Maitland Political/AMO Monitor – 27 September 2018

27th September 2018

Good morning,

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced his Budget Statement will take place earlier than normal on October 29. This is likely to avoid any clash with a special Brexit EU summit that has been provisionally set for 17-19 November. The uncertainty of Brexit reduces the likelihood of major economic announcements. This could add to the Conservative’s problems. After a Labour Conference that has been largely well received, the Conservatives must go into their Conference next week with a bold and coherent vision for the UK. Jeremy Corbyn’s speech was eye-catching, from an extension of free childcare and plans to foster a “green” economy, to radically remaking capitalism. Furthering the image that he is a leader in waiting, Jeremy Corbyn will meet Michel Barnier today.

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Driving the Day

  • As Corbyn meets Michel Barnier in Brussels today, Barry Gardiner has suggested Labour could “bend” its position on Brexit to help a deal get through Parliament.
  • Theresa May has reassured business leaders in New York saying the UK would not retreat from the world after Brexit.
  • The government has appointed a minister to oversee the protection of food supplies through Brexit. David Rutley MP, a former Asda and PepsiCo executive, has been handed the DEFRA brief.
  • Philip Hammond has announced his Budget Statement will take place on October 29.

On Manoeuvres

  • Jeremy Corbyn will meet Michel Barnier in Brussels.
  • Robin Walker, Brexit minister, meets Nathalie Loiseau, France’s Europe minister, for talks in Paris.
  • Concerns remain at HMP The Mount despite signs of improvement, according to a new report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons
  • 12.45pm Andy Haldane, chief economist at the Bank of England, discusses productivity and industrial strategy at an Institute for Government event.

Westminster Bubble

Both Houses are on recess. They will return 9 October.

Top Twittery

Jim Waterson‏ @jimwaterson

Replying to @VirginTrains

Lads just a quick heads up that you’ve got the whole shadow cabinet and half of Britain’s journalists about to get on your network in an hour and they’re all hungover and grumpy and wanting to nationalise things.