Maitland Political Monitor – 26 September 2018

26th September 2018

Good morning,

Jeremy Corbyn will be delivering his keynote leader’s speech this afternoon on the last day of Labour conference. He’s set to promise an end to “greed-is-good” capitalism in the economy which he believes has resulted in a large amount of the economy being left behind. He’ll also promise a “green jobs revolution” that will create 400,000 new positions with massive investments in offshore wind turbines, home insulation projects, and home solar panels. He’ll also pledge free childcare to all three to four-year-olds regardless of whether their parents are in work, and a new state-run website to find nurseries.

Although he’ll try to focus on Labour’s plans for the economy and public services, Brexit remains the largest story coming out of its conference. Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer has managed to keep the idea of a “People’s Vote” intact, saying “nobody is ruling out remain as an option” during his conference speech yesterday. Labour’s formal position is now that the party will seek a public vote on Brexit if Parliament rejects Theresa May’s deal and it cannot force a general election. Sky News reports that Corbyn plans to meet with EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in the coming days.


Driving the day

  • Theresa May will be meeting with Donald Trump during the UN General Assembly in New York City.
  • Labour MP Laura Smith has called for the first general strike since the 1920s in an effort to bring down the government if there’s no general election.
  • The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) claims that delays of only half an hour at UK ports and the Irish border would risk 1 in 10 British firms going bankrupt.

On Manoeuvres

  • 8am The UK co-hosts an event on the margins of the UN general assembly, where Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary, will speak.
  • Midday The European parliament launches a “counter-islamophobia toolkit”, providing guidance to policy makers and the media on tackling anti-Muslim prejudice.
  • 8.30pm Donald Trump and Theresa May hold a bilateral meeting on the margins of the UN general assembly.
  • Pro-EU politicians and academics meet at the LSE, including Antonio Costa, Portuguese prime minister and Green MP Caroline Lucas.

At Labour conference

  • 9.05am Plenary session on tackling inequalities, featuring speeches by Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, and Dawn Butler, the shadow women and equalities minister.
  • 12.15pm Jeremy Corbyn’s speech concludes conference.

Westminster Bubble

House of Commons & House of Lords

  • The Commons and Lords are in recess until October 9.