Results 1) Davidson takes second in Scotland with best Tory performance since 1992

Ruth Davidson“The Conservatives have denied Nicola Sturgeon another majority in the Scottish parliament and pushed Labour into third place for the first time. Ruth Davidson, the Tory leader, fulfilled her pledge to lead the opposition at Holyrood with seats to spare in a result described by David Cameron as historic. Ms Davidson immediately went on the attack, warning Ms Sturgeon to drop any plans for a second independence referendum.” – The Times (£)

  • Poll success shows how Scottish Conservatives came back from the dead – FT
  • Davidson claims Nationalist referendum plans have been ‘shredded’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Odds on second referendum increase – The Scotsman
  • SNP’s lack of majority makes referendum rematch less likely – Daily Mail
  • Sturgeon rules out coalition and confirms minority administration – The Scotsman
  • Nationalist failure to win majority drives believe they have peaked – FT


  • The Tories can be proud of their Scottish result, as long as they don’t rest on their laurels – Alan Cochrane, Daily Telegraph
  • Davidson reanimates the moribund Scottish Tories – David Torrance, FT
  • Tories the leading choice for Scotland’s Unionists – Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
  • Conservatives have become the Edinburgh opposition – The Times (£) editorial


>Today: Liam Fox in Comment: In boosting the Union, Scotland’s Conservatives have eased the path to Brexit

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The Scottish Parliament result: She did it!

Results 2) Khan wins London

“Sadiq Khan was officially declared the first Muslim Mayor of London tonight after comfortably defeating Tory rival Zac Goldsmith. The result from City Hall was a glimmer of light for Jeremy Corbyn from an otherwise dire set of election results. In a clear dig at Mr Goldsmith’s campaign, which had been portrayed as ‘divisive’, Mr Khan said: ‘This election was not without controversy and I’m so proud that Londoners have today chosen hope over fear and unity over division.'” – Daily Mail

  • The ex-human rights lawyer who became London’s first Muslim mayor – Daily Mail
  • Labour candidate proud that London chose ‘hope over fear’ – Daily Telegraph


James Kirkup: Zac’s weakness forced the Tories to go negative

Boris Johnson and Zac Goldsmith Campaigning in Sidcup“Again, ask why the Goldsmith campaign went so negative? That certainly didn’t seem to be the original plan… What changed? Well, here’s a theory: it became necessary to focus on attacking Mr Khan as it became apparent that Mr Goldsmith himself was not a very good candidate. And by “not very good” I mean awful: unconvincing and worst of all, uncommitted.” – Daily Telegraph

  • The Conservatives should not distance themselves from their candidate, not defend him – Juliet Samuel, Daily Telegraph
  • Forgive and forget this racist campaign? No chance – Owen Jones, The Guardian
  • The hype of the anti-politis zeitgeist in London is overdone – Janan Ganesh, FT
  • As Mayor, Khan may now be Corbyn’s most dangerous enemy – Asa Bennett, Daily Telegraph


>Yesterday: Local Government: Boff attacks Goldsmith’s campaign

Results 3) They’re back: Hamilton and Reckless return as UKIP break into the Welsh Assembly

“Neil Hamilton, the disgraced former Conservative minister, is one of Ukip’s first Welsh assembly members. The party gained seven seats as it took votes from traditional Labour voters in the south. Its other members include Mark Reckless, also a Tory defector. Mr Hamilton, who lost his parliamentary seat 20 years ago after the cash-for-questions controversy, said that he could put aside his differences with Nigel Farage, the party leader, who had opposed him standing.” – The Times (£)

  • Leader asks rivals to ‘judge us by what we do’ – Wales Online
  • People’s Army enjoys ‘breakthroughs’ in England and Wales – Daily Mail
  • Lib Dems turn a corner with council results – The Times (£)

More Wales:

  • Labour prepare for fifth term despite shock loss to Plaid – Daily Mail
  • Serious losses push Jones into minority administration – The Guardian
  • Last Lib Dem AM resigns leadership of her party – Wales Online


Cameron tries to rein in BBC spending

BBC“David Cameron is demanding new powers so he can keep the BBC in financial check over the next ten years as the row over the Corporation’s charter review continues. The government is in a tense battle with BBC director general Lord Hall of Birkenhead ahead of a white paper, due to be published on Thursday, on the future of the broadcaster. The Prime Minister, who is desperately trying to keep a rein on the BBC’s spending, wants a ‘break clause’ in the Royal Charter which would give ministers the power to renegotiate terms at any time.” – Daily Mail

  • Whittingdale to force Corporation to reveal staff pay – Daily Telegraph
  • Ministers back down on plan to move News at Ten, fear war they would lose – The Sun
  • BBC spends £1m moving staff five miles to office they vacated two years ago – Daily Mail


  • Britain’s people own the BBC, and they don’t want it reduced – Tony Hall, The Guardian

Ministers 1) Morgan confirms u-turn on academies

“Nicky Morgan today unveiled a humiliating U-turn on flagship Government plans to force all schools to become academies while votes were still being counted. In a move immediately blasted as burying bad news, the Education Secretary made the toe-curling announcement that good or outstanding schools would not now be forced to leave local authority control.” – Daily Mail

  • Prime Minister abandons plans to universalise academy status – The Times (£)


  • Morgan is right to u-turn on academy schools – Toby Young, Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The academy climbdown: another reminder of the Government’s fragile majority

Ministers 2) Gove rules out leadership bid

michael-gove“However, in recent weeks there has been a groundswell of support amongst Tory grassroots members for Mr Gove himself. According to a poll by the Conservative Home website, 31 per cent of Tory members now want Mr Gove to succeed Mr Cameron…  So, is Mr Gove interested in becoming prime minister? He is unequivocal. “No I’m not. There…I don’t want to do it and there are people who are far better equipped than me to do it.”” – Daily Telegraph

  • Justice Secretary outlines steps Cameron will be forced to take if UK votes Leave – Daily Telegraph

Ministers 3) Crabb spearheads latest bid to curb welfare bill

“Benefit claimants were last night given a stark warning to find jobs or see their handouts slashed. Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb said they must start looking for work immediately to avoid a cut of up to £6,000 a year in welfare payments. The benefits cap will be reduced from £26,000 to £20,000 per family this autumn. “Now is the time to take action,” Mr Crabb said. His warning came as his department published evidence that the Tory drive to cut the welfare bill is working.” – Daily Express

Ministers 4) Soubry dragged into election fraud probe

Police shield“Eight police forces are investigating claims Tory MPs committed fraud during last year’s General Election, it emerged last night… The claims reached the door of the Government yesterday, with the expenses of small business minister Anna Soubry coming under the spotlight. A further 23 Conservative MPs are accused of failing to declare thousands of pounds spent on their election campaigns in marginal seats.” – Daily Mail

  • Police probe ‘battle bus’ campaign tour – The Sun
  • MPs Chalk and Mann under investigation – Daily Mail

Shadow Cabinet turn on Corbyn

“Jeremy Corbyn has been branded ‘not credible’ by a member of his own shadow cabinet after the leader’s allies claimed disastrous election results were a ‘remarkable success’. Shadow Scottish secretary Ian Murray spoke out after Mr Corbyn’s first big electoral test saw the party lose council seats in England and put to the sword by the SNP and Tories in Scotland. Moderates queued up to condemn the leadership, saying the lack of progress south of the border and worst Scottish showing for more than a century was evidence it could not mount a realistic challenge at the next general election.” – Daily Mail

  • Shadow minister claims Islington MP is not ‘credible’ enough to lead – Daily Telegraph
  • Party chiefs beg furious MPs not to oust Corbyn – The Sun
  • Leadership urged to reach out to PLP – The Guardian
  • Labour licking its wounds but the leader clings on – The Times (£)
  • McDonnell claims Opposition has had ‘remarkable success’ – The Sun
  • UK elections leave Labour down, but not out – FT
  • Livingstone wades back into toxic anti-Semitism row – Daily Mail

Clinton turns on charm to woo anti-Trump Republicans

America“Hillary Clinton is seeking to exploit ruptures in Republican ranks caused by Donald Trump’s emergence as the presumptive nominee by siphoning off conservative votes, funding and influential backers from the divisive tycoon. Within hours of Ted Cruz and John Kasich pulling out of the race this week, the Clinton campaign released a hard-hitting online advert aimed at wavering supporters.” – The Times (£)

  • Trump claims UK is better off leaving the EU – FT

News in Brief:

  • Ministers admit that 400,000 families won’t receive ‘fast’ broadband – Daily Telegraph
  • Green and MPs set to clash in BHS inquiry – Daily Mail
  • Councils prepare to ban second homes – The Times (£)
  • Erdogan rejects EU demands to reform terror law – FT
  • Experts warn ISIS is likely to target Euro 2016 fans – Daily Express
  • DUP and Sinn Fein keep grip on Stormont power – News Letter
  • Warnings mount over China crisis – Daily Telegraph