The PM condemned the "sickening murder" of Moaz al Kasasbeh. Photo: YouTube screengrab
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Cameron condemns "sickening murder" of Jordanian pilot burned alive by Islamic State

The Prime Minister says the brutal attack has strengthened international resolve to defeat the extremist militants.

David Cameron has condemned the "sickening murder" of the Jordanian pilot burned alive by Islamic State (IS).

Speaking at the beginning of PMQs today, he told the House of Commons:

I'm sure the whole house will join me in condemning the sickening murders in Syria of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and the Jordanian pilot Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh. I'm sure the thoughts and prayers of the whole House will be with their families at this very difficult time . . .

I can assure the House that we will not stop until the murderous Isil extremists behind this, and their poisonous ideology are eradicated.

The Prime Minister has also commented separately that the barbaric act against the pilot will only serve to "strengthen" international resolve to defeat the militant extremists:

These terrorists' brutal behaviour will only strengthen our resolve. We stand in solidarity with our Jordanian friends and we will continue to work with them and our other Coalition partners to defeat Isil.

Anoosh Chakelian is deputy web editor at the New Statesman.

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The big problem for the NHS? Local government cuts

Even a U-Turn on planned cuts to the service itself will still leave the NHS under heavy pressure. 

38Degrees has uncovered a series of grisly plans for the NHS over the coming years. Among the highlights: severe cuts to frontline services at the Midland Metropolitan Hospital, including but limited to the closure of its Accident and Emergency department. Elsewhere, one of three hospitals in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are to be shuttered, while there will be cuts to acute services in Suffolk and North East Essex.

These cuts come despite an additional £8bn annual cash injection into the NHS, characterised as the bare minimum needed by Simon Stevens, the head of NHS England.

The cuts are outlined in draft sustainability and transformation plans (STP) that will be approved in October before kicking off a period of wider consultation.

The problem for the NHS is twofold: although its funding remains ringfenced, healthcare inflation means that in reality, the health service requires above-inflation increases to stand still. But the second, bigger problem aren’t cuts to the NHS but to the rest of government spending, particularly local government cuts.

That has seen more pressure on hospital beds as outpatients who require further non-emergency care have nowhere to go, increasing lifestyle problems as cash-strapped councils either close or increase prices at subsidised local authority gyms, build on green space to make the best out of Britain’s booming property market, and cut other corners to manage the growing backlog of devolved cuts.

All of which means even a bigger supply of cash for the NHS than the £8bn promised at the last election – even the bonanza pledged by Vote Leave in the referendum, in fact – will still find itself disappearing down the cracks left by cuts elsewhere. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.