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The leadership race is on

conservativetree‘A member of the PM’s circle said: “There is a special place in hell reserved for Boris. He and Gove have basically engineered a right-wing coup. We need to get behind Theresa. She’s the grown-up.” Five other senior Tories also today break cover to mount “stop Boris” leadership bids. Signalling their intentions to run, Nicky Morgan, Stephen Crabb, Liam Fox and George Freeman call for the party to change direction as they mapped out blueprints for their campaigns. Aides said Jeremy Hunt, health secretary, is also “considering a run”.’ – The Sunday Times (£)

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>Today: ToryDiary: Britain needs a general election as well as a new Prime Minister

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The Conservative leadership contest. Cameron’s plan to stop Johnson.

The fall of David Cameron

‘In the 1980s, at university, his support for Thatcherism did not make him a true Thatcherite, and in the Tories’ years in opposition he developed an almost Blairite, ultra-practical belief in “what works”. The pride in pragmatism and the dislike of dogma and doctrine enabled him to win over and modernise the party, but as PM he was, to some, too flexible for his own good. He was brilliant at the front-of-house stuff, but where was the leadership? The managerial muddling-through was all very well, but where was the conviction and the vision? Too often decisions were made according to the demands of the day, rather than conviction or strategy. It looked irresolute and too expedient.’ – James Kirkup, Sunday Telegraph

‘No need to be nasty,’ Merkel cautions EU leaders

Angela Merkel‘Foreign ministers of the union’s six founding members urged Britain to invoke article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which triggers Brexit — something Cameron wants to leave to his successor, who will not be in place until October. “We have to move on . . . we need to turn the page,” said Bert Koenders, the Dutch ­ foreign minister. His comments were echoed by Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, who said Britons have “made their opinion crystal clear”. “I do not understand why the British government needs until October to decide whether to send the divorce letter to Brussels,” Juncker said. “It is not an amicable divorce, but it was also not an intimate love affair.” Merkel, however, warned fellow leaders that Britain should not be rushed into talks, which should be conducted in “an objective, good climate”.’ – Sunday Times (£)

Javid: We will make Brexit work for British businesses

‘A clear majority of the country wanted us to leave. My job now is to put their wishes into action in a way that ensures the UK remains open for business, continues to grow, and continues to thrive. And despite the turmoil and uncertainty, I believe there are grounds for optimism. For one thing, our economy has strong foundations. Over the past six years, we’ve worked hard to make Britain one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business. More British people are in work than ever before.’ – Sajid Javid, Sunday Times (£)

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>Today: ToryDiary: Where’s Osborne’s Punishment Budget?

How Vote Leave learned of their stunning success

Vote LEave‘Johnson reclined on the sofa, “snuggled up” with his QC wife, Marina Wheeler…For the most part his position was “reclining” but at about 1.30am a pleasing result caused Johnson to “leap out of his seat” and yell “Yes!” He narrowed his eyes and said to Wallace: “You know, we might do this”…Gove made clear he did not think the Brexiteers would win and “slid off to bed” before any results were declared…At 4.45am, as ITV was declaring victory for “leave”, Cook called Gove and woke him. “I’m terribly sorry to trouble you, Michael, but I’ve got some good news. We won!” A still bleary Gove replied: “Oh right. Wow. Well that’s a great result.”…About 4am Cummings was in his office when he heard a rumble through the wall. “Dom, Dom, Dom, Dom, Dom!” The digital experts had pronounced that Vote Leave could not lose. Cummings punched the air and hit the ceiling.’ – Sunday Times (£)

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>Yesterday: Lord Ashcroft on Comment: How the United Kingdom voted on Thursday – and why

Cooper’s flawed polling lulled Downing Street into a false sense of security

‘Cameron joked that he had “got my two speeches ready” — acknowledging that he might have to concede defeat — but most aides were bullish. His pollster, Andrew Cooper, had published a Populus poll showing “remain” 10 points ahead. Privately, Cooper thought the margin might be 20 points. Taunting text messages emanating from Downing Street were sent to Matthew Elliott, the chief executive of the rival campaign Vote Leave.’ – Sunday Times (£)

Corbyn sacked Hilary Benn overnight

Jeremy Corbyn (Tory Poster)‘Jeremy Corbyn has sacked Hilary Benn from his Shadow Cabinet amid reports he was leading a coup against him. The Shadow Foreign Secretary was said to have asked his colleagues to resign en masse if Mr Corbyn stayed on as leader of the party following his ‘lacklustre’ performance for the Remain campaign in the EU referendum. But Mr Corbyn has struck the first blow after stating yesterday he would face up to any challenge and would run again in a leadership contest. A Labour Party spokesman confirmed Mr Benn had been removed from his role in the early hours of this morning after he took a call from his leader at 1am.’ – Mail on Sunday

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Farage: UKIP isn’t going away

‘Mr Farage, cigarette in hand, is contemplating the journey that has now delivered the dream of freedom from Brussels that is his, if it is anyone’s. “I can barely take it in really. I know it’s happened. But as I watched it at 2am, half past two, three, half past three, and started to realise it was actually going to happen, I just couldn’t believe it. To beat the entire Establishment – and it was the entire Establishment – Bank of England, the Treasury, and it was global too – Obama – and the threats – it shows you the disconnect between SW1 and the rest of the country is just enormous.”’ – Sunday Telegraph

>Today: Douglas Hansen-Luke on Comment: What to do now on immigration. Let’s stay open to the world, but close off welfare access.

Support for Scottish independence rises to 52 per cent

Scottish flag‘Britain’s vote for Brexit has fuelled a rise in support for Scottish independence, with a majority of Scots now prepared to leave the UK, a new poll suggests. The Panelbase survey for The Sunday Times points to a reversal of the result of the 2014 independence referendum, with “yes” now on 52%, up seven points, and “no” on 48%, down seven points. It also found more than half (52%) believe Scotland is likely to become independent within five to 10 years, up from just 30% when the same question was asked in April.’ – Sunday Times (£)

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The next Conservative leader can see off Sturgeon

Lammy calls for Parliament to defy the people and reject Brexit

‘Labour MP David Lammy has sparked outrage after calling on MPs to disregard the result of the referendum and use Parliament to keep Britain in the EU. He said Parliament can “stop this madness” and block a Brexit, arguing the result of Thursday’s historic vote was “non-binding”.Mr Lammy, a former minister, said it remains sovereign despite the poll, which produced a shock win for the Leave side. The Tottenham MP said the House of Commons, where a majority of members backed Remain, can “bring this nightmare to an end”.’ – The Sun on Sunday (£)

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: London will have to live with Brexit

‘Sometimes you’re better off out’ – Greening announces she is in a same sex relationship

GREENING Flickr‘International Development Secretary Justine Greening has revealed she is in a same sex relationship. The announcement makes Ms Greening the first openly LGBT female cabinet minister…Ms Greening wrote: “Today’s a good day to say I’m in a happy same sex relationship, I campaigned for Stronger In but sometimes you’re better off out!” London was awash with colour yesterday as the LGBT community celebrated with its annual Pride festival despite security fears following the Orlando massacre.’ – The Sun on Sunday (£)

Lord Mayhew has died

‘Former Conservative Cabinet minister Lord Mayhew, who served as attorney general and Northern Ireland secretary during critical events for both posts, has died at the age of 86. Lord Patrick Mayhew was MP for Tunbridge Wells between 1974 and 1977, when he stood down. In a statement, his family said he died peacefully at his home in Kent on Saturday, adding: ‘He had lived with cancer and Parkinson’s for several years. He worked hard for peace in Northern Ireland.” – Mail on Sunday

Baltics urge NATO to keep Putin at bay

Putin hunting‘The head of Estonia’s army has urged Nato to set up “a speed bump with spikes” to deter Russia from developing military ambitions in the Baltic states. General Riho Terras called for the “strongest possible signal” to be sent to Russia that the alliance would respond to an attack on any of its members by invoking article 5 of its founding treaty, under which all the others would be obliged to come to its defence. He was speaking before the Nato summit in Warsaw on July 8-9 where its 28 members are due to ratify recent proposals to station a total of four battalions in Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.’ – Sunday Times (£)

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