PM says race audit will show “uncomfortable truths” to society

“Theresa May will promise to confront “uncomfortable truths” exposed by a review into the way people from ethnic minorities are treated in Britain. The prime minister said the audit, due to be published next week, would “hold a mirror up to society”. Its findings include that white Britons are far more likely to have a job than black and ethnic minority people….She ordered the audit, which the government said was “the most extensive review of its kind ever undertaken”, when she became prime minister….Government departments were told to identify and publish details of the varying experiences and outcomes of different groups when using public services. ” – BBC

>Today: Lord Ashcroft’s conference diary: Revealed – the MP who led the singing of Happy Birthday to the PM

Davis will hand over Brexit arrangements to Boris after 2019…

“David Davis plans to retire in 2019 and leave Boris Johnson to steer the UK through the transitional period, The Telegraph can reveal. The Brexit secretary told friends that Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, “needs this to work more than I do” because he plans to step aside in June 2019 whereas Mr Barnier will still be in post. Mr Davis believes Brexit will be his “last big job”, friends told this newspaper.” – Daily Telegraph

…as Downing Street briefs that the Foreign Secretary “will not be sacked”

“Theresa May has ruled out sacking Boris Johnson in an attempt to prevent the Foreign Secretary becoming a ‘martyr’ as the party tries to unite over Brexit. Cabinet heavyweights yesterday lined up to rebuke Mr Johnson after speculation and infighting over his leadership ambitions continued to overshadow the party’s conference. But allies of the Prime Minister last night insisted that instead of sending him to the backbenches, she was determined to keep him in post.” – Daily Mail

>Today: ToryDiary: Johnson leads our Next Tory Leader category…but makes no progress in our Cabinet League Table. The reason? He divides opinion.

Hammond declares that Labour has become the “political version of Jurassic Park

“Philip Hammond has tried to halt the momentum of the Labour party with an attack on its “extremist” leaders, saying they are already scaring away businesses and investment from Britain. The chancellor used his annual speech at the Conservative conference in Manchester to defend his party’s free market ideology…He said that young voters, in particular, should heed the lessons of Britain’s past and that the “Marxist policies” of Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s leader, “will inevitably lead us back to where Britain was in the late 1970s”. He said Mr Corbyn and John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, are “museum piece dinosaurs” who had broken free in a “political version of Jurassic Park”.” – Financial Times


Gove promises Brexit will mean a better deal for farmers and fishermen

“Britain will be able to secure great new deals for British farmers and fisherman after Brexit on OUR terms, Michael Gove has vowed. The Brexit-backing Environment Secretary promised that we “outside the EU we can do so much better” and he would make sure we enhance our environment as we leave.  He vowed to secure a “Green Brexit” which would take back control of our waters and our agriculture. Speaking at the Tory party conference in Manchester, he told members: “we will want to secure an ambitious free trade deal with the EU – alongside other new trade deals – so our great farmers can sell more of their wonderful produce.”   – The Sun

  • Gove calls for bottle deposit scheme to cut pollution – The Times(£)
  • Selling pigs’ ears to China means silk purses for British farmers – The Times(£)

Rudd to announce prison sentences of up to 15 years for watching bomb making videos…

“Viewing terrorist propaganda such as beheading videos and bomb-making guides online could be punished by 15 years in jail, the Home Secretary will announce today. Amber Rudd has vowed to introduce tougher prison sentences for those convicted of accessing sickening jihadist and far-right content online. A stricter 15-year jail term will also be brought in for fanatics who target police or members of the armed forces. In an interview with the Daily Mail yesterday, Miss Rudd attacked tech giants who said there was ‘no business case’ for tackling web terror – a view she called ‘totally unacceptable’.” – Daily Mail

…as she hires Crosby to help her hold her seat

“Amber Rudd, the home secretary, has hired the pollster Sir Lynton Crosby to help to craft her next election campaign in a move that will fuel speculation she is preparing a leadership bid. Ms Rudd must convince Tory MPs that she can hold on to her seat at the next election if she is to emerge as a serious candidate to replace Theresa May. Her majority in Hastings & Rye fell from 4,796 to 346 in June. She has engaged Sir Lynton’s firm, CTF Partners, to shore up her defence of the seat, The Times has learnt. The Australian polling strategist ran Boris Johnson’s two mayoral elections and was heavily involved in his abortive Tory leadership attempt 15 months ago.” – The Times(£)

We will train 25,000 more nurses, says Hunt…

“The Health Secretary will today announce a record increase in training places for homegrown nurses as the Tories battle to patch up shortfalls in the NHS. Jeremy Hunt will tell the conference he wants a 25 per cent increase in the number of degree training places – equivalent to 5,000 extra. But, controversially, Mr Hunt will also announce an extra 5,500 ‘nursing associates’ every year from 2019. These untrained staff – branded cut-price nurses – will be given the power to deliver life-saving drugs in hospital.” – Daily Mail

…but Lee says NHS is a “Ponzi scheme”

“A Government minister faced No10 fury last night after branding the NHS and pensions “a Ponzi scheme” about to collapse. In a devastating assault ex-doctor Phillip Lee said his party were asking young voters “to work really, really hard” to pay for something “but when you get to 65, it’s not going to be there.” Dodgy Ponzi schemes see investors conned into paying vast sums into a scam that only makes money for older subscribers. The pyramid scheme was named after notorious 1920s conman Charles Ponzi.” – The Sun

Hague: The Conservatives must be radical again

“To meet the full challenge of Labour’s transformation by winning a battle of ideas is going to be the difficult part. Such an exercise is always hard for the party in government. Britain has a wonderful civil service, able to assess any risk or manage any difficulty, but it is the natural tendency of bureaucracy to hamper and temper ideas. Being a minority administration doesn’t help either. Aside from the necessity of implementing Brexit, caution will be a natural instinct. Yet caution will not defeat a rampant Left, nor mobilise the tens of thousands of new activists needed to take arguments on to the battleground of social media.” – William Hague,  Daily Telegraph

Davidson: Tories need to “man up”

“Fuming Ruth Davidson last night called on Tory ministers to “man up”, as the party’s troubled conference descended into bitter feuds and extraordinary outbursts. The Scots Tory boss declared the Conservatives were suffering “a nervous breakdown” as Theresa May lost control over the shell-shocked annual gathering. MPs were accused of a panic sparked by a surge in support for Labour boss Jeremy Corbyn’s hard left blueprint and the general election disaster.” – The Sun

Timothy: We must reform the market

 “To defend free enterprise, the Tories will need to intervene and reform to make the economy work more fairly. In her speech tomorrow, Theresa May can show the way forward. The Tories have already promised more money to help people on to the housing ladder, but they also need to build hundreds of thousands of homes. They have announced a review of tuition fees but it must bring meaningful change, cutting costs for students, improving courses and encouraging young people into vocational education and not just university. In the coming months, the Tories should cap energy bills and reform the market to keep costs down in the long term. They should tell the Business Department to hurry up and implement the long-awaited industrial strategy. They should set out how, when we have left the EU, we will create our own development funds that encourage economic growth across the country.” – Nick Timothy, The Sun

Work with ‘gorgeous EU women’ on farms suggests Mackinlay

“A Conservative MP has been criticised for saying unemployed young people should take farm jobs working with “gorgeous EU women”. Craig Mackinlay, the MP for South Thanet, told a fringe meeting at the Conservative conference that British youngsters should match the motivation of low-skilled European workers. He has been branded “misogynistic” and “patronising” by other MPs. Mr Mackinlay said his “flippant” remarks had been taken out of context. “I was struggling to think why wouldn’t a youngster from Glasgow without a job come down to the south to work for a farm for the summer with loads of gorgeous EU women working there?” the Business Insider quoted him as saying.” – BBC

Rees-Mogg uses courtesy to defeat protesters

“The room was packed, a few hundred sitting and a good hundred standing, and Jacob Rees-Mogg seemed surprised by the ovation as he took his seat at a table…Then the protest started. A handful at the back began to chant and wave banners that said “Tories Out”. Before security could move in, SuperMogg took control. “Ladies and gentlemen,” he told them. “Let us have a proper and thoughtful debate.”…When SuperMogg tried to argue that employment was the best route out of poverty, he was again told that he was despicable. “Let’s leave my despicability to one side for a moment,” he said. After a bit more of this, he ended by saying: “Well, very nice to have met you,” before security carted off the protester.” – The Times(£)

>Yesterday: WATCH: “Tick tock goes the clock” – Rees-Mogg on Brexit, the ConHome fringe meeting in full

Lewis: Delay in publishing immigration paper

“The government white paper on post-Brexit immigration policy, a draft of which was leaked to the Guardian in August, will not now be published until “late autumn”, the immigration minister, Brandon Lewis, has told a Conservative fringe meeting. Lewis confirmed that the final version will include a commitment that freedom of movement for EU migrants will end in March 2019 – on Brexit day – but revealed that the key details of the new immigration policy, one of the most controversial areas of cabinet splits, will not emerge until next autumn, just months before Britain leaves the EU.” – The Guardian

Don’t make us sell our homes to pay care bills say pensioners

“Selling their property to raise funds is seen as a step too far for millions of homeowners but they admit taxpayers should not shoulder the burden of the nation’s care costs. Two thirds of those questioned believe any payments for social care should be shared between them and the Government. And nine in 10 want to see a cap on the contributions from individuals, according to the survey by pension experts Aegon. Only one in four believe the Government should pay all costs, perhaps recognising that this could place an unreasonable burden on future taxpayers as more people need social care in old age.” – Daily Express

Brokenshire: Return of Northern Ireland Executive would boost fight for Bombardier jobs

“Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire has said the fight to keep thousands of jobs in Belfast safe with the ongoing dispute between Bombardier and Boeing could be helped with the return of the Executive and Stormont institutions. Mr Brokenshire held meetings with the Bombardier’s chief executive in Northern Ireland Michael Ryan and trade union Unite. He said: “Bombardier jobs are absolutely vital to the Northern Ireland economy….There is a compelling requirement for all in politics, in business and across the community to stand as one on this issue.” – Belfast Telegraph

Welsh Government keeps public sector pay cap

“The UK Government must stump up the cash before the public sector pay cap can be lifted in Wales. That was the warning sounded by Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford ahead of this week’s Welsh Budget. Labour and Plaid Cymru have struck a £210m deal to get the Budget passed but the Welsh Conservatives accused the parties of giving up their “principles” by not taking action on public sector pay or tuition fees….Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies said: “This Budget deal is the latest charade in the Plaid-Labour love-affair and significantly sees both parties break a number of election promises to the people of Wales. Despite the well-publicised vows to the electorate only three months ago and being in government in Wales, the Labour party has once again failed to take any action on public sector pay or tuition fees.” – Wales Online

ISIL claims responsibility for Las Vegas massacre

“The Islamic State has claimed the Las Vegas concert shooting which left more than 50 people dead and hundreds injured, however US officials have said no there is no known link to international terrorism. Through Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s official Amaq news channel, the group said the suspected gunman, Stephen Paddock, 64, converted to Islam a few months ago. They said the attack, the deadliest mass shooting in US history, was carried out by a “soldier” of the caliphate and was done “in response to calls to target coalition countries.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Police hunt for motive – BBC
  • I’m not anti gun, but America is mad to allow these weapons – Max Hastings, Daily Telegraph
  • Trump must push for tighter gun controls – Leader, Daily Telegraph

Catalonia prepares for a general strike

“A general strike threatens to bring large areas of Catalonia to a standstill, following the Spanish region’s disputed referendum. The strike was called by Catalan trade unions and associations due to “the grave violation of rights and freedoms” seen during Sunday’s ballot. Madrid had deemed the referendum illegal. However, more than 2.2m people reportedly voted in spite of this. But hundreds were hurt as Spanish police tried to stop it going ahead. Some of the officers ordered to prevent people casting their vote were seen firing rubber bullets, storming into polling stations and pulling women by their hair.” – BBC

  • Blood in Barcelona – Leader, The Times(£)
  • The EU can’t stop people’s desire for nationhood – Tim Stanley, Daily Telegraph
  • If David Cameron had treated Scotland like Spain treats Catalonia, even I might have voted Yes – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph
  • In Catalonia we have seen how the EU does ‘democracy’. Why can’t Remainers see it too? – Nigel Farage, Daily Telegraph

News in brief

  • Conservatives scratch their heads over how to appeal to the young – Katy Balls, Spectator Coffee House
  • Theresa can’t save us from the socialists – Graeme Archer, CapX
  • Spanish government crushes Catalan independence dreams, at a high price – Andrew Dowling, Reaction
  • Philip Hammond shows the Conservatives how not to take on Jeremy Corbyn – George Eaton, New Statesman
  • Crispin Blunt suggests legalising cannabis could win over young voters – Independent
  • If the EU plays hardball, so must we – Austin Mitchell, BrexitCentral