Yet another case that undermines public confidence in the Crown Prosecution Service and the police.
A low-key event with an invited audience next week will explore how to apply lessons and methods from the Party’s past to its present and future.
The next election is vulnerable to cyber attack. That’s why I, a Republican, am working with Democrats and others to help protect democracy itself.
Funding an ‘apprenticeship with a heart’ could help broaden access to overseas service whilst getting more money to the front line.
After five different Secretaries of State in just over three years, the Ministry of Justice needs stability to take on a crucial task.
The Conservatives held a seat in Horsham and gained a seat from the Lib Dems in Bristol – but lost one to them in Broadland and another one to an independent in North Kesteven.
Poor understanding of the new requirements could take a terrible toll on Tory membership. Here are some sensible ways to keep in touch with your activists.
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Yes, some rises are inevitable. But they must be balanced by spending reductions elsewhere if economic policy is to be practicable and coherent.
Plus: Crunch point on Brexit. Farewell to Biteback. Bannon’s loose tongue and persistent loyalty. And: face to face with Jacqui Smith.
Lord Ashcroft: My Republic of Ireland focus groups on Brexit. They both agree that the UK is making a terrible mistake.
“Two years later no-one knows what they want, even the Tory party. Theresa May says one thing and Boris Johnson says another.”
We never forget we are spending our residents’ money. We have delivered new homes and we have kept our borough clean and green.
The finely-balanced votes on the Withdrawal Bill amendments come down to how many Labour MPs will abstain
With the Bill expected to return in the week of 11th June, the Government is weighing up which amendments must be fought and which could be defeated.
Also: Davidson calls for ’emotion bonds’ of the Union to be strengthened; SNP face tough choices on independence ‘summer offensive’; and more.
Even the liberal commentators are having to acknowledge that post-Brexit the country has become more welcoming to migration, not less.
The Oxford admissions row – and why the focus of the Hard Left on outcomes rather than opportunities is an offence to social justice.
As the miracles of Hong Kong and Singapore demonstrate, cheaper imports, rather than easier exports, are the big win. The trick is persuading voters to agree.
Understandably, the unionists and republicans we interviewed have very different views on the questions facing the Province.
Voters are fed up with decay and decline. Labour will not be able to cling on much longer.
She says that Labour carried out a mass of outsourcing; he says he’s talking about what’s happening now.
Their solution to the unpopularity of Corbyn’s views is to avoid providing detail. But how can they debate and develop with new ideas while remaining tight-lipped?
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Corbyn has the charm of a perfectly working steam locomotive of the 1940s
The Labour leader claimed the Tories are privatising the NHS, and May sheltered behind what Labour did in power.
Hammond threatens that Britain will “go it alone” on sat nav scheme
“Philip Hammond has warned the EU the UK will “go it alone” and build a new satellite navigation system if shut out of the Galileo project after Brexit. The chancellor said the UK wanted to remain a “core member” of the EU-wide scheme, which it has helped pay for. But if this was not possible, he said the UK would develop a rival scheme as access to the data satellites provided was vital for national security. The issue has become an emerging dividing line in the Brexit talks. The UK has demanded £1bn back from the EU if the bloc carries through on its plan to exclude Britain from Galileo, which was developed by the European Commission and the European Space Agency.” – BBC
- Britain’s MEPs could be forced to stay in Strasbourg after Brexit – The Sun
- Weak economic growth – The Times
- Toughen up now, Mrs May — you have two weeks to save Brexit and your Government – The Sun Says
- UK should not be afraid to walk away from the EU – Leader, Daily Telegraph
- Majority of EU27 favour ‘simple’ approach on Britons’ residency – The Guardian
- The EU should stop “posturing” says Davis – Daily Express
Oborne: The biggest threat to the EU is from Italy
“While Brussels negotiators continue to stymie Brexit, European politicians are facing a much bigger threat to the European Union. I refer to events of the past few days in Italy, which will be Europe’s third largest economy after Britain leaves the European Union. This week, a new government was formed — Italy’s 66th since the end of World War II. The new prime minister, Guiseppe Conte, heads a rag-bag coalition of the anti-Establishment Five Star Movement and the far-right League. They agree on very little but there is one policy on which they are in harmony: a hatred of Brussels. It is no exaggeration to say that Mr Conte, a former law professor at Florence University, has the power to bring about the collapse of the EU.” – Peter Oborne, Daily Mail
- New Italian Finance Minister wants to quit the Euro – The Sun
- Irish Euro MP says EU tax harmonisation plans “not working” – Daily Express
Plot for Gove to be PM – followed by Davidson
“Tory grandees are hatching a ‘dream plan’ for Michael Gove to serve as caretaker Prime Minister and step down for Ruth Davidson in 2021. The plot comes as a consensus emerges among frustrated Tory MPs that Theresa May will be forced out in a year’s time as soon as Brexit is delivered next March. As many as 30 ambitious Tory MPs have already begun canvassing for support to replace her as party boss. But several senior figures have now settled on a master plan, dubbed the ‘Gove-Davidson succession’. Under the plot, Environment Secretary and leading Brexiteer Mr Gove would take the keys to No 10 for two years to finish the Brexit negotiations and transition period. Ms Davidson, 39, has vowed to fight the Holyrood Parliament elections in 2021 in a bid to oust SNP boss Nicola Sturgeon.” – The Sun
Jury takes less than an hour to clear Holden to sexual assault charges
“A former special adviser to Sir Michael Fallon who was acquitted of sexual assault has said he was cruelly and publicly shamed during a trial that he claims should never have come to court. Richard Holden said it was a “travesty” that the case against him had been pursued and it added to concerns about the actions of the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). He had been accused of groping a woman under her skirt at a party in London in 2016. The jury of eight men and four women returned unanimous verdicts after deliberating for less than an hour…Mr Holden said: “This case was not about consent. What was alleged did not happen. This allegation was supposed to have taken place in a room of 15 to 20 people, none of whom corroborated the claim. Today’s unanimous verdict, delivered by the jury in such a short space of time, attests to my innocence, which I have maintained throughout. That this case has been pursued at all is a travesty. It has been a cruel public shaming and an utter waste of time and resources.” – Daily Telegraph
There are too many people in prison declares Gauke
“David Gauke is not afraid to challenge the traditionalists. In his measured, slightly metronomic tone, he delivers the radical message that there are now too many people in jail. “Twenty five years ago the [prison] population was 44,000. Today it’s 84,000. I would like it to fall.” He adds: “I don’t think we should have an arbitrary number and say we’re going to get it to 60,000 or 70,000 because I think it depends on how successfully we can build confidence in non-custodial sentences and how effective we can be in reducing reoffending.” But he does want a concerted effort to drastically reduce the number of people who are being locked up every year, pointing out that crime has fallen while the prison population has almost doubled. “What has driven [the rise] is longer and tougher sentences for serious crimes. There is an issue about public protection but I think we need to look at the efficacy of short sentences.” – Interview with David Gauke, The Times
- Short custodial sentences clog up prisons – Leader, The Times
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