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Tory rebellion over social care changes set to spread to Lords…

“The Tory rebellion on social care that erupted in the Commons on Monday night is set to spread to the Lords, where former ministers will try to force a government climbdown. Lord Lansley, a former Conservative health secretary, and Baroness Altmann, an ex-pensions minister, told The Telegraph they would seek to amend the legislation when it arrived in the upper chamber next month. It comes as Boris Johnson suffered a significant Commons rebellion on changes to the new social care system, which MPs said amounted to “changing the goalposts halfway through the match”. The changes, set out in a government document, revealed means-tested support would not count towards the £86,000 lifetime cap on care costs.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Changes to social care pushed through despite Tory revolt – The Times
  • Poorest pensioners will have to sell homes to pay for social care, admits minister – The Sun
  • England’s social care cap will see poorest areas lose greater share of property wealth – The Guardian

Comment:

  • There’s still time for the Tories to get a grip – William Hague, The Times

>Today:

…as MPs turn on ‘stumbling’ Johnson after Peppa Pig World speech

“Boris Johnson faced a backlash from senior aides and ministers last night after a chaotic speech to business leaders and a Tory rebellion over social care. The prime minister gave a speech yesterday morning to the CBI in which he praised Peppa Pig World, compared himself to Moses and imitated the noise of an accelerating car. At one point he lost his place and spent 20 seconds asking those present to “forgive me” as he shuffled through his papers… Johnson left business leaders baffled after paying extensive tribute to Peppa Pig World, an amusement park in Hampshire based on the children’s television series Peppa Pig, in a speech delivered in the northeast of England.” – The Times

  • Rambling address bombs – The Sun
  • Tory anger as CBI chief blasts Thatcher’s legacy – Daily Mail
  • Bulb blames energy price cap for collapse – The Times

More:

  • Senior Tories demand shake-up of Boris Johnson’s top team – FT
  • Disquiet grows about potential dysfunction at Number 10 – Daily Telegraph

>Today: ToryDiary: Like the star of La Cage Au Folles, Johnson is who he is. Tory MPs must either get used to him or get rid of him.

Patel has ‘lost control’ of small boat migration

“The opposition Labour party has accused the British home secretary of having “lost control” of small boat migration across the English Channel, as the number of asylum seekers entering the UK by the dangerous route more than tripled the total for 2020. Nick Thomas-Symonds, shadow home secretary, criticised Priti Patel for her handling of the Channel crisis during Home Office questions in the House of Commons on Monday. Meanwhile, Conservative MPs have expressed increasing concern about the arrivals, which are unpopular with many constituents, fearing the issue is causing political danger for the party.” – FT

  • No10 losing faith after latest surge in Channel crossings – Daily Express
  •  Tories ‘urge Patel to ignore human rights and international law’ – The i
  • French reject offer of police beach patrols – The Times
  • Joint Anglo-French patrol boats could be solution – Daily Telegraph
  • Home Office forces councils to care for unaccompanied migrant children – Daily Mail
  • Farage threatens return to politics over Britain’s migrant crisis – The Sun

Bingham says Britain is ‘put at risk by civil service groupthink’

“Civil service “groupthink and risk aversion” leaves the country exposed on future threats from climate change to cyberwarfare, the woman who led Britain’s successful vaccine task force has warned. In an outspoken attack on foot dragging in Whitehall, Dame Kate Bingham said that the country would have faced months of delay in getting vaccines if it had been up to the normal machinery of government. She attacked a “devastating lack of skills and experience in science, industry and manufacturing” in government as she accused civil servants of treating business with “hostility and suspicion”.” – The Times

>Yesterday:

Zahawi rejects exclusion zones to keep Covid anti-vaxxers away from schools

“Nadhim Zahawi has rejected calls for the introduction of exclusion zones to keep anti-vaccine protesters away from schools, saying he would prefer the police to deal with the problem. The education secretary told LBC that anti-vaxxers who have been picketing school gates across England should not be going anywhere near schools, teachers or pupils, but indicated exclusion zones were not the best solution. Zahawi’s cabinet colleague the health secretary, Sajid Javid, and the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, are among those to have called for the use of exclusion zones – known formally as public space protection orders, which are administered by local authorities – to protect schools from protests.” – The Guardian

  • MPs ramp up pressure to block protesters – Daily Mail

More:

  • Britain will be first to beat the pandemic, Zahawi predicts – The Times

>Today: Jeremy Hunt MP in Comment: My move today to ensure that we train enough doctors and nurses for the future

Number 10 will consider scrapping Covid tests for all travellers in January

“Covid tests for travellers returning to Britain could be scrapped entirely in January, a Government minister said today. Aviation minister Robert Courts said No10 was looking to review the measure at the start of 2022 to help the sector ‘bounce back’ from the pandemic. He told aviation leaders during a conference at Westminster today: ‘We all want to reduce not just testing but all the restrictive measures.’ Currently., everyone travelling to the UK — regardless of whether they are jabbed — must take a test after they enter the country. Ministers dropped the costly requirement for £70 PCR tests for vaccinated people in September, and replaced them with cheaper lateral flow tests.” – Daily Mail

  • Transport Secretary cleared in sleaze row over small airfields – The Sun

Cut taxes or Brexit will fail, says Lord Frost

“Britain cannot carry on as it was before Brexit and must cut taxes and reduce regulation, Lord Frost said on Monday as he called for “free debate” over government policy. In a speech at a conference attended by Boris Johnson, the Brexit minister urged the UK not to import the “European social model” or it would risk the failure of its split from the EU. His intervention came amid growing reports of concern about drift in Number 10, compounded by a chaotic speech given by Mr Johnson to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) on Monday. Laura Kuenssberg, the BBC’s political editor, quoted a senior Downing Street source as saying senior Tories needed to “wake up” and call for changes.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Minister rules out suspending Protocol before Christmas – FT
  • Number 10 refuses to put timetable on potential use of Article 16 – News Letter

Labour and Plaid Cymru in deal to drive policy change

“Welsh first minister and leader of Plaid Cymru on Monday announced the two parties will enter into a three-year co-operation agreement with the aim of driving policy change in areas such as climate change and social care. Mark Drakeford, leader of the Welsh Labour party, and Adam Price, leader of the Welsh nationalist party, said the agreement would enable the government to respond more effectively to challenges such as Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic recovery. The agreement is expected to take effect from December 1. The parties have already committed to policy initiatives such as creating a publicly owned energy company, Ynni Cymru, and a national construction group, Unnos, to improve the supply of social and affordable housing.” – FT

  • ‘Very wide-ranging’ deal will extend free school meals to all primary school pupils – Wales Online

Scottish Tory leader defends U-turn on controversial drugs ‘shooting galleries’

“The leader of the Scottish Tories has told supporters left “horrified” at his about-turn over state-backed “shooting galleries” that they should be more concerned at the country’s drugs death crisis. Douglas Ross on Monday acknowledged that his dramatic reversal over SNP plans for drug consumption rooms north of the border had caused a backlash within parts of his party. But he claimed the scale of the problem in Scotland, which has seen the country become the drugs death capital of Europe, meant nothing should be taken “off the table”. He now supports a trial of the facilities, which the UK Government insist would be illegal, where addicts could take substances such as heroin under supervision without fear of arrest.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Decision expected on expansion of Scottish vaccine passport scheme – The Scotsman

News in Brief:

  • Parental regret should be taboo – Ben Sixsmith, The Critic
  • The fifth wave could break Macron – Susanne Mundschenk, The Spectator
  • Our public bodies urgently need a shake-up – Baroness Stowell, CapX
  • The Left’s Covid failure – Toby Green and Thomas Fazi, UnHerd

And finally… Mourners line streets of Southend for funeral of Amess

“The streets of Southend were lined with members of the public coming to pay their respects to an MP who died serving his constituents. Mourners at the funeral of Sir David Amess on Monday paid tribute to a man who always had time for a chat, loved a joke, and was dedicated to the people he had been elected to represent. They thanked him with a round of applause as his coffin, draped in a union flag, was borne into and out of St Mary’s parish church in Prittlewell. “It’s just tragic, it’s awful. Such a terrible waste of a life that was lived just to serve people,” said 64-year-old Antoinette Moore. “And he really did that – he served everyone who met him. They are thin on the ground, people like that.”” – The Guardian