G20 1) May’s first prime ministerial appearance on ’international stage’ takes place in China today

May Cabinet‘The new PM will join the globe’s club of most powerful men and women at the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China. Using her first appearance on the major international stage, she will tell the elite group that the UK is still “strong and dependable partner”. A British official said: “Our core values are not changing just because we’re leaving the European Union”.’ Sun on Sunday (£) 

>Today: ToryDiary: May arrives in China as the first post-Iraq war Conservative leader

G20 2) She says Britain will lead world’s free trade

‘Theresa May has said the UK will be a global leader in free trade after the vote to leave the European Union, as she headed to Hangzhou in eastern China for the G20 summit on Saturday. May also declared it a “golden era” for UK-China relations despite the impending row with Beijing over the delayed decision on the Hinkley Point C power station. She suggested she wants to use her first major global summit to prove the UK remains dependable in the wake of the June referendum result. Speaking at Heathrow before boarding an RAF plane, May said: “The message for the G20 is that Britain is open for business. As a bold, confident, outward-looking country we will be playing a key role on the world stage.”’ – Observer 


G20 3) She will hold ‘one-on-one trade talks’ with Obama, Putin, Modi, Xi, and Turnbull

Australia flag‘Theresa May hopes to tee up Britain’s first post-Brexit trade deal as she holds preliminary talks with world leaders today. The prime minister will hold one-to-one talks with Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and the Indian premier, Narendra Modi, as well as the host, President Xi Jinping, at the two-day G20 summit in Hangzhou, China. “I want the United Kingdom to be a global leader in free trade. And one of the things I’ll be doing at the G20 is emphasising the role that we will be playing in the world,” she says in a TV interview with Andrew Marr on BBC1 today. Downing Street is most optimistic about a deal with Australia, whose premier, Malcolm Turnbull, she will also meet. He signalled that he was keen to sign a trade deal with the UK in a phone call with May shortly after she became prime minister.’Sunday Times (£)

G20 4) Obama follows Xi in confirming commitment to Paris climate agreement

OBAMA Downing Street‘The United States has followed China by ratifying the Paris climate change agreement as the world’s two biggest polluters unite to limit carbon emissions. President Obama and President Xi Jinping have become unlikely partners in promoting the deal, which could now come into force by the end of the year. China’s parliament ratified the agreement as Mr Obama flew to the Chinese city of Hangzhou for the G20 summit of world leaders. After arriving with other leaders, Mr Obama said: “History will judge today’s effort as pivotal.” In a landmark move, the standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress voted to adopt “the proposal to review and ratify the Paris Agreement” at the close of a week-long session, the Xinhua news agency said.’ Sunday Times (£)

  • Obama and Xi unite over carbon emissions – Observer


  • Paris agreement is ‘smoke and mirrors’ – Christopher Brooker, Sunday Telegraph

More G20


May to use Marr interview to say she’s ‘optimistic’, but that Brexit won’t be ‘plain sailing’

EU Exit brexit‘There will be “difficult times” ahead as Britain moves to leave the European Union, the Prime Minister has said. In her first major broadcast interview since taking office Theresa May warned that the Brexit process would not be be “plain sailing” – but that she is nevertheless optimistic about the future. “I’m not going to pretend that it’s all going to be plain sailing. I think we must be prepared for the fact that there may be some difficult times ahead,” she told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show in a prerecorded interview to be aired on Sunday morning. “But what I am is optimistic, and indeed this is what – the message that came from the Cabinet when we were sitting around the table at Chequers this week and talking about these things, it’s the same message I’ve had from businesses, is of optimism about the future, about the opportunities that are now open to the United Kingdom.’ Independent on Sunday

More May

  • And that she’s focusing on ‘options’ for immigration control – Sunday Express
  • Nick Timothy: May’s Brummie Rasputin? – Mail on Sunday


  • May’s honeymoon won’t last much longer – Andrew Rawnsley, Observer

More Brexit

  • Brexit will not be ‘off the shelf’: immigration controls come before single market – John Rentoul, Independent
  • Johnson wrote to May about Brexit ‘red lines’ – Mail on Sunday
  • Thousand march for European unity in opposition to Article 50 – Sunday Times (£)
  • Demonstrations in London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Oxford, and Cambridge – Observer 
  • Bennett says that Brexit ‘wasn’t a vote against immigration’ – Independent on Sunday


  • Light bulb ban shows deep problem with EU uniformity – Jacob Rees-Mogg, Sunday Express
  • The three Brexiteers are the ‘last of the Chequers summer wine’ – Anna Soubry, Mail on Sunday 

Rudd says local authorities are ‘on track’ to find places for Syrian refugees

Amber Rudd‘Local authorities across the country have found places for 20,000 Syrian refugees, Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary has said. In addition £10 million has been found to pay for language tuition to help refugees settle, the BBC reported. It means that Britain is on course to honour the pledge made by David Cameron to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020. According to the latest UK figures, 2,800  Syrian refugees have arrived in Britain. It is estimated more than 100,000 have applied for asylum in Germany. According to the United Nations, the fighting in Syria between the Assad regime, rebels and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has led to 4.5 million people fleeing their homes. “Securing the 20,000 pledges within 12 months is testament to the immense goodwill and generosity of the British people and the effort and determination of local authorities across the UK.’ – Sunday Telegraph

  • But that Jungle log hurling tactic is ‘extremely concerning’ – Mail on Sunday


  • ‘It’s only a matter of time before someone is killed’ – Charlie Elphicke, Mail on Sunday 
  • The Jungle is emblematic of asylum problems – David Goodhart, Sunday Times 

Boles tells May to consider banning doctors’ strike

‘Theresa May is being urged by fellow Conservatives to curb doctors’ right to strike as it emerged that militants had been preparing for an “autumn of discontent” since the beginning of the year. Nick Boles, the former minister who oversaw the recent introduction of new trade union laws, said a strike ban should be considered if junior doctors pressed ahead with a series of five-day stoppages. “If they are not willing to behave responsibility then we should be willing to look at this,” he said. “Bluntly, the British public will expect us to look at it.”’Sunday Times (£)

  • Junior doctors’ ’secret plans’ to cause disruption while retaining pay – Sunday Telegraph
  • Andrea Jenkyns blames ‘Corbynista ideology’ for BMA strike – Sunday Express



  • BMA intelligence doesn’t equate to good judgement – Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times (£)

Hammond expected to announce £3bn house building fund

HAMMOND Philip Marr‘The Conservatives are poised to announce a £3 billion house building fund which will provide developers with cheap loans and funding in a bid to “get Britain building” after the EU referendum vote. Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, is expected to use his Autumn statement to unveil a housing fund which will be targeted at small and medium-sized developers. The fund will offer developers cheap loans or financial guarantees as the Government takes more financial risk than it has ever done before in a bid to get more homes built. It comes amid concerns that the Government is falling significantly short of its target to build 1million new homes by 2020.’- Sunday Telegraph

  • Think tank suggests ‘living rent’ scheme – Observer
  • Westminster trials the ‘basement tax’ – Sunday Telegraph
  • Clegg claims Camborne thought that social housing ‘created Labour voters’ – Independent on Sunday

>Today: David Skelton in Comment: We need a new generation of low-rent homes – and the Government can help to provide them

More Government

  • Government childcare pilots could lead to surge for places – Observer
  • Conservative MP claims BBC ‘health check’ is being ‘watered down’ – Sunday Telegraph 
  • Lord Howe criticised for inheritance tax break – Sunday Times (£)
  • Will Quince argues for statutory time off for bereaved parents – Sun on Sunday
  • Rumours of Osborne return as he says his story is yet to end – Mail on Sunday 

Andrew Marr: The Scotland dilemma returns — even Davidson hasn’t ‘knocked the SNP off course’, yet

Sturgeon‘It’s hard to remember a busier political summer. But it’s also striking that Scotland and the future of the British union has vanished from news bulletins and (most) newspaper front pages… Sturgeon has this agonising dilemma. There is a chance that the EU might decide to bend its own rules and treat Scotland as the continuing part of the UK membership, allowing it to stay in after England, Northern Ireland and Wales leave, retaining the old British opt-outs on the euro and the borderless Schengen agreement. Sturgeon has allies in Brussels. Constitutional experts warn not to rule this out. However, on balance it’s far likelier that Scotland will be expected to leave with the rest of the UK and then to reapply for membership, if that’s what Edinburgh wants. Here’s where the SNP headache really begins. On current form there is a huge problem with the Scottish deficit, which is much bigger than EU rules allow. Then there is the assumption that Scotland inside the EU would be strongly pressured to adopt the euro. Then, of course, there’s the free movement of people.’ –  Sunday Times (£

Corbyn to pledge over £30bn to South East 

CORBYN Jeremy Marr June 2016‘Jeremy Corbyn has pledged billions of pounds of investment in south-east England, where Ukip has gained traction in recent years. Speaking at a re-election campaign rally in Ramsgate, Kent, on Saturday, the Labour leader said that a future Labour government would place greater emphasis on renewable energy for coastal communities and improved broadband connectivity. He will also back an investment bank for the English region. “Labour’s investment commitment means delivering over £30bn for the south-east, and making sure that this funding goes to the places that need it most. “I want to see a new regional investment bank for the south-east that will focus on turning around the places that have been on the wrong side of the decisions made elsewhere. For Ramsgate, like other coastal towns, that commitment to invest means opening up the opportunities that are there.’ – Observer

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