May’s abuse inquiry ‘in tatters’ after suspending top lawyer

MAY Theresa thoughtful“The head of the national sex abuse inquiry suspended its top lawyer last night as the £100 million investigation descended into acrimony… The unexpected move pushed the most ambitious public inquiry in British history into its biggest crisis. In the two years since it was set up by Theresa May, three chairwomen have resigned. The inquiry, which is projected to last a decade, has spent more than £20 million but not yet heard any evidence.” – The Times (£)

  • Counsel suspended amidst ‘leadership concerns’ – The Guardian

>Today: ToryDiary: The child abuse inquiry has become unworkable. The only practical solution is to pull it.

Prime Minister has the votes for Heathrow expansion, claim allies

“Theresa May has sufficient support in parliament to drive through the contentious expansion of Heathrow airport if she decides to put it to a vote next month, according to close allies. The government will not make a final decision about how to proceed until an aviation subcommittee – chaired by Mrs May – meets on either October 11 or 18. But according to detailed calculations by ministers, Heathrow would win a vote with a “slam dunk” despite continuing opposition from some senior figures in the Conservative party.” – FT

  • MPs attack Department for Transport’s plan to use hard shoulders as new lanes – The Sun

Fox claims EU is on the brink of imploding…

FOX Marr May 2016“Liam Fox has launched a savage assault on the European Union, saying its catastrophic economic policies have taken it to the brink of ‘imploding’. The International Trade Secretary said Europe was engulfed in a migrant crisis, a French economic crisis and a ‘potential’ Italian banking crisis – and that the euro had left a generation of young people out of work. Without Britain, he said, Germany could end up paying for the rest of the continent, becoming what he called the ‘greatest ATM in global history’.” – Daily Mail

  • Trade Secretary says UK must accept that it isn’t owed a living – The Guardian
  • Interview with Liam Fox – Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth, The Spectator

More Brexit:

  • Daniel Hannan: the man who brought you Brexit – Long Read, The Guardian
  • Experts warn May that time is being wasted with EU exit delays – Daily Express
  • Judge orders UK Government to set out legal procedure for Article 50 – The Guardian
  • Davis’s department to double in size – FT
  • Brexit negotiations could cost tens of millions – The Guardian
  • Cost of civil servants overseeing EU exit to be £65 million – The Times (£)
  • Majority in Northern Ireland say ‘No’ to new border poll and ‘Yes’ to UK – Belfast Telegraph

More EU:

  • Standard & Poor’s backtracks on Brexit doom-mongering – Daily Mail
  • Care workers’ wages wrecked by low-skilled EU migrants – The Sun
  • Ministers blasted over faltering crackdown on illegal workers – Daily Mail
  • Middle-class southerners caused Brexit, poll reveals – Daily Express


  • One way or another, Brexit will build a bigger state – David Walker, The Guardian

>Today: Daniel Hannan MEP’s column: My one worry about Brexit – if we mess things up, we could harm relations with Ireland

…as Clarke claims May has ‘no idea’ how to achieve Brexit

“Ken Clarke, the former chancellor, said that Theresa May was running a “government with no policies” in the first major Tory assault on the new regime. Mr Clarke, who first entered government in 1988 and left in 2014, claimed that the prime minister had no plan on how to execute Britain’s exit from the European Union. “Nobody in the government has the first idea of what they’re going to do next on the Brexit front,” he told the New Statesman.” – The Times (£)

  • Prime Minister heads ‘a government with no policies’ – Daily Telegraph
  • MPs and peers join queue for Irish passport – The Times (£)
  • Sarkozy says he’d re-write EU treaties to tempt Britain back – Daily Express


  • Osborne can return – if he shows remorse and accepts Brexit – Tim Montgomerie, The Times (£)

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The real Brexit choice. Not Hard v Soft, but Open v Closed

Doctors lose legal challenge as judge backs Hunt

NHS_Logo“Junior doctors have lost a High Court battle against changes to their contracts, removing the last barrier before the terms are implemented next week. Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, acted within his legal powers, Mr Justice Green ruled. It was reasonable for him to conclude that having more doctors on duty at the weekend would reduce death rates, he said. Doctors have been urged to lobby their hospitals to stick within existing terms after the ruling made clear that they had the legal power to do so. Few hospitals, however, are likely to break ranks because they would lose tens of millions of pounds that training bodies threaten to withhold.” – The Times (£)

Allister Heath: May must build more houses, or risk seeing the Corbynites elected

“Every Prime Minister, when first appointed, pledges to fight against injustice. Some deliver; most don’t. If Theresa May is serious in her desire to govern for the have-nots as well as just the haves, she must tackle one of the greatest injustices of our our time: Britain’s horrendous, corrosive housing crisis, the one issue which could yet bring a populist, hard-left Corbynite party into power at some point in the 2020s.” – Daily Telegraph

Corbyn promises ’21st Century socialism’

Jeremy Corbyn“Jeremy Corbyn promised to fund student grants with higher business taxes and borrow more to build new council houses as he outlined Labour’s offer of “21st-century socialism” if Theresa May calls an election next year. The Labour leader said that he respected voters’ concerns about immigration but suggested that demands for curbs on numbers of new arrivals were “racist” in remarks sure to stoke the row over how the party should respond to the Brexit referendum. In an uncompromising response to appeals by Tom Watson, his deputy, not to “trash” New Labour, Mr Corbyn blamed Europe’s refugee crisis on “repeated military interventions” and said it was right that he had apologised for Tony Blair’s decision to go to war in Iraq.” – The Times (£)

  • Leader blasts ‘racist’ migrant limits – The Sun
  • Furious Brexiteers let rip as Abbott calls them racists – Daily Express
  • Corbyn warns party to prepare for 2017 election – FT
  • Blunders show a tin ear for Scotland – The Sun

More Labour:

  • Unite boss issues warning to Watson – The Times (£)
  • McCluskey’s ‘astonishing declaration of war’ – The Sun
  • Deputy Leader blocks Corbynite control of NEC – The Times (£)
  • Jones names AM as Welsh representative on Labour’s NEC – Wales Online
  • Burnham and other New Labour figures refuse to stand during Iraq apology – The Sun


  • Corbyn’s speech, unspun – Philip Collins, The Times (£)
  • Leader’s address dissected – Sam Leith, FT
  • Furious delegates walk out over Iraq comments – Harry Cole, The Sun
  • Dugdale shines, but still needs to overcome Corbyn factor – Tom Peterkin, The Scotsman


Jack Straw: Corbyn should learn from my Government’s mistakes on immigration

“In his conference speech yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn half-acknowledged these uncomfortable truths about our lost voters. He counselled against ‘patronising or lecturing’ those who voted Leave: ‘We have to hear their concerns about jobs, about public services, about wages, about immigration, about a future for their children.’ But ‘hearing’ is one thing. ‘Listening and learning’ is quite another – and tragically for my party, as well as the country, Mr Corbyn showed no sign he is proposing to act on what he has heard.” – Daily Mail

  • His speech was a list of bland platitudes, outdated threats, and bad jokes – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph
  • Labour can win on immigration, but not by chanelling Powell – Zoe Williams, The Guardian
  • Corbyn thinks the state should do everything except its job – Juliet Samuel, Daily Telegraph
  • Leader’s critics must choose: unity, or terminal decline – Owen Jones, The Guardian


  • Leader showed all the bluster of one who’s necked some stiff gins – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
  • A fanfare for the comma man, if anybody was listening – Patrick Kidd, The Times (£)


  • The reckless fantasies of Comrade Jeremy – Daily Mail

Chakrabarti set to join Shadow Cabinet

shami-chakrabarti“Newly appointed Labour peer Shami Chakrabarti is in line to become shadow attorney general, it has been reported. The former director of human rights campaign group Liberty ‘wants to do more’ and the ‘gig is a no brainer’, according to the New Statesman. The Labour reshuffle is expected to begin next Wednesday, the day the Tory conference finishes.” – Daily Mail

  • Anti-Semitism row peer lined up for new Party job – The Times (£)
  • Corbyn ally sparks fresh anti-Semitism row – The Sun

SNP ministers defeated over NHS cuts

“Scotland’s Health Minister is under pressure to review a series of cuts and closures to local NHS services after the SNP government lost its first parliamentary vote since May’s Holyrood election. MSPs backed by 64 votes to zero a Labour motion demanding Shona Robison “call in” and review health board plans to downgrade or close services across the country. The 62 SNP MSPs abstained.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Can Scotland avoid a ‘hard Brexit’? – FT
  • More an 100 allegations against Police Scotland’s anti-corruption unit – Daily Telegraph


Plaid Cymru took cash from Gaddafi, claims activist’s book

“Former Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi donated thousands of pounds to a Welsh independence party to help ‘disrupt the status quo in the West’, according to a new book. Gaddafi allegedly handed £25,000 to a delegation from Welsh nationalists Plaid Cymru in the 1970s. The five-figure donation has been revealed for the first time in the autobiography of one of the party’s long-time activists Dr Carl Clowes.” – Daily Mail

  • Bombshell claim in respected member’s autobiography – Wales Online

News in Brief:

  • EU’s flagship refugee scheme is total flop – The Sun
  • Airstrikes and artillery hit two largest rebel-held hospitals in Aleppo – Daily Mail
  • Police leave half a million suspects on bail for months – The Times (£)
  • Clinton sees poll boost as Trump advisers admit frustration – Daily Telegraph
  • OPEC agrees on oil output cut – FT
  • ‘Bomb threat’ in Trafalgar Square – The Sun
  • Real IRA claim they, and not Gerry Adams’s Provos, killed British spy – Belfast Telegraph