Brexit

It seems the Brexit debate has changed, says the Independent.

The campaign to Remain in the European Union is no longer overwhelmingly seen as the “establishment” movement in the Brexit debate, according to new polling.
The survey by YouGov found that after months of the government negotiating to quit the EU, many British people see
Leave as the establishment movement in the ongoing debate about the UK’s future.
The finding is significant because at the 2016 referendum Leave was bolstered by its image as an anti-establishment crusade, while Remain was hindered by the perception that it was the campaign of the government and business elite.
Leaders of the People’s Vote group, who commissioned the poll, told
The Independent the shift will mark a change in their campaign strategy to more insurgent-style tactics.

Brexit is working, declares the Express.

BRITAIN’S status as a world-leading destination was underlined today by figures showing Heathrow Airport enjoyed the busiest day in its history at the culmination of a record-breaking July.
Airport bosses said the visitor surge was “supercharging” the economy – though action was needed to reduce immigration queues.
It came amid positive UK economic growth figures, including in particular for the building sector.
Richard Tice, co-chair of pro-Brexit group Leave Means Leave, commented: “Britain clearly performing very well despite the apocalyptic predictions made by Remoaners.
“The UK economy continues to thrive and the latest good economic news is that Heathrow airport is absolutely thriving, and that there has been a significant boom in construction output.
“The Remain campaign will say this good news is ‘despite Brexit’.

Conservative Party

Despite the furore over Boris Johnson’s comments, the Mail finds the PM is still popular.

Theresa May has doubled her personal poll lead over Jeremy Corbyn as he faces a barrage of criticism over failing to tackle the anti-Semitism scandal.
And the Tories have overtaken Labour in the polls and now lead by four points despite being hit by its own party in-fighting over the 
Boris Johnson burqa row.
A YouGov poll out today shows that 36 per cent of those surveyed said they think Mrs May makes the best PM – up from 32 points  a week ago.
While Mr Corbyn’s rating have slid from 25 to 22 points over the same period, the survey for The Times newspaper found.

The Express also reports on the poll.

THE Tories have scooped a four point lead in a latest poll as the anti-semitism scandal rocking the Labour Party sends Jeremy Corbyn’s approval rating plummeting to record lows.
The YouGov survey, carried out between Wednesday and Thursday, found 39 percent of people said they would vote for Theresa May’s Conservatives – up one point compared with last week when both parties were on par with one another.
Labour plunged three points, suggesting the deepening anti-semitism scandal among party members has damaged opposition leader Mr Corbyn.
The question of who would make the better prime minister has also seen defiant Mrs May jump ahead by seven points giving her a 14 point lead over Mr Corbyn.

And Westmonster reports UKIP’s fortunes,

The Conservatives are 4 points clear of Labour in the latest YouGov poll – and that’s with UKIP up to 7%.
In a sign of what could happen if the Brexiteer vote was combined, the Tories are on 39% even with UKIP steadily rising back up in the polls.
10% of 2017 Tory voters are currently planning to vote UKIP, including 13% of all Leave voters.
With the Labour Party riven with nasty elements of anti-Semitism, the Tory Party are ahead despite Theresa May’s favourability ratings recently hitting an all-time low.

Boris

But there’s still something unpleasant in the woodpile, says Westmonster.

Leave.EU and Westmonster’s Arron Banks has pointed out that a Boris Johnson leadership that united Brexiteers could see the Conservatives “win big”.
Responding to a tweet from Alastair Campbell, Banks wrote: “It’s a weird world where the
Tory leadership are doing the opposite of what a majority of their voters want and Labour the same.
“If the Tories embrace Brexit with Johnson as Leader, they unite the right and let Lib Dems & Labour split the left. Win big…”
The Tories are 4 points ahead of Labour – and that’s with UKIP on 7% and a hugely unpopular Leader and plan in May and Chequers. They could be miles ahead if Boris got the top job.

The Times reports that Tory MPs are not happy,

Conservative MPs have rounded on Brandon Lewis, the party chairman, over the decision to investigate Boris Johnson’s comments about the burka.
Mr Lewis faced a revolt in the MPs’ WhatsApp group as a former leader urged him to call off the preliminary inquiry. He quickly agreed to recuse himself from appointing any investigating panel as he had already condemned Mr Johnson’s comments and urged him to apologise.
On WhatsApp, Zac Goldsmith, the Richmond MP and former London mayoral candidate, praised an article by Munira Mirza, one of Mr Johnson’s former deputy mayors, defending him against his critics.

And the Telegraph claims Boris could be ‘re-educated’.

Boris Johnson could be told to go on a diversity training course instead of facing more severe sanctions for his comments over burkas, The Telegraph has learned.
The former Foreign Secretary is facing a formal investigation by the Conservative Party for
comparing women wearing the burka to “letterboxes” and “bank robbers” in an article for The Telegraph.
It has prompted a furious backlash from Tory MPs who accused Brandon Lewis, the chairman of the Conservative Party, of mounting a “witch hunt” and attempting to “kneecap” Mr Johnson.

The Express reports a claim this is all a plot to stop Boris taking the leasdership of the party,

CONSERVATIVE politicians are attacking Boris Johnson through fear the former Foreign Secretary could be about to launch a leadership bid, according to one top Brexiteer politician.
Jacob Rees-Mogg has written in The Daily Telegraph, responding to the backlash against Mr Johnson’s comments about people who wear the burka, which were made in the same newspaper earlier this week.
In Monday’s article, the former Foreign Secretary compared women who wear veils to “bank robbers” and accused them of looking like “letter boxes”.
Mr Rees-Mogg has labelled the outrage in the Tory party as “dubious” and accused his fellow members of trying to undermine a popular member of the party.

BBC News also reports Rees-Mogg’s comments.

A Conservative Party investigation into Boris Johnson is a “show trial” and is being used to stop him becoming leader, Jacob Rees-Mogg has claimed.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the Tory backbencher blamed Theresa May’s “personal rivalry” with Mr Johnson for “taking the heat off Labour”.
He said it was “hard to see” how Mr Johnson had breached the party’s code.
Mr Johnson sparked a row after describing women in burkas as looking like “letter boxes” or “bank robbers”.
His remarks – in a Daily Telegraph column last week – have been called Islamophobic and the Tory Party received dozens of complaints.

Our leader has slammed the London police boss for her heavy-handed approach to the comment, says Breitbart.

UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Gerard Batten has criticised London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick for having specialist officers look into whether comparing burqas to letterboxes is a ‘hate crime’.
The initial probing by the Met’s specialist hate crime officers came following comments made by Boris Johnson when he compared the appearance of women wearing the burqa to letterboxes and bank robbers, sparking preliminary investigations by the Conservative Party into whether the Brexit-supporting MP should be disciplined.
Speaking to the BBC’s Asian Network earlier this week, Dick said that “some people have clearly found it offensive” but added that officers had 
deemed that the former two-time Mayor of London “did not commit a criminal offence”.

And Order-Order points out that others have made similar remarks.

You don’t hear the outraged of Twitter going on about the BBC and the Guardian mocking the burka. Stephen Fry made the same joke as Boris on Have I Got News For You, before Ian Hislop and Paul Merton joined in:
Stephen Fry: “I just posted something in that.”
Ian Hislop: “We must stop meeting like this, Camilla.”
Paul Merton: “Prince Charles is surprised when a pint of Guinness looks at him in a funny way.”
This was Polly Toynbee in the Guardian:
Something horrible flits across the background in scenes from Afghanistan, scuttling out of sight. There it is, a brief blue or black flash, a grotesque Scream 1, 2 and 3 personified – a woman. The top-to-toe burka, with its sinister, airless little grille, is more than an instrument of persecution, it is a public tarring and feathering of female sexuality.

Labour Party

The anti-semitism row rumbles on in the Guardian.

Dave Prentis, the Unison general secretary, has become the second major union boss in two days to call for Labour to adopt the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition on antisemitism, arguing that not doing so is costing the party the moral high ground to oppose racial hatred and oppression.
Prentis said the row had become a dangerous distraction for Labour and made it easy for supporters of Boris Johnson 
to wave away criticism of the former foreign secretary’s controversial remarks about fully veiled Muslim women “by saying ‘what about antisemitism in the Labour party?’”

And an ex-minister has also spoken up in the Times,

A former Labour cabinet minister has taken out a full-page advertisement in a Jewish newspaper to lambast Jeremy Corbyn’s “intellectually arrogant, emotionally inept and politically maladroit” approach to the party’s antisemitism crisis.
Jim Murphy, who was Scottish secretary under Gordon Brown and leader of Scottish Labour for seven months in 2014-15, said he had bought the advert in the Jewish Telegraph, a newspaper popular with Jews in Scotland and the north of England, because “I can no longer remain passive while the current Labour leadership does so much damage to Labour’s relationship with British Jewry”.

The Telegraph has dug up an old quote from Corbyn.

Jeremy Corbyn has likened Israel’s actions in the West Bank to the Second World War Nazi occupation of Europe, a comparison that breaches the international definition of anti-Semitism.
Speaking at the Palestinian Return Centre in 2013, the Labour leader, then a backbench MP, said many would recognise the state of affairs Palestinians were under in the West Bank as being similar to those “who suffered occupation during the Second World War”.
His comments represent a breach of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance [IHRA] definition of 
anti-Semitism that states that, “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is racist.

The party is denying the quote, says Sky News.

Jeremy Corbyn is facing fresh accusations of comparing Israelis to the Nazis after a video emerged of the Labour leader claiming actions in the West Bank are like World War Two occupations.
Footage shows Mr Corbyn speaking at an event in which he suggested Palestinians in the West Bank live “under occupation of the very sort that would be recognised by many people in Europe who suffered occupation during the Second World War”.
An internationally-recognised definition and examples of anti-Semitism, which Labour has chosen not to adopt in full, includes drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.

The Morning Star also reports on the situation.

FORMER Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy took out a full-page advert in the Jewish Telegraph today to criticise Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership team.
He claimed on Twitter that he used his own money to pay for the advert, which accuses Mr Corbyn’s team of being “intellectually arrogant, emotionally inept and politically maladroit.”
In the advert, titled In sorrow and anger – an apology, Mr Murphy accuses the leadership of “doing so much damage to Labour’s relationship with British Jewry.”

Wales

BBC News has a story about the leadership of the principality’s assembly.

A controversial UKIP member of the Welsh Assembly has won a three-way battle to lead the party in the Senedd.
Gareth Bennett has blamed immigrants for rubbish in Cardiff, and claimed transgender people undermined society by their “deviation from the norm”.
He becomes the fourth leader of UKIP in Wales since the 2016 assembly election.
Runner-up Neil Hamilton said he could “happily” work with Mr Bennett, but outgoing leader Caroline Jones said she had “a lot of thinking to do”.
UKIP leader Gerard Batten said he now expected his Welsh Assembly members to “work together for UKIP’s cause and get on with the job.”

Immigration

The Express carries an idea by a former Tory leader,

IAIN Duncan Smith put forward his proposal to ensure Britain has a fully functional immigration system in place following Brexit, suggesting EU citizens should be required to have a job lined up in the UK before moving.
Former Tory leader and Brexit supporter Iain Duncan Smith suggested the UK could “extend the work permit process” after Brexit to ensure Britain has an effective immigration system.
A report from the powerful Commons Home Affairs committee has seen MPs from both sides of the debate unite over criticising the vacuum in government policy on the crucial issue.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Duncan Smith put forward his proposal: “I think the best thing to do is work with what we have got and make it work for everyone around the world.

And the CBI is also talking tough, says the Express.

BRITAIN should kick out EU citizens who come arrive in the country after Brexit if they have not began contributing to the economy within three months, say business chiefs.
The Confederation of British Industry has urged Government to ensure those who are not “working, studying or self-sufficient” are made to leave.
The business lobby group, the largest in Britain, has backed maintaining close ties between the nation and the European Union.
But the group’s leaders are demanding an overhaul of UK immigration including scrapping targets.

NHS

Meanwhile, NHS staff who thought they’d got a pay rise could be disappointed says the Mirror.

Thousands of NHS staff will find themselves worse off despite the recent pay rise due to a little-known problem with their pensions, experts warned today.
Royal London said some staff will lose out because as they make more money, their pension contribution suddenly jumps up.

NHS guidelines show the contribution changes from 7.1% to 9.3% once pay rises above £26,824.
“This more than wipes out the value of the pay increase,” the pension firm warned.
Policy director and former Coalition minister Steve Webb said: “After nearly a decade of pay squeezes, millions of public sector workers will have hoped and expected to see a meaningful pay rise this year.

Cancer

Bowel cancer screening is to change, says the Times.

The screening age for bowel cancer will be lowered to 50 following recommendations from Public Health England.
An independent expert screening committee from PHE recommended starting screenings for bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, ten years earlier than the present age of 60.
The move will bring England in line with Scotland who have already lowered the screening age.
In England, men and women aged 60-74 are now invited for a screening and are sent a home test kit every two years to provide stool samples.
The review found that lowering the screening age would improve survival rates by enabling more bowel cancers to be spotted at an earlier stage where treatment is likely to be more effective.

Sky News also has the story.

Bowel cancer screening in England will be brought forward 10 years to begin at the age of 50.
The government has agreed with the recommendation of an independent expert committee to reduce the age at which men and women are invited for bowel screening.
Currently, only those aged 60 to 74 are sent a home test kit every two years to provide stool samples.
The move follows calls by high-profile bowel cancer sufferers, such as former health secretary
Lord Lansley and BBC newsreader George Alagiah, to improve screening programmes.
In Scotland, like a number of other countries around the world, the screening age is already at 50.

Travellers

An outspoken council leader could be in trouble, reports the Mirror.

A Tory council leader has provoked a backlash after branding Travellers “parasites” who cause “misery and mayhem”.
Theresa May faced demands to “take action” against Mike Bird as he made the comments just months after taking the helm of Walsall Council.
Today he stood by the remarks he made on a radio phone-in – denying he was inflaming tensions and accusing travellers of leaving “human faeces” and thousands of pounds in damage.
As revealed by the Birmingham Mail, he told a radio station: “The ones I have come across are a lawless society – they have no respect whatsoever for our community.

Conspiracy

The Star has a UFO conspiracy story.

BRIT ufologist Max Spiers’s laptop was wiped after he vomited two litres of black liquid and died, according to authorities.
The 39-year-old UFO expert was attending a conference in Poland in 2016 when he suddenly died.
Before he died, Max, from Canterbury, Kent, sent a worrying message to his mum, Vanessa Bates, which said: “You’re (sic) boy is in trouble, if anything happens to me, investigate.”
He was found on a sofa while staying with sci-fi writer, Monika Duvall.
Following the shock death, Polish authorities ruled the dad-of-two has died from natural causes.
But at a pre-inquest review in Sandwich, Kent, heard how the contents of Max’s SIM card were of particular interest.

The Sun has picked up the tale.

A BRITISH UFO hunter who died after vomiting two litres of black liquid had his laptop wiped by authorities before it was returned to his family, a court today heard.
Mystery has shrouded the sudden death of Max Spiers, 39, of Canterbury, Kent, who was in Poland for a conference in July 2016 when his body was discovered by a friend.
Polish authorities concluded he died of natural causes, but his mum says he sent her a text days before he died instructing her to “investigate” should anything happen to him.
Finally, more than two years after his death an inquest date has been set and is likely to be held over four days in January 2019.
A pre-inquest review at Guildhall in Sandwich, Kent, today heard that the contents of the dad-of-two’s laptop and a mobile phone will be analysed.

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