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PM says pro-Union voices 'worried about retribution'

David Cameron claims pro-Union academics will not speak out for fear of "retribution" from the nationalist-run Holyrood government.

Speaking to the Scottish Daily Mail, the Prime Minister claimed: "Recently I was talking to university vice chancellors who are very much part of the silent majority."

"They don't want to speak out ... because they worry about retribution from the Scottish government," he added.

He argued the same was true of the Scottish business community, saying: "I do hear a lot of businesses say they are frightened to speak because when they do the Scottish Government behaves in a bullying and overbearing way."

Read: Cameron 'emotional and nervous' about Scotland vote

Cameron 'emotional and nervous' about Scotland vote

David Cameron has admitted he is "emotional and nervous" about the result of the Scottish independence referendum.

The Prime Minister told the Scottish Daily Mail: "The commentary has settled down, the argument is going better and I feel more confident. But it is a massive decision, so it’s right to be both emotional and nervous."

David Cameron speaking in Glasgow on Thursday.
David Cameron speaking in Glasgow on Thursday. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He also insisted there was no need for the 'No' campaign to switch tactics after the pro-independence side claimed they were reclaiming ground following the recent TV debates.

"I think what the No campaign must do is continue with the very clear argument made," the Prime Minister said.

"The No campaign provides certainty, clarity, and talks about how we’re safer, more prosperous, more secure together."

Read: Scottish referendum votes put up for sale on eBay

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Rogue landlords 'ruin our reputation', says NLA

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has backed tougher measures against rogue landlords, saying they "ruin" the reputation of the private rented sector.

Richard Bianco, a member of the NLA's London team, said any moves to help landlords reinvest profits and improve their properties was "welcome".

"Rogue landlords ruin our reputation and we want to drive them out," he added.

Read: Call for clampdown on rogue landlords

Call for clampdown on rogue landlords

Housing policy experts have issued a call for stricter new minimum standards in the private rented sector to combat rogue landlords.

A new report from the Chartered Institute of Housing and thinktank the Resolution Foundation said landlords who exploit tenants should face tough sanctions.

Housing experts want more protection for tenants in the private rented sector.
Housing experts want more protection for tenants in the private rented sector. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The recommendations have also gained the support of the National Landlords Association, the umbrella body representing landlords.

The report says there has been huge expansion in the number of private rented homes in the past 15 years, with some landlords trying to take advantage of tenants.

Read: Private sector rents edge above inflation

PM seeks coordinated EU action against Islamic State

David Cameron is set to use an EU summit in Brussels today to push for concerted European action to tackle terrorist group Islamic State, also known as Isis.

The move follows the announcement on Friday that the UK's terror threat has been upgraded from 'substantial' to 'severe', with the Home Secretary saying an attempted attack was now "highly likely".

The Prime Minister wants European leaders to revive a move for police and security services to share passenger record information to help track jihadists.

The move has widespread support among member states but has been held up in the European Parliament due to concerns about civil liberties and privacy.

Read: Miliband calls for 'multilateral' strategy to defeat IS

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Cameron to urge further EU sanctions against Russia

David Cameron is set to urge fellow EU leaders to impose more sanctions on the Russian government over Ukraine.

The summit was originally convened to select key posts in the new European Commission, but has now turned its focus to the crisis in eastern Europe.

David Cameron will reportedly push for more sanctions against the Russian government.
David Cameron will reportedly push for more sanctions against the Russian government. Credit: Facundo Arrizabalaga/PA Wire/Press Association Images

British government sources believe pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine now have a range of heavy weaponry supplied by the Kremlin, including 100 battle tanks, artiellery and missile launchers.

Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, has issued strong warnings against foreign nations not to "mess" with his country.

Mr Putin also compared the Ukrainian authorities to Nazi forces who targeted Soviet civilians during the Second World War.

Read: Seven Nato allies plan rapid reaction force in Ukraine

Protests set against upcoming Nato summit in Wales

Protests are expected this afternoon in south Wales ahead of a Nato summit later this week.

The Stop the War Coalition's 'No to Nato' demonstration is set to go on until the end of the summit, which runs over September 4th and 5th.

The Stop the War website says the 60 leaders, including President Obama, are meeting to "plan their war on the world".

It is expected that the crisis in Ukraine and how to respond to alleged Russian aggression in the region will be high on the agenda at the summit.

Read: Seven Nato allies plan rapid reaction force in Ukraine

Ukraine crisis likely to top agenda at EU summit

The crisis in Ukraine is likely to dominate an extraordinary summit of European Union leaders today in Brussels.

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday issued a strongly worded warning to Western nations not to "mess" with Russia, pointing out that it is a nuclear-armed power.

Nato allies are also reportedly considering a new rapid reaction force to boost the military bloc's defences in response to Russia's apparent involvement in Ukraine.

Read: Putin to foreign states: 'It's best not to mess with us'

Pickles plan to help residents scrap yellow lines

Local residents could get the right to challenge yellow lines on their roads, under proposals to be unveiled by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

The Daily Mail reports that Mr Pickles wants residents to be able to launch a formal review if more than 50 of them - or over 10% of the population - are against yellow lines.

Eric Pickles wants to help local residents get rid of unwanted yellow lines.
Eric Pickles wants to help local residents get rid of unwanted yellow lines. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

‘Too often, yellow lines are imposed on neighbourhoods or the high street, without fair consideration of the livelihood of residents, local shops or the availability of parking spaces,’ Mr Pickles said.

The policy could also apply to "unfair parking charges" and other unpopular parking policies.

Read: Council 'spy cars' could soon be banned in England

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