Cabinet Office begins formal investigation into Green allegations today

“The Cabinet Office will on Monday begin a formal investigation into Mr Green, the First Secretary of State, amid reports  that more women are preparing to come forward. The inquiry into Mr Green was triggered after Kate Maltby, who is three decades younger than Mr Green, said he “fleetingly” touched her knee during a meeting in a pub in 2015, and a year later sent her a “suggestive” text message after she was pictured wearing a corset in the newspaper. Ms Maltby claimed that more women are now planning to come forward with claims about Mr Green. She wrote in the Sunday Times: “There are others who have offered to give similar evidence in private to a forthcoming Cabinet Office inquiry.”” – Daily Telegraph

  • Quick will give evidence – The Times
  • Green calls allegations “completely untrue” – The Times
  • Rudd confirms pornography claims are being investigated by Cabinet Office – Independent
  • Soubry tells May to “take a lead” – The Times 
  • Rudd “warns” that “more ministers are likely to be sacked” over the Westminster scandal – Daily Telegraph
  • And that review of rules should “consider removing guilty MPs from Parliament” – Daily Mail
  • Kawczynski, Poulter, and Crabb also referred to disciplinary panel – Independent
  • Former member of Poulter’s staff speaks out – The Sun
  • Pincher “voluntarily steps down” and “refers himself” to Party and police – Guardian
  • Former Tory activist says her rape claim was ignored by Commons officials – Daily Mail
  • Government adviser Ramadan accused of sexual misconduct – Daily Telegraph
  • Corbyn “defends” Hopkins promotion – Daily Telegraph
  • Former Labour MP makes claims about two Tories – The Sun
  • Labour “list” apparently has six MPs and one official – The Times
  • Labour MSP says she was “sexually assaulted by a senior male colleague” – Daily Telegraph
  • Holyrood childcare minister resigns over “inappropriate actions” – Herald


  • May needs to “get a grip on the situation” – The Times 
  • She needs to “show leadership like never before” – The Sun
  • There are “no grey areas” – Guardian


  • In the court of public opinion, Conservatives are “guilty until proven innocent” – Matthew d’Ancona – Guardian
  • There are important distinctions to be made here – Biba Kang, Independent
  • This “shouldn’t be a witch hunt” – Mason Boycott-Owen, The Times
  • It’s not unique to Westminster – The Sun
  • Can we learn anything from asking what Thatcher would’ve done? – Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph

>Today: Nicky Morgan’s column: Not appointing the first woman Chief Whip last week was a missed opportunity to demonstrate change


Hammond budget to scrap planned rise in business rates

“The chancellor will attempt to show that the Conservatives are on the side of small businesses in his budget this month with expected changes to business rates and VAT charges. Philip Hammond is due to announce that the planned 3.9 per cent rise in business rates that kicks in next spring will be scrapped after lobbying from the CBI, the British Chambers of Commerce and British Retail Consortium… The rates were due to be aligned with the consumer prices index from 2020 onwards but Mr Hammond is believed to be willing to allow this to happen straight away, according to a report in The Sunday Times.” – The Times

>Today: Ideas for the Budget 1) Peter Franklin: Wanted. A Marshall Plan for housing’s excluded generation

Brexit 1) May and Corbyn to address CBI today setting out views on economics of leaving

Theresa May will promise business leaders a Brexit transition period with existing rules, when she and Jeremy Corbyn outline their competing visions on Monday of how they would minimise the economic uncertainty of leaving the EU. The prime minister and the Labour leader are due to address the CBI conference in London on Monday, with speeches focusing on Brexit and the wider economic picture. May is expected to hail recent progress in negotiations with the EU and reiterate her desire for a transition period that would guarantee continuity for businesses and investment.” – Guardian

  • May will tell business leaders to be “rational optimists” – FT

Brexit 2) Labour to “warn” Government of risk of not immediately releasing the 58 studies

“Labour is to warn ministers on Monday that they risk being held in contempt of parliament if they do not immediately release dozens of papers outlining the economic impact of Brexit. The government conceded last week that it had to publish the 58 studies covering various parts of the economy after the move was supported in a Labour opposition motion that was passed unanimously on Wednesday. While normal opposition motions are advisory, Labour presented this one as a “humble address”, a rare and antiquated procedure which the Speaker, John Bercow, advised was usually seen as binding.” – Guardian

More Labour

  • Schama, Sebag Montefiore, and Jacobson criticise Corbyn’s party for “widespread antisemitism” – The Times

More Brexit

  • More suggestions that May willing to pay £53bn bill – Daily Express
  • Carney says Brexit uncertainty is slowing economic growth – Daily Telegraph
  • But that businesses “are in good shape” – Daily Mail
  • Field proposes “slimline bill” – Daily Express

Freeman: We need to “build a more global Britain” by focusing on science and innovation

“…As a minister in both the health and business departments I was appalled at how Whitehall turf wars so often triumph over the national interest. Brexit offers a chance for Britain to cement its position as a global leader in science, and our new industrial strategy is a chance to put innovation right at the heart of that process. We are a science superpower, but for many years we have neglected our industries. It’s time to embrace a global plan for British prosperity through foreign aid, trade and security, based on taking our innovative products into the fastest-emerging markets to drive sustainable growth. That would be a Brexit Britain worth fighting for.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Brexit is good for global trade – Shanker Singham, The Times 
  • Here’s what to do about skills – Liam Booth-Smith, Guardian

>Today: ToryDiary: Put Letwin in charge of a new Swinton College

Johnson and two other former Foreign Office ministers “targeted” by Russia, claims FBI investigation

“Three senior past and present Foreign Office ministers, including the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, were targeted by individuals identified by the FBI last week as central to their investigation into Trump-Russia collusion, the Observer has learned. Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour party, called the revelations “extraordinary” and said the government must say whether other ministers were targeted or had meetings. The reports from the US had shocked MPs, he said, and it was vital to know if the Russian state had also sought to influence British politics.” – Guardian

More America


  • The truth about GOP tax reform – FT

Does Davidson speech in Sussex mean she’s interested in Soames’ seat?

“The charismatic leader of the Scottish Conservatives was given a standing ovation by party members in Sussex after being guest of honour at a special dinner hosted by veteran Tory MP Sir Nicholas Soames. Sir Nicholas, 69, who is Sir Winston Churchill’s grandson and has been a Conservative politician since 1983, was expected to stand down in 2020 but chose to fight his Sussex Mid seat in April’s snap general election, winning with a 20,000 majority. It has been suggested the former Armed Forces minister may be preparing to step aside to pave the way for Ms Davidson to run for Downing Street.“ – Daily Express

Northern Ireland

Paradise Papers: offshore files show financial dealings of the Queen, multinationals, business people, premier league clubs, and politicians abroad

“The world’s biggest businesses, heads of state and global figures in politics, entertainment and sport who have sheltered their wealth in secretive tax havens are being revealed this week in a major new investigation into Britain’s offshore empires. The details come from a leak of 13.4m files that expose the global environments in which tax abuses can thrive – and the complex and seemingly artificial ways the wealthiest corporations can legally protect their wealth. The material, which has come from two offshore service providers and the company registries of 19 tax havens, was obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists with partners including the Guardian, the BBC and the New York Times.” – Guardian

News in Brief

  • The EU’s economic situation is dire – Hjörtur J. Guðmundsson, BrexitCentral
  • Is coffee the key to Trump? – Andy Borowitz, New Yorker
  • We need to think about a wealth tax – Greg Philo, New Statesman
  • More thoughts on decolonising the canon  – Sarah Milani, TLS
  • Tatchell on the left and Venezuela – James Bickerton, Backbencher