“I got us into this mess, and I’m going to get her out”, she told MPs earlier this summer. She should say so directly to Party members this autumn.
Chloe Smith: My experience as a disabled person of Access to Work. What it does right. And how it could do better.
Making the scheme more accessible and user-friendly would help, as would supporting unpaid internships, work experience placements and volunteering.
John Blake: This week, A-levels. Next, GCSEs. Now we need to know what the next Tory education reforms will be.
It should focus on improving vocational training for people who are not going to university – and on getting primary as well as secondary education right.
Ulster citizens deserve the same marriage rights as their fellow Britons. But a recent bid to secure them through the courts was wrong.
By discussing a sensitive topic in Muslim communities, you do not give oxygen to racists. You cut off their supply.
The famous four-year ban on benefits was watered down to homeopathic proportions during the EU negotiation. Leaving will allow for the real thing.
Plans to give much more time for rank-and-file speeches may be why Khan and Burnham are having a hard time getting speaking slots.
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In the wake of A-level results, the focus is on Universities. But we need a technical education expansion.
As the Conservatives anxiously mull their prospects with younger voters, shouldn’t they think a bit more about the two-thirds who don’t go to University?
Plus: Pakistani-origin men, child abuse gangs – and why political correctness has won out within Labour over common sense and truth.
We should seek the closest possible relationship with the EU and an open trade policy. Firms need confidence to invest.
Chairing a committee is paid at the rate of over £2,000 per meeting.
If we aren’t willing to honestly apply the same rules to ourselves as to our opponents, everyone loses out
If you criticise Trump’s Charlotteville generalisations while defending the same tactics from Corbyn, you’re making our politics worse.
Churchill saw a century ago that the existing party machines will always prove the stronger, and UKIP and the SDP have confirmed this.
Henry Newman: Of the Government’s two proposals for post-Brexit customs policy, only one is workable
The policy paper provides welcome clarity, but it’s time the Treasury gave up on the fiendishly difficult model it prefers.
Stamp Duty punishes those who could help free up the housing supply.
The employment and unemployment rates are each at the best levels since the 1970s. But do voters care?
We have always been a maritime nation, and this major investment in the Royal Navy demonstrates our commitment to defending British interests.
Rob Halfon: What Littlefinger thinks about ladders. Why he’s wrong. And why Corbyn is wrong about them too.
The Conservative view of opportunity is nearer the truth than the cynicism of a villain in Game of Thrones.
Ireland’s displeasure is understandable. But it could prove counter-productive – working against the free trade deal that would suit it as well as the UK.
As possibly the only Brexiteer in the Parliamentary Party’s One Nation group, I am also only too aware that this message must be accompanied by a successful EU negotiation.
Of course it is not sufficient to condemn violent racism, like that in Charlottesville, because it is unkind. But history teaches us that we must watch for signs of a loss of empathy for others.
Brexit 1) Former legal chief attacks May’s stance on the Court of Justice
“Theresa May’s Brexit strategy has been thrown into new doubt as a former head of the government’s legal services ridicules the prime minister’s claim that the UK can break free of all European laws while continuing to reap the economic benefits of the EU’s single market. Sir Paul Jenkins, who was the government’s most senior legal official for eight years until 2014, told the Observer that the prime minister’s policy on the legal implications of Brexit was “foolish”. He insisted that if the UK wants to retain close links with the single market and customs union it will have no option but to observe EU law “in all but name”.” – The Observer
- Prime Minister to publish five new Brexit papers – Independent on Sunday
- Experts suggests Brexit could leave households £40 a week better off – Sun on Sunday
- Pressure on EU as Government presents viable deal – Sunday Express
- Breaking with the Court of Justice won’t be easy – The Observer
- ‘Divisive’ Osborne may wreck May’s quest for conference unity – Sunday Telegraph
>Today: ToryDiary: May should apologise
Brexit 2) Davis warned that Trump poses a risk to a UK-US trade deal
“Tory Ministers have warned Brexit Secretary David Davis that Britain’s hopes of getting a good US trade deal could be wrecked by the growing crisis surrounding Donald Trump. They fear that if, as some experts predict, Trump is forced to resign or fails to retain the presidency in the 2020 US election, it could make a profitable Anglo-US Brexit trade deal impossible. Trump has described his own victory last year as ‘Brexit plus’ and tweeted last year he was ‘working on a big and exciting trade deal with UK’.” – Mail on Sunday
- Brussels refuses to talk trade in October – Sunday Express
- Let’s talk trade now, Brexit Minister tells Brussels – Sunday Times
- Scottish and Welsh governments may be ‘frozen out’ of trade talks – Scotland on Sunday
>Yesterday: ToryDiary: If Stormont is to be overridden on gay marriage, it must be by Parliament
Brexit 3) David Davis: The Brexit talks need a big step forward
“But this highlighted a fundamental question about the structure of those hugely important negotiations. All along, the UK has argued that talks around our withdrawal cannot be treated in isolation from the future partnership we want. In fact, I firmly believe the early rounds of the negotiations have already demonstrated that many questions around our withdrawal are inextricably linked to our future relationship. Nowhere is that point truer than on the question of Northern Ireland. It is simply not possible to reach a near-final agreement on the border issue until we’ve begun to talk about how our broader future customs arrangement will work.” – Sunday Times
- Brussels would be mad to spurn our offer of tariff-free trade – Charlie Elphicke, Sun on Sunday
- Cable has Brexit voters wrong: we’re the true liberals now – Dia Chakravarty, Sunday Telegraph
- We may end up obeying laws we have no say in – Catherine Barnard, The Observer
- Bad news, anti-Brexiteers, things are looking up – Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times
- British voters must have a second referendum – Vernon Bogdanor, The Observer
- Trust Minford on the Brexit boost to our economy – Sun on Sunday
Hunt accuses Hawking of spreading ‘pernicious falsehood’ in NHS comments
“Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt sensationally accused Stephen Hawking of lying yesterday in a heated war of words over the future of the NHS. Mr Hunt said Professor Hawking was guilty of making a ‘pernicious falsehood’ in claiming that the Government wanted to replace the National Health Service with a US-style system of medical insurance. He was speaking ahead of last night’s lecture by the world-renowned scientist at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on the state of the Health Service.” – Mail on Sunday
- Reduce bed-blocking or face cuts, councils told – Sunday Times
Tories ‘in revolt’ over women’s pensions
“Theresa May will face a Tory revolt next month as backbenchers mount a new challenge to the pension arrangements for women who have been unfavourably affected by changes in the state pension age. Conservatives are among a cross-party group of MPs to have sponsored a bill aimed at forcing the government to review the current pension arrangements for women born in the 1950s. The bill, which will be presented to parliament in September, will mark the first step in a fresh campaign to persuade the government to rethink the rules for 2m women who have been told they must work an extra six years before retiring.” – Sunday Times
- More than 50 Conservative MPs demand action on energy prices – Sunday Telegraph
- Tories need to rediscover the consumer instincts of Thatcher and Chamberlain – George Trefgarne, Sunday Telegraph
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