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Morning folks, and welcome to the Daily Politics.


It's been a busy week for Labour, they've been setting out their pitch


But they've not exactly been helped by a string of criticisms


from people who are meant to be their friends.


We'll look at what all the parties have cooking to help the economy.


There's plenty to talk about at PMQs,


from Labour's internal critics to the Tories' reliance on big donors.


We'll bring you all the action live at midday.


Is it time to finally allow shops to sell you whatever you want,


We're speaking to one MP who rejects the old arguments


Those who prefer quieter Sundays or to go to church can do so, those


that want to shop should not be restricted.


And it's a little-known downside to life as an MP,


I'll bring be speaking to two politicians who've tangled with


ferocious pets on the campaign trail.


Not Molly, though? No, she's an angel. She's French, she's not so


keen on UKIP. And with us for the show we have


the MP who's appeared more on We've checked and it's official,


it's the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Chris Leslie. He's been


on so often He must have a kitchen full, or a


stand where he sells them. He hasn't been on since last year,


probably because he's been too busy making


cameo appearances on Newsnight. Welcome to the show,


and don't worry Michael, we're quite used to politicians not


answering the questions. You don't normally ask them 12


times. Because we know it gets us nowhere!


All the new MEPs elected in May have been meeting in


Strasbourg for the first time, and yesterday saw the opening of the new


Not everybody joined in the general sense of bonhomie


and joie de vivre however, the UKIP MEPs, led by leader


Nigel Farage, turned their backs as an orchestra played Beethoven's


Ode to Joy, the unofficial anthem of the European Union.


Conservatives in the chamber sat quietly, while most MEPs stood.


Well, with Jean-Claude Juncker firmly in place to be president


of the EU Commission, the jockeying has begun to see which countries get


Britain wants one of the big economic portfolios, but an


unnamed aide to Jean-Claude Juncker quoted in the papers this morning


says the UK will only get a big job if it puts forwards a candidate with


Michael Howard, after the public criticism, how strong do you think


David Cameron's negotiating position is? I think it's stronger. He has


made it absolutely clear that he will stand up for what he believes


in. That he will fight for what he believes in. That, when he says the


European Union has to reform, if we are to remain members, he means it.


He is not bluffing. I think a lot of people in Europe thought previously


it was bluffing and there was no real prospect of the UK leaving the


European Union. I think now they have woken up and smell the coffee,


and they realise that, actually, there is a possibility of it


happening. What about getting a candidate for one of those plum


roles? Do you think that is likely when aides are also talking about


revenge against David Cameron, they want a serious candidate with an


open mind about that EU, who would that be? Would it be you? I think


that is unlikely. But not out of the question? I think there is a desire


in Europe to keep Britain in. I don't think anybody will be in the


business of humiliating the United Kingdom. I think they want us in. I


think that they will be making serious efforts to keep us in, which


is a very good thing. We heard from one member of the European


Commission saying it would be an thinkable for Britain to leave the


EU. Stretching and olive branch? I think that is stretching the spin of


David Cameron beyond what most people would think. If you wanted to


shape the European Union in a constructive way, make sure that we


dealt with some of the bureaucracy and waste, get to grips with some of


the forms we have to do, the only way of doing that is pitching in and


building alliances. It is a matter of embarrassment, not private, that


it was only Hungary that was left with David Cameron at that


particular time. Of course the Prime Minister is going to come back and


try to tout -- tubthump. Really, to be left without those alliances does


not bode well for the reforms we need in Europe. We have been talking


to the business community about this particular issue. They are very


concerned indeed about our place in this large trading bloc, making sure


that business and jobs are safeguarded for the future. That is


what now matters. Forgive me, I got the impression that your lot didn't


want Jean-Claude Juncker either? So, how would you have invented that?


Because you actually engage with the other members. There is nothing


wrong with putting up a fight, even losing. But you can't, in any way,


say that this was a successful negotiation when he was left with


only one I. It was embarrassing. How on earth would you suggest you could


have done any better? You had the same objective, David Cameron tried


to build alliances. He didn't! He was grandstanding throughout the


whole thing. Let's go to the referendum that Labour keep saying


they are not going to offer. Is that still the case? Any guarantee there


will not be that offer for the election next year? I don't think


anybody is going to have an in-out referendum... The promise of an


election? We have said we don't think it is required before you have


a proposal on the table to maybe have a treaty change. So, no,


despite what Unite has said, your big financial backer, who says that


Labour need to offer an in-out referendum? There are lots of views


on this issue. Unite have their views for their members. As far as


the Labour Party is concerned, we want to put the best interests of


the country first. You are sure you are not looking at flats in


Brussels? Quite sure. Have you been asked? No. And you would say no? If


I am asked, I will think about it and you will be the first to know.


I'm going to Brussels next week, shall I bring you back an estate


agent brochure? No thanks. Leave him alone! He didn't say no. I didn't


say yes. Neither did Michael Lansley on this programme. Where am I?


Back in the 90s it was dubbed the prawn cocktail offensive, as senior


Labour figures in opposition wooed big business over lunch in the City.


And it worked, even if prawn cocktails themselves had actually


Well this week Labour's been trying to tickle the tastebuds


of business leaders once again, and it's looking like a big battleground


JoCo can tell us what the parties have got cooking.


All the parties know they need to win the support of business if


they're to be trusted to show they can serve up a recipe for economic


success At the moment the polls on who voters trust to handle the


economy show that's a problem for Labour, they trail by 12 points.


Which has been some food for thought for the Labour policy team.


So this week the party have been positioning themselves


as the party that's pro-business, but not business-as-usual.


Top of the menu are lower business rates and plans to


devolve ?30 billion of spending to boost growth outside London.


For the Tories, their dish du jour is their long-term economic plan,


and they say they're helping firms by cutting their national insurance


Finally, the Lib Dems might be stuck in the kitchen with the Tories,


but they boast that in government they've targeted investment


in key sectors like manufacturing as well as creating a record number


It's been a big week for Labour announcements


but they haven't been helped by mutterings within the party.


Today, two former advisors to Tony Blair, Patrick Diamond and Lord


Roger Liddle have been among the critics, saying Labour will not win


You think they are anti-business, Labour? I don't think they are an


anti-business party, the point we are making is that Labour cannot


afford to be positioned as anti-business, because any


successful government in Britain today needs to have successful


businesses are part of its policy agenda, to provide the jobs, wages


and business standards that people across the country need. And also to


generate the wealth and the investment that we need to maintain


high quality public services. You clearly think they haven't been


sending out the right messages, let's look at some of the things


they have been talking about. They are making a virtue of supporting


small and medium businesses rather than big corporations. Has that been


a mistake? The point we make is that there are dangers in drawing


distinct differences between businesses. There is nothing


inherently virtuous about small or medium-sized us must, as against a


large business. They are all employers, they are necessary to


give quality jobs, good wages and living standards. To draw a


distinction between predatory and responsible capitalism is


problematic. How do you enforce that? We need to make sure


regulators bear down on bad business behaviour, but we should proceed


from the assumption that business is part of the solution, rather than


part of the problem. What should Labour do? They need to set out a


positive agenda for business, the idea of a progressive capitalism.


What makes capitalism progressive, as opposed to just capitalism, it


would be a private-sector enterprise that provides more high-quality


jobs, which provides rising living standards and rising wages. It would


also be a dynamic capitalism that provides the investment that we need


to provide good quality public services, a high-quality NHS, good


quality education and so forth. There are various ways of doing


that. Some of those have been discussed by the Labour Party this


week. Devolution of power to cities, more emphasis on training, more


emphasis on innovation and using education to innovate and produce


products and services of the future. These are all important. There are


emphasised areas, such as giving options of employee ownership. These


can be part of a pro-business agenda. He said the new Labour model


was shaken to its core. Do you agree with Ed Balls that the third Way has


failed? There were major problems with the new Labour approach of the


1990s. One of those has been much discussed, the failure to


effectively regulate the financial sector and the banks. That remains a


major issue. Another problem that was clearly evident in the new


Labour years was that there was not a proactive, industrial policy until


the final 18 months of the Labour government in the run-up to the 2010


elections. Labour then lost the election. The momentum around having


an active, government led interventionist industrial policy


was lost. All the evidence is, and if you look around the world, the


country succeeding in the global economy today are the countries


where the government plays a really active role in coordinating


investment and innovation. We need that in the UK as well.


Why is it that every time Ed Miliband trundles out a new


initiative, the wheels fall off? Is his office run by a bunch of teenage


incompetents who cannot count? You might be surprised that I would


challenge the premise of that question. It did yesterday? I don't


think you did. We had bold proposals from Andrew Adonis to devolve and


help regional economic development. He leaked in advance figures he


thought showed that the new jobs were being created in London. He was


told the figures were dodgy. He took them out of his speech entirely,


decided to add lead. The speech was then not released. Later, he said he


struck by the figures. If that's not the wheels falling off, what is? I


don't agree with that characterisation. The Centre For


Cities, a well respected think tank, whose job it is to look at economic


development, they pointed out quite rightly that, in the data, when you


love and location of employment, it is the case that Greater London has


had a greater number of jobs created and the rest of the country. That


dataset ended in 2012. We are due to seek the new dataset in 2013. And


the data from the Office of National Statistics ends when? That date is


more recent. I presume it was 2013-14. That ONS data, the


legitimate datasets, they were looking at the residency of where


jobs were created. Let me give you an example. If you are resident in


Saint Albans and you commute into London to work, the ONS data says,


well, that should be located in Hertfordshire. The other set of


statistics say it is actually a job in London. You can dance around on


the head of a pin on these things, but if the Conservatives and our


opponents say there is not a problem with differential regional economic


development, and they think everything is fine, I would say they


are out of touch. Are you saying making it residence and where they


are located, accounts for the difference between 80% of the jobs


created in London and in the last year only 20% of the jobs? The


statistics speak for themselves. They don't, actually. This was about


private sector jobs. How does the Centre for cities, which you are


depending on, designate education jobs? Education jobs? There may be


different data sets from the ONS? No, 40% are in the private sector,


so why would you use figures like that? These were not Labour Party


statistic. It is a separate think-tank, very well respected. Why


is it well respected? They have produced worthwhile analysis. The


figures are two years out of date. The bigger point is, Andrew, do you


believe we have a fine and balanced and sustainable recovery, or do you


believe, as I do, one of the key challenges for the Treasury and the


government is make sure we have a sustained recovery that is balanced


and reaching many parts of the country and helping as many parts of


the country. That is not happening. The scale of the problem is


important. Are the new jobs being created in the private sector in


London or is it 20%? There is still a problem, but it is a problem


between 80% and 20%? There can be conflicting reports, but my view is


there is a problem and we do have the recovery happening in London in


a different way than in Nottingham or in the North East. If it was 20%,


would there be a problem? I believe there is a problem from the


experience I have in my constituency and it totally. In terms of housing


developments, as in this formation. They are not happening in some of


those -- in parts of the country where they say it is happening.


London and the South East over experience I have in my constituency


and it totally. In terms of dominate this country and we need more


balanced growth? We do, but if Ed Miliband stands by the figures, why


did he take them out of his speech? The figures were set out by the


Centre for cities. But he took them out? He wasn't reading the speech,


as I saw it... Ed Balls was on the television on Sunday morning making


great play with these figures. Other Labour spokespeople made great play


with these figures and Ed Miliband had them in the draft of his speech.


He wasn't reading his speech. If you want to use this as a distraction


from the real problem. Feel free, talk about the methodology but you


are denying there is a problem. The bigger issue is the competence of Ed


Miliband. The biggest of all issues is how do we get more economic


growth and better paid jobs outside London and the south-east? What is


the government doing about that? You have two have a long-term plan for


the economy of the country. Unless you get the economy growing, you are


not going to get it spreading to other parts of the country. Michael


Howard, the leaves in long-term plans? If they did not work for


Stalin, how will they work for Howard? I think it is a different


plan. But what the government has succeeded in doing is getting the


economy growing. You have got to get growth and it is growing. That


growth will extend to other parts of the country but the government is


also doing things to reinforce that. Manchester has now an imaginative


plan for investment and infrastructure. It is funded by the


ability to keep part of its tax take. Infrastructure out what is 10%


lower than 2010. You should be embarrassed about that. Let the


market sort this out, is that your plan? We have had to recover from


the crisis your lot brought on in the years leading up to 2010. The


banks cause by crisis. We have managed to get the economy going.


Labour is trying to become more business friendly. It is suggested


some of the things Ed Miliband announced is not a business


friendly. But tonight you will be having a conservative summer party


at a posh, West London private members club, packed with


millionaires. 450 attended last year with a combined wealth of ?11


million and tables cost ?12,000 each. You are in their pockets. We


are not in their pockets, Tony Blair hosted similar kinds of parties. The


truth is, the gap between the two major parties now is bigger than it


has ever been since 1983 when I entered Parliament. Then you had


Margaret thatcher as leader of the Conservative Party and Michael foot


as leader of the Labour Party. Tony Blair change that. It must be


embarrassing for Chris who was cheering New Labour, to be in a


position to have the Labour Party proclaiming to do all sorts of


things which are nothing to do with New Labour, which would ring back


old Labour. But how can you, the Conservatives, criticise Labour's


ties with the unions when you will be having dinner tonight with people


with a combined wealth of INXS of ?11 million, paying ?12,000 for a


table to rub shoulders with the Prime Minister. They don't have any


influence on policies. How do we know that? I don't seem to remember


in the budget, they will all be there at this posh club tonight? I


have no idea who will be there. Are you going? No, I am not. Let me


remind everyone of something. The latest figures were pointed out by


George Osborne in the budget and they show that income inequality in


this country has been diminishing since 1986. It shows it has been


decreasing since 1986 and the highest earners pay a hugely


disproportionate... They are doing very well. Why have we got


Mandelson, minus, Glassman and Cruddas, why are they attacking your


boss? I don't think they are attacking. You heard Morris Glassman


on the radio characterising... He said he was taken up a short Ali for


a long walk. They are anxious they want to see the Labour government


succeed and we have the right credible offer on policies that will


make a difference. We are in a position where we are heading


towards the general election dash it is going to be close. Your interview


with Patrick Diamond, I did not disagree with anything he said. Are


they being helpful? Lots of people have advice. There is plenty of ice


for Ed Miliband, but he will make his decisions. Are they being


helpful? Plenty of people will have their views on these things. Some


people will be less helpful, but he will make the judgement as the


leader and he has shown he is capable. You will be familiar with


what happened there, not answering the question. I did answer the


question, you did not like what I said. I will give you one more


chance, are they being helpful? Some are being helpful, some are being


less helpful. All the new MEPs elected


in May have been meeting in The for the biggest prize in


Europe. The horse trading is underway. There have been secret


cloak and dagger meetings in Brussels. We have been fielding


calls from cognac swilling bureaucrats in different languages.


The only thing Euro politicians care about is getting their hands on the


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the BBC's deputy political editor, In recent weeks, Ed Miliband has had


an open goal and not found the back of the net. Today, David Cameron has


an open goal, but makes it dangerous for him? Everybody is expecting him


to score, he has power and weight. With these quotations he has ready


to throw from John Cruddas, Morris Glassman or whoever, sometimes you


can get as a Prime Minister, too bogged down in the quotes. You just


need one or two real killers. If I was Ed Miliband, I would do anything


to avoid it and make it harder for Ed Miliband -- the Prime Minister. I


would go on issue like the NHS or something foreign. Given the economy


is going to be the biggest question, less than nine months away, it says


something if the leader of the opposition cannot go on the economy?


That is a continuing refrain from David Cameron, whenever Ed Miliband


does not talk about the economy, he will pick up on that. What about


these people who say about these Labour grandees queueing up like the


scene in the film, aeroplane, to hit him with a baseball bats, thump


him. Remember that? Why is that, he is ahead in the polls? It is


frustration. Frustration among some of the thinkers their policy ideas


are not being translated into policy. Also frustration that some


say Labour's inability to get their message across. There is no


narrative, no story tying together the policies. Objectively you could


say Ed Miliband does have a story, but not one that has resonated with


the electorate. I will tell you a story, we are going to PMQs.


Rovers deal is a key sign of prosperity? Will he do all he can to


haste and the completion of this deal? --


I know how passionately she feels about this important development. I


know she will feel delighted that the judge in question has dismissed


the judicial review, so we hope that this paves the way for the


supermarket and stadium to be built. Not only would this mean a


new home for Bristol Rovers, it will mean more growth and better


infrastructure for Bristol. Ed Miliband.


It is four years since the Prime Minister announced his top-down NHS


organisation. Since then, can he tell us if the number of people


having to wait more than a guaranteed two months for cancer


treatment has got better or worse? The number of people being treated


for cancer has gone up by 15%. We are meeting the key waiting time


targets, particularly for accident and emergency, that we met for


April, even though he predicted a crisis. That was a specific question


I asked about cancer treatment. The Prime Minister did this


reorganisation and said things would get better. MacMillan Cancer Support


warned that more lives are being put at risk. Cancer Research UK says it


is not just a missed target, some patients are being failed. They have


missed the target for the first time ever for cancer treatment. Is he


telling the two most respected cancer charities that they are wrong


and things are getting better? We introduced for the first time ever a


Cancer Drugs Fund, treating 50,000 people. That is what is happening.


The number of people being treated for cancer is up 15%. This is in


stark contrast with Wales, where Labour are in charge. They shake


their heads, but the fact is that Labour is in charge of the NHS in


Wales and they have not met a cancer target there since 2009! Actually,


he is wrong about that. In Wales, more patients start cancer treatment


within 62 days than in England. We know why he wants to talk about


Wales, because he cannot defend his record in England. Wasn't it


interesting that on the cancer treatment target, you could not


pretend things were getting better, but he could not admit they were


getting worse. In the four years since his organisation, have the


number of people waiting more than the guaranteed four hours in A got


better always? We have met our waiting time targets for accident


and emergency. Let me tell him exactly how long people are waiting.


The average waiting time, when the shadow secretary of state was


secretary of state, the average waiting time 77 minutes. Under this


government it is 30 minutes. That is what has happened under this


Government. Let me admit to a mistake. I have just said that


Labour have not met a cancer treatment target in Wales since


2009. I'm afraid I was wrong. They have not met that since 2008. Of


course, in Wales, there is no Cancer Drugs Fund. There has been an 8% cut


to the budget. People are dying on waiting lists and Labour are


responsible. He asks me to defend my record over the last four years. I


will. There are 7000 more doctors. There are 4000 more nurses. There is


over 1000 more midwives. We are treating over 1 million more


patients each year. Whereas the NHS and Labour have the disgrace of


Mid-Staffs, you can now see the NHS being properly invested in and


properly improving. I will tell him about our record on the NHS, the


shortest waiting times ever. More doctors and nurses than ever before.


The highest patient satisfaction ever. That is Labour's record on the


NHS. It was a long time ago, he did not answer the question, it is a


target that he set for four our waiting in A Let me give him the


figures for his four our waiting target. Before reorganisation, the


number of people waiting more than four hours was 353,000. After his


reorganisation, it has risen to 939,000. That is an increase of


300%. Is that better or worse? The average waiting time is down by more


than half, that is better. But he doesn't have to listen to me, he can


listen to the Shadow Health Secretary, who said this. He said,


this is the best health service in the world. That is what he said. He


was quoting the Commonwealth report, an independent organisation


which ranked the United Kingdom, for the first time, under this


government, as having the best health service anywhere in the


world. Better than America, better than Germany, better than France. He


says it was his record, this has only happened under this


government! I can tell him why it has happened under this government.


Mixed sex wards virtually abolished. Millions more treated. A Cancer


Drugs Fund, more doctors, more nurses, more midwives and more


people being treated. And, it's official, the best NHS in the world.


It is this party that created the NHS. Every time, we have to save it


from that lot opposite. Once again, he didn't answer the question. More


people are waiting more than four hours in A What about those


people that are so serious they need a bed in hospital? Since his


organisation, has the amount of people waiting four hours on


trolleys, something he said he would get rid of, got better or worse?


People are waiting less time than under the last Labour government. We


remember what the last Labour government gave us. The disgrace of


Mid-Staffordshire, for which they have never properly apologised. What


they said about our plans, we have put ?12.7 billion extra into the


NHS. Their view was that it was irresponsible. They oppose reform to


the NHS. You can see the effect in Wales. No reform, no money, longer


waiting lists, no targets met, people dying on waiting lists under


a Labour government. He can't answer the basic questions about his own


targets in the NHS. I can tell him, the number of people waiting on


trolleys for more than four hours has gone up from 61,000, up to


167,000 on his watch. Mr Speaker, he promised the reorganisation in the


NHS would make things better, it made things worse. Worse on access


to cancer treatment, worse on A weights, worse on GP access. The NHS


is getting worse on his watch and there is only one person to blame,


him. Honestly, if he can't do better than that, even on the NHS, he


really is in trouble. What is happening under this government,


millions more patients treated, a Cancer Drugs Fund for the first time


ever, the Health Service ranked the best in the world. We know what he


would do. We have heard from the director of policy. He said this,


there will be no interesting ideas that will emerge from Labour's


policy review, that's official. His gurus come out, and say that he has


no vision. Yesterday, you miss quotes statistics, gets them


completely wrong. The factory he speaks in, the managing director


says Labour's policy would be a bureaucratic nightmare. I would say


to the people looking glum behind him, cheer up, folks, it's only


Wednesday! Good to be back, Mr Speaker. Sheryl


Lee Shannon, a 40-year-old mother was murdered... On the 17th of March


by Paul O'Hara, who, at the time, was out on licence, having murdered


his former partner in 1998. The introduction of Clare's Law, or the


right to know, to find out if your partner has a history of violence,


in this case she did know of this history, must be backed up by


support, both by police and the privation service, so those in this


situation no of the potential dangers they face, so we will not


see another tragedy like the death of Sheryl Lee. It is good to see my


honourable friend back in his place. He makes an important point, the


introduction of Clare's Law has made a real difference. It gives people


the right to the information about potential dangers from a partner.


I'm proud of the fact that has now been rolled out across the country.


He's absolutely right, we need to do more with the police and the


privation service, the prison service, to make sure more warnings


are given in more cases. The Prime Minister will be aware of the


housing crisis in London. Is he aware of his colleague's the member


for Newbury's distinctive contribution? Through his family


firm he has brought up the New Era Estate... The honourable lady will


be heard, however much it takes. Families in Hackney are facing


seeing their rent driven up and facing eviction, being put on the


street. Under the activities of the member for Newbury's firm, is that


the Prime Minister's idea of compassionate conservatism? We know


that we need to see more houses built, and we have seen 41,000 over


the last year, over a fifth of those in London. We need more


house-building and therefore we will see more affordable rent, both in


the social sector and the private sector as well. One in three of our


nuclear test veteran's descendants have been born with a serious


medical condition. Given the cross-party campaign, recognition,


not compensation, including a payment into a charitable fund, will


the Prime Minister now clear the logjam, recognise the veterans and


finally resolve the shameful chapter in our nuclear history? Let me pay


tribute to my honourable friend, who has campaigned consistently on this


issue in the house and outside it. He and I have discussed it. I'm


happy to tell the house that this government recognises and is


extremely grateful to all of this service personnel that participated


in the nuclear testing programme. We should be no doubt that their


selfless contribution made sure that the UK is equipped with a deterrent


that we need. I have asked officials to look again at the specific points


and oddments he has made and I will come back him as soon as possible.


Last Saturday I spoke to two my 93-year-old constituent who served


as a merchant seaman throughout the Second World War. He said he never


thought he would live to see the day in this country when people in work


would still not have enough money to live on. What does the Prime


Minister say to Keith? Is it simply that this Tory Government makes the


rich richer and everybody else poorer? Or is it just the inevitable


consequence of his long-term economic con? The first thing I


would say is that I am proud to lead a government that has seen the basic


state pension increased by ?15 a week under this government, helping


his constituent. In terms of how we help people in work, what we need to


do is create more jobs. We've seen 2 million under this government. The


second thing we need to do is cut taxes. Under this government, you


can earn under ?10,000 before you pay income tax. It is that that is


at the heart of the economic plan. brutal murders of three girls,


mostly by Hamas. Does the Prime Minister agreed that far from


showing restraint, Israel must do everything possible to take out


Hamas terrorist networks and will he give the Israeli government support


in this? What I would say to my honourable friend, who I know is


passionate about these issues, this was an inexcusable act of terror and


one can only imagine the effect on the families and friends of these


teenagers. It is important Britain will stand with Israel as it seeks


to bring to justice, those who are responsible. We welcome that


President of Bass has condemned the abduction and will help to find this


people. All security operations have to be done with care, but the people


who perpetrated this should be brought to justice. In 2011, the


Prime Minister said waiting lists matter, so why are there 3 million


on ever lengthening waiting lists, the highest for six years? And what


does the Prime Minister said to Catherine Sinclair, a constituent of


mine, 33 weeks she has been waiting in pain or a hip operation. Does she


matter? He needs to look at the figures and the figures show the


numbers waiting longer than 18 weeks, 26 weeks to start treatment,


they are lower today than they ever were when the shadow Chancellor was


sitting in government. We have the record yesterday of the leader of


the opposition using dodgy statistics. Yesterday he claimed


that three quarters of the jobs in our country were created in London.


That is totally wrong! Have we heard an apology? Have we heard a


correction? He will do anything to talk down the British economy. The


Prime Minister is aware, because I have raised this issue with him


before, my long-standing campaign for serious investment in rail


service from Penzance and the council proposal for train upgrade


and my petition which I delivered to this House in support of that


campaign. Will the Prime Minister visit my constituency with his


cheque-book and favourable announcement? I intend to spend a


lot of time in his constituency between now and the next election


and I will be bringing all sorts of good news for the people of St Ives.


Germany has three times as many apprentices as the UK. The number of


young apprentices have fallen. Long-term youth unemployment in


Dudley is twice the national average and we will only attract secure and


better jobs if we make education and skills a priority. Will the Prime


Minister make a start in ensuring every public sector procurement


contract secures apprenticeship places? If he looks at the figures


for Dudley North, he will find the claimant count is down by 20%. He


will find the youth claimant count is down by 21% in the last year. The


long-term youth claimant count is down by 28%. The fact is, in the


West Midlands, things are getting better. More people in work, more


jobs being created. He should be celebrating Dudley, rather than


running it down. The Prime Minister will be aware of the tragic death of


my three-year-old constituent, Sam Morris from sepsis. He was failed by


his GPs, out-of-hours services, hospital, the primary care trust and


the ombudsman. It must not happen again. Will the Prime Minister


ensured the ombudsman was macro recommendations are implemented in


full. To deliver proper transparency in a timely way. This family waited


two years for justice. The honourable lady is absolutely right


to raise this tragic case and thoughts should be with his parents.


It is shocking and saddening to see a whole succession of health


services failing this family. Anyone who lost a child and lost a child by


Young knows how harrowing and dreadful it is. We must learn


lessons from this case, make sure they are acted on. Last week we


launched a major safety campaign to prevent these tragic and sadly


avoidable deaths. At the Tory summer Ball, the Defence Secretary was sat


with a lobbyist for the governments of Bahrain. Can the Prime Minister


tell others if they discussed the fact Bahrain is still not regarded


by the Foreign Office as a human rights country of concern? The


Labour Party had to get one trade union to write one cheque for ?14


billion. When you look at the candidates the Labour Party has


got, when you take out of the mix we have the son of Tony Blair, son of


Jack Straw, son of John Lescott. You will find 80% of the candidates are


union sponsored. They bought the candidates, bought the policy and


they bought a leader. We must never let them near the country. Thank you


Mr Speaker. The number of NEATS in my constituency has fallen thanks to


a joint project. Will the Prime Minister congratulate those for that


success and urge more MPs to get involved. Recognising the great


value and if lended wisely? He is right. There is an interest across


this House because all parties are committed to making the local


enterprise partnerships work, not to go back to the old regional


development agencies. It is important local enterprise agency is


our business lead and it is important they are strong in all


parts of the country. MPs can play a role in encouraging promising


businessmen and women to get involved. Can I take the Prime


Minister back to the question of the private rented sector? Across London


there are thousands of family, people at work, people on benefits


who are frightened of rent increases, frightened of short-term


tenancy and frightened of the consequences for themselves and


their children of being evicted and forced to move out of the area in


which they have lived. It is social cleansing in parts of London and it


is coming to the rest of the country. Can he give an assurance


there will be serious consideration about the need to bring back rent


control in this country to protect people to ensure they have somewhere


secure and decent to live. Where I would agree with honourable


gentleman, there is a need for greater transparency for the work of


letting agents in terms of fees. There is a need for longer term


tenancies, but in the end we must allow the customer to choose what


they want. Where I part company with him, is the idea of introducing rent


controls. Every time they have been tried, they have failed and that is


not just my view. It is the view of Labour's own Shadow Housing Minister


who says she does not think rent controls will work in practice.


Perhaps he needs to have a word with her before coming on to me? In the


1983 general election, a 13-year-old boy delivered leaflets around my


constituency, pledging that Michael that would out of the European


Union. Does my right honourable friend find it strange the same boy


now leader of the Labour Party, isn't willing to either support


re-negotiation of written's terms of membership of the EU or pledged


support to trust the people of Britain in a referendum on our


membership in the European Union? I have always thought it is unfair to


hold against people things they might have done in their youth! As a


14-year-old, if that was his idea of fun, we have two make room for


everybody. The point is this, it is in the interests of the British


people to have a renegotiation. What is my idea of fun, it is not hanging


out with the Shadow Chancellor. So, I feel sorry for the leader of the


opposition because he has two hang out with him all of the time. What a


miserable existence, to have sitting next to you, the person who wrecked


the British economy and have to listen to them as they say to the


people of great Britain, we crashed the car, give others the keys back!


The uncertainty surrounding the future of Scotland and the UK has


resulted in many of the business community in Scotland with holding


significant investment. Does the Prime Minister agreed there is a


moral responsibility on employers to inform their employees of any


consequences over the separation from the UK so they can make a prior


choice before the referendum? A huge amounts of pressure is put on


businesses by the Scottish Government with threats and warnings


if they speak out and say what they believe is the truth. I have come


across business leaders in Scotland who want to keep the United Kingdom


together and think it is crazy to have border control, different


currencies and split up the United Kingdom. I would urge them to speak


out, talk about the strength of the United Kingdom and vote to keep it


together. This weekend the city's towns and villages of Yorkshire will


be alive to cries of the Tour de France. As it passes through the


counties. Will the Prime Minister join in the doozy as with people of


the race taking part it is a wonderful legacy to build for


cycling and encourages people to get on their bikes? Ie agree it is


brilliant it is starting in Yorkshire and it will be a fantastic


event for our country. It is a great advert for Yorkshire. I am looking


forward to going to see the race and some of the preparations. It will be


a magnificent event and I will do everything I can to promote it,


apart from wearing lycra! Will the Prime Minister make it illegal for


recruitment agencies to advertise overseas jobs or this country unless


they advertise locally also? The short answer is yes. We are saying


employment recruitment agencies to advertise


overseas jobs or this agencies cannot do that. They


overseas jobs or this country unless they advertise cannot advertise jobs


abroad and we are doing everything to stop that. We have a ?12 billion


tourism deficit in this country, the deficit of people who go overseas


and the people who come here. One of the reasons is the high VAT rates on


accommodation and attractions. Will the Prime Minister look at that to


make sure that is not what is driving up the deficit? He is right


to promote the South West as a holiday destination. The restoration


of the transport links has been vital. It is difficult to have


differential rates of VAT on some of these things but everything we can


do to promote the UK as a holiday destination, including the fact that


Tour de France is coming this weekend, we should do. Cancer


Research UK has just launched a strategy in tailoring treatment of


individuals which will prove more effective in combating the disease.


How will the Prime Minister ensure the NHS is in a position to access


radiotherapy and drugs are available to all regions of Great Britain and


Northern Ireland? The Cancer Drugs Fund has been a breakthrough, not


just making available drugs, but also important treatments. I hope


other parts of the United Kingdom will take this up. The other thing


we can do is to make sure that we are sequencing gene owns as fast as


we can so we can carry out the research necessary to see which


cancer drugs will be effective on which patients, according to their


DNA. This will be the modern way to do tailored medicine and Britain is


ahead of the pack on this in terms of making sure we invest in our


universities and sciences as well as the NHS. I have two young


constituents who owned 108 properties -- one of the 108


properties in rugby as part of the Help to Buy scheme. But the fact


they now enjoy their own home and have made a start on the housing


ladder, demonstrates this government support for those who want to work


hard and get on? I join him in congratulating his constituents,


because Help to Buy scheme is working to get people the housing


ladder. It is enabling people who don't have rich parents who cannot


afford a big deposit but can afford the mortgage to buy the House or


flat they want. We have seen 30,000 people taking advantage of this


scheme and it is hoping to kick-start investment in housing. Is


the Prime Minister aware that on the question of the national health


service, and as an outpatient, which I have two visit on a regular


basis, I hear from the front line about the problems in the health


service. Nurses have lost quite a considerable amount in their real


pay. The A are bursting at the seams. Then there is the question of


almost every hospital in Britain that is running into financial


difficulties. As a member of the Bollington club, is he proud to be


surrounded by this wreckage? Remember, it is his legacy, not


ours. Stop blaming the opposition. Get it done, all get out! I just


think the picture the honourable gentleman paints is wrong. There are


more people going to A, over a million more people going to A in


our country but we are meeting targets and waiting times are down


by a half. There are 4000 more nurses in the NHS than when I first


stood here. There are 7000 more. Does and we have cut the number of


administrative staff, the bureaucrats we were left with by the


party opposite, 19,000 fewer than those and that is why we can treat


patients with more clinical staff. A record we can be proud of. It is


thanks to our long-term economic plan, ?200 million has been


allocated to the biting potholes, 3.3 million in Northampton North.


Doesn't that infrastructure investment mean it is only


Conservatives that have a plan that puts Britain on the road to


recovery, where as the Labour Party would drive this country's economy


off a cliff? I think my honourable friend is justified in taking a lot


of credit for the work that has been done on potholes because he has


raised this at every forum in this House over and over again. Northants


got ?3.3 million specifically to spend on repairing roads and it can


fill in 62,000 potholes! It is important because it damages cars,


motorbikes and cycles on their way to work. Mending potholes is good


for working families. Arthur Jones, a 73-year-old Army veteran from


Denbigh in my constituency went hill walking in Crete. He has not been


seen since June 19. His family are frantic with worry. Will the Prime


Minister ensure the FCO continued their excellent work and cooperate


with the Greek woman to make sure he is found? I will certainly do


everything I can to help him with his constituents and have


discussions with the Foreign Office. to an end. If you are wondering


where Jo is, she has to about a dog. That leaves me to talk through Prime


Minister's questions. Dominated by the Leader of the Opposition


deciding to go on the NHS. the Leader of the Opposition


deciding to go on the A number of factual questions thrown at the


Prime Minister, asking for certain statistics, which the Prime


Minister, by and large, answered by answering a different question about


different statistics. You probably saw that theme early on in the Daily


Politics, setting a precedent for Prime Minister's Questions. Anyway,


we will come back to the significance of why Ed Miliband


should go on the NHS in a moment. This is what you thought about it.


Mr Jenkins says, why doesn't Cameron answer the questions instead of


skirting around the subject? John Maxwell says, when will Ed Miliband


know not to throw NHS statistics around? Another viewer says,


Miliband fails again, he never wants to talk money because they don't


have a clue. But Mr Dawson says that David Cameron is out of his depth,


Ed Miliband trounced him. There you go, roughly split. If anything,


possibly a slight vote in favour of Miliband. The Leader of the


Opposition is at his strongest in these exchanges when he comes well


briefed with the fact is. Assuming that, on this occasion, the facts


are correct. The figures that he gave for people waiting more than


two months, the length of time in A, those having to wait for beds


in trolleys before they get them. The Prime Minister really didn't


confront any of these figures? No, I think what we got today was a


flavour of the general election campaign. It's going to be fought


over statistics, which will get incredibly boring and compacted did.


I think a lot of it will have to confusion, rather than clarity. --


complicated. Clearly, we saw Ed Miliband thinking that this was an


area he was comfortable in. It's like the issue on Question Of Sport.


Do you play home or away? What do you feel comfortable about? He feels


strong on the NHS, he feels the Government are weak on it because of


their organisation. A lot of statistics can be used. David


Cameron did not answer all of those questions. Yet, I think the Prime


Minister also showed, he was not that defensive about it, he was


prepared to take him on on the issue. The interesting point is that


this is supposed to be Labour's economy week, and yet Ed Miliband


chose to go on the NHS. Why would you go on an issue when you are


already well ahead on the polls, on the NHS, where people prefer Labour?


From my postbag, looking at what constituents are raising, there is a


growing problem, not just with A, not just with GPs, waiting time, not


just getting community care beds, social services and so forth. It


means if you look at what has been happening in May, June, some of the


recent statistics, it's not just the winter crisis that we normally talk


about, it is becoming a summer crisis. This is something that the


public are very concerned about. They do love their NHS. They wanted


to be supported, cared for and cherished. They know that the


top-down reorganisation, putting emphasis on competition rather than


quality of care, it's very unpopular and causing significant problems.


People were mystified by what the reorganisation meant. At some


stages, even the Prime Minister seems mystified. It's going to be


quite hard to show any great benefit from it, come the election? I don't


know, these things take time before the full effects work through. It


started four years ago? I know, but it takes a considerable length of


time. What puzzles me is that Labour may be ahead in the polls, it's


remarkable that Ed Miliband couldn't mention the economy in Labour's


economic week, but Labour did not promise up and -- promise at the


next election to ring fence the NHS budget. They would have to control


expenditure in the same way as the Government had to do. The inference


is that they would be spending less money on the Health Service than the


Government. The Government did ring fence at. This is meant to be your


economic week. All of the parties do this, they like to reinforce


messages. You make speeches, you tweet things, you publish


documents. The economy, the economy, the economy. Why would you not go on


the economy this week? Don't think you have to only talk about one


topic at one time. But this is your economic week, that is the topic? Of


course we want a strong economy, Ed Miliband will make another speech on


the economy later this week. The NHS does need to be raised and raised


fiercely with the Prime Minister, who has made all sorts of promises


about detecting health care. And yet, we have seen a real crisis


beginning to develop in an NHS that is under more and more pressure.


People are finding it so difficult, even to see a GP, and they are


having to resort to go to A This is a problem, and of course


ministers want to sweep it under the carpet. It is our job as Her


Majesty's loyal opposition that we are constantly putting to the Prime


Minister concerns of the public. Whether it is the economy, schools


or the NHS. The Prime Minister didn't seem to know some of the


answers to the questions. Mr Miliband asked him how many people


are having to Wade Morgan four hours at A -- wait more than four


hours. He answered with the average rate, but that is not what he was


asked. He didn't seem to know that those not falling in the four our


target, it was 350,000, it is now more than 1 million. But isn't the


average weight most important? Not if you are one of the million... But


you have to look at the picture, about that. Is there any evidence it


was a last-minute change? It seemed to me, certainly until yesterday,


that the economy thing would be the natural thing to go on? I have no


evidence to suggest he made a change at the last minute. We know that


Labour going to make the NHS part of the big summer campaign. What is


interesting, if you talk to the health professionals, if you talk to


MPs, their great fear is that the election campaign is dominated by


conflicting statistics, by a competition for which party is going


to promise a small amount more cash for the NHS, without real debate


about the substantial issues facing the NHS. Namely, the huge lack of


funding and increasing demands on the structure that is simply not


going to be touched by meeting we are going to hear over the next


eight months or so. That is the great fear that a lot of people have


got. Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, one of your


biggest bankroll is, he has issued a statement saying that Labour will be


hostage to fortune if it does not offer an in-out referendum on the


European Union. Len McCluskey has his own views about what Unite


members would want to do. Every organisation, the CBI, the trade


unions and others will make their case. You were talking before about


lots of advice for leaders of political parties and the


opposition. It is our job as a Shadow Cabinet, supporting Ed


Miliband, to make a judgement about what is in the best interests of the


country and the economy. We judge that the uncertainty of David


Cameron's position of Britain's role in Europe is causing great damage to


long-term interest and prospects. You don't have to take it from me,


you know there are plenty in the business community that have


concerns. Len McCluskey says he does not want a referendum because he


thinks Britain should leave, he says, we'd seek a referendum rethink


in order to help get Labour into power. Without such a pledge, our


party will stand exposed. He says in a tight election is to make a


difference. Most people understand that if you do have a change in a


tight election it can make a difference. Most people understand


that if you do have a changing relationship, if there is more


conceiving of sovereignty is, at that point you should give people


the referendum that they want to express their view one. But there is


a lot on the government's plate, locked that the country to face up


to. Putting at risk the very fragile nature of the recovery that we have


got, distracting renegotiations, which David Cameron can't even say,


what is aiming for in his renegotiation, it is a crazy


approach to take. I'm told the real reason he is reluctant to go down


that route is that he doesn't think the public would believe him. David


Cameron commerce is a referendum, the public are still sceptical.


Which is why the Conservatives are desperately finding ways to convince


the public they are serious about it. We are going to have the


Referendum Bill established in law, to try to get this idea out there


that the Conservatives are serious about it. Ed Miliband thinks he


could promise this, not have an electoral pick up and have a huge


problem down the line if he becomes Prime Minister. It is dog awareness


week. I am sure you knew that, if you were not aware of dogs before


now, I don't know what you have been doing.


They say that dogs are man's best friend.


But if you are one of the hundreds of thousands


of workers, whose job involves delivery of knocking on people's


doors, you are likely to also encounter some less friendly Fidos.


I dog is trained to bark at anybody who says long-term economic plan!


Not all dogs are as well-behaved as yours. This week, postal workers,


the Royal mail and some elected representatives have got together to


chew over the issue of dog safety. In the last year, there have been 8%


more attacks by dogs on postmen and post women. Who better to discuss


this canine issue than somebody from Battersea dogs home? Brian Brady is


here with his two glamorous assistants, what are you here for?


This problem of people encountering aggressive dogs when visiting


houses. These two don't look aggressive, but can you be


complacent? They might look calm and now, small dogs, a lot of people


think they are safe. It isn't the case. They have exactly the same


instincts as a bigger dog. They can bite. What advice would you give to


postal workers, MPs out canvassing and sticking their hands to


letterboxes? If you are posting something through a letterbox, use a


peg. Keep your fingers out of the letterbox. A lot of people get


bitten. If you encounter a dog, ignore it as much as you can, don't


approach it. Certainly don't reach out to it. Most people, if they are


bitten, they get bitten on the hand because it comes towards the dog's


face. Let's two MPs who have had some canine encounters. Have you got


any scars? I have a scar on my backside when an Alsatian ran down


the road. It had been acting the goat with another dog. It ran up


behind me and get me. It tore my trousers. Luckily I had my mobile


phone in my pocket. You were saved by the mobile phone? The only came


down and asked if the dog had bitten me. And then asked me to say sorry


to the dog. I don't think the dog can say sorry but I think it might


be appropriate for you to say sorry. But it is a serious issue? It is, I


was caught in a garden, held up by two dogs, that seemed enormous at


the time and when I tried to move, one of them bit me on the forearm. I


had to wait a good ten minutes before they left, so I could leave


the garden. I have a friend who is a postal worker and she had a finger


severely injured while posting the mail. It is a serious issue. I


severely injured while posting the mail. It is a serious issue. say to


dog owners, like myself, look at what your dog does when you are not


there and when the post is being delivered. I was surprised how my


dogs reacted, so I have put a post box on the wall. You are in the


hands of dog owners? That thing is dead from being bitten by a dog


putting my fingers through the letterbox. I now have a short ruler


to put the letters through, but they grab those as well. So I ask for it


back and they say they should not have put the leaflet through the


door. Even I didn't realise it was quite a hazard. We know about postal


workers, I never thought about MPs. Has the law changed to give you


extra protection? You can now be prosecuted if you have a dog that


attacked somebody in the garden. People complain when they don't hear


from politicians, but we have got to look after ourselves as well and


delivering this literature is important. Dog owners, look at how


your dogs behave, perhaps put a box on the wall. It is important people


are able to do their jobs on a day-to-day basis and in a safe way.


But it is the dog owners, it is their responsibility? People should


not be in fear of being attacked? day-to-day basis and in a safe way.


But it is You are right, every responsible dog owner has to take


responsibility. Take all of the measures they can to make sure


people who come to our doors are saved? We can fix baskets on the


inside of the door to catch the letters. Exterior postboxes to the


wall. If you have a dog you know will react to strangers, don't allow


it out to meet someone in the first place. Let's have a look at Millie


and Molly. They don't look like they will go for either of you. Which way


do they vote? They are neutral. Maybe we should keep it that way.


Back to you, Andrew. Any experience of this, Chris Leslie? It is a


serious issue. If you can get your leaflet folded in the right way.


Never put your fingers through the letterbox, it is about strengthening


it. There is a lot of science. It is something which calls for a long


time plan! Now this year marks


the 20th anniversary of the Younger viewers,


and I believe there are a couple, may find it hard to believe that


in England and Wales you couldn't pop out to buy a new sofa, a new TV


or even a VHS player before 1994. Well the Conservative MP Philip


Davies believes that it's time to Shopping has been transformed,


with the click of a button. We can buy more and more,


at any time, from anywhere. In a highly competitive,


globalised world, internet shopping has reformed the consumer market,


allowing us to shop 24 hours a day. So it seems to me


illogical to continue with It is very convenient


for supermarket giants like Tesco, Sainsbury's or Waitrose to say they


do not agree with relaxing or scrapping Sunday trading


restrictions. But their smaller stores are open


longer on Sundays, with inflated prices and fewer products to choose


from, hitting us in the pocket. At the same time, with online


shopping, they offer us home It is hardly fair to say that


certain businesses and shops with a smaller trading area can be


exempted, and employees can work from dawn to dusk, but workers in


these larger retail stores can't. It's nonsensical to hinder


competition in the Sunday market No one would actually be forcing any


retailer or business to be open Likewise, no one is forcing


people to go out shopping. Those who prefer quieter Sundays or


to go to church can just And those who want to shop


should not be restricted. Philip Davies joins us now. Michael


Howard you were Home Secretary in 1994? It came into effect in 1994


and I was Home Secretary but the work of getting it through


Parliament was Peter Lloyd. What is your reaction? To what Philip has


said? I have a lot of sympathy and a lot of the predictions which


accompanied the 1994 act have not come to pass. He has made a very


powerful case. It is a very difficult islands to strike. I would


be a hypocrite to say I do not shop sometimes on a Sunday. But the staff


in the retail sector, it is a different day to the rest of the


week and we should have a reflection of that. So probably I think the


current situation as it stands, it strikes the right balance. How do


you answer that? The employee point. All of these people working from


dawn to dusk are probably sole traders working for themselves, what


about big organisations? The main beneficiaries are Tesco express,


Sainsbury's local, Morrisons, that is what the convenience market looks


like. It is not small traders you describe, Andrew. It is nonsensical


to say Tesco worker in a big store needs the protection Chris is


talking about. But the Tesco worker in a Tesco express is free to work


every hour God sends. It is nonsensical. The current rules are


absurd and unjustifiable. What would you like? The same rules that apply


to the other six days, it should apply to Sunday? Yes, just like in


Scotland. This guy has not fallen in, in Scotland. I am sure if they


tried to reverse it, there would be uproar. People are working in these


big shops, they asked acting shelves ready for opening on Monday morning,


they just cannot open the doors. They are shopping for people who


have ordered on the Internet, but they cannot open the doors. It is


crazy we have these double standards. It is a changing pick and


you are right about some of the small anomalies. But there has to be


some break in the week in the sense you get people the chance to have a


rest. The what about the workers in big supermarkets, why just them? We


have to protect people, give them the chance to have that rest time


otherwise it is just like any other day. People wouldn't have a choice,


it would be part of a shift system? You would have to work certain


Sundays? We already have protection in the law for people who do not


want to work on a Sunday, don't have too. I don't propose to change that


law, but many people do want to work on Sundays. When I was a student and


I wanted to earn extra money, I would have loved ASDA to be able to


open longer so I could do longer hours. Do you still get paid more


for working on a Sunday? Not always. Should Parliament 's sit on a


Sunday? I don't have a problem, I work on a Sunday. Journalists work


on, lots of people do. Bus drivers, train drivers. TV presenters,


absolutely. Why should we just make an exemption for people in big


supermarkets? A recent poll found 77 people -- 77% of people did not want


to change? That was asked by a union and you have to ask what the


question was. If I was to ask a question to say should you be able


to go out to the shop at any time to buy what you wanted, I would find


70% would say yes. It is how the question is framed. It was quite a


battle to change the law in the first place. Several unsuccessful


attempts. Including the night of the Libyan bomber raid, if I remember


right? Yes, you are right. The option contained three options


within it and Parliament was able to vote in the options and that is how


we got it through. Looking at the support you have had, it is pretty


small. Parliament does not seem of a mind to do this at the moment? Lots


of people in Parliament think, they think what I think but are not


prepared to put their heads above the parapet. I know it is a


surprise! I would like to think the political parties with the more


courageous over this. Garden centres are treated as a big supermarket


where many garden centres are very small businesses, just because they


are in a large area, they are restricted from opening. We should


do something to correct those kind of anomalies. Where is Joe? Here I


am. I survived the two jobs. And here's Jo back from the Green,


because she wanted to find JFK was only sworn in once having


one the presidential election in 1960, against... Sorry, are you


talking to me? Richard Nixon. Press the red button. Mark Stevens


from Kent. That is it. Thanks to our guests.


The one o'clock news is starting on BBC One. We will be back tomorrow at


11:30 a.m.. We are on for an hour. Make sure you join as then. Goodbye


for now.


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