May dismantles the Cameroon order

May Number 10“Theresa May was hailed last night after appointing a Cabinet containing more State-educated ministers than at any time in Tory Party history. The new Prime Minister brushed aside the David Cameron regime in less than a day. Only 30 per cent of her top-rank ministers went to private schools – the lowest proportion for a new Cabinet since Labour PM Clement Attlee’s ministers in 1945.” – Daily Mail

  • Cameron’s allies sacked as May picks her top team – The Times (£)
  • Charge of the blue-collar Conservatives – The Sun
  • Prime Minister does political executions her own way – The Times (£)


  • Heathrow expansion in doubt as sceptics promoted – Daily Telegraph
  • Leadsom’s pro-foxhunting stance alarms environmentalists – The Guardian
  • Green campaigners protest as climate department is axed – The Times (£)
  • New departments for a new regime – FT


  • Friends reunited and enemies given short shrift – Francis Elliott, The Times (£)
  • Council house bruiser Davis has possibly the most powerful post of all – Andrew Pierce, Daily Mail
  • Brexit ministers can clear up their own mess – Philip Collins, The Times (£)
  • This proves Ed Miliband won the economic argument – Asher Dresner, FT
  • More state-school ministers but only one more woman – The Times (£)
  • Nick Timonthy, the steelworker’s son some call “Theresa May’s brain” – Daily Mail
  • Birmingham man who has shaped May’s agenda – FT
  • Giant egos must work together – The Times (£)


Philip Collins: May has trimmed too much talent from her Cabinet

“The people leaving are better than the people coming in. When Gordon Brown formed his first cabinet there was a distinctly second-string feel to it. When you clear out those who have been prominent in your predecessor’s court you also clear out some of the best people. They weren’t there just by accident and a government shorn of Cameron, Osborne and Gove is a less talented government than the one which went before.” – The Times (£)

  • It makes perfect sense: she wants to be in charge – Fraser Nelson, Daily Telegraph
  • Trouble lurks on the backbenches – Daniel Finkelstein, The Times (£)
  • The Gove I know is too brilliant to be cast aside – Jemima Lewis, Daily Telegraph
  • End of the Notting Hill set who felt born to rule – Isabel Oakeshott, Daily Mail
  • May would do well to make peace with Carney – Ed Conway, The Times (£)
  • Reshuffle reflects May’s radical mission – Mark Wallace, i


  • Treachery, plots… Shakespeare has nothing on Westminster – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
  • Day of the short stilettos – Patrick Kidd, The Times (£)
  • A brutal bloodbath that shocked hardened hacks – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph


  • After the storm, a semblance of order – FT
  • Steel, but for what purpose? – The Guardian

>Today: ToryDiary: A very (ahem) courageous reshuffle, Prime Minister!

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Live blog: May’s reshuffle, day two. Clark to Business, Patel to International Development, Bradley to Culture.

Ministers 1) Davis is Britain’s new Mr Brexit

EU Brexit“Mr Davis (pictured) is a prominent Tory Eurosceptic and Leave campaigner who was a rather dogmatic minister for Europe in John Major’s government in the 1990s. On Monday, he set out his views on how the Brexit negotiations should proceed in a long article on the Conservative Home website. I imagine government officials across Europe will be poring over this piece today.” – FT

  • The Government’s blueprint for Brexit – Daily Telegraph
  • Chief negotiator lays out his strategy – The Sun
  • Trade deals will be bigger outside the EU, claims Davis – The Guardian


  • May to meet Sturgeon today to discuss EU – Daily Telegraph
  • Washington official reveals early talks about UK trade deal – FT
  • Germany states that single market access is a ‘reasonable’ Brexit condition – Daily Telegraph


  • Europeans are very emotional about free movement and won’t give it up easily – Peter Foster, Daily Telegraph
  • Osborne choked the recovery, and Brexit is his legacy – Aditya Chakrabortty, The Guardian


>Yesterday: MPs Etc.: The wit and wisdom of Nick Timothy. 9) Europe. Tory splits don’t just lose us elections; they mess up the country.


Ministers 2) Chancellor hints at plan to spend his way through Brexit

“Philip Hammond yesterday dropped a heavy hint that the Government was prepared to borrow billions of pounds extra to help the economy adjust to the ‘shock’ of Brexit. The new Chancellor said the extra cash could be ploughed into infrastructure projects in a sharp change of course from the George Osborne years.” – Daily Mail

  • Hammond targets economy’s ‘temporary loss of confidence’ – FT
  • Chancellor vows against so-called ‘punishment’ budget – The Sun


  • Unlike Osborne, Hammond will be subservient – Iain Martin, FT

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Ministers 3) Johnson booed at French embassy

BORIS union flag“Boris Johnson was booed this afternoon at the French ambassador’s residence despite singing La Marseillaise at a reception to celebrate Bastille Day. Making his first public appearance as British Foreign Secretary in London, a small section of the French and British crowd at the ambassador’s residence heckled Johnson as he attempted to make a speech.” – Daily Mail

  • Boris’ international rescue mission – The Times (£)
  • Appointment divides opinion overseas – FT
  • Foreign Secretary dismisses insults – The Sun
  • Johnson: an undiplomatic history – FT


  • No need to panic, the Prime Minister is the real Foreign Secretary – Michael Binyon, The Times (£)
  • The fact he’s seen as a bumbling Brit may do him no harm – Toby Young, The Sun
  • Johnson and the Foreign Office are a perfect fit – Christopher Meyer, Daily Telegraph


Ministers 4) Greening brings a comprehensive viewpoint to Education

“Justine Greening becomes the first education secretary to have been wholly taught at a comprehensive school. She takes on an enlarged department from Nicky Morgan, who was sacked in the reshuffle. The Department for Education will now also be responsible for higher education, with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) disbanded.” – The Times (£)

  • Tax expert Bradley to rule on the BBC – The Times (£)
  • Twitter backlast as Hunt holds onto Health – Daily Express
  • Truss must decide how to proceed with Gove’s reforms at Justice – The Times (£)
  • Leadsom suggested male nannies might be paedophiles – The Times (£)


  • Is there more to Bradley than a love of crime fiction? – Stephen Moss, The Guardian

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: “Thrilled” Hunt is mobbed by cameras as he leaves Downing Street

Half the women who resigned from the Shadow Cabinet have been threatened

LABOUR dead rose“Half of the female shadow cabinet ministers who resigned over Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership have faced death threats or warnings of violent attack, The Telegraph has learned. Six of the dozen senior women who stepped down in the last month have faced threats of physical attack or violence, while many of the others have received intimidating messages online.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Ally admits he doesn’t know of Corbyn will survive – The Times (£)
  • Reed would not stand on Labour leader’s manifesto – PoliticsHome
  • Loophole letting people vote for £2 is blocked – The Times (£)
  • Grassroots rebel against membership restrictions – The Guardian
  • Leader takes hit has thousands of supporters blocked – The Sun


  • Smith to tell Eagle to let him face Corbyn alone – The Sun
  • Campaign launch postponed after Nice attack – The Guardian
  • Challenger pledges Brexit referendum rematch – FT
  • Eagle denies voting for Iraq puts her on the right – The Guardian

John Harris: The stench of death hangs over Labour

“All of which adds to the reek of death, and the sense that this collapse into acrimony is of a piece with Labour’s estrangement from its traditional working-class base, the increasing dominance of a metropolitan hardcore, and the clear impression of unstoppable decline. Corbyn might be bereft of responses to all this, but neither Eagle nor Owen Smith have so far come up with any convincing answers… At this rate one or both of them will lose, and God only knows what Labour will turn into: a dystopia of intolerance, in all likelihood, from which anyone with any self-respect will walk away.” – The Guardian

>Yesterday: MPs Etc.: The wit and wisdom of Nick Timothy. 14) What’s Labour for any more?

At least 84 dead in Nice terror attack

French flag“At least 84 people have been killed and more than 50 injured after a 25-tonne lorry mowed down crowds for more than a mile before the driver got out and sprayed fleeing revellers with bullets as terror struck Bastille Day celebrations on the French Riviera.” – Daily Mail

  • Hollande and Valls to travel to Nice later today – FT
  • President defiant mere hours after announcing end date for state of emergency – Daily Mail

News in Brief:

  • Drop in men applying for higher education – The Times (£)
  • UK’s best-known universities fail to break into top ten for graduate employment – Daily Mail
  • Hidden £5.3 billion cost to economy of unpaid care army – Daily Telegraph
  • Trump postpones running mate announcement – FT
  • Plans for junk food ban dropped – The Times (£)

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