Davis ‘intent on humiliating May’ over fresh Brexit delay

“Furious David Davis has threatened to humiliate Theresa May by making a plea to the full Cabinet to overrule yet another Brexit delay. The angry Brexit Secretary believes No10 officials are “putting sand in the engine” by insisting on rewriting a long-promised Brexit blueprint paper for a FIFTH time. It also emerged last night that key decisions on a new customs relationship with the EU will be ducked yet again when the Cabinet’s Brexit committee meets on Thursday. Senior ministers are pleading with No10 to enforce a decision between two options, which has split the Cabinet down the middle… Meanwhile a friend of David Davis described him as “very bullish” on making sure the 150 page White Paper setting out the future relationship with the EU be published before a crunch meeting of EU leaders in two weeks time.” – The Sun

  • Billions lost in tax as Brexit puts critical projects on ice – The Times
  • UK military secondments to cease after Brexit – FT
  • Scottish Government report admits departure could give £540m boost to fishing – Daily Telegraph
  • Audi calls for tariff-free trade deal – Daily Mail
  • EU advises car makers not to use British parts – Daily Express
  • Welby says EU is ‘greatest dream of human beings’ since Rome – Daily Telegraph


  • It’s time for May to purge the Cabinet rebels – Martha Gill, The Guardian
  • Exposed: harsh reality of Brexiteers’ trade fantasy – Anna Soubry, Vince Cable, and Chuka Umunna, Times Red Box

>Today: Sir Bill Cash in Comment: The EU Withdrawal Bill. No Conservative colleague should defy the will of the people next week.

…as she ‘gags’ Johnson over Heathrow…

“Boris Johnson was effectively gagged by Theresa May over Heathrow last night as No 10 insisted Tory rebels would not be allowed to campaign against a third runway. After the long-delayed airport expansion finally received Government approval, the Prime Minister took a hard line with ministers who have opposed the project. Those with ‘long-standing views’ will need to seek permission from No10 in advance even to comment to their local paper, officials said. Downing Street also confirmed it would impose a three-line whip on a vote on the plans, meaning any ministers who want to vote against will be forced to resign. Both the Foreign Secretary and Greg Hands, the International Trade minister, are expected to be absent from the vote on overseas trips to spare their blushes.” – Daily Mail

  • SNP promised 16,000 jobs in exchange for backing project – The Times
  • Labour to oppose expansion – Daily Telegraph
  • Tory councillor vows to go to court to block move – The Sun


  • Both May and Corbyn face turbulence over decision – Henry Zeffman and Graeme Paton, The Times
  • What a third runway will mean for passengers – Jennifer Hale and Richard Wheatstone, The Sun


  • Expanding Heathrow is the right decision – Kwasi Kwarteng and Gavin Shuker, Times Red Box
  • Let’s expand Gatwick instead – Chris Deerin, The Times
  • Booting out Grayling would not help a single commuter get to work – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph


>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The prosecco warms up

…and ‘puts DUP pact at risk’ with free vote on abortion…

“Theresa May put her fragile pact with the DUP on the line last night after Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley confirmed MPs would get a free vote on abortion if the matter returned to Parliament. It came amid tearful scenes in the Commons when a Tory MP told of her own abortion when she was seriously ill and a Labour MP read out first person accounts of women forced to travel to the UK for terminations… NI Secretary Karen Bradley warned if abortion came before the House of Commons then a free vote would take place because it is a “matter of conscience”. Ms Bradley said she personally backs abortion reform – but her focus was on restoring the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont to avoid “disenfranchising 1.8 million people”.” – The Sun

  • Allen ‘chokes back tears’ as she back reform – Daily Mail
  • Corbyn attacks DUP as it insists London not meddle on abortion – Belfast Telegraph
  • Stormont must act ‘or Westminster will’ – The Guardian

More Northern Ireland:

  • Lights could go out in Ulster without a deal – The Times

>Today: Interviews: Tatchell defends anti-abortion protests – and tells how he got Cameron and Johnson to support same-sex marriage

>Yesterday: MPs Etc.: The people and locally-elected politicians must decide. Bradley’s letter to Tory MPs on abortion in Northern Ireland. Full text.

Hancock gives conditional green light to Murdoch for Sky takeover

“Rupert Murdoch’s £11.7billion takeover of Sky can go ahead – but only if Sky News is sold off to Disney or another ‘suitable’ bidder, it was revealed today. Culture Secretary Matt Hancock finally delivered his long-awaited verdict on 21st Century Fox’s bid for the British broadcasting giant two years after it was submitted. But Mr Hancock also said he would not block Comcast’s rival £22billion offer for Sky sparking a multi-billion pound bidding war between Murdoch and his oldest rival Brian Roberts. Mr Murdoch’s Fox has been attempting to buy the 61 per cent of Sky that it does not already own for two years but the bid has been complicated by competition concerns.” – Daily Mail

Gyimah says Oxbridge need a more diverse intake

“Oxbridge should try to attract more black students to address its ‘staggering’ lack of diversity, the universities minister said yesterday. Sam Gyimah said admissions were focused too heavily on academic performance and needed to ‘take into account a broad range of factors’. The Tory minister, who became the first black president of the Oxford Union debating society in 1997, claimed that diversity at the UK’s two oldest universities had barely improved from his student days… Mr Gyimah said universities should make more use of ‘contextualised’ admissions – not results alone. UCL, King’s College and York have introduced such schemes to improve the uptake of black and ethnic minority students.” – Daily Mail

  • Top universities threatened with fines – The Times
  • How Oxford and Cambridge could admit more black students – FT

Hammond defends RBS sale

“Philip Hammond has been forced to defend the government’s decision to sell part of its stake in RBS after an overnight sale of shares left taxpayers nursing a £2.1bn loss. The chancellor said the offloading of almost 8% of the company’s shares for £2.5bn was a significant step in returning the high street bank – bailed out by a Labour government during the depths of the 2008 financial crisis – to the private sector. But the sale of 925m shares at 271p each was at a price significantly lower than the 502p at which the Treasury bought its stake a decade ago and led to criticism that ministers had sold at the wrong time. Shares in RBS closed down 5.3% at 266p on Tuesday… Ministers believe there is no realistic prospect of the share price of RBS – much-reduced in size since the bailout – reaching 502p any time soon and that the cash raised from reducing its stake from just over 70% to 62.4% could be more usefully spent elsewhere.” – The Guardian

  • This was never an ‘investment’, it was about staving off economic Armageddon – Jeremy Warner, Daily Telegraph

Gove warns ministers not to lecture people on their diet…

Poorer people eat food which is not good for them because it provides “comfort, solace and pleasure”, Michael Gove has said. The Environment secretary was challenged by Labour MP Kerry McCarthy at a meeting of MPs and peers over whether it was better to “nudge” people toward a better diet or be “more proactive”. It emerged in March that poor children in Britain are now fatter than wealthy youngsters demonstrating a total reversal in the weight of the two social classes over the past 70 years. Speaking to the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Environment, Mr Gove said the Government had to be “more proactive” because the current generation will be the first one to die of lifestyle choices rather than infectious diseases. But he made clear that the Government had to be careful not to lecture people about their diet.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Junk food taxes have most support amongst Tory voters – The Times

>Today: ToryDiary: Our Survey. Next Tory leader. Rees-Mogg leads Gove by less than ten votes in over a thousand. Javid is third.

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Javid gives Gove a run for first place in our Cabinet League Table. May is back in negative territory.

…as the Government canvasses support for NHS tax hike

“Tory MPs are being asked whether they would support a tax rise for the NHS amid claims an extra £850 per household would be needed by 2022. Party whips have approached Conservative backbenchers to find out if they would back an increase in income tax or national insurance to save the Health Service. Pressure on Philip Hammond to put up taxes has been growing in recent weeks, with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt claiming voters would be willing to pay more tax to fund it. Brexiteers want the Prime Minister to boost spending and honour the Leave campaign’s pledge of £350million more a week for the NHS. Yesterday the Institute for Fiscal Studies said the only way to avoid increasing borrowing or cutting non-health public spending was to put up taxes.” – Daily Mail

  • Scottish NHS faces ‘staffing crisis’ as thousands of nurses quit… – The Scotsman
  • …as will English counterpart unless visa restrictions are lifted – The Guardian


  • If the NHS gets more money it won’t learn to spend better – James Kirkup, Times Red Box
  • Cash isn’t the right medicine for the Health Service – John O’Connell, The Sun

Tory whip chastises peers

“As a parliamentary convention it was thought inviolate: peers never sleep in the chamber, they “rest their eyes”. No matter how late the hour, dry the speech or long the lunch, members of the upper house were allowed to pretend that they maintained a watchful vigil even when in deep repose. No longer: a stern memo from the government’s chief whip in the House of Lords has shattered the red benches’ muffled hush. “It has been observed by members of our House that, over recent months, conduct in the chamber has not been of the standard we should expect,” sniffs Lord Taylor of Holbeach in an email to Tory peers… In case Tory peers felt singled out, the email assured them that Lord Taylor had discussed the falling standards with his opposite numbers on the Labour and Liberal Democrat benches and “they will be circulating their own version of this to their members”.” – The Times

Corbyn accuses May of ‘appeasing’ Trump…

“Jeremy Corbyn today accused Theresa May of ‘appeasing’ Donald Trump and failing to stand up to him over punishing steel tariffs. In a speech to the GMB union, the Labour leader branded Mrs May ‘too weak’ and insisted her response has been ‘timid’. The Prime Minister spoke to the US President last night to protest the imposition of 25 per cent tariffs on all steel made in Europe, including in the UK. Mr Trump’s swingeing tariffs are intended to hit back at China for dumping cheap steel on the global market, while re-balancing trade between the US and Europe. Her Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, has criticised the tariffs but urged the EU not to take immediate retaliatory action to give Mr Trump time to change his mind. Mr Corbyn insisted a Labour government would ‘upgrade’ the economy instead of pursuing trade deals.” – Daily Mail

…as he clashes with MPs over ‘soft Brexit’

“Jeremy Corbyn has sparked fury among his MPs by ruling out backing a Brexit Bill amendment to keep the UK in the EU single market. The Labour leader has faced growing calls from his backbenches to back the Lords amendment to keep the UK in the European Economic Area (EEA) – the so-called Norway option. But he tonight said that he will table an alternative change calling for the UK to negotiate a new deal which keeps ‘full access’ to the market. It is understood that Mr Corbyn wants a deal which would mean Britain does not have to keep free movement rules and state aid stipulations which limit state aid. But Remain-backing Labour politicians hit out at the move – saying Mr Corbyn wrongly thinks he can ‘have his cake and eat it’ if he thinks the EU will give Britain such a generous deal.” – Daily Mail

  • Labour leader moves towards ‘full single market access’ in new shift – The Times
  • Opposition’s ‘soft-as-possible’ plan could strengthen May – Daily Telegraph
  • Brown calls for tougher controls on migration – The Guardian


  • Brexit legal myths and the damage they are causing – Barnabas Reynolds, Daily Telegraph

Moderate MPs ‘prepared to quit’ to block Corbyn

“Moderate Labour MPs are poised to sensationally resign from Parliament to stop hard-left Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister. Some centrist MPs have warned they could quit their roles to harm Mr Corbyn’s chances of replacing Theresa May at Downing Street. Mrs May has a working majority of just 13 MPs, sparking fears the Tories could be ousted by Labour at the next election. But veteran socialist Mr Corbyn still faces deep divisions within his own party, especially over Brexit. Several Labour MPs have “already mentally packed their bags” and are ready to resign in protest at his leadership, according to Bloomberg. The revelation comes less than a month after Heidi Alexander, an outspoken critic of Mr Corbyn, quit as Labour MP for Lewisham East.” – Daily Express

Labour resort to giving away tickets as ‘Jez Fest’ flops

“Labour has resorted to giving away free passes to its live music event, dubbed “Jez Fest”, after thousands of tickets were left unsold. The move has prompted demands for refunds from supporters who have paid £35 to attend the day-long event in north London on June 16. The frontbencher Rebecca Long-Bailey emailed local party members in Salford and Eccles to say the branch had 30 tickets to give away and would also provide a free coach to the event, it emerged yesterday. Jeremy Corbyn told trade unionists at the GMB conference in Brighton yesterday that they had been given tickets to the event. “Codes have been emailed to you,” he is understood to have told delegates. Fears arose in the party last month when it emerged that only 2,500 of 20,000 tickets had been sold.” – The Times

  • Supporters who paid for tickets demand refunds – Daily Express

Short accused of ‘belittling sex-for-aid scandals’

“Clare Short, the former Labour cabinet minister, was accused of belittling sex-for-aid scandals when she appeared to compare them to workplace affairs. Ms Short, the first international development secretary, was addressing a Commons committee inquiry into sexual exploitation in the sector. She attacked reporting by The Times of how Oxfam covered up the dismissal of seven of its senior aid staff in Haiti over sex parties with prostitutes after an earthquake in 2011. She said that it had involved “one man in Haiti” and the reaction was “completely distorted and out of all proportion”… Pauline Latham, a Conservative member of the committee, challenged her, saying: “We are talking here about some of the most vulnerable people in the world. Men, mainly, abusing the most vulnerable people in the world, and you think it happens everywhere so it doesn’t matter?”” – The Times

News in Brief:

  • Corbyn flip-flops on single market – Alastair Benn, Reaction
  • Why the latest ‘Doomsday Brexit’ story is nonsense – Rupert Matthews MEP, Brexit Central
  • In defence of unpaid internships – Madeline Grant, CapX
  • Single-substance campaigns are the winning route to ‘drug’ reform – Henry Hill, Conservatives for Liberty
  • What Spaniards really think of their new socialist PM – Mark Nayler, The Spectator

And finally… Samantha Cameron hated the ‘bizarre wave’ for the press

“What she still can’t get over is the horror of “the wave”. “It’s so bizarre. Why are you waving? It’s not like we are the royal family. I was terrible at it. I remember we had to stand next to the Obamas in Washington once and I tried to say, ‘Can we not do the waving thing?’ So we are standing there, and it is going quite well, and then of course Obama starts waving, and Dave starts waving, and so…” Cameron learnt the hard way – in the public eye – how best to dress to impress… She recalls, with her signature self-deprecation, a variety of high-profile mishaps in the early days. Her beloved dark trouser suits that blended into the door at No 10 and made her and “Dave” look like a pair of accountants.” – The Times