Once we’re no longer sending the proceeds to Brussels, the Government can invest in education and social care without asking more from the taxpayer.
It theoretically commits the DUP to support the Government for the whole Parliament, but it’s up for review in two years and that’s when the money runs out.
Behind the ‘jobs miracle’ lies a system, built on tax credits, which subsidises low pay and encourages businesses to over-hire at the expense of investment.
Should May stay on? If not, when should she go? Who should the next Party leader be? Please take our monthly survey.
On that last question, so many potential runners and riders were named over the weekend that we could have provided a very long list indeed…
The Queen’s Speech provides concrete facts to grip on to and analyse, and a clear indicator of how the Government intends to lead our country.
John Strafford: This election campaign was a disaster. The Party must be radically reformed to stop it ever happening again.
Activists were directed to seats which there was no chance of us winning. It is quite clear that CCHQ did not have a clue about what was happening.
The Ofsted report is a vindication for the approach of Katharine Birbalsingh.
The Party must step up to provide organisation, oversight, training, and resources so our activists and members can advocate for the Tory cause.
“We were getting a lot of stories getting back, particularly from Central Europe, where people were saying ‘We’re going to be made second-class citizens’.”
“Thanks to the calamitous errors of two Conservative prime ministers in a row… we’re in this hell of a mess.”
Wanted: a revived campaign for Brexit of all parties and none. Without it, Remain may snatch victories from defeat.
The news is not all bad for supporters of Leave. But a weakened Government needs third party support to deliver not so much a Soft or Hard Brexit as a clean one.
We failed to campaign properly on the economy, and on schools & hospitals. More money must be found for the latter without tax or borrowing rises.
So much of the good work done under David Cameron was undone by this election campaign. Things must change or a majority will stay beyond our reach.
Yielding on the principle of residency would not have averted disputes on vital details, save by weakening the British negotiating position.
It is perfectly possible to govern well and enact great change with very little legislation. In fact, it can even be a blessing.
Ben Jeffreys: Scrap tuition fees. Fairer school funding. Votes at 16. How the Tories can win young people’s support.
Increasingly, the Conservatives are seen as protecting the interests of those who have acquired wealth by their old age.
The Conservatives gained a seat from an independent in Powys.
Mohammed Amin: The Government should now agree a Brexit position with other parties and the devolved administrations
After negotiations with the rest of the EU have been completed, the final agreement must be brought back to Parliament.
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The Supreme Court recently made it very clear that the courtesies built into devolution do not diminish the sovereignty of Parliament.
42 per cent and no majority 3) May should send for winners, having not won herself – and call in the Vote Leave team.
On the anniversary of the EU referendum, the party leadership needs an audit of what went wrong this month, and a plan for the Tory future in this Parliament.
Plus: Why haven’t Kensington and Chelsea’s leaders resigned too? Labour double standards on the Prime Minister. And: how Jake Berry became a cockney.
Brexit: May aims to expel EU prisoners as she publishes plan…
“Thousands of European criminals face deportation after Brexit as Theresa May makes the issue a key demand in negotiations. The prime minister will today present her detailed plans to grant three million citizens of EU states in Britain “settled status” and the right to live in the UK – as long as Britons in Europe receive an equivalent deal. However, Mrs May is expected to exempt “serious and persistent” criminals from that assurance. These are likely to include people guilty of violent crimes and sex and drug offences. The government’s post-Brexit immigration regime is also likely to impose tighter curbs on the abilities of convicts from EU countries to enter Britain.” – The Times (£)
- ‘Grace period’ is a novel way to tackle Brexit’s challenges – FT
- The Prime Minister’s 15-page Brexit plan revealed – Daily Telegraph
- Brits will still be able to get free healthcare everywhere, says Davis – The Sun
- Brexit Secretary says UK willing to do deal on ECJ influence – The Independent
- How will May’s offer on citizens’ rights work? – FT
…but ‘clear’ Cabinet split opening up over timetable
“A clear Cabinet split opened up over Brexit yesterday on how long any transitional trade deal would be in place. Brexit Secretary David Davis said a one to two year arrangement would be most likely when Britain quits the EU. But his comments put him at odds with Chancellor Philip Hammond who said earlier this month the process could take up to four years. Confirming Britain would need temporary trade arrangements with the EU for a time after Brexit, he said: “We think that there will be a transitional period, not that long. I think one to two years is more likely. It will vary. This is something incredibly practical.” Mr Davis also revealed he was not certain the UK would come to a deal with the EU.” – The Sun
- Fear that Gove could use Brexit to delay environmental plans – The Independent
- Experts warn against pulling out of Euratom – The Times (£)
- May urged to timetable Heathrow’s third runway – FT
- Chakrabarti suggests Opposition could back free movement, despite manifesto – The Sun
- Starmer says Labour want a ‘shared future’ with Brussels – Daily Express
- Unions urge Corbyn to fight for single market membership – The Times (£)
Juliet Samuel: The Brexit revolution is spinning out of the Tories’ control
“Revolutions often end up a long way from where they started. A year after triumphing in the Brexit referendum, many Conservatives learnt this the hard way during a brutally disappointing election night. The rebellious spirit that carried them to victory last June had seemed sure to manifest itself again by lifting the Tories, the newly committed champions of Brexit, to unprecedented heights. Instead, like a train switching tracks, the momentum suddenly turned and took a hard Left. With the Government now in paralysis, Tory Brexiteers are in danger of losing control of the revolution they began. History is full of examples of campaigns and rebellions that, once started, unleashed new political currents and took up new causes. Yesterday it was sovereignty. Today, austerity.” – Daily Telegraph
- ‘Stop immigration’ is no longer the Conservatives’ Brexit rallying cry – Matthew d’Ancona, The Guardian
- Whitehall will be tested to the limit as we prepare to go it alone – Anand Memon, Times Red Box
- Why there should not be a second Brexit referendum – David Allen Green, FT
- The case for a softer Brexit – Simon Hix, Times Red Box
- With politics turned on its head, Labour sticks to Brexit ambiguity – Larry Elliott, The Guardian
- Truth about how the Lords could aggravate the Government – Baroness Smith, Times Red Box
- Goodwill must prevail on EU citizens’ rights – FT
- ToryDiary: Wanted: a revived campaign for Brexit of all parties and none. Without it, Remain may snatch victories from defeat.
- Eric Ollerenshaw in Comment: The Conservatives must re-engage in the battle of ideas
Home Nations 1) Foster returns to London to finalise Conservative-DUP pact
“Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, has returned to London to try and finalise a deal to prop up Theresa May’s minority Government. Ms Foster is expected to meet with Mrs May at Downing Street on Monday morning to try and hammer out the terms of an arrangement which would see the DUP’s 10 MPs back the Prime Minister on key votes. It comes just days before the House of Commons will vote on the contents of Mrs May’s Queen’s Speech which sets out her legislative plans for government.” – Daily Telegraph
- Pound rises as parties close in on agreement – Daily Express
- Welsh and Scots will not get more cash as a result – The Sun
- Deal will make Tories nasty again, warns Patten… – Daily Telegraph
- …as he clashes with Rees-Mogg on Sunday morning show – Daily Express
- Ousting May would be ‘catastrophic’ for Brexit talks, warns Davis – The Guardian
- Patel won’t rule out deny leadership ambitions – The Times (£)
- This diligent Prime Minister deserves a second chance – Clare Foges, The Times (£)
- May has a large majority for progressive policies – Nigel Fletcher, Times Red Box
- ToryDiary: Should May stay on? If not, when should she go? Who should the next Party leader be? Please take our monthly survey.
- John Strafford in Comment: This election campaign was a disaster. The Party must be radically reformed to stop it ever happening again.
>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Patten – The past few months may have been worse than Suez
Home Nations 2) Sturgeon to push back referendum plans until after Brexit
“Nicola Sturgeon is set to put plans for a second independence referendum on the backburner this week – but only until after Brexit. Sources said Scotland’s First Minister will stop her push for a second vote after the SNP lost 21 seats in the General Election. She is expected to formally dump her bid to hold a vote between autumn 2018 and spring 2019 following a party summit. It’s claimed she’ll instead seek to build support for a referendum during two years of EU divorce talks – while flogging a referendum as an “insurance policy”.” – The Sun
- Davis urges SNP not to try to ‘sink’ the Government’s deal… – The Scotsman
- …as Blackford says a referendum would give voters their say – The Scotsman
- Crosby wanted May to call a Scottish referendum – The Times (£)
- Gordon Wilson, former SNP leader, dies – Daily Telegraph
- Davidson must find a way to sell Conservative policies to Scotland – Brian Monteith, The Scotsman
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