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May relaunch 1) She officially asks Labour for help

Theresa May has officially called on Labour for their support in delivering Brexit and other legislation following the loss of her parliamentary majority. The Prime Minister made a direct appeal to opposition MPs to “contribute, not just criticise” and help “clarify and improve” her policies in the Commons. She insisted that her determination to change Britain in the interests of those who are “just about managing” remains “undimmed”.” – Daily Telegraph

  • She says she needs other parties’ support to enact change – Independent
  • But that the government “remains on the right path” – The Sun

Editorials:

  • MPs should work together. To “avoid hard Brexit” – Guardian
  • The relaunch “fell flat” – Independent

Comment:

  • May should be careful if she “sups” with Corbyn – Philip Johnston, Daily Telegraph
  • We need a national government – Andreas Whittam Smith, Independent

Sketches:

  • Why did she choose a room with a Corbyn mural? – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph
  • Maybot 3.0 was same as previous versions – John Crace, Guardian
  • Relaunch was exemplification of “technocratic remoteness of our political elite” – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

May relaunch 2) She promises to improve workers’ rights, as Taylor report is published

“Theresa May has said she will aim to improve rights for those working in the gig economy but fell short of promising legislation to tackle the problem, as she gave a speech aimed at relaunching her faltering leadership. The prime minister said it was important to make sure “all work is fair and decent”, speaking at the launch of a new report on modern working practices by Matthew Taylor, a former policy adviser to Tony Blair. She said the government would carefully study his recommendations, which include ensuring workers in the gig economy have sick and holiday pay, the possibility of a higher minimum wage for non-guaranteed hours and a new definition of “dependent contractors” to stop companies wrongly claiming their workers are self-employed.” – Guardian

  • She focused on the gig economy – Daily Express
  • And stood up for the flexibility of zero-hours contracts – The Sun
  • Working practices adviser criticises cash-in-hand payments for labour – Daily Telegraph
  • He says it’s not the behaviour of “good citizens” – Daily Express
  • And that it cost £6.2bn last year – The Sun
  • Report recommends certified payment apps – The Times (£)
  • Here are some workers’ views on the report – FT
  • Labour ministers argue over benefits of Uber – The Times (£)

Editorials:

  • Tories should “do what the report they commissioned advocates” – Guardian
  • It’s a useful report – FT
  • Nobody should be seeking to reverse tech’s work revolution – The Times (£)
  • Labour doesn’t care whether Uber works well for people – The Sun

Comment:

  • The report could make things worse – Owen Jones, Guardian
  • Did May misunderstand its findings? – Iain Macwhirter, Herald
  • Wage growth depends on upping productivity – Jonathan Dupont, The Times (£)

Brexit 1) Davis agrees that transitional period “may be necessary”

“David Davis has conceded that there may have to be some transitional period in the UK’s departure from the EU. However, the Brexit secretary said this would be for the sake of France, Belgium and the Netherlands rather than the UK. Rejecting claims the UK has softened its hard Brexit position, he told a House of Lords select committee on Tuesday that Britain’s nearest neighbours were not in the same state of preparedness for customs checks and border controls. Such “practicalities” would force a need for a transition period, rather than a change of government Brexit strategy, he said.” – Guardian

  • But that press has “overplayed” stories of softening – Guardian
  • He says Brexit domino effect is unlikely – Independent
  • And that Macron is keen to press on with EU trade discussion – The Sun

Brexit 2) Details of new immigration policy are “being held back” along with race report

“Theresa May has postponed the publication of an “explosive” report on race until the autumn in a further sign of her weakened position. … Details of the new Brexit immigration policy, originally due to be published in time to allow a summer-long consultation with business leaders, are also being held back. The broad outline of a work permit deal has been decided but continuing disagreements, including about whether EU citizens will receive preferential treatment, have caused the timetable to slip.” – The Times (£)

Brexit 3) Number 10 refutes Johnson’s claim that there is “no plan” for no deal

“Downing Street has slapped down Boris Johnson after he said there is “no plan” for leaving the EU without a Brexit deal. Theresa May’s official spokesman refuted claims by the Foreign Secretary that the Government had not planned for crashing out of the EU in March 2019 with no deal in place. It comes as some members of the Government have tried to distance themselves from Theresa May’s harder pre-election stance that “no deal is better than a bad deal”. After hearing of Mr Johnson’s words, the No 10 spokesman said: “I’ve repeatedly said that contingency planning is taking place for a range of scenarios.”” – Independent

  • He said UK wasn’t “making contingency plans” – FT
  • Also he calls EU divorce bill “extortionate” – Daily Telegraph
  • And says European leaders can “go whistle” – Guardian

More Brexit

  • Barrow “yet to move to Brussels” – The Times (£)
  • Jones says any deal allowing ECJ jurisdiction would be “unacceptable” – Daily Express
  • Gove says food standards will remain high – Daily Express

Comment:

>Yesterday: Torydiary: Britain is not free to decide alone whether to remain in Euratom

>Today: ToryDiary: Tory MPs, the Repeal Bill, high motives for backing it, and a lower one too: self-preservation

May orders inquiry into contaminated blood scandal

“Theresa May has ordered an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal that has left 2,400 people dead, the Government has announced. The Prime Minister announced the decision at a Cabinet meeting this morning and the details will be agreed in consultation with the families affected, her spokesman said. Thousands of people were given NHS blood products infected with hepatitis C and HIV in the 1970s and 1980s. Many of those affected and their families believe they were not told of the risks involved and there have been allegations of a cover up for many years.” – Daily Telegraph

  • There has been “mounting pressure” from MPs – Daily Mail
  • Thousands of people were infected in 70s and 80s – The Times (£)
  • Hunt to meet victims’ families – Independent
  • There have been “revelations of alleged criminal conduct” – FT

Comment:

  • Why has this taken so long? Diana Johnson, Guardian

Finkelstein: Conservative Party should drop opposition to Human Rights Act

“… But for me, one of the key attributes of being a British conservative is standing up to populist enthusiasm when it threatens limited government, individual rights, due process and the rule of law. … There’s lots to do to build this position. A practical rather than ideological approach to leaving the European Union would be just one example. But we have to start somewhere, so here’s one idea. The Conservative Party should drop its opposition to the Human Rights Act and its complaints about judicial review. One day, you see, conservatives might be very grateful for these things.” – The Times (£)

More Conservatives

  • My bid for the Treasury Select Committee – Nicky Morgan, The Times (£)
  • Backbencher says one Tory MP a day threatened by online trolls – Daily Telegraph
  • Morris “likely to return to party in three months” – Daily Telegraph
  • May postpones visit to China – The Sun

>Yesterday: Zac Goldsmith in Comment: Why I seek to become Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee

>Today:

Corbyn pictured eating pizza with “Assad-supporting Srebrenica denier”

“Jeremy Corbyn faced controversy last night after it emerged that he spent part of Monday evening with a journalist who denies the Srebrenica genocide, defends the Assad regime and suggests that the murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox could have been a conspiracy. Mr Corbyn was pictured at a restaurant in his constituency of Islington north with Marcus Papadopoulos, a frequent contributor to Russian state television. Mr Papadopoulos said that they had spent the evening together but a Labour spokesman said that Mr Corbyn’s party had been joined only briefly by the controversial journalist.”

  • They met on Monday evening – Daily Telegraph
  • Meanwhile Corbyn is planning “whirlwind tour” of marginals – Independent
  • He says Labour is still on “election footing” – The Sun

More Labour

  • Phillips calls for “real action” on disproportionate number of men running select committees – Guardian

Trump Jr says he “would’ve done things differently” about meeting with Russian lawyer

“Donald Trump Jr fiercely defended himself  last night after being lambasted by Democrats and Republicans for agreeing to meet with a “Russian government lawyer” in an attempt to get “dirt” on Hillary Clinton during the US presidential election. The president’s eldest son told Fox News’s Sean Hannity: “In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently. I probably know more now. Hindsight’s always 20/20.” But he added: “There is nothing I would ever do to endanger this country. We would do anything for this country. We would never put that in jeopardy.”. – Daily Telegraph

Comment:

  • This is a significant development – Randall D. Eliason – Independent
  • What should we do about Russia? – Andrew Foxall, Daily Telegraph
  • It’s a problem that “isn’t going away” for Trump – Elizabeth Drew, FT

News in Brief

  • Spanish royals arrive for state visit – Daily Mail
  • Grenfell judge agrees to extend consultation period – Daily Telegraph
  • Allergic schoolboy dies after allegedly having cheese flicked at him – The Times (£)
  • Viscount faces jail over online abuse of Gina Miller – FT
  • This might be the first British same-sex marriage involving a Muslim – Independent
  • Nadal’s surprise five-set loss – Independent

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