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Conservative Conference 1) Frost to give EU an ultimatum over Article 16

“Lord Frost will issue a threat to the EU that the UK is prepared to trigger Article 16 unless the bloc agrees to replace the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol. The Brexit minister has drawn up proposals to permanently replace the protocol and will tell the Tory party conference that the UK “cannot wait forever” for Brussels and unless it moves “soon” the UK will trigger the so-called nuclear option allowing it to unilaterally suspend parts of the protocol. In his keynote speech in Manchester, Lord Frost will say that he is increasingly concerned that the EU’s proposals to fix the protocol will not provide the “significant change we need”, it is understood.” – Daily Telegraph

  • The Government has drafted full legal texts to override the Protocol – Belfast Telegraph

>Today:

Conservative Conference 2) Sunak to spend £500 million extending job support schemes

“The chancellor will commit £500m to renew job support programmes during his speech at the Conservative Party conference on Monday. Rishi Sunak will promise to “double down” on help for the jobs market after Covid, as he extends several schemes set up during the pandemic. He will also promise to reshape the economy around technology and scientific innovation. The speech comes amid pressure on the government over living standards.” – BBC

  • Chancellor does not rule out Council Tax hike – City AM

Conservative Conference 3) Truss ignores EU in her speech

“Liz Truss has reeled off a long list of Britain’s crucial allies – but has snubbed the EU. Unveiling her new “Network of Liberty” at the Tory conference the Foreign Secretary reeled off a handful of nations and blocs the UK will cosy up to. They included old friends like the US and Israel as well as former Communist nations. But Ms Truss – taking to her new role with a Thatcher-esque hairdo – overlooked the Brussels backyard. A source close to the Foreign Sec told The Sun it wasn’t a deliberate snub but said: “Liz does believe we need to focus on the faster growing parts of the global economy and look to the Indo-Pacific.” – The Sun

  • Foreign Secretary says she agrees with comments by the Labour MP Rosie Duffield who said “only women have a cervix” – Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: WATCH: The Foreign Secretary promises “to make our country more competitive, safer, and freer”

Conservative Conference 4) Shapps “signals a rethink” on HS2

“Transport secretary Grant Shapps has signalled a major rethink of the £100bn High Speed 2 rail line between London and northern England, saying ministers could no longer “blindly follow” a blueprint dating back to the last Labour government. Ministers are shortly expected to announce a delay to the eastern leg of HS2 between Birmingham and Leeds, with priority given instead to an east-west rail scheme between Leeds and Manchester called Northern Powerhouse Rail and nicknamed HS3.” – Financial Times

Conservative Conference 5) PM to pledge that all electricity will be green by 2035

“Boris Johnson will this week announce that all of Britain’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2035 as he seeks to reduce the country’s dependence on gas and other fossil fuels, The Times has been told. The prime minister will use his conference speech to commit his party to plans to hugely increase investment in renewable and nuclear energy as Britain faces a crisis caused by a surge in the cost of gas. He is expected to argue that taking all electricity from green sources would be a significant step towards the government’s ambition to hit net zero emissions by 2050, and reduce exposure to fluctuations in gas prices.” – The Times

  • Top financiers due to attend UK green investor summit – Financial Times
  • Army drivers will deliver petrol to Britain’s forecourts today – The Sun

Conservative Conference 6) Gove denounces “ugly” development

“Fresh laws to block “ugly” new homes have been promised as ministers reverse plans to limit the power of local residents to veto development. The new housing secretary, Michael Gove, is understood to have ordered a complete rethink of the planning reforms and has ruled out proposals to limit the power of local planning committees to block housebuilding. Gove is also said to want to make housing companies pay more to local communities to improve amenities in areas where development takes place….Speaking at a fringe event at the party conference, Gove urged developers to take inspiration from the architects of 19th-century housing. “Beauty doesn’t mean that every house has to be built in a Georgian style, but there are various human principles about how streets have developed which have been neglected, and alienating,” he said.” – The Times

>Yesterday: WATCH LIVE: Trusting The People: a mission for our party in power

Conservative Conference 7) Rees-Mogg calls for low taxes

“Jacob Rees-Mogg warned Britons are being taxed to “the limit” just hours after Boris Johnson refused to rule out further hikes. The cabinet minister told a fringe event at the Conservative’s annual conference the Tories were “absolutely” still the party of low taxation. He said Britons were being taxed at the highest level since World War Two and any further increases would be nationally damaging. Speaking at an event organised by the Taxpayers’ Alliance, Mr Rees-Mogg said his party must continue to aim for lower taxation…He added: “I think individuals spend their money better than the Government spends their money for them and therefore the Government should spend less, the British people should keep more of their own money for themselves.” – Daily Express

  • Sir Graham Brady warns Tories’ “credible reputation” as a low tax party was under threat – Daily Telegraph
  • Reform UK leader attacks ‘high tax’ Tories – BBC
  • Property tax would bridge the wealth gap between ages – David Willetts, The Times

Conservative Conference 8) Dowden accuses Labour of turning its back on traditional voters

“Oliver Dowden accused Labour of ‘turning its back’ on its traditional voters as he attacked the party’s ‘woke’ politics. The chairman of the Conservative Party said Labour ‘has got woke running through it like a stick of Brighton rock’. ..He attacked ‘cancel culture’ and said it is ‘a mantra that results in bullying and haranguing of individuals, elected representatives, and public institutions’…Mr Dowden said that anyone who objects to what he described as ‘woke aggression’ is accused of ‘instigating culture wars’.” – Daily Mail

>Yesterday:

Conservative Conference 9) Johnson promises he will ‘stop at nothing to make sure we get more rapists behind bars’

“Rape victims in Britain are badly served, Boris Johnson has admitted, as he promised to “stop at nothing to make sure we get more rapists behind bars” and to overhaul the policing of sexual violence after Sarah Everard’s murder. The prime minister said the rape and murder of Everard by a serving police officer had “triggered feelings of huge numbers of people” about the handling of sexual crimes, domestic violence and rape. Only 2% of reported rapes in England and Wales result in prosecution, and rape convictions are at an all-time low, while many instances of sexual harassment are not fully investigated – failings the Guardian has highlighted repeatedly…The prime minister blamed a failure of police and prosecutors to work together well enough to ensure there was a chance of a “decent case being presented”.” – The Guardian

  • Metropolitan Police must acknowledge its mistakes and return to tackling crime – Tim Stanley, Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: WATCH: The Prime Minister insists “You have no fiercer and more zealous opponent of unnecessary tax rises than me”

Conservative Conference 10) Timothy: If the Tories are going to be interventionists they should intervene with enthusiasm

“We have a Prime Minister keen on grands projets and thinking and spending big. But we have ministers and MPs who seem half-in and half-out: going along with what Johnson demands of them, while showing reluctance to really go all the way…If the Tories are going to run an interventionist government, they need to intervene with enthusiasm. If they do not, they will look like they are responding, with policies they do not cherish, to events they cannot control. This is the task awaiting the Prime Minister: clarify the plan, communicate your strategy, and intervene not reluctantly but because you know it is the right thing to do.” – Nick Timothy, Daily Telegraph

  • Underneath all the slogans, do the Conservatives have an economic policy? – Mark Littlewood, The Times
  • Only Thatcherism 2.0 can cure Tories of their lurch to the Left – Roger Bootle, Daily Telegraph

Blair avoided £312,000 in Stamp Duty on new house

“Tony and Cherie Blair dodged paying £312,000 in stamp duty when buying a £6.45million townhouse, documents show. The ex-Labour Prime Minister and his wife got it by buying the offshore company that owned it. Ms Blair said the owners had insisted the sale went through that way, but the building was now under UK control so it will be liable for capital gains tax if they sell it on. Since leaving Downing Street in 2007, the Blairs have built up a £30million property portfolio. Mr Blair has been critical of tax loopholes.” – The Sun

Private hospitals overtake NHS for hip and knee replacements

“Private hospitals are delivering more hip and knee replacements than the NHS for the first time since the procedures were widely introduced in the 1960s and 1970s. With the NHS still focused on Covid-19, independent hospital chains including Circle Health Group, Nuffield Health, HCA Healthcare and Spire Healthcare have doubled the numbers of privately paid patients, according to an analysis of official figures by healthcare consultancy Candesic for the Financial Times. Although the overall numbers of hip and knee operations remain lower than in 2019, the research found that 56 per cent of the total surgeries performed in the first eight months of this year were performed in private hospitals, compared with 40 per cent over the same period two years ago.” – Financial Times

Spending on Quangos at record level

“Spending on government agencies has reached its highest level in almost a decade, with staff paid six-figure salaries for as little as two days’ work a week, a Times investigation can reveal. Quangos, which are government agencies, advisory bodies and regulators, cost £29 billion last year, up from a low of £18 billion at the end of the coalition government in 2015…..Almost 200 agency bosses earn more than Boris Johnson’s salary of £157,372.” – The Times

>Today: Public Appointments: Calling Conservatives: New public appointments announced. Chair of the National Archives – and more

Foges: Abandoning free speech damages students as well as their universities

“Evergreen State College in the US offers a cautionary tale about the financial cost of intolerance. In 2017 its “Day of Absence” required all white students and staff to leave the campus. When a professor suggested that this was racist he was denounced as a white supremacist and driven from his post. The next year, there was a “catastrophic” drop in student enrolment, forcing a $6 million cut in the budget and 20 members of staff to be laid off. Giving in to demands for yet more wokeism is not good for business or for the students who are clamouring for it. It is in the nature of young people to push the limits but it is the responsibility of academic institutions to push back against this tide of totalitarian wokeness and stand up for freedom.” – Clare Foges, The Times

News in brief

  • Johnson’s tetchy Marr interview showed the risks he is taking – James Forsyth, The Spectator
  • Global Britain needs a proper framework for dealing with China – Nus Ghani MP, CapX
  • Tory MPs eager to fight the war on woke need to take the beam from their own eyes – Caroline ffiske, The Critic
  • Markets are not cold impersonal enemies of the many. They are the way we all have choices of what to buy and where to work – John Redwood
  • If Johnson is serious about ‘levelling up’, he needs to devolve power and get out of the way – Justine Greening, Independent