Leadership 1) Gove says his leadership bid is driven by conviction not personal ambition

Michael Gove 01-07-16“Michael Gove has said his bid to become Tory leader and PM is driven by “conviction” about what is right for the UK, not personal ambition. The justice secretary said that when he concluded Boris Johnson was not the “right person”, his “heart told him” that he should put himself forward. He vowed to cut immigration by blocking EU free movement and spend an extra £100m a week on the NHS if he wins. But Mr Gove is facing calls to step down to ensure party unity.” – BBC

  • “Only a Brexiteer like me can make the promised changes” – The Times(£)
  • Going for Gove – his eight point plan – The Sun
  • Clarke says Gove should quite the race – BBC
  • Only five MPs attend launch – Daily Telegraph
  • I’d chop off his Govelies says Ben Wallace – The Sun
  • Key points of Gove’s speech – The Guardian
  • Tebbit savages Gove – The Sun


  • Britain’s Joan of Arc is blazing with desire – Patrick Kidd The Times(£)
  • Ideas fizz like liver salts in water – Quentin Letts Daily Mail



Leadership 2) IDS backs Leadsom

“Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader, announced that he was backing Mrs Leadsom because she is the best person to “create the UK’s new relationship with the rest of the world”. Mr Duncan Smith, who was one of the original five Cabinet ministers to back the Leave campaign, said last night: “[Mrs Leadsom] has warmth, a genuinely human touch and a great sense of humour. And her enormous depth of business experience speaks volumes for her ability to handle pressure.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Grammar school girl, star banker, mum of three, brilliant Brexiteer – Daily Mail

Leadership 3) I’m keeping my beard says Crabb

CRABB Stephen“There is an unspoken political rule that potential leaders cannot have beards. But Mr Crabb, who wears brogues, black socks and immaculate suits, is not going to shave for the contest. “This started off as a holiday beard and my wife said she liked it, so I kept it. Of all the difficult demands that have been put to me by colleagues — I’ve had requests for commitments to give people certain jobs in government through to commitments to local priorities like roads in people’s constituencies — not one colleague has asked me to remove my beard.” His running mate is bald. “Between us Sajid and I are a perfectly blended and complementary team. We work very well together.” – Stephen Crabb interview The Times(£)

  • I got my political education on a building site not at university says Crabb – The Sun(£)

Leadership 4) Fallon and McLoughlin back May

“Theresa May won the backing from two Cabinet ministers today as her campaign to be Tory leader and Prime Minister gathered momentum. The Home Secretary, gifted front runner status after Boris Johnson’s campaign exploded yesterday, was endorsed by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. One count of public declarations has Mrs May on 77 endorsements from Tory MPs, compared to the 21 secured by her current nearest rival Stephen Crabb.” – Daily Mail

  • May’s  Tory values in her own words – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Ten questions for May

Leadership 4) Moore: Gove is no Brutus

moorenew“In this contest, Boris seems to have dithered and made offers to the able Andrea Leadsom which she decided she could not pin down. He does have a touch of Hamlet in his character, when what he needed this week was a touch of Harry. It was the exasperated Mrs Leadsom, not Mr Gove, who first broke from the Boris camp to stand. Only then, seeing the whole Boris cavalcade falling apart, did Mr Gove decide to do the same. Whether he was right or wrong, he did not plot this. If he really had been Brutus, he would have done the deed on – as it were – the Ides of March, not hung about until it was almost too late.” – Charles Moore Daily Telegraph

Leadership 5) Parris says mysterious May is our best hope

“I believe that a thumping victory among her own colleagues, combined with polls showing she’d be (as she would) the overwhelming favourite with party members, would persuade the only man still standing, Michael Gove, to withdraw before the national ballot, in which case May gets it by default. This would be a thoroughly desirable outcome. A no-contest result would help to unite and heal the party. It would save precious time in an atmosphere of national instability and hasten the formation of a new government. It would be the best argument against calls for a general election.” – Matthew Parris The Times(£)

Other comment

  • May is boring but competent – John Rentoul Independent
  • Boris became ever more bumbling – James Forsyth The Sun

Osborne ditches plan to balance the budget by 2020

OSBORNE post-Brexit“George Osborne has abandoned his long-held goal of reaching a surplus in the UK’s public finances by the end of the decade. In a speech in Manchester, the chancellor said that the government needs to be “realistic”, given the uncertainty generated by the decision to leave the EU. “The government must provide fiscal credibility so we will continue to be tough on the deficit but we must be realistic about achieving a surplus by the end of this decade,” he said. Having already broken two of his self-imposed fiscal rules, Mr Osborne indicated on Friday that he would activate the get-out clause on his third and final rule.” – Financial Times

Halfon says Conservatives face an “existential challenge”

“The Conservative party is facing an “existential threat” because the public sees everything it does through the lens of austerity, according to its deputy chairman, who warned that the Tory “ground effort is collapsing in marginal seats”. In an interview with the Guardian, Robert Halfon said his party’s new leader ought to take advantage of the crisis gripping Jeremy Corbyn’s party by parking their “tanks on traditional Labour battlegrounds”. He called for urgent action, renewed focus on the NHS, workers rights, trade unions and a more compassionate take on welfare reform.” – The Guardian

Cameron takes part in Battle of the Somme commemoration

David Cameron 27-06-16“Thousands of people, including members of the Royal Family, have attended a ceremony in France to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry were at the Thiepval Memorial for the event. Earlier, a UK-wide two-minute silence at 07:28 BST marked the start of the World War One battle on 1 July 1916….Prime Minister David Cameron read the words of Corporal Jim Crow, 110th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, which highlighted a moment of humanity and mutual respect amid the hell that that part of France had become.” – BBC

>Yesterday: Alistair Lexden on Comment: One hundred years on from the Somme

Shadow Cabinet plan for Corbyn to “retire with dignity”

“Shadow cabinet members are drawing up plans to encourage Jeremy Corbyn to resign, BBC Newsnight has learned. The MPs want to broker a compromise with the Labour leader, under which the party would preserve some of his key policies if he agrees to step down. Newsnight political editor Nick Watt said MPs had been creating a timetable to let Mr Corbyn “retire with dignity”. Mr Corbyn’s leadership is under threat after numerous frontbench resignations and a no-confidence vote by his MPs.” – BBC

  • The Corbyn Cult – how followers savage any MP that dares defy him – Daily Mail
  • Poll shows most Unite members don’t back Corbyn – The Times(£)
  • 60,000 sign up to vote in Labour’s new leadership contest – Daily Mail
  • Corbyn joked with activist who abused Jewish MP – The Times(£)
  • Tom Watson seeks negotiated settlement – The Guardian

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: As Labour’s crisis gets even worse, the SNP is sniffing around the title of official opposition

Angela Rayner is the new Shadow Education Secretary

angela“Angela Rayner has been appointed shadow education secretary, the Labour Party has confirmed. Ms Rayner becomes the third MP to hold the post this week after Lucy Powell and Pat Glass both resigned. The move comes amid a wave of resignations by Labour MPs seeking a change in leadership. She was previously a shadow work and pensions minister before moving into the shadow cabinet on Monday with the women and equalities portfolio.” – BBC

Brexit 1) A third believe that it may not happen

“More than a third of voters are not convinced the UK will leave the EU despite last week’s referendum result, a poll for BBC Newsnight suggests. Britain voted by a margin of 52% to 48% to leave the EU after 43 years – and the contenders to replace David Cameron as PM have all vowed make it happen. But 22% of people polled for Newsnight said they don’t know if it will, while 16% believe the UK will stay in the EU.” – BBC

  • Respect the referendum result says McDonnell – BBC
  • Universities have credit ratings cut – The Times(£)
  • Brexit is like a slow motion car crash says Clegg’s wife – The Times(£)

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The pollsters still have a long way to go to fix their models and restore their reputations

Brexit 2) Jenkin calls for retired civil servants to return to help with renegotiation

JENKIN Bernard“Retired civil servants should be rehired by Whitehall to help plug a critical skills gap of Brexit negotiators, a senior MP has said. Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs committee, argued that a brigade of Sir Humphreys should be recalled to prepare for leaving the EU. “We should have a call up of reserves, if you like, from recently retired senior officials to come back and help,” Mr Jenkin said at the Institute for Government yesterday. “We are going to need lots of people to do lots of things. We are also going to need to train people in the matter of trade.” – The Times(£)

Brexit 3) Nude protest at Cambridge

“A Cambridge academic walked in naked at a meeting at the Faculty of Economics in protest against the results of the EU referendum. Victoria Bateman had written on her breasts and stomach ‘Brexit leaves Britain naked’. The academic arrived at the faculty’s meeting last Wednesday where director of studies across all the university’s colleges as around 30 economists discussed teaching material and courses.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Rejected Remain campaign ads revealed – Independent
  • Kelvin MacKenzie published expletive-laden email from Alastair Campbell – The Guardian
  • Labour MP Geraint Davies calls for another referendum – Independent

Brexit 4) Stop talking Britain down says Rees-Mogg

Jacob Rees-Mogg 18-05-16“Last night Leave campaigners urged opponents to get behind making post-Brexit Britain a success. Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said: ‘Project Fear lost, it is as simple as that. The British people voted for hope, not fear. These people are sour losers – they need to stop talking Britain down. ‘The Chancellor is using Brexit as an easy excuse for dropping his target, and easyJet is setting its face against its customers because they did not like what they were saying.’ The FTSE 100 index rose another 1.13 per cent yesterday to a ten-month high of 6577.83.” – Daily Mail

  • Stop panicking and put the country first – Leader Daily Mail
  • Mr Project Fear must go – Peter Oborne Daily Mail

CPS warns against Scottish independence

“WANTAWAY Scots were yesterday warned their country will become an economic basketcase like Greece if they leave the UK. A thumping report form the Centre for Policy Studies said Scottish independence would “entail significant economic risk” given the country’s debts. And it said that if Scotland even qualified to join the EU, the European Central Bank would be far less capable of responding to shocks than the Bank of England. Daniel Mahoney, CPS head of economic research, said: “There is a precedent for a small, romantic country surrounded by hundreds of islands, perched on the extremity of Europe seeking membership of the Euro: Greece.” – The Sun

Carswell could be thrown out of UKIP

Carswell on Marr“Ukip’s only MP could soon be booted out of the party,  Ukip leader Nigel Farage has suggested. Speaking about Douglass Carswell on LBC radio, Mr Farage said: “What would he know?” ”We find somebody inside our party who doesn’t agree with anything the party stands for, it’s a very odd state of affairs.“ – Independent

Australians go to the polls

“Australians have begun voting in the country’s federal election, where the conservative coalition government is widely expected to hold power. The prime minister and opposition leader delivered their final pitches to voters on Friday after a marathon eight-week campaign. The UK’s decision to leave the EU appears to have benefitted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. But Labor Party leader Bill Shorten said he still intended to win.” – BBC

Powell: Chilcott mustn’t stop us using force again

powellj“I am happy to take my share of responsibility for what went wrong in Iraq but it will be a disaster for all of us if the lesson we draw is never to intervene again. The choice is not between intervention and no intervention but between doing it right and doing it wrong.” – Jonathan Powell The Times(£)

News in brief

  • Free power for homes with smart meters – The Times(£)
  • Manufacturing pick up in June – BBC
  • Wales beat Belgium in Euro 2016 – Daily Telegraph
  • Boris’s water cannon sold – The Times(£)
  • Only people with “coloured skin” in my area are the ones that “run takeaways” says Labour MP – The Sun


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