May backs Hammond on the deficit

“Theresa May backed Philip Hammond in the Cabinet row over public-sector pay yesterday. The Prime Minister told MPs it was ‘not fair to refuse to take tough decisions and to load debts on to our children and grandchildren’. She rounded on Jeremy Corbyn, warning that Labour’s profligate agenda risked turning Britain into an economic basket case like Greece. She said this nation had to live within its means. The Prime Minister made clear that the government was ready to listen to recommendations for rises above the 1 per cent threshold.” – Daily Mail

>Today: Daniel Hannan MEP’s column: Sooner or later, you run out of spending other people’s money. And its young people who foot the bill.


James Forsyth: Corbyn can be beaten if Tories make the case for conservatism

“The Tory party is behaving like a balloonist who has lost altitude unexpectedly and is, in panic, prepared to chuck almost anything overboard in an attempt to regain height. But before fiscal conservatism is jettisoned, they should stop and think. There are better arguments in favour of their policies and principles than the ones they have been making. There is nothing inevitable about a massive shift to the left. Indeed, the manifesto that did them so much damage was itself a move to the left. It seemed more interested in attacking a caricature of the right than in advancing conservatism. A different approach would almost certainly have seen them home.” – The Spectator

  • Enterprise in the public sector is the way to end austerity – George Freeman, The Times (£)
  • May now defends austerity: what took her so long? – Asa Bennett, Daily Telegraph
  • Local agreements could ease public sector pay problems – John O’Connell, Times Red Box

Prime Minister caught in ‘crossfire’ at G20

“Theresa May’s first outing on the world stage since her general election failure pitches her into the middle of a worsening row between Donald Trump and Angela Merkel. The White House announced the formal meeting between the US president and the prime minister last night before the two-day G20 summit, tomorrow and Saturday, in Hamburg, hosted by Mrs Merkel, the German chancellor. President Trump faces being isolated on a range of issues including climate change, free trade and migration in a country where he is disliked. Tens of thousands of people are expected to demonstrate against him.” – The Times (£)

  • Trump to quiz May on Charlie Gard case… – Daily Mail
  • …but Downing Street refuses to intervene – The Times (£)
  • May to tell Trump there’s no chance of renegotiating the Paris climate deal – The Sun

Ministers 1) Javid announces planning shake-up to get homes built

Wealthy homeowners should brace themselves for “open season” on greenfield land after ministers unveiled a plan to force new housing schemes on the most sought after parts of the country. The Campaign to Protect Rural England said that plans to create a single way to calculate housing need will require a big increase in more homes to be built in the Home Counties. Councils are likely to be forced to accept more homes by bureaucrats if they refuse to agree to the increased targets. Current regulations say that if councils fail to meet their housing target they are expected to find 20 per cent more sites for development. The plans were unveiled by Sajid Javid, the Communities secretary, who said in a speech to the Local Government Association that a consultation will be launched in three weeks’ time.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Conservatives can grow a magic money tree on Britain’s unused land – Madsen Pirie, Daily Telegraph
  • Wake up NIMBYs, it’s Tory housebuilding or Marxist social engineering – Allister Heath, Daily Telegraph

Ministers 2) Sharma ‘choked back tears’ as he updated the Commons on Grenfell Tower

“A minister choked back tears in the Commons today as he told how meeting the survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster was ‘the most humbling and moving experience of my life’. Local government minister Alok Sharma became overwhelmed with emotion as he recounted the moving stories he has heard from those who escaped the blaze with their lives. Addressing MPs, his lip trembled and his voice broke as he described the ‘unimaginable pain’ of those who lost loved ones in the inferno. The usually loud and boisterous Chamber fell silent as he spoke of his determination never to allow another tragedy like Grenfell to happen again.” – Daily Mail

>Today: Kevin Davis in Local Government: Grenfell Tower. When a Mayor needs to be Mayor


Ministers 3) Greening urges business to train ‘army’ of new workers

“Business bosses will today be urged to do their bit to kick-start a post-Brexit revolution – and help create an “army” of skilled British youngsters. Education Secretary Justine Greening will urge firms to work with government to deliver a youth workforce like no other – with experience in coding, to engineering, construction and design. And she will say the strategy is central to a post-Brexit world – where new immigration controls will demand young Brits are trained up to compete with the best in the world. The address comes after the government unveiled plans for new technical or T-Levels – designed to replace 13,000 qualifications with 15 and dramatically increase training hours for young recruits.” – The Sun

Ministers 4) Opperman criticised over comments on WASPI pensions campaigners

“A Minister sparked uproar yesterday after he suggested millions of older women with delayed pensions should take up apprenticeships so they can work longer. Guy Opperman said the Government would make no concessions to the so-called ‘Waspi women’, who were suddenly told they would have to wait up to six years for their pensions. Instead the Pensions Minister proposed that the women, who are in their early 60s and have paid National Insurance all their lives, should re-train at work and even consider ‘apprenticeship opportunities’.” – Daily Mail

  • Hinds reveals Job Centres are at risk – Daily Mail


Ministers 5) Amber Rudd: We’re working hard to build a society where nobody lives in fear of domestic violence

“I understand there are scars you can see and the ones you can’t. That’s why I am proud to serve in a government which has always put tackling domestic abuse at the heart of its agenda. We have already achieved a great deal. In the last parliament, we published our strategy to end violence against women and girls, introduced domestic violence protection orders to provide victims with immediate protection following a domestic abuse incident, and introduced a specific offence of controlling or coercive behaviour. It is clear that we have made progress.” – The Times (£)

Brexit 1) Cameron ‘sabotaging’ May’s Brexit plan

“Cameron has risked widening the Tory rift over Europe by privately pressing MPs to support a watered-down Brexit deal that would keep Britain firmly tied to Brussels, party sources revealed last night. In a major intervention that will infuriate Theresa May, the former prime minister is said to have telephoned a string of Tory MPs in recent days to argue that Government should seek the so-called “Norway option” for the UK’s future relationship with the EU. His proposal – which directly conflicts with Mrs May’s Brexit blueprint – would mean Britain staying in the European Economic Area (EEA), a free trade zone that includes the 28 current EU member nations along with non-EU countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.” – Daily Express

  • Slump in EU applications to work – The Sun
  • MEP says UK nationals could lose rights – Daily Express


  • Does Brexit mean Irexit for Ireland? – Tom Peterkin, The Scotsman

Brexit 2) ‘Turf war’ erupts between Hammond and Fox over trade

“A major Whitehall turf war has broken out between Philip Hammond and Dr Liam Fox over Britain’s post-Brexit trade policy. The Chancellor’s Treasury staff have challenged the International Trade Secretary’s department to assess whether new free trade deals with non-EU countries will compensate for leaving the customs union. It is seen as a ploy by Mr Hammond – who is leading efforts to deliver a “soft” Brexit – to keep Britain closely tied to the EU’s customs union to avoid disruption for business. But the move is fiercely opposed by Brexit supporters because continuing to abide by the rules of the customs union would continue to restrict Britain’s ability to pursue an independent international trade policy.” – The Sun

  • EU hopes to win London trading sunk by undersea cables – FT


  • Baker slaps down colleagues trying to soften Brexit – The Independent
  • Leadsom threatened to quit Cabinet without promotion – The Sun


  • May’s absurd plan sacrifices the economy to block migrants who aren’t coming – Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Daily Telegraph
  • A new generation of Tories is poised to strike – Iain Martin, The Times (£)



Brexit 3) BBC boss dismisses concerns of pro-Leave MPs

“The BBC’s news chief refused to accept complaints of anti-Brexit bias during showdown talks with Eurosceptic MPs, it was claimed last night. A cross-party group of pro-Leave politicians met James Harding to complain about distorted coverage and present him with a dossier of evidence. But the BBC’s director of news rejected the claims outright and dismissed their concerns, the MPs said. One of the politicians at the meeting told the Mail: ‘It was a complete and utter waste of time.'” – Daily Mail

  • Moving online the only way to justify the licence fee, claims Hall – The Times (£)
  • BBC Chairman says staff are ‘not overpaid’ – FT

Brexit 4) Lidington says Brexit will let British judges prove themselves the world’s best

“Brexit will give Britain’s top judges the freedom to prove they are the best in the world, Justice Secretary David Lidington declared. In his first major speech since becoming Lord Chancellor, the Tory veteran announced plans for a worldwide marketing blitz to showcase English law. And he said the campaign would make the case for why businesses should “choose the UK” for legal services. The address came a day after the UK’s most senior judge Lord Neuberger said Brexit would boost rather than undermine the legal profession.” – The Sun

  • Lord Chief Justice dismisses ‘lie’ that Brexit will damage the courts – The Times (£)
  • Neuberger says Brexit may actually boost UK role as arbitration centre – The Sun
  • Brexit faces potential court challenge – The Independent
  • Lord Thomas urges that EU rulings should apply to Britain – The Guardian


  • Labour demand the Prime Minister drops Brexit ‘red line’ on courts – Daily Mail
  • Cable claims May’s attack on ‘citizens of nowhere’ could have come from Mein Kampf – The Times (£)


  • Britain can become a sustainable fishing superpower – Charles Clover, Daily Telegraph

Masked vandals attacked Tory MP’s office

“Masked vandals attacked the office of a Tory MP and defaced it with abusive graffiti, it emerged today. Sarah Wollaston said she feared violent activists were trying to force her out of her constituency – and called on Jeremy Corbyn to crack down on aggressive behaviour from the left. The Conservative MP for Totnes is the latest female politician to speak out about the abuse she has suffered from extremists. She vowed to defy the left-wing bullies who tried to defy her during the election campaign, which saw her hold on to her seat in Devon.” – The Sun

Corbyn could back mandatory reselection for MPs

“Jeremy Corbyn could back the mandatory reselection of Labour MPs amid fears he is preparing to mount a purge of moderate members of the party. A senior source close the Labour leader said that he is considering the idea as part of plans to “democratise” the party despite vehement opposition. It came after Chris Williamson, a shadow minister and one of Mr Corbyn’s closest supporters, said that automatic reselection could help “concentrate minds” among his parliamentary colleagues. Ian Lavery, Labour’s chairman, has also given his backing to a change to the current rules under which MPs cannot be reselected.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Labour leader condemns Glastonbury for using zero-hours contracts – Daily Mail
  • Corbyn promises free further education for all adults – The Independent
  • The corporate boss behind pro-Corbyn ‘fake news’ site – The Sun


  • Why true-blue Canterbury turned red – Sebastian Payne, FT


  • Armageddon hasn’t happened, so the Labour right must rethink – Owen Jones, The Guardian
  • May isn’t cool – do Tories need their own Momentum? – Anoosh Chakelian, New Statesman

>Yesterday: Rebecca Coulson’s column: Why the case for nuclear deterrence needs to be made all over again

Chilcot claims Blair has not been ‘straight’ with the nation over Iraq

“Sir John Chilcot has said he does not believe Tony Blair was “straight with the nation” about his decisions in the run-up to the Iraq War. The chairman of the public inquiry into the 2003 conflict said the former prime minister had been “emotionally truthful” in his account of events leading up to the war. In an interview with the BBC Sir John was then asked if Mr Blair was as truthful with him and the public as he should have been during the seven-year inquiry.” – Daily Telegraph

  • The courts should not indulge this virtue-signalling pursuit – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph

SNP accused of intimidating business chief who criticised independence fixation

“SNP ministers are under pressure to disclose what they said to the head of one of Scotland’s most famous companies after he staged an extraordinary climbdown over his criticism of their independence agenda. Les Montgomery, the chief executive of bottled water firm Highland Spring, said an outspoken attack he delivered at the weekend had been misconstrued as it emerged he had been contacted by Scottish Government officials. In a statement issued by a London-based PR company, he insisted that his original claim that businesses were “fed up” with Nicola Sturgeon’s quest for independence was “not intended to offer an opinion on whether Scotland should or shouldn’t remain a part of the UK.” He also argued he had not mentioned a second independence referendum at the weekend despite stating then that “independence isn’t the job that the Scottish Government is supposed to be doing” and dismissing another vote as “a distraction.”” – Daily Telegraph

  • Sturgeon accused of leading Scotland to the brink of recession – Daily Express
  • Trudeau meets the Queen in Edinburgh, but not the First Minister – The Guardian

>Yesterday: Henry Hill’s Red, White, and Blue column: Trimble urges Brokenshire to bypass Sinn Fein and the DUP

News in Brief:

  • Supporters of Venezuelan president storm legislature and attack MPs – Daily Mail
  • Court rejects challenge to UK anti-pollution plan – FT
  • Dementia forecast to hit 1.2 million as population ages – The Times (£)
  • US warns Kim Jong-un it is prepared to use military force – Daily Telegraph
  • Soaring cost of living leaving poorer families short, report claims – The Sun
  • Winning is banned at more than half of primary school sports days – Daily Mail
  • Federal Reserve to start unwinding stimulus ‘within months’ – FT
  • Rangers tax case ruling as ‘wide-ranging implications’ – The Scotsman