May faces ‘triple revolt’ ahead of the Tory conference

“Theresa May was hit by a revolt on three fronts last night as she urged MPs to use the party’s annual conference to focus their fire on Labour. Conservative politicians brushed aside calls for unity by issuing a string of warnings on immigration, benefits and energy prices. The Prime Minister also faced renewed pressure over Brexit, which looks set to overshadow the Tory gathering when it begins tomorrow in Manchester. Speaking ahead of the four-day event, Mrs May urged her party to take the fight to Jeremy Corbyn and find new ways to attract younger voters. But last night she was facing pressure from within her own ranks over a string of issues.” – Daily Mail

  • Clark tells Ofgem to rein in power companies – FT
  • Halt Universal Credit and put in safety net, say critics – The Times
  • Housebuilders hope for more Help-to-Buy cash – FT


  • Stop dragging your heels, Prime Minister, or Corbyn will beat you – James Forsyth, The Sun
  • How the Prime Minister can seize back the initiative – Peter Oborne, Daily Mail
  • Tories can’t ignore public demand for more spending – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph
  • Universal Credit is a mean, flawed scheme which must be blocked – Neil Coyle, The Guardian


  • Time for the Tories to show some urgency confronting Britain’s problems – The Sun
  • Conference speech must ring with courage and ambition – Daily Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: Green, Fox, Brady, Morgan. And live-streaming Rees-Mogg. ConHome’s Party Conference programme.

>Yesterday: Edward Boyd in Comment: There must be no delay in rolling out universal credit

Tories seek to revive youth wing before the next election

“The Conservative Party is to resurrect its youth wing as it tries to win back young voters before the next election. Conservative Future was taken over by the central party in 2015 after a bullying scandal, effectively shutting it down. After the general election, however, Conservative MPs complained that the dormancy of the youth wing meant that they did not have enough activists to compete with the campaigners drawn to the Labour Party. A document of more than 20 pages, written by Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) and circulated soon after the party’s election disaster, lays out plans to create a “well-equipped, disciplined and engaged generation of members”. The report also recommends new powers to control the youth groups.” – The Times

>Today: ToryDiary: Conservative Party membership “is down by a quarter”. Will it drop below 100,000 next year?

Ministers 1) Davidson and Johnson clash over Brexit

“Boris Johnson reopened Cabinet divisions over Brexit last night by setting out a series of red lines for negotiations with the EU. In an intervention which will dismay Downing Street and reopen speculation about his leadership ambitions, the Foreign Secretary said he was not prepared to stay shackled to the EU for ‘a second longer’ once a two-year transition is complete in March 2021. But Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson took a swipe at Mr Johnson last night as she called for ‘serious people’ to take charge of Brexit. The Scottish Tory leader, who was a prominent figure in the Remain campaign criticised those in the party who were ‘over-optimistic’ about Brexit, saying it ‘sells people short’.” – Daily Mail

  • Foreign Secretary sets out his demands – The Sun
  • Interview with Ruth Davidson – The Times
  • Johnson’s red lines undermine May – FT

More Brexit:

  • Prime Minister must walk away if trade talks still on hold by Christmas, MPs say – Daily Telegraph
  • EU nationals will have more rights than Britons in ‘bizarre’ two-tier plan – Daily Express
  • Brexiteers rage as May promises to enshrine EU nationals’ rights in treaty – Daily Mail
  • Deadlock breaks as Merkel hails ‘good progress’ – The Sun
  • Bank of England doing all it can to make Brexit work, Carney insists – The Sun
  • Hidden plan for EU-wide insurance card exposed – Daily Express


Ministers 2) Mundell says Scottish Tories can show the UK party how to win over young people

“Ruth Davidson and the Scottish Tories can show the UK party how to beat Jeremy Corbyn by winning back younger voters, David Mundell has argued. Speaking to the Telegraph ahead of the Conservative conference in Manchester, the Scottish Secretary said the Scottish Tories had succeeded in attracting the youngsters crucial to Mr Corbyn’s general election surge while the party in England had struck the “wrong tone”. Although he has remained loyal to Theresa May following the party’s disastrous election result, he noted how Ms Davidson had the ability to appeal to younger generations with a “positive” message.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Party risks losing youth vote for good, warns Willetts – The Guardian


  • If May can’t ensure capitalism works for the young, what’s the point of her? – Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph


  • Conservatives must find the courage to champion capitalism – The Times

Ministers 3) Foreign Secretary wants web giants punished for ‘helping’ terrorists

“Tech giants such as YouTube and Amazon that help spread terror need to be punished, Boris has insisted. Mounting a withering attack on the California-based internet giants, the Foreign Secretary also branded their ‘free speech’ defence for not taking down extremist content just a front to make more money. In an interview ahead of the Tories’ annual conference tomorrow, Boris branded the firms’ behaviour “absolutely contemptible”. He told The Sun: “They don’t pay any tax. They are facilitating terror. It is unbelievable. They need to be punished.”” – The Sun

  • MPs to hold companies to account in the US – The Times

Ministers 4) Gove toughens sentencing for animal cruelty

“Cruelty to animals will be punished with up to five years in prison under plans drawn up by Michael Gove. The Environment Secretary is taking action after a string of offenders escaped lightly despite inflicting appalling harm on pets or livestock. He wants the maximum term of six months – one of the lowest in Europe – to be increased dramatically. Mr Gove said last night: ‘We are a nation of animal lovers and I want to ensure that those who commit the most shocking cruelty to animals face suitably tough punishments.” – Daily Mail

Ministers 5) Teacher shortage could mean pay rise, Truss hints

“Teachers in England and Wales – along with other frontline public servants – may receive a more sizeable pay rise next year, after the government indicated it would lift the tough 1% cap on wage increases it had previously applied. A letter from Liz Truss, the chief secretary to the Treasury, to the board responsible for recommending teachers’ pay awards said that shortages meant it was prepared to accept a pay rise above the 1% limit for 2018-19. “The government recognises that in some parts of the public sector, particularly in areas of skill shortage, more flexibility may be required to deliver world-class public services including in return for improvements to public sector productivity,” Truss said in a letter to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB).” – The Guardian

  • Johnson calls for public sector wage rise… funded by job cuts – The Sun
  • Swinney presiding over SNP’s education ‘omnishambles’, claim Labour – The Scotsman

Ministers 6) Fallon makes the case for Britain’s nuclear deterrent

“Britain’s nuclear deterrent protects the nation from North Korea and Russia, Sir Michael Fallon claimed today as he welcomed Nato chief to a high-security nuclear base. The Defence Secretary hosted NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the 29 ambassadors of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at Clyde Naval Base to mark the 350th Trident patrol. Each of the missions has been conducted in extreme secrecy with the strength of the deterrent held in enemies not knowing where in the world Britain’s subs are. At least one of the Trident-armed boats has been at sea 24/7, 365 days a year since 1994 and Sir Michael today recommitted the UK to nuclear deterrence.” – Daily Mail

Cleverly admits he wants to be leader

Tory MP has admitted he would “love to be” prime minister but insisted that anyone plotting to takeover from Theresa May should be “punished”. James Cleverly, the MP for Braintree, said as a rugby player he would have bitten the hand off of anyone who offered him the chance to captain his country. He said that the possibility of becoming PM would be a similarly irresistible opportunity. However, he stressed his immediate priority was to put his “shoulder to the wheel” to help Mrs May “deliver good government”.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Rees-Mogg has lunch with the FT – George Parker, FT
  • It will take a bold leadership challenger to save the Party – Matthew Parris, The Times

>Today: Lord Ashcroft in Comment: The general election. How the Conservatives damaged their reputation for competence without gaining one for compassion.

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

Cameron claimed tens of thousands in ‘public duty allowance’

“David Cameron received tens of thousands of pounds in ‘public duty’ allowance after quitting Downing Street – as he raked in money from corporate speeches and his memoirs. The ex-PM claimed just over £50,000 to cover expenses after standing down in July following his defeat in the EU referendum. The ‘public duty cost allowance’ is granted by the government to ‘assist’ former Prime Ministers in recognition of their ‘special position in public life’. However, unusually, Nick Clegg, who was Mr Cameron’s deputy until 2015 and lost his seat at the election this year, has been given the benefit.” – Daily Mail

Corbyn ally claims Tories have enforced power ‘like Nazis’…

“One of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest allies claims that British governments have enforced power like the Nazis did, the Daily Mail can reveal. Hard-Left MP Clive Lewis told young Labour activists that political leaders had ‘systematically undermined’ the NHS, the BBC and public services. He likened this to the Nazi policy of seizing power by forcing all institutions to toe the same line, called ‘Gleichschaltung’. Speaking in Brighton as Labour held its conference this week, Mr Lewis took aim at ‘neo-liberalism’ – a term for free-market economics used pejoratively by the Left.” – Daily Mail

  • How rent controls have failed around the world – The Times

…as Scottish Labour MPs call for a ‘federal’ UK

“Scottish Labour MPs are lobbying English colleagues and party leader Jeremy Corbyn to back plans for a federal UK, including a role for devolved governments in setting immigration policy. Senior sources within the Scottish Labour group said its MPs had agreed to push forward plans for a new UK constitutional settlement. The group believes the proposal can only get off the ground with support from Labour MPs in England, where historically there has been little appetite for constitutional reform. And sources suggested Mr Corbyn, who has previously voiced opposition to devolving elements of immigration policy, could be convinced of one of the more contentious proposals for constitutional reform.” – The Scotsman

  • Corbyn rides high, but camaraderie is not enough – Nick Pearce, FT

Outsider wins race to lead UKIP

“A former soldier, career diplomat and ex-Liberal Democrat candidate won the Ukip leadership today, defeating the far-right Anne Marie Waters. Henry Bolton’s shock victory was confirmed by party officials who had been braced for a potentially terminal split had Ms Waters won. Virtual unknown Mr Bolton, 54, won with 3,874 votes – more than a 1,000 more than his closest rival. The former Army officer warned earlier this month that Ukip was in danger of becoming the ‘UK Nazi Party’ if it picked the wrong leader.” – Daily Mail

  • Unknown soldier now leads the People’s Army – The Times

More UKIP:

  • Clash with the Premier League over new lion logo – The Guardian

News in Brief:

  • British voters have turned against the market – Robert Colvile, CapX
  • Toff justice, class warfare and the dark heart of ‎Corbynism – Olivia Utley, Reaction
  • Why I’m marching against the Conservative Conference – Vince Cable, The Independent
  • Introducing Ukip’s new leader – a former Lib Dem who takes inspiration from the AfD – Katy Balls, The Spectator
  • Politicians must now show how they will raise living standards for Brexit-backing low-income voters – Claire Ainsley, Brexit Central