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It's Sunday morning and this is the Sunday Politics.

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She faces huge political fights over Brexit, Scottish independence,

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After a tumultuous political week, we'll analyse the PM's prospects.

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With chatter increasing about a possible early General Election,

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Jeremy Corbyn's campaign chief joins me live.

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NHS bosses warn health services in England are facing "mission

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impossible" and waiting times for operations will rocket,

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unless hospitals are given more cash this year.

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The chief executive of NHS Providers joins me live.

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In London this week, a question of space.

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How the need for new homes in a congested city is getting

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All that to come before 12:15pm, and I'll also be talking

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to the former leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg

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from his party's spring conference in York.

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With me here in the studio, throughout the programme,

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three of the country's top political commentators:

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Tom Newton Dunn, Isabel Oakeshott and Steve Richards.

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They'll be tweeting their thoughts using #bbcsp.

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So, the political challenges facing Theresa May are stacking up.

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As well as negotiating Britain's exit from the EU,

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the PM must now deal with SNP demands for a second referendum

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on Scottish independence, backbenchers agitating against cuts

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to school budgets, and a humiliated Chancellor forced to u-turn on a key

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budget measure just one week after announcing it.

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Here's Adam Fleming on aturbulent political week

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Monday, 11:30am, TV crews gather in the residence of the First

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Minister of Scotland, who's got a surprise.

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She wants a vote on whether Scotland should leave the UK

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By taking the steps I have set out today I am ensuring that Scotland's

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future will be decided, not just by me, the

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Scottish Government, or the

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SNP, it will be decided by the people of Scotland.

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Westminster, 6:25pm the same day, MPs reject

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amendments to the legislation authorising the Prime Minister to

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The Bill ceremonially heads to the Lords where peers abandoned

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attempts to change it and it becomes law.

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But Downing Street doesn't trigger Article 50 as many had expected.

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Some say they were spooked by Nicola Sturgeon.

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We get an e-mail from the Treasury can the

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We get an e-mail from the Treasury cancelling

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the planned rise in National Insurance for

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the self-employed announced the budget.

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It's just minutes before Prime Minister's Questions at noon.

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The trend towards greater self-employment does create a

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We will bring forward further proposals

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but we will not bring forward increases to NICs later in this

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It seems to me like a government in a bit of chaos here.

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By making this change today we are listening to our colleagues

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fulfil both the letter and the spirit of our manifesto tax

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Thursday, 7am, Conservative campaign HQ and the

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Electoral Commission fines the party ?70,000 for misreporting spending

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But that's not what the Prime Minister

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Because at 12:19pm she gives her verdict on a

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We should be working together, not pulling apart.

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We should be working together to get that

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right deal for Scotland, that

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So, as I say, that's my job as Prime Minister and

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so for that reason I say to the SNP now is not the time.

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Friday and time for the faithful to gather.

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SNP activists at their spring conference

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Conservatives in Cardiff to hear the Prime Minister

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promote her plan for a more meritocratic Brexit Britain.

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At 11:10am comes some news about a newspaper that's frankly

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I'm thrilled and excited to be the new editor of The

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Evening Standard and, you know, with so many

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big issues in our world what

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good analysis, great news journalism.

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It's a really important time for good journalism that The

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Evening Standard is going to provide.

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There was no let-up yesterday as Gordon Brown launched proposals

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Under my proposals we keep the Barnett

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Formula, we keep the fiscal transfers, but we also bring the

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and fisheries back to the Scottish Parliament.

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And just think, all this and we're still counting down to the

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What a week in politics. It has been a torrid week for the government,

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Isabel Oakeshott, but does Theresa May shake it off, or is this a sign

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of worse to come? We may all be feeling a bit breathless after the

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events of last week and we are in for a a long war of attrition with

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the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon's strategy will be to foster over lengthy

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periods of time as much resentment and anger as she can in Scotland and

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try to create the impression that independence is somehow inevitable.

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Is Scotland the biggest challenge for Theresa May in the next year or

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so? I think it probably is because if you look at how relatively easily

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the Brexit bill went through on an issue where people could hardly feel

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more passionate in the Commons, and actually despite all the potential

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drama it has gone through quite smoothly. To go back to your

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original question, she just carries on. Don't underestimate the basic

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quiet and will towards Theresa May amongst the majority of Tory

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backbenchers. Yes, there are difficult little issues over school

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funding, sorry, it's not a little issue, it is a big one but she will

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get over that and treat each thing as it comes and keep pressing on.

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Has she not called Nicola Sturgeon's Bluff in that the First Minister

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said I want a referendum, here is roughly when I wanted, the Prime

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Minister says you're not having one. What happens next? She has done

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quite well and impact the progress Theresa May made this week in

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frustrating Nicola Sturgeon was evident when Nicola Sturgeon said,

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OK, maybe we can talk about the timing after. Nicola Sturgeon has

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already been the first one to blink. I would slightly disagree with

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Isabel Oakeshott, I don't agree Scotland will be the biggest hurdle

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for her. What this week showed as is Theresa May... It was a reality

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bites week. Theresa May is juggling four mammoth crises at the same

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time, Brexit obviously which I still think will be the biggest challenge

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to get a good deal, Trump left field who popped up at GCHQ on Friday and

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Scotland and the fiscal challenge, this enormous great problem, and it

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reinforced the point this is not an easy time in politics. The budget is

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over four years. That was one small problem, the immediate problem is

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how to fill the social care crisis and the ageing demographic. This is

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not normal times in British politics and Theresa May does not have a

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normal workload on her plate, hence why I think we will see more

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mistakes made as time goes on and as she has this almost impossible

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workload to juggle. How tempted do you think the Prime Minister is to

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call an early election? There is more chatter about it now. Is she

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tempted and if there is will she succumb? I will answer that in a

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second as Harold Wilson used to say. I want to agree, disagree with the

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rest of the panel about how she has out manipulated Nicola Sturgeon this

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week. I think Nicola Sturgeon expected Theresa May to say no to

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her expected timetable. It would be amazing if she had said yes. She

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expected her to say no but Sturgeon catalyst that will fuel support for

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her cause. There is no sign of that. The latest poll this morning shows

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66-44 against independence and only 13% think they would be better off

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with an independent Scotland and a clear majority do not want a second

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referendum. But the calculation of resistance from Westminster combined

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with Brexit which hasn't started yet, I think this is her

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calculation, she didn't expect Theresa May to say, sure, go ahead,

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I'm sure she expected Theresa May to say no, you can't have it at your

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desired timetable. On the wider point, I think Theresa May is in a

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fascinating position, she is both strong because she faces weak

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opposition and is ahead in the opinion polls. But faces the most

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daunting agenda of any Prime Minister for 40 or 50 years, I

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think. So it's a weird combination. I don't think she wants to call an

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election. I don't think she has thought about how you would

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manipulate it, what the trigger would be, and whether she's got the

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energy and space to prepare for and then mount a campaign was beginning

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the Brexit negotiation. Now, you could see the cause would be the

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small majorities that will make her life hellish, which it will do.

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Whether a landslide would help is another question, they can be

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difficult too. But I think the problems outweigh the advantages of

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going early. Do you think she would go for an early election? I don't

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and I think you have to look at the rhetoric coming out of No 10 which

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is so firm on this question, it is a delicious prospect for us as

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commentators to think there might be an election around the corner but

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they are so firm on this I can't see it happening. I agree, we are in

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unanimous agreement on this one. It is superficially attractive because

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she would love the big majority and she would get a lot more through

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Parliament especially with Brexit. The nitty-gritty of it makes an

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early General Election this year almost impossible. How do you write

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a manifesto on high Brexit versus soft Brexit, it opens up a Pandora's

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box of uncertainties. And there is enough with the European elections.

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The EU will say are we negotiating with you or the person who may

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replace you? How do you keep the Tory party united going to an

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election? How do you call one, with a vote of no confidence in yourself

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you may end up losing. Easy on paper but difficult in practice. We shall

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see. So if Theresa May did go

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for an early election this spring, The party's campaigns

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and elections chief Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne, the government, as we

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have just been talking about, executed one of the most

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embarrassing U-turns in recent history this week. It has been a

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torrid time for the Theresa May government. Why are the Tories still

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so chipper? The Labour Party has been on an

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early election footing since before Christmas and we are preparing

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ourselves for that eventuality in case that does come. That means that

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we've got to get ourselves into a position whereby we can not only

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challenge the government but we can also offer a valuable alternative

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for the British people to choose from should that election arise. So,

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would you welcome an early General Election? Well, of course, I don't

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want this government to be in power so of course if there is an

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opportunity to put a case to the British people as to why there is a

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better way, and I believe the Labour way is the better way than of course

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we would want to put that case to the country. So, would Labour vote

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in the Commons for an early election? Well, of course as an

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opposition, not wanting to be in opposition, wanting to be in

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government should the government put forward a measure in accordance with

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the Fixed-term Parliaments Act then that's something we would very

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seriously have to consider. I know you would have to consider it but

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would you vote for an early election or not? Well, of course we want to

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be the government so if the current government puts forward measures to

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bring forward a General Election we would want to put our case to the

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British public and that's one of the jobs that I've been given, together

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Labour Party organisation early into a position where we can fight a

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General Election -- organisationally. For the avoidance

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of doubt, if the Government work to issue a motion in the Commons for an

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early election, the Labour Party would vote for an early election?

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It would be very difficult not, Andrew. If the Government wants to

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dissolve parliament, wants a General Election, we don't want the Tories

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in government, we want to be in government and we want to have that

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opportunity to put that case to the British people.

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Are you ready for an early election? You say you have been on a war all

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but since the Labour conference last autumn, but are you ready for one?

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How big is the election fighting fund? We have substantial amounts of

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money in our fighting fund, that is true, because not only has the

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Labour Party managed to eliminate its own financial deficit that it

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inherited from previous election campaigns, we have also managed to

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build up a substantial fund in the off chance we have an election. We

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have also expanded massively operations at Labour HQ, we are

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taking on additional staff, and one of the jobs that myself and Ian

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Lavery who I job share with are currently doing is to go around the

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Parliamentary Labour Party to make sure that Labour colleagues have the

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support and the resources that they need, should they have to face the

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electorate in their constituencies. So you are on a war footing, ready

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for the fight, you say you would vote for the fight, so have you got

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your tax and spend policies ready to roll out? That is something the

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shadow Treasury team will be discussing. One of the things is, if

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there is an early General Election, the normal timetable for these

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things gets fast-track because our policy decision-making body, its

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annual conference, we have the national policy forum that creates

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policies suggestions. You have been on a war footing since the last

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Labour conference, that is what Mr Corbyn told us. So you must have a

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fair idea of what policies you would fight an early election on. How much

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extra per year would you spend on the NHS? Well, look, I'm not going

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to set out the Labour manifesto for an election that hasn't been called.

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I'm just asking you about the NHS. You must have a policy for that. We

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have a policy for the NHS. So how much extra? I will not set out

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Labour's tax-and-spend policies here on The Sunday Politics when there

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hasn't even been election called. You said you had been on a war

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footing and you are prepared to vote for one, so if you can't Tommy that,

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can you tell me what the corporation rate tax on company profits be under

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a Labour government -- tell me that. You will have to be patient. I have.

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And wait for Mrs May to trigger an early election. If there is an

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election on the 4th of May the rich would have to be issued on the 27th

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of March, so that's not long to wait. If that date passes we aren't

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having an election on the 4th of May and the normal timetable for policy

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development will continue. All right. You lost Copeland, I think

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you were in charge of a by-election for Labour, your national poll

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ratings are still dire, even after week of terrible times for the

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Tories. Sometimes you even lose local government by-elections in

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safe seats, including in the place you are now, in Salford. How long

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does Mr Corbyn have to turn this around? Well, look, the issue of the

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Labour leadership was settled last year. The last thing the Labour

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Party now needs is another period of introspection with the Labour Party

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merely talks to the Labour Party. We are now on an election footing in

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case Mrs May does trigger an early General Election. We need to be

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talking to the British people are not to ourselves. So any speculation

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about the Labour leadership might excite you in the media but actually

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for us in the Labour Party it's about re-engaging and reconnecting

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with the voters. Rather than being excited, I feel quite daunted at the

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prospect of an early election. So I wouldn't get that right. Normally,

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given the number of mistakes this government has made, and its

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mid-term, you would expect any self-respecting opposition to be

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about ten points ahead. On the latest polls this morning you are 17

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behind. There is a 27-30 point gap from where you should normally be as

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an opposition. Are you telling me that if that doesn't change, you

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still fight the General Election with Mr Corbyn?

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These are matters for the future. I believe the leadership issue was

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settled last year. We have had two leadership contest in two years.

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Would you seriously contemplate going into the next election, if it

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is early I perfectly understand Jeremy Corbyn is your man, but if it

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is not until 2020, and you are still 17 points behind in the polls, will

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you go into the next election like that? There is a lot of future

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looking and speculation there, I don't know what the future holds,

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where the Labour Party will be in 12 months let alone by 2020 summit

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cross those bridges when we come to it. My main challenge is to make

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sure the Labour Party is in the best possible place organisationally to

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fight an election, that's my challenge and I'm up for that to

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make sure we are in the best possible place to make sure Labour

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returns as many Labour MPs as possible. Thank you for joining us.

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And we're joined now from the Liberal Democrats' spring

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conference in York by the former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

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Good morning. In his conference speech today, Tim Farron lumps

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Theresa May with Vladimir Putin, Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump. In

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what way is Mrs May similar to Marine Le Pen? Of course he is not

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saying Theresa May is identical to Marine Le Pen, I think what Tim

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Wilby spelling out shortly in his speech is that we need to be aware

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what's going on in the world, the International settlement that was

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arrived at after the First World -- Second World War, that bound

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supranational organisations is under attack from characters as diverse as

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Vladimir Putin, Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump, and that by side in so

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ostentatiously with Donald Trump and pursuing this very hard Brexit,

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Theresa May appears to be giving succour to that much more

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isolationist chauvinist view of the world than the multilateral approach

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that Britain has subscribed to for a long time. The exact words he plans

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to use are welcome to the New World order, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump,

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Marine Le Pen, Theresa May, aggressive and teenage to, anti-EU,

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nationalistic. In what way is Mrs May fitting into any of that? In

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what way is she similar to Vladimir Putin? I'm not aware she has

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interfered with other people's elections. The clue is in the quote

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you just read out, which is the world order. The world order over

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the last half century or more, by the way a lesson I'm afraid we have

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to learn in Europe because of the terrible bloodshed of two world was

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in the space of a few decades, was based on the idea might is not

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right. Strong arm leaders cannot throw their weight around. What we

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have now with Putin, the populism across parts of Europe and Donald

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Trump who thinks the EU will unravel is a shift to a radically different

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view of the world. Mrs May doesn't think any of that. She is not

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antenatal, not anti-EU, she says she wants the EU to succeed. She's not

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aggressive as far as I'm aware so I'm not sure why you would lump the

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British Prime Minister in with these other characters. Let me explain, by

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choosing this uncompromising approach to Brexit, clearly in doing

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so she, in my view, maybe not yours or others, is pursuing a self

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harming approach to the United Kingdom but also pulling up the

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threads that bind the rest of the European Union together, in so

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ostentatiously siding with Donald Trump, somehow declaring in my view

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speciously that we can make up with the trade we will lose, she's not

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challenging the shift to a more chauvinist approach to world affairs

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that is happening in many places. You are at your party's Spring

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conference, I think we can agree any Lib Dem come back will take a long

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time. Would Tory dominance be more effectively challenged by a

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realignment of the centre and the centre-left? Are you working towards

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that? I missed half the question but I think you are talking about a

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realignment. As a cook a way to get over Tory dominance, would you want

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that to happen? Are you working towards that? My view is the

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recovery of the Lib Dems will be quicker than you suggest. People

:23:24.:23:28.

often forget that even the low point of our fortunes in the last election

:23:29.:23:32.

we still got a million more votes than the SNP, it's only because we

:23:33.:23:37.

have got this crazy electoral system... But the SNP fight in

:23:38.:23:45.

Scotland, you fight in the whole country! But I'm saying the way

:23:46.:23:52.

seats are allocated overlooks the fact that 2.5 million still voted

:23:53.:24:00.

for us. But my own view is of course there are people feeling

:24:01.:24:04.

increasingly homeless in the liberal wing of the Conservative Party

:24:05.:24:07.

because they are now in a party which is in effect indistinguishable

:24:08.:24:11.

from Ukip on some of the biggest issues of the day, and homeless folk

:24:12.:24:18.

on the rational, reasonable wing of the Labour Party. I would invite

:24:19.:24:22.

them to join the Liberal Democrats and I would invite everyone across

:24:23.:24:26.

parties to talk about the idea is that bind us because the Westminster

:24:27.:24:31.

village can invest a lot of energy building new castles in the sky,

:24:32.:24:35.

inventing new names for parties when actually what you want is for people

:24:36.:24:38.

on the progressive centre ground of British politics to talk about the

:24:39.:24:50.

ideas that unite them, from the dilemmas of artificial intelligence

:24:51.:24:55.

to climate change. Do you think in your own view, can Brexit still be

:24:56.:24:59.

thwarted or is it now a matter of getting the best terms? I think we

:25:00.:25:08.

are in an interlude, almost a calm between two storms, the storm of the

:25:09.:25:12.

referendum itself and the collision between the Government's stated

:25:13.:25:16.

ambitions for Brexit and the reality of having to negotiate something

:25:17.:25:20.

unworkable with 27 other governments. The one thing I can

:25:21.:25:25.

guarantee you is that what the Government has promised to the

:25:26.:25:36.

British people cannot happen. Over a slower period of time we will work

:25:37.:25:41.

out our new relationship with the European Union. Theresa May said she

:25:42.:25:45.

will settle divorce arrangements, and pensions, so one, negotiate new

:25:46.:25:52.

trade agreements, new climate change policies and so on, and have all of

:25:53.:25:56.

that ratified within two years, that will not happen so I think there

:25:57.:26:01.

will be a lot of turbulence in the next couple of years. Will you use

:26:02.:26:06.

this turbulence to try to thwart Brexit, to find a way of rolling

:26:07.:26:13.

back the decision? It's not about repeating the debates of the past or

:26:14.:26:17.

thwarting the will of the people but it is comparing what people were

:26:18.:26:22.

promised from the ?350 million for the NHS every week through to this

:26:23.:26:28.

glittering array of new trade agreements we will sign across the

:26:29.:26:32.

world, with the reality that will transpire in the next couple of

:26:33.:26:36.

years and at that point, yes it is my belief people should be able to

:26:37.:26:40.

take a second look at if that is what they really want. A couple of

:26:41.:26:44.

quick questions, would you welcome an early general election? I always

:26:45.:26:52.

welcome them, we couldn't do worse than we did last time. That is

:26:53.:26:59.

certainly true. You have a column in the Evening Standard, have you

:27:00.:27:01.

spoken to the new editor about whether he will keep your column or

:27:02.:27:08.

spike it? No, I wait in nervous anticipation. Can you be a newspaper

:27:09.:27:15.

editor in the morning and an MP in the afternoon? Do I think that's

:27:16.:27:23.

feasible? Sorry, I missed a bit. There is no prohibition, no law

:27:24.:27:28.

against MPs being editors. They have been in the past and no doubt will

:27:29.:27:33.

again in the future. He is taking a lot on, he is an editor, also

:27:34.:27:40.

wanting to be an MP, a jetsetting academic in the States, working in

:27:41.:27:44.

the city, I suspect something will give. It seems to me even by his

:27:45.:27:49.

self-confidence standards in his own abilities I suspect he is taking on

:27:50.:27:55.

a little bit too much. Very diplomatic, Mr Clegg, I'm sure you

:27:56.:27:58.

will get to keep the column. Thanks for joining us.

:27:59.:28:03.

Now, for the last six months England's NHS bosses have been

:28:04.:28:06.

warning the health service needs more money to help it meet

:28:07.:28:08.

But in his first Budget, the Chancellor offered

:28:09.:28:11.

no immediate relief, and today the head of

:28:12.:28:13.

the organisation representing England's NHS trusts says hundreds

:28:14.:28:15.

of thousands of patients will have to wait longer for both emergency

:28:16.:28:18.

care and planned operations, unless the Government

:28:19.:28:19.

Warnings over funding are not exactly new.

:28:20.:28:27.

Back in 2014 the head of the NHS in England, Simon Stevens,

:28:28.:28:30.

published his plan for the future of the health service.

:28:31.:28:35.

In his five-year forward view, Stevens said the NHS in England

:28:36.:28:38.

would face a funding shortfall of up to ?30 billion by 2020.

:28:39.:28:41.

To bridge that gap he said the NHS would need more money

:28:42.:28:43.

from the Government, at least ?8 billion extra,

:28:44.:28:47.

and that the health service could account for the rest by making

:28:48.:28:50.

The Government says it's given the health service more than what it

:28:51.:28:57.

asked for, and that NHS in England will have received

:28:58.:29:00.

That number is disputed by NHS managers and the chair

:29:01.:29:05.

of Parliament's health committee, who say the figure is more

:29:06.:29:07.

like ?4.5 billion, while other parts of the health and social care budget

:29:08.:29:11.

have been cut, putting pressure on the front line.

:29:12.:29:16.

Last year, two thirds of NHS trusts in England finished

:29:17.:29:20.

the year in the red, and despite emergency bailouts

:29:21.:29:22.

from the Government, the NHS is likely to record

:29:23.:29:24.

Meanwhile national targets on waiting times for A

:29:25.:29:29.

departments, diagnostic tests, and operations are being

:29:30.:29:32.

This month's Budget provided ?2 billion for social care

:29:33.:29:39.

but there was no new cash for the NHS, leading trusts to warn

:29:40.:29:43.

that patient care is beginning to suffer, and what is being asked

:29:44.:29:46.

And I'm joined now by the Chief Executive of NHS

:29:47.:29:52.

Providers in England, Chris Hopson.

:29:53.:29:57.

Welcome to the programme. Morning, Andrew. I will come onto the extra

:29:58.:30:04.

money you need to do your job properly in a minute but first, part

:30:05.:30:09.

of the deal was you had to make 22 billion in efficiency savings, not a

:30:10.:30:12.

bank that money but spend it on patient care, the front line, and so

:30:13.:30:18.

on. How is that going? So, last parliament we realised around 18

:30:19.:30:21.

billion of productivity and efficiency savings, we are realising

:30:22.:30:24.

more this year so we are on course to realise 3 billion this year, that

:30:25.:30:28.

is a quarter of a billion more than last year but all of us in the NHS

:30:29.:30:33.

knew the 22 billion would be a very stretching target and we are

:30:34.:30:38.

somewhat inevitably falling short. So it is 22 billion by 2,020.

:30:39.:30:44.

Roughly. That was the time. We are now into 2017. So how much of the 22

:30:45.:30:52.

billion have you achieved? We realised around 3 billion last year

:30:53.:30:57.

and we will realise 3 billion this year, Court of billion more, 3.25

:30:58.:31:03.

billion this year, so we are on course for 18-19,000,000,000. By the

:31:04.:31:07.

2021 period? You are not that far away. The problem is the degree to

:31:08.:31:11.

which demand is going up. We have record demand over the winter period

:31:12.:31:16.

and that actually meant we have seen more people than we have ever seen

:31:17.:31:20.

before but performance is still under real pressure. Let me come

:31:21.:31:26.

onto that. When you agreed on the 22 billion efficiency savings plus some

:31:27.:31:30.

extra money from the government, I know there is a bit of an argument

:31:31.:31:34.

about how much that is actually worth, had you not factored in this

:31:35.:31:39.

extra demand that you saw coming over the next three or four years?

:31:40.:31:43.

Let's be very clear committee referred to Simon Stevens's forward

:31:44.:31:48.

view and we signed up to it but the 22 billion was a process run at the

:31:49.:31:52.

centre of government by the Department of Health with its arms

:31:53.:31:55.

length bodies, NHS England and others and is not something that was

:31:56.:31:59.

consulted on with the NHS. But you signed up to it. We always said that

:32:00.:32:03.

the day that that Spending Review was announced, the idea that the NHS

:32:04.:32:09.

where customer demand goes up something like four or 5% every

:32:10.:32:13.

year, the idea that in the middle years of Parliament we would be able

:32:14.:32:16.

to provide the same level of service when we were only getting funding

:32:17.:32:22.

increases of 1.3%, 0.4% and 0.7%, and I can show you the press release

:32:23.:32:26.

we issued, we always said there was going to be a gap and that we would

:32:27.:32:32.

not be able to deliver what was required. The full 22 billion in

:32:33.:32:38.

other words? What we said to Simon Stevens at the Public Accounts

:32:39.:32:41.

Committee a few months ago, the NHS didn't get what it was asked for.

:32:42.:32:46.

Today the NHS, cope with the resources it has according to you.

:32:47.:32:53.

How much more does it need? Are reported is about 2017-18 and we

:32:54.:32:56.

estimate that what we are being asked to do, and again, Andrew, you

:32:57.:33:00.

clearly set it out in the package, we are a long way off the four-hour

:33:01.:33:05.

A target and a long way off the 92%. The waiting times and

:33:06.:33:09.

operations. How much more do you need? And we are making up a ?900

:33:10.:33:14.

million deficit. If you take all of those into account we estimate you

:33:15.:33:19.

would need an extra ?3.5 billion next year in order to deliver all of

:33:20.:33:23.

those targets and eliminate the deficit. That would be 3.5 billion

:33:24.:33:27.

on top of what is already planned next year and that would be 3.5

:33:28.:33:32.

billion repeated in the years to come too? Yes, Andrew it is

:33:33.:33:35.

important we should make an important distinction about the NHS

:33:36.:33:40.

versus other public services. When the last government, the last Labour

:33:41.:33:43.

government put extra money into the NHS it clearly said that in return

:33:44.:33:48.

for that it would establish some standards in the NHS Constitution,

:33:49.:33:52.

the 95% A target we have talked about and the 92% elective surgery

:33:53.:33:57.

we have talked about. The trust we represent are very clear, they would

:33:58.:34:00.

want to realise those standards, but you can only do it if you pay for

:34:01.:34:04.

it. The problem is at the moment is we are in the longest and deepest

:34:05.:34:09.

financial squeeze in NHS history. As we have said, funding is only going

:34:10.:34:13.

up by 1% per year but every year just to stand still cost and demand

:34:14.:34:18.

go up by more than 4%. There is clearly a demand for more money. I

:34:19.:34:23.

think people watching this programme will think probably the NHS is going

:34:24.:34:27.

to have to get more money to meet the goals you have been given. I

:34:28.:34:31.

think they would also like to be sure that your Mac running the NHS

:34:32.:34:36.

as efficiently as it could be. We read this morning that trusts have

:34:37.:34:40.

got ?100 million of empty properties that cost 10 million to maintain, 36

:34:41.:34:45.

office blocks are not being used, you have surplus land equivalent to

:34:46.:34:50.

1800 football pitches. Yes, there are a number of things that we know

:34:51.:34:55.

in the NHS we need to do better but let me remind you, Andrew, in the

:34:56.:35:00.

last Parliament we realised ?18 billion worth of cost improvement

:35:01.:35:03.

gains. We are going to realise another 3 billion this year, 0.25

:35:04.:35:10.

billion more than last year so these things are being targeted. But

:35:11.:35:14.

having that surplus land, it is almost certainly in areas where

:35:15.:35:16.

there is a demand for housing. Absolutely. So why not release it

:35:17.:35:22.

for housing? You get the money, the people get their houses and its

:35:23.:35:27.

contribution and a signal that you are running NHS assets as

:35:28.:35:30.

efficiently as you can? Tell me if I'm going to too much detail for

:35:31.:35:35.

you. One of the reasons as to why our trusts are reluctant to realise

:35:36.:35:39.

those land sales is because there is an assumption that the money would

:35:40.:35:44.

go back to the Treasury and wouldn't benefit NHS trusts. You could make a

:35:45.:35:47.

deal, couldn't you? That's part of the conversation going on at the

:35:48.:35:51.

moment. The issue is that we would want to ensure that if we do release

:35:52.:35:56.

land, quite rightly the benefit, particularly in foundation trusts

:35:57.:36:08.

which are, as you will remember, deliberately autonomous

:36:09.:36:09.

organisations, that they should keep the benefit of those land sales.

:36:10.:36:11.

Have you raised that with the government?

:36:12.:36:12.

Yes we have. What did they say? They are in discussions of it. We heard

:36:13.:36:24.

somebody who moved from one job and then to another job and given a big

:36:25.:36:29.

salary and then almost ?200,000 as a payoff. There is a national mood for

:36:30.:36:33.

the NHS to get more money. But before you give anybody any more

:36:34.:36:36.

money you want to be sure that the money you have got already is being

:36:37.:36:40.

properly spent, which for us, is the patient at the end of the day. And

:36:41.:36:45.

yet there seem to be these enormous salaries and payoffs. I've worked in

:36:46.:36:53.

a FTSE 100 on the board of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and I

:36:54.:36:55.

have worked in large organisations. I can look you completely straight

:36:56.:36:58.

in the eye and tell you that the jobs that our hospital, community,

:36:59.:37:01.

mental health and ambulance chief Executives do are amongst the most

:37:02.:37:04.

complicated leadership roles I have ever seen. It doesn't seem to me to

:37:05.:37:09.

be unreasonable that in order to get the right quality of people we

:37:10.:37:12.

should pay an appropriate salary. The reality is the salaries are paid

:37:13.:37:16.

are not excessive when talking about managing budgets of over ?1 billion

:37:17.:37:21.

a year and talking about managing tens of thousands of staff. There

:37:22.:37:28.

was a doctor working as a locum that earned an extra ?375,000. One of the

:37:29.:37:32.

problems in the NHS is a mismatch between the number of staff we need

:37:33.:37:36.

and the number of staff coming through the pipeline. What is having

:37:37.:37:39.

to happen is if you want to keep a service going you have to use Mackem

:37:40.:37:44.

and agency staff. Even at that cost? You would not want to pay those

:37:45.:37:50.

amounts. But you are. The chief Executives's choice in those areas

:37:51.:37:54.

is giving the service open or employing a locum. I'm sure you

:37:55.:37:59.

could find a locum prepared to work for less than that. What indication,

:38:00.:38:02.

what hopes do you have of getting the extra ?3 billion? The government

:38:03.:38:07.

has been very clear, for the moment it wants to stick to the existing

:38:08.:38:12.

funding settlement it has agreed. So there was nothing in the budget. Can

:38:13.:38:16.

I finish by making one important point. Please, finish. This is the

:38:17.:38:21.

first time the NHS has said before the year has even started that we

:38:22.:38:27.

can't deliver on those standards. We believe, as do most people who work

:38:28.:38:32.

in the NHS, that the NHS is on a gradual slow decline. This is a very

:38:33.:38:36.

important inflection point to Mark, this is the first time before the

:38:37.:38:39.

financial year starts that we say we cannot meet the targets we are being

:38:40.:38:43.

asked to deliver and are in the NHS Constitution. We have run out of

:38:44.:38:47.

time. Chris Hopson, thank you for being with me.

:38:48.:38:48.

It's just gone 11:35am, you're watching the Sunday Politics.

:38:49.:38:50.

We say goodbye to viewers in Scotland who leave us now

:38:51.:38:53.

more quickly we need to look at the pricing of these buildings. Thank

:38:54.:02:00.

you both. Say goodbye. Goodbye. Back to you.

:02:01.:02:04.

So, can George Osborne stay on as a member of Parliament

:02:05.:02:07.

Will Conservative backbenchers force a Government re-think

:02:08.:02:11.

And is Theresa May about to cap gas and electricity prices?

:02:12.:02:15.

Whose idea was that first of all? They are all questions for the Week

:02:16.:02:24.

Ahead to. Let's start with the story that is

:02:25.:02:34.

too much fun to miss, on Friday it was announced the former Chancellor

:02:35.:02:38.

would be the new editor of London's Evening Standard newspaper, a

:02:39.:02:43.

position he will take up in mid-May on a salary of ?200,000 for four

:02:44.:02:46.

days a week. But Mr Osborne has said he will not

:02:47.:02:50.

be stepping down as MP for Tatton in Cheshire,

:02:51.:02:53.

a job he's held since 2001, Alongside these duties,

:02:54.:02:56.

he's also chairman of While being committed to one day

:02:57.:02:59.

a week at Black Rock, an American asset management firm -

:03:00.:03:05.

a part-time role that earns him Then he's polishing his academic

:03:06.:03:08.

credentials, as a fellow at the McCain Institute,

:03:09.:03:13.

an American thinktank, And finally as a member

:03:14.:03:15.

of the Washington Speaker's Bureau, he also earns his keep

:03:16.:03:23.

as an after-dinner speaker, banking around ?750,000

:03:24.:03:29.

since last summer. So there you go. Nice little earners

:03:30.:03:41.

if you can get them. The problem, though, is he has put second jobs on

:03:42.:03:45.

the agenda and lots of his fellow MPs are not happy because they have

:03:46.:03:48.

got second jobs but not making that kind of money. No, and a lot of MPs

:03:49.:03:54.

on both sides actually are unhappy about it exactly for those reasons.

:03:55.:03:58.

I find it a very interesting appointment. We have got these

:03:59.:04:03.

people on the centre and centre right of politics who have been used

:04:04.:04:07.

to power since 1997, they have been on the airwaves today, Tony Blair,

:04:08.:04:12.

Nick Clegg, George Osborne, and they are all seeking other platforms now

:04:13.:04:16.

because power has moved elsewhere. So Tony Blair is setting up this new

:04:17.:04:20.

foundation, Nick Clegg refused to condemn George Osborne, Tony Blair

:04:21.:04:24.

praised the appointment. They are all searching for new platforms.

:04:25.:04:30.

They might have overestimated the degree to which this will be a huge

:04:31.:04:34.

influential platform. The standard was very pro-Tory at the 2015

:04:35.:04:40.

election but London voted Labour, it was pro-Zac Goldsmith but they

:04:41.:04:44.

elected Sadiq Khan. It might be overestimating the degree to which

:04:45.:04:49.

this is a hugely influential paper. But I can see why it attracts him as

:04:50.:04:53.

a platform when all these platforms have disappeared, eg power and

:04:54.:04:59.

government. All of these people who used to be in power are quietly

:05:00.:05:04.

getting together again, Mr Blair on television this morning, George

:05:05.:05:08.

Osborne not only filling his bank account but now in charge of

:05:09.:05:13.

London's most important newspaper, Nick Clegg out today not saying

:05:14.:05:17.

Brexit was a done deal, waiting to see what happens, even John Major

:05:18.:05:24.

was wheeled out again today in the Mail on Sunday. They are all playing

:05:25.:05:27.

for position. I half expect David Cameron to turn up as features

:05:28.:05:32.

editor on The Evening Standard. Brexit and breakfast! With Mr Clegg,

:05:33.:05:39.

did he not? I do not think this is sustainable for George Osborne, I

:05:40.:05:42.

worked at The Evening Standard and I was there for three years, I know

:05:43.:05:46.

what the hours are like for a humble journalist, never mind the editor.

:05:47.:05:50.

If he thinks he can get at 4am everyday to be in the offices at 5am

:05:51.:05:54.

to oversee the splash, manage everything in the way and edited

:05:55.:05:58.

should he is in cloud cuckoo land. What this says to people is there is

:05:59.:06:03.

a kind of feel of soft corruption about public life here, where you

:06:04.:06:07.

see what you can get away with. He thinks he can brazen this out and

:06:08.:06:11.

maybe he can but what kind of message does that send to people

:06:12.:06:14.

about how seriously people take the role of being an MP? He must have

:06:15.:06:20.

known. He applied for the job. The Russian owner didn't approach him,

:06:21.:06:24.

he approached Lebedev, the proprietor, for it. He must have

:06:25.:06:29.

calculated there would be some kickback. I wonder if he realised

:06:30.:06:33.

there would be quite the kickback there has been. I think that's

:06:34.:06:37.

probably right. This hasn't finished yet, by the way, this will go on and

:06:38.:06:42.

on. How on earth does George Osborne cover the budget in the autumn? Big

:06:43.:06:47.

budget, lots of physical changes and tax rises to deal with the messages

:06:48.:06:51.

out of this week. You can see already, Theresa May budget crashes.

:06:52.:06:57.

It could be worse. She's useless! Or, worse than that, me, brilliant

:06:58.:07:02.

budget, terrible newspaper, I've never buying it again. He has

:07:03.:07:08.

hoisted his own petard. He has not bought it properly through. It's a

:07:09.:07:11.

something interesting about his own future calculations, if he wants to

:07:12.:07:18.

stay on as an MP in 2020 and be Prime Minister as he has or was

:07:19.:07:22.

wanted to be he has got to find a new seat. How do you go into an

:07:23.:07:25.

association and say I should be an MP, I can do it for at least four

:07:26.:07:30.

hours Purdy after editing The Evening Standard, making a big

:07:31.:07:33.

speech and telling Black Rock how to make a big profit. The feature pages

:07:34.:07:40.

have to be approved for the next day and feature pages are aware the

:07:41.:07:45.

editor gets to make their mark. The news is the news. The feature is

:07:46.:07:50.

what concerns you, what he is in your bonnet. That defines the

:07:51.:07:53.

newspaper, doesn't it? It is not over yet. Too much 101 on

:07:54.:08:03.

newspapers. And Haatheq at. School funding, the consultation

:08:04.:08:06.

period ends, it has been a tricky one for the government, some areas

:08:07.:08:14.

losing. I guess we are seeing this through the prism of the National

:08:15.:08:17.

Insurance contributions now, it is a small majority, if Tory MPs are

:08:18.:08:24.

unhappy she may not get her way. Talking to backbench MPs who are

:08:25.:08:29.

unhappy the feeling is it is not going to go ahead in the proposed

:08:30.:08:34.

form that the consultation has been on. No 10 will definitely have to

:08:35.:08:39.

move on this. It is unclear whether they will scrap it completely, or

:08:40.:08:42.

will they bring in something possibly like a base level, floor

:08:43.:08:47.

level pupil funding below which you can't go? You would then still need

:08:48.:08:52.

to find some extra money. So there are no easy solutions on this but

:08:53.:08:56.

what is clear it is not going to go ahead in its current form. Parents

:08:57.:08:59.

have been getting letters across the country in England about what this

:09:00.:09:04.

will mean for teachers and so on in certain schools. It's not just a

:09:05.:09:08.

matter of the education Department, the schools, or the teachers and

:09:09.:09:12.

Tory backbenchers. Parents are being mobilised on this. The point of the

:09:13.:09:17.

new funding formula is to allocate more money to the more

:09:18.:09:21.

disadvantaged. That means schools in the more prosperous suburbs are

:09:22.:09:25.

going to lose money. Budget cuts on schools which are already

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struggling. It comes down again to be huge problem, the ever smaller

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fiscal pool, ever greater demands, NHS, social care, education as well,

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adding to Theresa May and Phillip Hammond's enormous problems. Here is

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an interesting issue, Steve. There was a labour Leader of the

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Opposition that once suggested perhaps given these huge energy

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companies which seemed to be good at passing on energy rises but not so

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good at cutting energy prices when it falls, that perhaps we should put

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a cap on them until at least we study how the market goes. This was

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obviously ludicrous Marxism and quite rightly knocked down by the

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Conservatives, except that Mrs May is now talking about putting a cap

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on energy prices. Yes, I think if it wasn't for Brexit we would focus

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much more on Theresa May's Ed Miliband streak. Whether this

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translates into policies, let us see. That bit we don't know. That

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bit we don't know but in terms of argument her speech to the

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Conservative conference on Friday was about the third or fourth time

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where she said as part of the speech, let's focus on the good that

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government can do, including in intervening in markets, exactly in

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the way that he used to argue. As you say, we await the policy

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consequences of that. She seems more cautious in terms of policy in

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fermentation. But in terms of the industrial strategy, in terms of

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implying intervention in certain markets, there is a kind of

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Milibandesque streak. And there comes a time when she has to walk

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the walk as well as talk the talk. They talk a lot about the just about

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managing, just about managing face rising food bills because of the

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lower pound and face rising fuel bills because of the rise in oil and

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in other commodities. One of the two things you could do to help the just

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about managing is to cut their food bills and the second would be to cut

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their fuel bills. At some stage she has to do something for them. We

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don't know what is going to happen to food bills under Brexit, that

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could become a really serious issue. They could abolish tariffs. There

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has been a lot of talking the talk and big announcements put out and

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not following through so I agree with you on that but lots of Tory

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MPs will have a big problem on this and the principle of

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continually talking about interfering in markets, whether it's

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on executive pay, whether it is on energy, at a time when Britain needs

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to send out this message to the world in their view, in the view of

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Brexit supporting MPs, that we are open for business and the government

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is not about poking around and doing this kind of thing. Of course, you

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could argue there is not a problem in the market for energy, it is a

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malfunctioning market that doesn't operate like a free market should,

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so that provides even Adam Smith, the inventor of market economics

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would have said on that basis you should intervene. I was in Cardiff

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to listen to Theresa May's latest explanation for doing this. By the

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way, we've been waiting nine months, this was one of her big ideas. You

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are right, let's see a bit of the meat, please. My newspaper has been

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calling for some pretty hefty government action on this for quite

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some time. For the just about managings? Yes and specifically to

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sort out an energy market dominated by the big six, which is manifestly

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ripping people off left, right and centre. Theresa May's argument in

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Cardiff on Friday morning which, by the way, went down like a proverbial

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windbreak at the proverbial funeral because Tories... You know what I

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mean Andrew, the big hand coming into from the state telling

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businesses what to do. They went very quiet indeed. They were having

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saving the union and Nato but there was no clapping for that. The point

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being, this is what she needs to do to prove her assault, to prove those

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first words on the steps of Downing Street. We await to see the actions

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taken. On that unusual agreement we will

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leave it there. The Daily Politics will be back on BBC Two tomorrow at

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