Deal or No Deal 1) Number 10 works to woo Labour MPs

‘The PM is ramping up her PR blitz to win backing for her hugely controversial deal after more than 90 mutinous Tory MPs vowed to vote it down. She is sending in her trusted lieutenants Cabinet minster David Lidington and chief of staff Gavin Barwell to schmooze Labour MPs at a private briefing tonight. But Tory MP and leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, lashed the meeting saying its ‘smacks of desperation’. He has previously warned Mrs May would increase the risk of the Tory Party splitting if she tries to get her deal through Parliament on Labour votes. It comes amid growing signs the Brexit civil war rocking the Tories is sparking bitter in-fighting in Labour as the crunch vote looms in just a fortnight’s time. Meanwhile, Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer today suggested Brexit could be delayed as fresh negotiations are held.’ – Daily Mail



Deal or No Deal 2) May wants TV debate with Corbyn to be on 9th December

‘Theresa May today challenges Jeremy Corbyn to a live Brexit TV debate, set for December 9 — the night of the I’m A Celebrity final. The PM uses an interview in The Sun to lay down the gauntlet to the Labour leader….She wants to expose what she insists is the Opposition Leader’s failure to offer any workable alternative to hers for leaving the EU. The primetime TV clash will now be the climax of Mrs May’s titanic two week fight to win MPs’ support to save her controversial divorce deal. She told The Sun last night: “I am going to be going out and round the country. I am going to be talking to people. I am going to be explaining why I think this deal is the right deal for the UK – and yes, I am ready to debate it with Jeremy Corbyn.”‘ – The Sun

>Today: Henry Newman’s column: May’s deal could be saved with prompt improvements – such as a Stormont lock

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: May v Stuart. Now that would be a proper Brexit TV debate.

Deal or No Deal 3) Lewer becomes the 27th MP to publicly submit his letter to Brady

‘Andrew Lewer has become the 27th Tory MP to put in a letter to the chairman of the backbench 1922 committee, calling for Theresa May to step down as Prime Minister. The Northampton South MP said yesterday he had decided to submit the letter now that the full scale of the “appalling mismanagement” of the negotiations led by Mrs May had become apparent. The move will fuel fears in Downing Street that more MPs could put in letters in the run-up to the Commons vote on the deal on December 11th after momentum stalled earlier this month. The rebels need to submit 48 letters to Sir Graham Brady, the 1922 chairman, to trigger a vote of no confidence in Mrs May’s leadership.’ – Daily Telegraph


Deal or No Deal 4) Trump says it is ‘a great deal for the EU’ which will stop the UK trading freely with the US

‘Asked for his view of the agreement struck by the EU and Britain, Mr Trump said at the White House: “Sounds like a great deal for the EU. I think we have to take a look at seriously whether or not the UK is allowed to trade because right now if you look at the deal they may not be able to trade with us, and that wouldn’t be a good thing. I don’t think they meant that. I don’t think that the prime minister meant that and hopefully she’ll be able to do something about that. But right now as the deal stands they may not be able to trade with the US and I don’t think they want that at all — that would be a very big negative for the deal.” A Downing Street spokesman said the political declaration agreed with the EU was “clear we will have an independent trade policy”.’ – The Times

  • May’s mistake was thinking Brexit was all about immigration – The Sun Says
  • She has apologised for saying EU nationals ‘jump the queue’ – Daily Mail
  • It’s hard enough for us to understand her surrender, without having to explain it abroad – Richard Littlejohn, Daily Mail
  • Hollingbery says the UK’s first trade deal will be with Asia-Pacific nations – The Sun
  • Poland backs down in court fight with Brussels – FT
  • Mueller tells US court of Manafort ‘lies and lies’ – The Guardian

Thatcher makes the shortlist for a scientist to feature on the new £50 note

‘Margaret Thatcher has been included on the Bank of England’s list of candidates who might be pictured on the new £50 note, which will celebrate the UK’s contribution to the field of science. In its public search for people to feature on the polymer note, the bank said it had received 174,112 nominations and the the former prime minister was on the list of about 800 eligible names published on Monday. The late Baroness Thatcher spent her early career as a research chemist, including a period working for the food company J Lyons on emulsifiers for ice-creams. A campaign was mounted by the rightwing Guido Fawkes blog to “put Maggie on the new £50” before the Bank said it was looking for someone from the field of science.’ – The Guardian

  • She is up against Hawking, Turing and Franklin – Daily Mail
  • Carney will make the final decision – The Times
  • New bank stress tests to be released – FT

Gauke questions Javid’s planned knife-crime clampdown

‘Plans to tackle knife crime are being blocked amid fears over the cost of jailing offenders. In a bid to tackle a surge in stabbings, Home Secretary Sajid Javid is proposing to use Asbo-style powers against thugs. Breaching these ‘knife crime prevention orders’ would be a criminal offence, potentially punishable by prison. But Mr Javid’s colleague David Gauke, who is responsible for jails, has questioned the plans, saying they could ‘accelerate the criminalisation’ of young people.’ – Daily Mail

  • Don’t lock up children exploited by drug gangs, Zahawi urges – Daily Mail
  • Police bear cost of mental health issues GPs and other agencies cannot manage – The Times
  • Officers stood by as man drowned, after being ordered not to enter water – The Times
  • Call to protect police drivers who knock criminals off mopeds – The Times
  • Council offered jailed rapist a chance to see his victim’s child – The Times

Major drive to recruit volunteers to help in the NHS

‘Millions of patients will be pressed to volunteer in the NHS under plans set out by health chiefs who predict that hospitals will become reliant on unpaid help. All hospitals have been urged to support a campaign encouraging people leaving hospital to give up some time in future to help vulnerable patients, keep them company and assist them with paperwork. As part of a ten-year plan for the future of the health service, NHS England is backing a campaign to be launched by Helpforce, a charity that aims to boost volunteering in hospitals. Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett, who runs the charity, is asking all NHS organisations to let him know where they need help in preparation for a big expansion of volunteering next year. A Christmas advertising campaign will highlight NHS volunteers, of which there are about 74,000 at present, to encourage the public to step forward.’ – The Times

  • New help for homeless people to access Universal Credit – The Sun

Women are the big financial winners from going to university – while some men risk earning less than those without a degree

‘Data from tax returns showed that women earned more regardless of what they studied, whereas men who had degrees in the creative arts, English literature or philosophy all earned less by the age of 29 than men who went straight into work. The premium comes at a price, however. The average student graduates with £50,000 of debt in tuition fees and loans. The system is under review and the £9,250 a year tuition fee could be reduced to £6,500. The gender difference is partly explained by the better-paid semi-skilled jobs chosen by men without degrees but with good GCSEs in subjects such as engineering or mechanics. Many women without degrees end up in low-paid jobs in retail or childcare.’ – The Times

  • At some universities, the average graduate ends up earning less – The Sun
  • A third of English male students are left worse off – FT
  • Education won’t work if snowflakes aren’t made to do any – Celia Walden, Daily Telegraph

Ukraine readies itself for a possible further land invasion by Russia

‘Ukraine will be placed under martial law tomorrow after warning that Russia had ‘moved to a new stage of aggression’ and could even be planning an invasion. It followed a dramatic skirmish on Sunday in which Russian warships opened fire on Ukrainian gunboats before special forces seized the vessels and their 24 crew members. President Petro Poroshenko said martial law – the introduction of a military government – would be imposed for 30 days from tomorrow, a move approved by the Kiev parliament last night. He said the escalation was needed to keep his country safe, claiming to have intelligence reports indicating a build-up of troops by Moscow close to the border. Addressing the nation on television yesterday, Mr Poroshenko said: ‘Russia has been waging a hybrid war against our country for five years. But with an attack on Ukrainian military boats it moved to a new stage of aggression. Reconnaissance data suggest an extremely serious threat of a land-based operation against Ukraine.’’ – Daily Mail

Student freed from UAE

‘A British academic pardoned from a life sentence in the United Arab Emirates has thanked his ‘brave and strong’ wife for helping secure his release after he landed back on UK soil this morning. Matthew Hedges thanked everyone involved in ‘securing my release’ this morning as he landed at Heathrow Airport. He was welcomed by his wife, Daniela Tejada, and members of his family. Mr Hedges said both he and his wife are ‘overjoyed and overwhelmed’ as he told her ‘I couldn’t have done it without you’. ‘I don’t know where to begin with thanking people for securing my release. I have not seen or read much of what has been written over the past few days but Dani tells me the support has been incredible. Thank you so much to the British Embassy and the FCO for their efforts in ensuring I arrived safely back home.’ – Daily Mail

News in Brief

  • Tolkien was racist towards the orcs and should have tried to understand them, grown man says out loud – The Times
  • It’s time to liberate the postal industry – 1828
  • Baroness Trumpington, codebreaker and Parliamentary institution, dies – Daily Mail
  • How architecture became a battleground in the culture war – New Statesman
  • ‘Experts’ are damaging democracy – Unherd

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