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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:25 pm

-Sunday Times say May has agreed to 50 billion Brexit payment (denied by David Davies), Mail says Sir Crosby advised against going to election and if going to polls then focus campaign on economy, press speculating of Tory remainers plotting

-David Davies dodges around if May should run for next election

-Green warns Tory backbenchers any rebellions on Brexit bill which make Corbyn government more likely, Soubry says the bill is a trouncing of democracy

-Boris warns Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi that the treatment of the Muslim Rohingya is damaging the country's reputation and urges her to use "remarkable qualities" to unite the country

-Government looking at allowing local councils to charge companies on significant roadworks

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-Francis Grove-White David Davies predictions are already failing

-Rentoul doubts Corbyn has the same ability to be effective opposition as Thornberry and Stramer
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:32 pm

-Bariner says Brexit process is a chance for UK (and likes of Wilders) to learn what leaving EU actually means and it is his job to educate what leaving single market means, future of EU far more important then Brexit

-David Davies says UK won't be bounced into anything, Bariner is being made to look silly during discussions of Brexit bill due to skill of UK lawyers

-Boris says UK won't pay for access to markets

-SNP briefing they will scrap public sector paycap

-Hammond vows to keep Northern Powerhouse before meeting Mayors Burnham, Rotheram and Ben Houchen

-Richard Leonard first to throw hat into Scottish Labour leadership ring, the former union official calls for a more audacious, united party

-Rumours Rees-Mogg will get a junior post to test his abilities, he has noted May giggled last time this idea was put to her so he doubts it will happen

-Government seeking week on week talks with EU

-Construction sector PMI growth hits 1 year low

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-Dent Coad admits to past use of cannabis and defacing Boris posters

-Nadmin Zahwai wants tax cut for young

-Clegg warns EU's position is a bit rigid

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-d'Ancona is in despair over the state or arrogant, complacent Tory party

-David Singleton on lobbyists trying to adjust to Corbyn Labour

-Frances O'Grady fears Brexit bill impact on workers rights
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Re: UK Politics

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-Dr Wollaston wants timeline in social care green paper to get things moving, Green has been put in charge of driving through social care reform

-Bariner denies terms term education or teaching but says a lot more needs to be done on Irish border issue, EU Commission says they won't move to new schedule for talks, Barnier's deputy Sabine Weyand briefed a European Affairs committee of Bundestag that she doesn't expect talks to move onto phase 2 in October

-Tom Tugendhat (MP's might be rather annoyed if he takes a post) and Johnny Mercerbeing linked by press for reshuffle

-Stormont talks restart with Brokenshire warning if there isn't a deal he will have to legislate for a N.Ireland budget

-Anas Sarwar running for Schmitt Labour leadership

-EU and UK doing joint-scoping exercise on Irish border issue, expected to take awhile

-Carwyn Jones says a long way to go before Welsh Government can back Brexit bill after meeting Green

-Lifting of paycap being briefed

-Corbyn moving towards being vegan (for his personal life, not as a policy)

- Icelandic foreign minister, Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson, wants us to join EFTA to add to it's clout

-Gerry Adams standing for Sinn Feinn Presidency again but says he will begin transition to new generation of leaders

-Car sales decline for 5th month in row, service sector growth at 11 month low but they are hiring more people

-Amnesty International says half the abuse females got go to Dianne Abbott. This country clearly has a huge issue with misogyny and racism

-Labour won't vote for Brexit Bill at second reading

-Sturgeon announces Scottish Investment Bank, phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans in Scotland by 2032, doubling spending on "active" travel (aka healthy), implementing free personal care for under 65's, looking at basic citizen's income and raising income tax, child poverty fund, homelessness fund, lifting public sector paycap. Press quite impressed, they feel it is a move of substance and giving sense of action

-Mark Field getting flak from MP's for not condemning Aung San Suu Kyi

-Sir Stramer says Brexiteers made too many promises that can't be kept and concerned at slow pace, ECJ will need to be accepted due to how trade deals work. David Davies doesn't expect Brexit bill to be settled till near end of process and will be stormy times in talks, north sea EU nationas would be hit far worse then us in a no deal

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-Lammy backs need to educate public about Brexit

-Dominic Grieve fears Brexit bill powers destroys our constitution

-Mayor Khan wants London stamp duties to go to London affordable housing, backed by local Tories on this though they suspect Khan is getting excuses in early

-Clegg warns government wasted a year of Brexit time

-Soubry bemoans return of bullish, macho government attitude, annoyed at briefing against her

-Brady since campaign style ill-suited May

-Lord Hague warns containment may be only path with North Korea, feels North Korea looks at Libya and Iraq's lack of nukes as a reason they ended up invaded

-Lord Adonis predicts Labour will back second EU referendum, thinks Corbyn won't win another election though a brilliant constituency MP

-Denis MacShane believes May has been caught out by Labour's new Brexit policy

-Ulster Unionist chairman Lord Empey ears lord Hain's proposal of keeping N.Ireland in customs union risk partition

-Reese-Mogg wins ConsHome monthly poll for next leader, beating Davies by 23% to 15%


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-Isabel Hardman on social care reform issues

-Tom Peck on Bariner's comment helps Brexiteers

-Tim Montgomerie says Tories have lost the value battle with a generation

-Mark Wallace (long read) on what went wrong at Tory HQ during election
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:57 pm

PMQ's: Corbyn goes on McDonalds strike which May widens into general argument so she can speak about zero contracts and government action, Corbyn goes on shareholder votes being binding then dumped and pushes hard on this, May goes onto general corporate issues. Corbyn goes into energy price cap and suggests she try sticking to her manifesto, May points out error in Corbyn's question and goes into her plans for energy prices, Corbyn on sports direct failing to act on zero hour contracts and calls on May to condemn them, May says Corbyn has gone back on labour's commitment to Trident rather then address issue. Corbyn points out it had nothing to do with what he asked, goes on public sector paycap leading to NHS staff shortages, May does generic "we appreciate the staff" and accuses Corbyn of always wanting more money, Corbyn on suffering of NHS staff who need more then warm words. Neither side well in terms of delivery, Corbyn was scattergun and failed to really tie it into a narrative but can claim the victory, May tended to answer a different question or gave generic answer and lacked thrust. Bring back Thornberry (for both sides)! Ian Blackford goes on benefits of immigration and nasty treatment by Home Office, demands May stop treating migrants badly to appease backbenchers, nice questions but without quite having punch, May says they apologized but Blackford is failing to see what happens to low paid during high immigration.

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-David Davies constantly jeered by MP's

-Someone has got hold of draft immigration plans with things like low-skilled migrants would be offered residency for a maximum of two years and cap on them while those in "high-skilled occupations" would be granted permits to work for a longer period of three to five years, will be transition phase for this, EU populace will need to show passports, restrictions on family members of workers from EU. Been welcomed by UKIp and Migration Watch, not by Cooper, Greens, business or unions while Labour's initial reaction seems to be "that isn't official policy so not commenting"

-Thornberry says UK must follow Germany on North Korea and not go for military options, Chris Law and Jo Swinson says UK must influence Trump to calm rhetoric, Boris says USA is not to blame for tensions

-Sir Cable calls for changes to way inherited wealth is taxed and reform of council tax, accuses May of suppressing nine reports on immigration impact on wages

-Suspect Sturgeon will be pleased that rival parties say they back at least some of her plans

-Corbyn urges cabinet to press against austerity and inequality

-Simon Coveney says direct rule would have to be point, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson strongly hints joint rule would lead to DUP pulling out of alliance with Tories and May has ruled it out

-May indicates they will listen about concerns on Henry VIII powers and looking at toughening law on dangerous cycling

-Archbishop Welby says our economic model is broken, wants wage increases, improvements to the education system and tax rises for the wealthy, as well as investment in green technology and housing

-Government trying to get big business to sign letter backing their Brexit strategy, apparently not going well

-Ruth Davidson fears we would struggle to bounce back from short-term Brexit econimic hit, says ministers should have warned voters the talks would be slow

-Ian Blackford attacks May's attitude towards immigration

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-Rees-Mogg calls for Tory HQ to give powers back to local parties, not a surprise manifesto next time, opposes gay marriage and abortion in any circumstances (has always been fairly open about this) but doubts laws will change

-Owen Smith needs to learn "lowering immigration" is not same as stopping immigration

-Need to correct something I said yesterday, Rees-Mogg beat "other" in leadership polling

-Sir Grieve on withdrawal bill concerns

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-Hardman not a fan of government arguments for Henry VIII powers

-Bush Corbynsceptics struggle to sell a sense of conviction

-Behr not happy with Henry VII powers

-Iain MacWhrter don't rule out SNP

-Freddie Gray says Rees-Mogg comments aren't as damaging as journalists will think
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:33 pm

-Tom Watson says betting firms couldn't be shirt sponsors if Labour came to power

-Commons felt meanspirited when they laughed at Layla Moran during her question on childcare

-Hammond yawning during PMQ's been well noted as has May less then subtly defending Sarah Champion

-Italy's minister for European Affairs, Sandro Gozi, has said leaked immigration paper would be unacceptable, Antonio Tajani aka the president of the European parliament recommends delaying phase 2 till December at earliest. Bariner wants unique solution to Ireland problem but UK's proposals are unacceptable as they undermine the single market rules, disappointed by UK's backtracking attitude on finical obligations, is ignoring leaked documents. Bariner and Juncker complained in July about David Davies commitment to leading talks but they have withdrawn that

-Sir Edward du Cann has died. Served in navy during WW2 on torpedo boats, MP for Taunton between 1956 and 1987 before retiring for a controversial business career. Economic Secretary and Minister in Trade under Macmillan and Douglas-Home, rising to party chair for 65-67 before becoming chair of 1922 committee for 12 years (72-84) including when MP's turned on Heath and was considered as candidate till business issues put an end to it. Chaired Public Accounts from 72-79.

-Nosheena Mobarik becomes Scottish Tory MEP since Ian Duncan becomes Scotland Minister but may be legal action as Mobarik was third on candidate list and is bypassing second place Belinda Don

-Jo Johnson wants universities to justify high pay for Vice Chancellors

-Lords constitution committee is unhappy with withdrawal bill due to ambiguity, uncertainties and the powers it gives, deeply unhappy May and Davies have misquoted them as being in support of the Henry VIII powers

-Withdrawal bill committee stage gets eight days, two days for debate after. You know the government is in timetabling trouble when Ken Clarke and IDS+Bill Cash ally on Brexit bill to complain about 5pm cut off periods for debate. MP's pointing to past such debates where no timelimit per day and 20 days of committee stage, by end of day government confirmed extending second day to 10pm

-Green denies reports he has misgivings about immigration plan because he hasn't seen it, says he saw same reports Cable did and that they say wages do get suppressed at bottom end by high migration (journalists are disputing the reports say that)

-Davies has ruled out joining Efta though had considered it, checking whether we need to take formal steps to leave EEA or if it will happen automatically, doesn't rule out paying into EU budget during transition phase, wants even better employment standards, Osborne is not a figure who can give lessons on not ruling by decree. His attempts in Commons to say nobody can show what rights would be damaged by withdrawal bill and loss of the charter of human rights is promptly dealt with by Grieve, Cherry and Stramer

-Carwyn Jones indicates if government immigration plans are like the leaked document, he would push for Wales to have their own quota's for migrants

-UK joint-slowest EU economy in last quarter (alongside Portugal)

-Scottish Labour add an extra week for leadership contest

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-Madeleine Moon wants a cut to business rates for those that allow people to use their toilets, health minister Steve Brine has indicated interest

-Bob Neill on EU withdrawal bill

-Herman Van Rompuy says from what he has heard, moving onto phase 2 in October has virtually zero chance of happening

-Nearly 40 Tory MP's write saying staying in single market during transition would be a historic mistake

-Richard Leonard given huge boost as Jeremy Corbyn’s highly respected former campaign director and chief of staff, Simon Fletcher, joins his campaign team.

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-Hardman on reaction to Rees-Mogg will tell us how tolerant we are as a society

-EU national Pauline Bock doesn't feel fine about what Brexit means for her status in the UK

-Bush believes next Tory election will be Rudd vs a right-wing candidate

-Dawn Foster backs McDonald strikes

-James Frayne on May's conference speech
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:38 pm

-Treasury and Business chairs demanding to know why FCA changed rules on how many shares one must list in UK which is seen as pro Saudi Aramco

-EU wants UK to stick to food intellectual property rules

-Women and Equalities Committee frustrated as government rejects plans like fining parties for failing to meet target of women candidates

-Hurricane Irma relief fund increased by 12 million to £32 million

-Corbyn on polling “a good job we didn’t have any of this in 1906, or the party might never have got started”, pleas for Aung San Suu Kyi to remember human rights and support from figures like him when her rights were being denied

-May has ignored European Parliament invite to address them on Brexit. Thank goodness they don't have a vote on the Brexit deal... oh wait, they do.

-Looks like Select Committee's will finally be formed next Tuesday after Bercow demanded the whips stop faffing about on this, Committee heads not been pleased at how long this has taken

-Steve Baker and Treasury aide Suella Fernandes being accused of helping that 40 Brexit MP letter which has led to calls for them to be dismissed

-Ian Paisley accused of failing to declare Sri Lanka paid holidays as gifts despite lobbying for Sri Lanka-UK trade deal

-Hammond asks meeting of 1922 Committee to send in ideas for how Treasury can help youngsters to Kwasi Kwarteng

-Exports to EU rise but figures still decline due to rest of world, manufacturing up (0.5%)more then expected thanks to car industry , construction fell more then expected for 4th month in row, sterling rallies

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-Ann Clywd misses three votes due to getting trapped in lift

-Lammy's review into racial bias within justice system has come with 35 recommendations

-Baroness Amos feels government slow in responding to Hurricane Irma

-Tory Brexiteers manage to dominate their part of the Brexit Comitee (Soubry didn't get on)

-1922 Committee give Cameron leaving gift of a inscribed Churchill biography

-Trinity Mirror trying to buy the Daily Express, Sunday Express and Daily Star

-Richard Leonard's Englishness being used by Scottish Labour rivals

-Tory lead MEP impressed by innovative Brexit papers

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-Hugh Pym on NHS debate

-Bush on Corbynites attempts to bed down their success for long term and unhappy at how government has handled Brexit talks

-John Harris worries about treatment of EU migrants

-Gaby Hinsliff says if May is ever to deliver social reform, she has to do it now

-James Forysth on Brexit talks+reshuffle

-Katy Balls concerned at the attacks on Leonard's nationality
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:32 pm

-Concerns at A Better Britain Unionist Party finishing second in council byelection ahead of SNP may indicate a rise of the Orange Order

-Lots of annoyance at government trying to ensure majority on legislation committee's with press and opposition pointing out May failed to land majority, seen as a power grab. DUP have agreed to back government on this so down to Tory MP's

-Tom Tugendhat and Stephen Twigg says government hasn't responded well enough to Hurricane Irma, Corbyn says government should have acted fast

-May says Trump has very good advisers on security matters, says she isn't robotic but being PM limit options in campaigns, worries about social media harassment on the young

-Paisley refers himself to Standards Committee

-D'Arcy Week Ahead

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-Keith Vaz brings back his "Diversity Nite’ at party conference

-Lord Jim O'Neill says Tories need to sort out Brexit divisions, UK needs to be more realistic with their demands

-Margot James calls Rees-Mogg's views as utterly abhorrent, IDS says he may regret that interview if he ever decides to run for leadership

-Nicky Morgan unhappy with the 40 letter as making demands of their government

-Tory party donor Lord Harris says May is hopeless, weak, mishandling Brexit, Boris lazy, Gove lacks personality and would prefer a strong Labour government
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:16 pm

-Mark Harper's name starts entering leadership rumour mill

-Rumours Tories will slash student loan interest rates

-Patel (sun) defends government handling of recent hurricane disasters

-Sturgeon uses 20th anniversary of Hollyrood to accuse Tories of powergrab

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-Blair says tougher EU rules on migration could stop Brexit, his decisions to not apply transition controls were due to times being different back then

-Sir Davey says he has become embarrassed at our handling of Brexit

-Harman wants paid maternity leave for MP's with votes cast on their behalf

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-Christopher Snowden argues NHS obesity strategy

-Forsyth (sun) on Labour Brexit gamble, government need to prepare for no deal, Harper, budget idea's

-Rawnsley warns such a weak government can be crippling for good governance but may last a long while

-Rentoul is impressed by Corbyn's political nous this week

-Frances O'Grady attacks public sector paycap

-Professor Kieron O’Hara bemoans Brexit mess
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:42 pm

-Fallon remarks Blair "should get over it" on freedom of movement and he should have thought of such measures when he was in power.

-Police and prison officers paycap to end

-David Davies warns a defeat of EU withdrawal bill will lead to chaos, Raab promises talks with MP's and opposition on Henry VIII powers and scrutiny, Boris says vote against would frustrate Brexit

-Simon Convey urges UK to remain in customs union

-McDonnell says Labour would join strikes on public sector pay

-Boris refuses to rule out free movement during transition, hopes for EU to go through a renaissance period, May has to keep going and keep delivering

-Scottish government ask UK for more regulation on nuisance calls

-Corbyn says he doubts we can remain in single market after Brexit, leading to his office to insist policy hadn't changed. Corbyn says should stay in single market and customs union during transition, doesn't know immigration figures, Blair doesn't seem to understand Labour policy, won't do Strictly as a terrible dance, predicts early election, wants parliament’s arms exports licensing committee should be reconvened

-Corbyinites manage to seize control of the conference arrangement committee as Momentum-backed Seema Chandwani (who considers MP's who disagree with Corbyn to be talentless morons) and former CWU secretary Billy Hayes won by major majorities, replacing shadow minister Gloria de Piero (who congratulates both victors but unhappy at level of abuse she got, including when she congratulated the winners) and Lord Michael Cashman

-Bob Neill warns Henry VIII powers go beyond what is needed, will back eight days for Committee stage but wants assurances parliament will return to withdrawal bill if need be

-Sturgeon demands opposition parties compromise on Brexit but won't compromise on independence referendum.

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-Anyone surprised at the raging against Blair by some in media?

-Ken Clarke expects changes to wording of EU withdrawal bill, hopeless to think we will stay in EU given mood in country

-Frances O'Grady says UK demands on Brexit are as fanciful as a Santa wishlist, wants reports on how each industry will be impacted by loss of single market, unions will lead protest against Trump if he visits (not sure that is their sphere?), compares ministers to those at Gragehill with a supply teacher

-Nicky Morgan urges Tories to discuss values of party and the country

-Felt Anneliese Dodds did fairly well on DP

-Blair says he considered a British football league when Hollyrood was set up and wishes he had done more to help build up ties between the nations

-Field and Flint to defy Labour whip to vote for EU withdrawal bill, Sir Barron to abstain

-Sir Leigh jokes Henry VIII "was a bastard but my kind of bastard", warns government should listen to concerns of Remainers, McFadden remarks all one needs for a chaotic Brexit is to have two ministers in same room, Sir Bone expects withdrawal bill to be amended, Lammy accuses Soubry of bark being bigger then her bite, Bryant really lays into EU withdrawal bill

-Lord Ashdown fears Lib Dem's are fighting for their existence and have yet to make themselves the home for liberal centrists, lacked a big idea since coalition, needs to no longer be seen as part of the establishment

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-Gerry Hassan on 20 years of Hollyrood

-Gina Miller on her latest anti Brexit/May government campaigns
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:00 pm

-Budget Day Nov 22nd

-Second reading of withdrawal bill passes by 326 votes to 290 but government (who sent out the Remainer and popular with backbenchers Lidington to close the debate) well aware Tories allowed it based on promises things would be altered on second committee stage, Labour had mini revolt of 7 breaking whip and 17 washing their hair. Lidington indicated committee stage might be extended. By 10am, 59 pages of proposed amendments had been laid down

-Grayling meets with Tory northern MP's over their concerns at transport investment which Burnham is pounding them on

-Culture committee launching inquiry into the Mark Sampson allegations and FA handling of the issue

-Equalities Office investigating if EU nationals are being discriminated against

-Corbyn attacks gig economy at TUC conference, it causes mental health problems and urges youngsters to join a union. Pledges no public sector pay cap, people who ask for flexible working getting punished

-DUP to back government on committee make up

-Government wants defence partnership with EU, offering to help pay EU defence operations and coordinate on sanctions

-Gavin Willamson denies he has a second pet tarantula for his whips office

-Ruth Davidson says she would campaign for Remain again, was not happy at fox-hunting and curbs on winter fuel payments in manifesto, wishes she could have married in church.

-May phones Trump in dispute between US and Canada over deal which, if cancelled, would mean job losses at Bombardier in Belfast (Unite saying Boeing head would be a better call to make)

-Mail has video of McDonnell in 2013 telling rally democracy doesn't work and urging insurrection, Mail trying to connect that with his recent meetings with strikers and unions

-Inflation up to 2.9%, more then expected (core inflation hits six year high of 2.7%). Wages are 2.1% so if your wallet is crying, that would be why. Travel+clothes leading to rise, pound up to year high as people speculate Bank of England raising their interest rates, London slowest rising high prices in England

-Number 10 confirms paycap being dropped with 1.7% pay rise for prison staff, 2% for police for 2017/18 and promise of flexibility in future

-Bradley minded to refer Fox bid for Sky on broadcasting standards grounds as well and points out left-wingers harassed her home and family over this, Tom Watson praises her as a "good un" and warns her Murdoch's will get revenge so push on with Leveson, promises action on any Labour member that has harassed Bradley (I would gently mention I don't recall Watson calling her a good 'un over the summer)

-Hammond fears student funding system incentives universities to put soft (and cheaper) arts over hard sciences , had expected a wider range of tuition fee charges for courses, government looking at if students are getting value for money, AI offers tantalising possibility for productivity, immigration document leak is not current policy, wants transitional deal to be same as status quo with agreement to not implement trade deals but be able to sign them during that time. Lack of transition deal will case government agencies across Europe to have to spend a lot of money, says May fears public will see taking students out of immigration figures as a con, is a myth in India that we have a cap on student numbers, Dover couldn't cope if we imposed custom checks, custom authorities across Europe refusing to talk to UK about Brexit arrangements till EU Commission rules talks have advanced enough

-EU agrees to push back next round of Brexit talks to 25th September at UK request so both sides can consult more (or possibly because May is expected to make a major Brexit speech to the 21st)

-Scottish Tories offer themselves as brokers between Westminster and Hollyrood on Brexit powers, SNP seem inclined to take it

-Guy Verhofstadt urges May to speak to EU Parliament

-Boris going to Caribbean to visit places hit by recent hurricanes

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-Caroline Lucas says without mechanisms of enforcement then EU withdrawal bill will be a zombie defeat, Bernard Jenkins says Labour's stance on bill is tactical, Sir Leigh does amusing lampooning of hypocrisy (including from himself) about executive powers, Bryant speech quite good, Lammy accuses Tories of moving to right, Burghart bemoans attempts at Commons for family friendly hours Conor Burns bemoans Labour's copying Heinz for 57 styles of Brexit, Charlie Elphicke says EU owes UK £10 billion, Kinnock goes for silent coup d’eta, Drax asks those concerned at delegated powers where they were 40 years

-McCluskey says he still hasn't rebuild friendship with Tom Watson after the no confidence vote against Corbyn, predicts coordinate strikes on pay and willing to break turnout laws to do so (not sure Labour are happy with him on last one)

-John Penrose with a solution for Henry VIII powers issue

-Frances O'Grady warns against only giving some sectors of public sector payrises and TUC using inflation figures to argue for end to public sector paycap, TUC backs RMT's ongoing strikes against government

-Birmingham council leader John Clancy resigns as seen as becoming an issue in dealing with bin strikes

-Grieve backs government having majority on committee's as otherwise would end up constantly sending backs between between committee's and Commons over committee amendments, a boost to the government.

-Cable calls for end of public sector paycap

- Flint being getting abuse for her Brexit stance sets out her thinking on withdrawal bill

-Bridget Phillipson (lengthy) gives a interesting (and negative) critique of Labour's election result and manifesto

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-Toynbee calls for electoral spending reform

-Anthony Harris on need to change strategy in the Gulf

-Nick Timothy (sun) on Brexit talks

-Eaton on potential dangerous amendments for May

-James Frayne urges Tories to use Brexit to win over working class north
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