Gove ally apologises for plot to stop Leadsom

BOLES valley of death“Michael Gove has been accused of trying to rig the Conservative party leadership election, after his campaign chief begged MPs to vote tactically to stop the ‘seriously frightening’ risk of Andrea Leadsom becoming prime minister. Nick Boles, a Tory MP and ally of Gove, apologised for his comments through which he had infuriated parliamentary colleagues by emailing supporters of the frontrunner, Theresa May, to ask that they help exclude Leadsom from the shortlist of two candidates to voted on by members” – Guardian

  • Gove caught up in a dirty tricks row – Daily Mail
  • May urges backers not to vote tactically – Financial Times
  • Questions have been asked about Leadsom’s banking career and CV – Guy Adams, Daily Mail
  • Leadsom’s link to Panama Papers could scupper her bid – Sun
  • Trashing Leadsom could make her look like the plucky underdog – Cathy Newman, Daily Telegraph
  • Tories need to pick Leadsom as leader – Ann Widdecombe, Daily Express
  • Why it’s a badge of honour to be called a bloody difficult woman – Jan Moir, Daily Mail
  • Did May fall asleep during Chilcot statement? – Daily Mail

Davidson to back May

“Ruth Davidson will publicly back Theresa May for the Tory leadership after the contest is whittled down to the final two today, the Telegraph understands. Senior sources close to the Scottish Conservative leader confirmed she will back the Home Secretary, regardless of whether Mrs May faces off against Michael Gove or Andrea Leadsom after MPs conduct their second round of voting” – Daily Telegraph



Blair crushed by Chilcot Report

Snip20160707_2“Britain fought an unnecessary, disastrous and potentially illegal war in Iraq because of Tony Blair’s misguided and personal commitment to George W Bush, the Chilcot report concluded yesterday. After seven years and at a cost of more than £10 million, the Iraq inquiry delivered a withering verdict on the former prime minister’s conduct before the 2003 invasion and the failure to plan for its aftermath” – The Times (£)

  • Five things we learned from Chilcot we didn’t know before – Independent
  • Blair’s statement: what he said and what he meant – Guardian

Soldiers’ families call for Blair to face legal action

“The families of British soldiers killed in Iraq have called for Tony to face legal action over the war as they branded him ‘the world’s worst terrorist’. Grieving relatives, who had feared the report on the war would be a whitewash, yesterday hailed Sir John Chilcot’s scathing criticism of the former prime minister as a complete vindication. But they expressed their anger towards Mr Blair, saying he will ‘never be forgiven’” – Daily Mail

  • Blair condemned 179 British squaddies and thousands of Iraqis to death – Trevor Kavanagh, Sun
  • How our ruling class betrayed us – Max Hastings, Daily Mail
  • I really do question Tony Blair’s sanity – Stephen Glover, Daily Mail
  • How MI6 fell under the spell of Number Ten while MI5 did its job – Peter Oborne, Daily Mail
  • An inquiry that, for once, wasn’t a whitewash – Daily Mail Comment
  • Chilcot exposes Blair’s sin of certitude – Philip Stephens, Financial Times
  • It’s easy for Chilcot to be wise after the event – David Aaronovitch, The Times (£)
  • Iraq will always be the ruin of Blair’s reputation, and unfairly so – John Rentoul, Independent
  • Corbyn apologises to families for Labour’s “disastrous decision” – The Times (£)
  • Corbyn rally told the party can never be led by a supporter of the Iraq War – Guardian
  • Defeated Labour rebels admit “it’s finished” – Daily Telegraph



Hunt imposes new contract on NHS doctors

“Jeremy Hunt will from October impose a new contract on England’s 50,000 junior doctors, risking fresh tensions with the profession that rejected it in a ballot of British Medical Association members. The health secretary told MPs on Wednesday that he was acting to avoid uncertainty as the NHS dealt with the consequences of the UK’s decision to leave the EU” – Financial Times

MPs reject Morgan’s nominee for head of Ofsted

MORGAN Nicky officiall version“The government’s nominee for head of the schools watchdog, Ofsted, has been opposed by a committee of MPs who said she lacked passion and leadership ability. The decision by the Conservative-dominated education select committee that it will not back Amanda Spielman for the post of Her Majesty’s chief inspector of schools is believed to be only the second time a parliamentary committee has sought to block a government nominee for public office. The result is an embarrassment for the education secretary, Nicky Morgan” – Guardian

Jenkins: Brexit will do us good

“All governments, democratic as well as authoritarian, tend in time towards the Augean stables. They need regular cleaning out. But the cleaning is rarely at moments of their choosing, and the effort can be Herculean. Britain suffered in the fuel crisis of 1973, in the austerity of 1979-81, and in the miners’ strike of 1984-85. All were painful, as now will be Brexit. But all were salutary” – Simon Jenkins, Guardian

  • Tax cuts will make Brexit work for Britain – Tim Montgomerie, The Times (£)
  • I am young, I voted Leave and I have no regrets – Mehreen Khan, Financial Times
  • Trade Minister says Brexit could herald a “second Elizabethan Golden Age” – Daily Mail
  • Boost for Brexit as socialist president of European Parliament faces Merkel bid to force him out – Daily Mail

Think tank warns of tax reliance on London

Banks Face 6 Billion Of Libor Litigation“Britain’s public finances are increasingly dependent on London because it generates nearly 30 per cent of the UK’s main taxes, according to a think-tank that said its findings had serious implications for post-Brexit Britain. The Centre for Cities said the ‘fiscal map’ of Britain had become more polarised and that ‘the growing reliance on fewer places — and London in particular — to generate more revenues is a risky situation for the Exchequer to be in’” – Financial Times

  • Three more UK property funds halt investor redemptions – Financial Times
  • France overtakes Britain as world’s fifth largest economy – Independent


Labour votes for EU migrants’ right to remain

“A Labour motion in support of EU migrants in the UK, which won the backing of Boris Johnson, has passed comfortably in the Commons. The shadow home secretary, Andy Burnham, called on Conservatives to vote with Labour on the motion, which asked the government to ‘commit today that EU nationals currently living in the UK shall have the right to remain’. The motion passed by 245 votes to two after the government abstained” – Guardian

  • Johnson criticises May for refusing to guarantee the future of EU citizens in Britain – Daily Telegraph


News in brief

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