Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – 10 July 2019

10th July 2019

Driving the Day 

Between Darroch and a hard place: Following Donald Trump’s further comments on Sir Kim Darroch, who he described as “wacky…not someone we thrilled with, a very stupid guy”, Boris Johnson has refused to offer his support to the UK ambassador. In contrast, Jeremy Hunt rebuked Trump and offered his fulsome support to the diplomat. Several media reports lead on the story this morning but their criticism of Johnson is likely to have come too late to have any affect on the Conservative leadership race. If she chooses to comment at PMQs this afternoon, Theresa May, who has offered her support to Darroch, could further escalate the row.

Three Lords a leaping: Labour’s antisemitism crisis has deepened following the resignation of three Labour peers. Lord Triesman, a former General Secretary of the Labour Party, hit out at the Party for being “institutionally anti-semitic”. His resignation letter commented: “We may one day be the Party of anti-racism once again but it certainly isn’t today”. Tonight Panorama will air an hour-long investigation into anti-Semitism in Labour. Several former staffers are expected to testify a damning picture of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

On Manoeuvres

  • Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright speaks at the annual TechUK dinner
  • Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable and Chuka Umunna MP attend a Demos event on the future of British Politics
  • James Heappey MP, Alan Brown MP, Barry Gardiner MP, Wera Hobhouse MP and Luke Graham MP speak at the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group annual conference
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock will address the Tory Reform Group’s annual reception

Order Paper Highlights 

House of Commons

  • 11.30 Cabinet Office oral questions
  • 12.00 Prime Minister’s Questions
  • Debate on Tackling Climate Change, Protecting the Environment and Securing Global Development

House of Lords

  • From 15.00 Lords Oral Questions, including, Baroness Burt of Solihull: to ask Her Majesty’s Government on the Government consultation on requiring transparency in publishing parental leave practices for companies with over 250 employees

Select Committee highlights

  • The Treasury Committee will take evidence on the impact of Business Rates of Business
  • The Work and Pensions Committee will consider the upcoming Spending Review with representatives of the IFS and the Office for Budget Responsibility
  • The Joint Human Rights Committee will consider the Right to Privacy in the Digital Revolution

Reports and Statistics 

  • The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee publishes its report on Brexit and the UK border: out-of-court settlement with Eurotunnel
  • The Committee on Climate Change publishes a report on UK progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • The National Institute of Economic and Social Research publishes the monthly GDP tracker