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Leadership 1) Javid endorses Johnson and pitches to be Chancellor

“Sajid Javid today endorses Boris Johnson as the next prime minister while cabinet enemies of the favourite step up efforts to derail him. The home secretary became the most senior cabinet member to endorse Johnson, declaring he was “better placed” than Jeremy Hunt to “deliver what we need to do at this critical time”. Javid positioned himself as Johnson’s chancellor, declaring there would be an emergency budget to boost the economy in the event of a no-deal Brexit. In a speech on Tuesday, Javid will say: “Trust in our democracy will be at stake if we don’t make October 31 a ‘deal or no deal’ deadline. To prepare that, we are agreed on the need for ramped-up no-deal preparations, including a budget.” – Sunday Times

  • “We must be a party that unites our country, protects our precious union, embraces modern Britain, and brings Conservative values to new audiences.” – Sajid Javid, Sunday Times
  • Tories turn ‘blind eye’ to Islamophobia – Sunday Times
  • Conservative members suspended after Channel 4’s Dispatches highlights anti Muslim comments – Sunday Telegraph

Leadership 2) Johnson “not bluffing” over a “no deal” Brexit

“Boris Johnson has insisted that he is “not bluffing” about delivering a no-deal Brexit on October 31. The frontrunner to succeed Theresa May in little over a fortnight urged European leaders to “look deep into our eyes” and understand that the UK will leave the EU with or without an agreement on Halloween, if he becomes prime minister. The warning, in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, will rankle in Brussels where EU figures insist they will not re-open the exit dealagreed with Theresa May. Mr Johnson hopes to secure changes by making clear that he will walk away if Brussels refuses to budge, after Mrs May failed to deliver on a similar promise in March.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • Britain could face €200bn EU bail-out bill – unless there is a clean Brexit – Sunday Telegraph
  • Some of the divorce bill could be paid for interim free trade arrangements – Mail on Sunday
  • He pledges to ‘roll back the influence of the state’ and scrap EU rules to help British businesses – Interview with Boris Johnson, Sunday Telegraph
  • Mundell warns it could split the UK – The Observer
  • Young voters just want Brexit to be resolved – Mail on Sunday
  • Brussels hits out at Ireland – Sunday Express

Leadership 3) Ashcroft poll shows Tories back Johnson but general public back Hunt

“Boris Johnson is the overwhelming favourite to be chosen as the next Tory leader – despite the fact that people believe Jeremy Hunt would make the best PM. Exclusive research given to The Mail on Sunday has found that, when Tory voters are asked who is best suited to running the country, Mr Johnson wins by 47 per cent to 29 per cent. However, when all voters are asked who would be the best occupant of Downing Street, Mr Hunt beats Mr Johnson by a margin of 34 per cent to 27 per cent.But only eight per cent think that the Tory Party will choose Mr Hunt, compared with 67 per cent who believe that Mr Johnson will emerge triumphant. The analysis, conducted by former Conservative Party Deputy Chairman Lord Ashcroft, highlights a growing gulf between Mr Johnson’s continuing popularity within the party and his declining fortunes among the electorate at large. Mr Hunt also performs better in a head to head with Jeremy Corbyn. When voters are asked who will make the best PM, Mr Hunt leads Mr Corbyn by a margin of 47 per cent to 19 per cent. In contrast, Mr Johnson beats the Labour leader by 42 to 24.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Voters would love Boris round for dinner – but even his biggest fans would pick Hunt to babysit their children – Lord Ashcroft, Mail on Sunday

Leadership 4) Hunt pledges he would lock up returning UK jihadists for life with updated treason laws

“Jeremy Hunt has unveiled plans to rewrite Britain’s medieval treason laws to condemn returning jihadist fighters and their supporters to a lifetime behind bars. In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, the Foreign Secretary pledged to make the “punishment fit the crime” with a new Treason Act introducing life sentences for those who support militant groups engaged in combat with UK troops. The legislation would also included “more legal options” to successfully prosecute hate preachers. The pledge, which is intended to address concerns that too many jihadists are escaping prosecution after returning to Britain, is one of the most radical policy pledges by Mr Hunt during the course of the Conservative leadership campaign.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • Most Conservative voters want immigration target replaced – Sunday Telegraph

Leadership 5) Rudd could be under threat if there is a Cabinet clear out

“Johnson is also facing a tug of love from supporters who want him to stage a wholesale clearout of ministers and employ only those prepared to back no deal. One former minister eyeing the job of chief whip said: “I’d like to fire the bloody lot of them. He has got to be radical. He’s got one chance.” That could even mean the end of Amber Rudd, a former ally, who has ceded leadership of the “block no deal” group to Hammond in the hope of keeping a cabinet post. But one Johnson ally said: “Amber is likely to be disappointed.” Yet with a working majority of just three, Johnson might be more circumspect. “Every member of the cabinet that Boris sacks will add another member to the awkward squad,” said one cabinet minister on his way out.” – Sunday Times

  • The first hundred days will be make or break – Leader, Sunday Times
  • The self destruction of the Conservatives – Leader, The Observer

Leadership 6) No pact with Farage

“Mr Johnson ruled out an election pact with Nigel Farage to stop his Brexit Party destroying the Tories. The frontrunner said there will be no need to do a deal if he leads Britain out of the EU on time – and comes up with a “great programme” for the future.He added: “Everyone should be very, very optimistic about our agenda. “People say why don’t you do a deal with this or that other party? I see no point in that. We’ve got to believe in our own party. As Nigel Farage will tell you, there was a historic meeting 25 years or so ago in a pub when he tried to recruit me and I tried to recruit him. It didn’t get anywhere and we went our separate ways.” – The Sun on Sunday

>Yesterday: Natalie Elphicke on Think Tank Central: It’s time to break free from the long shadow of the financial crisis

Leadership 7) Rees-Mogg to tour the UK in a yellow truck

“Jacob Rees-Mogg is set to embark on a pro-Boris tour in a bright yellow truck like the ones used in the cheesy 1990s American TV series Baywatch. The distinctive Ford Ranger – fomerly used by council street cleaners – has even been nicknamed Pamela, after the lifeguard drama’s pneumatic star, Pamela Anderson. It is owned by Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry, a Johnson ally, who brought it for £4,000 two months ago and has converted it into a mobile campaigning centre. He and Mr Rees-Mogg will take the truck on a 170-mile tour from Cleethorpes to Blackpool on Thursday.” – Mail on Sunday

Leadership 8) Standing ovation for Johnson at Nottingham hustings

“Johnson, who is currently poised to secure more than 70% of the membership’s vote according to current polling, on Saturday received a standing ovation at a hustings in Nottingham. He also received endorsements from the Times, the Telegraph and the influential ConservativeHome website. For MPs concerned about his threat to leave the EU with no deal at the end of October, his clear lead has imbued a sense of determination. “I’ve had my period of mourning a long time ago,” said one. “It is going to be him. The key now is making sure we do everything we can to ensure that certain things can be stopped.” – The Observer

Gove and Cameron “end feud”

“The three-year feud between David Cameron and Michael Gove has been resolved after the two men buried the hatchet over whisky sodas and red wine at an exclusive private members’ club, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. The former Prime Minister had vowed never to speak again to Mr Gove after he helped lead the Brexit campaign against him. He had even described his former friend as a ‘lunatic’ for betraying him by joining forces with Boris Johnson in the Vote Leave camp.But last Monday evening the two men met in the cigar room to smooth things over at 5 Hertford Street, a £2,500-a-year private members’ club frequented by royalty and oligarchs in London’s affluent Mayfair. After they adjourned to the drawing room, officials at the club agreed to clear the room of all other members so they could hold their ‘summit’ in secret.” – Mail on Sunday

Councils should highlight rejection of ugly design as a message to developers

“Councils should make an example of ugly building designs that are denied planning permission, a government-appointed panel will recommend this week. A commission set up by the Housing Secretary will call for local authorities and planning inspectors to publicise unsightly or poorly-designed applications that they turn down, in order to encourage better-looking schemes. The Building Better, Building Beautiful commission, which is examining how to encourage local support for new homes, has concluded that while the current planning system can deliver beautiful places to live, it does so “rarely”. The panel, which is publishing its interim findings this week, states that local residents should be given a “greater voice” in planning developments for their area and that ministers should enshrine a requirement  into national guidance for buildings to be beautiful.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • If the Tories really want to provide more homes, here’s what they need to do – Sam Gyimah, Sunday Telegraph

Mordaunt: It’s vital we look into surge in girls wanting to change gender

“Equalities minister Penny Mordaunt has commissioned research into a surge in the number of school-age girls seeking to change gender. It will explore the “nature of adolescent gender identity and transitioning”. Mordaunt ordered the review after figures showing that 2.8 girls are referred for treatment for every boy — a pattern mirrored in other developed countries. The minister said finding out why must be a “priority”. She said: “It is important we understand the factors behind this while doing everything we can to support these young people and their families.” – Sunday Times

Trump is “inept” says the British Ambassador to Washington

“Britain’s Ambassador to Washington has described Donald Trump as ‘inept’, ‘insecure’ and ‘incompetent’ in a series of explosive memos to Downing Street. Sir Kim Darroch, one of Britain’s top diplomats, used secret cables and briefing notes to impugn Trump’s character, warning London that the White House was ‘uniquely dysfunctional’ and that the President’s career could end in ‘disgrace’.  His bombshell comments risk angering the notoriously thin-skinned President and undermining the UK’s ‘special relationship’ with America.” – Mail on Sunday

Senior allies turn on Corbyn

“Jeremy Corbyn was plunged into a leadership crisis after his closest allies demanded that he sack his top aides for keeping him “captive”, as new claims of anti-semitism and bullying engulfed the party. Multiple sources said Diane Abbott and John McDonnell confronted Corbyn, insisting that he fire his gatekeeper Karie Murphy and Seumas Milne, his director of communications and strategy. The crisis comes as Labour last night went to war with the BBC, accusing the corporation of “bias” as it prepares to broadcast fresh claims about the leadership’s handling of anti-semitism in the party. Up to half a dozen former Labour staff have torn up gagging agreements imposed on them by the party to speak to a Panorama programme, to be broadcast on Wednesday.” – Sunday Times

  • Panorama will hand over evidence of anti-Semitism to the Equality and Human Rights Commission – The Sun on Sunday
  • The ice-picks are out – Dan Hodges, Mail on Sunday
  • Knives are out – Sunday Times
  • The coup must come soon – Sarah Baxter, Sunday Times
  • Labour inheritance tax proposals could leave average earners with £189,000 bill for £500,000 home – Sunday Telegraph

Paterson: My debt to Booker

“I first met Christopher Booker shortly after I was elected to Parliament in 1997. Among his many accomplishments, he had already made his reputation as a courageous writer, determined to highlight the disastrous effects of excessive EU regulation on many rural industries, from abattoirs to cheesemakers…Christopher remained incredibly supportive when I went into Government. He had a deep knowledge of the countryside, so I was particularly glad of his support as Secretary of State at DEFRA. Always a champion of the skilled, experienced countryman with knowledge accumulated down the generations over the interfering, ignorant bureaucrat, he was instrumental in putting me in touch with the right people on the ground when the Somerset Levels flooded in 2014 thanks to the idiotic policy of banning dredging of an artificial landscape which had been drained since the Middle Ages. Thanks to the plan that was subsequently put together, the Levels have been clear of excessive flooding since.” Owen Paterson, Sunday Telegraph

News in brief

  • Only 19 per cent have a positive view of Corbyn – Independent on Sunday
  • Bad news for Scottish and Welsh nationalists: Brexit strengthens the Union of the United Kingdom – Matt Smith, Brexit Central
  • The plan to block no-deal Brexit – Robert Peston, The Spectator
  • The Government’s flawed thinking on gender equality – Caroline ffiske, Conservative Woman
  • Why the woke can’t make jokes – Gareth Roberts, Unherd

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