Corbyn accused of turning his back on pro-Brexit Labour voters…

“Jeremy Corbyn faces accusations of turning his back on Brexit-backing Labour voters ahead of a crunch Commons vote over formally quitting the EU. Labour frontbencher John Healey told Mr Corbyn he was ‘sending the wrong message’ to voters in the party’s northern heartlands by forcing MPs to vote against the EU (Withdrawal) Bill tomorrow. The row will embolden rebels planning to defy a three-line whip and side with the Tories. The draft legislation, which will formally end the supremacy of EU law in the UK, is expected to pass its first Commons hurdle, with Tory Remainers likely to keep their powder dry until detailed discussion of the proposals.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Blair gets tough on migrants 13 years after opening the doors – Sunday Times
  • EU immigration offer could reverse Brexit, claims Adonis – The Observer


  • Only hard Brexit is on offer, and that will do Britain huge damage – Tony Blair, Sunday Times
  • The big British immigration myth – Michael Heseltine, Mail on Sunday


  • Blair’s deathbed repentance on immigration – Sunday Times

…as Starmer tells May to drop the Withdrawal Bill

“Sir Keir Starmer, Labour’s Brexit spokesman, today calls on Theresa May to ditch her “fatally flawed” EU withdrawal bill and “start again”. On the eve of the second reading tomorrow, Starmer calls the legislation an “affront to parliament and the principle of taking back control”… Labour has imposed a three-line whip on its MPs to vote against the bill, which Starmer claims would reduce MPs to “spectators”. But Starmer defended his party against claims he is trying to “delay or destroy” the Brexit process.” – Sunday Times

  • Brexit Secretary makes concessions to spare Tories cross-party assault – Sunday Express
  • Labour leader under pressure to sack rebels – Independent on Sunday
  • Davis demands ‘moaning’ MPs back the bill and respect the referendum – Sunday Express


  • Leaked memo suggests EU has no interest in long-term solutions to Brexit challenges – Sunday Telegraph
  • Devolved governments launch joint drive for concessions – Independent on Sunday
  • Tories tell May to spell out devolved post-Brexit laws – Scotland on Sunday
  • Officials claim Brussels is leaking to undermine British demands – Sun on Sunday

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The battle of the bill committees is not an attack on the constitution

David Davis: Back this bill or face a chaotic future

Accusations of a power grab have flown around Westminster as the Repeal Bill entered its Second Reading. And fantastical conspiracies about “watering down” workers’ rights, and health and safety legislation, led to heated debates over the airwaves. Those vacuous charges – made by opposition members who should know better – do not reflect the realities that underpin the Government’s concerted effort to prepare the country for the day we leave the EU. Because without this Bill the country’s statute book simply would not work after Brexit – causing chaos for businesses, consumers and investors right across the UK.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • Monstrous bill is a power-grab which sidelines democracy – Keir Starmer, Times Red Box
  • We need to call Brussels’ bluff and prepare for no deal – Dia Chakravarty, Sunday Telegraph
  • Minority governments are easy to wound, harder to kill – Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer

More Secretaries of State:

  • Britain’s first-class foreign aid will always lead the international response – Priti Patel, Sun on Sunday
  • My plan for the NHS’ digital future – Jeremy Hunt, Sunday Times

>Today: Kieron O’Hara in Comment: An unloved Prime Minister. An inadequate Foreign Secretary. And a hamstrung Trade Secretary. What a Brexit mess.

>Yesterday: David Jeffery in Comment: How divisions among Leave-backing MPs helped May to win the last leadership election

Davis accused of ‘pushing’ May into an early election

“A reluctant Theresa May was bullied into calling the disastrous June snap Election by over-confident Brexit Secretary David Davis. And when it ended in disaster, ‘distraught’ husband Philip feared his tearful wife may have to resign for the sake of her ‘wellbeing’. These are just two of the bombshell disclosures in a new book about the Election… Tory MPs will be shocked by the way the authors say moves to persuade May into gambling her fate on a surprise Election on June 8 were led by Davis, who ‘pushed’ her into it .” – Mail on Sunday

Mark Wallace: How the Tories were caught out by their own snap election

“So when a week before the Copeland by-election in February I warned of problems in the operation of the Tory campaign machine, the news was not warmly received. The fact that Trudy Harrison then took the seat from Labour seemed to confirm the view within Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) that there was no reason to worry… Copeland showed that, when things are going well on the policy and personality front, it is possible to win in spite of organisational problems. But if your manifesto and your leader get into trouble, then the machine is all you have to fall back on. Neglect it, and you invite disaster.” – FT

  • Behind closed doors in the Conservative campaign – Tim Ross and Tom McTague, Mail on Sunday

Tories could cut interest rates on student loans

“The interest rate on student loans could be cut and poorly performing universities named and shamed as part of a new drive by the Conservatives to attract younger voters. The moves come after a surge in youth turnout to a 25-year high during the general election in June helped wipe out Theresa May’s majority. Sixty per cent of those aged 18 to 24 turned out for Labour after its promise to tackle student debt galvanised the vote. A Conservative announcement designed to appeal to young voters could come ahead of the party’s autumn conference and the upcoming budget.” – Sunday Times

  • May swims with the tide of left-wing ideas, but it could sweep her away – Adam Boulton, Sunday Times


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

Rees-Mogg says he would probably attend a gay wedding

“The Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has said he would go to a gay wedding and would probably enjoy it – despite believing the practice should not be allowed. Mr Rees-Mogg, who is regarded in some circles as a potential party leader, restated his opposition to same-sex marriage, which was legalised in the UK three years ago, stating: “I take the teachings of the Catholic Church seriously. “Marriage is a sacrament and the decision of what is a sacrament lies with the Church not with Parliament.” However he said he would be happy to go to a gay wedding as a guest.” – Sunday Telegraph

Labour left plan to tighten control on party with conference plot

“Jeremy Corbyn’s allies are plotting to entrench the power of Labour’s hard left when the party holds its annual conference this month, according to two leaked documents. A paper circulating in constituency Labour parties urges left-wing delegates to back seven measures that would hand power to the grassroots. They include “mandatory reselection of sitting MPs”, seen as a way of purging moderates, and plans to “ensure the general secretary of the Labour Party is elected by the membership on a one member, one vote basis”.” – Sunday Times

  • Union barons influence policy with £27 million in donations – Sun on Sunday
  • Timetable for Scottish leadership contest announced – Scotland on Sunday

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