Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – Thursday 18 July 2019

18th July 2019

In the news

  • Baroness Hayter, a senior Labour peer has been sacked as shadow Brexit minister after comparing Jeremy Corbyn’s team’s refusal to deal with criticism as similar to “last days of Hitler”, referencing the party’s handling of allegations of anti-Semitism.
  • Theresa May gave a defensive final speech last night, in which she criticized the Brexit absolutists in her own party for pursuing  ideological purity at any price.
  • In a speech last night, Boris Johnson vowed to deliver Brexit on time and unite the country as he spoke in front of 4,000 people at London’s Excel centre, declaring that Britain must leave by October 31.

On Manoeuvres

  • Prime Minister Theresa May hosts a police bravery reception.
  • Home Secretary Sajid Javid makes an announcement regarding the Police Transformation Fund. He also attends the Police Bravery Awards alongside Policing Minister Nick Hurd.
  • Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt delivers a speech at the Air & Space Power Conference (8:35am).
  • Women’s Minister Victoria Atkins hosts a meeting of the Creative Opportunities Forum.

Order Paper Highlights

House of Commons

  • 9:30am: Transport Questions (Topicals at 10:15am).
  • Business Questions to the Leader of the House.
  • Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill: Consideration of Lords Amendmen.
  • 1:30pm: Human Rights in Saudi Arabia and the detention of opponents of the regime (Alistair Carmichael, Lib Dem, Orkney and Shetland).

House of Lords

  • Lord Forsyth of Drumlean (Con) to ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they provide to British citizens intending to climb Mount Everest during the autumn and spring seasons to reduce the risk of loss of life.
  • Lord Marlesford (Con) to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the recruitment processes of (1) UK Visas and Immigration and (2) the Border Force.
  • Lord West of Spithead (Lab) to ask Her Majesty’s Government on the Government of Turkey’s purchase of surface-to-air missiles from Russia