May 1) Prime Minister urges Labour not to gamble with Trident…

Scottish Conservative Poster Trident“Theresa May will appeal to MPs today not to take the “reckless gamble” of voting against Trident’s replacement as she makes her Commons debut as prime minister. Her call for support is aimed at Labour MPs deeply split over the issue of the £31 billion renewal of Britain’s independent nuclear deterrent.” – The Times (£)

  • UK must renew deterrent as nuclear threat has increased, warns Prime Minister – Daily Telegraph
  • May blasts peaceniks – The Sun


  • Corbyn puts Trident to the fore as Labour divisions deepen – The Guardian
  • Smith to defy Corbyn on nukes – FT
  • Opposition face prospect of three-way split – The Guardian
  • Deterrent riven by delay, indecision, and party rancour – The Times (£)
  • High cost meets low politics to raise questions over Union – The Times (£)


  • Submarines may not be the best answer in a complicated world – Roger Boyes, The Times (£)

Michael Fallon: Trident is a good-value insurance policy in an uncertain world

“Britain is leaving the European Union but we are certainly not turning our back on the security of Europe and the rest of the world. By maintaining our independent nuclear deterrent, alongside those of the US and France, we reinforce the security that Nato provides to us all.” – Daily Telegraph

  • This vote is a contemptible trick, so we’re abstaining – Clive Lewis and Emily Thornberry, The Guardian

May 2) Downing Street spells out to Sturgeon that there is no Brexit veto

EU Brexit“Theresa May is to make clear to Nicola Sturgeon that she cannot veto Brexit after Scotland’s first minister boasted that she was in a “very powerful position”. Mrs May said after talks with Ms Sturgeon on Friday that she would not trigger the formal two-year negotiation to take the UK out of EU until “we have a UK approach and objectives”.” – The Times (£)

  • Davis clear that Edinburgh can’t halt EU departure – Daily Express
  • Sturgeon suggests Scotland has veto over Article 50  – Daily Mail
  • First Minister claims referendum could be next year – The Scotsman


  • Sturgeon has a lot to consider – Brian Monteith, The Scotsman

May 3) Prime Minister pledges to fight for Port Talbot steel

“Theresa May will today pledge to fight to protect Wales’ steel industry on her first visit to the nation as the Prime Minister. The new Conservative leader will also reiterate her commitment to keeping the United Kingdom together as she meets First Minister Carwyn Jones in Cardiff.” – Wales Online

  • Any ‘industrial policy’ risks making things worse – Matt Ridley, The Times (£)

Clare Foges: Why May should remain a woman of mystery

MAY Warhol“The prime ministerial sphinx should stay that way, guarding her secrets. She should fly above the fray of celebrity, gossip and national chatter. Her team should refrain from prime ministerial tweets about every British bronze medal at Rio, keep her off the chat-show circuit, impose an absolute ban on selfie-taking with anyone who asks.” – The Times (£)

  • Government by Twitter is dead and the grown-ups are back – Dominic Lawson, Daily Mail
  • In May’s Cabinet, the macho men make the noise and the women rule – James Kirkup, Daily Telegraph
  • Prime Minister’s transformative agenda could be bigger than Brexit – Matthew d’Ancona, The Guardian

>Today: ToryDiary: May’s non-blizzard of eye-catching initiatives with which she can personally be associated

Ministers 1) Davis lands himself in a muddle over the status of EU migrants

“EU migrants may have to provide employment and other records to prove that they arrived before a chosen cut-off point to avoid being deported if the government identifies a “migrant surge” before the UK leaves the EU, David Davis has said. The new Brexit minister originally suggested that the government would have to pick a date beyond which EU migrants would not have the right to remain in the UK if a large number began arriving before Brexit. However, he backtracked from picking a date yesterday…” – The Times (£)

  • Brexit minister tell EU where to go as negotiations opened with other nations – The Sun
  • Plan to build trading area ten times the size of the EU – Daily Express
  • Cabinet plan to have trade deals agreed before Brexit – FT
  • Action plan for a swift departure – Daily Express
  • Top surgeon claims Brexit will make NHS safer – Daily Telegraph
  • Brexit causes turf wars in Whitehall – FT
  • Most people don’t want a second EU referendum – The Scotsman


  • How to make leaving the EU manageable – Wolfgang Münchau, FT
  • Brexit makes the case for an interest rate cut – Gertjan Vlieghe, FT

>Today: Andrew Kennedy’s column: The remarkable story of a post-referendum surge in membership – the most intense I can remember


Ministers 2) Johnson ridiculed after problems with plane

BORIS union flag“Boris Johnson had a bumpy start to his role as Britain’s new Foreign Secretary when the plane he was on to Brussels was forced to make an emergency landing in Luton. The Foreign Office confirmed there was a ‘technical issue’ with the BAE 146 jet carrying Johnson from RAF Northolt to Belgium, where he was travelling to meet European leaders for the first time.” – Daily Mail

  • Foreign Secretary’s new deputy compared him to Berlusconi – Daily Mail
  • May puts a spy in the Foreign Office – The Sun


  • Fewer women on the front bench than under Cameron – Henry Zeffman, The Times (£)


  • Our squalid prisons need Gove’s reforming zeal – Libby Purves, The Times (£)

>Yesteday: MPs Etc.: All the latest junior ministerial appointments

Corbyn threatens court action over membership cut-off

“Jeremy Corbyn yesterday threatened legal action against the Labour Party over an attempt to ‘rig’ the leadership election rules to force him out. In an extraordinary intervention, the Labour leader suggested he would back court action against his own party unless it dropped plans to deny a vote to more than 130,000 members who have joined in the past six months.” – Daily Mail


  • New runner in Labour race urges Eagle to withdraw – The Times (£)
  • Smith focuses campaign on tackling inequality – The Guardian


  • More Miliband than Attlee, but what Labour needs – Zoe Williams, The Guardian

>Today: Clark Vasey in Comment: Eagle now calls out the Hard Left for thuggery. But she said nothing when the target was Esther McVey.

News in Brief:

  • Tensions rise as three more US police officers shot and killed – The Times (£)
  • Fears of clashes at Republican convention as Trump nominated – Daily Telegraph
  • Trump’s ability to unify Republicans put to the test – FT
  • Amazon inflating savings by up to 500 per cent – The Sun
  • Fears of new migrant surge after Islamist anti-coup crackdown in Turkey – Daily Mail
  • Presidential power grab by Erdogan – The Times (£)
  • Warning as terrorists urged to target small towns – Daily Express

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