The tragic news broke this morning that former Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood has passed away from cancer overnight aged just 56. Yvette Cooper was live on air as the news broke and delivered a heartfelt tribute to the man she knew well. Guido’s thoughts are with Sir Jeremy’s friends and family.
No mere mortal can resist the tweeting of a trigger…
Jeremy Corbyn has got somewhat better at PMQs compared to his early attempts back in those heady days of 2015, but his improvement didn’t stretch to spotting the obvious trap of mentioning Hammond’s tax cuts. May was well prepared to hit back at the Labour Party’s flip flopping on the issue. Amateur hour…
“The Member for Wellingborough might well like the hot English Brexit sauce to put on his breakfast sausages”
It’s fair to say that Immigration Minister Caroline Noakes was less than impressed with her Home Affairs Select Committee appearance overrunning by 45 minutes, leading to a tetchy exchange with chair Yvette Cooper. Stephen Doughty chipping in with “tough luck, Minister” probably didn’t help the mood either…
Big Phil spent over a minute making jokes about his mandatory business rates relief for public lavatories. There are some real groaners here…
The Commons erupts with cheers as Liz Truss can’t find a seat on the front bench for the Budget Statement and ends up sitting on Sajid Javid’s knee. Not the first time she’s sat on another MP’s lap…
Justine Greening made an overt pitch for the Tory leadership on GMB this morning, to the extent that Susanna Reid even thanked her for being so open about her ambitions. Greening repeatedly hinted that she was intending to run and said that “things need to change” when challenged over the issue. After Nicky Morgan poured cold water on her own leadership prospects at Tory conference, Justine is making no secret of her desire be the chosen candidate of the Tory wets…
- Budget Day! Philip Hammond take to the dispatch box at 3:30.
- Theresa May is attending the Northern Future Forum of northern European states in Norway.
- John McDonnell to open the first day of Budget debate in the House of Commons.
- Chair of the Office for Budget Responsibility gives evidence to the Treasury committee on the budget
- Diane Abbott to address the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and National Police Chiefs’ Council’s joint partnership summit.
- MPs conclude the budget debate, vote expected.
Bank of England will announce its new UK interest rate decision.
- Question Time from Clacton. Liz Truss is set to be among those on the panel.
“If we leave with no deal we will be in a different set of circumstances and it would require a different approach.”
On the Treasury:
“…the Treasury has been the bastion of Remoaner-ism since the referendum and indeed before. It came out with all these lunatic forecasts before the referendum as to what would happen purely on a vote to leave… the Treasury has rather embarrassed itself, has a lot of egg on its face from getting its Brexit related forecasts so wrong so far and I think there is an element within the Treasury that is still grumpy about Brexit and that’s a pity.”
Great scoop from our friends at Legal Cheek, spotting that Peter Hain is a paid adviser to Gordon Dadds, the law firm who are representing The Telegraph in their fight to overturn Philip Green’s injunctions. Now whatever your view of super-injunctions – Guido is against them – it is not a good idea for lawyers or those working for lawyers to break them. It is also a bad idea for parliamentarians to act in the clear interests of people who pay them within parliament. In fact it is against the rules. Arguably Hain has helped the firm he advises circumvent the injunction and fatally undermined its efficacy.
Hain did say when he used privilege that he had been “in contact with someone intimately involved in the case”:
Sounds like that could be a lawyer working on the case. Judges do not take kindly to this kind of shenanigans and there could be repurcussions for the Gordon Dadds firm if they are found to have conspired with Hain to breach the injunction…
UPDATE: Lord Hain has responded in a statement claiming he was “completely unaware” Gordon Dadds were advising the Telegraph:
“I took the decision to name Sir Philip Green in my personal capacity as an independent member of the House Of Lords. I categorically state that I was completely unaware Gordon Dadds were advising the Telegraph regarding this case. Gordon Dadds, a highly respected and reputable international law firm, played absolutely no part whatsoever in either the sourcing of my information or my independent decision to name Sir Philip. They were completely unaware of my intentions until after I spoke in the House of Lords”
Well, he would say that…
When asked who would he rather have negotiating a Brexit deal, David Starkey was cutting. “I think the answer is a bit obvious”…