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Friday evening news briefing: Nigel Farage targets immigration as he unveils Brexit Party’s ‘contract with the people

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Nigel Farage unveils Brexit Party’s ‘contract with the people’

Tonight, the leaders of the four biggest parties in Westminster will do battle in a Question Time special. Here is everything you need to know about the programme. One person who will not feature, is Nigel Farage, who launched his “contract with the people” just a short distance from where his political opposite numbers will clash. Refusing to call it a manifesto (it is just 22 pages long), Mr Farage called for net migration to be capped at 50,000 people a year as he warned that the United Kingdom was suffering a “population crisis”. Here is the latest but Richard Evans reveals its plan to scrap death duties would knock 10pcoff London’s junior stock market. Christopher Hope asked Mr Farage if there was a point in launching his “contract” at all, given he was not standing enough MPs to form a government. Henry Bodkin asks who is Nigel Farage?

Midnight tonight is the deadline for the UK to respond to the first step of legal action being taken against Britain for failing to name a new EU commissioner. It could end in the European Court of Justice levying huge fines against Britain for breaking EU law. The situation has come about because of a bloody minded insistence from Boris Johnson on keeping his promise before his Hallowe’en Brexit deadline to never nominate a candidate “under any circumstances”. James Crisp explains why the Prime Minister should swallow his pride.

PS – Analysts say electoral reform is essential for any future breakthrough by the Greens. Josh Wilson and Ashley Kirk have their election outlook in graphs.

Beatrice and Eugenie ‘deeply distressed’ over Epstein scandal

Prince Andrew’s daughters Beatrice and Eugenie are understood to be “deeply distressed” by the fallout from their father’s TV interview regarding his relationship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. In less than a week, the Duke of York has watched the world as he knew it collapse around him, but Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are standing by him in the wake of the BBC Newsnight grilling. This afternoon, their father stepped down from his role at the start-up competition Pitch@Palace, following an investigation by The Telegraph. It has now dropped a requirement in its legal terms that entitled the Duke and his company to a stake in the businesses which enter the competition.

Six chip’ rule in BBC canteen leaves baffled staff feeling hungry

BBC staff are said to be in “uproar” after the corporation’s canteen instigated a “six chip” rule for cooked meals. Servers in the kitchens at Broadcasting House caused widespread bafflement after they were seen individually counting out chips as part of a new quota for employees. Rebellion quickly started brewing among the BBC’s staff of thousands over the policy, some of whom took to social media to express their dismay. You can see a picture of the pitiful plates here.

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