Good Thursday morning. This is Annabelle Dickson. My colleague Esther Webber makes her London Playbook debut tomorrow. Send your gossip and ideas her method.
DRIVING THE DAY
CALLING CAMERON: Ex-prime minister-turned-lobbyist David Cameron will seem earlier than MPs this afternoon to face questions concerning the collapse of Greensill Capital, and his shameless relentless lobbying efforts on their behalf. The ex-PM won’t need to face the indignity of tripping over the same old financial institution of cameras ready for high-profile parliamentary witnesses. Cameron, who has not but spoken publicly about his actions, and MPs on the Treasury Select Committee, will all dial right into a extra chillaxed digital listening to, which begins at 2.30 p.m.
A fast recap: At the peak of the pandemic final 12 months, Cameron, who grew to become an adviser to Greensill after leaving No. 10, pressed former colleagues to present the corporate entry to a Bank of England mortgage scheme designed to maintain credit score flowing to pandemic-hit companies. The Financial Times broke the primary story. His efforts didn’t succeed. The agency ultimately collapsed, placing hundreds of jobs in danger. It is now underneath investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority, which warned this week that a number of the allegations about its collapse are “potentially criminal in nature.”
There was extra: A Sunday Times investigation later alleged that Greensill Capital founder Lex Greensill had loved privileged entry to No. 10 within the Cameron period, and benefited from a controversial government-backed mortgage scheme Greensill designed after getting in with Whitehall departments and companies. The Sunday Times additionally revealed Cameron organized a “private drink” between Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Greensill to debate a fee scheme later rolled out within the National Health Service.
Lovebomb in full: The raft of lobbying messages despatched by Cameron (which have been requested by the Treasury Committee and subsequently revealed this week) exhibits the extent to which the previous PM intervened personally on behalf of the corporate. The Telegraph’s Judith Woods doesn’t pull her punches on the “mortifying” messages this morning.
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Not so freedom of knowledge: The cache of messages produced by Cameron additionally seems to counsel (as many journalists have lengthy suspected) Whitehall is just not very free with its info. An official request from the Times’ George Grylls’ for any correspondence between Cameron and Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi on Greensill got here again with zilch. But this week, Cameron launched his messages to Zahawi, proving the 2 had chatted. Not day for transparency.
Killer query: Playbook requested prime investigative hacks from the Financial Times, which broke the unique story, and the Sunday Times, which additionally vigorously pursued Cameron’s post-No. 10 profession, the one query MPs ought to put to the previous PM at present. FT Chief Political Correspondent Jim Pickard desires them to ask Cameron if he ought to have carried out extra due diligence earlier than taking the job and if he regrets the brazen nature of his lobbying. Gabriel Pogrund, the Sunday Times Whitehall correspondent, who has produced a number of scoops on the problem, additionally thinks the important thing query is whether or not Cameron knew or understood why the corporate he was lobbying for was in a precarious place whereas lobbying ministers.
Why it issues: While Conservative politicians could really feel vindicated that the Greensill scandal doesn’t seem like arising on the doorstep, or damaging them on the poll field, the failure of Greensill Capital has had far-reaching implications for the broader economic system. It has additionally dredged up contemporary questions concerning the lobbying system, and the way ministers and officers work together with companies and their representatives, lots of them ex-politicos.
Speaking of which: Pickard has one other nice lobbying scoop in at present’s FT. He says the previous chair of the Conservative Party, Andrew Feldman, had a task advising Health Minister James Bethell at the beginning of the pandemic. He initiated a authorities private protecting tools contract for a shopper of his lobbying firm. The Department for Health advised the FT it did “proper due diligence” on all contracts.
Your common reminder: David Cameron on lobbying, 11 years in the past, shortly earlier than turning into prime minister: “We all know how it works. The lunches, the hospitality, the quiet word in your ear, the ex-ministers and ex-advisers for hire, helping big business find the right way to get its way.”
MORE DUE DILIGENCE: Christopher Geidt, the PM’s new adviser on ministerial pursuits, who has the unenviable process of unpicking the long-running drama over who paid for the Downing Street wallpaper, and when, makes his debut in entrance of MPs on the Public Administration Committee at 10 a.m.
‘Without benefit’: Geidt might also be requested if he can shed any extra gentle on the county court docket judgment towards Prime Minister Boris Johnson that cites an unpaid invoice of £535. A Downing Street spokesperson advised the BBC final evening the declare towards the PM was “without merit” and an utility could be made for “an order to set aside the default judgment.” Twitter authorized eagle David Allen Green has thread explaining the ins and outs of CCJs right here.
SAGE ADVICE ON INDIA: Scientists will at present maintain an “urgent” assembly to evaluate the specter of the B1617.2 — the so-called Indian variant — after instances have greater than tripled in every week, in accordance with the i paper. It is barely days because the PM’s upbeat press convention at which he confirmed England will take a giant step towards opening up subsequent week, however the i paper cites fears the ultimate stage out of lockdown might be delayed because of the surge. The Times says subsequent week will probably be essential in figuring out how a lot of a menace the variant is. A authorities official performed down the menace, telling Playbook the info is “still going in the right direction,” with instances remaining “consistently low.” The vaccine rollout goes to plan, the official insisted.
Sturgeon speaks: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon final evening tweeted assurances an increase in COVID-19 instances in Glasgow was being monitored intently amid issues concerning the Indian variant.
What it’d imply? The i paper thinks secondary college youngsters might be advised to proceed to put on facemasks in areas with the best will increase, together with Bolton and Greater Manchester.
Mask zinger: The Sun’s Harry Cole is listening to extra upbeat information. He reckons scientists are on board with a National Economy Recovery Taskforce plan to permit folks to take off their masks in retailers and workplaces on June 21. “The present considering factors to social distancing going and masks sporting solely in restricted settings like buses, trains and the Tube,” an “insider” tells him. His story makes The Sun splash at present.
Thirty-somethings: And in much more excellent news, folks aged 38 and 39 can now e-book their COVID vaccinations.
Inquiry underway: It all comes because the prime minister determined yesterday was the best time to lastly announce the long-called-for COVID-19 inquiry. The Guardian’s Heather Stewart has evaluation of the calculations seemingly being made in No. 10 concerning the timing of the inquiry, which received’t begin till not less than subsequent spring.
Case for the protection: The PM’s aides have been “gathering emails and documents for more than six months” to help Johnson’s case within the public inquiry, in accordance with the Times. The paper reckons a devoted unit will probably be arrange within the Cabinet Office to supply the inquiry with hundreds of emails, coverage paperwork and minutes of conferences that may type the spine of the proof on which witnesses are questioned.
Testing the testers: COVID-19 testing companies have been referred to as to video conferences this week and requested about their capability, with warnings they might be faraway from authorities lists in the event that they fail to carry out and make sure the return vacationers exams on time, in accordance with the Times.
YESTERDAY’S COVID STATS: 2,284 new instances, ⬇️ 190 on Tuesday. In the final seven days, the U.Okay. has recorded a complete of 16,035 new instances, ⬆️ 1,892 on the earlier week … 11 new reported deaths inside 28 days of a constructive check, ⬇️ 9 on Tuesday. In the final seven days, the U.Okay. has recorded a complete of 70 deaths, ⬇️ 20 on the earlier week.
VAX STATS: A complete of 35,722,461 folks have acquired the primary dose, ⬆️ 135,113. A complete of 18,438,532 folks have acquired the second dose, ⬆️ 350,147.
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TODAY IN WESTMINSTER
‘TOTAL BOLLOCKS’: Former Scottish Conservative chief Ruth Davidson is the newest politician to take purpose on the U.Okay. authorities plan to make picture ID obligatory at elections. She advised ITV’s Robert Peston the thought was “total bollocks.” Watch the fruity trade right here. “There are bigger threats from agents outside our borders than from someone who forgets to take their drivers’ licence (if they have one) to a polling station,” Davidson later tweeted.
NOT IN MY SOUTHERN BACKYARD: The PM can also be going through a revolt in his personal camp over Planning Bill proposals which might make it more durable for locals to object to new developments. According to the Telegraph, “dozens of southern Tory MPs” are gearing up for a combat.
ON THE WARPATH: And in additional Queen’s Speech fallout, the Daily Mail splashes on the dearth of progress on social care this morning, claiming dementia victims and their households have paid £14 billion on social care because the PM vowed to repair the system. National Care Association Chairman Nadra Ahmed desires a Cabinet minister for social care to be appointed. It follows an equally offended Daily Mirror entrance web page earlier this week. Dodging might turn out to be as politically damaging as presenting a proposal, nonetheless imperfect. Definitely price watching this house.
WANTING TO STEP UP: Kim Leadbeater, the sister of murdered MP Jo Cox, has signaled her willingness to face because the candidate in Batley and Spen after Tracy Brabin stood down because the MP this week after she was elected as West Yorkshire’s first mayor. The BBC has a write-up.
STEPPING DOWN: Shadow Communities Minister Kate Hollern has stepped down after claims she tried to isolate a parliamentary employee who made allegations of sexual harassment towards left-leaning Labour MP Mike Hill. The Guardian has a write-up.
TAKING AIM: Times Radio’s Tom Newton Dunn doesn’t maintain again in his Evening Standard column this week. Labour Party chief Keir Starmer’s resolution, when serving as director of public prosecutions, to pursue red-top journalists for paying public officers for info, broke his former colleague John Kay, who died final week, TND claims. “Starmer is essentially well meaning and honest, and can put on a neat turn at the Despatch Box. But he has no sound judgment, because he appears to have no firm moorings. Instead, he is blown all over Westminster’s seas by the political winds,” TND writes. Don’t anticipate Starmer to pop up on his Sunday morning G&T present anytime quickly.
NOW HEAR THIS: Playbook’s personal Emilio Casalicchio is interviewing Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds subsequent Tuesday at 5.30 p.m. You can register right here if you wish to tune in.
HOUSE OF COMMONS: Sits from 9.30 a.m. with Business Questions to Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg. His newly reshuffled shadow Thangam Debbonaire makes her first look within the new position … adopted by a press release from Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis on Ballymurphy (10.30 a.m.) … after which MPs transfer on to the third day of the Queen’s Speech debate, with a spotlight at present on schooling (11.30 a.m.).
ALSO ON COMMITTEE CORRIDOR TODAY: Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden seems on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee for a normal catch-up scrutiny session (2.30 p.m.).
HOUSE OF LORDS: Sits from midday with a PNQ (non-public discover query) from Lib Dem peer Jenny Randerson on defects in Hitachi high-speed trains, adopted by 10 minutes of questions on Israel and Palestine … Peers will then transfer on to Day Two of its Queen Speech debating — with the structure and union as at present’s focus.
STATE OF THE UNION
MORE BY-ELECTION ACTION: Voters within the Scottish Airdrie and Shotts constituency head to the polls for the second time in eight days to decide on a brand new MP, after the Scottish National Party’s Neil Gray switched to Holyrood final week. Though Gray received the seat with a majority of simply over 5,000 votes in 2019, second-placed Labour has some hope that it could not less than shut that hole as a result of an unpredictable turnout and the pro-union tactical voting seen in constituencies throughout Scotland final week. Unlike these elections, counting will happen in a single day with a end result anticipated within the early hours of Friday morning. STV has an summary of the candidates.
Union battle traces … will probably be gone over in some element when Scotland Secretary Alister Jack faces the Scottish Affairs Committee this morning for the primary time because the election. SNP loyalist Pete Wishart chairs the committee, so anticipate loads of questions on democracy and the way Scotland turns into an impartial nation answered with references to the “once in a generation” line and the pandemic Jack will say Scotland ought to focus on. He’s up from 11.30 a.m. alongside junior minister Iain Stewart and senior mandarin Laurence Rockey. The Shared Prosperity Fund — or “power grab” in accordance with the SNP — that Whitehall will use to straight spend on Scotland can also be prone to come up.
First day again: Holyrood’s 43 new faces will probably be sworn in at present alongside the remainder of the parliament’s 129 MSPS as a brand new time period begins. The ceremony features a obligatory pledge of allegiance to the Queen, one thing the Scottish Greens have indicated they might trigger just a little bother with tomorrow. Elsewhere, there is also bother forward when Holyrood elects its presiding officer later at present. The Times’ Kieran Andrews and BBC’s Kirsten Campbell report that events and members are reluctant to place themselves ahead for the neutral speaker-equivalent position because of the finely balanced arithmetic for key votes. Someone has to do it, although — Playbook heard Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone, additionally talked about by these reporters, might doubtlessly get some cross-party backing from unionists and nationalists due to the excessive esteem she is held in throughout parliament. Another title talked about as a risk was former Scottish Tory chief Jackson Carlaw, although he could be seen as a extra divisive candidate. The BBC has an in depth write-up of how the day works.
SO LONG: Bath-based, pro-Scottish independence blogger Wings Over Scotland seems to be hanging up his keyboard for good. The Herald has the story.
BALLYMURPHY LATEST: Boris Johnson has apologized “unreservedly” for the British military operation in 1971 that led to the loss of life of 10 harmless civilians in Ballymurphy, a district in Belfast. The apology was made in a press release launched final evening. POLITICO’s Shawn Pogatchnik writes that “relatives of the Ballymurphy dead rejected Johnson’s written apology and vowed to sue the Ministry of Defence for damages.” Read his full piece right here. Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis will make a press release within the Commons on Ballymurphy round 10.30 a.m.
DRAKEFORD SHUFFLE: Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford — freshly confirmed in that position once more yesterday — is predicted to reshuffle his cupboard at present, in accordance with BBC Wales. Their reporters Daniel Davies and Bethan Lewis level to key Brexit level man Jeremy Miles and Deputy Housing Minister Hannah Blythyn as doable candidates that may be promoted into greater cupboard jobs.
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FCDO Minister James Cleverly 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.) … ITV GMB (8.30 a.m.).
Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green broadcast spherical: Times Radio (7.30 a.m.) … talkRADIO (7.50 a.m.) … Sky News (8.05 a.m.) … LBC (8.35 a.m.).
Also on Times Radio: Imperial College London infectious illness professor Steven Riley (7.45 a.m.) … Former U.S. State Department Middle East analyst Aaron David Miller (8 a.m.) … Former Labour MP John Denham (8.45 a.m.) … Historian and journalist Max Hastings (9.40 a.m.).
Also on the Today program: Institute for Fiscal Studies Associate Director George Stoye (6.45 a.m.) … Matthias Schmale, Gaza operations director for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (6.50 a.m.) … NHS Confederation Chief Executive Danny Mortimer (7.30 a.m.) … Carol Homden, CEO of adoption charity Coram (7.50 a.m.) … National Infrastructure Commission Chairman John Armitt (8.30 a.m.).
Also on Good Morning Britain (ITV): Israeli Ambassador to the U.Okay. Tzipi Hotovely (7.10 a.m.).
Also on Sky News breakfast: Families for Justice co-founder Jo Goodman (7.30 a.m.) … NHS Confederation CEO Danny Mortimer (7.45 a.m.) … Senior Presiding Judge Adrian Fulford (8.20 a.m.).
Also on Nick Ferrari at Breakfast (LBC): Lib Dem chief Ed Davey (7.05 a.m.) … Former U.Okay. Ambassador to the U.N. Mark Lyall Grant (8.05 a.m.) … Former Labour SpAd Paul Richards (8.35 a.m.).
Also on Julia Hartley-Brewer breakfast present (talkRADIO): Tory MP David Warburton (8.05 a.m.) … Former Foreign Office Minister Kim Howells (8.40 a.m.).
Politics Live (BBC Two 12.15 p.m.): Tory MP Miriam Cates … Former Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti … Comedians Matt Forde and Geoff Norcott.
Spectator TV (YouTube 6 p.m.): Katy Balls talks to Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, former Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis and UnHerd columnist Paul Embery.
Iain Dale within the Evening (LBC): Police Federation National Chair John Apter (9 p.m.).
Question Time (BBC One 10.45 p.m.): Justice Secretary Robert Buckland … Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy … Scottish Finance Secretary Kate Forbes … Writer Paul Mason … GB News presenter Michelle Dewberry.
Reviewing the papers tonight: BBC News (10.30 p.m. and 11.30 p.m.): Former DHSC SpAd Jamie-Njoku Goodwin and the Telegraph’s Olivia Utley … Sky News (10.30 p.m. and 11.30 p.m.): Columnist Carole Malone and Liverpool Echo political editor Liam Thorp … Times Radio (10.30 p.m.): Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard and former Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb.
TODAY’S FRONT PAGES
(Click on the publication’s title to see its entrance web page.)
Daily Express: It’s working! 2m jobs saved as economic system surges.
Daily Mail: Families’ social care invoice since PM’s damaged promise … £14bn.
Daily Mirror: We’ll by no means quit, Maddie.
Daily Star: A weapon of Maj destruction — GMB stand-in by chance ‘kills off’ Queenie.
Financial Times: Stocks retreat after U.S. inflation surge sparks fears economic system is overheating.
i: Fears for finish of lockdown after variant instances triple.
Metro: Boris court docket debt.
POLITICO U.Okay.: Sebastian Kurz’s political future doubtful amid perjury probe
The Daily Telegraph: GPs advised to encourage sufferers to go surfing.
The Guardian: Anger as PM backs COVID inquiry however not till 2022.
The Independent: ‘We worry a struggle … we wish peace.
The Sun: Great British masks off — Face cowl rule relaxed (June 21).
The Times: Fears mount over menace of full-scale struggle in Gaza.
TODAY’S NEWS MAGS
New Statesman: Without whole change Labour will die — by Tony Blair.
The New European: The battle for Britain — Boris “biffa” Johnson v Nicola “nifty” Sturgeon.
The Spectator: The nice pretender — Fraser Nelson and Douglas Murray on Sturgeon’s independence bluff.
WESTMINSTER WEATHER: 🌦🌦🌦 Showers, solar and doubtless rainbows. Highs of 15C.
JAB WATCH: Tory Party Chair Amanda Milling and BBC Scotland Political Editor Glenn Campbell received their first dose yesterday. Politeia U.Okay. Director Jonathan Isaby, King’s College London’s Kate Devlin and MOTD’s Gary Lineker received their second jabs yesterday. Let us know in case you’ve received or are getting yours.
New gig: Guido have employed freelancer Sabrina Miller as their new junior reporter. Here’s her tweet.
New gig II: Times Radio’s Charlotte Ivers has been given a column within the Sunday Times, beginning this Sunday. Here’s her tweet.
Now hiring: Sky News have 5 completely different new job openings, together with cell information reporter roles and two chief sub-editor roles. Nick Stylianou has extra particulars.
CRICKETING HACKS: Westminster’s fourth property will probably be taking on MPs and friends (and some of their flaks) within the press versus Lords and Commons cricket sport at Blackheath cricket membership at present.
On the legislator workforce sheet: Bojo bro and peer of the realm Jo Johnson — by all accounts, a somewhat brisk bowler — and MPs James Morris and Michael Tomlinson — the latter is a skipper, and each are rumored to be good batsmen. The lawmakers are out for revenge after they have been overwhelmed two years in the past, the final time the fixture was performed.
Among the scribbler ranks: The Mail on Sunday’s leg spinner Brendan Carlin is the captain. The Sun’s Harry Cole, described by one supply as having a “unique batting style, well-ironed and creased whites” is making his debut alongside the New Statesman’s Harry Lambert — the workforce’s “secret weapon quick bowler.” Old favorites such because the Telegraph’s Chris Hope, whose “twirly, floated ‘off-spin’ has caused the downfall of many an over-ambitious politician,” may even be displaying up.
BIRTHDAYS: Former Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom … Former Home Office Minister Nick Hurd … Stoke-on-Trent South MP Jack Brereton … Former Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger … Southampton, Itchen MP Royston Smith … Sunday Times Political Editor Tim Shipman … Crossbench peer and former Supreme Court choose Tony Clarke … Crossbench peer and former Daily Express Editor Rosie Boycott … Tory peer John Cope … Broadcaster Richard Madeley … Australian PM Scott Morrison … Crossbench peer Jeffrey Evans … Former Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe.
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