Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – Friday 26 July 2019

26th July 2019

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In the News 

  • The new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is in the West Midlands today to highlight his pledge to recruit 20,000 new police officers. On Saturday, he will travel to Glasgow with several Cabinet colleagues to make further domestic policy announcements in a series of initiatives many are claiming is a warm up to a new general election campaign.
  • In a blow to the Brexit delivery team, former leading Brexiteer, Steve Baker, has refused to return to his old job as a junior Minister in the Department for Exiting the European Union. He had complained of a sense of ‘powerless’ while being in post that he does not wish to repeat.
  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is similarly preparing for an election with the unveiling of a series of pledges cutting across health, education, and the living wage. Last night, he demanded Johnson hold a general election.

On Manoeuvres 

  • The new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has arrived in Belfast to begin the first round of engagement with the five main parties.
  • Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has made an announcement on a police recruitment drive.
  • Additionally, Johnson, is expected to make further Cabinet appointments over the course of today.

Order Paper Highlights

  • Parliament is now on Summer recess until September 3.