Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – Friday 5 July 2019

5th July 2019

Driving the Day 

  • Approaching the Finish – The Conservative Leadership race is entering its final phases with Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt completing the final four hustings over the course of this crucial weekend. Johnson, according to the Times, is confident in his win and has reportedly been teeing up Michael Gove and Sajid Javid for future cabinet positions. The results of the leadership vote are set to be announced on July 23.
  • Access Denied  – The BBC reports that former Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, was denied access to sensitive streams of intelligence under the Prime Minister’s direction while he was in office. BBC sources have alleged that it was in part due to the Prime Minister’s concern over the Secretary’s lack of discipline and No. 10’s tightening of control over who has access to these materials.
  • No No Deal – Justice Secretary, David Gauke, has stated to House Magazine that he believes Parliament will not allow a No-Deal Brexit. Similarly, Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has told the BBC that the Commons will step in to prevent a No-Deal Brexit. Hammond has also poured scorn on the possibility of Parliament being suspended to force through a No-Deal Brexit.

On Manoeuvres

  • Prime Minister Theresa May attends the Western Balkans Summit in Poland
  • Roads Minister Michael Ellis has made an announcement on electric taxis and tax rates
  • Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson MP participate in North East and Scotland hustings for the Conservative Party leadership election
  • Home Secretary Sajid Javid makes an announcement on the places of worship scheme
  • International Development Secretary Rory Stewart visits the Democratic Republic of Congo to meet aid workers battling the Ebola outbreak

Order Paper Highlights 

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

Reports and Statistics 

  • The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee has published the government’s response to its report on universal credit and tests for managed migration
  • The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has published a report on local enterprise partnerships
  • The Office for National Statistics publishes statistics on UK productivity: January to March 2019
  • The Institute of Directors publishes their survey of business leaders