Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – 19 June 2019

19th June 2019

Driving the day

TORY LEADERSHIP: Following Dominic Raab’s elimination from the Tory leadership contest yesterday, the 5 remaining candidates went head-to-head in a live BBC debate. It has been reported to have been an inconclusive evening with no clear victor from the debate. Today, Conservative MPs take part in the third ballot with the announcement of who remains in the contest due from around 6pm.

IN THE RED CORNER: The other big event in Westminster today is a special Shadow Cabinet meeting on Brexit as speculation mounts that Labour will shift it’s position towards backing Remain in a second referendum. Earlier this week, deputy leader Tom Watson called for Labour to wholeheartedly support another public vote, and to back remaining in the EU. Corbyn’s top team will gather at 1.30pm in an attempt to reach an agreed position.

NORTH OF THE BORDER: Scottish Conservative leader and Sajid Javid supporter, Ruth Davidson, has criticised members of her own party for being willing to back Brexit even it it means Scotland leaves the UK. A YouGov poll of Tory members found that almost two-thirds (63%) would be willing to allow Scotland to leave the United Kingdom in order to see Brexit take place. But, in response, Ruth Davidson insisted Brexit could not come at the cost of “breaking up” the United Kingdom

On Manoeuvres

  • The third ballot takes place in the election to replace Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party between 3pm and 5pm
  • Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, addresses the ECB Forum on Central Banking
  • Schools Minister Nick Gibb speaks at a Policy Exchange panel event on education
  • Care Minister Caroline Dineage speaks at the National Care Association summer conference
  • Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth makes an announcement on mandatory alcohol labelling and speaks at Alcohol Change UK’s annual conference
  • Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham speak at the NHS Confed19 annual conference
  • Baroness Fall speaks at an Institute for Government event on what makes a good Prime Minister (12:45pm)
  • Bob Seely MP chairs a Henry Jackson Society event on the geopolitics of 5G supply chain security (2:00pm)

Order Paper Highlights

House of Commons

  • 11.30am Scotland questions
  • Midday Prime minister’s question time
  • Ten-minute rule bill on nuclear submarine recycling
  • Remaining stages of the Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill
  • Adjournment debate on the use of algorithms in Home Office visa processing
  • 9.15am – witnesses from the chemical, pharmaceutical, and higher education sectors give evidence to the committee on exiting the EU
  • 9.30am – The British Property Federation and the Institute of Directors give evidence to the Treasury committee on business rates
  • 9.30am – António Horta-Osório, the Lloyds Banking Group chief executive, and HSBC senior executives give evidence to the work and pensions committee
  • 2.30pm Rory Stewart, the international development secretary, gives evidence to the international development committee on Sustainable Development Goals

House of Lords

  • 3pm Questions on careers advice in schools; the report of the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty; preventing illegal arms and illicit drugs entering the country, and determining initial immigration and asylum cases
  • Second reading of the Wild Animals in Circuses (No.2) Bill
  • Debate on International Widows Day 2019 and steps to empower widows in developing countries

Reports and statistics

  • The Institute for Fiscal Studies publishes a report on living standards, poverty and equality in the UK
  • IPPR North publishes analysis of the loss of public sector jobs in the North East as a result of austerity
  • Greenpeace publishes analysis on the levels of plastic pollution in UK rivers