New Government 1) May’s new team settle in at Downing Street

TIMOTHY Nick Barrie‘He and Fiona Hill, the co-chief of staff at No 10, got something of a reputation for political street-fighting (and coarse jokes) during the last parliament. That reputation was the undeclared explanation for the silly decision to remove Mr Timothy from the Tories’ approved candidates list, and for Ms Hill having to resign after she briefed a little too hard and a little too publicly against Mr Gove, now the former justice secretary, in one of the many May-Gove bust-ups…Mr Timothy and Mr Cummings both believe that the Tories will deserve to become the natural party of government again only if they become a party of self-made people who know that government should always be biased to those with least. The hard bit comes next, of course, and Team Cameron is looking forward to seeing how Mr Timothy, Ms Hill and Mrs May fare.’ – The Times (£)

  • New policy chief is an enthusiast for financial education – The Times (£)
  • Building a Britain that works for everyone – Daily Mail Leader
  • May and Patel intend to keep the aid target – The Times (£)
  • The new DfID secretary should suggest her department be merged with International Trade – The Times Leader (£)
  • I voted Remain, but Brexit’s been quite fun so far – Jeremy Clarkson, The Sun (£)


New Government 2) Soubry and Altmann quit, Mordaunt and Penning promoted

‘Two of the most outspoken supporters of Britain’s membership of the EU quit the Government last night, as Theresa May continued the shake-up of her top team. Business minister Anna Soubry, a rising star who had been tipped by some for a move to the Cabinet, resigned when she was not offered promotion. And pensions minister Ros Altmann, a former consumer champion who was brought into government by David Cameron last year, also quit…Defence minister Penny Mordaunt, who was a prominent figure in the Vote Leave campaign, was made employment minister at the Department for Work and Pensions. And police minister Mike Penning, another Brexit supporter, was moved to the Ministry of Defence, where he replaces Miss Mordaunt as Armed Forces minister.’ – Daily Mail

>Today: David Spencer on Comment: Exacting and controversial. But also brave, rigorous, principled – and fun. Meet my former boss, David Davis.


New Government 3) Oborne: This dramatic shake-up is a great moment for our democracy

oborne‘I am no admirer of Theresa May, the unlikely leader of the new post-referendum Conservative government. She was not an impressive Home Secretary. She was dull — and a number of superficial political observers wrongly confused this dullness with competence. She lacked vision, frequently changed her mind, and it should not be forgotten that Mrs May has always been a creature of political fashion… All that said, her Cabinet reshuffle last week was more radical and interesting than anything her past record gave us a right to expect. Above all, she has ruthlessly dismantled the system of crony government which David Cameron and George Osborne had allowed to proliferate over the past six years. Mr Osborne himself has been sacked, and this is a good thing. The country is a better place without him.’ – Peter Oborne, Daily Mail

France 1) May: We stand shoulder to shoulder against terror

‘Theresa May vowed to increase efforts to defeat the ‘brutal’ terrorist ‘murderers’ today as she ordered police forces to review security at major events across the UK following the ‘horrifying’ attack in Nice last night…Mrs May said the security threat in the UK remained ‘severe’ – meaning a terror attack is highly likely – but Downing Street said police had been told ‘to ensure the appropriate security’ at upcoming major events. She said she was ‘shocked and saddened’ by the attack in South France, which saw several children among the victims of the terrorist who drove a truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day.’ – Daily Mail


>Yesterday: WATCH: May responds to the Nice terror attack

France 2) Hollande struggles to deal with rising Islamist violence

French flag‘“Horror, horror,” Mr Hollande began his address to the nation as the depth of the atrocity sank in. With ten months of his term remaining, he is again having to fortify France against the jihadist threat, portraying himself as the protective father of the nation, able to rise above the political fray. His opponents, however, were only too happy to point the finger. Christian Estrosi, a former mayor of Nice and now president of the regional council, said yesterday: “Maybe it’s not the right time for polemics, so I will simply ask some questions. Why did the state announce yesterday the lifting of the state of emergency and decide last night to prolong it by three months?” Mr Estrosi, a member of Nicolas Sarkozy’s Republicans, had written to the president shortly before the attacks, demanding more powers and protection for the police.’ – The Times (£)

  • France must learn from its intelligence failures – The Times (£)
  • Polish Interior Minister blames multiculturalism for the attack – Daily Mail
  • French Government allegedly suppressed reports of torture of Bataclan victims – Daily Mail
  • We must match Putin’s nuclear battlefield weapons – Edward Lucas, The Times (£)

Scotland 1) May promises to include Holyrood in Brexit planning

‘Theresa May spooked hardline Brexit campaigners yesterday by hinting she could delay the UK’s divorce from the EU to please Scotland. Love-bombing Nicola Sturgeon on her first trip as PM, Mrs May said it was critical every corner of the UK was on board before she triggered Article 50- which begins the two-year countdown to going. After a brief meeting in Edinburgh, the PM said she wanted Scotland to be “fully engaged” in drawing up Brexit options “and I will listen to any options they bring forward”. She said: “I’m very clear I want the Scottish Government involved and I want to get the best possible deal for entire United Kingdom. I’ve already said I won’t be triggering Article 50 until I think we have a United Kingdom approach and objectives for the negotiations.”‘ – The Sun (£)

  • A good start on saving the Union – The Guardian Leader
  • The Government must now start preparing for our exit – Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph
  • Canada wants to extend new EU trade deal to the UK – Daily Mail
  • Bank of England economist urges his colleagues to flex their economic muscles – The Times (£)
  • The UK has no trade negotiators, Letwin reveals – FT


Scotland 2) Davidson: Independence would now mean a hard border, the Euro and ‘austerity on stilts’

Ruth Davidson‘Her most pressing concern is to stop a second Scottish referendum. “Even after the first weekend when passions were running high and there was a sense of shock, support for another referendum was only at 42 per cent. Binary referendums are by their nature divisive, hard and quite shocking. A lot of people in Scotland don’t want to go back there.” The deal for Scotland leaving the Union would not be the same as the one it had already rejected, she warns. “You would be talking a hard border, a change of currency, £15 billion worth of fiscal transfer that doesn’t happen and you would not be able to spin the oil figures any more. We would have to negotiate accession status to the EU, the other 27 states would want to have their say, we would have to set up a central bank, then there’s the deficit. There would be austerity with stilts on.”’ – The Times (£)

  • Mundell: There is no appetite for a second referendum – Daily Telegraph

Erdogan vows revenge after fighting off coup attempt by Turkish military

‘Turkish authorities have detained 754 members of the armed forces after factions within the military used tanks and helicopters to try to overthrow the government. Some 17 police officers and an MP are among those killed during the running battles. Sixteen coup plotters have been killed in clashes at Turkey’s military police command. Turkey’s military chief Hulusi Akar has been rescued after being held hostage. The country’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned to Istanbul after rushing back from his holiday, vowing: “The ring leader who plotted all of this will pay the price in front of the nation.”‘ – The Sun (£)

  • Four coups in 56 years – the troubled history of a secular military versus islamising politicians – Daily Mail
  • Turkish Government blames Gulenist former allies – Daily Mail

>Today: ToryDiary: This isn’t Turkey’s first coup attempt. But Erdogan is about to go all-out to try to make it the last.

‘Last act of cronyism’ as Cameron names Llewellyn as ambassador to France

CAMERON and LLEWELLYN‘Mr Cameron recommended Ed Llewellyn, who has a French wife, for the plum diplomatic posting in Paris during his final days in Downing Street, senior figures confirmed yesterday. Theresa May must now decide whether to rubber-stamp the appointment…Mr Cameron has already come under fire for overruling the head of the civil service to increase redundancy pay-offs for his outgoing team of political aides, increasing the collective sum from £747,045 to more than £1 million.’ – The Times (£)

  • Osborne praises his friend as ‘the quiet revolutionary’ – The Sun (£)

Labour’s biggest branch is suspended over entryism concerns

‘The biggest regional branch of the Labour Party has been suspended over the integrity of elections in which supporters of Jeremy Corbyn were installed in key posts. Brighton & Hove Labour Party, which has 6,000 members across three constituencies, has had the results of its internal elections annulled over accusations of abusive behaviour at its annual general meeting last Saturday. Concerns were also raised with Iain McNicol, the general secretary, about entryism by members of far-left groups such as the Trade Union & Socialist Coalition and the Socialist Party.’ – The Times (£)

  • The Opposition needs a ‘bloody difficult woman’ of its own – Janice Turner, The Times (£)
  • Jo Cox’s funeral took place yesterday – The Guardian
  • Man arrested on suspicion of sending death threat to Angela Eagle – The Sun (£)

Retiring head of the army warns that Chilcot must not kill our fighting spirit

Army‘As he prepared to stand down at the end of a long and distinguished career at the end of this week, Sir Nick, 61, said he feared that – following the publication of the Chilcot report into the Iraq war – the country could now be in danger of losing its fighting spirit. In an exclusive interview for The Daily Telegraph, Sir Nick said the Forces viewed Chilcot as “a very thorough and fair-minded report” that “illustrates a lot of shortcoming and failings in strategy.” It was vital, he believed, that the military learnt lessons from the report – from making sure troops were provided with the right equipment for the mission in hand to spending “enough time trying to understand the complexity of what we are taking on.” But by the same token “we must not allow the retrospective clarity of Chilcot to allow us to indulge in the thought that there are easy ways to win wars,” he warned.’ – Daily Telegraph

News in Brief

  • Rising old age loneliness is a myth – The Times (£)
  • Three million calls to police 101 line go unanswered – Daily Mail
  • Trump picks running mate – The Sun (£)
  • Missing author’s body found at her home – The Times (£)
  • Jagger to become a father for the eighth time – Daily Telegraph
  • Danczuk claimed £5 expenses for memorial flowers – The Sun (£)

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