May tells Fox and Johnson to end foreign policy power struggle

EU Brexit“Theresa May is “distinctly unimpressed” by the turf war that has erupted between Liam Fox and Boris Johnson over control of the Foreign Office, according to No 10 sources, in what constitutes the first major row in her government. Tensions within the administration were revealed by a leaked letter in which Dr Fox, the international trade secretary, launched a power offensive on Mr Johnson’s department.” – The Times (£)

  • Prime Minister tells feuding pair to ‘stop playing games’ – Daily Telegraph
  • May says Government is working ‘full steam ahead’ to quit the EU – The Sun
  • Fox tried to wrestle duties from Johnson – The Guardian
  • Tory leader vows to lead Britain out quickly – Daily Express
  • MPs suspect Number Ten as foreign trade department u-turns – Daily Mail

More EU:

  • UK space sector fears leaving will hinder contract bids – FT
  • Staycations rise as Brexit hits the pound – The Times (£)
  • Brussels to tighten grip on web services – FT
  • Brexit threatens English-language schools – FT

Osborne oversaw 90 per cent rise in inheritance tax levy

“British families’ inheritance tax bill has risen by more than 90 per cent since 2010 and become a “general tax on middle England”, experts have warned. The amount that the Government raises from inheritance tax has risen from £2.47billion to £4.72billion under the Conservatives, according to a new analysis by private client law firm Wilsons.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Lifetime ISA launch in doubt – FT

Tom Tugendhat: Only the Conservatives can fix capitalism

Banks Face 6 Billion Of Libor Litigation“In the UK, executive pay has soared to 147 times that of workers. The collapse of BHS, the British department store, has highlighted the dangers of underfunded pensions. In the past decade, then, the case for capitalism has been undermined most effectively by its most enthusiastic acolytes. With a refreshed Conservative government in the UK, it is time for that to change — not because bankers matter but because banking and finance do.” – FT

Planning gridlock exacerbating housing crisis

“Gridlock in Britain’s planning system is damaging attempts to tackle the housing crisis, an investigation by The Times has found. Homeowners and developers are experiencing “severe” delays in decision making as the government struggles to meet its pledge to “get Britain building”. Almost a quarter of a million applications have not been processed on time since 2010, with planning departments reducing staff numbers, freedom of information requests show.” – The Times (£)

>Today: Local Government: The war in Scotland and Wales on home ownership

Smith accuses Tories of privatising the NHS

NHS_Logo“Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith will accuse the Tories of a “secret” plot to privatise the NHS later. In a speech in Salford, he will highlight public spending on private healthcare providers saying cash should be spent on doctors and nurses not “lining the pockets of private shareholders”.” – The Sun

  • Challenger claims his Government would boost health spending by 4 per cent – The Guardian


  • Public will have to pay to save service at breaking point – Norman Lamb, Daily Mail

>Yesterday: Mike Freer MP in Comment: Evaluating this anti-HIV drug should be based on clinical effectiveness – not prejudice over life choices

Three of Corbyn’s team are cut-price party members

“Three members of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet have been paying a cut-price party membership fee rather than the rate for MPs, which is four times higher. Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, Rachael Maskell, the shadow environment secretary, and Cat Smith, the shadow youth affairs and voter engagement minister, were paying the “unwaged” subscription rate, evidence seen by The Times shows.” – The Times (£)

  • Corbyn wades into row with Watson over ‘conspiracy theories’ – The Times (£)
  • Deputy claims proof of hard-left infiltration plans – The Guardian
  • Former minister attacks ‘Moonie-like sect’ – The Sun
  • McDonnell attended celebration of Trotsky – Daily Telegraph
  • War of words over leadership vote stepped up – FT
  • Members behind legal challenge lack cash for Supreme Court – The Sun

More Labour:

  • Businesses call on Khan to rethink onerous Uber rules – FT
  • Labour peers renew calls for shrunken Lords and end to robes – The Times (£)


  • Moderates must think before they split – FT

Charles Moore: Watson the plotter is the real disgrace to Labour

Tom Watson“The majority opinion is that it is a disgrace that Jeremy Corbyn is the leader of the Labour Party. Actually, the real disgrace is that Tom Watson is its deputy leader. It is a question of character, not of political views. Mr Watson is an inveterate plotter (see, for example, his almost successful political assassination plot against Tony Blair in 2006, to assist Gordon Brown). He is also the purveyor of utterly unsubstantiated malicious rumour.” – Daily Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: A line for May’s Party Conference speech: “You know what some people call Labour: the Nasty Party”

News in Brief:

  • Law firm that hounded British troops closes – Daily Mail
  • Team GB’s greatest Olympic day – Daily Telegraph
  • Brightest boys extend A-Level lead over girls… – The Times (£)
  • …but men applying to university falls to lowest proportion ever – Daily Mail
  • Trump loses his shine in Pennsylvania – FT
  • MPs taught Mossad self-defence skills after Cox murder – The Sun
  • Cologne on shutdown after shooting and knife attack – Daily Express