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Corbyn 1) I was there, but I don’t think I was actually involved…

‘Jeremy Corbyn yesterday claimed he did not recall laying a wreath at the graves of Palestinian terrorists — despite pictures of him holding one at the cemetery. The Labour leader admitted he was at a 2014 ceremony for the Black September group behind the killing of 11 Israeli athletes and a policeman at the 1972 Munich Olympics. But he insisted he could not remember personally laying a wreath, adding: “I was present when it was laid. I don’t think I was actually involved in it. I was there because I wanted to see a fitting memorial to everyone who has died in every terrorist incident everywhere.” Published pictures show Mr Corbyn clutching a large floral wreath during a visit to the Cemetery of the Martyrs of Palestine in Tunisia.’ – The Sun

>Yesterday: WATCH: “That’s his own account…is he smearing himself?” – Wallace on Corbyn honouring terrorists

Corbyn 2) Netanyahu publicly condemns his decision to honour terrorists

‘Jeremy Corbyn was last night engulfed by worldwide condemnation over his visit to the graves of terror leaders linked to the Munich Olympics massacre. The Labour leader was attacked by the Israeli prime minister, relatives of the murdered athletes, Jewish groups and even his own MPs…Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Mr Corbyn deserved ‘unequivocal condemnation’ for his presence at the service honouring Palestinian ‘martyrs’. But in an astonishing escalation, Mr Corbyn responded to Mr Netanyahu with a series of tweets challenging his treatment of Palestinians. And he accused the Israeli government over the killing of Palestinian protesters ‘including dozens of children’.’ – Daily Mail

Baker and Rees-Mogg prepare paper on alternative Brexit plan

‘Conservative Brexiteers plan to challenge Theresa May directly by publishing their own “positive” blueprint for a hard Brexit. Work has begun on a policy paper, due to be published next month, outlining the advantages to Britain of leaving the European Union on World Trade Organisation terms. It is expected to have the backing of 60 to 80 Conservative MPs, increasing the pressure on the prime minister before the party conference in Birmingham. Although the paper is still being developed it is understood to allow for a possible Canadian-style free trade agreement, but only if the EU backs down on demands over the Irish border. If the EU refuses, the paper will say, Britain could thrive by relying on WTO mechanisms.’ – The Times

>Today: ToryDiary: The poverty of May’s language is an insult to the public

Man arrested as car crashes into Parliament barriers

‘Armed police have arrested a man after a car crashed into a security barrier outside the Palace of Westminster, injuring several pedestrians. Dozens of officers were seen to surround the vehicle and lead away a man in handcuffs. Police locked down much of the area as police cars continued to arrive at the scene at Old Palace Yard. The Metropolitan Police said no one was believed to be in a life-threatening condition. “At 0737hrs today, a car was in collision with barriers outside the Houses of Parliament,” a spokesman said. “The male driver of the car was detained by officers at the scene. A number of pedestrians have been injured. Officers remain at the scene.”’ – The Times

Wallace: The ‘Stop Boris’ Tories have four possible strategies to choose from

‘How do you solve a problem like Boris? The question has occupied the thoughts of various senior Conservatives since at least 2007. Unashamedly ambitious, first-name famous, and endowed with a seemingly endless capacity to make news, he poses a reliably unpredictable challenge to his superiors and competitors. David Cameron, George Osborne, Theresa May, and a raft of would-be successors to the top job have all wrangled with the same strategic challenge. The “blond bombshell” is far from perfect, but he is a skilled player of the political game. Woe betide anyone who imagines he can simply be ignored or shrugged off. From Ken Livingstone through to Cameron himself, plenty have underestimated him only to later regret it. That’s why various Conservative MPs and advisers are spending the summer furiously searching for the flash of inspiration which will help them to defeat him. There are four possible strategies.’ – Mark Wallace, the i paper

  • His enemies would do better to focus on his slapdash work, not his sense of humour – Norman Tebbit, Daily Telegraph
  • BBC News site allocates six stories to Johnson and none to Corbyn’s terrorism row – The Sun
  • The Last Leg does 13 minutes on Johnson and 65 seconds to Labour anti-semitism – The Sun
  • Both he and the burqa dehumanise women – Polly Toynbee, The Guardian
  • Javid urged to close migration loophole – The Sun
  • Graham suggests migrants need to learn about recycling – Daily Mail
  • Kicking people off social media does not infringe their free speech – Hugo Rifkind, The Times

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Drawing a veil over the incident

Brokenshire proposes reforms to shared ownership

‘Tenants will be able to buy tiny shares of their home every year to build up a nest egg over time, ministers will announce today. Under reforms to shared ownership schemes to be announced by Housing Secretary James Brokenshire, renters will be permitted to purchase as little as one per cent a year of the value of the property. Shared owners buy a slice of the home they live in – usually between a quarter and three quarters of the full price – and pay rent on the rest. They can then buy additional shares each year up to the point when they own the house or flat outright. But minimum purchase levels of ten per cent a year can make it prohibitively expensive to increase equity, especially if the value has risen.’ – Daily Mail

>Today: James Brokenshire on Comment: A sustainable strategy to end homelessness for good

Penrose’s ConHome call for new fiscal rule secures Truss’s endorsement

‘Liz Truss, chief secretary to the Treasury, approvingly shared an article by a fellow Conservative MP calling for a new “fiscal rule” to be written into law, binding the government to keep its “day-to-day budget” balanced. Under the plan, the government would only be allowed to borrow to fund capital investment in infrastructure but not for spending on public services. The idea was proposed by the Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose, a former minister, in an article for the ConservativeHome website. Ms Truss posted it to her 44,000 Twitter followers yesterday, adding: “Great piece by @JohnPenroseNews. Economic freedom has to mean fiscal discipline.” As Philip Hammond’s de facto deputy, Ms Truss is responsible for public expenditure and spending control.’ – The Times

>Yesterday: John Penrose on Comment: Why we need a new rule to balance the budget

Conservative MPs revolt over rail fare hike

‘Theresa May faces a furious new revolt as Tory MPs join Labour to bin an eye-watering rail fare hike. Livid backbenchers said a “fare freeze” was the minimum the Government should do for passengers who have suffered on Southern and Northern Rail this year. Conservative backbencher Tim Loughton said a rumoured 3.5 per cent ticket price increase would “go beyond adding insult to injury”. He told The Sun: “A fare rise would be absolutely outrageous. In any other customer facing industry we’d be looking at proper refunds.” And Treasury aide Chris Philp insisted Transport Secretary Chris Grayling had to deliver on plans announced in June to give commuters on Southern a month’s worth of compensation. He said: “No one who has suffered should be paying more next year. People have paid for a service and it’s not been received.”’ – The Sun

Genetic research identifies millions at elevated risk of heart attacks

‘Five million Britons have at least triple the normal risk of suffering a heart attack despite lacking the warning symptoms, according to a study. The research also identified millions of other people whose genetics put them at a threefold or more risk of bowel disease, atrial fibrillation, breast cancer and type 2 diabetes. Most will have no reason to suspect that they are more likely to suffer from the diseases. The Harvard and MIT scientists behind the finding said they hoped that soon everyone could be given a “heart attack score” from birth that would tell them their chances of suffering coronary heart disease on the basis of their genetics alone.’ – The Times

  • By 2066 there will be enough pensioners in the UK to fill London – Daily Mail
  • Pacemakers at risk from hackers – The Times
  • Intelligent machines are catching up with humans – Oliver Moody, The Times
  • We need a debate over embryo research rules – FT Leader
  • Downgrading emergency departments does not increase deaths, study finds – The Times
  • But it also doesn’t improve care – FT

Labour MP and her brother plead Not Guilty to perverting the course of justice

‘A Labour MP will face trial over charges of perverting the course of justice for allegedly lying about who was behind the wheel of a speeding vehicle. Fiona Onasanya, who represents Peterborough, allegedly conspired with her younger brother Festus to avoid penalty points. The 34-year-old, who is a Labour whip responsible for discipline in the party, faces one count of perverting the course of justice. Her brother Festus Onasanya, 33, faces three counts of the same offence…Prosecutors allege either she or her brother were behind the wheel of a speeding vehicle on July 24 last year but together with her brother, told the authorities someone else – Aleks Antipow – was driving. The second similar count relates to an incident on August 23 when her brother was allegedly driving, but she told authorities the same man had been behind the wheel…Both spoke only to confirm their names and enter their not guilty pleas to all three counts.’ – Daily Mail

  • The trial is scheduled for November – The Times
  • Big Issue seller claims he was sacked after refusing to pose for PR stunt with Ben Bradshaw – Daily Mail

Turkish lira problems threaten to spread to other emerging markets

‘The Turkish lira continued to hover near its record low on Tuesday, a day after efforts by country’s central bank to shore up the financial system and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at economic “traitors” and accused the US of stabbing the country “in the back”. Amid signs of contagion, the Turkish turmoil hit other emerging market bonds, stocks and currencies as analysts warned that the severity of the crisis was starting to infect other nations. “The fear is what happens in Turkey won’t stay in Turkey,” said Katie Nixon, the investment head at Northern Trust’s wealth management arm. Highlighting the spreading turbulence, Indonesia’s central bank reportedly intervened to support the rupiah, while Argentina’s central bank unexpectedly lifted its main interest rate by another 5 percentage points to 45 per cent.’ – FT

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