Maitland Political/AMO Monitor – 25 September 2018

25th September 2018

Good morning,

Theresa May has successfully faced down a Cabinet rebellion and will present her Chequers plan to the Conservative Party Conference next week. The EU’s formal rejection of Chequers had emboldened different factions in the party, with many pressing Theresa May to switch to supporting a Canada style free trade agreement. Former Brexit Secretary David Davis called for a “reset” of negotiations. Yesterday the government released another tranche of no-deal notices. These highlighted how planes could be grounded and haulage vehicles grid-locked in a chaotic no-deal.

Sir Keir Starmer will make his keynote speech to the Labour conference today. He is expected to confirm Labour would vote down any deal Theresa May secures. This morning he told the Today programme a People’s Vote is a “logical step” if there cannot be a general election. He also contradicted John McDonnell, insisting Labour would not rule out “Remain” as an option on another referendum. Labour has continued to confine itself  to being a “veto player” on Brexit.

On Manoeuvres

  • UN general assembly general debate opens with Donald Trump, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Emmanuel Macron, Shinzo Abe and Theresa May among the speakers.
  • Community rehabilitation companies failing to tackle domestic abuse, a report from HM Inspectorate of Probation finds.

At Labour conference

  • 9.30am Plenary session on NEC and CLP constitutional amendments.
  • 10.10am Speeches on Brexit and the economy.
  • 2.45pm Speeches on security at home and abroad. A motion on Brexit will also be debated and voted on.
  • 3pm John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, speaks at The World Transformed, a series of events organised by pro-Corbyn activists, alongside Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union.
  • 5.30pm The big ideas debate with Ed Miliband, the former Labour Party leader.
  • 6.30pm Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, and Clive Lewis, the shadow Treasury minister, address an event entitled “Tory Brexit is falling apart: How should we respond?”

Westminster Bubble

Both Houses are in recess until October 9.