London Playbook: Night at the museum — Strike 1 — Right old Carrie-on – POLITICO

Good Tuesday morning. This is Esther Webber. Annabelle Dixon and Eleni Courea will probably be right here to take you thru the remainder of the week.


OFF TO THE V&A: Boris Johnson and his total Cabinet headed to the V&A in South Kensington final evening for a lavish night at the Tory summer time ball. The ambiance at the outset was dampened considerably by the members of the museum’s PCS department picketing the entrance entrance along with former Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, and from what Playbook hears it didn’t decide up a lot from there. 

Inside the dinner: Playbook’s Eleni Courea texts in with a scoopy, fun-filled readout from the night, which started with round 250 authorities ministers, mega-rich donors, Tory apparatchiks and varied hangers-on submitting into the museum at 7 p.m. for drinks. After speeches from the PM and social gathering Co-Chairman Ben Elliot, prizes began being auctioned off on screens as visitors have been served a starter of salmon tartare adopted by beef with asparagus mash — which frankly sounds grim — and completed off with passionfruit meringues for dessert. 

It will get higher: A band carrying jazzy outfits carried out songs by ABBA. “It was like a school disco band. There were one or two people making slightly boogie-looking moves but no one was fully committed to dancing,” Playbook’s mole stated. “If there’s one thing the country thinks the Tories do well it’s throwing parties — and ironically this wasn’t much of one. It felt almost cultish.” Another attendee stated merely: “I’ve had better Monday nights.” 

That election technique in full: After visitors had completed their starters and withstood a speech by Michael Gove, there got here what will need to have been the most weird second of the evening. Former Tory Treasurer Howard Lee, who’s elevating cash for the Conservative Party’s plan to carry onto 80 marginal seats and win an additional 20 at the subsequent election, requested individuals to “stand up to donate £500” to the effort. Quite a couple of individuals did stand up (although Eleni hears the mics weren’t nice and it’s not fairly clear what number of of them have been simply heading to the toilet) … solely to take a seat shortly again down when Lee requested them to “stay standing to donate £1,000.”

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Brace, brace: The grand prize at the public sale was a dinner with Boris Johnson, Theresa May and David Cameron — sure, all collectively — which went for round £120,000. One visitor current stated, “I suspect it’s the kind of thing CCHQ auctions off but never actually happens.” If you’ve been missold dinner with a former Tory Party chief, please get in contact.

What you might have gained: Other prizes have been an African safari journey bought for £65,000 … a taking pictures weekend for £37,000 … wine tasting for £30,000 … and Chelsea vs. Arsenal tickets for a relatively measly £5,000. Playbook would try a joke about ministers’ hangovers but it surely appears like most of them had legged it dwelling by 10.30 p.m. in order to be recent to debate the value of residing at Cabinet this morning.


STRIKE 1: Never has *driving* the day felt extra applicable, as 40,000 railway employees stroll out on the first of three strike days this week. Tens of hundreds of journeys to work, college, hospital appointments and social events will probably be deserted as passengers are instructed to not hassle touring by prepare till Sunday. Boris Johnson is formally again in the sizzling seat to sentence the motion at a Cabinet assembly this morning after a sinus operation yesterday below common anesthetic which meant handing the reins to Deputy PM Dominic Raab for twenty-four hours. As nicely as slamming the unions, ministers will speak public sector pay at Cabinet, totally conscious that different professions might comply with swimsuit with strikes of their very own after particulars of their pay affords are revealed this week. 

Who’s affected: About 4,500 providers — down from 20,000 usually — will probably be operating this week, and so they’ll begin later and end a lot sooner than common. There will probably be no passenger trains operating north from Glasgow or Edinburgh, and in London, there will probably be “very little service” throughout most of the Tube community at this time. Many of these on strike from the 15 prepare firms are guards, cleaners or observe upkeep employees. Train driver members of the Aslef union are on account of strike over pay at Greater Anglia on June 23 and July 2.

Reminder: RMT members are happening strike after talks with prepare operators and Network Rail broke down. The union is asking for a pay rise of at least 7 p.c however says employers have supplied 2 p.c with the potential of 1 p.c extra, on the situation that employees settle for proposed job cuts and adjustments to working practices. As ever, the BBC’s Ros Atkins has a reasonably neat explainer. 

Those cross phrases in full: Speaking forward of Cabinet, Johnson is predicted to accuse the unions of “harming the very people they claim to be helping … by driving away commuters who ultimately support the jobs of rail workers.” He will add: “Too high demands on pay will also make it incredibly difficult to bring to an end the current challenges facing families around the world with rising costs of living.” On the RMT line that fares would pay for the sort of deal they’re looking for, he says: “We should not loading larger fares on passengers to hold on paying for working practices that date again in some circumstances to the nineteenth century.”

Latest from the RMT: Assistant General-Secretary John Leach instructed TalkTV’s Tom Newton Dunn final evening: “What we can’t do is settle for something that’s nearly 8 percent behind inflation — that is absolutely intolerable … We regret the inconvenience this causes and that’s why they need a pay rise too … Our members deserve a reasonable pay rise to be able to keep up with the cost of living crisis in this country.”

Cold consolation: These recent blows in the confrontation between the authorities and the unions will probably be of little consolation to all these passengers who’ve needed to change their plans this week. Which is in spite of everything the level of a strike. 

Worth a learn: This evaluation for City AM by former Sun man Steve Hawkes, who frames the confrontation in the wider context of the authorities’s plans for the railways. He experiences that insiders at prepare firms say they’ve been instructed by the authorities to mannequin a state of affairs the place passenger volumes will solely return to 80 p.c of their pre-COVID heights, whereas some in the trade imagine Johnson is “spoiling for a fight” with the RMT — the final commerce union with actual nationwide muscle. A No. 10 official denied this was his motivation.

What can the authorities do? Labour is continuous to name on ministers to get entangled in negotiations, whereas the authorities continues to insist it’s not their place to take action. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng confirmed the scoop by Henry Zeffman in yesterday’s Times that ministers are making ready to scrap legal guidelines towards hiring company employees to face in for strikers. He tweeted: “Repealing these 1970s-era restrictions will give businesses the freedom to access skilled, temporary staff at short notice. Legislation is on its way.” It gained’t make a distinction to the present strike, but it surely’s anticipated to have i’s dotted and t’s crossed at this time as a way to come earlier than parliament later this week.

Instrument of torture: Labour confirmed it might oppose the transfer, with Shadow Business Secretary Jonathan Reynolds saying: “Agencies themselves have said this is unworkable and don’t want it to happen. The government is willing to ride roughshod over businesses to provoke this dispute rather than act like grown-ups and actually resolve it.” But with the change being made by way of statutory instrument, the scope for problem is restricted. A Labour Party official instructed Playbook the opposition will look at methods to dam it, relying on the sort of SI used.

Further down the observe: In his assertion to the Commons, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps recommitted the authorities to bringing in minimal service necessities on the railways, which might insulate the networks from full shutdown amid strike motion. However a authorities official admitted these have been “quite a way away” as the proposal requires main laws and will take months. 

It’s simply not picket: While No. 10 has denied utilizing strikes as a “wedge issue,” Conservatives certainly seem to think it is one to hammer their opponents with by accusing them of backing a “summer of chaos.” Labour had reached a secure, if not altogether snug, line to take by saying solely the authorities truly has the energy to behave and avert the disruption. But Labour gonna Labour, and the social gathering couldn’t let the alternative for some infighting go it by. PoliticsDwelling’s Sienna Rodgers has a cracking scoop, revealing that Labour frontbenchers have been ordered to not be part of hanging employees on the picket line as a way to “show leadership.”

How’s that taking place? Like a bucket of chilly sick with left-wing Labour MPs and union leaders. Kate Osborne, aide to shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Kyle, was straight out of the blocks, tweeting: “Come what may, I will be on a picket line supporting workers tomorrow.” Unite’s General Secretary Sharon Graham stated: “You don’t lead by hiding. No one respects that. It’s time to decide whose side you are on. Workers or bad bosses?” Ouch. 

But sufficient of that: Regardless of whether or not the Labour Party makes it by means of the week in a single piece, there are greater questions forward. Henry Zeffman, Ben Clatworthy, Nicola Woolcock and Kat Lay report in the Times that academics wish to see pay rises of as much as 12 p.c whereas nurses have demanded 5 p.c above inflation, which is forecast to succeed in 11 p.c this yr. Teachers are making ready to start strike proceedings if they don’t obtain a considerably improved pay provide by Wednesday, they report, whereas NHS workers must also be instructed their pay award this week.

Gulp: Pay calls for by medical doctors and nurses might wipe £4.8 billion off the cash raised by the National Insurance rise, in response to evaluation by the Telegraph, which additionally places civil servants and posties on strike watch.

Not in a beneficiant temper: All this units the authorities up for a conflict with public sector employees on a number of fronts, with the prime minister and chancellor set to emphasise at this morning’s Cabinet their perception in the significance of pay self-discipline and restraint as a way to handle inflationary pressures downwards. They will “look to” the Independent Pay Review course of, in some delightfully obscure language, and have dedicated “consider” their suggestions. In extra pre-released phrases forward of Cabinet, the PM stated: “It is right that we reward our hard-working public sector workers with a pay rise, but this needs to be proportionate and balanced. Sustained higher levels of inflation would have a far bigger impact on people’s pay packets in the long run, destroying savings and extending the difficulties we’re facing for longer.” Insert grimace emoji right here.

Wages of sin: Playbook gained’t be the first to level out that it was lower than a yr in the past at the final Conservative Party convention that speak of a “high wage economy” was all the rage, with each the PM and chancellor making intensive reference to the salaried sunlit uplands of their speeches. When your Playbook writer spoke to the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ Ben Zaranko on exactly this situation forward of the final finances, he identified that although, in a good labor market, wages are rising in what would usually be considered wholesome money phrases, it’s clearly not sufficient to match inflation — and that places the authorities in a good spot. “We can’t rule out strike action and a lot of backlash among the NHS, education, prison and police officers,” he stated again then.

It’s not all unhealthy information: If you’re a banker, that’s. The i’s Paul Waugh has obtained maintain of a letter from Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay — additionally the PM’s chief of workers — to Rishi Sunak during which he outlines plans to “remove restrictions on director (and specifically NED) remuneration,” as proposed by the London Stock Exchange. The transfer is proposed as a part of the authorities’s drive to display the advantages of Brexit, however doesn’t precisely chime with the spirit of “restraint” ministers are calling for in the public sector. 

What BEIS says: The enterprise division notes this was in a launch it put out final month on audit reform, whereas the authorities is known to haven’t any intention to finish the EU cap on banker bonuses. Waugh counters, nevertheless, that Johnson has come below stress from U.S. and different overseas banks to just do that.

Nice Brexit you’ve obtained there: Don’t miss the FT’s huge learn from George Parker and Chris Giles on Brexit’s financial fallout. They write: “As the sixth anniversary of the UK’s vote to leave the EU approaches, economists are starting to quantify the damage caused by the erection of trade barriers with its biggest market, separating the ‘Brexit effect’ from the damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. They conclude that the damage is real and it is not over yet.” Downing Street, in the meantime, has insisted it’s “too early to pass judgment” on whether or not Brexit was having a unfavorable impression on the economic system.


RIGHT OLD CARRIE-ON: If Downing Street hoped to show the web page on the mysterious story of the disappearing Times story, it doesn’t appear as if that’s going to occur simply but. You know, the one the place the Times printed a narrative that Boris Johnson as overseas secretary tried to rent his then-girlfriend Carrie as chief of workers — then deleted all hint of it. The PM’s spokesman confirmed at Monday’s foyer briefing that No. 10 had spoken to the newspaper about the offending article however specified the prime minister had not personally intervened, whereas reiterating that the claims in Simon Walters’ unique piece have been unfaithful.

Bang on cue: An unique from the Mirror’s Pippa Crerar, who experiences Johnson recommended two different soft jobs for Carrie — as an envoy for the COP26 local weather summit, and as spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Earthshot prize. Johnson’s closest advisers have been stated to have vetoed each solutions, Crerar says, warning that it might undermine his spouse’s standing as a personal citizen. No. 10 has once more denied the claims, saying: “The PM has never recommended Mrs Johnson for a government role or one as part of the Earthshot Prize” — though they haven’t explicitly denied that he ever mentioned the matter with aides. More fodder for Lobby at this time. 

Do the Geidt factor: It appears we haven’t heard the final of Christopher Geidt after his quite odd resignation as Johnson’s ethics adviser final week. He’s popped as much as inform the Telegraph’s Tony Diver that the PM’s alleged different job as his spouse’s profession adviser is “ripe for investigation.” Now, if solely there was somebody round to do it. 

Speaking of which: The Guardian’s Aubrey Allegretti (who’s deservedly simply been given a everlasting gig at the paper) discovered that Labour will try to pile stress on Johnson at this time to switch his ethics adviser inside two months, or face having a probably extra hostile candidate put in. It follows the information final week that No. 10 wouldn’t essentially decide a alternative for Geidt however reevaluate the position altogether. Keir Starmer has put down a movement saying that if the position isn’t crammed by August 16, then a parliamentary committee ought to be capable to appoint anyone to successfully perform its duties.

Red Wragg to a bull: The committee in query is the public administration and constitutional affairs committee, which is after all chaired by one in every of Johnson’s most vocal critics, William Wragg. There are a couple of Conservatives who take a dim view of leaving Geidt’s publish vacant, one in every of whom tells Aubrey: “If he chooses not to replace Lord Geidt, this shows them just how little his promises are worth.” However, it’s unlikely to be the scene of an enormous rebel with many MPs away from Westminster on account of rail strikes and a remaining push by campaigners forward of the two by-elections this week.

Great expectations: The expectation administration recreation continues forward of Thursday’s contests in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton. Well, in the latter seat anyway. A Conservative loss in Wakefield now appears broadly accepted, an impression which might solely be additional bolstered by the Tory candidate’s newest intervention. Nadeem Ahmed tells the New Statesman’s Anoosh Chakelian in her wonderful colour piece, on the topic of Johnson’s management: “I do not see Labour councillors or Labour MPs calling out Tony Blair. I hold him responsible for the deaths in Iraq, the innocent lives, nobody’s talking about that.” For what it’s price native Tory sources don’t have a lot sympathy. “We’re all cringing,” one instructed Playbook. “Not sure how the answer to that question wasn’t rehearsed to death.”

Where’s Boris? The PM, who leaves for Kigali later this week, is operating out of time to indicate up in Wakefield. He swerved a go to to Doncaster final week, which could have fitted in properly, to go to Kyiv. At this fee we will begin a helpful listing of overseas capitals he’d quite go to than West Yorkshire. Rooting round, it appears his final look there was a stop-off on the option to the Batley and Spen by-election this time final yr — so he does know the place it’s in spite of everything.

Meanwhile in Tiverton: The Lib Dems are eager for us to know — and it will get a write-up from the i’s David Parsley — that inner polling places the social gathering neck and neck with the Conservatives with two full days of campaigning left. Health warning: it’s not a representatively weighted ballot, however primarily based on canvassing knowledge. A Conservative Party official dismissed it as, er, the “same old crap” from the Lib Dems, accusing them of “desperately trying to row back” after an nameless former MP was quoted as saying they have been going to win by 5,000 votes. Not to be outdone, Tory MPs have been daring sufficient to temporary Aubrey Allegretti at the Guardian that the social gathering will maintain on to Tiverton and Honiton “but with a significantly reduced majority of around 2,000.”

Gold-star remedy: Regardless of your allegiances, you’d should strive very arduous to not get pleasure from this dispatch from Honiton by Tanya Gold for Unherd. Come for the devastating pen portraits of the candidates, keep for the information that (*1*)

Leveling up newest: NationalWorld’s Ethan Shone has obtained maintain of Cabinet Office knowledge which exhibits Johnson solely held direct conferences with 4 out of 10 metro mayors all through 2020 and 2021. One regional chief claimed the prime minister was avoiding them as a result of he doesn’t have a grasp of the element and is anxious he will probably be “discovered.”

Feel the burn: Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham is hanging out with the Institute for Government at this time in Manny, as they launch a brand new paper endorsed by Burnham, West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin and Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram. It says the authorities should devolve fuller powers and higher flexibility over spending to metro mayors in order that these native leaders may also help degree up England.  

Getting a go: The House of Commons has confirmed it would erase knowledge exhibiting what number of occasions MPs have been on the parliamentary property, following a backlash from ministers. The row began when Jacob Rees-Mogg tweeted that “thanks to a lefty Freedom of Information request it turns out I attended the Commons on over 100 percent of sitting days in a year, 159 attended vs 154 sitting days,” PoliticsDwelling’s Alain Tolhurst experiences. Unhappy parliamentary workers have been in contact with Playbook to boost considerations that the Commons will due to this fact lose knowledge which might help in investigating misconduct complaints, whereas Garry Graham of Prospect commerce union instructed us: “Given the run of MPs found guilty of serious offences, perhaps it is time to completely rethink processes such as this so that we can protect MPs’ privacy while ensuring staff are protected and that necessary security information is recorded.”

SNP SLEAZE LATEST: An SNP MP who was heard providing full assist to Patrick Grady in a leaked recording obtained by the Sun and Mail has apologized, as stress grows on the SNP’s dealing with of the harassment case involving Grady. Amy Callaghan known as for an overhaul of the social gathering’s harassment procedures in the wake of the scandal, which has seen Westminster chief Ian Blackford and different SNP MPs accused of rallying round a colleague discovered to have dedicated sexual harassment whereas providing little assist to the sufferer, who nonetheless works for the SNP. In her assertion, Callaghan refers to a “complainant who has been let down this week by my words and by my party.” The different MPs heard in the recording are but to publicly provide assist or apologize to the sufferer, who has stated in a number of latest interviews that he feels deserted by the SNP. Since the recording emerged, Blackford is but to remark publicly at all.

Also weighing in: The SNP MP Joanna Cherry — a persistent critic sacked by Blackford final yr — stated the social gathering has “significant problems” in the way it tackles complaints. Cherry has beforehand criticized her personal social gathering for upsetting abuse and threats from activists towards her.

HOUSE OF COMMONS: Sits from 11.30 a.m. with FCDO questions … Followed by an opposition day debate on the impartial adviser on ministers’ pursuits.

HOUSE OF LORDS: Sits from 2.30 p.m. with questions on sewage discharge, the 300,000 dwelling constructing goal and introducing a British Baccalaureate … after which the principal enterprise will probably be the committee stage of the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill.

Committee hall: PACAC will quiz worldwide regulation specialists on the authorities’s worldwide regulation report (10 a.m.) … FCDO Minister James Cleverly will probably be giving proof on the U.Ok.-EU relationship at the Lords Brexit committee (2 p.m.) … The worldwide growth committee has a session with Olivier De Schutter, the U.N.’s particular rapporteur on excessive poverty and human rights (2.30 p.m.) … and Sophie Linden, City Hall’s deputy mayor for crime and policing, is up at the justice committee because it continues its scrutiny of the Victims Bill (2.30 p.m.). Full listing right here.

UKRAINE UPDATE: Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports — largely stopping the export of the nation’s essential grain provides — is a warfare crime, European Commission overseas affairs chief Josep Borrell claimed yesterday after a gathering of EU overseas ministers in Luxembourg. Western leaders proceed to think about alternative routes to get exports out of Ukraine. Later in the day, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy instructed the African Union that the Russian blockade was holding Africa “hostage.” The BBC has a write-up of Zelenskyy’s diplomatic efforts with the AU right here.

Kaliningrad disaster: Russia on Monday demanded the Lithuanian authorities instantly reverse restrictions on shipments of EU-sanctioned Russian items by means of Lithuanian territory to its exclave of Kaliningrad. Moscow’s overseas ministry stated: “Russia reserves the proper to take actions to guard its nationwide pursuits.” POLITICO’s Matthew Karnitschnig’s has a must-read story on the Suwałki Gap, aka the most harmful place on earth, which delves into the significance of Kaliningrad.

Elsewhere: In the battle for Severodonetsk, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar stated Russia had gathered nearly all of its forces to storm Ukraine’s remaining settlements in the space. In Russian-controlled Crimea, Governor Sergey Aksyonov claimed Ukraine has fired on three offshore drilling platforms in the peninsula, which might mark the first assault there since the February invasion.

UKRAINIAN URBAN DICTIONARY: Playbook’s personal editor Zoya Sheftalovich has a chunk on Ukrainian warfare slang — and experiences they’ve taken to utilizing the time period “Macronite” (in a nod to French President Emmanuel Macron) to explain somebody who makes an enormous present of concern however does nothing to assist.

Macron’s ‘mare: And talking of the French president’s humiliations: If you’re catching up with the fallout from the nation’s election final weekend, this piece by John Lichfield for POLITICO is price your time. He says the consequence “may well turn into a slow-motion calamity for France.” Lichfield writes that Macron now faces a number of choices, “none of them very promising.”

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps broadcast spherical: Sky News (7.05 a.m.) … Times Radio (7.20 a.m.) … BBC Breakfast (7.30 a.m.) … LBC (7.50 a.m.) … Today program (8.10 a.m.).

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Pat McFadden: LBC (7.05 a.m.) … Sky News (8.05 a.m.) … Today program (8.30 a.m.) … Times Radio (8.35 a.m.).

Also on the Today program: RMT’s Mick Lynch and Network Rail’s Andrew Haines (7.10 a.m.).

Also on Kay Burley: Lib Dem MP Christine Jardine (8.40 a.m.).

Also on Nick Ferrari at Breakfast (LBC): Former U.N, Assistant Secretary-General Toby Lanzer (7.40 a.m.).

Also on Times Radio breakfast: Assistant General Secretary of the RMT union John Leach (8 a.m.) … Former Foreign Secretary William Hague and former Scottish Labour chief Kezia Dugdale (9.05 a.m.).

TalkTV breakfast present: RMT’s Eddie Dempsey (7.05 a.m.) … Tory MP Chris Loder (8.05 a.m.) … IFS Director Paul Johnson (8.32 a.m.) … Labour MP Clive Lewis (9.05 a.m.).

Politics Live (BBC Two 12.15 p.m.): Shadow Brexit Minister Jenny Chapman … Tory MP Jonathan Gullis … Tory activist Albie Amankona … Former Lib Dem aide Polly Mackenzie … RMT’s Mick Lynch.

The Briefing with Gloria De Piero (GB News 12 p.m.): Former Education Secretary Justine Greening … Tory MP Greg Smith … Labour MP Marsha de Cordova.

Tonight with Andrew Marr (LBC 6 p.m.): Former Chancellor Alistair Darling.

Cross Question with Iain Dale (LBC 8 p.m.): Unaffiliated peer Kate Hoey … Green peer Natalie Bennett … BrightBlue’s Phoebe Arslanagic-Wakefield … Broadcaster John Kampfner.

Reviewing the papers tonight: Sky News (10.30 p.m. and 11.30 p.m.): The i’s Ian Dunt and former Tory SpAd Anita Boateng … Times Radio (10 p.m.): Author Emma Woolf and Yahoo’s Nadine Batchelor-Hunt.


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Daily Express: Boris — Time for ‘smart’ pay offers to ease value disaster.

Daily Mail: Strikes are a £1 billion lockdown for Britain.

Daily Mirror: Planes, disaster … Trains, disaster, … Automobiles, disaster.

Daily Star: Don’t panic however … They’ve simply the man with no mind in command of the nation.

Financial Times: Business fears rail strike’s value as prospect grows of extra walkouts.

HuffPost UK: Rail strikes on observe to go forward.

i: No 10 plans to tear up the limits on metropolis bosses’ pay.

Metro: It’s all going a bit loco.

POLITICO UK: Russia declares gasoline warfare on EU.

PoliticsDwelling: Labour entrance benchers banned from becoming a member of picket strains amid rail strikes.

The Daily Telegraph: PM — Unions harming these they’re meant to assist.

The Guardian: PM inflames rail dispute with strike-breaker menace.

The Independent: Union blames ministers for blocking rail pay deal.

The Sun: Jessie nicked for kneeing cop in knackers.

The Times: Britain runs into the buffers.

**What measures will probably be wanted to allow immunocompromised sufferers to return to regular? Tune in to POLITICO Live’s digital occasion “The unmet needs of immunocompromised patients post-COVID 19” on June 29**


WESTMINSTER WEATHER: ☀️☀️☀️ Stunning sunshine once more. Highs of 25C.

SPOTTED At the paperback launch of Peter Cardwell‘s “The Secret Life of Special Advisers”: Minister Paul Scully … Tory MPs Robert BucklandClaire Coutinho Liam Fox (and aide David Goss) … Matt Warman … and Steve Brine … Former Culture Sec Nicky Morgan … Author’s dad and mom Ken and Sandra CardwellCathy and Sophie Brokenshire … Assorted hacks Michael Crick Patrick Maguire Geri ScottAubrey AllegrettiKate Devlin … and naturally SpAds previous and current together with Charlie RowleyAmy Fisher Vanessa Pine Edward BickhamJeremy Mayhew … and Ross Easton.

NEW GIG: Newsnight’s Lewis Goodall is off to Global, in one more huge poach from the BBC by the broadcaster. Goodall will probably be co-hosting a podcast with Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel, alongside a job as evaluation and investigations editor. Here’s the tweet.

New gig II: Former No. 10 SpAd Ed Oldfield is rejoining Hanbury, the place he labored earlier than becoming a member of the authorities.

New gig III: Harj Sahota, who manages visits and occasions for Keir Starmer and is healthier identified to many as DJ Hoops, has been promoted to go of exterior relations in the Labour chief’s workplace.

BIRTHDAYS: Unaffiliated peer and former Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey … Basildon and Billericay MP John Baron … Senior Labour spinner Matthew Doyle … Former Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind … Tory peer Maurice Saatchi … Former No. 10 Press Secretary Bernard Ingham turns 90 … President of Indonesia Joko Widodo … SNP spinner Ahmed Asif … Tory peer Andrew Dunlop … Labour peer Clive Brooke … Lib Dem peer John Lee … Tory peer Amanda Sater … NSA whistleblower Edward Snowdon … and Duke of Cambridge Prince William turns 40.

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

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