Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – Friday 14 June 2019

14th June 2019


Driving the Day

GRENFELL MEMORIAL: Today marks two years since the Grenfell Tower disaster which killed 72 people. There will be a service at St Helen’s Church in North Kensington this morning, attended by Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire and London Mayor, Sadiq Khan. There will be a ceremony tonight at the site of the tower as well as a multi-faith vigil.

TO DREAM THE (IMPOSSIBLE?) DREAM: The quest for the next Conservative Party leader continues apace today with rumours circulating that some who fell (well) short of Boris Johnson’s seemingly enormous lead will in fact bow out of the race themselves and channel their energies – and supporters – to another frontrunner. Pundits have commented that at the moment, the contest is about finding a heavyweight candidate who can prevent Mr Johnson from becoming Prime Minister.

CHUKAVISION: Chuka Umunna has left the party he helped to found, Change UK, and has become the Liberal Democrats’ 12th Member of Parliament. It is unclear at the moment whether Mr Umunna will stand for the Liberal Democrats in his seat of Streatham.

On Manoeuvres

  • Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the launch event of London Tech Week.
  • Chancellor Philip Hammond attends the ECOFIN meeting with fellow European Finance Ministers.
  • Health Minister Baroness Blackwood attends the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council configuration at the European Council.
  • Communities Secretary James Brokenshire and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan attend a Grenfell Tower memorial service.
  • Shadow Higher Education Minister Gordon Marsden speaks at the National Education Opportunities Network Summer Symposium 2019.
  • Liberal Democrat Vince Cable holds a press conference with Chuku Umunna to discuss his decision to join the party.
  • Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson and Ed Davey MP participate in the party’s leadership hustings

Order Paper Highlights

The House of Commons is not sitting in plenary and no committee meetings have been scheduled.

The House of Lords is hearing the second reading of the Access to Palliative Care Bill. No committee meetings have been scheduled.

Reports and Statistics

  • The House of Commons Treasury Committee has launched an inquiry into regional imbalances in the UK economy.
  • The British Business Bank has published its Small Business Equity Tracker 2019.
  • The Institute of Directors makes a statement on no-deal Brexit preparations for businesses.
  • Which? has published a report on currency conversion pricing tactics in the aviation industry.