May suggests 800,000 Poles can stay in Britain

EU Brexit“The British Prime Minister has all but confirmed 800,000 Polish people will remain in the UK after Brexit. Theresa May, in her most telling statement yet on the issue, condemned ‘shameful and despicable’ attacks on Poles in the wake of the Brexit vote and insisted they continue to be welcome in Britain.” – Daily Mail

  • Prime Minister warned that Eastern Europe will seek to preserve free movement – The Sun
  • May to put trade deals and immigration first – Daily Express
  • Fox faces questions over Brexit role – FT
  • Foreign Secretary lunches with French foreign minister who branded him a liar – Daily Mail
  • Johnson and Ayrault set differences aside – The Guardian
  • Davies defends Foreign Secretary as ‘great friend of Wales’ – Wales Online


  • The reckoning: UK Plc reports – FT
  • AstraZeneca unveils new investment – Daily Mail
  • Third of foreign students less likely to come – FT


  • Get ready for the great Brexit lobbying boom – Ed Conway, The Times (£)
  • IMF admits ‘disastrous love affair’ with the Euro – Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Daily Telegraph


  • Britain has friends in Europe – Daily Telegraph
  • Our relations with Ireland need special care – FT


Philip Collins: The Prime Minister can reach out to the white working class by cutting the school leaving age

“Every change in the school leaving age has been to raise it. We should do the opposite and lower it to 14. I simply cannot see the point in making another two years of inevitable boredom in class a statutory requirement. At the age of 14, all students should be able to opt for a diploma in a subject that points them towards work…  Fortunately the institutions doing this work already exist. I am doing no more than describe University Technical Colleges (UTC), the brainchild of former Conservative education secretary Lord Baker of Dorking.” – The Times (£)

  • Children don’t need a six-week summer holiday – Angela Epstein, Daily Telegraph
  • May is right about reforming capitalism – Philip Stephens, FT
  • Prime Minister should not have downgraded care minister’s role – Jane Ashcroft, The Guardian

>Today: Lord Ashcroft in Comment: My latest focus groups discuss Brexit, Corbyn, Cameron and May – “the new Iron Maiden”


Elphicke attacks Government’s response to Dover traffic crisis

ELPHICKE Charlie blue“A Tory MP has attacked the Government’s “embarrassingly poor” response to the Dover queues crisis and suggested it has taken a “sneering” attitude towards those caught up in the problem… Writing for the website Conservative Home, Mr Elphicke, MP for Dover and Deal, wrote: “The Government was caught sleeping at the wheel. The response was embarrassingly poor.” – Daily Telegraph

  • MP blasts ministers’ reaction as ’embarrassingly poor’ – The Sun

>Yesterday: Charlie Elphicke in Comment: Yet again the Government has been caught napping by travel chaos at Dover

Fresh chaos over Hinkley Point power station

“The government stunned the energy industry last night by announcing a further review of the Hinkley Point nuclear power station hours after EDF, the French state electricity giant, approved the project. Executives at EDF had been expecting the government to sign a subsidy deal connected to the £18 billion plant in Somerset today.” – The Times (£)

  • Changing political winds threaten fresh storm over plant – FT
  • Rethink is a fresh blow to the French – The Times (£)


  • Approving Hinkley Point would write a black check for nuclear power – Jeremy Warner, Daily Telegraph


Corbyn fights off donor’s bid to force him out of leadership contest

Woolfie Corbyn“Jeremy Corbyn has fought off attempts to kick him out of the Labour leadership contest after a High Court ruling dismissed a legal challenge by a party donor. Labour donor Michael Foster attempted to force the Labour leader to win the 51 nominations from MPs that Owen Smith had to secure to launch a leadership challenge.” – Daily Mail

  • Lewis proposes pact with other left-wing parties – The Guardian
  • MPs rebel against leader’s ally’s plan for ‘progressive alliance’ – The Sun


  • Smith backers pin hope on TV debates – Daily Telegraph
  • Wealth tax proposals bring challenger under fire – FT
  • Smith talks of his hope to be first Welsh Prime Minister since Lloyd George – Wales Online

More Labour:

  • Labour MP posts picture of locksmith securing home after death threats – Daily Mail


  • This was never a matter for the courts – Rachel Shabi, The Guardian
  • SDP casts a shadow over Labour rebels – Robert Shrimsley, FT

>Today: Iain Dale’s column: Someone should have asked Owen Smith if he was really ready for leadership

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: It’s increasingly hard to imagine Corbyn ever quitting

Supreme Court rules that flagship SNP policy violates human rights

“A flagship Scottish National party policy on child protection has been found to violate human rights legislation by the Supreme Court in London. The named person scheme – which would provide every Scottish child with an individual official contact – was criticised by the Conservative party ahead of May’s Scottish parliamentary elections as an unwarranted state intrusion.” – FT


  • Difficult issues to tackle after ruling – Morag Driscoll, The Scotsman


  • The Nationalists and the Court are wrong about ‘Named Persons’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Ruling offers opportunity to get it right – The Scotsman

>Today: ToryDiary: Named Person: how has it come to this?

News in Brief:

  • Commuter misery as RMT plan five-day strike on Southern trains – Daily Mail
  • Tory MP investigated over alleged ‘hidden’ donations – The Times (£)
  • Ministers mull crackdown on 24-hour airport drinking – Daily Telegraph
  • Russia and China to hold joint exercises in the South China Sea – FT
  • Clinton vows to unite America as President – The Sun
  • Catalonia votes to break away from Spain – Daily Express
  • Erdogan purges Turkish military – Daily Mail

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