The first in our annual series of Christmas carols.
Staff and public distrust of the Conservatives is so great that it is impeding vital reform.
The Immigration Minister explains how the Government intends to do so without imposing a hard border with the Republic of Ireland.
“After decades of declines in workplace pension saving, we are now seeing increases. We want to extend that benefit to people under the age of 22.”
Futhermore, the Government needs to sharpen up its sense of mission. And there is a heap of talent on the Tory backbenches.
They propose a bespoke agreement that would permit mutual market access, with a Solvency II equivalence outcome built into it.
The MP for Sutton and Cheam will have his work cut out to reconnect the Tories to a city which some fear could become their “next Scotland”.
To date she has steered clear of the phrase, but it should be core to the work of any government which wants all Britons to fulfil their potential.
Both of the national parties are built around different attitudes to economic policy, and the Scottish Parliament’s new responsibilities will force tough choices on the SNP.
But in his new book, he does not quite explain why she has remained Prime Minister.
Matt Smith: Welsh Labour’s two decades in power have left behind a lost generation of state school pupils
This year, Wales produced the lowest A* to C grade GCSE results since 2006, with the GCSE attainment gap between the best and worst performing areas widening.
In the Financial Times, of all places, it emerges that predictions of Brexit disaster in the City were overblown.
“There’s still more to do, but we’re well on the road to delivering a Brexit that will make Britain strong, prosperous and secure.”
The British Indian Ocean Territory is clearly a reminder to too many member nations of our lingering colonial legacy.
By 2018, we expect that figure to rise to 10 million employees newly saving or saving more – rivalling the combined populations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Conservatives gained a seat from Labour in Newcastle-under-Lyme but lost a seat to an independent in Torridge and the Lib Dems in Waverley.
It seems strange to think of Thatcher’s last triumph as the twilight of a Tory century, but that is how it now appears to electoral history.
Sending up the Left is not enough. But it’s certainly a start – and Tom Harwood is doing it effectively
His satire on the NUS is highly enjoyable, but as he himself recognises, the Conservatives are a long way from finding messages to reach younger voters.
Plus: We’ll never know the truth about the rebels’ motives. If you have fewer MPs, you must also have fewer Ministers. And: doesn’t Steve Baker have a fine head of hair?
These practical recommendations outline how EU migration could be sharply reduced while preserving access for employers to the best and brightest from across the EU..
After Poundbury, the Prince of Wales is doing it again – more beautiful new homes are on the way.
There is a spike in hospital admissions every winter, yet we are taking far to little action either to prepare for it or prevent it.
Brexit 1) Theresa May: I will not be knocked off course from delivering Brexit
“You, the British people voted to leave the European Union and that is what we are going to do. I will not be derailed from my duty to deliver your democratic decision. Amid all the noise this Government is getting on with the job. We are looking ahead with optimism as we secure a smooth and orderly Brexit while taking back control of our borders, money and laws once again. And we are seizing the opportunity to build a Britain fit for the future. Last week marked a watershed as the European Parliament and the European Council agreed we have made sufficient progress to move to the next stage of negotiations.” – Sunday Express
- Jam tomorrow for Brexiteers as May cooks up her softest Brexit – Adam Boulton, Sunday Times
- This was the year democracy got shaken up, for better or worse – Janet Daley, Sunday Telegraph
- Corbyn is about to betray the 48 per cent – Dan Hodges, Mail on Sunday
- Social media is plunging us into digital mob rule – Simon Heffer, Sunday Telegraph
- The Tory circular firing squad needs to take aim at Corbyn – Sunday Times
Brexit 2) Johnson lays down markers for transition period
“It is telling that, knowing the game, Johnson decides to play it anyway, putting down a firm marker on why Britain’s “end state” deal with Brussels must allow the UK to diverge from EU laws once we have left, rather than stay in the state of permanent close alignment that Philip Hammond and other remain-supporting ministers would prefer. This is the principal faultline in today’s cabinet. “The prime minister has done a fantastic job moving us forward in the negotiations,” he explains, getting the loyalty bit out of the way. “What we need to do is something new and ambitious, which allows zero tariffs and frictionless trade but still gives us that important freedom to decide our own regulatory framework, our own laws and do things in a distinctive way in the future.”” Interview by Tim Shipman, Sunday Times
- Foreign Secretary insists deal must not render UK a ‘vassal state’ – Sunday Times
- Hammond clashes with Brexiteers over transition – Mail on Sunday
- Brexiteers accuse Chancellor of ‘appeasing’ Brussels – Sun on Sunday
- Ministers draw up plans for new court to rule on disputes – Sunday Telegraph
- Brussels warn Johnson and Gove trade deal will fail if they pursue Singapore vision – Mail on Sunday
- May says she has ‘proved doubters wrong’ with deal – Sunday Telegraph
- Juncker jokes that he ‘imposed sanctions’ on the Prime Minister – Sunday Express
- Brexit vote ‘mainly driven by taking back control of law-making’ – Sun on Sunday
- Davis blew £10,000 on RAF flights – Mail on Sunday
- Voters name their terms on immigration – Sunday Times
- Britain set for overtime boom as EU limits scrapped – Sun on Sunday
- Ireland should consider leaving the EU, former ambassador claims – Sunday Express
- Remain leads by 10 points in latest poll – Mail on Sunday
- This is merely lengthening the fuse of the inevitable time bomb – Christopher Booker, Sunday Telegraph
- May isn’t perfect but she’s the best to lead Brexit – Sun on Sunday
Brexit 3) Gove to receive fishery protection fleet
“He helped lead Britain out of Europe – and now Michael Gove is getting his own navy to keep the Europeans away: a squadron of armed patrol boats to deter foreign trawlers after Brexit. His department is about to get the first of four powerful fishery protection vessels, whose task will be to prevent French, Spanish, Danish and other boats from fishing illegally in UK waters. HMS Forth, which is undergoing sea trials, will have a 30mm gun, machineguns and a helicopter when it enters service next year. Four other ships are being built at a cost of £350m, with one going to the Falklands.” – Sunday Times
- MPs doubt MoD’s capacity to fulfil spending ambitions – Sunday Times
- Doubt over savings targets puts equipment at risk – Sunday Telegraph
- Government criticised for using Argentine name for Falklands on NHS site – Mail on Sunday
- Defence firms told to hire veterans to secure deals – Sunday Times
- EU wasted billions on green farming subsidies – Sunday Telegraph
- Iraq War families told there is no chance of prosecuting Blair – Mail on Sunday
Brexit 4) May condemns threats of violence against MPs
“Theresa May has condemned threats of violence against politicians after a series of incidents in which MPs received death threats and abuse. The Prime Minister said there was ‘no place in our politics’ for intimidation and called for ‘tolerance, decency and respect’ for everyone. Mrs May added: ‘Threats of violence and intimidation are unacceptable.’ Her comments came after Tory Brexit rebels were subjected to vicious abuse, with Anna Soubry revealing she had received messages suggesting she should be ‘hung in public’. Former business minister Ms Soubry told the Guardian her office had received threatening messages as well as posts on social media attacking her.” – Mail on Sunday
- Left-wing trolls threaten MP’s wife after he heckles Corbyn – Mail on Sunday
- Prime Minister receives ratings boost – Sun on Sunday
- Chief Whip accuses Grieve of betraying the Party – Mail on Sunday
- Call off bullies or face defeat, Tory peers tell the Prime Minister – The Observer
- Twelve key questions after May takes a hit from Tory rebels – Sunday Times
- May insists that rebels will not derails Brexit – Sun on Sunday
- Davis ‘tried to bet £1,000’ on Government winning crunch vote – Mail on Sunday
- The public are sick and tired of Parliament complicating Brexit – Iain Duncan Smith, Sun on Sunday
- Insults and death threats symptoms of toxic atmosphere – Ros Altmann and Patience Wheatcroft, The Observer
- The Prime Minister must condemn the Brexiteer ‘Blue Momentum’ – Anna Soubry, Mail on Sunday
- Mutineers right to defend their principles, but vote changes nothing – Dia Chakravarty, Sunday Telegraph
- Emboldened Tory rebels won’t stop now – Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer
>Today: Stephen Hammond MP in Comment: How to solve the Brexit access-versus-control dilemma
>Yesterday: Book Reviews: Shipman reports the full horror of May’s Downing Street
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