London Playbook: Letter from America — North by North West — No money left – POLITICO

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Good morning. This is Esther Webber. Annabelle Dickson will likely be again within the sizzling seat kicking off subsequent week.

DRIVING THE DAY

LETTER FROM AMERICA: Liz Truss’ Downing Street would face an uphill battle in its relations with the White House, POLITICO’s U.S. workforce reviews in an important piece lifting the lid on how she’s considered in Washington. A visit to New York for the U.N. General Assembly would be the first order of enterprise on the world stage for the following PM, the place they’ll get to set the tone on a lot of international coverage objects related to the Americans’ pursuits.

Keeping up appearances: POLITICO’s Ryan Heath and Ella Creamer have collectively spoken to 19 individuals who’ve labored with Truss, from the White House and Congress, federal businesses, suppose tanks and the British diplomatic ranks, and located issues will not be about to get any simpler. A U.S. diplomat stated the dynamic is “unlikely to change” at one degree no matter who takes over in Downing Street, as a result of protection cooperation supplies stability to the connection. Territorial and financial challenges from China and Russia — by which Truss takes a eager curiosity — will assist preserve London and Washington broadly aligned.

But, however, however: Beyond that, Truss faces some fairly hefty challenges over the Northern Ireland protocol and a possible commerce cope with the U.S. Mujtaba Rahman, Eurasia Group’s managing director for Europe, predicts that until Truss addresses her poor relationship with the EU, the U.S.-U.Okay. relationship “is not going to flourish.” Meanwhile, she is going to want Republican help to have any hope of securing commerce settlement underneath President Joe Biden. Even which may not be sufficient. “It will take a change in the White House to a pro-free trader president” for Truss to unlock a commerce deal, says Luke Coffey, a former Conservative Party adviser now on the Hudson Institute. 

Throwing shade: More pointedly, Ryan and Ella hear that one of many matters of dialogue in D.C. social circles is her mental capability. One former British diplomat described Truss’ early ministerial forays to Washington as “a bit awkward in both group and one-to-one settings” and stated she “didn’t leave much of an impression.” 

More than meets the attention: Playbook notes that’s what just a few individuals stated privately about her right here, too, earlier than she grew to become the one to beat, and those that’ve labored intently with Truss reject the criticisms. “She’s not stupid, not at all,” stated one senior British diplomat. “Her public persona is dominated by being phenomenally pro-British, but there’s more to her than people sometimes assume. She’s not a right-wing reactionary.” 

What in regards to the different one? Rishi Sunak’s international coverage will not be receiving as a lot consideration — partly as a result of Truss seems to be so constantly forward, partly as a result of he’s by no means served in an international-facing transient. But for those who’re curious about what it would appear to be, right here’s one we wrote earlier.

NORTH BY NORTH WEST: Back on this aspect of the pond, Truss and Sunak are destined for Manchester, the place GB News’ Alistair Stewart will chair the ninth hustings for get together members. Ahead of the assembly, Truss is emphasizing she is going to make financial progress her “defining mission” with two new vocational establishments within the north and supply of the unique Northern Powerhouse Rail plan. Sunak is specializing in public companies with a promise to enhance entry to dentists. 

The guru speaks: Truss will head north bolstered by the prediction of legendary polling soothsayer John Curtice, who reckons she is certain to be the following prime minister until she “fouls up in some spectacular fashion” within the ultimate phases of the Tory management contest. He tells the Times’ Steven Swinford that there’s solely a 5 % likelihood of victory for Sunak. It follows sizzling on the heels of a YouGov ballot for Sky News, exhibiting that Truss retains a 32-point lead over Sunak.

Operation moonshot: Sunak’s allies insist this doesn’t replicate what they’re seeing on the bottom, after Sunak informed ITV’s This Morning he nonetheless has a “shot” at Downing Street regardless of the indications on the contrary in successive polls.

Berry enhance: Northern Research Group chair and Truss backer Jake Berry is on the published rounds this morning, and has penned an op-ed within the Express (not but on-line) by which he says her “ambitious, growth-led vision for the North will deliver on leveling up.” To him this means “stronger regions, empowered to seek investment, centers of educational excellence and a commitment to more money remaining in people’s pockets will tackle regional inequality, in a Conservative way.”

Job for Jake? One well-placed former Tory adviser recommended to Playbook that within the nice tussle for jobs in a Truss Cabinet, she may be tempted at hand Berry the position of transport secretary, successfully saying: “Here, you sort it out.” 

The north expects: An extended-serving Conservative councillor from a Tory-held marginal within the north west informed Playbook that Sunak holds better electoral clout there, as a result of he might attraction to “the voters we target in the center” in seats corresponding to Cheadle and Hazel Grove (each beforehand held by the Lib Dems). At the identical time “the message he’s been driving home that inflation doesn’t help any of us will resonate particularly in some of the seats where levels of deprivation are higher than in what you consider traditional Conservative seats,” this councillor stated. 

Hard act to comply with: Another native Conservative councillor stated seats corresponding to Bury North and Heywood and Middleton had been gained “because of Boris, no question about it” and that whereas Truss “is pandering to a certain wing of the party to get elected as the Boris continuity candidate, she’s not going to be able to deliver on it because she isn’t Boris Johnson.”

GOING POSTAL: It’s not typically that you simply get Tory management updates from commerce union rallies, however attendees on the Enough is Enough marketing campaign launch on Wednesday heard that the strike by the Communication Workers’ Union might trigger points for postal voting within the management contest. The first strike day takes place subsequent Friday with one other deliberate for August 31, two days earlier than the deadline for voting.

You’ve (not) obtained mail: A Conservative Party supply informed Playbook they have been getting a number of queries from members who had not obtained their poll papers, whereas the central level of contact for the competition — [email protected] — has been “inundated” with comparable complaints. CCHQ couldn’t be reached for remark.

BACK TO BLACK: TalkTV has unearthed a report co-written by Truss in 2009 by which she argued for slicing medical doctors’ pay by 10 %, charging all sufferers to see their GP and slicing huge army procurement tasks. The doc for the Reform suppose tank entitled “Back to Black” proposes cuts to the pensions, training and communities budgets as a part of an ideological push to shrink the scale of the state underneath the then Labour authorities. The Truss marketing campaign informed Talk TV’s News Desk: “Co-authoring a document does not mean that someone supports every proposal put forward.”

What her opponents are saying: As Labour fumed that it reveals her “true colors,” a Sunak campaign member quipped: “I think people should be more worried about her plan for the economy this autumn.”

FARMERS’ FURY: While Truss leans into her NRG connections as we speak, Sunak is courting the agricultural vote. He will attend an NFU hustings later as Truss will get slammed for “snubbing” farmers. Minette Batters, president of the NFU, informed the Guardian’s Helena Horton that regardless of providing to fulfill Truss wherever, even on Zoom, at a time of her selecting, she has refused to come back to a farming hustings. Batters stated it was a “shame” Truss didn’t need to attend the hustings, including: “It doesn’t bode well — George Eustice has made his comments — you would think she would want to put her marker down.”

Clapback: Truss’ workforce stated she “cannot turn up to everything” and was making an effort to talk to tens of hundreds of Conservative members throughout the U.Okay. The NFU’s hustings for members will happen in personal with Sunak this afternoon.

Another no-show: Neither of the candidates will attend a hustings organized by disabled Conservative members, the Disability News Service reviews. Truss is sending Chloe Smith, minister for disabled individuals, to reply questions as we speak, whereas Sunak will likely be sending Matt Hancock to talk for him on August 26 — each occasions having been arrange by the Conservative Disability Group and the Conservative Mental Health Group.

CAMPAIGN ROUNDUP

NO MONEY LEFT: The i’s Hugo Gye and Arj Singh report the Office for Budget Responsibility might blow a gap in Truss’ financial plans when it points an up to date forecast subsequent month. She has constantly argued her tax cuts are inexpensive due to £30 billion fiscal headroom, however the OBR is predicted to chop that in half. 

Reaganomics’ revenge: There’s a rising disquiet about the place the international secretary will get the money for her plans, with neither candidate saying a lot about what they’d minimize aside from the previous “efficiency savings” chestnut. Danny Finkelstein’s Times column tells the story of Ronald Reagan’s financial adviser, David Stockman, and his collision with actuality, concluding: “Most of the cabinet seem to have aligned themselves with the idea of cutting tax and the candidate who would do so, yet none have explained what the smaller state they are advocating might look like in their own area.”

Winter is coming: Writing for the New Statesman, former Treasury Minister David Gauke provides extra gas to the hypothesis that Truss may need to undertake Labour’s vitality worth cap freeze. While it could be a blunt instrument, it’s reversible, he factors out, and “if the new prime minister cannot make proper use of the powers of the state to help people through the coming emergency, it is going to be a long, miserable winter.”

Get again: The Labour Party has written to the prime minister and each management candidates demanding the recall of parliament on Monday with the intention to freeze vitality payments earlier than the brand new vitality worth cap rise announcement subsequent Friday. Shadow Commons chief Thangam Debbonaire says within the letter: “Across Britain, people are having to make unthinkable choices about how to pay their bills,” they usually deserve a authorities “ready to take the action needed now.” The Truss and Sunak campaigns declined to remark final night time on the decision by Labour.

Ken not eager: Former Chancellor Ken Clarke has weighed in on the race, accusing each candidates, in addition to Keir Starmer, of providing “half-baked” concepts on the financial system. He informed The House journal’s Sienna Rodgers they’re all “guilty of trying to cheer up better-off pensioners” and “throwing money at the problem every day in their campaigning at the moment.” He additionally criticized their insurance policies as regressive, saying: “The trouble with things like taking off the green levy, or abolishing VAT on power, or certainly cutting income tax, is that it helps absolutely everybody.”

STRIKE ACTION: Truss has renewed her dedication to crack down on commerce unions, telling the Express’ Sam Lister and Michael Knowles she is going to cease them “holding the country to ransom.” She has promised to introduce new legal guidelines inside a month of taking workplace to impose minimal rail service ranges and lift poll thresholds to make it more durable for strike motion to happen throughout all sectors.

SOLAR EFFORT: Ahead of his viewers with NFU members, Sunak has pledged that new photo voltaic panels should be put in on buildings slightly than farmland. He’s shared his plans with the Telegraph’s Daniel Martin, although anybody who’s sat by as many hustings as Playbook has will know that is already considered one of Truss’ hottest applause strains. 

Tooth to energy: Sunak’s plans to “restore” NHS dentistry get widespread protection as we speak, with the Telegraph choosing out his concept of sending dentists into faculties to test on younger youngsters’s enamel. The former chancellor has additionally revealed a “plan for young people” on his web site, bigging up his position in bringing in regards to the Kickstart scheme.

Keeping religion: Sunak visited an area temple in Watford forward of the Hindu pageant of Janmashtami. He stated: “Faith is a very necessary a part of my life … As prime minister I will likely be an energetic champion of non secular freedom and religion in British nationwide life.” The event will get quite a lot of pick-up — within the Indian press.

That’s a wrap: Less profitable was Sunak’s go to to the This Morning couch, the place he spoke about his daughters ordering the breakfast wrap at McDonald’s — an merchandise which was discontinued two years in the past. A Sunak marketing campaign supply stated: “Rishi has barely seen his kids in the last two-and-a-half years since he became chancellor so there has been almost no opportunity to share a McDonald’s with them.” Hat tip to the Times’ Geraldine Scott, who noticed the slip-up.

COFFEY ADDICT: In a Times column filled with nice snippets — together with that Truss’ favourite tune is “The Man” by Taylor Swift — Katy Balls writes that one cost thrown at her is that she will likely be “continuity Boris.” Her suggestion she would vote to scrap the Commons investigation into whether or not Johnson lied over Partygate definitely has some MPs frightened that errors of the previous could possibly be repeated. But Balls hears there are some issues she is going to do in a different way, having concluded that the No. 10 operation was too macho underneath Johnson. There are plans to nominate the primary ever feminine Conservative chief whip. Thérèse Coffey, the politician to whom Truss is closest, is considered because the prime candidate for the job.

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BEYOND THE LEADERSHIP RACE

HOSPITAL PASS: There’s a trio of chilling entrance pages on the state of affairs dealing with the NHS and care sector which can concern everybody who makes use of these companies — and the 2 candidates vying to take cost of them. First up, the Times’ Chris Smyth and Kat Lay have found that concern is mounting in authorities in regards to the scale of workers shortages this winter, prompting Health Secretary Steve Barclay to argue for an abroad hiring spree to recruit hundreds of nurses from nations corresponding to India and the Philippines. There are at the moment 1.6 million workers in social care however greater than 160,000 vacancies, with funding from native authorities squeezed.

Face of a disaster: The Mirror’s Adam Aspinall and Martin Bagot have gotten an interview with the household of 87-year-old David Wakely, who confronted a 15-hour look forward to an ambulance after a fall, forcing his family to assemble a makeshift tent to guard him the place he lay. His son-in-law Trevor Crane tells the Mirror: “The system is just broken. As a family we know the NHS staff are great and trying their best but you have to ask how things like this keep happening?”

Long tail of lockdown: The Department of Health has ordered an investigation into official statistics exhibiting that round 1,000 extra individuals than standard are at the moment dying every week from circumstances apart from COVID, the Telegraph’s Sarah Knapton reveals. The inquiry was prompted partly by considerations that the deaths are linked to delays to and deferment of therapy for circumstances corresponding to most cancers, diabetes and coronary heart illness.

Coming quickly: The NHS will start a brand new COVID vaccine booster marketing campaign with jabs for care dwelling residents and housebound individuals on September 5, forward of a wider rollout from September 12. The reserving system will open on September 5. The hope is that the rollout will curb and shield in opposition to the anticipated Omicron wave coming within the winter, with the oldest and most weak set to be jabbed first.

RAILROADED: Trade union bosses are warning of “indefinite” strikes, with new industrial motion doubtlessly being introduced subsequent week. RMT chief Mick Lynch vowed that his union “won’t be broken” and is ready stick with it with walkouts till its pay calls for are met. Transport Secretary and Sunak backer Grant Shapps is on the morning spherical as we speak. 

Keeping up Momentum: Sam Tarry, sacked from the Labour entrance bench for freelancing, was the visitor of honor at a Momentum assembly final night time — though a few of these current questioned the place his actual allegiances lie, given he was serving underneath Starmer till very just lately. Labour MP Dawn Butler, additionally in attendance, informed the gathering she is “embarrassed” by the shadow Cabinet’s place on strikes and known as the present authorities “fascist,” Playbook hears. 

Ouch: Several of the papers function an image of Jeremy Corbyn sporting a black eye on the picket line at Euston yesterday. Apparently it resulted from a confrontation with a tree root whereas jogging, slightly than any political fisticuffs.

LONG DARK KNIGHT OF THE SOUL: The i’s Arj Singh has comply with on Playbook’s scoop that No. 10 comms chief Guto Harri could possibly be in line for a knighthood. He’s spoken to former Standards Commissioner Alistair Graham, who says it could present Johnson’s “lack of judgment and proportionality.”

COMING ATTRACTION: Sky’s drama about No. 10’s dealing with of the primary COVID wave is due out September 21. Any aides, former ministers or present management candidates studying can spot the portrayal’s of themselves in yesterday’s newest trailer, which featured Shri Patel as an honest likeness of Rishi Sunak and Simon Paisley Day as a not-quite-bald-enough Dominic Cummings. All in fact becoming a member of Kenneth Branagh because the PM and Olivia Lovibond as Carrie. It seems to be like quite a lot of enjoyable — trailer right here.

CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE: Consumer confidence has fallen to its lowest degree since comparable information started nearly 50 years in the past, the FT’s Chris Giles reviews. It’s extra not-exactly-surprising-but-stark information, reflecting double-digit inflation, the most important drop in actual wages for greater than 20 years and mounting pressures throughout public companies.

BLOB LATEST: The Sun’s Jack Elsom has a readout of Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi’s name with Tory MPs, throughout which he tore into the Whitehall machine for “trying to shackle” long-term tasks that will carry payments down. He warned that if civil servants didn’t get used to taking dangers, “investment will think we are not serious and it will go elsewhere.” One choice at the moment being explored by the Treasury is offering loans to vitality suppliers who would in flip minimize client prices.

MAKING IT RAIN: Research by the Lib Dems out as we speak reveals water firm bosses’ bonuses have risen by 20 % during the last 12 months regardless of the dumping of sewage in rivers and leaking pipes. The common annual bonus for a water firm govt now stands at an eye-watering £670,000, they discovered. Their calculations make the entrance of the Metro and the Guardian. 

A-LEVELING DOWN: The Indy and Guardian each go huge on regional divides in A-Level outcomes. In their helpful evaluation, the BBC’s Hazel Shearing and Hannah Cox spotlight that in London, 39 % of A-levels this 12 months have been graded A* and A, in contrast with 30.8 % of examination grades within the north east of England. Last 12 months, it was 47.9 % in London and 39.2 % within the north east of England.

GREEN LIGHT: Plans to place Drax Power Station on the heart of efforts to spice up renewable vitality are set to be authorised by the federal government, the Yorkshire Post’s Mason Boycott-Owen hears, in what could possibly be a jobs enhance for the realm.

NOTHING TO SEE HERE: Priti Patel has insisted Rwanda is a “safe” nation after a choose dominated that some extracts from recommendation from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office to the Home Office on the plan couldn’t be withheld from the general public. One unnamed FCDO employee stated torture and “even killings” are accepted in Rwanda. Sky News has extra.

SAFETY FIRST: A bunch of survivors and households affected by abuse on social media have written to the Tory management candidates to induce the following prime minister to prioritize the Online Safety Bill. It’s an attention-grabbing one as Truss has signaled she needs to revisit the laws. The Indy’s Martyn Landi has a write-up.

FERRIER GUILTY: Former SNP MP — and still-serving unbiased MP — Margaret Ferrier has pleaded responsible to breaching COVID guidelines by touring regardless of figuring out she had the virus. Back in September 2020, Ferrier earned common condemnation when she admitted touring to London from Glasgow by practice whereas awaiting the outcomes of a COVID check — after which after that check got here again constructive she determined to get the practice again to Glasgow anyway. Her sentence will likely be introduced subsequent month. As the BBC’s Philip Sim factors out, if the choose decides to confer a jail sentence on Ferrier she could possibly be pressured to resign and set off a by-election in her Labour-SNP marginal seat.

TODAY IN WALES: The first hosepipe ban to hit Wales for greater than 30 years comes into pressure this morning, masking Pembrokeshire and components of Carmarthenshire. BBC Wales has the obligation.

UKRAINE UPDATE: U.N. boss António Guterres has warned that combating close to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine is “suicide,” throughout a summit with Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Lviv on Thursday. Zelenskyy requested Guterres to make sure the ability is protected. DW has extra.

Understanding Erdoğan: POLITICO’s Barbara Moens, Sarah Anne Arup and Paola Tamma had a helpful curtain-raiser on the summit. “Of all the members of the NATO alliance, Erdoğan is easily the most slippery in terms of his allegiances,” they write.

Saturday protest: Tomorrow, hundreds of Afghans residing within the U.Okay. will fly Afghan kites in an aerial protest on the therapy of their individuals as 50 % of the inhabitants faces meals poverty and hunger underneath Taliban rule. 

MEDIA ROUND

Good Morning Britain: Shadow Commons chief Thangam Debbonaire (6.20 a.m.) … Transport Secretary Grant Shapps (8.30 a.m.).

BBC Breakfast: Shadow Commons chief Thangam Debbonaire (6.50 a.m.) … Transport Secretary Grant Shapps (7.30 a.m.).

Kay Burley: Transport Secretary Grant Shapps (7.05 a.m.) … Shadow Commons chief Thangam Debbonaire (7.45 a.m.) … Nick Dent, TfL director of buyer operations (8.05 a.m.) … Truss supporter Jake Berry (8.20 a.m.) … London Mayor Sadiq Khan (8.30 a.m.) … Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham (8.45 a.m.) … Sunak supporter Matt Hancock (9.15 a.m.).

Nick Ferrari at Breakfast (LBC): Former Energy U.Okay. CEO Angela Knight (7.05 a.m.) … Shadow Commons chief Thangam Debbonaire (7.10 a.m.) … TfL’s Nick Dent (7.20 a.m.) … Transport Secretary Grant Shapps (7.50 a.m.) … Former Defense Secretary Michael Portillo (9.20 a.m.).

Times Radio breakfast: Former Lib Dem chief Tim Farron (6.35 a.m.) … Transport Secretary Grant Shapps (7.20 a.m.) … NHS Confederation Chief Executive Matthew Taylor (8.07 a.m.) … Shadow Commons chief Thangam Debbonaire (8.35 a.m.) … Sunak supporter Matt Hancock (8.51 a.m.).

talkTV breakfast: The RMT’s Eddie Dempsey (7.05 a.m.) … Shadow Commons chief Thangam Debbonaire (7.20 a.m.) … Former Lib Dem chief Tim Farron (7.47 a.m.) … Truss supporter Jake Berry (8.32 a.m.) … Sunak supporter Matt Hancock (9.05 a.m.).

Reviewing the paper’s tonight: Sky News (10.30 and 11.30 p.m.): The Mirror’s Susie Boniface and the Telegraph’s Christopher Hope … Times Radio (10.30 p.m.): Almara Abgarian from Jam Press and Joe Mayes from Bloomberg.

TODAY’S FRONT PAGES

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Daily Express: Truss guarantees new legal guidelines to smash strike distress.

Daily Mail: 43,00 scrambling for place at college.

Daily Mirror: What has change into of our nation?

Daily Star: Wish you weren’t right here.

Financial Times: City watchdogs face huge overhaul in Truss’s assault on ‘technocrats.’

i: Truss to face ‘no money’ warning if she turns into PM.

Metro: Feeling flush.

POLITICO UK: What Washington thinks in regards to the subsequent Queen Liz.

PoliticsHome: Labour needs parliament recalled two weeks early to debate vitality invoice freeze.

The Daily Telegraph: Lockdown feared to be killing greater than COVID.

The Guardian: Water bosses’ bonuses rose 20 % amid air pollution failings.

The Independent: A-levels present rising North-South divide.

The Sun: Queen’s grand-daughter works in backyard centre.

The Times: Overseas hiring spree to rescue care properties.

THANK POD IT’S FRIDAY

How Westminster Works: Historians inform PolHome’s Alain Tolhurst the brutal secrets and techniques of parliament’s Westminster Hall.

Newscast: The BBC’s Adam Fleming talks to the unique voice of University Challenge, Roger Tilling.

Politics Weekly UK: The Guardian’s John Harris presents his summer time studying record.

Rachel Johnson’s Difficult Women: Johnson interviews Children’s Commissioner Rachel de Souza.

The Bunker: Media journalist Helena Wadia joins Justin Quirk, Ahir Shah and Gavin Esler to debate the menace social media poses to elections.

The Economist Asks: Jon Fasman asks Georgia State University regulation professor Eric Segall what’s subsequent within the U.S. Supreme Court’s in-tray and whether or not reform is feasible.

LONDON CALLING

WESTMINSTER WEATHER: ⛅️⛅️⛅️ Sunny in spells and breezy. Highs of 25C.

NEW GIG: The Indy’s Anna Isaac — additionally previously of this parish — is off to the Guardian. Isaac will change into the paper’s first City editor. Here’s the tweet.

BEST WISHES … To the Times’ media correspondent Jake Kanter and his household, after he resigned from the paper to take a break and assist his spouse get well from a breakdown in her psychological well being. He tweeted about his associate’s battle with OCD right here.

BIRTHDAYS: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton turns 76 … Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland … Lib Dem peer Rosalind Grender … Unaffiliated peer Charles Wellesley … Daily Mail Editor Ted Verity.

Celebrating over the weekend: NHSX CEO Matthew Gould … New Forest West MP Desmond Swayne … DUP peer Nigel Dodds … Labour peer and former chief of the House of Lords Janet Royall … North Thanet MP Roger Gale … SNP MSP Annabelle Ewing … Daily Mirror Deputy Political Editor Ben Glaze … Crossbench peer and former No. 10 Policy Unit head Camilla Cavendish … South Down MP Chris Hazzard … Google exec and former Labour adviser Michaela Neild … Outgoing Chatham House Director Robin Niblett … POLITICO’s personal Sanya Khetani-Shah … Shadow Wales Minister Gerald Jones … North Warwickshire MP Craig Tracey … Former Tory MP Ben Howlett … ITV News presenter Julie Etchingham … Lib Dem peer Lindsay Northover.

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

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