Tory leadership

The race to replace Mrs May is heating up.  The Telegraph reports a comment by the Home Secretary.

Sajid Javid has said he would be prepared to take Britain out of the EU without a deal if he cannot win concessions from Brussels.
The Tory leadership contender has revealed a five-point plan on Brexit which he believes are an “honest, credible set of proposals that recognises the significant challenges we face”.
Mr Javid rules out holding another referendum or an early general election, says he will not revoke Article 50 and vows to ramp up preparations for No Deal if he becomes prime minister.
This would include drawing up an emergency Budget to show the EU that Britain is not afraid of walking away from negotiations.

The Times also reports Javid.

Sajid Javid will today bolster his credentials with Brexiteers by claiming that he is prepared to see Britain leave the European Union without a deal on October 31.
The home secretary had so far held back from spelling out his Brexit position despite launching his leadership campaign almost a week ago. Mr Javid is expected to detail his plan for delivering the referendum result by ramping up no-deal preparations. Allies say he will stop short of echoing Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab in promising to leave come what may at the end of the current extension period.

And the Mail reports on the latest candidate to throw his hat into the ring.

Former chief whip Mark Harper became the twelfth Tory fighting for the chaotic leadership race today – and immediately launched a bruising attack on Boris Johnson.
A dozen Conservatives have now declared their intention to do battle for the top job after Theresa May resigns as Tory leader on June 7.
Former chief whip Mark Harper has not served in Mrs May’s government and said that sets him apart from his rivals.

The candidates are condemning each other, reports the Times.

Michael Gove’s campaign for the Conservative Party leadership suffered a setback yesterday after his ministerial deputy backed Jeremy Hunt, saying that the foreign secretary was the only candidate to be trusted.
Mr Hunt had been losing support to Mr Gove, the environment secretary, over the first week of the campaign because some MPs believed that he was flip-flopping over a no-deal Brexit. Having previously said that he would choose no-deal over no Brexit, he warned on Tuesday that pursuing a policy of leaving the EU without a deal would be “political suicide” for the Tories.

It seems Dominic Raab is emerging as the man to beat, reports the Guardian.

Tory moderates are beginning to coalesce around candidates they believe could defeat Dominic Raab, rather than Boris Johnson, as several MPs told the Guardian they considered the former Brexit secretary the bigger threat.
The moves against Raab from moderates are likely to also benefit Johnson and the environment secretary, Michael Gove, who Tory backbenchers believe is gaining momentum over his cabinet rival Jeremy Hunt.
On Friday the former immigration minister Mark Harper became the 12th MP to enter the race to succeed Theresa May, setting out his stall as someone who had not served in May’s government and could offer “fresh thinking”.
Six MPs have endorsed Harper so far, putting him ahead of other outsiders including James Cleverly, Esther McVey, Kit Malthouse and Rory Stewart.

But the Independent reports a prospective rule change.

The Conservatives are considering a review of their leadership contest rules after the 12th candidate entered the race to succeed Theresa May as prime minister.
Nigel Evans, executive secretary of the 1922 Committee, warned the field could swell to as many as 20 as Mark Harper, the former chief whip, announced his intention to stand.


Meanwhile, the Express reports on the rise and rise of Nigel’s new party.

EXPRESS.CO.UK readers have voted in their droves in our exclusive General Election poll – with Nigel Farage securing another decisive victory.
Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party topped our snap poll of readers, which ran from 4.42pm to 7.42pm on Friday. In three hours, 13,998 online readers had their say when asked: “Who would you vote for in a General Election?” In yet another boost to Mr Farage, 83 percent of respondents (11,479) said they would back his booming Brexit Party if a General Election is called. In a distant second place was the Lib Dems, who like the Brexit Party enjoyed a successful European elections campaign.

Labour Party

Support for the Corbyn team is failing, says the Independent.

Prominent Labour figures have warned the Corbyn project faces ruin if the party leader does not shift his position on Brexit.
With Labour slumping into third place in the European elections and falling behind the pro-EU Liberal Democrats in a Westminster poll, one MP said the party would pay “a heavy price” for its equivocal position on EU withdrawal, while another warned of a “clear and present danger” to its future.


Some polls show support for the LibDems is surging, reports the Mirror.

The Lib Dems have soared to first place in a general election in a bombshell YouGov poll today.
The jaw-dropping poll also put the Brexit Party in second place and the Tories and Labour in joint third if a general election was held tomorrow.
The Lib Dems were on 24%, ahead of the Brexit Party on 22% and the Tories and Labour on 19%, according to the survey of 1,736 British adults on May 28-29.

And the Express claims one of the party’s leadership candidates could petition the Queen to stop Brexit.

LIB DEM leadership hopeful Sir Ed Davey will call on the Queen to stop a no deal Brexit if he gets his party’s top job.
The Kingston and Surbiton MP said he would propose a “cross-party humble address to Her Majesty, requiring the Prime Minister to revoke Article 50 if we got to the cliff edge. Sir Ed said: “I hope Jeremy Corbyn will join me in that address.” A humble address is a direct communication from the House of Commons to the Queen, calling on the Government to comply with a request. If approved, humble addresses are considered to be binding on the House.

Second referendum

Pressure to hold a second referendum is growing, says the Guardian.

Philip Hammond has become the most senior Conservative to signal that he might be prepared to back a second referendum, piling pressure on Tory leadership candidates backing no deal by warning that they could lose a vote of no confidence.
In a significant intervention, the chancellor said the only way of breaking the Brexit deadlock might be to put the decision back to the people, either through a general election or another referendum.

The Guardian also reports a watering down of the Labour Party on the same subject.

Jeremy Corbyn has said a second referendum is “some way off” and that Labour still wants to negotiate a better Brexit deal, resisting pressure from shadow cabinet ministers to commit to campaigning immediately for a public vote.
Speaking in Dublin, the Labour leader said the only way to break the deadlock would be a general election or a second referendum after negotiating a softer Brexit deal with Brussels.


The Peterborough by-election this week is the source of speculation in the Mail.

Has there ever been a time when the future of Britain appeared so unpredictable? Or when our country seemed so divided?
The old certainties we took for granted are crumbling before our eyes as Brexit exerts its relentless grip and tears down political shibboleths.
We are entering a new world where the divisions are no longer Tory versus Labour, but Brexit versus Remain. And as opinions harden, those who equivocate on the issue are trampled into oblivion, leaving the old party system in tatters.

Breitbart thinks TBP will win.

The Brexit Party has been given an 80 per cent chance of getting its first Westminster Parliament seat just two months after foundation by British bookmakers, who have slashed odds on a victory with less than a week to go until the polls open.
The Peterborough by-election, triggered by the first ever successful removal of a sitting Member of Parliament by constituents in a recall petition in the United Kingdom, comes after the sitting Labour MP Fiona Onasanya was found guilty of perverting the course of justice and jailed.
In one of her final acts as a member of Parliament, and while wearing a prison release tag, Onasanya cast the deciding vote on a key piece of anti-Brexit legislation in the Commons.


Nigel’s going to have fun when he takes up his seat in the EU Parliament, says the Express.

NIGEL FARAGE’S Brexit Party scooped the most British seats at the European Elections, and are focused on pushing for a “clean break” Brexit, abandoning Theresa May’s withdrawal deal. Here is how Nigel Farage will cause “carnage” in European Parliament.
Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party claimed the most seats in the European Elections last week, with 29 MEPs compared to the second-highest party the Liberal Democrats’ 16 MEPs.  The victory has spurred on the former UKIP leader, who has since boasted the Brexit Party should be involved in the planning for the UK to exit the European Union.

The Express also has a quote from a top German saying the bloc is undemocratic.

THE EU has “nothing to do with real democracy”, a German expert has claimed in the wake of the shock results of the European elections.
Klaus Hartmann, chairman of the German Freethinkers Association and president of the World Union of Freethinkers, said a newly formed EU Parliament will not have a decisive impact on European policy-making. He also said the new parliament is not a fair representation of Europe as a whole because the EU was made up of 28 out of 47 European states. He therefore said the act of electing MEPs is not in line with “real democracy” and that shockingly, the EU itself is not a representative body but nothing more than a “fake parliament”.


In an exclusive report, the Mail reports action against British Jews.

British Jews have spoken of their fear after a pro-Palestine group supported by Jeremy Corbyn forced Jewish-owned shops to close by staging aggressive rallies outside them.
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), of which Mr Corbyn is patron, targeted shops selling  Israeli products in Brighton, London and Manchester, forcing two businesses to fold.
Earlier this month, it organised a rally in London which saw ‘open anti-Semitism from attendees’, according to the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism. A statement from the Labour leader was read out to the crowd.

And the Mirror is one of several media reporting the suspension of a member of Labour’s top team.

A member of Labour’s ruling NEC has been suspended pending investigation after branding anti-Semitism claims “total lies” in a secretly-recorded rant.
Pete Willsman will be banned from NEC meetings while facing a party probe after he was condemned by MPs – in the second such row in two years.
According to a 90-minute recording, handed to LBC and later the Mirror, Mr Willsman branded anti-Semitism claims “total lies” that were “whipped up”.
He added the 68 rabbis who warned of “widespread and severe” anti-Semitism in Labour were “obviously organised by the Israeli embassy” and their claim was “f***ing rubbish”.

The Mail also reports the suspension.

An ally of Jeremy Corbyn was suspended today after being recorded claiming the Israeli embassy and 68 rabbis in London are behind a conspiracy to engulf Labour and its leader with anti-Semitism claims.
Peter Willsman, a member of Labour’s ruling NEC executive committee, claimed that Israel have planted agents in the party with the purpose of damaging its reputation.
In a recording obtained by LBC, Mr Willsman says: ‘It’s almost certain who is behind all this anti-Semitism against Jeremy. Almost certainly, it was the Israeli embassy.


A former Prime Minister is about to publish an explosive book, reports the Telegraph.

David Cameron is preparing to turn his guns on Michael Gove in his memoirs as allies of the former prime minister contemplate how to prevent the “untrustworthy” Environment Secretary winning the Tory leadership race.
Sources close to Mr Cameron have let it be known that his autobiography, which will be published in September, pulls no punches when it comes to describing the sense of betrayal he felt at Mr Gove’s behaviour.
The then justice secretary undermined Mr Cameron’s attempts to negotiate a better deal with Europe by contradicting him on key issues including security, a “betrayal” that Mr Cameron has never forgiven.


With the peak of the holiday season approaching, our biggest airport could be closed down, reports the Times.

Extinction Rebellion, the climate change activists, have been accused of endangering lives by threatening to use drones to shut down Heathrow airport for ten days.
The group, which paralysed parts of London for 11 days in April, said that it was consulting members about flying drones near the airport to force it to close for one day this month and ten days in July unless expansion plans were cancelled.


Several of the media report comments by the US president on the Tory Party leadership.  The Sun has an exclusive.

DONALD Trump today throws his weight behind Boris Johnson to be Britain’s next PM — and reveals other Tory leadership hopefuls have also begged for his backing.
The US President spoke glowingly of the ex-Foreign Secretary in a world exclusive interview with The Sun ahead of his three-day state visit to London, starting on Monday.
His bombshell intervention into the Conservatives’ contest— just a few days before MPs start voting — is a major breach of protocol.

The Telegraph claims Nigel Farage will not meet the president.

Donald Trump has backed Boris Johnson to be the next Prime Minister while Nigel Farage said he has been “banned” from meeting the US president.
Mr Trump, who is visiting the UK for a three-day state visit on Monday, said he thinks the former foreign secretary would be “excellent” as a successor to Theresa May.
Speaking to the Sun, Mr Trump said: “I think Boris would do a very good job. I think he would be excellent.”

And that has infuriated Nigel, says the Mail.

Nigel Farage today berated Theresa May for banning Donald Trump from meeting him during the state visit next week.
The Brexit Party leader raged that he knew for ‘absolute fact’ that the US president had been asked to avoid him.
He told MailOnline the PM was putting ‘Conservative Party unity’ above the ‘national interest’ by blocking him despite his close relationship with Mr Trump.

The Times says the president has backed BoJo.

President Trump has backed Boris Johnson to be Britain’s next prime minister and claimed that other Conservative leadership hopefuls had also asked for his endorsement.
He said that Mr Johnson “would be excellent” in the position.
Asked about the leadership contest, he said: “I actually have studied it very hard. I know the different players. But I think Boris would do a very good job. I think he would be excellent.

The Mail says he will meet Boris.

Donald Trump has thrown his support behind Boris Johnson, claiming that the favourite for the Tory leadership would do a ‘very good job’.
Mr Trump looks set to meet with the former foreign secretary during his state visit to the UK, after previously describing him as a ‘friend’.
The meeting between the US President and the former Foreign Secretary is being organised by high-ranking White House officials, according to reports.
In an interview, he said that Mr Johnson, a hard Brexiteer, would be an ‘excellent choice’ as leader before adding that he had studied the Tory leadership race ‘very hard’.

And the Sun also reports the president has slammed our retiring Prime Minister for her handling of Brexit.

THERESA May screwed up Brexit negotiations by being too soft on EU chiefs and leaving them with “nothing to lose”, Donald Trump insists.
President Trump says the outgoing PM failed to persuade MPs to ratify her deal because she did not issue enough threats to Brussels during the two years of talks.
His blunt comments will further humiliate Mrs May, who is already being forced to resign as Tory leader by her own MPs at the end of next week.
But despite his renewed bluntness on Brexit, Mr Trump also insisted he still respects the PM.

And for his state visit next week, the centre of London could be paralysed with protesters, reports the Mail.

Hundreds of thousands of activists are preparing to paralyse London with mass demonstrations during Donald Trump’s state visit next week.
More than 20,000 police officers will be deployed at 20 separate events planned across the country in a security operation expected to cost about £18million.
The main protest will be held in central London on Tuesday with organisers claiming a quarter of a million will march from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square. Scotland Yard has given them permission to protest just yards from Downing Street while the US President has lunch there with Prime Minister Theresa May.

But they could be stopped from the PM’s residence, says the Guardian.

Anti-Donald Trump protesters will be prevented from marching in front of Downing Street after police said the southern part of Whitehall should be completely closed off while the US president is meeting Theresa May.
Instead, a rally will be held nearby close to the women’s war memorial in front of a security barrier, at lunchtime on Tuesday. Protesters will then have to travel via Embankment to reach Parliament Square in the afternoon.
“There’s no way they would do this for any other leader,” said Michael Chessum, an organiser of the Together Against Trump event. “We’ve got the US secret service dictating what Londoners can and can’t do.”


A report in the Sun says superbugs could be on the way out.

SCIENTISTS have created a drug that wipes out antibiotic-resistant superbugs like E.coli.
The discovery, led by Sheffield University, saw off bacteria that can cause pneumonia, urinary tract and blood infections.
The breakthrough, the first new treatment in 50 years, raises hopes of a cure for untreatable bugs  which kill 2,000 Brits a year.
And unless this rapidly emerging threat is addressed, experts estimate that by 2050 more than 10 million people could die every year due to antibiotic resistant infections.

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