Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – 21 June 2019

21st June 2019

Driving the Day

JOHNSON v HUNT: Following the final ballot of MPs yesterday, the Tory leadership contest moves to a head-to-head between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt for the 160,000-strong Tory membership vote. Both candidates got straight to work yesterday by attending evening events with Conservative members, and tomorrow they will travel to Birmingham for the first of a series of regional hustings. ITV have secured the first head-to-head national TV debate which is scheduled for 09 July. We will know who the new PM will be in week commencing 22 July.

THE EU: European leaders including Theresa May are in Brussels at the moment discussing the top jobs in the next EU administration, but they have failed to make any meaningful headway. Meanwhile, Ireland’s PM Leo Varadkar warned the new UK PM that there was “enormous hostility” in the EU toward granting Britain any further Brexit extensions. He also said any bid to amend Theresa May’s deal would likely fail.

Order Paper Highlights

Parliament is not sitting today. The Commons and Lords return on 24 June. 

On Manoeuvres

  • Eurozone leaders meet, followed by a press conference with Donald Tusk, European Council president, and Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission president
  • Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington visits Yorkshire to celebrate five years of the Northern Powerhouse
  • Communities Minister Lord Bourne attends a Jamaican Society Windrush celebration day
  • Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott attend an Arise Festival rally
  • DCMS Committee Chair Damian Collins speaks at the Chatham House Cyber 2019 conference
  • Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson and Ed Davey MP hold the party’s leadership hustings for Devon and Cornwall

Reports and Statistics

  • The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee publishes a report on Military homes
  • The House of Commons Treasury Committee publishes the government’s response to its report on consumer access to financial services
  • Citizens Advice publishes a report on the relationship between energy consumers and energy companies
  • The British Academy publishes YouGov poll results of the nation’s favourite subjects
  • Impetus publishes a report on job opportunities for poorer children in the North West