Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – Wednesday 12 June 2019

12th June 2019

Driving the day

BORIS BEGINS: Boris Johnson will today launch his long dreamt-of campaign to be prime minister. A ComRes poll in The Daily Telegraph suggests that with Mr Johnson as leader the Conservatives could be heading for a landslide at the next election with a majority of 140. But Mr Johnson and other pro-Brexit leadership candidates are facing a potential blow as Labour and the opposition parties stage a parliamentary ambush aimed at blocking no-deal.

MAY’S CLIMATE PROMISE: Ministers will be legally bound to end the UK’s contribution to climate change by 2050 under a new target to be introduced by Theresa May. Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK will be cut to almost zero by 2050, under the terms of a new government plan to tackle climate change. Theresa May said reducing pollution would also benefit public health and cut NHS costs. The UK already has a 2050 target – to reduce emissions by 80%. That was agreed by MPs under the Climate Change Act in 2008, but will now be amended to the new, much tougher, goal.

On Manoeuvres

  • Boris Johnson MP launches his Conservative leadership campaign (11:00am)
  • Prime Minister Theresa May and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary Greg Clark have made an announcement on new legislation on net zero emissions targets.
  • Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond (10:40am) and Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Jeremy Wright (12:35pm) speak at the annual Bloomberg technology conference.
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaks at the CogX Festival of AI and Emerging Technology (9:00am).
  • Home Secretary Sajid Javid launches his Conservative leadership campaign.
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock, International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, Esther McVey MP and Boris Johnson MP speak at a Conservative party leadership hustings event (4:00pm).
  • Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss delivers a speech at an Economic Research Council event on the UK economy post-Brexit (6:30pm).
  • Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins hosts a roundtable on tackling modern slavery in the construction industry (9:30am)

Order Paper Highlights

House of Commons Business

  • Women and Equalities Questions (11:30am).
  • Prime Minister’s Question Time(12:00pm).
  • Opposition Day Debate: Inequality and social mobility.
  • Opposition Day Debate: Discrimination in sport.
  • Exiting the European Union (9:15am, Boothroyd Room).
  • Women in finance Treasury Committee (9:15am, Grimond Room).
  • Rural broadband and digital only services Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (9:30am, Room 6).

House of Lords Business

  • Lord Collins of Highbury (Lab) to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of support among United Nations Member States for the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2467 on sexual violence in conflict, and of progress in the Ending Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Humanitarian Crises Conference in Oslo on 23 and 24 May.
  • Lord Popat (Con)to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support the government of Rwanda in its preparations for hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2020.

Reports & Statistics

  • The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee has published a report on the UK’s sanctions policy following Brexit.
  • The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee publishes a report on NHS waiting times for elective and cancer care.
  • The House of Commons Treasury Committee has published reports on i. the re-appointment of Michael Saunders to the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England.
  • The National Audit Office has published a report on food safety and standards.
  • The Living Wage Foundation publishes a report on workers in low-wage, insecure work.