Maitland Political/AMO Monitor – 2 October 2018

2nd October 2018

Good morning,

Boris Johnson will be hoping it is “his day” at conference today. His fringe speech is expected to focus on how the Conservatives can beat Jeremy Corbyn. This could be significant, in his speech to conference yesterday, Philip Hammond presented a compelling and lucid account of the party’s problems, urging it to address the concerns Corbyn raised, but he could offer no real solutions. The speech served to emphasise a feeling that the party has come together for conference unsure of its identity. Nevertheless a Cabinet minister tells The Sun this morning: “Boris is self-destructing at the moment. Everything he has said is badly miscalculated.”

In a bid, perhaps, to drown out her former Foreign Secretary, Theresa May is on a studio tour this morning with her plans for a post-Brexit immigration system. Theresa May has promised an end to free movement and preferential treatment for the EU. She has also indicated that there will be temporary exemptions for sectors dependent on low-skilled migration. This morning The Times leads with the suggestion Theresa May is planning to offer “a grand bargain” to the EU. She is expected to offer to keep Britain tied the the customs union after the transition period ends while a solution to the Irish border can be agreed.

Driving the Day

  • Theresa May reveals plans for a post-Brexit immigration system.
  • Philip Hammond has said the UK would have to enforce a hard Irish border if there is no-deal.
  • Matt Hancock has announced plans to give social care £240m in extra funding to help avoid a winter crisis.

On Manoeuvres

  • From 10 am, speeches in the main hall from Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Justice Secretary David Gauke, Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Education Secretary Damian Hinds, Scotland Secretary David Mundell, Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley and Wales Secretary Alun Cairns, alongside Tory regional mayors.
  • 1 pm Boris Johnson will addresses delegates in hall 1.
  • Philip Hammond attends an Enterprise Forum fringe reception.
  • Dominic Raab speaks at a IEA & TaxPayers’ Alliance fringe event.
  • Matt Hancock speaks at a Centre for Policy Studies fringe event.

Westminster Hall

Both Houses are on recess they will return 9 October.

Top Twittery

Kylie MacLellan@kyliemaclellan

“Any liquids of any description?”, asks the security man on the way into Conservative conference, adding: “Prosecco, whisky?”