Seven peerages blocked claim. Announcement of full list imminent (and timed to bury bad immigration figures)

Lords“On the day that the Government is expected to announce more than 40 new appointments to the House of Lords, it can be revealed that seven people who had been nominated were turned down by Whitehall’s appointments commission. There are also understood to be concerns about many more on the list but they cannot be blocked from the upper chamber under the rules.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Conservative peers: Kate Fall, Simone Finn, Philippa Stroud, James O’Shaughnessy and Michelle Mone on list – The Times (£)
  • Spencer Livermore among the Labour peers – Daily Mirror
  • Lorely Burt, Lynne Featherstone, Sir Alan Beith, Sir Menzies Campbell and Sir Malcolm Bruce, Sharon Bowles, Jonny Oates join them – The Sun (£)
  • Biggest chamber in the democratic world – Financial Times
  • David Cameron’s approach to ennoblement has been costly and constitutionally irresponsible – Times Editorial (£)
  • The size of the Lords must be slashed – Daily Telegraph Editorial
  • There are too many peers – Stuart Wheeler, Daily Mail
  • Conservatives offer day of special access to ministers for £2,500 – The Guardian


  • Labour attacks the timing of Lords appointments accouncement – The Guardian
  • Afghan interpreters win appeal – Daily Mail
  • Drop immigration pledge, says Bright Blue – Daily Telegraph
  • Ukip council candidate quits party after saying immigrants should be ‘gassed’ – Wales Online

Whittingdale: BBC Licence fee likely to stay for ten years as “least worst option”

“John Whittingdale’s comments came as three former corporation chiefs attacked the organisation for an imperious attitude to viewers and overly commercial behaviour. Mr Whittingdale also suggested that the £145.50 annual charge would increase when the BBC’s royal charter is renewed by the end of next year.” – Daily Mail

  • Sturgeon calls for new Scottish channel – Scotsman

Fabricant defends Proctor and says: it’s a witch hunt…

FABRICANT Twitter“Mr Fabricant told The Sun: “It seems that a few police officers in some police forces seek fame and promotion rather than justice for those whom they are investigating. They connect individuals through the most tenuous of links and then leak this information to the press. To link someone just for being gay with being a murdering paedophile is both objectionable and plain stupid. Former Tory MP Paul Goodman also yesterday branded the allegations as “contemptible”, adding: “The abuse in this instance is not by Proctor, but of him”.” – The Sun (£)

…But the former MP’s accuser is “distressed”

“Last night Nick, who is said to have made a success of his life despite his years of abuse, has been upset by Proctor’s statement. Journalist Mark Watts, editor of the Exaro website, spoke to him afterwards and said: ‘Nick, as was entirely foreseeable, has been left distressed by Harvey Proctor’s over-the-top theatrics. It was a shameful performance.” – Daily Mail

  • Son of Sir Hugh Beach: it’s all “absolute crap” – Daily Mail
  • Rotherham sex scandal: More than 160 officers facing claims they ignored victims’ pleas – Daily Express
  • Proctor’s fury is justified but police inquiry must go on – Giles Whittell, The Times (£)

> Yesterday: ToryDiary – The abuse of Harvey Proctor

Chilcot breaks silence and says: I won’t be rushed

Breaking a long silence, the inquiry chairman said he understood the anguish of loved ones who wanted to know why Tony Blair joined a conflict that cost 179 British lives.  But he insisted the hold-ups caused by ‘Maxwellisation’, a convention allowing those criticised to respond, were necessary to avoid unfairness to political and military leaders.” – Daily Mail

> Today: Columnist Graeme Archer – Delayed justice is no justice at all

19,000 jobs created. 540 companies attracted. £2.2bn of private investment raised. Wharton hails enterprise zones.

WHARTON James headshot“He praised the opportunities they had created but said it was impossible to predict the ultimate jobs figure and “difficult to measure the full economic impact”. In July, chancellor George Osborne proposed creating more enterprise zones; the deadline for bids is September 18. Ministers are hoping to attract more smaller towns, while the Centre for Cities think-tank has urged that new zones should focus on central rather than out-of-town locations.” – Financial Times

Corbyn’s women-only train carriages is a car crash

“Areas solely for females would also be more difficult to set up on trains now compared with the late 19th century, when they were first introduced. Back then, carriages were formed of separate compartments, making separation easier. Today, some services such as the London Overground have completely open carriages. ” – Financial Times
  • Claire Perry had previously said that she is open to the idea – The Guardian
  • Women-only carriages: no, no, no – Libby Purves, Daily Mail
  • Has Poland finally unearthed the Nazi gold train? – The Independent

Other Corbyn news

> Yesterday: James Worron on Comment – Has Corbyn made you yearn for nationalisation? Don’t. Here’s why it didn’t work.

Maajid Nawaz: Treat Islamist extremists like the BNP

nawaz“Nawaz wants to see Islamist extremists treated like the BNP or English Defence League. Don’t ban them, he says, just shrink their platform by ostracising their affiliates. “Treat them like racists. Why is it you can’t be a member of BNP and be a police officer, but you can still be a schoolteacher if you’re a member of the Muslim Brotherhood?” – The Times (£)

  • British ISIS recruiter Junaid Hussain blown up in US airstrike in Syria – Daily Express
  • Mystery site fighting Isis run by British ex-jihadi too scared to go public – The Independent

Ambrose Evans Pritchard: China is in a serious bind – but this is not yet a ‘Lehman’ moment

“The question today is whether the latest ructions in China really are a global show-stopper beyond the control of central banks, or just a “mid-cycle correction” that will blow over. This is a very hard call to make…Mature cycles typically look good as they are nearing the end. But this feels nothing like the prelude to the Lehman crisis in 2008, when the monetary data was flashing red warnings on both sides of the Atlantic, and US commercial lending was contracting at the fastest rate since records began.” – Daily Telegraph

George Trefgarne: Iran is ripe for investment

TREFGARNE George“Iran is the world’s third-largest oil province, with a GDP of £260 billion, a large middle class and a population of about 80 million. In a recent note to investors, Renaissance, the investment bank, described the country as the world’s most important closed economy, with “Turkey’s population, Thailand’s GDP, Vietnam’s wages and Canada’s oil reserves”. – The Times (£)

> Today: Philip Hammond MP on Comment: Why now is the time to renew our relations with Iran

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