May claims shock Trump victory shows why Britain needs to control immigration

IMMIGRATION mat“Donald Trump’s shock victory shows that the Government must deal once and for all with the “overlooked” communities that have been transformed irrevocably by immigration without the “permission” of British voters, Theresa May will say. In her first significant assessment of Mr Trump’s election, the Prime Minister will say that his victory shows the need for a “new approach to managing the forces of globalisation” that does not ignore the working classes. And she will launch a forthright attack on business figures who “appear to game the system” and “work to a different set of rules”.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Prime Minister vows to tackle rampant immigration – The Sun
  • ‘Golden opportunity’ to beat Brussels to US deals – Daily Express
  • May sets out stall for UK’s place in Trump’s world – The Guardian


  • Trump confirms intention to deport ‘two to three million’ illegal immigrants – Daily Mail
  • Toned-down Republican leader fills key post with Party stalwart – The Times (£)
  • Tale of two Trumps plays out in first appointments – FT
  • NATO chief warns of greatest challenge to Western security ‘in a generation’ if Trump drops alliance – Daily Mail
  • Clinton blames FBI chief for her election defeat – The Times (£)


  • The leaders who could provide the next shock to the system – Daily Mail
  • US result a boost to my chances, says Le Pen – The Times (£)
  • Marr defends interview with Front National leader – The Guardian
  • Italian referendum could send shockwaves through Europe – Daily Express

Matt Ridley: Time to look on the bright side of Trump

“It’s possible of course that Donald Trump will start a culture war, a trade war and a nuclear war, but it’s also just possible that, while behaving like an oaf, he will preside over a competent administration. So here, after a few days of talking to people in America’s two biggest economies, California and Texas, are ten reasons why I think a Trump presidency may not be as awful as many think, even if, like me, you heard the news of his victory with a sinking feeling.” – The Times (£)

  • From Brexit to Trumpism, the malign new transatlantic force – Matthew d’Ancona, The Guardian
  • May will need to rethink her attitude towards the UKIP leader – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun
  • We’re in a depression, that’s why Trump took the White House – Larry Elliott, The Guardian
  • Clinton is wrong to blame Comey – Tim Montgomerie, The Times (£)


  • Will Trump’s victory make them listen? – Daily Mail
  • Rage on the right threatens the values, safety, and prosperity of the West – The Times (£)

>TodayClinton didn’t lose because of racism or sexism. She lost because she had nothing new to offer

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: A response from the Left to Trump’s win

Tories split over Farage’s role in deal with President-elect

US flag“Theresa May is under fire from senior Conservatives for refusing to use Nigel Farage to build links with Donald Trump after the Ukip leader became the first foreign politician to meet the US president-elect. A Tory donor and a former Conservative trade envoy called on ministers to deploy Mr Farage in the diplomatic effort. Downing Street is refusing to use him to build bridges before Brexit after Mr Trump’s shock victory last week. There are signs of a split within the government over Mr Farage’s treatment. Some inside Whitehall believe that No 10 has been too hasty in rejecting his involvement despite it becoming clear that he still has links to Mr Trump.” – The Times (£)

  • May faces Cabinet backlash over refusal to deal with UKIP leader – Daily Telegraph
  • Inside Farage’s astonishing coup as he becomes the first foreign politician to meet Trump – Daily Mail

Nigel Farage: Trump will not be the ogre some fear but we need to mend fences, and I can help

We talked to all of the key players in Trump’s team and it’s perfectly clear that to a man and woman they are anglophiles. We talked about the prospect of the United Kingdom being at the front of the queue, all of which was met positively. The only slight negative I picked up was the sense that so many senior Conservative figures and indeed important staff figures who now work in No 10 had been so unrelentingly negative about The Donald. Clearly, there are fences to be mended.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Get down to business and deal with the President-elect – Brian Monteith, The Scotsman
  • Trump and Farage, the picture that says it all about 2016 – Tim Stanley, Daily Telegraph



EU 1) Johnson and others snub Brussels’ ’emergency’ meeting on Trump

johnson“Donald Trump divided Europe last night as France joined Britain in snubbing emergency EU talks on the bloc’s approach to him. French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault followed Boris Johnson by ignoring the special summit in Brussels on the US President-elect. Hungary’s foreign minister also boycotted the talks, saying the reaction of some in the EU was bordering on “hysterical”. Foreign Secretary Mr Johnson’s aides said he saw no point in attending the talks — planned as a precursor to the regular EU Foreign Affairs Council today.” – The Sun

  • Split highlights EU’s difficulty coordinating response – FT
  • British tourists to pay for visas in new security crackdown – Daily Express

EU 2) May urged to create new ‘free ports’ to help meet Brexit challenges

“Theresa May has been urged to create “free ports” across Brexit Britain in a bid to create nearly 90,000 jobs and boost trade links with the rest of the world. A think tank said new tariff-free trade zones around existing ports would allow manufacturers on site to import and export without paying any duty and customs charge… Tory backbencher Rishi Sunak – who wrote the report – said: “Upon leaving the EU, Britain will find itself with more opportunities for economic innovation than at any time in almost 50 years.”” – The Sun

  • Reform to ports could boost UK industry – The Times (£)
  • Current EU rules prevented innovation, says MP – City AM

More Brexit:

  • RBS chairman calls on May to draw up transitional plan – The Guardian
  • Brexit drives firms to drop £65bn of investment – The Times (£)
  • Scotland facing up to £1.3bn extra cuts after ‘growth shock’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Losing Euro-denominated clearing would cost London 83,000 jobs – FT
  • Cameron makes £120,000 for one-hour speech on Brexit risks – Daily Mail
  • Campaigners demand Brexiteers honour promise of £350m for NHS – The Independent


  • Brexit will allow the creation of a wave of job-creating ‘free ports’ – Tim Knox, Brexit Central
  • Trump’s election reinforces the need to turn against Brexit – William Keegan, The Guardian


Ministers 1) Hammond to push ahead with tax cuts

cut taxes“Philip Hammond will press ahead with billions of pounds worth of middle-class tax cuts despite a black hole in the nation’s finances. The chancellor has rejected calls to abandon Conservative election promises to increase the amount workers can earn before paying the 40p tax rate. He will use the autumn statement next week to set out his response to the revised forecasts for growth and tax receipts, saying that uncertainty caused by Brexit will last for years.” – The Times (£)

  • Campaigners and MPs urge Chancellor to deliver fair deal on fuel – The Sun
  • Pound raises cost of EU contribution – FT

Ministers 2) Clark orders investigation into energy firms

“Greedy Big Six energy firms are making profits seven times bigger than they claim, a secret report uncovered by The Sun reveals. Energy Secretary Greg Clark last night ordered a probe into the suppliers’ tariffs… The firms were accused of “punishing customers” by making up to 24 per cent profit on standard tariffs. The mark-ups — seven times bigger than the profits they claimed — were revealed in a secret report produced for Energy UK, which represents power firms.” – The Sun

More ministers:

  • Government insists on mayors to unlock devolution cash – FT

>Today: Local Government: Mayor of Liverpool proposes referendum on ten per cent Council Tax rise

Labour may re-admit banned militants

LABOUR dead rose“Jeremy Corbyn has risked angering Labour MPs by refusing to rule out the re-admission of hard-left activists banned from the party in the 1980s. Dozens of figures from the Militant group that provoked a civil war in the party 30 years ago have applied to re-join Labour to help Mr Corbyn stop “further compromise and retreats” to “pacify the Blairites”. Re-admission of any of the figures would cause serious concern among most Labour MPs. Mr Corbyn said that anyone who was no longer in a group banned under Labour rules was “free to join the party”.” – The Times (£)

  • Corbyn says NATO’s border with Russia should be ‘demilitarised’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Vaz faces calls to resign from Justice Committee – Daily Mail

Scottish taxpayers face huge legal bill for controversial ‘Named Persons’ case

“Scottish taxpayers are facing a £500,000 legal bill after the UK’s highest court ruled that parts of the SNP’s plan to assign every child a state guardian were ruled unlawful. The Supreme Court has ordered the Scottish Government to pay the £250,000 costs racked up by the No to Named Person (NO2NP) campaign, which won a significant victory in July that forced ministers to put the scheme on hold. With the Scottish Government’s own legal bill expected to be at least as much, the case is on course to cost the public purse around half a million pounds.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Prosecutors warn budget cuts are undermining Scots justice system – The Scotsman

News in Brief:

  • England’s higher education system ‘in tatters’ – FT
  • Secret plan to close units as NHS tackles budget crisis – Daily Mail
  • Fears that secretive reforms will put savings before patients – The Times (£)
  • Powerful aftershocks of earthquake rock New Zealand – Daily Telegraph
  • Japanese economy smashes forecasts with 2.2 per cent GDP growth – FT
  • Jo Cox accused to stand trial for her murder – Daily Express
  • MPs to ask RSPCA to stop carrying out prosecutions – The Guardian
  • Calls for Scottish Labour to back federal UK model – The Scotsman