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Javid to push for an end to lockdown ‘as soon as possible’

“The newly appointed Health Secretary, who replaced Matt Hancock after he was forced to resign for breaking lockdown rules to conduct an affair with an aide, said on Sunday it was his “most immediate priority to see that we can return to normal as soon and as quickly as possible”. A source close to Mr Javid added that “he’ll be extremely reluctant to support an extension… He’ll be looking and seeking to justify ending it as soon as possible”. The insider added that while Mr Javid has never criticised lockdown principles or timings, he had in the past year highlighted “concerns about the costs of it and the effects of it. Not just economically, but socially. Not just other types of health effects but things like domestic abuse and child abuse, and even extremism”.” – Daily Telegraph

  • He announces that restrictions cannot ease on July 5 – Daily Express
  • Where the new Health Secretary stands on the key issues – Daily Telegraph
  • Merkel launches bid to ban all British travellers from EU – The Times

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  • MPs criticise Government plan for economic recovery – FT
  • Firms beg for more Covid support before Freedom Day – Daily Mail
  • Tax body opens almost 13,000 probes into use of Covid schemes – FT

>Today: ToryDiary: Never mind CCTV. A sign should greet Javid in his new office. Saying “Welcome to Hell”.

>Yesterday:

MI5 to hold talks with officials over video leak

“MI5 officials are expected this week to discuss with the Cabinet Office the leak of Matt Hancock’s office CCTV footage amid mounting fears in government over other security breaches. The Department of Health and Social Care yesterday disabled the camera that filmed the former health secretary kissing and fondling his aide, Gina Coladangelo. The camera has also been blocked out with black masking tape as a precautionary measure by officials of Sajid Javid, the new health secretary, The Times has learnt. The department has launched an internal investigation into how the footage appeared in the media. It will also investigate why a CCTV camera was installed in the office. It emerged that it had been there since at least 2017.” – The Times

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  • Hancock won’t take £16,000 severance pay out after quitting in disgrace – The Sun
  • Westminster can change a man, writes Gove’s wife – The Times
  • He took mistress to a G7 health conference three weeks ago – Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday:

Prime Minister ‘hints Hancock could return to Cabinet’

“Boris Johnson appears to have hinted Matt Hancock could return to the Government because his “contribution is far from over” — despite slamming him as “useless” in a text. The embattled Health Secretary quit his role on Saturday, a day after humiliating footage of his romantic clinch with a senior aide was published by The Sun. Mr Hancock’s three-year tenure as Health Secretary came to an end after The Sun published footage of the MP kissing Gina Coladangelo. In a resignation letter to the PM, Mr Hancock said the government “owed it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down”. In a reply, Mr Johnson said he was sorry to receive his resignation and paid tribute to him and his work battling Covid.” – The Sun

  • Why Tories worry about Johnson’s loyalty to Hancock – The Times
  • How appeal from 80 Tory MPs sealed hiss fate – Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Hancock “should be proud” of what he has done with the health service, says Lewis

Ex-Health Secretary faces scrutiny for using private email for official business

“Matt Hancock’s use of private emails that bypassed disclosure rules when doing government business came under scrutiny this weekend, as exchanges emerged showing the former health secretary had personally referred an old neighbour wanting an NHS contract on to an official. Hancock has repeatedly denied that he had any involvement with £50m worth of contracts for NHS test-and-trace supplies secured by Alex Bourne, who used to run the Cock Inn, near Hancock’s old constituency home in Thurlow, Suffolk. The Guardian revealed last year that the former publican had won the work after sending Hancock a personal WhatsApp message last March, despite having no experience producing medical supplies. Bourne’s company, Hinpack, was at that time producing plastic cups and takeaway boxes for the catering industry.” – The Guardian

  • The other awkward questions Hancock must answer – Daily Mail
  • ‘Tens of thousands defy Covid rules’ after affair – Daily Express

Paul Goodman: Why Johnson fought so hard to save Hancock

“Pressure would be piling up on the prime minister. No 10’s focus groups would doubtless show rising public wrath, at least as much as was detonated by Dominic Cummings’s drive to Barnard Castle. In public, more Conservative MPs would be calling for Hancock to go. Still more would be doing so in private. The fracas would be set to run all the way to the Batley & Spen by-election on Thursday, undermining the possibility of the Tories winning it. All this being so, why did the prime minister stick by his health secretary? After all, it’s not as though they’re political soulmates. Hancock is a former leadership rival, once condemned by Johnson, in that famous WhatsApp message to Cummings, as “f***ing useless”. On inspection, there turn out to be at least four reasons. None is persuasive but all carry some weight. Taken together they offer insight into the prime minister himself, his world view and his future.” – The Times

  • Johnson should have sacked Hancock… but he has a habit of letting pals off the hook – Stephen Glover, Daily Mail
  • This adultery is not a private matter – Tim Stanley, Daily Telegraph
  • Hancock’s fall catapults Javid back into the heart of Conservative politics – Martin Kettle, The Guardian

Patel plans for migrants to be held in offshore hub

“Priti Patel will introduce laws next week to enable the government to send asylum seekers abroad for processing as she opens talks with Denmark over sharing a centre in Africa. The Nationality and Borders Bill will include a provision to create an offshore immigration processing centre for asylum seekers for the first time. Boris Johnson is said to be keen on the plan after the arrival in Britain this year of more than 5,600 migrants who have crossed the Channel in small boats. The Times has learnt that Home Office ministers and officials have discussed their proposals with their counterparts in Denmark, which passed its own law this month to process asylum seekers outside Europe. A government source said that representatives of both countries discussed how the Danish government managed the laws domestically, their negotiations with third countries and the “potential” to share a processing centre abroad.” – The Times

  • Plans form part of effort by the Home Office to curb soaring migrant numbers – Daily Mail
  • People smugglers packing more migrants on military-style inflatable boats – The Sun

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  • Focus on white privilege stokes division, says equalities minister – The Times

Nationalising probation service not enough to fix flaws, warns watchdog

“Renationalising the management of offenders in the community will not be enough to put right the flaws of disastrous privatisation reforms introduced by the former Conservative minister Chris Grayling, the probation watchdog has warned. As the reunified service launches on Monday, the chief inspector of probation, Justin Russell, said the move to renationalise the service was welcome but will not be without its challenges. Under Grayling’s widely derided shake-up in 2014, the probation sector was separated into a public sector organisation, the National Probation Service (NPS) managing high-risk criminals, and 21 private companies responsible for the supervision of 150,000 low to medium-risk offenders.” – The Guardian

  • Call for more cash as Grayling reforms reversed – The Times

Tory MP wants bill to put tips back into hands of waiters

“Restaurants would lose the power to deduct money received by staff in tips if a new bill is passed by parliament. A Conservative MP has brought forward the Tips Bill as a way of enshrining the rights of waiters and other staff to receive all of the money left by customers. At present, restaurants and other businesses can make deductions from tips, but that would be forbidden under the bill, with staff either pocketing the money directly or agreeing on a pooling system with colleagues. Dean Russell, the Watford MP who proposed the bill, said he saw it as a way of correcting an injustice… The idea of protecting tips has proven consistently popular with the general public, but previous promises to legislate for it have failed to materialise.” – The Times

  • Helping the red wall doesn’t mean harming the south – John Stevenson MP, Times Red Box

>Today: Bim Afolami MP in Comment: What southern MPs in traditionally Tory seats should learn from Northern ones in the former Red Wall

Labour activists ‘sabotaging by-election campaign’ in bid to topple Starmer

“Left-wing Labour activists are sabotaging their party’s by-election campaign in a bid to topple leader Sir Keir Starmer. They have been out in force urging voters to stay at home or back another candidate. Ahead of Thursday’s Batley and Spen poll, MPs fear Sir Keir is doomed if he cannot defend the 3,525 majority in the Yorkshire seat his party has held since 1997. His chances have already been eroded by ex-Labour rabble-rouser George Galloway, who is standing for his self-styled Workers’ Party of Britain. He is appealing to Muslim voters by campaigning on the Middle East and Palestine — and has reached out to Lefties by proclaiming that if they want rid of Starmer “I’m your man”. Ex-leader Jeremy Corbyn and his henchman John McDonnell have been absent from the hustings, as have other seasoned Labour campaigners.” – The Sun

  • Campaigners ‘egged and kicked’ on Batley and Spen campaign trail – The Guardian

Support for Scottish independence at lowest in two years

“Support for Scottish independence has dropped in recent months and stands at its lowest level for two years, according to a poll. The Panelbase survey for the Sunday Times found 48 per cent support for separation and 52 per cent backing for the Union when undecided voters were excluded. This represented a four-point swing since a poll conducted in April produced the opposite result. It also showed the lowest support for independence in a Panelbase poll since 2019. Prof Sir John Curtice, Britain’s most eminent psephologist, said the results indicated “a cooling of the independence ardour” since the Holyrood elections last month. Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP won a fourth term in power but fell one seat short of a majority.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Sturgeon’s bluff unveiled as SNP had to rely on UK Treasury for funding – Daily Express

Comment:

  • Chaotic Unionists must buck up their act – David Burnside, Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: Lewis – My tweet about there being no Irish Sea Border “has not aged well”

Macron’s party is wiped out in French local elections that also see National Rally fail to break through

“French President Emmanuel Macron saw his party experience wipe-out in local elections today as it failed to win a single one of the country’s key mainland regions. Sunday’s nationwide poll was also a disaster for Marine Le Pen’s far-Right National Rally, which also failed to make any breakthroughs. Despite an appalling turn out of around a third of the country in the second round of the regional elections – the first took place a week ago – it will be seen as key indicator of how both Mr Macron and Ms Le Pen might do in presidential elections next year. Exit polls showed the principal winners on Sunday were the mainstream conservative right, in the form of the opposition Republicans party.” – Daily Mail

News in Brief:

  • Society’s growing acceptance of adultery ignores the pain of its victims – Sarah Ditum, UnHerd
  • At least Hancock apologised, unlike Cummings – Tim Montgomerie, Reaction
  • The electoral humiliation of Macron and Le Pen – Jonathan Miller, The Spectator
  • Anatomy of a miserable deal – Peter Lilley, The Critic
  • Eton’s state sixth forms will change lives for the better – David James, CapX