In the headlines
Britain and France have signed a security pact to reduce the number of illegal immigrants crossing the Channel. The agreed measures include a 40% boost in the number of officers patrolling the French coast, and more spending on surveillance equipment such as drones and night vision goggles. Jeremy Hunt has warned that “we are going to see everyone paying more tax” under plans to be announced in Thursday’s Autumn Statement. The Chancellor is also looking to slash public spending by £35bn, with cuts including a scaling back of the government’s energy support scheme so that it favours pensioners and benefits claimants. England’s cricketers are the Twenty20 world champions, after beating Pakistan in yesterday’s final. They are the first men’s team to hold the 20- and 50-over titles at the same time.