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News review – Monday 24 June 2019

News review – Monday 24 June 2019

WA

Independent
The Conservatives are under fire for a shock plan that would allow the new prime minister to “chicken out” of putting their Brexit plan to the House of Commons until the autumn. Opposition MPs spoke out after aides to Boris Johnson and  Jeremy Hunt were told the winner of the Tory leadership race would not move into No 10 on Tuesday 23 July, as widely expected. Instead, Theresa May proposes to make a final appearance at Prime Minister’s Questions the following day before resigning – just one day before MPs depart for their long summer recess on 25 July, they were reportedly told.

GE

Express
BORIS Johnson should call a snap general election in the event that he becomes prime minister, while pursuing a policy of “managed no deal” rather than suffer a “death of a thousand cuts” by trying to limp along with a paper-thin majority, a Tory ally has said. Daniel Kawczynski said it was his understanding that at least two of his fellow Conservative MPs were in discussions with Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable about the possible defections, and suggested an election was preferable to the current impasse. Several Tories including former Attorney General Dominic Grieve and veteran Tory MP Ken Clarke have already suggested they could be willing to back a Labour vote of confidence and bring down a Johnson-led Government if he refuses to rule out a no deal option when it comes to Brexit.

Express
BORIS Johnson has been warned he could last just 24 hours as Prime Minister before MPs oust him. Senior Tories are said to have told the leadership hopeful’s team it is highly likely a vote of no confidence being plotted by Jeremy Corbyn would succeed. Labour MPs are being told they must attend the Commons the day after Theresa May quits ready for the move. Party chairman Brandon Lewis and Chief Whip Julian Smith are said to believe at least two Conservative MPs are ready to defect and others could follow to bring Mr Johnson down.

Evening Standard
Boris Johnson has been warned by Tory former attorney general Dominic Grieve that Conservative MPs could push him out of office in October if he becomes prime minister and tries to leave the EU without a deal. In a thinly veiled threat to the front runner in the race for Number 10, Mr Grieve insisted a large number of Tory MPs would mobilise to prevent a no-deal Brexit in the autumn. Mr Johnson is now in the final two in the Tory leadership contest alongside Jeremy Hunt, and has insisted the UK must leave the EU on the current deadline of October 31.

iNews
Boris Johnson could face a daunting test of his political strength within hours of arriving in Downing Street as Jeremy Corbyn launches an immediate attempt to topple him as prime minister. Labour sources confirmed that the party stood by its commitment to table an instant vote of no confidence in the winner of the Tory leadership contest. Mr Johnson remains the front runner despite recent damaging headlines over his personal life.

Breitbart
EU loyalist Dominic Grieve has warned that he and other Remainer Tories could topple Boris Johnson if he backs a No Deal Brexit, as opposition MPs plot to end the next Tory leader’s premiership in a day. Grieve, who represents a Leave-voting constituency and has already lost a vote of no confidence by the Tory constituency association — but has been protected by Remain-voting party chairman Brandon Lewis MP — warned: “If the new prime minister announces taking the country on a magical mystery tour towards an October 31st crash-out, I don’t think that prime minister is going to survive very long.”

Tory leadership

Independent
Boris Johnson’s poll ratings have suffered a major slump  following the loud altercation with his girlfriend, as voters say his private life does matter in the race for No 10. The favourite’s lead among Conservative voters has more than halved since the incident in the early hours of Friday morning – and rival Jeremy Hunt has snatched the lead among the wider public. More than half of voters said Mr Johnson’s private life was relevant to his ability to be prime minister and three-quarters said a candidate’s character was relevant to the contest.

Mail
Great Britain should not become Little England, Jeremy Hunt said yesterday as he pledged to abandon the tens of thousands target for immigration. The Tory leadership hopeful told the Daily Mail that he would abandon Theresa May‘s flagship pledge to limit the numbers moving to the UK. Calling for flexibility, the Foreign Secretary said Britain could not ‘pull down the shutters’ after leaving the EU and said skilled workers should be prioritised.

Mail
Jeremy Hunt insisted he is the PM Nicola Sturgeon ‘fears most’ today – as he took his campaign to Scotland. The Foreign Secretary gamely drank a can of Irn Bru, scoffed chips, visited his 99-year-old great aunt and inspected freshly-caught fish on a trip to Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. The photo opportunities came as Mr Hunt scented an opportunity to gain ground on his rival Boris Johnson, who was recorded having a major bust-up with his girlfriend on Friday that resulted in police being called to his South London home.

Reuters
Jeremy Hunt, the underdog in the race to be next British prime minister, said he would take the United Kingdom out of the European Union without a deal on Oct. 31 if the EU had not showed it was willing to renegotiate the Brexit deal. “If we got to the 31st of October, and the EU have not shown the willingness to negotiate a better deal … then my judgment is that weighing those difficult options up, the political risk of no Brexit is far worse than the economic risk of no deal,” Hunt said at a leadership hustings event in Birmingham, central England.

Mail
Boris Johnson has repeated his determination to deliver Brexit by Halloween, in what will be seen as an attempt to refocus attention away from his private life. The Tory leadership candidate appeared to deliver a retort to his rival to be prime minister as he vowed ‘we are not going to bottle it’ on the EU exit date of October 31. But Jeremy Hunt called on Mr Johnson not to be a ‘coward’ by avoiding a live TV debate with him this week, as he suggested otherwise he would be ‘slinking through the back door’ of Number 10.

Lib Dems

Mail
The frontrunner to be the new Liberal Democrat leader was branded ‘ridiculous’ last night after claiming the UK is a ‘racist country’. Jo Swinson, the favourite to succeed Sir Vince Cable as Lib Dem party boss, was accused of smearing the entire nation with her ‘absurd’ remark. The Scottish MP, currently the party’s deputy leader, made the comment while raising concerns over challenges faced by black people in public life.

Evening Standard
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said he is in talks with a number of Tory and Labour MPs about joining his party.  Sir Vince said the idea of forming a new centre grouping is now dead and Change UK was a “media bubble”. He told BBC Radio 4’s The Westminster Hour: “There are quite a lot of Tory MPs, some Labour, who were going to make the jump and didn’t but are now realising that their position is becoming impossible and who might well come to us.

Labour Party

Independent
Tom Watson has accused Labour bosses of rigging an analysis of the party’s European elections disaster to block a shift to fully backing a fresh Brexit referendum.  In an explosive memo, the deputy leader attacked a “series of assertions based on no evidence” that was leaked to the media ahead of a shadow cabinet meeting on the controversy. Mr Watson said most of the document was “an accurate and fact-based reflection of the state-of-play”.

Mirror
Union members would be overwhelmingly more likely to vote Labour if the party gives them the chance to back remain in a second referendum. A new poll for the People’s Vote campaign found 64% of union members back having a referendum, compared to 33% against. And if there is a new referendum 71% of union members would support staying in the EU, the poll claimed. The YouGov poll of 1,813 trade unionists also found they were more likely to back than abandon Labour if the party backs a ‘People’s Vote’.

Sky News
Hilary Benn has urged the Labour Party to come out “loud and clear” in support of a second referendum. Speaking at the launch of People’s Vote North, Mr Benn described the Brexit campaign as a “fantasy” and said the UK’s withdrawal has been a “complete and utter mess”. The pro-Remain Labour MP joined celebrities, sports stars and other politicians at a rally at New Dock Hall in Leeds, the first of 15 similar events planned across Britain this summer.

Independent
Trade unionists overwhelmingly back a fresh Brexit referendum, a survey has found, as Jeremy Corbyn consults them ahead of a possible shift in Labour policy. Almost two-thirds of union members support a Final Say public vote, it showed – rising to more than three-quarters of those who backed Labour at the last general election. They also want Labour to campaign for the UK to stay in the EU by a three-to-one margin and are three times more likely to vote for a Labour Party fully backing a referendum than deterred from doing so.

BBC News
The “time has passed” for Labour to be able to get its own Brexit deal and any agreement should go to a vote, shadow cabinet minister Andrew Gwynne says. He said the party “will do everything we can to stop no deal”. But Caroline Flint, one of 26 Labour MPs who have urged Jeremy Corbyn not to call for a second referendum, said she would prefer no deal to no Brexit. She said the number of Labour MPs prepared to back the government’s Brexit deal “will go up” in the future.

Express
JOHN MCDONNELL has pledged to appoint a Bank of England (BoE) Governor “in tune” with the current hard-left Labour Party’s leadership if Jeremy Corbyn wins the next general election. The Shadow Chancellor said he would install a person able to “meet the requirements of what will be a radical Labour Government”, a newly re-surfaced September 2018 interview has revealed. Mr McDonnell told left-wing media organisation Novara Media: “When we move forward what we will want to have is someone in the Bank of England that, yes, is in tune with our ideas, but has the status and the experience of understanding the economy – and there is a range of people out there.

Guardian
Labour will back measures deterring investment in fossil fuels as part of a new drive to stop the financial sector from funding  global heatingJohn McDonnell will reveal this week. In the latest attempt by Labour to display its green credentials, the shadow chancellor will use a speech in the City on Monday to commit to using the “full might of the Treasury” to tackle the issue. He will commit the party to forcing the private sector into investing in the “green industrial revolution”.

Conservative Party

Mirror
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have been challenged to tackle Tory Islamophobia after a shocking poll revealed the extent of anti-Muslim sentiment in the party. Almost half of Tory party members (40%) believe the Government should “lower the number of Muslims entering Britain,” according to the survey. The results of the YouGov poll for Hope Not Hate also show more than two thirds of those questioned (67%) believe the lie that parts of Britain operate under Sharia law.

Sun
A BITTER split has opened up inside Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign over personalities and Cabinet jobs, The Sun can reveal. Antagonism has developed between the frontrunner’s newer recruits, campaign chiefs James Wharton and Gavin Williamson, and Boris’s long standing allies from his previous leadership bid in 2016. A feud has also erupted over Cabinet jobs, as a series of his senior MP supporters vie for top posts. The Boris ‘old guard’ who have been with the former London mayor for years include ministers Jake Berry and Ben Wallace, as well as ex-minister Nigel Adams.

Express
REMAIN-BACKING Conservative MPs are being targeted by hardline Brexiteers who have launched a campaign to “deselect the Tory traitors” and make the party more eurosceptic. Former Universities Minister Sam Gyimah has become the latest target of the Blue Wave campaign led by Arron Banks, the businessman who helped fund the Leave.EU campaign, according to a leaked document seen by the Sunday Times. The report shows Mr Gyimah, who is MP for East Surrey, could soon be hit by a no-confidence motion, as a petition circulating among the constituency party members is “very near” to get to 50 signatures, the amount required to trigger a vote.

TBP

Express
THREE years to the day since the referendum which saw 17.4 million people vote for Britain to quit the EU, Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice has warned Remainers they will not be able to stem the “tidal wave” of pressure to quit the bloc much longer. Mr Tice, a leading light in the party launched by Nigel Farage in January, was speaking on the anniversary of the historic vote – since when, Britain has conspicuously failed to act on the result.

Breitbart
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has slammed the British political establishment for three years of “betrayal” as the country marks the third anniversary of the Brexit vote — still inside the European Union. Mr Farage said the British public had “suffered three major betrayals” at the hands of “the political establishment” in an article for the Sunday Express — and warned that “the worst may be to come”. “We could be facing the biggest betrayal of all if [Members of Parliament] prevent the UK from leaving on the new deadline of October 31,” wrote the veteran campaigner.

Ireland

Telegraph
A hard border in Ireland can be avoided using existing technology for “invisible” customs checks that would render the controversial backstop “obsolete”, a report backed by Brexiteer MPs will say on Monday. The think tank Prosperity UK believes alternative arrangements to the backstop can be up and running within three years, solving the current deadlock that has prevented a Brexit deal being agreed. It claims that with “goodwill and pragmatism” from all sides, a technology-based plan for avoiding a hard border is already possible, and has the support of Parliament, which backed such an idea in January.

EU

Express
ITALY’S deputy Prime Minister has threatened to quit the government as part of his budget battle with the European Union to push through at least 11 billion euros (39.8 million) in tax cuts. Right-wing leader Matteo Salvini has declared: “Lower taxes or I leave the government”, which has prompted fears this could complicate Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s talks with the European Commission over Italy’s growing debt.

Crime

Independent
MPs are calling on authorities to reverse a “covert change in policy” on rape cases amid plummeting prosecutions. Only 1.7 per cent of rapes reported to police in England and Wales now result in a charge, and victims have accused authorities of “decriminalising” sex attacks. In a letter seen by The Independent, a cross-party group of MPs called for the attorney general to “immediately reinstate the merits-based approach to charging decisions in rape cases, so that more people can see their assailants brought to justice”.

Mail
Criminals in this country have a higher chance of going to jail than anywhere else in western Europe, figures show. The Prison Reform Trust found 140,000 were imprisoned in England and Wales in 2017, 40,000 more than in Germany. Out of every 100,000 people, 238 were jailed in England and Wales compared with 143 in France and 121 in Germany. It comes amid a row between the Government and senior judges over short jail terms. Justice Secretary David Gauke has said judges should be stopped from jailing offenders for fewer than six months because ‘prison isn’t working’.

Post Office

Mail
Thrown into Britain’s toughest women’s jail as a teenager, she twice attempted suicide and is still traumatised two decades on. Her crime was ‘stealing’ £11,500 from the post office where she worked – her first job after leaving school. Tracy Felstead’s horrific story is one of the most harrowing yet to emerge from the High Court trial in which more than 550 former post office workers are suing Post Office Ltd for ruining their lives. They were accused of stealing from their branches, with many jailed as common thieves or made bankrupt. Yet evidence now suggests a computer accounting glitch meant the money was never missing in the first place.

Child abuse

Telegraph
Facebook’s plans to encrypt its services will lead to more children being sexually abused online as its boss Mark Zuckerberg puts profits and secrecy above safety, the head of the NSPCC warns on Monday. Peter Wanless said the company, which has 1.3 billion users, was cynically going ahead with the plans even though it knew they would lead to more children being groomed and sexually abused. “It betrays very obviously their misplaced priorities,” he said in an exclusive interview with The Telegraph in advance of Tuesday’s annual NSPCC conference which will focus on online child safety.

Gambling

Times
A tax on betting companies to pay for the treatment of gambling addicts appears to be moving closer after the head of the NHS said that a voluntary industry levy was not raising enough money. Simon Stevens said that the industry was spending only a fraction on support for problem gamblers that it spent promoting betting. Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said that he would do everything he could to help gambling addicts. The Gambling Commission, which regulates the industry, called for a compulsory levy to fund addiction treatments through the health service, replacing the voluntary donations that fund support through the charity Gamble Aware.

Mail
Betting firms should fund treatment for Britain’s 55,000 child gambling addicts, the head of the NHS said last night. The first ever specialist clinic for children will open amid warnings that gambling is ‘destroying the mental health of young people’. Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, said it was unfair taxpayers were being forced to ‘pick up the huge tab’ for the expansion of services to help addicts. He called for a mandatory levy on betting firms and slammed them for ‘pumping out’ online adverts.

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News review – Thursday 20 June 2019

News review – Thursday 20 June 2019

Tory leadership

Sun
BORIS Johnson faced fresh questions over his Brexit resolve last night after it emerged he told rival contenders they “hardly” disagreed on when to leave the EU. In an unguarded moment, the mop-haired top Tory opened up to his opponents at the end of BBC1’s leadership debate on Tuesday night. The ex-Foreign Secretary insisted there was little between their strategies to deliver Britain’s EU exit. Boris has previously pledged to pull out by the current deadline of October 31, while all the others have opened the door to a fresh delay to pass a deal first. As the five contenders were lead out of the BBC studio in the basement of New Broadcasting House, their microphones were still attached. Boris was overheard telling them: “You see chaps, we don’t disagree on that much”. Environment Secretary Michael Gove immediately retorted: “Dates, Boris, dates”. But Boris replied to him and shrugged: “Hardly, pah”. Critics claimed the remarks cast fresh doubt on his October 31 commitment.

Times
Tory leadership candidates are considering boycotting the BBC’s next televised debate after it failed to effectively vet an imam who had previously made allegedly antisemitic comments. Abdullah Patel, who asked a question about Islamophobia on Tuesday night, was suspended from schools where he was head and deputy head because of tweets about a Zionist conspiracy and violence against women. He was also suspended from his post at a mosque.

Express
TORY leadership candidates are threatening to boycott future BBC debates after the broadcaster’s “biased” mismanagement of Tuesday night’s hustings. The BBC omnishambles was rife with controversy as it emerged on Wednesday an imam who had been selected to grill the Prime Ministerial hopefuls had been accused of anti-Semitism. The religious leader in question has since been suspended from his role as a deputy headteacher.

Telegraph
Supporters of Boris Johnson will on Thursday mount an operation to derail Michael Gove’s leadership hopes as Conservative MPs decide the final two candidates to be prime minister. Mr Gove has never been forgiven for stabbing Mr Johnson in the back during the 2016 leadership contest and revenge was in the air on Wednesday night as MPs began plotting against him. One supporter of Mr Johnson said they did not want Mr Gove just to be beaten, but to be “humiliated”.

Times
Sajid Javid insisted last night that he was staying in the race to become Tory leader to win it as his rivals claimed that he was holding out to be Boris Johnson’s chancellor. The home secretary survived the third round of MPs’ voting to make it through to the final ballots today, which will decide which two will face an election by party members. Mr Johnson is assured to be in the final run-off after receiving the backing of 143 MPs.

Sky News
The four remaining candidates in the Tory leadership race will be whittled down to a final two today. It will then be up to Conservative party members to decide who will become the next prime minister. On Wednesday Rory Stewart became the latest contender to be eliminated from the contest. Following his defeat he warned those left in the race against promises they “can’t deliver”. The international development secretary saw his bid come to an end after he finished bottom of the latest ballot of Tory MPs.

Second referendum

Telegraph
Philip Hammond will say a second referendum could be the way to “break the impasse” with Brexit. The Chancellor will use his annual Mansion House speech on Thursday to warn Tory leadership contenders to “be honest with the public” and admit that Parliament is likely to reject both the Withdrawal Agreement and no deal. Mr Hammond is expected to say: “If the new Prime Minister cannot end the deadlock in Parliament, then he will have to explore other democratic mechanisms to break the impasse.”

Times
The next prime minister should “explore” holding a second Brexit referendum if he fails to break the deadlock in parliament, Philip Hammond said last night. The chancellor also warned that leaving the European Union without a deal would quickly burn through the £27 billion set aside for that outcome and end up costing more. In his most outspoken attack on a no-deal Brexit so far Mr Hammond said he would “fight and fight again” for an “outcome that protects the Union and the prosperity of the UK”.

Mirror
Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to warn the next Prime Minister he will have to call an election or a second referendum to break the Brexit deadlock in Parliament. Mr Hammond is set to urge the remaining leadership candidates to be “honest with the public” about the risks of no-deal. The Chancellor has repeatedly warned that crashing out without an agreement could be devastating for the economy. In a speech in London, he is expected to say: “It may be that I’m wrong, and a new leader will persuade Parliament to accept the deal it has already rejected.

Sun
PHILIP HAMMOND today warns Boris Johnson he will have to trigger a second referendum or Election unless he gets real about Brexit. In an incendiary intervention the Chancellor insists a future Conservative PM will have to “explore other democratic mechanisms” if they cannot develop a credible plan to break the deadlock. And in a thinly veiled attack against the bookies’ odds-on favourite, Mr Hammond will demand Tory leadership contenders “be honest with the public” about the trade-offs required to deliver Brexit. “If your Plan A is undeliverable, not having a Plan B is like not having a plan at all.”

Westmonster
Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn looks set to back a second EU referendum regardless of the Brexit outcome.  According to reports, Corbyn is likely to back a paper by his policy chief, Andrew Fisher, calling for another referendum on any deal negotiated with the European Union. A senior Labour source confirmed the shift to The Times, saying: “It is a moment.” Labour are under pressure from the resurgent anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats who beat them in the European Elections and are ahead of them in some polls, though the Brexit Party have been in first place in the three most recent YouGov General Election polls.

No deal

Mail
Philip Hammond will today urge Boris Johnson to keep open the option of a second referendum to break the Brexit  deadlock and pledge to ‘fight’ against No Deal. In a pessimistic intervention, the Chancellor will warn that the next Prime Minister will not be able to secure a better deal with the European Union and MPs will block any attempt at a No Deal exit. Mr Hammond will signal his agreement with Rory Stewart, who was eliminated from the leadership contest yesterday, that Mrs May’s deal is the best the EU will offer.

Independent
Philip Hammond is to issue a stern warning to Boris Johnson that no Conservative government should pursue a no-deal  Brexit which would hit prosperity and risk the break-up of the United Kingdom. The chancellor will signal his readiness to be a thorn in the side of any incoming prime minister determined to take Britain out of the EU without a deal, in a high-profile speech in which he is expected to vow to “fight and fight again” for prudent financial management and the union.

Con Woman
WHEN a big issue is challenging our leaders, and now would-be leaders, they mostly prefer to make dramatic overstatements that they hope to be believed because of the ferocity of their language rather than the evidence they provide or argument they make. If they fail to convince they move on to distractions, in this case an eye-wateringly expensive new climate policy or personal arguments about how feminist are the candidates for Conservative Party leadership. Remainers in government say a ‘No Deal’ Brexit would be ‘catastrophic’ for business and jobs. Former minister Dominic Grieve calls it ‘chaos’ and Justine Greening uses the same term as the BBC commentators and interviewers and most of the Leftish media, ‘crashing out’.

TBP

Independent
Nigel Farage has opened the door to a pact with Boris Johnson to deliver a no-deal Brexit, in a move that will alarm moderate Conservatives. The Brexit party leader urged the clear Tory leadership favourite to call a general election if the Commons blocked a crash-out departure from the EU – arguing he would win a “thumping majority”. “If he was prepared to do that, of course I’d want to work with them, of course I’d do that,” Mr Farage said.  The comments come after the biggest Conservative donor piled pressure on Mr Johnson, if he wins the race to No 10, “to be willing to work with Farage”.

Breitbart
Brexit leader Nigel Farage has signalled a softening towards the prospect of an electoral alliance between his party and the governing Conservatives, but has maintained the Tories as a whole had still failed to comprehend how badly damaging continuing to fail to deliver Brexit would be to them. While Mr Farage listed a long set of conditions for presumptive future Conservative leader Boris Johnson to fulfill in return to electoral support from perhaps the greatest threat to a future Tory majority, the comments at a live discussion event Tuesday evening were the first time the Brexit leader had admitted such an alliance could be possible.

Labour Party

Times
Labour would back staying in the EU while allowing its Brexiteer MPs to campaign against the policy in a second referendum, under plans being considered by Jeremy Corbyn. Yesterday the shadow cabinet backed a proposal to change the party’s Brexit policy and support a second referendum in all circumstances, but there were clashes between shadow ministers who wanted the party to back Remain and those who said that it could be electoral suicide in a Leave voting seat.

Independent
Senior Labour figures are mounting a fightback against pressure for change in the party’s Brexit position, as the deeply-divided shadow cabinet meets amid calls for it to adopt full-throated support for a second referendum. A leaked briefing paper understood to have been presented to the meeting warns of an “evident risk” that shifting to a more explicitly pro-Remain position would cost the party seats in the Midlands and North of England.

Mirror
Labour MPs predominantly representing Leave seats have warned Jeremy Corbyn that backing a second referendum would be “toxic” to the bedrock of the party’s supporters. Twenty-six MPs have signed a letter urging the party leader to “put the national interest first” and back a deal before October 31. They warned that a no-deal outcome would “alienate” many who supported the party at the last general election.

ITV News
Tom Watson has claimed that on any Brexit deal “there will be a referendum” and says the Labour Party must campaign to remain or else it will be “electoral history”. The deputy Labour leader confirmed to ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston that Jeremy Corbyn was moving toward backing a “referendum in all circumstances” but said the party had not decided which way it would campaign.

EU

Telegraph
Europe has been warned. Any use of monetary levers to hold down the euro exchange rate will be deemed a provocation by the Trump administration. Further cuts in interest rates to minus 0.5pc or beyond will be scrutinized for currency manipulation. A revival of quantitative easing will be considered a devaluation policy in disguise, as indeed it is, since the money leaks out into global securities and depresses the euro. The Bank for International Settlements says €300bn of Europe’s QE funding reached London alone between 2014 and 2017.

Express
ITALY said it will reluctantly respect EU budget rules but sent a chilling warning to Brussels that the country will fight to change them. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Rome will accept the bloc’s fiscal rules but will battle to have them adapted so the member state can allow for more public investment and stronger growth. Mr Conte said ahead of tomorrow’s EU summit: “We are determined to avoid an EU infringement procedure and we are convinced about our economic policies.”

Telegraph
The European Union’s threat to freeze out Swiss stock exchanges from the bloc’s single market will have confirmed the worst fears of the City of London about the future after Brexit. Switzerland, which is not a member of the EU, has a system of regulatory recognition with Brussels called “equivalence”. Simply put, the granting of equivalence to a non-EU country is a temporary recognition that its rules are as strict as Brussels and gives access to its markets. Crucially equivalence lies entirely in the gift of the European Commission, the EU’s civil service, and can be withdrawn at short notice with no right of appeal.

Independent
The EU is preparing to cut Switzerland‘s stock exchanges off from the single market, in part as a warning shot to Brexit Britain that it must play ball. Like the UK, Switzerland is renegotiating its relationship with the European Union – and a lack of progress on the Swiss side in implementing a new treaty has frustrated Brussels. With Brexit talks in the background, EU officials want to show they are serious about the integrity of the single market.

Express
BRITAIN is continuing to be the global hub of the financial world with big businesses refusing to move their assets outside of London despite the Brexit uncertainty. Following a meeting with the European Central Bank and regulators, firms warned they cannot be forced to move their capital outside of the UK. Joe Cassidy, a partner at KPMG in London, who leads the firm’s Brexit task force for financial services stated business “still prefer” trading in the capital.

Foreign aid

Telegraph
The UK’s £14 billion foreign aid budget is being spent in too many wealthy countries with not enough going to the poorest nations, a critical report by UK aid’s funding watchdog has found. A report by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) found that allocating the aid budget to other departments beyond the Department for International Development (DFID) has led to money increasingly being spent on middle-income countries. The report says that this means that the foreign aid focus has moved away from poverty reduction and is now more about security, climate change or economic goals.

Mail
Watchdogs yesterday warned that ministers cannot prove the aid budget is giving value for money. In a damning report, the National Audit Office said so many Whitehall departments were doling out the cash that no one was tracking whether the £14billion budget was being spent properly. It found that the sums going to ‘upper middle income’ countries had risen over the past four years despite promises to target the poorest. A separate report by another watchdog – the Independent Commission for Aid Impact – raised significant concerns over the international development budget.

Sun
SPREADING Britain’s £14 billion foreign aid budget across multiple government department risks wasting taxpayers money, Whitehall’s spending auditor has warned. A probe by the National Audit Office concluded the Government “does not know” whether the bloated budget is delivering value for money because of its decision to divide the money between different departments.

Times
Teachers on a British-aid funded course in Pakistan failed to complete their training because they were serving as election officials under another British-funded initiative. Nine years after David Cameron committed to an ambitious spending target for overseas development, the government still cannot be confident that the £14 billion a year it spends provides value for money, the National Audit Office (NAO) warns today.

NHS

Telegraph
Small hospitals must stop treating stroke emergencies in order to save thousands of lives, England’s top doctor will today say. The national medical director will say NHS trusts across the country must centralise services, so that victims get the right help sooner. Professor Stephen Powis will say hospitals should follow a controversial model pioneered in London and Manchester, which is now saving around 170 lives a year.

Times
A damning report into the deaths of children in cancer care was covered up by health service chiefs, according to accusations by doctors including the former NHS medical director for London. The 2015 report was commissioned after parents complained that their children had died “in agony” after being treated at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. In particular a coroner had deemed that there were “astonishing” failures in the care of Alice Mason, a two-year-old who died in 2011.

Telegraph
NHS bosses have been accused of “burying” a damning report into child cancer services commissioned following complaints that patients were “dying in agony”. Completed in 2015, the document highlights failings at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, one of the UK’s flagship cancer organisations. It found that, despite being supposedly a centre of excellence, children admitted for cancer treatment were routinely transferred between hospitals to get the care they needed.

Education

Times
More school children are subjected to cyberbullying in England than in any other developed nation, according to an international survey of more than a quarter of a million heads and teachers. Twenty-one per cent of English school heads said that intimidation or bullying of all kinds among their pupils occurred “on a regular basis”, compared with an average of 14 per cent in countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation.

Mail
Cambridge has fallen to its lowest ever place in a well-respected global league table as two thirds of British universities fell down the rankings. The University of Cambridge dropped a place to seventh and is now three places below its main rival the University of Oxford, which rose one spot to fourth. The UK recorded its third-worst performance in the rankings this year with the average rank of the 84 ranked UK institutions decreasing by nearly 13 places.

TV Licence

Mirror
A Labour peer will try and force the Government to take back responsibility for funding free TV licences for the over-75s. Lord George Foulkes will table a Private Member’s Bill on Thursday aimed at repealing the provision which switched the burden onto the BBC. The 2015 stitch-up ultimately led to last week’s decision by the Corporation to means-test the lifeline so only over-75s on Pension Credit will be eligible.

Fraud

Mail
Fraud is spiralling out of control, with almost 10,000 new cases every day. Alarming details of the nation’s fraud hotspots involving dating scams, computer virus attacks and bogus tradesmen are revealed today. The total number of fraud incidents in England and Wales was an astonishing 3.6million in 2018, according to the Office for National Statistics – a 12.6 per cent rise on 2017.

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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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Boris Johnson supporters want no-deal Brexit and less talk of climate change

tim balepaul webbA new survey of Conservative party members reveals that 85% of those backing Boris Johnson want a no-deal Brexit – compared to two-thirds of activists as a whole. They are also more keen on tax cuts, and a quarter of them want less emphasis on climate change. Tim Bale (Queen Mary University of London) and Paul Webb (University of Sussex) ask whether the fact that nearly half of party members joined after the referendum has a bearing on the findings.

By the end of July the UK will have a new prime minister. They will be chosen not by the electorate but by a group of around 160,000 members of the Conservative Party. This selectorate gets to choose between the two candidates who finish first and second in a series of votes held among Conservative MPs.

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The former foreign secretary Boris Johnson arrives at a meeting in Bulgaria. Photo: EU2018BG Bulgarian Presidency via a CC-BY 2.0 licence

There has, perhaps not surprisingly, been a degree of disquiet expressed about this situation. Members of political parties are, generally speaking, more zealous than members of the public. Some argue that it might be better to leave the choice of the country’s PM up to MPs. They, at least, have a direct mandate from voters. And, since governments in parliamentary systems must retain the confidence of the legislature in order to stay in office, allowing MPs to choose would at least guarantee a chain of democratic accountability from executive to electorate. That is bypassed completely when party members alone make the decision.

Such concerns are surely all the more pressing because, as our research has already shown, grassroots Conservatives can hardly be said to be representative of the country as a whole, either demographically or ideologically. There are far more men among them than there are women; most of them live in the southern half of the country; they are generally pretty well-off; they are relatively old (although not quite as ancient as often suggested); they are very, very white; and they are also significantly more right wing than the average voter – whether we’re talking about their economic or social attitudes.

Our new analysis, however, using data from a recent survey of Conservative Party members that was kindly provided to us by Chris Curtis of YouGov, reveals something that is possibly even more worrying for critics of the process. The party members who support the clear front runner, Boris Johnson, are even more ideologically unrepresentative of British voters than are the bulk of their counterparts.

Indeed, compared to the kind of members drawn to the two contenders who, currently seem to stand the best chance of grabbing the crucial runner up spot – the environment secretary, Michael Gove, and the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt – Johnson’s supporters look anything but moderate.

While only around a quarter of the wider British public support leaving the EU without a Brexit deal, an amazing 85% of Johnson’s supporters within the party are keen on a no-deal departure. Some two thirds (66%) of the nearly 900 Conservative rank-and-file members who responded to the survey said the UK should leave without a deal, so Johnson supporters are extreme even by that standard. “Only” 37% of Hunt supporters would be happy with a no-deal Brexit. Even Gove supporters are less enthusiastic about no-deal than Johnson supporters. Their man was a leading figure in the Leave campaign but only 52% of them want to leave without a deal.

Right-wing base

It’s clear that, when it comes to the 39% of the Conservative grassroots who are in Johnson’s camp, what the party’s critics would no doubt label their extremism isn’t just confined to Brexit. Asked to locate themselves ideologically, some 42% of members overall said they were on the right – not just of British politics, but of the Conservative Party itself, making Gove’s supporters (39% of whom said the same) about average. Just 15% of Hunt’s grassroots supporters (who make up just 8% of the membership overall) located themselves in that space.

Johnson’s supporters had no such problem: well over half of them (56%) said they belonged on the right wing of their party, with about the same proportion (58%) of them styling themselves as “fairly or very right wing”. The impression that Johnson’s supporters are very much a sub-set of a sub-set is only reinforced when we dig into the specifics.

For instance, Tory members in general are more inclined than the general public to want to cut tax and spending, so it comes as no surprise that 34% of them supported that option – one that only around a fifth of voters right now would go for. But those members backing Johnson, 40% of whom supported cuts, were twice as enthusiastic about them as those backing Gove (20.5%) and Hunt (22%). This may well solve the mystery of why Johnson’s only big domestic policy so far has been his promise to cut taxes – the front runner is mobilising his base.

Johnson’s base is also relatively socially-conservative. A majority (although, at 59%, hardly an overwhelming majority) of Tory members think that David Cameron’s government was right to allow same sex marriage. Those supporting Gove – who has always been seen as socially-liberal and will be seen as even more so after recent revelations about his cocaine use – are slightly more likely (at 63%) than most members to agree. Supporters of Johnson and Hunt are slightly less likely (at 54% and 55%) to do so.

However, it’s probably climate change where we see the most striking attitudinal differences between those who support Johnson and those who support the others. Rather worryingly for those who regard the issue as a priority, one in five Tory rank-and-file members would like to see less emphasis on climate change. But that rises to one in four among Johnson supporters. Just under one in ten Gove supporters feels the same way, and just over one in ten Hunt supporters.

Why the difference?

Why that might be – and why Johnson’s supporters seem to be so generally right wing as well as so keen on a no-deal Brexit – can perhaps be explained, not by demographics (supporters of all three candidates actually look pretty similar in that respect), but by looking at when the members who responded to the survey said they’d joined the party.

Nearly half (44.5%) of all the members surveyed said they’d become party members sometime after the 2016 referendum. Hunt’s backers, 41% of whom had done the same, are therefore about average. In contrast, only a third (34%) of Gove’s grassroots backers joined the party after the referendum. That suggests he draws a slightly bigger proportion of his support from those who have stuck by the party through thick and thin. Over half of those rank-and-file Tory members who are backing Johnson, however, joined the party after the EU referendum three years ago.

We can only guess as to how many of Johnson’s supporters were former UKIP sympathisers switching to the Tories; but it certainly seems possible. And, who knows, given that one doesn’t have to renounce one’s membership of the Conservative Party to become a registered supporter of the Brexit Party, perhaps some of them hold a candle for Nigel Farage as well as Johnson.

Whether the country will be as pleased as they will be if Johnson does end up making it all the way to Number 10, however, remains to be seen.

This post represents the views of the authors and not those of the Brexit blog, nor LSE. It first appeared at The Conversation.

Tim Bale is Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London.

Paul Webb is Professor of Politics at the University of Sussex.

Sunday papers – 16 June 2019

Sunday papers – 16 June 2019

Theresa May

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

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

The Telegraph also has the story.

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

Tory leadership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Times claims his progress is ‘inexorable’.

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

The Mail claims Hunt could stop Boris.

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

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

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

No Deal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Labour Party

Corbyn is plotting a tax raid reports the Telegraph.

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

The Express also has the story.

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

The Times also reports the prospect.

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

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

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

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

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

Ireland

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

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

He’s bleating to BBC News as well.

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

The Guardian has taken up his sob-story.

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

EU

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

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

Election fraud

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

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

The Mail claims voting was corrupt.

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

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

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

Gulf attacks

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

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

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

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

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

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

Listeria

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

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

And the Independent reports an investigation.

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

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

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

The Mirror also reports the investigation.

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

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News review – 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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