The Thatch is back. For her first prime minister’s questions Theresa May could have been anyone. She could have been Sensitive Theresa, Caring Theresa, Funny Theresa.
Jeremy Corbyn is expected to promise that a Labour government would tackle discrimination by forcing all but the smallest firms to carry out compulsory pay audits of their staff, as he launches his campaign for re-election as party leader on Thursday.
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has backed Theresa May’s decision to wait until next year before starting the formal process of leaving the EU, despite pressure from others in Europe for a speedier exit.
Boris Johnson was embarrassingly forced on to the back foot during his first London press conference as foreign secretary on Tuesday as he was repeatedly pressed to explain his past “outright lies” and insults about world leaders, including describing the US president as part-Kenyan and hypocritical.
A size 12 kicked open the door to the Locarno room in the Foreign Office. US secretary of state John Kerry was taking no chances. Having had the front door of Downing Street slammed in his face earlier in the day by some dude shouting “Britain is closed for business,” he wasn’t going to risk a second black eye.
Daily Mail columnist Sarah Vine resumed her weekly column for the newspaper on Wednesday after a three-week break – a break occasioned, it was rumoured, by the chaos in the professional life of her husband, the ex-justice secretary and former Conservative party leadership hopeful Michael Gove.
Theresa May has promised ahead of her first cabinet meeting that the government will not be “defined by Brexit” but will nonetheless make a success of the country’s departure from the EU.
The Conservative chair of a parliamentary committee has been accused of “thinly veiled misogyny” by friends of Liz Truss after he questioned her suitability for the roles of lord chancellor and justice secretary.
Journalist Maureen Dowd memorably described the choice at the 2016 US election as “the king of winging it versus the queen of homework”.
Theresa May abandoned her opposition to a third runway at Heathrow only because she was “terrified” of being seen as anti-business after the Brexit vote, the Liberal Democrats claim.
Low-earning families that Theresa May has promised to help will be thousands of pounds a year worse off by 2020 because of rising inflation, lower wage growth and Tory social security cuts, according to new analysis of their post-Brexit economic prospects.