May approves Hinkley Point plant

NUCLEAR-POWER“Theresa May has given the go-ahead for the proposed £18bn nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset, ending months of uncertainty over the fate of Europe’s biggest energy project. The plans were unexpectedly put on hold in July to give the new UK prime minister time to assess concerns over its high cost, unproven technology and the role of Chinese investors… However, Mrs May has concluded that Hinkley is crucial to keeping Britain’s lights on and reducing carbon emissions as old power stations accounting for over half the country’s existing generating capacity are phased out over the next 15 years.” – FT

  • Green light despite warning of ‘terrible deal’ for customers – The Sun

More May:

  • Prime Minister tells students to embrace free speech – The Times (£)
  • Elderly care shortages a ‘burning injustice’ facing May’s Britain – Daily Telegraph
  • Institute for Government examines the Prime Minister’s challenges – FT


  • May on the march with ‘demobilisation of the Cameroons’ – FT
  • Hinkley is the peak of subsidy culture – Jonathan Ford, FT

>Yesterday: Emran Mian in Comment: So much for the ‘progressive majority’ – most British voters sit broadly on the right

Rudd announces inquiry into Orgreave

“An official inquiry into police behaviour at the Battle of Orgreave, one of the worst clashes of the miners’ strike, is set to be announced by the home secretary. Campaigners allege that South Yorkshire police orchestrated the violence between officers and miners at the coking plant in 1984 before systematically falsifying evidence against pickets. Demands for an inquiry have grown after evidence of misconduct and cover-up by the South Yorkshire force was presented during recent investigations into the Hillsborough football disaster in which 96 fans died.” – The Times (£)

  • From BSE to Bloody Sunday: the cost of seeking answers – The Times (£)

David Aaronovitch: Digging into the past like this is pointless

Police shield“Theresa May appears to believe in the power of inquiries…many of her early decisions in government, from Hinkley Point to grammar schools, have been spookily foreshadowed by her adviser Nick Timothy’s previous writings. In May this year he wrote a piece for the ConservativeHome website headlined “As with Hillsborough, we must get to the bottom of what happened at Orgreave”.” – The Times (£)

  • Want to know what the Government will do next? Read Timothy on ConHome – Francis Elliott, The Times (£)


  • Rudd should tell the truth: that investigating Orgreave is a waste of time – Daily Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: An Orgreave inquiry. “Better to throw open the archives and the files and leave it to the historians”

Bradley orders BBC to name stars paid more than £150,000

“The BBC will be forced to reveal the salaries of stars paid more than £150,000 within the next year, after the new Culture Secretary accused the corporation of a “lack of openness and transparency”. Karen Bradley, who will publish a draft version of the BBC’s next royal charter on Thursday, said disclosing stars’ pay would help the corporation make savings that would ensure it did not lose top shows such as the Great British Bake Off again.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Truss to give licence fee dodgers a way to avoid court – Daily Mail
  • Small-time criminals may see justice served online – The Sun
  • Why the Prime Minister was right to force out BBC boss – Margaret Hodge, Daily Mail

More ministers:

  • How does May’s first Cabinet compare to Thatcher’s? – Daily Mail
  • Morgan warns Prime Minister she could lose marginals for lacking Cameron’s reach – The Sun
  • Duncan heralds thawing relations with Argentina – The Times (£)
  • Greening confirms that sex education may become compulsory – Daily Telegraph
  • Johnson frozen out of decision on Heathrow runway – The Times (£)


  • UK could deny aid to countries who won’t take back prisoners, minister suggests – Daily Telegraph
  • Development minister challenged over ‘wasted aid’ claim – The Guardian
  • Patel backtracks on support for the death penalty – The Times (£)
  • Britain’s aid spending is a drop in the ocean – Gordon Brown, The Guardian

>Today: Elizabeth Truss MP in Comment: We will reform the courts system to ensure everyone has access to justice

Karen Bradley: Our new Charter will help the BBC thrive for years to come

BBC logo“A strong, successful, independent BBC is good for the UK, and the Government wants to support it. The draft BBC Royal Charter I publish today does just that. It builds on the BBC’s strong points, prioritising its independence and ensuring its financial stability for years to come. It also addresses several weaknesses, including a lack of openness and transparency. The BBC is funded by the TV licence fee, which will provide it with more than £18 billion between now and 2021-22. It is vital that the people paying for the BBC – its viewers and listeners – know where their money is going and that it is being well spent.” – Daily Telegraph

Former defence chief claims Cameron dismissed Libya doubts

“David Cameron made clear that he regarded doubts over his botched Libyan intervention as “unhelpful”, the former chief of the defence staff said yesterday. Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, the general who led the 2011 military campaign, heaped more pressure on the former prime minister in the wake of highly critical parliamentary inquiry. The foreign affairs committee holds Mr Cameron “ultimately responsible” for the economic collapse of Libya fuelling the spread of Islamic State in North Africa and helping trigger the migrant crisis.” – The Times (£)

  • The truth of our former Prime Minister’s blood-soaked Libyan legacy – Daily Mail
  • Tory MP wants Cameron summoned to Parliament to explain decisions – Daily Telegraph
  • MPs deliver damning verdict on Libyan intervention – The Guardian
  • Straw hoped Brexit would bury Chilcot – The Times (£)


  • Our leaders are hooked on glory, that’s why we rush to war – Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

Leaked documents show how Momentum plans to deselect MPs

Momentum“The tactics being deployed by hard-left activists to deselect an MP and seize control of the local Labour Party have been revealed by leaked documents that will heighten fears about the targeting of MPs opposed to Jeremy Corbyn. The documents, seen by The Times, show how a Momentum group in Liverpool has organised recruitment drives and set up secret forums to devise strategies for wresting control from Labour members it feels are hostile.” – The Times (£)

  • Momentum activists ‘tried to stop antisemitism inquiry’ – The Times (£)


  • In Corbyn’s head, he’s winning. Meanwhile, Labour burns – John McTernan, Daily Telegraph


Corbyn publishes a list of MPs who have ‘abused’ him

“Jeremy Corbyn’s team has published a roll call of Labour MPs it claims have abused him. With barely a week left in the Labour leadership contest, the veteran left-winger’s office blamed challenger Owen Smith for the abuse and accused him of running a negative campaign, branding him the ‘real disunity candidate’. In a remarkable move that threatens to deepen Labour’s civil war, the name-and-shame list of MPs who have abused Mr Corbyn includes his deputy leader Tom Watson because he called the grassroots Corbyn campaign Momentum a ‘rabble’.” – Daily Mail

More Labour:

  • Khan’s new integration deputy to speak to group which praised Jihadi John – Daily Mail
  • Former News International boss savages Watson after he’s cleared of misleading MPs – The Sun


  • Corbyn bounces back on May’s dead cat day – Patrick Kidd, The Times (£)
  • A clear winner… and it wasn’t the Prime Minister or the Leader of the Opposition – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: May offers Corbyn an undefended target

Salmond says Sturgeon should try to block Brexit

EU Brexit“Alex Salmond has told his successor Nicola Sturgeon to block Brexit from going ahead. Scotland voted 62 per cent to 38 per cent in favour of remaining in the EU – one of only three regions in the UK to reject Brexit. Scottish MEPs are powerless to prevent the UK Government passing the necessary legislation for the whole of the UK to leave the EU but Mr Salmond, who stood down as First Minister after losing the 2014 independence referendum, said it was Ms Sturgeon’s responsibility to deliver the wishes of Scottish voters.” – Daily Mail

  • Labour and SNP team up to block Tory Brexit bill – The Sun
  • Smith slapped down over calls for second EU vote – Daily Express
  • First Minister says independence would let Scotland skip ‘lost decade’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Clegg warns of fireworks ahead for the Conservatives – The Sun
  • Secret Brexit brainstorm by civil servants – The Times (£)
  • ‘Panicked’ civil servants drew up discreet EU exit plans – Daily Express
  • Heywood says 80 per cent of Brexit jobs are filled – FT


  • Rompuy claims there will be no talks for 12 months – Daily Express
  • Fury at Juncker over race-hate slur against Britain – Daily Mail
  • Brussels wants EU ‘defence bonds’ – FT


  • Blair’s legacy: five times as many EU nationals working here as in 1997 – Daily Mail
  • Job market shows no sign of slowdown after the vote – Daily Mail


  • The EU’s federalists are heading for defeat, and Britain must be ready to pick up the pieces – Juliet Samuel, Daily Telegraph
  • Brexit threatens peace and prosperity in Ireland – John Bruton, FT


  • Britain must not be treated as an outcast at tomorrow’s summit – The Times (£)

>Today: Daniel Hannan MEP’s column: Most Remainers are not Remoaners – we must work with the sensible, reasonable majority


News in Brief:

  • Junior doctors’ strike will proceed next month – Daily Mail
  • Colin Powell emails reveal Clinton ‘greed’ – The Times (£)
  • Obama vows to lift sanctions on Burma – FT
  • British ambassador to Saudi Arabia converts to Islam and visits Mecca – The Sun
  • Italian Prime Minister savaged by ex-President over referendum which could tear EU apart – Daily Express
  • Elliott Johnson’s parents claim Tories are hiding report findings – The Guardian