Morgan signs off ‘satellite’ grammar (but won’t make new ones legal)

MORGAN Nicky officiall version“Britain’s first new grammar school in 50 years will be approved today, The Times can reveal. Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, will rubber stamp plans for a new 450-pupil school in Sevenoaks, Kent, after five months of legal wrangling. The move follows pressure from leading Tories who back selective education. She will insist that the decision does not mean the government will now scrap a law passed in 1998 that forbids new taxpayer-funded grammar schools.” – The Times (£)


>Today: ToryDiary: Why should a decision about a Sevenoaks school be made at a Whitehall desk?

Tory donor hits out at Cameron over EU renegotiation secrecy…

“A major Tory donor piled pressure on David Cameron by saying Britain has ‘nothing to fear’ from leaving the European Union. JCB chairman Lord Bamford criticised the Prime Minister for keeping the country ‘in the dark’ over his renegotiation of the relationship with Brussels.” – Daily Mail

Matthew Holehouse: Britain spreads referendum fever across the EU

EU Exit“Officials now speak of contagion. At a time when voters across the continent are doubting Brussels’ capacity to deliver peace and prosperity, Mr Cameron has elevated the in-out referendum from the hobby-horse of fringe groups into the government policy of Europe’s second economy… “He is building an opposition trans-nationally, directly or indirectly,” said Morten Messerschmidt, an MEP with the radical Danish People’s Party which surged to first place in June’s election.” – Daily Telegraph

  • The EU is sham. Vote no to let a new Europe take route – Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

>Today: Daniel Hannan MEP’s column: Cameron lowers renegotiation expectations in the hope of selling a paltry change as a triumph

Did Hunt suppress NICE report into safe staffing levels in the NHS?

“The health watchdog NICE ditched plans to make public its research on safe nurse staffing levels minutes after an email exchange between the organisation’s chief executive and Jeremy Hunt’s office, it has emerged. Experts at the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) had been due to publish their work on safe staffing levels on NHS A&E departments at the end of July.” – The Independent

Javid attacks ‘heavy handed’ Uber regulation proposals

Sajid Javid 24-05-15“Business secretary Sajid Javid has attacked “heavy-handed” plans for a crackdown on the Uber minicab service in London, putting him on a collision course with mayor Boris Johnson, who wants tighter controls. Mr Javid, an outspoken advocate of free markets, said tougher regulation of Uber would have a “dramatic detrimental impact” on customers seeking lower fares.” – Financial Times (£)

  • London mayor takes Japan by storm – Daily Mail
  • Is Boris the cabbies’ ubermensch? – Nils Pratley, The Guardian

Policy 1) Youngsters miss out as Government scales back Right to Buy

“Ministers are planning to restrict the extended Right to Buy policy to older tenants in the first few years following signs that the controversial policy will cost far more than expected. Whitehall sources told The Times that the plan to extend Right to Buy to 1.3 million housing association tenants would be targeted first at those who have rented their homes for 20 or 25 years to ensure a much smaller take up.” – The Times (£)

Policy 2) Tories bait SNP with EVEL proposals

SNP logo white background“Scottish MPs will be blocked from voting on English-only laws under new plans to be brought before the Commons next week. The timing of the announcement is intended as a deliberate provocation of the Scottish National party at the start of its annual conference, according to Tory sources.” – The Times (£)

  • Nationalists plan to defeat Tories on Snoopers’ Charter – Daily Telegraph
  • First Minister to appeal to independence naysayers at her conference – The Guardian
  • Sturgeon tells party to focus on Holyrood, not a referendum – Daily Telegraph
  • Abortion law to be devolved despite warnings – Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: Henry Hill’s Red, White, and Blue column: SNP face investigation into referendum spending

Burt claims that Britons will need to care for elderly relatives

“Families will increasingly have to take older relatives into their own homes, the minister in charge of care of the elderly said yesterday. Alistair Burt called for ‘cultural change’, saying that in future families are likely to have to live together in large houses so younger members can care for their grandparents when the state cannot.” – Daily Mail

Top Tory is latest to be smeared by Watson

Tom Watson“Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, used the floor of the Commons to make an unfounded allegation that a senior Conservative MP was linked to the smuggling of child abuse images. Mr Watson did not name the politician but his description was enough to match one candidate: a respected Tory of good character whose identity quickly spread through Westminster as the alleged suspect.” – The Times (£)

  • Boris calls on Watson to apologise for ‘hysterical’ pursuit of Brittan – Daily Mail
  • Goldsmith called on to retract Brittan ‘smears’ – Daily Mail
  • Scotland Yard dismissed Watson’s claims off paedophile ring three years ago – Daily Mail

David Aaronovitch: Why let the facts get in the way of a good smear campaign?

“Mr Watson, asked to apologise to the family of Lord Brittan, replied pugnaciously that it was instead the victims of child abuse who should be apologised to. You could almost hear the applause going on inside his head… for too many — politicians, campaigners and journalists — their animal spirits, their own interests, their sense of their own missions and their bias got in the way of asking the hardest questions of all — the ones you ask yourself. Why am I doing this? And am I sure I’ve got this right?” – The Times (£)

Police officer tells Tory MP who complained about conference protection to ‘get over himself’

Police shield“A police officer has told a Tory MP who criticised his officers for failing to prevent abuse of Conservative activists during the party’s conference last week to “get over” himself. Inspector Ian Hanson, chairman of the Greater Manchester branch of the Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, said he found the criticism “absolutely incredible”.” – Daily Telegraph

McDonnell mocked as MPs defy Labour whip on fiscal charter…

“Jeremy Corbyn suffered his first Commons rebellion last night after ordering Labour MPs to vote against plans requiring future governments to balance the books. About 20 Labour MPs defied their leader after a shambolic week in which they were told to back George Osborne’s plans then ordered to vote against them.” – Daily Mail


  • ‘Embarrassing! Embarrassing! Embarrassing!’: Shadow Chancellor sums up own u-turn – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: “The fiscal charter is a trap,” Labour warn, flinging themselves into a pit full of spikes

…and Corbyn mocks Cameron in bid to boost leadership

Labour holes“Jeremy Corbyn today tried to get his struggling leadership back on track with a series of personal swipes at the Prime Minister. In a series of withering attacks, The Labour leader suggested David Cameron was out of touch with reality, patronised him for ‘doing his best’ and suggested the Tories find it funny that some people cannot buy a home.” – Daily Mail

  • Far-left leader accuses Cameron of limiting children’s chances – The Guardian
  • Labour leader may go to royal banquet to harangue Chinese on human rights – Daily Mail
  • Corbyn took £5,000 from man who justified Palestinian terrorism – Daily Telegraph
  • Islington MP maintains union link with fat cheque from Unite – The Independent


  • Austerity? Why can’t these numbskulls grasp that spending is rising? – Stephen Glover, Daily Mail
  • Ministers are right to move the goalposts on measuring disadvantage – Tim Montgomerie, The Times (£)


  • Head boy multiplies Bumblebore’s divisions – Patrick Kidd, The Times (£)
  • This was no clash of the gladiators – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail


Resignation of Birmingham’s Labour leader sparks turmoil

“The resignation of Birmingham City Council’s Labour leader has plunged the city into political turmoil as the West Midlands waits to hear whether Chancellor George Osborne will approve its £8bn devolution bid. Sir Albert Bore announced late on 13 October that he plans to step down in December after his cabinet held three crunch meetings in 24 hours to discuss the leadership crisis at Britain’s second city.” – The Independent

News in Brief:

  • Tribunal rules that the Wilson Doctrine is not enforceable in law – Daily Mail
  • Kids Company accused of blocking staff from reporting offences – The Times (£)
  • US Navy returns to celestial navigation over fears of a computer hack – Daily Telegraph
  • One in four UKIP voters think aliens have visited earth – Daily Mail
  • Bin Laden hideout was ‘known to Pakistani authorities’ – The Independent
  • Scottish unemployment up despite UK drop – Daily Telegraph