Hammond’s approval level with Tory members slumps

“Philip Hammond’s support among Conservative members has plummeted following his push for a softer Brexit deal. The Chancellor’s personal approval rating has dropped to a record low of -25.4 per cent after his proposals for a three-year transition period after the UK leaves the EU in March 2019. Immediately before the general election he was at 32.4, about halfway up the table of Cabinet ministers’ approval ratings compiled by the website Conservative Home, based on a survey of grassroots Tories.” – Daily Mail

  • Johnson’s popularity falls to its lowest level – The Times (£)

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Hammond takes a hammering in our latest Cabinet League Table

Paul Goodman: Tory activists are holding out for a new hero

“To judge by the stampede for Ms Davidson and Mr Rees-Mogg, Conservative activists want as Mrs May’s successor a true believer in Tory doctrine who is a proven election winner. They want someone who can massage their comfort zone with one hand while reaching out to floating and even antipathetic voters with the other. They want a stranger to spin who knows the media’s ways. They want to bring in a game-changer but play much the same game. There is a difficulty in sniffing out a future leader with these dazzling qualities, however many up-and-coming ministers may believe that they might fit the bill: it is that there is no sign that such a person exists, at least not yet.” – The Times (£)

>Today: ToryDiary: Our survey. Next Tory leader. “None of the above” leads the field. Many party members want to skip a generation.

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Our survey. Two-thirds of respondents expect a Tory Prime Minister to return to Downing Street after the next election

EU: May warned to clean up Repeal Bill or risk judges making law…

“Britain’s most senior judge has warned ministers that they must provide much clearer guidance on interpreting European legislation after Brexit or risk judges “making the law” for them. In a tacit attack on the government’s plans to incorporate EU legislation into UK law, the president of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, said it was still unclear what weight rulings by the European Court of Justice would have after Brexit. He added that unless ministers clarified the situation judges would just have to “do their best” and it would be “unfair” to blame them for taking decisions that the government disagreed with.” – The Times (£)

  • European Court of Justice president offers Brexit solution – The Times (£)


  • Of course judges are worried, their position is clear as mud – Bobby Friedman, The Guardian


…as Scottish ministers again threaten to block it…

“Scottish ministers are set to demand extra powers after we leave the EU – or they will hold up the Brexit repeal bill. They will demand Westminster hand over full control of farming, fishing, environmental law, justice and policing after we quit the bloc in 2019. The powers, which are currently controlled or influenced by the EU, will be handed back to Britain after March 2019. But the Welsh and Scottish administrations are fuming that Westminster will take direct control over the majority of them – and accuse them of a “power grab”. Now Nicola Sturgeon has had to row back on her vow to hold a second Scottish independence referendum following losing a number of seats in the election, ministers are determined to make gains in other areas.” – The Sun

  • Green pressed to hand over EU powers once repatriated – The Guardian
  • Talks due on possible new powers – The Scotsman
  • Remainers prepare fresh legal challenge over the single market – Daily Express

More Scotland:

  • Online feuding clouds outlook for independence – FT


…Paterson dismisses the divorce bill as ‘barmy’…

“A leading Leave campaigner has called the £36 billion Brexit divorce bill “frankly barmy” and said there is a very good case for the EU to give Britain money back when we leave. The former environment secretary Owen Paterson said he would be “most surprised” if the UK ended up handing over tens of billions of pounds to Brussels. Reports on Sunday suggested Theresa May was willing to sign a cheque for €40 billion in order to strike a free trade agreement with Brussels. It sparked anger amongst Brexiteers, who rejected the bill and insisted we should not pay anything.” – The Sun

  • Australian high commissioner urges more optimism – Daily Telegraph
  • Greece threatens deal over Elgin Marbles – The Sun
  • Brexit ’caused by low education’, study finds – The Independent


  • EU leaders are lucky if May pays them anything at all to leave – Asa Bennett, Daily Telegraph
  • Bank of England deputy’s Brexit warning is strong stuff – Nils Pratley, The Guardian

…and Labour MPs fight to change their party’s Brexit stance

“Europhiles within Britain’s opposition Labour party are pushing to soften its line on Brexit and for a rethink of the leadership’s stated position that the UK should leave the EU’s single market. The pressure comes after a change of mood in the trade union movement over Brexit, with growing numbers of trade unionists arguing that EU rules will prove the most effective protection for UK workers after Brexit. Labour MPs including Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North-East, Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East), Stephen Doughty (Cardiff South and Penarth), and Alison McGovern (Wirral South), are expected to join efforts to keep Britain in the single market and customs union.” – FT

  • A stark warning on the cost of indecision – FT

Crosby’s election fee revealed

“Theresa May paid her election guru’s firm the equivalent of £85,000 a day for the Conservatives Party’s 2017 general election campaign, according to reports. Mrs May and the Tories reportedly forked out about £4 million to Sir Lynton Crosby’s CTF Partners firm for work done in the run up to June 8. Sir Lynton, nicknamed the Wizard of Oz, returned to the Tories for the 2017 campaign having helped David Cameron, Mrs May’s predecessor as Prime Minister, to win an overall majority in 2015. This year’s election campaign lasted for 47 days which means the Tories spent somewhere in the region of £85,000 a day with the firm.” – Daily Telegraph

Ministers 1) Rudd backs the Metropolitan police chief over stop and search

“The home secretary has signalled her support for an increase in police stop and search checks to tackle rising knife crime and acid attacks. Amber Rudd and Britain’s most senior police officer declare their support for the move in articles for The Times today as they try to shore up confidence in the tactic among rank-and-file officers. Ms Rudd is walking a political tightrope as she cannot be seen to criticise reforms by Theresa May, her predecessor, under which the number of checks fell from more than a million a year to fewer than 400,000.” – The Times (£)

  • Rise in acid attacks behind rethink – The Sun


  • Police are better at targeting the right suspects – Amber Rudd, The Times (£)
  • I want officers to feel confident to use this power – Cressida Dick, The Times (£)

Ministers 2) Hammond urged to reform stamp duty

“Stamp duty must be reformed as it is exacerbating the housing crisis by stopping older homeowners from downsizing, a Cabinet minister has warned. A report from academics said stamp duty reduces the rate of home moving by nearly a third and meant that large homes were not being freed up for young, growing families. Ministers, peers and think-tanks are now urging Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, to cut stamp duty in the Autumn Budget, amid fears that the tax is slowing down the housing market. The Daily Telegraph has campaigned for the tax to be reviewed. One Cabinet minister, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that the situation was now so acute it was had “a big implication in terms of economic growth”.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Housebuilders charge premium for Help to Buy homes – FT

>Yesterday: Christopher Howarth’s column: It’s time to end the great leasehold service charge rip-off

Corbyn ally still defending Venezuela

“A close ally of Jeremy Corbyn yesterday launched an astonishing defence of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro as he blamed reports of his brutal crackdown on ‘silly season’. Despite warnings about the violence of his regime from international organisations including United Nations, Amnesty International and Human Rights, Labour’s shadow fire minister Chris Williamson claimed the allegations were part of a ‘proxy war against Jeremy Corbyn’. In an article for the left-wing Morning Star newspaper, Mr Williamson said Mr Corbyn was ‘completely correct to commend the achievements in Venezuela’.” – Daily Mail

  • Supporters mock calls for leader to condemn ailing socialist regime – The Sun
  • Corbyn condemns ‘both sides’ in Venezuela – The Independent

More Labour:

  • Labour peeress claims she is being ‘traduced’ because she is female – Daily Telegraph
  • Mandelson accused of ‘pandering’ to Putin – The Sun


  • Corbynites refuse to have an honest argument about Venezuela – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph

News in Brief:

  • Soldiers injured in Paris in ‘deliberate attack’ – Daily Express
  • North Korea ‘carefully considering’ plans to strike US military bases – Daily Mail
  • Critics claim Grenfell fire review chief is unfit for the role – The Times (£)
  • Fresh blow to Murdoch bid to take over Sky – FT
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth teams up with US fleet off Scotland – Daily Telegraph
  • Demand for emergency children’s services up by 140 per cent in ten years – The Sun
  • Migrants make 30,000 illegal bids to cross from Calais this year – Daily Mail
  • Council’s lobby firm is a ‘conflict of interest’ – The Times (£)
  • Top students snub survey in tuition fees protest – FT
  • DUP splits in the open as councillor supports Belfast Pride – Belfast Telegraph