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.
Republicans and Democrats are both desperate for the investigation to conclude, but for opposite reasons.
We must embrace digital, invest in skills, and build world-class infrastructure. Hammond’s speech to the CBI – full text
“We must rebuild a consensus for the liberal market economy as the best way to deliver future prosperity.”
Further details enclosed.
Change, optimism and hope are a step up from paralysis, despair and pessimism. But successful politicians don’t necessarily radiate uplift.
Interview: Lewis -“At conference this year, I and the Prime Minister are determined that the members feel it is their conference.”
The Party Chairman intends to remove from the candidates’ list those who failed to campaign in the local elections.
Robert Halfon: We need a workers’ party that’s like a modern trade union – not a trivial Nando’s scheme.
We must change our organisation, making it more democratic, accessible for the lower paid and a place in which the most disadvantaged can feel at home.
Gavin Williamson: Why raising the number and profile of women in our armed forces is a priority for me
Parity is important because it sends a message that we believe in the equality that our women and men are working to protect in conflict zones.
The warning from the local elections to Labour MPs seeking to thwart Brexit – or stay in the Customs Union
Those representing constituencies with big majorities that voted Leave may conclude they don’t want to push their luck.
John Baron: The country, the Party, and her own backbenchers expect the Prime Minister to deliver Brexit as promised
The time has come for her to show leadership and follow through on the clear instruction of the British people to leave the EU.
It would be easy, but mistaken, to take the path of least resistance and simply re-enact the dated Cameron ‘modernising’ agenda.
It was a textbook case of how Islamist terror works here – or has to date, anyway. We honour and remember those who died.
The Moggcast. “We’re getting to the point where you wonder whether the Government really wants to leave at all.”
He fears that while “the Government’s words remain robust, its deeds become weak”. Plus: the Rees-Mogg family spent the Royal wedding playing “sermon cricket”.
We need strong and effective intelligence services. But we should demonstrate that this can be combined with decent and ethical standards of civilised conduct.
The General Election was a shock. We are up for a marathon effort for the Council elections next year.
“That adjective simply summed up how I felt about the way that that day’s business had been conducted.”
Daniel Coughlan: Thirty years on from Thatcher’s ‘Sermon on the Mound’, faith is sadly excluded from public discourse
She spoke unashamedly of her religious beliefs, in a way that would sound shocking in today’s impoverished political culture.
May’s speech on science – “the UK’s ingenuity and creativity will be what drives our progress as a nation”
“Today over half of the UK’s resident researcher population were born overseas. When we leave the European Union, I will ensure that does not change.”
Those who run Russia believe themselves to be in a ‘political war’ with the West. We need to treat the Kremlin as a threat rather than an irritant.
They argue that even if May doesn’t deliver a clean outcome, the priority must be to ensure that the Article 50 timetable is met.
Brexit: Rees-Mogg questions if May wants to leave on our Moggcast…
“Jacob Rees-Mogg has accused Theresa May of preparing a Brexit deal that will make Britain a “vassal state” as senior Conservatives, concerned about the direction of negotiations with Brussels, rumble about a challenge to her leadership in the autumn. Mr Rees-Mogg, head of the European Research Group which counts about 60 Tory MPs as supporters, said the prime minister’s attempts to resolve the Irish border issue were leading her into an EU “trap”. “I fear we’re getting to the point where you wonder whether the government wants to leave at all,” said Mr Rees-Mogg in a podcast for the ConservativeHome website. He said Mrs May’s strategy seemed intended to “gull voters”.” – FT
- How Singham became ‘the Brexiteers’ brain’ – BuzzFeed
- Unknown leader of Italian coalition could derail Brexit – Douglas Murray, The Sun
- Audio: The Moggcast. “We’re getting to the point where you wonder whether the Government really wants to leave at all.”
- John Baron MP in Comment: The country, the Party, and her own backbenchers expect the Prime Minister to deliver Brexit as promised
…as EU rejects May’s call for ‘time limited’ backstop…
“Brussels has rejected Theresa May’s new customs proposal less than 24 hours after the prime minister set it out in a bid to placate Brexiteers in her cabinet. European Commission officials told The Independent Ms May’s plan would be unacceptable and would go back on previous commitments made by British negotiators. A day earlier the prime minister had said the “backstop” plan to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland – which keeps Britain in alignment with the single market and customs union if no other agreement is reached – would be time limited. The move was an attempt to assuage Brexiteers such as Boris Johnson, who fear that it would become a backdoor way to keep Britain tied indefinitely to the EU through the customs union and single market.” – Belfast Telegraph
- Gove won’t say if the ‘backstop’ will last weeks or months – Daily Telegraph
…Gove ‘blames Hammond’ for Government’s Lords defeats…
“Michael Gove has accused Philip Hammond of being “short-sighted” over Brexit and helping to inflict a “damaging blow” to the Conservative Party’s “environmental credentials”. In a letter to Cabinet colleagues, seen by the Telegraph, the Environment Secretary blames the Treasury for a defeat in the House of Lords last week which could force the Government to retain all EU environmental protections after Brexit. It is understood that the Chancellor blocked plans to give a new post-Brexit environmental watchdog the power to fine the Government and local authorities if they fail to increase recycling and cut pollution. Mr Hammond believes that the proposal risks saddling the country with more regulation which may undermine the country’s competitiveness after Brexit.” – Daily Telegraph
- Voters think Lords are wrong to block Brexit – Daily Mail
- Tyrie will sit as a crossbencher, not a Tory – The Sun
- Upper house could mushroom to 1,000 peers by 2031 – Daily Telegraph
- Environment Secretary puts household cleaning products in his sights – Daily Mail
…and Brexiteers accuse Carney of ‘crying wolf’
“Bank Governor Mark Carney was accused of ‘crying wolf’ today after he claimed households are £900 worse off than they would have been without Brexit. The Bank of England boss said the Britain’s relative slow down compared to other leading economies since 2016 meant people had lost ground. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson led the backlash against the Governor, insisting Brexit had not damaged Britain. While Brexiteer ringleader Jacob Rees-Mogg told MailOnline Mr Carney was ‘crying wolf’. Britain’s economy has grown in every quarter since the June 2016 poll – allowing Brexiteers to claim it has defied grim pre-referendum forecasts of a recession.” – Daily Mail
- Brussels opens trade talks with Australia and New Zealand – Daily Mail
- EU breaking promises by freezing UK out of Galileo – Daily Telegraph
Rob Wilson: Like the Millenium Bug, Brexit must be prepared for but has been over-hyped
“As we approach the date of EU separation the predictions of a shattering impact to jobs, the economy and our way of life will continue to intensify. Why is this happening? Labour frontbencher, Barry Gardiner, simply told the truth when he suggested that people in his own party and elsewhere are playing up elements of Brexit for political reasons. There is a without question a desire to stop Brexit in its tracks, supported largely by the EU, UK Remain politicians and big business – indeed rumours persist that they are working, if not together, certainly closely. But they have a huge difficulty, how do you overturn the democratic will of 17.5 million UK citizens without turning on democracy itself? The answer is by making the challenge bigger and more impossible than anyone could possibly have imagined, so that the will of the people is snapped on the rock of the sheer scale of the enterprise.” – Daily Telegraph
- Eight bonkers things I learned during a year filming MEPs – Christian Tumble, Times Red Box
Johnson suggests ‘global Britain’ plane
“Boris Johnson last night suggested a plane decked in Union Flag livery should fly ministers – including him – around the world. The Foreign Secretary complained that he is not allowed to use the RAF Voyager jet reserved for the Queen and the Prime Minister on trips abroad. He suggested ministers could use a new ‘Global Britain’ plane – painted in red, white and blue – to project the nation’s confidence around the world and take advantage of trade opportunities after Brexit. Mr Johnson, who is on a five-day trip to South America, has flown mostly on commercial planes while abroad. His proposal for a ‘Boris Force One’ comes after British officials spent £10million on refitting a Voyager aircraft reserved for the Queen, the Prime Minister, or anyone representing them.” – Daily Mail
- Foreign Secretary on the hunt for new trade opportunities – Daily Express
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