May refused Hollande’s migrant ‘demand’

francois_hollande_2015-jpeg‘Theresa May has refused to bow to a personal demand from Francois Hollande to help take in 1,500 child migrants from Calais. In an escalation of tensions between the two nations over the “Jungle” camp, the French President made clear in a telephone call to Mrs May his displeasure with Britain’s efforts to help those affected. Mr Hollande went public with details of the call on Saturday as he sought to hold off political pressure from his rivals over his handling of the migrant crisis.’ – Sunday Telegraph

  • He asked her to ‘assume’ her ‘moral duty’ – Observer
  • Jungle ‘child’ was enrolled at Afghan university – Sunday Times (£)


  • We’re lacking ‘useful conversation’ about migrant crisis – Janet Daley, Sunday Telegraph
  • We’ll see another Jungle – Nick Ferrari, Sunday Express

Dominic Lawson: Sunderland’s leave vote is ‘vindicated’ by Nissan news

EU Exit brexit‘If I were one of the nearly 7,000 employees at Nissan’s Sunderland plant, I wouldn’t know whether to be delighted or enraged by the presentation of the news that the Japanese car producer had decided to base the production lines of two new versions of current models, one of them the bestselling Qashqai, here. I would be delighted that this announcement made the headlines in the national media, showing proper acknowledgment of the importance of the industrial base in the northeast of England. I would be enraged by the impression given by the London-based commentariat that, with Britain outside the European Union, it must only have been through colossal bribes that Nissan was induced to keep its Sunderland plant open at all.’Sunday Times (£)

  • Nissan decision reminds me why we must stay in single market – Lord Mandelson – Mail on Sunday
  • Whittingdale and others criticise Labour’s criticism of the deal – Mail on Sunday

Nadhim Zahawi: Brexit means Brexit. But it may also mean paying. And we should

‘The referendum is over, the people have spoken and the shock should have passed for those who advocated Remaining. … The British people have spoken decisively and so loudly that not even ‘Remoaners’ with the hardest of hearing can pretend not to have heard them. …However – and my fellow Brexiteers may be surprised to hear me say this – we may have to pay to seal the deal, and I believe we should.’ – Mail on Sunday

  • Brexit intelligence is ‘being kept’ from Johnson and Davis – Mail on Sunday 
  • Blair’s ‘kiss of death’ to the Remainers – Simon Heffer, Sunday Times (£)
  • I accept we’re leaving the EU. But I don’t accept hard Brexit – Ed Miliband, FT
  • Brexit ‘passed this week’s economic tests with flying colours’ – Stephen Pollard, Sunday Telegraph

Brexiters’ report boosts economy hopes

Claims that the economy can prosper from Brexit got a boost this weekend as a report by the pressure group Leave Means Leave found that the financial services sector would gain an extra £12bn a year in revenues as a result of the UK taking back control of regulation. The report predicts Brexit will “accelerate” the UK financial services sector by freeing it from stifling Brussels red tape. Richard Tice, co-chairman of Leave Means Leave, said: “As the world’s leading financial sector, the UK is facing a very promising and profitable future outside the EU. Being able to cut unnecessary regulation and bring back legal jurisdiction to the UK opens up a whole host of opportunity.’ – The Sunday Times (£)

  • And Change Britain claims hard Brexit will lead to doubly good trade deals – Sunday Telegraph

Hammond told not to ‘spread pre-Brexit panic’ in Autumn Statement

HAMMOND Philip Marr‘Philip Hammond has been warned against spreading pre-Brexit “panic” with a heavy-handed mini-Budget. A fresh Cabinet split has emerged up as the Chancellor prepares a raft of measures to survive the shock waves of quitting the EU. But angry colleagues fear it will only spread gloom and doom in the run-up to key Brexit talks. They have told him not to turn next month’s autumn statement into the “revenge Budget” threatened by his predecessor George Osborne. The revolt against too much stimulus is being led by International Trade Secretary and leading Brexiteer Liam Fox.’ – Sun on Sunday (£)

‘Speculation mounts’ about Carney’s future

Mark Carney‘The City is awaiting Mark Carney’s decision on whether he will stay on at the Bank of England as speculation mounted yesterday about his future. The Canadian will announce by the end of the year whether he will continue as the Bank’s governor beyond 2018, but there have been suggestions he might make a statement as soon as Thursday, when he delivers his quarterly inflation report. Mr Carney suggested during an appearance before a House of Lords committee this week that he was still weighing it up, saying it was a “personal” decision.’ – Sunday Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: Keeping hold of Carney

New review shows May moving further from Duncan Smith on welfare

‘Theresa May’s ministers have announced a major review into how the Government helps disabled people find work in another sign they are changing direction from Iain Duncan Smith’s tenure. There are fears that hundreds of thousands of disabled people who could find work are not being given enough advice and support from the state. A consultation will be launched on reforming the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), which tests if someone is fit enough to be employed, with a focus on whether to provide more job advice.’ – Sunday Telegraph

More May


  • Heathrow shows May’s government is ‘taking the big decisions’ – Greg Clark, Sun on Sunday (£)
  • May is a ‘prime minister of pretences’ – Nick Cohen, Observer
  • Lovely ‘moonshine’ about May’s ‘collegiate approach’ – John Rentoul, Independent on Sunday
  • She should’ve ‘crushed’ Goldsmith by running a candidate in Richmond – Dan Hodges, Mail on Sunday

More Tories:

Other parties:

  • UKIP leadership contenders want Farage to become ‘Lord Leave’ – Sunday Times (£)
  • Lib Dems criticised for Brexit ‘scaremongering’ in Richmond – Sunday Telegraph
  • Baroness Tonge quits after party suspends her. It’s ‘not before time’ – Rod Liddle, Sunday Times (£)

>Yesterday: Daniel Downes in Comment: Why I left Labour to join the Conservatives

Putin uses ‘soft power’ on Tories

Vladimir Putin‘Russia’s state-funded apparatus of “soft power” is directly targeting British politics. An investigation by The Sunday Times has established that Russian expenses for trips have been granted to the leaders of organisations linked to two towering figures in the Conservative Party. Robert Oulds, director of the Bruges Group — whose founder and first president was Margaret Thatcher — toured the Kremlin-funded “Donetsk People’s Republic” in eastern Ukraine.’Sunday Times (£)

>Today: Hannah David in Comment: The EU may turn sour on us – so it’s time to mull doing business with Russia

Clinton fights email crisis at Florida rally

Hillary Clinton’Hillary Clinton has described the timing of new FBI disclosures regarding the investigation into her private email server, just days before the US presidential election, as “strange”, “unprecedented” and “deeply troubling”. Speaking at a rally in Daytona Beach, Florida on Saturday, the Democratic nominee said the letter sent on Friday from FBI director James Comey to Republican congressional committee chairs, informing them of developments in the email investigation, was “deeply troubling, because voters deserve to get the full and complete facts.”’Independent on Sunday 

  • Anger grows about Coney letter – Observer
  • He ‘ignored Attorney General’s advice’ – Independent on Sunday
  • Email investigation is ‘eclipsing all else’ – FT
  • Clinton calls the FBI’s behaviour ‘troubling’ – Sunday Times (£)



  • Her ‘self-inflicted wound’ – Tim Stanley, Sunday Telegraph
  • It’s the fault of the men around her – Sarah Baxter, Sunday Times (£)
  • She needs to channel Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt – Simon Schama, FT
  • America needs another Kissinger – Niall Ferguson, Sunday Times (£)

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