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British Bill of Rights will replace Human Rights Act, assures Truss

Liz Truss’The Human Rights Act will be scrapped in favour of a British Bill of Rights by the new Government, the Justice Secretary has pledged. A new British Bill of Rights will be introduced, Liz Truss has insisted, dismissing speculation that the Government is planning to scrap the manifesto pledge. In recent weeks it was suggested that the Bill had been “junked” by Theresa May’s new top team… It had been claimed that Mrs May had ordered a review of plans for a new British Bill of Rights in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union. Whitehall officials said that the new Prime Minister had asked Ms Truss to re-think the pledge, which was in the Conservative manifesto. Mrs May is understood to be concerned about the proposals as they stand, particularly a concession agreed by the previous government that Britain would remain signed up to the European Court of Human Rights. Any delay to the proposals would anger Conservative MPs who have long campaigned for the Bill of Rights.’ – Daily Telegraph

  • Justice Secretary ‘dismisses’ talk of abandoning manifesto pledge – Independent
  • And reaffirms her ‘commitment’ to it – The Times (£)
  • But she ‘refused to give a timeline’ – Guardian

Euro summit trio vow to cooperate more

EU Exit brexit‘The EU must sharply increase cooperation on defence and intelligence to combat Islamic terrorism and other threats, the leaders of France, Germany and Italy said, as they insisted that they were not disheartened by Britain’s historic decision to leave the bloc. Standing on the deck of a huge Italian aircraft carrier, the Giuseppe Garibaldi, Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel and Matteo Renzi acknowledged that Europe faced the forces of “disintegration” and grave threats, including terrorist attacks, the war in Syria and the migration crisis. It was a highly symbolic venue – the Garibaldi is coordinating the EU’s migrant rescue operation in the Mediterranean, amid fears that Islamist terrorists could enter Europe by passing themselves off as refugees. The German chancellor, who is known to back deeper EU defence plans, called for more sharing of information between European intelligence services to thwart the kind of attacks that have hit her country, France and Belgium.’ – Daily Telegraph

More Europe

  • May sticks up for borders after Juncker calls them ‘worst invention’ – Daily Telegraph 
  • Uncertainty remains over EU nationals – FT
  • Sweden ‘warns against’ British tax cuts – Independent
  • 16 embassies report increased passport applications – Independent
  • Johnson talks trade deals with New Zealand counterpart – The Sun (£)
  • Sarkozy announces 2017 presidential bid – Daily Mail

Comment:

  • Europe’s middle-agers are unsure about EU – Anne McElvoy, Guardian
  • More from my new book on Euro flaws – Joseph Stiglitz, Guardian

Editorial:

  • Schengen has ‘played into criminals’ hands’ – Daily Express

>Today: Quentin Letts in Comment: Europhiles have even managed to make Groundhog Day about Brexit

>Today: ToryDiary: Sir Nils Olav’s lesson in nationhood

Report shows ‘widening pay gap’ for mothers

‘Working mothers face a growing pay gap compared with their male colleagues from the moment they return from maternity leave, research has found. The study, by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, found that while the overall gender wage gap in Britain had narrowed during the past two decades, women with children were falling dramatically behind. A young woman working full-time without children earns about 6 per cent less than her male counterparts. Ten years after giving birth, the wage differential increases to more than 30 per cent. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which commissioned the study, said that part of the problem was that most employers still failed to offer flexible working hours or jobshares for more senior jobs.’ The Times (£)

  • Divide over salaries and promotion – Guardian
  • ‘Wage penalty’ has long-term effect – Independent

Melanie Phillips: We must face up to reality of radicalisation 

Prison bars‘As the Islamist demagogue Anjem Choudary awaits sentencing for inviting support for Islamic State, the government is facing a crisis of its own making over the radicalisation of Muslim prisoners. Choudary, who is said to have radicalised thousands of British Muslims over the years, is reportedly to be segregated from other prisoners when he is sent to jail next month. The review by Ian Acheson of Islamist extremism in prisons, whose summary was published yesterday while the rest remains classified, suggests that a small number of the most dangerous Islamist prisoners be segregated to prevent them from accelerating still further the growing problem of inmate radicalisation. Neither Choudary’s conviction nor Acheson’s report does more than scratch the surface of this long-standing and dangerous problem. Acheson confirmed fears that British jails have become universities of jihad. Islamists were threatening prison staff and other inmates, aggressively promoting conversion to Islam and pressuring staff to leave the prayer room during periods of unsupervised collective worship.’The Times (£)

  • ‘Record number’ of women in counter-terror arrests  – Independent
  • Plan to ban prison prayers vetoed – The Times (£)
  • Choudary to be questioned by French and Belgian services – Daily Mail
  • Jihadists’ French prison plot ‘foiled’ – The Times (£)

Editorial:

  • Dealing with extremism is ‘not straightforward’ – Guardian

More justice

  • Drone intercepted en route to prison – The Times (£)
  • Court fees ‘price out’ small businesses – FT

Comment:

  • Rudd must ‘restore trust’ that May lost with police – Chris Hobbs, Daily Telegraph

>Today: Local Government: Keeping up with the criminals in Hampshire

Seven-day NHS could need more staff and money

NHS‘The NHS may have too few staff and  too little money to deliver Government pledges for a “truly seven-day NHS” by 2020, leaked Department of Health documents reveal. Confidential papers drawn up for Jeremy Hunt and other ministers in late July detail a list of risks to the Government’s manifesto pledge. Civil servants who drew up the “risk register” and other documents assessing the policy, said the greatest danger was lack of NHS staff, “meaning the full service cannot be delivered”. The documents, obtained by the Guardian and Channel 4 News, also suggest staff could provide an obstacle to such changes, because “they do not believe in the case for change”.’ Daily Telegraph 

  • Leak shows junior doctors’ ‘concerns were right’ – Guardian
  • Can we cope with emergency demand? – Daily Telegraph

Comment:

  • Hunt’s ‘deception’ – Rachel Clarke, Guardian

More Government

Comment:

  • May needs to be more statist than u-turns on obesity – Clare Foges, The Times (£) 
  • And must think harder about housing – John McTernan, FT
  • Housing Minister’s ‘Nimby’ approach to shortage – Jon Stone, Independent
  • How to stop ’institutional finance’ from ‘funding impoverishment’ – Paul Mason, Guardian
  • Big data shows ‘algoracism’ – Trevor Phillips, FT
  • Exams and the wrong colour ink – Christopher Howse, Daily Telegraph
  • Industrial strategy needs monetarism not carbon reduction – David Green, Daily Telegraph

>Today: Sanjoy Sen in Comment: Our Party’s reputation for financial responsibility will suffer if we keep deferring energy decisions

Labour frontbencher calls for ‘legal action’ over Corbyn’s behaviour around gender and ethnicity

CORBYN Jeremy Marr June 2016‘Jeremy Corbyn is embroiled in a racism row after one of his own frontbenchers suggested he should have faced legal action for the way he had treated black female MPs. Chi Onwurah, the shadow minister for culture and the digital economy, said the Labour leader would have been taken to a tribunal for constructive dismissal and discrimination ‘in any other job’. In an excoriating attack, she said Mr Corbyn had ‘picked on’ the two Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) MPs and had made it ‘impossible’ for them to do their jobs properly.’ – Daily Mail

  • Chi Onwurah talks of ‘racial discrimination’ – Guardian
  • And how Corbyn ‘deliberately undermines’ people – The Times (£)

More Labour

Comment:

  • Labour needs to ‘buckle down’ and accept the voice of their voters – Mark Seddon, Guardian
  • The age of the trade union is over, for good – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph
  • Does Corbyn have anything in common with ordinary voters? Hugo Rifkind, The Times (£)

Sketch:

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: Owen Smith strikes again – this time confirming he isn’t proud of Britain

Gideon Rachman: Both the GOP and Labour are ‘incompetent’

TRUMP Live‘Two of the great political parties in the west — the Republicans in the US and Labour in the UK — are in a state of near collapse. That, in turn, threatens the health of democracy on both sides of the Atlantic. The crises in the Republican and Labour parties are strikingly similar. In both cases, a leader has emerged from the fringes of politics and taken the party in a different and radical direction. The emergence of Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn threaten to destroy the electoral prospects of their two parties — and will sow division and ideological confusion long into the future. Even if Mr Trump and Mr Corbyn never make it into the White House or 10 Downing Street, their ascendancy is also damaging to the wider political system. Well-functioning democracies need a credible opposition to hold the government to account. But in the UK and the US, that basic function is no longer being properly performed.’ – FT

More America

  • Trump scores highly on psychopath scale – Daily Mail
  • Clinton emails to be released just before election – Daily Telegraph

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