He has more than twice the support of the second-placed Truss. Mordaunt is third. No-one else makes it to double percentage figures.
It smacks of government as newspaper column – which is a pity because, beyond the headlines, Ministers are pursuing some useful measures.
Why I and over a hundred of my parliamentary colleagues have backed a call for a more assertive policy towards the Islamic Republic.
Calling Conservatives: New public appointments announced. National Infrastructure Commissioner – and more
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Our survey. More Party members are dissatisfied than satisfied with the Prime Minister’s handling of Covid.
The fall mirrors the slippage in the Conservative rating in the national opinion polls during the past fortnight.
Yet the Chancellor comfortably holds on to his silver-medal spot, despite sharing in the u-turn.
Caroline Ansell: English language schools are crucial to our tourism industry. But their survival is at stake.
When Eastbourne pier is once more thronged with French teenagers, we can heave a sigh of relief.
For over half a century he championed American conservatism, and helped develop the movement’s organisational skills.
Leadership during the pandemic has involved, even more than usual, the strength to put up with uncertainty.
There must be more to Global Britain than trade and defence. Our liberal values must be at the very heart of the project.
While by no means a silver bullet, there is a strong free market case for taxing emissions.
It would help to level up places struggling to keep pace with the UK’s most prosperous locations.
‘Location, location, location’ vs ‘a property-owning democracy’. Are we seeing a shift in Tory housing priorities?
“We need more homes, in the right places, at the right time, and I don’t really care who builds them or who owns them”, says Ben Everitt.
Andrew Mitchell: It is past time the Government renegotiated our extradition treaty with the United States
It is a hotch-potch of Tony Blair’s creation that is condemned anew with each fresh, monstrous decision. The Home Secretary must act.
Andrew Selous: The suggestion voters weren’t consulted on LTNs is wrong. Local elections suggest they approve.
Tory candidates in London, Manchester and Oxfordshire made their opposition to these schemes known. It didn’t win us votes.
Our volunteers’ time is precious. So is that of the electorate. We need to make it quick and easy to respond to surveys.
Joshua Taggart: The censorious attacks on LSE’s Hayek society have nothing to do with protecting the working class
A student-led group called LSE Class War has voiced its desire to abolish HayekSoc.
Ensuring that every child has access to comprehensive sexuality education will have a huge impact in the years and decades to come.
Henry Hill: Sunak must always remember that the Treasury is one of the few truly British departments
As Chancellor, he has almost unique scope to make the presence of the UK felt in people’s lives throughout the country. That carries risks.
It increasingly seems to have moved away from a strategy to a phrase wheeled out whenever someone wants to justify a policy or idea they’ve had.
Her influence developed long before she moved into 10 Downing Street via her work over the last decade within the Conservative Party.
Stephen Booth: Both sides must accept that substantive change is necessary for the Northern Ireland Protocol
The negative economic and political real-world consequences of implementing the Protocol cannot be what either intended.
Sunak pushes for opening borders
“The chancellor warned that Britain’s border rules were damaging the economy and tourism in particular, ahead of a crucial meeting of ministers on Thursday, which will determine the travel rules for August. The chancellor intervened amid growing concern that the UK is failing to take advantage of its vaccination programme and has saddled travellers with more “draconian” rules than Britain’s EU rivals. In the letter, Sunak said that UK border policy was “out of step with our international competitors”. He warned that the restrictions were having a damaging effect on jobs and also voiced concern about the tourism and hospitality sectors.” – Sunday Times
- Cases fall for the tenth day in a row – Mail on Sunday
- Shopping vouchers and pizza discounts for young people to boost vaccination rates – Sunday Telegraph
- UK left on sidelines by jabs for children – Sunday Times
- Is the virus on the run? – Observer
- Greg Hands: pinged again and again and again… – Sunday Telegraph
- The worst of the pandemic may be behind us – Ben Spencer, Sunday Times
- Boost for Chancellor as apprenticeships numbers hit an all-time high – Sun on Sunday
- Lynton Crosby “catch-up” with Sunak – Mail on Sunday
- China is culpable – Iain Duncan Smith, Mail on Sunday
- Vaccine passports aren’t the British way – Peter Bone, Sunday Express
- Excessive travel restrictions threaten our flying start – Sunday Times Editorial
- Spare us from crazy travel rules – Mail on Sunday Editorial
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Ministers 1: Truss latest. New Zealand trade talks completed, Trans-Pacific partnership looms into view
“The UK completed the latest round of free trade talks with New Zealand last week and Ms Truss said the two countries are “closing in on a deal which would be one of the most advanced struck by any nation”. There is excitement that a successful deal will turbo-charge efforts to win membership of a £9 trillion trans-Pacific free trade area and open up new markets for British exports. Eleven countries including Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam are members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).” – Daily Express
Ministers 2: Williamson to unveil Turing scheme “with wider opportunities than Erasmus”
“More than 40,000 students will be able to study and work in places as far away as the Falkland Islands, Iraq and the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu under the government’s post-EU Turing exchange scheme. Ministers will announce this week that deals have been done with universities in 150 destinations, including the US, Canada, Japan and popular European countries such as Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The scheme will give university students wider opportunities than the Ersasmus+ scheme run by the EU, which Britain left after Brexit.” – Sunday Times
Ministers 3) Sunak, Sharma and Kwarteng jostle over COP26
“The only problem is that different parts of government and the Cop26 team are at daggers drawn over the details, with little of the spirit of 2012 in evidence. With just 100 days to go, public awareness of the conference is minuscule and the policy solutions are mired in disagreements over funding. When a senior Tory spoke to one of those involved in the conference last week, who was indignantly explaining how hard everyone was working, the grandee, a former minister, asked: “Then tell me what the pitch is in a sentence.” They were met with silence.” – Sunday Times
- Stratton switches to eco-friendly menstrual cups – Mail on Sunday
- Climate change’s challenge to the public finances – Sunday Telegraph
“Work halted on eastern leg of HS2”
“Ministers are understood to have quietly ordered HS2 Limited to halt planning work on the route, to Nottingham, Sheffield and Leeds, over fears about soaring costs. Instead, construction will focus solely on the western leg, to Manchester. But bosses in the East Midlands and the North told The Mail on Sunday that abandoning the eastern route threatened to undermine Boris Johnson’s Election pledge to ‘level up’ the entire economy. The Prime Minister was also warned voters in ‘Red Wall’ constituencies would be furious.” – Mail on Sunday
Other political news:
- Cornwall, Devon and Norfolk Tory MPs warn of rural housing crisis – Sunday Times
- Philp in talks with Albania about transferring foreign criminals – Mail on Sunday
- Ministers take charge of race to save Britain’s Afghan interpreters – Mail on Sunday
- Civil service “fighting Channel 4 privatisation” – Mail on Sunday
- Loughton: public policing priorities “aren’t rocket science” – Sun on Sunday
- Peers fear animal rights activists will hijack animal sentience bill – Mail on Sunday
- Bank of England braces for inflation surge – Sunday Telegraph
Daniel Hannan: The NHS isn’t fit for purpose
“Ministers knew that Britain was more vulnerable than countries with mixed healthcare systems, but they could not say it aloud. So they, too, went along with the national doublethink, praising the NHS as heroic and world-beating while, in practice, treating it as unusually fragile. When I was an MEP, I was often struck by the fact that no mainstream socialist party on the Continent wanted a British-style healthcare system. A few Greens and Communists argued for fully nationalised provision, but social democrats preferred systems that brought private and public hospitals together, or that allowed for a measure of insurance.” – Daniel Hannan, Sunday Telegraph
- Ken Clarke’s core of ice – Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times
- Send illegal migrants home – John Hayes, Sunday Express
- We hope Johnson’s crime blitz will work – Sun on Sunday Editorial
- Johnson’s empty phrases – Janet Daley, Sunday Telegraph
- Labour woo commuters with right to work from home – Rob Colvile, Sunday Times
More bleak polling news for Starmer
“Former pollster Deborah Mattinson, who has been appointed director of strategy in a shake-up of the leader’s inner circle, briefed Starmer, shadow ministers and MPs on sobering internal polling and findings from focus groups days before the summer recess. Her presentation highlighted the huge challenge Labour faces if it is to win back trust in time for a probable 2023 election – and avoid a fifth consecutive loss to the Tories. Many senior party figures have told the Observer that the central message from Mattinson’s briefing was that victory will be impossible unless Labour finds a way to lure back millions who defected to the Tories in 2019.” – Observer
- Gary Neville holds talks with Labour’s leader – Mail on Sunday
- Labour claim sports’ funding cut – Observer
- Expel, expel, expel: Corbyn, Momentum, Alastair Campbell: kick them all out – Dan Hodges, Mail on Sunday
Carrie Johnson announces that she and the Prime Minister are expecting their second child – in the wake of a miscarriage
“Boris and Carrie Johnson were said to be “delighted” on Saturday night as the couple shared the news that they are expecting their second baby by Christmas. Mrs Johnson made the announcement in a post on her Instagram page in which she also disclosed she had had a miscarriage at the start of this year. The 33-year-old said she felt “incredibly blessed” to have become pregnant so soon after her miscarriage, adding: “Hoping for our rainbow baby this Christmas.” A rainbow baby is a term used to describe a child born after a miscarriage. Mr Johnson, 57, will become the first Prime Minister to have two babies born in 10 Downing Street.” – Sunday Telegraph
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