Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – 15 April 2019

15th April 2019

Driving the Day

WHILE THE CAT’S AWAY… While the PM heads off to Wales for holiday, Home Secretary Sajid Javid will be setting out his vision today on tackling crime to an audience of 100 police and crime experts, saying that Britain “cannot afford to leave anyone behind.” The Telegraph and the other Sunday papers have labelled the Home Secretary’s recent moves a “veiled leadership pitch.” Meanwhile, Boris Johnson uses his Telegraph column to set out his own vision for bringing the country together post-Brexit, saying “now is the time to focus on the real priorities of this country.”

NO BREXIT BREAKS: De facto PM David Lidington, who is leading the government’s talks with Labour, has claimed that a compromise would have to be reached to advance talks in the coming weeks. Labour says the ball is in the government’s court and, while the opposition will engage on other topics including workers’ rights and security, the key question on customs arrangements remains unresolved. “She needs to take a political decision to move off her red lines – or not,” one source told the Guardian.

On Manoeuvres

  • It is the 30th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. Wreaths will be laid at St George’s Hall in Liverpool and 96 lanterns lit at a ceremony to remember those who died.
  • Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, visits Japan.
  • 8am EU agriculture and fisheries ministers meet to adopt negotiating mandates for trade talks with the United States.
  • 10am The London Assembly’s Garden Bridge working group holds a session investigating the failed project, with Transport for London’s head of corporate services.
  • 7pm Nigel Farage attends a rally of the new Brexit Party in Eastbourne.

House of Commons & House of Lords

  • The Commons and Lords return on April 23.