Parliament will get a ‘take it or leave it’ vote on any Brexit deal

‘David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, announced that MPs and peers will be given a binding vote on the final deal with Brussels. However the climbdown has prompted fears that pro-EU MPs will attempt to frustrate Brexit by tabling amendments in the hope of delaying or even postponing Britain’s departure. Mr Davis warned MPs that Britain will leave the EU without a deal in March 2019 if they vote down the Government’s final agreement with Brussels. The Brexit Secretary told the Commons the new law, which will cover areas such as citizens’ rights, the so-called divorce bill and a transition period, will provide “certainty and clarity” as Britain leaves the EU.’ – Daily Telegraph

  • Grieve and other rebels say it is not enough – Daily Mail
  • Davis said to be ‘furious’ about Johnson and Gove ‘meddling’ – The Times
  • Brussels plans massive budget increase and EU taxes – Daily Mail
  • Trade talks with the US begin – The Sun
  • Europe is running out of money – Daily Telegraph



  • Parliament gets its say – now it must be productive, not obstructive – Daily Telegraph Leader
  • London must give ground to unblock the talks – FT Leader

>Today: Henry Newman’s column: Voters know Brexit might be messy, but that doesn’t mean they want it called off

>Yesterday: Bernard Jenkin on Comment: Conservatives will have no patience with MPs who seek to wreck the EU Withdrawal Bill

May’s blunt message for Putin

‘She said President Vladimir Putin’s regime was trying to ‘sow discord in the West’. In a direct message to the Kremlin, the Prime Minister warned: ‘We know what you are doing. And you will not succeed.’ She said Russia was waging a ‘campaign of cyber espionage and disruption’, including hacking the German parliament and the Danish defence ministry. And she revealed that Britain was tightening cyber-security in the financial sector to ‘ensure the profits of corruption cannot flow from Russia into the UK’. The broadside – the strongest from the UK Government in years – underlines how strained relations are. Mrs May’s tone is in sharp contrast to that of Donald Trump. He said at the weekend it was ‘insulting’ to suggest the Kremlin had meddled in the American presidential election.’ – Daily Mail

  • Fake news and bot factories in the firing line – The Times
  • Tweet wrongly accusing Muslim woman of ignoring terror victims came from Russia – Daily Mail
  • Donald Trump Junior’s secret contact with Wikileaks – Daily Mail
  • Next step taken towards an EU army – The Times
  • It’s unwise of Brussels to weaken NATO in this way – The Times Leader
  • Williamson warns of ISIS and Russian threat – The Sun

Timothy: The Chancellor lacks vision

‘In his first Budget, Hammond got it all wrong. Concerned that the rising number of people in self-employment was reducing tax receipts, he increased their National Insurance Contributions. Theresa May warned him repeatedly that he was making a mistake, but the Chancellor insisted on going ahead and the inevitable occurred. Conservative MPs rebelled and he dropped the policy and the tax receipts that came with it…I fear Philip Hammond’s instinct is to maintain existing policy, regardless of its quality. This must not be mistaken for conservatism. Nor is it down to a careful analysis that concludes the status quo is best. I worry it is because the Chancellor lacks a burning desire to change people’s lives for the better, and the imagination to see possibilities beyond how the world works today.’ – Nick Timothy, The Sun

  • ‘This article completely misunderstands Philip’, replies the Treasury – The Sun
  • Hammond faces budget demands from all sides – FT
  • Be ambitious, Big Phil – The Sun Says
  • We need school funding fairness – The Guardian Leader
  • Westminster sets financial arrangement for Northern Ireland – FT
  • New ‘rapid skills’ courses for construction workers – The Sun
  • £6.5 million phone bill for Universal Credit help in just five months – The Sun


>Today: ToryDiary: Why pro-Leave MPs should prepare to back the Chancellor next week

Zaghari-Ratcliffe may be given diplomatic status

‘Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 38, may be given diplomatic protection status, according to No 10 yesterday, which would make her detention an act of aggression by Tehran against the British state, rather than against an individual. The law has never been invoked in the UK but has been used by other countries, including Germany. The detained charity administrator’s husband asked Redress, the human rights group, to write a legal opinion on the matter, which was given to the Foreign Office in September. Richard Ratcliffe raised the issue with Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, in a phone call on Sunday and hopes to travel with him to Iran within weeks. Diplomatic protection is a step up from consular assistance and would enable the British government to raise a formal complaint or legal case against Iran. However, The Times understands that the Foreign Office fears that Iran may not recognise it.’ – The Times

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Iran must not be given a veto over the British Foreign Secretary’s future

Davidson fears harassment will deter women from politics

‘The Scottish Conservatives leader said Parliament looks like a “toxic workplace for women” because of widespread reports of sexual harassment and assault. Ms Davidson blasted the Commons for its old-fashioned practices and called for radical reform to help vulnerable aides who must endure bad behaviour from MPs…Tonight Ms Davidson praised the efforts of parties to involve more women in politics as she spoke at an event for Women2Win, a group founded by Theresa May. She then said: “The concern, however, is that the events of the last few weeks may set us back. Our political institutions are in danger of gaining a reputation as a toxic workplace for women. Let me make my position plain – we need to throw open the doors on what has gone on in the past. We need to flood the dark corners of Parliament – and politics in general – with the disinfectant of sunshine.”‘ – The Sun

  • Television writer tells of being groped by official in Downing Street – Daily Mail
  • Inquest into Sargeant’s death begins – The Times

May: Thank you to the NHS staff who care for me and for others

‘From the surgeon in the operating theatre to the nurse visiting first-time parents in their home; from the GP receptionist to the volunteer at a community mental health cafe, the Health Hero Awards will honour all those whose work and selfless dedication make such a difference to our lives, yet all too often goes unrecognised. I know from my own experience what a difference our doctors and nurses can make. After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I was referred to clinical nurse specialists. Nurse specialists work closely with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to help improve the understanding of a range of conditions and their treatments, from diabetes to Parkinson’s to arthritis.’ – Theresa May, Daily Mail

Labour MP referred to black Tory candidate as ‘token ghetto boy’

‘A black Conservative politician has accused a Labour MP of racism after it emerged that she called him a “token ghetto boy”. Emma Dent Coad, who was elected in Kensington in June, criticised Shaun Bailey, then the Tory candidate for Hammersmith, in a blog written in April 2010. The piece quoted a “former neighbour” as referring to Mr Bailey as a “free-loading scumbag”. Ms Dent Coad, 62, said that he “stigmatised” the area in which he was born by calling it a “ghetto”. She wrote: “Who can say where this man will ever fit in, however hard he tries? One day he is the ‘token ghetto boy’ standing behind D Cameron, the next ‘looking interested’ beside G Osborne. Ever felt used? “Two things are certain. One is that his current posse of public school buddies will drop him like a hot potato if he doesn’t get elected. The other is that he will no longer be welcome in North Ken if he does.” In a tweet in August the next year, Ms Dent Coad described Mr Bailey as “Sean [sic] ‘ghetto man’ Bailey?” adding: “What a low-life.”’ – The Times

  • Nostalgia leads older voters to Corbyn – FT

Don’t treat journalists like criminals, says Met chief

‘Police must be open and transparent with the public and stop treating journalists like criminals, Britain’s top police officer said yesterday. Cressida Dick wants to ‘reset’ the relationship with the media to help catch criminals, galvanise public support and enable greater scrutiny of the force. The Scotland Yard boss said the Press plays a ‘vital’ role in society – often pursuing the same goals as police – and many criminals are behind bars thanks to its work. But she warned that difficult conversations lie ahead as forces struggle to balance the books amid rising crime and the ongoing terrorist threat. Speaking at the Society of Editors’ annual conference, Miss Dick said it is not acceptable for officers to be forced to declare links to journalists as they must do with criminals.’ – Daily Mail

  • Peers should stop attacking press freedom – The Sun Says

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