Maitland Political/AMO Monitor – 28 September 2018
Conservative party conference kicks off this weekend in Birmingham with Theresa May facing an uphill battle to get through next week as a long line of prominent Conservatives line up to voice their views of her leadership.
Boris Johnson has used a massive front-page Telegraph spread to outline his “plan for a better Brexit”, where he calls for the Irish backstop to be scrapped and for a ‘SuperCanada’ deal to be pursued. Jacob Rees-Mogg writes in the Daily Mail criticising the Conservatives for their lack of support for families while Priti Patel and Sam Gyimah write their own grievances in House magazine. Patel says the Conservatives “desperately need clear Conservative vision and leadership to take us forward,” while Gyimah writes “the Conservatives must fight to remain the party of business—or risk Jeremy Corbyn in Number Ten.”
Meanwhile, Corbyn and his shadow Brexit secretary visited with Michel Barnier and his team in Brussels. He reportedly told Bariner that Labour would not back any deal that fails to deliver the same benefits as membership of the single market and customs union.
Driving the Day
- Jeremy Corbyn has sparked fresh talk of a no-deal Brexit in Brussels after confirming that he will vote down any deal that fails the single market test.
- Boris Johnson has renewed his calls for the PM to drop her Chequers plans ahead of Conservative party conference.
- Former Conservative PM John Major will share a platform with Labour figures tonight at an anti-Brexit rally.
- 11am Plaid Cymru leadership election winner announced, with Rhun ap Iorwerth and Adam Price challenging incumbent Leanne Wood.
- 12.30pm Robert Chote, chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility, and Sir David Ramsden, the Bank of England deputy governor for markets and banking, speak at the Society of Professional Economists’ annual conference.
- Royal College of Nursing members gather for vote on the 2018 NHS pay deal.
- Headteachers march to Downing Street to protest against cuts to schools budgets, organised by the Worth Less? campaign.
House of Commons & House of Lords
- The Commons and Lords are in recess until October 9.
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