Anti-Brexit Tories ‘warned they could face deselection’ over revolt…

“Anti-Brexit Tories are facing a grassroots revolt after threatening to side with Labour in a crunch Commons vote today. A band of diehard Tory Remainers were refusing to back down last night over a Commons vote designed to give Parliament the final say over Brexit. But the group of around a dozen MPs were facing calls from senior figures in their own constituencies to back the Prime Minister over her pledge to deliver on the referendum result. Some have been warned they could even face deselection if they rebel today. Downing Street described the rebels’ demands as ‘unacceptable’, and warned they would undermine the chances of Theresa May securing a good Brexit deal.” – Daily Mail

  • Prime Minister says she won’t back down over ‘meaningful vote’ – Daily Telegraph
  • The Tory MPs set to defy the Government – The Times
  • Rebels ‘not trying to collapse’ May’s administration – The Guardian
  • Grieve says he wouldn’t mind pushing back UK’s exit date – The Sun

…as whips appeal to Labour Brexiteers as crucial vote comes down to the wire

“Ministers have privately appealed to Labour’s Brexiteer MPs to defy Jeremy Corbyn and help them to see off their own pro-European backbench rebellion on the government’s Brexit bill. Tory whips are said to have “given up” persuading up to a dozen of their own MPs not to vote in favour of an amendment that would give parliament a decisive say on what happens in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Instead they are concentrating their efforts on encouraging Labour MPs in Leave-voting areas to defy their own whip and vote with the government. One Labour source claimed that MPs were being promised that the Tories would “go easy” in future elections on those who supported them.” – The Times

  • Government ‘poised for victory’ in showdown – Daily Express
  • Cabinet ministers unite with Leavers to urge May to face rebellion down – Daily Telegraph
  • EU prepares to speed up ‘no deal’ plans – FT


  • Gove to be quizzed on Brexit by MSPs – The Scotsman
  • GCHQ boss says EU will suffer without a Brexit security deal – The Times
  • Verhofstadt attacks EU-27 over treatment of British citizens – Daily Telegraph
  • PSNI chief says EU extradition system is vital – Belfast Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: Grieve is right. The logic of a Government defeat today leads to a change of leadership – and a general election

Daniel Finkelstein: Rebels may pave the way to hard Brexit

“I think that the more meaningful the parliamentary vote, the greater the chance we will leave without any deal and the more leverage will be handed to supporters of a hard Brexit. I think the conventional view – the “this prevents no deal and favours soft Brexit” view – makes three errors. It ignores the interests and powers of the other countries in the EU. It is naive about the position of the Labour Party. And it underestimates the strength and will of the supporters of a hard Brexit. Dominic Grieve, the Conservative MP leading the charge for the meaningful vote, is a person of integrity with whom I usually agree, advancing an idea it is hard not to sympathise with. But I think he is wrong about the practical consequences.” – The Times

  • Leave voters would rather give up Northern Ireland than Brexit – Lord Ashcroft, Daily Telegraph
  • Single market in goods comes at a price for Britain – Charles Grant, FT
  • We must let May get on, there will be a reckoning if she fails – Philip Johnston, Daily Telegraph


  • May should call out the EU’s intransigence on security – The Times
  • Meaningful vote is key to stopping ‘no deal’ – FT
  • The rebels must not be allowed to destroy Brexit – The Sun


Ministers halt Chinese takeover of defence firm

“Cabinet ministers have blocked a Chinese takeover of a British defence company, risking enraging Beijing, amid fears that sharing sensitive information could put British and American air troops in danger. Greg Clark, Business Secretary is thought to have intervened earlier this week to prevent a Chinese business giant from purchasing Northern Aerospace Limited. It was about to be bought by a subsidiary of Chinese firm Shaanxi Ligeance Mineral Resources. But, defence sources raised concerns the sale would give the Chinese government access to military design plans. The decision was based on advice from Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, Mr Williamson’s team has confirmed. Mr Clark took urgent action on “national security grounds”, the Defence Secretary’s office said.” – Daily Express

May ‘silent’ over US migrant policy

“Theresa May declined to criticise President Trump directly for immigration policies that have led to children being separated from their parents at the US border and kept in “cages”. Whereas many Tory and Labour politicians readily criticised Mr Trump, Mrs May, who will welcome the US president to Britain in less than a month, was more reluctant. Asked if the prime minister thought that it was acceptable to cage children, her spokesman said: “I would point you to the UK’s own immigration policy. “It does not apply these measures and does not intend to do so. The welfare and safeguarding of children is at the heart of our immigration policy. We do not separate child refugee or asylum seekers from their families.” When asked if Mrs May would raise the issue with Mr Trump, the spokesman replied only that Britain’s own policy was “humane” and “we believe that we have a humane system”.” – The Times

  • Haley pulls US out of UN Human Rights Council – Daily Mail


  • How Trump’s policy is testing the special relationship – Sam Coates, The Times
  • The great US-UK conservative divide – Jeremy Warner, Daily Telegraph

>Today: Philippa Stroud in Comment: The refugee crisis is the humanitarian issue of our time

Hundreds of thousands may face higher taxes to fund NHS boost…

“Ministers have been told that freezing the tax-free allowance at £12,500 and the point at which the higher rate kicks in at £50,000 would raise billions of pounds from 2020. But the Institute for Fiscal Studies said this would raises taxes on everyone earning over £12,500 and drag an extra 400,000 people into the 40p income tax band in just two years. That could take the total number paying higher rates of income tax above five million for the first time – undermining Tory claims to be a low-tax party. The tax burden facing families is already at its highest level for half a century but looks set to become even more punishing as ministers pump extra funds into the NHS. Theresa May has warned that taxes will rise to fund an increase in spending on the NHS worth nearly £400million a week by 2023.” – Daily Mail

  • Chancellor ‘ordered NHS chief to back funding plan’ – The Guardian
  • Hammond aims to make wealthy pay ‘lion’s share’ of new levies – The Sun


  • We must tackle the public health crisis caused by air pollution – Andy Street, Times Red Box
  • Britain’s medicines regime urgently needs reform – Erik Nordkamp, FT

>Yesterday: James Frayne’s column: The NHS spending announcement should be a medium-term winner for the Conservatives

…as both Javid and Health Services boss reject calls to legalise cannabis

The head of the NHS and the Home Secretary have both rejected calls to legalise cannabis, warning doing so would “introduce new risks for young people”. Simon Stevens and Sajid Javid slapped down calls made by former Conservative leader Lord Hague to look again at the law as the Home Office announced a review of cannabis for medicinal use. But it came as a group of Tory MPs, campaigners and academics publicly called for a Royal commission to consider legalising the drug amid claims banning it had led to stronger, more damaging forms of the drug. Earlier in the week ministers gave ground after the mother of 12 year-old Billy Caldwell pleaded for him to be allowed to use cannabis oil to help with his epilepsy.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Home Secretary announces review into medical use – The Guardian
  • ‘Legalisation by stealth’ as police turn a blind eye – The Times
  • NHS boss warns of addiction risk – Daily Mail
  • Canada to reap $400 million marijuana tax – The Times


  • The war on cannabis has failed utterly – William Hague, Daily Telegraph
  • Hague brings some sanity to the fight against cannabis – Janet Street-Porter, Daily Mail
  • Hunt and Javid take on May the procrastinator – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: No pothead is an island

Hancock urges schools to crack down on mobile phones

“Mobile phones should be banned at the school gates, the Culture Secretary declared last night. Matt Hancock said he admired head teachers who took a firm approach by banning them. He urged other schools to follow suit. The Tory minister said over-exposure to the internet was making children’s lives more difficult and affecting concentration in class. ‘The evidence is that banning phones in schools works,’ he said, writing in the Daily Telegraph… He said growing up with social media was complicating children’s relationships with their contemporaries while encouraging bullying to go beyond the school gates.” – Daily Mail

  • Labour MP blasts Facebook for dodging questions – Daily Mail


People should learn to love new local homes, says Brokenshire

Local people should learn to love new homes and not oppose them, says Housing secretary. Communities should not see new homes as a “burden” but as a “rejuvenation”, James Brokenshire says today. Mr Brokenshire will say he backs a Policy Exchange report out today which says that every council should produce a design and style guide in consultation with local residents so that new homes are sympathetically designed. Polling published today by Policy Exchange found that 77 per cent of respondents agree that cost is too often an excuse for badly designed, soulless new developments. Half of people surveyed felt that new modern homes are built as cheaply as possible to maximise profit for the developer.” – Daily Telegraph

Labour abandons support for a third runway…

“Labour will drop its formal support for a third runway at Heathrow today in a significant U-turn that leaves the plan on a knife edge. The party will announce that the £14 billion scheme fails to meet the four key tests it established as a condition for parliamentary support. It said that an analysis of the government’s national policy statement, the legislation that will pave the way for a third runway, showed that it failed to satisfy any of its targets on carbon dioxide emissions, noise, benefits to all regions and “ultimate deliverability”. The decision comes days before MPs are finally due to have a vote on the national policy statement in parliament next Monday. However, in a sign of the split in the party on Heathrow, Labour confirmed that it would give its MPs a free vote. There is strong support for a third runway from Jeremy Corbyn’s union allies, including Len McCluskey’s Unite.” – The Times

  • Johnson set to miss airport showdown – The Sun

…as Corbyn endorses another railway strike

“Jeremy Corbyn today endorsed another strike on the railways despite continued chaos triggered by the timetable shambles that has been running for weeks. The Labour leader expressed ‘solidarity’ with RMT workers who walked-out today, worsening further chaos facing passengers on Northern rail. The strike, part of a long-running dispute over driver-only trains, is due to continue until Saturday. It has added further cancellations to the beleaguered Northern network, one of the worst hit franchises by the failed new timetable that rolled out on May 20. Mr Corbyn said today: ‘Solidarity with RMT Union Northern Rail workers on strike over threats to remove guards and conductors, affecting passenger safety. We’ve seen crisis after crisis in Northern Rail. It must be brought into public hands, and run for passengers and staff, not private profit.'” – Daily Mail….

  • Passengers set to be hit by more cancellation misery – The Times
  • Northern Rail pays surplus driver to ‘sit idle’ to please unions – The Sun


  • It’s positively ungrateful to complain about Britain’s railways – The Times

Confusion over McDonnell’s ‘productivity plan’

“A Labour government would task the Bank of England with improving Britain’s productivity growth under plans announced by John McDonnell today. The shadow chancellor will set out proposals for the party to sign an accord with the Bank at the start of a Labour government setting out how each will work to grow the UK’s output per hour. Confusion reigned last night about the details after Labour endorsed a target of 3 per cent productivity growth but would not clarify the timeframe. It remains unclear if the target is annual or spans a five-year parliament. Mr McDonnell’s spokesman said the proposal, a recommendation made by the left-wing economist Graham Turner, was under consultation and that more details would be revealed today.” – The Times

  • Opposition vow to boost Bank of England’s role – FT


  • Labour will provide UK with the investment revolution it needs – John McDonnell, The Guardian

>Yesterday: Jeremy Lefroy MP in Comment: Why we will need a new development bank post-Brexit

Scottish Nationalists threaten more stunts

“The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford has vowed to stage further protests in the House of Commons after being ejected from Prime Minister’s Questions following a row with Speaker John Bercow last week. Mr Blackford staged the protest after he moaned the SNP were given insufficient time to debate Brexit issues relating to devolution. He was followed out of the chamber by his SNP colleagues in a major disruption to PMQs, with the MPs accusing the Government of carrying out a “power grab”… He refused to clarify how and when the SNP would stage a further protests against the Government, but stated they would conducted in a dignified manner.” – Daily Express

News in Brief:

  • Another win for Javid, leadership frontrunner – Alastair Benn, Reaction
  • May’s ministers make the decisions whilst she prevaricates – Isabel Hardman, The Spectator
  • Brussels is watching Westminster, hoping that MPs back the Lords – Ashley Fox MEP, Brexit Central
  • Wanted: a Tory candidate who gets London – Barnaby Towns, City AM
  • Beware the hysteria over ‘addictive’ games like Fortnite – Madeline Grant, CapX