‘I don’t want an election. You don’t want an election…’ – Johnson lays out an ultimatum

‘Boris Johnson has issued a final Brexit ultimatum to rebel MPs by pledging to call a snap general election next month if the House of Commons pushes ahead with a bill tabled by a cross-party group of backbenchers seeking to block no deal. In a carefully choreographed sequence, Johnson held an emergency cabinet meeting, addressed Conservative MPs at a Downing Street reception and then made a live television address outside No 10 to say there were “no circumstances” under which departure from the EU would not happen on 31 October. Johnson said in his televised address, which was punctuated by chants from protestors at the gates of Downing Street, that he did not want an election. But No 10 briefings openly threatened one on 14 October if rebels did not back down.’ – The Guardian

>Today: Stephen Booth’s column: The No Deal paradox. If it stays on the table, there may yet be a deal. If it’s taken off, that’s unlikely.

>Yesterday: WATCH: The Prime Minister – “There are no circumstances in which I will ask for delay. We are leaving on 31 October, no ifs or buts.”

Remainers publish Bill intended to bar the Prime Minister from leaving without a deal

‘The alliance of Remainer Tories and opposition MPs yesterday published a bill that makes a No Deal exit on October 31 illegal. If it’s passed, it compels the PM to ask the EU for and also accept an extension of Article 50 talks until January 31. The law also allows the EU to set an even longer extension with the Commons’ approval. In an extra lock, only a successful vote in the Commons will allow the UK to leave on time without a new agreement in place. The European Union (Withdrawal) (no 6) Bill will be voted on by MPs tomorrow. First, the alliance of MPs will try to win a vote tonight to seize control of Parliament’s timetable.’ – The Sun

>Today: Stewart Jackson on Comment: No Conservative MP acting in good conscience can back today’s ploy to defy the people

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Hammond’s reading of the 2017 manifesto is more than a little selective

Tory rebels will lose the Whip, and thereby be deselected

‘A group of at least 11 confirmed rebel Tory MPs could by thrown out of the party if they try and block No Deal Brexit later today and tomorrow. Boris Johnson threatened to remove the whip and deselect Conservative MPs who vote to pass a law in the Commons stopping the UK from crashing out of the EU on October 31. Tory sources said any Conservative MP voting against the Government would have the whip removed and face the effective end of their careers. Mr Johnson held a crisis meeting yesterday with his Cabinet and spent yesterday afternoon privately urging Tory MPs to fall back into line.’ – Daily Mail

  • Hammond says he will fight deselection – Daily Mail
  • MPs may undermine the government, but it’d be silly to imagine that is without consequences – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph
  • The Prime Minister ‘conceded’ Leavers could be deselected for voting against a deal, too – The Times
  • It turns out he meant ‘do or die’ – Peter Oborne, Daily Mail
  • Swinson has a little list of seats where the Lib Dems would stand aside for Remainer Tories – The Times
  • Leo Docherty’s brother writes to him saying he should resign – The Guardian
  • The realignment of British politics is well underway – Stephen Davies, Daily Telegraph
  • Lords Speaker appeals to Johnson not to pack the House with allies – The Times

>Today: ToryDiary: Grieve today, Francois tomorrow? The rights and wrongs of withdrawing the whip from Conservative rebels.

Corbyn says he is ‘delighted’ and ‘ready’ for an election

‘Jeremy Corbyn proclaimed himself “delighted” last night at the prospect of a general election despite warnings from his party not to back Boris Johnson’s proposed date for a snap poll. Speaking at a rally soon after the prime minister’s October 14 gambit emerged, the Labour leader said: “I am proud to lead our party, I’m proud to take the fight to the Tories and I will be delighted when the election comes. I’m ready for it, you’re ready for it, we’re ready for it. We’ll take the message out there and above all we will win for the people of this country.”’ – The Times

  • McDonnell introduces him as ‘Britain’s next socialist Prime Minister’ – Daily Mail
  • Many in his party are not so keen – The Sun
  • Tory donors rally to support ‘over 100’ target seats – Daily Telegraph
  • Downing Street is polling ‘culture war’ issues – Rachel Sylvester, The Times
  • Momentum’s conversion to anti-No-Deal helps the Tories – Ross Clark, Daily Telegraph
  • Blair: I hate Brexit so much I’d vote for Corbyn – The Times
  • Leak alleges Cummings called continued negotiations a ‘sham’ – Daily Telegraph
  • The EU prepares to use natural disaster fund to cover No Deal losses – Daily Telegraph
  • Leak alleges Cummings called continued negotiations a ‘sham’ – Daily Telegraph
  • The EU prepares to use natural disaster fund to cover No Deal losses – Daily Telegraph
  • German manufacturers already suffering – FT

Javid and Hancock: We’re putting more money into training NHS staff

‘The single most important part of any public service is its people. And nowhere is this more true than in the NHS. Three-quarters of the NHS budget goes on staff, and rightly so, because how we care for our 1.3 million NHS workforce will ultimately determine how well they can care for us. So today we’re announcing that the spending round will include a £210 million funding boost for frontline staff: every nurse, midwife, and allied health professional will receive more than £1,000 each, over the next three years, in the form of a personal development budget. They will be able to use these dedicated funds to learn new skills and new specialisms, undergo professional training so they are up to date with new techniques and new treatments, and so they can meet the changing needs of the NHS and patients. Nursing staff will be able to change jobs more easily if we help them obtain advanced practice. They will be able to work in different parts of the health service, places where their skills may be in greater need.’ – Sajid Javid and Matt Hancock, The Times

HS2 costs rise even further, as the timetable slips

‘Ministers are poised to announce that HS2 will be delayed for up to three years and come in £24billion over-budget. The first leg of the new high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham was due to open in 2026 but is now expected to be put back until 2028 or 2029. Meanwhile, the budget for the whole project — including phase two from Manchester to Leeds — is expected to rise from £56billion to £80billion. The Government will unveil the updates in a Commons statement later this week, the Birmingham Live website reported. The delay is not thought to be as a result of the root-and-branch review of the entire HS2 project ordered by Boris Johnson last month.’ – The Sun

Williamson ‘will always back’ headteachers who expel disruptive pupils

‘Head teachers will have the government’s full backing if they expel or suspend badly behaved pupils from their schools, they have been told. Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, said that heads must be able to enforce “proper and full discipline” for children to get a decent education. On a school visit he said a “crack team” would work with schools that struggle with behaviour, and that there were plans to set up “behaviour hubs” to help teachers to maintain “safe and disciplined” schools. Mr Williamson said: “Any head teacher who makes the decision to either suspend or expel a pupil because they need to do it in order to be able to enforce proper and full discipline in their school, and making sure that they’re protecting the whole interests of the school, will always have my backing. We have empowered them to make that judgment. We have empowered them to make sure that they protect the interests of all the children in that school. That’s what I will always and consistently do.” The number of permanent exclusions has hit its highest level for almost a decade, with 42 children a day being thrown out of school.’ – The Times

  • Ofsted plan to judge schools on ‘cultural capital’ is attacked as ‘elitist’ – The Guardian
  • Heads object to new tests – The Guardian
  • Moped crime halves after police start ramming criminals off bikes – Daily Mail

Labour would introduce massive tax rises and launch a raid on pension pots

‘Corbyn will impose a £26billion tax bombshell on Brits if he becomes PM, shocking new research warns. Labour’s hard-left leader has promised £250bn of extra spending over the next decade. He has vowed to end austerity, pour cash into railways and roads, and reverse most benefit cuts. But Labour has also promised to cut public debt – meaning they will have to slap tax hikes to bankroll their spree. Critics said the brutal figures show that a Corbyn government would leave many hard-working Brits poorer. Kristian Niemietz, from the free market think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, warned Brits already have to pay more tax than at any point in the past 40 years… Meanwhile, a separate study by law firm Clifford Chance warned that Labour plans to seize a staggering £300bn of company shares will hit pensioners and see investors flee Britain. The analysis found that a staggering £31bn will be wiped off the value of pension pots.’ – The Sun

  • And that’s just for starters. Is this what Tory Remainers want to usher in. – The Sun Says
  • Their economic madness would make No Deal look like a picnic – Alex Brummer, Daily Mail
  • A ruinous revolution – Daily Mail
  • McDonnell’s buy-to-let claims are bogus, his neighbours say – Daily Mail
  • Who’s who in Corbyn’s Kremlin – FT

Hong Kong’s Lam says she would apologise and resign if she was free to do so

‘Carrie Lam has said she would quit her post as Hong Kong’s chief executive if she had a free hand, after causing “unforgivable havoc” by triggering the territory’s political crisis. “If I have a choice, the first thing is to quit, having made a deep apology,” she said in an audio recording of remarks made to a group of businesspeople. She added that she had “very limited” room for manoeuvre because the public unrest had become a national security and sovereignty issue for Beijing. She was required by the constitution to “serve two masters: the central people’s government and the people of Hong Kong”.’ – The Times

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