Four-fifths of members say May should not fight the next election in our survey

“Theresa May is facing a massive blow to her authority as a poll out today finds that 80 per cent of Tory members want her gone before the next election. Meanwhile, another survey found that 60 per cent of global investors do not think a Brexit deal will be done by the November deadline. The two surveys heap yet more pressure on the beleaguered PM on the eve of her party conference as tensions rage in her party over her Brexit plans. While Boris Johnson launched a fresh excoriating attack on her Chequers Brexit plan, which he savaged as a’moral and intellectual humiliation’ in his weekly column. The Prime Minister is facing a massive Tory revolt at home over her under-fire Brexit blueprint while EU leaders have poured scorn on it abroad… The Tory website ConHome has found that the vast majority of activists want Mrs May gone from the top job by the time they have to fight the next election.” – Daily Mail

  • But voters don’t think anybody could do better – The Times
  • Major brands attacks on the Prime Minister ‘unacceptable’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Lidington says May must remake the case for Conservatism – The Guardian
  • Leadership contenders waiting in the wings – The Times
  • Johnson, Javid, and Gove set out their stalls at conference – The Sun
  • Duncan says former Mayor will never be Prime Minister – The Times


  • May’s biggest threat is the Tory lunatic fringe – Matthew Parris, The Times
  • No home comforts to ease the Conservatives’ bind at conference – James Forsyth, The Sun
  • This week could see the Tories out for a decade – Peter Oborne, Daily Mail
  • Our fearful Government must shake off its paralysis – Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph
  • There has never been a better time for a British Macron – Philip Collins, The Times


>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Our survey. Eight out of ten Party members say that May should go either now or before the next election.

Ministers 1) Javid wants knife crime treated like disease

“Violence should be treated like an infectious disease to stem sharp rises in knife and gun crime, Sajid Javid is poised to announce. The Home Secretary is planning to give police officers, teachers, social workers and council officials a new legal duty to take a “public health” approach to violent crime, The Telegraph has learnt. They will be expected to work together to identify young people who are at risk and do everything they can to divert them from gangs and criminality. As part of the strategy, Mr Javid is planning to unveil a 10-year, £200million “youth endowment fund” which will be targeted at violent crime “hotspots”. The fund will provide support for projects aimed at helping children aged between 10 and 14 who are considered most at risk, including mentoring and counselling. The policy is expected to be announced in Mr Javid’s speech at the Conservative Party conference next week, which is likely to trigger mounting speculation about his potential as a future leader.” – Daily Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: Cabinet League Table: Javid is top again – just. He leads a soaring Hunt by a single point.

>Yesterday: Joe Carlebach in Local Government: With crime spiralling out of control, is it time for a Police and Crime Commissioner for London?

Ministers 2) Clark pushes ahead with shake-up of ‘Big Four’ auditors

“The government has called for a sweeping review of Britain’s auditing industry, raising expectations that it would back major reforms in a scandal-hit sector dominated by the so-called Big Four firms. The role of the leading audit companies in the recent collapse of outsourcer Carillion and retailer BHS has raised significant concerns about the way the sector operates, business secretary Greg Clark said in an interview with the Financial Times. “It’s right to learn the lessons and apply them without delay,” he said. He has asked Andrew Tyrie, head of the Competition and Markets Authority and a former Tory MP, to swiftly examine competition in the audit industry dominated by Deloitte, PwC, EY and KPMG. Separately, he has asked John Kingman, a former Treasury official and chairman of Legal & General, to consider ways to remove conflicts of interest, including whether the auditors of large listed companies should be appointed by a public body.” – FT

  • Latest figures are a pre-Budget blow to Hammond – The Sun

Ministers 3) Putin wants a no-deal Brexit, warns Hunt…

“President Putin would love a no-deal Brexit, Jeremy Hunt has claimed as he called for “deeply unreasonable” EU negotiators to change their approach. The foreign secretary warned that a withdrawal from the bloc without a settlement would destabilise Europe, and that such an outcome would play into the hands of the Kremlin. He laid the blame for the failure to make progress in the Brexit talks firmly at the door of European negotiators, claiming that Theresa May had shown “enormous flexibility”. Mr Hunt made his comments in an interview with The Times published on the eve of the Conservative Party conference. While his attack is aimed at Russia, it will also be seen as implicit criticism of David Davis, the former Brexit secretary, and Boris Johnson, his predecessor as foreign secretary, both of whom have suggested that Britain could do “very well” in the event of no deal.” – The Times

  • Interview with the Foreign Secretary – The Times


  • No-deal could hasten Welsh independence, claims Plaid leader – The Guardian
  • Politicians are coming round to another vote, but not the public – FT
  • Labour’s Flint tears into ‘People’s Vote’ – Daily Express
  • Fox claims EU intransigence is driving Britain towards no-deal – Daily Telegraph

Ministers 4) …as Raab claims the EU is trying to break up the UK

“Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has accused EU chiefs of twisting the Irish dilemma and plotting to break up the UK as ­punishment for leaving. Brussels proposals for a customs border between Britain and Northern Ireland were rejected by Theresa May – sparking the current impasse. But Mr Raab says that while some in the EU Commission see it as a genuine solution to keep the Irish border open, others are “using it for political purposes”. He told The Sun: “If you walk around the corridors in Brussels, you hear all sorts of mutterings about how the UK must be ­penalised for leaving the EU, and the politicisation of Northern ­Ireland is part of that… The accusations risk infuriating Brussels and further increasing tensions over the stalled talks. In his most outspoken interview since becoming Brexit Secretary – and marking the start of the Tories’ annual conference in Birmingham tomorrow – Mr Raab also stated for the first time that the Government is prepared to discuss “alternative proposals” to the PM’s rejected Chequers’ plan.” – The Sun

  • Clark warns of Eurosceptic threat to UK’s outlook – FT
  • Merkel trying to impose a bad deal, blasts Davis – The Sun
  • Downing Street says Johnson’s plan puts jobs and national unity at risk – Daily Mail
  • May must choose between autonomy and access to markets – FT

>Yesterday: Peter Lilley in Comment: The Prime Minister – a modern-day Queen Canute

Andrea Jenkyns: Chequers should be put out of its misery

“A positive vision for Brexit is now badly needed. There are many who are concerned about Brexit, but this is why we desperately need to see enthusiasm and energy in our leaders when they take us on this journey together. A journey which I am confident will be an exciting and successful new era for our country. This week, a BMG research poll identified that only 11 per cent of respondents support the Chequers plan. If these numbers are to be believed, this is truly a sad state of affairs. Boris is right when he says we need to ‘chuck Chequers’. Chequers is dying and the Prime Minister should put it out of its misery. As we enter what should be an exciting new chapter in our country’s history the deal on the table should be one that the majority can get behind and I am confident that that can still be achieved. Labour has now said that they will probably reject any deal the Prime Minister gets and many of my colleagues have said publicly that they cannot support Chequers, so we must now look to an alternative.” – Daily Telegraph

  • It’s time to unite the Party and the country around a Canada deal – Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Daily Telegraph
  • Forget Salzburg, the real Brexit battle will be Westminster – Anand Menon, The Guardian
  • Labour’s high-wire act on Brexit – Steve Richards, FT
  • Chequers would take us backwards – Marcus Fysh MP, Daily Telegraph
  • What May could learn from Munich – David Boyle, The Guardian

>Today: Interviews: Interview. Williamson, Brexit optimist. “Let’s be liberated by this process – let’s start to look at opportunities more widely.”

Prime Minister backs Anglo-Irish World Cup bid

“Theresa May has endorsed calls for football’s World Cup to be hosted in the UK and Ireland in 2030. The prime minister said that she would offer government support if the Football Association decides to make an official bid. The FAs of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland are discussing the idea before deciding whether to launch a joint campaign. Eight years ago England’s bid to host this summer’s World Cup ended in humiliation. It received only two votes from Fifa’s 22-member executive committee, though the procedure has been mired in controversy ever since. Mrs May said: “The decision on whether to bid is, of course, for the football associations to make. But if they decide to go forward, they can count on this government’s full support.”… Mrs May’s endorsement came as ministers launched a plan to improve competitive school sport. Damian Hinds, the education secretary, and Tracey Crouch, the sports minister, said they would convene organisations such as the Premier League to agree on how to get more children playing sport.” – The Times

Greening attacks May’s record on inequality

“Ex-Education Secretary Justine Greening will launch a fresh attack on Theresa May by accusing her of failing to tackle inequality. In a withering verdict of the PM’s two years in power she will use a speech at the Conservative’s conference to warn that the party faces an “existential challenge” if it can’t offer a plan to reduce inequality. She said the party’s failure to win a landslide since Margaret Thatcher’s 1987 election was down to its failure to be the “party of opportunity”. Ms Greening, who quit the Cabinet in January, will say: “We stopped connecting with people a long time ago.”… Ms Greening has used her new-found freedom on the Tory backbenches to campaign to improve Britain’s social mobility. She has set up the Social Mobility Pledge to encourage companies to challenge the UK’s “shamefully poor record”.” – The Sun

  • Morgan claims Government is letting people miss out on state cash – The Sun

>Yesterday: MPs Etc.: Sixteen Parliamentarians appointed to the Conservative Policy Commission taskforces

Tories pick Bailey to take on Khan

“A former adviser to David Cameron will be the Conservative candidate to take on Sadiq Khan in the next London mayoral election. Shaun Bailey, a member of the London assembly, said that his selection was a great honour after he won a vote of Tory members in the capital yesterday. He defeated Andrew Boff, a fellow assembly member, and Joy Morrissey, a businesswoman. Mr Bailey said his campaign would focus on crime, transport and housing. He will deliver his first big speech in the role next week at the Conservative conference. Mr Bailey’s family moved to London as part of the Windrush generation and he was raised by his mother in north Kensington. After a career as a youth worker, in 2007 he became the Conservative candidate for Hammersmith but failed to take the seat from Labour in 2010. He then became a special adviser in Downing Street on youth and crime, later moving to the Cabinet Office.” – The Times

  • London Mayor is failing on crime, claims Conservative challenger – The Sun

>Yesterday: Local Government: Bailey is chosen as the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London

Labour tells Militant members their past won’t be held against them…

Derek Hatton, a former leading figure in Militant, was last night poised to rejoin Labour after party officials said his former affiliations would not “preclude him from being a member”. Three decades after he was ousted under Neil Kinnock’s leadership, Mr Hatton, one of the most divisive political figures in Labour’s history, has reapplied for membership after being inspired by Jeremy Corbyn. Peter Taaffe, the former general secretary of the Trotskyist group, told The Daily Telegraph that he would also be writing to Labour to request that his Socialist Party, a spin-off of Militant, was accepted as an affiliate organisation. Mr Taaffe said he believed that in light of Mr Hatton’s application, which has not been contested by Labour, the doors would now be open for other former members of the Militant Tendency to rejoin.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Corbyn branded ‘hypocrite’ over bumper pay rise to aides – The Sun


  • Return signals Labour’s slide back into grotesque chaos – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph
  • Opposition is far more radical now than in the 1970s – Juliet Samuel, Daily Telegraph

…as left-wing MPs start boycotting the Guardian

“Corbyn-backing Labour MPs have joined a campaign to boycott the Guardian, Britain’s most left-wing mainstream newspaper. The boycott was launched after Guardian journalists objected to the editor of Corbynista fake news website the Canary speaking at its headquarters. Hard-left MPs Chris Williamson and Clive Lewis supported the boycott. The Canary officially said the boycott was “to hold the Guardian to account for its coverage of Jeremy Corbyn”. And remarkably it claimed the newspaper was “dedicated” to circulate “spurious charges of anti-Semitism against Corbyn”. Comedian David Baddiel wrote on Twitter: “How f***ing Judean People’s Front is it that Corbynistas are campaigning for people to boycott the Guardian.” The hashtag #BoycottTheGuardian was trending among Corbynistas on Twitter on Thursday night.” – The Sun

  • Ex-Labour minister brands Corbyn biggest threat in a generation – Daily Mail

News in Brief:

  • The Kavanaugh hearing is a picture of American democracy in crisis – Walter Ellis, Reaction
  • Why are men being such wusses over #MeToo? – Lionel Shriver, The Spectator
  • The new common sense – Oliver Wiseman, CapX
  • The Eurozone is heading for a bond crisis driven by government debt – Catherine Blaiklock, Brexit Central
  • What’s killing the Conservatives? – James Kirkup, UnHerd