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Biden Tells Starmer ‘football’s Coming Home’ Because Of Him In White House Meeting

11 July 2024 • 12:44am


That’s all for today Thank you for following The Telegraph’s live politics coverage. My colleague Jack Maidment will be with you tomorrow morning to guide you through all the latest developments. Here are today’s key moments:

Sir Keir Starmer met Joe Biden for the first time since winning the election and had a face-to-face meeting in the White HouseThe US President told the Prime Minister that “football’s coming home” because of him after England reached the final of the EurosSir Keir said that the “special relationship” was “so important” during the talksOlaf Scholz welcomed Sir Keir’s reset of relations with the European Union after the pair met at Nato’s 75th anniversary summitVolodymyr Zelensky thanked the Prime Minister for approving the use of British-donated Storm Shadow missiles in strikes on RussiaSir Patrick Vallance, a newly-appointed junior science minister, said visa rules should be relaxedThe Conservatives demanded Labour set a “clear date” for when defence spending will hit 2.5 per cent of GDP. Rishi Sunak addressed the backbench 1922 Committee for the first time since the electionRobert Jenrick claimed “open season” had started on small boat crossings after Labour scrapped the Rwanda scheme. Kemi Badenoch had a public spat with Suella Braverman after saying she was having a “very public” breakdown 11:12PM

Britain the ‘knot tying Nato together’, Biden tells Starmer in White House Britain is a “transatlantic knot” binding Nato together, Joe Biden has told Sir Keir Starmer.

“I kind of see you guys as the knot tying the transatlantic alliance together,” the president said.

“The closer you are with Europe, the more you’re engaged, because we know where you are, we know where we are.”

Sir Keir replied: “I think that’s absolutely right. Now we go into a cup final on Sunday, on top of all that.”

The Prime Minister also congratulated Mr Biden on hosting the alliance’s 75th anniversary, hailing “a bigger Nato, a stronger Nato and a Nato with the resolve that we need”.

“The special relationship is so important, it was forged in difficult circumstances and endured for so long and is stronger now than ever,” he added.


In pictures: Starmer in the White House Joe Biden hosts a bilateral meeting with Sir Keir Starmer in the Oval Office Credit: Stefan Rousseau 10:59PM

Starmer: Football’s coming home Sir Keir Starmer has said that football is coming home as he met Joe Biden in the Oval Office at the White House.

“It looks like it,” the Prime Minister said when asked if England would win the Euros in Sunday’s final against Spain.

“It’s all because of the Prime Minister,” the president added.

Sir Keir replied: “Not lost a game under the Labour Government.”


Pictured: Starmer and Lammy in US Capitol Sir Keir Starmer and David Lammy walk through the US Capitol after meeting Mike Johnson, the speaker of the house Credit: Jose Luis Magana/AP 10:52PM

Prime Minister admits small boats crisis could get worse Sir Keir Starmer has admitted that the small boats crisis could get worse before it gets better and that the numbers coming across the Channel are going up, not down.

The Prime Minister declined to pledge that he would stop the boats or put targets on the reduction in crossings.

The Labour leader made the comments while in Washington for a Nato summit, where he met European leaders, including Emmanuel Macron, the French president, who are crucial to tackling the Channel crossings.

Speaking to reporters, he also warned that Britain’s prison crisis was much worse than he thought prior to winning the election, but indicated that criminals convicted of serious violence would not be released early to ease overcrowding.

Read the full story from Daniel Martin and Charles Hymas here.


Announcement on prison overcrowding to come ‘in days’, Starmer says Sir Keir Starmer has said an announcement on measures to relieve overcrowding in prisons will be made this week.

“We will make a statement, in relation to this in coming days,” the Prime Minister said on the sidelines of the Nato summit in Washington DC.


Pictured: Starmer meets US congressman Sir Keir Starmer earlier met Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat congressman Credit: CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP 10:22PM

Starmer arrives at White House for talks with Biden Sir Keir Starmer has arrived at the White House for his first face-to-face talks with Joe Biden since he won the general election.

The Prime Minister arrived at the US president’s official residence shortly after 5pm local time (10pm BST) for the bilateral meeting.

He earlier met Nato leaders including Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz during a summit marking the alliance’s 75th anniversary.

Sir Keir also met Volodymyr Zelensky, who thanked him for approving the use of British-donated Storm Shadow missiles in strikes on Russia.


Reform candidate hunted over claims she was fake insists ‘I very much exist’ The Reform UK candidate for Glasgow North has been forced to insist “I do indeed exist” after internet sleuths claimed she was fake, report Special Correspondent Hayley Dixon and Tracey Kandohla.

A social media conspiracy sprang up about Helen Burns after voters could find no social media presence linking her to Reform and she failed to appear on the election trail or at the count.

Some claimed that she was a fake name on the ballot paper.

Speaking from her home in the East Midlands, Mrs Burns admitted to The Telegraph that she was a “paper candidate” who did not campaign but said she wanted to stand in Scotland because it holds a “special place in my heart”.

Read the full story here.


Starmer will attend Euros final Sir Keir Starmer will attend the final of the European Championships on Sunday, No 10 has confirmed.

England will play Spain at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, with kick off at 8pm.


Labour launches crackdown on water companies Households are to get higher compensation for sewage failures and the power to hold executives to account as the Government launches a crackdown on the water industry, report Michael Bow and Charles Hymas.

Steve Reed, the Environment Secretary, is to tell bosses they must set up customer panels that can scrutinise mistakes, and demand they strengthen their legal commitments to protect the environment.

It comes as regulator Ofwat prepares to rule on whether companies can increase customer bills by as much as £300 per year, as the industry seeks to steady its finances and invest in upgrading infrastructure.

Ofwat’s decision will be announced on Thursday morning. Mr Reed will then meet executives in Whitehall to lay out his plans.

Read the full story here.


Watch: Starmer celebrates England equaliser 9:33PM

Miriam Cates: The Red Wall may never forgive the Tories It will be very difficult for even a humble and repentant Conservative Party in opposition to win back these voters in time for the next election.

Even if a new Party leader commits to strict immigration controls and leaving the ECHR – now the only viable solution to small boat crossings – it may take considerably more than five years to rebuild trust.

I suspect only the Reform Party will be able to challenge Labour in the Red Wall in 2029.

But if the Conservatives are serious about being a party for the whole nation once more, we must address the root causes of this anti-establishment feeling.

Read the full article by Miriam Cates, the former Tory MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, here.


Labour to tell businesses to hire ex-prisoners Labour will tell businesses to hire more ex-prisoners in an attempt to cut re-offending, it has been reported.

The Times reported that Shabana Mahmood, the Justice Secretary, will set out immediate measures to ease overcrowding and a long-term plan for prison reform this week.

James Timpson, the new prisons minister, is said to want to expand the number of companies who recruit in prisons.

Ministers will also reportedly consider completely scrapping short sentences. But this will not be announced in next week’s King’s Speech.

Another expected change will see prisoners serving sentences of under four years released when they have served 40 per cent of their sentence, down from 50 per cent. Prisoners with violent, sexual or terror convictions will be exempt.


Starmer exchanges football shirts with Dutch prime minister Sir Keir Starmer has exchanged football shirts with the Dutch prime minister as England play the Netherlands in the semi-finals of the Euros.

The Prime Minister handed Dick Schoof an England home shirt, while he received the Dutch away shirt.

Keir Starmer and Dick Schoof swapped England and Netherlands football shirts 8:45PM

Zelensky thanks Starmer for approving Storm Shadow missile strikes on Russia Volodymyr Zelensky has thanked Sir Keir Starmer for approving the use of British-donated Storm Shadow missiles in strikes on Russia.

The Ukrainian president said the two leaders discussed the “practical implementation of this decision” on Wednesday during their first meeting since Sir Keir won the general election.

“I thanked Prime Minister Starmer for all the UK’s military and financial assistance provided to our country,” Mr Zelensky said.

Ukraine has pushed for more than a year to get permission to use the Storm Shadow missiles, which have a range of 155 miles, on targets in Russian territory.

Sir Keir said earlier that the meeting at Nato’s 75th anniversary summit in Washington DC proved that Nato is “clear-eyed about the threat of Russian aggression”.

Sir Keir Starmer met Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday for the first time since he became Prime Minister Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire 8:34PM

US defence secretary misspells Labour counterpart’s name The US defence secretary has mispelled the name of Labour’s John Healey after the pair met at the Nato summit.

Mr Healey, the new Defence Secretary, was dubbed “secretary Healy” by Lloyd Austin in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

“I met for the first time with Secretary Healy at the NATO Summit in Washington today,” the post read.

“Our shared ideals are at the heart of the U.S.-U.K. special relationship. I look forward to working closely with my new UK counterpart to tackle today’s security challenges.”


Rules could change so more letters needed to oust Tory leader, says new 1922 chairman The number of no confidence letters needed to trigger a Conservative Party leadership vote could be increased, the new chairman of the 1922 Committee has suggested.

Bob Blackman, who was elected to lead the influential group of Tory backbenchers on Tuesday, said he would “examine” whether to increase the existing threshold.

Under the current rules, 15 per cent of the parliamentary party has to submit a letter to the 1922 Committee chairman to trigger a vote on the future of the leader.

But this means only 18 letters would currently be enough to trigger a ballot after the Tories were left with 121 MPs following their historic general election defeat last week.

Asked whether he was considering raising the threshold, Mr Blackman told The Telegraph: “We will examine this.”

Read the full story from Political Correspondent Dominic Penna here.


Labour must increase defence spending, ex-armed forces minister says Labour must urgently increase defence spending, the former armed forces minister has said.

James Heappey, who stood down at the election, told Sky News: “What 2.5 per cent does is gets our current armed forces in their current size back to the kind of match fitness that they need for warfighting, rather than the more discretionary counter-insurgency missions they’ve been doing in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere over the last two decades.

“If that money doesn’t come urgently, now, then the forces that we’ve got at their current size won’t be capable of full-scale warfighting.”

He added: “If I was in the Prime Minister’s shoes, I would, yes, do the review… but if you know that your landing point is a commitment to 2.5 per cent, that’s what the Prime Minister has said on the way to Washington, make that commitment now, say that it’s happening, and then do the review to work out how you would spend the money, rather than the review to get to where you’ve already said you’re going.”


Watch: Inside Starmer’s meeting with Zelensky I held my first meeting with the new UK Prime Minister @Keir_Starmer.

I thanked Prime Minister Starmer for all the UK’s military and financial assistance provided to our country. This morning, I learned about the permission to use Storm Shadow missiles against military targets…

— Volodymyr Zelenskyy / Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) July 10, 2024 7:18PM

Braverman: I am ‘terrified’ Tories could be ‘doomed’ Suella Braverman has said she is “terrified” that the Conservatives could be “doomed”.

The former home secretary, who is expected to run to succeed Rishi Sunak as party leader, told GB News: “There’s too many in my party who are still complacent.

“They think that Reform is a fad, ‘They’ll be a busted flush in a few years’ time, people will come back to us as Labour fails on some of these policies and we can sit back and just wait’.

“I’m not in that camp. This is a crisis for our party and if we don’t realise the enormity of the problem and fundamentally change, we will have no chance of fixing it.”

She added: “Whoever is leading the party, whoever is running the party, just needs to accept that basic truth and if they don’t then we will be doomed as a party and that’s what really, really terrifies me.”


Shadow minister warns Tories to ‘never speak ill of a fellow Conservative’ A shadow minister has warned Tory MPs to “never speak ill of a fellow Conservative” following the public spat between Suella Braverman and Kemi Badenoch.

Chris Philp, the shadow leader of the Commons, told Times Radio that the contest to replace Rishi Sunak as party leader should be “measured”.

“Firstly, I think we shouldn’t rush it,” he said. “There’s no need to rush it because there’s not going to be an election for quite a while now. So we can take our time to think about it properly.

“Secondly, people talk about the 2005 example as a good one, where following that defeat, the party took about six months or so to run a selection process that resulted in David Cameron being chosen, who obviously went on to win a couple of general elections.

“And when I say measured, the second thing I mean is that I hope everybody who participates in this election, either as candidates or as their supporters, treats each other with respect, doesn’t engage in personal attacks and keeps in mind what Ronald Reagan famously said in the past, which is never speak ill of a fellow Conservative.”


Tories will never win again without ‘winning back Right-wing voters’, says MP The Conservatives will never win a general election again unless they win back Right-wing voters who switched to Reform UK, Sir Edward Leigh has said.

The long-serving Tory, who is now the father of the house, told reporters after a meeting of the 1922 Committee that he wanted a “strong Right-wing candidate” to replace Rishi Sunak.

“If the Right-wing vote is divided we will never win again,” Sir Edward said.

“These people are not going to go away. We have to bring back the people who voted Reform who want a proper Conservative Party.”

He added: “The Conservative Party will never recover unless it is a proper Conservative Party doing conservative things. The public are absolutely furious that we did not control mass immigration, legal and illegal.

“Until we wake up and become a proper Conservative Party that delivers proper controls on immigration and tax we will never recover. You can’t recover just by saying we are all united. You have to stand for something.”


Sunak ‘not rushing out of the door’, says senior Tory Rishi Sunak is “not rushing out of the door” as party leader, a senior Tory MP has said.

Sir Bernard Jenkin, the MP for Harwich and North Essex, said Mr Sunak had been “sorrowful” and “apologetic” when he addressed the 1922 Committee for the first time since the election on Wednesday afternoon.

“He will be staying on until he decides to trigger a leadership election, but he is not going immediately,” Sir Bernard said.

He added: “You will certainly see him at the state opening [of Parliament on July 17]. I have no indication beyond that. He is not rushing out of the door as some previous leaders have done.”

Sir Bernard went on to say that he did not “think it will be necessary” to install an interim party leader.


SNP to send asylum seekers to arts classes to tackle ‘racist micro-aggressions’ Asylum seekers in Scotland are to be sent to arts lessons designed to teach them how to detect “racist micro-aggressions” under a new SNP plan, reports Scottish Correspondent Daniel Sanderson.

As part of the integration strategy published by the Scottish Government, those receiving additional taxpayer-funded support would include those whose applications to stay in the UK have been refused but who “remain in Scotland”.

Ministers have sought to rebrand refugees “New Scots”, and among the new initiatives are courses tailored to help them “understand racism in Scotland and anti-racist approaches”.

The strategy proposes doing this through “art-focused learning sessions to unpack racist micro-aggressions and explore how these can be mitigated”.

Read the full story here.


Starmer: I will work with China on climate change The Prime Minister has said he will work with China on climate change while also challenging Beijing “robustly” on human rights and security concerns, reports Deputy Political Editor Daniel Martin in Washington DC.

Sir Keir Starmer said: “The approach we will take is the one, again, that we set out during the campaign, which is one of cooperation where it is necessary and it is on issues like climate change for example.

“But challenge where necessary, equally, and robust challenge with that.

“One of the first things that we will do is carry out the audit that we set out in our manifesto of relations with China, of UK-Chinese relations. We will get on with that audit and take action accordingly.”


Pictured: The Nato family photograph Sir Keir Starmer with Joe Biden, Jens Stoltenberg and other Nato leaders in Washington DC Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire 5:52PM

Gaza stance will dog Labour until next election, says Debbonaire Labour’s stance on Gaza will continue to be an issue until the next election, a former shadow frontbencher who was ousted by the Green Party has said.

Thangam Debbonaire, who was defeated by Carla Denyer in Bristol Central, told Channel 4 News: “It’s easy to craft narrative that goes, ‘Your MP didn’t vote for a ceasefire’, if your own party hasn’t said we’ve voted twice for a ceasefire, and publicly.”

The former shadow culture secretary said: “I think we’re storing up trouble for those colleagues who did get over the line, as well as those of us who suffered because of it.

“It wasn’t clear and I think I do feel, that’s a choice and we succeeded so, hey, obviously good strategy. But I was collateral damage and others will be too.”


Pictured: Macron embraces Starmer Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, embraces Sir Keir Starmer at the Nato summit Credit: LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP 5:35PM

Starmer meets Biden for first time as Nato leaders gather in Washington Sir Keir Starmer has met Joe Biden for the first time as Nato leaders gather in Washington DC.

The Prime Minister shook hands with the US president and Jens Stoltenberg, Nato’s secretary-general, at the formal beginning of the alliance’s 75th anniversary summit.

The Labour leader was filmed in a private conversation with Mr Biden ahead of the taking of a group photograph.

Sir Keir will later have a one-on-one meeting with the president inside the White House, where he will give him a personalised Arsenal football shirt.

Sir Keir earlier met Volodymyr Zelensky for a bilateral meeting which he said proved Nato is “clear-eyed about the threat of Russian aggression”.

Joe Biden and Sir Keir Starmer meet for the first time at Nato’s 75th anniversary summit Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire 5:28PM

Pictured: Starmer meets Nato chief in Washington DC Sir Keir Starmer met with Jens Stoltenberg, the Nato secretary general, in Washington DC on Wednesday Credit: REUTERS/Nathan Howard 5:20PM

Starmer to give Biden a personalised Arsenal shirt Sir Keir Starmer will give Joe Biden a personalised Arsenal shirt at his meeting with the US president later on Tuesday, reports Deputy Political Editor Daniel Martin in Washington DC.

The Prime Minister has brought a shirt printed with the name “Biden” and number 46 to give to Mr Biden, who is the 46th president.

A senior Downing Street official said: “It’s his team and he thought it would make a personal gift.”

Sir Keir, who is attending a Nato summit in Washington, is a season ticket holder at the north London football club.

He said he hopes to be kept up to date in Nato meetings later about the score when England plays the Netherlands in the semi-final.


Sunak arrives at 1922 Committee meeting Rishi Sunak has arrived at a meeting of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers in the House of Commons.

The party leader is due to address the group for the first time since Labour’s landslide election victory.

He was accompanied by Richard Fuller, the interim party chairman.


Mitchell condemns leaked Badenoch shadow cabinet remarks Andrew Mitchell has condemned the leaking of remarks made by Kemi Badenoch at the first meeting of the new Tory shadow cabinet.

The shadow foreign secretary told the News Agents: “Well, I absolutely deplore the leaking of shadow cabinet meetings.

“I don’t know who leaked that. It is a broadly accurate account and if the Tory party is to have any chance at all, we’ve got to rediscover the discipline that is required to be an effective operation in the House of Commons, whether you’re in government or in opposition.

“And leaking like that is corrosive, unnecessary and deplorable.”

He added: “It’s a reprehensible act. It should not have happened and whoever did it owes an apology to the chief whip and the leader of the party.”

It emerged on Tuesday that the expected party leadership contender had used the meeting to criticise Rishi Sunak’s election campaign and say Suella Braverman, the former home secretary, appeared to be having a “very public” nervous breakdown.


Home Office slaps down minister who called for relaxed visa rules The Home Office has distanced itself from a new minister who called for relaxed visa rules.

Sir Patrick Vallance, who was the Government’s chief scientific adviser during the pandemic, said earlier that Labour had an opportunity to “make it easier again” for scientists to live and work in Britain.

A spokesman for the Home Office later told i that lowering visa fees was “not Government policy”.


Starmer: Meeting with Zelensky shows Nato ‘clear-eyed on Russia’ Sir Keir Starmer has said his meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky showed Nato is “clear-eyed about the threat of Russian aggression”, reports Deputy Political Editor Daniel Martin in Washington DC.

“I’ve just had a very good meeting with president Zelensky, where I made it absolutely clear that as far as the UK is concerned, the change of government makes no difference to the support that we will provide,” the Prime Minister said after the meeting.

“We’d been united on this when we were in opposition, and it was really important to me to be able to affirm that face to face at the meeting. I did speak to him immediately after I was sworn in as Prime Minister last week.

“And so we build on it here at Nato at this important summit because it is an opportunity for our Labour government to reaffirm our commitment to Nato.

“We obviously signed the original treaty, way back, we reaffirm today, but also to discuss with president Zelensky what further support that he needs and to use our opportunity here with our allies to make sure that that support is agreed.

“And to reinforce, in a sense as a message to Putin, the resolve of Nato, bigger now than it’s ever been, more united than it’s ever been and absolutely clear eyed about the threat of Russian aggression.”


Braverman asks Badenoch: Do you really think I’m having a ‘very public nervous breakdown’? Suella Braverman has asked Kemi Badenoch to clarify if she believes she is having a “very public nervous breakdown”.

The former home secretary was reported to have been described in those terms by Mrs Badenoch at the first meeting of the new Tory shadow cabinet on Tuesday.

Mrs Badenoch said on Wednesday that it was a “shame” the comments were leaked, a remark to which Mrs Braverman responded publicly by saying: “I’d be interested in knowing whether Kemi thinks I’m having a ‘very public nervous breakdown’.”

The post on X, formerly Twitter, was accompanied by: “#honesty #unity #wedontleak”.


We will remain steadfast in support of Ukraine, Starmer promises Zelensky Sir Keir Starmer has promised Volodymyr Zelensky that there will be no change in Britain’s support for Ukraine, reports Deputy Political Editor Daniel Martin in Washington DC.

Labour’s new Prime Minister met the Ukrainian president with a hug and a handshake during a bilateral meeting at the Nato summit in Washington.

Sir Keir told Mr Zelensky that there has been “a change of government but no change in position”, with David Lammy, the Foreign Secretary, and John Healey, the Defence Secretary, watching on.

“As you know from the get go, there’s a change of government but no change of approach,” he said.

The Ukrainian president thanked Sir Keir for his support, saying: “Thank you again that you are with us from the very beginning of the war.”

Sir Keir Starmer meets Volodymyr Zelensky in Washington DC on Wednesday Credit: Stefan Rousseau 4:24PM

SNP to give asylum seekers free bus travel in Scotland The SNP will give asylum seekers in Scotland free travel next year in a new pilot scheme, an official document has said.

The Scottish Government will spend £2 million on the initiative, which equalities minister Kaukab Stewart said would help asylum seekers “integrate into communities from the day they arrive”.

“It is vital that we support refugees and people seeking asylum to understand their rights and access employment and services to help them to rebuild their lives in Scotland,” she said.

Scotland already offers free bus travel to those under the age of 22 and over the age of 60.


No 10: Scholz welcomed Starmer’s EU reset Olaf Scholz welcomed Sir Keir Starmer’s reset of Britain’s relations with the European Union, No 10 has said.

In a readout following the Prime Minister’s meeting with the German chancellor, a spokesman said: “The chancellor welcomed the prime minister’s commitment to resetting the UK’s European partnerships, noting how important our friendships with like-minded countries will be in a challenging international environment.

“They discussed the importance of having the widest possible cooperation across all aspects of the relationship.

“The two leaders moved on to discuss the need for enhanced defence cooperation in Europe to act as a deterrent for aggression by hostile actors. They agreed that the Nato summit was an opportunity to strengthen our support for Ukraine.

“The two leaders agreed a firm commitment to deepen in particular UK-Germany defence ties, working at pace to deliver those objectives.”


Starmer meets senior US senators Sir Keir Starmer has meet senior American senators as his visit to Washington continues.

The Prime Minister was photographed alongside Chuck Schumer, the Democrat majority leader of the Senate, and Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader.

Sir Keir Starmer with Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell in Washington DC Credit: WILL OLIVER/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock 3:54PM

Pictured: Every new MP Newly elected MPs gathered for a photo in the Commons on Wednesday Credit: House of Commons 3:49PM

Labour MP makes monarchy abolition protest in Commons oath A Labour MP declared that he wanted to abolish the monarchy as he swore an oath of allegiance to the King in the Commons.

Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich South, said: “I take this oath under protest, and in the hope that one day my fellow citizens will democratically decide to live in a republic.

“Until that time, I do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His Majesty King Charles, according to law.”


Visa rules should be relaxed, says Labour minister A Labour minister has said visa rules should be relaxed, reports Genevieve Holl-Allen.

Sir Patrick Vallance, appointed by Sir Keir Starmer as a junior minister, said the Government had an “opportunity” to “make it easier again” for scientists to live and work in Britain.

Asked by whether Britain needed a more “benign” visa system, Sir Patrick told BBC Radio 4’s World at One: “We know there’s an impact of the difficulty of some of those schemes and so that means that there is an opportunity there to try and make this easier again, for people who do come in to (make) contributions to scientific knowledge creation and indeed, to companies.”

He added: “So we have just got to be realistic as to how we do that, but we need to be as competitive as other countries in terms of attracting that power.”

Asked whether this would involve a loosening of visa rules for dependents, the former chief scientific adviser said: “There are lots of different bits of visa issue, including the cost, which is very high at the moment, for people coming to the UK that needs to be looked at when you need to think about how we can make the environment right for people to come, who we want to have here, contributing to science.”


Good afternoon Tim Sigsworth here, taking over from my colleague Jack Maidment to guide you through the rest of today’s developments.


Badenoch: There was ‘too much nodding along’ when Tories were in government Kemi Badenoch said there had been “too much nodding along” during meetings when the Tories were in government.

It emerged yesterday that Ms Badenoch had criticised Rishi Sunak during a shadow cabinet meeting over the Tories’ election defeat.

She bemoaned the exchange being “leaked” and said there was a need to be “honest with one another in private, and united in the direction we take afterwards”.

The shadow housing secretary tweeted:

It’s a shame our discussions in Shadow Cabinet were leaked yesterday. If there is no private space to discuss our Party’s challenges, we will never fully address what the electorate told us last week.

The views of those outside these meetings matter too. Not just backbench MPs,…

— Kemi Badenoch (@KemiBadenoch) July 10, 2024 3:16PM

Guide dog Jennie the star of the show as MPs continue to be sworn in Steve Darling, a Liberal Democrat MP, has officially taken his seat in the Commons after swearing in alongside his guide dog Jennie.

The MP for Torbay, who is registered blind, opted to take the oath. Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle could then be heard saying hello to Jennie the golden retriever before kneeling down to pet her.

Mr Darling was followed by disability activist and Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, Dr Marie Tidball, and Conservative MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, Alison Griffiths.

Ms Griffiths lost 70 per cent of her hearing after contracting bacterial meningitis whilst at university. The doors to the Commons were closed and the queue held while the three disabled MPs swore in.


Rees-Mogg and family to star in fly-on-the-wall documentary Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg and his family are to star in a fly-on-the-wall documentary, it has been announced.

The five-part reality TV series, “Meet the Rees-Moggs”, will be released by Discovery+ later this year and promises to “lift the lid on the man behind the public image”.

The eccentric former Cabinet secretary, who lost his seat of North East Somerset in the general election, said that the series “may be a bit more Fawlty Towers than Downton Abbey”.

You can read the full story here.


Starmer will use first two summits to ‘strengthen’ EU ties Sir Keir Starmer will use his first two international summits to “strengthen” ties to the EU.

The Prime Minister said he would use the 75th anniversary gathering of Nato states in Washington to tell European leaders he wants closer ties with Brussels.

Sir Keir will then seek to further improve relations with EU countries at a conference at Blenheim Palace next week, which was originally organised by Rishi Sunak.

You can read the full story here.


Labour’s new border security commander could earn more than Starmer Labour’s new border security commander could be paid more than the Prime Minister.

The new job of spearheading Sir Keir Starmer’s efforts to tackle the people-smuggling gangs behind the small boat crossings will carry a salary of up to £200,000.

This is more than £30,000 above Sir Keir’s maximum annual salary, which stands at £167,391, comprising £80,807 for the role of Prime Minister and an additional £86,584 for being an MP.

You can read the full story here.


Pictured: Starmer holds bilateral meeting with Scholz in Washington DC Sir Keir Starmer meets with Olaf Scholz, the German chancellor, as they attend a Nato summit in Washington DC Credit: Simon Dawson /No 10 Downing Street 2:19PM

Almost half of Tory grassroots would back Reform UK merger Nearly half the Tory grassroots would support a merger with Reform UK, a new poll has shown.

Forty-seven per cent of party members said they would back the Conservatives and Reform becoming a single party.

The survey, conducted for the Party Members Project by Queen Mary University and Sussex University, found support for such a move was particularly high – at 59 per cent – among Leave voters.

You can read the full story here.


People smugglers ‘cashing in’ after Labour scrapped Rwanda plan, says Cleverly James Cleverly said people smugglers had “moved quickly to cash in” after Labour scrapped the Rwanda scheme.

The shadow home secretary said the latest Home Office numbers showed gangs were now “cramming more vulnerable people into dangerous small boats”.

Some 419 migrants made the crossing yesterday on six boats, suggesting an average of approximately 70 people per boat.

Mr Cleverly tweeted: “The people smugglers are evil but they aren’t stupid. They’ve seen the first steps taken by Labour and moved quickly to cash in, cramming more vulnerable people into dangerous small boats.

“Without a deterrent, they won’t solve the problem.”


Jenrick claims ‘open season’ has started on small boat crossings after Rwanda scheme scrapped Robert Jenrick claimed “open season” had started on migrant small boat Channel crossings after the new Labour government scrapped the Tories’ Rwanda deportation scheme.

Responding to the news that 419 migrants made the crossing yesterday (see the post below at 11.20), the Tory former immigration minister tweeted: “Scrapping Rwanda without a plan was sheer stupidity.

“Open Season has begun. More and more migrants crammed into boats. ‘Smash the gangs’? Sir Keir has surrendered to the people smugglers.”


MPs continue to be sworn into the House of Commons The process of MPs being sworn into the House of Commons is continuing.

The newly elected co-leaders of the Green Party, Carla Denyer (Bristol Central) and Adrian Ramsey (Waveney Valley), were among those sworn in today.

All four of Plaid Cymru’s MPs have also been sworn in.


Sir Kevan Collins made Government adviser on school standards The former education catch-up tsar Sir Kevan Collins has been appointed as a Government adviser on driving higher standards in schools.

Sir Kevan, who was once the education recovery commissioner, will return to the Department for Education (DfE) as a non-executive board member.

In June 2021, Sir Kevan quit as the catch-up tsar as he said the Conservative government’s £1.4 billion education recovery fund fell “far short” of what was needed to help pupils make up for lost learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under the new Labour Government, Sir Kevan will advise on rising standards in state schools – which will include looking for solutions to tackle teacher shortages and high pupil absence rates.


Braverman tells critics: ‘Basic truths about Tories are not easy to hear’ Suella Braverman has hit back at her critics and said “basic truths about our Party are not easy to hear”.

The former home secretary delivered a speech at a National Conservatism conference in Washington DC earlier this week in which she called for the Tories to provide a “credible” offer to Reform UK voters and abandon the “liberal conservatism” of Rishi Sunak.

Mrs Braverman said today that “the liberals are having a meltdown about my speech” but she intended to continue to speak on behalf of the “common sense, patriotic, conservative majority”.

The liberals are having a meltdown about my speech.

Basic truths about our Party are not easy to hear.

But I’ll keep telling them on behalf of the common sense, patriotic, conservative majority.

Watch it here: 👇

— Suella Braverman MP (@SuellaBraverman) July 10, 2024 12:45PM

Tom Tugendhat: Labour ‘compromising’ on UK defence Tom Tugendhat accused Labour of “compromising” on the UK’s defence and security after it failed to set a deadline for increasing spending on the armed forces to 2.5 per cent of GDP.

The former security minister, tipped as a potential candidate in the forthcoming Tory leadership contest, said Labour was only willing to make a “vague commitment” and ultimately had “no plan to deliver it”.

He tweeted:


Starmer hails ‘very special relationship’ between UK-US Sir Keir Starmer said the UK and the US have a “very special relationship” ahead of his first meeting with Joe Biden since becoming Prime Minister.

The Labour leader told reporters accompanying him as he attends a Nato summit in Washington DC: “I’ve already had a phone call with President Biden.

“I want to follow up on that, this is obviously a very special relationship we have between the UK and the US.

“We have, within that, a special aspect when it comes to defence and security for obvious reasons including our commitment to Nato.

“We make a unique contribution in Europe to Nato and therefore it’s a very good opportunity for me to talk to the President about how we take forward the important work at this summit.”


Pictured: Environment Secretary Steve Reed attends Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate Steve Reed, the Environment Secretary, poses for pictures today as he attends the second day of the 165th Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate Credit: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images Europe 12:08PM

Joe Biden is not too old, suggests Starmer The Prime Minister has denied that his plans to force peers to retire at the age of 80 showed that Joe Biden was too old to remain in office.

The ailing US president, who is aged 81, has been facing calls to quit as the Democratic nominee after a faltering performance in an election debate with Donald Trump.

Sir Keir Starmer, who will meet Mr Biden for the first time on Wednesday at a Nato summit in Washington, has promised to make members of the House of Lords retire at the age of 80.

Asked whether this age restriction should be applied “across the board”, Sir Keir said his plans “did not reflect on how other elected representatives are chosen in other countries”.

You can read the full story here.


What is happening at the Nato summit and who is Starmer meeting? Joe Biden, the US president, and Jens Stoltenberg, the Nato secretary general, will formally welcome the alliance’s leaders, including Sir Keir Starmer, to Washington DC later on today.

We are expecting the formal welcome to take place just after 5pm, with the official “family photo” happening shortly after that.

We may well see the Prime Minister before that as he is due to hold a series of bilateral meetings with other leaders this afternoon.

The PM is expected to hold talks with Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, and the German chancellor Olaf Scholz.

He is also due to hold talks with Mr Biden.


Starmer promises to protect UK and allies 11:39AM

Majority of Tory members want new leader in place by October A clear majority of Tory members want Rishi Sunak’s replacement as leader to be in place by the Conservative Party’s annual conference this autumn.

A new survey of the Tory grassroots, carried out by the Conservative Home website between July 8-10, found 16.6 per cent want the contest to have concluded by the end of August and 51 per cent said it should be done and dusted by the party’s conference.

The Conservative Party’s annual conference is scheduled to take place between Sept 29 and Oct 2.

Just under a third of members – 31.4 per cent – favour a longer contest concluding by Christmas.


Two-thirds of Tory members want Sunak to stay leader until successor is chosen Less than a third of Tory members want a caretaker leader to take over from Rishi Sunak while his permanent replacement is found, a new survey of the Conservative grassroots has found.

A survey of almost 1,000 Conservative Party members conducted by the Conservative Home website between July 8-10 found 28.6 per cent wanted Mr Sunak to step down and hand the reins to a caretaker.

But a clear majority – 68.6 per cent – said Mr Sunak should remain as leader while the leadership contest takes place.

Lord Frost, the former Brexit minister, said yesterday that he believed an interim leader should be appointed. He argued the architects of the Tories’ election defeat should “get off the stage as soon as possible and let the rest of us move on”.


Pictured: A moving van arrives outside No 10 Downing Street A moving van is pictured outside No 10 Downing Street this morning Credit: Karl Black /Alamy Live News 11:20AM

More than 400 small boat migrants crosses Channel yesterday Some 419 migrants were detected crossing the English Channel yesterday, according to provisional figures published by the Home Office.

The cumulative number of arrivals by small boats in 2024 now stands at a provisional total of 14,058.

This is 10 per cent higher than this point last year, which was 12,772, and 6 per cent higher than the total at this stage in 2022, which was 13,318.


Reader poll: Can Labour be trusted on defence? Labour’s defence plans are dominating the agenda in Westminster today as Sir Keir Starmer attends the Nato summit in Washington DC.

Labour has pledged to increase spending on the UK’s armed forces to 2.5 per cent of GDP but it has not set a deadline for hitting the number.

How do you feel about Labour’s defence stance? You can have your say in our reader poll below:


Labour ‘failed at the first test’ on defence, claim Tories The Conservative Party claimed Labour had “failed at the first step” after refusing to match a Tory pledge to ramp up defence spending to 2.5 per cent of GDP by 2030.

Labour has committed to the target but has not set a deadline for delivering it (see the post below at 07.52).

James Cartlidge, the shadow defence secretary, said: “This morning, the armed forces minister repeatedly refused to match the Conservatives’ fully funded pledge to spend 2.5 per cent of GDP on defence by 2030 – and could not even set out a timeline for increasing defence spending.

“Labour had a clear choice to match our fully funded commitment. Defence of the realm is the first duty of any government and Keir Starmer’s Labour government have failed at the first test.”


Tice rules out Reform merger with Tories Richard Tice said Reform UK wanted to “compete” with the Tories, not join them, as he ruled out a merger.

The Reform chairman claimed that both Labour and the Conservatives “represent some form of socialism” and his party wanted to advocate something else entirely.

Asked if he was ruling out joining forces with the Tories, Mr Tice told ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme: “We are not interested in the Tories. We are Reform, we are growing, we stood in every seat possible in the election and that is what we are going to continue to do.

“I want to compete. That is what we want to do. We want to put forward a completely different agenda to socialism.”


Telegraph readers weigh in on Starmer’s defence pledge Sir Keir Starmer is in Washington DC today to attend a Nato summit – his first international trip as Prime Minister.

Sir Keir made the trip trumpeting his pledge to increase defence spending to 2.5 per cent of GDP but the Labour leader is still not committing to a deadline for achieving the target.

Telegraph readers have been weighing in on Sir Keir’s defence stance in the comments section of today’s politics live blog:


New women’s minister doesn’t ‘get it’, says Labour lesbian group The new women’s minister “doesn’t get it”, a Labour lesbian group has warned, as it raised concerns about her stance on the transgender debate.

Lesbian Labour, which claims to represent the “voices of lesbians in the Labour Party”, said it had previously tried to impress on Anneliese Dodds that “sex needs to be biologically defined” because “sexual orientation is based on biological sex”, but was not convinced by her response.

Paula Boulton, speaking on behalf of the group, said that meetings with Ms Dodds, whose appointment as minister for women and equalities sparked a row on Monday, had made her concerned that she “doesn’t get it”.

You can read the full story here.


Ex-MI6 boss: Increased defence spending ‘more important’ than NHS The former head of MI6 suggested increased defence spending should be prioritised over the NHS.

Sir Richard Dearlove said neither of the main political parties during the general election campaign had “described to the voters the seriousness of the situation that we face at the moment”.

He said defence spending should be urgently increased to 3 per cent, not just 2.5 per cent, due to global instability.

He told Times Radio: “I think one of the really terrible things about the election campaign was the fact that neither party really described to the voters the seriousness of the situation that we face at the moment.

“In my view, actually our defence expenditure should be around 3 per cent, maybe even a bit higher. The Poles are already spending 3.9 per cent and gonna go even higher. There is an urgency. This is a major problem.

“It’s more important, and you know, people won’t accept this from me, it’s more important than the National Health Service, I’m sorry.”


Ex-Tory MP takes aim at ‘weak’ Badenoch A former Tory MP has criticised Kemi Badenoch after she attacked Rishi Sunak over the Tories’ election performance (see the post below at 09.06).

Dame Andrea Jenkyns, who lost her seat last Thursday, labelled Ms Badenoch “weak” and warned against making the shadow housing secretary the next Tory leader.

She tweeted: “Weak, she should have stood up & said something months ago about his leadership. Rather than trying to appear strong because there is a leadership election! For those who want Kemi as leader, look how she voted for May’s Brexit Deal, more net zero, and failed to rip up EU law.”


Armed forces do have ‘ability to defend Britain’, says minister Luke Pollard, the armed forces minister, said he had been “reassured” by military officers that “we have the ability to defend Britain”.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Mr Pollard said: “Speaking to senior military officers since taking office, I’ve been reassured that we have the ability to defend Britain.

“But what we want to do is to make sure that we’re filling the gaps to deter any future aggression and defeat it if necessary.

“That means making sure that the equipment’s in the right place and is ready and available.”


Kemi Badenoch lays into Rishi Sunak for election disaster Kemi Badenoch has laid into Rishi Sunak over the Tories’ election disaster.

The shadow housing secretary, who is expected to run in the Tory leadership contest, used the first shadow cabinet meeting to say Mr Sunak’s decision to call an early election without first informing the Cabinet was a mistake.

She said it bordered on being unconstitutional.

Ms Badenoch also branded the Tory leader’s decision to return early from D-Day commemorations “disastrous” and was said to be concerned that colleagues were failing to grasp the enormity of the party’s defeat in a 172-seat majority Labour landslide.

You can read the full story here.


Cartlidge: Labour creating ‘massive uncertainty’ on 2.5pc defence pledge James Cartlidge said Labour’s failure to set a deadline for increasing defence spending to 2.5 per cent of GDP would create “massive uncertainty” for the UK’s armed forces.

The shadow defence secretary told Sky News: “By not announcing at the Nato summit that we are going to 2.5 per cent Keir Starmer has created massive uncertainty and I do think that will be damaging for our armed forces at the worst possible time.”


Tories demand Labour set ‘clear date’ for achieving 2.5pc defence pledge The Tories have demanded Labour set a “clear date” for when defence spending will hit 2.5 per cent of GDP.

James Cartlidge, the shadow defence secretary, has written to John Healey, the Defence Secretary, to tell him it is “vital for our national security” that Labour makes a “clear commitment” to a specific deadline.

He said that a failure to provide clarity would “cast serious doubt on your apparent commitment to this nation’s security”.

He tweeted a copy of the letter and said: “I have written to the Defence Secretary to ask for urgent clarity on Labour’s defence spending plans.

“It’s vital the Government sets a clear date by when it will deliver 2.5% of GDP on defence – otherwise we will have to conclude Defence is not a Labour priority.”

I have written to the Defence Secretary to ask for urgent clarity on Labour’s defence spending plans.

It’s vital the Government sets a clear date by when it will deliver 2.5% of GDP on defence – otherwise we will have to conclude Defence is not a Labour priority.

— James Cartlidge MP 🇬🇧 🇺🇦 (@jcartlidgemp) July 10, 2024 8:37AM

Tories blast Starmer over ‘damaging’ failure to set 2.5pc defence deadline The Tories warned Sir Keir Starmer’s failure to set a deadline for increasing defence spending to 2.5 per cent of GDP would be “damaging” to the UK’s armed forces.

James Cartlidge, the shadow defence secretary, said Sir Keir should have used the Nato summit in Washington DC this week to set a “clear timetable” for hitting the number.

Labour has said it does want to get to 2.5 per cent but it will only happen after a strategic review of the armed forces which could take a year to complete and if the public finances allow.

Mr Cartlidge told Sky News: “I think that delay is going to be damaging for the armed forces. We had an amazing opportunity, Keir Starmer at the Washington summit, to confirm he was going to go to 2.5 per cent and set a clear timetable because that is what the chiefs running our armed forces need.

“They have got some difficult decisions to make but above all we have got this dangerous world where we want to be deterring our adversaries.

“I think this would have been a really powerful signal to send. Instead it has created delay and I think that can be damaging.”

The Tories pledged to increase defence spending to 2.5 per cent of GDP by 2030.


Kidnapping Farage would not solve Tories’ problems, says Rees-Mogg Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg said “kidnapping” Nigel Farage and bringing him into the Conservative Party would not solve the Tories’ problems.

Sir Jacob, the former business secretary who lost his seat last Thursday, said the Conservatives’ policies needed to change to win back voters.

Asked what the Tories could do about Mr Farage and the threat posed by Reform UK, Sir Jacob told GB News: “It’s not necessarily about the individual… it’s about the policies.

“Nigel wouldn’t have needed the vehicle of Reform if the Tories got on with Brexit properly, if we hadn’t raised taxes to their highest level in 70 years and we’d dealt with immigration.

“If we can do that, and we can convince people that we’re serious about that, then the Tory family comes back together, naturally.

“I think there’s this idea that you just sort of try and kidnap Nigel, bring him into the Tory Party, then all the problems are solved. But they’re not, because unless you change the underlying policies and get the message that we’re on the side of the voters, it won’t change.”


Defence pledge is ‘ironclad commitment’, insists armed forces minister Luke Pollard, the armed forces minister, said Sir Keir Starmer had given an “ironclad commitment” to increase defence spending to 2.5 per cent.

But the target will only be achieved if it can be done “within our fiscal rules”, he told BBC Breakfast.

‘Can you give a commitment by 2029 that the promise will be at 2.5%?’

Armed Forces Minister Luke Pollard was questioned on #BBCBreakfast about Keir Starmer’s ‘cast iron’ promise to increase defence spending – but refuses to put a timeline on when it will happen…

— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) July 10, 2024 8:02AM

Defence review will be ‘Nato-first’, says Labour frontbencher The Government’s strategic defence review will be “Nato-first”, the armed forces minister has said.

Luke Pollard told Times Radio: “This will be a Nato-first strategic defence review, a focus on our unshakeable commitment to the North Atlantic, to the Europe area, to make sure that we’re keeping not only the UK safe but keeping our allies safe.

“Because if we don’t support Ukraine and if they don’t win, Russia won’t stop there.

“If we’re not supporting our allies in the Baltic states there will be continuing threats to the United Kingdom, as well as to the rest of Nato.”


Defence minister unable to say when 2.5pc pledge will be achieved A defence minister could not say when the new Labour government will achieve its goal of increasing defence spending to 2.5 per cent of GDP.

The Tories pledged to hit the number by 2030 but Labour has not set a deadline.

Asked when the UK would get there under Labour, Luke Pollard told Sky News this morning: “We have committed to increase defence spending to 2.5 per cent and the first step in that is a strategic defence review that will look at the capabilities that we need to deter the aggression that the UK and our allies are facing.”

That review will be completed “within the next year” and the aim is for it to be done as quickly as possible, he said.


Lord Frost: EU will exact a price on Labour to sweeten Brexit trade deal Lord Frost warned the new Labour Government there will be a price to pay to persuade the EU to sweeten the UK’s Brexit deal.

Labour has pledged to “deepen ties” with Brussels and to “improve” the trade deal. It has promised no return to the single market, the customs union or freedom of movement.

Lord Frost, the Tory former Brexit minister, said Labour did not appear to understand how the EU worked and also did not appreciate how tough negotiations with the bloc can be.

He told GB News: “I am fearful that they want to take us back closer. I don’t think they can rejoin imminently, though I’m sure that the leadership of the Labour Party would like to if they got the chance.

“But I do wonder whether Labour have really thought this through. They talk very glibly about smoothing the edges off the deal, getting closer to the EU; you always have to pay for doing that.

“It’s very easy to wander around Europe getting warm words from the member states. It’s the Commission that represents the EU’s interests. They’re tough negotiators, and if you want to change things, you’re going to have to accept EU court, EU law, subordination to EU foreign policy. I don’t know whether Labour really get that yet.”


Cleverly: Tories ‘must get our act together’ James Cleverly has warned against “bitter infighting” among the Tories and said his party needs to “get our act together” ahead of the race to replace Rishi Sunak as leader.

The party needs to conduct a “sensible post mortem on what went wrong and finding the right path forwards”, Mr Cleverly wrote in The Times.

The shadow home secretary wrote: “As we do this we must remember two vital things. Firstly, it cannot descend into bitter infighting and finger pointing. That is exactly how we ended up here.”

A narrower offer will not win back voters that have been lost to the left or right, Mr Cleverly warned.

He said: “We must get our act together. We need to unite in order to deliver. It will take humility and hard work, to recover our reputation for competence and integrity, to rebuild trust in our party, and unite behind a broad platform that will give people a reason to vote Conservative again.”


PM hoping for England score updates as he attends Nato summit in DC Sir Keir Starmer said he hoped officials will keep him updated about England’s Euro 2024 semi-final against the Netherlands tonight as he attends a Nato summit in Washington DC.

After last week’s landslide election victory, Sir Keir said his advice to England manager Gareth Southgate on leading a team to success was: “Win!”

He added: “I understand our phones are all taken off us, when we go into the council, so I’ve no doubt we’ll be passed lots of notes with really important information about the summit, and one or two of those notes hopefully will be an update on the score, because I’m not going to be able to get it otherwise.

“I’ve sent a message to the team, obviously I wish them well, I want them to win, and let’s hope they can do it tomorrow.”


Starner won’t set deadline for achieving 2.5 per cent defence spending pledge Sir Keir Starmer has refused to guarantee he will meet his flagship commitment on defence spending within his first term in office, despite a “cast iron” promise to get there.

The Prime Minister is in Washington DC today to attend a Nato summit and he is expected to press European nations to increase their defence spending.

But Sir Keir’s stated goal of increasing UK defence spending to 2.5 per cent remains up in the air because it is subject to a defence review and the Government’s strict rules on spending and borrowing being stuck to.

Sir Keir was repeatedly pressed on whether the goal would be reached within his first term as he was grilled by reporters on the flight to the US.

He said: “We are committed to the 2.5 per cent, as I have said before the election and I say again after the election. That is obviously subject to our fiscal rules, but the commitment is there.

“The strategic review will take place, that will happen next week, and we will set out the details of that. The manifesto commitment was that it would take place within a year, I would like it to be quicker than that if I’m honest and we’ll set out the details about how we are going to do it.”