Maitland/AMO Morning Political Monitor – Wednesday 3 July 2019

3rd July 2019

Driving the Day 

ALL CHANGE AT THE (EUROPEAN) TOP

The nominations are all in: it’s cheerio Donald, Jean-Claude and Mario and hello to Charles, Ursula and Christine. Forget the British premiership: all eyes are focused on Brussels with news last night on who will be new European leaders from this autumn. The German Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen is picking up the baton from Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission. Donald Tusk is being replaced by Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, while Christine Lagarde has been appointed as President of the European Central Bank.

A SWEETENER FOR THE SUGAR TAX

Back closer to home, Boris Johnson has revealed that he wants to take a step back and review review the sugar tax which, as The Times points out, makes for uncomfortable campaigning for one of his key backers, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who has championed the “hugely successful” policy. The Times also calls into question Mr Johnson’s motivations for looking to scrap the tax and notes that Mr Johnson now looks like he will allow people to slurp their milkshakes with impunity.


On Manoeuvres 

  • Justice Secretary David Gauke speaks at the annual judges dinner
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock delivers a speech at the launch event of Onward’s new report on skills and automation
  • International Development Secretary Rory Stewart speaks at the Royal Institution to mark Climate Action Week
  • Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak (11:00am) and Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley (9:30am) speak at the Local Government Association conference
  • Phil Wilson MP chairs a Henry Jackson Society event on China’s rise and the Indo-Pacific

Order Paper Highlights 

House of Commons

  • 12:00pm: Prime Minister’s Questions

House of Lords

  • Main Business: Debate that a joint committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on teh costs and implications for the UK of exiting hte EU without a withdrawal agreement on 31 October 2019

Select Committees

  • 9:15am- Exiting the European Union Committee (Boothroyd Room), Seraphus Solicitors, East European Resource Centre, British in Europe and EuroCitizens give evidence on progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal
  • 9:30am- Treasury Committee (Room 16), Caroline Rainbird, CEO and Jimmy Barber, COO of the FSCS give evidence on the work of the FSCS

Reports and Statistics

  • The House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has published a report on modern methods of construction
  • The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has published a report on transport infrastructure in the South West
  • Which? has published research on insurance complaints