EU delays news of budget increase until after the referendum

EU Exit brexit“Brussels has been accused of hiding the truth about the rising cost of European Union membership after delaying next year’s draft budget and proposals for major spending increases until after the referendum. EU budget proposals for 2017 were to be published by the European Commission on May 25 but, according to an internal Brussels document, have been “postponed to end June 2016” — safely after the in-out referendum on June 23.” – The Times(£)

  • Cameron to create 25 new peers to reward EU cronies – The Sun
  • Gove, Johnson and Duncan Smith are overstating their case says Major – BBC
  • Referendum campaigns take to the streets – BBC
  • Irish leader to campaign for Remain – The Guardian
  • IMF says Brexit “pretty bad to very, very bad” – BBC
  • 12 reasons to doubt The Queen of the IMF – Daily Mail
  • Osborne attacked over IMF intervention – The Times(£)
  • EU Labour rivals debate woman’s rights – BBC
  • Harman’s claims on Brexit “utterly laughable” – The Sun
  • Scottish Labour leader urges SNP to do more to make the case for EU – The Guardian
  • Remain campaign attacked for “toxic” immigration leaflet – Daily Express
  • Corbyn target young voters for Remain – BBC
  • 29 per cent of voters still undecided – Sky News


  • Of course Mark Carney backs Remain – the EU will always benefit people like him – Charles Moore Daily Telegraph
  • IMF meddling is scandalous – Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Daily Telegraph
  • New figures allow a rational debate on EU immigration – Leader The Times(£)
  • Osborne is shamefully rigging the referendum – Peter Oborne Daily Mail
  • More honesty…less hysteria – The Sun Says
  • Brexit would brighten Northern Ireland’s future – Kate Hoey Daily Telegraph
  • What are you so scared of Dave? – Leader Daily Mail
  • Claim that the EU has kept the peace is the biggest lie of all – Dominic Sandbrook Daily Mail
  • The establishment’s anti-Brexit hysterics may alienate voters – Leader Daily Telegraph


Cameron will press ahead with a British Bill of Rights in the Queen’s Speech

“David Cameron will next week use the Queen’s Speech to push ahead with a British Bill of Rights in a bid to assert the “supremacy” of UK courts in the run up to the EU referendum. The Government will on Wednesday announce a consultation to be held in the wake of the EU referendum aimed at giving British judges the final say on human rights cases. However it will recommend that Britain should remain a member of the European Convention of Human Rights in a move which will provoke a Cabinet split.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Cameron’s plans caught in EU referendum crossfire – James Forsyth The Sun

>Today:ToryDiary: Corbyn’s hand in Cameron’s Queen Speech

Police asked to investigate Conservative election spending

Police helmet“Police have been asked to investigate claims letters sent in David Cameron’s name led to a breach of election law. The former Liberal Democrat MP Adrian Sanders has demanded police take action. He said the general election mailshots last year meant the Conservatives had broken local spending limits. A Conservative Party spokesman said they did not fall under constituency spending restrictions because they did not name the party’s local candidate.” – BBC

  • Cameron’s Oxford chum can not dodge spending row – Peter Oborne Daily Mail
  • Lord Crony and troubling questions over £55 million Balkans hotel deal – Daily Mail


WATCH: Andrew Neil on police investigations into claims of Conservative election fraud

Court ruling allows parents to take children on holiday in term time

“Parents were given approval for term-time holidays yesterday after the High Court backed a father who refused to pay a fine for taking his daughter out of school. Jon Platt won his case by arguing that his daughter had attended school regularly, despite a week-long holiday to Florida. His victory paves the way for thousands of similar challenges. The government vowed that it would change the law and tighten guidance to prevent families from exploiting the ruling.” – The Times(£)

Ruth Davidson rules out becoming PM

DAVIDSON Ruth debate“Even David Cameron (with whom she sits in Cabinet in London once a month), has tipped her as his possible successor in Downing Street. She laughs, her eyes crinkling at the thought. ‘He picked the only contender for the job who wasn’t sitting in the House of Commons, and therefore wasn’t backing one colleague against another,’ she says diplomatically. ‘It was a phenomenally adroit side-step. And anyway, I have no interest in the job. It is a painfully lonely job being Prime Minister.’ If not her, then who does she think should take over from Cameron when he steps down? Ruth believes the next leader will not necessarily come from the obvious frontrunners, but from the younger generation of Tory MPs.” – Interview Daily Mail

Gove to allow hundreds of prisoners on temporary release to find work

“Hundreds more prisoners are about to be released temporarily from jail in a drive to allow more inmates to take up education and jobs in the community. Michael Gove, the justice secretary, is planning to reverse a decline in the numbers, which followed a murder and other serious crimes committed by prisoners while on temporary release in recent years.He insisted that the move was not a “soft option” and said that it would be wrong to allow “very few” prominent cases to “distract us from the long-term advantages for society”.” – The Times(£)

  • It’s a room not a cell, Gove tells prison staff – Daily Mail
  • Half of those convicted for terror offences get less than four years – The Sun

Whittingdale says the BBC should let highly paid stars leave

WHITTINGDALE John“Let them go, says Mr Whittingdale. “If somebody becomes so successful that they can demand a very high salary, great. If they can go and get paid a huge amount on another channel, let them do it. The BBC shouldn’t need to feel it has to match the competition to keep somebody. “The BBC will go off and find the next Graham Norton or the next Chris Evans or Gary Lineker. The BBC is very good at discovering and developing new talent.” – Interview with John Whittingdale Daily Telegraph

Peace talks continue over junior doctors dispute

“Talks aimed at resolving a dispute over a new contract for junior doctors will continue into next week.The arbitration service Acas announced that f ive days of “intensive” talks had been held between the British Medical Association (BMA), Government officials and NHS employers and will resume on Monday for up to three more days…Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants to cut the number of hours over a weekend for which junior doctors can claim extra pay, while offsetting this with a hike in basic pay.” – Daily Mail

Corbyn to address Progress rally

Corbyn speech“Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is to address the annual conference of Blairite group Progress on Saturday. Progress has been described by shadow chancellor John McDonnell as a “right wing conservative” group who had never accepted Mr Corbyn as Labour leader. Mr Corbyn will address its members, which include some of Labour’s best-known MPs, at their conference in central London.” – BBC

Khan says Labour need to “get back the habit” of winning

“Sadiq Khan called on Labour to unite and get into “the habit of winning elections” as the newly elected London mayor urged the party to go back to the strategy followed by previous leaders John Smith and Tony Blair. In his first interview with a national newspaper since his decisive election victory, the new mayor delivered a warning to his party about the importance of securing power, saying “I’ve achieved more in these seven days than in the last six years in opposition.” – The Guardian

  • Khan says London pollution has given him asthma – Independent

>Yesterday: Salvatore Murtas on Comment: Khan’s challenge to secularism

Hamilton hits back at ageist Farage

NEIL (Nicky - cropped)“Neil Hamilton has rejected suggestions by UKIP leader Nigel Farage that he is too old for frontline politics. The former Tory MP, 67, defeated UKIP Wales leader Nathan Gill to lead the party’s seven-strong assembly group. Mr Farage said he was “not particularly in favour of Mr Hamilton’s return to the front line, aged nearly 70”. Mr Hamilton replied: “If Attenborough can still survive in a jungle of wild animals and predators at 90, I’m sure I’ll be fine in the assembly.” – BBC

  • Labour and Plaid “confident” of breaking deadlock – BBC

Proposal to ban filibustering

“MPs could be banned from “talking out” or “filibustering” laws proposed by backbenchers, under proposals drawn up by an influential parliamentary committee. The House of Commons procedure committee, which is investigating the way that backbench legislation is made, has recommended that some bills proposed by backbenchers be given a guaranteed vote at their second reading – far increasing their chances of becoming law.” – Independent

Parris: A Labour hero could still emerge to challenge Corbyn

PARRIS Mathhew“The parliamentary Labour party is in need of an enraged Samson, baited beyond endurance and prepared to bring down the temple on the Corbynite Philistines, even though he or she may perish in the attempt. This is not the likelihood, but nor is it unimaginable. I believe such a person may arise. Don’t assume there are no heroes left among Labour moderates. Sometimes, something simply snaps. Never, in life or politics, rule out the “oh sod it” that comes right out of the blue.” – Matthew Parris The Times(£)

  • Corbyn could face leadership challenge if we vote to leave the EU – Daily Telegraph
  • Jo Cox MP warns Corbyn to stand up for the EU “or else” – The Independent

News in brief

  • Treasury Minister said  landlords “should be made to squeal” – Daily Telegraph
  • David Miliband says the UK should take in 100,000 Syrian refugees – The Times(£)
  • Teenager becomes youngest Mayor – BBC
  • RSPCA chief admits the charity was too political – Daily Telegraph
  • Osborne spent £40,000 of taxpayers money renovating Downing Street flat – Daily Mail
  • Labour council leader “covered up colleague’s death to avoid by-election” – The Sun
  • GM vaccines held back by red tape – The Times(£)
  • EU failing to stop people smuggling from Libya says Lords committee – BBC
  • Cabinet Ministers constituents left in internet slow lane – Daily Telegraph
  • Rusbridger quits The Guardian – Daily Mail
  • SNP MP claimed for 40p lavatory brush – The Sun