Raab, Badenoch, Sunak, O’Brien, Eustice, Frazer and Tugendhat should all be more senior and more visible.
They include both the working class vote being up for grabs…and the Party adapting to the changing nature of modern Britain.
What is your view of May’s Florence speech on Brexit? Of Johnson’s Telegraph article? Of an implementation period? Our monthly survey is out.
Plus our usual questions: plenty to think about as Party Conference looms.
His reforms will cripple his MPs and are a posthumous triumph for Tony Benn’s belief in extra-Parliamentary action.
The arrogant behaviour of the EU so far, bordering on the deliberately offensive, is a bluff that we need to call.
Nicholas Mazzei: Khan and TfL are right to block Uber. We Conservatives are on the wrong side of the argument.
A cheap, simple service is not a good enough defence when delivered by a company with poor morals and corporate standards.
Too many Conservative councils are being passive on this key challenge – while sitting on vast supplies of surplus land.
WATCH: Davis opens the new round of Brexit talks – “There are no excuses for standing in the way of progress”
The Brexit Secretary points to the Government’s “concrete proposals”, and puts the ball back into the EU’s court.
The new PFI policy is a classic example.
McDonnell neglected to mention the hundreds of contracts that Labour entered into.
The Shadow Chancellor tells the universities and technology sector that “help is on the way” (as the Marx Brothers put it in “Duck Soup”).
During Labour’s conference week, we take a look at prominent Labour MPs’ views of their leader, in their own words.
The Shadow Foreign Secretary on Brexit, Vote Leave, paternity tests, Gove and £350 million a week.
Merkel is back for a fourth term – a great electoral achievement. But the success of the AfD is a sign that the vultures are gathering.
Nicky Morgan: May’s Florence Speech 1) It was good – pragmatic and overdue. Now we must stop banging on about Europe.
The difference between us and the Labour is that we deal with the world and reality as it is – not as some utopia we would like it to be.
Helen Harrison: May’s Florence speech 2) It was bad – and activists must speak out against these feeble, careerist, pro-Remain ministers
Here’s the irony: if we bite our tongues and say nothing, and if Brexit is lost, we lose the next election anyway.
The Mayor has betrayed Londoners and chosen to send out a signal to the world that the city does not embrace innovation
The German Chancellor on the exit polls that show her set for a fourth term – but with Alternative für Deutschland winning 13 per cent of the vote.
Whatever you think about the various political successes and failures of the past years, it is sobering for Conservatives to recognise that their party’s unrest could lead to Corbyn in charge.
She says that it must end after Brexit.
He says it’s “in the air and that is down to one man”.
The Labour leader also wouldn’t say whether he’d rule out backing illegal strike action.
Tory whips prepare for the possibility that Johnson might resign
‘Downing Street has been preparing the ground in case Boris Johnson suddenly resigns. Tory MPs have been receiving calls from the whips’ office, which has been assessing support for the foreign secretary while canvassing views on the prime minister’s speech in Florence. No 10 has been told that Mr Johnson has minimal support among MPs. Tories who backed Remain are generally unimpressed by his interventions but Leave supporters are among the angriest. Many of them have never seen Mr Johnson as a soulmate and worry that he is destabilising the government to the point that he could smooth Jeremy Corbyn’s path to power, putting Brexit in jeopardy.’ – The Times
- Barnier praises the Florence speech – The Sun
- EU citizens living in the UK will not have to get ID cards – The Sun
- Thornberry says the Foreign Secretary should take a paternity test to prove he is the ‘father of Brexit’ – Daily Telegraph
>Yesterday: WATCH: Thornberry’s Labour conference stand-up routine
German election result could delay Brexit talks
‘Political deadlock in Germany is likely to delay the start of Brexit trade talks for several months, senior ministers fear. Downing Street had hoped for Theresa May’s concessions last week to “unlock” negotiations in Brussels and allow talks on a transition deal and a future relationship to begin after a meeting of European leaders next month. However, after Sunday’s divisive German election result, Whitehall now believes that it will be difficult for the EU to quickly agree a joint position. The unexpectedly poor showing for Angela Merkel and her Bavarian allies means she will be mired in talks for months and only able to focus on international issues of the highest priority — which the Brexit talks are not.’ – The Times
- One of the leaders of the AfD has already quit the party – Daily Mail
- Merkel ignored her people’s concerns, and is now reaping the whirlwind – Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Mail
- Germany is not immune from populism after all – Gideon Rachman, FT
- A wake-up call for complacent Europe – William Hague, Daily Telegraph
- These aren’t Nazis, they’re people the Chancellor neglected – Brendan O’Neill, The Sun
- A model for the left – Paul Mason, The Guardian
- She should have seen the far right threat coming – Matthew Goodwin, The Times
- Her mis-step on migration could yet seal her fate – Roger Boyes, The Times
- Now Merkel and May have something in common – Daily Telegraph Leader
- She must face a new political landscape – FT Leader
>Today: Iain Duncan Smith’s column: Brexit. Why the Government must prepare for no deal now.
Wallace: Both Leavers and Remainers are still struggling to adapt to the outcome of the referendum
‘For a vocal minority of Remain supporters, who got their way on this and other issues for many years, the reality of defeat has proved simply impossible to accept. Rather than adapt to the result, or scrutinise their errors, they’ve jetted off into a twilight zone of EU-themed fancy dress, conspiracy theories, and increasingly unpleasant dismissal of Leave voters as ignorant racists who could help everyone out by simply dying off…The history of Euroscepticism – 40 years of defeat, except for staving off British membership of the Euro – means that Leavers learned long ago to be somewhat suspicious of politicians. That breeds a fatalistic, even paranoid, assumption that Westminster is always about to sell out to Brussels: even having won the war, perhaps we might still lose the peace. Over a year on, Remainers and Leavers are both in some disarray, still struggling to adjust to the referendum result.’ – Mark Wallace, the i paper
- The EU threatens to scupper a transition period – Daily Mail
- New Labour split over Northern Ireland – The Times
- Khan insists the UK must stay in the Single Market – The Sun
- Corbyn has handed Remainers the keys to Brexit policy – Asa Bennett, Daily Telegraph
- Starmer must offer a grown-up Brexit – Frances O’Grady, The Times
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