Theresa May v the ‘Great Twatsby’ at the Tories’ Groundhog conference | Politics

When David Cameron held his referendum to “settle the issue of Europe for a generation”, I wonder if he envisaged a Conservative party conference like this one taking place more than two years after the fact. It is the third conference since the EU referendum, and the second since article 50 was triggered. The Tories …

May delivers conference speech as Tory MP joins calls for no confidence vote – Politics live | Politics

A party that is decent, moderate and patriotic. One that puts the national interest first. Delivers on the issues they care about. And is comfortable with modern Britain in all its diversity. We must show everyone in this country that we are that party. A party that conserves the best of our inheritance but is …

Jeremy Hunt calls for fresh EU sanctions on Russia | Politics

Jeremy Hunt is to urge the EU to stand shoulder to shoulder with the US administration by going further to impose more comprehensive sanctions against Russia. In his first speech since his appointment as foreign secretary, Hunt will renew the British attack on Russian efforts to undermine liberal democracies, saying that Russian president Vladimir Putin …

Tory chief tells Boris Johnson to apologise for burqa remarks | Politics

Boris Johnson has been told by Conservative party chiefs to apologise for his claim that Muslim women in burqas resemble letter boxes and bank robbers. The Tory chairman, Brandon Lewis, said he had asked the former foreign secretary to say sorry for his controversial remarks in an attempt to draw a line under the Islamophobia …

Dominic Raab: the face that says, ‘I need to take back control of my sphincter’ | Marina Hyde | Opinion

Even for those who’ve been stockpiling I-told-you-sos for two years, there really is zero satisfaction in watching Brexit secretary Dominic Raab wanly assure a parliamentary committee that, post-Brexit, “there will be adequate food”. Just like the al-Qaida number three job used to be, the DExEU gig really is dead men’s shoes. Give it a year …

Steve Bannon: ‘Now is the moment’ for Boris Johnson to challenge May for PM | Politics

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon believes now is the time for Boris Johnson to challenge British prime minister Theresa May for her job, the Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday. Bannon’s remarks come shortly after Donald Trump, in an interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun newspaper published hours before he was due to meet May, directly …

Theresa May to meet new cabinet after Boris Johnson’s Brexit resignation – live | Politics

Good morning, I’m Jessica Elgot taking over from Graham Russell while Andrew Sparrow is away. Theresa May is preparing to meet her new-look cabinet this morning, including foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, health secretary Matt Hancock, culture secretary Jeremy Wright and new attorney general Geoffrey Cox, who will be attending cabinet. Also newly attending is Dominic …

May’s plan ‘sticks in the throat’, says Boris Johnson as he resigns over Brexit | Politics

Boris Johnson has quit as foreign secretary claiming in his resignation letter that the UK was headed “for the status of a colony” if Theresa May’s soft Brexit plans were adopted. The leading Brexiter said that he tried to support the line agreed at Chequers on Friday but said that while the “government now has …

MPs vote after Commons debate on Heathrow third runway – Politics live | Politics

The position of Heathrow Ltd is … this is an exceedingly dodgy company by any reckoning. Last year, its profits were just over £500m, it remitted in dividends over £700m, it is extracting rent in the form of monopoly rent from its existing holdings – particularly its monopoly control over car parks – it has …

Barnier expresses serious doubts about May’s Brexit backstop plan but denies rejecting it fully – Politics live | Politics

1) First: Is this a workable solution to avoid a hard border? The UK recognises that the proposals in its paper cannot qualify as a backstop since the issue of full regulatory alignment is not addressed. I repeat that we need regulatory alignment to avoid a hard border. How do we solve this issue? 2) …