Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – Thursday 13 June 2019

13th June 2019

Driving the Day

  • Conservative Competition –  Today, the first ballot of Conservative party MPs takes place. By 1PM, we’ll know the result and some expect that, over the course of the day, the number of contenders will be whittled down to half a dozen;
  • No No Deal – Last night the cross-party attempt to block a no-deal Brexit failed after eight Labour MPs rebelled against the party whip giving the government a relatively comfortable majority of eleven;
  • Help to Buy No Help? – Former Chancellor, George Osborne’s flagship Help to Buy scheme has come under fire from the National Audit Office (NAO) as it was predominantly used by individuals who did not need the scheme’s assistance to buy their first home.


On Manoeuvres

  • International Trade Secretary Liam Fox delivers a speech at a Centre for Policy Studies event on the lost tribe, finding the quiet conservatives (7:00pm)
  • Environment. Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Michael Gove has made an announcement on firms signing up to the pledge halve food waste
  • Bim Afalomi MP, Gillian Keegan MP and Sir Oliver Letwin MP attend a debate hosted by Policy Exchange on housing and what is wanted from the next Prime Minister (2:00pm)
  • Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham launches a new regional industrial strategy (1:30pm)

Order Paper Highlights

House of Commons

  • 9:30am: Transport Questions (Topicals at 10:15am)
  • Business Questions to the Leader of the House
  • Backbench Business Committee: Social housing
  • Adjournment Debate: Transfer of services from University Hospital in Coventry to Birmingham and Worcester (Jim Cunningham, Lab, Coventry South)

House of Lords 

  • Debate: Inequalities in income, wealth and living standards in the United Kingdom since the 2008 financial crisis; the Institute for Fiscal Studies Deaton Review; and the report of the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
  • Short Debate: Impact of the increased use of referenda on the functioning of representative democracy in the UK
  • Debate: Provision of free public transport and television licences for older persons as a means to alleviate loneliness and isolation and of the case for maintaining well-funded public services to support care for the elderly
  • Lord Empey (UUP) to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the request from the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service to introduce measures to compensate the victims of Historical Institutional Abuse, as recommended by the Report of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in January 2017
  •  Lord Lilley (Con) to ask Her Majesty’s Government what announcements the European Union has made regarding continuity arrangements for (1) air travel, (2) haulage, (3) visas, and (4) safety certificates, should the United Kingdom leave the European Union without a deal; and what steps they have taken to give reciprocal assurances

Reports and Statistics

  • The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy
  • The House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee publishes the government’s response to its report on executive pay and rewards (11:00am)
  • The National Audit Office has published a progress review on the Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme
  • The Home Office publishes statistics on Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000, financial year ending March 2019
  • Ofsted publishes statistics on State-funded schools inspections and outcomes as at 31 March 2019