Davis threatens to quit if Green is forced out by police leaks

“David Davis has made clear he is ready to quit if Damian Green is sacked over police ‘smears’ about pornography being found on his Commons computer during a 2008 raid. The Brexit Secretary is understood to be furious at apparent efforts by former police officers to settle long-standing scored by forcing Mr Green out. In the latest wave of claims this morning, the detective who seized Mr Green’s computer nine years ago said thousands of images were found and there was ‘no doubt whatsoever’ the MP himself had been accessing them. The raid was highly controversial at the time, as Mr Green – then shadow immigration minister – had been embarrassing the police with a series of leaks.” – Daily Mail

  • Cabinet split over Deputy Prime Minister – The Times
  • The nine-year feud that could determine his future – Daily Telegraph
  • Tories ‘at war with police’ over leaks against Green – Daily Mail
  • Affair reopens old ‘Plebgate’ wounds – The Times
  • Cabinet Office inquiry called into question – Daily Telegraph
  • Green led Cameron’s crackdown on porn just four years ago – The Sun


  • I believe my friend Damian, and this campaign against him must be stopped – Crispin Blunt MP, The Guardian
  • Police are waging a vendetta to destroy Green – Matthew Parris, The Times
  • Why this affair makes me so queasy – Peter Oborne, Daily Mail

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Whether Green did what is alleged or not, the behaviour of the police in his case is appalling

Cameron admits to shortcomings over social care

“David Cameron has made a rare political intervention since stepping down as UK prime minister, expressing regrets over his government’s record on social care and calling for a new approach for how to pay for the “catastrophic” costs of caring for people with dementia. “There’s a huge social care funding challenge we have to answer, and I accept that we’ve made some steps forward, but we didn’t solve that problem,” Mr Cameron said. “Everyone knows it’s a difficult conundrum. Lots of effort has been made to try and solve it but we haven’t got there yet.” Social care funding became a toxic issue for the Conservative party in the run-up to this year’s snap general election.” – FT

  • Former Prime Minister backs FT’s seasonal appeal for Alzheimer’s funding – FT

Tusk layers on the theatre in Dublin as he confirms pre-existing veto

“The EU Council President struck a tough line on a visit to Dublin and standing alongside Irish premier Leo Varadkar admitted British politicians might find it ‘hard to understand’. But he said if the draft divorce deal Britain presents on Monday is ‘unacceptable for Ireland it will be unacceptable for the EU’ and warned: ‘The UK’s future lies – in some ways – in Dublin.’ Mr Varadkar said ‘good progress’ was being made but demanded more ‘credible’ assurances from London over how it proposed to make the UK-Ireland border work. The Taoiseach said ‘the next couple of days will be crucial’ but said ‘with the right political will we can reach agreement’. Prime Minister Theresa May is due to meet EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker over a working lunch on Monday. If a draft deal is not in place it will make it unlikely EU leaders will agree to start trade talks at a summit in two weeks.” – Daily Mail

  • EU ‘piles pressure’ on May to sort Irish question – The Sun
  • Border checks are nothing to fear, say Foster’s supporters – The Times
  • London and Dublin make ‘significant progress’ on a deal – FT
  • Coveny says a deal on the border can be struck – The Guardian
  • Rees-Mogg offers solution to Irish border stand-off – Daily Express


  • Brexit bill dwarfed by the cost of staying in the EU for just four years – Daily Mail
  • Charity watchdog investigates Brexit-backed think-tank – The Times
  • Brexiteer MPs claim pro-EU rebels could ‘ruin’ split – The Sun
  • Sturgeon tells May to ignore ‘extreme Brexiters’ – The Guardian
  • UK wants to remain in EU aviation safety agency – FT
  • Top fund manager compares ‘Bremoaner’ panic to Millenium Bug – Daily Mail
  • Expert report claims City has nothing to fear from ‘no deal’ – Daily Express

Paul Goodman: Standoff over Border is classic Irish-British misunderstanding

“Since this is so, recent experience of Anglo-Irish relations (and the way the EU works) suggests a good old-fashioned fudge, within the eventual framework of a free-trade deal. Under its terms, Ireland would take a lead from Bertie Ahern’s words this week, and work for a soft Border, with technological checks for big firms and waivers for small ones. And Britain would give a guarantee on common standards, especially for agriculture, which has big implications for regulatory convergence. The special customs union for Britain that Varadkar has floated sounds not unlike the associate membership that May has advanced. All’s well that ends well, then? Perhaps – and perhaps not. Maybe this optimism demonstrates the same lack of imagination that I lay at the door of others.” – Irish Times

  • May’s fearful Brexit is leading us towards a declaration of independence – Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph
  • Don’t let Brussels make a meal of the talks, Prime Minister – James Forsyth, The Sun
  • To limit the harm done by Brexit we must stay in the Single Market – Nicola Sturgeon, The Guardian


  • May needs courage as she faces obstacles in the EU debate – The Sun

>Yesterday: Owen Polley in Comment: The Government’s plan does not consign Northern Ireland to the Customs Union

Ministers 1) Gove promises more drinking fountains to tackle plastic waste

“Public drinking fountains could be installed across the country under government plans to reduce the number of single-use plastic bottles that pollute the ocean. Michael Gove believes that greater access to fountains will encourage people to carry refillable bottles instead of buying disposable ones. The environment secretary said yesterday that fountains were one of the solutions the government was considering to tackle the “surge of plastic clogging our rivers and oceans”. It has already said that it is contemplating a deposit scheme for drinks containers and a tax on disposable coffee cups.” – The Times

>Today: Dan Lambeth in Comment: Thatcher would have scorned this easy talk of retreating to opposition. And rightly.

Ministers 2) Gyimah ‘breaks ranks’ to oppose Trump visit

“A Tory minister has broken ranks with frontbench colleagues to express his unease about President Trump visiting Britain. Sam Gyimah said that he was now “deeply uncomfortable” about a possible state visit next year after Mr Trump retweeted anti-Muslim videos that were first posted by the deputy leader of a British far-right group. The junior justice minister said that the president had “definitely crossed a line” and that the prime minister was right to speak out against the tweets. Theresa May said that Mr Trump had been wrong to endorse the inflammatory posts by Britain First, one of which purported to show a group of Muslim men pushing a boy from a roof.” – The Times

  • Ambassador insists the President still ‘admires and respects’ May – The Sun


  • In the age of Trump, it’s time to ditch the ‘special relationship’ – Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian
  • Churchill could have told May that there’s no special relationship – Max Hastings, Daily Mail

>Yesterday: Iain Dale’s column: Trump is a warped narcissist who gives succour to racists, white supremacists and Islamophobes.

Ministers 3) Truss’ plans to let rape victims pre-record evidence snarled by technology

“Liz Truss’s plan to allow rape victims to pre-record their evidence before a trial has been delayed because the technology doesn’t work properly. The Ministry of Justice had planned to begin a pilot allowing victims of rape be cross-examined ahead of a trial on tape to save them the trauma of coming to court as part of a £1bn scheme to modernise the court system. But the pilot, which was due to be introduced in three crown courts in September, has been delayed after problems arose with the quality of the videos. In a letter sent to Bob Neill, chair of the Justice Select Committee, Justice Minister Dr Philip Lee said: “In the testing of the upgraded technology that will record and playback the cross examination, some quality issues have arisen.”” – Daily Telegraph

Ministers 4) Hammond accused of blocking plan to cut National Insurance for disabled workers

“Ministers launched a bid to get a million more disabled people and mental health sufferers back into work yesterday by launching moves to give a tax break to firms that employ them. The Government announced a review into how to enact a manifesto pledge to give a one-year holiday on National Insurance Contributions (NICs) to firms. The aim is to get one million more disabled people into work over the next decade. Currently there are 3.5million of them in work. But the plans descended into another row after insiders claimed Philip Hammond was trying to block the move.” – The Sun

  • Work can liberate the disabled, but the battle for dignity is far from over – Ian Birrell, Daily Telegraph

Lopresti faces investigation over bullying claims

“A Tory MP who left his wife for a fellow politician is facing a fresh party investigation today over claims he ‘bullied’ his staff. Sources say Jack Lopresti was ‘prone to angry meltdowns’, ‘bullying’ and having ‘temper tantrums’. His former office manager claimed she quit because of his behaviour and has now made a formal complaint to the Tory party. The woman, named by the BBC as Jo Kinsey, said Lopresti treated her ‘appallingly and thoughtlessly’ after she went back to work following a death in the family. She said he asked her to explain why she should not be sacked over performance issues immediately on her return.” – Daily Mail

Labour 1) Momentum kick out Labour councillor for being ‘too working class’

“The son of a miner and late Labour MP has been deselected as a councillor because he is ‘too working class’. Kieran Harpham’s electoral ward in Sheffield has been taken over by hard-Left activists who have kicked him out. Many are members of Momentum while others are students, Trotskyite academics from the city’s universities or middle-class professionals. Labour insiders say the 27-year-old was seen as ‘too authentically working class’ and ‘not Left-wing enough’. Mr Harpham’s father, Harry, won David Blunkett’s former Sheffield seat for Labour in 2015 but died from cancer nine months later.” – Daily Mail

  • Left’s purge is wrong, says Rayner – The Times


  • Excessive borrowing exposes Britain to a ‘Venezuela-style crash’, warns Bank official – Daily Mail
  • I’m ‘punching above my gene pool’ – Interview with Angela Rayner, The Times
  • Corbyn ‘harder than a Hollywood celebrity’ to photoshoot – Daily Mail


  • The City and Bank of England have finally woken up to what Corbyn would do – Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Mail
  • A rare flash of honesty from the Labour leader – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph


  • Desire to be seen as enemy of the City is bad for the country – The Times
  • Labour raises real concerns, but has no serious answers – FT
  • Why can’t the Tories match Corbyn’s clear narrative? – Daily Telegraph

Labour 2) MP who denies influence on Bangladeshi government represented the country at the UN

“A Labour MP was listed as a delegate of Bangladesh at the UN general assembly despite claiming to have no influence on the country’s politics. Tulip Siddiq appeared as a representative at the 66th UN general assembly in 2011 alongside her mother, Rehana Siddique. Ms Siddiq is trying to distance herself from the government of Bangladesh where her aunt, Sheikh Hasina, is the prime minister and her uncle is the national security adviser. Ms Siddiq apologised this week for “ill-judged” remarks to a pregnant Channel 4 News producer about having a difficult childbirth. The MP had been asked about the case of Ahmad Bin Quasem, a British-trained barrister who was abducted from his flat in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital, a year ago and detained in secret.” – The Times

Labour 3) Mourners say First Minister has ‘questions to answer’ at Welsh ministers’ funeral

“The friend of a Labour politician who was found hanged just days after groping claims told mourners at his funeral: ‘If only everyone had shown him the same kindness he showed others.’ Mr Sargeant, 49, was found dead at his home in Connah’s Quay, North Wales, on November 7, four days after being removed from his role as cabinet secretary for communities and children. On Friday, friends, family and colleagues gathered at St Mark’s Church in Connah’s Quay for his funeral at midday… First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones did not attend the service at the request of Mr Sargeant’s family. Mr Jones has faced calls to quit since Mr Sargeant’s death, with claims he failed to tackle a bullying culture in his office in the lead-up to the scandal.” – Daily Mail

>Today: ToryDiary: By taking the fight to Jones, the Welsh Tories are guarding the Government’s western flank

Spink convicted of electoral fraud

“A former Conservative MP who became Ukip’s first Commons representative has been found guilty of four charges of electoral fraud. Bob Spink, 69, committed the offences during the Castle Point borough council elections in Essex last spring. He was found to have tricked elderly and infirm constituents into signing electoral forms backing local candidates, without making clear what the documents were or that he represented Ukip. A Conservative MP from 1992 to 1997, and then again from 2001 to 2010, he defected to the insurgent anti-EU party in 2008. Later that year he was designated an independent in the Commons on the technical grounds that Ukip had no party whip.” – The Times

News in Brief:

  • May should stop hugging the US and stay close to the EU – Andrew Grice, The Independent
  • Calm down, there will be life after Donald Trump, hopefully – Iain Martin, Reaction
  • Tony Blair’s secret memo to Alastair Campbell on stopping Brexit – Austin Mitchell, Brexit Central
  • Remainers are programmed to ignore Brexit good news – James Holland, Comment Central
  • Come back, David Cameron – James Kirkup, The Spectator