Cameron repeats that he will not fight the 2020 election as Prime Minister

CAMERON Popular“The PM snubbed MPs urging him to go for a hat-trick and insisted he will call it a day at the next election — probably in 2020. The Sun on Sunday told last week how top Tories hoped the PM would reconsider his vow to serve only two terms after May’s victory and a booming economy. But marking 100 days back in office yesterday, he said: “I stand by what I said. Ten years is a good long time to be Prime Minister. I’ve got plenty to get on with. There’s a full manifesto, we have a strong mandate and we are delivering things.” – Sun on Sunday

  • Cameron 1) He tells Chilcot to “get on with it” – Sunday Telegraph
  • Cameron 2) He refuses to deny young Britons may lose tax credits in migration row – The Observer
  • Cameron 3): Migrants can’t be allowed to “break into our country” – Mail on Sunday
  • Morgan orders schools review to examine education tourism – Sunday Telegraph
  • Frank Field says that visitors to the UK should have their insurance checked at the border – Sunday Express

> Today: ToryDiary – As Cameron rules it out, a bare majority of Party members say in our poll that he should fight the 2020 election as Tory leader

Tim Shipman: Cameron is determined to prove that he’s not a dead duck…

“The prime minister will use his party conference speech in early October to scream from the rooftops: “I’m still here! It’s not just about George v Boris” — mapping out plans that will keep him busy for several years. As one aide puts it: “The key thing for conference is to show that the PM has things left to do. You think about the next leader. We’ve got to stop you all thinking this guy is irrelevant. With Labour off the pitch, you are going to see some radical proposals on public service reform.” – Sunday Times (£)

  • Britain in the black in July as firms pay over more tax – Sunday Express

> Yesterday: ToryDiary – If the momentum of the last hundred days is maintained what will Britain be like in five years?

…But, says Nick Robinson, he may be gone by the end of next year

Screen shot 2015-08-16 at 08.51.33“It is, though, very hard to see how he can stay on for anything like that long. The EU referendum will mark the next dramatic turning point. It looks likely to be held next June or September. If voters reject Cameron’s promise of a reformed deal with the EU, he will feel under pressure to quit. If they back him, many Tories will urge him to retire to allow his successor time to establish themselves before the next Election.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Dave’s off: and by George we can tell who will take over – Ann McElvoy, Mail on Sunday

To ward off criticism in the wake of the Lord Sewel scandal, Cameron rules that half of the new Conservative peers must be women

“Conservative sources say the Prime Minister believes that announcing 40 new Tory peers, with up to 30 of them male, would provoke a public backlash. But it has led to protests from senior Tory politicians who claim they had been promised a peerage but will now miss out. ‘No 10 thinks there will be much less of a fuss if half the new peers are women,’ said a source.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Peers claim £360,000 in cash despite never voting – Sunday Express

Gove: Scrap laws on the BBC’s licence fee

GOVE Legatum“In a Cabinet split, Mr Gove has raised concerns with John Whittingdale, the Culture Secretary, that television licence offences now account for one in 10 cases at magistrates’ courts. Mr Gove is understood to be particularly concerned because the Ministry of Justice is facing some of the deepest cuts of any government department in the spending review this autumn.” – Daily Telegraph

Downing Street and the Treasury plan shock-and-awe assault on Corbyn…

“Under the Conservative plan, the new Labour leader will be obliged to decide in the first week whether to oppose George Osborne’s new fiscal responsibility charter, which will enshrine in law the need for a budget surplus. Senior Tories believe that even if Corbyn does not win, his popularity will force a more moderate victor to adopt left-wing positions that will “kill” credibility with voters. Later in the autumn, ministers will publish an immigration bill and force votes on welfare reform in the hope of painting Labour as “soft” on those issues.” – Sunday Times (£)

…As he champions tax cuts for small businesses

Screen shot 2015-08-16 at 08.55.46“In a move to broaden his appeal to all parts of the party as ballot papers are distributed, Corbyn will announce a series of measures including tax cuts for small businesses and increased spending on training. This comes as polling of Labour voters confirms that the leftwing candidate has a significant lead.” – The Observer

  • Voters say he would reduce Labour’s chances of winning in 2020 – Independent on Sunday
  • He is slammed by IRA victims – Sun on Sunday (£)
  • Corbynmania in Scotland – The Observer
  • John Mann: his trolls are abusing me for being Jewish – Sunday Express
  • Burnham attacked as spineless – Sun on Sunday (£)
  • Kaufman: it’s the longest suicide note revisited – Mail on Sunday
  • Corbyn family fortunes 1) Workers for Corbyn’s wife’s fair trade business earn 93p for each £10 bag of coffee sold – Sunday Times (£)
  • Corbyn family fortunes 2) Son taking time out to work on father’s campaign – Mail on Sunday
  • Corbyn family fortunes 3) His first wife says that he liked nights in eating cold beans with his cat called Harold Wilson – Mail on Sunday
  • Brown poised to denounce Corbyn today – PoliticsHome

John Rentoul: Corbyn – and the dangers of forecasting

“The 1983 election…was one of the formative events of my political views. That was when Labour offered a programme remarkably similar to that offered by Corbyn today (except that he has equivocated on pulling out of Europe, which Neil Kinnock did only when he became leader after the 1983 election). I assumed that the reaction to the defeat of Ed Miliband’s milky Marxism would be similar, but that, because the Tory victory was narrower (a majority of 12 rather than 144), it wouldn’t take Labour 14 years to get back to winning elections.” – Independent on Sunday

> Yesterday: Adrian Hilton on Comment – Teachers for Corbyn need a lesson

 Labour has a new leader in Scotland: Kezia Dugdale

MacIntosh Kezia“After succeeding Jim Murphy at a hugely challenging time for Scottish Labour, Dugdale appeared to acknowledge critics who have argued that the party’s MSP group looks tired and lacks individuals with the drive and talent to take on the SNP. Following Dugdale’s convincing defeat of her only leadership rival, Ken Macintosh, the 33-year-old said she would be looking for new people to represent the party at Holyrood.” – Scotland on Sunday

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