks in Brussels
    • JK Rowling has suggested she may sue for defamation after an MP accused the Harry Potter author of defending "abusive misogynist trolls" on Twitter
    • An MP has been criticised for downplaying the Cologne sex attacks by comparing them to harassment of women during a typical night out in Birmingham
    • The Royal Navy's most modern warships are to be fitted with new engines because they keep breaking down
    • The UK and Welsh governments are backing a change to the law on the possession of wild bird eggs.
  2. Can rival anti-EU campaigns work together?

    Nigel Farage said earlier that he wants to "knock heads together" in the EU Out campaign. In an article for ConservativeHome, Mark Wallace considers the infighting and attempts at reconciliation that have been taking place within the rival campaigns pushing for EU exit. He considers how senior figures at Vote Leave and Leave.EU are trying to mend fences and MPs' concerns about their apparent unwillingness to work together.

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  3. Cameron 'pathetic' on EU, says UKIP's Farage

    Nigel Farage

    UKIP Leader Nigel Farage says David Cameron's renegotiation of Britain's place in the EU is "pathetic" and "somewhat anaemic".

    Mr Farage accused the prime minister of "fiddling around on the edges" and said the issues being negotiated would not make "any difference at all" to the UK's relationship. 

    He likened Mr Cameron to Dickens' character Oliver Twist, saying: "For him now to go to the next European summit and to ask for more, it's a little bit like the boy in Oliver going up and saying 'please sir, can we have some more concessions' - it is pathetic."

  4. House adjourns

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The House of Commons adjourns, bringing to an end our coverage of Parliament for this week.

    MPs and peers return on Monday, when the Commons will debate the Bank of England and Financial Services Bill while the Lords consider the Immigration Bill.

  5. Minister replies

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Home Office Minister Richard Harrington acknowledges that a scheme aimed at reducing gang and youth violence is coming to an end after four years.

    The ministers says it will be replaced by a new programme, though Chuka Umunna intervenes to say this is not enough.

    Mr Harrington says the government's priorities include targeting young people who sell drugs, safeguarding places such as care homes where vulnerable young people can be targeted, and "early intervention".

    He adds that knife crime is lower than it was in 2010 but has shown a recent increase, which may be a result of "better reporting" to the police.

  6. Farage to rival EU exit groups: 'I'll knock their heads together'

    BBC News Channel

    GO launch

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage says rival anti-EU groups to the cross-party "Grassroots Out" (GO) organisation he backs should have their heads "knocked together".

    The Vote Leave and Leave.EU campaigns are competing to become the official "out" voice in the referendum.

    "GO are doing all we can to bring the other groups together," Mr Farage told the BBC News Channel.

    "Frankly their heads need knocking together and I'll do my best to do so," he said.

    GO is supported by Mr Farage, Labour ex-minister Kate Hoey, Conservative ex-minister Liam Fox, among other politicians.

  7. A&Es struggle after 'sharp rise' in demand

    A&E

    A "sharp rise" in demand in A&E units is causing real problems for hospitals, NHS bosses are warning.

    The BBC has learnt some NHS trusts have even had to take extreme measures to cope with the "exceptional" pressures.

    One hospital had to cancel all its routine operations, while another considered setting up a temporary treatment area in a tent.

    Over the past fortnight there have been 45 temporary closures of A&E units - up 50% on the same period last year.

    This is considered an extreme step in which ambulances are sent to other hospitals and is ordered when wards are full and waiting times increasing rapidly.

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  8. Cameron: 'No deal' after welfare talks

    David Cameron and Jean-Claude Juncker

    David Cameron says "no deal" has been done on proposals to restrict welfare payments for EU migrants.

    Speaking after talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, the prime minister said progress had been made but "there's still a long way to go".

    Mr Cameron insisted he wanted to ensure migrants could not receive benefits until they had paid into the system.

    He said: "We want to end the idea of something for nothing."

    But UKIP leader Nigel Farage told the BBC: "The prime minister's position is pretty pathetic and some what anaemic."

  9. Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The time for debating private members' bills runs out and the House moves to the adjournment debate.

    Labour MP Chuka Umunna opens a debate on gangs and serious youth violence in London.

    He cites a father from Somalia who felt his family would be safer in Mogadishu and regretted bringing them to London.

    "That is a damning indictment of the situation on London's streets," Mr Umunna says.

  10. 'Not the answer'

    Child Victims of Human Trafficking Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Home Office Minister Richard Harrington says he "can't accept the assertion" that children are treated worse than adults.

    Guidance makes clear that trafficked children are "some of the most vulnerable people in the country", he insists.

    Making such cases the responsibility of central government is "not the answer", he adds.

  11. MP hopes 'principles' of bill will be considered

    Child Victims of Human Trafficking Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Private members' bills rarely become law, especially ones without government support.

    Peter Bone says he does not expect the bill to "progress today" but he hopes the principles behind it can be debated.

    The Conservative MP says he knows both government and opposition want to help victims of human trafficking.

  12. End of the day for peers

    Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord Dholakia's bill is given its second reading and is committed to a committee of the whole House - the next stage. 

    And with that, it's the end of the day's debates in the House of Lords. Peers will return on Monday at 2.30pm. 

  13. Child Victims of Human Trafficking Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill clears third reading without a vote.

    The next private members' bill is the Child Victims of Human Trafficking (Central Government Responsibility) Bill, sponsored by Conservative MP Peter Bone.

    The bill would make the government responsible for "the safeguarding and care of victims of human trafficking, under the age of 18 years".

    This short bill, which applies to England and Wales, has only three clauses.

  14. Czech minister: UK 'could use emergency brake' as soon as deal is struck

    The World at One

    BBC Radio 4

    Czech Europe minister Tomas Prouza said he believed the "emergency brake" on tax credits for EU migrants would be triggered by member states - rather than the European Commission - within three months of the UK applying for it.

    He told BBC Radio 4's World at One programme it was "the best solution because it will allow not only the UK now, but other member states to apply this brake when they are finding the same pressure as the UK."

    He said: "From the discussions we're having, my feeling is this will be available to the UK as soon as the deal is struck.

    "If agreement is done by the end of February, then the UK should be able to use it right away."

    Mr Prouza said the deal was "crucial" for the EU, adding that the UK is better off in the union, and the EU "stronger" with the UK remaining in it.

  15. 'Missing' UKIP councillor pledges to tell his family where he is

    The Daily Politics

    Denis Crawford

    A UKIP councillor has promised his worried family he will tell them what he is doing and where is, after they called police when he failed to return home.

    Officers found Denis Crawford at a council meeting - his sixth in two days.

    Cllr Crawford, who represents Thetford East on Norfolk County Council, told BBC2's Daily Politics he was embarrassed when the police arrived.

    "We were getting quite a way through the agenda when there was a tap on the door," he said.

    "A head appeared behind it and an officer said: 'Denis, we've found you.'"

    Cllr Crawford said at first he thought "I don't think I've done anything wrong", but then he worried that something had happened to his family.

    But since the alert, he said: "I have made a promise to my family that I'll inform them more about what I'm doing and where I'm at."

  16. David Cameron 'probably regretting EU renegotiation' - Tory MEP Dan Hannan

    The Daily Politics

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    Video caption: Dan Hannan suggests David Cameron should have held a snap referendum

    Conservative Eurosceptic MEP Dan Hannan said the PM had "raised and dashed expectations", and should have held a snap in-out vote.