Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – Tuesday 25 June 2019

25th June 2019

Driving the Day 

  • Boris Battles On – Boris is anticipated to launch his fightback today after news of a row at his home dominated the weekend papers. Both candidates have undertaken a media blitz with Hunt completing 32 media interviews . Boris has this morning spoken on LBC and still refused to comment on the reported late-night row that led to the police being called.
  • Defence Spending – Jeremy Hunt has announced that he will increase the defense budget by a staggering 25% (£15bn) over the next five years. He said the move was intended to counter “new threats to western values” and show the UK is “ready to defend its interests”.
  • Labour’s Brexit Policy – The Shadow Cabinet meets this morning in pursuit of agreement on their Brexit policy. Previously, several union leaders have called for a second referendum, but Unite reportedly remains the biggest barrier to a policy shift in Corbyn’s cabinet.

On Manoeuvres

  • Prime Minister Theresa May and Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd have made an announcement on tackling injustices faced by disabled people
  • Environmen Secretary Michael Gove has made an announcement on a new law requiring food businesses to include full ingredients labelling on pre-packaged foods
  • International Trade Secretary Liam Fox (12:50pm), City Minister John Glen (4:10pm) and Michael Fallon MP (1:30PM) speak at the Margaret Thatcher conference on Britain and America hosted by the Centre for Policy Studies.
  • Housing Minister Kit Malthouse speaks at the Chartered Institute of Housingconference and exhibition (4:00pm). He has also made an announcement on loan deals to speed up the delivery of new homes

Order Paper Highlights

Commons Chamber

  • 11:30am: Foreign and Commonwealth Office Questions (Topicals at 12:15pm)

Main Business

  • Ten Minute Rule Motion: Ground Rents (Leasehold Properties) (Eddie Hughes, Con, Walsall North)
  • Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill – Second Reading
  • Adjournment Debate: Parental involvement in teaching in relation to the Equality Act 2010 (Mr Roger Godsiff, Lab, Birmingham, Hall Green)

Westminster Hall

  • 9:30 am – 11:00 am: Improving the lives of people living with dementia (Debbie Abrahams, Lab, Oldham East and Saddleworth)
  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am: Gambling levy from online gambling and racing greyhounds (Neil Parish, Con, Tiverton and Honiton)
  • 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Differential rates of beer duty (Giles Watling, Con, Clacton)

Lords Chamber

2:30pm: Oral Questions

  • Baroness Lister of Burtersett (Lab) to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address the concerns raised by the report of the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his visit to the United Kingdom, published on 22 May.
  • Lord Harries of Pentregarth (Crossbench) to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to address ash dieback.
  •  Lord Dubs (Lab) to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many unaccompanied child refugees have entered the United Kingdom since the beginning of 2016 under (1) section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 or (2) the provisions of the Dublin III Regulation.
  •  The Lord Bishop of St Albans (Bishops) to ask Her Majesty’s Government on the impact of weapons exported from the UK to Saudi Arabia on the conflict in Yemen

Reports and Statistics 

  • The Institute for Fiscal Studies has published a report on Boris Johnson MP’s main tax policy proposals if he were to become Prime Minister and publishes a report on Income levels for over 60s
  • The Centre for Policy Studies has published a report on trade opportunity zones after
  • The House of Commons EU Scrutiny Committee publishes its weekly summary of EU documents deposited in Parliament by Government (11:00am)
  • The Sutton Trust and the Social Mobility Commission have published a report on educational background