May criticises Putin at the UN…

“Theresa May last night launched a furious attack on Vladimir Putin over the Salisbury poisonings, accusing him of using ‘desperate fabrication’ to hide the identities of his would-be assassins. With the country’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov sitting only metres away, the Prime Minister used a UN Security Council meeting on chemical weapons to point the finger of blame of Russia for the ‘reckless’ nerve agent attack. As details of one of the suspects’ true identity emerged, Mrs May said the UK had presented ‘detailed evidence against two agents of the Russian state’. She added: ‘Russia has only sought to obfuscate through desperate fabrication.’ Mrs May also used her address to indicate Britain would bomb Syria again if chemical weapons were used against its people. In April last year Britain, the US and France bombed military bases near the capital Damascus and the city of Homs, following a chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma.” – Daily Mail

  • Skripal ‘hitman’ is a decorated Russian colonel – The Times

…as she defies Trump to back the Iran deal

“Theresa May threw her weight behind the Iran nuclear deal at a United Nations security council meeting chaired by President Trump yesterday, underscoring their deep divisions over the landmark agreement. Moments after Mr Trump decried the “horrible, one-sided deal”, Mrs May insisted it “remains the best means of preventing Iran developing a nuclear weapon and we are committed to preserving [it]”. Shortly afterwards, she addressed the UN general assembly with a speech celebrating international co-operation and the rule-based international order in direct contradiction to Mr Trump’s attack on global governance a day before. Mrs May warned that the “natural patriotism that is the cornerstone of a healthy society” should not become “warped into a dangerous nationalism” and that pride in one’s own country “does not have to be at the expense of global co-operation.” She met Mr Trump immediately after her speech. He was expected to renew his demands for Britain to pull out of the Iran deal after earlier announcing the harshest sanctions yet against Tehran.” – The Times

  • But the Prime Minister still talks up a UK-US trade deal – Daily Mail


  • Europe should give way in the row over Iran – The Times

May hits back at the Archbishop of Canterbury

“Theresa May last night hit back at the Archbishop of Canterbury after he criticised the government’s record on helping the poor. The head of the Church of England sparked outrage among Tories this month when he attacked government welfare reforms in a speech to the Trades Union Congress. But speaking to journalists in New York, the PM made clear her disagreement with Justin Welby saying she believed ‘work is the best route out of poverty’. Mrs May, the daughter of a vicar and a regular churchgoer, suggested she did not give any extra weight to his views because of his position. She said: ‘The Archbishop and I sometimes disagree on things… just as I will disagree with other members of the Church of England on things.’ Asked if she thought he should stay out of politics, Mrs May defended her record, and pointed to the thriving jobs market.” – Daily Mail

Prime Minister ‘losing Cabinet support’ for a no-deal Brexit…

“Theresa May is losing cabinet support for her plan to revert to a no-deal Brexit if Europe rejects the Chequers proposals, sources have told The Times. Senior ministers are increasingly worried that the prime minister will stick to her promise to force a no-deal Brexit if Europe rejects her plan again next month. Mrs May said on Tuesday: “I’ve always said no deal is better than a bad deal, and I think a bad deal, for example, would be something that broke up the United Kingdom.” Cabinet ministers are said to be looking at how to prevent Mrs May from locking Britain into a no-deal Brexit. Sources say that those opposed to her strategy include Dominic Raab, the Brexit secretary, Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, Michael Gove, the environment secretary, and Sajid Javid, the home secretary. They want her to consider a Canada-style free-trade deal if the EU rejects her proposals again at a summit on October 18, giving her a Plan B to avoid a no-deal.” – The Times

  • Mordaunt is ‘third MP to refuse Chequers plan’ – The Sun
  • Rutley appointed minister to protect food supplies – The Guardian


  • US firms warn that bad departure could put Corbyn in power – Daily Telegraph
  • May insists that Leave vote was not a rejection of multilateralism – Daily Mail
  • EU makes contingency plans for no-deal Brexit – FT
  • Dorries claims Irish border is being exploited – Daily Express
  • No deal would ‘stop farming exports for six months’ – The Guardian
  • It would cause a ‘significant shock’ to the Irish economy… – News Letter
  • …and could cause blackouts in Ulster – News Letter


  • Brexit is a chance for a genuinely liberal transatlantic deal – Daniel Ikenson, Times Red Box
  • Taking Canada off the table leaves the UK facing Brexit or bust – Asa Bennett, Daily Telegraph
  • A timeout is Britain’s best option – Philip Stephens, FT

>Today: ToryDiary: ConservativeHome’s new monthly survey is out. Who should be the next Tory leader?

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: “Official and significant”. The ERG declares that it will vote against Chequers.

…as Hammond ‘brings forward Budget’ to avoid clash

“Philip Hammond, chancellor, has rushed forward his annual Budget to avoid it becoming embroiled in the endgame of Brexit, naming October 29 as the date for his set-piece economic statement.  He is expected to use the Budget to try to reassure financial markets that the UK’s public finances are on a solid footing, as Theresa May, prime minister, enters the final stages of Brexit negotiations.  The chancellor and Mrs May agreed to bring forward the Budget to avoid it becoming entangled in the current phase of the talks that are set to climax at a special European Council, pencilled in for the weekend of November 17-18, and the likely parliamentary upheaval that would accompany any exit deal.  The Budget had originally been expected in late November or early December. With the Budget now set for October 29, Mr Hammond is likely to be cautious. “It would be premature to make big economic decisions when you don’t know what your trading relations will be with your biggest trading partners,” said one government insider.” – FT

  • NHS’ £20 billion cash boost ‘could be lost to waste’ – The Times


  • Time for a new wave of female entrepreneurs – Greg Clark, Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: Robert Halfon MP’s column: Please, please free me from Brexit Groundhog Day Brexit Groundhog Day Brexit Groundhog Day…

Corbyn’s Speech 1) He ‘weaponises Brexit’ in his speech to the party’s conference – preparing to vote down May’s deal

“Jeremy Corbyn today threatened to send Brexit into total chaos by voting down any deal that doesn’t keep the UK in the customs union. The Labour leader set the stage for a high stakes Commons showdown that could decide the country’s future by demanding Mrs May breaks her crucial red line. In a sign that he plans to use the fraught negotiations with the EU in a bid to seize power, Mr Corbyn said that if the premier does not bow to Labour’s diktat she must call an election. In his keynote speech to party conference, Mr Corbyn – who is meeting Michel Barnier in Brussels tomorrow – said his team was ‘ready to take charge and start the work of rebuilding our divided country’ with a radical left-wing programme. The intervention drew fury from Brexiteers who accused Mr Corbyn of exploiting the situation for his own political ends.” – Daily Mail

  • EU holds emergency meeting over concerns Labour could torpedo agreement – Daily Telegraph
  • Opposition’s position in chaos after contradictory messages – Daily Mail
  • Labour MP calls for general strike to force an election – The Times
  • SNP minister in talks with ‘People’s Vote’ campaign – The Scotsman


  • His confused and rambling speech should terrify the Tories – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph
  • I can now almost imagine Corbyn solving Brexit – Martin Kettle, The Guardian
  • Corbyn’s most accomplished conference yet – Sebastian Payne, FT
  • He’s got better on style, but substance is thin – Philip Collins, The Times
  • The flaw with ‘no deal’ planning – James Blitz, FT
  • A Labour-SNP coalition is not impossible – Bill Jamieson, The Scotsman

>Today: David Shiels in Comment: Brexit, Northern Ireland, and borders. Why the DUP may yet break ranks with May – and force a general election

>Yesterday: Left Watch: Corbyn has upped his rhetorical game – and he appears to be developing his political savvy a bit, too

Corbyn’s Speech 2) Labour leader will press ahead with press regulation

“Jeremy Corbyn urged supporters to besiege the media over what he called ‘lies and half-truths’. He said Labour members should use social media to challenge the ‘propaganda of privilege’, and pledged to give the go-ahead to part two of the Leveson inquiry, which critics fear could lead to draconian curbs on the freedom of the Press. Mr Corbyn said: ‘It turns out that the billionaires who own the bulk of the British Press don’t like us one little bit.’ He added that Labour would ‘protect the freedom of the Press to challenge unaccountable power’ in places such as Turkey and Colombia, but added: ‘Here, a free Press has far too often meant the freedom to spread lies and half truths.’ Theresa May, addressing the United Nations in New York, said: ‘I do not always enjoy reading what the media in my country writes about me, but I will defend their right to say it. Independence of our media… is the bedrock of our democracy.’” – Daily Mail

  • Apps should be inspected by the state, Labour spokeswoman claims – The Sun


  • A new age of censorship dawns – David Aaronovitch, The Times
  • Labour threatens liberal democracy itself – Nick Timothy, Daily Telegraph


  • Assaults on media freedom are increasing – The Times

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Corbyn – Labour “is ready to transform Britain”

Labour admit to hiding billions in their 2017 manifesto which Tories missed

“Labour chiefs privately admit their hard left 2017 manifesto hid £1 trillion of extra spending with dodgy maths to cover it up, a new book reveals. And they were left gobsmacked when Tories did not spot the gaping black hole in a massive tactical blunder. An explosive tell-all book about last year’s Election reveals Labour manifesto authors were braced for a blistering assault on their sums, but it never came, in a “huge mistake” by Theresa May. And leaked internal emails from the run up to the June poll that cost the PM her majority show Labour knew some of the manifesto numbers were “implausible or entirely absent.” Despite that the opposition party continue to claim the political blueprint was “fully costed” and would not cripple the public purse… During Labour’s party conference in Liverpool this week, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said he was “embarrassed about how mediocre” their manifesto had been in terms of spending pledges.” – The Sun

  • McDonnell draws on international examples for economic inspiration – FT
  • Labour cite failure of state-run signals as reason to nationalise trains – The Sun
  • What price will be paid for ‘Jezzanomics’? – The Times
  • Corbyn’s ‘Peace Minister’ would retrain Trident engineers in healthcare – The Sun


  • Jewish leaders attack Corbyn for failing yet again to tackle antisemitism – Daily Telegraph
  • Leader of the Opposition praises antisemitic poet – Daily Mail


  • We must show that Corbyn is unfit for high office – Gisela Stuart, Daily Telegraph
  • Labour’s bid to hide antisemitism at conference rings hollow – Andrew Pierce, Daily Mail

Allister Heath: Terrifying truth is that middle England is falling for Labour’s programme

“I have some bad news for you, my dear readers. Corbynomics is actually popular – shockingly so to those of us who haven’t drunk the kool-aid. It’s not that the electorate has suddenly caught Marxism: the vast majority of voters still support a mixed economy, want to earn and own more, and distrust Jeremy Corbyn himself. Yet many of his policies resonate, appealing even to some Tory voters and across acquisitive Middle England. Populism is often Left-wing and always popular. Some of this support is frothy: a proper campaign by a proper Tory party would change minds by marshalling fresh arguments that voters actually relate to. But Matthew Goodwin, a brilliant young Brexit Britain expert at the University of Kent, has collated all of the recent psephological evidence, and it is disastrous for supporters of free-markets such as myself.” – Daily Corbyn’sTelegraph

  • Corbyn’s childcare plan is too good to be true – Sophie Jarvis, Daily Telegraph

Khan has ‘worst strike record of any London mayor’

“Sadiq Khan has the worst strike record of any London Mayor it has been claimed – despite promising there would be “zero” walkouts if he took office. Today’s industrial action by staff on the Piccadilly Line is the 14th since he entered City Hall in 2016, which the Tories called a “shocking failure”. They said it proves he is “incapable of keeping his promises to Londoners”, after putting in his manifesto that he would “reduce the number of days lost to strike action”. But that is something his office say he has done, claiming the number of days lost to strikes on the tube has been reduced by 65 per cent in the past two years. Mr Khan also said he would “maintain better industrial relations” as Mayor, but today’s Tube strike has been blamed on exactly that.” – The Sun

  • Head teachers criticised over protest – Daily Mail


  • Phonics is transforming literacy in schools – Nick Gibb, Daily Telegraph

News in Brief:

  • Unending Tory war leaves May fatally weakened – Andrew Gimson, New Statesman
  • All by herself: Theresa May and the politics of isolation – James Forsyth, The Spectator
  • Corbyn’s confident conference speech struck a chilling note – Oliver Kamm, CapX
  • Britain should not be siding with the EU on Iran – Gavin Rice, Reaction
  • Labour’s flirtation with a second referendum will alienate millions – Matt Smith, Brexit Central