Maitland Political/AMO Monitor – 1 October 2018

1st October 2018

Good morning,

In his keynote speech to conference today Philip Hammond say business is “the cornerstone of a successful economy; a force for good in our society; and an essential expression of our values.” Those are values the Conservatives must emphasise if they are to wrest the conversation away from Labour’s successful conference and Boris Johnson’s now infamous “f*** business” comments. However this morning Hammond was forced to confirm he will announce tax rises in order to pay for extra funding for the NHS.

Driving the Day

  • Michael Spencer, a prominent Conservative donor and former party treasurer under David Cameron, has accused the Conservatives of having “lost their way” on business.
  • Business Secretary Greg Clark has warned companies using big data to “rip off” vulnerable customers will be targeted by the competition watchdog. Clark has said he is ready to launch a far reaching review into Britain’s business practices.
  • Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has compared the EU to a Soviet Union prison, encouraging countries to leave.
  • Neil O’Brien, part of the 2017 MP cohort, has warned the Conservatives that they could “go out of business as a political party” if they fail to engage with younger voters.

On Manoeuvres

  • Speeches from 10am include Work and Pensions Secretary, Esther McVey, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab; Business Secretary Greg Clark and Chancellor Philip Hammond.
  • Speeches from 2pm include Local Government Secretary James Brokenshire, Environment Secretary Michael Gove, Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson, and Digital Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Jeremy Wright.
  • International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox will urge people across the UK to have their say on how the government approaches trade negotiations once we leave the EU.
  • Andrea Jenkyns MP, Owen Paterson MP, Priti Patel MP, Sir Bill Cash MP, Daniel Kawczynski MP speak at the Brexit Alternative Conference on the sidelines of the Conservative Party conference.

Westminster Bubble

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

Top Twittery

Marie Le Conte@youngvulgarian

THEORY: Tory conference is cursed because they didn’t let Matt Hancock do his hologram speech, poor lad