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News review – Wednesday 19 June 2019

News review – Wednesday 19 June 2019

TBP

Telegraph
The Brexit Party could form an election pact with Boris Johnson aimed at delivering a “massive” Commons majority for a clean exit from the EU, Nigel Farage has signalled. The former Ukip leader said if Mr Johnson became Prime Minister and had the “guts” to fight an election on a no-deal ticket, then there “is a deal that could be done” with his burgeoning party. Mr Farage’s comments on Tuesday night, at Nigel Farage On Brexit: Live, an event hosted by The Telegraph, represented a boost for Mr Johnson, the front-runner to succeed Theresa May, after the MEP previously dismissed calls for his candidates to stand aside for Tory MPs committed to Brexit. However, Mr Farage, who quit the Conservatives in 1992, insisted that none of the candidates to become Tory leader understood that their party would be “finished” if it failed to deliver a clean exit by Oct 31 – the current deadline agreed with the EU. Asked about the prospect of forming a pact with the Tories under Mr Johnson, Mr Farage, whose party topped the polls in last month’s European Parliament elections, said: “If he has the guts to be prepared to be voted down by Parliament, to call an election on a clean Brexit, then I would suggest that … logically there is a deal that could be done, and in those circumstances Boris would come back with a massive, massive majority.”

Mail
Nigel Farage has ruled out an electoral pact with Boris Johnson or any other Tory leader as he hit out at attempts to ‘buy me off’. The Brexit Party leader said he had been approached by Conservative officials about working together to avoid splitting the Brexiteer vote.   It came as a new poll showed that almost half of Conservative members would be happy for Mr Farage to lead their own party. Some 46 per cent of members surveyed by YouGov for the Times said that they would be happy if the former Ukip leader joined the party and landed the top job.

Express
NIGEL FARAGE, leader of the newly formed Brexit Party, has said an election pact with Boris Johnson could deliver a “massive” majority on a no deal ticket. Mr Farage made the comments at the Nigel Farage on Brexit: Live event in London, hosted by The Daily Telegraph. Conservative donors have pushed for a pact between the Tories and the Brexit Party and Mr Farage said if Mr Johnson had the “guts” to push for no deal in a snap election he would find “a deal that could be done” with his party. Brexiteers are concerned that Mr Farage’s party, which topped polls at the European election, could split the vote among Tory Brexiteers, giving Labour and other parties a chance for some seats.

ITV News
A clean exit from the EU could be achieved by Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister and forming an election agreement with the Brexit Party, its leader Nigel Farage has said. The former UKIP chief said such a pact would require Mr Johnson to call a snap election. “If Boris said ‘right, we’re ditching this terrible treaty, it’s the worst deal in history, I made a terrible mistake in voting for it, we’re ditching it’,” Mr Farage said at an event hosted by The Telegraph on Tuesday. “‘We’re giving Europe notice – we’re leaving on the 31st of October on WTO (World Trade Organisation) terms.

Westmonster
More Tory members would be happy with Nigel Farage leading their party than would be against. The extraordinary finding from YouGov points to the huge support Farage has from many pro-Brexit Conservatives. The poll of 892 Conservative Party members found that 46% would be happy for Farage to be Tory leader, with 40% against and 13% who would be neither happy nor unhappy. As YouGov found more widely: “51% of Conservative Party members say they have more in common with supporters from other parties that think the same way on Brexit than they do with fellow Conservatives who take a differing Brexit view.”

Westmonster
Brexit Party Leader, Nigel Farage, appears to have knocked back any prospect of an electoral pact with the Tories, asking of the leadership contenders: “Why would I trust anybody in the Conservative Party?”  It comes amid rumours that some Conservative donors want to help forge an alliance between the Brexit Party and the Conservatives. The Chairman of the pro-Conservative Midlands Industrial Council, Johnny Leavesley, wrote in The Telegraph that: “The next PM needs to be willing to work with Farage.”

Tory leadership

Telegraph
Boris Johnson and Rory Stewart became the key players in the race for No 10 last night after emerging as the winners from an MPs’ vote and a chaotic live television debate. Mr Johnson moved 80 votes clear of the chasing pack in yesterday’s second ballot of Tory MPs, then came through his first televised hustings event unscathed. Mr Stewart, meanwhile, almost doubled his support among Tory colleagues as he moved within touching distance of Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove, and used the BBC hustings event to cement his place as the most radical alternative to Mr Johnson.

Times
Boris Johnson softened his Brexit stance and backed away from tax cuts for high earners as he faced his first sustained scrutiny of the Tory leadership race. The frontrunner failed to guarantee that he would leave the European Union on October 31 and downgraded his tax plans to an “ambition”. Mr Johnson also refused to say that he would stop the Heathrow expansion as he and the four other remaining candidates took part in a BBC debate last night.

Breitbart
Bookmaker’s favourite Boris Johnson has again come first in a poll of Conservative Members of Parliament choosing who they would have replace Theresa May as both party leader and, thanks to the makeup of the United Kingdom’s House of Commons, as Prime Minister of the nation too. The second round of voting — repeated every Tuesday and Thursday until just two contenders remain or one is chosen outright — took place in the grand but innocuously named Committee Room 14 in the Palace of Westminster Tuesday evening.

Times
Dominic Raab’s campaign manager accused Conservative MPs of pretending to support his candidacy after the former Brexit secretary was eliminated from the leadership race. Mr Raab dropped out after falling three short of a threshold of 33 votes from MPs. Sir Hugo Swire, the MP for East Devon who helped co-ordinate his campaign, said that the result was “a surprise and a big disappointment”. Mr Raab gained only three votes between last Thursday’s first ballot and last night’s second, rising from 27 to 30.

Mail
Boris Johnson was hammered over his Iran blunder, Muslim veil jibes and tax cuts for the wealthy in a bad-tempered and chaotic TV debate last night – but vowed he will take Britain out of the EU by Halloween. The former foreign secretary came under fire from all sides as he lined up alongside Rory Stewart, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and Sajid Javid for the hour-long session at the BBC studios in London. But no clear winner emerged, with viewers enraged at the way the candidates dodged questions, as well as the bizarre format set by the corporation.

Conservative Party

Mail
Downing Street hit back at Philip Hammond today after he reportedly said he was prepared to resign in a row over her decision to spend billions of pounds on cementing a political legacy. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman blasted anonymous quotes from friends of the Chancellor in recent days after saying Theresa May retained full confidence in him.  Senior Government sources told the Press Association agency that tensions between Treasury and Number 10 officials have reached boiling point over her spending intentions.

Mirror
Tory members have been so radicalised by Brexit they would be prepared to destroy the UK to have it delivered – a pollster’s survey has claimed. Members of the Conservative Party would be prepared to have Scotland leave the rest of the country and the six counties of Ireland unite with the Republic if it meant leaving the EU block.  Just so we’re all clear that is members of the Conservative and UNIONIST party.

Labour Party

Telegraph
Jeremy Corbyn is poised to back a major policy shift on Brexit that would see Labour support a second referendum in all circumstances, it has been reported. The Labour leader is understood to be ready to move the party towards a decisive pro-Remain stance following intensifying pressure from his own MPs, including his deputy Tom Watson. It comes as the shadow cabinet are due to meet on Wednesday to thrash out its position on Brexit.  A paper has reportedly been drawn up by Andrew Fisher, Mr Corbyn’s head of policy, which recommends the party support a second referendum on any deal struck with Brussels.

Express
JEREMY CORBYN will today finally endorse a second referendum on any deal negotiated with the EU, according to reports. Labour performed poorly in the recent European elections, losing half their seats, though they won the Peterborough by-election, their vote share was reduced by 17 percent. A lack of clarity over their Brexit position has been cited by figures within the party as the reason behind the poor performance. The Shadow Cabinet will meet today to discuss the changes. A senior Labour source told The Times that Mr Corbyn will be committing to the policy recommended in a paper drawn up by Andrew Fisher, his head of policy.

Times
Jeremy Corbyn will back a move today for Labour to change its Brexit policy and support a second referendum in all circumstances. The shadow cabinet is due to discuss the plan to make Labour’s stance decisively pro-Remain. A paper drawn up by Andrew Fisher, Mr Corbyn’s head of policy, recommends that Labour support a second referendum on any deal negotiated with Brussels. A senior Labour source confirmed that Mr Corbyn was endorsing the shift in policy, adding: “It is a moment.”

Mail
Jeremy Corbyn is set to back a move for Labour to change Brexit policy and support a second referendum.  Labour, which along with the Conservatives saw its support slump at the European elections as voters expressed their frustration over Brexit deadlock, is divided over whether to unequivocally support holding a second referendum. The prospect poses a dilemma, as some of the Labour party’s supporters backed Brexit. However the shadow cabinet is set to meet and make Labour’s stance decidedly pro-Remain, putting it firmly at odds with the Tories, who have ruled out a second referendum.

EU

Mail
The EU and UK are embroiled in a fresh row over how best to protect the rights of citizens in the event of a No Deal Brexit  after Michel Barnier rejected an appeal from the British government. Stephen Barclay, the Brexit Secretary, urged Brussels to agree to ‘ring-fence’ part of the Withdrawal Agreement which protects the rights so that the measures are implemented even if the UK leaves the bloc without an overall deal. But it has emerged the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator poured cold water on the proposal.  He told the UK it would be ‘far from straightforward’ and warned ministers not to be ‘distracted’ from the main goal of securing support for the Withdrawal Agreement.

Independent
Germany has lined up behind other EU states to warn that a new UK prime minister will not be able to renegotiate the Brexit withdrawal agreement they struck with Theresa May. Michael Roth, the country’s EU affairs minister, warned that there was simply no appetite in the EU to re-open talks on the deal. His warning – a reiteration of previous EU statements on the matter – comes as Tory leadership contenders line up to pledge changes to Brexit and further talks in Brussels. “I don’t see any chances to renegotiate the package, the withdrawal agreement is the withdrawal agreement, and I don’t see any appetite to start new negotiations within the European Union,” Mr Roth said on arrival for a regular meeting with his EU counterparts in Luxembourg.

Telegraph
Brussels is increasingly likely to cut off Swiss stock exchanges from the EU’s single market to send a “warning shot” to Bern but also to Brexit Britain.   Internal documents revealed that the European Commission is prepared to take a hard line with Switzerland to send a “crystal-clear” message to Britain that the EU is not prepared to compromise on its single market rules. “We simply cannot accept further attempts at foot-dragging and watering down internal market rules, especially in what is probably the decisive phase regarding Brexit,” a document presented to today’s weekly meeting of all 28 EU commissioners read.

Times
Brussels is ready to punish Switzerland by blocking its access to Europe’s financial services market as a warning to Britain that the EU will not compromise on Brexit. Unless Switzerland agrees to sign up to a draft EU partnership treaty, Swiss stock exchanges will lose direct access to European investors on July 1. The move to freeze Switzerland, a non-EU country, out of Europe’s single market is being interpreted as a message intended for a new Conservative prime minister.

Telegraph
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has brushed aside concerns for her health after she started to tremble convulsively during a welcoming ceremony for the Ukrainian president in Berlin on Tuesday.  Video footage shows Mrs Merkel desperately trying to stop herself from shaking as she stands for the German national anthem during a military ceremony near the Chancellery. The 64 year old can be seen repeatedly clasping her hands in an attempt to maintain composure while her whole body shakes violently. But the worrying episode subsided relatively quickly.

Sun
JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker’s bid to force EU countries to scrap the changing of the clocks has descended into farce after lawyers warned his plan may be illegal. The Commission chief has made ditching summertime a key personal legacy project before he retires in November – despite outcry from Member States. But his plan has been dogged by controversy from the start, with capitals complaining it is ill-thought through and based largely on German concerns.

Cancer

Telegraph
Game-changing cancer drugs which can attack all types of tumour will be fast-tracked by the NHS, the head of the health service will today announce. Simon Stevens will say that a revolutionary class of treatments – known as “tumour agnostic” drugs – could offer hope to thousands of patients in cases which were previously untreatable. They work by targeting tumours according to their genetic make-up, rather than where they originate in the body.

Sun
GAME-changing drugs to treat a wide range of cancers are being fast-tracked by the NHS. The therapies, which target genetic flaws that cause tumours, could be available within a year. Initially, they will help hundreds of people with rarer forms of the disease but could be ­effective against common types. NHS boss Simon Stevens will today tell a conference that plans are in place to ensure they are available to thousands of patients as soon as possible.

Times
Patients in England could be among the first in the world to receive revolutionary cancer drugs after the NHS chief executive calls for the treatments to be fast-tracked into hospitals. Simon Stevens believes the “tumour-agnostic” drugs offer “potentially huge” benefits to patients, by providing a new front through which doctors can attack cancers that have often been left behind by research. The drugs target common mutations in tumours, meaning that rather than being designed for a specific type of cancer — such as breast or prostate — they attack a feature irrespective of location.

HS2

Mail
Boris Johnson has quietly announced that he will order an independent review into the HS2 rail line if he becomes prime minister. The frontrunner told Tory constituency chairs at the weekend that he has asked Douglas Oakervee, the former chairman of the company building the line, to lead this assessment. It means more uncertainty for the £56billion project after years of criticism over mounting costs. The Financial Times reported Mr Johnson told the meeting he had asked Mr Oakervee to ‘have a look at the business case’ for the project and ‘think about whether and how we proceed’.

Independent
Boris Johnson has been accused of throwing the future of HS2 into uncertainty after it emerged he has asked a former boss of the £56 billion pound rail project to conduct a review into “whether and how” it should proceed. Labour’s shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald said that it was “premature” for Mr Johnson to be making appointments before he has even won the battle for 10 Downing Street, and suggested the move was designed to curry favour with the Conservative members who will decide the successor to Theresa May.

Rail travel

Mail
Commuters face a frustrating journey home this evening after a five-day strike began on South Western Railway (SWR) services just after midnight.  Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union members walked out just after midnight this morning, saying they had been left with ‘no choice’ other than industrial action. It means disruption for commuters this evening heading home from London Waterloo to areas including Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Devon. There have been no SWR services running from Bristol Temple Meads today.

Hornets

Mail
Britain is facing an invasion of swarms of deadly Asian hornets that can kill with just one sting. Fears are mounting the killer insects could be on its way to the UK after large numbers have been spotted on Jersey in the Channel Islands. Experts say the recent wet weather could send numbers spiralling as the conditions provide the perfect breeding ground for the species. If a sting victim is allergic to the venom, they could go into anaphylactic shock and die within minutes.

Star
BRITAIN is braced for an invasion of “killer” Asian Hornets as 80 nests have already been found in the UK. The insects – which can grow up to 1.6 inches – have powerful stings which can be fatal to humans with just a single strike if the person is allergic.  Record numbers of nests have been found on Jersey as there are fears they will move onto the mainland.  The fight is on-going on the Channel Island and is seen as a crucial battle-ground to stop the spread. Just one of the foreign menaces can eat up to 50 bees a day and their impact on honey production could be devastating.

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News review – Friday 14 June 2019

News review – Friday 14 June 2019

No-deal

Express
ARCH-Tory Remainer Oliver Letwin has reluctantly admitted Parliament has run out of options to prevent the next prime minister pushing through a no-deal Brexit. The former minister, who has been behind a series of failed cross-party moves to block a no-deal departure, said he could not think of any further parliamentary opportunity to intervene before Britain is due to leave on October 31. His belated admission came after the Commons narrowly voted on Wednesday to reject a Labour motion, backed by other opposition parties, which would have enabled MPs to take control of the business of the House on June 25.

Independent
MPs may have run out of possibilities to block a future prime minister pursuing a no-deal Brexit, a senior Tory has warned after an attempt to wrestle control of parliamentary business from the government was defeated. The remarks came as Conservative leadership contenders continued to insist they are willing to leave the European Union without a deal – despite a leaked document saying the UK will not be prepared for a no-deal exit by 31 October.

Breitbart
Reviving the campaign to prevent Britain making a clean break from the European Union after an attempt to use parliament to outlaw a full Brexit failed on Tuesday night, rebel members of the governing Conservative Party have said they would move to bring down the government altogether to stop Brexit. The threat to the next Prime Minister  — today whittled down to a list of seven Conservative front-runners who will be voted on again next week — comes as several would-be leaders said they are determined to see Brexit happen in October, and some have even not ruled out suspending Parliament to prevent remain-supporting MPs from torpedoing an exit.

Tory leadership

ITV News
Before this Tory leadership election started, the party’s grandees and custodians were telling me party members MUST at all costs be given a choice of candidates to be leader and our next prime minister. Now they tell me Boris Johnson is so far ahead – both among MPs and seemingly among the membership – that it would politically insane to stick to the current timetable of two candidates beating each other up in public, in front of mostly retired white men, for four weeks.

Express
RIVALS of Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson are attempting to force the leading Brexiteer to take part in a TV debate by rivals who hope he will make a mistake cutting support for his campaign. The former Foreign Secretary has faced criticism from his rivals, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and Dominic Raab. The three will join Sajid Javid, Matt Hancock and Rory Stewart in a live debate on Channel 4 and the BBC.

Sky News
Boris Johnson is under growing pressure to take part in televised debates for the Conservative leadership. Mr Johnson’s six remaining opponents have teamed up to write an open letter stressing their commitment to taking part in all the upcoming televised debates. So far, the former foreign secretary has only answered six questions from journalists during the whole campaign, but that hasn’t stopped him opening up a huge lead in the first ballot of the contest.

Sun
BORIS Johnson’s Tory leadership rivals ganged up on Thursday night to demand he join them in TV debates – as they scrambled to close the gap on the frontrunner. Left to a desperate battle for second place, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab, Sajid Javid, Matt Hancock and Rory Stewart said they were all committed to taking part in showdowns on Channel 4 and the BBC.

Mail
Boris Johnson‘s rivals last night piled pressure on the former foreign secretary to take part in a string of TV debates. Channel 4 News has proposed a programme on Sunday night featuring all seven remaining candidates.  The BBC is also planning a debate on Tuesday – after the second round of voting by Tory MPs, which will see at least one other candidate eliminated.

Telegraph
Boris Johnson’s supporters have called on “vanity candidates” to drop out of the Tory leadership race to speed up the process of selecting the next prime minister. The former foreign secretary was backed by 114 Tory MPs in the first round of voting – 71 more than his nearest rival Jeremy Hunt. Seven of the ten candidates went through to the next round of voting, but with the four least popular of the remaining candidates only managing 89 votes between them, they were under pressure to pull out so that the field can be whittled down to the final two during the second vote on Tuesday.

Guardian
Conservative leadership candidates are in talks about joining forces to provide the strongest challenge to Boris Johnson, who looks all but certain to be Britain’s next prime minister after trouncing rivals in the first MPs’ ballot. Johnson hoovered up the votes of 114 MPs, more than a third of the parliamentary Tory party, and enough backers to guarantee him a place in the final two, assuming he retains their support in later rounds.

Sky News
Cabinet minister Rory Stewart has issued a stunning threat to “bring down” a Boris Johnson-led government – should his Tory rival suspend parliament in order to push through a no-deal Brexit. The international development secretary, who is competing against Mr Johnson for the Conservative leadership, told Sky News political editor Beth Rigby that his fellow candidate needed to “be straight with people”.

BBC News
Tory leadership candidate Matt Hancock is understood to be considering pulling out of the race, as the remaining contenders consider how best to challenge frontrunner Boris Johnson. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the health secretary could make a decision within hours, after getting 20 votes in the first ballot of Tory MPs. That left him in sixth place in the race, well behind Mr Johnson on 114.

Farage

Telegraph
Jo Brand is being investigated by police over an allegation of incitement to violence after she joked about throwing battery acid over politicians. The Metropolitan Police said they had received a complaint about the BBC Radio 4 comedy programme in which Brand made her comments. It came as Theresa May asked the BBC to explain why it had approved the joke for broadcast, suggesting that it “normalised” violence against politicians.

Times
The Metropolitan Police is investigating Jo Brand over allegations of incitement to violence after she joked about throwing battery acid at Brexiteers. The 61-year-old comedian defended her remarks yesterday at Henley Literary Festival in Oxfordshire, where she was promoting her book, Born Lippy. She said that freedom of speech in comedy was “extremely important”.

Star
JO Brand is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police after making a comment about throwing battery acid at politicians. The comedian made the joke on Victoria Coren Mitchell’s Heresy radio programme on Tuesday night, and was criticised by Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage among others. A police statement to the Press Association on Thursday said: “Police have received an allegation of incitement to violence that was reported to the MPS on 13 June.

Sun
BREXIT Party leader Nigel Farage said he fears being attacked in the wake of Jo Brand’s comments — adding that his security bill will have to increase. He told The Sun: “Because of the atmosphere engendered by people like her I already have to spend a lot of money every month making sure I’ve got security to protect me. I suspect after what she has done that bill has just gone up significantly.

LibDems

Telegraph
Chuka Umunna has joined the Liberal Democrats days after quitting the party he founded. The MP for Streatham who quit the Labour party to form the Independent Group, which later became Change UK, in February, will become the Lib Dems’ twelfth MP. On Thursday Layla Moran tweeted: “So thrilled to welcome Chuka Umunna to team Lib Dems!”

Times
Chuka Umunna is to join the Liberal Democrats, saying that he was wrong to believe there was a need for a new political party in the centre ground of British politics. The MP for Streatham, who briefly stood for the Labour leadership in 2015 and quit to sit as part of an independent group in the Commons in February, will become the Lib Dems’ 12th MP. Sir Vince Cable, the party’s outgoing leader, hailed him as a “formidable, serious political figure” who would be a positive addition.

Express
CHUKA UMUNNA has joined the Liberal Democrats – less than two weeks after quitting newly-formed Change UK. The former Labour MP, who will become the Liberal Democrats‘ 12th MP, confirmed the move on his Twitter page, and said: “I’m delighted to say I’ve joined the @LibDems.” Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon Layla Moran tweeted: “So thrilled to welcome @chukaumunna to team @libdems!”

Mail
Ex-Labour and Change UK MP Chuka Umunna is joining the Lib Dems – just six years after he said you can’t trust them. The former shadow business secretary quit Labour in February this year to join the new Independent group, which became Change UK ahead of the European elections last month. Following disappointing election results, where Change UK failed to make major gains but the Lib Dems came second after the Brexit Party, Mr Umunna went independent.

CHUK

Independent
Breakaway party Change UK has suffered fresh embarrassment after announcing it has been forced to change its name again. The struggling party – which endured a painful split nine days ago – said it was ditching its name under threat of legal action from the campaign organisation Change.org. “We are applying to register ourselves as ‘The Independent Group for Change’,” it said in a statement – having been born as the Independent Group at its launch in February.

Sky News
Change UK has applied to change its name for a third time following a dispute with a petitions website. The political group, originally known as The Independent Group, was challenged over the similarity of its new title to Change.org. Now, the group has confirmed it will apply to the Electoral Commission to register as The Independent Group for Change. The party said in a statement: “Ahead of the European elections, lawyers for the organisation Change.org disputed our right to register as ‘Change UK’ with the Electoral Commission.

Knife crime

Times
The number of knife crimes dealt with by the justice system has reached its highest level for nine years. More than 22,000 offences of possessing or making threats with a knife were dealt with by police and the courts in the year to March, an increase of a third in five years. In the first three months of this year, 5,759 offences were dealt with by the justice system compared with 5,285 in the same period last year.

Mail
Knife offences have hit a nine-year high following a nationwide surge in stabbings, official figures reveal. More than 22,000 cases were dealt with by the justice system last year – of which one in five involved children. But only a third of offenders went to jail. Sentences were so soft that even many of those with several previous knife convictions avoided being locked up. Yesterday’s figures showed 561 criminals were spared prison despite having committed at least three knife offences in the past.

Westmonster
Knife crime offences are at a nine-year high across England and Wales according to official figures released today by the Ministry of Justice, revealing the devastating effect the recent epidemic is having on Britain’s streets. Over 22,000 offences which involved the use of potential use of a knife were recorded in England and Wales in the year to March, 72% of which were committed by first-time offenders. Whilst the average sentence for knife-related crime has risen marginally since 2017-2018 from 7.1 months to 7.9 months, only 37.3% of offenders were handed an immediate custodial sentence.

EU

Mail
Brussels was accused of ‘unacceptable greed’ last night as it emerged Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk are in line for nearly £440,000 in ‘golden goodbyes’. The Eurocrats, whose terms finish in November, are entitled to the bumper severance payments after leaving office. It means Mr Tusk, president of the European Council, is in line to rake in up to £288,000 for a ‘transitional allowance’, while European Commission chief Mr Juncker can pocket £144,000.

Express
LUXEMBOURG Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has given German Chancellor Angela Merkel a glowing endorsement in the hope she will become the future president of the European Commission. Mr Bettel told CNBC the German politician would be a “dream candidate” for the coveted role after Jean-Claude Junker steps down. He said: “I love that idea, I’ve asked Angela Merkel several times. She would be a perfect candidate for the Council, for the Commission.

Yahoo News
France’s Marine Le Pen unveiled a new far-right group in the European Parliament on Thursday, uniting eurosceptics from across the continent who aim to devolve power from Brussels back to capitals. Calling itself the Identity and Democracy (ID) group, the new alliance brings together Le Pen’s National Rally, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini’s League party and Germany’s Alternative for Germany (AfD) plus nationalists from Austria, Finland and Denmark, among others.

Westmonster
The European Union’s Budget Commissioner has admitted that “there’s not really a court to settle the dispute” if the next British Prime Minister refuses to hand over the £39 billion Brexit bill. Gunther Oettinger said yesterday that: “Mrs. May’s government accepted the payment of that amount so we expect that, no matter which government will be our negotiating partner in the future. We expect them to accept that bill.

NHS

Mail
Almost three quarters of NHS hospitals take more than two months to start patients’ cancer treatment, figures have revealed. Hospital trusts in England are supposed to begin treatment within 62 days of a GP’s referral in 85 per cent of cases. But last year only 37 out of 131 managed to hit that target, with 94 keeping seriously ill patients waiting longer. In the worst performing health systems, almost 40 per cent of people had to wait longer than they should, while that figure was less than five per cent in the best.

Mail
The NHS waiting list has reached a record high for the second month in a row, according to official figures. There are now 4.3million people waiting for hospital treatment and 140,000 people were added to the list between January and April this year. Record numbers of people are being treated by NHS surgeons and specialists but more of them are having to wait longer than four-and-a-half months. The waiting list figures were released alongside other data revealing May was the second busiest month on record for A&E departments in England.

Independent
Cancer patients in three-fifths of NHS trusts in England are waiting too long for treatment and the devastating effects of delays are being “ignored” by ministers and health service chiefs, MPs have said. A damning report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the government and NHS England must regain control over “unacceptable” waiting lists. It also criticised the “troubling” lack of interest in those left for months without treatment.

Illegal immigration

Mail
A smuggling ring thought to have made millions sneaking more than 300 migrants into the UK has been smashed by police. Officers in Romania and France arrested 11 gang members suspected to be part of a major international smuggling operation made up of 59 mainly Romanian truck drivers, middlemen and leaders. It is believed the gang, who are suspected of transporting 308 migrants to Britain, made £3million charging £9,700 to £12,800 for a passage through the Eurotunnel or ferries across the Channel.

Education

Mail
Ofsted has warned parents cannot have confidence in some outstanding-rated schools because they have not been inspected for so long. Until last year, 296 schools had not been visited by the schools inspectorate for more than a decade because they had the highest possible rating. But this academic year, the watchdog has launched a crackdown over fears that standards were slipping in those schools.

Telegraph
Ofsted has issued a warning over “outstanding” schools as the number retaining their status has halved, new data has revealed. This academic year only 16 per cent of schools retained their “outstanding” status following re-inspection compared to 33 per cent last year, official figures showed. Schools rated as “outstanding”, the highest Ofsted grade, are highly sought after by parents and often drive up nearby house prices as families flock to the local area so that they qualify for the school catchment area.

Mail
One in five children missed out on their first choice secondary school this year following a rise in applications caused by a baby boom. New government statistics show 19.1 per cent lost out this year, a rise on the 17.9 per cent who were disappointed in 2018. The squeeze on places was due to a rise in applications of around 20,000 – or 3.7 per cent – to 604,500, following a similar rise the previous year.

Times
Parents have been told that many “outstanding” schools are no longer worthy of the accolade after more than four in five of those re-inspected in the past year were downgraded. The proportion keeping the top rating after the latest inspection has halved since last year. Inspections are being stepped up amid fears that many ratings, which can raise house prices as families compete for places, are invalid. At present one in five schools is judged to be outstanding.

Heathrow

Times
Boris Johnson has suggested that he will drop his longstanding opposition to a third runway at Heathrow if he becomes prime minister. The frontrunner to succeed Theresa May refused to reassure campaigners against the runway earlier this week that he would cancel the scheme. Four years ago Mr Johnson vowed to his constituents that he would “lie down with you in front of those bulldozers and stop the building, stop the construction of that third runway”.

Rail travel

Mail
Britain’s weary travellers took a record 1.76billion trips by train last year, amid widespread overcrowding and rampant delays. Despite commuters enduring the least punctual service in 13 years, statistics published yesterday by the Office of Rail and Road show the number of trips made in the 12 months to March was up 51 million – 3 per cent – on the previous year. The rail industry said the increase was fuelled by thousands of extra services being laid on, but the figures have fuelled concerns about overcrowding.

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News review – Monday 10 June 2019

News review – Monday 10 June 2019

EU

Telegraph
Emmanuel Macron has warned Boris Johnson that Britain’s economy will be downgraded and plunged into turmoil if the UK withholds the £39 billion Brexit divorce payment from Brussels. Mr Johnson used his first interview of the Tory leadership campaign to warn that he would “retain” the divorce bill until he got a better deal with the EU. He said in an interview with The Sunday Times that the money would be a “great lubricant” to persuade European nations to reopen talks on the Irish backstop and the terms of a future trade deal. However a source close to Mr Macron, the French President, said the failure to pay the divorce bill would represent the equivalent of a “sovereign debt default”.

Tory leadership

Gove

Telegraph
Michael Gove’s leadership campaign has suffered a further blow in the wake of his admission that he snorted cocaine after it emerged that Amber Rudd is backing Jeremy Hunt for Conservative leader.  Ms Rudd, whom Mr Gove had been attempting to win round as part of his bid to appeal to One Nation Tories, will instead endorse Mr Hunt on Monday and attend the official launch of his leadership campaign.

Times
Michael Gove was fighting last night to save his campaign to become prime minister as he faced charges of hypocrisy over  his use of cocaine before he entered politics. The environment secretary pleaded for a second chance, admitting that his past “mistake” was a crime for which he could have gone to prison. He faced suggestions of double standards after it was recalled that as education secretary he oversaw government regulations under which teachers could be banned from the profession for life if they were convicted of similar Class A drug abuse.

Mail
Michael Gove vowed to fight on last night despite suffering a second blow in 48 hours when Amber Rudd backed his leadership rival Jeremy Hunt. Mr Gove, whose campaign to succeed Theresa May has been rocked by the Daily Mail’s revelations of his past cocaine use, will today insist he is ‘undaunted’ and ready to lead the country. At his campaign launch the embattled Environment Secretary will say he is the ‘serious leader’ needed for ‘a serious time’.

Independent
Leadership rivals Jeremy Hunt, Matt Hancock and Dominic Raab are today launching their campaigns as fellow contender Michael Gove fights to get his bid back on track. Launching his campaign on the first formal day of the contest, Mr Gove will say that he is “a serious leader” who is “ready to serve, ready to unite, ready to deliver and more than anything else, ready to lead”.

Hancock

Mail
Matt Hancock today vows to end the scandal of pensioners being forced to sell their home to pay for old-age care. Launching one of the first major policy initiatives of the Tory leadership campaign, the Health Secretary calls for a state-backed insurance scheme. This would cover potentially ruinous care costs and remove the risk of being unable to pass on the family home.

Hunt

Times
Amber Rudd says that Conservative MPs should not put their faith in Boris Johnson’s blind Brexit “optimism” and backs Jeremy Hunt today to become the party’s next leader and prime minister. Giving her critical and much sought-after endorsement in The Times, Ms Rudd contrasts Mr Johnson with his successor at the Foreign Office, arguing that Mr Hunt is a “serious leader” for “serious times”.

Guardian
The Conservative leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt has claimed Angela Merkel would be willing to renegotiate the UK’s Brexit deal and possibly the Irish border arrangements opposed by Eurosceptics. The foreign secretary said he had spoken to the German chancellor on the sidelines of D-day commemorations last week and she had indicated that the EU was “willing to negotiate on the package” if a new prime minister had the “right approach”.

Mail
Tory leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt has sparked fury after repeating his belief that the abortion limit should be halved to 12 weeks. The Foreign Secretary was asked on Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday whether he stuck to previous comments made in 2012 saying he supported the move.  ‘These are matters of conscience, yes, my view hasn’t changed on that,’ he said.

Javid

Mail
Tory leadership hopeful Sajid Javid today predicted it could take just ‘a couple of years’ for alternative arrangements to be put in place on the Irish border as he suggested his status as an ‘outsider’ made him the best candidate for PM. Mr Javid said he would offer to pay for the cost of technological solutions to prevent a hard border to convince the Irish government back the plan.

Sun
HOME Secretary Sajid Javid pledged to end austerity if he becomes PM — and pump billions more into education. He said delaying balancing the books would free £25billion a year. And he told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “I want to see a multi-year, multibillion-pound boost in investment and spending in schools, and really change the life chances of so many young people.”

Johnson

Telegraph
Boris Johnson is planning to slash income tax for more than three million people by increasing the threshold for the 40p rate to £80,000 if he becomes Prime Minister. Mr Johnson has drawn up radical plans to increase the point at which people start paying the higher rate of income tax from £50,000 to £80,000, pulling hundreds of thousands of people out of the 40p band entirely. The move, which will cost an estimated £9.6 billion a year, will save people thousands of pounds on their tax bill.

Mail
Boris Johnson is drawing up plans to raise the 40p income tax threshold to £80,000 at a cost of almost £10 billion. The higher rate of income tax currently applies on earnings over £50,000 in England and the move could benefit more than three million people. Mr Johnson claims that someone earning around £60,000-a-year would see their personal tax bill fall by an estimated £1,000. The former foreign secretary believes the cost of the policy could be met through some of the cash set aside for No Deal Brexit planning and increasing national insurance payments made by workers.

Sun
BORIS Johnson launches his pitch for power today by revealing he will hold EU chiefs to ransom to clinch a better Brexit deal. The Tory leadership favourite vowed to hold on to the £39billion payoff demanded by Brussels until they agree more favourable terms. He said: “Our friends and partners need to understand that the money is going to be retained until such time as we have greater clarity about the way forward.

iNews
Boris Johnson is pulling ahead in the Conservative leadership race after a series of senior MPs publicly backed his campaign for the top job. The former Foreign Secretary is well ahead of his nearest rival and has more than half the endorsements to guarantee a place in the run-off between the top two candidates. In his first major intervention of the campaign, he declared that he would deliver Brexit by refusing to pay the £39bn exit payment agreed by Theresa May until Brussels agrees a better deal. Mr Johnson’s vow received a cool response from Paris, which warned that failing to honour the agreement would leave Britain in breach of its “international commitments”.

Sky News
Tory leadership favourite Boris Johnson plans to raise the level at which people pay 40% income tax from £50,000 to £80,000 at an estimated cost of £10bn. The former foreign secretary revealed his proposal in his weekly Daily Telegraph column, with the newspaper reporting the action will cut income tax for three million people and be part-funded by cash currently reserved for a no-deal Brexit. It will also be financed by increasing employee national insurance payments in line with the new income tax threshold.

Breitbart
Boris Johnson has alluded to Nigel Farage as a threat to the UK, putting him in the same category as known Marxist Jeremy Corbyn, and said that only he can save the country. In an interview with the Sunday Times, Mr Johnson said: “I truly believe only I can steer the country between the Scylla and Charybdis of Corbyn and Farage and onto calmer water. This can only be achieved by delivering Brexit as promised on October 31 and delivering a One Nation Tory agenda.”

Westmonster
Staunch pro-Brexit Conservative MPs Steve Baker and Priti Patel are backing Boris Johnson for the leadership of the Tory Party. The double endorsement is significant given both are among the relatively few Brexiteer MPs who held out and voted down Theresa May’s bad EU deal at the third time of asking. Baker has said: “Boris has been crystal clear with me that we would leave the EU by October 31st, with or without a deal.

McVey

Mail
Tory leadership hopeful Esther McVey has accused MPs trying to prevent Brexit of ‘tearing up 400 years of history’, as she defended her right to prorogue Parliament to leave the EU without a deal if she became Prime Minister. The former work and pensions secretary said it would not be her ‘priority’ to suspend sittings in the House of Commons in the run-up to the October 31 deadline, but said she would be willing to ‘use all the tools at our disposal’ if she won the race to replace Theresa May.

Independent
Conservative leadership contender Esther McVey has said she would be ready to ask the Queen to suspend parliament to stop MPs blocking Brexit. Ms McVey said that the move – known as “prorogation” – would not be her preferred option as prime minister if it looked likely that the Commons was planning to stop a no-deal withdrawal in October. But asked on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show whether she would be ready to do so if necessary, she said: “I wouldn’t be looking to do that. I have said I would use every tool at my disposal, so that would include that.

Raab

Times
Dominic Raab will try to reinvigorate his stuttering leadership campaign today after losing the support of hardline Tory Brexiteers to Boris Johnson. At a campaign event the former Brexit secretary will set out his vision for Britain to become a world leader in tackling climate change rather than focus on his plan to take Britain out of the EU. His move comes after a weekend in which a string of high-profile Brexiteers, including the former cabinet ministers Owen Paterson and Priti Patel, announced that they would support Mr Johnson rather than Mr Raab.

Stewart

Mail
Tory leadership hopeful Rory Stewart may have become a minor social media sensation for his videos of ‘walks’ meeting members of the public, but not every encounter goes entirely as planned. In the latest clip posted on his Twitter feed, the international development secretary, 46, bumps into three men who walk off upon learning who he is, with one saying he doesn’t ‘f*** with politics’. But the encounter was uploaded by Mr Stewart nonetheless, with the self-effacing caption: ‘You can’t win ‘em all… Brick Lane.’

TBP

Express
THE BREXIT Party has put former British Chambers of Commerce boss John Longworth in charge of drawing up a manifesto as it gears up to fight the next general election. In the six weeks since it was set up under Nigel Farage’s leadership, the party has redefined British politics and hopes to keep up that momentum. Mr Longworth, a newly-elected MEP for Yorkshire, was forced to resign from the BCC because of his support for Brexit. He said the manifesto would be used to shape a post-Brexit future for Britain. Mr Longworth said yesterday: “Nothing is decided yet but my personal view is that we need to have a country that has a dynamic economy with low business and personal taxation.”

Labour Party

Mail
Labour’s narrow victory in the Peterborough by-election was marred last night by claims that a convicted vote rigger was at the centre of their campaign. Jeremy Corbyn faced claims that an ex-Labour member jailed for a postal vote scam had provided vital help in fighting off Nigel Farage’s Brexit  Party by just 683 votes. Ex-local Labour branch secretary Tariq Mahmood received a 15-month prison sentence in 2008 for his part in a scheme to fabricate votes for a Peterborough council election. But local Tories claimed Mahmood, pictured sporting a red rosette at the by-election count, was ‘front and centre’ of Labour’s bid to mobilise the Muslim vote.

Mail
Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry faces losing her post in a frontbench reshuffle as ‘punishment’ for insisting Labour must back a second EU referendum, according to several senior figures. Deputy leader Tom Watson could also be under threat as some union leaders close to Mr Corbyn’s office push for a new contest in an effort to replace him as leader because of his backing for another Brexit vote. Sources in Mr Corbyn’s office said yesterday there were ‘all sorts of mischievous rumours’ being circulated but did not rule out changes to the frontbench team.

Mail
Brits could work for just 10 hours a week and take home up to 75 per cent less pay under a radical scheme to tackle climate change being discussed by Labour. The report by the Autonomy think-tank called for ‘rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society’ to cut carbon emissions, including dramatically limiting how long people spend at work. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said of the document: ‘This is a vital contribution to the growing debate around free time and reducing the working week.’

CHUK

Independent
Chuka Umunna has said he is “keeping all options open” on his political future, amid intense speculation about a move to the Liberal Democrats following the dramatic split of Change UK. Lib Dem leadership contender Ed Davey has said he would welcome the former Labour frontbencher as a member, while his rival in the race to succeed Vince Cable, Jo Swinson, says the party’s “doors are open” to those who share its values. But speaking to The Independent, Mr Umunna made clear that, after quitting two parties in little over three months, his immediate focus is less on finding a new political home than on developing his vision for a Momentum-style movement to push forward centre-ground politics.

Cancer

Telegraph
A new one-off prostate cancer test at the age of 55 promises to give men “peace of mind” that they will never develop the disease, scientists have revealed. The 10-minute scan, which could be rolled out in supermarkets and shopping centres, detects dangerous cancers years before they cause any harm while ignoring growths that do not pose a threat. Subject to a government-funded trial beginning this summer, the new MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) technique should enable the world’s first universal screening programme for prostate cancer.   All women in England are invited for a mammogram to check for breast cancer every three years from the age of 50 to 70.

Times
A “once in a lifetime” test for prostate cancer could be offered to men at the age of 55 under plans being investigated in a trial at UCL. Scientists think it may be possible to give men a one-off MRI scan in late middle age that will either result in an all-clear — indicating no real likelihood of them ever developing a clinically relevant prostate cancer — or show that they need regular follow-ups. Traditional prostate screening, which looks for markers in the blood, is notoriously unreliable and is now not offered in most health services as standard. It is available in Britain at GP surgeries but there is no national screening programme.

Mail
A ten-minute scan in a supermarket car park could soon form the basis of the UK’s first prostate cancer screening programme. The test for healthy men aged 55 to 60 detects the cancer before any symptoms appear, similar to mammograms offered to women for breast cancer. It could offer men peace of mind for a decade, with one expert saying it might reassure them that they will never get prostate cancer. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan for prostate cancer has already been offered to 450 men, with another 350 set to be screened in London this summer as part of a University College London trial. If successful in larger trials, it could pave the way for healthy men to be screened nationally.

NHS

Mail
Collapsed construction giant Carillion botched Liverpool’s new hospital so badly that experts must now strip out entire floors to insert hundreds of tons of extra steel and concrete to stop it falling down. The project to build the new £429million Royal Liverpool University Hospital stalled overnight when the building firm went under in January last year. But when surveyors were brought into assess the build they uncovered a host of problems, including cracked concrete posts and unsafe cladding, which does not meet fire regulations, on the exterior.

Mail
Health bosses have been accused of repeatedly ignoring warnings over the deadly risks of contaminated sandwiches. Three patients have died and another three remain seriously ill after eating sandwiches infected with listeria – a deadly foodborne bacteria – at two hospitals in the North West. But research by the Government’s own health agency had previously warned that one in 40 hospital and care home sandwiches may be contaminated.

Terror

Telegraph
Terrorists linked to Iran were caught stockpiling tonnes of explosive materials on the outskirts of London in a secret British bomb factory, The Daily Telegraph can reveal. Radicals linked to Hizbollah, the Lebanese militant group, stashed thousands of disposable ice packs containing ammonium nitrate – a common ingredient in homemade bombs. The plot was uncovered by MI5 and the Metropolitan Police in the autumn of 2015, just months after the UK signed up to the Iran nuclear deal. Three metric tonnes of ammonium nitrate was discovered – more than was used in the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people and damaged hundreds of buildings.

Mail
The BBC has been accused of ‘sanitising’ terrorism under plans for an effective ban on journalists using the word ‘terror’. Reporters will be told to avoid using the word to describe any terror attack, unless they are quoting someone else. Instead, they will refer to terror attacks by naming specific details, such as the location and the method of slaughter used. The controversial edict means that the BBC will no longer use the phrase ‘terror attack’ to describe the massacres at London Bridge or Manchester Arena, as the corporation did when the atrocities occurred. Reporters would describe them as the London Bridge van attack or the Manchester Arena bomb attack instead.

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