London Playbook: Hold me closer Tony Danker — ‘Let me tell you the plan’ — Shapps vs. Aeroflot – POLITICO

Good Thursday morning.

DRIVING THE DAY

HOLD ME CLOSER TONY DANKER: Chancellor Rishi Sunak insisted in a speech to the Confederation of British Industry final evening that he had a “plan” to assist Britons with the price of dwelling, however admitted “the next few months will be tough” and conceded there isn’t any authorities coverage that may instantly overcome world provide shocks and surging inflation. Downing Street is dealing with more and more vocal criticism from Conservative MPs — together with members of the authorities — over the lack of a coherent technique to take care of rising costs and family payments, amid fears of a recession later this 12 months. There is theory of a brand new bundle of measures to be introduced imminently, though as of this morning it’s clear there stay main disagreements between No. 10, No. 11, Tory backbenchers and voices from enterprise and wonk world about what to do and when.

SPOTTED: At the CBI’s annual dinner at the Brewery in the City final evening … Chancellor Rishi Sunak … CBI president and self-declared “beer baron” Karan Bilimoria … CBI director basic Tony Danker … Ukrainian ambassador Vadym Prystaiko and Italian ambassador Raffaele Trombetta … KPMG chair Bina Mehta … Lloyd’s Bank chief exec Charlie Nunn … foyer hacks Pippa CrerarJim Pickard, Anna Isaac and Joe Mayes … and Labour MP Kim Leadbeater.

Man with a plan: With client worth inflation hitting a 40 12 months excessive of 9 % on Wednesday morning, the stress was on Sunak’s CBI speech — an annual fixture the place chancellors make their pitch to maintain U.Okay. enterprise onside (and because of COVID, Sunak’s first). The chancellor promised lots, telling the room: “Let me tell you the plan” to take care of the impending financial disaster. Did he ship?

On price of dwelling: Sunak ran by way of the authorities’s present “£22 billion of direct support,” through the 5p gas obligation minimize, £150 council tax minimize, £150 heat houses low cost, enhance to the National Living Wage, Universal Credit taper charge minimize and imminent National Insurance threshold rise.

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There are critical points with every of those insurance policies … which authorities ministers are struggling to defend on broadcast rounds in lieu of something recent to announce. The gas obligation minimize has barely been handed onto drivers, with petrol companies accused of profiteering. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng desires the heat houses low cost to go a lot additional, as excessive as £500, however the Treasury is thus far unconvinced. The authorities is dealing with loud calls to revive the £20 UC uplift. And the NI threshold enhance comes simply weeks after the tax itself was elevated. As a lot as Sunak tried final evening, there’s little argument from anybody in Whitehall that the measures at present in pressure are something like daring sufficient to make a big distinction — and there’s some frustration that £22 billion has been spent with out a lot political or financial achieve.

Targeted help: Sunak hinted at additional, albeit restricted motion as he vowed: “Where we can act, we will.” He implied any new announcement may be focused at the worst off, moderately than the basic inhabitants, telling the room they’ve a “collective responsibility to help the most vulnerable in our society. And so, as the situation evolves our response will evolve. I have always been clear, we stand ready to do more.”

There is an efficient case for doing so: The Institute for Fiscal Studies says “average inflation reached 9% in the year to April, but the poorest households faced inflation rates of 10.9%. This is 3 percentage points higher than inflation rates for the richest decile. Energy price rises are disproportionately hitting poorer households. The poorest households spend 11% of their total household budget on gas and electricity, compared to 4% for the richest households.” But Tory MPs with constituents who don’t fall into this class however are additionally struggling will likely be involved that the chancellor doesn’t plan on bailing out the “squeezed middle,” as somebody as soon as put it.

Backing enterprise: The solely actual new info in Sunak’s speech was not aimed toward the poorest households, nor the squeezed center lessons, however as a substitute was a promise to chop taxes for enterprise. In pre-briefed remarks launched by the Treasury, Sunak was slated to say: “We need you to invest more, train more and innovate more. In the autumn budget we will cut your taxes to encourage you to do all those things. That is the path to higher productivity, higher living standards and a more prosperous and secure future.” Playbook noticed some time around 2 a.m. — rock and roll — that the checked against delivery version of the speech actually changed that line to drop the “autumn budget” reference. Sunak’s precise phrases at the dinner have been: “As I’ve said previously, our firm plan is to reduce and reform your taxes to encourage you to do all those things.” So it seems that pledge was softened in the course of yesterday afternoon, though the Sun’s Harry Cole studies they’re prone to get growing allowances for analysis and growth, and tax breaks on investments.

Inflation warning: Sunak additionally warned that an excessive amount of of an intervention can be inflationary. In a passage that appeared very a lot against a serious COVID model help plan that some have requested for, the chancellor cautioned: “We need to be careful … at a time of severe supply restrictions, an unconstrained fiscal stimulus does risk making the problem worse. By pushing up prices still further. Embedding high inflation expectations. And creating a vicious cycle of even higher interest rates and more pain for tens of millions of mortgage holders and small businesses.”

On the BoE: Sunak was supportive of the Bank of England, stressing that it was “rightly independent” and mentioning that “over the quarter century since we took monetary policy out of the hands of politicians, inflation has averaged precisely 2 per cent.” He additionally made some extent of backing the financial institution’s beleaguered governor Andrew Bailey — who’s accused by critics of failing to foresee and handle the surge in costs — saying he knew “the governor and his team are completely focused on getting inflation back to target.” Biz Sec Kwasi Kwarteng was much less supportive over the weekend.

Muted reception: Playbook’s Eleni Courea was at the dinner, and if the response from enterprise was something to go by then Sunak’s troubles are solely growing. Despite the promise to chop their taxes, going from desk to desk Eleni struggled to search out a lot enthusiasm for his speech. In one dialog which captured the basic temper, a London-based enterprise chief mentioned the tackle was “very bland and uninspiring” and “lacking anything new.” “What businesses have been saying for weeks is that there is a crisis now that needs to be grabbed by the scruff. But what the chancellor effectively said tonight is that it is being kicked into the long grass,” he added.

Another enterprise chief mentioned … he was “more worried now than when I came in,” mentioning that whereas “taxation remains very high, the chancellor’s speech contained no action,” but that what businesses did get is “a very public acknowledgement that the next few months are going to be tough.” Companies from a variety of sectors together with manufacturing and provide chains mentioned despondently that whereas authorities is making it clear it understands the challenges they face, it’s providing them little by means of options.

The Federation of Small Businesses’ Craig Beaumont instructed Playbook: “Really there is no world where they could up taxes at the Autumn Budget, at a time when the tax burden has reached the highest since Clement Attlee’s time. To reduce taxes, the central challenge for the chancellor will be to reduce the cost of government — which has ballooned with civil servant numbers rising each and every quarter since 2016. Reversing this would free up businesses to spend money to ‘invest, retrain and innovate’ rather than handing it over to HMRC.”

So what might Sunak do? Today’s papers are stuffed with additional hypothesis — and hostile briefing — about what the chancellor may be prepared to announce in the coming days or perhaps weeks to assist on price of dwelling. The Mail’s well-connected Jason Groves says Treasury sources are confirming the chancellor is drawing up plans for a serious bundle this summer time, anticipated earlier than MPs head off for recess in July. He says there are a number of insurance policies into account together with: An emergency tax minimize for poorer households … Possibly an extra minimize to council tax for folks dwelling in bands A to D … adjustments to Universal Credit guidelines to permit staff to maintain extra of their earnings … one other £200 “rebate” / mortgage to assist pay power payments … a rise in the pensioners’ winter gas allowance … and a rise to the heat houses low cost (as the Times‘ Steve Swinford reported yesterday).

Blowing with the windfall: There are two tales in at the moment’s papers which might be particularly fascinating as we attempt to work out what on earth is happening with the authorities’s place on a windfall tax on power firms, which senior ministers are concurrently flirting with, criticizing, voting in opposition to however not ruling out, resulting in fevered hypothesis a few huge U-turn. The Sun’s Harry Cole studies that Sunak’s workforce “pushed hard” for the authorities to abstain on Labour’s vote on a windfall tax this week as a way to keep away from political embarrassment later down the observe. However, they have been overruled by No. 10, with deputy chief of workers David Canzini resisting “super hard” as a result of he feels the coverage is “unconservative” and “concedes the ground to Labour.” The Times‘ Matt Dathan and Steve Swinford have the same report on their entrance web page, writing that the Treasury thinks the thought is “politically unavoidable” however that Johnson’s No. 10 workforce has blocked it, with one aide branding it an “ideologically unconservative thing to do.”

Helpful interventions: Perhaps fed up with not having a lot to promote to the public, Cabinet ministers have began making their very own public strategies for the chancellor. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss instructed the BBC Radio 4 Today program yesterday that she needed a “low tax economy” and made clear she didn’t love the NI rise. Scottish Secretary Alistair Jack additionally referred to as for tax cuts. The Telegraph’s Ben Riley-Smith has their feedback and says Sunak faces a “Tory mutiny.” Tory MP Rob Halfon instructed BBC Essex, in feedback coated by the Times: “Most of the messages I get once I’m out and about are folks battling the price of dwelling. There’s a tsunami coming. Energy payments are going as much as £2,000 a 12 months. That is simply unaffordable.”

Berry selecting: Speaking to Radio 4 PM’s Evan Davis in a while, northern Tory ringleader Jake Berry proposed his personal fantasy Budget, telling the Treasury: “It’s now or never, I think now is the time to act.” Berry referred to as for “a serious look at VAT,” the restoration of the UC uplift and a reversal of deliberate company tax cuts. The Sun’s Harry Cole famous Berry spent “about £15 billion in a 4 minute radio interview.”

Rare constructive information for college kids: The i’s Will Hazell and Hugo Gye report that the authorities is contemplating an intervention to forestall pupil mortgage rates of interest from hitting 12 %. Most folks in Whitehall would say it’s about time.

Populism now: Ever-increasingly exasperated Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis instructed ITV’s Robert Peston it’s over to the PM to determine to intervene: “My great hope is Boris Johnson, which may surprise people. But I say that because I think he’s an instinctive populist politician who can see what’s going on … I think that Boris Johnson, the one thing that’s kept him where he is, is by being able to understand and read the public mood.”

And Lewis warned of civil unrest if he doesn’t act: “The public mood is desperate, it is angry, and we may well be moving towards, if we don’t sort this, when those bill rises come in the middle of October to £2,600 in the middle of Winter, I worry about civil unrest. So the government needs to get a handle on it, and they need to get a handle on it quickly, they need to listen, and they need to stop people making choices of whether they feed themselves or feed their children. And we are in that now. We used to have a relative poverty condition in this country and we are moving to absolute poverty, and we cannot allow that to happen.”

The police appear to agree: The Guardian’s Vikram Dodd splashes on a declare from the new chief inspector of constabulary that the price of dwelling disaster will trigger a surge in crime, and that officers ought to use “discretion” when deciding whether or not to prosecute folks caught stealing meals. Look ahead to Home Secretary Priti Patel’s response to that one.

Where’s Sunak at the moment? In Bonn for the G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors assembly, the place he will likely be engaged on help for Ukraine and in search of collaboration to sort out the world impacts of the battle. The Telegraph’s Tom Rees splashes on a briefing by a Western official accusing Putin of “weaponising” world meals provides, stealing Ukrainian grain and destroying agricultural tools: “[Russia] has exacerbated a pre-existing bad situation and has created a major threat to global food security through a deliberate policy of weaponisation of global food supply.” 

Get your Coates: No. 10, No. 11 and anybody wanting to know the pressures dealing with Sunak ought to watch Sam Coates’ brutal evaluation on Sky final evening. He warned: “The Conservative Party have reached a tipping point. They want action — big action — soon. But if you talk to Conservative Cabinet ministers, backbenchers, beyond that there is no consensus at all about what should happen next. Some want a windfall tax, others are vehemently opposed. Some want income tax to be cut, others VAT. Now there is a group of MPs who want benefits in the form of the £20 Universal Credit uplift to be reintroduced. Bills of billions and billions of pounds and there’s not even agreement on whether the most important thing is helping people with prices, or trying to boost growth, or to look after the public finances. This is a Conservative Party that isn’t sure what it is doing, they are running round in the Houses of Parliament, even tonight on the terrace, like headless chickens unsure of the direction of their government. Boris Johnson needs to impose a narrative, a story, to work out who his government is for and how he is going to help them. Because at the moment ministers are going into interviews unsure what to say and the party doesn’t know the direction it’s heading in.”

TODAY IN WESTMINSTER

HOUSE OF COMMONS: Sits from 9.30 a.m. with Transport questions, adopted by the weekly parliamentary enterprise assertion from Commons Leader Mark Spencer … After that and every other UQs or statements, the PM will lead two basic debates: one on transport and the different on NATO and worldwide safety … after which Tory MP Peter Aldous has an adjournment debate on railway traces in East Suffolk.

PESTMINSTER: WHAT’S NEXT? Tuesday’s arrest of an nameless MP for rape has reopened the vexed query of banning MPs underneath investigation for sexual misconduct from the parliamentary property, Esther Webber writes in. Parliament’s commerce unions referred to as for a ban once more yesterday, however as Playbook revealed final month, the process committee has dominated out even holding an inquiry into the situation. So what now? A senior Conservative prompt it might be a matter for a Speaker’s convention — a particular committee chaired by the Speaker tasked with resolving a specific query — which Lindsay Hoyle just lately instructed the Sunday Times he’d wish to see occur as “as soon as possible.” Esther hears the Speaker has now met clerks and Commons Leader Mark Spencer to start drafting the movement which units up the convention. Once permitted, work begins on deciding who to nominate to it, after which requires proof. Times Radio’s Lucy Fisher has extra.

Trouble forward: Its phrases are already being fiercely contested, with many MPs sad at the thought being floated of an exterior service which might make use of workers. Banning MPs from the property doesn’t tackle their actions in the constituency, as identified by a lay member of the Commons requirements committee on Twitter. And whereas placing all of it underneath the auspices of a Speaker’s Conference appears enticing, it’s going to should be a hell of a convention. As one parliamentary official put it: “I don’t think parliament can deal with issues to do with its own employees, MPs, employments and institutional problems anymore. It’s not fit for purpose.”

Party angle: The PM’s press secretary mentioned the whip can be suspended if a cost is introduced. They additionally appeared to substantiate no inner evaluation was going down in mild of the string of current instances, saying: “I think everyone has been clear the vast majority of MPs behave with respect and decency you would expect. There are a small minority that have not met those expectations, and there are processes in place both in terms of in parliament with the ICGS and in individual parties. And those processes have been put in place for the right reason — we’re encouraging everyone to use them as necessary.”

Small mercies: Esther has additionally confirmed that the Sunday Times story reporting 56 MPs underneath investigation for sexual misconduct has been broadly misconstrued — it at all times referred to the whole investigated since 2018, when the ICGS opened, not the present determine. That’s one thing, I assume?

Grim developments: The Telegraph’s Rob Mendick, Ben Riley-Smith, Tony Diver, Patrick Sawer and Martin Evans have some extra element on the allegation in opposition to the MP, reporting that the complainant is a male politician who was a youngster after they first met. Meanwhile, Labour are having their very own issues as a tribunal hears their MP Khalid Mahmood was generally known as “Catfish Khalid” as a result of he allegedly “stalked” girls on-line. The Times has the story.

Shapps vs. Aeroflot: Russian airways face additional measures at the moment underneath new sanctions being unveiled by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. Playbook is instructed he’ll use a gathering of transport ministers in Leipzig to announce “tough and expensive measures” aimed toward flag service Aeroflot and different operators. Shapps can even meet together with his Ukrainian reverse quantity Oleksandr Kubrakov, with whom he speaks often by telephone, as he seeks to forge a fame as a world scourge of Russian worldwide journey. “Aeroflot is going to be a lot worse off by the end of today,” says a supply.

Beergate information: Durham Police have began contacting witness who have been current at Labour chief Keir Starmer’s allegedly COVID law-breaking curry and beer evening final 12 months, the Sun’s Harry Cole studies. The Mail’s Martin Beckford has a brand new growth on Mail Plus, reporting that on the evening in query Starmer took trip to speak about soccer with get together activists and pose for a photograph holding a soccer shirt from an area workforce, which was then posted on Twitter. Given Rishi Sunak was fined for by chance strolling right into a room two minutes earlier than a gathering, that may very well be a tough one for Starmer to elucidate. A Labour spokesperson insists: “As this tweet clearly shows, Keir Starmer was working. No rules were broken.”

Government bulletins: The DWP are speaking up a £600 million funding to bolster the counter-fraud frontline with hundreds of educated specialists … and the Treasury says tens of millions of individuals will see their capacity to entry money protected in new powers set out at the moment.

War on Whitehall: The Spectator’s Katy Balls has the newest on Jacob Rees-Mogg’s proposed civil service reforms, reporting that he defined to ministers that his plan would start with a recruitment freeze, which would come with suspending the civil service fast-stream, the scheme designed to draw top-level graduates. Balls writes: “This notion led to such a frosty reaction from the cabinet that the Prime Minister intervened, telling ministers that he could see people wincing but it was vital the government sent a strong message. ‘What happened to securing the brightest and best?’ complains one cabinet minister. The latest thinking is that fast-stream decisions will be delegated to departments.”

Gove vs. Lords: Leveling Up Secretary Michael Gove has upset Tory friends over his suggestion that the higher chamber needs to be moved to Stoke whereas parliament is renovated. Guido studies Lord Vaizey instructed Gove he ought to transfer to Stoke as a substitute.

WONK WATCH: The authorities wants to make sure ministerial selections don’t often contradict the authorities’s long-term net-zero goal, a brand new IfG report argues. The report highlights a sequence of current selections the place ministers undermined their very own local weather aims, together with however not restricted to the Cumbria coal mine, boosting oil and gasoline manufacturing, and slicing air passenger obligation on home flights. It requires the authorities to proceed “embedding net zero” throughout Whitehall.

Committee hall: Potential for many information traces at the DCMS committee, which has Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries in for questioning. There are loads of points for MPs to select from, together with the Online Safety Bill, way forward for the BBC and Channel 4 privatization.

Lords: Sits from 11 a.m. with questions on leveling up, ‘loot packing containers’ in gaming and the impression of an Indian ban on cereal exports on the price of dwelling in the U.Okay. … The major enterprise will likely be debates on choose committee studies on catapults, commerce deal working practices and the politics of polling.

SNP MP FINED: Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil has been fined £1,500 and banned from driving for 3 months, after he was discovered responsible of careless driving. The SNP MP was concerned in a collision in 2020 with a teenage motorcyclist, who was left with a damaged leg. More right here from the BBC.

UKRAINE UPDATE

DIGEST: Diplomats are racing to discover a compromise with Turkey on Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership bids, after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan doubled down on his objections to any fast accession to the alliance. Turkey’s leaders argue that Sweden and Finland help Kurdish teams, together with at the least one group they and others classify as a terrorist group … A 21-year-old Russian soldier pleaded responsible to killing an unarmed Ukrainian civilian, in the first battle crimes trial of the battle. Lily Hyde on POLITICO has extra on Ukraine’s military of activist investigators which have been documenting Russian battle crimes … The BBC has a protracted learn on how Mariupol fell after virtually three months of brutal combating … and the Russian authorities is beginning the means of withdrawing from a variety of worldwide our bodies, together with the WTO and WHO.

Homes for Ukraine check-in: Refugees Minister Richard Harrington and Ukrainian Ambassador Vadym Prystaiko are up at an Onward occasion at the moment assessing the success of the authorities’s Ukrainian refugees scheme. Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko and Viktoriia Pyrohova — a refugee being sponsored by Tory MP Victoria Prentis — are additionally talking at the occasion, which is in Westminster from midday for parliamentarians and stakeholders. More data right here.

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MEDIA ROUND

Policing Minister Kit Malthouse broadcast spherical: Times Radio (7.20 a.m.) … ITV GMB (7.30 a.m.) … LBC (7.50 a.m.) … GB News (8.30 a.m.).

Shadow Business Secretary Jonathan Reynolds broadcast spherical: ITV GMB (6.40 a.m.) … talkTV (7.05 a.m.) … GB News (7.30 a.m.) … Times Radio (8.35 a.m.).

On the Today program: CBI boss Tony Danker and Kate Bell from the Trades Union Congress (8.10 a.m.)

Kay Burley (Sky News): Lib Dem chief Ed Davey (7.10 a.m.) … Shadow Leveling Up Secretary Lisa Nandy (8.05 a.m.) … SNP MP Alison Thewliss (8.20 a.m.).

Also on Nick Ferrari at Breakfast (LBC): Tax Research U.Okay. director Richard Murphy (7.05 a.m.) … Former DWP SpAd James Dowling (7.10 a.m.).

Also on Times Radio breakfast: Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle (8.05 a.m.) … Poland’s deputy international minister Marcin Przydacz (8.45 a.m.).

Also on Julia Hartley-Brewer breakfast present (talkTV): Tory MP John Redwood (8.05 a.m.).

Politics Live (BBC Two 12.15 p.m.): Tory peer Nicky Morgan … Former Home Secretary David Blunkett … The New Statesman’s Rachel Cunliffe … Broadcaster Timandra Harkness … Pollster Frank Luntz.

The Briefing with Gloria De Piero (GB News 12 p.m.): Trade Minister Ranil Jayawardena … Tory MP Liam Fox … Labour MPs Emma Hardy and Rosie Cooper.

Question Time (From Liverpool, BBC One 10.40 p.m.): Treasury Minister Lucy Frazer … Shadow Culture Secretary Lucy Powell … SNP MP Alyn Smith … Former Home Office SpAd Mo Hussein … The IEA’s Emily Carver.

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TODAY’S FRONT PAGES

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Bloomberg: Sunak warns further price of dwelling assist dangers stoking inflation.

Daily Express: ‘It’s unattainable!’ Pensions can’t deal with 9 % inflation.

Daily Mail: Tories’ triple tax minimize enhance.

Daily Mirror: The nice inflation swindle.

Daily Star: Weapon of maths destruction.

Financial Times: Sunak warns of powerful occasions forward as inflation hits 40-year excessive of 9 %.

HuffPost UK: Sunak shuns households in enterprise enhance.

i: MPs block inquiry into alleged rapists working in parliament.

Metro: Inflation hits dwelling.

POLITICO UK: The unbelievable shrinking Global Britain.

PoliticsHome: Parliament accused of neglecting victims by not banning MPs dealing with misconduct allegations from property.

The Daily Telegraph: Putin turns screw on world meals provides.

The Guardian: Police chief warns of surge in crime as price of dwelling disaster fuels poverty.

The Independent: Top Tories activate Sunak over price of dwelling disaster.

The Sun: Vardys to flee the U.Okay.

The Times: Hopes for a windfall tax blocked by No 10 workforce.

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TODAY’S NEWS MAGS

POLITICO Europe: Tech 28 — The rating of Europe’s most influential gamers.

The New Statesman: Putin vs NATO — The alliance is again, however it might probably’t save the west.

The Spectator: Zelenskyy’s alternative — Can Ukraine pressure Russia to barter, asks James Forsyth.

LONDON CALLING

WESTMINSTER WEATHER: 🌤🌤🌤 Another good day with solar and a delicate breeze. Highs of 23C.

CONGRATULATIONS: To Karen King (nee Renshaw), previously of Uber and now head of public affairs at Juul, and ex-Sajid Javid SpAd and now Henham Strategy boss Nick King, on the beginning of their child boy Oliver Percy Henham King. Excellent pics right here.

SPOTTED: At the Labour Women’s Network dinner in EV restaurant in Southwark … Labour chief Keir Starmer and deputy Angela Rayner … get together chair Anneliese Dodds … MPs Jess Phillips, Ruth Cadbury, Abena Oppong-Asare, Tonia Antoniazzi, Helen Hayes, Steph Peacock and Ellie Reeves … kebab king and restaurant proprietor Ibrahim Dogus … and LWN director Claire Reynolds.

NEW GIG: The Herald’s Westminster correspondent Hannah Rodger is becoming a member of the Sunday Mail — the Daily Record’s Sunday sister paper — as chief reporter in June. Here’s the tweet.

BIRTHDAYS: Christchurch MP Christopher Chope … Bauer Media’s UK Publishing CEO Chris Duncan … Former Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Letwin … Tory peer Peter Bowness … Labour peer Philip Hunt … and former MP Robert Kilroy-Silk.

PLAYBOOK COULDN’T HAPPEN WITHOUT: My editor Ali Walker, reporter Andrew McDonald and producer Max Fahler.

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