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Crackdown on knives as May ‘forced to u-turn’ on stop-and-search

“Theresa May has been forced to do a U-turn on police stop and search powers by the epidemic of stabbings and shootings sweeping London. Emergency plans to extend stop and search are in a tough package of measures unveiled by Home Secretary Amber Rudd amid claims that violent crime is out of control in the capital. New ‘Offensive Weapons’ laws to be introduced within weeks will make it illegal to own so-called ‘zombie killer’ knives and knuckle dusters used by gangs – and allow police to raid homes to seize them. And the Government wants to extend stop and search to include people who use acid as a weapon.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Rudd says there are enough police as she unveils new powers – Sunday Telegraph
  • Ex-race chief calls for tougher policing in black communities – Mail on Sunday
  • Under-18 ban to curb acid attacks – Sunday Times
  • Senior Met officer calls for ‘societal change’ to curb killings – The Observer
  • The teenager who inspired May’s crusade as Home Secretary – Mail on Sunday

Amber Rudd: There are sufficient officers to tackle violent crime

“As we confront this issue, I know that the same arguments and criticisms will emerge. Arguments that our evidence-based strategy should help put to rest. One is the contention that there are not enough officers on the streets to tackle this threat. The evidence does not support this. In the early Noughties, when serious violent crimes were at their highest, police numbers were rising. In 2008, when knife crime was far greater than the lows we saw in 2013/14, police numbers were close to the highest we’d seen in decades. So while I understand that police are facing emerging threats and new pressures – leading us to increase total investment in policing – the evidence does not bear out claims that resources are to blame for rising violence.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • Who is going to protect our kids from gangs and thugs, Mr Khan? – Tony Parsons, Sun on Sunday
  • Missing in action? Not me – Sadiq Khan, Mail on Sunday

Editorial:

  • Britain bleeds: police must tackle the gangs – Sunday Times
  • Acid ban and search changes are steps in the right direction – Sun on Sunday

>Today: Peter Walker in Comment: How a Prevent or Channel-type programme could help to cut murder in London

Gauke ‘admits he is to blame’ for Worboys parole shambles and vows to fix system

“Justice Secretary David Gauke has admitted he is to blame for the parole shambles which has rocked ­public conf­idence in law and order. But he vowed to work tirelessly to fix the shattered system – and will carry the can if he fails. In an exclusive interview, Mr Gauke said he accepts full responsibility for a decision which almost let black cab rapist John Worboys go free. He told The Sun on Sunday: “Clearly, things didn’t go as they should have gone. “Look, I made the decision. I accept responsibility, so I’m not hiding behind my advisers. It’s my responsibility entirely.” After “a lot of hard thinking” Mr Gauke is determined to stay and make the criminal ju­stice system fully fit for purpose. He insists he has learned many lessons from the Worboys case. But after just 90 bruising days in the job, he is under no illusion about the daunting scale of the task.” – Sun on Sunday

  • Corbyn an enemy of law-abiding citizens, claims Justice Secretary – Sunday Express

>Yesterday: Book Reviews: A jobbing criminal hack reveals that the lower courts are in a frightful mess

Housing: Javid leads crackdown on rogue estate agents…

“Estate agents will be shut down if they fail to get a new professional qualification in a massive crackdown on rogue operators. Housing Secretary Sajid Javid today unveiled radical plans to restore customers’ trust when buying and selling property. At the moment, anyone can become an estate agent, though many voluntarily hold a professional certificate. Mr Javid says he wants to make all of them meet the same standards as conveyancers, solicitors and surveyors. Estate agents will also be forced to reveal any fees they get for referring clients to mortgage brokers, solicitors and surveyors. Mr Javid pledged to tackle gazumping, where a seller pulls out of a sale to take a higher offer from a another buyer.” – Mail on Sunday

…as Raab wants housing included in migration impact assessments

“Immigration has put up house prices by 20% over the past 25 years and Britain’s post-Brexit border rules must take account of demand for affordable homes, the new housing minister has declared. In an interview with The Sunday Times, Dominic Raab revealed that he is writing to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) urging it to consider the negative effects of new arrivals on housing demand as well as the positive economic benefits of immigration. His intervention comes ahead of the committee publishing a report this autumn to inform the government’s new immigration plans. Raab, a leading Brexiteer who has been tipped as a possible future Tory leader, also used his first print interview as housing minister to call for an end to Tory infighting over Brexit. ” – Sunday Times

>Today: ToryDiary: Raab is right: the Migration Advisory Committee must weigh housing in its judgements

Ministers warned to expect backlash over welfare cuts

“Ministers will face a backlash against reform to the benefits system when millions of claimants moving on to universal credit realise their income will be cut, the government’s most senior welfare adviser has warned. Paul Gray, chairman of the independent social security advisory committee, said that the decision to take a “substantial chunk” of funding out of the budget for universal credit risked undermining the good intentions of the reform. In 2015 his committee forced the then chancellor George Osborne to rethink and eventually ditch £4bn-worth of cuts to the tax credits system but the cuts to the universal credit budget remained. Speaking to the Observer, Gray said the aim of universal credit – to simplify the system and encourage people back into work – was right, but he warned that building in significant budget cuts would become an issue once claimants realised they would be losing out.” – The Observer

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Our survey. Over half of members think there will be a Tory majority in 2022.

Badenoch ‘admits to hacking opponent’s website’

“A Tory MP tipped as a future Prime Minister has admitted breaking the law by hacking into a Labour opponent’s website. Kemi Badenoch, a newly appointed vice-chairman of the party, confessed that she launched the cyber-attack on the Labour MP’s site in order to write pro-Tory propaganda under their name. Hacking into websites is a criminal offence – and can be punished with a prison sentence of up to two years. Her confession, in an interview obtained by The Mail on Sunday, is particularly embarrassing for Downing Street because Ms Badenoch is a rising star who has been tasked by Theresa May with increasing the number of women and ethnic-minority MPs in the party.” – Mail on Sunday

Gove ally offers to fund wildcat restoration scheme

Wildcats could be reintroduced to England to help cull grey squirrels after a millionaire Whitehall adviser to Michael Gove offered to fund a scheme. Ben Goldsmith, who has already spent £200,000 on supporting the ­reintroduction of beavers to southern England, said he was willing to bankroll the reintroduction of wildcats. Government sources said Mr Gove, the Environment Secretary who championed the reintroduction of beavers last year, is “open to the idea”. Tens of thousands of wildcats once roamed Britain before they were hunted and killed from the 1700s onwards, due to fears they would target lambs, rabbits and poultry.” – Sunday Telegraph

Russian ‘fake news blitz’ continues

“Russia has branded the Queen a heavy boozer – and claimed the PM has a Cognac habit. In an escalating fake news blitz on Britain, one senator said Her Majesty is rarely without a tipple. Aleksey Pushkov, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, said the monarch treats drinking like a “ceremony”… The propaganda blast dragged the diplomatic row between Britain and Russia to a new low. Foreign Office diplomats say the smears were aimed at discrediting Britain’s claim Russia tried to kill former spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33. Senior Tory MP Bernard Jenkin said the “absurd” comments further belittled Putin’s attempts to avoid responsibility for the “outrageous attack”.” – Sun on Sunday

  • Moscow’s torrent of absurdity is soaked up by ‘infantile’ Corbyn – Boris Johnson, Sunday Times
  • Putin’s useful idiots on both sides of the House – Euan McColm, Scotland on Sunday
  • How low will the Corbyn cult go? Ask Putin’s poisoners… – Dan Hodges, Mail on Sunday

Rich donors prepared to put tens of millions into ‘new centre party’

“Rich donors are ready to stump up £50million to form a new centre party, it was claimed last night. Business chiefs, activists and philanthropists have been secretly working on a plan to “break the mould” in Westminster. It is being led by philanthropist and LoveFilm founder Simon Franks. Initial talks are said to have started in 2016. The multi-millionaire has set up a company, Project One Movement for the UK, which is likely to be the vehicle for the idea. Policy ideas include higher taxes for the rich, better NHS funding and improved social mobility. It backs centre-right ideas on wealth creation and entrepreneurship and is keen to explore tighter immigration controls.” – Sun on Sunday

Comment:

  • Opportunity knocks for a new party, but will anyone dare open the door? – Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer

Labour 1) Shadow minister is member of Facebook group with anti-Semitic content

“One of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow Cabinet ministers is a member of a controversial Labour supporters’ Facebook pages in which anti-Semitic posts are being shared. Andrew Gwynne, the shadow Housing secretary, was listed as members of the “Labour Supporters” page on the social media website late last week. The Labour MP for Denton and Reddish has now said he will seek to remove his name from the group after he was approached by The Sunday Telegraph. Mr Corbyn,  the Labour leader, deleted his personal Facebook page last month after he was found to be a member of groups where anti-Semitic messages were posted.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • Over half of voters think Labour has an anti-Semitism problem – The Observer

Comment:

Labour 2) MP accused of ‘wife beating’ accuses female colleagues of vendetta

“The row over the Labour MP accused of ‘wife-beating’ took a new turn last night after he denied using violence – and women MPs who backed the alleged victim were accused of a ‘vendetta’ against Jeremy Corbyn. The male MP declared: ‘I am not a wife-beater,’ and said the claims were ‘malicious, upsetting and untrue’. He broke his silence following the disclosure in The Mail on Sunday last week that women Labour MPs had called on Mr Corbyn to suspend the MP over claims that he repeatedly attacked his wife. The MP spoke out yesterday after Jess Phillips, chairman of the Women’s Parliamentary Labour Party (WPLP), wrote to Mr Corbyn after a private Commons meeting attended by former deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman.” – Mail on Sunday

Hundreds of council chiefs earn more than the Prime Minister

“At least 2,500 council chiefs were paid more than £100,000 each last year – with about 500 of them grossing in excess of £150,000, more than the prime minister earns. The annual rich list of town hall bosses found that the number whose total remuneration was in six figures had risen from 2,314 last year. The full sums include pension contributions, bonuses, expenses and other payouts. The report, from the Taxpayers’ Alliance pressure group, reveals that at least 16 local government bosses received more than £300,000 and four grossed in excess of £500,000 in 2016-17… The report will fuel claims that council “fat cats” are looking after themselves at a time when they are cutting services and increasing council tax.” – Sunday Times

  • Fathers sharing care role can help close pay gap – Theresa May, Sunday Times

SNP Health Secretary urged to ‘consider her position’ over NHS Tayside scandal

“Labour’s health spokesman has warned Health Secretary Shona Robison she “cannot wash her hands” of the NHS Tayside scandal and urged further action. Anas Sarwar said it is “her responsibility” and said decisions made so far will not resolve the issue. He said she should apologise and “consider her own position”. His comments follow the health board’s chairman Professor John Connell stepping down on Friday after Ms Robison called for him to quit when it emerged NHS Tayside had apparently used donations to fund new technology… Earlier this week it emerged that NHS Tayside took more than £2 million from its endowment fund – which is made up of donations from the public or bequests in wills – to cover general running costs, which could normally be funded from its core budget.” – Scotland on Sunday

News in Brief:

  • The sad state of Scottish politics – Stephen Daisley, The Spectator
  • Markets have the answers to post-Brexit immigration – Louis Williams, Brexit Central
  • The dangers of pessimism – Oliver Wiseman, CapX

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