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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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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