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Good morning from the European Parliament in Brussels.


The results of the European elections have caused quite


a stir in Britain and now our new MEPs are here


So just what are they going to get up to?


We're live for a special Daily Politics from the heart of Europe.


Britain is sending an unprecedented number


of euro sceptic MEPs to Brussels - and that's not just from UKIP.


We'll have the results of a special Daily Politics survey of MEPs which


reveals their views on free movement of people, the euro and whether we


Closer to home, there's good news from unemployment figures -


But wages are still not keeping pace with prices.


The row over who should be the next President of the


Germany's Chancellor Merkel has reiterated her support for


A member of Mr Juncker's EPP party will join us to argue his case.


And Adam's brought his balls to Brussels to find out


who people here think has the best vision for Europe.


What does Austria think of David Cameron? I like this boy.


Bonjour, guten tag, hola, goedendag - you get the gist - welcome to the


This is a confusing place for the newly elected MEPs as they try to


find their way round the euro-maze, but most of them will already have


had a peak at the chamber, just a few metres behind us, where they


will debate the issues of the day and pass laws which affect us all.


This is a Daily Politics special but fear not, we will still be


bringing you PMQs from across the Channel back in dear old Blighty.


We've even found a couple of MPs loitering in the Brussels corridors.


I give you the Tintin and Snowy of British Politics,


Labour's shadow work and pensions minister Chris Bryant and former


First this morning, the biggest news in Britain this morning is that


unemployment has fallen again - down by 161,000 to 2.16 million in


the three months to April, taking the unemployment rate down to 6.6%.


But wages are still not keeping pace with prices.


Chris, there are now 780,000 more people in work than there were one


year ago. It is the biggest rise in 24 years. Why has Britain become


such a job-creating machine? I'm delighted all these people are in


work. But my concern is that we've seen a 40% increase in the number of


people in work now having to claim housing benefit, which is going to


come to some ?4.8 billion over the course of this Parliament. That is a


dramatic increase in the amount we have to pay a benefit. We don't know


from today, but a lot of these jobs are not full-time. Actually, a lot


of the increase is in full-time jobs. Well, by definition there will


be people on fewer hours than they want to be on. A higher percentage


of people on low hours than they would like the we've ever had. And


also wages are not keeping up with inflation. My question was, why are


we become such a job-creating machine? Most countries represented


in this parliament would give their left arm to have an unemployment


rate of 6.6%. Well, we had a much longer recession and I think was


necessary. We bumped along economic lead for the first three years of


this government. Other countries over that period have had much


better economic success, but we're getting it now. Apart from Germany


they all have higher unemployment rates. As I say, my experience from


my constituency in south Wales is a large number of people - and it is a


fact all the charities are now showing - that more people in


poverty are actually in work than out of work. That just shows we


don't have the balance right of making sure work pays. Liam Fox, why


are wages still seriously trailing prices? If you look at the figures


today it was a 1.7 increase in wages and 1.6% increase in inflation. No,


the increase in average earnings year-on-year is 0.9%. The increase


in inflation was 1.8%. That was excluding bonuses. No, it was


including bonuses. That was not the big eyesore. I can assure you they


were the figures released. -- that was not the figure eyesore.


were the figures released. -- that true people are finding


were the figures released. -- that to make ends meet, the best thing we


can do is to get the tax burden down on working people. That can be only


done by getting control over public finances. One of the differences


between the UK and other countries is we are tackling the deficit. In


the UK with Bulls had something most of these other countries don't


have, which is a fluctuating currency. You say we are tackling


the deficit. Most countries represented in this Parliament have


a much smaller deficit in Britain's. Germany, France, Italy,


Spain. Even Greece has a smaller deficit. We inherited the biggest


peacetime deficit and we had not got it down at the speed some of us


would have liked to see. But we have a long-term plan for the economy. If


you look at manufacturing figures, up 4.4% from a low base, we are


recovering. It is a positive figure that shows the economy is beginning


We lost half a manufacturing jobs We lost half a manufacturing jobs


touring the years of Labour. We have We lost half a manufacturing jobs


a long way to go but this is good news, particularly for youth


unemployment. 58% in countries like Spain. We still have high levels of


youth and employment in the UK. Even in a constituency like Newark you


had 26.5% youth unemployment and long-term youth unemployment. The


problem with youth unemployment in particular is, if you don't get your


first job, it is not just an economic issue, it ends up being a


social problem as well. But it is going down. It was going up when we


came to office. No, the government was not in recession and it was


going down. We have to move on. The make up


of Britain's MEPs is radically If you don't believe me,


ask the Lib Dems. So, being


the fine public service broadcasters that we are, we thought we would


carry out a survey to try to give you a flavour of what our European


Parliamentarians believe in. We contacted all 73 MEPs


and asked them four questions on the key European issues -


EU membership, the Euro, 52 got back to us,


so what did we find? UKIP have the biggest contingent


within the UK's representation, 24 MEPs, of which 17 took part. As you


would expect, they were of one mind, all agreeing the UK should


leave the EU if membership could not be changed. That citizens movement


should be restricted across borders and that the European Union should


not accept new members. What is a prize! They all disagreed with the


UK joining the euro, even if the conditions were right. What about


the party for whom it Europe is not historically a unifier? All but one


of the Tories and said the questionnaire. Most were


Eurosceptic. Serve -- 13 MEPs believed we should leave the EU if


terms could not be significantly changed. 12 agreed freedom of


movement across borders should be restricted and all but one disagreed


with the idea of the UK ever joining the euro. That didn't mean they


wanted to stop others joining. 12 out of 18 did not think new


countries should be stopped from joining the EU. What about more


pro-European parties? We spoke to every single Lib Dem MP for our


survey - or rather, the single Lib Dem MEP. As you would guess, they


disagreed with leaving the EU if membership should be changed. They


disagreed with freezing EU enlargement and disagreed with


restricting citizens freedom of movement. But, whilst we got pretty


straight answers from the Lib Dem, the Tories and UKIP, Labour got


themselves into a bit of a struggle. 18 took part before someone high up


decided they would not ants are individually but instead give as a


group and sub. Out of the eight we spoke to, all eight disagreed with


the UK leaving if the terms of membership could not be changed.


Most disagreed with restricting freedom of movement and restricting


new countries from joining. For agreed with joining the euro, to


disagreed and to did not answer. And the rest? Well, we are still waiting


for the group statement we were promised. As you heard, Labour said


they would give us a response. They said they would consider each new


country joining on its merits and while they support free movement


they think it's impact should be managed. We speak now to Jane


Collins, a brand-new MEP finding her way round the Parliament. Why did


Labour make such a fuss about it MEPs and swing these questions,


Chris? Sometimes when newspapers do these surveys, they are often based


on hypothetical questions, as three of these were, they start with the


word "if" and they are not very informative. On the whole, when I


get those surveys, I don't do them either. They are quite


straightforward questions of our time. What is wrong with a question


about whether the European Union should accept new member countries?


Well, let's see if another country wants to join. Croatia is in the


process of moving towards it. Once it completes that and adopts the


whole policy, it probably should join, but that is a moment in the


future. So why couldn't you just provide that and so? Well, what you


wanted was a yes or a no. So I would say it would be good in the long


term if the whole of the Balkans was in such a state that it was able to


join the European Union. Take the? Yes, we support Turkey 's eventual


membership. You need to have a good understanding of freedom of movement


before that could happen. What does better managed freedom of movement


mean? I think it is wrong in the UK now that you have companies that


advertise the jobs that will only be performed in the United Kingdom


which are only advertised in Polish, in Poland. It is morally


indefensible, and it is bad economic news. I actually think Brussels


should consider that that is not a good way of managing movement as


well. So I support free movement but I also want to say a needs to be


managed. You need to have laws to make sure local workers are not


being permanently undercut from outside. You know that would have no


more than a marginal effect on the movement of people. I think it would


have a dramatic effect. I will give you another instance. I think it is


wrong when I'm scrupulous employers in the UK go to a low-wage economy


elsewhere in Europe and take people, effectively trafficked them,


because they charge the cost of their travel to the UK and then put


them in substandard accommodation in the UK. It is exploitation and it


makes it impossible for local workers to gain access to the labour


market. How many migrants working now in Britain got their jobs


through migrant only job displays? I don't know the answer to that. So


how then do you know it would have a dramatic effect? Because I saw many


instances of it. That does not mean it is dramatic. If you don't have


the numbers, you cannot say that. I think it would be significant. We


cannot price local workers out of think it would be significant. We


jobs. I think that would make a difference. We also need


jobs. I think that would make a difference. barren mind the country


in the European Union that has the most nationals living elsewhere in


the EU is the UK. 2.5 million. British people living in Spain.


Using their board to accept that the huge blood is of immigrants under


the Labour years did affect the wages of people? I did not say that.


But the number of immigrants... Do you accept it reduced wages, or


don't you? I think it had an effect, I don't think it had the dramatic


effects some people suggest. I don't think there are millions of other


people wanting to come to the UK to take our jobs. I dislike all that


language, I think it is inappropriate. Actually,


historically, we panic country that has sent people to live and work


abroad and we've also accepted a lot of people into the UK. Should the UK


leave the EU if terms cannot be changed? If we are to continue on


the current trajectory, I would rather leave them stay under those


terms. I hope we can get a looser relationship. What I would like to


see is to go back to a much looser relationship. The only thing Britain


has ever given its assent to in terms of the population was the


common market. I think most people would like to have an economic and


trading relationship with Europe but they don't want all the other things


that have come along over time. How easily could reverse those will be


the key question. And the common market involved the freemen movement


of people. I would look at it from a different point of view. In the UK,


given the position that we have, with the migration we have had in


recent years, why can't we be more like Canada or Australia and have a


point system? Because they are not members of the EU, we are committed


a basic founding rule of the club. Exactly, one of the basic messages


we have had from the elections is that the publishing of Europe see


control of their borders as being synonymous with sovereignty. This


macro population of Europe. That is a key issue because the Brussels


bureaucracy and some of the European leaders don't want to accept that


point. But the populations of Europe no longer want to have open borders.


If you can have free movement more related to employment, so people


have jobs to come to and create wealth in the country, that is one


thing. But people coming speculatively is something the


public no longer accepts. Before we move onto UKIP, should David say


that if he can't get a major repatriation of powers, then he


would recommend leaving the EU? I am not good put words in his mouth. I


wouldn't advise him in public. What would you advise him in private? My


view is if we cannot get a change in their relationship, I would


personally rather leave them stay on the current trajectory, because the


me, the logical end stage of ever closer union is union, and I don't


want to be part of that. Let's speak to the newly elected UKIP MP for


Yorkshire and the Humber. Is it true you struggling to find partners? We


have made significant progress in the last few days but that is up to


Nigel to discuss but I think we will form a group, yes. Why have you


rejected working with the National front in France? They may share a


Eurosceptic view but not the rest of our views. To start with, the racist


element of her party is something we can't accept. Who would you like to


join with in the European Parliament to further you wanting Britain to


withdraw from the EU? As many Eurosceptics as you can stop -- as


we can. I'm going to leave it with Nigel to announce when he has things


finalised. Do you know who he has been talking to? I think he has got


to announce that. But you are not worried about where you're going to


be standing in future. What about the president of the European


Commission, presumably you will not be backing Jean-Claude Juncker as a


federalist, who are you backing? It is a difficult question for me to


ask, because we want withdrawal from the use whichever president you look


at, it is for more integration. So we're really not going to back any


particular president. But you topped the poll, admittedly with your


Eurosceptic agenda, but is the idea then just to frustrate, distort, go


against everything, what was the point? Definitely not. We are a


democratic party fighting for freedom, for the control of our


borders back, and within the EU, we are here to be the eyes and ears of


the people that voted for us and stop yes, we are going to get


involved in the voting system on things that should be voted for or


against, but we're not actually hear to be part of this enormous,


out-of-control union. So yes, we're not going to be obstructive or


rude... What are you going to vote on, give me some examples? At this


moment in time, with it being my second day... ! I think I'm going to


skip that one! You say you're not going to be obstructive, but you are


here, you will be claiming your salary and your fellow UKIP MPs,


people out there, you may be the eyes and ears of people who voted


for you but what will you do tangibly? We have got to look at the


thing is controlled by the EU, energy, immigration, the euro and


what directives and legislation. All these things have a negative impact


on individual countries, and we are here to make sure that the


directives that are put through, the people who are voted for us, they


know the impact they are going to have at home. Also about the dilute


of useless legislation that comes out about the shape of bananas and


where you can import your melons from and ridiculous things that gets


spewed out everyday. Chris Bryant will say those are myths. It is just


nonsense. Next week, if you want, I will put the directive in front of


you. Why are you rolling your eyes? What most voters in Britain want, I


grant that most of them are Eurosceptic, but I think they would


want MEPs who will genuinely engage in the process here. Directives


about working at height, for instance, will make an instant as to


whether people die at work. Having the same rules... Can't our own


government decide those? Do we need a European Union to tell us what


height we can work? As I understand it, you want a shared market. You


want a common market. For a common market committee need to have the


same rules. Of course you do. What do our own MPs do if you can't


decide that for ourselves? There is a lot of agreement between your


view, Liam Fox, and UKIP. But there is a key question about the single


market, which is whether it should be a market of mutual recognition,


or whether it is a market of harmonisation. We have gone down the


route of harmonisation, so we have imported lots of laws we don't need


for the single market to function. There is a huge space and where we


do agree is that there are lots of rules made in Brussels that should


be made by national governments or not made by national governments if


that is what they decide. What is the level running messages is across


the continent, citizens don't like the direction of travel and they


want more control over their own legislation. Where I think this is


misguided is the vast majority of people now live their lives, not


just within one country, they travel, they go on holiday, their


work may happen elsewhere within Europe or whether their company...


People go to work in America, we don't need the same laws. But one in


four people go to Spain every, one in six go to Greece. The largest


investor in the UK is French. Consequently, you do need... There


is no point in turning our backs on the reality of life, which is an


interconnected world and an interconnected Europe. Can I just


check, you said it was Labour policy to support Croatia's membership of


the EU? In the long term, it is not finished as a process. It joined in


July last year! Well done! You have caught me. Croatia became a full


member in July one, 2013. Now news reaches me that there is


some sort of soccer tournament starting tomorrow - it


will never catch on - there is another competition that is


almost as fiercely contested. Apparently the race to complete


the albums has reached a fever pitch with thousands


of grown men and even some women doing anything to get hold


of their last remaining stickers. Well, I've got some bad news


for them, because there's I speak of course


of the country's finest - Of course, the sticker that everyone


wants is the one no one can have - We won't swap it for a Lampard, a


Messi, a Rooney or even a Ronaldo, because there's only one way you


can get your hands on one of these. We'll remind you how to enter


in a minute, but let's see if you We didn't want a confrontation with


the countryside but he has got one. Countries coming into Europe share


our view of Europe as a Europe of independent nation states.


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It's nearly 1 o'clock here but by the magic of television we can


go over to Big Ben and see that it's coming up to midday in London -


Yes, the first Prime Minister's Questions since the Queen's Speech


If you'd like to comment on proceedings, you can email us:


or tweet your thoughts using the hashtag #bbcdp -


And I'm pleased to say as a special treat the BBC's


Political Correspondent Ben Wright, who's just been following David


He is joining us today. What are they going to talk about at PMQ 's?


We have unemployment figures. What will Mr Miliband go on? He may be


tempted to torment the promised more on Theresa May and Michael Gove,


they had that awkward moment, separated only by Eric pickles. The


and implement figures are difficult for Labour, they are positive news


for the government but there is that slowdown in wage growth which plays


straight into their argument about the cost of living. There is a


passport fiasco story that is brewing at the moment in


Westminster. Theresa May a game, backlog of passports. The unions are


saying about half a million now have been delayed. Holidays being


scuppered, the sort of story that can really be problematic for the


government. This is a story that cuts through to people watching this


programme, way outside the Westminster village. It licks and


administratively problematic for the government in terms of mishandling a


basic thing I had about ten of 15 and people then lost their holidays.


People say, you should have sent in your passport for renewal earlier


but often you can't because you have got to work, you have a commitment


you to go abroad for. The passport office had built a repetition could


be one of the most efficient government agencies around. It was


turned around. The unions are saying it as a consequence of office


closures and job cuts. One minister was saying, there is a bit of a


problem, but it's evidence of a booming economy that people want to


go on holiday again. That will go down well if it's your one annual


holiday! But in order to go abroad you have to have a passport. Last


night there was saying there had been a sudden increase in numbers


and an unpredictable rise. They felt there was more money.


I wish the England football team the very best of British before their


first World Cup game on Saturday. This morning, I had meetings with


colleagues I wish every team in the World Cup good luck! That has been a


decision. If we continue at this rate, it is going to take 40 years


for everyone to get as -- assessed. Is that acceptable? It is important


when we introduce these new benefit it is done in a way that works well.


So I would say it is very important not to have artificial deadlines


replacing one benefit with another. The whole point about the personal


independence payment is it is more accurate and targeted than


disability living allowance. It will mean more help for those with the


greatest disabilities, and I am determined to get it right. With the


Prime Minister join me in congratulating the Foreign Secretary


on organising this week 's important global summit to end sexual


violence? It is indeed time to act. It is a huge credit to the Foreign


Secretary for the work he has done and I would like to pay tribute to


all of the NGOs across the world who come together for this extraordinary


summit in London. It is vital we never forget about the victims of


sexual violence in conflict. This is something far too prevalent in our


world, but real advances have been made by having a declaration for


countries to sign up to, and more importantly an action plan to


prosecute wrongdoers and make sure they are punished. We must listen to


the destiny -- testimony of survivors. Mr Ed Miliband. Let me


join the Prime Minister in wishing England the best of luck in the


World Cup. I'm sure the whole of the country will be behind them. Now,


everyone will of been concerned about what is happening in certain


schools in Birmingham, including girls forced to sit at the back of


the class and the forced removal of head teachers. It is about a failure


of local and national accountability. The key question for


parents is this. If there is a serious problem at their school,


where did they go to get it sorted out? First, let me echo what the


Right Honourable member has said about how important it is to get a


grip on this issue. The problem of Islamic extremism in schools is


serious wherever it happens. I am determined, as is the Home Secretary


and the Education Secretary, indeed the whole government, to make sure


this is unacceptable in our country. People should be being taught in a


way that makes sure they can play a full part in the life of our


country. In terms of where you go to if you are concerned about what is


happening in your school, firstly you go to the chair of governors and


the headteacher. While I hope we can forge real unity across the House of


Commons on combating Islamists extremism in our schools, I hope it


is not used as an agenda to try and knock down successful school


formats, whether Academy is created under the last government, all three


schools graded under this government. There is certainly a


degree on common ground, but the Prime Minister said people should go


to the cherub governors or the headteacher. In certain cases, the


headteacher was removed and the governing body was part of the


problem. The truth is, it is a hard question to answer as to who parents


should go to. We have an incredibly fragmented school system when no one


is properly responsible. Some of the schools were local authority schools


and some of them were academies, but what parents want is someone


responsible on a day-to-day basis who can intervene quickly when


things go wrong. We want to safeguard all schools. As I said,


the first port of call is the headteacher and the chair of


governors. If people believe there is a real problem, there is one


organisation that has responsibility and that is Ofsted, of course. That


is why it is so important what the Education Secretary has said about


no notice inspections. What the leader of the opposition just asked


is how can this happen quickly? Well, it will happen quickly if we


have these no notice inspections. This is an important debate. If we


are saying there is only one model of accountability that will work and


some people in this house believes the only model of accountability is


local government accountability, it is worth making the point that


Birmingham City Council failed in their Judy to be 's parents. That


night bed duty to be 's parents. So yes let us learn the lessons, but


they must be the right lessons. It is definitely worth making the point


about local academies. But on the issue of Ofsted inspections, they


may happen only once every five years. That is not the


accountability that is needed. Surely nobody believes the


Department for Education can run 20,000 schools from Whitehall. Maybe


this secretary of state believes that, but I don't think so. Nobody


is arguing to go back to the local authority system. Isn't it time...


If they just listen to the question... Isn't it time for a


proper system of local oversight, separate from councils, responsible


for standards at all schools, to prevent what happened in Birmingham


happening elsewhere? I have to say I always listen very carefully to


these proposals, but this sounds like creating a new local


bureaucracy when we need to make sure that the resources are going


into the schools for the teachers and the computers and the books and


the equipment? He says and Ofsted inspection can only take place every


five years. The point about these no notice inspections, if we're going


to give this issue the it deserves, that a report about these problems


could result in an instant inspection and instant action. Let


me make one other point. It is often said some of these new formats for


schools or free academies, which I thought the party opposite


supported, that they don't act as fast as local authority schools. In


fact, completely the opposite is the case. When there has been a problem


in three schools or academies, far faster action has been taken on many


of the local authority schools that have been left in a state of failure


for far too long. I do have to say to him he is no answer to this


question of accountability. Ofsted inspections are just not going to do


the job and everybody knows it. Mr Speaker, I want to turn from the


failures in the education Department to the failures in the Home Office.


Can the Prime Minister update the house on the backlog of people


waiting for their passport applications to be processed? The


situation with the passport agency is extremely important to get right.


I is extremely important to get right.


they want to be able to go on holiday. We have three and a


thousand extra applications than is normal at this time of year. We've


increased massively the staff. The level of applications outside the


normal three-week limit is less than 10% of that 300,000. Mr Speaker, the


truth is that is tens of thousands of people finding that holidays are


being cancelled because they are not actually getting a passport. He says


they have increased the resources of the passport agency - that is not


the case. There are greater responsibilities for the passport


agencies since 2010 and fewer resources. Will the Prime Minister


tell the house when the government first learnt about this problem? The


government has taken action to deal with this problem not today but in


past weeks. We've got 250 staff already redeployed to the front


line, prioritising all outstanding applications. That will allow for an


extra 25,000 examinations. Look, people will want to hear the


answers! Order! Mr Robertson, you do have something of a lion 's roar and


it lets you down because I can hear clearly it is you. As the EU, Mr


Lucas, I've told you you need to go on some sort of therapeutic training


course if you are to ascend to the level of statesmanship to which US


buyer. Let us hear the answer. -- to which you aspire. The Home Secretary


has announced today new offices will be opened in Liverpool next week


with an additional 100 staff. The Home Office has been on this from


the very start. It all begins with three and a thousand extra people


applying for passports compared with last year. -- with 300,000 extra


people. He says the government is sorting out the problem, but there


are tens of thousands of people we understand waiting for their


applications to be processed and who are finding that holidays are being


cancelled. We're the Home Secretary fighting with the Education


Secretary but not paying attention to the business of government. Here


is the thing. To add insult to injury, people are being told if


they want their applications processed in the three-week target


they have to pay ?55 extra. Can the primers to get a grip on the


situation and paid families when the backlog will be cleared? It will be


cleared, not least because we are not wasting time with the National


identity card scheme we inherited from the party opposite. Isn't it


interesting, Mr Speaker, not a word about the unemployment figures? He


simply cannot bear the fact in our country we now have 2 million more


people in work in the private sector. He cannot stand the fact


unemployment has fallen yet again. The claimant count has come down. He


is allergic to good news because he knows that as our economy gets


stronger comic he gets weaker. -- stronger, he gets weaker. It is now


28 years since the devastating event happened in chin bar and the effects


are still being felt, especially by children. Last year, we cancelled


visitation rights for many children. Since charging for visas, we've seen


a 50% reduction in these young people being able to come to counter


the UK for respite, will he reconsider that? I'm happy to


reconsider it. We all remember the horrific event. Obviously, we charge


for visas because we have to cover the cost of operations to make sure


we protect ourselves from people who should not come here, but I will


look carefully at what he has said and perhaps I will write to him.


Will the Prime Minister agree that now more than ever we need to build


a strong and robust civil society? 100 years ago this August, the war


broke out which killed 16 million and devastated communities. The lack


of active participation in politics is declining rapidly, only 34% of


people boated in the recent elections. Can we agree to meet on a


cross-party basis to look at citizenship in this country in a


serious way so we can look at how to encourage active citizenship? I


think people feel that these institutions are rather distant to


them and they don't feel the relevance. I would prefer that we


put our resources and effort into practical programmes, like national


citizens service, which I think it's a superb service that many young


people are taking part in the vacancy the importance of engaging


in their communities and the world. That will lead to greater political


participation. Will the primers to join me in welcoming the 2 million


new private-sector jobs... The Prime Minister join me. And will he


continue with the long-term economic plans to make sure that figure will


go up? I think he makes an important point, this is a milestone we have


reached, there are 2 million more private-sector jobs than when this


government came into office, 2 million reasons for sticking to the


long-term economic plan. Can I thank him particularly for the work he has


done for his constituents in terms of running job club after job club


to help make sure that the businesses that need more workers


are put in touch with the people looking for a job. It is a vitally


important service that MPs are delivering. Given the revelation


that the royal prerogative of Mercy has been granted in at least 16


cases related to terrorism in the days and weeks following the Belfast


agreement, and cases stretching back to the 1980s, would see


minister-macro agree in the interest of openness and transparency and


justice, and cases here in Britain itself, that he should be


intervening to ensure that the circumstances of these exercising of


royal prerogative should be repealed so people will know the facts of


these cases? I will look very carefully at what the honourable


gentleman says about this. The last government had to make some very


difficult decisions to get the peace process working. I don't want to


second-guess those difficult decisions because what we have in


Northern Ireland now, yes we have frustrations and difficulties, and


we have the basic architecture of devolution and parties working


together across historic divide and I don't want to put that at risk.


Today's employment figures show that implement is down by 37% since May


2010, in Kingswood. I have held eight jobs fairs advertising


hundreds of local jobs, just some of the 2 million private sector jobs


created since this government. But there are still more to do. I am


launching the Kingswood Challenger today, and mentoring or job


fostering scheme where local business leaders will be paired with


local people looking for work, helping provide them with one-to-one


support. Can I thank him for what he's doing, to put people touch with


businesses, this is absolutely key, because there is no complacency on


the side of the house about unemployment whatsoever, youth


unemployment, long-term unemployment, we need to remove


these scourges from our country. We have a goal of full employment and


the way to achieve that is not simply through a growing economy but


the way to achieve that is not also by making sure we help people,


train people and give them all that is necessary to get a job.


Shockingly, one in three children in the north-east are now living in


poverty, it is the highest rate in the UK. Significantly, two out of


three young people who are living in poverty are living in working


households now. With the prime Minster agree with me that something


has gone sadly wrong with regards to child poverty and can he say,


please, please tell me where it all went wrong in the first place? What


I would say to the honourable gentleman is that the best route out


of poverty is work. If we look at the north-east, the number of people


employed in the north-east is up by 47,000 over the last year. That's


what's happening in the north-east. I know Labour want to have this


narrative in our country but let me give them some facts. Inequality is


at its lowest since 1986. There are 300,000 fewer children in child


poverty than when I became Prime Minister, half a million fewer


people in relative poverty then at the election. Mr Campbell, when you


are eating curry, in the Kennington tenderer, you don't yell across the


restaurant. Don't yell across the floor of this house! What we need to


do is tackle the causes of poverty. Underachievement at home, drug


addiction, that is what drives this government, there are 250,000 fewer


children in failing schools than when we took office. A toss of


taking even longer to carry out medical assessments, they are rotten


to send assessors to Argyll and Bute. Will the Prime Minister tell


them that they should not discriminate against people in this


way and they must receive their assessment as quickly as in the rest


of the country? BC there are challenges, particularly in


far-flung rural like his, but we have to make sure that those people


get their assessments properly carried out but these assessments


are important. The whole point is we don't want to leave people on


unemployment or other benefits year after year, we want these tests and


assessments properly carried out so we can see if they are applicable


and what help they need to get work. Did the Prime Minister's intention


to legislate to help people with the cost and insecurity of renting their


homes lose its slot in a packed Queen 's speech, in the plan to ban


plastic bags ordered him not have any proposals in the first place?


The government is ensuring we build more houses, that is what we need to


do. Yes, we need greater transparency in terms of what


letting agencies do and we are delivering that, that is part of our


programme, but I don't believe our policy of rent controls which we


have told would put up rents, is the answer. Metal fabricators, hydraulic


fitters, CMC turners, mechanical engineers and vehicle maintenance


apprenticeships are just some of the real jobs for local people on offer


at my jobs there. -- jobs fair. With the news that 2 million private


sector jobs have been created since 2010, will he continue to support


those who are creating real jobs and quality apprenticeships? Absolutely.


The point he makes is a good one, we are seeing a rebalancing of our


economy. Manufacturing figures, with a growth in manufacturing, all the


elements of GDP, construction, manufacturing, growing. We want to


see a recovery which is broadly based across the different sectors.


When it comes to the figures today, you can see pay levels in industries


like many factoring and services rather than... Last week, the Right


Honourable member for Schlitz said that people in the UK have not yet


felt any sense of recovery -- Rushcliffe. Today the ONS confirmed


that in the north-east, full-time workers are ?36 a week worse off


than they were last year. Does the prime ministers agree with his


Cabinet colleague? There are 47,000 more people in work in the


north-east than there were a year ago. The best route out of poverty


is work. What that needs to be followed by the tax reductions that


this government is bringing on to make sure that you are in work and


better off in work. The company based in my constituency have


increased their turnover by 10% to over ?2 billion last year. They have


increased their workforce significantly, contributing to the 2


million private sector jobs created under this government. On top of


that they have just been voted European family business of the


year. Will he join me in congratulating them and agree to


visit this British success story? I'm sure I will be visiting his


constituency before long. I join him in congratulating this great British


company, I believe they came with me to China where we were pushing


speeders as hard as we could, including getting them on a vital


Chinese equivalent to Amazon, to make sure that they could be sold.


Happy to come and visit, this is part of the economic success story


of our country. On Monday, I am going to the UN to address a number


of member states and to present a cross-party petition in support of


the inclusion of the right to healthy early childhood in the new


post 2015 millennium development goals. This petition has been signed


by people from 170 countries. Can I therefore ask the Prime Minister to


support, with his advocacy and support of his government, this


leadership by the United Nations to create benefit for at least 200


million of the world 's poorest children? I patiently to the Right


Honourable Lady and what she's doing in this area. Britain has tried to a


leading role in making sure there is a replacement for the millennium


development goals. I co-authored a report about what should be put in


their place. At the heart of this was the idea of better maternal


health and health services for women in childbirth. Very happy to look at


the proposal she makes and make sure we put the full weight of the


British government behind it. Could I join my right honourable friend in


wishing the England football team every success at the World Cup.


Could I also raise one of the darker aspects of the beautiful game.


Recently one of my constituents were seriously assaulted while refereeing


a local football game by one of the players on the field. He was very


seriously injured. Could I ask the Prime Minister what steps the


government is taking to ensure that violence, whether it occurs on the


field or off the field, is treated with equal seriousness and is never


tolerated? He makes an important point, we all support the England


football team, it's good to say that again, but it is really important we


crack down on all forms of bad behaviour, whether on or off the


pitch. Referees should have the full protection of the Lord Mitchell


community football is safe and enjoyable. I pay tribute the FA,


spending the importance of respect in our game. I'm afraid I might have


nightmares this evening about the Prime Minister modelling speedos but


I thank him for sharing that image with us! On a more serious


I thank him for sharing that image Scotland alone, since this Prime


Minister took office, the number of people reporting to be forced into


using loan sharks is up 57%, it is estimated as a total of 85,000


people in Scotland. Can I ask the Prime Minister what his government


is going to do about this? That we reassure the honourable lady that


speedos do also make shorts, so if I can clear that picture out of her


mind... ! On this issue... Look, there is a series of issues that


Honourable members quite rightly raise, that we need to properly


tackle to make sure that we make sure everyone in the country


benefits from economic recovery, on the minimum wage, which was


declining, became PM, it is now increasing. Unserer hours contracts,


legislation to get rid of it -- zero hours contracts. On payday lending,


now being properly credited with a cap on payday lending. On the wage,


the penalties not playing it have been quadrupled under this


government. -- on minimum wage. The Prime Minister must know that every


member of this has collectively and jointly shares at total repugnance


that a young woman has been sentenced to 100 lashes and the


death penalty simply for wanting to practice her faith. Will he request


the UK delegations to the UN Council on human rights to press the case


that the concept of apostasy is in and total conflict with the UN


Convention on human rights and will he reassure the house that the


Sudanese government has left us in no doubt what apparent they are held


in. If you share his apparent about the way this case has been treated,


it is barbaric. I can confirm we will be raising this case at the


forthcoming UN human rights Council, Sudan is on the agenda at


this council and we should ring the full weight of everything Britain


can do to make clear the acceptable way the woman has been treated. It


is good of him to wish the England football team every luck but with


this Cabinet split and the coalition fractured, should he not be picking


up the phone to Roy Hodgson and asking for some tips on team


discipline? I wouldn't want to offer Roy to much advice but what I would


say about this government... We have had the same chancellor for four


years and we have record growth in this country. We have the same Home


Secretary and we have had record falls in crime, the same Education


Secretary and we have too much and 50,000 fewer children in failing


schools. -- too much and 50 fewer children.


The Prime Minister will have heard calls from Honourable members on all


sides of this house for an independent enquiry on the


Hillsborough model into organised child sexual abuse in this country.


Can he be satisfied that current police investigations are sufficient


for the public to have confidence that we are both willing and able to


get to the truth? He makes a very important point, I have looked at


this carefully with ministerial colleagues. We have a series of


enquiries taking place into what happened in various hospitals and


care homes and indeed media organisations. It is important the


government keeps a clear view about how these are being co-ordinated and


how the lessons are being learned. At the moment, led by the Home


Secretary and her colleagues, we do have a proper view of what is


happening at these organisations. The Labour Party's policy to


allocate NHS funding based on health needs actually reduced health


inequality by 85%. White of the government to scrap its?


Why did the government scrap it? The government has made sure that health


budget ring fenced and to deliver the money according to the need of


the various areas. The only part of the country I'm aware where Labour


policies are put in place is Wales, where they haven't hit a health


target since about 1989. Experts are saying people are dying because the


matter of time they spending on waiting lists. Youth unemployment in


my area is down 83% since 2010. It reflects the 2 million new


private-sector jobs created since then. Will he be building upon this


success by providing more opportunities and skills for young


people by expending traineeships and apprenticeships? Even though 50 is a


small number of people to be young and unemployed in Harrogate, it is


still 52 many. Our ambition in the next Parliament should be to make


sure everyone has the chance of going to university or taking an


apprenticeship and relieve no one behind.


recruit reserves. What has happened is the number has actually declined


since 2012. If the content to continue to provide an update on


this further example of the government incompetence? What we


inherited in terms of defence was not only ?1 billion black hole but a


situation with the military reserves where they had been under resourced


and undervalued for years. We now have a programme for building them


up. We're now going to see the strongest possible professional army


with all the quit meant they have and a strong reserve force making


sure we can meet all the obligations -- obligations we have. Now, that


brings us to the end of our coverage of that. We are back to daily


politics now. Mr Miliband talked about both the fallout from the


Birmingham schools row and in particular was asking to whom should


parents go if they are worried about something happening in the school?


Not quite a clear and so mad. Then he moved on to this growing row over


the passport office, people not getting their passports in time. Mrs


May has been making statements that they are on top of it. Apparently,


they are going to the extent of opening the passport office for


seven days a week. The Minister of defence had to sit between the Home


Secretary and the Education Secretary today to make sure there


was no hostility! As far as we could see, nobody was hurt in the process.


Let's hear what you thought. Philip Hammond working on behalf of the


whole of the government there! Now, viewers and said both on schools and


passports. This tweet from Tom Jones said, despite Labour's attack, they


actually favour more freedom for schools as well. Another view said


Ed Miliband's responds shows his fear of basic local accountability.


And a final response: If is dead -- Ofsted cannot monitor all the


schools, I am concerned. Another viewer said Ed Miliband went for the


wrong topic. The cost of fuel is more relevant. On schools, it is


interesting that Labour is not challenging there is a problem. If


you read some of the press coverage over the weekend, reports suggested


this is overblown. Labour has not gone down that route. It is saying,


if the local authority does not run the school anymore, who do you go


to? That's right, and they are in a difficult decision. They took


forward the academy programme, they wanted schools to be independent. So


now they are in a bind. Do they advocate greater local authority


site again, which is what the Prime Minister was goading Mr Miliband to


say, or do they go for some new way of holding schools to account? Free


schools and academies are all overseen by the Department for


Education. Ed Miliband was calling for a unified structure of


accountability at a local level. I'm not quite clear what he's got in


mind. The Prime Minister was vague about what he thought about the


idea, but that is the issue they are grappling with. A fragmented


situation. Today I asked the Ghostbusters question, who are you


going to call? Who do you call if there is a problem? As a


constituency MP of a parent came and said there was a problem in the


school, first you would go to the local teacher and governors. If you


didn't get satisfaction, you would go to the local education authority,


and after that the MP would write to the secretary of state. What do we


do if it is an Academy or free school? Well, you still have the


governors and the headteacher. If you're not happy with that, it is


perfectly reasonable for the parent to talk to the MP who would then do


the same thing. So why we would need a whole new level across the whole


country, I wasn't clear about the proposal. In Birmingham, part of the


problem would seem to be the governors. Absolutely, and I think


this issue has shown it the Achilles heel of the government's education


policy is this issue of what happens when it goes wrong. Where does the


buck stop? Where do you go? Our proposal is very simple, you should


have a local director of standards whose job it is to make sure there


is a port of call. Would that be more bureaucracy? Well, you can call


it a bureaucrat. I'm wondering what it would consist of. It would be


more than one person, I'm assuming. You would need resources to


investigate and you would have to legislate in order for that to


happen. And whom would they be accountable to? Well, at the


moment, they are accountable to nobody other than the secretary of


state and education. On the whole, I don't like Westminster deciding one


system to be the same everywhere in the country. There are no free


schools or academies in Scotland. I take it it is the same in Wales.


What I'm saying is you cannot have the secretary of state as the sole


person responsible for 21,000 schools. Now, the second issue Mr


Miliband spoke of was this growing row dominating the papers and online


about passports. It's unclear if the government actually accept there is


a crisis. To reason may was said to have taken her eye of what's going


on. The Prime Minister said there had been a spike in applications, I


think he said 300,000 more than this time last year. But the


government's response is to keep passport offices open longer, open


an office in Liverpool and employ more staff. The danger for the


government is, if people come forward with their stories about


horrendous delays and a backlog does emerge, David Cameron, he did not


give a sense of real urgency. In your view, is there a crisis in the


passport office? I've not had a huge number of complaints as a


constituent MP. But you can't tell from that. From what I understand,


for one reason or another, there is a much bigger of applications than


you would normally get at this time of year. It would be interesting to


find out why. Just working out the figures, 30,000 across the country,


that sounds like a bit of a crisis to me. It is 45 in every


constituency. And normally it is not one person affected, it is a family.


Certainly that is the case in the first instance I had. That was 2.5


months ago, it was my next-door neighbour. Were unable to go on


holiday when their child who had applied for their first passport was


not allowed to go. All the talk in Parliament


at the moment is about whether Jean Claude-Juncker should get the top


job of European Commisson President. Mr Juncker him


self has said he's found the scrutiny, particularly from the


British press, difficult to deal I use it in you will be president of


the commission? -- are you certain. I do not give interviews. What do


you think of the British Prime Minister? Do you have any message


for the people of Britain interested in your candidacy? A year a lot


about you but they don't hear from you. We are not doing an interview.


Well, he didn't look very happy there. How could you harass that


gentle man? If looks could kill, I don't think I would be here. I've


been talking to people around him. I think in Britain we write about


Europe, we write about Jean-Claude Juncker. There was a piece a week


ago calling him the most dangerous man in Europe. This stuff does get


read. It gets through to Berlin. They read it. I think he is angry


with the press, you know is how he is being talked about. It is one


reason he does not want to do interviews with the British media.


His team say they are not doing anything until it is clear who the


council is going to appoint as their nomination. But I've seen him do


interviews with German TV. He does not want to talk to the British


press. I said to them after that, that looks ridiculous, why does he


not sit down and talk about why he once the job? But they do not want


to engage. Well, Mr Juncker, if you are watching, and I know you are, we


will give you an interview and we will be very polite. All the


candidates presented themselves to the European Parliament, whiting you


give them that? Aymac why did you not broadcast that? Well, thank you


for your advice! Talking of Mr Juncker


and his plans for Europe, we thought we would see what the good people in


and around the European Parliament thought about the competing visions


of Mr Cameron and Mr Juncker. Adam's popped over on the Eurostar


with his balls to find out We've got a good spot here at the


European Parliament, we've got some Euro coloured balls, and we are


going to have people who has the best vision for Europe, David


Cameron, or Mr Juncker? None of those. Do we have to choose between


those two? Mr Juncker has more experience in European politics. I


will go for Mr Juncker. I live in Luxembourg. Have you heard of


someone called Mr Juncker? Of course. Who do you prefer? Juncker,


Mr Juncker. What does Austria think of David Cameron? I like this boy,


but I don't understand him. I think I heard thunder so it might be time


to go inside. evening with? With both! Can I? I


don't see Jean-Claude Juncker as how he's been characterised. What is he


actually like as a person? He is very funny. I would say Mr Cameron.


Because he brings in something new. Reluctantly, almost... No question!


Mr Cameron. There aren't many of you around here, is it lonely? Not at


all. Europe has spoken clearly, reform is needed. I don't vote. No,


no. Who has got more balls, David Cameron Jean-Claude Juncker. That is


not a question! It is a question! The bad news is, we have been thrown


out of the European Parliament, you are only allowed to interview MEPs


here, not do things like this. What is so bad about Mr Cameron?


Since the British became a member, they have created the impression


that they must have a special exception for everything. You look a


bit like Jean-Claude Juncker! I think I will go with Cameron because


Jean-Claude Juncker is not the right man. Is he like Margaret Thatcher?


We have been rained on, thrown out of the European Parliament, rained


on again and look, David Cameron, I'm afraid, you don't have that many


friends here. With me now is the


Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, who's vice chair of the European People's Party


and Jean Lambert, who's an MEP What is the case of Mr Juncker? I


guess it is democracy, because the European parties are in the running


of those elections, so with those lead candidate, one of them was


Juncker. 40 formerly in people voted for him. But they didn't vote for


him. They voted for the party to selected him to be the candidate.


More people voted for him than in Britain for Mr Cameron. It is


inconsistent on the British side, David Cameron's side, to criticise


that the commission is overrated bureaucrats and then, when we want


to make it elected, to contest that. We are ready to talk about the


substance of the programme but not the verdicts of democracy and we


don't think it should come from the oldest democracy in Europe, which is


Britain. But the Lisbon Treaty only says that the Council of ministers


has to take into account how people vote is, how the parties stacked


up, not how it has to follow the results.


vote is, how the parties stacked up, not how it has to follow the He


or she should be elected by a qualified majority is in the


Council, and there is a qualified majority already in the council. So


he has to have two qualified majority is Andy has both. It is


only Mr Cameron who is questioning that. Across Europe, there were


millions of people, who in the way they voted, showing this


satisfaction with the European establishment at the moment. --


dissatisfaction. Would it not be a slap in the face to appoint somebody


who is synonymous with the ways of the European establishment? Just the


opposite, it would be strange to elect somebody who was not a winner,


who did not get the majority. The fundamental principle of


democracy... His name wasn't on the ballot paper. He was on our


programmes, yes, yes. His name wasn't on the ballot paper.


Everybody knows who the leader of the server tips labour. Now,


everybody knows who he is! Thanks to David Cameron! Only 7% of Germans


had ever heard of him. But who else is not the winner should be elected?


The idea that people who voted for any party that was part of it was


voting directly for Juncker 's and the key thing is whether those who


have been running the European project understand what happened at


the European elections. There was a seismic shift. The idea they should


carry on saying nothing is happened will only increase the void. They


are not directly elected to say everybody knew who he is utterly


untrue. I doubt anyone in Britain knew who he was. Would you like to


see as the President? I don't have a candidate or an agenda. What we


should be looking for is a candidate who doesn't simply want to continue


in the same direction and at the same speed as before, there needs to


be some account taken of the fact that almost 30% of the seats in the


European Parliament now belong to parties who have a different


direction or who want to leave altogether. If not, the voice will


be louder next time. Did you support Juncker? You have your candidate for


the presidency but that isn't going to happen, do you think Jean-Claude


Juncker should be President? For us, should be the first one to put


forward a programme and every vote on the programme. I want to see what


is on the programme. There is an assumption that because of what he


has been, therefore that is what he will present. If he is the astute


politician people think he is, he will be looking at what has come out


of the European election, looking at areas of disaffection, also looking


at the challenges the European Union now faces, which are not about going


back to a simple free-trade agreement with deregulation, whether


it is environment, workers rights, whatever, he will have to look at


some of the challenges the EU faces, they are financial, social,


democratic, environmental. If he does that Will you and your fellow


Greens back in? If he manages to do that, we will be amazed, but we will


have it. Will you be convinced he is a changed man and will take into


account what happened in the elections in terms of the showing


from some on the left, anti-austerity parties, to get


support from the Greens? The basic rule of Westminster is the winning


party gets the Prime Minister ship. It is the same. Faction of the


Greens and the Christian Democrats and Socialists, all of them are in


favour so we have a majority in the parliament in favour of the


designated winner. So David Cameron can stuff it. He has no majority in


the parliament either. He is try to solve the eternal British problem


with European instrument and blackmailing the majority of


European voters. Does labour ward? , correct something, Iceland is the


oldest democracy in Europe. Unlike Croatia. I wouldn't vote for Juncker


myself but I do accept some of the argument, I think it is overplayed,


this argument about democracy. This is not a full democratic campaign


that was late, I think it's a sign of weakness Britain now has that the


Conservative Party cannot have a candidate because it is not in the


EP BP. We are bit lukewarm about Martin Shaw... He is a federalist


like Tim Moore. I am being told we have run out of time.


Before we go and enjoy a plate of moules-frites washed down with


a pint of Belgian beer, there's just time to give you the result


Sadly BBC competiton guidelines being what they are we couldn't


bring the infamous red button with us, but


The red button, I have got it, I am pressing it. There you are! The mud


is yours, Julia. That is about the hardest thing he


has had to do all week! The One O'clock News is


starting over on BBC One now. What's the hardest thing


about being a foster parent? You're constantly trying


to build the elusive trust. It's like a big old question mark


in your heart.


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