Leadership 1) Crosby advised Johnson to withdraw from the race

BORIS blue and red“The Australian, who captained David Cameron’s surprise election victory last year, told the former London mayor that Mr Gove’s brutal intervention had wrecked his dream of becoming prime minister. Sir Lynton, who was running Mr Johnson’s campaign, said an immediate withdrawal from the leadership race was his only hope of escaping with some of his dignity intact.” – Daily Mail

  • Brexecuted – The Sun
  • Dorries ‘bursts into tears’ as he withdraws – Daily Mail
  • Did the former Mayor offer to stand aside for May if she stood down by 2020? – The Times (£)
  • I’ll fight for the forgotten, warns Johnson in parting shot – The Times (£)
  • Brexiteers at war – FT
  • Dorries and Soubry fall out over latter’s pro-EU speech – The Times (£)
  • The closer you get the less you like him, claims biographer – The Sun


  • ‘There’s a deep pit in Hell reserved for you, Michael!’ Allies’ fury at betrayal – Daily Mail
  • Justice Secretary accused of ‘systemic and calculated plot’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Challenger reaps the whirlwind after butchering Boris – The Guardian
  • The Govefather: high drama mocked online – The Sun


  • Why Johnson isn’t running – Asa Bennett, Daily Telegraph
  • How Gove forced front-runner’s surrender – George Parker, FT
  • Joker couldn’t laugh his way out of this one – Rachel Sylvester, The Times (£)
  • How shambolic BoJo was hit for six – Andrew Pierce, Daily Mail
  • The inside story of Borexit – Tom Newton-Dunn and Harry Cole, The Sun
  • Polite radical who finally decided to cut ties – Alice Thomson and Rachel Sylvester, The Times (£)
  • How ‘cuckoo nest’ plot brought Boris down – Gordon Rayner, Daily Telegraph
  • Johnson’s departure: how it reshapes the race – Mark Wallace et al, The Guardian


  • Thank goodness Johnson pulled out, it’s best for Britain – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun
  • Don’t demonise my friends Boris, Michael, and Sarah – Jemima Lewis, Daily Telegraph
  • If this charlatan had reached Number 10, I’d have emigrated – Max Hastings, Daily Mail
  • Having led his troops to the gunfire, Johnson quits the field – Michael Heseltine, Daily Telegraph
  • I won’t shed many tears for Boris, but I’m sad to see him go this way – Piers Morgan, Daily Mail
  • Johnson’s downfall adds a new twist to our impasse with Europe – Robert Shrimsley, FT
  • Brexit, like all revolutions, will eat its own – David Hare, The Guardian


  • History will remember him for winning our fight to leave the EU – The Sun


  • So fell Boris, a crowd-pleaser seen off by the forces of greyness – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
  • Groom left at the altar as bride flirts with best man – Patrick Kidd, The Times (£)

Leadership 2) Fraser Nelson: If they’d stop fighting, Tories would realise how united they are

“All of this psychodrama makes it easy to miss a more important point: all five leadership candidates have a strikingly similar vision of the future Conservatism. All share three priorities: to implement Brexit, pursue social justice and make the case for popular capitalism… When it comes to ideas for the future, the Conservatives have seldom been more united. But they may, now, be too busy fighting each other to notice.” – Daily Telegraph

  • History shows front-runner never gets the prize – Dominic Kennedy, The Times (£)
  • Brexit has exposed an establishment unfit to govern – Tim Stanley, Daily Telegraph
  • MPs are fiddling whilst the economy burns – Ed Conway, The Times (£)

>Today: ToryDiary: Gove’s dagger, the fall of Johnson – and a deep pit of Tory hell


Leadership 3) May is new favourite

MAY Warhol“Theresa May declared she was the ‘best person’ to take on Angela Merkel and lead the country out of the EU as she launched her leadership bid on another dramatic day in British politics today. She became the clear front-runner to replace David Cameron as Prime Minister today after Boris Johnson sensationally quit the leadership contest.” – Daily Mail

  • Home Secretary goes for power with swift u-turn on human rights – The Times (£)
  • Back-tracking already on human rights court – Daily Express
  • May could join long list of women in influential positions – Daily Mail
  • Front-runner rules out tax rises – Daily Telegraph
  • May promises to bring a divided party to heel – The Sun
  • Deadly serious, utterly steely: just what Britain needs? – Daily Mail
  • ‘Ice queen’ reveals warm side in private – The Times (£)



  • May is Britain’s answer to Merkel, and must learn from her mistakes – Cathy Newman, Daily Telegraph
  • The Home Secretary is my choice for leader – Patrick McLoughlin, The Sun
  • Brexit has demolished Osborne’s deficit plan: the next leader will need one – Jeremy Warner, Daily Telegraph


>Today: Andrew Green in Comment: The people have spoken – and they want lower immigration. Now Westminster must duly deliver it.


Philip Collins: Knife-wielding Gove deserves the crown

“Mr Gove’s impeccable credentials on Europe give him space to be a restless radical on social policy. He would surprise detractors by caring more about social justice than any Conservative prime minister in living memory. The Tory party will shift to the left on capitalism and life chances.” – The Times (£)

  • Those who wield the knife never win the Tory leadership – Philip Johnston, Daily Telegraph
  • Should they May or should they Gove now? – Sebastian Payne, FT


Labour MPs report threats to police as anti-Corbyn coup drags on

Jeremy Corbyn“Several Labour MPs have been force to call the police over threats made by activists over the coup against Jeremy Corbyn. Lewisham MP Vicky Foxcroft, who as a whip has not yet taken sides in the unprecedented political revolt, reported an abusive call to her staff after a man hung up and said he was coming to the office.” – Daily Mail

  • Leader accused of linking Israel to ISIS – The Times (£)
  • Jez slur on Jews – The Sun
  • Corbyn slammed by Chief Rabbi and Jewish MP after disastrous launch of anti-Semitism report – Daily Mail


  • Moderates seek left-winger to take leader’s place in new race – The Times (£)
  • MPs divided over Corbyn as leadership challenge delayed – The Guardian
  • Where Eagles don’t yet dare – The Sun
  • Momentum’s growing activist army on ‘war footing’ – The Times (£)
  • Serial rebel Flynn becomes oldest front-bench spokesperson since Gladstone – Daily Mail


  • We must stop pretending Corbyn is an amiable buffoon – Stephen Pollard, Daily Telegraph
  • People keep talking about the end of Labour: is it really that bad? – John McTernan, Daily Telegraph

France and Spain block Scottish prospects of continuing EU membership

“Nicola Sturgeon’s bid to keep Scotland in the EU ended in humiliation after European leaders told the Scottish First Minister they will not cut her a special deal. The SNP leader had travelled to Brussels on Wednesday in the hope of holding talks with Brussels chiefs over retaining Scotland’s EU membership, in defiance of last week’s Brexit vote. But both France and Spain shot down her plans to negotiate a way for Scotland to remain part of the bloc.” – Daily Express

  • Next EU President splits with Spain and France to offer Sturgeon ‘velvet divorce’ – The Times (£)
  • Slovakian foreign minister will ‘support any measure’ to stop Brexit – The Guardian
  • Merkel needs UK trade for 750,000 jobs – Daily Express
  • Obama tells EU leaders not to punish Britain – The Sun
  • Turkey demands UK’s place in the EU – Daily Mail
  • Europe plots a bank heist – FT


  • Bosses of HSBC and Barclays confirm both banks are staying in London – Daily Mail
  • Blair hints at role as Brexit negotiator – Daily Telegraph
  • UK looks to India, China, and the US – FT


  • Brexit talks will be stunningly complex, who will provide the statesmanship needed? – Tony Blair, Daily Telegraph
  • This contagion could strike the French elite next – Philippe Le Corre, FT
  • If you think the UK is divided and angry, look at the continent – Timothy Garton Ash, The Guardian
  • Britain should be treated as a compatriot, not an escapee – Henry Kissinger, The Times (£)
  • Here’s how Brexit can make the UK a great trading nation – David Frost, Daily Telegraph



News in Brief:

  • Queen attends overnight Somme vigil – Daily Mail
  • First person killed by self-driving car – The Times (£)
  • MPs call for soliciting to be decriminalised – Daily Telegraph
  • Pentagon lifts transgender ban – FT

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