May plans ‘far tougher’ immigration system than points-based model

Border‘EU migrants would need a job before entering the UK under post-Brexit border plans. The regime will be more rigorous than the points-based system proposed by Leave campaigners, Government sources said last night. David Davis, who is Cabinet minister for Brexit, said the UK was prepared to quit the single market to regain control over borders. He told MPs that outright departure from the tariff-free zone was almost certain and Britain would strike alternative trade deals. Yesterday Theresa May was forced to deny going soft on immigration following her apparent rejection of points-based entry rules.’ – Daily Mail

  • No job? No entry – The Sun (£)
  • We must hear the Prime Minister’s alternative – The Guardian Leader
  • Farage suggests she is ‘backsliding’ – The Times (£)
  • Can she negotiate better than Cameron? – Daily Telegraph
  • Merkel battles to win back trust – The Times (£)
  • Plans for an EU army will be announced this week – The Times (£)

>Today: ToryDiary: Hammond falls 20 points and five places in our Cabinet League Table


There’s more to our Chinese relationship than Hinkley, the Prime Minister declares

There is more to Britain’s relationship with China than the Hinkley Point nuclear deal, Theresa May declared, in the clearest signal yet that the project could be cancelled. Mrs May ducked the issue in her first meeting with the Chinese president. During a 30-minute meeting, President Xi referred only obliquely to the deal, saying that he understood Mrs May’s need to take some time to review decisions of the previous government. In a press conference, Mrs May said: “I have been clear that a decision will be taken later this month, but our relationship with China is about more than Hinkley. If you look at the investment that there has been from China in various parts of the UK and other infrastructure in the UK, we have built a global strategic partnership with China.”‘ – The Times (£)

>Today: Majority Conservatism: May decisions for autumn. 2) Hinkley Point and Heathrow expansion. What’s the policy?

>Yesterday: Lord Ashcroft on Comment: Yes, my focus groups like May’s confident start. But she faces three potential pitfalls.

Davis returns to the dispatch box

DAVIS David‘Much to the delight of Foreign Secretary, and fellow Brexiteer, Boris Johnson, told the House that Brexit means leaving the European Union. He said there will be no second referendum and the government will honour the decision of the people. Addressing MPs he said: “This is an historic and positive moment for our nation. Brexit isn’t about making the best of a bad job. It is about seizing the huge and exciting opportunities that will flow from a new place for Britain in the world. There will be new freedoms, new opportunities, new horizons for this great country.”’ – The Sun (£)

>Today: Christopher Howarth’s Guide to Brexit: Article 50, parliamentary votes, Scotland – and the legalities of leaving


Service sector PMI chalks up record rise, contrary to fears

‘Britain’s services sector enjoyed its sharpest rebound on record last month, according to a survey that suggests the economy will avoid an imminent recession after Britain’s vote to leave the EU. The pound rose to a seven-week high against the dollar after the survey signalled a return to growth for the sector, which had fallen to its lowest level since the financial crisis in July. The services sector makes up 80 per cent of the economy, ranging from hotels and restaurants to banking and law firms. The monthly survey, called a purchasing managers’ index, showed a reading of 52.9 in August for services, bouncing back from a record fall to 47.4 in July.’ – The Times (£)

  • How wrong Osborne was – Daily Mail Leader
  • So much for Carney’s expertise – The Sun Says (£)
  • Exports and tourism boom, too – The Sun (£)
  • Four more countries want free trade deals – The Sun (£)
  • Downing Street explores Philp’s proposals on executive pay – The Times (£)

BMA calls off first five-day strike as thousands of doctors rebel against militants

NHS‘An unprecedented series of week-long junior doctor strikes was thrown into chaos on Monday night after a mutiny from medics, who feared the walkouts could cost lives. The British Medical Association (BMA) said it would suspend the first walk out – due to begin Monday 12 September – after being warned by senior and junior doctors that the plans were too dangerous. The BMA admitted that it acted after being contacted by “thousands” of junior doctors concerned that patient safety will be compromised by the planned five day walkout.’ – Daily Telegraph

Ganesh: May should call a snap election

‘Unlike her predecessors, Mrs May can cash in on this temporary suspension of normal politics without any material risk to herself. Mr Brown never recovered from his vacillation of nine years ago, when he ducked an election he had openly mulled all summer. But it was a much harder decision. He already had a majority four times as large as Mrs May’s and, though banks would fall a year later, no controversial plans for government. Mrs May has no such reason to demur. A quick election could keep her in power until she is bored.’ – Janan Ganesh, FT

Lords Speaker calls for the House to be reduced by 200 peers

LORDS logo‘Lord Fowler, who is the new Speaker in the House of Lords, said the upper chamber ‘cannot justify’ having over 800 members while the House of Commons is being cut. He warned that Parliament must stop ‘faffing around’ with Lords reform and just do it…Lord Fowler said in an interview with The House Magazine: ‘I don’t think that we can justify a situation where you have over 800 peers at the same time as you’re bringing down the Commons to 600 MPs. The principle, it seems to me, is that we should have fewer Lords. We should certainly not have more peers than there are Members of Parliament.’ – Daily Mail

Goddard quit child abuse inquiry in protest at its scope and feasibility

‘The national public inquiry into child sex abuse is too big, unwieldy and under-funded to succeed, and must be overhauled, according to the judge who quit as its chief last month. Dame Lowell Goddard urged Amber Rudd, the home secretary, to carry out a full review of the inquiry that stretches back more than 60 years and spans institutions including the church, councils, schools and Westminster. It is expected to run for at least a decade at a cost of £100 million. In a memorandum seen by The Times, Dame Lowell called for the inquiry to be “remodelled” to focus more on current issues and on the future protection of children.’ – The Times (£)

Wilshaw attacks ‘tosh and nonsense’ idea of bringing back grammar schools

Michael Wilshaw‘Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of schools, has said the idea of bringing back grammar schools is “tosh and nonsense” and would be a “profoundly retrograde step”. The head of Ofsted said the selective model – long favoured by many Conservatives – would fail the poorest children. Reports have suggested Theresa May, the Prime Minister, is getting ready to bring back grammars…But Sir Michael, who is due to leave his post after five years this autumn, said: “The notion that the poor stand to benefit from the return of grammar schools strikes me as quite palpable tosh and nonsense – and is very clearly refuted by the London experience.”‘ – Daily Telegraph

Home Affairs Select Committee consider no confidence vote against Vaz

‘Political support was haemorrhaging from Keith Vaz last night as pressure mounted on him to quit as chairman of one of Parliament’s most powerful committees. Members of the Commons home affairs select committee were considering an unprecedented vote of no confidence in the senior Labour MP after he was caught allegedly paying rent boys for sex and offering to buy drugs. Prime Minister Theresa May also effectively suggested the ex-minister should resign when she insisted that people wanted ‘confidence in their politicians’.’ – Daily Mail

Red, red whine: Bitterly divided between warring factions – half of UB40 endorse Corbyn

LABOUR dead rose‘The good news for Jeremy Corbyn is that he has gained the endorsement of a hugely successful band with 70m record sales to their name. The less good news: this is a band with a history of brutal infighting that puts even Labour’s recent tumultuous months in the shade. The band in question is UB40, the Birmingham-formed reggae superstars who enjoyed dozens of chart hits during the 1980s and 90s, among them three UK number ones. More specifically it is one incarnation of UB40 – the version led by guitarist and vocalist Robin Campbell, and featuring the majority of the original lineup. There is, however, another band of the same name, headed by Ali Campbell – Robin’s younger brother and the original lead vocalist – which also features two founding members.’ – The Guardian

  • He is investigating the possibility that Labour officials are rigging the contest – The Guardian
  • Re-elect Jeremy and you condemn Labour to irrelevance, warns Smith – The Guardian
  • Corbyn invites JK Rowling to meet with him – Daily Telegraph

News in Brief

  • Prince Harry’s message to Invictus athletes at the Paralympic Games – Daily Mail
  • MoD accused of offering ISIS a hitlist of the British Army – The Times (£)
  • Airport protesters cause chaos at City – The Sun (£)
  • Sellafield safety concerns revealed – FT
  • Poor students to benefit from tuition fee rise – The Times (£)
  • Save the world’s elephants – William Hague, Daily Telegraph