Ministers 1) Clark announces new register to ‘name and shames’ excessive pay firms

“Leading companies will be forced to disclose how much their chief executive is paid compared to their average worker… and justify the sum. Business Secretary Greg Clark is due to announce next week that nearly 1,000 listed firms will have to publish the ratio in a crackdown on excessive boardroom salaries. It is also believed that a new public register will name and shame those whose investors revolt over the pay of bosses. Sky News said the plans would be announced next week as ministers seek to rebut criticism that they have watered down the tough approach promised by Theresa May.” – Daily Mail

  • Employers blame government policies for weak wages – FT


Ministers 2) Johnson’s ‘dig at May’ as he warns Libya against early poll

“Boris Johnson took a dig at Theresa May today – telling Libyan politicians not to make the PM’s mistake by holding elections too early. The Foreign Secretary has been in Libya, talking to warring leaders who cannot decide which rival government should rule. He urged them to get behind a UN plan to unite the country – rather than holding early elections which could lead to more division. Boris joked that the Tories had learned the dangers of snap elections after Mrs May lost her majority in June.” – The Sun

  • With our help, Libya can be great again – Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph

>Today: James Gray MP in Comment: Before yet another defence review, we must first answer the big question – what is Britain for?

Ministers 3) Hammond urged to scrap ‘staircase tax’

“Chancellor Philip Hammond last night came under mounting pressure to cancel HMRC’s “staircase tax” after senior Tories told him to show “common sense” in his upcoming Budget. The Commons Treasury committee chief Nicky Morgan joined MPs from all parties in a rare show of unity to call on him to order HMRC to ditch its “bonkers” policy to consider firms on different floors or corridors in a mixed-use building as two separate premises. It has meant firms face thousands of pounds extra in business rates and the Federation of Small Businesses has demanded Mr Hammond announces an immediate suspension of bills after being flooded with appeals for help.” – The Sun

Ministers 4) Davis prepares to go on the attack in Brussels

“David Davis is preparing to attack Brussels negotiators for being “stubborn and unreasonable” in a bid to create a split between them and EU. The Brexit Secretary’s broadside is being drawn up after senior British officials revealed they expect a third round of face to face EU exit talks in the Belgian capital next week to again end in bitter stand-off. Instead of taking another verbal beating from the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier, Mr Davis has decided to go on the offensive. The Sun has learned the 68-year-old Cabinet bruiser is even considering publicly snubbing his French foe Mr Barnier by refusing to hold the regular joint press conference with him.” – The Sun

  • UK seeks bespoke deal on data protection – FT
  • Officials call for ‘ongoing role’ for UK officials in drawing up EU regulations – The Independent
  • Britain won’t reveal what we’re prepared to pay as a divorce bill – The Sun


  • Member state legislatures could block deal to force EU courts on the UK, warns expert – Daily Express
  • ‘Deep pessimism’ over Brexit as Nobel laureates gather in Germany – Daily Telegraph
  • Umunna blames Brexit for ‘hatred in society’ – Daily Express
  • Article 50 litigant to write ‘rallying cry’ memoir – The Guardian


  • Let’s stop posturing and get serious about trade deals – Ian Livingston, Daily Telegraph
  • Judges are losing democratic legitimacy here and in Europe – Jeremy Warner, Daily Telegraph
  • Piece by piece, the case for severing ties is falling apart – Martin Kettle, The Guardian

>Today: ToryDiary: Politics has its place in appointing judges, but that must not excuse judicial activism


Conservative donors gave £25 million ahead of June’s election

“Conservative donors gave Theresa May a record £24.8 million to fight the snap election earlier this year, it has emerged, almost £2 million for every seat the party eventually lost. Donations for the quarter ahead of the election hit a record of £40 million and the Tories raised over half of that, the Electoral Commission has revealed. Almost £25 million was given to Theresa May’s party during the three months before the vote, in which she would go on to lose 13 seats. The second biggest quarter for donations to the party was in the first half of 2015, just before the general election which handed David Cameron a majority.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Tories destroyed May’s brand with ‘speed of Ratner’ by running a fear-based campaign – The Sun

May ‘determined’ to press on with migration cut

“Theresa May’s immigration policy was criticised on Thursday for being economically damaging and based on wildly inaccurate figures. But the prime minister has heard it all before, and she is not for turning. David Cameron once told ministers that the only people around the cabinet table who seemed to support his government’s policy to cut net migration to the “tens of thousands” were himself and his home secretary, Mrs May. Now the prime minister, Mrs May remains determined to cut migration further, whatever business might say about the economic harm it could cause, and despite concerns that the Home Office is not “fit for purpose” to deliver a new immigration regime after Brexit.” – FT

  • Warnings of ‘Brexodus’ as net migration falls to three-year low – The Times
  • Senior MPs call for mandatory English lessons for migrants – The Sun
  • Fears for post-Brexit Scottish economy as immigration plummets – The Scotsman


  • Panicking British firms have grown lazy on immigration – Fraser Nelson, Daily Telegraph
  • Scots don’t share negative English attitudes towards migration – Liz Cameron, The Scotsman


  • Overseas students should be removed from migration numbers – The Times
  • A flawed basis for curbs on foreign students – FT
  • Immigration debate must be based on the facts – Daily Telegraph

Unite boss backs Thornberry to succeed Corbyn

“Len McCluskey is backing Emily Thornberry to become the next leader of the Labour Party. The Unite general secretary has told friends he thinks that Ms Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, is a “unifying figure” well placed to build on Jeremy Corbyn’s work when he decides to hand over the mantle, according to The Huffington Post. Ms Thornberry, 57, has won praise for her performances at prime minister’s questions in the Commons, where she has deputised for Mr Corbyn, who is 68. If she did become leader she would be the first woman to do so in Labour’s 117-year history.” – The Times

  • Labour leader says no to women-only railway carriages – Daily Telegraph
  • Corbyn to march against closure of DWP office – The Independent
  • Big business flocks to Labour conference – The Times
  • Opposition should ‘ignore SNP’ to win back Scottish seats, says new MP – The Scotsman


  • Pidcock’s childish attack on Tories misses the point of being an MP – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph
  • Denouncing Tories feels good, but she has to work with them – Anne Perkins, The Guardian

News in Brief:

  • Regulator warns that millions are at risk of gambling addiction – Daily Mail
  • National Trust tenants face rent increase of 10,000 per cent – The Times
  • North Korea threatens UK with a ‘miserable end’ – Daily Telegraph
  • China prepares for era of asymmetrical warfare – FT
  • NHS accused of secret plans to cut services – The Guardian
  • Girls get two thirds of top marks in new ‘tougher’ GCSEs – Daily Mail
  • Maths pass mark cut to 15 per cent so enough pupils pass – The Times
  • Trump escalates feud with Republican leaders – Daily Telegraph