Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the second round of voting in the Tory leadership contest and Boris Johnson and other candidates taking party in the BBC hustings
Philip Hammond is so frustrated by Theresa May’s plans to spend billions of pounds on projects to shore up her legacy that he considered resigning, according to government sources. As Rowena Mason reports, the chancellor is unhappy with the prime minister’s decision to set out plans to spend up to £27bn on education over three years, including building new schools and paying teachers higher wages.
Another example of how far the Tories are cut off from the real world. Instead of resigning because of May’s attempt to spend more on education Hammond should resign because his austerity policies have resulted in the suffering of hungry children in class. https://t.co/rxLfDWinYO
Labour has been fined a total of £1,750 for inaccurate quarterly donations reports and an inaccurate spending return for the last general election, the Electoral Commission has said. As the Press Association reports, the elections watchdog also issued a £200 penalty to the Conservative party in Wakefield for the late delivery of its 2017 statement of accounts, which it paid on May 23. Labour said: “We were happy to clear up these minor administrative issues.”