Chequers backlash 1) Labour takes poll lead as Conservative ratings take a nosedive

‘Labour has opened up its biggest poll lead over the Conservatives since shortly after last June’s general election, as the government’s chaotic handling of Brexit appears to have triggered a dramatic fall in support for Theresa May and the Tories – and a sudden revival of Ukip. The latest Opinium poll for the Observer puts Labour on 40%, the same score as last month, but four points ahead of the Tories who have dropped by six points since early June to 36%. The fall in Tory support would appear to be the result of Conservative supporters who backed leaving the EU turning to Ukip, whose support has shot up by five points from 3% last month to 8%. May’s leadership ratings have also nosedived, while those of Jeremy Corbyn have remained stable. May’s net approval rating – when the number of people who disapprove of the way she is leading the country is subtracted from the number who approve – has tumbled from -8% in June to -24% over a turbulent political period of just five weeks. She is now well behind Corbyn who is on -12%.’ – The Observer

  • A majority think May’s plan is a betrayal of the result (and want her gone before the election) – The Sun on Sunday
  • Her summer can still get worse – The Observer
  • Who will be left standing in our discredited political class to correct May’s mistakes? – Janet Daley, Sunday Telegraph
  • Downing Street denies that the Prime Minister cried after meeting IDS on Wednesday – Sunday Times
  • It’s narrow, but the opportunity for Johnson to ride this anger into Downing Street still exists – Adam Boulton, Sunday Times
  • Caulfield retains her nursing qualifications because she fears her seat might fall at the next election – Sunday Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: May’s Brexit plan raises UKIP from the dead

Chequers backlash 2) May: It’s this Brexit or no Brexit

‘My message to the country this weekend is simple: we need to keep our eyes on the prize. If we don’t, we risk ending up with no Brexit at all. This is a time to be practical and pragmatic – backing our plan to get Britain out of the European Union on March 29 next year and delivering for the British people. I know there are some who have concerns about the ‘common rule book’ for goods and the customs arrangements which we have proposed will underpin the new UK-EU free trade area. I understand those concerns. But the legacy of Brexit cannot be a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland that unpicks the historic Belfast Agreement. It cannot be the breaking up of our precious United Kingdom with a border down the Irish Sea. And it cannot be the destruction of integrated supply chains and just-in-time processes on which jobs and livelihoods depend. This means we have to have friction-free movement of goods, avoiding the need for customs and regulatory checks between the UK and the EU.’ – Theresa May, Mail on Sunday


>Today: Terry Barnes on Comment: From the Anglosphere, we watch with horror as Britain bungles its Brexit chance to go global

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The Government’s White Paper plan would not free us from the European Court of Justice

Chequers backlash 3) Davis: It is ‘astonishingly dishonest’ to claim there was no alternative plan

‘At Chequers the government blinked…None of this really amounts to taking back control. What is more, it is likely that the EU, having achieved a break in the UK’s position, will simply pocket the concessions and ask for more. For that reason alone this is a very bad decision. Now some are saying that those on the other side of the argument have no worked-out alternative. This is an astonishingly dishonest claim. For the past seven or eight weeks my erstwhile department had been working on a white paper based on the prime minister’s speeches. The individual chapters of the paper were being painstakingly agreed with individual departments of state before the whole paper was to be put to the cabinet — which, of course, it never was.’ – David Davis, Sunday Times

  • The IEA is set to publish a detailed proposal of its own – Sunday Telegraph
  • If the EU runs British agriculture, why would the US sign a deal with us? – Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times
  • Trump was right first time – the Prime Minister’s proposal makes trade deals harder – David Smith, Sunday Times
  • The plan offers ‘a great deal of freedom’, Fox says – The Observer
  • Meet the team charged with rebuilding Britain’s independent trade policy – Sunday Times
  • The world is ‘begging’ for Free Trade Agreements with the UK, Falconer says – Sunday Times
  • Conflicting accounts of resignation planning between Davis and Johnson – Mail on Sunday

Chequers backlash 4) Baker: Downing Street worked on its ‘cloak and dagger’ plan for months, using DEXEU as a facade to trick Leavers

‘He describes the Brexit department as “effectively a Potemkin structure” – a Brexiteer-led facade existing as cover for Downing Street while officials elsewhere worked on a plan its ministers would never have accepted. “We’re back to what civil servants wanted a year ago, the advice they were giving then, of something like the EEA [European Economic Area membership] plus something like the customs union,” he said. “You can’t work with that. How could I possibly stay in government knowing that Dexeu is effectively a Potemkin structure to represent what the Cabinet Office Europe unit was doing for the Prime Minister?”…He adds: “It must be the case that for months large sections of the Government were working on the Chequers plan, and they’ve just had a coup de grâce at the last minute. I feel pretty sore about that.”‘ – Sunday Telegraph

Parliamentary authorities will investigate older harassment allegations against MPs, Leadsom decides

‘Historical cases of sexual harassment and bullying in Parliament will be investigated after Andrea Leadsom demanded victims should not be excluded from a new code of conduct. The Sunday Telegraph can reveal that anyone who has been affected by poor behaviour during their time in Westminster will be helped to take their claim to police, their party or the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. A cross-party committee charged with designing a new complaints regime reluctantly concluded that it could not examine historical allegations for legal reasons. But it decided it would be “unfair for anyone to be out of options”, prompting Ms Leadsom and others to thrash out a last-minute deal to create a separate system specialising in old complaints. The plans, which will be published in a report on Tuesday, came amid fears the new regime will be ineffective after it emerged MPs will not necessarily be named for the first transgression they make.’ – Sunday Telegraph

Bailey: London’s next mayor must tackle the causes of violent crime

‘Many of those who resort to violent behaviour often come from troubled families. Perpetrators have absent or largely absent fathers, which deprives them of positive male role models. And they also lack opportunity, be that in the form of jobs or training. To truly tackle the current culture of violence in the capital, we need to support struggling families and provide opportunities to our young people. This will help to ensure that our young men have a true stake in society and it would help them to regain a sense of hope in their lives.’ – Shaun Bailey, Sunday Telegraph

Novichok victim’s son urges Trump to raise his mother’s killing with Putin

‘Police investigating the novichok poisoning of a couple in Wiltshire say more than 400 items have been recovered. A significant number are said to be potentially contaminated and have been submitted to the government’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory for analysis. Despite the recovery on Friday of a small bottle linked to the murder of Dawn Sturgess and the poisoning of Charlie Rowley, searches are expected to continue for several weeks, if not months, as officers try to identify potential sites and sources of contamination. It comes as Dawn Sturgess’ grieving son has called on Donald Trump to raise his mother’s death with Vladimir Putin. “I don’t share Donald Trump’s politics and I’ll never be a supporter of his, but I would like him to raise mum’s case with the Russian President”.’ – The Observer

>Yesterday: Mark Lancaster on Comment: Our army is creating a new type of soldier

Sara Khan hits back at those who criticise her role as counter-extremism tsar

‘Khan is opinionated, formidable and direct…A petition signed by 100 Muslim organisations and scholars called for her to be sacked almost as soon as the then home secretary, Amber Rudd, hired her in January. The Labour MP Naz Shah…said that Khan “does not command [trust] from the mainstream Muslim community”. Khan deflects her punches. “When people say, like Naz did, that the Muslim community doesn’t agree with you, well I don’t even agree with my husband on lots of things — that’s life!” Khan laughs. “There’s no such thing as the ‘Muslim community’. British Muslims are the most diverse group of people. The idea that there is one homogenous group called ‘British Muslims’, and there’s been a survey of all 3m and they all oppose me, it doesn’t sound right, does it?” Why does she think her appointment was controversial? “The fact I am a woman. The fact I am a brown, Muslim woman. Had I been a white commissioner, I don’t think people would be saying, ‘But there are sections of the white community who don’t like you’.” She delivers the quote in a baby voice, illustrating how petty it sounds. “Well, boo hoo.”’ – Sunday Times

  • Concerns about ‘clan’ takeover of Labour-run Enfield council – Sunday Times
  • Second schoolgirl who fled to join ISIS has been killed – Mail on Sunday
  • Former terror watchdog tipped to be the next Director of Public Prosecutions – Mail on Sunday

Labour officials used micro-targeting ploy to convince Corbyn that they were using his unwise election messages

‘Labour officials ran a secret operation to deceive Jeremy Corbyn at the last general election, micro-targeting the leader and his closest aides with Facebook ads to convince them the party was running the campaign they demanded. Campaign chiefs at Labour HQ decided to hoodwink their own leader because they disapproved of some of Corbyn’s left-wing messages. They convinced him they were following his campaign plans by spending £5,000 on ads solely designed to be seen by Corbyn, his aides and their favourite journalists, while pouring far more money into ads with a different message for ordinary voters…A Labour source said: “Despite fighting with one hand tied behind our backs by some uncooperative senior staff, we achieved the largest increase in the Labour vote since 1945.”’ – Sunday Times

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