Ministers prepare anti-no deal rebellion against Johnson after Commons win

“Three cabinet ministers are preparing to quit on the day Boris Johnson becomes prime minister if, as expected, he wins the Tory leadership race next week. David Gauke, the justice secretary, is set to resign soon after Theresa May completes her final prime minister’s questions on Wednesday. Philip Hammond, the chancellor, and Rory Stewart, the international development secretary, are also considering departing before Mr Johnson arrives, according to allies. The resignations will deny the new prime minister the chance to sack the most hardline opponents of a no-deal Brexit. All three defied a three-line whip yesterday as MPs voted for a plan that could stop Mr Johnson suspending parliament to ensure that Britain leaves the European Union with or without a deal on October 31.” – The Times

  • Hammond orchestrates rebellion in parting shot – Daily Telegraph
  • Preparing to ‘jump before they are pushed’ – Daily Mail
  • Over a dozen ministers to walk when Johnson takes over – The Sun
  • May savaged over failure to sack rebellious Chancellor – Daily Mail
  • Party mutiny over bid to protect new leader from challenge – Daily Express


  • OBR warns that no-deal exit could cost £30 billion a year – FT
  • Varadkar says he is ‘ready to compromise’ on the backstop – Daily Express
  • Brexit turmoil deters big names from BoE job – FT


  • Tory Remainers are idiots if they think no Brexit ends happily – The Sun


Hunt angers whips by missing key vote

Jeremy Hunt failed to turn up for Thursday’s crucial vote despite being told by whips that he had to be there. The Foreign Secretary claimed he had abstained by accident because he thought he had been “slipped” – or given permission by the whips’ office to be absent. But Chief Whip Julian Smith was understood to be unimpressed by Mr Hunt’s explanation after sources revealed Mr Hunt had been texted about the vote and had acknowledged the instructions. The vote on the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill was a three-line whip, but the Government lost a crucial amendment by 41 votes after Mr Hunt and 46 other Tory MPs abstained or voted against it.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Foreign Secretary apologises after ‘accidentally sabotaging’ Johnson plan – Daily Express
  • He warns Brussels that a no-deal Brexit will create a generation of ill-will – Daily Telegraph


  • There may well be an economic cost to no-deal, it won’t stop people wanting it – Fraser Nelson, Daily Telegraph

>Today: John Penrose MP in Comment: The conventional wisdom is wrong. Hunt’s spending plans are neither unaffordable nor irresponsible.

Johnson: DExEU to become ‘Ministry for No Deal’…

“Boris Johnson will turn the government’s Brexit department into a ministry focused solely on no-deal planning after his expected victory in the Tory leadership race next week. Under proposals being worked on by Mr Johnson’s team, ministerial responsibility for Brexit talks with Brussels will transfer from the Department for Exiting the European Union to the Cabinet Office. The Brexit department will be charged with increasing preparations for a no-deal departure, including a mass public awareness campaign. While some have suggested that the new prime minister will make an early trip to Brussels or other European capitals, allies say there is little appetite to expose Mr Johnson to hostile briefings from EU bosses.” – The Times

  • Department pays civil servants £1.6 million in bonuses – The Guardian
  • Rumours he might appoint Duncan Smith as Deputy Prime Minister – Daily Express
  • Whitehall fears Brexit backlash from a Johnson government – FT
  • His latest Euromyth shot down within 24 hours – The Times
  • Rees-Mogg adds to pressure for no-deal exit – The Sun


  • Barnier claims May never threatened a no-deal exit… – FT
  • …but footage appears to contradict him – Daily Express


  • Six reasons Brussels will call Johnson’s bluff – Andrew Lilico, Daily Telegraph
  • Vote shows how weak his ministry will be – Rafael Behr, The Guardian
  • He must banish Remainer saboteurs from the Cabinet – Stewart Jackson, Daily Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: Johnson’s August 4) Who would run an election campaign? After yesterday’s Government defeat, the question is pressing.


…and he wants to rule out anyone selling their home to pay for social care

“Boris Johnson  pledges to end the cruel injustice of families being forced to sell their homes to cover the cost of caring for loved ones with dementia if he becomes prime minister next week. In an exclusive interview, the frontrunner to take over in Downing Street vows to build a cross-party consensus on overhauling the country’s broken care system. “We need to get everybody together to find a solution to this because it is a crisis in our country,” the Tory leadership contender tells Daily Express readers. In a wide-ranging interview, he also branded the BBC “disgraceful” for scrapping free TV licences for pensioners aged over 75.” – Daily Express

  • He calls for a cross-party solution – Daily Mail
  • Axeing free TV licence for over-75s could create £1.6 billion benefits bill – The Sun

>Today: Iain Dale’s column: If the front-runner doesn’t win big in this leadership contest, his room for manoeuvre will be further restricted.

>Yesterday: Brandon Lewis MP in Comment: I’m proud of the Conservative Party I have seen at our hustings

Ministers 1) Clark scrambles to pass new workers’ rights before new Prime Minister is installed

“Bosses will have to pay casual workers if they cancel their shifts at short notice in a clampdown unveiled today. Business Secretary Greg Clark will insist firms consult staff before setting their shift hours — and employees will not be punished for refusing last-minute demands to work. The changes are part of a second wave of new rights for workers drawn up to tackle abuses in the gig economy and boost job security. The announcement is one of a raft that Cabinet ministers are pushing out before the new PM takes over next week. Tory leadership race frontrunner Boris Johnson has pledged a bonfire of red tape, and ministers fear their plans are vulnerable.” – The Sun

  • May to boost public sector pay in latest legacy giveaway – The Times
  • She also plans more leave for parents of premature babies – The Guardian


  • May didn’t have the skills to succeed as Prime Minister – Philip Collins, The Times
  • Fathers need more paternity leave – Theresa May MP, The Guardian

Ministers 2) Gauke says scrapping short sentences could prevent tens of thousands of offences

UP to 32,000 offences a year could be prevented by scrapping most short sentences, the Justice Secretary has said. In an appeal to the new Prime Minister to abolish short sentences, David Gauke said those who served short sentences had complex problems such as drug, alcohol or mental health issues that were made worse by jail, increasing their chances of re-offending. He said those sentenced to six months or less spent on average just six weeks in prison which was not enough for any “meaningful” rehabilitation. “That short spell in prison doesn’t protect the public, doesn’t serve as much of a deterrent and exacerbates those already deep-rooted difficulties the individual faces,” he said.” – Daily Telegraph

Ministers 3) Mordaunt says RAF is closer to becoming ‘air and space force’

“The RAF is moving towards becoming an air and space force, Penny Mordaunt has said, as she revealed a pilot will join a commercial space programme. The Defence Secretary said the RAF has partnered with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit small satellite programme to provide a secondment. Speaking at the Air and Space Power Conference in London, Ms Mordaunt said: “Science fiction is becoming science fact. One day I want to see RAF pilots earning their space wings and flying beyond the stratosphere”. Virgin Orbit is a commercial aerospace company which focuses on launching satellites into space. Last week it released a rocket from a plane for the first time.” – Daily Telegraph

  • MPs urge next Prime Minister to make quick decision on Huawei – FT

Ministers 4) Home Secretary rebukes Trump over ‘go home’ comments

“The home secretary is expected to condemn President Trump today for telling four ethnic-minority congresswomen to “go back” to where they came from… Mr Javid, whose parents came from Pakistan, will warn that public debate is coarsening and urge public figures to confront this by moderating their language. “Public discourse is hardening and becoming less constructive. Everyone has a part to play: broadcasters who must not give a platform to extremists; police who must swoop on the worst offenders; public figures who must moderate their language,” he will say… Mr Javid is expected to call for newcomers to Britain to receive extra help to integrate and learn English.” – The Times

  • Javid urges public to mind their language to fight extremism – The Guardian

Sajid Javid: Community is the first line of defence against extremism

When so many of us are affected, or are victims, it becomes an issue that must be dealt with by all of us. Through our Building a Stronger Britain Together campaign, we have funded more than 230 groups to help strengthen local communities. And in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack I expanded the Places of Worship scheme to make it easier for more places of worship to improve security. The first step in tackling extremism is to fully understand what it is, and the Commission will soon publish a more comprehensive report on that. To ensure we deliver the right actions in the right way I have tasked the Home Office to develop a comprehensive new Counter Extremism Strategy, so our response remains world-leading.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Our innovative approach to conflict is a vital part of standing up for British values – David Lidington, Daily Telegraph

Labour peers in ‘open revolt’ against Corbyn

“Labour peers are set to declare that they have no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership next week. Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town, the party’s deputy leader in the Lords, was sacked by Mr Corbyn as a shadow Brexit minister on Wednesday after she compared the “bunker mentality” around his leadership to the “last days of Hitler”. Her removal turned simmering disaffection about Mr Corbyn’s leadership from Labour’s 179 peers into open revolt. Lady Hayter was greeted by loud cheers from all sides of the upper house when she entered yesterday and was praised from the front bench.” – The Times

  • No-confidence vote plotted amidst antisemitism uproar – The Sun
  • Shadow minister sacked over comparison to Hitler – The Guardian


  • Strategist switches sides to help Liberal Democrats – The Times

Westminster ‘bails out Holyrood’ after SNP taxes fall short

“The Scottish Government will be bailed out by Westminster to the tune of more than £700 million after the amount of income tax revenue raised in Scotland was nearly £1 billion short of the forecast figure. The majority of the £941 million black hole, in the first year after the SNP administration took control of new financial powers, will be offset under a new risk-sharing mechanism by a £737 million increase in the block grant from the Treasury. But ministers will still be left facing a £204 million hole in the Scottish budget in 2020/21 following the sluggish economic performance last year. The figures from HMRC show the Scottish economy grew more slowly than the rest of the UK in 2017/18 after the SNP chose to make Scotland the highest-taxed part of the UK.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Nationalists ‘ramp up independence threat’ – Daily Express


  • Scotland has a drugs problem… called Westminster – Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

News in Brief:

  • Ten things which stopped Brexit happening – Nick Robinson, BBC
  • Does Johnson have anything resembling a plan? – Walter Ellis, Reaction
  • The forlorn quest for the British liberal compromise – Minoo Dinshaw, CapX
  • Varadkar’s backstop gamble could cost Ireland dearly – Liam Halligan, The Spectator
  • We shouldn’t write off Macmillan – Tim Bale, UnHerd