Johnson heads to the North East for Brexit rally

‘Boris Johnson will today urge Brits to “believe in the huge potential of Brexit” as he issues an Election rallying cry to wavering voters 48 hours before the nation goes to the polls. In his biggest speech of the campaign, the top Tory will say it is the country’s “destiny” to be friends and partners with the whole of the rest of the world – pointing out that more than nine in ten of the world’s population live outside the EU. The Foreign Secretary will make his major pitch in traditional Labour territory in north east England – pleading them to lend their backing to the Tories so Britain can “get Brexit right”. And he will warn voters not to back Labour this time round – saying the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn being in charge of Brexit negotiations and striking new trade deals “makes me shudder”.’ – The Sun

  • The Conservatives are on track to win over two million former UKIP voters – The Sun
  • They will pledge to resurrect the Board of Trade – Daily Telegraph
  • People want the Single Market – Anatole Kaletsky, The Times (£)
  • Brussels mulls extra defence spending to fill the gap left by Brexit – The Guardian

Terrorism 1) May: I support shoot to kill, Corbyn has opposed every piece of anti-terror legislation going

‘Theresa May gives a withering response to Jeremy Corbyn’s call for her to resign over policing cuts. She is clearly in no mood to be lectured by a man whose sympathies for the IRA are notorious and who has spoken proudly of his opposition to anti-terrorism legislation. “There is a very sharp contrast for people on Thursday,” she says. “I’ve been willing to introduce new powers for the police, I support shoot to kill, Jeremy Corbyn has been very clear that he has opposed every piece of anti-terrorism legislation, he doesn’t support shoot to kill.” It is perhaps the most direct answer of a wide-ranging interview, conducted on a journey from Edinburgh to Kelso as the final straight of the election beckons.’ – Daily Telegraph


>Today: Iain Duncan Smith’s column: We must face hard truths about homegrown extremism

>Yesterday: WATCH: May defends her record on anti-terror policing

Terrorism 2) Abbott fails to name any of the proposals from a security report she claims to have read

‘Diane Abbott suffered another ‘car crash’ TV interview as she was quizzed about plans to protect London from terrorist attack. The shadow home secretary was left floundering on Sky News when she was asked to discuss the recommendations of a major report into beefing up security in the capital. She also suggested she fears she could be sacked by Mr Corbyn after the election following a series of disastrous media outings that have been seized on by the Conservatives. In a faltering performance punctuated by long pauses, Miss Abbott claimed she had read the report produced by former Metropolitan Police Authority chairman Lord Harris in October last year. But she was unable to identify a single one of the 127 recommendations when asked.’ – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: Abbott’s Arithmetic 6) No cash, just words for the security agencies

Terrorism 3) The Labour leader opposed prosecuting Brits for supporting ISIS

‘Jeremy Corbyn and his top team voted against stripping ISIS fighters of their citizenship – and opposed new laws that would make “judgments” on those returning to Britain. In 2014 the then-backbencher said those who show their support for the terror group should not be prosecuted, because expressing a political viewpoint is not a crime. In a parliamentary debate on temporary control orders on citizens returning from abroad, Mr Corbyn warned against a “knee-jerk reaction” to dealing with ISIS fighters. The now Labour leader said that all anti-terror legislation “is an attempt to give greater and greater executive powers to the Home Secretary”. Mr Corbyn said he was “deeply concerned” about stripping British nationals of their citizenship.’ – The Sun

>Today: Gimson’s election diary: In Halifax, Corbyn looks like a fatal handicap for Labour

Terrorism 4) Archbishop of Canterbury: Faiths cannot wash their hands of such atrocities

‘Religious leaders must face up to the justification their faiths provide for atrocities committed in their names, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said. The Most Rev Justin Welby said that failing to acknowledge the role played by Islam in such attacks was akin to failing to accept Christianity’s role in the Srebrenica massacre. More than 8,000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys were killed in the town in July 1995 by a Bosnian Serb army during the Bosnian civil war after the break up of Yugoslavia. “We have got to say that if something happens within our faith tradition we need to take responsibility for countering that,” the archbishop told BBC Radio 4.’ – The Times (£)

  • Like it or not, there’s a link between Islam and terrorism – Tom Holland, Daily Telegraph
  • Science struggles to find answers – FT
  • Courage and self-sacrifice of members of the public who fought back – The Times (£)
  • One of the killers worked on the London Underground – Daily Mail
  • Another had links to a 7/7 suspect – The Times (£)
  • Fears over warning system – The Times (£)
  • Police find Molotov cocktails in the attackers’ van – Daily Mail

May urged to bring back Gove to steady the ship

‘Theresa May is under pressure from ministers and advisers to bring back Michael Gove into government to shore up her position after the election. The former cabinet minister, who was sacked by Mrs May when she became prime minister, has been fastidiously defending the government during the campaign and is among those being mooted for a return to the front bench should the Tories win. Mr Gove has proved himself a more regular and reliable media commentator for Conservative headquarters than many of those in the cabinet, who have either stayed out of the limelight or been tripped up in interviews.’ – The Times (£)

  • Whitehall prepares for the possibility of a hung parliament – The Times (£)
  • Latest polls – Daily Telegraph
  • Coventry looks set to ditch Labour – FT
  • Guardian readers on why they’re voting Conservative for the first time – The Guardian
  • National Health Action campaigners struggle against Hunt – FT

>Today: ToryDiary: The coming Cabinet reshuffle. May’s men and women prepare to move onwards and upwards – Rudd, Green, Clark, Gummer

Huge scale of Labour’s garden tax revealed

‘Labour’s plan for big rises in local taxation were laid bare last night. Jeremy Corbyn wants to replace council tax and business rates with a new charge based on land value rather than property prices. The Conservatives say this ‘garden tax’, which could be charged at 3 per cent, will hardest hit those with land adjoining their home. The party’s analysis of Labour’s policy has found that in the South East of England, the cost of the land value tax for the average home would be £5,539. That is nearly four times the current £1,466 average cost of council tax in the region, or £4,073 more. The Tories say the rise in local taxation will be particularly severe for those with larger than average gardens.’ – Daily Mail

  • Is this what McDonnell meant by “a little bit more” tax? – Daily Mail Leader
  • Corbyn’s election chief boasts of ‘bucketloads of cash’ to be spent – The Sun
  • Labour accused of scaremongering over Winter Fuel Payments – The Sun
  • Unions bankroll majority of Labour candidates in battleground seats – Daily Mail
  • The unlikely rise of Jeremy Corbyn – FT
  • Will young voters turn out? – FT

>Today: John Bald on Comment: The proposed land value tax is a real and present menace to every homeowner

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: The true impact of Labour on taxpayers would be far greater than they pretend

Sturgeon refuses to rule out holding a third referendum if she loses a second one

‘Nicola Sturgeon has refused to rule out trying for a third independence referendum within a short period if she lost her planned second vote. The First Minister was challenged twice during a special edition of the BBC’s Question Time programme in Edinburgh to promise that the result of a second referendum would be respected for a minimum period, such as a generation or 25 years. But, to groans form the audience, she argued it would not be right to tie the hands of the Scottish people by making such a pledge. Her answer raises fears she is pursuing a ‘neverendum’ strategy, demanding new independence votes until she gets the result she wants.’ – Daily Telegraph

  • Polls show Scots are losing enthusiasm for a re-run – The Scotsman
  • Voter tells the First Minister to quit – The Sun
  • Scots should vote tactically for either Labour or the SNP – The Guardian Leader

Trump steps up Twitter attacks on Khan

‘Donald Trump escalated his war of words with Sadiq Khan on Monday, putting further pressure on transatlantic relations even as the London mayor continued to deal with the aftermath of Saturday’s terrorist attack on the British capital. The US president had criticised Mr Khan for telling Londoners there that was “no reason to be alarmed” by the sight of more armed police on the streets. “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’” he tweeted on Sunday. On Monday, Mr Trump brushed off claims that his intervention had been unpresidential. He tweeted, “Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement,” and claimed that media outlets were “working hard to sell it!”’ – FT

News in Brief

  • Peter Sallis, the voice of Wallace, has died – Daily Mail
  • Gin craze drives revenues from spirits past those from beer – The Times (£)
  • Channel 4 appoints first female chief – Daily Mail
  • Consumer spending falls – FT
  • ‘Running through fields of wheat’ is the most naughty thing May has ever done – Daily Telegraph