IEA urges May to scrap Living Wage

MANIFESTO money“George Osborne’s living wage will cost thousands of jobs and do little to alleviate poverty, a think tank warned last night. The former chancellor announced last year that the minimum wage would be raised to a National Living Wage of more than £9 an hour by 2020 – giving six million a pay rise. But the Institute of Economic Affairs, a Right-wing think tank, demanded that Theresa May scrap the increase – to help the poorest, those out of work and those on part-time contracts.” – Daily Mail

  • High artificial wage floor could cost thousands of jobs – The Sun
  • Prime Minister commits to ‘Northern Powerhouse’ with £24m cycling pledge – The Guardian
  • May considers UK’s longest road tunnel – FT

Osborne ally who helped push ‘punishment budget’ now at Brexit department

“James Chapman, a key adviser to George Osborne during the hard-fought campaign to keep Britain in the European Union, will swap sides to work for David Davis, the secretary of state for Brexit, it has emerged. The former Daily Mail political editor was Osborne’s director of communications throughout the fraught contest, helping to craft documents such as the mocked-up budget red book that enraged Brexiters by suggesting leaving the EU would force the Treasury to cut spending and ramp up taxes.” – The Guardian

  • Norway u-turns on British membership of EFTA – Daily Express
  • Financial sector targets Swiss-style deal for market access – FT
  • UK’s ‘friends’ try to persuade banks to ditch London for Frankfurt – Daily Express
  • Shopping spree confounds Brexit scaremongers – Daily Mail
  • Tomato tax threatens European trade war – The Times (£)
  • Italian referendum sets alarms ringing in Brussels – Daily Express
  • Charles Moore reported for fraud after ‘voting twice’ on Brexit – The Times (£)


  • New economic data gives grounds for cautious optimism – The Times (£)
  • Sulking over Brexit holds Britain back – Daily Mail

>Today: Jonathan Isaby in Comment: Introducing Brexit Central

Food control lobby demand u-turn

Sweets“Britain’s biggest supermarkets have attacked Theresa May over her failure to impose laws restricting sugar in food… The plan has been pilloried by health groups and Jamie Oliver, the chef and campaigner, who accuse the prime minister of betraying the nation’s children. “Everything about it stinks of, ‘We don’t care’,” he writes in The Times today. The most surprising criticism has come from leading retailers, who are urging Mrs May to force them to sell healthier food, warning that voluntary sugar limits will fail.” – The Times (£)

  • Retailers urge mandatory cuts to sugar levels – The Guardian
  • Packaging to be labelled with pictures of salt and sugar servings – Daily Telegraph
  • Ministers ‘risk lives’ by not banning trans-fats – Daily Mail
  • Oliver attacks ‘disappointing’ plan – The Sun
  • SNP urged to spend Scottish share of proceeds tackling obesity – Daily Telegraph



  • If the anti-sugar lobby is angry, Government has got something right – Daily Telegraph
  • Diluting proposals sends all the wrong signals – FT


Philip Collins: Good political fiction is good for democracy

The Knives is the best political novel since. It is the first time in an age that a work of political fiction contains Conservatives who act from a range of motives rather than a singular wickedness. Decisions made for good reasons beget unintended consequences that beget panic responses… The health of our democracy needs more books like this because political writing might just be the most powerful form in the arts.” – The Times (£)

Prosecutors drop charges against man accused of posting death threat to MP

Craig Mackinlay MP“Prosecutors have dropped the case against a man who posted an apparent death threat on a Tory MP’s Facebook page just days after Jo Cox was murdered. Mark Verier was accused of posting the words ‘Another MP that needs,’ followed by gun and knife emojis on South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay’s Facebook page. The threat was posted less than a week after Labour MP Jo Cox, 41, was stabbed multiple times and then shot just before a constituency surgery on June 16.” – Daily Mail

Former Chairmen:

  • Exoneration draws curtain on Feldman – FT
  • Shapps received £8,000 ‘golden goodbye’ when he resigned – The Sun

Ministers ‘put children at risk’ by failing to protect whistleblowers

“Children are being put at risk because ministers are still not doing enough to protect all whistleblowers if they raise concerns, a damning MPs’ report has found. It said Rotherham Council’s failure to listen to those who spoke out about the child abuse scandal there had contributed to the organised abuse many suffered.” – Daily Mail

Corbyn refuses to commit to defending NATO allies under threat

Jeremy Corbyn (Tory Poster)“Jeremy Corbyn last night refused to say whether he would defend a Nato ally if it were invaded by Russia. The Labour leader was asked multiple times at a leadership debate in Birmingham if he would uphold the Nato principle of “collective defence” where an attack against one member is considered an attack against all. But he refused to give concrete assurance that he would do so were he prime minister.” – Daily Telegraph

Leadership race:

  • Security expert slams Smith for ISIS comments – Daily Express
  • ‘Respect Party workers’ say former staff – The Guardian


  • Smith will never out-Corbyn the real one – Rafael Behr, The Guardian
  • Socialism is a great product, when will the Left give it the hard sell? – Rutger Bregman, The Guardian

>Today: Iain Dale’s column: Stupid Owen Smith

Hoey calls on Johnson to stop diplomats helping Mandelson

“British diplomats should be barred from helping Peter Mandelson pursue his business interests in Zimbabwe and other corrupt states, a senior MP said last night. Former minister Kate Hoey said she was appalled by revelations the British Embassy had helped arrange talks between the former Business Secretary and Zimbabwe’s controversial finance minister Patrick Chinamasa earlier this year.” – Daily Mail

  • Danczuk faces investigation for ‘attacking wife’ on holiday – The Sun
  • Questions for Labour as Wales falls behind in school outcomes – The Times (£)
  • MP branded ‘cheapskate’ after claiming 10p photocopy on expenses – The Sun

New in Brief:

  • Turkey confiscates assets of 187 businessmen linked to man it claims was behind coup – Daily Mail
  • Number of pupils taking languages hits record low – The Times (£)
  • Clinton Foundation to end foreign gifts… if Hillary is elected – FT
  • Met warned that ‘commuter cops’ undermine rapid response – Daily Telegraph
  • Sir Philip Green faces second MPs’ inquiry over Topshop pensions – The Sun
  • US told that keeping Gibraltar British is in its national security interest – Daily Express
  • Ministers under pressure to honour Olympians – Daily Mail