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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 – Tuesday 18 June 2019

News review – Tuesday 18 June 2019

No deal

Independent
Rory Stewart has claimed up to 100 Conservative MPs would vote with him to stop Boris Johnson carrying out a no-deal Brexit – but ruled out joining with Labour to topple his government. The Tory leadership outsider refused to echo senior Tories Philip Hammond and Ken Clarke who could potentially back a vote-of-no-confidence, saying: “I’m not going to take down a Conservative government.” Questioned by The Independent at hustings in Westminster, Mr Stewart said: “We can stop a no-deal Brexit much more easily than that.  “I, and nearly 100 of my colleagues, would vote to prevent a no-deal Brexit without having to bring down a Conservative government.” Mr Stewart also ruled out backing a Final Say referendum on Brexit, telling journalists it would be “catastrophic and divisive”.

Express
RORY STEWART claimed up to 100 Conservative MPs would join him and prevent Boris Johnson from delivering a no deal Brexit – but he vowed he would never take down a Tory Government. Mr Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border and Secretary of State for International Development, revealed he has the numbers to stop a no deal from happening without taking down the next Prime Minister just weeks after his election. Tory grandee and pro-EU MP Ken Clarke and Chancellor of the Exchequers Philip Hammond have hinted they could back a no-confidence vote called by the Labour Party if Mr Johnson wins the Tory leadership contest and heads for a no deal.

iNews
Up to 100 Conservative MPs would vote with opposition parties to stop Boris Johnson from pressing ahead with a no-deal Brexit, leadership contender Rory Stewart has claimed. Both Mr Johnson and Dominic Raab have insisted that they are ready to lead Britain out of the European Union with or without an agreement on 31 October. Mr Stewart ruled out joining senior Tories who have signalled they could bring down the government if the next Prime Minister is intent on a no-deal Brexit.

Tory leadership

Telegraph
Rory Stewart is facing scrutiny over his alleged past as a spy  after he denied working for MI6 before becoming an MP. The Tory leadership contender was asked directly at a hustings event on Monday whether he had ever spied for the Secret Intelligence Service, in the wake of mounting questions about his previous career. A Whitehall security source told The Telegraph that Mr Stewart had been recruited by MI6 after he left Oxford University and spent seven years as a spy before entering Parliament.

Express
RORY STEWART, currently in the midst of a campaign to become leader of the Tory Party, was forced to deny he worked as a spy for MI6 at a hustings event on Monday. A Whitehall source told The Daily Telegraph Mr Stewart, whose father was second in command for MI6 for five years, was recruited after his time studying at Oxford University. The source went on to say he spent seven years as a spy before entering politics. A 2010 article in the New Yorker by Ian Parker claimed Mr Stewart worked as a spy during his time as a British diplomat in Indonesia and then in Montenegro.

Express
BORIS JOHNSON’s allies are planning on “rigging” the Tory leadership contest to ensure the frontrunner avoids a face-off with Michael Gove, MPs have claimed. Mr Johnson’s backers are allegedly plotting to “lend” votes to Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in a bid to rig the contest to succeed Theresa May. The extraordinary allegation was made by senior Tory MPs. The party members told The Sun Boris Johnson’s allies were desperate for him to swerve a direct battle with Mr Gove in the final stages of the race. One Tory said: “MPs on Boris’ team are looking at lending Jeremy votes. “

Mail
Rory Stewart has denied claims he has ever been a spy, despite previously admitting his career ‘gave the appearance’ he worked for MI6. The Tory leadership contender was asked about the long-running rumours he previously worked for the intelligence services at a hustings. The 46-year-old denied claims he worked for MI6 prior to becoming MP for Penrith and the Border in 2010. But a source told the Telegraph that Mr Stewart – the current International Development Secretary – was recruited soon after he left Oxford and spent seven years as a spy.

Times
Michael Gove is attempting to halt the momentum gathering behind Rory Stewart in the race for No 10 with a plea for MPs not to “polarise” the Conservative Party. With Boris Johnson  almost certain of being one of the two candidates put to Tory members, Mr Stewart’s insurgent campaign has unsettled rivals scrambling for second place. Theresa May’s deputy, David Lidington, came out last night for Mr Stewart, the international development secretary.

Breitbart
The two runaway winners of last night’s Channel 4’s Conservative leadership contender debate were Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage. Boris Johnson won with his genius strategy of not bothering to turn up – having calculated, correctly, that it was beneath his dignity. Nigel Farage won because the whole grotesque event was an excruciating reminder of how constipated Britain badly needs the purgative force of The Brexit Party.

Guido
Boris Johnson could become Prime Minister tomorrow (Tuesday), thanks to Rory Stewart, obviating the need to go to any public hustings. The 1922 Committee’s new threshold rules mean that any candidate who gets fewer than 33 votes tomorrow is automatically eliminated from the contest, meaning if all but Boris fail to meet the threshold, he becomes PM. There is a real (if small) chance that due to Rory’s disruption, Hunt and Gove could slip back a little and other candidates not gain enough new supporters for an accidental coronation to happen… Guido’s tracker of public declarations shows that Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove are both sitting on just on 34 public declarations, meaning Rory only has to attract two public switchers from each for neither to reach the 33 vote cut off.

Conservative Party

Express
THERESA MAY is set to ruffle a few more feathers inside Westminster by making one final appointment to her Government before departing Number 10 next month. Mrs May is reportedly in talks to appoint a Tory party donor as the next trade and investment minister. According to Sky News, former Fujitsu executive Simon Blagden has been ear-marked for the leading role in the Department for International Trade. Mr Blagden is also set to land a seat in the House of Lords. It is understood Mr Bladgen could be appointed within weeks despite the expected overhaul in Whitehall – caused by Mrs May’s resignation.

ITV News
Chancellor Philip Hammond is prepared to resign over Theresa May’s plans to spend billions of pounds on projects to shore up her legacy, it is understood. Senior Government sources have told the Press Association that tensions between Treasury and Number 10 officials have reached boiling point over the Prime Minister’s spending intentions. Mr Hammond is understood to be so against the plans that he is prepared to quit the Government in what would be an extraordinary move just weeks before the PM leaves office.

TBP

Westmonster
The Brexit Party’s Leader, Nigel Farage, has now confirmed that his party is “gearing up” to fight every seat in the country at the next General Election. Farage has said: “I don’t trust any of them (Tory leadership contenders) to deliver a genuine Brexit and unless that situation changes, we are gearing up as an organisation to fight every seat in the country.” It comes amid rumours that some Conservative donors are talking to Farage about the a pact at the next Westminster election. The Chairman of the Midlands Industrial Council, a group of Conservative donors, has called for the next Tory Leader to strike a deal with the Brexit Party.

Labour Party

Express
TOM Watson is bringing more chaos to a Labour Party already heavily divided over Brexit with a demand for another referendum on Britain’s exit from the European Union. The Labour Party‘s deputy leader has “strongly” urged for the party to back staying in the European Union in a speech at the Centre for European Reform this morning. The announcement is at odds with his leader Jeremy Corbyn who has refused to take an anti-Brexit stance, despite demands from some parts of his shadow cabinet.

Telegraph
Tom Watson has called for a special conference to settle Labour’s growing Brexit row by the end of July, as he attempted to push Jeremy Corbyn closer towards a second referendum on Monday. In a bid to force the Labour leader’s hand, Mr Watson is urging the party’s national executive committee (NEC) to approve an emergency ballot or meeting of members before Parliament rises for the summer. Challenging Mr Corbyn over his attempts to delay changing policy until Labour’s annual conference in September, Mr Watson said he feared it would be “too late” to prevent a no deal Brexit.

Times
Labour’s Brexit civil war flared again yesterday as the party’s chairman hit back at Tom Watson and his call to back Remain in a second referendum. Jeremy Corbyn has been under intense pressure to ditch Labour’s stance of “constructive ambiguity” on Brexit. His party suffered heavy losses to Remain-supporting parties such as the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and the SNP at the European elections last month.

Express
BREXITEER Kate Hoey dismissed Tom Watson’s claims Labour’s ‘values are Remain’ on BBC Newsnight last night. Ms Hoey, who was for a time co-chair of Labour Leave, was responding to the Deputy Leader’s speech at a pro-EU think tank on Monday. She told host Mark Urban: “The values that Tom Watson talked about, all about the values of solidarity and the values of freedom and these were all part of the EU. I believe Labour should be an internationalist party and all those values are equally true of being an internationalist.”

Guardian
Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, has said he believes his party would be “leaving me” if it cannot fully endorse a second referendum, hours after giving a speech in which he said it should be the party of remain. Watson told the BBC that Labour “certainly might lose some votes” for backing a referendum, but would pay “a very high electoral price” for not taking a clear position on Brexit. Asked if he might be prepared to leave the party without a clear change of direction, he said, “I’m never going to leave the Labour party,” but then added: “Sometimes I wonder whether the Labour party is leaving me.”

Sun
TOM WATSON yesterday warned Brexit could destroy Labour as he demanded they become the party of Remain. Waging war on Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit policy, he said Labour must finally fully back a second referendum and campaign to stay in the EU. And the Labour deputy leader warned that if the party refuses to shift position, “there will be a very high electoral price to pay”. He said true British patriots would back remain – as he suggested the godfather of British theatre William Shakespeare would oppose Brexit.

Independent
Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson is stepping up pressure for a shift in the party’s Brexit stance within the coming weeks, after a meeting for the shadow cabinet to thrash out the issue was called off at short notice. In an impassioned speech on Monday, Mr Watson called for Labour to throw its weight whole-heartedly behind the campaign for a Final Say referendum, arguing the party should be “loud and proud” in its support for remaining in the EU. But no new date has yet been fixed for the shadow cabinet showdown, and sources close to Watson said he was concerned that time was running out for the party to make an impact ahead of the 31 October deadline for Brexit.

Express
JEREMY CORBYN is planning a massive raid on children who inherit property and cash from their parents. But what is the “lifetime gift tax”? Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has proposed replacing inheritance tax with a levy on cash and property given to individuals during their lifetimes. This “lifetime gift tax” was outlined in a report, Land for the Many, commissioned by the Labour party which claims to “put land where it belongs: at the heart of political debate and discussion” and “allow for the better sharing out of the unearned windfalls arising out of the housing boom”.

LibDems

Times
Jo Swinson has said her party could work with others to put up joint second-referendum candidates in elections if she becomes Liberal Democrat leader. The former minister, who is vying to replace Sir Vince Cable, said many pro-Remain voters wanted politicians to put aside their party loyalties and work together to stop Brexit. Plans for a single People’s Vote candidate in last month’s Peterborough byelection disintegrated amid rancour and disarray. But Ms Swinson indicated in an interview with The Times that she would be prepared to look again at the idea if she wins her party’s leadership contest next month.

Peterborough

Sky News
Five allegations of malpractice relating to the Peterborough by-election which Labour won by 683 votes are being investigated by police. Cambridgeshire Police said three relate to postal votes, one allegation is of bribery and corruption and the fifth is of a breach of the privacy of the vote. Labour candidate Lisa Forbes was elected after the by-election on 6 June, narrowly beating Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party. Peterborough Council said on 10 June it received one unconfirmed report regarding alleged bribery before polling day which was referred to police and no further action will be taken, the authority said.

Huffington Post
Police are investigating five allegations of malpractice relating to the Peterborough by-election, which Labour won by 683 votes. Three of the allegations relate to postal votes, one is of bribery and corruption and the fifth is of a breach of the privacy of the vote, Cambridgeshire Police said. Labour candidate Lisa Forbes was elected after the by-election on June 6, with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party in second place. Peterborough Council said on June 10 that it received one unconfirmed report regarding alleged bribery prior to polling day. This was referred to police and no further action will be taken, the authority said.

NHS

Mail
A £20billion a year plan to transform the NHS is in ‘jeopardy’ because ministers have failed to address the social care crisis, health chiefs have warned. Theresa May announced the extra funds by 2023 to mark the NHS’s 70th anniversary last year. The cash will boost the health budget which currently stands at £127billion a year. The NHS long-term plan, unveiled in January, set out how the extra money would be spent and promised to reduce demand on hospitals by emphasising prevention and community care.

Independent
Theresa May’s flagship healthcare initiative, a £20.6bn increase in NHS budgets to fund its Long-Term Plan, is set to be brought down by her failure to tackle crises in social care and staffing, NHS leaders have said. Nine out of 10 leaders of NHS trusts, social care organisations and community care services said a funding deal for social care is needed if the reforms in the NHS plan are to be delivered. The government has delayed its promised reforms six times since 2017 after abandoning its original plan for funding care when it was dubbed a “dementia tax”.

Education

Times
Universities have been told that the growing number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds was not to blame for high dropout rates. The Office for Students (OfS) said that “access and good outcomes are not a zero-sum game” and the evidence suggested that it was poorly taught courses with thin content that drove young people away. In an article for The Times Red Box Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the OfS, said that universities had to face the facts that too often “students are being inappropriately recruited then left to flounder”.

Mail
Two thirds of the country’s most disadvantaged children are white British – but all too often are ignored, the Education Secretary has warned. Damian Hinds said the focus of social mobility discussions tended to be on ethnic minorities that needed a helping hand, while the white majority were mentioned ‘in passing’. In addition, he said it was ‘too simplistic’ to assume the whole of the Midlands and the North were worse off than the South, as many regional cities do extremely well.

Heathrow

Mail
Eco-warriors from Extinction Rebellion have said they will target Heathrow with drones – but are set give passengers and the airport two months to prepare. The militant climate change group announced yesterday plans had been put on hold to target Europe’s busiest airport in June and July as the spat over a third runway continues. But the statement revealed a detailed ‘action plan’ for when the disruption is revived, including a map of the area drones may be flown. It said: ‘For absolute clarity therefore, Extinction Rebellion has not removed Heathrow Airport from its strategic planning.’

Listeria

Times
All hospitals where patients have died from poisoning after eating sandwiches were identified yesterday. Five people have died and four been left seriously unwell after an outbreak of listeria caused by packaged chicken sandwiches at groups of NHS trust hospitals. Public Health England named University Hospitals of Derby and Burton and University Hospitals of Leicester as places where patients had died. Western Sussex Hospitals, the Frimley Health NHS Foundation and the East Kent Hospitals University trust had patients who became unwell.

ITV News
Two more hospitals have been named as having had listeria-related patient deaths occur on their premises after pre-packaged sandwiches and salads were consumed – bringing the total deaths to five. The locations are University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospital of Leicester NHS Trust, Public Health England said. It comes after an outbreak of listeria was confirmed following the deaths of three patients who had eaten a particular brand of sandwiches and salads, which have now been withdrawn from hospitals.

Fighter jet

Times
President Macron said the idea that there was a European race to build a next-generation fighter jet was “ridiculous” yesterday as Spain joined a Franco-German initiative. France and Germany hailed “another decisive step” for their warplane, due to enter service from 2040, as their defence ministers signed a co-operation agreement with Spain in front of a mock-up at the Paris Air Show. The initiative comes a year after Britain announced plans for a Tempest fighter, which is expected to become operational by 2035, complete with lasers and autonomous technology.

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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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Saturday papers – 15 June 2019

Saturday papers – 15 June 2019

Boris

He’s the way-out-in-front leader and the Telegraph claims he may be ‘crowned’ rather than ‘elected.

Boris Johnson’s name could be the only one that goes forward to the party’s membership in the Conservative leadership election under a secret plan to avoid four weeks of damaging Tory bloodletting.
Senior Cabinet ministers who are not linked to any of the six contenders in the campaign are examining whether Mr Johnson’s name alone might forward to a “confirmatory” vote of the party’s 160,000 members.
The plan was hatched in the whips office amid concerns from party grandees that weeks of “blue on blue” attacks during a prolonged hustings battle will leave the eventual winner weakened and provide ammunition for Jeremy Corbyn.

But there’s a ‘desperate’ attempt to stop him, reports the Sun.

SENIOR Tories have launched a desperate bid to derail Boris Johnson’s march to No.10 – by telling MPs he can’t be trusted on anything from Brexit to Heathrow’s new runway.
The Sun can reveal Cabinet Ministers are among a band of Tories highlighting his flip flopping on No Deal, drugs, and even Turkey’s membership of the EU.

Hammond won’t serve under him, reports the Express.

PHILIP Hammond has rejected Boris Johnson as a candidate for Britain’s new Prime Minister and threatened to quit his role as Chancellor if the Brexiteer gets the job.
Mr Hammond said he would not serve under a prime minister who was prepared to leave the EU without a deal, as proposed by Mr Johnson and other contenders to become the next leader of the Conservative Party.

And Huffington Post claims in an exclusive report that left-wingers will rebel against no-deal.

The UK faces wildcat strikes and civil disobedience if Boris Johnson commits to a no-deal Brexit as prime minister, a group of campaigners have warned.
HuffPost UK has learnt that a coalition of left-wing activists will launch a “summer of resistance” in a bid to “make the country ungovernable” if the next prime minister tries to rip the UK from Europe with no agreement.

Tory leadership

At the moment there are other candidates in the race.  The Telegraph reports that Raab thinks he can win.

Dominic Raab believes Boris Johnson can be beaten in the race for Downing Street because Tory members will turn their backs on the “privileged elite” vying for power.
As a grammar school boy and the son of a refugee, the former Brexit secretary remains convinced he can overhaul the “easily caricatured” front-runner once his “mettle” is tested in public debates.

Sky News reports on today’s hustings.

Five candidates vying to be the next prime minister are spending the weekend figuring out how best to take on the runaway leader in the race – Boris Johnson.
All six remaining candidates will take questions from grassroots Tory members today at a hustings in Westminster organised by the National Conservative Convention.

Brexit

But could Boris get us out of the EU?  The Independent reports.

Boris Johnson has claimed he can force the EU to deliver a fresh Brexit deal because it is terrified by the “existential threat” of Nigel Farage, as he finally agreed to a major interview.
The clear favourite for No 10 said the solution was “obvious” – to strip the Irish backstop out of the divorce agreement – and that Brussels would fold, despite its repeated refusal to do so.

The Independent quotes a top Eurocrat.

Boris Johnson has come under fire at home and abroad after breaking cover to reveal his Brexit  plan, while admitting he will duck a live TV debate.
The overwhelming favourite to be prime minister next month was ridiculed for claiming a fear of Nigel Farage would force Brussels to grant him a better deal – with one senior EU figure saying: “No one is scared of him.”
“The Conservative Party may be being held hostage to Nigel Farage, but the EU never will be,” Sophie in ’t Veld, deputy to the European parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator, told The Independent before condemning Mr Johnson’s “populist lies”.

Breitbart claims he could team up with Nigel.

Boris Johnson is serious about delivering Brexit but he’ll probably only be able to do this by calling an early General Election in October and by reaching an accommodation with The Brexit Party’s leader Nigel Farage.
So says Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News.
Bridgen is a leading member of the European Research Group (ERG), the hardcore of Brexiteers — aka the Spartans — who mostly refused to accede to Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement because it didn’t deliver meaningful Brexit.

Boris himself has issued a warning, reports the Express.

BORIS Johnson yesterday warned any further Brexit delay will “run up the white flag” to Brussels.
In his first broadcast interview of the Tory leadership race, the frontrunner to succeed Theresa May said “fortitude and determination” were needed in the negotiations with the EU. And he vowed to “honour the will of the people” by getting the UK out of the EU this autumn with or without a deal.

But even if we go to ‘no deal’, we’ll be OK, says BBC News.

The government is in “pretty good shape” to cope with a no-deal Brexit, the head of civil service has said.
Speaking at an event organised by the Institute for Government, Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill said there had been “a lot of preparation”.
He said: “We have got the government in pretty good shape and public services in pretty good shape for it”.

Westmonster quotes a senior mandarin.

The Head of the Civil Service and Cabinet Secretary, Sir Mark Sedwill, has said that the UK is in “pretty good shape” when it comes to exiting the European Union without a deal on WTO terms.
Even the BBC have quoted Sir Mark as saying at an Institute for Government event: “We have got the government in pretty good shape and public services in pretty good shape for it.”

And Reuters claims the prospect has increased.

The likelihood Britain and the European Union part ways without a deal has jumped in the past month, according to economists in a Reuters poll, as most candidates jockeying to take over as prime minister appear to have adopted a hard line stance.
Three years on since Britons voted to leave the EU, there is still little clarity as to how, when or even if the two sides will draw a line under Britain’s four-decades of membership.

But our own chancellor claims we should pay the ‘divorce bill’ says the Independent.

Philip Hammond has warned the candidates for the Tory leadership that they should stand by Britain’s “obligation” to pay the £39 billion Brexit divorce bill negotiated by Theresa May.
In a veiled attack on Boris Johnson, who threatened to withhold the financial settlement payment as leverage for further Brexit concessions, the Chancellor said he “would not recommend” that a future leader renege on the commitment to the EU.

EU

The Guardian has other ideas on the ‘divorce bill’.

A UK government led by Boris Johnson could not be dragged through the courts if it refused to pay the country’s multibillion-pound Brexit bill, the EU’s German budget chief has admitted, but Britain’s economy, security and universities would be made to suffer.
Günther Oettinger, European commissioner for the EU’s finances, linked the settling of Britain’s debts as agreed by Theresa May to Brussels’ approach to the prospects of the country retaining any kind of beneficial relationship with the bloc.

And the Times claims the EU does not believe Boris’ claims.

European Union negotiators do not believe Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership promise to deliver Brexit by October 31, according to senior Brussels sources.
Political planning in Brussels is now based on the assumption that Britain will not leave the EU on the present deadline, itself an extension from the original date of March 29.

The bloc is insistent that we’ll suffer under ‘no-deal’, says the Independent.

EU officials are working on the basis that the UK economy will be hit up to 10 times harder by a no-deal Brexit than the continent’s, the latest analysis by the European Commission shows.
The working assumption in Brussels is bad news for Tory leadership contenders like Boris Johnson, who are hoping to use the threat of a no-deal Brexit as part of their strategy for renegotiating Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
But with the EU convinced that the UK will fare much worse than the continent if it decides to crash out, the brinkmanship may struggle to produce results.

The Times reports there could be thousands of European criminals here.

A record number of European criminals are suspected of being on the run in Britain.
The UK received 17,256 European arrest warrants last year for suspects wanted by police elsewhere in the EU, including 619 people wanted for murder or manslaughter, 229 suspected rapists and 265 suspected paedophiles, an analysis of National Crime Agency (NCA) figures has revealed.

Election fraud

Fraud in the Peterborough by-election is being investigated, reports Breitbart.

Police are investigating five allegations of electoral fraud during the Peterborough by-election, which The Brexit Party lost to Labour by a narrow margin of fewer than 700 votes.
Cambridgeshire Police have confirmed that one allegation relates to bribery and corruption, three to postal vote fraud, and one breach of privacy of votes.
According to the Peterborough Telegraph  one investigation involves “a message shared on social media allegedly showing someone bragging that he and two others had ‘burned more than 1,000 votes for the Brexit Party’”.

Labour Party

The Guardian reports the Corbyn shadow cabinet’s discussion.

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 a former PM desperate to get back into the news is quoted in BBC News.

Tony Blair has hit back at Jeremy Corbyn after the Labour leader questioned his predecessor’s commitment to tackling inequality while in power.
In a speech on Saturday announcing a shift in policy on social mobility, Mr Corbyn said “for decades we have been told that inequality does not matter”.
Mr Blair said it was the latest example of his government being grouped with Tory ones in “one unbroken line”.
“This is bad politics and worse history,” he said. “Enough is enough.”

LibDems

A former ChangeUK leader is back in favour but in a different party reports the Independent.

Chuka Umunna has landed the job of treasury and business spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats as the rivals to be the party’s new leader hailed his arrival as a “major contribution”.
It comes after the former Change UK MP joined Sir Vince Cable’s unashamedly pro-EU party, claiming last night that Labour and the Tories were “committed to facilitating Brexit”.

And the Mirror reports he will not call a by-election.

Former Labour and Change UK MP Chuka Umunna has defended his refusal to call a by-election after he changed party again to join the Liberal Democrats.
The London MP said he did not go back to his constituents because “they don’t have a problem with what I’m doing because they know what my values are and what I believe in”.
He added: “I haven’t had people in the street and having a go at me there might be the odd Momentum Corbynite but I can live with that.”

The Great Political Realignment

Huffington Post analyses the political scenario.

Only a majority in Parliament can change the UK. Bringing together hundreds of MPs takes work, compromise, and a common belief in the necessity of slow, hard grind. Since Boris Johnson won’t manage that… who will?
It won’t be Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, about as competent at healing divisions as it has been able to translate the gobbledegook of a Labour Brexit.
There’s a huge political space and millions of stranded voters. Defining that space and making it stand for something positive could be an opportunity to redraw the map of 21st Century politics.

And it looks like TBP is still thriving, reports Westmonster.

A new poll out today from YouGov has the Brexit Party polling in first place for a General Election, with the Liberal Democrats second.
Brexit lead on 26%, backed by a majority (56%) of Leavers for the next Westminster election.
The LibDems are second on 22%, with Labour third on 19% and the Tories a poor fourth on just 17%.
YouGov are now prompting for Brexit instead of hiding them under ‘other’.
It shows just how much British politics is shifting when Labour and the Conservatives are no longer the two most popular parties for the next General Election. And there could be one later this year.

Clean air

Elsewhere, some of the Tory leadership contenders are promising to give us good air, says the Times.

Three Conservative leadership hopefuls pledge today to give people the legal right to breathe clean air as one of their first acts as prime minister.
Backing this newspaper’s campaign for a Clean Air Act, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and Rory Stewart all promise to bring in legally binding air quality targets in their first Queen’s Speech.
The commitment will raise pressure on the other candidates to support new legislation as part of their campaigns to lead the country.

The question could end up in court, says the Times.

Politicians could end up in court for failing to protect their citizens from air pollution, according to the UN’s top public health official.
Maria Neira compared the crisis over air pollution to the asbestos scandal, in which governments were accused of failing to act quickly enough to save lives despite knowing the risks.
In an interview with The Times, the director of the World Health Organisation’s Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, said that delaying action on the sources of air pollution, such as road traffic and wood burning in urban areas, would cost thousands of lives.

Flooding

We’ve had a lot of rain, reports ITV News.

A military helicopter has been deployed to assist stranded residents after a river burst its banks following heavy rainfall which caused disruption to several parts of the country.
A Chinook helicopter was deployed in the town of Wainfleet to drop sand in an attempt to stop the flow of water after the River Steeping experienced a breach.
Lincolnshire County Council said the town had more than two months of rain in just two days.

Listeria

Food poisoning in hospitals is reported in the Times.

An urgent review of hospital food has been ordered following the deaths of five people that have been linked to listeria poisoning in sandwiches and salads served at NHS hospitals.
Public Health England (PHE) confirmed yesterday the total number of deaths related to pre-packaged products had risen from three, and a total of nine cases of poisoning had been confirmed.
Matt Hancock, the health secretary, last night said he was “incredibly concerned” and had ordered a “root and branch” review of NHS food.

And the Star reports more deaths.

TWO more patients have died after eating hospital sandwiches and contracting listeria in England, it was announced today.
This brings the total death toll up to five.
Six people were diagnosed with listeria, a bacteria found in unpasteurised dairy products, at hospitals in England last week.
Of those six patients, three died and now another one of those six patients has since sadly died too.
Three subsequent cases of listeria have been identified in patients, one of whom has died.

A Tory leadership contender has ordered an inquiry, says the ITV News.

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

NHS

Elsewhere in the NHS, the Telegraph reports a problem in the blood donor service.

Blood donors are being turned away as a new NHS online booking system causes chaos, an investigation today reveals.
Health chiefs scrapped “bloodmobiles”, which used to visit high streets and workplaces, in 2017 and switched to an appointment-only model which does not allow “walk in” visits.
But members of the public who have given blood for decades say they have struggled to use the online system, or booked their slot only to find that when they turned up it had been cancelled.

Heathrow

There are new plans for Heathrow, says the Times.

New plans to build Heathrow’s third runway over the M25 have been drawn up as the airport prepares to stagger its huge expansion over three decades to minimise disruption.
The Times has learnt that Heathrow will propose a new runway and parallel taxiways over one of the country’s busiest roads.
Images released by the airport indicate that the M25, which widens to 12 lanes past Heathrow, would be rebuilt in a tunnel west of its present route.
Two openings in the tunnel between the taxiways and runway would improve stability, ventilation and visibility on the road.

Beer

And finally, the Star reports a serious problem.

BEER lovers will face a drought this summer after lorry drivers voted in favour of strike action.
Ale deliveries to some big pub chains are set to be crippled by the decision.
More than 100 truckers and driver’s mates from drinks logistics giant Tradeteam will walk out in protest at their “unmanageable loads”.
Draymen serving Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the Midlands voted “overwhelmingly” to down tools, said union chiefs.

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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 – Wednesday 12 June 2019

News review – Wednesday 12 June 2019

No Deal block

Mail
Tory Remainers vowed to join forces with Labour in Parliament today in a bid to stop Boris Johnson pursuing a No Deal Brexit. In a dramatic move last night, timed to coincide with Mr Johnson’s leadership launch, Jeremy Corbyn will force a Commons vote on a plan designed to make it illegal for Theresa May’s successor to take Britain out of the EU without a deal. It comes as a poll predicted that Boris Johnson could win a majority of 140 seats in a general, assessing him the only leadership candidate capable of besting both Jeremy Corbyn on the left and Nigel Farage on the right.

Evening Standard
Boris Johnson today faces a cross-party attempt to block his plans for a no-deal Brexit as he officially launches a campaign to become the next prime minister. The former foreign secretary will later deliver his pledge to take Britain out of the European Union on October 31 – the current deadline – whether and agreement is in place or not.  But within hours of his campaign launch, a Labour-led bid aimed at preventing any future PM from forcing through a no-deal divorce from the bloc will get under way.

Guardian
Labour will launch the first step in an audacious cross-party attempt to block a new prime minister from forcing through a no-deal Brexit in October. The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, threw down the gauntlet to Tory cabinet ministers including Amber Rudd and Philip Hammond, saying they should back Labour’s attempts if they were serious about preventing no deal.

Mirror
Labour have tabled a cross-party vote to stop no deal in a bid to hamstring Tory leadership hopefuls. Support for crashing out of the EU without a deal on 31 October has become a key pledge for the candidates vying to become the next PM. The opposition are spearheading a plan which would hand control of the Commons agenda to MPs.

Express
LABOUR has announced a plot to block Tory leadership hopeful Dominic Raab to shut down Parliament to force a no deal Brexit through should be scoop Theresa May’s coveted Prime Minister role. Jeremy Corbyn’s party said it plans to use the opposition debate tomorrow to seize control of the House of Commons order paper to prevent a no deal Brexit from happening under what would be Mr Raab’s Government.

Independent
MPs are making a cross-party bid on Wednesday to seize control of the Commons agenda to prevent the next Tory prime minister forcing through a no-deal Brexit. The binding motion, tabled by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and backed by senior figures including Tory grandee Sir Oliver Letwin and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable, would see MPs hijack the parliamentary timetable on 25 June, allowing them to introduce legislation to rule out no deal and bar a PM from using prorogation.

Telegraph
Remain-backing MPs will attempt to thwart Boris Johnson’s plans for a no-deal Brexit on the day he launches his campaign to become the next prime minister. Within hours of the former foreign secretary’s speech tomorrow, Remain-supporting MPs, led by a key ally of Michael Gove, will try to kill off no deal once and for all in a plot to make it illegal. It comes as a new poll suggests that Mr Johnson could win a landslide victory in a general election if he wins the Tory leadership race.

Prorogation

Times
Suspending parliament to prevent MPs blocking a no-deal Brexit would not be illegal, the attorney-general has said. A number of Tory leadership candidates have refused to rule out closing the Commons to force through Brexit, provoking a furious row and claims that the Queen could be dragged into the conflict. Hardline Brexiteers want the new prime minister to end the parliamentary session to hamstring any attempt to stop Britain leaving the EU in October.

Independent
It will not be possible for parliament or the speaker to block a no-deal Brexit if the government is determined to deliver it, Andrea Leadsom has said. In a swipe at Tory leadership rivals such as Jeremy Hunt and Rory Stewart, who argue that MPs will not permit EU withdrawal without an agreement, Ms Leadsom said: “You can’t block no deal. You can’t put into law that you can’t leave without a deal.”

iNews
Andrea Leadsom has insisted that neither MPs nor the Commons Speaker John Bercow has the power to stop Brexit taking place in the autumn as she launched her Tory leadership bid. Setting out her plans for a “managed exit” from the European Union, she declared that she would not delay Brexit beyond the current deadline of 31 October. She said she viewed that date as a “hard red line” and would pursue a policy to “leave at the end of October in all circumstances”.

Irish border

Guido
The EU have been doing their bit to try to influence the Tory leadership race, insisting that they will not be changing any of the terms of the Brexit deal for any new Prime Minister who comes in. It doesn’t take a genius to work out why the EU would rather have a new Prime Minister who comes in and accepts everything they say rather than demanding changes… Behind closed doors it’s a different story.

Mail
Brussels is preparing to deploy technology to keep trade flowing between Ireland and the EU via Britain under a No Deal Brexit. EU officials will use ‘IT systems’ so goods can continue across the sea from Ireland through the UK and on into France, according to a leaked document. The paper, which will be presented to EU leaders next week, ramps up No Deal warnings amid EU fears that a Brexiteer will win the keys to No 10.

Westmonster
The European Commission has prepared a dossier for European leaders vowing to solve the so-called Irish border crisis in the event of a No Deal Brexit, using technological solutions that have often been suggested by British Eurosceptics but rejected by pro-Remain figures in the government and media. The Brussels volte-face will frustrate many following their stubborn insistence that the hated Irish backstop protocol – which would either bind the UK to the EU as a vassal state, or annex Northern Ireland – was allegedly required because of the impracticality of alternative technological arrangements.

Express
IRELAND’S tánaiste (deputy prime minister) has been forced to reject claims an early general election is in the works, a divisive vote that could threaten the fragile government’s Brexit unity. The recent European Elections resulted in the Ireland South spots being given to Wexford-based Independent TD Mick Wallace and Cork-based Fianna Fail Minister Billy Kelleher. This means there will be by-elections in Cork and Wexford, with some commentators believing a full-scale general election could be called instead.

Fox News
German boat captain is set to stand trial in Italy for her rescue of more than 1,000 illegal immigrants in the Mediterranean Sea, according to reports. As Germany’s The DW reported, Pia Klemp, a 35-year-old Bonn native, was charged in Sicily with assisting in illegal immigration before her boat was impounded in 2017. She has been accused of helping to rescue more than 1,000 illegal immigrants at risk of drowning as they attempted to cross to Europe in search of a better life, the news outlet said.

Labour Party

Independent
Jeremy Corbyn could become prime minister without a general election next month if Conservatives elect a leader who cannot command a majority of MPs in the Commons, one of the contenders to succeed Theresa May has warned. Parliamentary rules state that after a prime minister loses a confidence vote in the Commons, an alternative PM has 14 days to show that they can secure a majority of MPs before a general election is triggered.

Yahoo News
Jeremy Corbyn could become prime minister without a general election next month if Conservatives elect a leader who cannot command a majority of MPs in the Commons, one of the contenders to succeed Theresa May has warned. Parliamentary rules state that after a prime minister loses a confidence vote in the Commons, an alternative PM has 14 days to show that they can secure a majority of MPs before a general election is triggered.

Breitbart
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has suffered his ‘worst ever’ meeting with his MPs, with members of the party calling Mr Corbyn out on a number of topics including Brexit, sexual harassment and the failure of Mr Corbyn to deal with Labour’s antisemitism crisis. Meeting with his MPs on Tuesday for the first time since Labour’s disappointing European election results, Mr Corbyn was told of the concerns of members in no uncertain terms.

Guardian
Labour MPs tore into Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit strategy at a party meeting on Monday night, with several MPs loyal to the leadership saying they felt ashamed to vote for the party at the European elections and urging a change of direction. MPs inside the private gathering said there were surprise interventions from colleagues who had never before spoken out against Corbyn, including Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Marie Rimmer.

Guido
Guido understands that after a long-running row over pay, Labour Party staff have formally decided to hold a ballot on strike action. The decision was taken today although the ballot won’t happen immediately. The strike has had some vocal backers in recent weeks including Mary Robertson – Jeremy Corbyn’s head of economic policy – Guido is told that Robertson did not speak today but has previously said “it doesn’t matter how much it will cost, we need to deliver it.”

Conservative Party

Telegraph
Boris Johnson is the only Tory leadership candidate capable of beating both Jeremy Corbyn and the Brexit Party, according to new polling which suggests he would win a crushing 140-seat majority for the Conservatives at the next general election if he was elected Prime Minister. The findings come as Mr Johnson launches his leadership campaign on Wednesday with the message that “delay means Corbyn”, warning Conservative colleagues the party will ‘kick the bucket’ if Brexit isn’t delivered by October 31.

Independent
Britain’s largest Muslim organisation has condemned the Conservatives over “fundamental failures” in addressing Islamophobia within the party’s ranks.  In alarming remarks, the spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said he had documented “hundreds of cases” showing the scale of Islamophobia in Tory quarters. It comes after the MCB submitted more than 20 pages of evidence to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

BBC News
Boris Johnson has warned any further delay to Brexit will spell disaster for the Conservatives ahead of the launch of his leadership campaign. He will tell supporters the UK must leave on 31 October and that any more “can kicking” will mean defeat for the party at the next general election. He will say his two election victories as London mayor mark him out as the person most able to beat Jeremy Corbyn.

EU

Express
NIGEL Farage’s Brexit Party is getting closer to forming an alliance with the Five Star Movement, Italy’s anti-establishment party who suffered losses in the European elections. The Brexit Party was not the only Eurosceptic party to enjoy big successes in the European elections, with Italy’s Five Star Movement (MFS), led by Luigi Di Maio, also coming to the fore. There has been uncertainty as to whether the two forces will merge together to join the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD), the Eurosceptic political group in the European Parliament.

Telegraph
Brussels will not renegotiate the EU-UK withdrawal agreement no matter who replaces Theresa May as prime minister in the Tory leadership race, Jean-Claude Juncker has said in comments that exposed the looming threat of a no deal Brexit. Almost all of the leadership candidates have said they would try and renegotiate the withdrawal agreement, which includes the Irish border backstop.

Breitbart
A representative of the French Government has said that the EU is not prepared to re-open discussions on the terms of Britain’s EU withdrawal agreement, and that without a distinct change in policy such as the promise of a new referendum Britain must prepare to leave the EU on October 31st. Amelie De Montchalin, France’s minister for European Affairs said “We consider it is up to Britain to decide how it wants to proceed.

Independent
The president of the European Commission has criticised the British political class for being more interested in ousting Theresa May than finding a solution to Brexit. Speaking in Brussels on Tuesday, Jean-Claude Juncker said the withdrawal agreement could not be changed and was not open to negotiation by future Tory leaders.  “I don’t like what is happening … I have the impression for months now that the main interest for the British political society was how to replace Theresa May and not how to find an arrangement with the European Union,” he told Politico in a live interview.

Scotland

Sun
PM hopeful Andrea Leadsom stunned Westminster by opening the door to a second vote on Scottish independence. The former Commons Leader said she would “never say never” to the prospect of another indy vote. And she insisted it would be “disrespectful” to the Scottish Parliament for the UK Government to rule it out.

Mail
Nicola Sturgeon was seen hugging Jean-Claude Juncker as she claimed that Scotland is ‘increasingly’ on a separate path to the rest of the UK.   The First Minister said her country will ‘always be’ a European nation while on a visit to Brussels, where she embraced the European Commission President and declared that Scotland identified with values of ‘internationalism, solidarity and co-operation’.

Oxfam

Telegraph
Oxfam risked the safety of children to protect its reputation, a Charity Commission report into the Haiti sex abuse scandal has found.  In the first external investigation since it emerged that charity workers sexually exploited young girls and women following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Oxfam has been criticised heavily for its procedures and response. The Charity Commission reported: “It is the inquiry’s view that Oxfam GB should not have taken the risk with the safety of minors.”

Sun
OXFAM has been let off with a warning over its Haiti sex scandal despite dismissing claims a girl aged 12 was raped. The Charity Commission found serious allegations of wrongdoing and said Oxfam put children in danger. But it decided the charity was only guilty of “corporate failure” and no individuals should be held responsible. The commission conducted an 18-month probe into allegations Oxfam staff sexually exploited 2010 earthquake victims in Haiti.

Times
Oxfam put destitute children at risk by not investigating allegations of sexual assault by aid workers, a highly critical report into the Haiti abuse scandal said today. Emails sent to the British charity in the summer of 2011 claimed that two girls, aged 12 and 13, were being “beaten and used” by aid workers and their “boss”. The messages were seen by the head of Oxfam at the time, Dame Barbara Stocking, and came as the charity was already investigating allegations that senior aid workers were paying local women for sex in the country shattered by earthquakes.

Times
Destitute children may have been put at risk when Oxfam failed to investigate allegations of sexual assault by aid workers properly, the highly critical report into the Haiti abuse scandal said yesterday. Days after a whistleblower flew to Britain in July 2011 to raise the alarm about senior aid workers paying young women to engage in “sex parties”, an email was sent to Dame Barbara Stocking, then chief executive of the charity, and to its press office.

Mail
Oxfam failed to investigate the sexual abuse of children as young as 12 and ‘lost sight of the values it stands for’, a charities watchdog inquiry found today. The Charity Commission for England and Wales said there was a ‘culture of poor behaviour’ among Oxfam staff sent to help victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The report following an 18-month investigation also found serious allegations of wrongdoing including sexual abuse of children were not fully disclosed.

Climate change

Independent
Theresa May today pledges to introduce a legally binding target forcing the UK to end its contribution to climate change  by the middle of the century.  In one of her last acts in office before leaving No 10, the prime minister will lay legislation in the Commons, setting a target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Fox News
The UK will slash its net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, Theresa May has vowed. The legislation – which will be announced in parliament on Wednesday – will make the UK the first G7 country to set such a target into law. May said the move would allow the UK “to be truly proud of our record in tackling climate change”. “Now is the time to go further and faster to safeguard the environment for our children,” she said.

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.

Guardian
Theresa May has sought to cement some legacy in the weeks before she steps down as prime minister by enshrining in law a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, making Britain the first major economy to do so. The commitment, to be made in an amendment to the Climate Change Act laid in parliament on Wednesday, would make the UK the first member of the G7 group of industrialised nations to legislate for net zero emissions, Downing Street said.

Environment

Times
Millions of parking spaces should be removed and replaced with trees and cycle lanes to reduce air pollution and tackle climate change, according to a body advising mayors of the world’s biggest cities. About 135,000 parking spaces could be removed in London and 10.5 million overall in 94 main cities globally in a reallocation of urban space, the C40 Cities group says.

NHS

Times
One of the country’s most densely populated cities does not have a single dentist able to take on NHS patients. Up to 20,000 residents of Portsmouth will be without a dentist when a chain of practices closes its doors next month. With no surgeries accepting adult NHS patients, the nearest practices are in Gosport, which is a ferry-ride away, or Havant, a half-hour drive away, according to the NHS website.

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