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May ‘wins Conservative support’ to bring order to her Cabinet…

“Theresa May has the support of the majority of the Conservative party if she chooses to sack ministers and enforce discipline on her feuding cabinet, after a weekend of leadership manoeuvres and poisonous leaks. A message has been sent to the prime minister by the executive of the 1922 committee, which represents the parliamentary party, saying she has its support to stay on and deliver Brexit in March 2019. “The PM has the strong support of Tory MPs – she can enforce cabinet discipline however she thinks is appropriate,” said one senior Conservative. “We will be cheering her on.”” – FT

  • Hammond’s allies blast Gove for ‘smear campaign’ – The Sun
  • Feud reaches ‘fever pitch’ – Daily Express
  • Chancellor demands colleagues ‘get on with the job’ – Daily Mail
  • Hammond hits back at Cabinet leaks – The Times (£)
  • Government risks ‘collapsing into chaos’, warns Lamont – Daily Telegraph

More:

  • Prime Minister ‘shrivelled’ after defeat, Tories claim – The Sun
  • Most want May to go before next election, poll finds – The Independent

…as Hammond accused of ‘trying to frustrate Brexit’…

“Philip Hammond has been accused of trying to ‘frustrate’ Brexit by a Cabinet rival amid a major feud at the heart of the Tory party, according to reports. Theresa May has been urged to sack feuding ministers in a bid to instil discipline as civil war breaks out among top-tier Conservatives. Hammond yesterday accused rival ministers of leaking details of conversations about public sector pay, in a plot against him. But a fellow Cabinet member told The Telegraph that the Chancellor was treating pro-Leave ministers like ‘pirates who have taken him prisoner’.” – Daily Mail

  • Ministers divided as Brussels talks restart – The Times (£)]
  • Fox risks new split with red line on transitional deal – The Independent
  • Chancellor seeks transition to cushion economy – FT
  • EU wants powers to impose huge fines on Britain for years – Daily Telegraph
  • Business ‘confused and dismayed’ over Brexit – FT
  • Next boss attacks Government’s ‘muddled thinking’ – The Independent

>Today: ToryDiary: If more Cabinet members had won their seats from Labour, perhaps it would leak just a little bit less

>Yesterday:

…and Davis insists Brussels can’t ‘choose referee’ for post-Brexit disputes

“David Davis will warn European Union chiefs today that they “cannot pick the referee” to decide legal disputes after Brexit. As the second round of negotiations start, the Brexit Secretary will make it clear that trying to force Britain to accept the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice is unacceptable. Prime Minister Theresa May made getting rid of Brussels rule via the Court a “red line issue” in a speech in January. But figures in Brussels including European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and chief negotiator Michel Barnier have refused to accept Britain’s desire to take back control.” – Daily Express

  • Migration cost of soft Brexit revealed – The Sun
  • UK ‘sleepwalking’ into food insecurity, warn academics – The Guardian
  • Westminster and Holyrood head for crisis over Brexit bill – The Scotsman

Gibraltar:

  • Chief Minister insists the Rock will not be made a victim – The Sun
  • Picardo criticises Blair’s stance on Gibraltarian sovereignty – Daily Express

Labour:

  • Poll commissioned by Blair shows that voters do want ‘hard Brexit’ – Daily Mail
  • Labour leader should be in talks, says Verhofstadt – The Independent
  • Corbyn ally admits Labour wants to ‘have cake and eat it’ on the EU – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Blair on Brexit – “it’s absolutely necessary that it doesn’t happen”

Juliet Samuel: This self-indulgent infighting risks turning Brexit into a national disaster

“As it turns out, Cabinet ministers aren’t so different from dogs. With Theresa May humbled by the general election, the Cabinet is now in an open war with itself. It’s not a pretty sight. Ministers are sending out “friends” to brief against one another and accusing their colleagues of skulduggery on Sunday chat shows. The conflict supposedly revolves around enormous policy differences between great and powerful rivals. The truth, though, is that the Government’s warring factions are not as far apart as they look. Their power struggle is about personalities, not policies, and it is threatening to turn Brexit into a disaster.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Vow to cut immigration won’t be forgotten – Clare Foges, The Times (£)
  • The UK must overhaul its tactics to negotiate successfully – Tim Cullen, Daily Telegraph
  • A halfway-house Brexit would let immigration continue unchecked – Alanna Thomas, Times Red Box
  • My party has gambled away its reputation, and needs more than a new leader – Kate Maltby, The Guardian
  • This could be the year we eradicate polio – Tom Tugendhat, Times Red Box

Editorial:

>Today: Andrew Green in Comment: A soft Brexit would mean mass immigration – of over 100,000 people a year net until the late 2030s

Ministers 1) Chancellor challenged over public sector pay remarks

“Philip Hammond was challenged over whether he could live on a hospital cleaner’s wage today as he faced a backlash over claims he said public sector workers were ‘overpaid’. The Chancellor refused to say whether he had made the incendiary comment at a Cabinet meeting last week. But he defiantly stuck to his guns by pointing to the comparatively generous pensions and benefits enjoyed by state employees. He also insisted the government would stick to its task of tackling the deficit, warning that splurging on big salary rises would risk jobs. However, he was confronted with a £297-a-week pay slip from a hospital cleaner during the appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.” – Daily Mail

  • Hammond hints that pay cap may be lifted in the Budget – The Sun

More:

  • Britain spends billions on flawed fighter jets – The Times (£)
  • Government accused of suppressing report into HS2’s cost – Daily Mail
  • Final HS2 route to be revealed – The Guardian
  • Further rail electrification delays criticised – FT

Ministers 2) Rudd promises that acid attackers will feel ‘full force of the law’

“Acid is to be classified as a dangerous weapon following a spate of attacks. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said those convicted of throwing it at people would ‘feel the full force of the law’ and could be given life sentences. Her announcement follows a huge increase in the number of attacks. Five delivery riders on mopeds were targeted during one rampage in London on Thursday, leaving two with life-changing injuries.” – Daily Mail

Halfon urges Tories to create ‘own Momentum’

“Conservatives are calling for their own version of Momentum to take on the resurgent left. Robert Halfon, the MP for Harlow and a former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, said the Tories faced “potential annihilation” in the next general election unless they “radically change our party and build a younger right-of-centre support base”. He said many Conservatives believed that the solution was a Tory version of Momentum, the hard-left activist group that grew out of Jeremy Corbyn’s 2015 Labour leadership campaign. It campaigned in marginal seats across the UK during the general election and is now thought to have about 25,000 members.” – The Times (£)

  • How to build a Conservative campaign to match Labour’s – Rob Halfon, Times Red Box

>Today: Binita Mehta-Parmar and Gillian Keegan in Local Government: How can Conservatives get more women as councillors?

>Yesterday: Bernard Jenkin MP in Comment: Our Party must define its mission with a Statement of Values

Labour 1) McDonnell downgrades student debt promise to ‘ambition’

“John McDonnell today insisted Labour has a ‘real ambition’ to write off £100 billion of student debt as well as abolishing fees. The shadow chancellor admitted it would cost a ‘lot of money’ to cancel the debts already run up by students. But he insisted the party stood by the seemingly off-the-cuff pledge made by Jeremy Corbyn during the election campaign. As Labour courted young voters in the run-up to the vote, Mr Corbyn doubled down on his promise to spend more than £10 billion a year scrapping fees.” – Daily Mail

  • Labour leader accused of ‘betraying’ young voters – The Sun

>Yesterday: Daniel Downes in Comment: The Conservatives must share the blame for losing the youth vote

Labour 2) Corbyn accuses Tories of shedding ‘crocodile tears’ for Grenfell victims

“Jeremy Corbyn has accused Tory MPs of ‘crying crocodile tears’ after the Grenfell Tower disaster and recent terror attacks while paying tribute to the Tolpuddle Martyrs. He also blasted the Tories for voting against a Labour amendment which proposed ending the public sector pay freeze at the beginning of this Parliament. Speaking today at a ceremony to commemorate the Martyrs – who in the 19th century were punished for forming what is thought to be the first trade union – a furious Mr Corbyn said: ‘The DUP and the Tories got together and voted down our proposal – so they wish to continue that public sector pay cap.” – Daily Mail

  • I was wrong about Corbyn becoming Prime Minister, admits Blair – The Times (£)
  • Middletons ‘just like the Kardashians’, says Kensington’s new republican MP – Daily Mail
  • Labour MP mocked for saying the Black Country flag is racist – The Sun

Comment:

  • As Conservatives holiday, Labour will continue its march on power – Rachel Shabi, Times Red Box

MPs 1) Demands that self-confessed Birmingham bomber be extradited

“A self-confessed IRA bomber should be extradited to Britain to face justice, MPs urged yesterday. They spoke out after republican terrorist Michael Christopher Hayes, 69, broke decades of silence to admit being part of the cell that killed 21 people in 1974 by planting bombs in two Birmingham pubs. The atrocity was compounded when six men were wrongly convicted for the crime and imprisoned for almost two decades. Bombmaker Hayes last week told the BBC he accepted ‘collective responsibility’ for all IRA attacks in Britain, and said he was sorry innocent people were killed.” – Daily Mail

MPs 2) Abuse is driving talent from public life, warns watchdog

“A wave of intimidation and abuse directed at parliamentary candidates has taken British politics to a ‘tipping point’, the chairman of the standards watchdog has warned. Lord Bew said a rise in personal attacks and threats against politicians during the election campaign risked driving candidates out of public life. MPs debated the growing issue last week – with many sharing horrifying personal experiences of abuse. An all-party parliamentary inquiry highlighted complaints from Tory former minister Andrew Percy, a convert to Judaism, that he had been called ‘Zionist scum’. It found racism and bigotry have been ‘on the rise’ at times since the 2015 general election – with hard-left factions often to blame.” – Daily Mail

  • Social media giants tackled on treatment of MPs – The Times (£)
  • BBC stars offered protection in anticipation of abuse over salaries – Daily Express

Comment:

  • If we treat MPs with contempt, only the contemptible will apply – Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph
  • Parliament needs to leave London and reconnect with the people – Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

News in Brief:

  • Italy threatens to wave 200,000 migrants past Europe’s borders – Daily Mail
  • Children’s wards hit by staffing crisis – The Times (£)
  • White House hits back in Russian collusion scandal – Daily Telegraph
  • Companies doubt impact of gender pay cap disclosure – FT
  • Non-urgent 999 callers to receive Skype examination – The Sun
  • ‘Use by’ dates on food could be scrapped to prevent waste – Daily Mail
  • Head teachers ask parents for monthly payments – The Times (£)
  • Nineteen Scottish NHS units face cuts – The Scotsman

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