Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – Thursday 20 June 2019

20th June 2019

Driving the Day 

  • Battle of the Foreign Secretaries: Today, Conservative MPs complete their task of whittling down the number of leadership contenders to two for election by the party membership. The results of the first round of MPs voting, which will take the competition to three candidates, are expected to be announced at around 1PM. And at around 6PM, the final two contenders will be announced with Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt expected to be the last men standing;
  • I’ll miss EU: Prime Minister Theresa May is avoiding the Conservative leadership race and is instead in Brussels today at her last formal European Council summit. Brexit will not be on the agenda for Mrs May as the bloc’s update on the matter is being reserved solely for the EU27;
  • Phil’s Final Speech: Chancellor Philip Hammond is giving his last speech in the City today at Mansion House. He is expected to urge the next Prime Minister to “explore” holding a second referendum to break the deadlock in Parliament.


On Manoeuvres

  • Chancellor Philip Hammond speaks at the City of London Mansion House dinner
  • Security Minister Ben Wallace speaks at the Chatham House Cyber 2019 conference
  • Education Secretary Damian Hinds (4:10pm), Baroness Estelle Morris and Lord David Blunkett speak at the Telegraph Festival of Education
  • Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP speaks at a Centre for Policy Studies panel discussion on the role of the private sector in the railway industry


Order Paper Highlights

House of Commons

  • Business Statement
  • Business Questions to the Leader of the House
  • Backbench Business Debate: Refugee Family Reunion
  • Backbench Business Debate: Court Closures and Access to Justice

House of Lords 

  • 11:00am: Oral Question
    • Lord Lexden (Con) to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what progress has been made in the inter-party talks in Northern Ireland
    • Baroness McIntosh of Pickering (Con) to ask Her Majesty’s Government on the progress of Brexit discussions with the European Union
    • Lord Berkeley of Knighton (Crossbench) to ask Her Majesty’s Government on the impact of the recent increase in thefts of catalytic converters on motorists and the insurance industry
    • Lord Bishop of St Albans (Bishops) to ask Her Majesty’s Government on addressing youth violence
  • Debate: Incidence of antisemitism worldwide
  • Debate: Protecting and representing the interests of future generations in policy making


Reports and Statistics

  • The Local Government Information Unit publishes the final report from the Local Government Homelessness Commission on how councils can fulfil their obligation to prevent homelessness
  • The National Audit Office publishes a report on the effectiveness of official development assistance expenditure
  • The Independent Commission for Aid Impact publishes a report on the state of UK aid
  • The Department for Education publishes statistics on Graduate Outcomes (LEO): Postgraduate Outcomes in 2016 to 2017