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EU Referendum: George Osborne to salvage his credibility as he defends Britain's role in Europe- live

• Osborne goes before Treasury Select Committee to discuss EU • Quitting the EU 'would help our security', former MI6 chief suggests • Close restaurants, pubs and clubs which do not have disabled toilets • Cameron flies to Spain...

EU Referendum: George Osborne to salvage his credibility as he defends Britain's role in Europe- live

• Osborne goes before Treasury Select Committee to discuss EU
• Quitting the EU 'would help our security', former MI6 chief suggests
• Close restaurants, pubs and clubs which do not have disabled toilets

• Cameron flies to Spain after 'tough' week
• Jeremy Corbyn's PMQ's performance a 'f****** disaster'

9:15 Boris: Im out, and I?m proud

The pro-Brexit Mayor of London has called on the LGBT community to leave the EU as their rights are threatened in other countries across Europe.

In a video message organised by the ‘Out and Proud’ pro-Brexit LGBT campaign group, Mr Johnson said: “Let me ask you a question, did those rights, those freedoms, that spirit come form the EU?

"Or did it come form people campaigning in our courts, our parliament?

“It was us, the British people that created that environment of happiness and contentment for LGBT people and it is absolutely vital that we fight for those rights today because they are under threat in Poland, in Hungary, in Romania and other parts of the EU where they are not protected in the way they are in our country.

“What we need is to take back control LGBT issues and everything else.

“Im out, and I’m proud.”

9:00 Brexit could push up British bills by the equivalent of around £1.5 million a day

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has said energy costs could "rocket" by half a billion pounds a year if Britain votes to leave the European Union.

Pointing to a report by National Grid on the consequences of leaving the EU, she will say that the "massive electric shock" of Brexit could push up British bills by the equivalent of around £1.5 million a day.

In a speech to employerslater today she is expected to say: "If we left the European internal market, we'd get a massive electric shock because UK energy costs are likely to rocket by at least half a billion pounds a year - the equivalent of British bills going up by around £1.5 million each and every day.

The regulator Ofgem's Christmas message was a warning that the lights could go out even sooner than feared  Photo: Alamy

"We can't let our energy security be hijacked as a political pawn to bring Europe to its knees. By working together in the European Union each member state can stop this becoming a reality."

Responding to Ms Rudd’s comments on the EU and energy security, Vote Leave Chief Executive Matthew Elliott said: "Amber Rudd’s absurd claims simply aren’t backed up by her own research.

"It is quite extraordinary the extent to which the Government is willing to do down Britain in its desperate attempt to win the referendum.

"In fact the EU makes our energy bills more expensive and costs us £350m a week. If we want cheaper bills, less commission interference and the ability to spend our money on our priorities, then the safe option is to Vote Leave.’

Amber Rudd, the new Energy and Climate Change Minister  Photo: PA

8:30 Christian leaders should help their Muslim 'brothers and sisters' in the fight against extremism

David Cameron has urged Christian leaders to help their Muslim “brothers and sisters” in the fight against extremism.

Speaking at an Easter reception in Downing Street following the Brussels attacks, the Prime Minister said: “This is the great fight that we have to join.

“Our brothers and sisters who are Muslims, they want our assistance. We should be reaching out and wanting to help them battle against extremism.

“We have to build stronger and more resilient communities. We have to make sure that people who are drifting into an extremist mindset are yanked back.”

He repeated his belief that Britain is a Christian country argued that it “actually helps others of a different faith to feel there’s a space for faith”.

Muslim men pray at the East London Mosque on the last day of Ramadan   Photo: Getty

8:00 Osborne questioned on the benefits of remaining in the European Union

Good Morning,

George Osborne will go before the Treasury Select Committee at 10:30 this morning to discuss the benefits of remaining in the EU.

It comes as he attempts to repair the damage caused by last week’s financial statement, which has plunged the Conservative Party into its biggest crisis since the 1990s.

The Chancellor is prepared to attempt to rebuild his reputation following last week’s Budget, which prompted the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith over cuts to disability benefits.

On tuesday Mr Osborne rebuffed claims that he does disregards poor Britons, saying that their “hopes and aspirations would be crushed” without his economic reforms.

But in the wake of Mr Osborne’s disastrous Budget, the Chancellor admitted that his bid to cut disability benefits had been a “mistake”.

Backbench Conservatives rallied around Mr Osborne has he gave his Commons speech, which was seen as an attempt to save his ambition to be the next Tory leader.

Make it easy and enjoyable for your customers to spend more  Photo: Rex Features

He was cheered by MPs as he said that he his “fighting” for “real decent hard-working people, not numbers on a Treasury spreadsheet”, in a rejection of recent attacks by Iain Duncan Smith, who resigned last week.

"These are the people that I am fighting for, real decent hard-working people, not numbers on a Treasury spreadsheet but people whose lives would be impoverished, whose hopes and aspirations would be crushed if we had gone on spending more and more than the country earned," he said.

"Getting things right for these people is what I'm all about and it weighs on every decision I have taken as Chancellor over the last six years.

"These are the people that we in this party have been elected to serve."

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London  Photo: PAUL GROVER

Yesterday Boris Johnson disputed claims before the Treasury Select Committee that the EU is “essential” for Britain’s security, telling MPs that European courts are hampering the Government's ability to deport terrorists and carry out effective surveillance on suspects.

He highlighted the fact that Britain was unable to deport the daughter-in-law of Abu Hamza, the terrorist, because of a ruling by the European Court of Justice.

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