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News of Johnson’s conference speech to ConHome makes a splash

‘Boris Johnson will address up to a thousand Conservative Party delegates on the eve of Theresa May’s keynote conference speech next month. In a move that will cause discomfort, if little surprise, in Downing Street the former foreign secretary has accepted an invitation to speak at a rally organised by Conservative Home, the Tory grassroots group. Aides to Mr Johnson confirmed that he had agreed to attend the event but insisted that he had not yet decided on the subject of his speech. Regardless, the decision will be seen as a provocative attempt by Mr Johnson to contrast himself with Mrs May, who is a not seen as a natural orator…Downing Street has launched a counteroffensive against Mr Johnson’s latest attack on her Chequers plan by compiling a dossier to rebut his claims. Ministers summoned to a meeting in No 10 after cabinet yesterday morning were handed a two-page document…suggesting that the prime minister was making progress in the Brexit negotiation and quoting foreign leaders’ warm words. A Tory source described the handout as a “hatchet job on Boris Johnson”.’ – The Times

>Today: Kathrine Kleveland on Comment: Here in Norway, we can do much better than the EEA. And so can you in Britain when you quit the EU

>Yesterday:

Carney intends to stay on at the Bank with Hammond and May’s backing

‘Mark Carney is expected to extend his stay as governor of the Bank of England until 2020, after Theresa May backed a plan to maintain stability at the central bank through the turbulence of Brexit. Mr Carney told MPs on Tuesday that he would be willing to stay as governor of the BoE beyond his planned exit at the end of June 2019 to help the Brexit process as well as the transition to a new governor. Mrs May has endorsed the plan, with senior government figures saying Mr Carney would now remain in post until the second half of 2020. The precise departure date is expected to be announced by Philip Hammond, the chancellor, within the next week. Mr Hammond hatched the plan to persuade Mr Carney to extend his tenure and won approval from the prime minister before the summer break. Discussions with the governor have taken place in recent weeks.’ – FT

  • He attacks Brexit, again – The Times
  • Mervyn King lambasts ‘incompetent’ handling of the Leave mandate – FT
  • Go for Canada, or failing that WTO – Stewart Jackson, Daily Telegraph
  • Ports expand capacity – FT
  • Boycott on ‘spoilt’ Remoaners – The Sun
  • Burnham flip-flops on second referendum – The Guardian

Mercer: May ‘doesn’t get it’ on historical investigations of veterans

‘A Tory MP has criticised Theresa May for her handling of vexatious historical claims against veterans. Johnny Mercer, a former army captain who sits on the Commons defence select committee, said yesterday that the prime minister “doesn’t get it”. He spoke out after MPs heard emotional testimony from Colonel Jorge Mendonca, formerly of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment, who was court-martialled in 2007. The senior officer was cleared of negligently performing a duty after the death of Baha Mousa, an Iraqi civilian, in Basra in 2003… Mr Mercer acknowledged that General Sir Nick Carter, the head of the military, wanted to stamp out vexatious claims. “The trouble is it comes down to the prime minister and the secretary of state for defence. And in my view she doesn’t get it,” he said.’ – The Times

  • Payroll glitch delays bonus for armed forces – FT

Grayling presses for full review of rail franchising

‘The government is considering a full review of how Britain’s railways are run, after a succession of crises in the industry and growing commuter discontent. The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has pushed for an overarching inquiry after the collapse of the Virgin Trains East Coast franchise and the recent rail timetabling chaos concerning Northern Rail, Southern and Thameslink services. According to a report in the Financial Times, Downing Street now backs Grayling’s view. However, sources said that no firm decision had been taken and there was some opposition to the idea. Labour’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has stepped up his party’s campaign to overhaul rail franchising, with nationalisation popular among voters, and Conservatives believe they need a strong response but fear further antagonising commuters angered by poor services and rising fares.’ – The Guardian

Met chief backs extending stop and search powers

‘Britain’s most senior police officer yesterday threw her weight behind plans to extend stop-and-search powers. Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, said that she supported the plans of Sajid Javid, the home secretary, to allow officers to stop anyone suspected of carrying acid without a good reason. At present police can do so only when they have evidence that a person is about to cause an injury. Ms Dick told LBC radio: “I think an extension of the power to do this would be very helpful for us and I would be all in favour of it.”’- The Times

  • Why is Facebook refusing to help police in the case of a murdered girl? – Stephen Glover, Daily Mail
  • Miller says Chope was right to demand scrutiny of the upskirting bill, as it is flawed – The Times

Health minister want to compel all food outlets to list calorie counts on their menus

‘Calorie counts will have to be displayed on the menus of all restaurants, cafes and fast-food outlets under Government plans that have prompted a Cabinet row, The Daily Telegraph has learned. The Department of Health will within days unveil plans to display the number of calories in every meal to enable people to make “informed and healthy choices for themselves and their family”. However, The Treasury has warned the plans to tackle obesity are likely “burdensome” for 26,000 small businesses and could force them to raise food prices and cut jobs. While some larger chains including McDonald’s and Pizza Express have voluntarily adopted calorie counts, most smaller restaurants and cafes do not include them on their menus. A draft consultation, seen by The Telegraph, states that new legislation will be introduced to ensure there is “consistent” calorie labelling for restaurants, cafes, takeaways and online delivery services.’ – Daily Telegraph

>Today: Ben Houchen on Local Government: An “Amazon Tax” won’t save the high street

>Yesterday: James Frayne’s column: The voters most enthusiastic about state action on childhood obesity are…Conservative ones

Lidington and Lewis restate the case for boundary reform to MPs

‘Ministers last night vowed to press ahead with plans to cut the number of MPs by 50 – despite warnings that they face defeat in the Commons. In a letter to Tory MPs, party chairman Brandon Lewis and Theresa May’s deputy David Lidington said failure to press ahead with a controversial boundary review would leave Britain with ‘the most out-of-date boundaries in modern political history’. Tory whips have warned Mrs May that they could struggle to win the Commons vote needed to put the new boundaries in place ahead of the next election. But in their letter last night, the two Cabinet ministers warned that leaving the borders as they are would cement the existing bias in the electoral system towards Labour. ‘Without such reforms, there will be a significant bias at the next election that will unfairly discriminate against voters in Conservative constituencies,’ they wrote. ‘The absence of fair and equal boundaries risks gerrymandering the election in favour of Jeremy Corbyn.’’ – Daily Mail

Corbyn’s attempts to caveat the antisemitism definition go too far even for his own NEC

‘Jeremy Corbyn was humiliated last night after his attempt to add a 500-word caveat to the Labour Party’s definition of antisemitism was rejected by his own allies. The party’s ruling body agreed yesterday to adopt in full an international definition of antisemitism written by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in an attempt to end a summer of disputes. The definition was incorporated into Labour’s code of conduct in July, but not all its examples were included. During the meeting Mr Corbyn proposed a lengthy statement to be published alongside the document, setting out what he believed were the criticisms of Zionism and Israel still allowed by the IHRA. Despite being dominated by the Labour leader’s allies, the party’s ruling national executive committee (NEC) turned down his proposal, instead deciding to publish a short statement aimed at protecting members’ free speech on the issue.’ – The Times

>Today: Profile: Jonathan Sacks, who accused Corbyn of supporting “racists who want to kill Jews”, and compared him to Powell

Police investigate leaked cases that Labour allegedly should have reported as hate crimes

‘Scotland Yard is investigating a leaked dossier on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party which it is claimed contains 21 cases that should have been reported to the police. The document which was made public today details allegations against councillors and members involving messages posted on social media. The claims include on that a party member posted a message of Facebook saying ‘we shall rid the Jews who are cancer on us all…’ Radio station LBC were handed the internal Labour document which details 45 cases in total.’ – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: Where’s Ed Miliband?

Barron resigns from standards watchdog over MPs’ decision to obstruct transparency

‘Sir Kevin Barron announced yesterday that he would step down next month after eight years of chairing the standards and privileges committee. “I am proud of the changes made to the code of conduct over the years, including the recent introduction of a new system of investigation into bullying and sexual harassment,” he said. But he took a swipe at his fellow MPs, adding: “It is a shame that some of those changes had to come with the sacrifice of transparency.” In July members voted in favour of plans to keep secret the details of all MPs under investigation. The change was part of reforms being pushed through in response to reports of sexual harassment and bullying at Westminster.’ – The Times

  • The commissioner no longer automatically publishes verdicts – Daily Telegraph

Woodward reveals further troubling details of life inside Trump’s “Crazytown” administration

‘Trump’s aides say he has turned the White House into “Crazytown” and is a national security risk, a new book by Watergate journalist Bob Woodward claims. They swipe papers from his desk to stop him signing dangerous orders, it adds. Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly raged: “He’s an idiot. We’re in Crazytown. This is the worst job I’ve had.”  Defence Secretary James Mattis likened his intellect to “a fifth or sixth grader” — a child aged 11 or 12. Mr Trump’s lawyer John Dowd is said to have deemed him a “f****** liar” and warned of jail if he agreed to a formal quiz over Russia links. The President did not want to testify…The White House last night said the book told “fabricated stories” from “disgruntled” ex-staff.’ – The Sun

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