London 1) What went wrong for Zac? The battle continues

Zac Goldsmith‘David Cameron is under pressure to justify Zac Goldsmith’s London mayoral campaign, after the leader of Muslim Conservatives called it a disgusting and risible attempt to smear Labour’s winning candidate, Sadiq Khan. Mohammed Amin, the chair of the Conservative Muslim Forum, joined other senior Tory figures in condemning the attacks on Khan by Goldsmith. In an article for ConservativeHome, Amin objected to Goldsmith’s efforts to paint Khan as a “closet extremist” and said the attempts to smear him had “probably increased our risks of suffering terrorism”.’ – The Observer


London 2) Khan: What my victory teaches Labour about communicating with voters

‘There are two lessons in particular: first, Labour only wins when we face outwards and focus on the issues that people care about; second, we will never be trusted to govern unless we reach out and engage with all voters – regardless of their background, where they live or where they work. Squabbles over internal structures might be important for some in the party, but it is clear they mean little or nothing to the huge majority of voters. As tempting as it might be, we must always resist focusing in on ourselves.’ – Sadiq Khan, The Observer


Scotland: How Davidson did it

Scottish flag‘As Davidson was courting New Labour voters, fellow unionist and Scottish Labour leader Dugdale appeared to be driving them away. The election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the UK party gave her little option but to shift to the left. But she also made the decision to go after supporters who had defected to the SNP as opposed to those who remained staunch unionists. “It was partly luck, and partly Labour’s [choices], but the Tory strategy was perfectly executed,” says Maciver. It just works. You can see that if you look at almost any of the seats particularly the urban ones, you see Labour down 10 per cent, the Tories up 10 per cent.” – Scotland on Sunday


EU 1) Brexit TV debate could be Boris versus Corbyn

‘Organisers of the BBC event at Wembley Arena, scheduled on the eve of the June 23 poll, are in negotiations for the Labour leader to lead the ‘In’ team after both Mr Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne ruled themselves out. The plan has led to fury among senior ‘In’ strategists, with one saying last night: ‘The BBC needs to behave like big boys and think long and hard about whether this entire event is going to work.’ Mr Corbyn is being tipped to step into Mr Cameron’s shoes in a crunch TV debate in which the Prime Minister refuses to face Boris Johnson, to avoid a ‘blue-on-blue’ confrontation.’ – Mail on Sunday


EU 2) Former spy chiefs warn of security risks

EU Exit brexit‘The former heads of MI5 and MI6 have warned that leaving the EU could undermine “our ability to protect ourselves” from terrorists. Baron Evans of Weardale, the former director-general of MI5, and Sir John Sawers, the former head of MI6, say Brexit could also lead to “instability on the Continent”, compounding the current “economic difficulties, the migration crisis and a resurgent Russia”.’ – Sunday Times (£)

EU 3) Patel warns immigration is placing ‘unsustainable’ pressure on schools

‘For the first time, a government report reveals the full impact of years of immigration from Europe on the state education system, at a time of growing strain on classroom places. Almost 700,000 school-aged children – one in 15 pupils nationally – have a parent who is a citizen of another European country. The number has more than doubled since 2007…Priti Patel, the employment minister and a member of the Leave campaign, warned it would get worse, with countries including Turkey “in the pipeline” to join the EU. “These figures show how the EU’s open borders policies, and the uncontrolled immigration that stems from that, is leading to huge and unsustainable pressures on our schools,” Ms Patel said.’ – Sunday Telegraph

DfID: British aid might have ended up with ISIS

ISIS‘Millions of pounds worth of British aid to Syria may have ended up in the hands of Islamic State, a Government report has warned. The astonishing revelation comes in a report from the Department for International Development (DFID) about a programme to provide humanitarian relief to refugees caught up in the conflict in Syria. In the report, DFID concedes that ‘the most serious risk’ to its programmes in the war-torn country is ‘from the large scale diversion of aid, including for the purposes of terrorism’.’ – Mail on Sunday

BMA agrees to re-open talks with Hunt

‘The British Medical Association has agreed to re-enter talks with the Government over the controversial contract for junior doctors. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday he wanted a ‘written agreement’ from the BMA’s junior doctors committee that discussions over the contentious issue of unsocial hours and Saturday pay would be held in ‘good faith’. The BMA has now agreed to temporarily suspend planned industrial action in an attempt to thrash out a compromise with ministers.’ – Mail on Sunday

Hall tries to stop Whittingdale publishing top BBC pay packets

BBC logo‘A secret showdown over BBC reforms between Culture Secretary John Whittingdale and the Corporation’s director-general Tony Hall last week ended in a blazing row. The two men had a furious clash over Mr Whittingdale’s plan to force the Corporation to reveal the salaries of more than 100 of its top stars. The Mail on Sunday has learned that Lord Hall met Mr Whittingdale in London on Wednesday in a last-ditch bid to stop the measure, set to be announced this week.’ – Mail on Sunday

  • The Corporation considers cutting some free licences – Sunday Times (£)

Chief Rabbi: Universities are turning a blind eye to anti-semitism

‘British universities are turning a blind eye to “Jew hatred”, the Chief Rabbi has said. In his first interview on the subject, Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said vice-chancellors should be ashamed that the “vilification of a people” and “Zionist bashing” is taking place unchecked on their campuses, where Jewish students are sometimes described by “the ugly term Zios”. The Chief Rabbi’s remarks come a few weeks before he is due to address students at the Oxford Union.’ – Sunday Times (£)

  • Labour MP: We should apologise for Israel’s creation – Mail on Sunday
  • NEC member attacks ‘Israel lobby’ – Sunday Times (£)

>Yesterday: Marc Glendening: The rotten roots of New Left anti-Semitism

Blunkett: Let’s be honest, Labour failed this week

LABOUR dead rose‘The truth is, Labour did disastrously in Scotland and made nowhere near the gains in England needed to show we’re on course to form the next government. This come at a time when what is quite possibly one of the worst Tory administrations should be on the rack…Labour should be charging ahead in the polls and gaining hundreds of council seats. But instead we’ve scored a series of own goals.’ – David Blunkett, The Sun on Sunday (£)

>Yesterday: Mark Fox on Comment: These results must not make Tories complacent

Ferguson: Stop underestimating Trump

‘I am not going to underestimate him again. In January, in a moment of weakness, I believed the assurance of a supposed expert that Donald Trump’s campaign for the Republican nomination would fizzle out when “real voting in real primaries” began. I should have stuck to my long-standing view that, after big economic shocks, populism surges. Today Trump is the presumptive nominee and the entire American political commentariat looks as useless as the economics profession did in 2008. The “econ” models failed to predict the financial crisis. The “pol sci” models failed to predict the political backlash. Note to self: stick to history.’ – Niall Ferguson, Sunday Times (£)

News in Brief

  • Union campaigner sets police on MP for swearing – Mail on Sunday
  • Prince Harry discusses work-life balance – Sunday Times (£)
  • Britain’s last aircraft carrier heads for the scrapyard – Mail on Sunday
  • UKIP raise concerns about election fraud in Leicester – Sunday Times (£)