Labour fail to sabotage the Queen’s Speech as DUP back May…

“Theresa May today survived her first parliamentary test since the election when a Labour bid to sabotage the Queen’s Speech was voted down in the Commons. Jeremy Corbyn had tabled an amendment calling for an end to the public sector pay cap and for more police and firefighters to be recruited in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster. But the beleaguered PM was able to scrape together enough support and the amendment was voted down by 323 votes to 309 votes, giving her a slender majority of just 14 MPs. It comes after Mrs May finally struck a deal to get the backing of the DUP after promising to pour a staggering £1billion into the coffers of Northern Ireland’s devolved executive.” – Daily Mail

  • …but they’ll want £460 million in tax cuts to keep her in power after Brexit – Daily Telegraph
  • May accused of going ‘too far’ by calling DUP MPs ‘honourable friends’ – Daily Telegraph

More Ulster:

  • Power sharing talks on track for failure – The Guardian
  • Northern Ireland’s £1 billion windfall could be ‘slashed’ if devolution not restored – The Sun
  • Negotiators have until 4pm to avoid return to direct rule – The Guardian
  • SNP threatens formal dispute over Ulster cash – The Independent


  • May’s DUP deal could put confidence back into rural Britain – Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

>Today: Gary Porter in Local Government: A disappointing Queen’s Speech for local government

EU ‘prepared to drop’ demands that Britain submit to the European Court of Justice

“Brussels is willing to scrap its demand for the European Court Justice to oversee a Brexit deal on citizens’ rights – in a first potential coup for Theresa May. Sources claimed the EU is no longer wedded to the idea of the ECJ being an “ultimate arbiter” of the agreement. But they told Bloomberg they hope the PM will improve the package on offer to EU nationals in the UK in return… But senior Tories have hinted a separate “oversight body” could be set up in a compromise, with one claiming: “It’s a serious option.” – The Sun

  • Prime Minister struggles to contain Brexit tensions – FT
  • Labour refuse to criticise Government pulling out of Single Market – The Independent
  • May ‘too weak’ to drive Brexit, claims Thatcher ally – Daily Mail

More EU:

  • EU farmers face subsidy cuts as British cash dries up – The Times (£)
  • Brexit will blow a hole in the EU budget, Brussels warns – FT


  • Davis is a dangerous driver of the Brexit bus – Jenni Russell, The Times (£)
  • How the Brexiteers lost control of Brexit – Philip Stephens, FT
  • What if the will of the people is now a second referendum? – Karan Bilimoria, The Guardian
  • Drop the ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ mantra – Chuka Umunna, Times Red Box


  • Europe’s stake in Britain’s long-term prosperity – FT



Hammond under pressure over public sector pay

“Philip Hammond, the chancellor, faces a cabinet revolt over public sector pay as ministers demand an end to the 1 per cent wage cap on five million workers. Sir Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, and Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, called for the easing of the central austerity measure yesterday. Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, is to add to the pressure within days, using a meeting to urge Mr Hammond to agree a more generous deal for nurses. Justine Greening, the education secretary and an ally of the prime minister, is pressing for more cash to head off a rebellion by Tory MPs over a reorganisation of school funding.” – The Times (£)

  • Prime Minister and Chancellor at ‘daggers drawn’ over cap – The Independent
  • Policy ‘in chaos’ as Downing Street u-turns on pay cap – Daily Telegraph
  • Dozens of schools threaten to cut lessons short – Daily Mail
  • Transport Secretary signals commitment to third runway – FT


  • Britain is addicted to free stuff – Juliet Samuel, Daily Telegraph
  • The public sector needs a pay rise, fast – Frances O’Grady, Times Red Box
  • Labour has been vindicated, the public is tired of austerity – Owen Jones, The Guardian
  • May was her calm self at PMQs, but Hammond had a twitch – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail


  • The Government has little choice but to raise taxes – The Times (£)

>Today: ToryDiary: Market sentiment

May picks ‘controversial’ judge to head Grenfell enquiry

“A retired judge with a controversial record in housing cases will be appointed to lead the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry today despite initial misgivings among Theresa May’s top team. Sir Martin Moore-Bick, who recently retired as a lord justice of appeal, will be confirmed a week after he was recommended to No 10 by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the lord chief justice. The delay is understood to have been caused partly by concerns over his suitability. It was also down to the need to explain the process to survivors, relatives and others affected by the blaze that swept through Grenfell Tower in west London on June 14.” – The Times (£)

  • Final death toll could take ‘many months’ to ascertain – FT
  • Corbyn blames tragedy on cuts – The Independent


  • Lessons must be learnt from this dreadful fire – Alok Sharma, Times Red Box


Tebbit wants next leader drawn from younger generation…

The Tories should not make Boris Johnson their next leader because of the “traffic chaos” he caused when he was London Mayor, Lord Tebbit has said. He urged the party to choose someone from the “younger generation” to takeover from Theresa May instead. The Tory grandee said the Conservatives should skip over the likes of Mr Johnson, the Brexit Secretary David Davis and the Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon when the time comes to replace Mrs May as he savaged the Foreign Secretary. Lord Tebbit, who served in Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet, said the party’s next leader should be someone like the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid or International Development Secretary Priti Patel from a “new generation” of Conservative MPs.” – Daily Telegraph


  • This clapped-out Tory machine won’t be fixed by kicking out May – Ian Birrell, The Guardian
  • Tories must offer opportunity or they’ll die – Iain Martin, The Times (£)

>Today: Francis Maude in Comment: To win, we must modernise all over again

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Should May stay on? Who should the next Party leader be? Please take our monthly survey.

Davidson reshuffles ‘shadow cabinet’ to prepare for government

“Ruth Davidson has put Nicola Sturgeon “on notice” that she intends to replace her as First Minister at the next Holyrood election after unveiling a reshuffle of her top team. The Scottish Tory leader said the move, in which she created a new post of chief policy coordinator, demonstrated her determination to provide a credible alternative government by 2021. It is understood that Donald Cameron, who has been handed the policy role, will oversee the creation over the next four years of a comprehensive programme for government as the Tories seek to broaden their support beyond their Unionist base..” – Daily Telegraph

  • Scotland on brink of recession as economy falls further behind the UK – Daily Express
  • SNP to introduce ‘soft’ opt-out organ – Daily Telegraph


  • Collapse of the insufferable Nationalists is a cause for joy – Leo McKinstry, Daily Express
  • Indyref2 is a matter of when, not if – Kenny MacAskill, The Scotsman
  • Independence push has been delayed, but expect it by 2021 – Ruth Wishart, The Guardian

>Yesterday: Henry Hill’s Red, White, and Blue column: Sturgeon plays for time with short pause to referendum demand

Murray describes campaign abuse to the Commons

“A female Tory MP today told how her party posters had swastikas carved into them and someone urinated on her office doorstep in a campaign of hate during the recent election campaign. Sheryll Murray said she had been targeted by abuse online by trolls who posted offensive messages like ‘burn the witch’ and ‘stab the C’. And she described how rogue activists plastered Labour posters all over her home and then took photographs of it. The Conservative MP for South East Cornwall said the abuse she suffered during the recent campaign was hardly an example of the ‘kinder, gentler’ politics Jeremy Corbyn promised when he was voted Labour leader.” – Daily Mail

  • May furious over left-wing activists’ intimidation tactics – Daily Express

Momentum gears up for another election

“Momentum, the network of Jeremy Corbyn supporters, launched a new campaign yesterday in anticipation of a second general election this year. The organisation, which comprises 150 local groups, has gained more than 3,000 new members since Theresa May called the election at the end of April, growing its subscriber base to 27,000. After claiming it “significantly contributed” to Labour’s better-than-expected performance on June 8, when the party increased its vote share and number of seats, Momentum plans to start campaigning again in marginal constituencies outside an official election campaign period.” – The Times (£)

  • Corbyn calls Tory MP a w****r for criticising socialist Venezuela – The Sun

>Yesterday: MPs Etc.: CCHQ’s torture of Tory candidates continues

News in Brief:

  • Hillsborough police chief face trial over deaths – The Times (£)
  • Carney says rates rise is on the cards – Daily Mail
  • Trump accepts Macron’s invitation to visit France – Daily Telegraph
  • Asia’s ‘tiger economies’ seek to avoid repeat of crisis – FT
  • Emergency anti-terror laws being drawn up after court ruling – The Sun
  • US lays out criteria for Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ – The Independent