Johnson 1) His speech will call for a return to basic Conservative values – including tax cuts

“Boris will fire a return salvo, saying the party should ‘follow our conservative instincts’ and focus on core Tory issues such as law and order and tax cuts to beat Labour at the next election. ‘In what allies openly described as an alternative leader’s speech, he will suggest the party has moved too far to the Left and should instead take ‘basic conservative ideas and fit them to the problems of today’. Couched as an attack on Mr Corbyn, Mr Johnson’s speech contains a series of barely disguised barbs at the Prime Minister and her Chancellor. He will say the Tories must not ‘lose our faith in competition and choice and markets’ or follow the Labour leader and ‘treat capitalism as a kind of boo word’. He will tell the Conservative Home event: ‘We can’t lose our faith in competition and choice and markets but we should restate the truth that there is simply no other system that is so miraculously successful in satisfying human wants and needs. We should set our taxes to stimulate investment and growth. ‘We should be constantly aiming not to increase but to cut taxes. It is the conservative approach that gets things done so let’s follow our conservative instincts.” – Daily Mail


>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Our Next Tory Leader survey. Javid is up and Johnson down slightly – but the latter retains a double-figure lead.

Johnson 2) Scottish Tories are “plotting” against him

“Senior Scottish Tories are involved in a plot to keep Boris Johnson out of Downing Street over fears his leadership would destroy the party’s revival north of the Border. Internal party polling and analysis shows victory for Mr Johnson in a leadership contest to succeed Theresa May would boost the Labour Party in Scotland, putting at risk several of the Westminster seats the Tories won in 2017 and making it impossible for Ruth Davidson to become First Minister.” – The Scotsman

  • The madness of this orgy of Tory in-fighting – Stephen Glover, Daily Mail
  • May was booed at National Conservative Convention – Daily Telegraph

Johnson 3) The DUP praise his “positive” Brexit vision

“Boris Johnson’s “positive” vision for Brexit has been praised by the DUP leader Arlene Foster as she said she would work with him if he became Prime Minister. In a major boost for Mr Johnson’s leadership ambitions, Mrs Foster endorsed the “belief” and “spirit” contained in his blueprint for Brexit. She criticised Theresa May’s Government, which needs the DUP’s votes to maintain its working majority, saying one of her biggest disappointments was the failure of ministers to “talk about the aspirations for the nation”. She also refused to rule out backing a Canada-style deal for Brexit if an agreement could be found on avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland.” – Daily Telegraph

  • He could negotiate a “delay in Brexit” to allow more time for No Deal – The Sun
  • Is Theresa May’s plan for a festival of Brexit just an appalling sop to the DUP? – Andrew Adonis, The Guardian

Javid 1) EU migrants will no longer be given preference…

“Far fewer low-skilled workers will be allowed in from Europe after Brexit, Sajid Javid and Theresa May pledged last night. Unveiling the biggest immigration reform for decades, the Home Secretary vowed to end EU free movement completely. He said the system would now focus on skilled workers and Europeans would be treated the same as citizens from anywhere else. Mr Javid also warned that migrants would have to integrate…The immigration system unveiled today will be put in place from January 2021, after the UK’s transition out of the EU is complete. European migrants will have to apply for work visas in the same way as those from the rest of the world.” – Daily Mail

  • Low-skill migration to fall – BBC
  • Another referendum is needed says German MP – The Guardian

Javid 2) Middle class drug users will be targeted

“Middle-class drug users will be targeted as part of a crackdown on the causes of violent crime, Home Secretary Sajid Javid will announce. He will use his Tory conference speech to launch a review of drug buyers and sellers – and how shifts in the market are linked to outbreaks of bloodshed. Justice Secretary David Gauke will also announce a new financial crime unit to seize the assets of drugs “kingpins”. Labour says the proposals will not make up for cuts to public services. Affluent drug users have been linked to the rise in gang-related knife crime in London and other cities.” – BBC

Javid 3) A public health approach to crime will be announced

“Sajid Javid is to announce a comprehensive rethink of the government’s approach to rising serious violence, in a speech that will set out plans to treat the issue holistically and as a public health problem. The home secretary will tell the Conservative party conference in Birmingham on Tuesday that he plans to consult on obliging local authorities to do more to address the causes of crime. He will also announce a £200m youth endowment fund to steer young people most at risk of becoming involved in crime away from it. And he will launch a review of drug misuse to understand the changes in drug markets that have been widely blamed for rising levels of serious violence, such as stabbings.” – Financial Times

Hancock promises extra social care funding to ease pressure on the NHS

“An emergency £240m will be pumped into social care in England to ease pressure on the NHS this winter by enabling more elderly people to be cared for at home. The cash will help councils pay for measures like housing adaptations and care packages, Health Secretary Matt Hancock will tell the Tory conference. Getting people back home will “free up hospital beds”, Mr Hancock will say. Winter months often place hospitals under strain. In January, one in five patients faced long delays for a bed.” – BBC

McVey reveals she was placed in a foster home shortly after she was born

“A senior Cabinet minister last night told for the first time how she was placed in a foster home shortly after she was born. Esther McVey revealed she was a ‘Barnardo’s child’, spending her first two years in care with the charity. Speaking about her early childhood for the first time, the Work and Pensions Secretary told the Daily Mail that she wanted to ‘give the message that anyone can succeed given the opportunity’. Earlier she had hinted at her upbringing as she announced plans to work with Barnardo’s to help people leaving care find jobs.” – Daily Mail

Hammond to introduce a new digital services tax

“Tax-dodging tech giants will be forced to stump up more under the Chancellor’s 21st-century blueprint to defeat Corbynism. Philip Hammond delighted Tory conference activists with his surprise vow to introduce a Digital Services Tax.The levy on international profits made from users in Britain by ­California-based giants such as Facebook and Google will recoup hundreds of millions of pounds. Mr Hammond wants it in place in one to two years if a global agreements on taxing tech firms still ­cannot be reached. The crowd-pleaser was the gem of his keynote speech to the Tories’ annual conference in Birmingham.” – The Sun

  • The Tory obsession with Brexit is missing a bigger economic picture – Juliet Samuel, Daily Telegraph
  • Back Chequers for a real Brexit dividend, says the Chancellor – The Times
  • The Budget MUST put more money in people’s pockets…not remove it with a tax raid – Leader, The Sun
  • Hammond vs Johnson – Leader, The Times


May “willing to restrict potential for new trade deals”

“Theresa May is preparing to limit Britain’s ability to strike free-trade deals after Brexit in a significant concession to the European Union aimed at breaking the deadlock in negotiations. The prime minister is ready to propose a “grand bargain”, according to her colleagues, which would keep Britain tied to European customs rules on goods after the transition period ends in December 2020. No 10 will claim that the UK has left the customs union at this point, but by keeping key rules the ability to agree trade deals would be curtailed for many years.” – The Times

  • This is the speech Theresa May should have the courage to give – Polly Toynbee, The Guardian

>Today: Columnist Henry Newman: What May will and should say in her conference speech tomorrow

Standing ovation for Raab…

“Dominic Raab moved Tory fans to a long standing ovation yesterday, revealing that his passion for defeating extremism was fuelled by the murder of his family at the hands of the Nazis. The 45 second emotional outpouring came as the Brexit Secretary revealed his dad had escaped the Holocaust.The electrifying personal speech made him the second Cabinet big hitter to make a conference pitch for Theresa May’s job, following a pitch for the keys to No10 on Sunday by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.” – The Sun


…and he proposes halving the Corporation Tax rate if there is “no deal”

“Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab last night spoke openly about slashing corporation tax in the event of a no-deal Brexit in an interview at the Tory conference. The Cabinet minister said the business levy could be reduced to 10% “to pull every lever we have got to see us through what short term buffeting or disruption we have.” Corporation tax is currently 19% and is due to fall to 18% in April 2020.” – Daily Express

Further attacks on Hunt for comparing the EU to the Soviet Union

“Jeremy Hunt was accused by cabinet colleagues of putting his leadership ambitions ahead of the national interest yesterday after his comparison of the EU to the Soviet Union attracted widespread censure from European leaders. With Brexit talks at a critical stage after the snub to Theresa May at last month’s Salzburg meeting, Mr Hunt’s confrontational address to the Conservative conference dismayed senior government figures. Downing Street appeared caught off-guard on Sunday when Mr Hunt accused Brussels of seeking to “punish” Britain for wanting to leave the European Union and compared it to the Soviet Union trying to stop its citizens leaving.” – The Times

Williamson threatens to block EU satellite bases from British territories

“Gavin Williamson has threatened to block the EU from using UK overseas territories for a major satellite system if Britain is locked out of it after Brexit. The defence secretary issued the first public warning that Brussels would be prevented from basing ground stations for the Galileo satellite in the Falklands, Diego Garcia or Ascension Island unless Britain is given access after leaving the bloc. The £8.5 billion satellite, which is not yet fully operational, will rely partly on dishes and boosters located on British overseas territories to give it global reach….Speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference to mark the publication of White Flag? a book about the state of the armed forces, he was asked why the government would let the EU base assets on UK overseas territories if the nation were locked out of the project. He said: “Let’s be clear: as it develops, they’re not going to be able to use our facilities to do what I would call a rival project.” – The Times

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Andrew Gimson’s Conference Sketch: Williamson declares that British forces are no longer in retreat

Gove plans to introduce “Natasha’s Law”

“Michael Gove is urgently considering new legislation to close a loophole in food labeling rules following the death of a teenage girl who had an allergic reaction to sesame seeds in a Pret a Manger baguette. Natasha Ednan-Laperouse was 15 when she collapsed on a British Airways flight from London to Nice on July 17, 2016 after eating a baguette, which contained sesame seeds, bought from the Heathrow airport branch of Pret a Manger. Its packaging bore no allergen advice, which was not required by law because the food was made on-site at the branch and there were general notices posted around the shop.” – Daily Telegraph

Wollaston complains of deselection threat

“A pro-EU Conservative MP has warned of a Ukip “entryist campaign” after a Brexiteer colleague called for her to be deselected. Sarah Wollaston, who has endorsed a second EU referendum, responded furiously when Conor Burns called for an activist to replace her in Totnes, Devon. On Sunday night Mr Burns, the MP for Bournemouth West, told a fringe event at the Conservative conference that Darren Grimes, a pro-Brexit campaigner, had been “persecuted by the provisional wing of Remain, aided and abetted by their bureaucratic masters, the Electoral Commission”. He added: “You have been misunderstood. Have a look down in Totnes — you would be brilliant.” Mr Grimes was fined £20,000 for breaking EU referendum spending laws. He said he was “completely innocent” and has raised funds to appeal.” – The Times

Labour has banned Hartley-Brewer from future conferences

“Labour has banned TalkRadio host Julia Hartley-Brewer from its conference next year. The party issued the edict yesterday because of complaints that she had violated its “safe space” at last week’s conference in Liverpool by shouting “boo”.Ms Hartley-Brewer, who hosts the 6:30am-10am breakfast who on TalkRadio, recorded a light-hearted video mocking the safe space – which had a sign on its door stating: “This area is for use by anyone,” adding; “It is not monitored.” Labour accused her of committing a “hate crime” against disabled people who felt vulnerable.” – The Sun

“Stabilisation plan” for Northamptonshire County Council

“A council plans to cut spending on agency staff and highways services, while boosting tax receipts, to tackle a £65m funding shortfall. The “stabilisation plan” published by Northamptonshire County Council aims to save an additional £20m in 2018-19, on top of £45m in cuts already planned. Government-appointed commissioners have been brought in to oversee the council, which has twice banned new spending. Council leader Matt Golby said the authority faced “unprecedented times”.” – BBC

FBI can question ‘anybody’ about Kavanaugh

“President Trump has said he wants the FBI to conduct a “very comprehensive investigation” into sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court nominee – but not a “witch hunt”. US media reports earlier suggested the White House wanted to restrict the inquiry into Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Mr Trump said he had requested that the FBI be given free rein, but added: “I’d like it to go quickly.” – BBC

Sylvester: The Tories have stopped caring about voters

“Lord Cooper of Windrush, who was Mr Cameron’s head of strategy, says the party is alienating swathes of voters. Only 15 per cent of under 25-year-olds (who overwhelmingly want to stay in the EU) say they believe the Conservatives represent people like them. Ethnic minority voters are increasingly hostile to the party and the proportion of young women who backed Labour increased from 28 per cent in 2010 to 73 per cent last year. The Tories’ support among middle-class voters is also eroding. “It’s not just about Brexit,” Lord Cooper said. “It’s all the other values that connect in these people’s minds to Brexit. Brexit is a proxy for one’s view of the modern world: are you nationalist or internationalist, positive about immigration, diversity and multiculturalism or do you feel those things are a threat?” – Rachel Sylvester, The Times

Jenkins: Party conferences should be banned

Don’t go to party conferences. Ignore them. They should be banned. When blind loyalty meets crazed dissent fuelled by personal ambition, the result is a disease, a ghastly rash on the body politic. The overheated, hysterical, alcoholic, distorting atmosphere of these events leads to misjudgment – not least by journalists disoriented by being corralled for weeks far from London….A party conference used to be a rally. It was when activists gathered in one place to reinforce each other’s prejudices. They spoke for other activists and for party members, never for a wider electorate. But whereas loyalty used to be the binding glue of a conference, today it is the opposite. The insecurity of modern leadership has everyone edging around the wall, trying to spot Caesar’s assassins and work out which one to join.” – Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

Hague: A second referendum would be the most negative and pointless political battle of our lifetime

“Does it help Theresa May to get a good deal if we call for this now? “No”, is the correct answer – of course it doesn’t. If Brussels thinks Britain is heading for another vote if there is no deal or a bad one, it has less incentive to reach an acceptable one. There you are, six vital issues for anyone looking for another referendum to confront. If we’re not careful, a lot more people will turn to this idea, even without knowing the answers. It’s a good reason to support whatever deal Theresa May can negotiate, get Brexit over the line, and force the political world to move on.” – William Hague, Daily Telegraph

News in brief

  • Johnson may already have missed his chance of the premiership – Reaction
  • We need to stop the ‘Ukip-isation’ of Brexit says Rees-Mogg – The Spectator
  • The Chequers plan would not deliver a properly controlled migration policy – Iain Duncan Smith, Brexit Central
  • Claim that three ministers back another EU referendum – Independent
  • Jeremy Wright doesn’t appear as a hologram – Huffington Post