Boris’ court case
The High Court has thrown out the charge that Boris Johnson misled the public over his claim on the big red bus, reports the Times.
Boris Johnson will not face criminal charges over his statements during the Brexit campaign after senior judges dismissed a private prosecution of the frontrunner in the Tory leadership.
The former foreign secretary was issued with a summons by District Judge Margot Coleman on May 29 to face three allegations of misconduct in public office.
The Mail also has the story
Boris Johnson today won a High Court challenge against a court summons over claims he made during the referendum campaign that the EU receives £350million a week from the UK.
The former Foreign Secretary’s legal team challenged the summons for him to attend Westminster Magistrates’ Court as they blocked a controversial private prosecution by campaigner Marcus Ball.
Mr Ball, a Remainer, had been trying to prosecute the Conservative leadership for three allegations of misconduct in a public office.
The Express says the case was politically motivated.
BORIS JOHNSON will not be prosecuted over his Brexit campaign claim that the UK sends £350 million to the EU every week after his case was thrown out by High Court judges.
The Tory leadership frontrunner was facing three allegations of misconduct in public office after “Brexit Justice” campaigner Marcus Ball crowdfunded £300,000 for a private prosecution. He had claimed Mr Johnson had deliberately misled the public with his Vote Leave campaign’s slogan “We send the EU £350 million a week, let’s fund our NHS instead”, which was emblazoned on a tour bus.
The case was ‘vexatious’, reports the Independent.
Boris Johnson will not appear in court over allegations he committed misconduct in a public office by “misleading the public” about Brexit, after winning a legal challenge.
His lawyer told the High Court that a private prosecution over claims that the UK pays the EU £350m a week was “politically motivated and vexatious”.
Barnier has threatened the incoming Prime Minister, says the Times.
Boris Johnson will find Brexit negotiations with the EU even tougher than Theresa May did if he becomes prime minister, officials in Brussels warned.
Senior EU officials and diplomats note that throughout the Brexit turmoil of the past two years Mrs May was “never given the cold shoulder”.
“The question was always, ‘What can we do to help?’ ” said one European ambassador. “That will not be case for a new prime minister when the favourite candidate has a big trust deficit with us.”
The Sun reports that the new PM won’t be able to open the WA.
MICHEL Barnier tonight insisted the new British PM will not be allowed to reopen Theresa May’s deal or secure better terms on the backstop.
The EU’s chief negotiator said the current divorce package is the “only one possible” and different leadership in the UK “will not change” anything.
He said the new PM has a choice of accepting Mrs May’s deal, opting for No Deal or cancelling Brexit altogether.
But there could be a further extension, reports the Express.
THE EU will approve another Brexit extension beyond the October 31 deadline in the hope the new Tory leader calls a second referendum to break the Westminster deadlock, a senior EU source has revealed.
At least 25 European governments are prepared to back another delay to Brexit, regardless of who becomes prime minister, a senior European source has said.
The Sun claims an exclusive report that Boris could get the premiership without a fight.
TORY grandees are pushing for Boris Johnson to be crowned PM without a vote by party members – so he can ‘get cracking’ on Brexit.
Sources claim that if the Tory frontrunner comes out on top in voting by MPs he should be put in No.10 straightaway.
Under the contest’s current rules, MPs will pick a final two by the end of June.
The Tory membership then elects the winner by July 22.
But as James Forsyth reveals in his column, there is growing concern that if the party waits that long, it could cause yet another critical Brexit delay.
But the Telegraph claims measures have to be taken to avoid cheating by honourable members.
Differently-coloured ballot papers and identity checks are among the extraordinary security measures that have been introduced to stop Conservative MPs cheating in next week’s leadership elections.
Candidates have also been warned by the party’s ruling 1922 committee that the final two leadership contenders will be “expected” to put their names forward to a vote of the members and not pull out.
And the Guardian claims that those advocating no deal could be jeopardising Northern Ireland.
Conservative party leadership contenders who are talking up a no-deal Brexit risk putting Northern Ireland on to an emergency footing, civil rights groups from across the political divide have warned.
Human rights organisation, workers’ unions, representatives of rural communities and a dozen other organisations are writing to all the candidates to succeed Theresa May to warn them no deal would have a “devastating impact” on the social cohesion in border areas.
The Telegraph claims that half the contenders could quit in the next couple of days.
Almost half of the Conservative leadership contenders could be forced to pull out of the race before Monday’s deadline unless they can secure extra backers over the weekend.
Andrea Leadsom, Rory Stewart, Sam Gyimah, Esther McVey and Mark Harper all have fewer than eight MPs publicly backing them – the minimum needed to enter the contest.
The Express also has that story.
TORY leadership contenders are gearing up to officially launch their campaigns to succeed Theresa May but in an unexpected twist almost half the current candidates could be forced to pull out before the Monday deadline.
Up to five runners and riders to become the UK’s next Prime Minister could drop out of the race by Monday unless they can secure extra backers over the weekend, The Daily Telegraph reports.
And Boris has promised to get us out by Halloween says the Mail.
Boris Johnson today vowed to make sure Britain leaves the EU by October 31 because failing would put Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street.
The former Foreign Secretary delivered the warning as a new poll found he is best placed to win back voters from the Brexit Party and defeat Labour at the next election.
As Theresa May quit as Tory leader today, leadership favourite Johnson said that Brexit Party votes risked ‘delivering Corbyn to No 10’.
He also reiterated his vow to take the UK out of the EU by Halloween at all costs after Nigel Farage’s party beat the Tories at the Peterborough by-election but lost to Labour by 683 after the Brexiteer vote was split.
Nigel promises he’ll be back, reports the Mail.
Nigel Farage posed with his Brexit plan in Downing Street today – minutes after Theresa May left on her last day as Tory leader.
Mrs May was driven away from No10 looking relieved to be out of the pressure cooker, as the Tories digested a dismal third place showing in the Peterborough by-election overnight.
Almost immediately afterwards, Mr Farage turned up at the famous black door to deliver a copy of his blueprint for a ‘clean break’ from the EU.
But a newly-elected MEP claims the prospect of leaving in October is ‘remote’, claims Breitbart.
Newly-elected Brexit Party MEP for London Ben Habib has said the possibility of Brexit being delivered by October 31st is “remote” because the governing Tory Party is dominated by Remainers.
Sky News’s Adam Boulton asked the businessman-turned-politician if the Brexit Party would still have a purpose if the Conservative-led government delivered Brexit by the twice-delayed deadline of October 31st.
“If Brexit is delivered by the 31st of October, to a very significant extent we will have achieved what we set out to achieve,” Mr Habib said on Friday.
Despite the party’s win in Peterborough, there’s a new row over anti-semitism, the Times reports.
A fresh antisemitism row engulfed the Labour Party last night when a senior backbencher called for its newest MP to be suspended hours after she won the Peterborough by-election.
Lisa Forbes was narrowly elected for the constituency on Thursday. It was disclosed during the campaign that she had “liked” a Facebook post that said Theresa May was following a “Zionist slave masters agenda”.
In response to a post claiming that Mossad and the CIA were responsible for the Islamic State terrorist group, Ms Forbes wrote: “I have enjoyed reading this thread so much.”
The problem is the newly-elected MP, says the Mail.
Labour has been hit with a new claims of anti-Semitism within the party as senior backbenchers called for their newest MP to be suspended for endorsing an anti-Jewish video.
Lisa Forbes, who beat the Brexit Party in the Peterborough by-election, ‘liked’ a Facebook video in April that referred to Theresa May’s ‘Zionist slave masters agenda’.
The Morning Star quotes the victory speech of the party’s leader.
AFTER Labour increased its majority in the Peterborough by-election, Jeremy Corbyn has told the Tories and the media: “Underestimate us at your peril.”
At a victory rally in Peterborough today, the Labour leader congratulated Lisa Forbes on becoming Labour’s newest MP.
“We offer the politics of hope, to end austerity, to fund our schools properly, to employ our police properly, to give our young people a future in this country,” he said.
Mr Corbyn took a shot at the right-wing media, which had predicted a Brexit Party victory, saying: “All the experts who wrote Labour off yesterday – underestimate Labour at your peril.
But will Corbyn plump for a second referendum? The Mail reports one of his people.
One of Jeremy Corbyn‘s key allies said today that Britain must have a second referendum to avoid crashing out of the EU and Labour should campaign to remain.
Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald has insisted the UK should vote again if the country is ‘looking down the barrel’ of No Deal.
He also said that any Brexit deal agreed by MPs must also be put back to the people.
But Labour MP John Mann said today that after the Peterborough by-election yesterday where the Brexit Party almost beat the party means a second referendum is now ‘dead’.
The Guardian says he won’t go there …
Jeremy Corbyn has indicated he will not bow to party pressure and move immediately towards demanding a second referendum, after Labour narrowly beat the fledgling Brexit party in the Peterborough byelection.
Corbyn – arriving in the Cambridgeshire city after the party’s candidate Lisa Forbes won by 683 votes, leaving the Tories trailing in third position – called for the “squabbling contenders” within the Conservative party to give the public a general election.
The Labour leader, flanked by Forbes and MP Louise Haigh, who masterminded the byelection victory, told Labour supporters in the city centre the party “is not at the stage yet” to push for a public vote.
… despite calls reported in the Independent.
Jeremy Corbyn has been urged to “unambiguously” support a Final Say vote after Labour narrowly avoided defeat by the Brexit Party in the Peterborough by-election.
Nigel Farage’s fledgling party came within 683 votes of defeating Labour’s Lisa Forbes, whose 31 per cent tally was the lowest for a by-election victor in memory.
Aid has been unwisely spent abroad, reports the Mail.
British foreign aid has been squandered on funding studies into jazz and Roman statues, a damning report has revealed.
A watchdog said there was ‘reason to doubt’ whether a fund to distribute £735million of international development money was reducing global poverty.
Some of the taxpayers’ cash has been directed to projects benefiting some of the world’s biggest economies including China, a superpower with a space programme.
Nearly a quarter of spending from the Newton Fund, a body managed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), went on student fellowships.
It seems the outgoing PM is trying to salvage something out of her premiership reports the Times.
Two leading Conservative leadership candidates were rebuffed after they tried to raid Britain’s Brexit contingency fund for expanded Whitehall spending, The Times has learnt.
Late last year the government announced that it had allocated more than £2 billion of “Brexit preparedness” funding to various departments, taking the total Brexit spending by the Treasury since the EU referendum to more than £4.2 billion.
But a leaked Whitehall analysis of rejected bids, seen by The Times, reveals for the first time how bids amounting to tens of millions of extra spending across Whitehall were rejected.
The Guardian also has the story.
Theresa May is expected to press ahead with a series of policy announcements potentially costing billions of pounds in her final days in Downing Street, in the face of reservations from the chancellor.
The prime minister is keen to salvage some semblance of a domestic legacy from her three-year stint in No 10, which has been overwhelmingly dominated by Brexit.
May’s spokesperson said on Friday: “You heard from the PM recently in setting out that for the remainder of her time in office she will be focused on delivering and building on the domestic agenda that she has put at the heart of her premiership, since she became prime minister.”
And the Times claims she’s trying to improve education.
Theresa May’s attempts to bolster her legacy by pouring billions into education and mental health projects have been repeatedly blocked by Philip Hammond.
The prime minister has met the chancellor at least three times in recent weeks in an effort to persuade him to release funds set aside to cope with a no-deal Brexit for a series of domestic policy initiatives, according to Whitehall sources.
Next year we’ll celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE day a bit early, says the Sun.
THE May Day bank holiday is being moved to a Friday next year so the whole nation can mark the 75th anniversary of World War Two’s victory.
The Sun can reveal that Britain’s annual day off in early Spring is to be shifted back by four days, from May 4th to 8th.
Business secretary Greg Clark’s action means the bank holiday will now coincide with Victory in Europe Day so all workers will have the chance to celebrate it.
VE Day parties will kick off a three day long weekend of commemorative events to honour the generation who defeated the Nazis.
ITV News also reports the change.
The early May Day bank holiday will be moved back four days next year to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
VE Day – or Victory in Europe Day – is marked on May 8 and commemorates the Allies accepting the surrender of Nazi Germany in the Second World War.
The May Day bank holiday is traditionally held on a Monday but will be put back to that Friday and form part of a three-day weekend of commemorative events.
The announcement was made after this week’s moving commemorations held in the UK and France to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Scots children could lose part of their education, reports the Telegraph.
Scotland’s largest education union has voted to cut the amount of time teaching pupils despite its president warning the breadth of the school curriculum is a “million miles” away from what it should be.
Delegates at the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) conference in Perth overwhelmingly backed a motion saying teachers should spend no more than 20 hours a week with students.
They backed the two-and-a-half hour reduction to increase administration and preparation time and reduce their “excessive” workload.
The Mail claims there could be a nuclear problem.
Nuclear experts have warned that two Scottish reactors should not be reopened because of cracks that could force both Glasgow and Edinburgh to be evacuated.
Earlier this year, worrying footage of almost 400 cracks 2mm-wide at Hunterston B in North Ayrshire were revealed.
Owners EDF Energy and trade union GMB want the reactors put back into service, after they were closed in October 2018.
But Dr Ian Fairlie, an independent consultant on radioactivity in the environment, and Dr David Toke, of the University of Aberdeen, are warning against attempts to reopen the reactors.
Hospital patients have been poisoned, reports the Times.
Three hospital patients have died after an outbreak of listeria linked to packaged sandwiches.
The victims were in two hospitals in the northwest of England. Sandwiches and salads linked to the cases have been withdrawn and the supplier, the Good Food Chain, has voluntarily ceased production while an investigation continues.
Public Health England said that an outbreak of the bacterial infection had been identified at North Country Cooked Meats, a supplier of meat to the Good Food chain. The watchdog said that the company and its distributor, North Country Quality Foods, had also voluntarily ceased production.
Investigators have found the link, says the Mail.
Three hospital patients have died in England following a listeria outbreak linked to pre-packed sandwiches, health officials revealed today.
The outbreak has been linked to six seriously ill patients, three of whom died at Aintree University Hospital and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trusts.
Could AI help predict terror attacks? The experts disagree says the Times.
Security experts have clashed with the new reviewer of terrorism laws over his fears that relying on technology to stop atrocities puts civil liberties at risk.
Jonathan Hall, QC, said that police and the security services were increasingly turning to artificial intelligence and algorithms to predict when, where and by whom terrorist attacks might be committed.
In his first interview since assuming the role Mr Hall told The Times that “a large amount of our liberty” had been sacrificed by citizens after “we’ve given all our data to big tech companies”.
Queen’s birthday honours
A ‘Project Fear’ architect has been given an award, says the Telegraph.
A leading business lobbyist accused of being one of the architects of “Project Fear” during the EU referendum has been awarded a Damehood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, the chief executive of the CBI, has been given the honour in recognition of her services to business.
She is described by the Government as an “outstanding advocate of British businesses”.
During the referendum campaign, she was one of the most high-profile figures on the Remain side of the debate, warning that Brexit could cost up to a 1million jobs and cause long term damage to the economy.