Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – Monday 8 July 2019

8th July 2019

Driving the Day 

  • Undiplomatic niceties –  Trans-Atlantic relations took a blow over the weekend as the Mail on Sunday published the contents of leaked diplomatic cables from ‘our man’ in Washington, Sir Kim Darroch. Within the secret cables sent back to the UK, Sir Kim described the Trump White House as “chaotic” as well as “diplomatically clumsy and inept”. President Trump has expressed his displeasure with the situation stating that “The ambassador has not served the UK well”. The Foreign Office has since launched an inquiry to find the source of the leak.
  • Javid for Johnson –  Over the weekend,  the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced his support for Boris Johnson’s Conservative party leadership bid in a Sunday Times piece stating Johnson “is better placed to deliver what we need to do at this critical time”. Reportedly, Javid, a former Deutsche Bank banker, is being lined up to take the post of Chancellor in the possible Johnson cabinet.
  • A labored inquiry – On Wednesday, Panorama is set to air a report on anti-Semitism in the Labour party and despite the head of the Parliamentary Labour Party, John Cryer, stating “We’ve failed to address antisemitism” the party has reportedly sent threatening lawyer’s letters to those who cooperated with Panorama, which stated that they had breached party gagging orders. Tom Watson has described the letters as “deplorable”.

On Manoeuvres

  • Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech to military personnel
  • Education Secretary Damian Hinds has made an announcement on proposals to boost the quality and uptake of Higher Technical Qualifications
  • International Trade Secretary Liam Fox travels to Washington DC for talks with senior administration officials
  • Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson MP speak a Telegraph event on the next British Prime Minister

Order Paper Highlights 

Commons Chamber

  • 2:30pm: Defence Questions
  • Select Committees:
    • Housing, Communities and Local Government – Independent review of building regulations
    • Welsh Affairs Committee – The proposed closure of Ford’s Bridgend plant

Lords Chamber 

  • 2:30pm: Oral Questions
    • Baroness Boycott (Crossbench) to ask Her Majesty’s Government on the enhancement and protection of soil health in the UK
    • Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb (Green) to ask Her Majesty’s Government on the adjustment of carbon budgets in light of past performance and the Paris Agreement
    • Lord Lennie (Lab) to ask Her Majesty’s Government on the roll-out of smart meters
    • Baroness Tonge (Non-affiliated) to ask Her Majesty’s Government on the treatment of Palestinian children by the Israel Defence Forces
  • Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill – Committee stage

Reports & Statistics 

  • The Department for Education has opened a consultation on improving higher technical education
  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office publishes review reports into the plight of persecuted Christians around the world
  • The Speakers Committee on the Electoral Commission publishes a report on the reappointment of an Electoral Commissioner (11:00am)
  • British Future has published a report on immigration to Britain after Theresa May
  • The Royal United Services Institute has published a report on extremist groups on social media platforms