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Parties call off campaign events after London Bridge attack

“Boris Johnson has called a halt to his general election campaign after yesterday’s London Bridge terror attack. The prime minister will instead focus today on overseeing the response to the incident. Jeremy Corbyn cancelled a planned campaign event in Yorkshire this morning, but the Labour Party has not confirmed whether all other events are off as well. The Liberal Democrats called off a Stop Brexit rally, which was due to be held in London this afternoon… At the last general election in 2017 both the Conservatives and Labour suspended national campaigning for three days after the bombing of Manchester Arena less than a month before the vote. Campaigning was suspended for a second time after a terror attack in London Bridge a few days before the June poll.” – The Times

  • Johnson vows that plotters will be ‘hunted down’ – Daily Mail
  • Tories criticised over police cuts in wake of incident – The Guardian

More:

  • Perpetrator ‘was convicted terrorist’ – FT
  • Why was this man freed to kill? – Daily Mail

Comment:

  • No reason for attack to affect the election, but it probably will – Francis Elliott, The Times

>Today: ToryDiary: Terror attacks and the election

Prime Minister to ‘minimise’ appearances with Trump

“Boris Johnson is expected to minimise public appearances with President Trump next week amid concerns that the president’s visit to Britain could damage the Tories’ election prospects. Mr Trump is to arrive in London on Monday evening for the Nato summit. He will remain in the UK until Wednesday, when he will hold a press conference before returning to America. Jeremy Corbyn is planning to “weaponise” Mr Trump’s visit in a bid to gain ground on the Tories. He will use it to warn that the NHS will be up for sale in a post-Brexit trade deal with the US. Mr Johnson said yesterday that he did not want Mr Trump’s endorsement during his visit to London. In the past the American president has repeatedly praised Mr Johnson, describing him as a “good man” and “Britain Trump”.” – The Times

Johnson ‘declines Gove’s support’ over single mother comments

“Boris Johnson yesterday turned down an offer from Michael Gove to help to defend him over his description of the children of single mothers as “ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate”. At a press conference at which he stood next to his fellow former Vote Leave campaigner, the Tory leader was asked if his views had changed since writing about the “proliferation of single mothers” for The Spectator in 1995. Mr Gove’s biological mother was revealed earlier this year to have been an unmarried 23-year-old. The cabinet minister was seen writing and showing a note to Mr Johnson that read: “I am the child of a single mother.” Allies said he had been offering to make a supportive comment.” – The Times

  • Atkins offers to help with his ‘language’ around women – FT
  • Now Arcuri praises Johnson’s wife – Daily Mail

Comment:

  • Gove is the political horror show that chills my soul – Mark O’Connell, The Guardian

Is Rees-Mogg’s Cabinet career under threat?

“Jacob Rees-Mogg’s ministerial career is hanging by a thread today after the Prime Minister refused to rule out sacking him after controversial criticism of victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster. The Commons leader, previously a familiar face on television and radio,  has been sidelined from the Conservative election campaign and did not even appear at the manifesto launch. The North East Somerset MP was forced to apologise after saying that the 72 people who died in the West London inferno lacked common sense because they followed firefighters’ advice to stay in their flats. The Prime Minister twice today threw the Commons leader’s future into question when, instead of guaranteeing the top Tory a place on his frontbench, he vowed not be drawn into Cabinet speculation.” – Daily Mail

Prime Minister tries to woo Labour voters with ‘buy British’ plans…

“Boris Johnson launched a bold pitch to win over Labour voters as he unveiled plans to revamp state aid rules and promote buying British after Brexit. The PM took the fight to Jeremy Corbyn with a left-wing package of reforms that would allow ministers to intervene rapidly to save failing companies. But EU officials warned the move would put No10 on a collision course with Brussels — which will demand “strong alignment” in any trade deal. And it sparked a backlash from free market Tory think-tanks, which accused Mr Johnson of “Trumpian protectionism”. The PM made the announcement alongside former Labour MP Gisela Stuart, who announced she will be voting Tory to get Brexit done.” – The Sun

  • Prime Minister backs ‘looser state aid rules’ after Brexit – FT
  • Vote Leave team assembles to ‘squeeze Farage’ – The Sun
  • Conservatives admit No Deal is ‘still an option’ – The Times
  • Battle for the Brexit-backing North – FT

>Yesterday: Iain Dale’s column: If everyone hates the Conservatives, why do they lead the polls?

…as Opposition shifts strategy over to northern, pro-Brexit voters

“Pro-Brexit shadow cabinet ministers are being dispatched to key Leave seats amid fears that Labour has significantly underestimated a swing to the Conservatives. Labour insiders claim a change in strategy has been prompted by a major new poll which suggests Jeremy Corbyn stands to lose dozens of seats in Labour’s heartlands in the Midlands and north of England. With YouGov’s survey indicating that Boris Johnson could steal 44 seats from Labour, the party has shifted its focus northwards, with leave-backing frontbenchers believed to have been handed more prominent roles in the campaign. They include Ian Lavery, the party chairman, who has signalled he will campaign for Labour’s proposed Brexit deal, along with Richard Burgon and John Healey.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Shadow of Corbyn hangs over canvassers – The Times
  • Voters ‘prioritise leaving the EU over inequality’ – FT
  • ‘Furious’ Grimsby residents on why they’re ‘shunning’ Labour – The Sun
  • ‘I tell people they’re voting for a party, not Corbyn’ – The Times
  • Corbyn’s £250bn splurge blasted as ‘distraction’ – Daily Express
  • Labour to cut jobs at Newcastle office amid talk of tight finances – The Guardian

>Yesterday:

Corbyn ‘closing the gap’ in six polls

“Jeremy Corbyn is gaining ground on the Tories with just two weeks to go until the election, a shock series of polls shows. The Labour leader is up against Boris Johnson in six separate surveys published this week, with experts warning the race is set to “narrow”. In a Panelbase poll published yesterday the left-wing party was up to 34 per cent – just eight per cent behind the Tories. That marked a two per cent rise on the same time last week, while the Conservative score remained static. Surveys by ICM, Savanta ComRes, YouGov, Kantar, and Survation all also showed Labour up by two per cent. And one poll by Kantar concluded Mr Corbyn has enjoyed a five per cent leap in support in the space of a week.” – The Sun

  • Projection cuts Tory majority from 80 seats to 12 – Daily Express

Comment:

  • Desperate Corbyn is still a threat – James Forsyth, The Sun

>Today: Nick Hargrave’s column: Meet Megan and David – who, with others like them, may determine this election result

>Yesterday: ConHome’s election panel in Comment: “As things stand, this election is currently about the size and nature of the Conservative majority.”

Matthew Parris: A new centre-left can rise from the ashes

“Trapped by its own scaffolding, this particular product of centre-left thinking may be on its way to relegation, as was Asquith’s Liberal Party after the First World War, at which point Labour emerged to challenge the Conservatives. The Liberals were fatally slow to grasp the salience of “the workers” in a new world. Today, I believe, Labour is fatally slow to grasp that it really isn’t about “the workers” any longer… We rightly invest great and immediate interest in who and what “wins” in an election. Doubtless the Tories will. But in the longer term we should study who and what is losing, too. Ideas and party reputations, as well as individuals, can lose elections in important ways. Start, as you scrutinise the results next month, from the observation that the old Labour nucleus for the centre-left is dying. It may then, in the flames, be possible to discern the beginnings of the new.” – The Times

Media 1) BBC barrs Johnson from Marr if he won’t do Neil

“The BBC has refused to allow Boris Johnson to appear on the Andrew Marr Show this weekend unless he agrees to take part in a one-on-one interview with Andrew Neil, amid ongoing tension between the Conservatives and broadcasters. The prime minister has failed to set a date for his proposed half-hour primetime interview with Neil, despite every other party leader agreeing to do one. Labour has accused Johnson of dodging one of the toughest interviewers on television, insisting they were operating in the belief that the prime minister was already signed up when they agreed to let Jeremy Corbyn appear on the programme.” – The Guardian

  • McDonnell says Johnson is ‘playing’ BBC interview – The Guardian
  • Attenborough attacks Prime Minister over climate debate snub – The Times

Comment:

  • Our broadcasters genuinely believe they are the biggest story in this election – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: Eamonn Ives in Comment: Yesterday’s TV environment debate. No-one told the truth – that capitalism and climate concern are compatible

Media 2) Seven-way debate descends into row

“The Conservatives and Labour accused each other of lying and dishonesty during bad-tempered clashes on the economy and Brexit in a televised seven-way debate. Rebecca Long Bailey, the shadow business secretary, who is seen as a potential Labour leader, accused Rishi Sunak of making “fabricated” claims about Labour’s spending plans. Mr Sunak, chief secretary to the Treasury, said that Labour was failing to be “honest” with the public because ordinary voters would be left to foot the bill for its spending plans… Mr Sunak said that it was time that politicians respected the EU referendum result and “actually leave”. Ms Long Bailey said that a second referendum was needed to “heal a divided country” and bring Brexit to a conclusion “in a sensible way”.” – The Times

  • Sunak applauded over Brexit comments… – Daily Express
  • …as Long-Bailey ‘ridiculed’ over Corbyn’s ‘neutral’ stance – Daily Mail

Comment:

  • Channel 4’s political bias has become too brazen to ignore – Matt Kilcoyne, Daily Telegraph

Roman Catholic leaders warn their flock not to vote Labour

“Roman Catholic leaders effectively warned their four million UK followers not to vote Labour yesterday. They declared that Catholics should back only candidates who uphold the rights of unborn children. It follows Labour’s vow to ‘decriminalise’ abortion by ending all legal restrictions, including the 24-week limit that bans it during the final months of pregnancy. Previous Labour leaders treated abortion as a matter of conscience and allowed free votes but Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto turns it into a party issue for the first time and Labour MPs will be whipped during votes. After two days of debating in Leeds Catholic bishops called on voters to back candidates who would defend ‘the child in the womb’.” – Daily Mail

  • Corbyn’s union pal is accused of leaving an anti-Semitic slur on the Facebook page of a Jewish MP – Daily Mail

News in Brief:

  • Five reasons why this election could still go wrong for the Tories – Fraser Nelson, The Spectator
  • Don’t write Labour off yet – Matthew Goodwin, UnHerd
  • Give thanks that we have a Prime Minister not a President – David Waywell, Reaction
  • Can the Tories win enough old Labour seats to compensate their losses elsewhere? – Lewis Baston, The Critic
  • Leavers can either put Brexit at risk with Corbyn or get Brexit done with Johnson – Gisela Stuart, Brexit Central

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