Newspaper headlines: Migrant study, Claudia Winkleman daughter's accident

A report into UK immigration is interpreted in different ways by Wednesday's newspapers.

The Guardian says the findings of University College London academics highlight the "positive impact of migration within the European Union" and show the UK attracts the most highly skilled and highly educated.

European migrants are "not a drain on Britain's finances and pay out far more in taxes than they receive in state benefits", it says.

It cites figures in the report showing immigrants from the European Economic Area (EEA) made a net contribution of about £20bn to UK public finances between 2000 and 2011. Nearly £5bn of the total was contributed by members of the 10 east European countries which joined the EU in 2004.

According to the Independent, the analysis suggests restrictions on EU migrants proposed by the Conservatives would have an impact on the UK economy.

The research comes at a time of fierce debate over freedom of movement within the European Union, notes the Financial Times.

But the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail opt to focus on the data showing immigrants from outside Europe cost the public purse £117bn between 1995 and 2011.

The Daily Telegraph suggests this was a consequence of the last Labour government's "vigorously pro-immigration" policies. The Daily Mail says the information was "buried inside" the 51-page report.

The Times sums up both sides of the argument with its headline: "Migrants costs £120bn but energetic young Europeans earn their keep".

And it also airs the concerns of think tank Civitas, which accuses the report's authors of having a "shallow focus" to prove their case and ignoring the Europe-wide social impact of migration.


'One-all draw'

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A tribunal decision that overtime should be taken into account when holiday pay is calculated attracts the attention of the leader writers.

The ruling considered EU employment law and the Daily Mirror sees it as "groundbreaking". According to the paper the "doomsayers claiming jobs will be lost are the same scaremongers who falsely claimed the minimum wage would price workers out of jobs".

It is "another good reason" for workers to support the UK's membership of the EU, adds the paper.

But the Daily Mail sees it as a "terrifying threat to jobs, growth and the very survival of many small and medium-sixed firms" and says it adds powerfully to the arguments for "shaking off the dead weight" of Europe.

While the Sun sees the decision as "blatantly unfair" for UK businesses, it acknowledges that rules do need changing in situations where workers are compelled to work overtime.

Meanwhile, Ed Goodwyn, an employment lawyer, quoted in the Financial Times, assesses the case as a "one-all draw".

The paper says that workers have won the right to receive extra holiday pay, but the tribunal's decision will have a much smaller impact than businesses had feared as it strictly limits the scope for historic payouts.


'Best care'

There is widespread coverage of the Halloween accident involving Strictly presenter Claudia Winkleman's eight-year-old daughter, with the story featuring on the front pages of the Daily Express, Daily Mail,Daily Mirror, Daily Star, Daily Telegraph,Metro and the Sun.

Matilda is reported to have been with her mother in London on Friday night trick-or-treating when her Halloween costume came into contact with flames from a candle inside a pumpkin.

The Daily Telegraph notes that the London Fire Brigade reiterated the warning in a statement issued by Winkleman about the dangers of candles, open fires and fireworks.

The Daily Mail reports that Winkleman missed the following day's Strictly Come Dancing programme and the BBC admitted her daughter was unwell. But it has since emerged the incident was more serious than first thought.

Winkleman and her husband Kris Thykier have praised the dedication of the NHS staff caring for their daughter, reports the Daily Mirror, adding that the couple say she is getting the "best care possible" and they are hopeful of a full recovery.


'Mobiles war'

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid's plans to end mobile phone blackspots are outlined.

The Daily Telegraph says he is prepared to introduce laws to force operators to allow customers to switch to rivals' signals if their own is not available.

His pledge is seen by the Daily Mail as an indication that ministers are going to "war with mobile phone giants" over a problem which affects a fifth of the country.

But according to the front page story in the Times, Mr Javid's "key policy" is being challenged by Home Secretary Theresa May on national security grounds.

The paper says it has seen a confidential letter which indicates Mrs May has raised objections, warning some of the options could have a "detrimental impact" on the work of police and intelligence agencies.


My regeneration

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The Daily Telegraph reports on Who guitarist Pete Townshend's latest project - the lavish restoration of a 17th Century country house.

Under the headline "My regeneration", the paper remind its readers that in his time Townshend has been no stranger to destruction, smashing electric guitars on stage as a young member of The Who.

His renovation of Ashdown House, a National Trust property on the border of Oxfordshire and Berkshire, has now been highly commended by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors at its annual awards.

Townshend purchased a 41-year lease on the property - built by William, the first Earl of Craven, for the sister of King Charles I - for £4.5m in 2010.

Its cupola, the roof, and the oak frames of the house have all been restored. And his architects even went as far as having a local quarry reopened so they could source chalk stone for its ornate exterior.


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