Tory leadership

The backlash from the elections for the leader of the Conservative Party have started.  One of the remaining pair has lashed out at the other in the Telegraph.

Jeremy Hunt today accuses Boris Johnson of being a “bottler” as he fires the opening salvo in part two of the Tory leadership race.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, the Foreign Secretary accuses his rival of dodging public debates until after many Conservative Party members have cast their votes, claiming he is afraid of being exposed to scrutiny.
Mr Hunt throws down the gauntlet to Mr Johnson to go toe to toe with him in a series of open hustings events and television debates to make it “a proper British competition”.

And supporters of the losing candidates are not happy, reports iNews.

Bitter supporters of Michael Gove swore revenge on Boris Johnson after the Tory leadership battle was rocked by “dirty tricks” allegations.
The Environment Secretary was knocked out of the contest on Thursday amid claims that Johnson-­backers “lent” their votes to Jeremy Hunt in the final round of voting among MPs.
The move was widely interpreted as an act of vengeance by the Johnson camp after Mr Gove wrecked his leadership ambitions in 2015.

Some losing contenders are looking for Cabinet jobs, reports the Guardian.

Michael Gove and Sajid Javid have issued dutiful statements of disappointment and pride after their elimination from the Tory leadership race, thanking their supporters, defending their campaigns and perhaps seeking to remind observers that they remain heavyweight candidates for cabinet jobs.
Falling back on one of the signature traits of the modern political leadership campaign, both gave their best wishes to the two remaining candidates, Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson.

But the Guardian reports that the incoming occupant of no. 10 is not going to have an easy ride.

The next Conservative prime minister will face serious questions over whether they can command the confidence of the House of Commons, MPs have said after the party’s already vulnerable majority was put in further danger by the recall of a disgraced MP.
Several MPs told the Guardian they had “huge concerns” about whether Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt would be able to avoid an autumn election, given the Conservatives could lose another MP in an imminent byelection forced by the recall of Chris Davies.


A by-election will give Nigel another try at getting one of his people into the HoC, reports the Express.

NIGEL FARAGE’S Brexit Party will make another Commons bid as Brecon and Radnorshire MP Chris Davies has been kicked out by his constituents.
A by-election has been sparked after 19 percent of the electorate voted to oust the Tory MP after he falsified expenses. The Brexit Party confirmed it will be contesting the seat. It said in a statement: “The sheer scale of the vote to force a recall and a by-election shows how strongly the level of dissatisfaction with politics in the country is rising up the agenda.

Civil service

Our failing Prime Minister has started rewarding her staff for their failures, reports the Express.

BREXIT may not be happening for another four months but civil servants working for the department to deliver it have already been paid £1million in bonuses, government figures have revealed.
The details of performance-related pay in the year ending March 2018, shows 12 senior staff were paid £172,000 (averaging just over £14,000 per person). According to The Metro, the end of year payments totalled £142,000 with the median figure being £13,750. Junior staff got a total of £844,780 in bonuses.


Meanwhile, across the Channel, EU bigwigs are still holding out.  The Independent quotes the European Commission president.

EU leaders are “unanimous” that the new British prime minister will not be able to renegotiate the Brexit withdrawal agreement, the European Commission president has said.
Jean-Claude Juncker was speaking in Brussels at a press conference on Friday after a meeting with the 27 presidents and prime ministers of the remaining EU countries.

So does ITV News.

The EU has warned that it will not renegotiate the Brexit withdrawal agreement – regardless of who becomes the next Prime Minister.
Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, said the bloc’s leaders were in agreement that the current deal, which has been rejected three times by the UK parliament, should not be reopened.
Speaking after a meeting in Brussels with EU leaders – excluding outgoing prime minister Theresa May – Mr Juncker said: “We repeated unanimously that there will be no renegotiating of the withdrawal agreement.”

The Guardian quotes Donald Tusk.

Brexit may become “even more exciting” when Boris Johnson is in Downing Street but the deal will not change, Donald Tusk has said, as the EU readied itself for a new British prime minister.
An offer to listen to the ideas of whoever replaces Theresa May came with a warning from the European council president and fellow leaders that the withdrawal agreement was final.

As does Reuters.

A new British prime minister may spice up Brexit, but will not change the European Union’s stance towards Britain’s exit from the bloc, the chair of EU summits Donald Tusk said on Friday.
Fervent Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson or foreign minister Jeremy Hunt will take over from Prime Minister Theresa May in late July, with the flamboyant Johnson the odds-on-favourite to win.

Tusk claims the UK is wasting time, says the Mirror.

EU chief Donald Tusk has accused the UK of “wasting time” over Brexit as the Tories plunge into a month-long leadership battle.
The European Council President said he was “not happy” with Britain’s political turmoil even though he can understand it is “political reality”.
It comes as Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt grapple to be Prime Minister two months after Mr Tusk granted a delay to Brexit.

And the Irish boss has stuck his oar in, says Breitbart.

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that European Union leaders are feeling “enormous hostility” towards the idea of a further delay to Brexit, increasing the possibility that the UK will leave the EU in a clean break on October 31st.
“There’s very much a strong view across the EU that there shouldn’t be any more extensions,” the Irish prime minister said on Thursday in comments reported by The Guardian.

When we leave the EU, will we be able to renationalise our railways?  The Mail asks the question.

One sub-plot of Brexit is the running argument about whether membership of the EU – or its single market – prevents Britain from nationalising its railways.
Public ownership of rail has become a totemic policy for the left, and the wider public has never accepted privatisation either: 60 per cent of voters support re-nationalisation, compared to just 25 per cent who are opposed, according to YouGov.

And the Telegraph reports on the rebellion in Italy.

Italy’s radical coalition has opened a second front in its running battle with the EU authorities and its own pro-EU establishment, pushing ahead with plans to bring the Bank of Italy under political control.
The ruling Lega and Five Star parties have drafted a bill in the Italian parliament that would strip the central bank of its sacrosanct status. The governor and deputy would be appointed by the prime minister and other officials by the Italian Camera and Senate in secret votes.

The Express reports a proposal to make it an offence to damage the EU flag.

THE German state of Saxony is set to criminalise the destruction of the EU flag, meaning those who damage the emblem could face up to three years behind bars.
Anyone who attacks the blue and gold starred cloth displayed in public, rendering it “removed, destroyed, damaged, unusable or unrecognisable” could be slapped with a lengthy jail term or hefty fine. The proposed law will also protect the European anthem, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, according to a report in Saarbrucken Zeitung, a daily newspaper in West Germany.

The Express has analysed the financial pros and cons of our membership of the EU.

THE EU has agreed on a budget of £148.3billion (€165.8b) for the year 2019, representing about one percent of the EU-28’s gross national income. The UK made a huge contribution to the budget, but didn’t received the same back in benefits.
The UK joined the EU, or European Economic Community as it then was, on January 1, 1973. More than 45 years later, the UK is attempting to leave the bloc after a referendum saw the majority of the population voting against its membership.


The PM is determined to leave a legacy, reports the Sun.

THERESA May will try to bypass her Chancellor by getting the Cabinet to sign off her controversial legacy bid to spend £27bn more on schools, he fears.
The PM is locked in a furious final row with Philip Hammond  over the splurge, which she is desperate to unveil before she leaves No10 at the end of next month.


Meanwhile, a row at the home of one of the Tory leadership hopefuls has been reported in the left-wing Guardian.

Police were called to the home of Boris Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds, in the early hours of Friday morning after neighbours heard a loud altercation involving screaming, shouting and banging.
The argument could be heard outside the property where the potential future prime minister is living with Symonds, a former Conservative party head of press.
A neighbour told the Guardian they heard a woman screaming followed by “slamming and banging”. At one point Symonds could be heard telling Johnson to “get off me” and “get out of my flat”.

Other media have picked up the row.  BBC News says:

Police were called to the London home of Boris Johnson and his partner in the early hours of Friday after a neighbour reportedly heard a loud argument.
 Carrie Symonds was heard telling the Conservative MP to “get off me” and “get out of my flat”.
The Metropolitan Police told the BBC it “spoke to all occupants of the address, who were all safe and well”.

Reuters reports the facts.

British police were called on Friday to investigate concerns for the welfare of a woman after a neighbour of Boris Johnson, the favourite to be the next Prime Minister, heard a loud altercation.
Shortly after midnight on Friday, police were called to an address in south London where Johnson is living with his girlfriend.
“The caller was concerned for the welfare of a female neighbour. Police attended and spoke to all occupants of the address, who were all safe and well,” the police said in a statement.

And the Times reminds its readers that the hustings meetings start today.

Boris Johnson will appear before thousands of Tory party members today facing questions over why police were called to the home he shares with his partner amid claims of a domestic incident.
Officers attended the south London flat of Carrie Symonds, 31, following reports of an argument shortly after midnight yesterday. Neighbours said there had been banging, shouting and screaming.

The Telegraph says it was just a ‘domestic’.

Police were called to the home of Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds in the early hours of Friday morning after a neighbour heard screaming during an apparent row between the couple.
Miss Symonds was reportedly heard telling Mr Johnson to “get off me” and “get out of my flat”.

The Times concentrates on the owner of the flat.

She has been credited with cleaning up his act as well as his image, bringing a new discipline to Boris Johnson’s long-held aspiration to become prime minister.
But now the former foreign secretary’s relationship with Carrie Symonds, his 31-year-old partner, could also prove to be his undoing as last night’s revelations reignite concerns about his suitability to lead the country.

The Mail calls the row a ‘proper tear-up’.

Neighbours who witnessed a blazing row between Boris Johnson and his young girlfriend, which resulted in police being called to the couple’s home in the early hours of Friday morning, described the altercation which could be heard from the street as a ‘proper tear-up’ last night.
The bust-up involved the 31-year-old spin doctor shouting ‘get off me, get out of my flat’ at the man who hopes to become the next Prime Minister.


The profligacy of the HoC speaker is examined in the Times.

For someone whose job is to sit in a chair and keep quiet, John Bercow has spent rather a lot of his tenure as Commons Speaker jetting around the world and speaking his mind.
As he marks a decade in the job today, new analysis reveals the extent of his globe-trotting, which has cost £250,000.
Since 2009 the Speaker has flown almost 207,000 miles — about four times farther than the Queen and the equivalent of circumnavigating the earth eight times. Add in his staff who travelled with him and together their air miles total 457,000, equivalent to flying to the moon and back.

Air pollution

School air could be monitored, reports the Times.

Reviews of air pollution in schools, similar to Ofsted inspections, will be launched for the first time amid mounting concerns over the effect of toxic fumes on pupils’ health and education.
Air quality audits will be carried out in classrooms and playgrounds, with a range of measures being introduced to clean up the worst affected schools.
This includes the possibility of cars being banned from streets bordering some schools and moving bus stops further away from schools.


Our National Healt Service continues to be in dire trouble, reports the Mail.

Hospital patients are routinely being treated in emergency beds and left on makeshift wards in corridors, doctors have warned.
The British Medical Association said thousands of temporary beds – kept in reserve for major winter crises or emergencies like terror attacks – are being used on a daily basis.
There is no designated space for the extra beds in hospitals, meaning severely ill patients are crammed into corridors and other makeshift wards.

ITV News also has the story.

Patients are routinely being cared for in emergency or temporary beds as hospitals struggle to cope with rising demand, according to new research.
A Freedom of Information study for the British Medical Association (BMA) found hospitals are now routinely caring for patients in “escalation beds” that should be used only in emergencies or during winter months, when more patients tend to be admitted.

Could hospitals be staffed by volunteers?  The Mail reports.

Health officials last night called for more volunteers to rally around struggling NHS staff as a major report revealed the first fall in patient satisfaction in six years.
Experts said the report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – based on surveys of 76,000 patients who spent at least one night in English hospitals last year – marked a watershed moment for the NHS.

But there’s hope for leukaemia patients, says the Sun.

TERMINAL blood cancer patients have been offered fresh hope after a revolutionary new drug has been found to kill off cancer cells.
Doctors at King’s College London claim that the new treatment has been able to completely cure cancers in a way “never been seen before”.
One patient who has benefited from the pioneering treatment is Mike Simpson.

Hospital food

Food is still not perfect, reports the Times.

A hospital where a patient was infected with listeria from a pre-packed sandwich has admitted that it was still breaking food safety rules this week, despite a warning about the risks of poor storage.
The patient was poisoned at the Royal Derby Hospital, part of one of the biggest NHS trusts in the country, during a nationwide outbreak of listeria that has been linked to pre-packed chicken sandwiches. The outbreak was made public on June 7.


Another service failing us here in the UK is the justice system, reports the Times.

Crimes are not prosecuted because the justice system is starved of funds and at risk of collapse, the judge in charge of criminal courts said this morning.
Sir Brian Leveson fired a broadside at justice ministers on the eve of his retirement as president of the Queen’s Bench division of the High Court, the most senior criminal judge in England and Wales. “It is very, very concerning that citizens suffer wrongs and are not obtaining redress through the criminal courts,” he said.


The long-running saga of Madeleine McCann could be coming to an end, reports the Sun.

MADELEINE McCann cops are said to be closing in on a new prime suspect, it was revealed tonight.
Portuguese police are perusing a “new clue and suspect” after talks with British officers, according to a bombshell local media report.
Correio da Manha newspaper claimed local detectives are now “nearer to knowing what happened to Madeleine”.


It seems a couple of decades ago the current US president attacked a woman, it’s alleged.  The Telegraph reports:

Donald Trump has been accused of raping a woman in a department store changing room 23 years ago – the 16th woman to accuse him of sexual assault.
E. Jean Carroll, an agony aunt, television show host and magazine columnist, made the accusation in an essay in NY Magazine, published on Friday.

The Times has the details.

A well-known advice columnist claims Donald Trump raped her in a dressing room 23 years ago.
E Jean Carroll, an agony aunt for Elle magazine, alleged that Mr Trump attacked her during a chance encounter at the Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan. In an excerpt from her forthcoming book published by New York magazine yesterday, Ms Carroll, 75, wrote that what began as some spontaneous shopping together ended with Mr Trump “forcing his fingers around my private area” and “thrusting his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me”.

And the Sun points out the time lag.

US President Donald Trump has been accused of raping a writer in the dressing room of a New York department store more than 20 years ago.
Agony aunt columnist Elizabeth Jean Carroll, known as E Jean Carroll, alleges that Trump sexually assaulted her at the Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan.
Trump tonight issued an extraordinary denial to Carroll’s claims – comparing her allegations to those levelled at the US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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