Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – Monday 1 July 2019

1st July 2019

Driving the Day 

  • Fiscal Fancies– The Conservative leadership race is growing more competitive as Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson unveil their spending plans should they take No. 10. In a speech this morning, Hunt will seek to reassure farmers and fisherman with £6bn in funding to assist with the management of possible new tariffs. Meanwhile, Johnson has stated he is prepared to borrow to finance certain “great objectives”, which are said to include an increase in school spending, 20,000 new police officers, universal fibre-broadband, and an income tax cut for good measure.
  •  Jeering at Jeremy – Over the weekend, Corbyn’s close advisers called for an inquiry into the civil service’s impartiality following a press briefing in which their leader’s health and memory were called into question. Corbyn has sought to reassure audiences stating he is fit, healthy, and exercises regularly.
  • Yawn-Claude Juncker – European leaders, including Prime Minister Theresa May, have been up all night seeking to appoint the new senior officials of the EU institutions, including Jean-Claude Junker’s successor to the post of European Commission President. The individual who eventually takes the Commission presidency will play a key role in the continuing Brexit negotiations.

On Manoeuvres

  • Conservative Leadership contender, Boris Johnson, is hosting a ‘telephone town hall’ tonight for Tory Members (6:00pm)
  • Similarly, Jeremy Hunt will be on Sky this evening for an hour-long interview (7:00pm) as well as giving a speech in Westminster this morning (11:00am)
  • Wales Secretary Alun Cairns and Welsh Economy Minister Ken Skates attend the Ford Taskforce meeting in Bridgend (9:00am)
  • Security Minister Ben Wallace speaks at the launch of the Demos report on fraud protection for at risk adults
  • Greg Hands MP speaks at the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum on Brexit and the future of the Conservative Party (12:45pm)

Order Paper Highlights

Commons Chamber

  • 2:30pm: Work and Pensions (Topicals at 3:15pm)
  • Estimates Day (6th Allotted Day): Department for International Development and Department for Education
  • Adjournment Debate: Children’s palliative care (Dr Caroline Johnson, Con, Sleaford and North Hykeham)

Lords Chamber 

  • Question: Lord Pearson of Rannoch (UKIP) to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote national awareness of the European Union law-making process, in particular the roles and powers of (1) the European Commission, (2) COREPER, (3) the Council of Ministers, (4) the European Court of Justice, and (5) the European Parliament
  • Question: Lord Haskel (Lab)to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take following the adoption by the House of Commons on 1 May of a motion declaring an environment and climate emergency
  • Question: Lord Foulkes of Cumnock (Lab) to ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures they follow to ensure the accuracy of any statistics used by ministers in parliamentary proceedings
  • Debate on the report from the Economic Affairs Committee ‘Measuring Inflation’
  • Debate on the report from the Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities ‘The future of seaside towns’

Reports and Statistics 

  • The House of Commons Transport Committee has published a report on local roads funding and maintenance
  • The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee has published the Government response to the Committee’s report on Universal Credit
  • The House of Commons Defence Committee publishes the Government response to the Committee’s report on Russia and the INF Treaty (11:00am)
  • The Local Government Association has published analysis on social services and child mental health cases