May faces ‘red box revolt’ over advisers’ authority

Chancellor Alistair Darling at No.11 Downing Street. London, Britain - 12 Mar 2008“Theresa May is facing a revolt by mandarins over the power wielded by her longstanding political enforcers, The Mail on Sunday understands. Senior civil servants have complained they feel ‘sidelined’ by the Prime Minister’s joint chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill – with Mrs May’s red boxes at the centre of the power struggle… a Government source has claimed officials are being rebuked if they put papers directly into her boxes, or send email files into an electronic ‘red box’ on her computer or phone – as they did with David Cameron – without first going through Mr Timothy and Ms Hill. A source told this newspaper: ‘Mrs May doesn’t want their advice. She only seems to want to hear what her advisers think.’” – Mail on Sunday

  • ‘Big guns’ frozen out of key decision-making meetings in ‘bid to show who’s boss’ – The Sun

More May:

  • Prime Minister leads call for worldwide airport security crackdown – Mail on Sunday

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Is May trying to engineer an early election?

Rudd rules out Orgreave inquiry

“The government has ruled out a “Hillsborough-style” public inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave, one of the worst clashes of the miners’ strike. Amber Rudd, the home secretary, has decided claims that South Yorkshire police orchestrated violence between officers and miners at the coking plant in 1984 and falsified evidence against pickets should not be the subject of a “full-blown” judge-led inquiry.” – Sunday Times (£)

  • Johnson ‘steals May’s limelight’ as he hosts campaign to bring ISIS fighters to justice – Mail on Sunday
  • Patel signs performance agreement to hold aid spending to account – Sunday Times (£)
  • Ministers push ahead with fresh vote on scrapping the hunting ban – Sunday Telegraph

>Today: Mark Field MP in Comment: Yes, we need more grammars – but also more technical and vocational schools

Adam Boulton: ‘Spiteful novices’ are running riot in Number 10

TIMOTHY Nick Barrie“May’s personal adviserate – in the old days it might have been called a kitchen cabinet – threatens to become the most influential and least accountable yet… Timothy was a columnist for the ConservativeHome website, where he expressed his opinions on grammars, Chinese investment in Hinkley and “getting to the bottom of what happened at Orgreave”. They still evince the two-faced spite of student politics. The zeal with which May is setting about unpicking the legacy of Cameron looks like payback for Cameron and George Osborne blighting the career aspirations of Timothy, Hill and the political secretary, Stephen Parkinson, to name but three.” – Sunday Times (£)

>Today: ToryDiary: May needs fixers

Four Eastern European nations threaten to veto Brexit deal

“An influential group of Eastern European countries will veto any Brexit deal that diminishes the rights of their citizens who live and work in Britain. The Visegrad Four (V4) – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – want a guarantee that their nationals ‘are equal’ before agreeing to any Brexit deal. Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia, said: ‘Unless we feel a guarantee that these people are equal, we will veto any agreement between the EU and Britain.'” – Mail on Sunday

  • Nations demand their citizens retain ‘right’ to live and work in Britain – Sunday Express
  • May faces rebellion as MPs launch new ‘hard Brexit’ campaign – Sunday Telegraph
  • MPs want ‘flesh on the bones’ of Prime Minister’s exit plan – Sun on Sunday
  • Downing Street cools talk of a New Year Brexit – Mail on Sunday
  • Senior officers would resign if asked to serve in EU army – Sunday Express



  • If you think Brexit will bring us control of our borders, you are sadly deluded – Christopher Booker, Sunday Telegraph
  • Wales must take the lead as the UK redefines itself before Brexit – Steffan Lewis, Sunday Times (£)
  • Now is not the time to ‘move on’ from Brexit, but to fight on – William Keegan, Observer
  • The EU still doesn’t understand that it is a totalitarian institution – Janet Daley, Sunday Telegraph

Ian Birrell: The demeaning of Cameron’s legacy has already gone too far

Lib Con 2“There is no doubt Brexit was a disaster that will tarnish his place in history. And the sorry style of his departure, spraying honours around pals and breaking promises to stay in Westminster, has done him no favours. Yet as his successor seeks to airbrush away his successes in office, cheered by backbenchers who once crawled to Cameron for favours and commentators hastily changing their tunes, the demeaning of his legacy has already gone too far.” – Mail on Sunday

  • He fought Brexit and lost, but fought for a fairer Britain and won – Camilla Cavendish, Sunday Times (£)
  • May must make her peace with the Tory liberals – Juliet Samuel, Sunday Telegraph


Couple hounding British veterans ‘around the globe’

“Soldiers are terrified of being arrested more than a decade on from the occupation of Iraq, and are dismayed and disgusted by the length of time the  investigations are taking. But for one husband and wife team, the British occupation of southern Iraq has proved a cash bonanza. Martin Jerrold and his wife, Helen, have paid themselves dividends worth hundreds of thousands of pounds after winning the contract to provide civilian investigators for the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (Ihat).” – Sunday Telegraph

  • Betrayal of our servicemen and women is ruining lives – Johnny Mercer MP, Sunday Telegraph

Corbyn holds secret council to plot ‘purge’ of rivals

Jeremy Corbyn (Tory Poster)“Jeremy Corbyn held a secret summit at a Downton Abbey-style mansion to plot a savage new purge of all his top Labour enemies after this week’s leadership contest, it was revealed last night. Corbyn and his inner circle met at Esher Place, a Grade II-listed country house in Surrey owned by the Unite union, where they reportedly plotted the downfall of his deputy Tom Watson and Labour General Secretary Iain McNicol for opposing the Labour leader. The secret meeting is revealed six days before Corbyn is expected to see off a bid to oust him as Labour leader by Owen Smith.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Communist trades union chief amongst plotters – Sunday Times (£)
  • Leader plans elected Shadow Cabinet – Sunday Times (£)
  • Lies and spreadsheets: how the hard left is capturing Labour – Sunday Times (£)
  • Corbyn leads Smith in Scots constituency parties – Scotland on Sunday
  • ‘People say I should be tougher, but it’s not my style’ – Interview with Jeremy Corbyn, Observer

More Labour:


  • Don’t be fooled by his kindly face, he’s turned Labour into a party of hatred – John Woodcock MP, Mail on Sunday
  • Labour will never win until it understands that Britain is a conservative country – Simon Heffer, Sunday Telegraph


  • May is being let off the hook by Labour’s failure to provide a proper Opposition – Sun on Sunday

James puts on a show of unity with Carswell

“New Ukip leader Diane James put on a show of unity with the party’s only MP Douglas Carswell today just hours after Nigel Farage accused him of trying to destroy the party. Mr Carswell, the former Tory MP who won a by-election and was then re-elected under the Ukip flag, has been at the centre of bitter divides within Ukip. Mr Farage re-opened tensions today, using his LBC show to accuse the Clacton MP of ‘sniping from the sidelines’ and questioning his commitment to the new leader.” – Mail on Sunday


  • My UKIP will enforce the wishes of the British people – Diane James, Sunday Times (£)

Liberal Democrat calls for school career officers to be allowed to recommend prostitution

Lib Dem Logo“A Liberal Democrat councillor has told a party conference that schools could suggest prostitution as a career to pupils. Dennis Parsons, who is chairman of the Cheltenham Liberal Democrats, made the comment during a special session on sex work. The retired civil servant said school career officers are currently not allowed to mention prostitution as a potential line of work, but added: ‘Why shouldn’t they?'” – Mail on Sunday

  • Clegg says Brexit ‘chaos’ can help Lib Dems ‘back to power’ – Observer
  • Farron cheers up the party faithful – Mail on Sunday

News in Brief:

  • Bomb rips through Manhattan, 29 hurt – Mail on Sunday
  • Scandal as war heroes’ charity millions vanish – Sunday Times (£)
  • UN Security Council meets after US-led coalition accidentally kills dozens of Syrian troops – Sunday Telegraph
  • Opponents call for boycott of Hungary’s migrant referenum – Sunday Express
  • Salmond urges Sturgeon ‘not to wait for polls’ on second referendum – Scotland on Sunday
  • Executive accuses critics of ‘throwing dirt’ over Stormont appointment – Sunday Life
  • NHS to pay £17m in compensation to people who have had poor nursing care – Mail on Sunday
  • Junior doctors ‘melt away’ from five-day strikes – Sunday Times (£)