London Playbook: Channel tragedy — SpAd wars — Spotted at the Spec – POLITICO

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DRIVING THE DAY

CHANNEL TRAGEDY: The British and French governments are each going through looking questions this morning about whether or not they may have prevented the deaths of dozens of individuals, together with 5 girls and two kids, who drowned after their boat sank in the Channel on Wednesday. The French authorities initially stated 31 folks had died, however later wouldn’t verify that quantity to POLITICO. Around 10 extra migrants have died whereas making an attempt the journey in current weeks. Boris Johnson spoke on the telephone with French President Emmanuel Macron final night time as the two leaders agreed to “step up” cooperation to handle the disaster. But London and Paris will battle to defend themselves in the present day towards the conclusion {that a} tragedy like this has been inevitable for months — and that it’s the direct results of a lethal political failure by the governments on each side of the Channel.

What we all know to date: The particulars are nonetheless not totally clear this morning. The boat launched from near Calais and was certainly one of round 25 to go away France for England yesterday, BBC Newsnight’s Lewis Goodall studies. French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin described the vessel as “very flimsy” and in contrast it to a paddling pool. There are conflicting studies as to the way it sank. Regional French information web site La Voix Du Nord claimed it was hit by a big ship. The horror emerged when French fishermen noticed round 15 our bodies floating in the water at round 2 p.m. French police have arrested 4 folks suspected of being concerned in the folks smuggling.

UK response: Boris Johnson final night time warned the folks smuggling gangs liable for organizing the Channel journeys had been “getting away with murder” as he criticized the French authorities’s failure to stop crossings. The prime minister stated he was “shocked, appalled and deeply saddened” by the “disaster,” insisting the present French operations to patrol seashores — supported by £54 million of U.Okay. taxpayer cash — had been “not enough” as he once more known as on Macron to permit British police or Border Force to help. “We have had difficulties persuading some of our partners, particularly the French, to do things in a way that we think the situation deserves,” Johnson stated. France has rejected that provide on sovereignty grounds, however a U.Okay. authorities supply instructed Playbook they hoped Paris would rethink its place in gentle of Wednesday’s occasions. A diplomatic supply tells the Mail’s David Barrett and Jason Groves that Macron didn’t reply to the renewed provide of British boots on the floor throughout the name.

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Happening in the present day: Borders and Immigration Minister Kevin Foster is on the morning broadcast spherical the place he shall be setting out precisely what Britain desires France to do to assist. Home Secretary Priti Patel is predicted to talk to Darmanin early this morning. A minister is predicted to make an announcement to the Commons later.

French response: Macron final night time requested “an emergency meeting of EU ministers concerned by the migratory challenge” and known as for “immediate reinforcement” from EU border company Frontex in the area. “Everything will be put in place to find and convict those responsible,” the French president stated. Darmanin stated in his assertion: “It is a grand national grief for France, Europe and humanity to see these people perish at sea because of these smugglers.” POLITICO’s Thibault Spirlet and Pierre-Paul Bermingham have their quotes. Darmanin additionally prompt in a press convention that Britain and France had been failing to cooperate and stated the U.Okay.’s monetary contribution to the downside was “minimal,” the Telegraph studies.

Abandoned Afghans making the journey: The Times’ Emma Yeomans has an important piece from Dungeness seashore in Kent, reporting that 600 migrants efficiently crossed the Channel on Wednesday. Yeomans’ piece is troublesome to learn: “The asylum seekers, a mixture of Iraqi Kurds and Afghans, included small children and babies. Among the migrants was an Afghan soldier who had worked with British forces. His family had decided to risk their lives to cross the Channel after they ‘waited so long for help’ from Britain.” One man named Sanowbar was a particular forces officer in the Afghan Army who labored with British and American troopers. His brother instructed Yeomans: “Because he worked with the British, this is problems with the Taliban. All the time, this is why I come with my children. We have all the documents, but we waited so long for help.” U.Okay. ministers have been strongly criticized for failing to ascertain an Afghan resettlement scheme three months after the Western capitulation to the Taliban.

Are secure routes the reply? The central cost laid at the British authorities over the migrant disaster, as argued by the New Statesman’s Stephen Bush amongst others yesterday, is that it has failed to permit secure routes for asylum seekers to journey to Britain, leaving them no choice however to threat their lives. Former BBC Home Affairs Correspondent Danny Shaw tweeted some measures the U.Okay. authorities may pursue to enhance the scenario: More secure routes to the U.Okay. for refugees … a U.Okay.-France intelligence command primarily based in northern France to enhance cooperation and finish inflammatory rhetoric … permitting migrants in France to make asylum claims from there … more cash for the asylum system to clear the present 15-month backlog.

No, says Whitehall: A U.Okay. authorities supply rejected the “safe routes” argument to Playbook final night time. They stated it might simply encourage extra folks to return to northern France, and that demand would all the time outstrip provide so much more folks would find yourself making an attempt to cross the Channel. They additionally argued this strategy would improve these risking much more harmful small boat crossings in the Mediterranean. The supply stated the house secretary’s rapid precedence was securing an settlement with France on how higher to police the seashores, after which passing the Nationality and Borders Bill by way of parliament as a way to crack down on a few of the so-called pull elements for migrants. The Times’ Steve Swinford and Henry Zeffman report Johnson privately prompt to MPs that he was contemplating authorized reforms to make crossings tougher. “Watch this space,” the PM reportedly stated.

Pressure on Patel: After months of being unable to supply viable options both on the logistics of bodily stopping the crossings, or on discovering a 3rd nation to carry migrants whereas their claims are processed, Priti Patel is beneath big political strain this morning. In July 2019 she promised to repair the small boats downside by spring 2020. That clearly didn’t occur. Just a number of days in the past the Times’ Matt Dathan quoted a authorities minister in a distinct division: “Priti entered the Home Office hoping for a quick fix that she could hail as a major success. But her ambitious promises now look like they’re going to backfire. She has herself to blame for Channel crossings becoming the single biggest issue that will define her time as home secretary.” Dathan’s piece consists of an in-depth evaluation of her makes an attempt to grip the disaster — together with the unfeasibility of her controversial coverage to “turn back” the boats.

What Labour is saying: Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds stated final night time: “This is a sobering day for the U.K. government, France and the wider international community. Lives have been lost in the most terrible of circumstances. This is the most poignant of wake-up calls to the U.K. government, which must act to take the matter seriously and prevent people continuing to risk their lives in these dangerous waters.”

Could France do extra? The French authorities are additionally going through significantly troublesome questions as extra damning proof emerges about their operation on the floor. Darmanin insisted that 780 French cops had succeeded in stopping 671 migrants from setting off on Wednesday. But with round 600 reportedly making the journey, in addition to the dozens who died and people who survived from the capsized boat, it’s clear they failed to stop a big proportion of the crossings.

Turning a blind eye: A hanging photograph on the entrance of a number of of in the present day’s British newspapers results in the accusation that the French authorities are making little effort to stop crossings. The image seems to indicate French cops sitting in a automotive trying on as folks traffickers and migrants carry a ship to the sea. The Sun entrance web page calls the picture “shameful,” the Metro asks “Why didn’t France stop them?” whereas the Mail and the Express each go together with Johnson’s line about letting the traffickers “get away with murder.”

In their learn on how the day unfolded … the Telegraph’s Rob Mendick, Patrick Sawyer and Henry Samuel write: “Hours before the disaster, the French police had stood and watched; done nothing to prevent a flimsy rubber dinghy from launching into the Channel for the perilous journey to Britain. They had turned a blind eye, seemingly unconcerned by the huge risks being taken by the 40 or so desperate migrants carrying the vessel into the water.” Pages six and 7 of the Mail have the full image set — it seems to indicate the police automotive drive towards the boat because it’s being carried towards the sea, earlier than the officers enable the migrants to enter the water as they flip round and head again to land. As it approached England, the boat was later escorted to security by the RNLI charity.

Calais camps: The Telegraph’s Jamie Johnson has beforehand reported that generally it’s even worse than the French authorities turning a blind eye. Last yr he witnessed a French Navy vessel “shepherding” a migrant boat towards British waters earlier than abandoning it, “a practice the French have long been accused of doing, but which has never been independently witnessed by a journalist, until now.” Johnson additionally tweeted yesterday about the “push factors” that incentivize migrants to go away France: “French police clearing out camps, firing tear gas and rubber bullets. The camps are dangerous places and rife with armed smugglers. I saw a knife fight once. There are small children living there. Their parents will risk it all to leave.”

Looking at the numbers … it’s laborious to dispute that France is failing to stop giant numbers of crossings. Nearly 26,000 folks have efficiently crossed the Channel in small boats in 2021. That is greater than 3 times the 2020 quantity and round 10 instances the 2019 whole. This month 179 small boats have made profitable journeys — that’s the highest quantity in any month this yr. The International Organization for Migration stated Wednesday’s tragedy was the largest single lack of life in the Channel because it started accumulating information seven years in the past.

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TODAY IN WESTMINSTER

HOUSE OF COMMONS: Sits from 9.30 a.m. with Cabinet Office inquiries to Steve Barclay, adopted by the weekly enterprise assertion from Commons chief Jacob Rees-Mogg … After any UQs or different statements, the fundamental enterprise shall be backbench-led debates on freedom of faith or perception, and on alcohol hurt.

Football information: The authorities in the present day publishes its fan-led evaluation of soccer governance led by former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch. There is rather a lot in there however the high line is a suggestion for a brand new impartial regulator for English soccer, which the authorities goes to just accept. There shall be an announcement to the Commons later in the present day. The Guardian has a very good write-up of the remainder of the suggestions, together with a stamp-duty-style tax on each switch to redistribute cash down the soccer pyramid.

SpAd wars: There is extra fallout in in the present day’s papers from the ongoing briefing battle between No. 10 and No. 11 Downing Street. The Times’ Steve Swinford says that in response to allies of Chancellor Rishi Sunak, he’s more and more pissed off with Boris Johnson’s “chaotic” No. 10 operation. It is one other outstanding transfer from Sunak’s allies after his high aide Liam Booth-Smith was accused of briefing towards Johnson’s crew to the media. In a big growth this morning, the Sun’s Harry Cole says Cabinet ministers are urging Johnson to sack Booth-Smith. Sunak’s allies instructed the Times the chancellor might want to shield his aide as No. 10 is “gunning for him.” One to maintain a really shut eye on in the coming days as we head towards Sajid Javid SpAd battle 2.0.

The piece SpAds shall be studying this morning: The FT’s Seb Payne and Jim Pickard have an insidery learn on the totally different factions in Downing Street that aren’t getting on proper now — full with snazzy graphics. There’s the “Gove gang” together with No. 10 Deputy Chiefs of Staff Simone Finn and Henry Newman … the civil service set together with Cabinet Secretary Simon Case and No. 10 Chief of Staff (and ex-mandarin) Dan Rosenfield … the controversial Joint Economic Unit led by Booth-Smith … and the City Hall group of veteran Johnson loyalists together with No. 10 coverage chief Munira Mirza and the PM’s long-standing aide Ben Gascoigne.

It’s not simply the authorities attacking the authorities … Labour is having a go too. Keir Starmer has a brand new assault line that Johnson’s change to social care guidelines voted by way of this week is a “working-class dementia tax.” The opposition has tough trying analysis out in the present day that finds because of the change: “The average homeowner in two-thirds of Northern areas will have to pay more towards their care … In a third of areas in the Midlands the average homeowner will also face higher costs … The average homeowner in not a single constituency in London or the South of England will be affected.” Starmer has an op-ed on the topic for the Express web site — which isn’t one thing you see every single day.

Light at the finish of the tunnel? Scientists and specialists more and more consider Britain is the nearest nation in Europe to the finish of the coronavirus pandemic because of a mix of vaccination and an infection, the Times’ Tom Whipple studies.

EUROPE VS. UK ON COVID: The FT’s John Burn-Murdoch has written one other mega Twitter thread and story summarizing the distinction between Europe’s winter wave and what’s occurring proper now in the U.Okay. There’s no substitute for spending 10 minutes studying the complete factor, however to tremendous simplify it: The U.Okay. has not succumbed to the Europe wave as a result of the July reopening noticed extra of the inhabitants get contaminated and subsequently purchase extra immunity than achieved throughout Europe … however that reopening has left the U.Okay. with greater than 15,000 new COVID deaths since July … boosters look like dramatically driving instances/hospitalizations down … which can begin to flip the tide in Europe, so long as sufficient individuals are already double jabbed.

Now learn this: POLITICO’s Sarah Wheaton has a high learn on Europe’s infinite coronavirus winter.

LIGHT BULB KEPT ON: The authorities has put aside almost £1.7 billion to permit collapsing vitality agency Bulb to proceed supplying vitality to clients. The BBC has the particulars.

NORTH SHROPSHIRE LATEST: Tricky one for the Lib Dem marketing campaign in the North Shropshire by-election as studies emerge that their candidate Helen Morgan has made some, er, attention-grabbing feedback in the previous, together with evaluating Boris Johnson to Hitler. Mail Online’s David Wilcock, James Tapsfield and Jack Maidment have the story.

BREXIT NEWS: The U.Okay. is not going to set off Article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol whereas progress is being made in talks, in the newest signal London is dialing down its rhetoric, in response to Bloomberg’s Joe Mayes. Politics Home’s Eleanor Langford and Adam Payne report Downing Street deployed Brexit Minister David Frost to handle the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers for the first time final night time.

MORE GRIM NEWS: Muslim MPs shared horrific tales of the hate they’ve acquired in a Westminster Hall debate on Islamophobia Wednesday, earlier than the debate changed into a livid row about whether or not the Conservatives have turned a blind eye to the downside. The Mirror’s Dan Bloom and Aletha Adu have a very good write-up.

COMMITTEE CORRIDOR: The DCMS committee will look at on-line radicalization with specialists in the discipline (10 a.m.) … The environmental audit committee will begin an inquiry into detrimental emissions applied sciences (10.15 a.m.) … The science and tech committee is off to the West Midlands for the day, with the area’s Mayor Andy Street amongst these giving proof on the U.Okay.’s pandemic restoration (1 p.m.) … and Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham will reply questions on the Cabinet Office FOI Clearing House in entrance of the PACAC (3 p.m.).

LORDS: Sits from 11 a.m. with questions on the White Ribbon marketing campaign, the authorities’s worldwide growth technique and what number of Afghan refugees welcomed beneath Operation Warm Welcome live in motels … Followed by two lengthy debates: a three-hour debate on Foreign Secretary Liz Truss’ assertion {that a} genocide is underway towards the Uyghurs in Xinjiang and a two-hour debate from unaffiliated peer Kate Hoey on the variety of migrants arriving in the U.Okay. by boat.

YESTERDAY’S UK COVID STATS: 43,676 constructive instances, ⬆️ 1,192 on Tuesday. In the final seven days there have been 303,071 constructive instances, ⬆️ 30,209 on the earlier week … 149 reported deaths inside 28 days of a constructive check, ⬇️ 16 on Tuesday. In the final seven days 926 deaths have been reported, ⬇️ 96 on the earlier week. As of the newest information 7,874 COVID sufferers are in hospital.

VAX STATS: A complete 50,827,554 folks or 88.4 % of the inhabitants aged 12+ have acquired a primary dose, ⬆️ 26,822 … A complete 46,208,819 folks or 80.4 % of the inhabitants aged 12+ have acquired a second dose, ⬆️ 22,002 … A complete 16,004,629 folks or 27.8 % of the inhabitants aged 12+ have acquired a booster/third dose, ⬆️ 365,152.

BEYOND THE M25

SNP CONFERENCE SEASON: Ahead of (yet one more) digital SNP convention this weekend, Nicola Sturgeon has given a prolonged interview to the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg. The first minister gave the strongest attainable pushback to current rumors she is perhaps on the lookout for a means out of politics, telling Kuenssberg the hypothesis is “wishful thinking” from opponents who’ve “concluded they can’t beat me.” She additionally confirmed the SNP continues to be aiming for an indyref by the finish of 2023 — with out offering any new element on how they’ll get previous the U.Okay. government-shaped snag in that plan — and appeared to highway check a brand new counterattack to claims about the large deficit of any impartial Scotland: specifically that every one international locations should take care of debt after the pandemic, but when Scotland stays in the U.Okay. the choices on how to do this “will be taken by people like Boris Johnson.” Read the BBC’s write-up right here.

SOUNDS A BIT DODGY: The publication date for a Public Health Scotland report on care house mortality information which was attributable to be revealed in March this yr was modified to “TBC” alongside a notice stating “delay until after election being explored,” in response to paperwork obtained by the Scotsman’s Conor Matchett. The report continues to be unpublished. Officials from the public well being watchdog claimed the delay was right down to pre-election civil service guidelines, however opposition events stated questions ought to be requested of the relationship between the watchdog and SNP.

DONE DEAL: Germany’s Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats clinched a coalition deal Wednesday which can see the former’s Olaf Scholz grow to be chancellor. If authorized by every celebration, the authorities will take workplace early subsequent month. In the meantime, the POLITICO crew has you greater than coated with data on the deal — learn Matthew Karnitschnig’s 5 takeaways on the pact right here and Hans von der Burchard on what it means for the U.Okay. and EU right here.

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MEDIA ROUND

BBC Breakfast: Tory MP for Dover Natalie Elphicke (7.10 a.m.) … Immigration Minister Kevin Foster (7.30 a.m.) … Calais MP Pierre-Henri Dumont (8.10 a.m.).

Kay Burley at Breakfast (Sky News): Former Chief of the Defense Staff Nick Houghton (7.05 a.m.) … En Marche MP Bruno Bonnell (7.30 a.m.) … Unaffiliated peer Kate Hoey (7.35 a.m.) … Shadow Culture Secretary Jo Stevens (8.05 a.m.) … Former Royal Navy officer Chris Parry (8.40 a.m.) … Tory MP for Dover Natalie Elphicke (8.45 a.m.) … Labour peer Alf Dubs (9.05 a.m.) … Amnesty International’s Refugee and Migrant Rights director Steve Valdez-Symonds (9.30 a.m.).

Times Radio breakfast: Fan Led Review of Football Governance Chair Tracey Crouch (6.35 a.m.) … Head of Research Institute Leumit Health Services Ariel Israel (7.45 a.m.) … CEO of Safe Passage Beth Gardiner-Smith (8.05 a.m.) … Tory MP Craig Mackinlay (8.10 a.m.) … Shadow Culture Secretary Jo Stevens (8.35 a.m.) … Tim Payton, member of the Arsenal Supporters Trust, who took half in the fan evaluation of English soccer (8.45 a.m.).

Nick Ferrari at Breakfast (LBC): Former French Ambassador Sylvie Bermann (7.05 a.m.) … Former Home Secretary Michael Howard (7.20 a.m.) … French Senate Vice Chairman of Foreign Affairs and Defense Force Nathalie Goulet (9.05 a.m.) … Fan Led Review of Football Governance Chair Tracey Crouch (9.20 a.m.).

Julia Hartley-Brewer breakfast present (talkRADIO): Lib Dem MP Alistair Carmichael (7.33 a.m.) … Tory MP Peter Bone (8.05 a.m.) … PolHome’s Alain Tolhurst (8.50 a.m.) … Fan Led Review of Football Governance Chair Tracey Crouch (9.33 a.m.).

Politics Live (BBC Two 12.15 p.m.): Tory MP Damian Collins … Plaid Cymru chief Adam Price … Conservatives Against Racism founder Albie Amankona … Women’s rights activist Shola Mos-Shogbamimu.

Question Time (From Cardiff, BBC One 10.35 p.m.): Former Justice Secretary Robert Buckland … Welsh Health Minister Eluned Morgan … Plaid Cymru Westminster chief Liz Saville Roberts … Political commentator Guto Harri … Comedian Timandra Harkness.

Reviewing the papers tonight: Sky News (10.30 p.m. and 11.30 p.m.): Columnist Carole Malone and the Liverpool Echo’s Liam Thorp … Times Radio (10.30 p.m.): PolHome Political Editor Kate Proctor and broadcaster Afua Adom.

TODAY’S FRONT PAGES

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Daily Express: PM — Smugglers getting away with homicide.

Daily Mail: You’re letting gangs get away with homicide.

Daily Mirror: A human tragedy.

Daily Star: Armageddon outta right here.

Financial Times: More than 30 migrants drown in worst catastrophe of Channel surge.

i: Horror in the Channel — 31 die in the hunt for a greater life.

Metro: Why didn’t France cease them?

POLITICO UK: Get prepared for an infinite coronavirus winter.

The Daily Telegraph: 31 migrants die in Channel catastrophe.

The Independent: Tragedy in the Channel.

The Guardian: Tragedy at sea claims 31 lives in deadliest day of refugee disaster.

The Sun: Shameful.

The Times: Dozens of migrants drown in Channel dinghy tragedy.

TODAY’S NEWS MAGS

POLITICO Europe: Get prepared for an infinite coronavirus winter.

The New European: He’s unravelling.

The New Statesman: The agent of chaos — Is Putin getting ready for battle?

The Spectator: The COVID revolts — Ross Clark and Lionel Barber on Europe’s new wave of unrest.

LONDON CALLING

WESTMINSTER WEATHER: 🌥🌥🌥 Sunny in spells with a mild breeze. Highs of 7C.

LAST NIGHT AT THE SPECTATOR AWARDS: Half the foyer, a number of Cabinet ministers and many hopeful MPs attended a swanky dinner and very boozy drinks session as the Spectator handed out its parliamentary awards for 2021. Former PM Theresa May took house the backbencher of the yr award, doing the Maybot dance and telling a dirty joke which you’ll be able to hear right here through Tom Newton Dunn … Labour’s latest MP Kim Leadbeater gained newcomer of the yr … Tory peer Gabby Bertin received the peer of the yr gong for her home violence marketing campaign … Labour’s Deputy Leader Angela Rayner picked up disrupter of the yr for her position in ruining Keir Starmer’s reshuffle — which she marked by issuing a warning to the man himself that she’s going to “keep you on your toes whether you are Labour or Tory” …

More winners: Health Secretary Sajid Javid gained comeback of the yr and thanked the individuals who made it attainable, together with the “CCTV guy at the department of health” … Labour’s Carolyn Harris snapped up campaigner of the yr … Foreign Secretary Liz Truss gained politician to look at, an award she stated she’ll grasp at Chevening (she was given a literal single solitary clap by Chancellor Rishi Sunak) … Scottish Labour’s Jackie Baillie made a digital look to gather inquisitor of the yr for her epic position in the Salmond inquiry … Standards committee Chairman Chris Bryant‘s post-Paterson row barnstormer gained him speech of the yr … Education secretary and the former vaccine rollout chief Nadhim Zahawi is minister of the yrRishi Sunak is politician of the yr, a feat he stated “only cost £400 billion” … and the late David Amess was given a standing ovation as he gained parliamentarian of the yr (h/t Harry Cole, Jim Pickard, Tom Newton Dunn, James Heale). The Spectator’s Steerpike column has all the pics and speeches.

Spotted: From Labour … Wes StreetingStella Creasy and childChris BryantJohn SpellarAngela Rayner … although no Keir folks … Tory MPs Damian GreenKemi BadenochMatt HancockGraham BradyIDSDavid DavisBen WallaceRobert BucklandSuella BravermanNadine Dorries … although no crimson wallers … ToffHarry ColeRocco ForteHugo GyeGlen OwenSteve SwinfordBen Riley-SmithSimon WaltersPaul StainesJamie Njoku-GoodwinSimone FinnHenry NewmanHenry CookJosh GrimstoneAndrew NeilDominic LawsonMercy Muroki Steph LisDavid FrostTrevor PhillipsJack DoyleEmma BarnettJames LandaleJo CoburnAndrew MarrTim ShipmanDave WoodingNick WattMeg Powell-ChandlerSeb PayneAilbhe ReaJames KirkupAndy NgoRhiannon Padley Lucy FisherAndrew GilliganLiam Booth SmithAmber de BottonAlexander Downer … amongst many others.

Also noticed: Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock dancing and hugging politicos and followers at the impromptu Speccie after celebration at the Arts Theatre membership on Frith Street.

CONGRATS TO: The Shadow Care Minister Liz Kendall who tells the Leicester Mercury she is anticipating a child through surrogacy in the new yr — that means she shall be the first MP to have a baby that means.

NEW GIG:The Telegraph’s Whitehall Editor Harry Yorke is becoming a member of the Sunday Times in the new yr as the paper’s deputy political editor. Here’s his tweet.

ALSO CONGRATS TO: The authors of “The British General Election of 2019” — Rob FordTim BalePaula Surridge and Will Jennings — who launched the guide at the British Academy final night time. The occasion was hosted by the U.Okay. in a Changing Europe suppose tank, with a panel dialogue that includes Director Anand Menon, Tory manifesto contributor Robert Colvile, then-Labour adviser Andrew Fisher and the Mirror’s Pippa Crerar.

BIRTHDAYS: Government Deputy Chief Whip Stuart Andrew … North Devon MP Selaine Saxby … Former No. 10 aide Dominic Cummings … Labour peer Paul Murphy … Conservative peer Michael Morris … Scotland’s Chief Scientific Adviser Sheila Rowan … Former Sunday Times Deputy Editor Sarah Baxter … City Hall spinner Sarah Coombes … City of London company senior supervisor Martin Bailey.

PLAYBOOK COULDN’T HAPPEN WITHOUT: My editor Zoya Sheftalovich, reporter Andrew McDonald producer Grace Stranger.

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