Ministers accuse Labour of inviting ‘chaos’ and betraying voters by voting against the Withdrawal Bill

‘The Labour leader will order his MPs to oppose the EU Withdrawal Bill in a Commons vote today. Brexit Secretary David Davis said opposing the bill was a vote for ‘chaos and confusion’. Justice Minister Dominic Raab accused Mr Corbyn of fraud after Labour told Brexit supporters during the election that it would respect the result of the referendum. He told Sky News: ‘Come Monday evening I think the Labour Party will have their cards called because they toured up and down the country saying they were going to back Brexit. ‘Now they’re voting against this whole bill. That is a fraud, it is Jeremy Corbyn’s biggest con trick on Labour voters and the country yet.’ Up to 30 Labour MPs may rebel today by voting for the bill. Those who represent seats that voted for Brexit fear they will face a wave of anger from constituents. It emerged yesterday that Mr Corbyn has come under fire from one of his own frontbenchers over the decision.’ – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: WATCH: Fallon – “Leaving the EU means freedom of movement has to end”

Kavanagh: Blair isn’t just a hypocrite, he’s deluded

‘The man who single-handedly unleashed a flood of uncontrolled immigration into the UK is today calling for a crackdown on our borders. He wants newcomers to register on arrival or be banned from entry. They must be counted in and counted out. Failure to comply will disqualify them from holding a bank account, renting a home or claiming benefits. Perched excitedly on Andrew Marr’s BBC sofa, the walnut-coloured multi-millionaire demanded “discriminatory” rules barring access to health care. Even for Tony Blair, the ultimate chameleon politician, the hypocrisy is truly breathtaking…Now he wants to halt the tide so we will change our minds and stay. Or pretends to. There is no way Brussels is going to budge to accommodate his outlandish ideas.’ – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun


>Today: ToryDiary: Blair flaps at the stable door. But the horse runs free.

>Yesterday: WATCH: Blair – “Brexit is a distraction, not a solution to the problems this country faces.”

Public sector pay cap to be lifted this week – starting with prison and police officers

‘Ministers will formally abandon the public sector pay cap this week, with tens of thousands of police and prison officers set to benefit. The 1 per cent limit, which has been in force since 2013, had been due to run for another three years. But following the election, ministers have signalled they will change tack in an attempt to prove they are listening to voters – and to combat problems around staff recruitment. The Mail understands police and prison officers are set to be first public sector workers to benefit from the lifting of the cap following recommendations by independent pay review bodies.’ – Daily Mail

  • The money will not come from extra borrowing – The Times
  • Davidson urges new focus on Scottish education – Daily Telegraph
  • MPs from the 2015 and 2017 intakes are working on a joint submission to the Budget – The Times

Johnson: Irma has caused huge damage, but we are doing all we can to help our Overseas Territories

‘We can be reassured that a great deal of aid has either arrived or is en route. But heartbreaking damage has been inflicted and no-one should assume that everything will go smoothly in the crucial days that lie ahead. We are working alongside our friends, including France and the Netherlands, whose Caribbean territories have also suffered terribly, and the United States. And the Government has promised to match what I know will be the generous donations of the British public pound for pound. We must now look ahead to where Irma will strike next. On Sunday the hurricane is expected to make landfall in Florida, where hundreds of thousands of Britons either live or go on holiday. Our Consul General in Miami is making every preparation.’ – Boris Johnson, Daily Mail

No speaking slot for Leadsom at Conservative conference

‘Andrea Leadsom will not be given a chance to address the Tory faithful from the podium at conference as party managers try to work out how to soothe tensions at this year’s gathering. One cabinet minister said that party activists still felt “raw and angry” about the election result and feared that briefing between cabinet ministers could spiral out of control and leadership contenders could use the event to set out their stalls…One source said that her position as Commons leader did not usually entitle her to a podium speech. Ms Leadsom is understood to be relaxed about the decision. There has also been speculation that Sir Patrick McLoughlin, the party chairman, might stand down. Sir Eric Pickles and Graham Brady will present a report on what went wrong at the election. Mrs May is grappling with when and whether to apologise for the disastrous result.’ – The Times

  • Debate continues over whether message or machine were to blame for the election result – FT
  • May can learn from Harper’s experience in Canada – Andrew Macdougall, Daily Telegraph

>Today: Nicky Morgan’s column: If voters don’t trust Conservative values, they won’t vote for Conservative candidates

Benyon mounts bid to end witch-hunts of veterans

‘Grandee Tory MP and ex-Army officer Richard Benyon is tabling a new law to limit any criminal investigation to events in just the last 10 years. As the Troubles ended in 1997, the move would see all ongoing Ulster probes scrapped. Mr Benyon has won the backing of the DUP’s 10 MPs for the move, The Sun can also reveal. If Labour also backed it, the PM would face the humiliation of a Commons defeat or being forced to accept it. The ex-environment minister and MP for Newbury told The Sun: “I want to introduce a 10 year statute of limitations for prosecutions against all troops on operations. “It would deal with two issues – first, the ‘lawfare’ culture that has emerged from Iraq and Afghanistan…Secondly, it will end the ongoing issue of Northern Ireland vets, many in their 60s, 70s and 80s, facing the threat of persecution for the rest of their lives.”‘ – The Sun

Clarke: May must stay

‘Theresa May will lead the Tories through Brexit as there is ‘no prospect’ of her being replaced ‘by anybody sensible’, Ken Clarke declared last night. The former chancellor said discussions about a potential leadership challenge were a distraction from the important business of leaving the EU. He dismissed the idea of a ‘Strictly Come Dancing-style contest’, and said MPs should be concentrating on the economy and arrangements for the future of the country. In an interview with Sky News, Mr Clarke said Mrs May had the job of ‘presiding over a smooth transition’ for at least the next two to three years as we leave the EU.’ – Daily Mail

  • The Government concedes a Parliamentary vote to approve £1 billion funding for Northern Ireland – The Guardian

Halfon backs calls to reduce student loan interest rates

‘Former ministers and MPs from across the political spectrum have called for a drastic overhaul of the controversial repayment system. Chancellor Philip Hammond is being urged to use his next Budget to help students by at least replacing the outdated inflation measure used to set repayments – the Retail Prices Index (RPI) – with the historically lower Consumer Price Index (CPI). Its adoption could save students as much as £18,000 over their lifetimes, according to recent estimates…Former minister Robert Halfon, chairman of the education select committee, added: ‘I feel strongly that the interest rate burden is far too high and students are burdened with huge loans. We must be sure students are getting value for money, and this is why interest rates must be lower, and excessive vice chancellor pay needs to be curtailed.’ – Daily Mail

  • New head at struggling school sets out tough rules in letter to parents – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Students and money. Let’s help them with their current costs – not fixate on their future ones

Union bosses threaten general strike

‘Militant unions yesterday threatened to break the law in order to force Theresa May out of Downing Street. One hard-Left leader demanded that millions of workers down tools, declaring: ‘They’re not going to lock us all up.’ The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union called for a nationwide train strike to bring the transport network to a halt. And Unite leader Len McCluskey warned he would break strike laws to protect his members’ interests…Sean Hoyle, of the RMT, pledged a repeat of the first national rail strike. He said: ‘I make this promise to the government: The RMT will have a quasi-national rail strike just like 1911 all over again. We will co-ordinate and we must stop the transport system in this country. Last year I stood here and said, “Any trade unionist with any sense would want to bring down this working class-hating Tory government.” Every union should stand side by side with the RMT union when we march and we say to the Government and the private operators: F*** you, f*** you and f*** you.’’ – Daily Mail

  • 45 union leaders take home more than £100,000 – The Sun
  • TUC conference evacuated after bomb threat – Daily Mail

Purves: Toxic tribalism is poisoning our politics

‘Take Harriet Harman: mother of the House of Commons and once a potential Labour leader. She couldn’t make a reasonable case for MPs’ parental leave without calling Jacob Rees-Mogg, father of six, a “deadbeat dad” because he has never changed a nappy. “What model of fatherhood do we want parliament to portray?’ she cries..Well, one rarely meets new parents whose anxious priority is deciding which MP to emulate in matters of the changing-mat…To call him a “deadbeat dad”on a par with the thuggish and negligent is absurd. Just as absurd as Harman’s anecdote about bringing a new baby into the Commons and seeing Margaret Thatcher advancing towards her. She dodged down a corridor because it would be “horrific” if this fellow-mother looked at her child.’ – Libby Purves, The Times

Warning over slowing improvements in life expectancy

‘Britain is becoming “the sick man of Europe” as life expectancy surges in other countries, analysis shows. One of the world’s leading experts has demanded government action over “urgent and deepening problems with the nation’s health”, as he reveals that the rest of Europe is living ever longer while progress in Britain has stalled. Sir Michael Marmot is calling for an immediate investigation into why a century of lengthening lives has come to an end, which he argues is fundamentally more important than the threat of a bed shortage in the NHS. He raised the alarm in July over static life expectancies, pointing out that until 2010 Britons were gaining a year of life every four years but since then the rise had almost ground to a halt.’ – The Times

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