Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – 28 June 2019

28th June 2019

Driving the day

G20 Summit: Theresa May will today meet Russian president Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Japan. She is going to demand that Russia hand over the two men accused of carrying out the Salisbury nerve agent poisonings which led to the death of a British citizen. But Vladimir Putin continued to deny Russian involvement in an interview with the Financial Times yesterday. On Saturday, Theresa May has bilateral meetings including with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman where she will reportedly raise the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, alongside a discussion of rising tensions in the Middle East. The PM is expected to speak to the press after her meetings at 7.30am UK time on Saturday before flying home.

TORY LEADERSHIP: Reports are saying that Boris Johnson is considering an early budget in September to prepare the economy for a potential no-deal Brexit, and that the Home Secretary Sajid Javid is apparently Boris Johnson’s choice for Chancellor of the Exchequer. Sajid Javid is reportedly due to endorse Johnson “in the next fortnight” but Johnson’s team are downplaying the speculation, insisting that there is “still a leadership race to be won”. Boris Johnson also finds himself in hot water again over the Daily Mail’s front page story today reporting that he made a disobliging remark about the French and their approach to Brexit while he was Foreign Secretary. His opponent Jeremy Hunt has meanwhile tweeted his letter of reply to Boris Johnson’s earlier letter which asked Hunt to commit to leave the EU on October 31st. Hunt accuses Boris of getting “some important facts wrong” and also invites him for a head-to-head before the ballot papers are sent out to Tory party members.

LABOUR LAND: The Labour leadership continues to face criticism over the re-admittance of Chris Williamson MP to the Labour party despite offensive comments he made about antisemitism. More than 100 Labour MPs and peers have criticised the decision expressing “hurt and anger” at the ruling. Over 120 parliamentarians have signed a statement which calls on Corbyn to “show leadership” while deputy leader Tom Watson says he was “bewildered by the decision”.

On Manoeuvres

  • Prime Minister Theresa May meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 leaders’ summit
  • Chancellor Philip Hammond represents the UK at a meeting of Finance and Health Ministers at the G20 summit
  • Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt visits Lithuania to mark the first anniversary of the joint expeditionary force
  • Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson participate in a hustings for the Tory Party leadership (11am)
  • Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster David Lidington hosts the British-Irish Council summit
  • Defence Minister Stuart Andrew attends a A400M Ministerial meeting
  • Harriet Harman MP attends a 2-day conference marking 40 years since the creation of select committees
  • Jo Swinson and Ed Davey participate in Liberal Democrat leadership hustings (7pm)

Order Paper Highlights

  • The House of Commons and House of Lords are not sitting today. The next sitting day is 01 July

Reports and Statistics

  • The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee publishes a report on military homes
  • The National Audit Office publishes a report on the Government’s approach to tackling serious and organised crime
  • The British Retail Consortium publishes its monthly economic briefing
  • The Institute of Directors publishes survey results on business leaders’ attitudes to mitigating climate change
  • WWF, ClientEarth and the Marine Conservation Society publish a letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove and the Scottish Government on halting the decline of North Sea cod