Javid 1) He becomes Home Secretary

“The new home secretary, Sajid Javid, the first BAME holder of one of the great offices of state, will find an inbox brimming not just with the backlash over the Windrush scandal, but with arguments to come over policing cuts and rising knife crime as well as a difficult counter-terror climate. Born in Rochdale in 1969, the former investment banker and Margaret Thatcher devotee, is on the right of the Conservative party. His appointment will give him a voice on the powerful cabinet subcommittee on Brexit and will keep the balance of EU leavers and remainers in the top offices, but he can only be categorised as a remainer in the most technical sense. Javid backed remain in the referendum, probably under pressure from David Cameron, saying it was with a “heavy heart and no enthusiasm”. He has since swung firmly behind leavers in the cabinet.” – Guardian

  • He was appointed over the phone yesterday morning – Herald
  • He’s the “first non-white holder of a great office of state” – The Times
  • Here’s his record on Brexit – Daily Express
  • “Ministers claim” he’ll use his promotion to try to succeed May – The Sun
  • While Eurosceptics hope he’ll block Customs Union exit “fudge” – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Javid. Muslim, Brexit adaptee, comeback kid – and not a May protege. Her Home Office era is over.

Javid 2) He “ditches” the “hostile environment” policy

“Sajid Javid has warned the Home Office to expect an overhaul after the Windrush scandal as he ditches the policy of creating a “hostile environment” for illegal immigrants and seeks to break free from Theresa May’s legacy. Mr Javid, who replaced Amber Rudd as home secretary yesterday, opened the door to the return of appeals and legal aid for those facing deportation. The first non-white holder of a great office of state said that he would do “whatever I can” to rectify the treatment of Caribbean-born Britons caught up in a clampdown started by Mrs May when she was home secretary.” – The Times

  • He speaks for first time as home secretary in the Commons – The Sun 
  • He says he’ll “do right by the Windrush generation” – Guardian
  • He “distances himself from his predecessors” – Daily Telegraph
  • But faces their issues – FT
  • Potential reforms could include reintroduction of appeals and legal aid – The Times
  • People make fun of his “power stance” – The Sun


Javid 3) Hague: He needs to “get an iron grip on the Home Office”

“The first thing I would do if I were Sajid Javid, the new Home Secretary, is make sure I have the people around me to help get an iron grip on the Home Office. It is essential in any big job in government to have special advisers, private secretaries and a permanent secretary of the whole department who spot problems and detect a crisis in the making even when their boss is busy with daily events. Whatever Amber Rudd did, she does not appear to have been well served by such people. Her successor needs to act with cold ruthlessness in ensuring the excellence and loyalty of the people around him – nothing else will guarantee that the Home Office is doing what he wants it to do and that he knows what it is doing.” – Daily Telegraph



  • But will he be allowed to “change the direction of policy”? – Rachel Sylvester, The Times
  • He and Abbott have already had their first fight – Patrick Kidd, The Times
  • His “despatch-box bearing was at-yer-throat” – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail 
  • Some thoughts on his life so far – Guy Adams, Daily Mail
  • Why this is a remarkable appointment – James Forsyth, The Sun

May “tries to draws line” under Windrush controversy

“Theresa May has attempted to distance herself from the row over the Home Office’s enforced removals targets that has already claimed the scalp of one of her most senior ministers, Amber Rudd. The prime minister tried to draw a line under the affair by arguing that Rudd had only resigned over a single error, while separating the issue from the wider scandal over the Windrush generation. She again declined to place the blame for the debacle, which has caught up thousands of people and is widely regarded as a result of her own “hostile environment” strategy, on individual ministers or civil servants at her former department.” – Guardian

  • She “pledges to keep up fight against illegal immigration” – Daily Mail
  • Rudd’s decision to go was “personal” – The Times 
  • But blame put on Ind – The Sun
  • And inquiry is called for – Daily Telegraph
  • Friend says Rudd will get involved with the “fight” against “hard” Brexit – Daily Telegraph


  • May is losing cabinet ministers fast – Martha Gill, Daily Telegraph
  • She’s “become the plaything of events” – Janan Ganesh, FT
  • Don’t forget how much she hates change – Rafael Behr, Guardian
  • I think Rudd could’ve survived – Matthew Parris, The Times
  • She got herself in tangles – Nick Hopkins, Guardian

>Today: ToryDiary: Our monthly survey is out. What should May’s Brexit customs policy be? Who’s to blame for Home Office fiascos? Plus: the Lords’ future

Brokenshire replaces Javid as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

“James Brokenshire has been appointed as the Communities Secretary just three months after undergoing life-saving surgery to treat his lung cancer. He will take up the reigns at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government today following the departure of Sajid Javid, who has been made Home Secretary following the shock resignation of Amber Rudd on Sunday evening. The surprise reshuffle comes just hours after Ms Rudd quit in the wake of the Windrush scandal, following the publication of another leaked letter appearing to show that she misled Parliament over the existence of targets to deport illegal immigrants.” – Daily Telegraph

  • The former Northern Ireland secretary recently returned to Westminster – Herald
  • He says local government is “in the blood with me” – The Times
  • He’s “embarrassed” by revelation that he “tried to block plans” for new homes – The Sun 

>Yesterday: MPs etc: Brokenshire, the May loyalist, returns to grapple with the housing challenge

Brexit 1) House of Lords votes that parliament should have “meaningful” say on outcome of negotiations, even if “no deal”

“The government has suffered a heavy defeat on a crucial Lords vote that could pave the way for parliament to send ministers back to the Brussels negotiations if MPs vote down Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Labour said the amendment, which is the seventh Lords defeat for the government on the EU withdrawal bill, would effectively prevent Britain crashing out of the EU with no deal. The cross-party amendment was supported by 19 Tory rebels, winning by a majority of 91. Ministers have previously warned that should parliament vote down the deal agreed by negotiators, Britain would leave the bloc with no agreement. The amendment, led by former Tory minister Douglas Hogg, would change that scenario, meaning parliament could alter it and ask the government to reopen EU talks.” – Guardian

  • The government “has indicated ministers will push back hard” – Daily Express
  • The vote was 335 votes to 244 – Daily Telegraph
  • 19 Tories rebelled – Guardian
  • During debate, LibDem peer equates May to Hitler – The Times
  • Baker calls comments “irresponsible” – The Times
  • Brexiteers call the chamber a “cosy cabal of Remain” – Daily Telegraph
  • Kawczynski says “time has come to start talking about abolition” – Daily Express


  • The Lords has “placed itself against democracy” – Marcus Fysh, Daily Telegraph

Brexit 2) May faces criticism for considering an “association agreement”

“Theresa May is considering signing up Britain to a catch-all agreement with Brussels that Brexiteers fear will amount to “EU Mark II”. Mrs May has told ministers that the UK could “potentially” accept an association agreement with the EU, which critics say would make Britain a “rule taker” from Europe. Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, and David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, are also open to the idea, which was first raised at a meeting of the Cabinet’s Brexit sub-committee last week. Mr Hammond said it would “save time” to sign up to something the EU is already familiar with, while Mr Davis also said such an arrangement could work.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Rees-Mogg calls it “second-tier EU membership” – Daily Express

>Today: Henry Newman’s column: No more delays, Prime Minister – it’s time to make a decision on customs

>Yesterday: Bernard Jenkin in Comment: The ‘new customs partnership’ idea should be dead in the water – it is the opposite of taking back control

More Brexit

  • Barnier emphasises Ireland issue – The Times
  • He “calls for border checks” – Daily Telegraph
  • Varadkar’s visit to NI deemed “disrespectful” by DUP MP – Belfast News Letter
  • McDonald claims UK using Ireland as “negotiating leverage” – Daily Express
  • Barnier “denies hatching plot” – The Sun


  • Haven’t the Irish learnt from what happened to the Greeks? – Ruth Dudley Edwards, Daily Telegraph

Rees-Mogg: Why Trump’s visit is of “great importance”

“The planned visit of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, to the United Kingdom in July is well-timed and of great importance. By then the European Union Withdrawal Bill ought to have passed into law and a mere three months of negotiations are scheduled to settle the terms of our departure. Once we have left our alliance with the EU, the United States will be even more central to our foreign policy than it currently is, especially as we are unlikely to be flavour of the month with the EU after our departure. It is our national good fortune that the president with whom we will develop this new arrangement is Mr Trump. His election depended upon similar factors to those that led to Brexit.” – The Times

More Conservatives

  • Curtice predicts Conservative wins in council elections – The Sun
  • Greening promotes “contextual recruitment” – The Sun
  • The NHS needs to go digital – Alan Mak, The Times

And Labour 

  • Over three hundred women quit party over transgender shortlist row – The Times
  • Woodcock suspended over harassment allegations – Guardian
  • He’s one of Corbyn’s strongest critics – Daily Telegraph

Netanyahu claims Iran “continuing to hide and expand” its nuclear weapons development

“Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Iran of continuing to hide and expand its nuclear weapons knowhow after a 2015 agreement with global powers, presenting what the Israeli prime minister claimed was “new and conclusive proof” of violations. Netanyahu presented a series of slides and photographs of documents which he were drawn from a half-ton cache obtained by Israeli intelligence “a few weeks ago.” The New York Times reported that Mossad had broken into a warehouse in January and smuggled them to Israel the same night. The report did not say how such a large amount of documentation was transported in secret. However, key documents highlighted by Netanyahu had previously been seen by the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as early as 2005 and made public by the agency in 2011.” – Guardian

  • Trump says he’s been proven “100 per cent right” – Daily Mail

News in Brief

  • Javid’s opportunity – Oliver Wiseman, CapX
  • And the challenges he faces – Fraser Nelson, Spectator
  • Here’s some advice for him – John Wheeler, Reaction
  • The Lords votes – BrexitCentral
  • On Michelle Wolf – Masha Gessen, New Yorker