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Politics Live blog: David Cameron’s Commons statement on EU summit

Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including David Cameron’s Commons statement on the outcome of the EU summit

9.58am: The mother of Richard O’Dwyer, the British student who faces being extradited to the US over alleged copyright infringement, has had the chance to raise his case with Barack Obama via YouTube. Here’s an extract from the Press Association story about the exchange.

The mother of a British student accused of breaking American copyright laws called on Barack Obama to halt “appallingly harsh” attempts to extradite her son as the US President faced a grilling over his plight.
Richard O’Dwyer, 23, allegedly earned thousands of pounds through the TVShack website he created, which enabled users to watch films and television shows for free.
His case topped a list of subjects that American voters put to their leader during an online question-and-answer session yesterday.
O’Dwyer’s mother, Julia, 55, welcomed the US interest in her son’s case today.
“It’s tremendous that questions have reached Obama because at least it will raise a bit of awareness over there,” she said.
“Now even Americans have woken up to the US administration’s excessive use of the extradition laws between our countries.
“Given our Government won’t protect its own citizens, it’s up to Mr Obama to put a stop to the ridiculous and appallingly harsh attempts to extradite Richard, and others facing similarly unnecessary treatment.”
During the web discussion, Obama told listeners that he was not personally involved in O’Dwyer’s case but insisted the US administration wanted to ensure that intellectual property was protected “in a way that’s consistent with internet freedom”.
O’Dwyer, a Sheffield Hallam University undergraduate, faces jail if convicted of the allegations.
His lawyers say he would be the first British citizen to be extradited for such an offence and would effectively become a “guinea pig” for copyright law in the US …
Obama appeared in a live video chat room known as a “Hangout”, part of online search giant Google’s social networking site Google Plus. He answered questions submitted via YouTube.

9.51am: For the record, here are the latest YouGov GB polling figures.

Conservatives: 40% (up 1 since Sunday)
Labour: 38% (down 2)
Lib Dems: 10% (up 2)

Conservative lead: 2 points

Government approval: -16

9.17am: And here’s more from Ed Miliband. I’ve already quoted the line in his ITV Daybreak interview about David Cameron selling people “down the river” (see 8.50am), but he’s also been on Sky and BBC News. Here are some more of the points he’s been making. I’ve taken the quotes from PoliticsHome.

• Miliband described Cameron’s “veto” as a “phantom veto”. “I say it’s a phantom veto and, frankly, he’s completely mishandled these negotiations,” Miliband said.

• He accused Cameron of failing to protect the interests of the City of London.

[Cameron] went into those talks saying his real worry was about financial services and how that would be affected if other countries went ahead. He’s secured no extra protections for financial services. The one claim he made was ‘Well, look, OK, I may not have secured any extra protections, but at least it’s not a fully-fledged European treaty, using those European institutions, with the wieght of the commission, the court of justice, behind it. We’ll see what he says in the Commons today, but everything I’m reading and hearing suggests that that turns out not to be the case.

• He urged bankers to show “restraint” when it came to awarding and accepting bonuses. He also renewed his call for a tax on bonuses.

9.09am: I’ve already quoted what Ed Miliband has been saying this morning about David Cameron‘s decision to allow the eurozone countries to use EU institutions to police the new fiscal union. This is what Cameron said about the matter himself at his press conference last night. I’ve taken the quotes from PoliticsHome.

The eurozone members have today agreed a new treaty focused on tighter fiscal discipline, which we understand is important. This is a totally separate treaty because we vetoed an EU treaty in December. We are not signing this treaty, we will not be ratifying this treaty and it places no obligations on the UK.

As I said in December this is new territory and is yet to be ratified or implemented. There are a number of legal concerns on the use of EU institutions. We don’t want to hold up the eurozone doing what is necessary to solve the crisis, as long as it doesn’t damage our national interest. It is good that the new treaty is explicit and clear that it cannot encroach on the competencies of the EU, and they must not take measures that in any way undermine the EU single market. We will watch this closely, and if necessary we are able to take action if our national interests are threatened.

8.50am: David Cameron has got some explaining to do. He will be makling a statement in the Commons at 3.30pm about yesterday’s EU summit and his decision to drop his objection to the eurozone countries using the EU institutions to police their new fiscal union, and he’s going to have to find a way of dealing with the Conservative Eurosceptics who feel that he’s abandoned the “veto” that he deployed to their delight at the last EU summit. It’s not quite clear yet how serious this revolt will be, although Number 10 will not be happy with today’s Daily Mail story headlined: “Cameron compared to John Major after he agrees to EU treaty he vetoed last year.” (In Conservative iconography, Major is an emblem for uselesseness, although in reality he was probably the one leader who did more than any other to keep Britain out of the single currency.) Interestingly, Ed Miliband has lined up with the Eurosceptics to deliver a kicking to Cameron on this issue. This is what Milband told ITV’s Daybreak this morning.

I’m very concerned about what David Cameron has done because he trumpeted last December that he got a great deal for Britain, he’d protected us and everything and the way that Europe was going to go about this treaty that they were going to do wasn’t going to affect Britain. Now he seems to have sold us down the river on a lot of things so I’m going to be asking him in the House of Commons today what exactly has he agreed to, what protections has he got for Britain.

I take a simple view – he would have been better off staying at the table and negotiating for Britain, rather than actually pretending that he had made great progress and then failing to do so.

I’ll post more from the interview later.

Otherwise, here’s the full agenda for the day.

Michael Gove, the education secretary, gives evidence to the Commons education committee.

9.30am: Nick Herbert, the policing minister, makes an announcment on crime maps.

10am: Lord Hunt of Wirral, the chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, gives evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. The other witnesses are former PCC chairman Sir Christopher Meyer and former BBC and ITV chairman Lord Grade, a PCC member.

Sir Philip Mawer, the prime minister’s independent adviser on ministerial interests, gives evidence to the Commons public administration committee about his role.

1pm: General Sir Peter Wall, head of the army, gives a speech to the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, gives a speech on mental health reform to the Centre for Social Justice.

3.30pm: David Cameron makes a statement in the Commons about yesterday’s EU summit. As Nicholas Watt reports, he faces a clash with Eurosceptics over his decision to drop his objection to the eurozone countries using the European court of justice to enforce their new fiscal union.

As usual, I’ll be covering all the breaking political news, as well as looking at the papers and bringing you the best politics from the web. I’ll post a lunchtime summary at around 1pm and another after Cameron has finished.

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