Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – Monday 10 June 2019

10th June 2019

Driving the Day

BORIS TAX PLEDGE: Boris Johnson has pledged to cut income tax bills for people earning more than £50,000 a year if he wins the race to succeed Theresa May as prime minister. The former foreign secretary told the Telegraph he would use money currently set aside for a no-deal Brexit to raise the 40% tax rate threshold to £80,000.

CALL FOR GOVE TO QUIT LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN: Michael Gove’s campaign to be Conservative leader is hanging in the balance with calls for him to quit the race, as he was forced to insist that he never misled officials about his use of class A drugs. The environment secretary gave an interview admitting he was “fortunate” to have avoided jail for possession of cocaine, after a new book revealed he had taken the drug on several occasions while a journalist around 20 years ago.

RUDD BACKS HUNT: Amber Rudd says that Conservative MPs should not put their faith in Boris Johnson’s blind Brexit “optimism” and backs Jeremy Hunt. to become the party’s next leader and prime minister. Ms Rudd’s choice of Mr Hunt is a setback to Mr Johnson because she is a pivotal party figure and co-leader of the One Nation group of centrist Tories that the frontrunner has tried to woo. Her intervention is likely to bolster Mr Hunt’s campaign.

On Manoeuvres

  • Transport Secretary Chris Grayling participates in an Enterprise Forum event on improving transport for a growing economy.
  • George Freeman MP speaks at a Centre for Policy Studies event which launches a collection of essays from Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt, Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson and Dominic Raab MP (1:30pm).
  • Esther McVey MP, Philip Davies MP and Philip Hollobone MP speak at a Bruges Group event on taking back control of the Brexit process (12:00pm).
  • Rachel Reeves MP participates in a Young Fabians event on the future of work (7:00pm).
  • Welsh Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths makes an announcement on funding for environmental and community projects.

Order Paper Highlights

House of Commons

  • 2:30pm: Home Office (including Topical Questions).
  • National Insurance Contributions (Termination Awards and Sporting Testimonials) Bill: Remaining Stages.
  • Backbench Business Debate: Mineworkers’ pension scheme.
  • Adjournment debate: UK foreign policy in relation to China and Hong Kong (Alistair Carmichael, Lib Dem, Orkney and Shetland).

House of Lords

  • 2:30pm: Oral Questions.
  • Lord Naseby (Con) to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to review the tax rules relating to National Health Service pensions; and whether they intend to have a public consultation on the issue.
  • Lord Lee of Trafford (Lib Dem) to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the challenges and opportunities facing national museums.
  • Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist (Con) to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in identifying a design for small modular nuclear reactors.

Reports and statistics

  • The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has published a report on UK Export Finance and fossil fuels.
  • The House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee launches an inquiry on welfare policy at Citizens Advice Scotland.
  • Barnardos publishes a report on young people, social media and mental health.
  • Make UK has published a report looking at sustainability across the manufacturing sector.
  • The National Institute of Economic and Social Research publishes its monthly GDP tracker.
  • HM Revenue and Customs publishes statistics on UK overseas trade in goods statistics: April 2019.