Boris’ cabinet

Telegraph
Boris Johnson will begin assembling a majority Brexiteer Cabinet on Wednesday as he clears out Remainers to end “self-doubt” and get Britain ready for leaving the EU on October 31. Priti Patel, one of the most ardent Eurosceptics in the Conservative Party, will be given a seat at Mr Johnson’s top table as he begins addressing the three to one majority of Remain voters in the Cabinet that he will inherit from Theresa May. He will also make it the most ethnically diverse Cabinet in history, with employment minister Alok Sharma among those given their own department, with the number of female secretaries of state also increasing.

Times
Boris Johnson will promote Priti Patel to the top of government today as he builds a cabinet to sell an optimistic vision of Brexit to “modern Britain”. Ms Patel, a 47-year-old hardline Brexiteer, was on course to be made home secretary as the new prime minister started to fill his top team. She was forced to quit as international development secretary by Theresa May in November 2017 and is one of only 28 Tory MPs who voted against her deal all three times that it was put to the Commons. Jeremy Hunt’s future in the cabinet was in doubt as he resisted demotion from foreign secretary. The defeated leadership contender, who is 52, is understood to have turned down the post of defence secretary.

Sun
SAJID Javid was last night preparing to become Britain’s new ­Chancellor and the first Asian to hold the 11 Downing Street post. The current Home Secretary was set to be the biggest winner of Boris Johnson’s first Cabinet reshuffle today. The new Tory leader aims to appoint a record number of black and Asian MPs around his top table, with right-wing Priti Patel poised to succeed Mr Javid. Allies of Mr Javid say they are “confident” he has won the race for the Treasury, beating rivals Liz Truss and Matt Hancock.

Express
BORIS JOHNSON plans to make his former Tory leadership rival the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, it’s been reported. The newly-appointed Prime Minister is said to be poised to award the current Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, the role in No 11 Downing Street. The huge reshuffle comes as Mr Johnson  plans to appoint a record number of ethnic minority MPs to his Cabinet, The Sun reported.

Express
AFTER being announced as the new Conservative leader and Britain’s next Prime Minister, all eyes now turn to who will make up the new cabinet as star names jostle for a place at the table. But Mr Johnson could be set to appoint a remain backing MP as chief whip, despite promising he would deliver Brexit on time once he defeated Jeremy Hunt. The new leader will need to fill roles left by remain supporting MPs that plan to resign their roles, including chancellor Philip Hammond who confirmed in a TV interview that he could not serve under a government who was advocating for a no-deal.

Independent
Boris Johnson will make a bid to broaden his appeal by using his first day as prime minister to appoint women and ethnic minority MPs to what aides were terming a “cabinet for modern Britain”. The shake-up is expected to include a return to the cabinet for Priti Patel, 20 months after she was forced to resign after she was revealed to have set up secret back-channel negotiations with the Israeli government, as well as promotions for rising stars from across different wings of the party. After his landslide victory in the race to succeed Theresa May as Conservative leader, Mr Johnson faces an urgent need to shore up the party’s position, with his wafer-thin working majority expected to be reduced to just one after next week’s Brecon and Radnorshire by-election.

Mail
Boris Johnson will unveil a new Brexiteer-heavy, ethnically diverse Cabinet after he meets the Queen and becomes Prime Minister later today. The newly elected Tory leader is tipped to promote and reinstate a host of new names as he takes a sword to the ministers who have served Theresa May.  A source close to the Tory leader said: ‘Boris will build a cabinet showcasing all the talents within the party that truly reflect modern Britain.’

Telegraph
Boris Johnson will spend his first few days as leader of the Conservative Party putting together a team to run Downing Street and assembling his Cabinet to run the country. In doing so he will have to fill the gaps left behind by a number of ministers who have chosen to resign rather than acquiesce to Mr Johnson’s no-deal plans. Known variously as Team Hammond, after Theresa May’s Chancellor, and the Gaukeward Squad, after David Gauke, the former Lord Chancellor, they plan to make life as difficult as possible for Mr Johnson if he tries to push for a no-deal Brexit.

Evening Standard
Boris Johnson is preparing to enter Downing Street for the first time as prime minister as he takes on the challenge of delivering his pledge to deliver Brexit by October 31. The new Tory leader will take the reins of power after Theresa May leaves Number 10 for the final time on Wednesday to formally tender her resignation to the Queen. But even before his summons to Buckingham Palace to form a government following his resounding victory in the Tory leadership race, Mr Johnson was beginning to shape his top team.

Brexit

Times
Boris Johnson must appoint not only a new Brexit secretary but also the key political aides and officials who will work on his promised renegotiation of Theresa May’s Brexit deal. The most important job is that of his chief Europe adviser, who will be his point man with Brussels and EU capitals. This job, previously held by Olly Robbins, is expected to go to David Frost, a former diplomat who served as his political adviser in the Foreign Office.

GE

Express
BORIS JOHNSON was today announced as the new Conservative Leader, but could he be ousted before his term has even begun? A poll of Conservative party members found in favour of Boris Johnson, with the former London mayor now the leader of the Tories. However, some are unhappy with the decision, and the hashtag #NotMyPM is trending on Twitter. Could Mr Johnson find himself ousted already? Mr Johnson has ruled out holding a general election before the Brexit deadline of October 31, but some MPs have said they are willing to trigger a snap election.

EU

Guardian
Boris Johnson’s election as Conservative leader has been greeted in Brussels with a rejection of the incoming British prime minister’s Brexit demands and an ominous warning by the newly appointed European  commission president about the “challenging times ahead”. Ursula von der Leyen, who will replace Jean-Claude Juncker on 1 November, said both sides had a “duty” to deliver a deal as she offered her congratulations to Johnson on his victory. “There are many difficult issues we will tackle together,” she said. “It is important to build up a strong working relationship because we have a duty to deliver something which is good for the people in Europe and the United Kingdom.”

Independent
The EU has shot down Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan within moments of his appointment as Tory leader, in the latest sign that the bloc has no plans to make concessions. In an intervention timed to coincide with Mr Johnson’s election announcement, Frans Timmermans, the European Commission’s first vice president, told reporters in Brussels that the EU would not renegotiate the deal reached with Theresa May.

Reuters
French President Emmanuel Macron and future head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen both congratulated Boris Johnson on becoming Britain’s next prime minister, although a key Macron ally warned Johnson that the EU would not budge on Brexit. “First of all, congratulations to Boris Johnson for being nominated as Prime Minister. I’m looking forward to having a good working relationship with him,” von der Leyen told a joint news conference with Macron in Paris on Tuesday.

Yahoo News
A top EU official has launched an extraordinary attack on the UK’s next prime minister Boris Johnson. European commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis accused Mr Johnson of lying and killing democracy in an explosive blog post, criticising his ‘cheap promises, simplified visions, blatantly evident incorrect statements’. He wrote: “Can democracy survive this type of politics? My take is that democracy chooses only those principles that derive from it, defend it and legitimize it. “The ones that stem from ‘fake’ facts are killing it.”

Labour Party

BBC News
Labour’s ruling body has backed a plan endorsed by Jeremy Corbyn to “fast-track” expulsions of members in the most serious anti-Semitism cases. It agreed that a new internal panel should be set up to take “rapid action” against the worst offenders. New “legally robust rules” will be presented to party members for approval at Labour’s conference in September. But some MPs are angry that a separate plan for a fully independent disciplinary process was not adopted.

Mail
Jeremy Corbyn last night vowed to ‘surprise’ Boris Johnson  with a no-confidence vote which could bring his premiership to an abrupt halt. The Labour leader said his party would table the motion at a time of its choosing, with sources not ruling out making a dramatic move this week. If Mr Johnson is toppled within the next four months, he would be the shortest-serving UK prime minister ever.  Without the support of the DUP, the Conservatives do not have a majority in the Commons. Mr Corbyn tweeted: ‘Boris Johnson has won the support of fewer than 100,000 unrepresentative Conservative Party members by promising tax cuts for the richest, presenting himself as the bankers’ friend, and pushing for a damaging No Deal Brexit.

The Brexit Party

BBC News
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has said he is open to an electoral pact with the Conservative Party – if Boris Johnson is genuine about taking the UK out of the EU on 31 October. Mr Farage said Mr Johnson would need to call an election if he wanted a no-deal Brexit, in order to “change the arithmetic” in the Commons. He said there was then a “possibility” of a pact between the parties. But he added: “I don’t believe a single word the Conservative Party tell us.” An electoral pact usually involves not fielding candidates in specific areas, in order to allow another party a better chance of winning.

Breitbart
Donald Trump met with Brexit leader Nigel Farage Tuesday as Britain learnt that Boris Johnson would be the next Prime Minister, a revelation that prompted the President to say Mr Johnson and Mr Farage should work together to take Britain out of the European Union. Nigel Farage revealed after the meeting that he had again discussed Brexit with President Trump, who was full of praise for Boris Johnson — who will officially become Prime Minister on Wednesday — and scorn on Theresa May’s “pathetic” legacy.

DUP

Independent
The Democratic Unionist Party will demand more cash in “the coming weeks” to continue propping up the Conservatives in power, in an early warning to Boris Johnson. Arlene Foster  revealed she spoke with the incoming prime minister soon after his victory was declared – and that she immediately put him on notice. The DUP leader noted that the £1bn-plus confidence and supply greement – signed with Theresa May, to deliver her a Commons majority two years ago – “remains”. But she added: “That agreement included a review between each parliamentary session.

BBC

Express
BBC and Sky bosses have come under fire for giving prominence to the anti-Brexit views of former Labour prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown just before the announcement of the new Tory leader. Broadcaster and financial expert David Buik pointed out the divisive interviews came just as a new prime minister would be trying to unite the country. He tweeted: “Why have BBC and Sky invited Tony Blair and Gordon Brown for further waves of anti-Brexit interviews, just as a new PM, who will be attempting to unite the country, takes office? What’s difficult to comprehend that the majority voted to leave? If they voted in ignorance, I’m sorry!”

Anti-semitism

Mail
Theresa May has appointed a fierce critic of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as an independent adviser on anti-Semitism in one of her final acts as Prime Minister. Labour MP John Mann, who chairs a cross-party group of MPs tackling racism against Jewish people, was described by Mrs May as a ‘key voice’ on the issue.  Mr Mann was famously filmed confronting former London mayor Ken Livingstone over comments he made about Hitler supporting Zionism in 2016. The MP for Basselaw has frequently called out Mr Corbyn for failing to address anti-Semitism in the Labour party.

BBC News
Labour’s ruling body has backed a plan endorsed by Jeremy Corbyn to “fast-track” expulsions of members in the most serious anti-Semitism cases. It agreed that a new internal panel should be set up to take “rapid action” against the worst offenders. New “legally robust rules” will be presented to party members for approval at Labour’s conference in September. But some MPs are angry that a separate plan for a fully independent disciplinary process was not adopted.

Social care

Times
A state-backed insurance scheme to help to pay for social care in old age will form the centrepiece of Boris Johnson’s domestic agenda, sources close to the new prime minister have said. The scheme, part of a plan to tackle the £3.5 billion annual shortfall in social care funding, is expected to be voluntary, with all workers aged over 40 asked to pay in 2.5 per cent of their income each month. Campaigners criticised the move as inadequate.

Mail
Dame Judi Dench last night led celebrity support for the Daily Mail’s dementia care campaign. The Oscar winner said the Mail had added ‘unstoppable momentum’ to the movement to reform social care. Dame Judi was joined by Downton Abbey creator Lord Fellowes, broadcaster Dame Esther Rantzen and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips. Actor Kevin Whately, who played Lewis in the Inspector Morse series, comedienne Meera Syal, who created Goodness Gracious Me, veteran newsreader Angela Rippon, and Steph Booth, widow of sitcom star Tony Booth, also gave their support.

Armed services

Times
Almost half of the Royal Navy’s fleet of frigates and destroyers is inactive because of long-term repairs. The Ministry of Defence has admitted that six of its 13 Type 23 frigates and three of its six Type 45 destroyers are in scheduled upkeep and therefore cannot be deployed. The frigates are undergoing engine upgrades and work to extend their lifespan because delays to their replacements mean their use must stretch beyond the intended 20 years. The destroyers, which cost £1 billion each, are receiving serious maintenance after defence chiefs acknowledged that they could not cope with warm waters after problems in the Gulf.

Times
The persecution of veterans facing historical allegations over their conduct in Northern Ireland has “got to stop”, Boris Johnson vowed yesterday. In his first address as party leader to the 1922 Committee of Tory MPs, he was asked what he proposed to do about the issue by the former British army officer Bob Stewart, who served in the province during the Troubles. Mr Johnson said that repeated investigation of veterans should be prevented unless there was “compelling evidence” that offences had been committed.

Mail
Boris Johnson has vowed to end the witch-hunt against Northern Ireland veterans and review the HS2 high-speed rail link as he prepares to embark on a policy blitz as soon as he enters No 10. Sources close to the new PM said he will use his speech on the steps of Downing Street this afternoon to kickstart his domestic agenda. Ahead of his first day in office, Mr Johnson yesterday began laying out a slew of policies – declaring that his priorities would include education, infrastructure and policing.

The Gulf

Mail
Jeremy Hunt was met with anger from Iran and mockery in parts of Europe today after he called on his continental allies to defend Gulf shipping.  Britain’s Foreign Secretary last night suggested a ‘Europe-led maritime protection mission’ to counter Iran’s threats amid a spiralling Middle East crisis. Tehran has made a series of threats to UK shipping, culminating in the seizure of the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday. Today Iran warned that Mr Hunt’s plan would cause ‘insecurity’ and warned incoming PM Boris Johnson to stay out of Iranian waters.

Guardian
Plans for a European-led maritime security force in the Gulf unveiled by the UK foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, hit choppy waters as the plan was rejected by Iran and met resistance from supporters of the incoming prime minister, Boris Johnson. It has also been seen by British shipping industry experts as not providing a short-term solution to the crisis facing UK-flagged shipping in the Gulf. On Monday, Hunt unveiled a plan for a European-led maritime security force, making clear he regarded a proposed rival plan for a US force as likely to be seen by the Iranians as an escalatory step, partly since Washington opposes the Iran nuclear deal.

Air travel

Mail
British Airways pilots are to go on strike throwing airports into chaos, after the airline failed to get an injunction to block industrial action over pay.  The airline had gone to the High Court in a bid to block pilots from taking strike saying it would be ‘enormously disruptive’ during the summer holiday period.  The British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) announced on Monday that its members backed industrial action over a pay dispute by more than nine to one, on a turnout of 90 per cent.  BA took legal action in an attempt to halt the strikes, which it claims are designed to cause ‘the maximum in disruption’ and could cost the airline up to £40 million a day.

ITV News
A summer of travel chaos could be ahead for thousands of holidaymakers after British Airways failed in a High Court bid to block pilots strikes which may coincide with a series of other walk-outs involving airport workers. BA had attempted to block industrial action over a pay dispute after the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) announced its members backed the move by more than nine to one, on a turnout of 90%. BA claims the strikes are designed to cause “the maximum in disruption” and could cost the airline up to £40 million a day.

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