Steve Baker apologises to EU for ‘not always behaving’ during Brexit

Steve Baker has apologised to the European Union for ”not always behaving” during Brexit negotiations. The new Northern Ireland minister was a staunch supporter of the Leave campaign and is a former chairman of the European Research Group, made up of backbench Conservative MPs. He was one of 28 “Spartan” Tories who voted against Theresa … Read more

Tory revolt forces Liz Truss to delay 45p tax rate vote

On Monday, Kwasi Kwarteng, the Chancellor, will unveil a “promise to the people of this country” that his economic plan is “sound, credible and will increase growth”. He will say: “We must stay the course. I am confident our plan is the right one.” On Sunday, Ms Truss said that cutting the 45p rate of … Read more

Liz Truss dares to defuse Gordon Brown’s tax time bomb – but it could yet blow up in her face

One rebel MP said: “I have spoken to more than 20 other Conservative MPs who are against this, and I’ve spoken to Cabinet ministers who are angry they weren’t consulted and are very very unhappy about the whole thing.  “There are also a couple of parliamentary private secretaries who say they will resign if she … Read more

Britain has ‘too many’ low-skilled migrants, Home Secretary says

B ritain has too many low-skilled migrant workers and very high numbers of international students, Home Secretary Suella Braverman has said. Ms Braverman told the Sun on Sunday the government aims to stick to a 2019 election pledge to lower net migration, in an interview ahead of the Conservative Party conference, starting in Birmingham on … Read more

Only my growth plan will reverse Britain’s managed decline, says Liz Truss

On Sunday, Michael Gove, who backed Rishi Sunak in the Tory leadership contest, is expected to join those demanding a change in course. Ms Truss said her planned combination of tax cuts and supply-side reforms is part of a “reset” to “get the economy going” and drive growth. She said: “That’s what people need to … Read more

I promise to bring spending under control

Mr Kwarteng’s vow to stick by measures that may not be popular with everyone will be seen as a sign he will not reverse the abolition of the 45 per cent top rate of income tax. On Friday, the Treasury resisted Tory pressure to commission the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) to publish a forecast … Read more

Michael Gove’s Tory conference speaking spree a headache for Liz Truss

The following day, the former levelling up secretary will take part in a Bright Blue debate on “greater and greener” homes and join a Tony Blair Institute panel. He is then booked to appear at four fringe events on Tuesday – a second panel hosted by Onward about healthcare and the economy, a live event … Read more

Tory rebels threaten to block scrapping of 45p tax rate

A third former Cabinet minister said: “The 45p rate is the bit that we’re all getting a kicking on and it’s completely overshadowed the energy intervention. The naivety and stupidity of the mini-Budget was that nobody’s talking about the energy package – that’s just not landed at all.” He said making it a confidence motion … Read more

Benefits hit as Liz Truss tries to stem the mini-Budget bleeding

Ms Truss repeatedly defended last Friday’s announcements during her local media round, telling BBC Radio Norfolk: “This is the right plan that we have set out.”  She pointed to turmoil on financial markets across the world and gave no indication that any element of the mini-Budget would be reversed despite the financial fallout. On Thursday … Read more

Ministers told to make savings as Tory anger over markets chaos grows

Mr Philp’s letter will insist that departments find savings where possible and live within existing budgets. The aim is to reduce the level of government borrowing needed in a bid to calm the markets. Whitehall budgets were already under pressure because of high inflation, but the new instruction from the Treasury will make things worse. … Read more