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News review – Wednesday 26 June 2019

News review – Wednesday 26 June 2019

Brexit

BBC News
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt say they are serious about pushing for a no-deal Brexit if they are unable to negotiate a better withdrawal agreement with Brussels. Yet the EU seems unfazed. Why, when we know EU leaders want to avoid a no-deal Brexit? Part of the reason, at least, is time. It’s summer. European capitals are sweltering under a heatwave with government ministers counting the days until they hit the beach or find some cool mountain air. The day the Brexit extension runs out – 31 October – seems an eternity away in political terms.

Breitbart
Tory heavyweight Boris Johnson, one of the two men vying to capture the leadership of their party and hence become the next prime minister of the United Kingdom, has warned if the European Union opposed his plan to enact Brexit, they would be affecting a return to Napoleon Bonaparte’s failed 19th-century plan to bankrupt Britain. Boris Johnson’s comments, strongly implying Europe refusing to be cooperative over Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union would be a deliberate attempt to undermine and weaken the country, came as he was grilled on his plans for enacting Brexit, something he has promised to do by October 31st at the latest.

Telegraph
Boris Johnson has set out a three-point plan for Brexit as he made clear that “come what may, do or die” the UK will leave the European Union by October 31. Mr Johnson also clashed in two radio interviews over his admission that he snorted cocaine as a teenager and disclosed that he had an unlikely hobby – making toy buses out of old wine crates. Mr Johnson set out three different plans for taking Britain out of the European Union by October 31 during an interview on TalkRadio.

Mail
Boris Johnson warned that the country must ‘get ready to come out without an agreement if we must’ as he outlined his Brexit plans today – and categorically ruled out staying in the EU past October 31. Mr Johnson said Halloween was a ‘do or die’ date for the UK quitting the block and fired a broadside at rebellious Tory MPs, warning the party would ‘continue to haemorrhage voters’ if Brexit was not sorted fast.    It came after he was accused of flip-flopping over the date, telling a leadership husting at the weekend Halloween was ’eminently feasible’ but not saying anything more concrete.

Sun
BORIS Johnson yesterday staked his Premiership chances on delivering Brexit by October 31 — telling Tory members it will happen “do or die”. In a toughening up of his stance, the Tory leadership frontrunner guaranteed for the first time he would meet the exit date. Boris challenged Mr Hunt to match his October 31 Brexit guarantee, “no ifs, no buts”. He tweeted: “If I become PM, we will leave the EU on 31st October, deal or no deal.” Later he told talkRADIO: “We are getting ready to come out on October 31. Come what may.  Do or die.”

Times
Boris Johnson has pledged to “do or die” and take Britain out of Europe in four months’ time as polling shows that a no-deal Brexit is the first choice of one in four voters. The frontrunner in the Tory leadership race issued an ultimatum to Brussels yesterday to drop its insistence on an Irish backstop, which Brexiteers fear could leave Britain tied to the EU indefinitely. He also said he would not sign off the full £39 billion divorce settlement until a trade deal had been struck.

Independent
Boris Johnson has backtracked on his much-ridiculed plan for avoiding punishing tariffs after a no-deal Brexit, admitting he would be unable to do it “unilaterally”. In a difficult interview, the frontrunner for No 10 acknowledged the Bank of England  governor was “right” to criticise his plan to use a trade law known as “Gatt 24” to avoid border duties. “Where Mark [Carney] is right is in saying that implies mutuality – that has to be an agreement on both sides,” Mr Johnson agreed.

Express
INFLUENTIAL arch-Brexiteer Steve Baker, a prominent ally of Tory leadership front runner Boris Johnson, has sent a stern message to EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier – warning him Britain will be leaving the bloc on October 31. And he warned he and his colleagues would never be able to sign Britain up to any agreement which included the much-maligned backstop  arrangements for the Irish border, underlining his belief it would leave the UK tethered to EU rules indefinitely.

BBC News
Tory leadership rivals Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are at loggerheads over how the UK should leave the EU. Both contenders for prime minister claim they can renegotiate a Brexit deal that the EU says is closed. Mr Johnson said the UK must leave on 31 October “deal or no deal” but Mr Hunt called this a “fake deadline” that could trigger a general election if Parliament rejects a no-deal Brexit.

Hunt

Mail
Jeremy Hunt told MPs yesterday he ‘cannot envisage any situation’ in which Britain joins the US in a war against Iran. Amid rising tensions between Donald Trump and the Tehran regime, the Foreign Secretary said earlier this week that the UK would consider requests for support from the US military ‘on a case-by-case basis’.  However, he insisted yesterday: ‘The US is our closest ally, we talk to them the whole time… I cannot envisage any situation where they request or we agree to any moves to go to war.’

Independent
Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he “cannot envisage” any scenario in which the UK would agree to join the US in waging war against Iran. The Tory leadership hopeful told MPs in the Commons that the Foreign Office is “very concerned about the situation in the Middle East and the risks of an accidental war” as the feud between Washington and Tehran escalates. “The US is our closest ally, we talk to them the whole time, we consider any requests that they say carefully, but I cannot envisage any situation where they request or we agree to any moves to go to war,” Mr Hunt told parliament.

Johnson

Guardian
Boris Johnson has been filmed at a private garden party telling Conservative members that the NHS absolutely needs to be reformed, as he fired them up for a general election by asking them to be ready to “wallop Jeremy Corbyn”. The frontrunner to be Conservative leader and prime minister was videoed giving a rabble-rousing stump speech to members in Sutton Coldfield on Saturday, the day after the Guardian revealed that police had been called to his girlfriend’s flat following a late-night altercation.

Conservative Party

Mail
Conservative MPs have been placed on a war footing for the first week of the new prime minister’s term in office amid fears that opposition parties and rebel Tories will immediately try to topple their government. Chief Whip Julian Smith has told MPs they are on a three line whip – meaning they must attend and ready to vote with the Government – in the week beginning July 22.

Independent
Boris Johnson has been warned that as many as a dozen Conservative MPs will back a vote of no confidence, triggering a general election, to block a no-deal Brexit. The former foreign secretary has promised to take the UK out of the Europe Union on 31 October with or without an agreement on divorce terms. And his rival for the Tory leadershipJeremy Hunt, the current foreign secretary, has not ruled out a potentially damaging no-deal outcome, though he says he is ready to extend Brexit negotiations in the hope of avoiding it.

Breitbart
A former Tory minister has said that nearly a dozen Conservative MPs would be willing to collapse their own government in order to stop potential future prime minister Boris Johnson from taking the UK out of the EU without a deal. The former minister, speaking anonymously to The Guardian, said: “I do think at least 10 would vote to bring down the government if the government was taking us into no deal.”

Westmonster
The Guido Fawkes blog has seen evidence that Conservative Party HQ is in the process of suspending members of the party for backing the Brexit Party in last month’s European elections. One long-standing member who spoke to the blog claims to have received the suspension for merely attending an event which featured Brexit Party speakers. The European elections, which were won by the Brexit Party by a significant margin, saw many traditional party loyalties eroded with the two traditional parties securing less than 23% of the nationwide vote.

Labour Party

Independent
Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of more “muddle and confusion” after Labour again failed to agree a shift to fully back a further Brexit referendum. For the second week running, a shadow cabinet meeting broke up without reaching a consensus to end what has been widely criticised as fence-sitting by the Labour leader. One source told The Independent  there was “no change” in referendum policy, while a second described “no movement”.

Mirror
Jeremy Corbyn faced an angry backlash from his closest allies after kicking his decision on a second referendum down the road. He had been expected to announce that he was backing a fresh public vote in all circumstances – and that Labour would support Remain.  But after a crunch meeting with the unions – including powerful Unite chief Len McCluskey – Mr Corbyn opted to delay for several weeks.  At a fiery shadow cabinet meeting, John McDonnell described Labour’s slow-moving position as “like watching a slow-motion car crash”.

Guardian
A tense meeting of Labour’s shadow cabinet failed to agree any advance on the party’s position on a second Brexit referendum, despite several senior figures saying they had been led to believe Jeremy Corbyn would soon give full-throated backing for remain. Corbyn is understood to have told shadow cabinet ministers there would be further consultation with the unions and a decision on the next step taken in the coming weeks, to the frustration of several present including the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell.

Evening Standard
Fears that moderate Labour MPs could be “purged” by Jeremy Corbyn supporters rose today with a former minister announcing that he will not be standing for re-election. The party’s HQ sparked major concerns among its MPs last night when it gave them just two weeks to decide whether they want to stand again at the next general election.  It immediately sparked claims that Left-wing local party members would organise trigger ballots to replace moderate MPs within a matter of weeks.

Scotland

Guardian
Jeremy Hunt has been accused of trying to boost his Conservative leadership campaign by withdrawing Foreign Office (FCO) support for Nicola Sturgeon’s overseas visits. The foreign secretary has confirmed that he has ordered his department not to provide any official or consular support for Sturgeon’s trips abroad if she uses them to campaign for Scottish independence.

BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon wants to set up a Citizens’ Assembly to discuss the big constitutional questions facing Scotland. Here’s what we know so far about the assembly ahead of the Scottish government giving more details at Holyrood on Wednesday afternoon. The Citizens’ Assembly was first announced by Ms Sturgeon in April – but the plan was largely overshadowed at the time by the first minister also saying she wants another independence referendum within the next two years.

Star
HOLIDAYMAKERS have been warned to prepare for more chaotic delays and “unbelievable queues” as a strike at one of Scotland’s busiest airports tomorrow. Glasgow Airport workers who are part of the Unite union, including airport security officers, airport fire safety, airfield operations officers and engineering technicians, will be striking again. Strikes have been held on Friday 21 June from 8.30am to 2.30pm, Monday 24 June from 6am to 10am.

EU

Guido
There’s been plenty of huffing and puffing from anonymous EU officials in response to Boris’s alternative Brexit proposals – despite Jeremy Hunt’s actually being pretty similar. Behind the bluster however, the reality is significantly more sensible and level-headed… Steve Barclay and Michel Barnier have been exchanging a series of letters over the past few weeks. Barclay has been asking Barnier to guarantee citizens’ rights even if the rest of the deal fails to go through.

Illegal migration

Mail
A criminal network of Romanian lorry drivers made at least £3million smuggling illegal migrants into Britain, it emerged today. The astonishing figure was released by French police who made 17 arrests while smashing the human trafficking ring. It extended across Europe, and involved the drivers packing their lorries with a cargo of men, women and children.  ‘Migrants were hidden in the storage compartments of vehicles under the guise of being goods being moved by Romanian transport companies,’ said a spokesman for Lille police.

Sun
POLICE have smashed a huge multinational smuggling ring shipping hundreds of migrants into the UK hidden on Romanian lorries. At least 300 illegals were shipped into the port of Hull after spending days in appalling conditions concealed in cargo aboard heavy goods vehicles. Palestinian, Iraqi, Iranian and Afghan clients paid £10-13,000 each to gangmasters to sneak them into Britain via France, Belgium and Holland.

Environment

Times
Women exposed to air pollution are at risk of earlier menopause, potentially damaging their chances of having children, scientists have said. Two separate studies have found that women who live in polluted neighbourhoods have a higher chance of their ovarian reserve — a measure of their egg supply — being abnormally low, reducing fertility. The scientists behind the research said it suggested that air pollution may speed the ageing of women’s reproductive systems.

Breitbart
As predicted, Theresa May’s lame-duck government has gone ahead and signed the £1 trillion suicide note committing the UK to ‘Net Zero’ decarbonisation by 2050. Do any of the incompetent, virtue-signalling pillocks — both on the Government and Opposition benches — who signed this piece of magical unicorn fairytale tosh have any idea what £1 trillion looks like? Here’s one helpful offering from the Global Warming Policy Foundation:  With that sum of money, it points out, you could pay the salaries of 314,000 NHS nurses for a century.

NHS

Times
Doctors have voted overwhelmingly to stop charging foreign patients for NHS care, claiming that doing so is “fundamentally racist”. Up to 500 delegates at the British Medical Association’s annual conference in Belfast backed a motion that said that asking overseas visitors to pay made medical staff “complicit” in racism. “We are doctors not border guards,” Omar Risk said during the debate. “Charging migrants for accessing NHS services is a fundamentally racist endeavour — we are complicit in the oppressive regime.”

Sun
DOCTORS have backed a decision to stop billing foreign patients for NHS care — calling it “fundamentally racist”. Up to 500 medics voted overwhelmingly in favour of abandoning fees. Dr Jackie Appleby, proposing the motion, claimed they were a form of “racial profiling” and were not cost-effective. She said: “The cost of health tourism is disputed. It’s peanuts in the grand scheme of things.” Health tourism in the UK costs anything from £200million to £2billion a year.

Mail
Doctors have voted to stop billing foreign patients for NHS  care. Medics backing the motion said charging made health staff ‘complicit in racism’ and ‘racial profiling’. Up to 500 delegates voted overwhelmingly in favour of abandoning the fees at the British Medical Association’s annual conference in Belfast. ‘We are doctors not border guards,’ said Dr Omar Risk in Monday’s debate. ‘Charging migrants for accessing NHS services is a fundamentally racist endeavour – we are complicit in the oppressive regime.’

Telegraph
Hundreds of villages have lost their GP surgery amid a deepening crisis across the country, an investigation reveals. Experts said rural and coastal areas were being hit particularly hard by a national shortage of family doctors, forcing elderly and vulnerable patients to travel ever further for care. The figures reveal 1,946 villages which are at least three miles from the nearest GP practice – 162 more than was the case just two years ago.

Mail
Hundreds of villages have lost their GP surgeries, according to a national survey. Coastal and rural areas are suffering the most with elderly and vulnerable patients being forced to travel further for appointments. The research showed 1,946 villages are now at least three miles from their closest GP practice – 162 more than two years ago. Some patients were required to travel up to 14 miles in rural areas. GPs say they are stretched too thinly because of a shortage of 5,000 doctors.

Telegraph
IVF treatment increases the risk of going on to develop breast cancer, a new study suggests. Data from more than 626,000 women over 21 years found links indicating that women over 40 who undergo the treatment are 65 per cent more likely to develop the disease. The increased risk across all ages was 10 per cent. In preparation for IVF, women are given drugs to stimulate the ovaries into producing more eggs. This also means increased levels of oestrogen in the body, which scientists believe may explain the cancer link.

Sun
WOMEN who have kids using IVF are more likely to develop breast cancer, a study suggests. The drugs used to stimulate their ovaries may increase tumour risk by up to 65 per cent. Experts described the findings as a “wake-up call” and said patients should be told of the peril. Researchers analysed data on 625,712 Danish women, who were tracked for up to 21 years. Some received assisted reproductive treatment, such as  IVF, and others did not. Those in the assisted group were 10 per cent more likely to get breast cancer than the other.

Education

Times
Every child must learn about gay relationships before leaving school and they are better discussed in the classroom than the playground, the education secretary said yesterday. Schools will be “strongly encouraged” to talk about same-sex parents with children and teach them about different types of “loving, healthy relationships”, the Department for Education said. The announcement came as a Labour MP apologised in the Commons for offence caused to the LGBT community by backing protests against gay equality lessons outside a Birmingham school.

Post offices

Mail
Britain’s 3,000 most isolated post offices will continue to receive subsidies so they can provide ‘vital’ services to their communities, a minister pledged yesterday. Post office minister Kelly Tolhurst told MPs that the Government will provide extra funding if it is needed to keep the branches open. These post offices, which are all the last shops in their villages, are being kept afloat by a £50million handout from the Government.

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News review – Monday 17 June 2019

News review – Monday 17 June 2019

Farage

Telegraph
Conservative Party donors have opened secret talks with Nigel Farage about an electoral pact which would see the party not stand candidates against the Brexit Party in dozens of seats at a snap general election. Speculation is growing that the next Tory leader will have to call a snap election to bring in new MPs who will agree to take the UK out of the European Union by the end of October. A new poll in the Sunday Times put Mr Farage’s Brexit Party in first place on 24 per cent, three points ahead of the Tories and Labour on 21 per cent. The news emerged as Johnny Leavesley, the head of the party’s biggest donor group the Midlands Industrial Council, wrote in The Telegraph that the next Prime Minister “needs to be willing to work with Farage”.

Telegraph
One of the Conservative contenders to be crowned party leader and Prime Minister next month has personally asked Nigel Farage to work with him to deliver Brexit. The news came as a new poll in the Sunday Times put the Brexit Party in first place on 24 per cent, three points ahead of the Tories and Labour on 21 per cent. Mr Stewart also said that he wanted to “use the Brexit Party’s success to put an electric shock through Parliament and get it through”.

Independent
Tory leadership hopeful Rory Stewart has reached out to Nigel Farage by saying he wanted to work with the Brexit Party so the UK could exit the European Union. Parliament had to “find a route” to deliver Brexit, he told Mr Farage during an appearance on his LBC radio show “which is why I want to make an offer to you.” “You represent such an important part of this debate,” he said.  He added: “The fact you actually lead us out of Europe in the first place puts you in a very important position in this.

Express
CONSERVATIVE Party donors have opened secret talks with Nigel Farage which could see the party not stand candidates against the Brexit Party if a snap election is called by the next leader. As reported by The Daily Telegraph, the suggestion is the Brexit Party would not stand against Tory Brexiteers and the Tories would not contest seats in traditional Labour seats in the north, where the Brexit Party has polled strongly.

Sun
CONSERVATIVES could reportedly be set to do a deal with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party which would see Tories pull out of fighting certain seats at the next general election. Farage confirmed he had been approached by Tory party donors but added his party is currently planning to contest every seat. The Telegraph reports a deal could see the Tories stand aside in Brexit-voting Labour heartland seats in which the Brexit Party has a chance of beating Jeremy Corbyn’s party

Westmonster
Pro-Brexit Conservative MPs have told Boris Johnson that they will join the Brexit Party if he doesn’t deliver Brexit on 31st October.  The Sunday Express have splashed with the story that MPs in the European Research Group have said they could defect if Brexit isn’t delivered at the end of October, as Boris Johnson has promised. Writing for the paper, Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage says today: “On the Brexit Party’s social media pages, we have a calendar counting down the days until the date they have promised we will leave.

No deal

Mail
Veteran Tory Ken Clarke today joined threats to ‘bring down’ any PM who tries to force No Deal Brexit. The former chancellor said he was ready to vote no confidence in any ‘idiot’ who made a bid to take the UK out of the EU without approval from Parliament. The stark message was clearly directed at Boris Johnson, who has insisted he will ensure the UK leaves the bloc by Halloween – with or without a deal. The leadership front runner has also refused to rule out suspending Parliament in October to stop MPs from blocking No Deal.

Breitbart
Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to stop the UK leaving the EU without a deal by aligning with Remainers in the Tory Party including Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Amber Rudd and Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond. Sources close to Mrs May told The Mail on Sunday that despite her failure to pass the EU-approved withdrawal treaty, she has “not budged” from her position that UK should not leave the bloc unless it has an exit deal.

Express
KEN CLARKE has vowed he will vote to bring down any “idiot” future Tory prime minister if they try to force a no deal Brexit through Parliament. In a scathing attack against his own Conservative Party, the former chancellor accused the Conservative leadership candidates of engaging in “fantasy” by pledging to take the UK out of the European Union on October 31, with or without a deal. Speaking to The Observer, Mr Clarke claimed the Tories are in “turmoil internally and deeply unpopular with the general public”.

Mail
One of Jeremy Hunt’s most senior allies warned yesterday that MPs would block No Deal in October – and could even bring down the Government. Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd said the number of Tories prepared to vote against a No Deal prime minister in a confidence vote was ‘easily there’. Mr Hunt insisted yesterday that if he became prime minister he would leave without a deal if it was a choice between that and No Brexit.

Times
Conservative MPs could bring down the government if there is an attempt to force through a no-deal Brexit, Amber Rudd has warned. In a thinly veiled criticism of Boris Johnson, the work and pensions secretary also said that it was a mistake to suggest that Britain should leave the EU by October 31. Ms Rudd, who is supporting Jeremy Hunt’s leadership bid, told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Pienaar’s Politics that “a number of colleagues” would vote against the government rather than allow no-deal.

Independent
Cabinet minister Amber Rudd has revealed she believes there is a sufficient number of Tory MPs who are willing to topple a government intent on leaving the EU without a Brexit deal. The remarks from the work and pensions secretary came as the former Conservative chancellor Ken Clarke vowed to take the extraordinary step as a last resort if “some idiot was sailing onto a no-deal Brexit”. A second senior Tory, Dominic Grieve, told the House of Commons last week he would vote against the government in a motion of no confidence in the same circumstances.

Express
BORIS JOHNSON has been warned not to pursue a no deal Brexit if he wins the Conservative Party’s leadership contest. The former foreign secretary received the highest number of votes in the first MPs’ ballot to select the next Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister last week. He stormed ahead with 114 votes, which was more than Jeremy Hunt, who came second with 43, and Michael Gove in third with 37. Mr Johnson said he was “delighted but also warned his campaign “still had a long way to go”.

EU

Westmonster
European Union officials do not believe that Boris Johnson will deliver Brexit on 31st October, as he has promised to do.  The Daily Mail’s Brussels correspondent David Churchill reports that EU officials instead believe that PM Boris would u-turn instead. The outcome would instead see Boris attempt to sell an amended version of Theresa May’s disaster deal or seek a ‘controlled No Deal’ that would mean the UK wouldn’t leave until at least 2020. A senior EU source even told the Mail: “A lot of people are scared about Boris, but I don’t think he is the worst of all.

£39billion

Telegraph
Boris Johnson will have to over-rule existing government legal advice if he wants to make good on his promise to withhold the £39bn Brexit bill in order to win a better deal from the EU, The Telegraph can reveal.  Mr Johnson, who is now hot favourite to win the Tory leadership contest, has threatened to “retain” the promised financial settlement until the European Union has provided “greater clarity” about the future EU-UK trading relationship.

Theresa May

Mail
Theresa May has been accused of trying to tie Boris Johnson‘s hands as she seeks to push through a £27billion funding pledge for education. She is understood to be planning to present her three-year plan to Cabinet as soon as tomorrow as part of a bid to shore up her legacy. Government sources said she ‘is still Prime Minister’ and ‘education is very high on her list of priorities’. However, the move is being resisted by the Treasury amid claims it would be ‘immoral’ to limit the ability of Mrs May’s successor to deliver on their own pledges.

Times
Theresa May will announce plans today to ban the use of police cells to hold people with a mental illness. Under the plans teachers, healthcare staff, social workers and local authority staff will be offered training to identify signs of mental illness and help young people at risk of self-harm or suicide. The announcement is a further sign that, after her failure to deliver Brexit, Mrs May intends to use her remaining weeks in Downing Street to leave a legacy that addresses the “burning injustices” she identified when she became prime minister in 2016.

Sun
THERESA May faces uproar over binding the hands of her successor to a £27 billion legacy spend on education. The PM’s plans are estimated to cost up to £9 billion extra annually but  Philip Hammond fears it could hold the Tory leadership winner to ransom. The three-year cash bonanza would include boosting teachers’ pay, provide extra training and help  struggling schools. Whitehall figures are furious the PM wants the money decided now rather than by whoever next enters Downing Street.

Conservative Home
Theresa May seems determined to use her last weeks in office to make substantial announcements in the hope that people might think better of her and her premiership. It’s a forlorn hope in my opinion but with this week’s pledge to make Britain the first major nation in the world to commit to zero net carbon emissions Operation Theresa May Wasn’t That Useless is very much underway.

Tory leadership

Telegraph
Channel 4 was accused by Tory MPs of attempting to “sideline” Dominic Raab, the one ‘hard’ Brexiteer, in the first television debate of the party’s leadership race on Sunday. Tory MPs complained that the debate had been “geared up” to encourage the leadership candidates to “knock chunks out of each other”. The complaints appeared to vindicate the decision by Boris Johnson, the runaway favourite, not to attend the 90 minute long primetime hustings, saying last week it would be “cacophonous”. One of the camps also claimed the 120-strong audience – which had meant to be split 47 per cent for and against Brexit, and 6 per cent ‘don’t know’ – had been biased against leaving the EU.

Express
TORY leadership candidate and Brexiteer Dominic Raab was last night “sidelined” in a primetime Channel 4 debate, furious Tory MPs have claimed. Conservative MPs accused the national broadcaster of anti-Brexit “bias” as they claimed the debate had been “geared up” to encourage the candidates to “knock chunks out of each other”. Their grievances appeared to vindicate frontrunner Boris Johnson’s decision not to take part. One Brexiteer Tory MP told the Daily Telegraph: “Watching Channel 4 and the ganging up on Raab one could be forgiven for thinking there had never been a referendum.

Times
Boris Johnson was taunted by his fellow leadership contenders during their first televised debate last night as the frontrunner was represented for 90 minutes by an empty lectern. Jeremy Hunt said that the former foreign secretary’s refusal to turn up raised questions about his ability to be prime minister, Rory Stewart suggested he wanted one of the five who had turned up to win the contest and Sajid Javid referred dismissively to “this guy” while gesturing at the vacant space.

Guardian
The five men vying to take on Boris Johnson in the Conservative leadership race made a slew of promises to tackle illiteracy, fix the broken social care system and reunify Britain after Brexit as they clashed in the first televised debate. Johnson was attacked by the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, for failing to appear in Sunday night’s debate, at which he was represented by an empty lectern.

Labour Party

Independent
Labour must return the issue of Brexit to the people in a second referendum and proudly champion the case for remaining in the EU, the party’s deputy leader Tom Watson will urge Jeremy Corbyn today. In a major speech – nearly three years on since the referendum – he will say that being part of Europe is an “emotional issue”, as he issues a renewed plea to the Labour leadership to fight for a future inside the bloc amid the danger of a no-deal Brexit.

Sky News
Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson is to urge his party to “strongly” make the case for the UK staying in the EU. In a speech later, he will reiterate his push for another referendum to break the Brexit deadlock – saying Labour’s “hearts are Remain”. Leader Jeremy Corbyn has so far resisted calls to fully back another public vote, saying the party would support it in certain circumstances. That position was blamed for Labour’s performance at the European elections.

Guardian
Tom Watson is to challenge Jeremy Corbyn to put Labour at the forefront of the campaign against Brexit, using a speech on Monday to say: “Our members are remain, our values are remain, our hearts are remain.” The deputy leader’s latest intervention would have come ahead of a tricky meeting of Labour’s divided shadow cabinet – but members were told on Sunday evening that the meeting had been cancelled at short notice.

Cannabis

Mail
Nine in ten cannabis users and growers in some areas of England are being let off without a criminal charge, a Mail investigation reveals. Despite a string of warnings over the drug’s harmful long-term effects, many are getting away with a simple telling-off. Figures show the proportion of users who are charged for possession of cannabis has fallen sharply. Across England, an average of just 22 per cent of possession offences led to a criminal charge last year – down from 27 per cent in 2017.

Sun
CANNABIS use is being ‘unofficially legalised’ according to campaigners after new figures show up to nine out of ten people caught with the drug are never charged. In some areas just 12 per cent of people caught with the drug never go before a court and escape with punishments such as a warning or a caution. Across England, an average of just 22 per cent of possession offences led to a criminal charge last year, down from 27 per cent in 2017.

Illegal immigration

Breitbart
More boat migrants have been intercepted in the English Channel in the first six months of 2019 than in the whole of last year. The number of illegal migrants intercepted by authorities at Britain’s sea ports has risen to 511, with 152 of those arriving since the start of June alone, according to The Telegraph, while 312 people reached the UK in dinghies and other small boats in the whole of 2018. In reaction to the rising numbers of illegal landings, Conservative MP for Dover Charlie Elphike  wrote: “[The] crisis now threatens to turn into a Summer of chaos on the Channel.

Rail travel

Mail
Hundreds of thousands of commuters, race-goers and music fans face misery as a five-day rail strike starts tomorrow. The Rail and Maritime Union (RMT) action will disrupt services run by South Western Railway, one of Britain’s busiest commuter services, and hit Royal Ascot, one of the most popular race meetings of the year. The train guard strike is set to continue until Saturday, when Royal Ascot finishes.

ITV News
Rail services on some of the busiest routes in the country will be disrupted this week because of a five-day strike in the long-running dispute over guards on trains. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on South Western Railway will walk out from Tuesday, hitting services including busy commuter trains into London Waterloo. Services will be cancelled or disrupted and the stoppage coincides with the Royal Ascot horse race meeting.

Flooding

Sun
HUNDREDS of homes have been evacuated following severe flooding – and the local MP has warned residents are “by no means out of the woods”. Residents in at least 590 homes in Wainfleet and Thorpe Culvert, in Lincolnshire, have been told to leave as waters continued to surge this weekend, with further heavy rain predicted. The town first flooded on Wednesday after more than two months’ worth of rain fell in two days, causing the River Steeping to burst its banks

Grooming gang

Telegraph
The Home Office is under pressure to explain why members of the Rochdale grooming gang who preyed on girls as young as 12 have not been deported despite them losing a £1 million taxpayer-funded legal action against their removal. The four including the ringleader of the gang Shabir Ahmed, 66, received more than £1 million in legal aid in an unsuccessful attempt to fight deportation after they were convicted of serious sex offences against the girls.

Mail
The victims of a notorious Rochdale grooming gang have been ‘failed again’ after it emerged four men have still not been deported a decade after preying on girls as young as 12. Shabir Ahmed, 66, Qari Abdul Rauf, 50, Abdul Aziz, 48 and Adil Khan, 49, were among nine men convicted in 2012 of a catalogue of serious sex offences against vulnerable victims in Rochdale. As the only groomers to have dual UK-Pakistani citizenship, they were at risk of being deported back to Pakistan – but none of the four appear to have been deported or be facing deportation.

Terror attack

Mail
One of those carried to paramedics was French chef Sebastien Belanger, 36, who had a ‘real possibility’ of surviving had he received prompt treatment, according to pathologist Dr Benjamin Swift. Mr Belanger’s brother Julien told the Mail the family want to know why paramedics ‘did not immediately rush’ to the aid of the four victims in the courtyard. The Old Bailey inquest has heard ambulance crews waited at rendezvous points 150 yards away from Green Dragon Court – the focal point of the attack.

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Sunday papers – 16 June 2019

Sunday papers – 16 June 2019

Theresa May

The Express claims the current Prime Minister will leave the incoming MP a ‘poison chalice’.

BORIS JOHNSON could be derailed by Theresa May in a last ditch attempt to bind the hands of the next Tory leader.
Mrs May is attempting to push through a £27billion cash boost for the education budget in her final weeks as Prime Minister which is prompting a row with senior ministers who believe it is a booby trap for Mr JohnsonThe Prime Minister is demanding a three-year funding settlement for schools and teachers to secure her “legacy”, after she pushed for an NHS funding increase last year, according to The Sunday Telegraph. Mrs May is planning to ask for Cabinet approval for the cash boost on Tuesday.
Government sources are insisting she is “still Prime Minister” and “education is very high on her list of priorities”.

The Telegraph also has the story.

Theresa May is attempting to ram through a £27 billion cash boost for the education budget in her final weeks in No 10, prompting a major row with senior ministers who believe it is an attempt to bind Boris Johnson’s hands.
The Prime Minister is demanding a three-year funding settlement for schools and teachers as part of a bid to shore up her “legacy”, following a separate funding increase for the NHS last year. She was preparing to seek Cabinet approval for the plan as soon as Tuesday, with Government sources insisting that she “is still Prime Minister” and “education is very high on her list of priorities”.

Tory leadership

But will Boris win the crown?  The Mail reports opposition to a secret plan.

Conservative leadership contenders have criticised a secret plan to crown Boris Johnson as prime minister as the first hustings today got underway.
The plan was proposed by senior ministers amid concerns that a six-week battle of candidates criticising each other would leave whoever wins weakened, providing ammunition for Jeremy Corbyn.
But Sajid Javid and Rory Stewart warned against any ‘coronation’ as they arrived for the Conservative National Convention Hustings in central London, while Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt expressed the same view.

And senior Conservatives are planning to dethrone him, says the Express.

BORIS JOHNSON’s hopes of becoming the next Prime Minister could be dashed by senior Tories who are planning to expose his “lies”.
Boris Johnson will be represented by an empty podium during Channel 4’s television debate on Sunday night. The former foreign secretary turned down an invitation to participate in the Channel 4 leadership debate, as he said it would be “cacophonous”. But after rival candidate Jeremy Hunt accused him of “hiding away”, Mr Johnson has since said he will take part in the BBC’s debate next Tuesday.
However, he may face another challenge from Cabinet Ministers who are plotting to derail his leadership bid by telling MPs he can’t be trusted.

There won’t be a ‘coronation’ reports the Independent.

Contenders to be Britain’s next prime minister have lined up to dismiss calls for an unchallenged “coronation” of Boris Johnson, as the Tory leadership race turned increasingly bitter ahead of a second round of voting.
It comes as all six of the candidates vying for the keys to No 10 appeared on stage at a hustings session hosted by the National Conservative Convention – an event originally scheduled for a vote of confidence in Theresa May.

And the Guardian claims he’ll push the country into a General Election.

Boris Johnson’s attempts to appease hardline Tory Brexiters will tilt the party into a “disastrous general election” that could be just months away, senior Conservatives are warning.
The runaway favourite to replace Theresa May is being told that the coalition of support set to deliver him Downing Street “won’t survive the autumn”, when he will have to decide whether to accept a deal with the EU or try to force a no-deal Brexit – a move likely to precipitate an election.

The Times claims his progress is ‘inexorable’.

Boris Johnson’s progress towards Downing Street appeared inexorable last night as his most senior rivals began circling for jobs in his cabinet and a new poll showed that voters believe he is the only leadership candidate who can win the next election.
Two of Boris Johnson’s rivals — Michael Gove and Sajid Javid — used interviews with The Sunday Times to issue coded job applications.

The Mail claims Hunt could stop Boris.

Jeremy Hunt today leads the charge to try to halt the Boris Johnson leadership bandwagon by unveiling a plan to offer tax breaks for granny flats.
The Foreign Secretary, who came second to Mr Johnson in last week’s ballot of Tory MPs, announces an eye-catching policy of offering financial incentives to families who build accommodation for elderly relatives – to help ease the growing social care and childcare burden on the taxpayer.

But Sky News says he’s running away with the race.

Boris Johnson’s runaway Tory leadership bandwagon is gathering more pace with a surge in support in two opinion polls and a new high-profile backer, Esther McVey.
The polls, in The Sunday Times and Sun on Sunday, suggest Mr Johnson is way ahead of his rivals in his ability to win back Tory support from Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party and the Lib Dems, and defeat Jeremy Corbyn and Labour.

No Deal

The PM has claimed she’ll stop Boris’ plan for no-deal says the Mail.

Theresa May has privately vowed to thwart any attempt by Boris Johnson to take the UK out of the EU without a deal, her allies have told The Mail on Sunday.
The disclosure comes as senior party figures told The Mail on Sunday that Mrs May had voted for ultra-Remainer Rory Stewart in Thursday’s ballot of MPs, which led to a landslide victory for Mr Johnson.
Mrs May, who has vowed to stay on as an MP after she leaves Downing Street next month, has suggested she would join forces with pro-Remain Ministers such as Chancellor Philip Hammond and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd to try to stop Mr Johnson from leaving after the October 31 deadline ‘Deal or No Deal’.

And the House of Lords is also threatening to take a hand if no-deal happens, reports the Times.

Up to 30 Conservative peers are threatening to resign the whip if Boris Johnson attempts to force through a no-deal Brexit.
The remain-supporting peers are plotting to quit en masse amid mounting speculation that Johnson, who has vowed that the UK will leave the EU on October 31 with or without a deal, will become prime minister.
One prominent peer said that the discussions had accelerated in recent days after Johnson topped the ballot in the first round of voting in the Tory leadership race, with 114 votes.

But economists think the prospect of no-deal is getting closer, reports Breitbart.

The chance of the UK leaving the EU in a clean break, ditching Theresa May’s EU-approved withdrawal treaty, has increased, according to a poll of economists conducted by Reuters.
“The possibility of a ‘no deal’ Brexit appears to have risen,” Howard Archer at economic forecasting group EY ITEM Club told Reuters after the median forecast for the chance of a no-deal Brexit had increased from 15 per cent in May to 25 per cent in the June poll.

A committed Brexiteer has laid it on the line for the incoming PM, reports Westmonster.

Founder of JD Wetherspoon Tim Martin has warned any new prime minister not to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement negotiations and to leave on WTO terms on October 31st.
Martin, an ardent Brexiteer, told Express.co.uk: “The majority of Brexiteers believe that No Deal is a much better way to leave.
“The real danger is that Boris signs an agreement to leave and 90% of the current Withdrawal Agreement gets chucked in there with a couple of minor tweaks to the backstop.”

Labour Party

Corbyn is plotting a tax raid reports the Telegraph.

Jeremy Corbyn is plotting a major tax raid on children helped onto the housing ladder by their parents and those who inherit even the lowest value homes, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.
A report commissioned by Labour proposes replacing the current system of inheritance tax with a “lifetime gifts tax” levied on cash or homes given to individuals during the course of their lives.
The document, Land for the Many, claims that the plans would facilitate “the better sharing out” of “unearned windfalls”, by generating an extra £9 billion per year for the Treasury.

The Express also has the story.

JEREMY CORBYN is planning a huge tax raid on children who inherit homes from their parents.
The Labour leader’s proposal replaces inheritance tax with a “lifetime gift tax”, The Sunday Telegraph reported. The tax will apply to property or cash given to individuals during the course of their lives. The report, Land for the Many, claims it would help “the better sharing out” of “unearned windfalls”.
Labour hope the tax would add £9 billion a year to the Treasury.

The Times also reports the prospect.

Labour is considering replacing inheritance tax with a levy on cash and property given to individuals during their lifetimes, a move that could cost families thousands of pounds.
At the moment the system allows a parent to avoid tax on gifts to children as long as they are made more than seven years before the parent’s death.
A parent is also able to pass on a home with a value of up to £475,000 without paying inheritance tax, a sum that rises to £950,000 for married couples and civil partners.

The Guardian reports the shadow cabinet is due to discuss Brexit tomorrow.

Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet is set to debate Brexit on Monday, as the prospect of a Boris Johnson premiership accelerates Labour’s drift towards supporting a second referendum.
Corbyn is coming under renewed pressure to set out his backing for a fresh public vote more clearly, as the shockwaves from Labour’s catastrophic performance in the European elections continue to reverberate.
Shadow ministers will be shown the second part of a presentation on polling which began at last week’s meeting, and according to one person present showed Labour was being “squeezed from both sides”.

And the Independent reports on the prospect of a second referendum.

Labour Party members will have the opportunity to force Jeremy Corbyn to commit fully to a fresh Brexit referendum, after the party bowed to pressure to stage a consultation.
The grassroots survey will be launched next month and conclude by early August, The Independent can reveal – paving the way for the policy shift as a new hardline Conservative prime minister arrives in No 10, supporters believe.

Ireland

The Irish boss has commented on the prospect of removing the backstop from the ill-fated Withdrawal Agreement, says the Independent.

Leo Varadkar has said removing the Irish border backstop from the UK’s EU Withdrawal Agreement  would be “effectively the same” as a no-deal Brexit.
The Irish premier added it was “alarming” that Conservative leadership candidates have proposed changes to the policy which safeguards against a hard border.
Boris Johnson, the frontrunner in the race to replace Theresa May as prime minister, is among those who have suggested ditching the backstop in favour of unspecified “alternative arrangements”.

He’s bleating to BBC News as well.

The taoiseach (Irish prime minister) has said removing the backstop from the Withdrawal Agreement, would be “effectively the same as no deal”.
Leo Varadkar was responding to comments from some candidates seeking to replace Theresa May as prime minister.
Many contenders have proposed changes to the backstop, even though the EU says it is not up for renegotiation.
Mr Varadkar said: “If we don’t have that (the backstop), there is no deal”.
The backstop has proven to be one of the most controversial parts of Mrs May’s Withdrawal Agreement with the EU.

The Guardian has taken up his sob-story.

Leo Varadkar has said that removing the border backstop  would be as bad for Ireland as a no-deal Brexit.
Some contenders to replace Theresa May as prime minister, including frontrunner Boris Johnson, have proposed changes to the policy.
The EU has said the withdrawal agreement – including the backstop – is not up for renegotiation.
The Irish premier told RTE’s Marian Finucane programme that the backstop is “a legally operable guarantee that we will never see a hard border emerge again”.

EU

The bloc has potential problems with the US, reports the Telegraph.

There is a creeping nervousness taking hold in Brussels. Officials fear that its tactic of delaying further trade conflict with Washington may soon run out of road. Eventually the EU will be forced to pick sides in the China-US trade war, and pressure to open sensitive markets to US commercial interests will become unbearable.
At first glance, the latest trade issue to provoke the ire of the teetotal US president is surprising: Donald Trump is angry about an apparent inequity in the trade of wine between France and the US.
He believes that EU levies of 11-29 cents per bottle are too high, relative to the import taxes the US imposes of 5 cents per 750 millilitres.

Election fraud

The question of fraud in the Peterborough by-election rumbles on.  The Times says:

A notorious vote-rigger jailed for forging postal votes played a far greater role in Labour’s narrow by-election victory in Peterborough this month than the party has admitted.
Tariq Mahmood, 51, a numberplate salesman and former taxi company owner who received a 15-month sentence for his part in a “systematic campaign of electoral fraud” in 2008, had denied involvement in the campaign to elect Lisa Forbes 10 days ago.

The Mail claims voting was corrupt.

Voting practices in the Peterborough by-election won by Labour were worthy of corrupt ex-Soviet state Kazakhstan, independent observers warned last night.
They said the sight of people photographing their completed ballot papers was something they had only ever seen in Kazakhstan ‘many years ago’.
The oil-rich state has until recently had only one president since it broke with the Soviet Union in 1991, with claims that even last Sunday’s election was rigged.

And Westmonster reports that the police are looking into the election.

Cambridgeshire Police have confirmed that they are now looking into five allegations relating to the Peterborough by-election.
There has been some speculation relating to the by-election, including the degree of involvement from Labour activist Tariq Mahmood who previously received a prison sentence for postal vote interference.
Labour deny he was involved in the campaign, though he was pictured with Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and their by-election candidate Lisa Forbes who beat the Brexit Party’s Mike Greene by just 683 votes.

Gulf attacks

Pictures of an oil tanker ablaze have prompted troops to be sent to the area, says the Mail.

The Royal Navy is sending 30 Marines to the Gulf for a training exercise amid Iranian attacks on two oil tankers.
Elite soldiers from 42 Commando will leave their Plymouth barracks to form Special Purpose Task Group 19, deploying on Royal Navy ships from Britain’s new Bahraini base.
Earlier reports that the Marines are being deployed to protect British ships in light of the tensions were tonight denied by the Ministry of Defence.

The soldiers will back up US troops, says the Sun.

THE ROYAL Navy is set to send Marines to the Persian Gulf amid rising tensions with Iran after an attack on two tankers in the Strait of Hormuz.
Britain has backed the US in saying that Iran was behind the attacks, adding it was “almost certain” the country was responsible.
Elite soldiers from 42 Commando based near Plymouth are set to be deployed in a training exercise drawn up before the attacks on one Norwegian and one Japanese tanker.

The Morning Star claims there’s a threat of war.

BRITISH and US claims that Iran is behind two oil tanker explosions are “the most dangerous threat of war” yet, peace campaigners warned today.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was the first to accuse Iran of having attacked Norway’s Front Altair and Japan’s Kokuka Courageous as the two tankers sailed through the Gulf of Oman yesterday.
But journalist and peace campaigner John Pilger told the Morning Star there was “not a shred of evidence” to suggest Iran was responsible and nobody should trust the Trump administration.

Listeria

There could be more deaths from the bug, reports the Times.

Hospitals have been put on high alert by public health officials amid a listeria outbreak that has killed five patients — one of the UK’s worst outbreaks. The bug has an incubation period of up to 70 days, and NHS chiefs are braced for more fatalities.
Five years ago the government was warned about failings in hospital food safety. A 64-page report for the Food Standards Agency (FSA) uncovered 32 failings in hospital food safety in 2014.

And the Independent reports an investigation.

The health secretary has ordered a “root and branch” review of NHS food after two more patient deaths were linked to an outbreak of listeria.
Matt Hancock said he was “incredibly concerned” after it emerged the patients were suspected of dying after eating pre-packaged hospital sandwiches and salads from the same supplier, The Good Food Chain – bringing the number of fatalities to five.
The affected products have since been withdrawn from hospitals and Public Health England (PHE) said evidence suggested all the deaths occurred before the items were removed from circulation on 25 May.

Even though he’s in the running for the Tory leadership, the health secretary has addressed the problem, reports ITV News.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has ordered a “root and branch” review of NHS food after two more patient deaths were linked to a listeria outbreak.
The former Conservative leadership hopeful said he was “incredibly concerned” after it emerged patients were suspected of dying after eating pre-packaged sandwiches and salads linked to The Good Food Chain, which supplies food to NHS hospitals.

The Mirror also reports the investigation.

AN NHS food probe was ordered after the deaths of two more patients were linked with pre-packed sarnies.
The “root and branch” review follows a listeria outbreak now suspected of claiming five lives.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock who ordered the probe said: “I’ve been incredibly concerned.”

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News review – Thursday 13 June 2019

News review – Thursday 13 June 2019

No-deal blocker

Times
MPs have rejected a cross-party attempt to give the Commons another chance to block a no-deal Brexit, in a boost to Eurosceptic hopes of leaving the EU at the end of October. Jeremy Corbyn had joined forces with other opposition parties and the Conservative grandee Sir Oliver Letwin to offer a crucial test of parliament’s ability to block a no-deal exit. The motion would simply have booked time this month for MPs to seize control of the Commons agenda to vote on Brexit, but it was widely understood as a precursor to an attempt to demonstrate MPs’ opposition to no-deal before the new prime minister enters Downing Street.

Express
A LABOUR Party plot to block a no deal Brexit has been sabotaged by Brexiteers who voted against it in a sensational day of political drama in the House of Commons. MPs voted 298/309 on the motion prevent the UK leaving the EU without a deal. There was a majority of 11, meaning the vote was extremely close. The vote in the House of Commons, which has seen Brexiteers take back control from Remainer MPs, saw Tory hopeful Sajid Javid’s launch delayed. The BBC reported that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was heard shouting at Brexiteer MPs who cheered at the result: “You won’t be cheering in September!”

Independent
Conservative leadership candidates including Boris Johnson hoping to force a “deal or no deal” Brexit in October have been handed a boost after MPs defeated a Labour-led attempt to tie the next prime minister’s hands. Labour vowed it would not end efforts to stop no deal but the defeat bolstered Johnson’s claim at his leadership launch that MPs would not be prepared to “reap the whirlwind” of halting Brexit entirely as Tory MPs prepared for the first round on voting to choose the next prime minister on Thursday.

Times
A former Tory cabinet minister has threatened to bring down the government in a confidence vote if the next prime minister tries to force a no-deal Brexit against the wishes of MPs. Tory whips saw off a move yesterday that would have allowed the Commons to legislate against a no-deal Brexit. Eight Labour MPs voted against the party’s motion and a further 13 abstained, while only ten Tory MPs rebelled against their whip, with the result that the proposal was defeated by 309 votes to 298.

Mirror
A Tory MP has broken ranks and announced he’s prepared to BRING DOWN the government to stop a No Deal Brexit . Veteran Remainer Dominic Grieve declared he “will not hesitate” to back Labour in a no-confidence vote if needed to stop a “chaotic and appalling” exit on October 31. He declared: “I’m not going to spend my time talking to children and grandchildren later on and saying, when it came to it, I just decided to give up. “I won’t do that.”

Breitbart
British opposition lawmakers failed Wednesday in their latest attempt to ensure the U.K. can’t leave the European Union without a divorce deal. The House of Commons voted 309-298 against setting aside a day later this month to try to pass legislation that would prevent a no-deal Brexit. “This is a disappointing, narrow defeat. But this is just the start, not the end of our efforts to block ‘no deal,’” said Labour Party Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer.

Times
Boris Johnson has privately assured senior Brexiteers that he will leave open the option of suspending parliament to force through a no-deal exit from the European Union, The Times has been told. The frontrunner to become the next leader of the Conservative Party has repeatedly voiced his opposition to the highly controversial move at hustings as he seeks to attract support from all wings of the party

Sky News
The government has survived an attempt by the opposition to seize control of the House of Commons agenda in their attempt to block a no-deal Brexit. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn led a cross-party effort on Wednesday to suspend parliament’s rules later this month. This would have allowed opposition MPs to bring forward legislation aimed at preventing the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement on 31 October.

BBC News
MPs have rejected a Labour-led effort to take control of Parliament’s timetable, blocking the latest attempt to stop a no-deal Brexit. The Commons opposed the move by 309 votes to 298. If passed, it would have given opponents of a no-deal Brexit the chance to table legislation to thwart the UK leaving without any agreement on the 31 October deadline. The result of the vote was greeted with cheers from the Tory benches.

Mail
Remainer MPs lost a crucial Commons vote on blocking No Deal tonight – in an early win for Boris Johnson.  A cross-party motion designed to seize control from the government was defeated by 309 to 298. The Labour-backed move was seemingly timed to coincide with Mr Johnson‘s leadership campaign launch – after he vowed to force through Brexit by the end of October at all costs.  Another would-be PM, Dominic Raab, has threatened to suspend Parliament when the deadline comes near to prevent it intervening.

Independent
Opposition MPs have lost a critical vote on a bid to prevent a future Conservative prime minister from forcing through a no-deal Brexit. Labour introduced a motion paving the way for parliament to block a chaotic Brexit by seizing control of the Commons timetable on 25 June. But MPs rejected the cross-party effort by 309 votes to 298, in a blow to hopes of preventing a Brexiteer prime minister from taking the UK out of the EU without a deal in October.

Tory leadership

Guardian
Conservative leadership candidates including Boris Johnson hoping to force a “deal or no deal” Brexit in October have been handed a boost after MPs defeated a Labour-led attempt to tie the next prime minister’s hands. Labour vowed it would not end efforts to stop no deal but the defeat bolstered Johnson’s claim at his leadership launch that MPs would not be prepared “reap the whirlwind” of halting Brexit entirely as Tory MPs prepared for the first round on voting to choose the next prime minister on Thursday.

Telegraph
Boris Johnson promised the “guts and the courage” to take Britain out of the EU by Oct 31 as he launched his campaign to become prime minister. The former foreign secretary said the time had come “to remember our duty to the people and the reasons for the Brexit vote”. He promised to provide the “clarity” of vision needed to deliver the result of the EU referendum with or without a deal, and warned MPs they would face “mortal retribution” from voters if they tried to stop Brexit.

Times
Boris Johnson is driving Britain to a Brexit “cliff-edge at speed”, Philip Hammond has warned. Moments after the former foreign secretary launched his campaign for Downing Street by attempting to portray himself as the unifying candidate who could heal the country’s Brexit divisions, the chancellor hit out at his “impossible” vow to leave the EU on October 31. At his launch event Mr Johnson said that “after three years and two missed deadlines we must leave the EU on October 31”, adding: “Delay means defeat. Delay means Corbyn.

Fisheries

Sun
BRUSSELS bosses admit their own fishermen face being shut out of British waters if we leave without a Brexit deal. EU officials said continental trawlermen must “prepare for the possibility” they will no longer be able to land catches in UK seas after October 31. In a new paper they said they will try to get an agreement on fishing with the next British PM but are mobilising funds to prevent mass job losses if that fails. And the paper warned of the possibility No Deal could spark a free-for-all between coastal nations vying for the remaining fish stocks in EU waters.

EU

Sun
BRUSSELS ruled out changing the Irish ‘backstop’ – as France warned Britain would break international law if it withholds the £39bn Brexit bill. Jean-Claude Juncker said there’s no chance of a time-limit for the border fix and the best Britain can hope for is tweaks to the non-binding trade plan. The Commission chief shut down hopes of a compromise insisting Theresa May’s deal “has to be respected by whomsoever will be the next British PM”. He said: “There will be no renegotiation as far as the content of the Withdrawal Agreement is concerned.

Express
THE EU may refuse any request to extend the UK’s EU exit beyond October 31, leading to a no-deal exit, according to a dramatic warning. Sir Ivan Rogers, formerly the UK’s ambassador to the EU, claimed European countries are losing patience with Britain. Currently the UK is due to leave the EU on October 31, but some Conservative leadership candidates have suggested this could be extended.

Breitbart
President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has ruled out time-limiting the Irish backstop as a number of European leaders are telling prospective Tory Party leadership hopefuls that a new prime minister will not be able to change the withdrawal treaty. “There will be no renegotiation as far as the content of the Withdrawal Agreement is concerned,” Mr Juncker said on Tuesday.

Yahoo News
The European Commission on Wednesday said a no-deal Brexit was “very much possible” as it updated its contingency preparations and told countries, companies and people to be ready for the expected economic fallout. The European Union’s executive said it would pay particular attention in coming months to crucial areas including citizens rights, financial services, transport and fisheries, ahead of Britain’s departure from the bloc, now due on Oct.31.

Telegraph
The far-right strongman of Italy’s populist coalition government, Matteo Salvini, has got a new bargaining chip in his battle to get more cash: minibots. They are the brainchild of economist Claudio Borghi, a senior member of Salvini’s party, the League. The concept is a low denomination bond that can be used within Italy as a fresh way for the government to issue debt. That idea also underpins its name: Buoni Ordinari del Tesoro (BOT), or Ordinary Treasury Bonds and ‘mini’, as the notes involved are lower than the minimum level at which government debt is now issued,

Labour Party

Times
One of Jeremy Corbyn’s most important allies hit out at the Labour leader’s critics yesterday after the party’s divisions were exposed yet again over Brexit and antisemitism. Ian Lavery, the party chairman, told a meeting of the shadow cabinet that MPs had been disrespectful when Mr Corbyn addressed them on Monday night. One Labour MP told The Times that the meeting had been the worst of his leadership as Mr Corbyn came under fire from usually loyal MPs, especially over the party’s stance on a second EU referendum.

Yahoo News
Jeremy Corbyn wants a “Tory Brexit” so the Conservative Party gets the blame “when things go wrong”, former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling has said. Lord Darling said Labour had been “taken to the cleaners” at the European elections last month because there was not “clarity” on whether the party backed a second referendum or not. “It’s never been clear to me that Jeremy Corbyn isn’t a Brexiteer.

TBP

Mirror
The Brexit Party has a ‘high and ongoing risk’ of accepting “impermissible” foreign donations, the elections watchdog has declared. The Electoral Commission is now urging Nigel Farage’s party to improve its system after the Mirror exposed holes in the way it takes vast sums of money. And the watchdog will consider possible enforcement if the Brexit Party fails to take the recommended steps. Our investigation revealed how loopholes in the law and the party’s website could allow millions in untraceable donations to pour into the party.

Farage

Independent
Nigel Farage has demanded police take action against Jo Brand for “incitement of violence” after the comedian joked about throwing battery acid at politicians. During an appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Heresy, the comedian was asked by host Victoria Coren Mitchell about the “terrible” state of British politics.  She replied: “Well, yes I would say that but I think that’s because certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the fore and they’re very, very easy to hate and I’m kind of thinking: ‘Why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?”

Star
NIGEL Farage failed to see the funny side after comedian Jo Brand said “battery acid and not milkshake” should be thrown at him. The Brexit Party leader said she was “inciting violence” by her comments on a Radio 4 panel show and police should be brought in. Brand was asked if she thought UK politics was going through a “terrible” time. She said it was “pathetic” to throw milkshake at political opponents during campaigning for the EU elections last month.

iNews
Comedian Jo Brand has sparked anger after she joked about her ‘fantasy’ that politicians should have battery acid thrown at them instead of milkshakes. Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage  accused the comedian of inciting violence after she made she made the comments during Victoria Coren Mitchell‘s Heresy on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday night.  In reply to a question about the state of UK politics, the 61-year-old said: “Well, yes I would say that but that’s because certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the fore and they’re very, very easy to hate.

Second referendum

Yahoo News
Campaigners for a second Brexit referendum are planning another mass protest in London ahead of the date on which Britain is due to leave the European Union in October as the leading candidates to be the next prime minister say they will leave without a trade deal. The People’s Vote campaign, which includes several pro-EU groups, plans a series of rallies around Britain over the next few months called “Let us be heard”. They will culminate in a march in London on Saturday, Oct. 12, in what organisers say will be one of the biggest demonstrations Britain has ever seen.

Pesticides

Huffington Post
An eco-charity is threatening Michael Gove with legal action amid claims he is using ministerial powers to “delete” regulations on hazardous pesticides post-Brexit. The Chem Trust says the environment secretary has laid a last-minute amendment to Brexit legislation which would “substantially weaken” UK law and oversight of chemicals.  The charity says the move, being pushed through using executive changes to the EU Withdrawal Bill – which ministers said was aimed at copying EU laws onto the UK statute book – is “the first concrete evidence” of Brexit being used “as a cover for deregulation”.

Greenhouse gas

Sky News
The UK will produce net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Theresa May has pledged.  The outgoing prime minister is to announce a legally binding agreement on Wednesday to put the UK on the path to end its contribution to climate change in just over 30 years. This would mean any emissions produced by the UK after 2050 would be offset by absorbing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere. The move, which will amend the Climate Change Act 2008, will improve public health, air quality and biodiversity. It will mean the UK is set to become the first G7 country to legislate for net zero emissions.

iNews
Theresa May has announced a new Government plan for the UK to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, marking one her last major pieces of legislation she will put forward before stepping down as Prime Minister. The new legislation will make Britain the first G7 country to legally commit to cutting its emissions to this level, and sets a legally binding target to end the UK’s contribution to climate change over the next 30 years. The plans will see the Climate Change Act 2008 amended from its current target of reducing emissions by 80 per cent by the middle of the century to the new, tougher goal.

BBC News
Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK will be cut to almost zero by 2050, under the terms of a new government plan to tackle climate change. Prime Minister Theresa May said there was a “moral duty to leave this world in a better condition than what we inherited”. Cutting emissions would benefit public health and cut NHS costs, she said. Britain is the first major nation to propose this target – and it has been widely praised by green groups. But some say the phase-out is too late to protect the climate, and others fear that the task is impossible.

Westmonster
Not content with just banning porn and plastic straws, Theresa May has decided to add a £1 trillion – that’s £1,000,000,000,000 – economic black hole to her legacy with her new policy to force the UK to have ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050. Philip Hammond has already warned that the cost “is likely to be well in excess of a trillion pounds”. Blows the row over tax cuts into insignificance… The problem is that no-one has any idea how much it is actually going to cost. The Climate Change Committee (CCC), chaired by scandal-ridden Lord Deben, has put out a figure of £50 billion every year.

Mail
Theresa May‘s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 triggered a row last night when it emerged the target will be reviewed in five years. The Prime Minister yesterday made the UK the first major economy to turn this commitment into law – as one of her final acts in No 10. Environmental campaigners widely praised the move, but some criticised the decision to promise a review in 2024 on whether to keep the target.

NHS

Telegraph
NHS watchdogs have been accused of a “whitewash” and failing to act on a damning report into a hospital later found on camera to be abusing its patients.  Last month, police arrested ten staff for suspected offences relating to abuse and neglect after the BBC’s Panorama gained undercover footage that appeared to show vulnerable adults being mistreated at Whorlton Hall in County Durham. Inspectorate the Care Quality Commission had given it an overall rating of “good” following a visit in 2016.

Times
The head of the NHS dementia strategy has warned that the service is struggling to keep up as cases of the degenerative condition surge. NHS figures released yesterday showed that nearly 454,000 people aged 65 or over in England have formally had dementia diagnosed: a record. The number of diagnoses has increased by 7 per cent in the past three years.

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