MORE MONEY, MORE PROBLEMSNew figures reveal that Ukip spent almost as much as the Tories fighting the European election campaign earlier this year. The party's growing financial muscle is thanks to a booming donor base, including a number of former Tory investors. Ben Riley-Smith reports.
Mark Reckless is facing legal action from his former Conservative association over thousands of pounds spent on wasted campaign literature prior to his defection to Ukip. Chris Hope has the story.
WHERE ARE THEY?
The estimated number of migrants who have overstayed their visas and whose whereabouts are unknown has soared. The discovery of thousands of unopened files at the Home Office means there is little way of telling who exactly is in the country legally or the location of those who aren't. "UK has over 300,000 missing visa overstayers, lost papers show" is the Guardian's take.
New Scottish Labour deputy leader Kezia Dugdale who will assume the responsibility of taking on Nicola Sturgeon at First Minister's Questions for the first time today, and will do until Jim Murphy can trade his Westminster seat for a berth in Holyrood. Paul Hutcheon runs down the options being considered to get Mr Murphy into the Scottish Parliament here.
Theresa May will unveil new restrictions on bail windows for criminal suspects today as part of an overhaul of sweeping police power. It will put an end to the practice of making a high profile arrest on little evidence before leaving the unfortunate subject twisting in the wind for years, often without charges being made at all. "Saved by the Bail" is The Sun's take.
NIGEL FARAGE, SUPERSTAR
Winston McKenzie has compared Nigel Farage to Jesus Christ. The outspoken former boxer and perennial parliamentary candidate known for his outrageous claims, told Chat Politics,"Jesus was one man, we're his army. Farage is one man, and we're his army and that's what it's all about."
HOW HAVE THE POLLS MOVED IN THE LAST MONTH?
ICM: Con 28% Labour 33% Liberal Democrat 14% Green 5%
YouGov: Con 33% Lab 33% LD 8% Ukip 14% Green 7%
TOO MANY TWEETS...
@montie: I've always wanted a shorter word for pusillanimous. Now I have one: #Sony
From the Telegraph
Peter Oborne - This infatuation with Blair will damage Cameron's reputation
James Kirkup - David Cameron has a very good tax problem
George Eaton - In 2014, Labour and the Tories learned they could both lose (New Statesman)
Tim Montgomerie - The splintering of the left is the big Tory hope(The Times)
1145 EDINBURGH: Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael in Amnesty event visit to school. Pupils are taking part in the Write for Rights Amnesty International campaign.
1400 BRUSSELS: David Cameron at European Council summit. Schedule (UK times): 1400: Leaders' arrival 1500: Exchange of views with European Parliament President 1530: Family photo 1545: Working session (topic: investment/economy) 1900: Working dinner (topic: Russia/Ukraine) Followed by press conference by Jean Claude Juncker.
1500 EDINBURGH: First meeting of Scottish Labour's new shadow cabinet. Recently elected Scottish leader Jim Murphy will chair the first meeting of his new frontbench team.
TODAY IN PARLIAMENT
Energy and Climate Change Questions.
A statement on the future business of the House.
A select committee statement on the publication of the communities and local government committee report Operation of the National Planning Policy Framework.
A backbench business debate on matters to be raised before the forthcoming adjournment.
A short debate on jobseeker's allowance sanctions.
1330: i) Business investment in outer city estates ii) Future of Carnforth Station.
In recess.:: At the end of business, the House of Commons will rise for the Christmas recess and will next meet on Monday January 5