May makes her case for new grammars, telling the ’22: “We already have selection by house price.”

School‘Britain’s education system already has “selection by house price”, Theresa May said on Wednesday night as she defended her plans to lift the ban on new grammar schools. The Prime Minister said she wanted to create a “21st century education system” with an “element of selection” as she spoke on the plans for the first time since The Telegraph disclosed she backed new selective schools. In the first major policy announcement of her premiership, she told the backbench 1922 committee of Conservative MPs that her plan would stop the best state schools becoming the preserve of wealthy families who are buying homes in the catchment area. According to sources at the meeting, she answered critics by saying: “We have already got selection haven’t we – it’s called ‘selection by house price’.”’ – Daily Telegraph

  • Willetts attacks selective education – Daily Mail
  • As does the social mobility tsar – The Guardian
  • The Prime Minister hits back – The Sun (£)
  • Corbyn’s team all either went to grammars or sent their children to them – Daily Mail
  • May crushed him at PMQs – The Sun (£)

>Today: ToryDiary: Too much excitement about grammar schools, not enough about technical schools

Montgomerie: We need smarter grammar schools to ensure that the poor benefit

‘A new generation of grammar schools will only fulfil their social purpose if they jump over at least three hurdles. First, and this seems to be Mrs May’s intention, the priority locations should be poorer urban neighbourhoods where they can serve the genuinely gifted children of families of limited means. Second, there should be no all-defining, sheep-or-goats moment at age 11. Children develop at different speeds and those who mature later should have opportunities at 13, 14 or 16 to get into a grammar school when their gifts become obvious. Third, and most trickily, the search for tutor-proof entrance assessments must intensify.’ – Tim Montgomerie, The Times (£)

>Yesterday: John Glen on Comment: Grammar Schools. If you back streaming within schools, why oppose streaming between them?

Rudd mans the ramparts in defence of the Great Wall of Calais

Amber Rudd‘Home Secretary Amber Rudd yesterday defended spending £2million of taxpayers’ money on a huge wall in Calais to prevent migrants sneaking into the UK. In her first appearance before the Commons’ Home Affairs Select Committee, she said it was ‘in Britain’s interest’ to foot the bill to help bolster security. But hauliers and local people reacted with anger over the 13ft concrete wall – dubbed the ‘Great Wall Of Calais’ – which will stretch nearly a mile along the main motorway to the port.’ – Daily Mail

Carney comes under fire for over-egging Brexit warnings

‘The Governor today claimed the rosy economic picture was less bad than he had forecast exactly because the Bank had acted on the risks identified before the poll…Mr Rees-Mogg said if the Bank knew its actions would be so effective, it ‘wouldn’t need the dire warnings’ made ahead of the referendum. Mr Rees-Mogg has previously accused Mr Carney of peddling Treasury ‘propaganda’ and called for his resignation after the Governor warned before the referendum a Brexit vote could cause a technical recession. Mr Carney told the committee: ‘In light of all the events, I’m absolutely serene about the judgements made by the Monetary Policy Committee and Financial Policy Committee.’ He added it was ‘welcome that there has been a rebound’ and confirmed the chances of a technical recession had gone down since the Bank’s economy-boosting moves last month.’ – Daily Mail

Leach: Don’t bother with time-consuming deals, just declare unilateral free trade

World-shield‘There is a real risk at present that the UK will chase free trade deals all over the world and Liam Fox will accumulate more air miles than any man in history. But while the secretary of state is at 35,000 feet, consumers and businesses in the UK will continue to be deprived of their liberty due to a continuing tariff wall. Unilateral free trade makes economic and moral sense…If the Prime Minister wants to lead the world against protectionism, Britain needs to lead by example. Leaving the EU customs union and replacing it with tariff-lite is not leading by example. Leadership is displayed in sacrifice. Unilateral free trade is not cost free, as there would be a negative impact on previously protected sectors. But that sacrifice would reap a reward in the form of higher productivity.’ – Graeme Leach, CityAM

>Today: Garvan Walshe’s column: A good Brexit will be inspired by sex, not football

>Yesterday: WATCH: Ici Londres – Remainer or Leaver, let’s cheer the steady flow of good news, says Daniel Hannan

Eastern members of the EU plan to use Brexit as a chance for radical change

‘Former communist states are planning to exploit the fallout of Brexit with a “counter-revolution” designed to block migrant deals and assert the power of national governments over Brussels. Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, an influential diplomatic European Union bloc known as the Visegrad Group, will lobby together at a summit next week to ensure that national governments are put back in the EU’s driving seat. The summit will gather all EU leaders, excluding Theresa May, in Slovakia’s capital to forge a new vision of Europe. It is expected to expose the rift between newer member states in the east and western countries committed to a European project based on open borders and markets.’ – The Times (£)

  • May will meet with Tusk – The Guardian
  • The EU must reform if it hopes to survive – The Times Leader (£)
  • This would undermine European values – FT Leader
  • Juncker faces court over attempt to block Brexit talks – The Sun (£)

Truss refuses to commit to continue Gove’s prison reform plans

Prison bars‘Theresa May’s new government has pulled back from Michael Gove’s plan to introduce a major prisons bill, which formed the social reform centrepiece of David Cameron’s last Queen’s speech four months ago. The new justice secretary, Liz Truss, sparked astonishment among MPs when she refused to guarantee to the Commons justice select committee that the government would proceed with Gove’s legislation.When asked by the justice committee chairman if the bill was going to go ahead, she replied: “We are looking at that at the moment. It will be in the plan … I am not committing to any specific piece of legislation at this stage.” Truss said it was essential that the prison reform programme would work and be deliverable, and implied that there was not yet any detailed Ministry of Justice plan to implement it.’ – The Guardian

The Government considers tougher penalties for dangerous driving

‘Ministers are considering a major overhaul of dangerous driving laws amid concerns that sentences are too lenient, Theresa May said today. The Prime Minister was confronted by an MP who said there was ‘widespread public concern’ at soft sentences. Labour’s Jim Dowd highlighted the case of 10-year-old constituent Makayah McDermott, a child actor, who died along with his aunt last week when a suspected stolen car ploughed into them in Penge, south east London. Mrs May told the Commons she knew of a similar case from her constituency – and said the Ministry of Justice was looking at reforms.’ – Daily Mail

Osborne’s plan to privatise the Land Registry is ditched

Osborne‘The privatisation of the Land Registry was abandoned yesterday as Theresa May continued her overhaul of the policies of David Cameron’s government. The proposal to sell off the registry, which has collated details of property ownership and transactions since 1862, was announced in the Queen’s Speech this year. The idea had been put forward by George Osborne, who hoped to raise £1.2 billion. The sale was to have been part of yesterday’s planning and infrastructure bill but was omitted. Sources said no final decision had been taken but it is understood that the privatisation is definitely off the agenda. There had been fierce opposition to the sale, with 20,000 people participating in a consultation and 318,000 people signing a petition.’ – The Times (£)

Corbyn refuses to back Single Market membership

‘Jeremy Corbyn could back the government if it abandoned the single market, his aides said yesterday, marking a new division with his MPs. The Labour leader was criticised after one of his advisers suggested that he might rule out full membership of the single market unless Britain could negotiate exemptions from key rules. The Labour leader’s aide said that Mr Corbyn backed access to the single market for British companies, but did not want to carry on observing regulations that he regarded as damaging to working people and public services.’ – The Times (£)

  • TUC chief denies militancy is on the rise – Daily Mail
  • NHS boss warns against five day strikes – The Times (£)
  • RMT calls Southern rail strike ‘a selfless act’ – Daily Mail
  • New questions for Vaz over hotel freebies – Daily Mail
  • He faces the sack from security committee due to blackmail risks – The Sun (£)
  • 3,000 fall foul of Labour ‘purge’ – The Times (£)

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: The Vaz scandal is another case in which recall would prove useful

UKIP’s Banks plans ‘new party’

UKIP logo‘Ukip’s most high-profile donor hopes to start a new movement or party designed to “keep the Tories clean”. Arron Banks, an insurance tycoon and co-founder of Leave.EU, is canvassing supporters of the Brexit campaign he financed. He said he wants to create a “right-wing Momentum”, a version of the hard-left network of Jeremy Corbyn supporters that has gained increasing influence over Labour. He added that “almost 50 per cent of people surveyed” among Leave.EU’s supporters are interested in participating in a new movement. He did not rule out such an organisation becoming a registered political party that could field candidates at elections.’ – The Times (£)

  • Putin’s propaganda channel offers Farage his own TV show – Daily Telegraph

Parliament will move out of the Palace of Westminster for six years

‘MPs will move out of the Houses of Parliament for at least six years as part of a £4 billion restoration project. Under a blueprint to be announced today, Theresa May will endorse a recommendation by MPs to decamp from 2022 in an effort to save the crumbling grade I listed Palace of Westminster. It will be the first time that MPs have moved out since the chamber was bombed during the Second World War. The biggest restoration project of its kind will be subject to a parliamentary vote but refusal to agree action could lead to “catastrophic failure” for the Thames-side building that mostly dates from the mid-1800s, MPs will warn. There is a growing chance of the palace, a Unesco world heritage site, becoming irreversibly damaged by flood, fire or a failure of the energy supply.’ – The Times (£)

News in Brief

  • Free Anjem Choudary! – Rod Liddle, The Spectator
  • Abbas ‘was KGB spy in Syria’ – Daily Mail
  • ‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters turn out to be posh usual suspects – The Times (£)
  • Scandal over CBeebies C-bomb – Daily Mail
  • The Government removes a thousand extremist videos a week from the internet – Daily Telegraph
  • Two held in Paris over car packed with gas cylinders – The Times (£)
  • Air China’s racist advice to passengers – The Sun (£)
  • Murray flops at US Open – Daily Telegraph