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Leaked memo ‘demolishes’ Labour leader’s Beergate story

“Keir Starmer has been plunged into a full-scale leadership crisis after The Mail on Sunday obtained a secret Labour Party document which appears to shatter his version of events over ‘Beergate’. An operational note drawn up ahead of Sir Keir’s notorious visit to Durham, where he was filmed enjoying a late-night beer with activists, reveals the gathering had been planned in advance. The bombshell document, marked ‘private and confidential’, also calls into serious doubt Sir Keir’s claim that he returned to work after the beers and takeaway curries.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Starmer’s claims of a spontaneous takeaway are under attack on two fronts – Sunday Times
  • Witness sinks leader’s alibi – Sun on Sunday
  • ‘Smears’ could drag on for weeks, top Labour figures warn – The Observer
  • Rayner’s name was top of the guest list for ‘Beergate’, shows leaked memo – Mail on Sunday

Comment:

  • Voters will forgive many things, but not self-righteous hypocrisy – Dan Hodges, Mail on Sunday

>Today: ToryDiary: Beergate and Partygate. Is Starmer’s surest way of gaining Johnson’s resignation to quit himself?

Housing crisis cost us votes, says Gove

“Many voters who turned against the Conservatives this week were punishing the party for falling rates of home ownership, Michael Gove has warned. In an interview with The Telegraph, the Housing Secretary said that his first lesson from the local election results was: “We’ve got to do more on home ownership.” He warned that the Tories “have a problem” because “the proportion of people living in their own homes has gone down”, whilst the share of those renting has increased… Mr Gove outlined plans designed to increase the supply of homes, which are due to form part of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill…” – Sunday Telegraph

  • Residents will get to vote on plans for new houses in their street – Sun on Sunday
  • Rolls-Royce’s mini-nuclear reactor operation planning hiring blitz – Mail on Sunday

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  • Tory MPs who would lose their seats if local votes counted in general election – Sunday Telegraph

Sunak vows to ‘look at all options’ to ease the cost of living crisis

“Rishi Sunak has vowed to ‘look at all options’ to ease the cost of living crisis after the Conservatives lost nearly 400 council seats in last week’s local elections. Anxious backbenchers have urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to cut taxes to prevent a repeat of the losses at the next General Election – and to sack the Chancellor if he refuses to do so. It comes amid the backdrop of growing alarm within the party over the Bank of England’s warning that the economy was heading for a recession, with inflation set to exceed ten per cent by the autumn and families facing the second-biggest income squeeze since modern records began in 1964.” – Mail on Sunday

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  • Chancellor stumps up £1.3billion to bolster military aid and operations for Ukraine – Sun on Sunday

Rishi Sunak: How I will ease the squeeze for hard-pressed families

“I know many families are still struggling with the cost of living and we will look to do all we can to help people with their energy bills in the autumn when we know more about what prices will be then. We have been in a position to step in and help financially, both at home and now in Ukraine, with billions of pounds’ worth of support, including the defence money announced today, because we have made responsible but difficult decisions to stabilise the public finances. By getting borrowing down and reducing our deficit, we have given ourselves the room to put money aside for future crises, exactly like the brutal war we are now seeing on the Continent.” – Mail on Sunday

  • Johnson can’t win another election by leaving Londoners behind – Justine Greening, The Observer
  • Red wall voters have had it with Labour, but they still don’t trust the Tories – Rod Liddle, Sunday Times
  • We must be visibly pulling every lever to stimulate growth – Daniel Hannan, Sunday Telegraph

Truss claims negotiations with the EU on Northern Ireland have almost ‘run out of road’

“Britain is preparing to unilaterally override the post-Brexit border arrangement to avoid the Northern Ireland crisis “dragging on and on”, government sources have claimed, as Sinn Fein won the largest share of seats in Stormont for the first time on Saturday night. Liz Truss has concluded that negotiations with the EU have almost “run out of road”, after Maros Sefcovic, the EU’s Brexit negotiator, told her that Brussels will “never” back down on its refusal to overhaul the Northern Ireland Protocol, according to government sources. A source close to the Foreign Secretary described the remark as “alarming” after she repeatedly called for member states to redraw Mr Sefcovic’s mandate in order to allow for a breakthrough in the talks.” – Sunday Telegraph

  • Sinn Fein win reignites Brexit tensions – Sunday Times
  • Northern Ireland ‘can’t form Government’ until EU changes Brexit trade rules – Sun on Sunday
  • Johnson warned ‘seismic’ election results could be ‘final chapter’ for UK – Sunday Express
  • Scotland ‘stuck’ on independence as elections mirror 2014 referendum – Sunday Telegraph

Comment:

  • Protocol lacks democratic legitimacy and must be removed – Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP, Sunday Telegraph
  • Our cherished unity has never seen such threat – Julian Smith MP, Mail on Sunday
  • SNP’s record mattered less to voters than the cost of living and Partygate – Alex Massie, Sunday Times

Johnson’s strategist criticises MPs over public porn complaint

“Boris Johnson’s deputy chief of staff has criticised the female Tory MPs who exposed Neil Parish for watching pornography in parliament, reigniting anger about the treatment of women at Westminster. David Canzini allegedly said he was “shocked” that members of Parish’s own party had decided to disclose the incident in an open forum rather than raise it privately. At a meeting on Friday Canzini warned government special advisers that the party needed to stick together to turn its fortunes around before the general election. One source said he called for an end to the “blue-on-blue” attacks and expressed his anger at the way the MPs dealt with the complaint against Parish.” – Sunday Times

  • Tories exhibit the morbid symptoms of a fin-de-siècle regime – Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer

Patel’s Rwanda plan for UK asylum seekers faces its first legal challenge

“The first legal action has been launched against Priti Patel’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda as the UN’s refugee agency raised concerns that the UK is “inviting” other European countries to adopt the same divisive immigration policy. Lodged last Tuesday, the legal challenge states that the home secretary’s proposals run contrary to international law and the UN refugee convention, as well as breaching British data protection law. Lawyers believe that the Rwanda plans are a “publicity stunt” to discourage people crossing the Channel in small boats. Patel is refusing to disclose key framework documents explaining which migrants may be eligible to be removed.” – The Observer

  • Eco-protesters disrupt event to heckle the Home Secretary – Mail on Sunday

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  • Raab vows shake-up to deport more foreign criminals – Sun on Sunday