May attacks Khan’s Uber ban…

“Theresa May warned last night that outlawing Uber would ‘damage the lives’ of millions of Londoners. The Prime Minister said the decision by Transport for London, and backed by mayor Sadiq Khan, was ‘disproportionate’ – and would lead to thousands of job losses. The ride-hailing firm is planning to appeal after its renewal application was rejected on the grounds of ‘public safety and security implications’. Mrs May told BBC London: ‘At a stroke of a pen, what the Mayor has done is risked 40,000 jobs and of course… damaged the lives of those 3.5million Uber users.'” – Daily Mail

  • Prime Minister takes aim at Corbyn’s ‘abstract doctrine’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Tory leader says Party must resell capitalism to the younger generation – Daily Mail
  • Northern Powerhouse is ‘back on May’s agenda’ – The Guardian
  • May sticks by the private sector and picks up the pace of PFI – FT


  • Labour-run council opposes Corbyn’s housing ballot – The Guardian
  • Centre ground shifts as voters lean left – The Times
  • Three-quarters now back re-nationalisation – The Sun
  • Mayor seeks powers to ban wood-burning stoves – The Times


  • The pendulum swings against privatisation – Tim Harford, FT



…as Johnson tops poll of members to replace her

“Conservative Party members have put Boris Johnson in the lead to take over from Theresa May, according to a poll which suggests his Brexit gamble has paid off. Most want the prime minister to quit after Britain has left the European Union in 2019 despite Mrs May’s pledge that she will fight the next election. In a YouGov/Times survey of Tory members, who choose the party leader, Mr Johnson moved ahead of his rivals with 23 per cent. Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, and Jacob Rees-Mogg, the right-wing backbencher, were second and third favourites with 19 and 17 per cent respectively… A survey of Tory activists at the start of this month for ConservativeHome suggested that Mr Johnson had slipped into fourth place behind Mr Rees-Mogg, Mr Davis and Dominic Raab, the justice minister. Mr Johnson’s resurgence presents a headache for Mrs May as he will be harder to sack despite recent disloyalty on Brexit.” – The Times

  • Foreign Secretary has his BoJo back – The Sun
  • Prime Minister risks MPs’ wrath by insisting she will fight the next election… – Daily Mail
  • …as she admits the Tories weren’t ready for the last one – Daily Telegraph


Fraser Nelson: It’s time to admit that the Tories, not Labour, are stuck in the past

“For those of us trying to understand the Corbyn phenomenon, this might be the hardest part to swallow. He might very well be a Marxist full of terrible ideas, and John McDonnell might be more dangerous still, but much of what they’re talking about strikes most people as common sense. It suits Tories to think of Corbyn as a historical burp, a blast of foul air from the Seventies creating a temporary stink in Westminster. But in fact it’s the Tories who have been stuck in the past – clinging to the Eighties, wrongly believing it to be the decade in which socialism was exposed and disproved. Socialism has turned out to be this year’s surprise hit.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Corbyn’s policies are popular with centrist voters, but he isn’t – Chris Curtis, The Guardian

>Today: ToryDiary: We need a regeneration of the Right


Boeing could de-activate military equipment sold to Britain

“Boeing could ‘turn off’ Britain’s attack helicopters if the UK takes revenge for punitive US tariffs on Bombardier that threaten thousands of jobs, it was claimed today. The two countries are on the brink of a trade war after the UK threatened to end its military contracts with the US aerospace company Boeing. Theresa May again condemned Boeing’s bid to impose a tariff of 220 per cent on imports of C-Series aircraft built by Bombardier into America today. The Canadian firm employs around 4,000 people in Northern Ireland. ‘This is not the kind of behaviour we expect from a long-term partner and it undermines that partnership,’ the PM said during a speech at the Bank of England. However, military experts have warned that the US defence giant could respond by simply deactivating aircraft it has supplied to the UK.” – Daily Mail

  • Brazil follows the US with claim against Bombardier aircraft – The Times
  • May’s motives for championing Ulster employer questioned – FT
  • Defence chief in charge of buying ships and aircraft quits, leaving ‘chaos’ – The Times


  • Bully-boy tactics have been used against Bombardier – Lord Empey, News Letter


EU 1) Brussels expects May to anger Tories with even more concessions

“The European Union is expecting Theresa May to make further concessions to unlock Brexit negotiations as soon as the Conservative Party’s annual conference is over. EU negotiators expect the prime minister to authorise David Davis to formally improve Britain’s offer on money and the role of the European Court of Justice. The talks will be held five days after the Tory conference in Manchester next week and such concessions would infuriate Brexit supporters among the party’s grass roots. In particular, negotiators expect Mr Davis, the Brexit secretary, to make “concrete proposals” accepting the divorce costs and spelling out a way to ensure legal force is given to decisions by EU judges on the residency rights of Europeans living in Britain.” The Times

  • Britons face unequal rights under constitutional ‘revolution’ – The Times


  • More than 200,000 EU nationals won’t need to reapply to stay – The Sun
  • Britain ‘unconditionally committed’ to European security – The Guardian
  • May will share UK cyber-intelligence – The Sun

EU 2) EU leaders ‘agree to two-year transition’ and expand Barnier’s remit

“EU leaders plan to agree to Britain’s request for a two-year transition phase during Brexit following this week’s thawing in relations. Following concessions to Brussels, the EU Council are set to expand negotiation boss Michel Barnier’s powers to “scope out” future trade and security treaties with Brexit Britain. Our revelation comes as the most intense bout of negotiations yet drew to a close in Brussels. David Davis and Michel Barnier both talked of the progress made this week. EU insiders said Britain’s plea for a two-year interim deal post 2019 will now likely be approved at next month’s meeting after ground was given by the UK on future budget payments and citizens rights.” – The Sun

  • Brexit negotiations are doomed to fail, ex-Bank of England expert claims – Daily Express
  • Prime Minister pledges talks with Sturgeon to break powers deadlock – Daily Telegraph
  • May warns against ‘needless’ EU barriers – FT
  • Tory leader attacks Putin’s ‘aggression’ towards Europe – The Sun
  • Barnier insists EU taxpayers will not shoulder ‘burden’ of Brexit – Daily Express


  • Watson won’t rule out Labour supporting a second vote – The Sun
  • Don’t play poker with people, say unions and bosses – The Times
  • Labour has nudged ahead in the polls but Brexit could save the Tories – Daily Telegraph
  • MEPs plan to try to ‘break up’ the UK – Daily Express


  • May’s plan would mean that courts, not Parliament, were supreme – Simon Gleeson, Times Red Box

>Yesterday: Daniel Hannan MEP’s column: There’s far more agreement on the terms of Brexit than the pundits suggest

EU 3) Davis loses more staff to the Cabinet Office’s EU team

“Up to 20 senior civil servants are to leave the department charged with delivering Brexit to set up a new EU negotiating unit in the Cabinet Office. In a move that raises fresh questions about the influence of David Davis, the officials will join Oliver Robbins who left his job as permanent secretary in the department for exiting the EU, or Dexeu, last week to work directly for Theresa May. Among those joining him will be Catherine Webb, director of market access at the department and the official responsible for future access to the single market, The Times understands. Some inside Whitehall believe that creating the Negotiation Co-ordination Unit (NCU) means the effective restoration of the European secretariat within the Cabinet Office that was disbanded when Dexeu was created.” – The Times

  • Brexit Secretary strikes optimistic note as Barnier plays hardball – Daily Mail
  • Cabinet ‘draws swords’ over post-Brexit trade model – FT
  • Rudd calls for a more ‘positive tone’ in the talks – Daily Telegraph


  • Spain threatens to break up the Euro unless Catalonia comes to heel – Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Daily Telegraph
  • Sturgeon should keep her nose out of Spanish affairs – Brian Wilson, The Scotsman

Allen leads 12 MPs to complain to Gauke about Universal Credit

“Ministers faced a row over the government’s flagship welfare reforms last night as they were criticised by a dozen Tory MPs. Ahead of the party’s conference next week, twelve Conservatives signed a private letter to Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke calling for a slowdown in the roll-out of Universal Credit. The MPs led by Heidi Allen are opposed to an acceleration in the number of job centres moving over to the new system each month from around five to 50 by the end of the year. Universal Credit was a flagship welfare reform proposed under former prime Minister David Cameron and ex-work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.” – Daily Mail

  • Warning against ten-fold expansion of the new welfare system – Daily Telegraph
  • May under pressure as 192 MPs sign letter supporting an energy price cap – The Times


  • The Chancellor must think about costs to small businesses – Mike Cherry, Times Red Box

Lord Ashcroft: The election cost the Tories a crucial competitive advantage – their reputation for competence

“The Tories’ recent victories have rested on their claim to make a better fist of running the country than their opponents. But after the 2017 debacle, despite more than a decade of modernisation, voters find the Conservative Party no more sympathetic to their aspirations and anxieties than they did before but, crucially, no more competent than it is sympathetic. The campaign and the manifesto took their toll, as did the spectacle of a government aiming to increase its majority with a snap election only to lose the majority it already had – and the apparent confusion over the direction of Brexit policy will hardly have helped. The fatal combination of flaws that dogged the party in opposition looms again.” – Daily Telegraph

Tory MSP hit with two-week ban from Holyrood over conflict of interest

“A Tory MSP is to be hit with a Holyrood ban for a fortnight after failing to declare business interests when lodging written questions. Alexander Burnett was carpeted by fellow MSPs on Holyrood’s Standards committee today who say he should be prohibited from lodging written questions for two weeks. The politician was “admonished” by the same committee for a similar breach earlier this month. On each occasion he failed to declare that his own financial interests could be affected by the issues he was raising in Parliament.” – The Scotsman

‘Fifty thousand’ protesters to descend on the Conservative Conference

“Fifty thousand far-left protesters could descend on Manchester this weekend as part of days of marches, flash-mobs and events to disrupt the Tory party conference. As Conservatives gear up for their annual gathering, activists are putting their final plans in place to welcome tens of thousands to protest Brexit, austerity and the Tories. A Stop Brexit march is planned on Sunday – which is expected to gather around 30,000 people. They will hold a rally with Remainers including Alistair Campbell and Manchester MP Lucy Powell set to speak. And the People’s Assembly say that at least 20,000 will be joining them in five days of events.” – The Sun

  • Scottish Labour’s interim leader refuses to resign over ‘plot’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Rivals say discord in the Scottish party must end – The Scotsman

News in Brief:

  • The UK has struck a sensible consensus – it’s time for Brussels to move the talks onto trade – Henry Newman, Brexit Central
  • Theresa May still can’t be trusted on post-Brexit security – Damien Phillips, Reaction
  • Labour’s ‘public good, private bad’ mantra would ruin Britain – Tom Startup, CapX
  • Capitalism is the best system, but it has been undermined by Quantitative Easing – Baroness Altmann, The Spectator
  • Conservatives still don’t understand that Corbyn is a real threat – Stephen Bush, New Statesman