Johnson backs Change Britain – i.e: Continuity Vote Leave – which “will campaign for Hard Brexit”. Gisela Stuart will chair it

BORIS union flag“Boris Johnson has thrown his weight behind a new group putting pressure on Theresa May to deliver a ‘hard Brexit’. In the latest sign of tensions between the Brexiteer Ministers and No 10, the Foreign Secretary will help the group, Change Britain, to demand measures such as pulling the UK out of the single market. Change Britain, which launches today, is backed by an array of high-profile Brexiteers including former Tory leadership contender Michael Gove, Margaret Thatcher’s Chancellor Nigel Lawson and David Cameron’s former adviser Steve Hilton.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Stuart, Raab, Owen, Cruddas: the gang’s all here. (Plus Nick Boles.) – Sunday Times (£)
  • Change Britain website link
  • New group “abandons £350 million NHS pledge” – Observer
  • “Millions voted in the referendum for change and it is up to us in power to begin to make that happen” – Gisela Stuart, Sun on Sunday
  • Whittingdale wants Article 50 moved “within weeks” – Sunday Telegraph
  • “Only 18 per cent of Party members now back a Norway-type “softer” form of Brexit. Paul Goodman, who published the findings on the Conservative Home website, said: “The more party members think about it, the more they seem to want a hard Brexit.” – Sunday Express
  • May calls Polish PM to express ‘regret’ over Arek Jozwik murder and recent spate of hate crimes – Sun on Sunday
  • The sinister rise of Visigrad nationalism – Andrew Marr, Sunday Times (£)
  • Leavers and Remainers battle it out at Last Night of the Proms – Mail on Sunday
  • Foreign Secretary welcomes US-Russia peace deal… – Sunday Express
  • …and says that only China can stop North Korea carrying out nuclear tests – Independent on Sunday

In defence of Fox 1) The Sunday Times.  He’s right about exports.

“If we can step away from the confected outrage, however, perhaps we should cut Dr Fox a little slack..In 2012, convinced Britain needed to export its way to success, George Osborne set an ambitious target of achieving a doubling of exports to £1,000bn by 2020. To say progress has been slow would be flattering it. Total exports last year were £509bn, marginally up on the £499bn total for 2010. They fell in both 2014 and 2015. Exports of goods were 6% lower last year than in 2012. We can hope for a post-Brexit revival on the back of the pound’s renewed fall — and there is some tentative evidence of it — but recent history suggests we should not hope too hard.” – Sunday Times Editorial (£)

In defence of Fox 2) The Sunday Telegraph.  He’s right about the Foreign Office.

FOX Liam new“Dr Fox was right to say that the Foreign Office has been insufficiently interested in commerce. Pledges were made under the Coalition to use UK embassies to boost British businesses, but – as reports of civil service grumbling about Brexit indicate – dynamism has been lacking. This is not entirely Whitehall’s fault. When the UK joined the Common Market in 1973, it surrendered authority to negotiate trade deals to Brussels. With it went the culture and experience of using government machinery to promote trade. Happily, Australia, Canada and New Zealand have offered to lend Britain their own well-versed negotiators.” – Sunday Telegraph Editorial

  • CBI, Remain campaigners and Cable attack Fox over “golf before exports” row – Sunday Times (£)
  • Stay in the single market – Christopher Booker, Sunday Telegraph (Single transferable column)

May education-and-meritocracy speech aftermath: Non-selective councils mull new grammar schools

“Five councils – some of which have until now been fully comprehensive – have revealed they are considering creating thousands of grammar school places…Thurrock in Essex, Windsor and Maidenhead, Central Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire are also preparing to open new grammar schools. In Sutton, south London, a grammar is seeking to open a satellite several miles away in Croydon.” – Sunday Times (£)

  • Gibb: the proposals will be bad for private schools – Observer
  • Private schools: the proposals will be good for us – Observer
  • Claim that “20 to 30 Conservative MPs could vote against May’s plan” – Observer
  • Inner-city girls show the way for May’s grammars – Sunday Times (£)
  • Pro-selection campaigners want one in four schools to be grammars – Sunday Express
  • Former Eton head attacks May – Mail on Sunday
  • Hoey backs May – Mail on Sunday
  • Sutton Trust: “Often these debates are plagued by simplistic arguments that polarise the debate,” he said. “Like all educational arguments, there are nuances to it.” – The Observer
  • Karl McCartney says that boys are disadvantaged by ‘over-feminised’ school system – Independent on Sunday

Adam Boulton: May’s great electoral gamble

BOULTON Adam“She is gambling that the past is forgotten and that the idea of greater meritocracy in education will have broad appeal across classes. This vicar’s daughter makes no apology for being middle class. She does not indulge in Blair’s glottal stops or the forced matiness of Brown and Cameron to try to connect with voters. Instead she is promising to put “ordinary working-class people first”.”  – Sunday Times (£)

  • She is setting herself up for a ferocious battle – Andrew Rawnsley, Observer
  • “I think some form of selection is desirable and necessary…But I am not convinced that a single test at 11 is the best way of dividing the bright from the less bright, or that it obviates class distinction. Right now it clearly doesn’t – it exacerbates it” – Rod Liddle, Sunday Times (£)
  • Give her plans a fair hearing – Sunday Times Editorial (£)
  • “The greatest single political surprise since Bank of England independence” – Mail on Sunday Editorial
  • Will May now remodel the state? – Janet Daley, Sunday Telegraph

New Conservative group launched to wrest more ethnic minority voters from Labour

“Senior Tories believe that Jeremy Corbyn’s hard-left leadership has presented them with a prime opportunity to persuade members of minority communities to switch sides at the next general election. The strategy could pay huge dividends, with people from BME — black and minority ethnic — communities accounting for more than one in five voters in the Tories’ top 20 target seats. The Modern Britain group, which will be launched by Sajid Javid, the communities secretary, in parliament this week will develop ideas that could form the basis of a BME manifesto.” – Sunday Times (£)

“Gone are the celebrities”: May to purge them from Downing Street receptions

MAY Theresa First speech“Celebrities are to be banished from Downing Street as Theresa May replaces cool Britannia-style receptions with parties with a purpose. Firms that want to toast their success with a soiree at No 10 will have to show that bosses have read the new prime minister’s speeches and acted on her call for business to do more for the community.  In one of the first examples, leading designers have been told to bring apprentices along during London fashion week and “they will be the ones photographed on the front steps of No 10 with the PM”.” – Sunday Times (£)

Infrastructure 1) Shapps says there should be no free vote on Heathrow

“A free vote on whether to expand Heathrow Airport – proposed in a leaked Government paper – would be an “absolute dereliction of duty”, a senior Tory MP has told Theresa May. Former party chairman Grant Shapps hit out at the suggestion that Cabinet ministers and other Conservative MPs would be able break ranks on such “an enormous decision for Britain’s future”. “It would be leaving the future of our infrastructure pretty much to chance. Who knows which way that vote would go?” Mr Shapps said.” – Independent on Sunday

Infrastructure 2) HS2’s Chief Executive quits: will May pull the plug on the scheme?

high-speed rail“Informed sources said there was mounting speculation Theresa May could intervene and significantly alter the scheme. “The new government is understood to want a new direction,” said one source. An announcement detailing the exact route of the second phase of the project has been delayed by the government for almost two years, according to another insider. It is now due this autumn…“Everybody has had a great deal of nervousness around why the Department for Transport [DfT] has not made an announcement on phase two. We haven’t even got a design for phase two yet. ” – Sunday Times (£)

Walker: If the number of MPs is to be cut, the number of peers should be cut too

“The ultimatum from rebel Tories came ahead of the release this week of detailed proposals to axe 50 constituencies at the next General Election.  The move – part of a Tory manifesto pledge to ‘cut the cost of politics’ – will trigger bitter turf wars among MPs over whose seats will go. Senior Tory MP Charles Walker branded the plans ‘ridiculous’ if they were not matched by similar measures to cut the size of the ‘bloated’ and unelected House of Lords, which has 805 members.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Shrinking the Lords is now the only way of rescuing it from cronyism – Sunday Telegraph

Former Shadow Ministers expect Corbyn to win, and angle for a return under him

Woolfie Corbyn“Mr Corbyn was rocked by dozens of resignations from his shadow government in the aftermath of the EU referendum, in a rebellion that triggered a leadership contest. However, with polls suggesting that Mr Corbyn is on course to win next week’s leadership election easily, a number of former shadow ministers are preparing the ground to return to work with him. They will demand a list of assurances from Mr Corbyn as a sign of his goodwill before pledging their support.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • Corbyn slammed over terms of 9/11 condemnation – Sunday Times (£)
  • Corbyn purges top Jewish donor – Mail on Sunday
  • Corbyn criticised for turning down a visit to Israel’s Holocaust Museum – Sunday Telegraph
  • War on Want chief quits amid claims of anti-semitism – Sunday Times (£)
  • Chakrabarti blasted over Lords seat by Home Affairs Select Committee – Sun on Sunday
  • Corbyn supporters tend to be depressed vegetarians – Independent on Sunday
  • Police examining Vaz allegations – Sunday Times (£)
  • Bercow accused of Vaz cover-up by Bridgen – Sunday Express
  • The Left’s surrender to Corbyn – Mail on Sunday
  • Study: “three times as many voters now regard themselves as on the centre ground or to the right of British politics as those who see themselves as on the left” – Observer
  • Since Corbyn took over, this sketchwriter no longer has to make up jokes – Michael Deacon, Sunday Telegraph

Dominic Lawson: Remember the victims of false child abuse allegations

“A disproportionate number of these are people vocationally drawn to the care of children, whether as teachers or social workers: it is not only that their personal lives have been wrecked, but so have their careers and everything they worked for. In many cases they have been financially cleaned out by legal bills, with no prospect of recompense, let alone an apology. Let this one speak for the many: “Everything I believed throughout my life has been smashed. Truth, honesty, morals — all the things I was brought up to believe in have been smashed. There has never been any acknowledgment that I was the victim in all of this.” – Sunday Times (£)

  • Lucy Allan urges May to act over Telford child abuse claims – Mail on Sunday

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