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Rudd 1) The Home Secretary has resigned after ‘inadvertently misleading’ MPs

‘Amber Rudd was forced out of the government last night after she admitted that she misled parliament over Home Office deportation targets in the fallout from the Windrush scandal. Hours before she was due to appear before MPs to deny that she had set targets to remove illegal immigrants, Downing Street announced that Theresa May had accepted her resignation as home secretary. In her resignation letter Ms Rudd admitted that her office had been alerted to the targets and added: “I should have been aware of this and take full responsibility for the fact that I was not.” Mrs May said that she was “very sorry” to see her leave government but accepted she had little choice but to resign. “I understand why now that you have had a chance to review the advice you received on this issue you have made the decision you have made and taken responsibility for inadvertently misleading the home affairs select committee,” Mrs May said.’ – The Times

>Today: ToryDiary: Rudd quits. Who will replace her?

>Yesterday:

Rudd 2) Leaked letter sealed her fate

‘Amber Rudd’s insistence that she did not know about targets for removing immigrants has been undermined by a leaked letter she wrote to the Prime Minister. In the letter, written more than a year ago, Ms Rudd sets out her plans to increase removals by 10pc, appearing to contradict her earlier denial to MPs… In the letter to Theresa May sent in January 2017, Ms Rudd outlined her plan to “deliver the 10% uplift in enforced removals over the next few years”. She laid out in some detail in the four-page letter the structural changes she was putting in place in the Home Office to meet the target. However in front of the Home Affairs select committee last week she insisted under questioning that “we don’t have targets for removals”, adding “That’s not how we operate.”‘ – Daily Telegraph

>Today: MPsETC: Home Secretary’s resignation letter: full text

Rudd 3) Former Home Secretaries propose ID cards (again)

‘In a joint letter to The Times, Charles Clarke and Alan Johnson claim that if Theresa May had not abandoned plans to introduce ID cards as home secretary in 2010 then thousands of undocumented British citizens would have had their status regularised. They warn that unless the government reconsiders the policy, Brexit risks leaving thousands of EU citizens in a similar predicament. “Theresa May’s ideological and unwise decision to ditch the Labour government’s scheme immediately she took office as home secretary has left her and her beleaguered successor with no idea how to tackle the most pernicious form of immigration: illegal entry, usually organised by people traffickers,” they say. The problem will become worse when we ‘take back control’ and lose the institutional co-operation of our European neighbours that has done so much to block cross-border crime. Biometric cards remain the best way to prove and so protect a citizen’s identity, which is why most major European countries have them.”’ – The Times

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Rudd fastens the hatches as Davis stalks the deck

Davis: Lords pushing for a ‘no Brexit’ amendment are utterly wrong

‘I’m a Parliamentarian before a Minister, and a democrat before a Conservative. But there is a clear distinction between the important work of revising legislation and attempting to overturn the referendum result to keep the UK inside the European Union, in direct opposition to the British people. The amendment Labour have proposed today in the House of Lords is at risk of doing just that…the amendment proposes giving Parliament the power to direct the Government on anything relating to the negotiations – including extending the negotiation process and keeping the UK in the EU indefinitely…Sure, the peers proposing it may claim it is about keeping power in Parliament or ensuring their votes are ‘meaningful’. But those who want to overturn the result of the Referendum have been calling for a ‘no Brexit option’ for months, and this amendment would grant it to them.’ – David Davis, The Sun

  • Peers try to destroy the option of no-deal – The Times
  • Anger over Downing Street’s flirtation with ‘bonkers’ customs plan – FT
  • Cabinet warfare over Robbins – Daily Mail
  • Last-ditch Scottish talks – The Scotsman
  • Tech firms eye EU licences – FT
  • Brussels is considering freezing subsidies to illiberal member states – Daily Telegraph
  • Polish businesses rely on Ukrainian migrants after exodus to Britain – Daily Mail
  • France is falling out of love with strikes – Sophie Gaston, Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday:

Home ownership among young families is collapsing across the country

‘The number of young families owning their own homes since 1984 has taken a shocking hit, according to a new inquiry. Families with a 25 to 34-year-olds owning their own home in outer London have taken one of the worst hits – with numbers dropping from 53 per cent in 1984 to 16 per cent last year. However the problem is not isolated to London’s housing market, as young families in Greater Manchester see a decline in buying their own home, with the number falling from 53 per cent to 26 per cent.’ – Daily Mail

Hinds launches push to improve children’s mastery of English

‘Education Secretary Damian Hinds vowed to tackle the worrying trend of five-year-olds turning up unable to use the simple words and phrases needed to interact with teachers and classmates. Research from the Oxford University Press (OUP) this month found that half of five-year-olds in some schools are behind in their language skills – with experts saying disadvantaged children are disproportionately affected. And a study by the National Literary Trust found that one in eight of the most disadvantaged children do not own a single book. Mr Hinds said a lack of vocabulary can create a ‘word gap’ which sets children behind their peers from the beginning, and hinders their progress for the rest of their school career. He is launching two projects worth £13.5 million aimed at giving disadvantaged parents the confidence to help their children learn new words through activities such as reading and singing.’ – Daily Mail

  • Woman dies after being given Flash in a water jug at hospital where staff needed interpreters – Daily Mail

Motorists pay through the nose for sub-par roads

‘Britain’s roads are worse than those in Chile, Cyprus and Oman despite motorists paying some of the highest taxes in the world. A report from the World Economic Forum ranked our roads 27th in the world in terms of quality in 2017-18. Our roads were worse than those in the United States, Japan and South Korea. It was the second consecutive year that Britain was ranked 27th. Yet motorists in the UK pay some of the highest tax rates, prompting claims that drivers are being short-changed. Fuel duty brings in almost £33 billion and vehicle excise duty £6 billion. An analysis by FairFuelUK, which lobbies for road taxes to be reduced, showed that the 57.9p-a-litre duty on petrol and diesel is the highest in the European Union.’ – The Times

  • Grayling orders utility companies to dig up pavements instead – The Times
  • New funding, as well as new roads, required – The Times Leader
  • InterCity trains run with locked carriages – Daily Mail

Hancock steps in to insist Wembley must remain the home of English football

‘There are fears that the planned £1billion deal will see the England team lose the stadium as its permanent home. Speaking to The Sun, Mr Hancock revealed he will demand the Football Association ensure that Wembley remains England’s full time base “for generations to come” during talks with them this week. Mr Hancock said: “Wembley is the home of English football and it always must be. “Our iconic stadium holds a special place in the heart of football fans across the country so it is important that the FA listen to the views of supporters before making any final decision. “This is a decision that should not be rushed.” The Cabinet minister added: “I will be discussing this with the FA and Sport England in the coming days. Wembley has to be secure as the home of English football for generations to come and I will be seeking reassurances on that front.” It emerged that ministers are furious with football chiefs for giving them no warning about how advanced the sale talks are.’ – The Sun

Massie: Localism, and Brexit, are drawing power away from London – and a good thing, too

‘London is magnificent but there is more to life and to Britain than London. Not every road — or railway — must lead there even if one thing the new breed of mayors agree on is that Britain’s transport spending is too heavily skewed towards London and the southeast. As IPPR North, the think tank, reported earlier this year, planned transport spending in London is 2.6 times greater per capita than in the north of England. London has needs, of course, but in Mr Khan London also has a directly elected and high-profile champion to petition government for a better deal for the capital. Other cities and regions need champions too. The UK has never been a unitary state even if, too often, too many people have assumed it is. It is a patchwork entity, in which sovereignty is both pooled and diffused. Education, health, income tax and social security are not uniform across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland; disparity and internal difference are features not bugs of modern Britain.’ – Alex Massie, The Times

Labour start talking-down their local election prospects

‘Experts have predicted the best local election results for Labour in 40 years as much of London turns red. But party chiefs fear the still raging anti-Semitism row has dented its chances. Shadow Cabinet member and Campaigns and Elections Chair Andrew Gwynne tried to manage expectations yesterday. He told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show: “I don’t think it will be anything like some of the opinion polls would suggest, because we are already defending about 80 per cent of the seats in some of those metropolitan boroughs. We’re already at a high water mark.”’ – The Sun

  • Can they turn Chingford red? – FT
  • Labour fails to take down anti-semitic comments on Corbyn’s Facebook page – The Times
  • Gwynne admits they have ‘not done enough’ to tackle racism in the Party – Daily Mail
  • The Opposition would cut overdraft charges – The Times
  • They are dangerously aligned with Putin – Dominic Lawson, Daily Mail
  • McDonnell is angry about Russia reports – The Guardian
  • Russian nerve agent lab demolished just before inspectors arrive – Daily Mail
  • BP chief ‘poisoned’ in Russia – Daily Telegraph

>Today: Tony Homewood on Local Government: Wakefield Conservatives are on the front line against Momentum

>Yesterday:

New, corporate-backed campaign to legalise medical marijuana

‘Officially, the conference was organised to encourage UK investors to plough money into corporate cannabis but hidden behind the slick presentations was another motive: to organise a British campaign to legalise medical marijuana. The only high was in confidence that it will happen here sooner than many think. “In three to five years you will see a medical system in the UK,” Cam Battley, chief corporate officer of Aurora Inc, a Canadian cannabis supplier, said. “Not long after that legalisation will happen. Guaranteed. You guys will look back and think, ‘What was the big deal?’ In the meantime massive new wealth will have been created”…The British company GW Pharmaceuticals is already selling a scientifically proven multiple sclerosis treatment derived from cannabis. It is one of the reasons why the UK is the world’s largest exporter of legal marijuana. Mr Moore is now organising a lobbying group in Britain called the Council for the Advancement of Medical Cannabis that will be funded by north American businesses.’ – The Times

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