Corbyn’s reshuffle provokes backlash from Labour MPs

Jeremy Corbyn“Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing a row over his new shadow cabinet, after the chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party said he was not informed about the reshuffle. John Cryer said in a letter to MPs that the party leadership had not told him or sacked chief whip Rosie Winterton about the changes. The PLP had held talks with party leaders over shadow cabinet elections. A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said he was willing to continue the discussions.” – BBC

  • New shadow cabinet in full – BBC
  • Watson made Shadow Culture Secretary – Daily Mail
  • Removing Ashworth from the NEC tightens Corbyn’s grip – The Times(£)
  • Miliband rejected plea to stay on as Leader – The Times(£)


  • This reshuffle takes Labour further away from working class voters in the North and the Midlands – James Forsyth The Sun
  • Corbyn’s silliest reshuffle yet – Tom Harris Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: Left Watch: Corbyn’s reshuffle shows he still isn’t interested in the concerns of MPs in marginal seats

Government to scrap 15 year limits on expats right to vote in UK General Elections

“The government has published details of plans to scrap the 15-year limit on expats’ right to vote in UK general elections. Constitution Minister Chris Skidmore said the “votes for life” would allow British citizens who have moved abroad to participate in British democracy. It follows a long campaign waged by World War Two veteran Harry Shindler. Mr Shindler, 95, told the BBC: “It seems the government are moving [on this] and that’s good.” – BBC

  • Change is right and fair says Geoffrey Clifton-Brown – Independent

Hammond urges calm after Sterling’s flash crash…

HAMMOND Philip Marr“Chancellor Philip Hammond has responded to the flash crash in sterling saying that market turbulence is to be expected, but the UK economy is fundamentally strong. The pound was pummelled in the currency markets in Friday Asian trading, with traders blaming concerns over Brexit and a flash crash that hit the market. The pound briefly fell 6% to $1.1841, the biggest move since the Brexit vote. Sterling later recovered most of those losses but remained 1.3% lower.” – BBC

  • Was a computer reading of a doom-laden report in the FT to blame? – Daily Mail
  • Pound worth less than a euro at airports – The Times(£)


>Today: David Boyle on Comment: What will Theresanomics look like?

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Hammond climbs, Rudd falls in our Cabinet League Table

…as he ditches Osborne’s plan for a retail offer of Lloyds shares

“The government has abandoned plans to launch a major retail share offer of the 9% of Lloyds Bank it still owns. The chancellor said market volatility meant it was not sensible to attempt to sell the multi-billion pound stake it still owns to members of the public. The shares will now be sold via a “trading plan” – small tranches of shares sold to institutional investors.” – BBC

Brexit 1) CBI lobbies to remain in the Single Market

cbi-logo“A group of major business lobby groups have written an open letter urging the government to preserve barrier free trade with Europe. The letter is signed by leaders of the CBI and manufacturers’ body the EEF. It says the way in which the UK leaves the EU and on what terms is critical for jobs and investment in the UK. It says defaulting to trading by World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules would leave 90% of UK goods trade with the EU subject to new tariffs.” – BBC

  • Business chiefs go soft – The Sun
  • LSE claims foreign academics prevented from advising Foreign Office – BBC
  • Juncker sued over ban on informal Brexit discussions – BBC

Brexit 2) All EU nationals will be allowed to stay in the UK after Brexit

“All EU nationals currently living in Britain will be allowed to stay following Brexit, after the Home Office discovered that five in six could not legally be deported. There are around 3.6 million EU citizens living in the UK, more than 80 per cent of whom will have permanent residency rights by the time Britain leaves the union in early 2019, official research has concluded. The remainder – more than 600,000 people – will be offered an amnesty, with several Cabinet ministers telling The Telegraph that those citizens will be offered the right to stay permanently, in a policy that may prove controversial.” – Daily Telegraph

Brexit 3) We will punish the UK pledges Hollandefrancois_hollande_2015-jpeg“Britain will be made to ‘pay’ for leaving the EU, Francois Hollande has warned. The French president said Britain should be punished for Brexit as a warning to other nations. Launching a furious attack on Britain decision to leave the EU, the leader echoed the sentiments of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  Yesterday she said Britain may not be given access to the European Union’s internal market if it limits immigration, as it would lead to a free-for-all in Europe.” – Daily Mail

  • He won’t be running France for long anyway – The Sun Says

Brexit 4) New job for Craig Oliver

“The spin chief who led David Cameron’s Remain campaign is cashing in on his failure with a lucrative job at a company advising firms on Brexit. Sir Craig Oliver will be paid a six-figure salary as an adviser at global consultancy Teneo. The US-based firm has set up a ‘Brexit client transition unit’ to advise companies on how to influence the Government’s plans to leave the EU. But the prospect of one of the men who lost the referendum advising pro-EU firms on making the best of Brexit will raise fears of a conflict of interest.” – Daily Mail

Gove takes the blame for fallout with Boris and Cameron

Michael Gove“Michael Gove says he takes the blame for the rupture with his former friends David Cameron and Boris Johnson and his own calamitous political fall. He compares his behaviour in the days after the Brexit vote to “driving 100 miles per hour and crashing into a brick wall” in a candid interview published in The Times Magazine today. The former justice secretary says he is “most to blame” for first backing Mr Johnson as Tory leader and then knifing him to launch his own campaign to replace Mr Cameron. “Sometimes, my judgment has been faulty. Sometimes, horrendously faulty.” – The Times(£)

Goldsmith will quit as an MP if third runway approved at Heathrow

“Zac Goldsmith has reiterated that he will quit his role as a Conservative MP if the Government gives the green light to a third runway at Heathrow. There is mounting speculation the Government is set to back a third runway in the coming weeks, ending years of rowing about airport expansion. Mr Goldsmith, the MP for Richmond, has been one of the leading figures against Heathrow expansion.” – Independent

UKIP fight was “handbags at dawn”

WOOLF Steven“THE Ukip MEP at the centre of a brawl which left a colleague  unconscious yesterday claimed it was just “handbags at dawn”. Mike Hookem insisted he did not throw a punch in  the slanging match with Steven Woolfe. Mr Hookem, Ukip’s defence spokesman, joked: “It was   girl on girl. I’m a 63-year-old grandfather. “I don’t go rolling about the floor with people at my time of life. The truth is I never hit him. Steven was the one who stood up and said, ‘Let’s take this out the room mano a mano’ — some phrase he’s got from some cowboy or western film. “We had a tussle like two tarts dancing round a handbag. It lasted seconds.” – The Sun

  • Who will be the next UKIP Leader? – The Sun
  • What is UKIP playing at? James Delingpole Daily Express

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The not-so-bad Woolfe

Khan attacked for hypocrisy over his love of the red carpet

“Sadiq Khan launched his campaign to be mayor of London saying: “For the last eight years you’ve seen a red carpet mayor, somebody who is fantastic going to openings, great with a flute of champagne in his hands. I’d rather roll up my sleeves and fight for all Londoners.” The mayor was yesterday branded a hypocrite for winning power by attacking Boris Johnson’s partygoing — and then doing the same himself.” – The Times(£)

Guardian admits Traingate errors

Guardian logo“Traingate” seems to have developed as much from Guardian flaws as Guardian strengths. The video of Jeremy Corbyn sitting on the floor of a train, disclosed exclusively online on 16 August, was mistakenly treated by the Guardian more as freelance journalism than what it actually was: a kind of gonzo news release by two Corbyn supporters….Although the Guardian did not intend to mislead readers, that was the effect for some time. Its pre-publication checks and balances failed in some respects. Post-publication, it was not quick enough to fix what it could, and to explain.” – Paul Chadwick The Guardian

Republicans condemn Trump’s obscene comments about women

“Senior Republicans have condemned obscene comments Donald Trump made about women in a 2005 videotape. In the video, posted by the Washington Post, Mr Trump is heard telling TV host Billy Bush “you can do anything” to women “when you’re a star”. The New York businessman bragged about trying to have sex with a married woman as well as kissing and groping others.” – BBC

Moore: May should accept that Government also has the capacity to harm

moorenew“Mrs May is right that government can do good. It can provide the infrastructure and security, the legal and regulatory framework, the political encouragement, even (though politicians should use it much more sparingly) the bully pulpit. But government’s capacity for harm is far more striking. The Prime Minister spoke of what she wants to do with the British economy as the ‘kind of change which will never happen just by itself’. Yet some of her main targets for improvement are in a poor way chiefly because of government failure.” – Charles Moore Daily Telegraph

  • Theresa’s bold vision and the enemy within – Leader Daily Mail

Parris: Free market liberals have nowhere else to go so we back May’s new populism

“I stay on board, but uneasily. The prime minister calculates — and for the moment correctly — that free-market liberals have nowhere else to go. We can’t pretend we like being kicked by her so she can milk the applause of a populist audience, but we do see why she’s doing it. We liberals got some very big things wrong recently. We didn’t anticipate that the EU referendum would be turned into a referendum on whether people were happy with the status quo in their lives, and nor did we expect that so many were not happy.” – Matthew Parris The Times(£)

Sandbrook: Ken Clarke was the best PM we never had

CLARKE Murnaghan“It is not just that he was comfortably the best Chancellor of the past quarter-century, handing over the kind of prosperous economy that we can only dream of today. The fact is that, more than any other politician of his generation, Mr Clarke cut a splendidly genial, sensible and normal figure. He has never taken himself too seriously, but he has never been anything less than seriously impressive.” – Dominic Sandbrook Daily Mail

News in brief

  • Natalie Bennett to contest Sheffield Central for the Green Party at the next election – BBC
  • Rooney faces £3.5 million tax bill – The Times(£)
  • Thousands of illegal immigrants sneak in says former Border chief – Daily Express
  • 20 mph zones spreading throughout the nation – The Times(£)