Cameron “sounds out rebels on ‘ditching’ Osborne”

Cameron shuffle 1“Downing Street is sounding out Tory MPs over whether George Osborne should be moved from his job as chancellor in David Cameron’s next reshuffle. A senior member of the prime minister’s inner circle asked rebel MPs at a Tory away day last month if ditching Osborne would save Cameron from a coup if he loses the European Union referendum. An MP familiar with the conversation said: “He wanted to know whether they should move George. He wanted to know if that would be enough to save the PM.”” – Sunday Times (£)

  • Prime Minister to force out friend to save his own skin after EU vote – Sunday Express

Government faces summer of coordinated strikes as unions try to block reform

“David Cameron is facing the threat of co-ordinated industrial action over the summer by striking junior doctors, teachers and other workers who want to force a climbdown on public service reforms. Teachers last week organised a joint march with junior doctors to the Department of Health and joined striking doctors on some picket lines. The failure to resolve the junior doctors’ dispute has increased the prospect of action against two Tory manifesto commitments – a seven-day NHS and extending the academies programme.” – Sunday Times (£)

  • Junior doctor who spoke out against strike ‘fears for his career’ – Sunday Telegraph

Ministers 1) Morgan squares up to heads over academisation

School“Head teachers yesterday voted to take industrial action over government plans to turn all schools into academies within six years. The emergency motion came after Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, was heckled as she refused to back down over either the academies programme or her new tougher primary school tests for seven and 11-year-olds. The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) urged Morgan to “hit the pause button” over the academies plan, which it says has too many problems.” – Sunday Times (£)

  • Education Secretary brands head sexist after he asks of male minister is in charge – Mail on Sunday
  • Class warfare as UUP and DUP clash on education – Belfast Telegraph

Ministers 2) Whittingdale plans tough new restrictions to stop BBC’s unfair competition with commercial rivals

“The BBC will be barred from showing Strictly Come Dancing in a prime Saturday night slot under tough new rules planned by embattled Culture Secretary John Whittingdale. The Minister is poised to tell the BBC they must stop screening their most popular shows at the same time as hit programmes on ITV – spelling an end to the traditional Saturday night ratings war between light entertainment shows such as Strictly and ITV’s X Factor.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Corporation faces new quality checks for TV and radio output – Sunday Telegraph


Ministers 3) Greening tipped for sack in reshuffle

aidgraphic“Justine Greening faces the axe as International Development Secretary following the row over the squandering of billions of pounds on foreign aid, according to well-placed sources. She is being tipped for the sack to ‘take the heat’ out of public anger over her department blowing taxpayers’ money on wasteful and corrupt projects.” – Mail on Sunday

  • UK gave Mozambique cash for fishing fleet… which bought French warships instead – Mail on Sunday

Duncan Smith challenges Cameron to TV debate on EU

“It was the most damaging Cabinet resignation David Cameron has suffered, and it left the Prime Minister incensed. For Mr Duncan Smith, however, it had been a long time coming, and there is a sense that he is growing to like his new-found independence. In an interview with The Telegraph, the back-bench MP for Chingford and Woodford Green challenges Mr Cameron to a face-to-face debate on the EU referendum, accusing the Remain campaign of “running away” from a live public discussion.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • De Piero claims ‘Get out of Europe Gang’ don’t care about workers – Sun on Sunday
  • Pro-EU student unions are deliberately ‘stifling debate’, campaigners warn – Sunday Express

Home Nations: Davidson can ‘smell blood’ as Scottish election enters final stretch…

Scottish flag“…it would appear, Miss Davidson has almost achieved the unthinkable. According to the latest Ipsos MORI poll, she could be the leader of the second largest party at Holyrood this time next week, leaving Scottish Labour trailing in an unprecedented third place. Time will tell but Miss Davidson can clearly smell blood and admits, with the end in sight, she has found her second wind in the last few days in what has been a lengthy campaign, coming as it does on the back of a General Election and the independence referendum.” – Mail on Sunday

  • First Minister urged to ‘shread’ deal with Chinese firm – Scotland on Sunday
  • Sturgeon has four more years to make Scotland fairer – Kevin McKenna, The Observer

…as Labour brace for possible worst-ever showing in Wales

“Labour could achieve its lowest share of the vote since devolution and may be forced into forming a coalition government, possibly with the Liberal Democrats. As party workers begin a frantic four days of canvassing, Roger Scully, professor of political science at the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University, said Labour faced a battering at the ballot box. “A YouGov poll in late April 2011 put Labour on 45% for the constituency vote and 41% for the list vote. They are now 12 percentage points lower on both ballots than at this stage in the electoral cycle before the last assembly election,” he said.” – Sunday Times (£)

  • Experts make grim prediction on turnout in Thursday’s Assembly election – Wales Online
  • Wales needs a new electoral system – Professor Richard Wyn Jones, Sunday Times (£)

Zac Goldsmith: Don’t turn London over to the hard left

Banks Face 6 Billion Of Libor Litigation“The greatest city on Earth, which is a global leader in everything from finance to fashion and the seat of the oldest and most respected democracy in the world, would be represented by the man who nominated Jeremy Corbyn for leader of the Labour Party and who has admitted he would do it again. London’s £600billion economy would fall into the hands of a man who backed Ken Livingstone over his suspension in 2006 for anti-Semitic remarks to a Jewish reporter. It would mean aggressive socialism entering Britain though the back door.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Tory candidate claims Labour is putting ‘fear of God’ into Jewish voters – Sunday Times (£)
  • Goldsmith denies resorting to ‘dog-whistle’ tactics – The Observer
  • Khan fears anti-Semitism row could cost him City Hall – Sun on Sunday
  • ‘Ugly and dangerous’: the inside story of the battle to succeed Boris – The Observer
  • Goldsmith will put Londoners first – Sunday Telegraph editorial

>Today: ToryDiary: Khan – not an extremist, but an opportunist. Which is almost as problematic.


Pressure mounts on Corbyn with McDonnell poised to take over

“Jeremy Corbyn has been branded a ‘dead man walking’ after being told by his MPs to quit if he flops in this week’s local elections. As the Labour leader desperately tried to contain the row over anti-Semitism rocking his party, he was warned that if he loses more than 200 seats, he has to go. Amid mounting speculation that Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is plotting a power-grab from his long-term ally, Mr Corbyn’s opponents are planning a media blitz against him next weekend if Labour crashes in Thursday’s council polls.” – Mail on Sunday

  • A rift is growing between supporters of the Leader and his Shadow Chancellor – Sunday Times (£)
  • Huq tells anti-Corbynites not to worry because leader is “not a young man” – Mail on Sunday
  • Council elections test Corbyn’s hopes for 2020 – Sunday Times (£)
  • Corbyn ally admits to having loan from Miners’ union written off – Sunday Times (£)


  • Ken apologises… for ‘wasting’ Corbyn’s time – Mail on Sunday
  • Former mayor refuses to apologise more than 20 times – Sun on Sunday
  • Pressure on leader increases as dossier of Labour anti-Semitism revealed – Sunday Telegraph
  • Ken has made it harder for me and for Labour, claims Khan – The Observer
  • Israeli ambassador claims Labour is in ‘denial’ – Sunday Times (£)
  • Report says anti-Semitism is at ‘core’ of far-left beliefs – Mail on Sunday


  • Shadow Chancellor joked about wanting to see models of the royal family guillotined – Mail on Sunday

Adam Boulton: Even a thrashing won’t let Labour depose Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn“Many Labour MPs would welcome a heavy defeat, including a hammering into third place in Scotland, behind the Tories, if it sparked concerted efforts to remove Jeremy Corbyn as leader. But this is more in hope than expectation. There is no agreed candidate to replace Corbyn and no plan as to how it could be done, given that the final choice would still be made by the electorate of members and supporters that installed him. With the harder-line and more competent John McDonell lining himself up as a successor, they agree with Alastair Campbell that Corbyn is “unelectable but irremovable”.” – Sunday Times (£)

  • This isn’t a ‘race war’ or ‘meltdown’… it’s worse – Dan Hodges, Mail on Sunday
  • Islamists and Trots are hijacking the Opposition, of course it’s anti-Semitic – Niall Ferguson, Sunday Times (£)
  • I saw the darkness of anti-Semitism, but never imagined it would get this dark – Nick Cohen, The Observer
  • Expel him! The former mayor must go – Lord Blunkett, Mail on Sunday
  • Corbyn’s fringe pals are the reason for this anti-Semitic upsurge – Stephen Pollard, Sun on Sunday
  • How the parties let the poison of racism back into our politics – Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer
  • Corbyn doesn’t fear a coup, he’s planning his own – Simon Heffer, Sunday Telegraph
  • Everyone howls at Ken, but they wouldn’t dare tackle racist Muslims – Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday



News in Brief:

  • UK special forces allegedly ambushed by suicide bombers in Libya – Mail on Sunday
  • Secrets of Scientology blown apart as cult leader sues father over book – Sunday Telegraph
  • MPs summon Tina Green from Monaco over BHS collapse – Sunday Times (£)
  • Kenya burns £68 million of illegal ivory – Mail on Sunday