Johnson: “All behind Theresa for a glorious Brexit”

‘Theresa May has been urged to sack Boris Johnson after he challenged her authority by publishing a 4,000 word treatise setting out his demands from the Brexit negotiations. The Foreign Secretary has infuriated some of his Cabinet colleagues, including Chancellor Philip Hammond, with his wide ranging demands in the article for The Telegraph. Downing Street was only given a few hours notice of publication of the article, which was interpreted by MPs and Westminster watchers as a bid to reignite his leadership campaign. The Telegraph has learned that aides to Mrs May phoned Mr Johnson today to seek reassurances that his intervention, days ahead of her key speech in Florence on Britain’s future after the EU, was not a leadership bid. Mr Johnson’s friends vehemently denied that the article was a leadership bid or was intended to be critical of Mrs May. Mr Johnson – who republished his article on his Facebook page earlier – wrote on Twitter: “Looking forward to PM’s Florence speech. All behind Theresa for a glorious Brexit.”‘ – Sunday Telegraph


>Today: ToryDiary: Put aside the Westminster politics, and ask: on Brexit policy, is Johnson right?

Gimson: He will be needed to sell the Brexit deal

‘If at the end of the Brexit negotiations she is still Prime Minister, she will have to sign up to some sort of a deal, in which, one can guess, she will not have obtained absolutely everything this country was hoping for. But will she be able to sell that deal either to her party or to the wider public? For as we saw during the General Election, her abilities as a saleswoman are somewhat limited. She will undoubtedly need the help of Mr Johnson to sell the deal. The sober, solemn, Establishment figures who dismiss him as a mountebank, and yearn for him to be thrown overboard, never seem to take this point into account. They regard salesmanship as a rather grubby and flashy affair, which has no place in the great questions of diplomacy, which they alone understand, and which in the end should be settled behind closed doors, by people like themselves. But Brexit is not going to be settled like that. It will play out in the full glare of publicity, and to cope with that, Britain may soon feel in need of a Prime Minister who is unafraid of publicity.’ – Andrew Gimson, Mail on Sunday

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: With the terror threat level at critical, Johnson launches a leadership bid – or so his critics say

Rudd: A security treaty between the UK and the EU is in all our interests

‘Together, the UK and EU have developed some of the world’s most sophisticated cross-border systems in the fight against crime. When we leave the EU, these ­current arrangements will end, but our partnership must go on for the security of the UK and the Continent. Tomorrow, the Government will publish a paper outlining how we want to achieve this. It will suggest that the fight against crime and terror could be underpinned by a new security treaty between the UK and the EU. A new treaty would allow us   to   maintain   and   strengthen our current level of co-operation and provide a new legal framework to do this. It would mean we are able to respond to threats as they evolve, and would establish the way we can maintain crime-fighting ­capabilities between the UK, the EU and its member states. Such a treaty would be in the interest of all parties.’ – Amber Rudd, The Sun on Sunday

>Today: Joe Egerton on Comment: Why we need a transition period of up to seven years

Hammond considers cutting tuition fees

‘Philip Hammond is costing proposals to lower the maximum a university can charge to £7,500 a year. It is part of a package of Tory measures aimed at appealing to young voters whose mass support for Labour almost catapulted Jeremy Corbyn into power last June. An annual cap of £7,500 – down from the current limit of £9,250 – would save a student about £5,000 over a typical three-year degree course. The proposals, being drawn up for this autumn’s Budget, come amid anger that some universities do not offer value for money…Mr Hammond told a private meeting of Tory MPs that Baby Boomers — those born between the mid-1940s and mid-1960s — had enjoyed “good quality education for free, good housing and good pensions”. By contrast young people today face student debt and being priced out of the housing market.’ – The Sun on Sunday

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  • May felt she was kept out of the loop by her own campaign team – Mail on Sunday
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  • Sir Mick Davis asks Tory donors for £6 million extra a year to fix the campaign machine – The Sun on Sunday

Rees-Mogg’s nine speeches in 48 hours at Conservative conference – starting with one for ConservativeHome

‘The Telegraph has established that the MP for North East Somerset is to give no fewer than nine speeches in 48 hours to the party faithful next month. He will be addressing fringe events on everything from Brexit and the Conservative Party to the importance of free markets and the resurgent hard-Left…Mr Rees-Mogg will begin his conference speaking drive at 6pm on Sunday, when he discusses “what sort of Brexit the Conservative Party wants”. ..Paul Goodman, editor of the Conservative Home website – which has published polls showing Mr Rees-Mogg’s popularity – explained why party members had warmed to the Tory MP. “He has primarily made his way because of the power of argument. He’s not frightened of putting forward a case,” Mr Goodman said. “He doesn’t have the defensiveness and insecurity of modern politicians who are always worried about slipping up and making a mess of it. He is putting the case for how Britain can work for Conservative ideas. That is always attractive to a Tory audience.”’ – Sunday Telegraph

Second man arrested in Parsons Green investigation

‘The 21-year-old was arrested in Hounslow at 11.50pm on Saturday, the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command said. He was taken to a south London police station and remains in custody. It comes after police arrested an 18-year-old man close to the port of Dover on Saturday morning. Kent police detained the teenager close to the port at 7.50am on suspicion of being a terrorist, describing it as a “significant arrest”. Armed police also yesterday raided the home of two respected foster carers in their hunt for the bomb factory used by the Parsons Green bomber. The elderly owners of the Cavendish Road property, Penelope and Ronald Jones, are a dedicated foster couple who have taken in hundreds of young people since 1970, including refugees from several countries.’ – Sunday Telegraph

Crouch: We must support elite athletes who suffer from mental illness

‘When I first spoke about my brush with depression and anxiety I was worried what the reaction would be. I wasn’t the first to speak out about my experience and the need for support, nor will I be the last. Despite people thinking MPs live in another world, we still experience the effects of poor mental health, just like one in every four of us – in our families, schools, workplaces and communities…My own experience was incidental and mercifully short. I threw myself into work, I kept myself busy and, along with medication, sport was a crucial part of my recovery…I am not alone in recognising that the link between sport and good mental health is strong. Mental health charities encourage participation in sport for the positive impact it has on an individual’s mental well-being. In my role as minister, I made sure mental health was an explicit measurable outcome in the Government’s sport strategy, ensuring that funding will be available for organisations running projects that are proven to deliver on this front. I am confident that the Government has set out what it wants to see from the sports sector on mental health at a grassroots level, so now my focus has turned to what more can be done to support elite athletes struggling with mental health issues.’ – Tracey Crouch, Mail on Sunday

Cable reported to police over election expenses

‘Stuart Coster, a co-founder of the People’s Pledge — which campaigned for an EU referendum — has sent a dossier to the Metropolitan police detailing what he claims is evidence that the Liberal Democrat leader overspent by at least £4,000 during the general election campaign. Cable’s general election spending return was just £630 below the legal spending limit of £13,517. Coster claims some of Cable’s “personal” costs have been wrongly allocated to national spending. He also claims to have found undeclared leaflets, stickers and stakeboards, and no invoices for office equipment, photography or web services…Last night a party spokesman denied any wrongdoing, adding: “All election spending in Twickenham was within the limits and correctly accounted for. This is a vexatious complaint intended to distract attention from the best-attended Lib Dem conference in our history.”’ – Sunday Times

Cohen: Corbyn is thriving on the support of the left-behind middle class

‘The leader-worship of Labour members is a sign that they do not want and will not be granted independent thought. Just before Momentum won all the elections in Hornsey and Wood Green, one of the largest Labour parties in Britain, a devotee read a poem in praise of Jeremy Corbyn to inspire the assembled activists. It was as if they were in North Korea rather than north London. This was not some pathetic aberration. The aptly named Shoestring Press found 50 authors willing to fill an entire book with poems for Jeremy. Writing Labour members off as initiates in a personality cult, however, is a little too easy. There are deep social reasons why men with disgusting views, which go back into the dark heart of communism, now control the opposition. If Trump and the Brexit campaign triumphed because they won the left-behind working class, Corbynism triumphed because it won the left-behind middle class.’ – Nick Cohen, The Observer

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