Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – 17 June 2019

17th June 2019

Driving the Day

THE BOJO (NO)SHOW: This week will be pivotal in the race to be leader of the Conservative party. By Thursday evening it should be clear which two names will be put to members of the Conservative party. Over the weekend Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, who had been widely predicted to back a more moderate candidate, announced he would endorse Boris Johnson for leadership. Another former leadership candidate, Esther McVey, also announced she would back Johnson. In many people’s minds this confirms – bar a catastrophic misstep by the candidate – that Johnson will be one of the two names left on the ballot paper by the end of this week. MPs will have a chance to vote at the second ballot on Tuesday afternoon, then again on Wednesday and Thursday. Whether MPs who voted for Hancock and McVey will similarly back Johnson is another matter. It is interesting that both Hancock and McVey commanded support from very different wings of the party. Johnson is also still largely absent from events. He was empty-podiumed at last nights public debate and appears to have declined an invitation to take questions from Lobby journalists this morning. It is unclear if Johnson can continue to be a no-show and still command widespread support.

On Manoeuvres

  • 9.45 Education Secretary Damian Hinds delivers a major speech at the Reform think tank on the relationship between disadvantage and educational attainment
  • 11.00-13.30 Political journalists question all the Conservative leadership candidates (apart from Boris Johnson) at a special Lobby hustings event
  • 14.20 Chancellor Philip Hammond gives a joint press conference with his Chinese counterpart Hu Chunhua
  • 19.00 The Liberal Democrats hold an all-member online leadership hustings between candidates Jo Swinson and Ed Davey

Order Paper Highlights

  • 14.30 Housing, communities and local government questions