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On Britannia - Monday 28th June

On Britannia
Monday 28th June, by Richard Payne
Welcome! I hope you’ve all had a good weekend. It’s been all about leaks over the last few days - leaks regarding Matt Hancock and leaks regarding MOD documents.

Leading the Agenda
Classified MoD documents found at bus stop in Kent
On Tuesday morning last week sensitive documents were found by a member of the public, who later contacted the BBC. One set pertained to possible Russian reactions to HMS Defender’s actions in the Black Sea and another discussed options for a potential UK-led military presence in Afghanistan after the US withdrawal is completed later this year.
More than £400,000 donated to Conservatives by oil and gas ahead of North Sea announcements
In the year prior to the government’s announcement of a £16bn round of new licensing for oil and gas rigs, more than £400,000 was donated to the Conservatives by individuals and groups linked to the industry, the Guardian reports.
Seventh senior reporter at Apple Daily arrested leaving Hong Kong
Fung Wai-Kong is the seventh member of the now-closed Apple Daily newspaper to be arrested after the Chinese government froze its assets last week amidst a crackdown under new security laws.
Under the Radar
Macron is facing a challenge, but not only from le Pen: both major contenders in French politics face an unexpected third challenger in the form of Xavier Bertrand, who is attempting to unify Conservative opposition to Macron’s government prior to the 2022 election.
News from Parliament: an Urgent Question from John Healey MP will be put to government this afternoon about the loss and discovery of classified MoD documents in Kent.
News from the think tank world: RUSI have announced a new lecture series entitled ‘The Prince Philip Lecture on Military Education’ with permission from Her Majesty the Queen.
News from the Council on Geostrategy: our event, ‘CCP Centenary - What is Next?’ will take place at 1PM on Wednesday 30th, with Tom Tugendhat MP, Charles Parton OBE, Lord Peter Ricketts and Dr. John Hemmings speaking.
We will also be launching a paper on Thursday from Holly Snapes to mark the Centenary on the 1st of July, looking at a similar topic.
Over and Out
That’s all for today. I wish you all the best, and hope to see you on Thursday!
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