Brexit 1) May stands firm on plan to reduce immigration

“Theresa May has reiterated her determination to decrease low-skilled migration despite warnings from a senior Tory that Britain should not close its doors after Brexit. The prime minister told MPs today that migration drove down the income level of low-skilled workers and signalled her determination to reduce the number of people coming to work from the EU… Mrs Morgan was the first senior Tory to express public unease at the contents of the leak. Other Tories, including the influential Conservative Home website, have backed Mrs May, who oversaw the Home Office draft document which was leaked yesterday.” – The Times

  • Cabinet rift over plan to end free movement – The Times
  • Green and Rudd refuse to back ‘toxic’ plan – Daily Telegraph
  • Prime Minister tells business to start training British workers – The Sun
  • Brussels furious at Home Office proposals – Daily Telegraph
  • Lords accuse May of selectively quoting Brexit report – The Independent


  • Tighter controls are an inevitable consequence of Brexit – Daily Telegraph
  • Reform, not an extreme clampdown, is what’s needed – The Times
  • EU immigrants are economically and culturally vital – The Guardian

>Today: ToryDiary: May returns to a positive score in our Cabinet League Table

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: EU migration. Rudd must back May up fully in the drive to reduce it.

Brexit 2) Davis warns that losing British trade will hurt member states

“Brexit Secretary David Davis claimed that failing to reach a deal with the European Union would be worse for member states who do not even understand the importance of trading with Britain. The failure to reach a deal is widely expected to be economically damaging to both sides of the negotiating table. But France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark will come off worse than Britain according to Mr Davis, as the UK will do business under World Trade Organisation rules. Member states do not understand the importance of trading with the UK, he said.” – Daily Express

  • Davidson claims country wasn’t prepared for negotiations – The Sun
  • UK may never recover from Brexit hit, Scottish Tory leader claims – The Independent
  • Backbenchers claim Brussels owes Britain money – Daily Express
  • ERG says that EU owes the UK £9.3 billion – The Sun


  • Business leaders dismiss letter calling for their support – The Times
  • German industry sets up Brexit task force – FT
  • Britain responsible for post-Brexit peace in Ulster, Brussels insists – Daily Telegraph
  • EU wants UK to maintain ‘geographical indications’ for products – The Times
  • Barnier ‘wants to strike good deal so he can be next Brussels chief’ – Daily Mail

Brexit 3) Prime Minister vows to ‘listen’ to those worried by Withdrawal Bill’s executive powers

“Theresa May insisted she will ‘listen’ to concerns about the crucial EU repeal bill amid mounting signs of a rebellion by Tory MPs. Remainers including Dominic Grieve QC, Anna Soubry and Nicky Morgan have warned that they will not support the legislation being used as a ‘power grab’, with ministers permitted to amend laws ‘by decree’. The Prime Minister is facing a major battle to get the EU Withdrawal Bill through parliament… Despite Mrs May’s slim majority the government is still expected to win that vote comfortably, as potential Conservative rebels are keeping their powder dry for later in the process.” – Daily Mail

  • Controversial bill’s scrutiny period doubled – The Independent
  • May offers pact to furious MPs – The Sun

Brexit 4) Starmer admits that Labour might back permanent membership of the customs union

“Keir Starmer has said the UK should consider staying in a customs union with the EU indefinitely, unless there is evidence that new trade deals would make Britain better off. Most Eurosceptics want to leave the customs union quickly, because doing so is a precondition for the UK to strike its own trade deals with non-EU countries. But Sir Keir, Brexit spokesman for the opposition Labour party, said in an interview that it is worth considering staying in the customs union — even if this precludes outside trade deals — if it proves better for the British economy. “It’s not the only end option, but it is a viable end option,” Sir Keir said.” – FT

  • Labour must put staying in the single market for good back on the table – Heidi Alexander and Alison McGovern, Times Red Box

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: Labour’s opposition to the EU Withdrawal Bill sends a clear signal to Leave voters

Brexit 5) Nick Timothy: Rest assured, a compromise deal with the EU is coming

“Departure without a deal would hurt Britain, but it would hit important sectors of the European economy disproportionately, from Dutch ports to French fishing. It would weaken Europe’s defence against organised crime, terrorism and a revanchist Russia. And it would damage the Irish economy in particular. This is why the Taoiseach’s recent speech in Belfast was interesting not for his criticism of Brexit but for his tentative support – the first from another member state – for a unique customs relationship between the UK and the EU.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Both sides want a sensible solution to the post-Brexit border with Ireland – Theresa Villiers, Times Red Box
  • May must put more flesh on the bones of her migration policy – Aarti Shankar, Daily Telegraph

May attacks Corbyn for forcing Champion to resign…

“Theresa May blasted Jeremy Corbyn yesterday for forcing Sarah Champion to resign following her comments about Pakistani grooming sex gangs. The Prime Minister insisted political and cultural sensitivities must not get in the way of tackling child abuse and that politicians must be free to speak out. Mr Corbyn forced Ms Champion to resign as Shadow Women and Equalities Minister after she wrote an article for The Sun. In it she said that “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls”.” – The Sun

  • Local MP condemns lack of charges against senior Rotherham Council figures – The Guardian


  • The Labour machine is smashing the Tories – Iain Martin, The Times
  • Momentum is gearing up for the battle of a lifetime – Yannis Gourtsoyannis, Times Red Box
  • Britain no longer has political debate, just surrender to the left – Allister Heath, Daily Telegraph


  • Tory-hating Pidcock is a hero for our times – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph

>Today: Majority: Our CCHQ election audit: the rusty machine, part three: What can be done to fix it?

>Yesterday: Majority: Our CCHQ election audit: the rusty machine, part two. How and why the ground campaign failed.

…as Labour and unions warn government of strikes if public sector pay cap not lifted

“Labour and trade unions yesterday threatened Theresa May with a fresh round of strikes unless she agrees to increases in public sector pay. Nurses held a demonstration in front of Parliament to demand an end to the 1 per cent cap on pay for state workers, which has been in force since 2010. Meanwhile, the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, which represents civil servants, announced it will ballot its members on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action. And John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, blamed the Prime Minister for any future strikes, saying she was ‘provoking’ public sector workers.” – Daily Mail

  • Half of doctors favour temporary shutdown of GP practices – The Sun
  • TUC calls for pay rise across the entire public sector – FT
  • May refuses to confirm whether or not she will lift the cap – The Sun
  • Venezuelan envoy to join Labour conference – The Times


Ministers 1) Hammond asks backbenchers for ideas to help the young

“Philip Hammond has pledged help for young people in his autumn Budget – and asked Tory backbenchers for ideas for what he could do. He told his party’s MPs there was a need to address the financial situation of the young, and said the gulf between generations had to be tackled. They were asked to submit suggestions for measures he could introduce in the Budget to his parliamentary aide, Kwasi Kwarteng. Mr Hammond was speaking at a private meeting of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers yesterday.” – Daily Mail

  • Young homebuyers and students to benefit, Chancellor says – The Times
  • Student loan interest too high, say university chiefs – The Times


  • Liberal Democrats propose taxing parents who give their children money – The Sun
  • Hunt, Fox, and Johnson accused of double standards over PFI schemes – FT

Ministers 2) Jo Johnson warns universities they may face fines over excessive pay

“Universities will be fined if they are unable to provide justification for paying their bosses more than the Prime Minister, Jo Johnson will say today. The universities minister is due to announce the crackdown in response to a growing outcry over the lavish salaries enjoyed by many vice chancellors… Mr Johnson has previously repeatedly called for an end to the ‘upwards ratchet’ of senior pay, but many universities have taken no notice. So today, he is expected to announce measures to stop remuneration boards awarding generous pay rises unless they are genuinely deserved.” – Daily Mail

  • New watchdog to enforce policy – The Times
  • Boost for hopes of post-Brexit cooperation as EU awards UK more research grants – Daily Telegraph
  • European students will need to prove they speak English – The Times


  • There’s a reason universities all charge the same fees, and not a good one – Jeremy Harris, Daily Telegraph
  • By turning higher education into a market, the Government has snookered itself – Sir Keith Burnett, The Guardian

>Yesterday: Philip Booth in Comment: It’s too soon to write off Britain’s newly competitive university system

Rees-Mogg stands his ground on abortion and marriage

“A potential candidate to replace Theresa May as Tory leader faced a furious backlash today after saying he ‘morally’ opposes abortion for women who have been raped. Jacob-Rees Mogg also said his devout Catholic faith meant he could not support gay marriage. A survey of Tory activists yesterday found nearly a quarter would like to see the MP take over as leader when Mrs May goes. But the grassroots members seem dissatisfied with the talent on offer – with 19 per cent of the ConservativeHome readers who took part in the survey saying they did not support any of the potential candidates.” – Daily Mail

  • As leader, Rees-Mogg could set the Tories back decades – Kathy Newman, Daily Telegraph
  • I don’t agree with him, but I admire this man of principle – Sarah Vine, Daily Mail


  • Rees-Mogg’s views are sincerely held but out of step with modern Britain – The Times

>Today: Profiles: Tom Tugendhat, successful insurgent and a possible future Tory leader

Sturgeon’s proposals could mean 11,000 criminals a year avoid prison, Tories warn

More than 11,000 criminals including those convicted of homicide and attempted murder would avoid prison under Nicola Sturgeon’s plans to create a presumption against jail sentences of less than a year, the Tories have warned. A Conservative analysis of the First Minister’s proposal disclosed that it could have meant 11,195 offenders jailed in 2015/16 being fined or given a community sentence instead. The total included two convicted of homicide, 109 of serious assault or attempted murder, and 82 of robbery. All were given prison sentences of a year or less despite the severity of their crimes.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Normal service resumed as independence vanishes from Sturgeon’s programme – Alan Cochrane, Daily Telegraph
  • SNP’s shift to the left creates chances for the right – Tom Peterkin, The Scotsman

News in Brief:

  • Compensation claims cost the NHS £1.6 billion per year – Daily Mail
  • Israeli jet hits ‘chemical weapons site’ in Syria – Daily Telegraph
  • New Zealand Labour leader proposes ending the monarchy – The Times
  • Saudi Arabia redrafts crown prince’s reform plan – FT
  • Category Five hurricane ‘wipes out’ Caribbean islands – Daily Mail
  • Sir Edward du Cann, Tory grandee, passes – Daily Telegraph