Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – Thursday 11 July 2019

11th July 2019

Driving the day

BBC PANORAMA: Former officials told BBC Panorama that how they felt fatally undermined by senior Labour bosses in their attempts to tackle antisemitism, alleging consistent interference in complaints and claiming that one key aide mocked their efforts. Four of the whistleblowers, including former Labour general secretary Iain McNicol, who left his post last year, have broken non-disclosure agreements to speak out. The Labour party said it would be pursuing complaints “at all levels” of the corporation in the wake of the broadcast on Wednesday night.

US AMBASSADOR: Boris Johnson has hit back at criticism that he threw the former British ambassador to the US “under a bus”. Johnson has insisted he is a great supporter of Sir Kim and has revealed that he rang him to commiserate. Responding to fierce criticism, Boris Johnson told The Sun: “I can’t believe they’re trying to blame me for this. It seems bizarre to me. I’m a great supporter of Kim’s. I worked very well with him for years.”

On Manoeuvres

  • Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson MP participate in hustings in the South East
  • Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd hosts a rountable to discuss cancer
  • International Trade Secretary Liam Fox visits the Netherlands for a meeting with Dutch Trade Minister Sigrid Kaag. He also addresses Netherlands-Britain Chamber of Commerce North Sea Neigbours Dinner (5pm)
  • Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships Anne Milton speaks at the Trade Union Congress annual Unionlearn conference
  • Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable annd Lord Sassoon speak at a Chatham House conference on China’s economic future

Order Paper Highlights

House of Commons Business

  • 9:30am: International Trade Questions (Topicals at 9:53am)
  • 10:10am: Women and Equalities Questions
  • Business Questions to the Leader of the House
  • Backbench Business Debate: 20 Years of Devolution
  • Backbench Business Debate: Leasehold Reform

House of Lords Business

  • Lord Clement-Jones (Lib Dem) to ask Her Majesty’s Government on the imposition and operation of public spaces protection orders
  • Baroness Gardner of Parkes (Con) to ask Her Majesty’s Government on the availability of NHS dentistry services
  • Lord West of Spithead (Lab) to ask Her Majesty’s Government on whether the number of frigates in commission available for operations will fall below 13 in any year before 2026
  • Lord Bates (Con) to ask Her Majesty’s Government on de-escalating tensions in the Gulf of Oman
  • Debate: Creating an environment which encourages business growth and job creation, especially in relation to the tax system

Reports and Statistics

  • The House of Commons Treasury Committee publishes the Government’s response to its report on consumer access to financial services
  • Frank Field MP and Heidi Allen MP publish an interim report on destitution in Britain
  • The Children’s Commissioner publishes the third annual vulnerability report
  • The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority publishes its annual report
  • The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner publishes its annual report
  • The Bank of England publishes its biannual report on financial stability and near-term prospects
  • The Resolution Foundation publishes a report on regional economic performance
  • The Higher Education Policy Institute publishes a report on paying university governors
  • NSPCC and the National Education Union publish the results of a survey on teacher’s confidence in teaching the Government’s new sex education lessons
  • The Food Research Collaboration publishes a briefing on post-Brexit farming