Leadsom apologises to May…

CONSERVATIVE tree“Andrea Leadsom has made a personal apology to Theresa May and said she has been left “shattered” by criticism after she appeared to suggest that being a mother made her better placed to become Prime Minister. Some of Mrs May’s senior allies, including several ministers, openly criticised Mrs Leadsom over the weekend as they called on the energy minister to quit the Conservative leadership contest over the “vile” comments.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Interview with Andrea Leadsom – Allison Pearson, Daily Telegraph
  • Underdog says sorry in motherhood row – Daily Mail
  • Energy Minister apologises for controversial comments – The Sun
  • ‘I’m sorry I hurt you’ – The Times (£)
  • Senior Tories urge Leadsom to quit race – FT
  • Allegations of ‘black ops’ dismissed – The Sun

More Leadsom:


  • Challenger delights the Tory right, but may cost them power – Matthew d’Ancona, The Guardian
  • Vilifying Leadsom will only make her stronger – Clare Foges, The Times (£)
  • Grievances of the Tory scorned may yet decide this – James Kirkup, Daily Telegraph
  • Why I deplore Andrea’s childlessness jibe – Jan Moir, Daily Mail
  • As a mum, I know mothers can be monsters – Libby Purves, The Times (£)


…as Home Secretary pledges crackdown on ‘fat cats’

“Theresa May will today pledge new laws to block fat cat pay and bonuses as she promises to stand up for ordinary workers. The Tory leadership favourite will also give consumers and staff seats on company boards in a bid to crack down on ‘corporate irresponsibility’.” – Daily Mail

  • May plans assault on ‘greed’ of big business – The Times (£)
  • Tougher regime promised for ‘privileged few’ – FT
  • May launches stronger attack than Labour’s 2015 manifesto – The Sun
  • How shareholders rebelled against excess pay – The Times (£)

More May:

  • Home Secretary pledges to defend Union as Sturgeon promises EU nationals referendum vote – Daily Telegraph
  • Glimpse inside front-runner’s family album – Daily Mail
  • Prospectus for unity, equality, and leaving the EU – The Guardian
  • I’ll use £10m to end May leadership, warns Banks – The Times (£)


  • May is on a mission to unite the nation – Daily Mail

Theresa May: The case for my leadership

Theresa May 30-06-16“First, our country needs strong, proven leadership to steer us through this time of economic and political uncertainty, and to negotiate the best deal for Britain as we leave the EU. Second, we need to unite our party and our country. And third, we need a bold, new, positive vision for the future – a vision of a country that works not for a privileged few but for every one of us.” – The Times (£)

  • The Home Secretary can be trusted by my fellow Brexiteers – Michael Dobbs, Daily Telegraph
  • Faith shouldn’t be a bar to the highest political office – Tim Montgomerie, The Times (£)

>Today: ToryDiary: If May can convince on Brexit, she’ll win. If she doesn’t, she could lose.

Ministers 1) Osborne in US to drum up business for Britain

“George Osborne will travel to New York for talks with major investors in an effort to strengthen US-UK trade links after the vote to leave the European Union. The Chancellor said that although Britain is leaving the EU “we are not quitting the world” as he today urges some of America’s biggest investors to “stick with the UK”.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Osborne poised for new deals with America’s biggest investors – Daily Express
  • Chancellor seeks to reassure Wall Street – FT
  • South Korea wants trade deal as ministers struggle with demand – Daily Express
  • Bank of England to cut rates to avert Brexit slowdown – FT


  • Banks fails to rule out UKIP leadership bid – The Sun
  • Barristers remind Prime Minister result was advisory – The Guardian
  • Gibraltar calls for second Brexit vote – FT
  • Robertson says Scottish referendum will occur if Brexit talks fail – The Scotsman
  • Cross-party group calls for replacement of UK with confederation – The Guardian


  • Voters deserve responsible nationalism, not reflex globalism – Lawrence Summers, FT
  • What is the correct fiscal policy now we want Out? – Roger Bootle, Daily Telegraph
  • An EEA-minus deal for the UK is wishful thinking – Wolfgang Münchau, FT
  • We must consider re-imagining the Act of Union – The Guardian



Ministers 2) Sexting scandal may mean end for Crabb’s leadership hopes

CRABB Stephen“One MP said last night: “As someone who is family orientated and evangelical, the consequences for him are worse. I think he needs to rethink how far he can go in the party. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he quietly shelved his hopes of making it to the top. At the very least he has to slow down.”” – The Times (£)

Ministers 3) McLoughlin criticised over Southern Rail failure

“Furious MPs last night accused ministers of failing Southern Railway commuters by suggesting they will have to wait two years to receive a decent service. Long-suffering passengers are braced for more misery as the embattled operator of the Southern franchise introduces its emergency timetable today.” – Daily Mail

  • Passengers stage ‘fare strike’ over rail chaos – The Times (£)

Corbyn threatens to sue Labour

Labour holes“Jeremy Corbyn bizarrely claimed that Labour is ‘doing very well’ today as he threatened to sue his own party if it blocks him from standing in a fresh leadership battle. The veteran left-winger insisted the party’s rules mean he does not have to secure the support of 51 MPs to get on the ballot for the contest being triggered by former frontbencher Angela Eagle.” – Daily Mail

  • Party’s fate could be settled in High Court – The Times (£)
  • Leader could back motion to find Blair in contempt of Parliament – The Sun


  • Eagle joined by Benn as she mounts leadership bid – Daily Telegraph
  • Candidate carries hopes of Labour’s soft left – FT
  • Profile of Angela Eagle – The Guardian
  • Slow but steady rise belies big ambition – The Times (£)
  • Eagle emerges from the shadows – Daily Mail



  • Labour’s trouble with female leaders – Ayesha Hazarika, FT


>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Eagle explains why she is challenging Corbyn

News in Brief:

  • Merkel says UK won’t be able to ‘cherry pick’ EU laws – The Times (£)
  • Health tourists jump the NHS queue – Daily Mail
  • Government can’t afford seven-day NHS, warns think-tank – Daily Telegraph
  • Abe wins sweeping victory in Japanese elections – FT
  • Criminals get up to ten suspended sentences before being jailed – The Sun
  • ISIS may launch attack on Europe – Daily Express
  • Hundreds arrested in Dallas protests – The Guardian
  • Mars has pools of alien life, claims NASA scientist – The Times (£)

And finally… Murray pays tribute to Cameron after Wimbledon win

David Cameron 31-03-15“David Cameron was booed by the Centre Court crowd at Wimbledon yesterday when Andy Murray paid tribute to him. The awkward moment came as the Prime Minister sat in the Royal Box with his mother Mary after watching the Scot vanquish Canadian Milos Raonic.” – Daily Mail

  • Prime Minister’s job? No thanks, says tennis star – The Guardian

>Today: Nadhim Zahawi MP’s column: Cameron has left Britain a great legacy. Now we must take it forward

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