EU 1) Up to 100 Tory MPs ‘could back vote of no confidence’ in Cameron

CAMERON knives“As many as 100 MPs could be prepared to support a vote of no confidence in David Cameron if Britain votes to remain in the EU, Tory sources have claimed. Backbenchers furious at the way Mr Cameron and his allies have conducted the referendum campaign are considering calling for him to go, even if he wins the June 23 vote by a significant margin. Just 50 Tory MPs are needed to trigger a vote of no confidence in the leader.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Prime Minister hopes rebellious class of 2015 can bring unity – FT


  • Senior Tories back Boris in ‘Hitler’ row – Daily Mail
  • Patel takes on Hain in battle for Welsh votes – Wales Online
  • European pupils cost Britain £3bn a year – The Times (£)
  • There are 700,000 EU children in British schools – Daily Express


  • Duncan Smith claims the Chancellor colludes with the Bank to ‘deliver Brexit gloom’ – The Times (£)
  • Campaigners claim EU ‘failure’ is strangling exporters – The Sun
  • Brexit will help create jobs, claim 300 business chiefs – Daily Telegraph
  • A new Greek crisis would give Leave their own Project Fear – The Guardian
  • Norway defies EU bid to control North Sea oil and gas industry – Daily Express


  • Britain’s competitiveness is undermined by a failing EU – 300 business chiefs, Daily Telegraph


  • Field Marshal attacks former Mayor over Hitler remarks – The Times (£)
  • Home Office warns that three millions EU citizens could be deported – Daily Telegraph
  • Government ramps up Project Fear with threat to EU nationals – Daily Express
  • Business warns that referendum is having ‘chilling’ affect on investment – Daily Mail
  • CBI accuse Leave campaigner of wilfully misrepresenting business’ views – The Times (£)
  • Business leaders warn the UK is already being damaged by Brexit risk – The Scotsman

>Today: Nadhim Zahawi MP’s column: Leave is not about choosing ‘Little Britain’ – it’s about backing small businesses


EU 2) Corbyn praises immigration and denies being a closet Eurosceptic

“Jeremy Corbyn has defended migrants’ “amazing contribution” to Britain, saying that areas in which there had been “big change” had often recorded economic growth. The Labour leader dismissed claims from his brother Piers that he was “in his heart a Eurosceptic” as he made the case for Britain to remain in the EU.” – The Times (£)

  • Labour leader rules out sharing a platform with Cameron – Daily Telegraph
  • Vote Leave chair claims party’s pro-EU stance is ‘recruitment agent’ for UKIP – The Guardian


  • Islington MP won’t admit he’s middle class – Daily Mail
  • Corbyn blasted as ‘losing leader’ by MPs – The Sun

The Left:

  • Bennett to step down as Green Party leader – Daily Mail

Ruth Davidson: We should lead the EU, not leave it

Ruth Davidson“I don’t want Britain to become Europe’s awkward neighbour, twitching the curtains at the world outside, helpless to do much about it. Staying in offers us a double win. We remain a proud, principled, liberal, democratic, (sometimes idiosyncratic) sovereign trading nation, and retain the ability to benefit from and reform a more flexible EU. I believe this will be good for all.” – The Times (£)

  • Brexiteers maintain stubborn mood in face of chilling EU warnings – Larry Elliott, The Guardian
  • Remain to fortify defence and protect peace – Sir Roger Carr, Daily Telegraph
  • Boris just hit the Hitler button, watch out – Matthew d’Ancona, The Guardian
  • Ex-Mayor’s comments show bad taste and bad judgement – Michael White, The Guardian


  • What Brexit means for defence and diplomacy – FT
  • Debate lurches from hype to hysteria – The Guardian


  • Of course City fat-cats love Brussels, it’s why they’re paid so much – Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph
  • Brexit will be a bright new beginning – Lord Farmer, Daily Telegraph
  • The EU strangles business, and we should break free – Peter Hargreaves, The Times (£)
  • Yes, the IMF and 200 economists can be wrong – Roger Bootle, Daily Telegraph

Cameron calls for adoption overhaul

“A radical overhaul of the care system to encourage adoption will be at the centre of the Queen’s Speech. David Cameron yesterday called for ‘zero tolerance of state failure’ as he highlighted worrying trends of children who are placed in care falling into crime, the sex trade and homelessness in later life.” – Daily Mail

Ministers 1) Chancellor’s living wage hurts other employees

OSBORNE penknife“George Osborne’s living wage means most employees are unlikely to see much of a boost to their pay until the end of the year, experts in human resources have warned. A report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development found that salaries are likely to remain stuck in the slow lane until at least 2020. Some workers could see their hours reduced and other benefits scrapped as a result of the Chancellor’s national living wage, they say.” – Daily Mail

  • Osborne’s ‘discriminatory’ sugar tax looks set to fall foul of EU law – The Sun
  • Asda forced to tag baskets as hundreds stolen in bid to bypass 5p bag charge – Daily Mail

Ministers 2) Gove warned of ‘flood’ of legal highs into prisons

“A powerful committee of MPs warns jails in England and Wales are seeing rising levels of ‘violence, self-harm and suicide’. The chaos behind bars threatens to ‘severely undermine’ Justice Secretary Michael Gove’s efforts to rehabilitate thousands of inmates and reduce reoffending rates, the Justice Select Committee said. Safety in jails in England and Wales continues to deteriorate ‘significantly’ despite measures designed to make them safer, the MPs warned.” – Daily Mail

  • Drugs blamed for ‘steep rise’ in violence, murder, and suicide – The Times (£)

Ministers 3) Morgan warned of Tory revolt against term-time holiday crackdown

School“Nicky Morgan has been warned that she will face a fresh backlash from Conservative MPs if she seeks to toughen the law to stop term-time holidays. The education secretary will meet her team of lawyers today to discuss how to respond to last week’s successful court challenge to a fine imposed on a parent for his child’s unauthorised absence. Her aides accept that the ruling has doomed schools’ current legal sanctions against parents who take their children on term-time holidays.” – The Times (£)

  • Lord Patten warns that Government efforts to force universities to take more minorities will erode standards – Daily Telegraph
  • Tuition fees to be linked to ‘student experience’ – FT

>Today: ToryDiary: Jo Johnson moves to open up a closed University system

Ministers 4) Javid hits out at firms forcing women to wear high heels

“Sajid Javid, the Business Secretary, has said women should not be forced to wear high heels to work, amid growing calls to ban companies from making it a condition of their dress codes. Nicola Thorp, an actress and part-time receptionist, launched a petition to make the practice illegal after being sent home from her temping job after refusing to wear shoes with a two to four-inch heel.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Women hold just a sixth of senior roles at top UK companies – FT
  • Business Secretary set to return to Bombay for Tata talks – FT

Ministers 5) Mundell calls on Scottish Government to ‘reset’ relationship with Westminster

Britain shield“The Scottish and UK Governments should put political disagreements aside and work in the national interest, Scottish Secretary David Mundell has said. The public is “sick and tired” of arguments between London and Edinburgh, he added, and now is time to “reset the relationship” following the Holyrood election, he added. The Tory minister said new powers over tax, welfare and equal opportunities that will be devolved later this year will make Holyrood “one of the most powerful devolved parliaments in the world”.” – The Scotsman

  • SNP under pressure to scrap plans to abolished Air Passenger Duty – The Scotsman


  • Tories clear the way for Jones’ re-election – Wales Online

Northern Ireland:

  • Villiers hopes for progress on parades – News Letter
  • First Minister says rising dissident terror threat is alarming and unexpected – News Letter

‘Tatler Tory’ implicated in election spending probe

“The senior Conservative Party official at the heart of the Tory bullying scandal was last night implicated in the controversy over election spending limits. Mark Clarke, known as the ‘Tatler Tory’, had been in charge of the party’s battle bus campaign in which supporters were driven into target seats ahead of last year’s General Election. A leaked email shows he wrote to candidates and their teams to advise them how to declare spending on the campaign buses to the elections watchdog.” – Daily Mail

  • Teen activist quits Conservatives with fresh bullying accusations – Daily Mail

Trump warns of poor relationship with Cameron

US flag“Donald Trump has warned that he may not have a “very good relationship” with David Cameron after the prime minister branded his proposal to ban Muslims from the US as “stupid”. The US presidential hopeful also sniped at the new London mayor, Sadiq Khan, calling him “ignorant” for comments he made after being elected and warning him: “I will remember those statements.”” – The Guardian

News in Brief:

  • MPs urge Government to make Heathrow ruling – Daily Telegraph
  • ‘Bomb’ at Manchester United match was left over from training exercise – Daily Mail
  • Church of England invests millions in Google – The Times (£)
  • NATO rapid unit not fit for Eastern Europe deployment, warn generals – FT
  • Police fear shortage of armed officers to deal with Paris-style attacks – The Guardian
  • BBC and ITV working on UK rival to Netflix – Daily Telegraph
  • Midwives revolt over union’s no-limits abortion campaign – Daily Mail