Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – Tuesday 2 July 2019

2nd July 2019

Driving the Day

HAGUE BACKS HUNT: Former Conservative leader William Hague has said he is “logically and inescapably drawn to vote” for Jeremy Hunt in the the Tory leadership race. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Hague said that Mr Johnson’s pledge for Britain to leave the European Union by October 31 on a “do or die” basis had cost him a vote.

SHRINKING CABINET: Boris Johnson in contemplating proposals to reduce the size of the Cabinet. He has already voiced a desire to merge the Department for International Development and the Foreign Office, but supporters are encouraging him to go further. The departments for Justice, Business, Culture, International Trade, Work and Pensions, Transport, and Brexit could all be abolished or merged with other departments under plans being championed by members of Mr Johnson’s team.

BERCOW BLOCKS ‘SHUTDOWN’: MPs plotting to stop a no-deal Brexit have suffered a setback after John Bercow killed off a radical move to stage a US-style ‘shutdown’ of government. MPs Dominic Grieve and Dame Margaret Beckett had tabled an amendment aimed at stopping new Whitehall spending on overseas aid and education. They wanted to halt all flows of cash if a new prime minister went ahead with a no-deal exit.

On Manoeuvres

  • Prime Minister Theresa May hosts a reception marking the LGBT+ festival and a roundtable for car industry leaders and experts
  • Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary James Brokenshire speaks at the Local Government Association conference (2:35pm)
  • Schools Minister Nick Gibb speaks at the National Youth Mentoring Summit hosted by The Diana Award
  • Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable, Liz Saville Roberts MP, Clive Lewis MP and Derek Thomas MP attend the Make Votes Matter campaign launch
  • Alistair Burt MP speaks at a Royal United Services Institute conference on the UK’s strategy in the Middle East following Brexit
  • Ed Miliband MP speaks at an Institute for Public Policy Research event on the 2050 net zero target

Order Paper Highlights

House of Commons

  • 11:30am: HM Treasury Questions (Topicals at 12:15pm)
  • Ten Minute Rule Motion: Breast Cancer Screening (Women under 40) (Andrew Griffiths, Con, Burton)
  • Estimates Day (7th Allotted Day): Department for Work and Pensions and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Adjournment Debate: Unemployment among people with autism (Marion Fellows, SNP, Motherwell and Wishaw)

House of Lords

  • Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Lab) to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to remove any impediments to selling public land to local authorities or housing associations at below its market value in order to increase the number of affordable houses
  • Lord Evans of Watford (Lab) to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase the number of homes for social rent
  • Baroness Massey of Darwen (Lab) to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that appropriate consideration is being given by all departments to other policy areas alongside the preparations for the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union
  • Baroness McIntosh of Pickering (Con) to ask Her Majesty’s Government on ensuring adequate provision of GP services in rural areas

Reports and statistics

  • The House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee publishes its report on the Government’s Online Harms White Paper
  • The House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee publishes its weekly summary of EU documents deposited in Parliament by Government
  • The House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee publishes a report on medicinal cannabis
  • The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee publishes the Government’s response to its report on tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
  • Lord Heseltine publishes a report on empowering English cities
  • The Local Government Association publishes a report on council funding for legal duties
  • Policy Exchange publishes a report on planning rules and the housing crisis
  • The British Medical Journal publishes research on mental health issues and members of parliament
  • Nationwide publishes its house price index