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Sky News' deputy political editor Sam Coates and Politico's Jack Blanchard are back in your podcast feeds with their guide to the day ahead in politics.

On the day new MPs are sworn in, Jack and Sam talk about the prime minister's meeting with the metro mayors and his trip to NATO. They also discuss how Wes Streeting is approaching the junior doctor strikes.

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PM tells mayors he will 'set up a council for regions and nations'

Sir Keir Starmer is meeting with metro mayors of all parties in Downing Street at the moment, alongside his deputy, Angela Rayner.

The PM told them at the start of the meeting: "Having this meeting four days after I was invited by the King to form a government is a real statement of intent."

He continued: "I'm a great believer in devolution, I'm a great believer in the idea that those with skin in the game – those that know their communities – make much better decisions than people sitting in Westminster and Whitehall.

"We will do regular meetings, probably around the country, because I think it'd be good to do it in different areas."

Sir Keir also said the government will "set up a council for regions and nations" that they will all attend.

Watch some of the start of the meeting here:


Minister 'not convinced' HS2 could be reinstated

Speaking to Sky News yesterday, senior minister Darren Jones refused to rule out reinstating the northern leg of HS2 that was cancelled by Rishi Sunak last year.

We asked levelling up minister Jim McMahon this morning if he wants to see it reinstated, he replied: "I want to see substantial investment in transport for this country."

Pushed by Sky's Kay Burley, he replied: "I'm not convinced with what we've been left that HS2 in the way that it was framed is possible.

"There will be reviews taking place about transport infrastructure. I won't pre-empt any of those reviews, but I will be making the case for the north of England to get its fair share of transport investment."


Is the new government going to build on the green belt?

We've just been speaking with Jim McMahon, a levelling up minister, and we start by asking if the government plans on building on green sites, which is controversial for many.

He replied: "We're determined to build 1.5 million new homes, but we are also very clear that there are so many sites [where there is] completely untapped potential in many urban constituencies.

"These are brownfield sites, these are very dirty industrial sites that just haven't been developed over decades where local people would be absolutely keen to see those developed.

"And so, we want to make sure that is first."

The minister also wanted to be clear what is meant by the green belt.

He said they don't want to build on the "rolling hills" of Britain, but some land classified as green belt "actually is a grey belt, and local people would say it's an eyesore that they want to see developed" for the housing that is needed.

"This is a national emergency, and we're absolutely keen and determined to get on with it," he added.

Asked how quickly the government would reach their goal of 1.5 million new homes, Mr McMahon said it would happen over the course of this parliament, and "the foundational work is taking place now".

Challenged on how they would meet the target when previous governments failed, he said they needed to "unlock sites that currently have planning permission that aren't being developed", and build on brownfield sites.


Braverman under fire for 'disgusting' criticism of Progress Pride flag

The former home secretary, Suella Braverman, is in Washington DC, and she spoke overnight (UK time) at the National Conservatism conference.

The MP for Fareham and Waterlooville discussed her time in government, and sharply criticised the Progress Pride flag, which she said is flown to "show how liberal and progressive we are".

The Progress Pride flag is a redesign of the original pride flag, and it incorporates elements of both that and the trans pride flag to focus on inclusion and diversity within the LGBT+ community.

Mrs Braverman said: "The Progress flag says to me one monstrous thing: that I was a member of a government that presided over the mutilation of children in our hospitals and from our schools."

The likely Tory leadership contender also gave her take on the party's disastrous election defeat last week.

She told the conference: "We won a great majority in 2019 promising to do what the people wanted.

"We were going to use our Brexit freedoms and stop waves of illegal migrants. We were going to cut taxes. We were going to stop the lunatic woke virus. We did none of this."

She continued: "Our problem is us. Our problem is that the liberal Conservatives who trashed the Tory party think it was everyone's fault but their own.

"My party governed as liberals and we were defeated as liberals. But seemingly, as ever, it is Conservatives who are to blame."

Conservative broadcaster Iain Dale was among many who expressed fury at Mrs Braverman's comments about the Progress Pride flag.He labelled her speech "disgusting".

He wrote on X: "And she seriously thinks she has a chance of leading the Conservative Party.

"Not while I have a breath left in my body. Moderate Conservatives need to stand up and be counted. This will not stand."

Ben Bradshaw, former Labour MP for Exeter, said she "reveals the true face of the Tory right with her bitter fury about LGBT people".

"We exist. Get over it," he added.


Mayors arrive in Downing Street for first meeting with new PM

Regional mayors have started to arrive in Downing Street ahead of their meeting with the new prime minister.

Sir Keir Starmer and his deputy PM, Angela Rayner, will host mayors of both partiesas they start implementing their plans to devolve more power, and (they hope) trigger growth across the UK.

The meeting is due to last around an hour, before the PM hosts the second cabinet meeting of his premiership.

The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, told journalists as he arrived that he is "looking forward to meeting" Sir Keir.

Our political correspondent Mhari Aurorais in Downing Street and will be speaking to the mayors following the meeting.

We will bring you their take on what the new PM said once it concludes.


Streeting to meet junior doctors for first time in 'biggest test of the new Labour government'

Health Secretary Wes Streeting will sit down with representatives of junior doctors for the first time today as he seeks to rapidly resolve ongoing strikes.

Waves of industrial action have been taken over the last 18 months in a long-running dispute over pay.

Junior doctors want pay restored to 2010 levels, which amounts to a roughly 35% pay rise - something the new PM has said the government cannot afford.

But the BMA union representing junior doctors say they are just seeking a path to getting there within a reasonable timeframe - something they will discuss with the new health secretary today as formal negotiations are set to get under way this week.

Our political correspondent Mhari Aurorasays: "The real question with this meeting is, can Labour succeed where the Tories failed?"

"This is going to be one of the biggest tests for this new Labour government - can they find a way through, can they end these strikes?

"If they fail, this could be really detrimental to Sir Keir Starmer's premiership and Labour's promises of the decade of national renewal."


Good morning!

Welcome back to the Politics Hub on this Tuesday, 9 July.

It's a big day in Westminster as the new parliament meets for the first time at 2.30pm. The first job will be electing the Speaker (with the former one likely to be re-elected), and then MPs will be sworn in.

Here's what else is happening:

  • The new prime minister and his deputy are due to meet shortly with regional mayors as they start implementing their plans to devolve more power and also trigger growth across the UK;
  • Sir Keir Starmer will then chair his second cabinet meeting since the general election less than a week ago;
  • The health secretary, Wes Streeting, is due to meet with union representatives of junior doctors today as he seeks to rapidly resolve their strike action that has been ongoing for 18 months over pay;
  • Mr Streeting and the new chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Pat McFadden, are due to speak at a conference on Britain's future, organised by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change;
  • On the Conservative side, the remaining MPs are expected to meet to elect a chair of the 1922 backbench committee, after which the timeline of the leadership contest can be decided;
  • Elsewhere, many high-profile people from the right of the party - some of whom lost their seats last Thursday - will meet for a half-day conference to discuss what went wrong, and how to move forward;
  • And later this evening, the PM and his top team will jet to Washington DC for the NATO summit - and Sir Keir will get the full VIP treatment from the embattled US president, with an Oval Office meeting expected during his visit.

We'll be discussing all of that and more with:

  • Jim McMahon, levelling up minister, at 7.15am;
  • Tobias Ellwood, former Tory MP, at 7.30am;
  • Andrew Griffith, shadow science secretary, at 8.15am.

Follow along for the latest political news.


That's all for the Politics Hub tonight

Thanks for joining us for the start of the first full week of a Labour government in 14 years - and there's plenty more to come.

You can scroll through the page for today's updates, or check our 10pm post for a round-up of Monday's most significant news.

We'll be back at 6am with all the latest from Westminster.


Sunak reshuffles shadow cabinet - so who made the cut?

The Conservative Party has announced a reshuffle, as former ministers and returning MPs make the transition into becoming the shadow cabinet.

Lord Cameronhas resigned from Rishi Sunak's frontbench, having been foreign secretary before Labour's victory in Thursday's election, and has now been replaced in the shadow role by his deputy Andrew Mitchell.

Also, despite clinging on to a seat in last week's vote,Richard Holdenhas quit as Tory party chairman, with Richard Fuller taking his place in the interim.

Writing in his resignation letter, Mr Holden said there needed to be a "thorough review into the general election campaign", but it would "best take place with a new set of eyes to help provide the clearest view".

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