EU 1) Prime Minister blasts Corbyn over patriotism and Brexit

“Theresa May questioned Jeremy Corbyn’s patriotism yesterday as the two leaders clashed furiously over their strategy for Brexit. In an upbeat assessment of Britain’s prospects outside the EU, the Prime Minister said the UK’s ‘best days lie ahead’ – but she warned that Mr Corbyn would wreck hopes of a good Brexit deal as he ‘doesn’t believe in’ Brexit or Britain. The Labour leader later confirmed his soft approach to Brexit, saying that there were no circumstances in which he would take Britain out of the European Union without a deal. Mr Corbyn has faced repeated questions about his patriotism after previously refusing to sing the national anthem and voicing sympathy for the IRA during the Northern Ireland Troubles.” – Daily Mail

  • May calls on Leave voters to ‘have faith’ – The Sun
  • Tory leader promises to embrace ‘promise of Brexit’ – FT
  • Prime Minister tries to revive Tory campaign – The Scotsman
  • An upbeat vision of post-Brexit Britain – The Guardian
  • Johnson accuses Labour of wanting to keep Britain in the EU – The Sun



  • Corbyn says leaving with no deal ‘a disaster’ – The Guardian
  • Labour leader thinks immigration control is racist – The Sun


  • Prime Minister pledges to work with Square Mile for a good deal – Daily Telegraph
  • Rivals are short on detail on the big Euro questions – The Times (£)
  • BBC host ‘berates’ Sturgeon over SNP’s influence on Brexit talks – Daily Express


  • Little Miss Sunshine shakes off the gloom to bat for Brexitshire – Patrick Kidd, The Times (£)

>Today: Douglas Carswell’s column: Ten reasons to vote for Theresa May next Thursday


EU 2) Gummer and Davis set for promotion in post-election reshuffle

“Ben Gummer is being lined up as the new Brexit secretary in a post-election reshuffle, with David Davis promoted to foreign secretary. Theresa May’s key calculation as she mulls over possible changes is whether Boris Johnson can be moved, according to senior Tories. The option of placing Mr Gummer in charge of the Brexit department is being canvassed by No 10, Whitehall sources have confirmed. Although he is not yet a cabinet minister, the Tory candidate for Ipswich and son of Lord Deben, who as John Selwyn Gummer was environment secretary, is highly rated by the prime minister. Ben Gummer already sits on the Brexit committee as part of his work ensuring that No 10’s priorities are being implemented across government departments.” – The Times (£)

  • UK pharma faces ‘crisis’ without early Brexit deal – Daily Telegraph
  • The Brexit risks for the NHS – FT
  • Lib Dems claim Brexit makes them the ‘real party of business’ – The Independent


  • Trade reality exposes the absurdity of ‘no deal’ – Martin Wolf, FT
  • Brexit is all May has left to get herself elected – Anne Perkins, The Guardian


  • May has a far superior team to Corbyn and should show them off more – Daily Telegraph

>Today: Iain Dale’s column: Rudd to the Treasury, a Gove comeback, McLoughlin to quit. What may happen in the reshuffle.

May criticised over delay in condemning Trump’s climate policy

“Prime Minister Theresa May has told Donald Trump of her ‘disappointment’ at his decision to withdraw from the world’s first deal to tackle global warming. US President Trump said he would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a 190-nation agreement designed to curb rising global temperatures, claiming it was more about giving other countries a ‘financial advantage’ over theirs. Mrs May stressed that Britain remained committed to the agreement, Downing Street said in a statement. She refused to criticise Trump before he made the decision, saying he was free to pull out of the Paris Agreement.” – Daily Mail


  • Hysteria over deal is overstated: technology and markets, not bureaucrats, are the solution – The Times (£)

>Today: ToryDiary: Our survey and the manifesto. How party members ranked the policies – from Brexit to the energy price cap. Full list.

>Yesterday: Ben Roback in International: More flipflops than Brighton Beach – why we can’t trust Trump on NATO

Fraser Nelson: The Prime Minister should not be ditching Conservatism when it has achieved so much

It’s hard to think of a time when the Tories had more to boast about. In a continent mired in joblessness, Britain is celebrating the highest employment levels in its history. Why? Because Tories cut taxes and regulation, then reformed welfare. Jeremy Corbyn moans about the steep corporation tax cuts: why does no one explain to him that, as a result, corporation tax receipts are at an all-time high? Yes, the 50p top rate of tax was cut. This week, it emerged that the best-paid 1 per cent now pay 28 per cent of all income tax. No Labour government has ever squeezed more from the wealthiest.” – Daily Telegraph

  • How dare Labour say it’s the only party that represents minorities – James Cleverly, The Guardian

Election 1) Conservatives chasing ‘majority of 80’ by campaigning in Labour seats

“Senior allies of Theresa May believe that she is on course to win an overall majority of at least 80 seats despite the narrowing of the polls. The Conservative campaign is continuing to target Labour-held seats with large majorities, believing that the number of Tory MPs will rise from 330, the number when parliament was dissolved, to 365 or more. Meanwhile analysis of constituency visits reveals that the Conservatives are repeatedly deploying cabinet ministers in seats with large Labour leads, in a sign that the party believes it is still on track for a huge majority.” – The Times (£)

  • May’s hopes of winning South Wales fade – FT
  • Plymouth paper hits back at May for empty answers – The Times (£)
  • Rudd defending slender majority – The Times (£)
  • Tories pull in 11 times as much in donations as Labour – FT
  • A peek inside the Conservative battle bus – The Sun


  • Home Secretary’s political stardust could help her shine through – Jane Merrick, Times Red Box


  • I tried asking May a question: here’s how I got on – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph
  • On the campaign trail with Johnson in Sussex – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

>Today: Tina Stowell in Comment: We must learn the lessons of the uproar over social care

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Our survey. The Conservative election campaign fails to enthuse Party members

Election 2) Tories ‘go to war’ over BBC audience bias

“The Tories were at war with the BBC over Left-wing bias last night as Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn prepared for a crunch debate on Question Time this evening. Conservative central office lodged a complaint with the corporation yesterday over the treatment of Home Secretary Amber Rudd by a TV audience described as ‘the most Left-wing ever’. The Tories are demanding that the BBC review its rules for audience selection for tonight’s Question Time debate in which the Conservative and Labour leaders will both field questions from the public.” – Daily Mail

  • Conservatives make formal complaint over debate audience composition – Daily Telegraph
  • How ‘impartial’ BBC has kept up relentless attack on the Tories – Daily Mail


  • Leaders’ debate proves there are still plenty of shy Tories – Verity Ryan, Daily Telegraph
  • I’m a political journalist and even I found this circus tiresome – Jane Merrick, Daily Telegraph


  • Ugly, uninformative, and biased debate demeaned democracy – Daily Mail

Election 3) Labour’s ‘death tax trap’ for over a million households

“Jeremy Corbyn will drag an extra 1.2 million family homes into the grip of inheritance tax if he wins the election, new figures suggested last night. In a move to target wealthier families, Labour will scrap Conservative plans to raise the inheritance tax threshold to £1 million by 2021. Instead, the party confirmed it would reduce it from £850,000 to just £650,000 – a move which would slash the amount the middle classes can pass on to their children. The policy is not in the Labour manifesto, but appears in a separate costings document.” – Daily Mail

  • Million more would face inheritance tax raid – The Times (£)
  • Number of high earners in 60 per cent ‘trap’ set to double – Daily Telegraph


  • Corbyn and McDonnell backed group that issued ‘squatter’s guide’ – Daily Mail
  • Labour leadership championed system wrecking Venezuela – The Sun
  • Sanders ‘very impressed’ by Corbyn – The Independent


  • We know from experience that Corbyn’s economic policies won’t work – Ryan Bourne, Daily Telegraph
  • Make a choice: more austerity, or new taxes – Ed Conway, The Times (£)
  • If we keep squeezing golden geese, they fly away – Allister Heath, Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: Abbott’s Arithmetic 4) What price water nationalisation?

Election 4) Momentum running cutting-edge campaign for youth vote

“Outside the traditional party campaigns, a grassroots group has led the way in adopting cutting-edge technology, canvassing techniques and vibrant branding to appeal to young voters. Momentum, the left-wing network of Jeremy Corbyn supporters, is running a tech-savvy campaign to get out the youth vote that will be crucial to Labour’s performance on June 8. It has combined its focus on digital tools with lessons from US organisers who worked on Bernie Sanders’s campaign in last year’s presidential election. Irreverent memes on social media and endorsements from high-profile figures are being used to stand out.” – The Times (£)

  • Opposition election campaign ‘boosted by fake Twitter accounts’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Labour promises to write off student debt – The Times (£)
  • Reluctant young voters pose test for campaigns – FT

More left:

  • Trades union membership at lowest level since World War Two – The Times (£)


  • What use are Corbynista clicktivists? Quite a lot, actually – Rachel Shabi, The Guardian

Philip Collins: Corbyn’s surge marks a new low for Labour

“Labour is not actually winning, though you would never know it from the reaction in the party to its surge. Therein lies the secret of why this could have been Labour’s worst week in years. The prevailing, unspoken, assumption among Labour MPs before this election began was that it would be a condensed education in political reality for their membership. The Tories would throw a lot of mud, most of which would stick. Mr Corbyn would collapse under pressure and the electorate would deliver a damning verdict. All of that may yet happen but it no longer matters. The surge has changed everything because it is now so much harder to argue that Mr Corbyn’s brand of politics is not viable. Even if the result shows that it is not in fact viable that case is now lost, for the time being, in the Labour Party.” – The Times (£)

  • Why is Britain so disenchanted with its politicians? – Matthew Engel, FT

Scotland 1) Davidson launches staunch defence of May’s character

“Ruth Davidson has denied that Theresa May is a “wobbler” as she delivered an impassioned defence of the Prime Minister’s character in the wake of a series of about-turns and the Tory General Election poll lead being decimated. The Scottish Tory leader said the Prime Minister was a “serious person of government” rather than a “reality TV star” like the US President, Donald Trump. She said she had witnessed Mrs May’s “application” and “diligence” in 10 Downing Street and predicted she will “absolutely rise to the challenge” during the forthcoming Brexit negotiations. Rejecting claims that the campaign has showed the Prime Minister “crumbles” under pressure, Ms Davidson said she had stood firm against a second independence referendum and contrasted this with Jeremy Corbyn stating another vote would be “absolutely fine.”” – Daily Telegraph

  • Robertson set to lose Moray seat – The Scotsman
  • Sturgeon ducks claim that referendum call caused popularity slump – The Scotsman


  • Sturgeon the target as Davidson and Dugdale fight to head off ‘indyref2’ – Alan Cochrane, Daily Telegraph

Scotland 2) Labour plan to use SNP to gain power… without ‘deals’

“Labour will try to form a minority government and rely on SNP votes to implement its policies in the event of a hung parliament, it said yesterday. Although the party insisted that it would strike “no deals” with the Scottish Nationalists or others, it said that it would challenge them to help Labour or face explaining to their supporters why they were letting the Tories back into government. After weeks of refusing to discuss its stance if there is an inconclusive result next Thursday, Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, committed Labour to a minority government. She spoke as the prospect of a hung parliament grew more feasible, with polls showing the party gaining ground on the Conservatives.” – The Times (£)

  • Thornberry reveals Labour’s plot to snatch power – Daily Express

More SNP:

  • Nationalists set four-year target to improve Scottish schools – FT

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Oil, fish, independence and Brexit – exploring the election in Scotland

Clegg claims legalising cannabis would boost public health

“Making cannabis legal in the UK would improve public health, Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg claims. The decision would stop weed smokers from getting their hands on dangerous super-strength strains of the herb. This would protect them from the side effects of smoking ‘skunk’ such as schizophrenia and other mental health issues, he said. Selling cannabis over-the-counter would also generate £1billion each year in taxes and stop criminals from profiting on the illegal trade.” – Daily Mail

  • Andrew Neil savages Tim Farron – The Sun


  • Farron has shown we still can’t trust the Lib Dems – Marienna Pope-Weidemann, The Guardian

News in Brief:

  • Patients face three-week delay to see a GP – Daily Mail
  • Public concern over NHS at highest level in 15 years – The Independent
  • British Airways fiasco blamed on staff blunder – The Times (£)
  • Thirty six dead in Philippines hotel attack – Daily Telegraph
  • Talk of early election add to Italian jitters – FT
  • Sick touts ‘cash in’ on Manchester bombing – The Sun
  • Doctors want minimum pricing for sweets – Daily Mail
  • Fears of property recession as house prices slump – The Times (£)
  • Failure of £46 million Police Scotland IT project ‘a blow’ – The Scotsman