May 1) She tells UN it has ‘duty’ to deal with migration

MAY Theresa Women to Win‘Theresa May has warned world leaders at the United Nations that they have a “duty” to stop the onward flow of migrants. In a short speech in New York, the Prime Minister fiercely backed the right of other countries to control their borders, following an EU referendum campaign dominated by immigration. Her words also go to the heart of tensions between EU countries, with southern European nations taking on unprecedented numbers of migrants, while member states further north tighten border controls.’Independent

  • She warns about ‘those left behind by globalisation’ – FT
  • She’s attending two summits on refugees – Guardian 
  • She stresses difference between refugees and migrants – Daily Mail
  • And that ‘bold action’ is needed – Daily Express


  • May’s speech shows ‘guiding principles’ – The Times (£)
  • Merkel’s ‘small step’ to acknowledging her migration mistake – Daily Telegraph


  • UN has ‘blurred’ migrant-refugee distinction for too long – Ross Clark, Daily Express
  • Will being ‘Die Britische Merkel’ set May’s fate? – Asa Bennett, The Times (£)
  • Work permits are the answer – Andrew Green, Daily Telegraph 
  • Yes, priority should be transition to work-permit system – Stephen Kinnock, Guardian

May 2) She tells EU leaders that they ‘will sign a deal with us’

EU Exit brexit‘Theresa May told the EU’s posturing leaders yesterday that they will have no choice but to agree a trade deal with Brexit Britain. In a defiant blast delivered en route to a summit of world leaders, the Prime Minister said it was firmly in the interests of the 27 remaining members of the Brussels club to conclude successful talks with the UK… Mrs May’s comments on trade are a rebuttal to the EU chiefs and national leaders who have been sabre-rattling over the UK’s chances of securing a post-Brexit deal.’ – Daily Mail


  • She’s showing them all ‘who’s boss’ – The Sun (£)

>Today: David Babbs in Comment: We’re crowd-sourcing a DIY plan for leaving the EU

More May

  • Security services to join May’s fight against modern slavery – The Sun (£)


  • She must priorities young offenders, like Cameron would have done – Rachel Sylvester, The Times (£)
  • May has shown ‘strength and novelty’ without ‘much material change’ – Janan Ganesh, FT

>Today: ToryDiary: May must quickly build her own relationship with Scotland

Junior doctors’ trial against Hunt begins 

Jeremy Hunt‘Jeremy Hunt does not have the power to unilaterally impose a new working contract on junior doctors, the High Court heard on Monday. A crowd-funded judicial review against the health secretary comes just days before junior doctors are due to stage an unprecedented five-day strike in protest at their new pay deal, which is due to come into force in October. The legal action claims that Mr Hunt is acting beyond the limits of his authority in setting what terms and conditions the NHS and other employers will apply when hiring junior doctors.’ – FT

  • Hospitals to publish doctors’ private earnings – Daily Mail

More government

  • Met asks Rudd to stop FGM practitioner from entering UK – Guardian
  • No rises to pension age, says minister – The Times (£)
  • Cameron recorded memoirs conversations with Finkelstein throughout prime ministership – The Times (£)

>Today: MPs etc: Mostly Remainers. Almost all May supporters. Majority female. The 21 new intake MPs promoted to PPS

Tom Tugendhat: The rules of war are in the Geneva Convention, not the ECHR

Combat is not the same as policing. The same rules cannot apply to someone expected to attack an enemy or patrol a street with snipers as someone who is preventing crime and arresting criminals. Both require courage, intelligence and judgment but they demand different laws. This may sound obvious but recent court hearings and prosecutions suggest the reality is too often ignored. Instead, lawyers are seeking to impose the civil norms on a military environment.’ – Daily Telegraph 

  • Cameron ‘wanted to shut down controversial investigations’ – Guardian
  • ’Disgraceful’ that no progress made in Blackman review – Robert Hardman, Daily Mail


  • Agreement that ’pursuit of servicemen is disproportionate and unjust’ – Daily Telegraph

William Hague: Britannia offers the draw that money can’t buy

HAGUE William looking right‘I will never forget listening to the Latin American ambassadors being told by Margaret Thatcher at dinner about the achievement of building such a thriving economy and efficient administration in this successful outpost of Empire – “the trouble with all of you”, she told them without any hesitation, “was that you were not colonised by the British”. They sat silently, too overawed by the situation and by her, to answer back. This was a glimpse of the Royal Yacht in its old imperial role, albeit in the final hours of Britain’s last truly major overseas possession. But as a minister in the previous years I had seen it in its more modern yet much less celebrated incarnation.’ – Daily Telegraph

Corbyn to ‘persuade’ NEC to delay shadow cabinet election changes

CORBYN Jeremy Marr June 2016Jeremy Corbyn is to try to kick proposals for shadow cabinet elections into the long grass, delaying changes until next year. The Labour leader will urge the 33-member national executive committee (NEC) to put off a discussion on the elections until after Labour’s annual conference, which begins on Saturday. For days his allies had been suggesting that he wanted the party’s 640,000-strong membership, which largely backs him, to play a role in selecting the shadow cabinet.’ – The Times (£)

  • ‘Crunch meeting’ to come to ‘peace deal’ – Guardian

More Labour


  • Party membership is a ‘lifestyle choice’ for Corbynites – John McTernan, Daily Telegraph
  • Corbyn fails to impress Mumsnet about biscuits… – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph
  • …Even though he loves jam – Daily Mail
  • Labour should cooperate with the Lib Dems – Shirley Williams, Guardian
  • Momentum Kids isn’t ‘weird and sinister’. It’s feminist – Suzanne Moore, Guardian

>Yesterday: Left Watch: Eight children’s television programmes for the enjoyment and enlightenment of Momentum Kids

Lib Dems disagree over Farron’s second referendum policy

Tim Farron‘Nick Clegg has defended the Lib Democrats’ policy of seeking to block Britain’s departure from the EU by demanding a second referendum, after Vince Cable said such a move would be disrespectful to voters… The Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, has told delegates he believes Theresa May should be forced to put the details of any Brexit deal to the public, either in a second referendum or a general election – a position ratified in a vote on the conference floor. Senior figures, however, including Cable and the party’s health spokesman Norman Lamb, have questioned Farron’s approach.’- Guardian

  • Lib Dems aim for ‘nuance’ on Brexit – FT
  • Farron wants to end ‘distraction’ of SATs – Daily Telegraph 
  • He has no ‘rival vision’ – Hugo Rifkind, The Times (£)

>Today: Jonathan Carr-West in Comment: Local Government is the way for the Lib Dems to rebuild

Bush voting for Clinton, says Kennedy 

Clinton‘President George H W Bush is reportedly voting for Hillary Clinton in November, according to a Facebook post from John F Kennedy’s niece. The post by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend – the former lieutenant governor of Maryland and daughter of Robert F Kennedy – shows her posing with George H W Bush with the caption “The President told me he is voting for Hillary!!” Jim McGrath, a Bush family spokesman, told the Guardian “The vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in 50 days. He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim.”’ – Guardian

News in Brief

  • End to Syrian ceasefire followed by attack on UN convoy – Guardian
  • US ‘rethinking’ cooperation with Russia over Syria – FT
  • Afghan-American held over US bombings – The Times (£) 
  • Cox’s murderer ‘won’t invoke his medical history’ as defence – Independent
  • NUS leader calls ‘universities part of the problem’ – The Times (£)
  • Boy dies in Jungle lorry incident – Daily Mail
  • 100 schoolchildren in brawl – Daily Express