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Aftermath 1) Tory MPs turn on May…

“Furious Tory MPs last night threatened to oust Theresa May within six months after her disastrous election campaign. The party was plunged into civil war after the Prime Minister lost her Commons majority, with MPs aghast at her campaign tactics that resulted in the Tories blowing a 20-point lead over Labour. They demanded the resignation of Mrs May’s closest aides, and amid reports the PM had to be talked out of resigning early yesterday, some ministers said she would be forced from office in months. Speculation mounted about potential successors, with Boris Johnson and David Davis both strongly tipped, and rumours of a joint ticket involving Home Secretary Amber Rudd and former Justice Secretary Michael Gove.” – Daily Mail

  • Fuming MPs say the Prime Minister failed ordinary Britons – The Sun
  • Runners and riders for the Tory leadership – The Times (£)
  • Allen says Prime Minister will step down by 2018 – The Independent
  • Six months and then May is toast, vow grandees – The Sun
  • Critics begin to circle – The Independent
  • The Prime Minister stares into the abyss – The Times (£)
  • Tories threaten Brexit split – FT

Comment:

  • We have serious lessons to learn, but it’s not the time for a leadership battle – William Hague, Daily Telegraph
  • The party can’t go into another election with May at the helm – Tim Bale, FT

Editorial:

  • An awful night, but MPs must rally to May – Daily Mail

>Today: ToryDiary: Our snap survey. Two in three Conservative Party members say that May should announce her resignation

>Yesterday:

Aftermath 2) …as she is forced to abandon plans for full reshuffle

“Philip Hammond clashed with Theresa May yesterday over claims she planned to sack him. It came as the weakened Prime Minister had to abandon a full reshuffle. Amid fury at her failure to win a majority, the Chancellor was said to have challenged her face-to-face over a series of negative briefings against him during the campaign. A well-placed source said: ‘He made it pretty awkward for her, telling her, ‘You’ve been briefing for weeks you are going to sack me’. The PM mumbled that it wasn’t her.’ Mr Hammond also apparently demanded Mrs May remove her joint chief of staff Nick Timothy, with whom he has clashed repeatedly, and appoint a deputy prime minister to cut her reliance on special advisers – a plan she was said to be considering last night.” – Daily Mail

  • May remains for now, but could be gone in months – The Times (£)
  • Osborne savages the Prime Minister in four editions of his paper – Daily Telegraph

Sketch:

  • Molten with anger and regrets, a reduced but not yet crushed Prime Minister – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

>Today: ToryDiary: Why the Prime Minister now has no alternative but to broaden her Cabinet. Today, she should bring back Gove, Morgan and Grieve.

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: RESULTS LIVE BLOG. May’s reshuffle-from-weakness begins. Hammond is back at the Treasury.

Aftermath 3) May’s former Communications Chief plunges the knife deep into Timothy and Hill

“The chiefs of staff were great street fighters but poor political leaders. Great leaders lead by bringing people with them, not alienating them before having even digested breakfast. What I could never work out was whether Mrs May condoned their behaviour and turned a blind eye or didn’t understand how destructive they both were. For all the love of a hierarchy, the chiefs treated Cabinet members exactly the same — rude, abusive, childish behaviour. For two people who have never achieved elected office, I was staggered at the disrespect they showed on a daily basis. I never hated them. I felt sorry for them and how they measured success by how many enemies they had clocked up.” – The Times (£)

More election:

  • Rising star Gummer amongst eight ministers unseated – The Times (£)
  • May apologises over ‘disaster’ – The Sun
  • Conservatives vent anger over result – The Independent
  • Stony silence at CCHQ when exit poll showed lead evaporate – The Times (£)
  • Final humiliation as Kensington turns red – Daily Mail
  • Result has narrowed north-south political divide – The Times (£)

Analysis:

  • ‘Cult of no personality’ left voters cold – Francis Elliott, The Times (£)
  • The most extraordinary election since 1918 – Anthony Seldon, Daily Telegraph
  • Tories paid for abandoning rural roots – Alice Thomson, The Times (£)

Comment:

  • Thatcher understood how to win: free market economic policy – Nigel Lawson, Daily Telegraph

>Today: Video: WATCH: May belatedly apologies to the Ministers and MPs who lost their seats

>Yesterday:

ToryDiary: Terror attacks, weakened leaders. Spain in 2004. Britain in 2017.

MPs Etc.: General Election 2017: Seats won and lost

Aftermath 4) Matthew Parris: It’s madness to think May can carry on

“The prime minister’s statement outside Downing Street comes close to inviting not political analysis but psychoanalysis. This will never do. Daylight must penetrate the make-believe. Here are the facts. Egged on by many voices around her, Theresa May miscalculated badly in calling an election. She then mismanaged the conduct of the election. She has lost public trust and lost her authority to govern. In its merciless and underhand way, the incoming parliamentary Conservative Party will soon be making that clear to her. That’s what chief whips and 1922 Committee meetings are for… She has a matter of days in which to pre-empt her executioners.” – The Times (£)

  • The political damage is terminal but she’ll remain Prime Minister, for now – Fraser Nelson, Daily Telegraph
  • Deeply wounded, May could yet be a great survivor – Peter Oborne, Daily Mail
  • Her credibility, and perhaps this country’s future, are ashes – Allison Pearson, Daily Telegraph
  • With no obvious successor, Tories fear a bloodbath – James Forsyth, The Sun

May’s statement:

Editorial:

Davidson gets assurances over DUP deal…

“The leader of the Scottish Conservatives said she has been assured by Theresa May that gay rights in Britain will not be compromised in any deal with the Democratic Unionist Party. The DUP’s hardline stance on abortion and LGBT issues has alarmed socially liberal Tories who fear the unionists will demand reform in exchange for propping up a minority government. Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, used her improved stature in the party after a strong election performance to seek assurances on civil liberties from the prime minister.” – The Times (£)

Scottish Conservatives:

  • Paper claims Davidson is planning a breakaway… – Daily Telegraph
  • …but she says it’s “b****cks” – Twitter
  • Leader could seek Brexit price for May’s lifeline – FT

Comment:

  • Minority governments have an unhappy history in Britain – Vernon Bogdanor, Daily Telegraph

Sketch:

>Today: Andy McIver in Comment: I’m sorry to bring more bad news, but Davidson won’t be heading to Westminster

>YesterdayThe Prime Minister’s statement announcing the new Government – full text and video

…as Sturgeon rethinks independence bid after Tory resurgence

“Nicola Sturgeon is expected to shelve her plans for a second independence referendum after losing more than a third of the Scottish National Party’s seats. Pushed on to the defensive by her party’s defeats, Ms Sturgeon insisted that her party had won the election in Scotland but admitted that her plans for another constitutional vote had “undoubtedly” been a factor in the poor performance. The first minister said that she would “reflect carefully” on whether to put her referendum plans to one side at least for the duration of this parliament – but while she hinted that she was prepared to step back on this key issue, she failed to commit herself to it.” – The Times (£)

  • Rare Conservative highlights after a night of losses – The Times (£)
  • Anger at slums in Sturgeon’s constituency – Daily Express

Comment:

  • An unlikely heroine who scalped the SNP’s stars – Clare Foges, The Times (£)
  • The SNP has been too smug to learn from the English – Iain Martin, The Times (£)

Editorial:

  • Sturgeon should take indyref2 off the table – The Scotsman

EU leaders pile on pressure

“European leaders last night accused Theresa May of plunging the UK – and Brexit negotiations – into chaos. Some politicians in Brussels even suggested they may try to halt a deal if she does not stand down. EU chiefs, many of whom had secretly hoped the Tory leader would score a handsome election victory to boost the chances of reaching a Brexit deal swiftly, criticised her poll gamble. In a clear attempt to take the upper hand as Mrs May scrambled to form a government, they piled on pressure by warning that the ‘clock is ticking’. Some leaders claimed that the Prime Minister had been stripped of credibility after scoring a political ‘own goal’. Despite Mrs May’s assurances that Brexit talks will start on June 19 as previously agreed, Eurocrats questioned her ability to lead negotiations after her electoral debacle.” – Daily Mail

  • Talks can’t be delayed, says Juncker – The Times (£)
  • Trump and Macron first to ‘congratulate’ May – Daily Mail
  • German MEP says ‘Britain won’t leave’ – Daily Express

Editorial:

  • The French President has mastered the art of political optimism – The Times (£)
  • Everything has changed as so must May – FT

Corbyn tightens the left’s grip on Labour

“Jeremy Corbyn cemented the Left’s grip on Labour last night as he claimed the party had effectively ‘won’ the election. He emerged triumphant after his party defied all expectations to pick up 30 seats and deny Theresa May a Commons majority. The hard-Left leader added 3.5million votes to Ed Miliband’s total two years earlier, putting him in touching distance of Downing Street. It was the largest increase in Labour’s share of the vote, compared to the previous election, since Clement Attlee’s victory in 1945. Jubilant allies of Mr Corbyn and his shadow chancellor John McDonnell, including Left-wing union firebrand Len McCluskey, insisted the result was a ‘vindication’ of the way they had seized control of the party.” – Daily Mail

  • Leader’s critics eat large slice of humble pie – The Times (£)
  • How Corbyn could yet be Prime Minister – The Sun
  • Labour leader to offer alternative Queen’s Speech – The Guardian

More election:

  • Tuition fee bribe saw young people rush to the polls – Daily Mail
  • The young found their voice – FT
  • Wales rallies behind Corbyn – The Times (£)
  • Opposition’s ‘fake news’ said voters would need to pay for the NHS – Daily Mail

Analysis:

  • Opposition can’t hope for a majority without recovering in Scotland – John Curtice, The Scotsman
  • Labour fared best in an election everyone lost – Iain Bundred, Times Red Box

Comment:

  • He didn’t win, but Corbyn has rewritten all the rules – Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian
  • Why did the all-powerful BBC not tell the truth about Corbyn? – Stephen Glover, Daily Mail

Farage hints at next return as UKIP routed

“Paul Nuttall resigned as Ukip leader yesterday after his party was wiped out in the general election. Nigel Farage left the door open for a return to the position, warning that he would have no choice but to come back to frontline politics if the Brexit result he desired was put at risk by a hung parliament. Ukip failed to gain a single seat at Westminster and saw its national share of the vote plunge from 12.6 per cent in 2015 to 1.8 per cent. Mr Nuttall came third in the Boston & Skegness constituency in the Brexit heartland of Lincolnshire, failing at his sixth attempt to enter the Commons.” – The Times (£)

  • Useless May has put Brexit in peril: my party won’t be irrelevant much longer – Nigel Farage, Daily Telegraph

News in Brief:

  • Fury as all solicitors at controversial ‘tank chasing’ law firm are cleared of wrongdoing – Daily Mail
  • Elite universities face ‘wake up call’ over ratings – The Times (£)
  • Trump accuses former FBI director of lying under oath… – Daily Telegraph
  • …and criticises Qatar for funding terrorism – FT

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