May insists the public don’t want her to stand down

“Theresa May insists the public back her pledge to continue as Prime Minister ‘for the long term’ – as Tory critics warned she should not lead the party into the next election. The Prime Minister sparked a backlash among some of her MPs yesterday after saying she plans to stay and fight the next election, planned for 2022. Speaking at a Press conference in Tokyo yesterday, Mrs May dismissed the idea she could step down early, saying voters want her to ‘get on with the job’. ‘I said I wasn’t a quitter. There is a long-term job to done, there is an important job to be done in the United Kingdom. We stand at a really critical time,’ she said.” – Daily Mail

  • Top Tories refuse to back claim that leader will fight next election – The Sun
  • Deputy political director quits Number Ten – FT


Philip Collins: The Prime Minister isn’t mad to think she can carry on

“Her status as the only viable candidate is not Mrs May’s only card. She has been gifted an opposition intent on giving her an easy victory. By that I do not mean the leader of the Labour Party, who has resumed his usual pose as a blank screen on to which people can project their fantasies. I mean the assembled crowd of prominent Remain campaigners who are still hopeful that Britain’s departure from the European Union can be thwarted. By setting this as the measure of success, the opposition is ensuring Mrs May a victory.” – The Times

  • May needs a reshuffle to look plausible enough to stay on – Fraser Nelson, Daily Telegraph
  • This vow to go on is exactly what Britain needs – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun
  • ‘No quitter’ announcement will have been carefully timed – Robin Gordon-Farliegh, Times Red Box
  • May, the Arsène Wenger of politics – Robert Shrimsley, FT
  • The Prime Minister is weak, but still stronger than her critics – Martin Kettle, The Guardian

>Today: Iain Dale’s column: May has recovered her position

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: May’s claim that she intends to lead the Party into the next election is unsustainable

EU 1) Davis criticises Brussels’ cash demands

“The European Union is demanding billions of pounds after Brexit for aid to Africa, loans to Ukraine and environmental projects across Europe including bridges for wildlife. With Brexit talks becoming increasingly hostile, Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, said yesterday that Britain’s refusal to honour long-term spending commitments made before the referendum was damaging trust… During a heated press conference, David Davis, the Brexit secretary, accused Brussels of claiming legal obligations from Britain that were not “real”.” – The Times

  • A list of the commitments Brussels thinks we should continue to fund – Daily Mail
  • Fox insists Britain won’t be ‘blackmailed’ into divorce bill – Daily Telegraph
  • Hannan says the EU is trying to ‘damage’ Britain – Daily Express
  • Tory peer says young people can work longer hours outside the EU – The Independent


  • French President personally rejects plan to bypass EU negotiators – The Independent
  • ‘I won’t step in to help the Brits’, says Macron – Daily Mail
  • Japan says an EU deal comes first – The Times


  • For years the EU bent over backwards to please Britain, and now you ask for ‘flexibility’? – Guy Verhofstadt, Daily Telegraph
  • Like my PPI claim, the Brexit deal will be closed at the last minute – Jane Merrick, Times Red Box
  • Barnier and the Eurocrats don’t like being held to account – Asa Bennett, Daily Telegraph
  • Cake-and-eat-it routine wears thin with Barnier – Jon Henley, The Guardian
  • Stubbornness will secure a poor deal for both sides – Stephen Martin, Daily Telegraph


  • Davis has good reason to seek more flexibility from Barnier – The Times
  • Britain has a stronger hand than some think – Daily Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: Whatever happens in the Brexit talks, we must be Ready on Day One – deal or no deal

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Davis says Britain will honour ‘moral obligations’ to the EU

EU 2) Tories join opposition parties in bid to keep Britain in the Customs Union

“Soft-Brexit Tories have signalled they will rebel to force the UK to stay in the customs union, giving Theresa May a new headache. Conservative MPs – including ex-minister Anna Soubry – have signed up to a cross-party group of MPs demanding the UK permanently stays in the union, which removes tariffs and barriers from trade. It would bar Britain from ever signing new trade deals – a key argument Leave campaigners promoted in the referendum campaign. It would also put Liam Fox out of a job as International Trade Secretary.” – The Sun

  • Watson admits Labour plan could see UK stay in the single market permanently – Daily Telegraph
  • Rees-Mogg slams the Opposition for their shifting Brexit position – The Sun
  • Davis’ response when asked if Blair is interfering in the talks – Daily Express

More Labour:

  • Shadow Cabinet replacement for Champion announced – The Sun
  • Labour generated ten times the membership fees of the Tories in 2016 – Daily Telegraph


  • Blair is trashing his legacy with this undemocratic Brexit-bashing – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph
  • The EU has every right to reject this shabby offer – Diane Abbott, Times Red Box

>Yesterday: Profiles: The European Court of Justice – about which much is often said, and of which little is usually known

Davidson calls for new towns to solve Scottish housing crisis

“Ruth Davidson will today outline plans to tackle Scotland’s chronic housing shortage by building up to eight new towns as part of a Tory drive to switch the political debate away from independence and back to “bread-and-butter” issues. The Scottish Tory leader will argue the country is in the grip of the worst housing crisis since the aftermath of the Second World War and argue that “radical” solutions are required to ensure that Scots in their 20s and 30s have a realistic chance of buying their own homes. Calling for a clear plan to build 25,000 homes are year, she will propose a new generation of new towns, the creation of a Housing Infrastructure Agency to support major developments and the Housing Minister being promoted to the Scottish Cabinet.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Sturgeon unveils ‘bold vision’ for Scots economy – The Scotsman

>Today: Oliver Cooper in Comment: The claim that rich foreigners are driving up house prices is a myth

Ministers 1) Johnson and Patel visit Nigeria

“Boris Johnson was pictured racing across water in an anti-pirate vessel alongside Navy personnel during a trip to Nigeria. He can be seen taking the wheel on the boat, which scrapes his trademark hair behind him as the boat speeds along. The foreign secretary was then snapped sneaking a stout as he supped Guinness during the official visit with aid secretary Priti Patel. They travelled to the heart of territory dominated by Boko Haram insurgents to announce £200million for Nigeria’s fight against terror and famine.” – Daily Mail

  • Britain pledges £7 million to curb people trafficking – The Times

Ministers 2) Gibb launches probe into public school cheating scandal

“The cheating scandal in private schools has prompted the exams regulator to launch an inquiry, the schools minister has said. Nick Gibb said the action was required following the ‘unacceptable’ incidents at Eton and Winchester to uphold the ‘integrity of the exam system’. Ofqual announced yesterday it would review the rules allowing serving teachers to take part in writing and reviewing question papers. Top teachers are often invited to help write exam papers as they are considered ‘subject specialists’.” – Daily Mail

  • Scandal highlights broader university entrance stitch-up – FT


  • Let’s embrace this unique period of lawmaking – Andrea Leadsom, Times Red Box

>Yesterday: Chris White in Comment: The significance of the appointment of John Randall

Green threatens Field over BHS leaks

“Sir Philip Green has threatened the chairman of the Commons work and pensions select committee with legal action for claiming that he had confidential information about the BHS pension scheme bailout. He accused the Labour MP Frank Field of a “disgraceful” attack and said a potential disclosure about the £363 million bailout would break pension and data protection laws. Mr Field said last week that he had received a “major leak” relating to Sir Philip’s contribution to the pension deal. Referring to the former BHS boss’s summer spent aboard his yacht, he said he thought the tycoon would be “seasick” about the details of the settlement.” – Daily Mail

Foster says Irish Language Act is not a threat to the Union

“Unionists will only accept legislation for the Irish language if it also includes protections for British culture and the Ulster Scots identity, Arlene Foster has said. In a keynote speech ahead of negotiations between the main parties represented in the Stormont assembly, the former first minister of Northern Ireland told the DUP ruling executive on Thursday night that despite holding the balance of power at Westminster her party was still committed to bringing back the regional government in Belfast. But the DUP leader insisted she did not regard the Irish language as a threat to the union or her Britishness.” – The Guardian

  • Sinn Fein snub DUP gesture which aimed to restore the Executive – Belfast Telegraph

News in Brief:

  • Nurseries warn that one in three could close without new funding for Government pledge – Daily Mail
  • Tower Hamlets children at risk, inspection found – The Times
  • One in three sick notes are for mental health problems, report claims – Daily Telegraph
  • GPs quitting the NHS at rate of 400 a month – FT
  • UK home to 35,000 radical Islamists, warns counter-terror chief – The Sun
  • Statistics chief criticises leak of Home Office report – The Guardian
  • Rail strike chaos could spread to the South West – Daily Mail
  • Adams says jailing IRA killers would be ‘counterproductive’ – Belfast Telegraph