Boris bounces back as May starts to unveil her Cabinet

JOHNSON Boris Foreign Office appointment“Boris Johnson has been appointed Britain’s new Foreign Secretary in a shock development tonight as Theresa May started to build her new Cabinet. She named Philip Hammond as her new Chancellor and sacked George Osborne in a historic evening in Westminster less than two hours after she was officially sworn in as the UK’s second female Prime Minister.” – Daily Mail

  • Johnson back in limelight as reshuffle reveals Brexit pack – The Times (£)
  • We got our BoJo back! – The Sun

Hammond moves into Number 11:

  • Hammond appointed Chancellor – FT
  • Chancellor rules out emergency budget – Daily Telegraph
  • A ‘low-key fiscal hawk’ – FT

Davis is Brexit Secretary:

Rudd succeeds May at the Home Office:

Fallon keeps Defence:


  • Who will join them in May’s Government? – Daily Telegraph
  • ‘Humiliated’ Osborne leaves Downing Street by the back door as he leaves Government – Daily Mail
  • Former Chancellor falls victim to speedy reshuffle – The Sun
  • What next for Gove and Leadsom? – Daily Mail


  • A radical Cabinet – FT
  • Right wing returns to lead ‘EU retreat’ – Matt Chorley, The Times (£)
  • The three Brexiteers – Macer Hall and Alison Little, Daily Express
  • How Boris came back from the political dead in just 13 days -Andrew Pierce, Daily Mail
  • Goodbye George, hello Boris – James Kirkup, Daily Telegraph
  • May’s clean break – Francis Elliott, The Times (£)
  • David and George came as a pair, and left as a pair – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
  • Chancellor must stop his Brexit warnings coming true – Oliver Wright, The Times (£)


  • Bye George, you were a sensible fellow – Ed Conway, The Times (£)
  • Foreign Secretary is the perfect job for Boris – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph


  • An impressive start… now for the hard work – Daily Mail
  • The first steps in a long, challenging journey – Daily Telegraph
  • If she can achieve her vision, greatness aways May… but it’s a big if – The Sun



Britain needs time to prepare for Brexit, May tells EU leaders

“Theresa May has asked European leaders for time to prepare for the negotiations to take Britain out of the EU but restated her commitment that “Brexit means Brexit”. In a series of congratulatory phone calls after taking over as Prime Minister, Mrs May spoke to German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Francois Hollande and Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Britain won’t be rushed, Germany told – The Sun
  • Merkel first leader to congratulate new Prime Minister – Daily Mail
  • Brexit minister says Article 50 should be triggered before the year is out – Daily Telegraph
  • Grayling claims May promised him the EU vote would be honoured – The Guardian
  • Putin willing to have ‘constructive dialogue’ with May’s Britain – Daily Telegraph
  • Anger at JPMorgan’s ‘unhelpful’ Brexit warnings – FT
  • Juncker admits economic impact of Brexit is ‘short term’ – Daily Express


  • What’s the best Brexit May can get? – Patrick Wintour, The Guardian

New regime:

  • Prime Minister promises to govern for hard-working Brits – The Sun
  • What she said, and what it means – FT
  • May’s speech, unspun – The Times (£)
  • The in-tray: Brexit, the economy, and social reform – FT
  • The CV that got May into Parliament – The Sun
  • Meet the close-knit team of advisers who will guide the Prime Minister – Virginia Blackburn, Daily Telegraph


  • The day May arrived in Downing Street… but left photographers fuming – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph

>Today: David Simmonds in Local Government: May will make a great Prime Minister for local as well as national government


Allister Heath: What May must do to deliver Brexit

MAY Theresa menacing“We now have a better understanding of May’s social agenda. She must outline, quickly, what she means by Brexit… She cannot give away her negotiating tactics but the electorate deserves clarity and business craves it. We will need to know, by the end of her first 100 days, when she intends to invoke Article 50, or when and how she intends to repeal our membership of the EU.” – Daily Telegraph

  • She tackled the police, but May’s new foes are fiercer still – Simon Jenkins, The Guardian
  • We must now be told what ‘Brexit means Brexit’ means – Chris Giles, FT
  • Bold moves show the lady’s not for flinching – Janet Daley, Daily Telegraph
  • Masterstroke to choose a cabinet who can deliver the promises of Brexit – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun
  • Is she Britain’s most feminist Prime Minister ever? – Radhika Sanghani, Daily Telegraph


Cameron pays tribute to Samantha as he leaves Number Ten

“David Cameron paid tribute to wife Samantha calling her ‘the love of my life’ as he thanked his family for their support during his premiership on his departure from Downing Street. The former Prime Minister was supported by his spouse of 20 years and their children Nancy, 12, Elwyn, nine, and five-year-old Florence – who has lived in Number 10 her whole life – as he stood down as the leader of the country.” – Daily Mail

  • Sorrow and relief as six years in Downing Street end – Daily Telegraph
  • Children make a rare step into the spotlight – The Times (£)
  • A group hug on the doorstep, and they were gone – Robert Hardman, Daily Mail
  • Labour sour the moment of acclaim – The Times (£)
  • Cameron’s final bow – FT
  • Four new Welsh MPs evicted so the former Prime Minister can take their office – Daily Mail
  • Weatherspoons boss savages former Prime Minister and Chancellor – Daily Mail


  • What changed in Britain under Cameron – Daily Mail
  • Witney MP says he’s left Britain stronger than he found it – The Times (£)


  • Legacy will be forever overcast by Brexit shadow – Matt Chorley, The Times (£)
  • A record much deeper than leaving the EU – Vernon Bogdanor, FT
  • Cameron has ground the Opposition to dust – Tim Montgomerie, The Times (£)


  • How the former Prime Minister saved the Tories from fusty white male irrelevance – Ian Birrell, Daily Telegraph
  • Chummy, back-slapping farewell was Parliament at its worst – James Kirkup, Daily Telegraph


  • Cameron handles his last PMQs in confident style – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
  • Back to the future for the farewell he wanted – Patrick Kidd, The Times (£)
  • Final PMQs showed the Tories what they’ll miss – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph


Unite’s plot to fix the Labour leadership contest

Labour holes“Militant union chiefs could ‘gerrymander’ Labour’s leadership contest by allowing thousands of activists to sign up to vote for just £2, it emerged yesterday. The Unite union, whose boss Len McCluskey is a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn, yesterday began a recruitment drive that could allow hard-Left activists to bypass rules to prevent ‘entryism’ in Labour’s leadership contest.” – Daily Mail

  • Party donor goes to court over NEC ruling that put Corbyn on ballot – The Times (£)
  • Opposition face split over censure motion against Blair – The Guardian

The Red Terror:


  • Owen Smith joins the Labour leadership race with pledge to be ‘credible’ – The Times (£)
  • Profile: former BBC journalist and political adviser running for leader – Daily Telegraph
  • New entrant vows to push for second EU referendum – Daily Telegraph
  • A member of the Welsh left’s aristocracy – The Times (£)

David Aaronovitch: It’s Owen, or Angela, or oblivion for Labour

“In all those millions of houses and flats that the inconvenient masses inhabit, the talk is not of how much they look forward to a Corbyn government – and it never will be. And yet the organisation is said to be awash with keeno joiners who are in it for Jeremy.” – The Times (£)

  • The party’s right are a shambles, but Corbyn has questions to answer too – Owen Jones, The Guardian
  • Now I know how our intimidated MPs feel – Jenni Russell, The Times (£)

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: Labour’s civil war: Eagle’s challenge. Smith’s challenge to her challenge. Corbyn’s victory and defeat at the NEC.

Trump overtakes Clinton in poll of swing states

America“Donald Trump has overtaken rival Hillary Clinton in the crucial US swing states of Florida and Pennsylvania and caught up in Ohio in the latest poll, as speculation mounts about his choice of vice-presidential running mate. The Republican candidate leads Mrs Clinton by three points in Florida and two points in Pennsylvania, according to a Quinnipiac survey which also found the candidates tied in Ohio, one of the most critical swing states in the general election.” – FT

News in Brief:

  • Hinkley Point subsidy bill quadruples – Daily Telegraph
  • Cars destroyed in Brussels amidst fear of terror attack – Daily Mail
  • Europe will forge ahead on military cooperation – The Times (£)
  • No comfort for Southern commuters as rail dispute persists – FT
  • Italy faces decades of austerity just to get back to 2007 – Daily Express
  • House prices to fall in post-Brexit tumble – Daily Telegraph
  • Wolf whistles and unwanted texts to be classed as hate crimes – Daily Mail

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