Leadership 1) Yesterday, our survey found Johnson ahead by a crushing 67 per cent to 29 per cent. Today, YouGov poll claims that he is set for an even bigger landslide – by 74 per cent to 26 per cent.

“Mr Johnson is backed by 74 per cent with Jeremy Hunt on 26 per cent, according to a YouGov/Times poll taken as Tories start to receive ballot papers. The scale of Mr Hunt’s task in turning around the contest is laid bare by the latest survey, which indicates that most members do not believe his claim that he is prepared to take Britain out of the EU without a deal. Although 90 per cent believe that Mr Johnson will force through a no-deal Brexit, only 27 per cent think that Mr Hunt would. Philip Hammond, the chancellor, said yesterday that it would be “shocking” if parliament were “side-lined” because most MPs opposed a no-deal Brexit. However, 67 per cent of members think that it would be acceptable to suspend parliament to stop MPs blocking that outcome.” – The Times

  • Johnson could be set for landslide victory – Daily Mail
  • He promises to preserve union – Daily Telegraph
  • Johnson and Hunt pledge cash to cement Scottish ties – Financial Times
  • Crosby firm works with high-sugar drinks brand – The Guardian
  • Johnson says he will be calling shots at No 10 not girlfriend – Daily Mail
  • He promises he will make criminals serve full term jail sentences – Daily Mail
  • Owners of diesel cars to get cash to switch to cleaner vehicles, says Johnson – Daily Mail
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Leadership 2) But Hunt says: watch us debate on TV before deciding

“Jeremy Hunt has always been the top dog. The son of an admiral, headboy at Charterhouse, first-class degree at Oxford, successful entrepreneur and competent foreign secretary, it must be weird to find himself suddenly being called the underdog in his 50s. “Boris has been way out the frontrunner,” Mr Hunt admits without any obvious irritation with his predecessor. “He’s been able to use his position on the back benches and his column in The Daily Telegraph to whip up support amongst the party faithful.” As he walks briskly through Guildford, Surrey, he isn’t mobbed in his neatly pressed chinos and blazer, but admirers run to catch up with him and quietly tell him he has their support. “What has been exciting is that in ten days of campaigning things have really changed and there’s a sense of momentum,” Mr Hunt says. “There’s a lot of switching going on now they’ve got the bigger picture, that’s causing people to think — yes they want Brexit but they want a vision beyond Brexit.” The Times

  • Hunt fields questions at Darlington hustings – FT
  • Leadership frontrunner Johnson at Darlington hustings – FT
  • Hunt says he is best placed to win back young voters –  Daily Telegraph
  • The leadership candidates’ policies in full – Daily Telegraph
  • Hunt running out of time – FT
  • Candidates face calls for inquiry into Saudi arm sales – The Guardian
  • Johnson mirrors May’s 2017 election campaign, Matt Chorley – The Times Red Box
  • To beat Corbyn, Johnson and Hunt need housing plans to work, Morgan Schondelmeier –Daily Telegraph
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Leadership 3) Major says that Johnson misled the country

“The former prime minister urged Tory members to wait to vote until after next week’s head-to-head debate between Mr Hunt and Boris Johnson because the candidates need to be “properly examined”. He told the BBC’s Hard Talk: “It’s fairly evident from my views that I cannot vote for someone who was part of the Brexit campaign that misled the country, so I shall offer my vote to Jeremy Hunt, and I don’t think anyone would be in any doubt about that. “I hope everybody before casting their vote will wait a little while. We need to see the two candidates properly examined by the media. We need to see both candidates appearing before the media, answering the difficult questions, explaining what they will do, explaining how they will do it.” Asked whether he thought the question of character was important in the decision between the candidates, Sir John, one of only two living former Conservative prime ministers, replied: “I think character matters in politics, never mind just in the race for who is prime minister. Of course character matters. Everyone will make their own particular judgments about character. It’s very important.” – The Times

  • Brexiteers show ignorance in claim EU oppressing Britain, Neale Richmond – Daily Telegraph
  • Local leaders need to know how to take back control of money post Brexit, Kevin Bentley – Daily Telegraph
  • Experts sceptical about Johnson’s plans for free ports – FT

Leadership 4) Meanwhile, Hammond leads group of 30 MPs to stop no deal

“The MPs are believed to have met three times, with some of the meetings held in the chancellor’s office, where they have discussed how to stop the UK leaving the EU without a deal, according to Sky news. It is believed David Lidington and David Gauke, the Justice Secretary, are prominent within the group of rebels. The group plans to establish a date in October where MPs will control the agenda and force through legislation before Parliament rises for summer. Earlier this year Yvette Cooper and Oliver Letwin led a successful attempt to force Theresa May to extend the Brexit deadline by nearly two months. An aide to the Chancellor said: “He regularly speaks to colleagues on all sides of the argument.” Daily Telegraph

  • Remainer ministers plot to sabotage no deal Brexit – Daily Express
  • Johnson cannot win game of no-deal chicken with EU without facing down Tory rebels, Asa Bennett – Daily Telegraph
  • No-deal Brexit is tripwire to economic chaos, Carolyn Fairbairn – FT

Leadership 5) The front-runner denies claim that Number Ten tried to block his access to intelligence…

“The Conservative leadership frontrunner told a hustings of party members that “he was extremely dubious about the provenance” of the story that had led the BBC morning bulletins, and that it was untrue. Rumours have circulated in political and intelligence circles that Johnson’s access to intelligence briefings was restricted during his time as foreign secretary, an interesting claim given that the role includes responsibility for MI6 and GCHQ. The BBC report said that in 2016 Downing Street did not want Johnson to be shown a category of sensitive secret intelligence. One source said this was down to “control freakery” on the part of No 10 rather than fears about whether Johnson could be trusted. Johnson’s campaign team has obtained assurances from Downing Street insiders from the time, who insisted there was no attempt to prevent him from seeing relevant intelligence.” – The Guardian

  • Johnson denies being locked-out of intelligence meetings – The Times

Leadership 6) …As May’s aides accused of ‘playing petty politics’ to smear him

“As Conservative Party members receive their ballot papers to elect the next Prime Minister, the BBC led their morning bulletins on claims that the former Foreign Secretary had been excluded from security briefings. The story said information was withheld because “Theresa May and some in the intelligence community had worries about Mr Johnson’s ability to keep information confidential”. Downing Street has faced claims allies of Mrs May briefed the story in an attempt to undermine the former Foreign Secretary. The BBC has also been criticised for giving the story such prominence. Mr Johnson was quick to hit back on the campaign trail, saying it was “not true” that information had ever been held back from him. He added he was “extremely dubious about the provenance” of the story, first reported in The Sun newspaper.” – Daily Telegraph

Leadership 7) …And he pledges to make all immigrants speak English

“At a hustings event for the Conservative leadership race in Darlington on Friday, the former mayor of London praised the capital’s diversity but suggested some communities were not doing enough to integrate into society. “Now I think that the story of communities that have come to London and made their lives in London is amazing … waves have come to London and slowly they have changed, they have adapted, they have made their lives, and they’ve helped to make our national culture and they’ve bought into it. And that’s what I want for our country,” he said. “I want everybody who comes here and makes their lives here to be, and to feel, British – that’s the most important thing – and to learn English. And too often there are parts of our country, parts of London and other cities as well, where English is not spoken by some people as their first language and that needs to be changed.” – The Guardian

  • Johnson says that he’ll be in charge in Downing Street, not Carrie Symonds – Daily Mail
  • He says immigrants must learn English – Daily Mail
  • I was Johnson’s tutor at college, did I teach him the right lessons? – Daily Telegraph
  • Stanley Johnson on life inside Britain’s most political family – Daily Telegraph

Leadership 8) Cabinet outcasts line up to join Johnson

“Mr Johnson’s campaign launch last month was attended by many supporters whose ministerial careers ended amid negative headlines and who were among the first to declare their support for the former foreign secretary. One Tory working for a rival candidate in the first stage of the leadership contest described them as politicians “desperate” to return to the front line. Keith Simpson, a veteran Conservative MP, said: “There are many people who have been sacked or — to use the mafia term have had “love withdrawn” by Number 10 — who now see their chance to get back into office through Boris.” Mr Simpson backed Mr Johnson’s rival Jeremy Hunt in the first phase of the leadership contest. Among those taking a leading role in Mr Johnson’s campaign are Gavin Williamson, former defence secretary, who was sacked by Theresa May in May for allegedly leaking details of a National Security Council meeting. He denies the claim.” – FT

Leadership 9) Who’s really backing whom?

“The role of donors to Tory leadership candidates has come into focus after it emerged Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have taken money from a climate change denier, a director of companies based in tax havens, a fox hunting enthusiast, fast food millionaires and a banker with close links to the Saudi regime, among others. An analysis of the past nine months of donations and other declared income to the pair shows that if attracting money is an indication of likely success, then Johnson appears set for an easy win. He has far outstripped Hunt under any metric of funding, amassing well over double the amount in donations, and more than £1m overall since November in donations and income from speeches and other sources.” – The Guardian

Leadership 10) CCHQ double ballot paper mix-up claim

“Hundreds of Conservative party members have reportedly been sent more than one ballot paper for the crucial election to decide the party’s next leader. It’s claimed more than 1,000 people could have been posted multiple forms in the race for PM between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt. Those affected are said to include people who joined their local Conservative party at their home and work address or others who have changed their name.
However, the Tory party told the BBC – who broke the story – that any members caught voting twice will quickly be expelled.” – The Sun

  • Johnson’s eyes should be on May 2020 election, James Blitz FT

Former Met chief says May was a disastrous Home Secretary and Prime Minister

“In a stinging attack on her record in office, Lord Stevens, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police between 2000 and 2004, said he hoped her departure from Number 10 would mark the end of a “dark period” in policing. Lord Stevens said the relationship between the government and the police service was at an “all time low”, and suggested Mrs May’s policies were directly to blame for the rise in violent crime. He is one of five former Met Commissioners who have urged the Prime Minister’s successor to put law and order at the heart of the new administration, and make police reform a priority. They warned that the cuts in officer numbers, the reduction in budgets and ill advised removal of stop and search powers over the last decade, had destroyed public confidence in policing.” – Daily Telegraph

  • The Tories’ rift with the police reveals party’s existential crisis, Owen Jones – The Guardian

Farage warns EU that Britain will shut down Paris and Frankfurt

“The Brexit Party leader is not intimidated by the EU freezing Swiss stock exchanges out of the bloc’s market on July 1. Bern has retaliated by banning EU stock exchanges from trading Swiss shares, forcing EU traders to go through intermediaries to trade them, which is slower and more expensive. The European Commission decided to cut out the Swiss in a bid to force them to sign up to a new partnership treaty but also to send Britain a clear message it would not bend on its single market rules ahead of October 31 Brexit deadline. But Mr Farage was confident that the EU wouldn’t dare to try the same with the City because no other financial hub can rival London’s access to capital markets.” – Daily Telegraph

  • The sooner we leave the unreformable and undemocratic EU the better, Nigel Farage – Daily Telegraph
  • Au revoir said Ann, but it’s easy to get used to life in Brussels, John Longworth – Daily Telegraph
  • Widdecombe right to take fight to EU, but real threat to democracy is at home, Fraser Myers – Daily Telegraph
  • Widdecombe’s political exhumation adds insult to ignorance, Marina Hyde – The Guardian

Corbyn ‘like a brick wall’ over second referendum

“Shifting Jeremy Corbyn to a more pro-Remain position on Brexit has been a long and drawn-out process that sometimes makes you feel like banging your head against a brick wall, Sir Keir Starmer has admitted. Nonetheless, the shadow Brexit secretary said that Labour had “moved a long way”. He has played a crucial role in Labour’s gradual shift from opposing a second EU referendum to supporting the concept. Speaking in a podcast released this week, Sir Keir revealed just how fraught that process had been. Told by Matt Forde, presenter of The Political Party, that he seemed to have been “dragging” the Labour leader “incrementally to a more Remain stance”, Sir Keir replied: “There’s an element of that. We have shifted and moved our position and that’s been hard work at times — frustrating. “Sometimes I’ve felt I should build a brick wall in my room to hit my head against so I don’t have to go outside too often to do it.” – The Times

  • Labour’s fight against anti-semitism must be more radical, Gordon Brown – The Guardian
  • Brotain’s party of the people must now defect to Remain elite, Sherelle Jacobs – Daily Telegraph
  • Pro-remain pact in Welsh poll threatens government majority – FT
  • Tommy Robinson faces jail after conviction for contempt of court  – Daily Telegraph
  • He faces jail over contempt of court verdict – FT
  • Minister warned about parking space-sized flats – The Times
  • Wealthy businessman wins secrecy order over sex claims – The Times
  • Jail for slavery gang who earned millions – The Times
  • Kirsty Young to step down as host of Desert Island Discs – Daily Telegraph
  • SNP minister overrules NHS chiefs to stop opening of children’s hospital – Daily Telegraph
  • VIP abuse ring accuser ashamed of paedophile conviction – The Guardian
  • Son of Jess Phillips leads schools protest – The Guardian
  • May’s legacy at Home Office has shaped crime in UK, Ashley Kirk and Patrick Scott – Daily Telegraph
  • Social care is a complex, human challenge, no wonder Tories aren’t up to it – Zoe Williams

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News in Brief

  • Johnson on his plan to unite Britain, James Forsyth and Katy Balls – Spectator
  • What Sir Ivan Rogers gets wrong about Brexit, Robert Tombs – Spectator
  • The British are not interested enough in EU, Ben Kelly – Reaction
  • Johnson will get us out of the EU by 31 October, Cllr Lyndon Jones – Brexit Central
  • Niall Ferguson on Europe, Brexit and Johnson – Cap X