May could have to face MPs over inquiry judge

MAY Theresa menacing“Theresa May could be hauled before MPs to explain what she knew about allegations of racism and bullying levelled at the former head of the troubled inquiry into historic child sex abuse claims. Tim Loughton, acting chairman of the Commons home affairs committee, yesterday said MPs would consider summoning the Prime Minister if they failed to get answers from officials over the abrupt departure of Dame Justice Lowell Goddard as the inquiry’s third chairman.” – Daily Mail

  • Even victims say probe should be halted – Daily Mail
  • Compensating Northern Ireland’s child abuse victims could cost £30m – News Letter

More May:

  • Blocked banking deal hangs over May’s India trip – The Times (£)

Chancellor clashes with Brexiteers on migrants

“The chancellor has angered Eurosceptic ministers by calling for a delay on migration curbs that would lead to a hard Brexit and dismay business. Philip Hammond suggested that members of the Brexit cabinet committee should continue examining options after Amber Rudd, the home secretary, put forward plans for a visa-entry scheme for skilled migrants. Her plan would close the door to low-skilled migrants from the EU. Mr Hammond made the intervention at a meeting last Wednesday of the Brexit cabinet sub-committee.” – The Times (£)

  • Treasury forced to deny that Hammond has twice threatened to resign – The Sun
  • UK looks at paying billions into EU budget after Brexit – FT
  • May to pump in cash to keep single market access – Daily Express
  • Downing Street insists May wants Carney to stay – FT

More Cabinet:

  • Hunt announces rapid compensation scheme for children disabled by medical blunders – Daily Mail
  • Rudd urged to block neo-Nazi band from entering the UK – The Guardian


  • Let the pound fall and the economy rise – Larry Elliott, The Guardian


>Today: ToryDiary: That difficult imponderable debatable early general election

>Yesterday: Chris Bryce in Comment: Hammond has a chance to reset policy towards the smallest businesses

Johnson: attempt to write pro-EU article made it clear I backed Brexit

BORIS union flag“Boris Johnson has said his attempt to write an article making the case for staying in the EU had made it ‘blindingly obvious’ he should back Brexit… It was never published. Instead, Mr Johnson released an alternative version in which he broke with Mr Cameron and made the case for Brexit. Yesterday he said he had written the pro-EU article as an exercise to test out his decision. He added: ‘Everybody was trying to make up their minds about whether or not to leave the European Union and it is perfectly true that back in February I was wrestling with it, like I think a lot of people in this country, and I wrote a long piece which came down overwhelmingly in favour of leaving.” – Daily Mail

  • Foreign Secretary on the warpath after article leaks – The Times (£)
  • It was obvious to back Brexit, says former Mayor – Daily Express
  • Johnson savaged by his sister over EU stance – The Sun
  • Patel claims that Remainers want to subvert the will of the people – The Times (£)
  • Debate in Parliament would reveal our hand to Brussels, claims International Development Secretary – The Guardian

More Brexit:

  • Starmer: the Brexit opponent making Labour heard on Europe – FT
  • Sturgeon sends mixed messages amidst need to unite SNP – FT
  • Clegg admits he’s trying to delay Brexit – Daily Mail
  • UK urged to get tailored deal – FT
  • Italy’s rising star warns against punishing Britain – The Times (£)

The Union:

  • Independence ‘off the table’ if UK gets soft Brexit, claims Robertson – The Scotsman
  • Mundell says Sturgeon should resign if she seeks independence vote – Daily Express
  • First Minister claims May ‘not honouring her promise to Scotland’ on talks – The Scotsman
  • McGuinness calls for special EU status for Northern Ireland – The Guardian
  • Shadow Welsh Secretary claims Tories see Brexit as a ‘game’ – Wales Online

More Johnson:

  • West lacks will to use force against Assad and Putin, warns Johnson – The Times (£)
  • Foreign Secretary pleads with Russia to ‘show mercy’ to Aleppo – FT
  • Johnson accused of appeasement after failing to stop Russia – The Sun


  • A military challenge won’t help the people of Aleppo – The Times (£)

Iain Duncan Smith: Time to set the ignorant Remainers straight

“I can well remember having conversations with Boris just days before he came out for Leave, having myself already declared. During our conversations I could see how he was rehearsing both arguments, testing my view that the best outcome for the UK was to leave. Yet when he finally told me he was joining Vote Leave, his reasoning was clear and unequivocal. I am certain the pro-EU article was just part of his hair-rumpling rumination.” – The Times (£)

  • Give me dithering Boris over these blinkered Remainers any day – Dominic Lawson, Daily Mail
  • Hard borders won’t return to Ireland after Brexit – Charlie Flanagan, The Guardian
  • Patronising elitists must respect June’s historic vote – Nigel Farage, Daily Express
  • These aren’t hard Brexiteers, they’re political extremists – Zoe Williams, The Guardian
  • We must not allow Remainers alone to dictate the terms of Brexit – Lesley Katon, Brexit Central

>Today: Nadhim Zahawi’s column: The claim that Brexit-set Britain will be a racist country is contemptible. And I’m living proof that it isn’t true.


Goldsmith threatens to resign if Heathrow gets green light

heathrow-britain“Multi-millionaire Tory MP Zac Goldsmith will resign his Commons seat in protest if Theresa May gives the green light to Heathrow expansion. And he said she risks losing MPs and councils if she backs a new runway at the airport as voters show their anger at the ballot box. The Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith, whose constituency is under the flightpath, said expanding the west London hub would prove to be a “political millstone” for the Prime Minister and urged her to reconsider.” – The Sun

  • Prime Minister warned off Heathrow expansion by her own ministers – Daily Telegraph
  • Labour adds pressure on May to approve Heathrow – The Guardian

Ofsted chief attacks grammars plan

“Theresa May’s obsession with grammar schools will harm education and wider society, Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted, has claimed. The chief inspector of schools, who retires in December, said the policy would lower standards for the majority of children and was socially divisive. Instead the prime minister should order an expansion of vocational and technical education to address skills shortages that would worsen after Brexit, he said.” – The Times (£)

Chakrabarti under pressure from MPs over anti-Semitism report

Labour holes“Shami Chakrabarti was under fire from MPs last night after refusing to say whether she was offered a peerage by Jeremy Corbyn before producing a ‘whitewash’ report on Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis. The powerful cross-party Commons home affairs committee condemned Labour’s shadow attorney-general for refusing to come clean about the issue, which it said had ‘completely undermined’ her report into anti-Semitism in the party. In a withering verdict, MPs said Lady Chakrabarti’s decision to accept a peerage and a job from Mr Corbyn ‘have thrown into question her claims that her inquiry was truly independent’. ” – Daily Mail

  • Corbyn hits back at anti-Semitism report – FT
  • Use ballots to signal open dissent against leader, urge MPs – The Guardian
  • Labour MPs demand Chakrabarti ‘come clean’ over peerage – The Sun
  • New peeress charges £5,000 for speeches – The Times (£)

More Labour:

  • Opposition’s strife blunts grammar schools attack – The Times (£)
  • Danczuk subject to ‘revenge porn’ attack – Daily Mail


  • Why I fear my poisoned party has lost its purpose – Trevor Philips, Daily Mail
  • MPs have shone a light on the anti-Semitism engulfing Labour – Alan Johnson, Daily Telegraph


  • Bigotry runs through Labour like a virus – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Gisela Stuart recounts having witnessed anti-semitism in the Labour Party

News in Brief:

  • Iraqi army launches attack to recapture Mosul from ISIS – Daily Mail
  • Green Belt to get 30,000 new houses – The Times (£)
  • Trump claims US election is ‘rigged’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Marmite battle signals wider war between retailers and suppliers – FT
  • Prince Harry brands investigations into British troops ‘a joke’ – The Sun
  • US set to authorise cyber attack on Russia – Daily Express
  • Former Plaid leader explains why he quit the party – Wales Online