Johnson 1) He will urge unity in order to secure Brexit and defeat Corbyn

‘Boris Johnson will today appeal to his warring party to unite behind him after an extraordinary attempt by one of his own MPs to prevent him becoming Prime Minister. Barring a last-minute shock, Mr Johnson is set to be named as the Conservative Party’s new leader this morning following a six-week contest that has been dominated by Brexit… He has planned a short acceptance speech in which he will repeat his campaign pledge to take Britain out of the EU on October 31, with or without a deal, and urge his party to turn its guns on Jeremy Corbyn. But he is also expected to make an appeal for party unity following a fractious campaign which has seen Tory Remainers vow to bring down his government if he tries to pursue a No Deal exit.’ – Daily Mail

  • We should learn the result at about 11.40am – The Sun
  • Expect a reshuffle on Wednesday and Thursday, before a major speech on Friday – FT
  • And an immediate raft of domestic policies beyond Brexit – The Sun
  • Symonds won’t join him when entering Downing Street – Daily Telegraph
  • Clark presses for a Brexit deal – FT
  • We must not leave EU citizens in limbo – Alberto Costa, The Times
  • Blair, Brown and Major attack No Deal – The Sun


>Today: Henry Newman’s column: There is a path for the new Prime Minister that leads to Brexit. But it’s very narrow – and must be taken at once.

Johnson 2) The expected new leader is in favour of ‘fiscal loosening’

‘The former foreign secretary is in favour of a policy of “fiscal loosening” that would reverse the tight controls on public spending imposed by Philip Hammond. He is determined to honour promises to give tax breaks to everyone who earns less than £80,000, and is ready to pause the current policy of bringing down the deficit… Mr Johnson has made more than £26 billion of spending pledges so far, with several other uncosted promises likely to add billions more, but he has not set out exactly how he would foot the bill. He has said that money saved when Britain leaves the EU will cover part of the cost, but the news that he is prepared to borrow more appears to answer the question of where the remainder might be found. Sources close to Mr Johnson said he believes that increased borrowing in the short-term is a sensible policy to “get the economy moving” by cutting tax and putting more money in people’s pockets.’ – Daily Telegraph

May’s departure 1) New public health proposals published despite Hancock’s reluctance

‘Theresa May has published various health proposals, including a ban on smoking by 2030 and a ban on the sale of energy drinks to children, despite her own health secretary trying to block the green paper. The prime minister had hoped to announce new “sin taxes” on the food and tobacco industries several weeks ago and finally published the paper — on Monday evening — after weeks of Whitehall tussles… One ally of Mr Hancock said he still wanted to pursue the ideas in the green paper. “Last week everyone got a letter saying we shouldn’t announce anything which could tie the hands of an incoming administration,” he said. He argued that the policies were not time-sensitive and thus could be re-examined at leisure by the next prime minister. “There was always the chance that, because it is put out as part of this administration, then the next administration might dump the whole thing.”’ – FT

  • They went out without a press release – The Guardian
  • Johnson has specifically attacked such nannying measures – The Sun

>Today: ToryDiary: May’s premiership. How a loner leader met an isolated end.

May’s departure 2) She offers Scruton his job back

‘Theresa May has offered to reinstate philosopher Sir Roger Scruton as a Government adviser after he was sacked over false claims he made anti-Semitic and Islamophobic remarks. In one of her last acts as Prime Minister, she invited Sir Roger to return to his job advising ministers on how to build better homes. The dramatic U-turn comes after the Government apologised for firing him during what Sir Roger, 75, called a ‘witch-hunt of people on the Right’. The Conservative intellectual and writer was dismissed from his post with the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission by Housing Minister James Brokenshire in April…The New Statesman was forced to apologise after a leaked tape recording of the interview showed how his comments had been taken out of context. The magazine admitted its coverage ‘did not accurately represent Sir Roger’s views’. Mr Eaton has reportedly been demoted.’ – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Now can we all agree that something is seriously wrong at the Electoral Commission?

Hunt condemns Iranian ‘piracy’ and launches new European force to guard ships

‘Jeremy Hunt accused Iran of ‘state piracy’ today as tensions escalated over the tanker standoff. The Foreign Secretary condemned the Tehran regime as he unveiled a new plan for a European-led force to protect shipping in the Gulf. The government has been accused of ‘dropping the ball’ by failing to protect UK-flagged shipping in the Strait of Hormuz, after a tanker was seized by Iranian forces. In a blunt message today US secretary of state said it was down to Britain to ‘take care of their own ships’…Mr Hunt said the European protection effort would complement measures being put in place by the US. ‘We will now seek to put together a European-led maritime protection mission to support safe passage of both crew and cargo in this vital region,’ Mr Hunt said. After the seizure of the Stena Impero on Friday, Britain will now ask all UK-flagged ships to notify the government they intend to pass through the Strait of Hormuz.’ – Daily Mail

  • This weak response will inspire more attacks – Daily Telegraph Leader
  • Labour praise the Foreign Secretary to needle Johnson – Daily Mail
  • It’s a global problem – FT Leader
  • Iran releases photos of terrified crew – Daily Mail
  • Navy ‘set to become even smaller’ – Daily Mail
  • Deserted Yemen tanker might explode – The Guardian
  • Pressure for change in Germany – FT Leader
  • Trump says he could pacify Afghanistan by killing 10 million people – Daily Mail

>Today: Bob Seely on Comment: In the Gulf, we are paying the price for starving defence of funding for so long

‘Nick’ – paedophile false accuser of Bramall, Heath, Brittan and Proctor – convicted

‘Within days of receiving Beech’s allegations, it should have been clear they were the work of an attention-seeking fantasist. But detectives on Operation Midland took 370 witness statements, launched 1,700 ‘actions’ and produced 1,860 documents. The inquiry involved a minimum of 20 police officers full time… In October 2014, Beech provided Detective Sergeant James Townly with a list of 12 alleged abusers, including Lord Bramall, Sir Edward Heath, Lord Brittan, Mr Proctor, Labour peer Lord (Greville) Janner, ex-MI5 boss Sir Michael Hanley and ex-MI6 chief Sir Maurice Oldfield. Police should not have taken such a list seriously… But they did take him seriously, almost certainly as a consequence of a new policy directive issued in November 2014, when Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Tom Winsor stated that ‘the presumption that a victim should always be believed should be institutionalised’… The basic detective’s rule of ‘assume nothing, check everything’ was thrown out of the window in December 2014 when Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald held a press conference at Scotland Yard to describe allegations made by ‘Nick’ as ‘credible and true’. At that point officers hadn’t interviewed a single suspect.’ – Daily Mail

Hammond approves raft of public sector pay rises

‘The Government has been blasted over plans for a swathe of pay rises for public sector workers today that critics claim could strip £2billion from frontline services. Teachers, doctors and soldiers are among a million public sector workers handed above-inflation raises today by Chancellor Philip Hammond in what is probably one of final acts in the role. But the raise was criticised over plans to use existing budgets to find the increases rather than the Treasury stumping up more cash. Peter Dowd, Labour’s shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, said: ‘Today’s announcements do little to make up for nine years of attacks on public sector workers’ pay.’ – Daily Mail

  • His successor must tell hard Brexit truths – Bronwen Maddox, FT
  • Labour says the money will come from frontline services – The Times
  • NHS pension row continues – Daily Mail
  • Hancock is trying to quell concern – FT
  • Children forced to travel hundreds of miles for mental health treatment – Daily Mail
  • 111 to direct minor illness patients to pharmacists – Daily Mail
  • The UK might already be in recession – FT
  • Employers have cut training under apprentice levy – FT

Elphicke charged

‘Charlie Elphicke, 49, was charged today in relation to the allegations, one of which dates from 2007 and the other two, from a second complainant, allegedly took place in 2016. He will appear in court this autumn. Mr Elphicke, MP for Dover since 2010, was suspended from the Conservative party in November 2017 and was interviewed under caution by police in March 2018 after allegations of sex offences. But in December ahead of the no-confidence vote in Theresa May, he and Andrew Griffiths the prime minister’s former chief of staff were both registered as eligible voters despite being suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct, to howls of criticism. Labour MP for Yardley Jess Phillips said at the time the decision to restore the whip to the men who were still under formal investigation was ‘totally despicable’. Mr Elphicke has vehemently denied claims of any ‘criminal wrongdoing’.’ – Daily Mail

Swinson wins Lib Dem leadership – and opens the door to defectors (as well as coalition)

‘Swinson issued a “come and join us” plea to Tory and Labour MPs yesterday after being unveiled as the first ever female leader of the Lib Dems. She romped to victory over rival Sir Ed Davey – winning nearly two thirds of the members’ votes in the race to replace outgoing boss Sir Vince Cable…And the new chief immediately declared: “As your leader, I will do whatever it takes to stop Brexit.” Ms Swinson used her victory speech to make a direct appeal to disaffected Tory MPs who want to stop Brexit and also to Labour moderates who despair at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. She wants more to follow Chuka Umunna in joining the party. Ms Swinson also hinted she would be prepared to take the Lib Dems back into coalition, saying: “This is the time for working together, not the time for tribalism.”’ – The Sun

>Yesterday: WATCH: Swinson, the new Lib Dem Leader, says that she “will do anything it takes to stop Brexit”

Corbyn’s plans for action on anti-semitism dismissed as ‘rearranging the deckchairs’

‘Mr Corbyn wants Labour’s internal disciplinary panels to be able to eject those accused in the most extreme cases without having to go to a second committee. The plans fall short of calls by Tom Watson, the deputy leader, for an independent process to handle complaints. Critics also claimed that the Labour leader was trying to give more power to his allies. Mr Corbyn made the proposals to an extraordinary meeting of his shadow cabinet prompted by the fall-out from a BBC Panorama documentary on the issue last week. However, last night the chairman of the party’s official Jewish affiliate, the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), said the proposals were “just rearranging the deckchairs”.’ – The Times

  • He proposes to give Formby a bigger role in handling allegations – Daily Mail
  • It’s miserable to be a Jewish member of Labour, and that isn’t going to improve soon – Ruth Smeeth, The Times
  • I finally feel hopeful – Nadine Batchelor-Hunt, The Guardian
  • Labour has expelled just eight members for anti-semitism this year – The Sun
  • Two-thirds of Labour members support a referendum on a united Ireland – The Times

Hong Kong authorities are accused of colluding with Triad assault on pro-democracy protesters

y’s ‘Witnesses said that police took two hours to respond to the violent incident at a station close to Hong Kong’s crossing point to mainland China. At least 45 people were injured, among them a pregnant woman. One person was said to be in a critical condition. Carrie Lam, the chief executive, denied that police had turned a blind eye to the attack in which white-clad men beat passengers at Yuen Long station with clubs and poles. No arrests were made in the immediate aftermath. Police said that they could not identify the perpetrators but photographs taken by passers-by showed officers apparently walking alongside and chatting with the assailants.’ – The Times

  • China’s brutality is on open display – The Times Leader
  • Huawei ‘building North Korea’s mobile phone network’ – The Times

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