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Saturday papers – 25 May 2019

Saturday papers – 25 May 2019

Theresa May

She’s finally announced her resignation.  The Times says:

Theresa May called time on her ill-fated three-year attempt to deliver Brexit today by resigning and clearing the way for a new prime minister to take office by the end of July.
In an emotional statement outside Downing Street just after 10am, Mrs May announced that she would step down as Conservative leader on Friday, June 7, after President Trump’s official state visit.

The Mail claims she was ‘repeatedly’ tearful.

Theresa May repeatedly broke down in tears today as she admitted her Brexit-wracked premiership is coming to an end – first on live TV and then behind closed doors.
Watched by husband Philip, the Prime Minister was overcome by emotion on the steps of Downing Street as she conceded that her desperate struggle to get the UK out of the EU will end in failure.

The Express  says she might be ‘kicked upstairs’.

THERESA May could become the first former prime minister to take a seat in the House of Lords since Margaret Thatcher, according to some Tory MPs.
They expect the 62-year-old outgoing premier to take some time to consider her next role after her announcing her decision to stand down by the end of July yesterday.

Who will succeed her?  Several top Tories have thrown their hats into the ring.  Boris is one of them.  The Telegraph reports:

Boris Johnson has vowed to take Britain out of the EU on October 31 “deal or no deal” if he becomes Prime Minister as his leadership bid received heavyweight backing.
Hours after a tearful Theresa May announced June 7 as the date she will step down as Tory leader, Mr Johnson insisted there would be no further extension of Article 50 if he wins the race to succeed her.

The Independent  claims he’ll be ‘high risk’.

Boris Johnson has set the scene for a high-risk no-deal Brexit, as he kicked off the race to succeed Theresa May in explosive style.
Just hours after a tearful Ms May bowed to pressure from her own party and announced she will stand down as Conservative leader on 7 June, the former foreign secretary declared he would take the UK out of the EU on 31 October, whether or not a withdrawal agreement has been reached with Brussels.

And he’s heading for ‘no deal’, reports the Express.

BORIS JOHNSON has warned the UK the way to get a good Brexit deal is to “prepare for a no deal” as the leading candidate to take over as Prime Minister from Theresa May outlined his EU exit strategy.
The former Foreign Secretary, who has announced he would like to replace Theresa May as the leader of the Conservative Party, said this would be the best way to proceed if Britain is to negotiate a suitable Brexit agreement.

Westmonster claims he will take us out of the EU at Hallowe’en.

Conservative leadership contender Boris Johnson has been emphatic today, insisting that the UK must leave the EU on 31st October with or without a deal.
Speaking at a conference in Switzerland today, Reuters report that Johnson said: “We will leave the EU on October 31st, Deal or No Deal.”
He also said that: “The way to get a good deal is to prepare for a No Deal.”

He faces a ‘stop Boris’ campaign, reports the Mail.

Boris Johnson yesterday pledged he would take the country out of the EU in October – with or without a deal.
Setting out his pitch to be leader just hours after Theresa May  announced her departure, the former foreign secretary said it was time to ‘put Brexit to bed’.
Mr Johnson is the early favourite to take over, but he faces a mounting ‘Stop Boris’ campaign from MPs who oppose him.

Amber Rudd will not stand for the leadership but could support Boris, says the Telegraph.

Amber Rudd has signalled she could work with Boris Johnson if he becomes Prime Minister as she formally rules herself out of the Tory leadership race.
The Work and Pensions secretary left the door open to the creation of a ‘Bamber’ joint leadership ticket in next month’s battle to succeed Theresa May.
Amid speculation she could become Mr Johnson’s Chancellor, she said “would like to lower taxes.

Andrea Leadsom has thrown her hat into the ring, says the Express.

TORY MP Andrea Leadsom quit Theresa May’s cabinet this week but following Theresa May’s resignation today, it’s likely she will put herself forward to become the next Prime Minister. Who is Andrea Leadsom and is she a Brexiteer?
Tory veteran Andrea Leadsom has been MP for South Northamptonshire since 2010.

And Jeremy Hunt is also in the running, says the Times.

Jeremy Hunt has confirmed that he will stand for the Conservative leadership as the battle to replace Theresa May began in earnest just hours after her emotional announcement that she will stand down next month.
The foreign secretary made the announcement at the Haslemere Festival, a culture festival in his constituency, saying it was “only right” that local voters should be the first to know.

The Independent his announcement was given to his local paper.

Jeremy Hunt has confirmed he will stand to be leader of the Conservative Party just hours after Theresa May gave an emotional speech announcing her resignation.
The foreign secretary told the audience at the Haslemere Festival in his Surrey constituency that he intended to run to be prime minister, his local office confirmed.

Another candidate is Steve Baker.  The Express offers a pen portrait of him.

THERESA MAY announced she was stepping down as Prime Minister today and the race for a new Tory leader is on. Steve Baker is among a list of Tories predicted to put themselves forward for Prime Minister, but who is Steve Baker and is he a Brexiteer?
Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed she will resign from the role on June 7.

And another character who was instrumental in the Prime Minister’s announcement was Larry the cat.  The Times says:

Before Theresa May could make her farewell speech, the stage first had to be de-catted. For half an hour, Larry the Downing Street mouser had sat on the doorstep, his back turned contemptuously against the press, occasionally giving a hiss at Palmerston, the Foreign Office cat, whenever he invaded Larry’s turf.
The door swung open and Larry was invited inside. He refused, so a policeman came out and grabbed him, like he was a sullen teenager being made to come and see his spinster aunt.

But a senior Tory has issued a warning about the selection of the new PM, reports Breitbart.

Leading Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has warned of a parliamentary “stitch-up” in the election process of the next leader of the kind that resulted in Theresa May, a Remainer, becoming prime minister of Brexit Britain.
Speaking to Sky News shortly after Mrs May announced her resignation, the chairman of the European Research Group (ERG) said that the some 150,000 Conservative Party members must make the final decision of who is to lead the country.

And iNews claims the incoming PM could face a vote of no confidence.

A “hard Brexiteer” such as Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab or Andrea Leadsom could face an immediate no confidence vote in the House of Commons if he or she wins the Conservative leadership in July.
At least 20 Tory MPs are thought to be fiercely opposed to a new leader trying to press ahead with a no-deal Brexit and could join opposition MPs in a no confidence vote.

Labour Party

While the PM has been described as ‘statesmanlike’ in her announcement, her opposite number was called ‘classless’, reports the Mail.

Jeremy Corbyn was slated as ‘classless’ today over a mealy-mouthed demand for a general election minutes after Theresa May tearfully announced she was quitting in Downing Street.
The Labour leader was blasted as ‘unstatesmanlike’ after he ignored convention that when a Prime Minister steps down even their political opponents and enemies are able to find some small praise for them.

The Sun reports:

JEREMY Corbyn has been branded “classless” after saying Theresa May’s resignation proved she “can’t govern” while calling for a snap election.
The Labour leader was slammed as “unstatesmanlike” by voters on social media for sticking the knife into the Prime Minister minutes after she stepped down. 

And the Independent reports he said she was right to go.

Jeremy Corbyn said Theresa May was “right to resign”, as one cabinet minister agreed she had to quit having become “an impediment” to solving the Brexit crisis.
The tearful announcement was also greeted with warm tributes from the mutinous cabinet ministers who had helped force the prime minister into her premature departure.

LibDems

Almost unnoticed in yesterday’s political news was the announcement of the retirement of another party leader.  The Mirror reports:

Sir Vince Cable has confirmed the date he’ll step down as leader of the Liberal Democrats , kicking off the race to replace him.
He said in March that he would leave after the local elections, which took place earlier this month.
And today he confirmed he’ll hand over the party leadership on July 25th.
Nominations to replace him will close on June 7th.

And the Express says:

SIR Vince Cable has finally quit as leader of the Lib Dems – hours after Prime Minister Theresa May’s shock resignation.
The 76-year-old arch Remainer has followed in Mrs May’s footsteps and quit his role as leader of his own party, adding his last day in the job would be the end of July. He said: “I will be proud to hand over a bigger, stronger party on July 23rd.”

TBP

Meanwhile, the newly-formed Brexit Party claims the BBC is biased against it, says Breitbart.

A mainstream media which supports the United Kingdom remaining in the European Union is biased against the newly formed, poll-topping Brexit Party, one of their European Union Parliament election candidates has said.
Falklands veteran Rear Admiral Roger Lane-Nott was responding on Saturday evening to the newly announced guest lineup of the BBC’s flagship weekly political programme due to air the following morning when he made the comments.

Green Party

And the Express reports the rise of the Greens in Ireland.

THE Green Party has shockingly topped the European polls in Dublin according to the latest exit polls.
The support has been widespread across the Republic of Ireland which also accounts for a four percent margin of error. The unexpected results could see a boost in Ireland’s two other constituencies, according to RTE.

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The prospect of there being a General Election is examined in the Telegraph.

Tory MPs have warned Theresa May’s successor that the Conservative Party needs an early general election like it needs a “hole in the head” amid calls for a snap poll to break the Brexit deadlock.
Europhile and Eurosceptic Tories are united in their opposition to holding an election immediately after Mrs May is replaced.

But it could be won by Labour, reports the Express.

LABOUR are now the bookmakers’ favourites to win the next General Election amid the chaos sweeping through the Conservative Party sparked by Theresa May’s announcement she was resigning as Prime Minister.
Bookmaker Coral has made Jeremy Corbyn’s party slight favourites to win the most seats at odds of 11/10, as the opposition look to pounce on massive divides that threaten to tear the Tories apart.

The Labour leader has demanded a GE, reports the Mirror.

Jeremy Corbyn has demanded an immediate general election following the resignation of Theresa May .
The Labour leader said the “divided and disintegrating” Conservative Party is unable to govern, improve people’s lives or steer the country through Brexit.
In a statement released after Mrs May’s speech on the steps of Downing Street, Mr Corbyn said: “The Prime Minister is right to have resigned.

And the Morning Star has joined in the calls for a GE.

THE TORIES faced mounting calls for a general election today after Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for an “immediate” general election and said Ms May appeared to have accepted that “she cannot govern and nor can her divided and disintegrating party.”
Ms May said that she would step down as Conservative Party leader on June 7 — triggering a leadership contest.

The Telegraph claims it’s a possibility.

Theresa May has announced she will step down as Prime Minister on June 7, triggering a Conservative leadership race, and raising the possibility of an early a general election.
A snap election could rearrange the forces in Parliament if a new Tory leader was able to gain a majority in the Commons and could finally break the political deadlock surrounding Britain leaving the EU.

EU

Over on the Continent, the EU insists it will not renegotiate the WAB with the new PM.  The Telegraph  says

The European Union insisted it would not renegotiate the Brexit withdrawal agreement no matter who succeeds Theresa May after the prime minister announced she would resign this morning.
Brussels said that nothing had changed in EU’s negotiation position, which is the withdrawal agreement will not be reopened but the aspirational political declaration could be changed if British red lines alter.

And the Independent says the EU is getting ready.

EU leaders are preparing for a “different breed” of Brexiter to replace Theresa May as Britain’s prime minister, but warned that nothing had changed in Brussels.
A dinner next week to discuss candidates for top EU jobs following the European elections looks likely to be hijacked by talks over the latest Brexit twist as concerns grow that May’s resignation has increased the risk of a no-deal withdrawal.

The Sun claims ‘no deal’ is the most likely option.

EU LEADERS have warned that a No Deal Brexit is now almost impossible to stop now Theresa May has resigned.
Spain said a hard Brexit is almost a certainty because May’s withdrawal agreement is now unlikely to pass.
EU chiefs have warned that May’s successor they won’t be able to renegotiate her Brexit deal.

Macron’s getting out of his pram, reports BBC News.

President Emmanuel Macron of France has urged “swift clarification” on Brexit after the resignation of UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
He stressed the need to “maintain the smooth functioning of the EU”, as the European Commission ruled out any change to Brexit policy.
Mrs May is stepping down after failing to get her Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament three times.

There’s still opposition in the EU, reports the Times.

new prime minister faces implacable opposition from the European Union to reopening the draft withdrawal treaty and growing resistance to any further Brexit delay.
European leaders will tell whoever wins the keys to No 10 that Britain needs to make a choice quickly between the current deal, including the Irish backstop, crashing out without a deal in November, cancelling Brexit or holding a second referendum.

Euro elections

Meanwhile, the on-going European elections are promising trouble, reports the Times.

The European parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator has joined calls for an investigation into how thousands of EU citizens and British expatriates may have been denied their right to vote in the European elections.
Guy Verhofstadt said that there were “worrying reports of EU citizens in the UK being denied the right to vote and told to vote ‘at home’. The scale of this apparent problem needs to be investigated.”

The EU commission will look into the situation, reports the Independent.

The European Commission will release a report into the conduct of member states in organising this week’s European elections, following complaints from EU citizens living in Britain that they were denied votes due to administrative errors.
A spokesperson told reporters in Brussels that the Commission would look “very carefully at the conduct of elections” and look for lessons that could be drawn.

NHS

Our National Health Service is hoping to make some money, reports the Times.

The NHS has entered the market to sell consumer blood tests that look for signs of serious illness in a controversial moneyspinning venture.
A leading hospital laboratory hopes that online shoppers will pay from £24 for tests that can prevent disease by assessing people’s risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. But GPs fear it will lead to an influx of the worried well to overstretched surgeries and insist that “curiosity is simply not a good enough reason for medical testing”.

But abuse of patients is still under investigation, says the Mail.

Police today arrested ten members of staff at a scandal-hit NHS-funded hospital following a documentary which showed staff members allegedly abusing vulnerable patients by appearing to mock, taunt, intimidate and repeatedly restrain them.
Durham Police said its investigation included allegations of physical and psychological abuse of patients at Whorlton Hall hospital near Barnard Castle.

Extinction rebellion

Protesters in London will face prosecution, says the Telegraph.

Scotland Yard is pushing to prosecute all the 1,130 people arrested in the Extinction Rebellion (XR) protest as it called for tougher penalties to deter similar demonstrations.
The Metropolitan Police has set up a dedicated unit of 30 officers to investigate the public order offences allegedly committed by the arrested protesters who range in age from 19 to over 70.

The Mail also has the story.

Scotland Yard will push for the prosecution of more than 1,100 people arrested over last month’s Extinction Rebellion protests.
So far more than 70 activists have been charged in connection with the demonstrations that brought parts of London to a standstill and cost the force at least £7.5 million.
The group’s tactics included asking volunteers to deliberately get arrested to cause maximum disruption at roadblocks on Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus and Marble Arch, while others glued themselves to trains and buildings.

Air pollution

Home aerosols could cause a problem, reports the Times.

“Traffic light” health warnings will be needed on deodorants, cleaning products and air fresheners as evidence mounts that indoor air pollution contributes to serious illness, scientists say.
Doctors are reviewing the dangers of chemicals released by common household products amid concern that these pollutants will be “the next diesel engine NOx scandal”.

The Times calls for health warnings.

“Traffic light” health warnings will be needed on deodorants, cleaning products and air fresheners as evidence mounts that indoor air pollution contributes to serious illness, scientists say.
Doctors are reviewing the dangers of chemicals released by common household products amid concern that these pollutants will be “the next diesel engine NOx scandal”.

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Saturday papers – 18 May 2019

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Cross-party talks

Talks between the two main parties in Parliament have broken down.  The Express reports:

THERESA MAY and Jeremy Corbyn have come to the end of the road for their cross-party talks to find a solution to Brexit. So what now? A leaked document reveals the five options MPs could be faced with.
On Friday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said talks to find a Brexit compromise with the Government “have gone as far as they can”.

The blame game has started, reports the Guardian.

The government and Labour have sought to blame each other after cross-party talks to find a compromise Brexit plan collapsed, leaving any remaining hopes of an imminent solution to the impasse in tatters.
While both sides insisted the discussions had taken place in good faith, Theresa May said a sticking point had been Labour splits over a second referendum.
Labour in turn said the government had been unwilling to compromise and that May’s imminent departure from Downing Street meant there was no guarantee any promises would be kept by a successor such as Boris Johnson.

The Mirror claims it’s the Labour Party who have called it a day.

Labour have pulled out of Brexit negotiations with the government.
For the last six weeks the party has been locked in talks with to see if they could agree a deal to get an amended version of Theresa May’s Brexit deal over the line.
But, despite a face-to-face meeting between Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May earlier this week the party have left talks.

Westmonster also claims it was Corbyn who ended the discussion.

The Labour Party have called off talks with Theresa May’s government on a potential Brexit deal. May has managed to elevate Corbyn whilst wasting even more time. And Conservative MPs let her get away with it.
Jeremy Corbyn has reportedly said that talks have “gone as far as they can”.
In a letter to the Prime Minister he also said “we have been unable to bridge important policy gaps between us”.

Breitbart claims the talks were intended to stitch up Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s efforts to stitch-up a Brexit deal with hard-left Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have ended in failure.
“I believe the talks between us about finding a compromise agreement on leaving the European Union have now gone as far as they can,” Corbyn wrote to Mrs May in a letter reported by the BBC.
The Prime Minister’s own preferred treaty with the European Union would have locked Britain into a lengthy “transition period” with the bloc in which it would have remained an EU member-state in all but name.

No deal

It seems there’s some serious talk about going to WTO rules, reports the Express.

BREXIT Secretary Steve Barclay said a no-deal scenario could be “mitigated” following the talks between the Conservatives and Labour ending with no agreement.
Speaking at the launch of the SNP’s European election manifesto in Glasgow on Friday, Ms Sturgeon said earlier that Scotland must be allowed to keeps its options open in the face of a potential hard Brexit.

Second referendum

And the Independent claims there’ll be a vote in Parliament on the prospect of a second referendum.

Theresa May has offered to give MPs the opportunity to vote on a  second referendum and a no-deal Brexit in a series of “indicative votes” in the first week of June, according to a document leaked from cross-party talks.
The document, obtained by The Independent, suggests MPs would be invited to vote on whether to rule out any Final Say referendum. And it makes clear the Prime Minister is ready to give Conservative MPs a free vote on the issue, so long as Jeremy Corbyn does the same for Labour.

Conservative Party

The car-crash that is currently the Conservative Party is explored in the Mail.

Theresa May today launched the Tory EU election campaign in a near-empty room by blasting Nigel Farage before she appeared to fluff her lines when promising to leave the EU.
In an extraordinary moment Mrs May began to say the Conservatives ‘will’ deliver Brexit – but stumbled and stopped herself – and then said ‘can’ instead – as her despairing MEP candidates watched on.

The Express calls the party ‘crumbling’.

THERESA MAY launched the crumbling Conservative Party’s European election campaign this morning in front of just five people and two photographers.
A bizarre image uploaded onto social media from one attendee showed an embattled Mrs May at the official campaign launch on a makeshift stage she shared with four people. To put the embarrassing situation into perspective – just one reporter was allowed to attend on behalf of all broadcasters and was allowed to asked Prime Minister just one question.

A picture paints a thousand words in the Telegraph.

As photographs go, it told a thousand words about the beleaguered state of a premiership on the brink. If Theresa May had hoped her unannounced appearance in Bristol would be a pleasant surprise for Tory MEP candidates, then they had a funny way of showing it.
With the Brexit Party riding high in the polls and Mrs May under  growing pressure to set a timetable for her departure, the glum look on the candidates’ faces appeared to suggest that they would rather the Prime Minister was anywhere else but in their constituency on Friday.

In an exclusive report, ITV News claims the party is now being investigated for Islamophobia.

ITV News has been passed a dossier of more than 100 alleged cases of Islamophobic or racist content posted online by people claiming to be Conservative Party members.
Nineteen of the 110 cases passed to ITV News are fresh allegations, not yet in the public domain. The list is the first comprehensive dossier of allegations made so far.
The comments made by people alleging to be Conservative Party members include: “We are letting our children down by allowing this cult to take over our country”.

Tory leadership

The PM is on her way out.  But who will replace her?  The Express says:

BORIS JOHNSON has confirmed on Thursday he is putting himself forward to be the next leader of the Conservative Party as Theresa May agreed to set a timetable to elect her successor. But could Mr Johnson be the one to save Brexit?
Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said he was “going for it” when questioned about Tory leadership at a business conference in Manchester on Thursday.

The Mail reports that Boris’s entry into the fray was accidental.

Tory support ahead of the EU elections is into single figures today as the Prime Minister heads out on the campaign trail and Boris Johnson accidentally launched his leadership bid.
Theresa May‘s Conservatives are expected to get nine per cent of the votes and are now 26 points behind the Brexit Party, a YouGov poll says.

The Guardian explores how quickly it could happen.

Senior Conservatives are warning against a prolonged leadership contest that would mean Theresa May remaining as caretaker prime minister until late summer.
The prime minister promised the backbench 1922 Committee on Thursday that she would set out a timetable for her departure once MPs had been given a vote on the withdrawal agreement bill in early June.

But would the Parliamentary Conservative Party allow Boris to become one of the final two?  The Mail speculates:

Boris Johnson’s Tory opponents began cranking up a campaign to stop him becoming Prime Minister within 24 hours of his announcement he would stand for the party leadership, it can be revealed today.
The ‘Stop Boris’ campaign swung into action in Westminster last night – amid warnings that some Tories could force a general election rather than give him the keys to Number 10.

And in the country, the party has demanded a change in the rules to ensure Boris is in the final two, reports the Telegraph.

Grassroots Tories have demanded changes to the Conservative Party’s leadership election rules to ensure Boris Johnson is on the final ballot paper.
The former foreign secretary is the runaway favourite among Party members to replace Theresa May, but they fear a “stitch-up” by rivals who want to keep him out of Downing Street.

The Evening Standard claims Boris has a rival for the leadership.

Sajid Javid and Boris Johnson have improved their ratings among Conservative supporters in the past month in the race to succeed Theresa May, the Standard reveals today.
An exclusive poll by Ipsos MORI shows both leadership hopefuls up four points since March to be seen by 36 per cent as having what it takes to be a good Prime Minister.

And the Times has a poll saying he will win if he makes it to the final two.

Today’s Times poll clearly suggests that if Boris Johnson makes it into the final two of the Conservative leadership race he will become Britain’s next prime minister. That, however, is not a foregone conclusion.
The former foreign secretary has always been more popular among the Tory grassroots than with his colleagues at Westminster.

Theresa May

The pressure on Mrs May is increasing, reports the Independent.

Theresa May is facing growing clamour from within her own party to quit immediately as prime minister, after the collapse of Brexit talks with Labour sounded the death knell for her EU withdrawal plans.
With Tories trailing in fifth place on a humiliating 9 per cent in one poll for next week’s European parliament elections, furious backbenchers predicted certain defeat when the Withdrawal Agreement Bill comes before the Commons in June.

And with the failure of her Brexit talks, Mrs May is searching for a legacy, reports the Times.

Theresa May has begun searching for something her government can be remembered for in its final weeks.
The prime minister is understood to be holding meetings about her legacy. She is eager to announce more things to help those “just about managing”, the JAMs, whom she intended to prioritise on entering No 10.

Brexit

There’s a crisis, reports the Mail.  Really!?

Britain is facing another tumultuous spell as politicians desperately try to find a way through the Brexit crisis.
Theresa May is facing the imminent end of her premiership after Tory MPs said she must set a schedule for her departure early next month.
That will trigger a potentially brutal Conservative leadership contest, with Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt among the contenders.

The Times claims Mrs May is still hoping MPs will back her Withdrawal Bill.

Theresa May is considering trying to persuade MPs to back her Brexit bill next month by offering them a free vote on the type of long-term relationship Britain should have with the EU.
Downing Street has drawn up plans to use a preferential vote system to allow MPs to rank different options for a customs deal with the EU in order of preference.

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And when she does finally go, the party is being warned against calling a General Election, reports the Telegraph.

Theresa May’s successor must not call an early general election because it risks handing Jeremy Corbyn the keys to Number 10 and “killing Brexit altogether”, Matt Hancock has warned.
With the Brexit Party riding high in the polls ahead of Thursday’s European Parliament elections and Labour projected to win the most seats if a general election was called tomorrow, the Health Secretary urged MPs to “deliver Brexit and move forward”.

BBC News also has the story.

Theresa May’s successor as prime minister should not call a general election until Brexit is completed, a cabinet minister has warned.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said an early election risked losing to Labour and “killing Brexit altogether”.
His comments come after cross-party talks aimed at breaking the impasse collapsed on Friday.

TBP

The Brexit Party is riding high in the polls, but the Times reports its plans to turn a Conservative have failed.

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party attempted to entice a Conservative backbench MP to join its ranks this week but was rebuffed, it can be revealed.
Andrew Bridgen, the MP for North West Leicestershire and a staunch Brexiteer, said that he wanted to stay in the Conservative Party and “fight” for its future.

And the Guardian reports Mr Farage has urged Scots to vote for his party.

Nigel Farage has called on “genuine Scottish nationalists” to vote for his Brexit party in next week’s EU elections, as he described Nicola Sturgeon’s campaign for an independent Scotland within Europe as “the most dishonest political discourse anywhere in the world”.
As anti-racist protesters chanted outside the venue, Farage told cheering supporters at a rally in Edinburgh: “If you’re genuinely a nationalist lend your vote to the Brexit party, let’s get out of the EU and then have an honest debate about independence.”

Guido reports fake TBP billboards.

Anti-Brexit campaign ‘Led By Donkeys’ have been busy racking up the FBPE retweets for a fresh swathe of billboards they’ve put up around the country.
The billboards are branded as Brexit Party adverts with a fake Brexit Party web address and feature phrases like “Attack the NHS” and “Target Gay People”. They’ve now said they’re taking down the “Target Gay People” billboard after a major backlash, Guido hears the Brexit Party are also considering legal action…

 CHUK

The Times criticises the latest Remain party.

Change UK has a bad name, a confused leadership structure and should have made a pact with other Remain parties, one of its leading candidates in the European elections next week has said.
Rachel Johnson, 53, who is top of the new party’s list in southwest England, criticised the party’s strategy in an interview with The Times. “Change UK is a terrible name,” she said.

LibDems

The leader of the LimpDems is still talking up his party in the Independent.

Sir Vince Cable has said Liberal Democrats are now the “only serious challenger” to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party in the European election, after they pulled ahead of Labour in the polls for the first time.
The YouGov survey for The Times put Theresa May’s Conservatives on single figures at 9 per cent – in fifth place behind the Greens – as the Government continues to haemorrhage support to Farage’s new party.

And the Mirror claims they are now ahead of Labour in the polls.

The Liberal Democrats have leapfrogged Labour sending Jeremy Corbyn’s party into third place, according to one poll.
But despite a surge, reported by YouGov, Vince Cable’s party is still a distant second to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.
The Conservatives could come fifth in the elections on May 23 – with the poll suggesting they might win just 9% of the vote.
The YouGov study put Sir Vince Cable’s party, which is campaigning with a Stop Brexit message, on 16%, one point ahead of Labour , while the Tories dropped to single-digit levels of support on 9%.

In his swansong, the party’s leader has delivered a verdict on Gibraltar in the Mirror.

Sir Vince Cable may have little time left as Lib Dem leader but he is determined to make the most of it.
So just a week before crucial European Parliament elections the energetic 76-year-old jetted to Gibraltar to deliver a stark message to  Theresa May – “don’t betray” the Rock.

Eurovision

It’s the Eurovision final tonight and the Express reports a poll saying we should quit the contest.

BREXITEERS want the UK to quit the Eurovision Song Contest due to infuriating political voting tactics, according to a YouGov poll.
As the contestants prepare to perform at the 64th Eurovision final in Tel Aviv, Israel, a majority of UK voters have said they think the UK should no longer be a member of the popular singing tournament. The outcome of a recent YouGov poll finds Britons are just as divided on Eurovision as they are with Brexit, voting to leave the song contest by the same margin as the 2016 EU referendum.

Global warming

The Guardian is trying to rename global warming to make it scarier, says Breitbart.

The Guardian newspaper has decided to change the name ‘global warming’ because it doesn’t sound scary enough.
From now on, the Guardian‘s editor-in-chief Kath Viner has ordered, ‘global warming’ is to be called ‘global heating.’
This, apparently, will more closely reflect the “scale of the climate and wildlife crises” now afflicting Mother Gaia.
The use of the names ‘climate science denier’ or ‘climate denier’ for ‘climate sceptic’ makes a nonsense of Ms Viner’s claim that the Guardian is trying to be more ‘scientifically precise and rooted in facts’.

British Steel

And in a story that hasn’t received much publicity, it seems that our national steel company has not collapsed, reports the Mirror.

British Steel stepped back from the brink of collapse after four days of fears for its future.
The firm, which employs 4,500 workers, had been locked in crisis talks with the Government and union officials as it pleaded for a £75illion emergency loan from Whitehall.
The company was staying tight-lipped as to whether a deal had been reached – but insisted immediate worries had eased.
A British Steel spokeswoman said: “British Steel has the backing of its key stakeholders, including shareholders and lenders, and operations continue as normal.

NHS

In an exclusive report, the Mirror reports on a GP accused of discrimination.

A GP is facing the axe for asking a Muslim woman to remove her veil during an appointment.
Dr Keith Wolverson, 52, could not hear the mum through the niqab as she tried to explain what was wrong with her child.
The GP, a medic for 23 years, says he asked her to take it off as all three sat in the hospital consulting room and she agreed with no fuss.
Half an hour later, after her husband arrived, she complained to bosses at the Royal Stoke University Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.
They wrote to the General Medical Council who are to investigate Dr Wolverson for alleged discrimination.

Poverty

And the Times reports on a new way to measure how poor we are.

A new way to measure poverty set to be adopted by the government could lead to a big shift in state support away from pensioners and towards families with children.
The Department for Work and Pensions said today that it would consult on experimental data to record poverty more broadly, including savings and other assets available to individuals, and to take into account daily living costs.
The measure would be adopted as an official statistic with annual figures published on how many households were considered to be poor.

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Sunday papers – 12 May 2019

Sunday papers – 12 May 2019

Brexit

BBC4’s Storyville programme which took a fly-on-the-wall look at the EU has been shared on facebook, reports the Telegraph.

A documentary showing the EU’s Brexit negotiator criticising Dominic Raab over demands that Theresa May “never dared” to make is being used to support the former Brexit Secretary’s burgeoning leadership campaign.
Supporters of Mr Raab said the fury in Brussels at his approach to the talks showed that he would “stand up” for the UK.
A clip showing Michael Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, and Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator, criticising Mr Raab’s combative approach has been shared on Twitter and Facebook after being uploaded by supporters.

Cross party talks

Are the talks finally coming to an end?  Yahoo News reports a comment by Sir Graham Brady.

Conservative Party talks with Labour on Theresa May‘s Brexit deal will “peter out” within days, according to a leading Tory.
Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbenchers, said today that he found it “very hard to see” how the talks “can lead to any sensible resolution”.
“If the customs union is agreed without a second referendum then half the Labour Party won’t vote for whatever comes through regardless, and if a customs union is agreed then most of the Conservative Party isn’t going to support it,” he told the BBC’s Week in Westminster programme.

Reuters reports the shadow chancellor’s comments that the talks could be derailed.

The battle among leading Conservatives to replace Theresa May as prime minister threatens to derail talks with the Labour Party and the bid to find a Brexit compromise, Labour’s John McDonnell said.
May, who has offered to quit if MPs accept her Brexit deal, opened cross-party talks with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party more than a month ago after parliament rejected her European Union withdrawal deal three times.

The Evening Standard has a suggestion that the talks will end in failure.

Sacked Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has launched an attack on the Prime Minister’s Brexit talks with Labour, saying they are “destined to fail” and a “grave mistake”.
Mr Williamson, who was fired over the Huawei leak, said pressing ahead with the talks will have “fatal” consequences.
Writing in the Mail on Sunday, he labelled Mrs May as “politically naive” for going into fruitless negotiations which he claimed were bound to fail.

Sky News calls the talks ‘a mistake’.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit talks with the Labour Party are a “grave mistake”, according to former defence secretary Gavin Williamson.
Mrs May is hoping to reach a cross-party consensus on her withdrawal agreement after failing to get it through Parliament three times.
But Mr Williamson – sacked over the Huawei leak – told the Mail on Sunday the talks were “destined to fail”.

And the Times claims there’ll be a leadership election within the Labour Party if the talks fail.

Allies of Jeremy Corbyn fear his deputy, Tom Watson, could launch a coup within days if the Labour leader agrees to strike a Brexit deal with Theresa May that is not subject to a confirmatory referendum.
Sources close to the Labour leader have become increasingly alarmed by Watson’s behaviour after he began recruiting colleagues to join his Future Britain group following the defection of eight Labour MPs for the Independent Group — now Change UK — in February.

Theresa May

The Times suggests our PM is about to tell us when she’ll go.

Theresa May is poised to set out the timetable for her departure within days, according to the powerful leader of Tory backbenchers.
The prime minister promised restive Conservative MPs that she would leave Downing Street once the first phase of Brexit had been delivered, but the delay to Britain’s departure from the EU has thrown her future into doubt.

Sky News also reports the chairman of the 1922 committee.

Prime Minister Theresa May could set a date for her resignation in the coming days, the chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee has said.
The PM said she will step down when her Brexit deal is ratified by Parliament – but some MPs want a fixed date.
Sir Graham Brady said he expected a “clear understanding” of that timetable once she has met the committee, which she would do on Wednesday.

The Guardian says she SHOULD set a date …

Theresa May should set a date next week for her departure, the chair of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee has said.
Sir Graham Brady said it would be strange if a scheduled meeting with the prime minister and the group’s leaders next week did not result in a clear understanding of her departure timetable.
May indicated earlier this year that she would resign once her Brexit deal with Brussels has been passed by MPs.

Her supporters are urging her to go, reports the Times.

Theresa May’s closest cabinet allies believe she is finished and her premiership will “end in tears” unless she sets out plans to leave Downing Street by June 15.
Loyalists — including Karen Bradley, James Brokenshire, Julian Smith, Chris Grayling and her deputy, David Lidington — think she has next to no chance of having a Brexit deal approved by parliament and will have to step aside in the next few weeks.

And the Mail reports pressure from her sacked defence secretary.

Theresa May was last night facing intense pressure to scrap her planned Brexit deal with Jeremy Corbyn after sacked Cabinet Minister Gavin Williamson launched a devastating attack on her ‘betrayal’.
Mr Williamson – fired as Defence Secretary after Mrs May blamed him for a security leak – uses an incendiary article in today’s Mail on Sunday to condemn the proposed cross-party accord as a ‘grave mistake’ and ‘naive’.

Even her husband has suggested they move out of No. 10, says the Times.

Friends have long described Philip May as the prime minister’s “rock”. Now, after months watching him suffer in public silence while her grip on her government slips away, they sense a change.
“He’s had a bloody awful time,” says one minister. “We all have tough times in politics and it’s worse for our spouses, but it’s a bagatelle by comparison to what he’s been through.”

Potential successors have started jockeying for position, reports the Times.

The arch-Eurosceptic MP Steve Baker has announced that he will stand for the Tory leadership if other Brexiteers vote for Theresa May’s deal to leave the EU.
In a warning shot at Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab, the Brexiteer frontrunners to succeed May, Baker said they must oppose the second reading of the government’s withdrawal bill or face a challenge.

And if the party elects the wrong leader, it’s finished, according to the Mail.

A senior Cabinet Minister has warned Tory MPs they face ‘annihilation’ at the hands of Jeremy Corbyn and Nigel Farage if the party chooses the wrong leader to succeed Theresa May.
Liz Truss today signals the effective start of a leadership bid by demanding a radical reboot of traditional Tory policies – including calling for a million new homes to be built on the Green Belt.

Labour Party

Corbyn’s decision to increase the minimum wage has provoked criticism in the Times.

Business leaders have warned Labour against playing “political football” with the minimum wage as Jeremy Corbyn promises £10 an hour to under-18s.
The Labour leader will use a speech in Birmingham today to say that his party intents to extend plans for a higher £10-an-hour minimum wage to include young workers.

BBC News also has the story, of course.

Labour will extend its plans for a higher £10-an-hour minimum wage to include workers under the age of 18, party leader Jeremy Corbyn has said.
Currently, under-18s are entitled to a minimum wage of £4.35 per hour, compared with £8.21 for over-25s.
But under a Labour government this “youth rate” for the minimum wage would be ended in 2020, Mr Corbyn said.

The Evening Standard warns of the consequences of the plan.

Plans to bring in a £10-an-hour minimum wage could have “grim consequences” for youth unemployment, the  Labour party has been warned.
Jeremy Corbyn pledged on Saturday that young workers aged 16 and 17 would better off to the tune of £2,500 a year under a new proposal to abolish the “youth rate”.
Workers under the age of 18 are currently entitled to a minimum wage of £4.35 per hour, compared to £8.21 for those over 25.

The country’s richest people could move abroad if Labour are in power, says the Times.

Britain’s super-rich are preparing to leave the country, taking up to £1 trillion with them, amid fears that Jeremy Corbyn is on course to become prime minister.
Billionaires and multimillionaires on the new Sunday Times Rich List have revealed that they are preparing for what some called “Corbygeddon”. Of those prepared to talk, one in 10 said they were making plans to protect themselves from hard-left tax increases on wealth, income and inheritance by moving family trusts and other assets offshore or their businesses overseas.

UKIP

The party’s candidates are pushing further to the right, claims the Guardian.

Leading figures on the far right, including Ukip candidates in the upcoming European elections, are encouraging their followers to join a new hate-filled social media platform. The network, called Gab, has no restrictions on antisemitic, misogynist or racist content, and has been used to promote terrorism.
Gab, launched in 2017 by tech entrepreneur Andrew Torba, describes itself as a vehicle for “free speech” and is similar to  Twitter in that it allows users to send messages of up to 3,000 characters, called “gabs”.

TBP

Nigel’s new party hopes to take a hand in the Brexit negotiations after the Euro elections says Breitbart.

Nigel Farage believes a strong, first-place finish for his Brexit Party will put a clean, No Deal exit from the European Union “back on the table”, despite the strenuous efforts of Britain’s Remainer-dominated House of Commons to rule it out.
Mr Farage told reporters that the establishment Tory and Labour parties — which both ran on manifestos which promised to execute the British people’s vote to Leave the European Union and break with the bloc’s Customs Union, Single Market, and associated Free Movement migration regime in 2017, but are now failing to deliver — were “fearful” of his party’s surging popularity.

The Express reports his description of the Withdrawal Agreement as a ‘surrender document’.

BREXIT Party leader Nigel Farage has furiously condemned Theresa May’s controversial deal with the EU as nothing more than “a surrender document of a nation that has been defeated in war”.
During a booming rally in Durham, Mr Farage took swipe after swipe at the embattled Prime Minister, whose Tory Party is currently haemorrhaging supporters who flock to the Brexit Party due to Mrs May’s handling of the UK’s departure of the bloc.

The Times is one of the media which has disclosed the identity of the donor to TBP.

A major Conservative donor has defected to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, donating £200,000 to the upstart outfit just as it has surged into first place in the polls.
The City financier Jeremy Hosking, who is reportedly worth more than £330m, has confirmed he had switched allegiance to the new party, which has soared to 29 per cent in a  Financial Times analysis of various polls ahead of the European elections.

LibDems

The Times claims the LibDems will not work with Change UK.

The Liberal Democrats will seek to neutralise the threat posed by Change UK by “killing them with kindness”, according to a senior party insider.
Internal polling has revealed that voters are turned off by factional feuding so the best way of seeing off the new party is by being as nice as possible to their “remain” rivals.
With the Lib Dems and Change UK vying for the support of the same group of voters, the two remain-supporting parties were expected to clash openly as they go head-to-head in the forthcoming European elections.

Euros

Looks like TBP is soaring ahead in the polls, says the Express.

NIGEL Farage’s Brexit Party is tipped to scoop more votes in the upcoming European elections than both the Tory Party and Labour combined, a poll has revealed.
In the latest Opinium Research poll asking Britons who they would vote for in the May 23 election, an eye-watering 34 percent said they would tick the box next to the Brexit Party on the voter card. Shockingly, just 21 percent said they would vote for Labour and an embarrassing 11 percent would vote for the Conservatives.

The Express reports on a General Election survey,

NIGEL Farage’s fledgling Brexit Party is snapping at the heels of the plummeting Tories in the latest general election survey – with one polling chief describing its rise as “remarkable”.
And with more than one in five currently saying they back the former UKIP leader, the findings raise the startling prospect of Mr Farage could be poised to change the face of British politics forever.

The Guardian says TBP might even get more votes than all the other parties together.

Nigel Farage’s Brexit party is on course to secure more support at the European elections than the Tories and Labour combined, according to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer.
In the most striking sign to date of surging support for Farage, the poll suggests more than a third of voters will back him on 23 May. It puts his party on 34% of the vote, with less than a fortnight before the election takes place.

The Observer reports what looks like panic in the two main parties.

Senior Tory and Labour politicians have issued frantic calls to their voters to back them in next week’s European elections after a new poll showed support for Nigel Farage’s Brexit party had soared to a level higher than for the two main parties put together.
The Opinium survey for the Observer places the Brexit party on 34%, when people were asked how they intended to vote on 23 May, with Labour slipping to 21% and the Conservatives collapsing to just 11%.

Second referendum

It hasn’t gone away folks.  The Times claims there have been talks.

Theresa May’s deputy has given fresh hope to second referendum campaigners by saying another vote was “perfectly practical”, according to two party leaders.
Change UK leader Heidi Allen said David Lidington, the Cabinet Office minister, had “clearly done his research” on the mechanics of a Final Say vote when she attended talks alongside Liberal Democrats Sir Vince Cable and Jo Swinson.
Sir Vince said Mr Lidington had asserted that holding another vote would be “perfectly practical” during the meeting.

And a piece in Economic Voice suggests that a second referendum is being prepared.

The claims being made by two Remain politicians, makes it sound like the Cabinet Office has been quietly setting in train the apparatus for another EU referendum.
According to the Lib Dem leader, Vince Cable, the Cabinet Secretary David Lidington, told him that another vote was ‘perfectly practical’.
Cable did tell the Sun that the Cabinet Secretary reiterated the government position of not holding another referendum, but the Lib Dem leader also said: “But it was very clear they are thinking about it, and they are doing a lot of practical planning in case it happens.”

EU

Breitbart reports on a push towards further integration.

21 heads of state of various European Union member-states have signed a new manifesto arguing for more integration in the political bloc and a “stronger Europe” — interpreted as a response to the rise of eurosceptic, pro-sovereignty populist parties.
Among the signatories, according to Italian newspaper Il Giornale, are several monarchs such as those of Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Denmark, as well as many presidents, including Italian president Sergio Mattarella.

The Times claims a minimum wage could be introduced across the bloc.

The EU’s centre-left is planning to introduce a continent-wide minimum wage to correct the bloc’s “neoliberal failures” if it wins control of the European Commission after this month’s elections.
The socialist group, in which the UK Labour Party sits, could capture the commission presidency for the first time in decades, with Dutch social democrat Frans Timmermans as its candidate to replace Jean-Claude Juncker.

NHS

It seems a health charity has an interest in trying to persuade doctors to keep prescribing powerful drugs says the Times.

A health charity urging GPs to “carry on” prescribing opioids was set up with funding from a maker of the powerful drugs.
Pain UK also benefits from professional lobbying assistance via a group that advises the world’s top pharmaceutical companies. The charity does not declare either relationship on its website.
The Charity Commission began a review this weekend after The Sunday Times handed it a dossier of evidence. Experts said the newspaper had uncovered a “mind-boggling number of conflicts of interest”.

And the Times suggests doctors are putting ‘DNR’ orders on patients who are not terminally ill.

Doctors should never put a “do not resuscitate” order on a patient simply because they have learning difficulties, a leaked report recommends.
The annual report from the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) programme, which has not yet been published but has been seen by The Sunday Times, reveals that 19 patients who later died had “learning disabilities” or “Down’s syndrome” given as the reason not to resuscitate them between July 2016 and December 2018.

Education

Schools could be sanctioned for not giving pupils a rounded education, reports the Times.

Schools that “teach to the test” and fail to offer a “rich education” will be penalised, the chief inspector warns today, as millions of children prepare to sit Sats tests this week.
Amanda Spielman hit out at schools that drill children in year 6, aged 10 and 11, for their Sats, and fail to offer a broader education including art, sport and music because of an obsessive focus on achieving high exam scores.

Environment

An exclusive report in the Independent suggests voters would be happy to make lifestyle changes to cut greenhouse gas.

A majority of voters would support radical action to slash greenhouse gases to nearly zero by 2050 at a cost of tens of billions of pounds, a new poll has found.
The public has thrown its weight overwhelmingly behind calls by the government’s independent climate change advisers to make a legally binding commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by the middle of the century.

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