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Labour 1) Corbyn’s “neutral” Brexit stance backed by Party Conference

“Jeremy Corbyn was accused of a “stitch-up” on Monday night after Labour MPs claimed one of his lieutenants changed the course of a key Brexit vote to prevent a damaging defeat for him. Amid chaotic scenes at the party’s conference, Jennie Formby, Labour’s general secretary, appeared to overrule the chairman of the party’s ruling body who thought members had rejected the leader’s Brexit policy. Had he lost the vote, Labour would have become a Remain-backing party against his wishes, leaving his future in doubt. Instead, Labour goes into the next general election promising a second referendum without saying whether it backs Leave or Remain.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Victory over Remainer rebels will come at a price for a party still at war with itself – Daily Telegraph
  • Jon Snow’s “tasteless” comments about older voters – Daily Express

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>Yesterday: WATCH: Starmer urges Labour to back a second referendum

Labour 2) Wallace: Ambiguity won’t help them

“Labour’s strategy was once constructive, but now it is destructive, and the battle to avoid clarity is doing them immense damage. Their latest policy, to postpone a decision on their Brexit policy until after an election – vote for us, then we’ll tell you what you’ve voted for after we get in – is unsustainable, and deserves to be laughed out of town. Whatever your preference, whatever the rights and wrongs of each side, they must choose a side soon.” – Mark Wallace, The i

  • A mad blueprint for the destruction of our economy – Leader, The Sun
  • This vote will bitterly disappoint members – Polly Toynbee, The Guardian
  • Bring Remainers back into the fold – Leader, The Guardian

Labour 3) Thornbery tipped as next Leader

“Emily Thornberry has outflanked Sir Keir Starmer in the race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as the next Labour leader by showing “leadership” in championing Remain at its party conference, a shadow cabinet minister said. The shadow foreign secretary has made a succession of prominent interventions at the party conference in Brighton as she pushed for Labour to back staying in the European Union. Senior shadow cabinet members are carefully positioning themselves amid mounting concern that Labour will lose the general election and Mr Corbyn will be forced to stand down.” – The Times

>Yesterday: WATCH: “We must strive night and day, whatever it takes, to keep Britain in the European Union”, says Thornberry

Labour 4) Businesses warn that a four day working week would be unaffordable

“Business leaders accused Labour of policies that would harm workers after John McDonnell pledged that his party would introduce a four-day working week. The shadow chancellor promised that the length of the average working week would be cut to 32 hours, with no loss of pay, within a decade. Workers, not employers, should benefit from improvements in technology and automation, he told the Labour Party conference in Brighton. However, Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general of the CBI, said that Labour’s policies risked causing harm to working people. She also said that unless productivity increased, a four-day week at the same pay would push many businesses into financial difficulties.” – The Times

  • McDonnell accused of copying Venezuela – The Sun

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: McDonnell’s promise of a four-day working week with no loss of pay is an attempt to defy economic gravity

Labour 5) McKinstry: Hypocrisy behind the demand to ban independent schools

“There is a nasty whiff of hypocrisy about Labour’s ­rhetoric on equality and ­fairness, since several of the key figures in Corbyn’s circle sent their own children to ­private schools. So Shami Chakrabarti, the Shadow Attorney General, put her son through £21,246-a-year Dulwich College, while Valerie Vaz, the Shadow Leader of the Commons, paid for her ­daughter to go to £20,835-a-year Latymer Upper. When it was revealed that Diane Abbott, now the Shadow Home Secretary, sent her son to the City of London School, where fees are currently £18,939 a year, she shamelessly tried to close down any debate on the subject by playing the race card. “West Indian mums will go to the wall for their children,” she declared, as if other ­parents do not feel the same way. The double standards are breathtaking.” – Leo McKinstry, The Sun

  • Pledge to abolish private schools could prove costly – Miranda Green, Financial Times
  • Headmaster of Eton College hits back – The Guardian
  • Abolition bid would be illegal – Daily Mail
  • Just how much would it cost the taxpayer? – Toby Young, Daily Telegraph

Labour 6) Hague: Corbyn threatens our future as a free country

“We should be accelerating success and diversity, not creating universal mediocrity….Labour’s declaration of war against private education helps to illuminate the battlefield beyond our exit from the EU. It confirms that, under Corbyn, his party has become unelectable for anyone who believes in the basic attributes of a free and prosperous country, or even in simple common sense. And it underlines the huge responsibility of Boris Johnson and the Tories at their conference in Manchester next week.”- William Hague, Daily Telegraph

  • What would Britain look like under Corbyn? Just take a trip back to communist East Germany to find out – Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Mail
  • Labour is plotting a middle class culture war – Benedict Spence, Daily Telegraph

Supreme Court verdict on prorogation of Parliament due to 10.30am

“The highest court in the UK is set to make a historic ruling on whether Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks was lawful. Ministers say the suspension, or prorogation, is not a court matter, but critics argue it was intended to limit scrutiny of the PM’s Brexit plans. If the judgement – due at 10:30 BST – goes against Mr Johnson, Parliament could be reconvened immediately. The government has said it will “abide by the ruling” of the Supreme Court. But Mr Johnson – who is in New York for a UN climate conference – has refused to rule out seeking to prorogue Parliament for a second time if the ruling goes against him.” – BBC

  • PM refuses to rule out suspending parliament again – The Guardian
  • Johnson won’t resign if judges rule that he misled the Queen – The Times
  • Stuart Wheeler: ‘I worry that Boris will allow a very soft Brexit’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Awkward meetings with Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Donald Tusk – Daily Mail

Two thirds of Tory voters back electoral pact with Nigel Farage

“Almost two thirds of Tory voters say they would back an electoral pact with Nigel Farage’s Brexit party in order to deliver Brexit. As Boris Johnson publicly ruled out a deal with Farage, a ComRes poll suggested both Tory and Brexit party voters are overwhelmingly in favour of a deal. Farage could even swing more than a quarter of Labour leave voters behind a Conservative candidate if he was to endorse the prospective MP. The survey of 2050 adults for Britain Elects, a leading poll aggregator, showed 63 per cent of Conservative voters and 79 per cent of Brexit Party backers believe the best way to secure would be a pact, where each stood aside for the other on a constituency by constituency basis.” – Daily Telegraph

Johnson challenges Thomas Cook over bosses salaries

“Bosses of Thomas Cook were criticised for receiving multimillion-pound pay-outs based on aggressive accounting methods as the oldest travel company in the world collapsed yesterday. Boris Johnson criticised the directors of the company for paying themselves large sums before the 178-year-old tour company went “down the tubes”. The prime minister said it was “bewildering” that the taxpayer should be forced to pay millions to rescue 150,000 British holidaymakers stranded abroad. It will be the biggest repatriation effort since the Second World War.” – The Times

PM seeks to woo American business leaders with low tax vision

“Boris Johnson will on Tuesday set out a vision of Britain as a low-tax, more lightly regulated economy on the edge of Europe, in a provocative post-Brexit pitch to US and Canadian business leaders to invest in the UK. The British prime minister will intensify concerns in Berlin and Paris about how he appears set on diverging from the EU economic model, raising the prospect of future trade barriers being erected between the UK and its biggest market. This month German chancellor Angela Merkel said Britain would become “an economic competitor on our own doorstep” after Brexit while France and other EU countries have warned they would impose tariffs on the UK if it did not engage in “fair competition”.” – Financial Times

  • Johnson refuses to answer five times when asked if he had ‘relationship’ with former model – Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: James Cooper on Comment: Turbo-charging trade is about products, not productivity

Trump urged to agree nuclear deal with Iran

“Boris Johnson has urged President Trump to strike a new deal with Iran, saying the US leader was the “one guy” who could negotiate a nuclear pact. Asked in an interview whether he wanted military force to be used against Iran, the prime minister said: “I will be honest with you, it’s not something that I think will necessarily help the situation.” Mr Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran and imposed further sanctions on the regime. Iran has hit back, attacking ships in the Gulf and oil installations in Saudi Arabia.” – The Times

MPs warn that Overseas Aid spending may be poor value for money

“Much of the £14 billion overseas aid budget could be going to waste because ministers do not know if it represents value for money, MPs have said. While the target to spend 0.7 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) has been met, the public accounts committee found that ministers were unclear “what this considerable amount of aid money achieves in practice”. One part of the budget, overseen by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, had its funding doubled to more than £700 million “despite a weak understanding of how funds had been spent, where and with what results”, the report found.” – The Times

Murray: Universities are so woke that academics refuse to talk to each other

“Roehampton University recently held a conference called “Thinking Beyond: Transversal Transfeminisms”, designed as a response to what it called “a series of attacks against the experiences and identities of trans people, including rampant transphobia in UK feminist circles”…The organisers of the conference had introduced a “traffic-light” system of badges that attendees could wear.  Those wearing red badges were signalling that they did not wish to engage with their fellow academics. Those wearing yellow indicated that they did not want to be approached, but were willing to communicate if they themselves made the first move. Green badges were to be worn by academics who were not terrified by the idea of talking to other human beings… there is a problem here, which is that the free exchange of ideas used to be exactly what universities were for.” – Douglas Murray, Daily Telegraph

Thunberg attacks world leaders at the UN

“Environmental activist Greta Thunberg furiously attacked world leaders at the United Nations on Monday for not doing more to tackle climate change, berating the assembled delegates and asking: “How dare you?” Greta, 16, who began the “climate strike” movement encouraging children to miss school to protest on Fridays, also launched legal proceedings against five countries on Monday, arguing that they did not prevent climate change despite being aware of the damage it does.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Emissions have never been higher – but there are reasons for climate optimism, too – Leader, Daily Telegraph

News in brief

  • Is there any rule the Remainers aren’t willing to break in their bid to overturn Brexit? – Lucy Harris MEP, Brexit Central
  • How did Thomas Cook fall so far and so fast? – John Redwood
  • Johnson would be foolish to underestimate Labour – Robert Peston, The Spectator
  • ‘Market failure’ is not to blame for sky-high US drug prices – Tim Worstall, CapX
  • Class war – Labour opens fire on Ofsted as well as independent schools – Chris McGovern, Conservative Woman

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