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Labour 1) Leader warned that Brexit dithering could see party ‘crushed’ at polls

Jeremy Corbyn is facing a full-scale revolt over his Brexit policy after senior party figures warned Labour will be crushed at the next election if he continues to sit on the fence. Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, said Labour will lose 30 per cent of its vote if it does not embrace Remain in all circumstances. Other big names lined up to condemn Mr Corbyn’s lack of leadership over Brexit… The Labour leader could be further humiliated if Labour members reject his Brexit policy when it is put to a vote at the party conference in Brighton on Monday, when members will also be able to vote on an opposing motion that explicitly backs Remain.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Furious Watson says Labour ‘is Remain’ – The Sun
  • Party faces ‘bloody showdown’ – Daily Mail
  • Corbyn’s ridiculous policy in full – Daily Express

Comment:

  • Centre ground on Brexit is not the way to win voters – Sir John Curtice, The Times
  • His chaotic stance avoids the Johnson trap – Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph
  • Labour needs working-class candidates – Jade Azim, Times Red Box

Labour 2) Members vote to abolish private schools

“Labour has pledged to abolish all independent schools in the UK if it wins the next general election, following a motion passed by delegates at its annual conference on Sunday. The opposition party has resolved to include a commitment in its next election manifesto to “integrate all private schools into the state sector”. This would be achieved by withdrawing charitable status, tax exemptions — including business rates — and all other public subsidies from private institutions.  A future Labour government would seek to implement the policy by initially ensuring that the proportion of students admitted to universities from private schools did not exceed their share of the overall school population, which currently stands at 7 per cent.” – FT

  • Opposition will also scrap Ofsted ‘to help stressed-out teachers’ – The Times

Comment:

  • Abolishing Ofsted is about hiding the impact of their policies – Toby Young, Daily Telegraph

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Labour 3) Voters ‘want Corbyn to quit’

“Most people who voted Labour at the last general election believe that Jeremy Corbyn should step down, according to a new poll, which comes after he insisted that he would serve a full term if he won the next election. The new data also shows that more than half of the public think that the Labour leader should step aside. Mr Corbyn, 70, told The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One yesterday that “of course” he would serve a full term as prime minister if elected and added that he was looking forward to the job. He also said that he was “campaigning all the time” and had taken part in 40 events in August alone. A senior MP told Mail Online, however, that Mr Corbyn would be terrified of having to run the country and “doesn’t like making decisions”.” – The Times

  • But a ‘rattled’ leader vows to stay on – The Sun

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Labour 4) Corbyn knew about botched bid to oust Watson

“Jeremy Corbyn has admitted that he knew there were “discussions going on” about the role of his deputy, Tom Watson. A motion aiming to abolish the deputy leader position was tabled on Friday. The proposal, put forward by Jon Lansman, the founder of Momentum, the Corbynite group, was ruled out of order and then withdrawn. Mr Corbyn told The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One yesterday that he knew there were conversations “about the role of deputy leader” but added: “I did not know that that particular motion was going to be put at that time. There was a move that didn’t happen, didn’t work, and I intervened to make sure we have an open democratic discussion about the structures of our party,” Mr Corbyn said.” – The Times

  • Senior Momentum figure hits out at those who ignore immigration concerns – Daily Telegraph
  • Labour ‘ruins its moment’ with show of infighting – FT
  • CBI brand McDonnell ‘toxic’ – The Sun

Comment:

  • Think this conference looks bad? It’s worse – Matt Chorley, Times Red Box
  • My party has been ruined by incompetent, intolerant extremists – David Blunkett, Daily Mail

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: “I didn’t know” – Corbyn tries to distance himself from failed attempt to oust Watson

Labour 5) Ex-staffers to sue over antisemitism

Five ex-Labour employees are  preparing to launch a libel claim against the party over its response to a Panorama programme about anti-Semitism. Labour is set to be served with legal papers in the coming weeks for allegedly breaching its commitment to protect the rights of whistleblowers. The claimants also allege the response to the programme from Labour figures including Jeremy Corbyn, Jon Lansman and Seumas Milne defamed them. The move comes after a police investigation was launched into an anti-Semitic banner that was put outside Labour’s annual conference in Brighton on Sunday. The banner’s cartoon depicts Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn gesturing at a podium that bears the Palestinian flag and the writing: “Palestinian Rights”.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Khan ‘heartbroken’ by racism crisis – The Sun

Stephen Bush: The Corbynite revolution has failed to take Labour

“At first glance, the big story at Labour conference is about the combat between its major players: the successful attempt by Jeremy Corbyn’s allies to limit sharply the powers of the deputy leader, Tom Watson, in the event of a vacancy at the top, and the unsuccessful effort to scrap the post entirely. Yet the most important story in Labour politics doesn’t involve Corbyn or Watson. It’s a story that can be told in five names: Lucy Powell, Jim McMahon, Bambos Charalambous, Neil Coyle and Vicky Foxcroft. They are just five of the Labour MPs to come through the party’s new-look reselection processes unscathed… for all the institutional dominance of Corbynism, for all that the policies are undoubtedly a departure from what has gone before, while the parliamentary Labour Party remains broadly unchanged, Corbyn’s revolution will remain incomplete and under threat.” – The Times

  • It’s clear that Labour is preparing to betray ‘the many’ – Nick Timothy, Daily Telegraph
  • Forget Brexit, the battle now is over Corbyn’s successor – Zoe Williams, The Guardian

Johnson ‘refuses to rule out military action’ against Iran…

Boris Johnson has blamed Iran for the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, before a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani. The Prime Minister said on Sunday that the UK could attribute blame with a “very high degree of probability” to the Islamic republic as he declined to rule out military intervention. The PM told reporters on board the RAF Voyager to New York that he would meet with the Iranian leader at the United Nations General Assembly. He said he would also raise the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe during discussions on Tuesday afternoon. The US and Saudi Arabia have already accused Iran of being behind the September 14 raids on the world’s largest oil processor and an oil field, causing a spike in prices. Tehran has issued denials.” – Daily Telegraph

  • UK ‘ready to defend Saudi oil’ – FT

…as he says Thomas Cook bosses must be held accountable for collapse…

“Thomas Cook’s bosses should be personally held to account for leaving holidaymakers stranded, Boris Johnson has insisted. The PM spoke out today as the travel giant collapsed, leaving 160,000 Brits stranded abroad. He also confirmed that the Government has already drawn up a rescue plan to bring home the abandoned tourists. Landing on his RAF flight in New York for a UN summit, Mr Johnson said the Government’s “thoughts are very much with the customers who may now face difficulties getting home”… The PM also dropped a strong hint that the bosses of travel firms that go under could fail new criminal sanctions.” – The Sun

  • Chief executives raked in £30 million whilst company lost its way – The Times

…and urges Merkel and Macron to refuse Brexit delay

“Boris Johnson is “pushing ahead” for a Brexit deal in New York today when he will urge EU leaders Macron and Merkel to refuse another delay. The PM is due to hold crunch talks with bigwigs today as part of a UN meeting in the United States. He will tell them that any new deal has to be passed by October 31, and Britain is leaving then no matter what. But as he got off the plane this morning he said he was “cautiously optimistic” about an agreement, but that a “New York breakthrough” was unlikely… Ministers hope that if EU leaders indicate they could refuse another Brexit delay, MPs will be forced into voting for a deal or risking a No Deal exit.” – The Sun

  • He plays down the chances of a breakthrough at the UN – The Guardian
  • Business groups ‘fear repercussions’ of criticising No Deal – FT
  • There will be a hard border under a hard Brexit, says Juncker – Daily Mail
  • Stewart tells crowd his career is ‘over’ if Johnson gets a deal – The Guardian

Constitution:

  • Raab hints that Parliament could be suspended again – The Sun
  • Legal observers expect Supreme Court to rule against the Government – The Guardian

Comment:

  • Johnson is calmly leading us out of the EU – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun
  • The EU will never abandon the level playing field – Wolfgang Münchau, FT
  • Foster holds the power to break the deadlock – Katy Hayward, The Guardian

>Yesterday:

Civil servants try to curb Cummings’ power to sack aides

“A new Whitehall contract handing Dominic Cummings the power to sack ministers’ advisers is unconstitutional and must be withdrawn, the union for senior civil servants has said. The previous contract set out that “responsibility for disciplinary matters rests with your appointing ministers”, but the new one states that advisers must agree that this responsibility “rests with your appointing ministers and the prime minister’s chief of staff”. A clause relating to advisers’ grievances and appeals against actions has also been updated to give the chief of staff a role. Though Mr Cummings does not formally hold that title advisers have been told that he is the chief of staff for the purpose of the contract.” – The Times

Opposition call for inquiry into ‘misuse of funds’ by Johnson

“Labour has called for an investigation into whether Boris Johnson failed to declare a potential conflict of interest over the use of public funds regarding his friendship with an American entrepreneur during his eight-year tenure as Mayor of London. Jennifer Arcuri, an American entrepreneur who resided in London, received public funds, reportedly up to £126,000, some of which were awarded while Mr Johnson served in City Hall, and privileged access to trade delegations. It was claimed that Ms Arcuri was a friend of the prime minister during his mayoralty between 2008 and 2016. Jon Trickett, the shadow Cabinet Office minister, said that the allegations which emerged over the weekend “cannot be swept under the carpet” and raised questions about “the integrity of the man now leading our country”.” – FT

  • Money used to ‘assist an American businesswoman’… – The Times
  • …and Prime Minister ‘refuses to deny affair’ – The Sun

Ministers: Patel overrules asylum claim to deport criminal

“An Albanian man facing charges of murder and sex trafficking in Italy has been extradited from Britain despite having tried to claim asylum. Albert Visha was arrested last year at the request of the Italian police, who were demanding his extradition for offences including participating in an organised crime group and trafficking Albanian women into the EU… After appealing against extradition Mr Visha applied for asylum in March, arguing that he would face persecution in Italy. Nevertheless he was returned to Italy on Friday after Priti Patel, the home secretary, took advantage of a section of the Extradition Act 2003 that allows an asylum claim to be overridden if the claimant’s life and liberty are not judged to be at risk… The power had never before been used.” – The Times

  • How Britain will build the cutting-edge homes of tomorrow – Esther McVey, Daily Telegraph

News in Brief:

  • Why we must take Labour’s ludicrous schools policies seriously – Harry Phibbs, CapX
  • With Watson or not, Labour is Corbyn’s party now – Finn McRedmond, Reaction
  • Labour shouts down its own message – Isabel Hardman, The Spectator
  • Corbyn’s ruse of Brexit neutrality is not how Wilson played 1975 – Paul Goldsmith, Brexit Central
  • Singapore-on-Thames? Yes please! – Peter Franklin, UnHerd

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