Conservative Leadership: Davis urged to stand for leader at ‘secret meeting’ of Conservative MPs…

“David Davis has been urged to stand for Prime Minister at a secret Commons meeting of Conservative MPs, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. A leading Tory MP was applauded when he told the Brexit Secretary – in front of more than 40 colleagues – that he should succeed beleaguered Theresa May in Downing Street. Sources say Sir Desmond Swayne, who was a close parliamentary aide to David Cameron, told the gathering that Mrs May’s grip on power was ‘clearly limited’ and he ‘could not think of a better leader’ than Mr Davis. In response, Mr Davis insisted his current Cabinet position was his ‘last job’ in politics. The call to arms has been exposed as allies of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson say they increasingly fear Mr Davis is forming an axis with Chancellor Philip Hammond to run on a joint ticket if Mrs May resigns or is ousted in the coming months.” – Mail on Sunday

…as donors urge Party to select a fresh face

Tory MPs and donors are plotting to “skip a generation” and install a younger MP as their next leader after concluding the front-runners to replace Theresa May are too toxic. A growing number of Conservatives believe that Boris Johnson and David Davis have “had their day” and only younger faces can revive the party’s fortunes. There is fury among some MPs that older colleagues have lost their majority and risk ushering in a Labour Government through a series of unforced errors. Hopes are now turning to the “golden generation” of Tory MPs first elected in 2010 to win back younger voters who voted for Jeremy Corbyn en masse at the election.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • May sends for Hague to rebuild the battered Conservative brand – Sun on Sunday

>Yesterday: Imtiaz Ameen in Comment: The Conservative Party needs to start solving its Muslim problem. Again.

Iain Dale: Why Tories are looking to the ‘golden intake’ of 2010 for their next leader

“Let’s assume she survives until after we leave the EU on March 29 2019 and let’s assume Jeremy Corbyn is still Labour leader and ahead in the polls. What happens then? What kind of leader would the Tory party look to, to lead them into the next general election? It’s safe to say that both MPs and party members may well look to a new generation. The likes of Boris Johnson and Philip Hammond could be seen as figures from the past. Given how Jeremy Corbyn has “connected” with young voters, Tory MPs may think a few risks need to be taken and none of the usual suspects will quite cut it. The 2010 intake of Conservative MPs has been described as the ‘golden intake’, with comparisons made to the 1979 intake which featured Chris Patten, John Major, William Waldegrave and John Patten.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • Any strike against May would be catastrophically premature – Dan Hodges, Mail on Sunday
  • A Prime Minister ruined by her gruesome twosome – Alasdair Palmer, Sunday Times (£)


  • Tories must tackle the housing crisis to win back younger voters – Sunday Telegraph

Umunna plots with Tory Remainers to try to force ‘soft Brexit’

“Chuka Umunna has been holding secret talks with Conservative MPs about mounting a Commons ambush to force Theresa May to agree to a ‘soft’ Brexit. Mr Umunna, a former Labour leadership contender, met leading figures on the Europhile wing of the Tory Party last week to thrash out a joint strategy on the critical Brexit legislation about to come before the Commons. Opponents of a ‘hard’ Brexit in all parties see the mammoth Repeal Bill – which will place all EU laws on to the British statute book – as a chance to bind the Government into staying in the customs union and single market after we leave the European Union.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Europhiles will try to wring out a string of concessions – Sunday Telegraph
  • Archbishop urges May to ‘draw the poison of Brexit’ by reaching out to other parties – Mail on Sunday
  • TUC urges Labour to soften Brexit stance – The Observer


  • One year on, the spring is gone from the Brexiteers’ steps – Sunday Times (£)
  • SNP to focus on Europe as independence goes off the agenda – Scotland on Sunday
  • ‘The country made its views clear’ – Interview with Liam Fox, Sunday Telegraph
  • Leadsom’s call for ‘patriotic’ coverage prompts anger – The Observer
  • German MEP insists Britain will never escape EU judges – Sunday Express

>Today: ToryDiary: Wanted: a revived campaign for Brexit of all parties and none. Without it, Remain may snatch victories from defeat.

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: No, May could not have avoided this battle over EU nationals

Stephen Crabb: Listen to the Chancellor, not the hardliners, for the best plan for Brexit

“Forget ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ – it’s time to deliver sensible Brexit. This is why I support the pragmatic approach outlined by Philip Hammond in his Mansion House speech last week. The Chancellor said that no one voted in the referendum to become poorer, and he is right. It is the kind of calm, level-headed approach that should command widespread support – a full trade deal in goods and services with no new customs red tape at borders… To achieve this deal would require a transition period between the end of negotiations and the new UK-EU relationship taking full effect. This would reduce disruption to business and protect the economy. Although Britain would have legally left the EU, this transition will provide time for both sides to adapt to the new relationship.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Bad border controls are worse than none at all – Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times (£)
  • Exporters are wise to prepare for a hard Brexit – Phillip Inman, The Observer
  • I voted Leave but we must slow the process down – Lord Wolfson, Mail on Sunday
  • Livid fundamentalists watch ‘Red, White, and Blue’ Brexit fade to grey – Adam Boulton, Sunday Times (£)
  • That jeering you hear is Europe laughing at Britain – Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer

Truss accused of burying damning report on sex crime ‘cure hubs’

“The Government is hiding a devastating report that shows rehabilitation courses taken by thousands of jailed rapists and paedophiles make them more dangerous once they are released. According to the study, prisoners who take the courses are at least 25 per cent more likely to be convicted of further sex crimes than those who do not, suggesting that the sessions may have created hundreds of extra victims. The controversial Sex Offender Treatment Programme (SOTP), a six-month psychological group-therapy course, is believed to have cost taxpayers well over £100 million since it was set up in 1991… The decision to keep the report secret was taken by former Justice Secretary Liz Truss, who rejected advice from officials.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Labour and anti-smoking lobby attack Doyle-Price for small-government voting record – Sun on Sunday

>Today: John Stevenson MP in Comment: Halve the aid budget and spend the savings on public services

>Yesterday: Andy Cook in Comment: The Conservatives don’t need a majority to transform Britain

Corbyn attacked for skipping Armed Forces Day

“Jeremy Corbyn snubbed war veterans to grandstand at Glastonbury yesterday, despite receiving a personal invitation from a former soldier to mark Armed Forces Day. While Prime Minister Theresa May was praising the “tremendous” work of the military at a special event in Liverpool, the Labour leader chose to attend the music festival in Somerset where he proudly declared his support for the “peace movement”. Former Army officer James Heappey, Tory MP for Wells, had invited 68-year-old Mr Corbyn to a military parade at Burnham-on-Sea just 15 miles from the 900-acre site in Pilton, Somerset, but he failed to turn up. His spokesman said he was honouring a “long standing commitment” to speak at Glastonbury, where he took to the Pyramid Stage for 15 minutes before a fawning crowd of young revellers.” – Sunday Express


Fears that MPs could be blackmailed after ‘state-sponsored cyber-attack’

“MPs and peers have been warned that they face blackmail threats after hackers working for a foreign state launched a “brute force attack” on the parliamentary computer system. More than 10,000 people who work in Westminster were told to change their passwords after a “sustained and determined” effort by hackers sought to break into sensitive email accounts. MPs lost remote access to their emails yesterday and were blocked from viewing them on their mobile phones as security chiefs shut down the system to protect it. A senior security source said: “It was a brute force attack. It appears to have been state-spon­sored.”” – Sunday Times (£)

News in Brief:

  • US and China agree to rid denuclearise North Korea – Mail on Sunday
  • Residents ignore orders to leave flats at risk of fire – Sunday Times (£)
  • More an 40 convicted terrorists used human rights laws to stay in Britain – Sunday Telegraph
  • CIA director says leaking on the rise thanks to ‘worship’ of Snowden – Independent on Sunday
  • Hard-left Mélenchon ready to lead new French resistance – The Observer
  • Rocketing cost of negligence  lawsuits drives GP exodus – Mail on Sunday