MPs vote to renew Trident by a huge majority

trident‘MPs have backed renewing Trident by a huge majority as Theresa May insisted she would be willing to push the nuclear button in the last resort. The Commons voted by 472 to 117 for a like-for like replacement of the deterrent, with some 138 Labour MPs supporting the government motion despite pleas from Jeremy Corbyn. Making her first appearance at the despatch box as Prime MInister earlier, Mrs May warned that the threat to Britain from states such as North Korea and terrorist groups had increased rather than receded. She urged MPs not to ‘gamble’ by giving up the weapons.’ – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: The Trident explosion becomes just another scene in the Corbyn disaster movie

Hague: Dear Boris, here’s how to succeed as Foreign Secretary

‘Make the most of your unusual advantage of being both very well known and underestimated at the same time. You can ignore the ribaldry that has greeted your appointment in some quarters – wherever you travel, governments and people will want to hear the words of one of our most recognisable foreign secretaries in history. Travel a lot – the plane doesn’t break down every day, I assure you – and show all the inhabited continents the energy and internationalism of the United Kingdom. This job is about a lot more than Brexit.’ – William Hague, Daily Telegraph

  • May will tell her first Cabinet meeting today they are not to be defined by the EU issue – Daily Telegraph
  • The Foreign Office fights against the Brexit department for staff – The Times (£)
  • Boris, Fox and Davis to share a grace and favour mansion – The Times (£)
  • The Foreign Secretary embarks on a series of high-level meetings – The Sun (£)
  • Legal attempt to overturn Brexit comes to court – The Sun (£)

>Today: Adam Wildman on Comment: Article 50 can be a great bargaining chip, but only if we hold our nerve and delay

Davis quietly drops snooping opposition

CCTV‘David Davis, the Brexit secretary, withdrew his name from a European court challenge to emergency laws on the state’s powers to spy on phone and messaging data, which Theresa May rushed through parliament in 2014 as home secretary. The advocate-general of the European Court of Justice will give a preliminary ruling today on a case brought by Mr Davis with Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson against the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (Dripa). By taking a seat around Mrs May’s Cabinet table, Mr Davis will also be required to support her flagship surveillance proposal, the Investigatory Powers Bill or “snooper’s charter”, of which he has been an outspoken critic.’ – The Times (£)

Row over £24 billion ARM deal

‘The sell-off of Britain’s top technology firm last night sparked fears of more foreign takeovers. SoftBank of Japan has struck a £24billion deal to purchase ARM, which designs microchips used in Apple smartphones. A senior MP said the sale was as bad as a football club flogging its best players. Another said Britain had lost the ‘jewel in its tech crown’.’ – Daily Mail


>Today: ToryDiary: The first test of May’s new industrial strategy – and a task for Clark

Stevens: Foreign NHS staff deserve reassurance about their right to remain

NHS_Logo‘As the largest employer in Europe, the NHS needs to do a better job training and looking after our own staff. New apprenticeships can help many “left-behind” communities alienated from modern Britain. Even then we’re still going to need committed professionals from abroad. Australian-style immigration points systems all admit nurses, doctors and other skilled experts. It should be completely uncontroversial to provide early reassurance to international NHS employees about their continued welcome in this country.’ – Simon Stevens, Daily Telegraph

  • Fears that English tests for doctors still aren’t tough enough – Daily Mail
  • Thousands of nurses cheat in exams – The Times (£)
  • Report accuses Hunt of breaking funding promises – The Guardian

>Today: Andrew Laird on Comment: We must ensure that Brexit won’t distract from public service reform

Ganesh: Don’t underestimate Hammond

‘This shape-shifting survivor, a Tory Talleyrand, has reached the age of 60, discharged business as august as defence of the realm and foreign affairs and served two prime ministers without leaving clues as to what if any ideology motivates all this purring achievement. Britain’s medium-term future hinges on the question, moot until now, of who Mr Hammond is. Even if he is the “accountant” disparaged by mandarins, this means something: a minimalist Treasury that does not conceive and drive projects outside its nominal domain of financial management.’ – Janan Ganesh, FT

Justice minister quits in protest at Truss appointment

TRUSS Elizabeth Twitter‘Lord Faulks, QC, has resigned from the government in protest against the decision to appoint Ms Truss — a 40-year-old former accountant with no background in law — to the senior post. “I have nothing against Ms Truss personally,” he told The Times. “But is she going to have the clout to be able to stand up to the prime minister when necessary, on behalf of the judges? Is she going to be able to stand up, come the moment, to the prime minister, for the rule of law and for the judiciary…without fear of damaging her career? It is a big ask.” Ms Truss’s only experience of the justice system was serving on the Commons justice committee as an MP.’ – The Times (£)

IFS: Middle income families are the new poor

‘The report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies sets out the challenge faced by Theresa May if she is to boost the life chances of ordinary families, as she promised after becoming Prime Minister last week. It also reveals the crucial role now played by mothers in making the family finances add up. For middle-income children the fraction of household income coming from women’s earnings rose from less than a fifth in 1994-95 to more than a quarter in 2014-15. It doubled from 7 per cent to 15 per cent for the poorest fifth. The report pointed to the success of many of the policies of the Cameron Government, such as the triple lock guaranteeing annual increases in the state pension and the drive to reduce the number of children growing up in workless households. But it said that, in many key respects, ‘middle-income families with children now more closely resemble poor families than in the past’. Middle-income is defined as a household income of £25,700 for a couple with one child, £30,000 for two children and £34,300 for three children.’ – Daily Mail

Support for Corbyn is rising among the Labour membership

Jeremy Corbyn (Tory Poster)‘Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity among grassroots Labour members has grown in spite of a barrage of criticism from MPs over his leadership. The party leader would beat Angela Eagle and Owen Smith, his rivals, by a margin of more than 20 points, according to a YouGov poll of Labour members. The proportion who think that Mr Corbyn is doing well is now 55 per cent, up four points in a fortnight; 41 per cent think that he is doing badly, down seven points. His net positive score has gone up from three points to 14 despite 172 MPs indicating that they had no confidence in him.’ – The Times (£)

News in Brief

  • Russia faces Olympic ban over state-run doping scheme – The Times (£)
  • Mary Rose ship emblem discovered – Daily Telegraph
  • The Cameron children left a note to Mr and Mrs May – The Sun (£)
  • Fourteen Turkish navy ships are missing – The Times (£)
  • Chaos at the Republican convention – Daily Telegraph
  • Melania Trump appears to have plagiarised her speech from Michelle Obama – The Guardian

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