“You can’t vandalise your way to growth.”
MPs aren’t civil servants – the starting-point for debate on whether they should have the right to maternity leave
If being an MP really was to become a job in the eyes of the law, would we want them to be state employees or self-employed – or find other options?
“He is the Red Adair of the administration – the middle-order batsman who, if the openers are out cheaply, ensures that the middle order does not collapse.”
People want a new settlement, not establishment politics.
The youth vote is not one homogenous lump: more than half of school leavers won’t go to university, and won’t benefit from more generous student loan terms.
The number of UKIP councillors there has fallen from 22 to just eight.
The MP argues Westminster is viewed as an example to follow in many other countries.
There is nothing like FOTBs anywhere else in Europe. This toxic mix of high stakes and rapid spins is leaving an alarming amount of people with addiction and debt.
James Frayne: To win over young voters, don’t make the mistake of assuming they’re all wealthy graduates
Targeting stamp duty and tuition fees could be less effective than technical education and the right industrial policy.
The Government must keep talking; be as Ready on Day One as it can be (Deal or No Deal), and resolve its position on what economic, social and regulatory model it wants Britain to follow.
Not only would many borrowers feel pain, but the Opposition might well be tempted to seize the chance to pile on the pressure.
Christopher Howarth: The flurry of Withdrawal Bill amendments range from pointless to legally illiterate
Parliament authorised Brexit through Article 50, but now risks refusing the Government the chance to guarantee legal continuity.
We must follow the example of Beveridge, Butler and Willink.
Many Labour councillors are still backing the Maduro dictatorship. This is something we need to challenge.
The Defence Secretary calls on the Labour leader to reject his youth wing’s position.
The centenary of the Co-operative Party challenges us to re-assert the link between conservatism and the mutual economic model.
The future leaders of the Left either don’t know their history, or prefer a made-up version of it.
Provision for No Deal is in the Conservative manifesto. A vote against it would thus be one of confidence.
It follows that any Tory MP voting with Corbyn would thus be deprived of the whip, and ineligible to stand as a Party candidate in any election that followed.
The President himself hasn’t set out what he would like to happen next, and has provided no detailed plan for what would replace the current agreement.
Party members should elect our next Chairman and other key figures. Through this process, we will be able to identify talented candidates and platforms.
Developers and planners will also have to accept difficult changes if the aspirations of the young are to be fulfilled.
The Shadow Chancellor believes that the House of Commons will force the Government to secure a deal.
Brexit 1) Davis: The EU is stalling talks in an attempt to extract more money from us
‘Britain on Tuesday accused the EU of deliberately stalling Brexit talks to try to squeeze more money out of the UK, raising tensions between the two sides ahead of Thursday’s European leaders summit in Brussels. UK Brexit secretary David Davis said British negotiators were running out of things to talk about, increasing the prospect of a crisis in November if the EU continued to block discussions on a future trade relationship. “They are using time pressure to see if they can get more money out of us,” Mr Davis told the Commons. “Bluntly that’s what is going on — it’s obvious to anybody.” The EU wants Britain to increase significantly its initial offer to pay €20bn as part of divorce talks before the bloc will move on to discuss a future trade relationship.’ – FT
- Don’t blame me, protests Barnier – The Times
- European Parliament president says £20 billion is ‘peanuts’ – Daily Telegraph
- The EU has to offer more than scraps from Juncker’s table – Asa Bennett, Daily Telegraph
- How to get on the front foot in talks – Giles Kenningham, The Times
- We need to play for time – Daniel Finkelstein, The Times
- The Leave/Remain polling landscape – FT
- The Austrian coalition talks could have a big impact on Europe’s future – The Times Leader
>Yesterday: ToryDiary: It’s breakthrough! No, it’s deadlock! Brexit talks latest.
Brexit 2) Rudd claims a no-deal Brexit is ‘unthinkable’
‘A cabinet split has emerged over whether the UK could walk away from the EU without any Brexit deal, as Amber Rudd said it was “unthinkable” but David Davis insisted it must remain an option. Rudd, the home secretary, appeared to undermine the government’s position that “no deal is better than a bad deal” on Tuesday as she dismissed the idea of not getting an agreement that at the very least covered security. “It is unthinkable there would be no deal. It is so much in their interest as well as ours … We will make sure there is something between them and us to maintain our security,” Rudd told parliament’s home affairs committee. An hour earlier, Davis had told the House of Commons that it was necessary to keep the option of no deal open.’ – The Guardian
- She needs to do a bit more thinking – The Sun Says
- It’s the economy, stupid – The Guardian Leader
- The EU has launched Project Fear 2 – Alex Brummer, Daily Mail
- OECD compares Brexit to the Blitz – Daily Mail
- Bill Clinton mocks Leave voters – Daily Mail
- The EU is at great risk of financial instability from no deal than the UK, says Carney – Daily Mail
Budget 1) Hammond hints at fuel duty freeze
‘The Chancellor is under intense pressure to cancel a 3p-a-litre rise in pump prices that is due to come in next April. The Treasury has declined to comment on the status of the rise, which would be the first since 2010. But, in a significant move, the Chancellor highlighted the seven-year freeze yesterday as he briefed the Cabinet on measures the government is taking to ease pressures caused by the rising cost of living. With inflation hitting three per cent last year, senior Tories now believe it would be unthinkable for Mr Hammond to press ahead with the increase. Charlie Elphicke, a Tory member of the Commons Treasury committee, said: ‘Freezing fuel duty would be the right thing for the Chancellor to do.’ – Daily Mail
- The OECD urges him to spend more instead of cutting taxes – The Times
- He must not punish savers to bribe the young – The Sun Says
- The Government Digital Service has saved £60 million – Damian Green, The Times
- Conservatives need to develop a modern language for their beliefs – Kemi Badenoch, Daily Telegraph
Budget 2) Cabinet battle over tuition fee freeze
‘Theresa May is facing a toxic cabinet battle over the future of university funding after her £2 billion promise to freeze student tuition fees ran into opposition. The prime minister is set to clash with the education secretary and universities minister after announcing at the Tory party conference that the maximum cost for courses would stay at £9,250 a year. An investigation by The Times has revealed that a host of other cabinet ministers also have strongly differing views about how to fund universities, as the party tries to counter Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity among young voters. Conversations with dozens of ministers and experts for a series about the university sector reveal a fundamental divide over the purpose of higher education and a battle over what to do next.’ – The Times
- The universities minister wasn’t consulted on May’s pledge – The Times
- Raising the threshold could see 75 per cent of debts ultimately written off – The Sun
- Ministers must not be tempted to ape Corbyn – The Times Leader
- Richer graduates are the beneficiaries – Rachel Sylvester, The Times
- Vice-chancellors told to publish their pay gap figures – The Times
- A cautious reshuffle might reassert May’s authority – Carole Walker, The Times
>Today: Alex Wild on Comment: Build houses, abolish NICs for people under 30. How to win younger peoples’ votes.
>Yesterday: James Frayne’s column: To win over young voters, don’t make the mistake of assuming they’re all wealthy graduates
May meets backbenchers in the hope of staving off a Universal Credit rebellion
‘Theresa May met Tory backbenchers yesterday in an attempt to stave off a rebellion on universal credit. Three outspoken Conservative MPs — Heidi Allen, Johnny Mercer and Sarah Wollaston — went to Downing Street to discuss their concerns about the policy with the prime minister. The reform, which combines six means-tested benefits into a single payment, has been heavily criticised amid claims it pushes claimants into debt and rent arrears. The system pays out in arrears, to mirror the way wages are paid, but leaves claimants facing a six-week wait for their first instalment. The meeting came on the eve of an opposition day debate on the issue. Labour will seek to expose Tory divisions with a Commons vote demanding a pause to the roll-out of the scheme. Up to 25 Tory MPs are prepared to rebel.’ – The Times
- She reportedly won’t budge over six-week payment delay – The Guardian
- The reform is kind to taxpayers, to those seeking work, and those unable to work – David Gauke, The Sun
- Some are driven into debt – The Guardian
- Scottish MP will miss the vote as he is refereeing a football match – The Sun
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