Theresa May will become Prime Minister today

Theresa May 11-07-16 “When Theresa May steps behind the door to No 10 as prime minister for the first time this afternoon, she will have little time for ceremony before tackling the first tasks of her new office. Fresh from an audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, Mrs May is expected to deliver a speech from Downing Street laying out her vision for the country and the aims of her new government. Once she heads inside, she will be met in the entrance hall at Downing Street by the gathered ranks of secretaries and staff greeting her with a round of applause.” – The Times (£)


  • Ten ‘burning issues’ May needs to address – James Slack Daily Mail
  • Cameron leaves her a ‘poisoned chalice’ – Daniel Finkelstein The Times (£)
  • Questions remain about May’s time at the Home Office – Peter Hill Daily Express
  • The new Prime Minister will need the ‘validation’ of a General Election win – Jane Moore The Sun
  • The risk of opposition from within the Conservative Party – Rafael Behr The Guardian 
  • How May deals with Labour will be portentous for her time in office – Matthew Norman The Independent 
  • A ‘shampoo ad pose’ and some confusion over cars – Quentin Letts Daily Mail




The end of the Cameron years

CAMERON straight at youSpeaking to The Telegraph, Mr Cameron says “it has been a privilege to serve the country I love” as he attempts to shift the focus of his legacy away from Brexit. He will address the Commons for the final time as Prime Minister where he will highlight his record as a reforming Conservative who introduced same-sex marriage and commitment to spending on foreign aid. He will then make a speech in Downing Street standing alongside his wife, Samantha, and their three children before leaving No 10 for the final time before heading to Buckingham Palace to formally resign. On Tuesday he chaired his final Cabinet meeting where Theresa May and George Osborne led tributes to an “astonishing” Prime Minister who has left the UK “in the “best place” for the future.”Daily Telegraph

  • Cameron’s last day as Prime Minister – The Independent
  • Yesterday, he set out his hopes for Trident and for life chances at his final cabinet meeting – The Guardian
  • Today, he will list his achievements, and ask May to continue his aims – Daily Mail
  • Cameron should look back with pride – Daily Mail
  • His pragmatic professionalism – The Times (£)
  • Cameron: an A to Z – The Sun
  • His highs and lows, in pictures – Daily Telegraph
  • Nigel Evans on Cameron’s ‘folly’ – Daily Express
  • Schoolchildren ask what he’ll do next – Daily Mail
  • Removal man reveals the Camerons’ list of boxes, tape, and bubble wrap – Daily Express


  • Cameron’s achievements, and his mistakes – Quentin Letts Daily Mail
  • Cameron leaves a divided Britain – Holly Baxter The Independent
  • Brexit will be the key to Cameron’s legacy – The Sun
  • He ‘cannot claim to have made the world a safer place’ – Con Coughlin Daily Telegraph
  • The increasingly difficult role of Prime Minister – Anthony Seldon The Times (£)



May’s reshuffle: the Mail campaigns to get Osborne out of the cabinet…

OSBORNE George official“Curiously, even a week ago Osborne had declined to offer his support to any of the candidates. Yet he was one of the first to pledge his support to the winner – once she had won. The question on everyone’s lips now in Westminster is quite how Mrs May will respond to the Chancellor’s olive branch. As she races to finalise her Cabinet line-up, she is under pressure from a powerful cabal of senior Tories to offer Osborne a political lifeline. The discredited Chancellor, who masterminded the catastrophic and shameful Project Fear campaign to bully and frighten the nation into voting to Remain, is being tipped (or at least is tipping himself) for a dramatic reinvention at the heart of power. … Among many MPs there is disbelief that the Chancellor is still in post – never mind angling for a big new job.” – Isabel Oakeshott Daily Mail

  • What will happen to Osborne? – The Sun

…while general speculation continues, not least with tips for more women at the top

What does all this mean for Brexit?

“Part of that yearning for a return to national sovereignty was the desire to take back control of our borders. By a decisive margin, the electorate decided that British immigration policy should be based on the democratic will of our own people, not the whim of an alien oligarchy bent on the creation of a German-led federal empire. As Brexit voters knew only too well, the EU’s addiction to free movement has meant not only the systematic erosion of our national identity but also a decline in living standards.” Leo McKinstry Daily Express

  • Hammond claims that Brexit could take six years –The Times (£)
  • EU pressure groups set to push for change – FT 
  • Tebbit claims Brexiteers will campaign against the new Prime Minister – Daily Express
  • MPs will debate the idea of a second referendum — but its result won’t affect the law – The Sun
  • James Brokenshire sets out different options for immigration controls – The Guardian
  • Davidson urges May to give assurance to EU nationals – The Independent


After five hours and four crates of sandwiches, Labour’s NEC lets Corbyn on to the leadership ballot, and changes the rules over membership voting

Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 08.26.42“Ballot papers were distributed, and Corbyn was allowed back in. He voted, standing up as he filled out his ballot paper, before leaving the room again. Lillis then read out the historic results: 18 votes in favour, 14 votes against. Jeremy Corbyn was automatically on the leadership election ballot. Union delegates cheered the announcement and banged their tables as it was read out. Leftwinger Pete Willsman couldn’t contain his excitement, one onlooker said. Corbyn was sent word of the news and he appeared at the doorway of the meeting room, walked in and was greeted with applause. He smiled that characteristically modest smile, before walking out again. Within seconds, a press release was drafted to avoid the news leaking out, Corbyn then headed down the lift and into the early summer evening to greet the waiting media with his triumph. Up on the 8th floor, there was one last twist. The NEC voted to freeze the membership eligibility for the contest to January 12, ruling out at a stroke more than 130,000 new members. A short window for ‘registered supporters’, who paid a fee of £25, would open between 18-20 July.” – Huffington Post

  • Labour set for a lengthy contest after ‘weeks of machinations’ – Financial Times
  • Tension grows in the Labour Party – The Times (£)
  • Corbyn’s automatic inclusion on the ballot prompts calls for a legal challenge – Daily Mail
  • Rumours grow that the whips might quit – Daily Express
  • Eagle calls for an end to Corbyn’s supporters’ violence, after her office is attacked – Daily Express
  • Corbyn claims he receives death threats – The Independent
  • Owen Smith considers leadership bid – Daily Express




News in brief

  • ISIS video shows that British hostage John Cantlie is still alive – Daily Express
  • Carney denies ‘collusion’ with Osborne over mortgage fears – Daily Mail
  • M&S plans a shareholder panel – Daily Telegraph
  • Sanders endorses Clinton – FT 
  • Obama asks Dallas to ‘reject despair’ – The Guardian
  • The Duchess of York appointed ‘visiting professor of Philanthrepreneurship’ – The Times (£)


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