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Number 10 “rules out removal” of certain key workers’ public-sector pay ceiling before next year

Doctors, nurses and members of the armed forces will not receive a pay rise above one per cent this year, Downing Street has said. Number 10 indicated the public sector pay cap will continue to apply to those professions whose pay bodies have already had recommendations accepted by the Government for 2017/18. That means the pay ceiling will remain in place until at least April 2018 – depending on whether the Treasury decides to lift the public sector pay cap. However, other professions whose pay bodies are yet to make a recommendation this year could still have their pay increased above the one per cent ceiling.” – Daily Telegraph

  • This will be the case for doctors, nurses, and armed forces members – The Sun
  • But other professions could see rise dependent on pay bodies – Independent
  • “Sustained lobbying” for change from Tory MPs – FT
  • Police Minister says issue is still “under active discussion” – Independent
  • And sources say overall decision could be made at end of month – The Sun
  • Senior figures “admit something needs to change” – Guardian
  • Including Johnson… – The Sun
  • But Clarke says “throwing money around” won’t increase party popularity – Daily Express
  • Gauke says he’ll face up to big decisions on pensions – FT
  • Labour “urges” rail strike – The Times (£)

>Today: Iain Duncan Smith’s column: My message to these panic-stricken, self-indulgent Cabinet members. Pull yourselves together.

Hammond calls for “grown-up discussion” on tax and spending

“Philip Hammond has said that Britain needs to have a “grown-up debate” about whether people are prepared to pay more tax to increase public spending amid a deepening Cabinet split. The Chancellor said that all voters need to consider the “serious question” of whether they are prepared accept higher taxes to ease austerity after “seven years of hard slog”. In a speech on Monday night he said: “The serious question to the electorate cannot be ‘would you like us to tax someone who isn’t you to pay for you to consume more?’, but ‘would you be willing to pay more tax to consume more public services?’” – Daily Telegraph

  • He says Britons are “weary of austerity” – Independent
  • And that Brexit isn’t the “only priority” – Daily Express
  • Cabinet split on how to raise funds for pay increases – The Times (£)

>Today: Prospects for the economy 1) Andrew Lilico: It’s steady as she goes – but there are some risks ahead

Torsten Bell: Only 16 per cent work in the public sector. All this talk about their pay is “virtue signalling”

“Public sector pay is back on the front pages. Increasing it is Boris Johnson’s new big thing. Michael Gove is with him 100 per cent. … In some ways this surge of political focus on rewards for public servants might be confusing: after all, public sector pay directly affects far fewer people these days. The proportion of workers found in the public sector is at its lowest level this century at just 16.4 per cent, down from almost one in five pre-crisis.” – The Times (£)

  • It’s easy to forget that private-sector workers have had it hard too – Paul Johnson, The Times (£)
  • “Even Conservatives” agree about the need for pay increases – Frances O’Grady, Guardian
  • We have “permission to talk about the state again” – Steve Richards, Guardian
  • Tories need to “resist the clamour” for more spending – Norman Lamont, The Sun

Editorial:

Britain to “take back control” of fishing rights within 200 miles

“Britain will take back control of all fishing rights within 200 miles of the coast after Brexit, according to a Government briefing paper seen by The Daily Telegraph. The UK will no longer be bound by Europe’s Common Fisheries Policy when it leaves the EU, meaning it will revert to UN rules on fishing, which provide for the 200-mile zone, compared to just 12 miles of protected waters under EU policy. But Admiral Lord West of Spithead, the former head of the Royal Navy, warned Britain would become a “laughing stock” if it did not have sufficient patrol ships to enforce the 200-mile zone.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Is this a good thing? – FT

More Brexit 

  • Baker on film calling for “destruction of EU” – Independent

Comment:

  • May and Corbyn aren’t showing enough ingenuity over all this – Nick Clegg, FT
  • This is where we are with Brexit – Andrew Macleod, Independent

>Yesterday: Ray Bassett in Comment: Ireland should consider following Britain out of the EU

May wants to stay the full five years, says spokesman

“Theresa May wants to stay on as Prime Minister for five years, her official spokesman has insisted as her ministers hit back at suggestions she should stand down after Brexit in 2019. Mrs May now feels she can remain in 10 Downing Street until 2022 weeks despite failing to win a House of Commons majority at the general election. Before the election Mrs May said that she would serve a full five year term if re-elected as Prime Minister.” – Daily Telegraph

  • “The answer is yes” is the answer – Independent

More May

Comment:

  • May is the “pork barrel” president – Rachel Sylvester, The Times (£)
  • Conservatives need to work out how to appeal to young people – William Hague, Daily Telegraph

>Today:

DCMS becomes DDCMS with new focus on digital

“Whitehall department is spending more than £3,000 changing its name despite criticism for cutting funding to Olympic and Paralympic sports. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced that it was amending its name to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Officials said the change will cost the department £3,000 to reprint stationery and print new portable “pull out banners” displaying its new name.” – Daily Telegraph

Results “yet to be published” of Home Office investigation into foreign funding of extremism

“A report on the foreign funding of extremism in the UK was given to Downing Street last year but Theresa May is still to decide whether to make its findings published, the prime minister has revealed. The Green party co-leader, Caroline Lucas, said the delay in publishing the Home Office investigation, believed to focus on the influence of Saudi Arabia, “leaves question marks over whether their decision is influenced by our diplomatic ties”.” – Guardian

Kensington & Chelsea select new council leader

“Kensington and Chelsea Conservatives have selected a new leader after the previous head of the council stepped down amid criticism over the response to the Grenfell disaster. Former cabinet member Elizabeth Campbell said after her selection: “The first thing I want to do is I want to apologise. This is our community and we have failed it when people needed us the most. “So, no buts, no ifs, no excuses – I am truly sorry.”” – Daily Telegraph

  • Who says she’s “truly sorry” – FT
  • Campaigners are angry about her appointment – Independent
  • Fire Minster says problem is bigger than cladding – Daily Express
  • Aluminium cladding still deemed “fit for purpose” – The Times (£)
  • All the samples failed the test – The Sun
  • Sentencing Council tells judges to be tougher on gross negligence – Daily Telegraph
  • Grenfell firefighters’ crowdsourced holidays – Daily Telegraph
  • Javid confirms all survivors will be rehoused by tomorrow – The Sun

Corbyn reshuffles again

“Jeremy Corbyn has announced a reshuffle of his top team – including promoting two MPs who were only elected last month. The Labour leader is shoring up support by placing a number of his supporters in his shadow cabinet, after he surprised Westminster and won 30 more seats in June’s election. Today he brought in 20 MPs into his team – including newly elected Afzal Khan and Anneliese Dodds. Loyal supporter Chris Williamson, who regained his seat in Derby North, is appointed to home affairs, looking after fire services in the wake of the Grenfell tower fire. However, a number of moderates are among the Corbyn-supporters in the freshly re-vamped team.”

Comment:

  • He’s “presiding over a foul-mouthed rabble” – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun
  • My thoughts on the “latest round of Labour’s civil war” – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: Simon Marcus in Comment: The Conservatives need a grassroots army to match Labour’s

Trump asks if Kim “has anything better to do with his life”

“Donald Trump has attacked North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Twitter after Pyongyang’s latest missile test, asking, “Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?” Shortly after  North Korea launched another ballistic missile toward Japan early on Tuesday, the US President reacted on social media and suggested China do more to rein in its neighbour. “North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?,” Mr Trump said, without mentioning Mr Kim by name.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Tensions up after North Korean missile launch – FT
  • Gillard says “questions will arise” about Trump’s mental health – Guardian
  • He starts mini-tour today. First stop: Poland – Daily Telegraph
  • But White House “rules out” British stop-off – FT
  • He offers to help ill British baby – The Times (£)

Comment:

  • The “global leadership contest” – Gideon Rachman, FT
  • How Trump has changed views of the American flag – Chase Quinn, Guardian

News in Brief

  • The latest on Stormont’s impasse – Belfast Newsletter
  • Terrorist plotter from Hounslow jailed for life – Independent
  • New watchdog introduces fines for charity pesterers – Daily Telegraph
  • Macron makes first annual “state of the union” address – Daily Telegraph
  • Hinkley will most likely be late and more expensive – The Times (£)
  • India’s tree planting record – Independent
  • Murray makes it to Wimbledon second round despite limp – Herald

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