As pro-EU group launches…

Britain Stronger In Europe logo“The campaign to keep Britain in the EU will launch on Monday amid claims the government is sending mixed signals over the role it wants business to play. At the launch of the cross-party movement in London, its chairman Lord Rose, former Marks and Spencer chief executive and Conservative peer, will rebut claims by anti-EU campaigners that it would be the “patriotic course” for Britain to withdraw from the trading bloc.” – Financial Times

  • Clark claims UK will become third-rate power outside the EU – The Independent
  •  ‘In’ chief brands Leave supporters as ‘quitters’ – Daily Telegraph
  • EU is worth £450 a year to every Briton, claims Lord Rose – The Times (£)
  • Peer behind ‘In’ campaign attacked Brussels just months ago – Daily Mail
  • Lucas and NUS chief on ‘In’ campaign board – The Independent


  • Pro-Europeans must make an optimistic case for staying – Kenneth Clarke, The Independent
  • If there’s a grand plan to keep Britain in, Cameron hides it well – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun (£)


…Farage hints that Johnson might lead ‘Leave’ campaign

“Boris Johnson could become the face of the campaign for Britain to leave the EU, Nigel Farage claimed today. The Ukip leader said it would be ‘good news’ if the London Mayor could be persuaded to join the effort to sever ties with Brussels.” – Daily Mail

Matt Ridley: Let’s face it, Cameron’s renegotiation is going nowhere

EU Exit“Andrew Duff, a former MEP and well-informed Brussels insider, recently commented that the government’s attempt at renegotiation “continues to distress Britain’s pro-Europeans, antagonise its anti-Europeans and bamboozle its EU partners”. He thinks the government is “overselling its ‘renegotiation’ and under-delivering””. – The Times (£)

>Today: Lord Flight’s column: If Cameron can’t return powers to Britain, he should back Brexit or stand down

Cameron 1) Warning to town halls to draw up plans for more houses before Whitehall does it

“David Cameron will today tell town halls that if they do not draw up plans to build more homes, then the Government will do it for them. All councils have been tasked with drawing up plans to show how many houses are needed in their area, and where they should be built. But almost a fifth of local authorities are dragging their heels – refusing to publish the plans amid local opposition to extensions to towns and villages.” – Daily Mail

  • Prime Minister’s final warning to solve housing crisis – The Sun (£)


>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Cameron’s shrinking renegotiation demands clarify the choice

Cameron 2) Crosby tells Tories immigration could cost them in 2020

Britain shield“The Conservatives risk losing the next election if they fail to cut immigration, David Cameron’s election strategist has warned. Lynton Crosby, the Australian campaign guru credited with helping the Tories win a majority in May, cautioned ministers against dismissing people’s fears over migration. After conducting a poll, he said it was the policy area people most wanted Mr Cameron to address.” – Daily Mail

  • Conservative fortunes rest on border control – The Sun (£)
  • Third of three million EU migrants in UK arrived during Cameron’s premiership – Daily Mail
  • Three hundred lawyers criticise response to refugee crisis – Daily Mail


  • Toryism has found is heart, but we must be persuaded it beats – Matthew d’Ancona, The Guardian

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Clarke says May’s tone was wrong on immigration

Osborne welcomes economic growth

“George Osborne hailed the strength of the British economy at the weekend as reports show rapid growth in wages, improved business optimism and a “sugar rush” of consumer spending. But the good news for the chancellor was clouded by the uncertainty hanging over the global economy at the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund, forcing him to acknowledge that the future is likely to be more difficult.” – Financial Times

  • Private sector wages rising at fastest rate for a decade – The Times (£)

Willets pays tribute to Lord Howe

HOWE Geoffrey“Thatcherism is often presented as an insurgent movement, sweeping away the tenets and personnel of conventional postwar Conservatism. However, Howe’s career challenges this account. He was already a key figure in the Conservative party before Thatcher’s rise to power and remained so throughout her time in office.” – David Willets, Financial Times

  • The Iron Lady, not Healey nor Howe, saved the British economy – Tim Montgomerie, CapX

Davis joins ‘hunger strike’ for last Guantanamo detainee

“Supporters of the last British prisoner in Guantanamo Bay are staging a hunger strike to keep up the pressure for his release. MPs, celebrities and members of the public will show solidarity for Shaker Aamer by not eating or drinking for at least 24 hours… Those taking part include his own family, his lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith, MPs including Tory backbencher David Davis and Shadow Justice Minister Andy Slaughter, and actors Mark Rylance and Maxine Peake.” – Daily Mail

Wollaston accuses Health Secretary of cover up over sugar tax

Tax TakeJeremy Hunt has become embroiled in a furious row with the head of the Commons select committee, who last night accused him of suppressing an “inconvenient” report on the case for a sugar tax. Dr Sarah Wollaston said the refusal to disclose a scientific review on how to reduce the country’s sugar intake ahead of an inquiry into child obesity would cause “immense damage” and set a “dangerous precedent”.” – Daily Telegraph

Labour MP faces backlash after slurring Hunt’s wife

“A Labour MP triggered fury last night after questioning why Jeremy Hunt’s Chinese wife had come to Britain. Helen Goodman faced a backlash over an apparent response to the Tory minister’s suggestion that tax credit cuts could encourage Britons to work as hard as people in fast-growing Asian economies. Miss Goodman, MP for Bishop Auckland, tweeted: ‘If China is so great, why did Jeremy Hunt‘s wife come to England?’” – Daily Mail

Vaz attacks plan to ease pressure on British prisons

Prison bars“A Texas-inspired scheme to keep repeat offenders out of jail must not be used just to save cash on Britain’s prison population, a top MP warned last night. Keith Vaz spoke out as cash-strapped Ministry of Justice officials studied radical plans for specialist courts to offer low-level criminals with drink and drug problems alternative sentences.” – The Sun (£)

Ian Birrell: Could prisons really lie at the heart of this Government’s legacy?

“Shortly after the Conservatives won their unexpected victory in the general election, I asked a Downing Street aide what he thought would be the key legacy of the Government. His two-word answer surprised me: “Prison reform.” The source added that both the Prime Minister and his new Justice Secretary were determined to sort out a flawed system that locked up so many people and yet failed to stop them reoffending.” – The Independent

Creagh and others fear purge of moderates by Momentum group

Momentum“When asked yesterday whether she feared a purge after the creation of the organisation, Ms Creagh, who is the MP for Wakefield, said: “I think it’s not impossible and I think it’s important that Jeremy makes clear what the purpose of this new group is… because if the Labour party descends into factionalism and infighting it’s our electoral chances that are harmed.”” – The Times (£)

Corbyn refuses to comment on new reports of IRA links

“Jeremy Corbyn has refused to comment on new reports of his and shadow Chancellor John McDonnell’s alleged “close links” to the IRA. Archived documents showed Mr Corbyn attended several events supporting the IRA in the 1980s and ’90s, and held a high-level position on a left-wing magazine that controversially sympathised with the Brighton Bombing in 1984, according to the Sunday Telegraph.” – The Independent

  • The Labour leader, Sinn Fein, and the IRA – Daily Telegraph
  • Corbyn loses ‘Right Honourable’ title after spurning Privy Council – Daily Mail
  • Labour leader dodged the Queen by hiking in Scotland – Daily Mail


  • For Corbyn, next May is all that matters – Patrick Wintour, The Guardian

Police face questions over allowing Watson to hijack investigation

Police helmet“Scotland Yard is facing disturbing questions about how it was railroaded by Tom Watson into extending its VIP paedophile investigations. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe’s senior officers are accused of allowing Labour’s deputy leader to effectively direct inquiries into Lord Brittan and other high-profile figures.” – Daily Mail

  • Labour deputy caused ‘panic’ at Scotland Yard – Daily Mail
  • Director of Public Prosecutions should publish Watson letters, MPs demand – Daily Telegraph
  • Watson could be questioned by home affairs committee – The Times (£)
  • Colleagues urge Labour deputy to apologise – The Sun (£)
  • MPs demand apology for ‘lies’ about Brittan – Daily Telegraph
  • Why is Watson being attacked? – The Independent

Abbott accused of acting like ‘internet troll’ over Syria vote

“Labour frontbencher Diane Abbott was today branded an ‘internet troll’ by an MP from her own party in an increasingly bitter row over supporting military action in Syria. More than 50 Labour MPs are said to be ready to back Britain joining airstrikes in Syria, despite leader Jeremy Corbyn vowing not to support efforts to defeat ISIS. However, Ms Abbott rounded on those in favour of action, accusing them of wanting to ‘join with the Tories’.” – Daily Mail


  • We need a proper strategy, not excuses to drop bombs – Philippe Sands, Financial Times
  • Bloody bungling over Syria shames Britain – Peter McKay, Daily Mail

Burnham warns that right to rent could lead to ‘everyday racism’

Andy Burnham“Plans to force landlords to check their tenant’s immigration status could lead to “widespread discrimination” and “everyday racism”, the shadow home secretary has warned. Andy Burnham said the Government’s plans – outlined in the Immigration Bill which will be debated on Tuesday – could make Britain’s housing market a “hostile environment for tenants with foreign-sounding names”.” – The Times (£)

Sturgeon claims SNP will learn lessons from Thomson scandal

“Nicola Sturgeon has said her party will learn “any lessons that require to be learned” from the growing controversy over a prominent MP’s property deals, which were allegedly linked to mortgage fraud. Interviewed ahead of the SNP’s annual conference in Aberdeen this week, Sturgeon said her party “should operate to the highest standards”. The former business spokesperson Michelle Thomson resigned from the party last month.” – The Guardian

News in Brief:

  • BBC sidelines public responses in report on licence fee – Daily Mail
  • Queen intervenes to settle feud over title – Daily Telegraph
  • Death toll in Turkey continues to rise – Financial Times
  • Two RAF airmen killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash – The Sun (£)
  • MPs could vote digitally by 2020 – The Independent
  • Police banned from wearing Union Flag patch in case it causes offence – Daily Mail

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