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PM 1) Johnson ‘eyes another decade’ in power

“Boris Johnson has outlined his vision for a decade in power as colleagues say he wants to be prime minister for longer than Margaret Thatcher. He said he was determined to address the “catastrophic” economic mistakes of the past 40 years and use Brexit to rectify inequalities across the country. Setting out his pitch for the 2024 election for the first time, he said voters would be able to see his “great, great project” of levelling up making progress across Britain. “It’s going to take a while, it’s going to take ten years,” he said. Johnson will frame the next election around Brexit and has warned that Britain would “slump back” into following EU laws and regulations under Labour.” – The Times

  • MP chased through car park vows to pass legislation to stop intimidation of politicians – Daily Telegraph
  • Minister refuses to apologise for swearing at ‘Stop Brexit man’ – The Guardian

PM 2) Matthew Parris: Johnson should consider demoting the party’s golden boy

“Boris Johnson is more Yogi Bear than Bambi. He has stumbled into prominence as some kind of shambling, fibbing, chaotic beast. But does Yogi have claws? Whips’ whispers of a ministerial reshuffle nudged rebellious Tory backbenchers into obedience, and on Thursday Johnson got his outrageous plan to bolt a new levy onto national insurance easily through the Commons — not necessarily because they believe the whispers (everything from Downing Street these days should be treated with scepticism bordering on disdain), but because colleagues know he can’t carry on indefinitely without a proper reshuffle. Perhaps not now, but before too long.” – The Times

  • Braverman’s return from maternity leave forces Cabinet mini-reshuffle – Daily Telegraph
  • Johnson laughs as ‘uneasy cabinet prepares for reshuffle’ – The Times

PM 3) Camilla Tominey: Why has Johnson declared war on Tory voters?

“When I covered the last general election, I met quite a few voters who refused to reveal any political partisanship and simply said they were “voting for Boris”. At times he did appear to transcend the Conservative Party, particularly in the traditional Labour heartlands of the Midlands and the North where some people didn’t seem to be voting for the Tories to “get Brexit done” but for “Boris” personally. Thanks to his undoubted charm and charisma – and deserved reputation as a vote-winning machine – it’s perhaps understandable that the Prime Minister thinks he can get away with anything. Yet his manifesto-breaking health and social care levy is surely a step too far even for the man who once declared: “My policy on cake is pro having it and pro eating it?” – Daily Telegraph

  • Conservative Red Wall MPs could be swept away by wave of tax rise anger – Daily Telegraph
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Social care 1) Council tax bills ‘will rise for millions to pay for social care’

“Council tax bills will have to rise for millions of households next year to pay for social care despite Boris Johnson’s tax raid, ministers fear. This would mean families facing a “double whammy” of tax hikes as the 1.25 percentage point increase in National Insurance is due to come into force at the same time as the council tax rises in April next year. Town halls are likely to need extra cash because most of the money raised from the manifesto-busting increase goes to the NHS over the next three years before being diverted into social care in 2024. Ministers privately believe that average council tax rises of at least five or six percent will be levied next year to help meet the shortfall.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Sunak looks to insurers to help with social care costs – FT
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Social care 2) Tax on landlords could pay for social care, says Starmer

“Money to pay for social care could have been raised through taxing landlords, Sir Keir Starmer is expected to tell a conference. It comes after Boris Johnson announced plans to raise National Insurance tax on workers and employers in order to pay for the NHS backlog and social care. Sir Keir will describe the rise as “unfair” and “poorly thought through”. But the Labour leader has come under pressure in recent days to detail his own plan to fund social care. Addressing the House of Commons earlier this week, Mr Johnson acknowledged his tax rise broke a manifesto commitment not to raise taxes, but defended the move as “the right, reasonable and fair approach” in light of the pandemic.” – BBC News

  • My social care plan will keep people in their own homes for longer, insists Starmer – Daily Telegraph
  • Labour apologises to chair of youth wing for ‘investigation error’ – The Guardian
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Ministers ‘drop shake-up’ of planning laws

“The biggest shake-up of planning laws for 70 years is set to be abandoned after a backlash from voters and Tory MPs in southern England. Reforms designed to help ministers hit a target of 300,000 new homes annually by the middle of the decade will be watered down, The Times understands. The government had intended to rip up the planning application process and replace it with a zonal system, stripping homeowners of their rights to object to new houses. It said that councils would also be given mandatory housebuilding targets. Tory MPs blamed the planning overhaul for their party’s shock defeat by the Liberal Democrats at the Chesham & Amersham by-election in June.” – The Times

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  • Pressure grows to stay the course for eastern leg – The Times

UK must be prepared for winter Covid wave, Johnson to warn

“Britain must head into an “uncertain” winter fully prepared for a new wave of the pandemic, Boris Johnson will warn next week as he unveils a blueprint to avoid shutting schools and pubs again. The prime minister’s Covid winter plan will set out “contingency” measures – which could involve the reintroduction of some nationwide restrictions such as social distancing or masks – that would come into force if case numbers and hospitalisations begin to overwhelm the NHS again. On Tuesday Johnson is expected to announce his plan for avoiding a full lockdown, including the introduction of Covid boosters and the biggest ever flu jab campaign, to be administered at the same time.” – The Guardian

  • Offices ‘will close again’ if Covid cases surge this winter – The Times
  • Mandatory face masks could return this winter – Daily Telegraph
  • Vaccine passports might be needed beyond nightclubs – Daily Telegraph

EU Brexit chief rejects UK demands to rewrite N Ireland trade rules

“The EU’s top Brexit negotiator has flatly rejected UK demands to rewrite the rules governing trade between the British mainland and Northern Ireland, saying he was prepared to be flexible and show goodwill but not to reopen five years of tortuous negotiations. Maros Sefcovic’s explicit refusal on Friday to bow to his UK opposite number’s demands to scrap the so-called Northern Ireland protocol capped a week in which the UK delayed full implementation of contentious post-Brexit trade rules for the third time as talks with Brussels continue. The EU official’s comments came on a visit to Belfast and followed a threat by the leader of the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) to pull out of Northern Ireland’s power-sharing executive “within weeks” unless the protocol was scrapped.” – FT

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America mourns on 20th anniversary of 9/11

“America is mourning the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington that killed nearly 3,000 people and helped shape the 21st century. Joe Biden is due this morning to join families of the victims at three separate locations in what he may have hoped would prove a rare moment of national unity. But anger at the US president’s recent botched withdrawal from Afghanistan is still raw. Two decades on, images from 11 September 2001 are vividly imprinted in the memory of some – everyone can remember where they were – but now represent a historical event for a new generation born after the atrocity.” – The Guardian

  • MI5 chief warns Britain could face a ‘spectacular’ attack like 9/11 – Daily Mail
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Hammond cleared of breaching lobbying rules

“The UK lobbying regulator has concluded that former chancellor Lord Philip Hammond did not breach the watchdog’s rules when he contacted a senior civil servant on behalf of a bank he advises. The Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists (ORCL) accepted Hammond’s argument that his approach to Charles Roxburgh, Treasury second permanent secretary, fell within an exemption to its rules. It transpired last month that the regulator was investigating Hammond after he emailed Roxburgh in July 2020 to promote software developed by OakNorth Bank. Hammond, who joined OakNorth’s advisory board in early 2020 after stepping down as chancellor the previous year, pushed an offer from the bank to give the government free access to its “Covid stress-testing toolkit” for assessing corporate borrowers.” – FT

Chequers dinner for ex-PMs with plenty of subjects off the table

“If the Conservative Party is a family, then a dinner taking place next week must count as one of the more awkward reunions. A week today Boris Johnson will dine at Chequers, the prime minister’s country retreat, with the other Tories who have held his job — politicians with whom he has not always seen eye to eye. The Chequers Trust, which owns the Buckinghamshire estate, has organised the dinner to mark 100 years since David Lloyd George became its first prime ministerial occupant. Every living prime minister was invited, along with their spouses, but the two Labour prime ministers, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, said they were unable to attend for diary reasons, The Times has learnt.” – The Times

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