ConservativeHome’s proposals for Party reform, to avoid a repeat of the miserable snap election result.
Ryan Shorthouse: Universities have enjoyed a leap in funding – vice-chancellors must act responsibly in return
It is wrong for those at the top to take advantage of the generosity of government, students, and other, far less well-remunerated, academic staff.
Instead of chasing targets for their own sake, we will be free to explore new opportunities for energy supply, jobs and environmental improvements.
Well in excess of a million older people and disabled people are being denied the basic care they need to get on with their lives.
Even research finding 87 per cent of MPs experienced abuse is met with excuses and justification.
Also: DUP dig in their heels in Stormont dispute; and Scottish Labour leadership challenger credits Corbyn with party’s revival.
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We must not be forced by any settlement into following the EU’s tax, regulatory, social and migration model if we don’t want to.
Interview: Dominic Grieve. Brexit is an “unBritish” revolution – and how he will work to improve the EU Withdrawal Bill
The former Attorney-General also touches on Johnson and the £350 million – “a subject best parked” – and a definitive treatise on nymphomania.
John Stevens: I am passionately pro-EU. But here’s why I believe Johnson was right about patriotism.
The referendum was at least as much a vote against London as against Brussels – and those whose expert arrogance made them seem to many to be foreigners here.
We will have one shot at getting the revision of the Planning Framework right. This makes the next eighteen months critical for the Conservatives’ long-term future.
The phonics check for six year olds and the free schools programme are genuine breakthroughs.
James Bundy: Schools, housing, social mobility – and the passionate case that Scottish Conservatives must make
Voters aren’t focusing on the constitution, but on the SNP’s record in Government. We must be ready to capitalise on this by telling then the truth.
With the stakes as high as they are, the Tories need to throw the kitchen sink at the Opposition to drag themselves ahead in the polls.
She can indicate that neither her party nor the public will be satisfied if she bows the knee to Brussels.
The suggestion here seems to be to keep current and future EU law – and thus the ECJ. We would accept EU laws as they developed without a say.
Richard Graham: We failed to make the case for business in June. We must do so once again at Party Conference – and after.
Conservative values underpin what it can achieve – whether in apprenticeships, manufacturing exports, jobs or contributions to good causes.
Expertise in this are is key to successful localism and devolution and improving our prosperity, productivity and competitiveness.
Ellie King: Living costs are the biggest problem for students. Cutting tuition fees would do nothing to solve it.
I believe there are three means of improving this situation: maintenance grants, the criteria for maintenance loans, and scholarships and bursaries.
Henry Newman: Johnson has got the Foreign Office back in Brexit business. And for that we should all be grateful.
From speaking to civil servants, it seems that – at least until recently – the Cabinet had not properly considered either a preferred end state or indeed transition policy.
The Government must do much more to promote universities, apprenticeships and FE colleagues equally to ensure that young people get the skills they need.
Don’t underestimate the two men’s deep emotional commitment to the campaign they helped to front – and which won.
May says that Britain will withhold ‘hundreds of millions of pounds’ from UN due to waste
“Theresa May warned the United Nations to get their house in order and prove taxpayers cash is not being wasted. And the PM stunned the diplomatic community by revealing Britain is withholding tens of millions in funding to UN agencies until they prove our money will not be misspent. Reading the riot act to the world organisation during her podium speech to its General Assembly, the PM called on it to first win back the UK’s trust before she agrees to release the final 30% of the government’s £2bn in annual contributions. In her podium set piece, Mrs May warned of a global “crisis of faith” that could be disastrous for everyone.” – The Sun
- Prime Minister’s defiant plea at the UN – Daily Mail
- May snubbed by tech giants over anti-terrorism plans – Daily Mail
- Ellwood disagrees with advice to run from terrorists – Daily Mail
- Prime Minister criticises states which flout global treaties – FT
- UN is failing the world, May tells global leaders – The Times
- Prime Minister sits down with Iranian President day after Trump ‘blasts’ the regime – Daily Mail
- Talking tough: what May said at the UN summit – The Times
- Britain must lean on Trump to police terror website – Michael Smith, The Times
- Facebook and YouTube must act – Colin Freeman, Daily Telegraph
- It isn’t just tech giants who disown responsibility for attacks – Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian
- Burmese refugees trapped in no-man’s land – Paul Scully MP, Times Red Box
- Empty threats to an empty room – Tom Peck, The Independent
EU 1) Prime Minister prepares to try to ‘bypass’ EU with speech aimed at national governments…
“Theresa May will make her Brexit pitch over the heads of the European Union’s negotiating team and seek to influence national leaders directly in her speech in Florence tomorrow. The prime minister, who spoke at the UN yesterday, has insisted that any decisions about deals with Britain will be taken by heads of member states in the European Council rather than Michel Barnier and his negotiating team in the European Commission. Sources said that tomorrow’s speech would focus on transition arrangements. Mrs May is expected to give an undertaking that Britain accepts its “moral obligation” and will ensure that other EU nations are not left worse off by Brexit.” – The Times
- Battle switches from principle to price – FT
- May to ‘take on’ Barnier over delaying tactics – Daily Express
- Starmer claims that Brussels fears the Prime Minister can’t honour her pledges – The Guardian
- Verhofstadt suggests Northern Ireland could stay in the Single Market – The Sun
- Infrastructure. Elphicke asks again: will we be Ready on Day One for Brexit? – Daily Mail
- Adonis accused of failing to prepare for Brexit – The Sun
- May must show she’s seriously prepared to walk away – The Sun
…as Wheeler ‘backs hard Brexit’ to take power back from judges…
“Boris Johnson’s wife threw her support behind a hard Brexit by demanding Britain take back sovereignty from Euro judges.The Foreign Secretary sparked a Tory Party civil war last week after going behind the PM’s back and publishing his own vision for EU withdrawal. BoJo’s wife Marina Wheeler QC has now waded in as Theresa May is set for a showdown with him ahead of her Brexit speech in Italy next week. Writing in The Spectator, the human rights lawyer blasted European judges for poking their noses into issues of national security. She slammed a European Court of Justice bid to force Britain into the bulk collection of communications data.” – The Sun
- Labour group claim ending free movement will increase exploitation – The Independent
- Heseltine claims Britain will join the Euro – Daily Express
>Yesterday: John Stevens in Comment: I am passionately pro-EU. But here’s why I believe Johnson was right about patriotism.
…and Timothy criticises Hammond for being too downbeat
“The Treasury’s reluctance to even “mention the positives” of leaving the European Union risks Britain getting a bad Brexit deal, Theresa May’s former chief of staff has warned. Writing for The Telegraph, Nick Timothy says that Philip Hammond’s department has failed to emphasise the “opportunities of Brexit” and accuses the Chancellor of being on “manoeuvres”… Boris Johnson was accused of undermining Mrs May’s Brexit strategy when he set out his own vision in an unauthorised 4,200-word article last week. But Mr Timothy’s article suggests that Mr Hammond’s failure to promote the positives of Brexit has been equally damaging to the Prime Minister.” – Daily Telegraph
- Former aide claims Chancellor is ‘putting Brexit in peril’ – The Sun
- German diplomat claims EU will ensure deal is bad for Britain – Daily Express
- Johnson ‘completely out of the loop’, claims EU commissioner – Daily Telegraph
- Fox hails Canada trade deal as a model for post-Brexit Britain – The Sun
- What divides the Cabinet on the big Brexit issues? – The Guardian
>Today: Sarah Heald in Comment: Brexit is a chance to adopt a better approach to recycling
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