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David Cameron's off on his European travels again today still trying


to drum up support for his renegotiation of Britain's


membership of the EU. But the PM's expected to get


a frosty reception in Poland - they've declared in work benefits


a red-line issue when it comes to EU renegotiation.


That means it's the Chancellor, George Osborne's big day


Joining him for PMQs for the first time, Labour's Angela Eagle.


The Prime Minister's friend and Conservative chairman,


Lord Feldman, is facing claims - which he denies - that he was told


And should this man become the become the next President


Donald J Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown


of Muslims entering the United States until our


country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.


All that in the next hour and with us for the duration two MPs


who unfortunately would never say anything controversial,


The Energy and Climate Change Minister, Andrea Leadson,


and the Shadow Education Secretary, Lucy Powell.


Now, before we get to talk about anything serious spare


a thought for one poor chap who unwittingly stole


The Croatian president is on the right. The man there is pulling his


trousers up! The president is thoughtfully using this very large


award to hide his embarrassment. His name is Ivan and he was therefore a


human rights award but it did not go to plan. You feel for him. Maybe he


has been on a diet. Indeed but there are things called belts! A few more


notches needed in the belt! When you were appointed you said you


had not met Jeremy Corbyn, what is his leadership style like? I have


got to know him really well over the last few weeks, we talked a lot


about education policy and share views about the direction of travel


and wants to see education policy go. He is kind and generous and


principled and I have got to know him and like him. Actually, apart


from some of the things you might have read about happening at Shadow


Cabinet meetings, actually, the meetings have been comradely, with


wide discussions, and we have shared views in an open and honest way and


I welcome that. So you share views and agreed so the idea of collective


responsibility has gone out the window with Syria and Trident? On


the issue with a free vote, some of us came to a different conclusion


than Jeremy but for the vast majority of us, we shared the same


concerns one way or another and it was a very finely balanced judgment


in the end and those of us who voted for air strikes did so by a few


percentage points in that final judgment, as did many of my


colleagues who voted the opposite way and we respected each other's


views on that. On the whole, Jeremy and I have had many hours of


conversations about education policy.


I have given a presentation to the Shadow Cabinet about those issues.


He was criticised for not appointing a woman to the top three jobs, was


that a mistake? The raw many women in the Shadow Cabinet. Strong and


capable and able women. We will see Angela Eagle deputising today. He


was clear about that. I really welcome her there at the dispatch


box. The Prime Minister was in trouble last week for calling Jeromy


Corbyn and people like him as terrorist sympathisers. David


Cameron's comments were really unhelpful to say the least and he


was absolutely wrong about that and it was a dangerous game trying to


criticise that. How do you describe people at Stop The War? He is a


long-standing loyal member of that organisation and they are a


principled organisation that believe that war and military intervention


can't ever be part of the process towards peace. I would like to


think... That is not what they say. They are not against all wars at


all. I understood... They did not raise a voice against the Russian


invasion into Ukraine Crimea. As far as I'm aware. Well, they are


certainly against military intervention in the middle East. As


I was going to go on to say, clearly, given the difference of


opinion that Jeremy and I came to last week, I don't agree with


everything that the Stop The War coalition advocates. Jeremy does. It


is an organisation that he has had a long-standing relationship with, it


is entirely a matter for him whether he wants to continue that. It was


the terrorist sympathisers I wanted to talk about and how you would


describe people at Stop The War. After Paris, Stop The War said


France reaped the whirlwind of foreign policy and they said Islamic


State had the same spirit of international that motivated the


brigade before fascism in the 1930s. Does it indicate some sympathy


towards terrorists? I totally disagree with the comment. So does


Jeremy Corbyn as I understand. Those comments were not statements of the


organisation themselves but of members within them, and as we often


have on debating forums, whether it be newspapers... Stop The War


comparing him and his colleagues to Islamic State is shameful, isn't it?


I disagree with those comments and as I understand it so does Jeremy


Corbyn. Why is Jeremy Corbyn going to do their Christmas fundraiser?


That is a matter for him coming he has a long-standing relationship


with the organisation and as I understand it, those comments were


not from the organisation but were put on there by individuals


associated with Stop The War and were taken down as quickly as they


went up there which is often the case. If you look at the Daily Mail


or Guardian website or the Labour Party website or Tory party website,


I am sure you can find abhorrent opinions being posted. That is not


the same. Some take awhile to be taken down. As I say, I do not agree


with Stop The War. Should Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party,


the associated with an organisation that says those sorts of things not


just once but twice? Some of your colleagues say it is shameful.


Caroline Lucas has stepped down from her role because of the things that


were said should Jeremy Corbyn? Are they the views of the organisation?


Are they a statement from the organisation? I understand that they


are not. The statements from individuals associated with it which


many people including Jeremy Corbyn had distanced themselves from an say


they do not agree with it. Should Jeremy Corbyn he allowed, be able,


and should he come to his own decision about whether he wants to


go to an event organised by an organisation that he himself said


Arp, that he has a principled view that he supports, of course he


should be allowed to. -- he himself set up. He was elected because he


came from a principled... You are happy to be associated with that


organisation? I am not happy... The comments they came from people at


Stop The War. We can have a different view about that but my


understanding is that they are not the views of the coalition


themselves. Some colleagues have urged him not to go? They have and I


understand that but is a matter for Jeromy and if he wants to go, he is


a man of principle, he was elected, he was supported because he was a


man of principle and we might not agree with all of his views and I


don't agree with all of what Stop The War said, but it is up to him


whether he wants to go or not. David Cameron won't be taking PMQs


today because he's off to Romania and Poland


for a couple of days. No, not Christmas shopping,


but making the case for restricting migration to the UK with two


of his most implacable opponents. to in the Daily Politics


renegotiation guide update. After calls for clarity from Britain


by EU Parliament president Martin Schulz, David Cameron wrote


to EU Commission President Donald Tusk setting out four


well-rehearsed, areas for reform. Economic governance -


an explicit recognition that the euro is not the only


currency of the European Union to ensure countries


outside the eurozone Setting a target for the reduction


of the "burden" of excessive regulation and extending


the single market. Allowing Britain to opt out


from the EU's founding ambition to forge an "ever closer union"


of the peoples of Europe so it will not be drawn


into further political integration. And an area that has


proved problematic - Restricting access to in and out


of work benefits to people who've been in the UK for


less than four years. to seal a deal at the EU summit next


week, but in a letter this week ahead of that meeting Donald Tusk


stated consultations have shown that "issues raised by the British Prime


Minister are difficult." "The fourth basket on social


benefits and the free movement of persons is the most delicate",


with Poland declaring it But as David Cameron flies


to Romania and Poland today to make his case for reform,


talks remain in deadlock, and the Prime Minister's


timetable in tatters. Andrea, if the Prime Minister was to


get to achieve the demands that she outlined there, would you vote to


stay in? Well, what we have got to do is wait and see what he achieves.


I am asking you if he does achieve what was outlined there, and these


are his official demands, would you vote to stay in? Yell at the they


are top lines and there will be a package where he can and initiate,


so I would vote to stay in. -- negotiate. We cannot really


speculate on how people should react into we see what he comes back with.


If he gets his top lines, that will be enough? They need to be defined.


As was said, on the issue of competitiveness, there is a lot


within that, within the possibilities of the single market.


It is vague and meaningless. It is not vague, it is principle. Less red


tape? Everybody says less red tape and then when you get into power you


give us more red tape so it is meaningless. The point he is


achieving is working towards negotiating the specific meaning of


work towards greater competitiveness, economic governance


must devil is in the detail but that is part of the negotiations and we


have to wait and see what he comes back with. Supposing we agreed


parameters by which we determine competitiveness and in five years'


time it turns out none have been met, what would happen? The thing


the EU has form on, and let's face it, the Prime Minister has done well


and has achieved a significant first. Never mind that, what would


happen if none of the competitive targets were met?


These things stick. He is looking for a legally binding... Not a


handshake and cup of coffee, he is looking for legally binding


commitment. It can be with an intergovernmental agreement. There


is precedence. It is legally binding. What happens if targets are


not met? It would be. In 2001, in Lisbon, the origin of the famous


Lisbon Treaty it was put in the treaty by 2010, Europe would be the


most competitive region in the world. How did that go? Bat was an


aspiration, not a policy. The Prime Minister is talking about specifics,


what measures will beat you be taking? Give me an exact measure.


Free trade agreements the Prime Minister is pitching for. The


completion of the single market where implementation... The


enforcement of rules agreed to. Europe is going through a free trade


agreement. It could do more. That would be legally binding? The


package the Prime Minister is looking for will be legally binding


on all member states. That free trade agreement with China, that


Europe does not have, that will be a legally binding requirement? The


work to go into getting more free trade agreements will be a


commitment. Europe is committed to more free-trade agreements. It takes


its time getting there and it is sometimes difficult to get all to


agree but it wants them, I do not understand how that will change. It


is policy to have more free-trade agreements. The view of the Prime


Minister is the European Union, in its own interest is, can do more to


be more competitive. Our position in world competitiveness, world GDP as


28 member states has dropped like a stone. We have to turn it around to


compete in a more global world. That is what the Prime Minister is


seeking to do. If the Prime Minister cannot get what he looks for on


welfare, in work welfare for migrants, which is even if they work


they do not qualify for in work welfare for several years. If he


does not get it, will it be a deal-breaker? He said he will rule


nothing deal-breaker? He said he will rule


speak. I am asking you if it deal-breaker? He said he will rule


be a deal-breaker if you deal-breaker? He said he will rule


it? He needs to negotiate deal-breaker? He said he will rule


four headings, that is his plan. deal-breaker? He said he will rule


will come back and it is for deal-breaker? He said he will rule


British people to decide. You are a member of the British people, what


does this British person think about the four-year break before migrants


qualify for in work welfare? Should it be a deal-breaker? I think some


shift in the unity of UK people to not be paying for migrants who have


not contributed is vital. In that sense it should be a deal-breaker,


but in the sense should it sense it should be a deal-breaker,


exactly this form, we have to see what the Prime Minister comes back


with. He is committed what the Prime Minister comes back


pillars. Why should it be what the Prime Minister comes back


deal-breaker since we learned from the OBR that even if we got it and


make no difference to the number of migrants coming head? Because it is


people who have not paid in should be automatically be able


people who have not paid in should out. It was presented as an issue


because the Prime Minister wants to reduce migration, but if it doesn't,


what is the point? The Office for Budget Responsibility do forecasts.


The Prime Minister's proposals would reduce pull factors. In other words


some reasons why coming to the UK to work are at the moment attractive.


That is not what the OBR says, it assumes continued rising migration.


That is why it forecasts on tax revenues. The key point is that we


will be looking to make it fairer to taxpayers who have paid into the


system over people who have just arrived. So now it is about


fairness, not about reducing migration? It is about reducing pull


factors. The OBR said it won't. They do not have a crystal ball. What is


the minimum wage in Romania? Reducing pull factors for people to


come here to get in work benefits, free housing, to send child benefit


home to children not resident in the UK, these are things my constituents


worry about. I understand that if the national minimum wage is over


?9, that is a big pull factor for many of these people. They will not


care about in work benefits. Over ?9 an hour will be beyond their wildest


dreams in Bulgaria and Romania and that is a pull factor. That will not


be the same issue constituents have about people coming to the country


and effectively living off taxes of people who work hard. Paying their


taxes for someone else to benefit on day one. There is an issue of


fairness and pull factors. Does Labour support what the Prime


Minister is trying to negotiate? What we want to see is a clearer


leadership from the government. About why it is important Britain


stays in the EU. Do you support the four areas outlined that he wants to


change our relationship? Does Labour support these areas? Broadly


speaking will stop but there is wiggle room. The in work benefit


issue, that was a Labour Party policy of the last election, albeit


for a shorter period. Is it still Labour policy? Yes. It is still


Labour policy that migrants coming from the EU should be denied in work


benefits for the first two years? We said we would look to get a deal on


two years. As the Prime Minister has said, his notion of a four-year


break on that is going to be possible. Is it still Labour policy


to want a two-year break? Yes, I dearly, yes. -- ideally. Does Jeremy


Corbyn support not paying for the first two years? I cannot remember


what he's said in that discussion but it is clear it is Labour Party


policy. As Andrea said, as the Prime Minister said, the idea we will get


agreement across Europe for a four-year break is impossible. I


think two is at the upper end of what is achievable. In 2014 your


party stated that EU migrants would have to wait two years before


claiming out of work benefits. Now you say it is at the upper end. As


Rachel Reeves, the then Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary when we


develop that policy, she spoke to a number of European colleagues about


whether they would agree to that move and that was just over a year


ago and all the people she spoke to win the European Commission, Germany


and other countries, had not heard from our government at that time


asking those questions. The key issue about Europe is because the


Prime Minister is hiding behind a pseudo- process. I thought you said


you supported it. We support the measures but we are not hiding


behind it to say only in those circumstances do we support Britain


staying the EU. We have ministers coming on the TV not able to say why


Britain benefits from being part of the EU. There are costs but they are


outweighed by the benefits and we need leadership on why the benefits


outweigh the cost. And keep. -- thank you.


George Osborne's hopped back from four days in New York


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Yes, Prime Minister's Questions is on its way.


Without the Prime Minister. Nor the Leader of the Opposition.


A Conservative Party activists said he warned the chairman about alleged


bullying in the youth wing five years ago. Patrick Sullivan is the


man who told Newsnight he put together a dossier with another


Tory, Ben Howlett, now an MP. I have known Ben Howlett for a number of


years. He won election for Conservative future chairman and was


subjected to bullying during that campaign and subsequently withdrew


his chairmanship. He has a strong anti-bullying stance in his


campaign. As I said there had been a culture of bullying. As soon as he


is elected, myself, Ben, helped compile a dossier and that dossier


was given by Ben to Lord Feldman and Sayeeda Warsi. The dossier is not


the only thing. There were complaints about Mark Clarke that


were given to Roger Pratt in 2008. So complaints about Mark Clarke have


been something the Conservative Central office have known about for


a very long time. For a very long time. Why did it take so long for


the Conservatives to do anything? The first thing I would like to say


is this is a serious and awful story. A number of people I work


within Parliament new Elliott Johnson, the young man who took his


own life. I would like to say I am sorry to hear about that. Genuinely


I do not know the background to this story and therefore I think it is


right we have a completely independent of what has gone on. It


is taking opportunities to get to the level of independence. Every


is taking opportunities to get to to be moved to a new level of


is taking opportunities to get to independence and even now people are


not entirely sure it is -- sure. I am absolutely assured it is an


independent review. Five years, we are told, and there were regular


accusations of bullying and we are told the dossier was passed over by


someone who is now a Tory MP colleague of yours and nothing was


really done until this matter came to a head in an appalling tragedy


you refer to. That is terrible, isn't it? I genuinely don't know. It


is an absolute tragedy. That is why it is important we get to the bottom


of it. The trouble something for the Conservative Party is how long this


saga is going on, and the way in which more and more revelations keep


coming out. It has claimed Grant Shapps as a minister who resigned


over the affair and now questions continue for Lord Feldman. Right


now, he is emphatic in his denials he did not know exactly what was


going on. It is difficult for the party, I think, to appear to have


taken this seriously enough when many people say they have been too


slow to act. I have had to alter the approach in terms of an independent


enquiry. There was going to be an in-house investigation. As often in


these quite tangled stories, that sometimes comes down to different


people'sversions of event is, it is all about who knew what and when


they knew it. At the moment the question of contention is what Lord


Feldman knew and when and he is adamant he did not know about these


kinds of allegations. We are told the dossier was handed over by Ben


Howlett in 2010 to Lord the dossier was handed over by Ben


Baroness Warsi. We cannot get hold of Ben Howlett


Baroness Warsi. We cannot get hold cannot get hold of Aaron Nastase


this morning, why? I think -- Baroness Warsi. This is about


personal relationships. Mark Clarke Baroness Warsi. This is about


was a controversial figure in Conservative Party headquarters for


a long time. But the level of emotion and personal animosity


caught up in this, understandably, because the outcome for the


caught up in this, understandably, family were so appalling, people are


holding back in terms of wading in this. Ben Howlett might be on the


benches waiting for George Osborne to take to the dispatch box. He has


an opportunity to clear this up. Has anyone seen the dossier? Beyond


those... Patrick Sullivan apparently has. He did not keep a copy. A


Conservative source said they had been looking for the dossier and had


not been able to find it, which is why it is crucial to hear from Ben


Howlett in terms of whether he handed it over. It is difficult to


imagine that someone would not have kept a copy. Interesting that


Patrick Sullivan, who spoke to Newsnight, was explicit hard copies


had been passed over and in his view this is a document that existed, but


we are not clear what the precise nature of the allegations in a


while. Or how strong. This is the crucial thing. We will come back to


that. We can go to Prime Minister's they will not enjoy a season of


goodwill. Why is he choosing down to cut the budget of the Birmingham


They help to 24,000 loan shark victims to get debts written off.


Will he have a word with his Business Secretary who seems to


refusing to answer questions on the Daily Mirror on this question. We


take very seriously illegal loan sharks and excessive interest


charges on payday lending which is why the Tories introduced a cap on


payday lending. On the question of funding for illegal money-laundering


and loan shark teams, we are looking at a levy on the industry to meet


funding requirements. Can you give an update on action against jacquard


-ists who not only attack Muslims but almost or so pillage mosques.


Along side protecting culture and heritage, can we ratify the Hague


commission? Thank you for raising this important issue and let me


update the house on military action. 16 aircraft are conducting strikes


as well as drones. There are 11 missions and there were four strikes


against oil fields and we are supporting Iraqi security services,


and the Foreign Secretary is going to be in New York for talks on


bringing an end to the horrendous conflict in Syria. Very


specifically, on the damage being done to the cultural artefacts of


the area and we are providing ?30 million as part of a cultural fund


and I have discussed that with the director of the British Museum.


Ratifying the Hague Convention, that is moving apace. Angela Eagle.


CHEERING Thank you, it is nice to get a warm


welcome! Our hearts go out to those suffering


the consequences of severe flooding in the north-west this week with


thousands of businesses affected. The priority has to be for the


government to get immediate help to all of them. One year on from the 20


13th-14th floods, only some have received payment from the government


scheme. Does the Chancellor agree that this cannot possibly be allowed


to happen again, these people need urgent help now? Will the Chancellor


give a guarantee that people will receive the help that they need and


quickly? Let me welcome the Honourable lady to her place and the


warm support she has on the other side. Let me join her in expressing


the sympathy of the whole House to those who have been with by the


terrible floods and the record rainfall that has hit Cumbria and


Lancashire. The update is that we have one severe flood warning in


place, power has been restored to 168,000 homes, the West Coast Main


Line is open, but we have to be there for the long term. We support


the immediate rescue efforts, the military have been deployed. On


recovery, I can now announce a ?50 million fund for families and


businesses affected in the area. This will be administered by the


local authorities to avoid some of the administrative problems she


alluded to. When it comes to rebuilding the Cumbria and


Lancashire infrastructure, we are assessing the damage to floods the


fences and the damage to roads and funds will be made available. One of


the benefits of the strong economy is helping people in need. I thank


the Chancellor for that answer but you would not think from listening


to him that he has got flood defence spending by a this year. -- that he


has cut. After visiting the floods in the Somerset Levels in 2014, the


Prime Minister told this House that money is no object in this relief


effort and whatever money is needed will be spent. I welcome the


announcement that the Chancellor has just made but will need factor will


he confirm that the same will apply? Absolutely money will be made


available to those affected and to the communities who have seen their


infrastructure damaged. ?5,000 will be made available to individual


families to repair their homes and protect them against future flooding


and we will provide money to businesses who have seen their


businesses ruins and there have been heartbreaking stories that we have


seen on TV about businesses that have been affected as well, so that


money is available. As I say, because we have a strong and


resilient economy, we are increasing the money we spend on flood


defences, and it is just not the case to say that that has been


reduced. Under the last Labour government, they spent ?100 billion


on flood defences. We are spending ?2 billion on flood defences and


increasing maintenance spending. -- ?1 billion. It is precisely because


we took the difficult decisions to fix our economy. I thank the


Chancellor for that and we will hold him to account on the promises he


has made today. I note that the government's own figures show that


the capital investment in flood defences will only protect one in


eight of those households that are at risk. Mr Speaker, I see that the


Prime Minister cannot be with us to answer questions today because he is


visiting Poland and Romania on the latest leg of his seemingly endless


European renegotiation tour. LAUGHTER He has been jetting all


over the place. No wonder he had to buy his own


aeroplane! Can the Chancellor tell us how it is all going? The good


news is... Groaning. We have a party leader who is respected abroad.


The Prime Minister is in central and eastern Europe because we are


fighting for a better deal for Great Britain, something that would not


have happened if there had been a Labour government. Well, Mr Speaker,


I have to tell him that many of his own backbenchers are pretty


unimpressed with how it is going. Mr Speaker, the honourable member for


North East Somerset has described the Prime Minister's renegotiation


efforts is pretty thin gruel. One honourable member has called them


lame and trivial, and honourable member has called them


honourable member for Richmond Park told the press that they were not


all that impressive. Mr told the press that they were not


Chancellor is well-known for his backbenchers. There is absolutely


nothing wrong with that. Can I ask him the question his own side want


answering? Given that the Prime Minister has pre-resigns, does he


really aspire to be written's first post EU Prime Minister? -- written's


-- Britain. Most opposition parties are trying to get momentum, they are


trying to get rid of it! We are are trying to get momentum, they are


Britain in Europe, we are fighting to make the European economy more


competitive for everyone and fighting for Great Britain getting a


fair deal. That is what we are fighting for but in the end this


will be something we put to the people of Great Britain in a


referendum, and the only reason that referendum is happening at all is


because the Conservative Party won the general election. Mr Speaker,


the Chancellor is that of obsessing about issues in the Labour Party


should be condemning activities in Conservative Future. I notice he did


not answer the question about his own prime ministerial activities, he


might be worried about somebody a few places down him on the bench, I


am not sure. He is looking very cross! It is Oliver! Oliver is


coming back for more! backbenchers, perhaps he will listen


to someone who has written it. backbenchers, perhaps he will listen


have a letter here. Mr Speaker, it is from Donald of Brussels.


LAUGHTER And he writes, uncertainty about the


future of the UK and EU is a destabilising factor. He is right,


isn't he? Well, since the Conservative Party announced its


policy on the referendum, we have received the lion's share of


investment into Europe here in this country. We have built a strong


economy because we stand up for Great Britain's interests abroad. It


is a competitive place to build and grow a business. There is someone


called Tony who has been writing today. He happens to be the most


successful Labour leader in history and he is describing the Labour


Party is a complete tragedy at the moment. Can she ask some serious


questions about the health service, the economy, social care? She can


ask any of these questions, she has one more question, let's hear it. Mr


Speaker, I prefer this quote from Tony. Just mouth the words. Five


more Tory years and you feel repulsed by what they have done to


our country. Mr Speaker, we all know that the Chancellor is so


preoccupied with his own leadership ambitions that he forgot about the


day job, and that is why he ended up trying to slash working families'


tax credits in the budget. Shouldn't he spends time focusing on the


national interest rather than his own interest? 3 million UK jobs are


linked to trade with the EU, half our exports go there, and that is


why they are putting it at risk by flirting with Brexit and that is why


we know on this side of the house that Britain is better off in. I


thought the Labour Party voted for the referendum when it came before


the House of Commons. We are fighting for a better deal for Great


Britain in Europe, and the truth is this. We have shown we have an


economic plan which is delivering for Great Britain, and whether it is


well funded flood defences of putting money into our national


health service, or backing our teachers in the schools, or


introducing a national living wage, we are delivering security for the


working people of Great Britain, and their economic and national security


will be put at risk if the Labour Party got back into office.


I recently visited David Wilton Holmes apprentice workshop and saw


what the construction industry is doing to support apprenticeships in


Hampshire. Can he tell us what more schools can do to promote


apprenticeships as a viable alternative to post-16 study? I


think my honourable friend raises an important point. Schools have a duty


to provide pupils on the range of training and education and if


schools can tell their pupils about the increase in the number of


apprenticeship places we are funding... There will be 3 million


apprentices in this Parliament, a huge commitment to young people in


this country and a big commitment to the construction industry. We want


homes to be built and a challenge is to get skilled people in the


industry, something no doubt race by the business she spoke to. The 3


million will help. Occasionally, highly toxic and dangerous materials


are transported around the country. Is the public right to expect the


highest safety standards and cooperation between safety agencies?


Absolutely, they are expected to have that cooperation. If he is


talking about the transportation of nuclear materials from the fast Lane


base -- Faslane base, I met teams there. But if he has some thing else


to ask about go ahead. There are reports in the North of Scotland


about plans to transport dangerous material including potentially


nuclear weapons grade uranium from a nuclear facility, on public roads to


Wick airport and it is believed it will be flown to the United States.


What will this nuclear material used for and have any of his colleagues


or himself spoken to a minister in the Scottish Government about this?


The transportation of nuclear materials has happened across this


country over many decades. There are procedures for doing so. The Royal


Marines and police service in Scotland provide security. If he has


specific concerns he wants to raise about the plans for the


transportation, he can raise them with us. The arrangements are in


place to make sure we protect the public.


The Chancellor will know the Prime Minister said in his recent


conference speech we have to get away from the lock them up or let


them out mentality when it comes to prison reform. Our prison system


costs constituents of fortune. Would he agree the time for rehabilitation


that works is now and we should not be afraid to look at other


jurisdictions to find new ideas to tackle an ongoing state failure? I


think he is right to raise the question of is an reform. People who


commit crime should go to prison but was and should be suitable to


rehabilitate prisoners. It is our Victorian prisoners that are not --


prisons that are not suitable and that is why we will knock them down


and build housing in cities which is desperately needed and build modern


prisons on the outskirts of inner cities and cities. I am proud a


Conservative government is taking on this progressive social reform. They


are a great British institution that earn billions for the economy but


I'm sure he will share my concern two curry houses a week are closing


in this country due to government policies. The specialist propose


colleges have failed. As a fan himself, will he reviewed the


situation? He once likened the elements of a strong economy to that


of a good curry. Will he head of the curry crisis? We all enjoy a great


British curry, but what we want is the curry chefs trained in Britain.


So we provide jobs for people in this country and that is what our


immigration controls provide. He is well aware from my representations


of the need for a Southern relief road and bypass in Lincoln, delayed


by bureaucracy for almost 100 years. He is acquainted with the need to


drive growth and economic well-being, utilising infrastructure


to field the Midlands engine. What would he say to constituents should


he visit the beautiful city of Lincoln other than any new road is


better. I congratulate him on securing extra funding for Lincoln


and ensuring a bypass will go ahead. I know he has concerns that the


bypass is not big enough and it needs to be a dual carriageway


bypass. What we need is to make sure the local authorities agree with his


assessment and I am happy to help him in that task. Since his budget


in July I have asked time and again about how he intends to make women


prove in order to qualify for tax credits. Will he admit that this


abhorrent policy is not workable and will he dropped the clause? It is


reasonable to have a system that is fair to those who need it and those


who pay for it, as well. We identified the specific case she


identifies in her question about women who have been the victim of


domestic abuse or indeed women who have been the victim of


that is why we are discussing changes to protect those vulnerable


women. Over 4000 apprentices are being created in my constituency.


Recently I met with a group of local businesses to discuss skills and


apprenticeships. Would he confirm what the government is doing to help


small businesses help people into what the government is doing to help


training and employment and to continue to secure the economy of


the Midlands engine? The great news is jobs are being created in the


Midlands engine and in her constituency and we are investing in


infrastructure there and also in the skills of the next generation with


the apprentices she talks about. We are backing the small businesses by


cutting corporation tax that small businesses pay and indeed increasing


the employment allowance so they can take on more people without paying


the job sacks. Medecins Sans Frontieres report that despite


giving GPS coordinates, several of the hospitals have been bombed by


particularly Assad forces, killing medics as well as patients. Can he


explain, with so many forces involved in air strikes, how the


government proposes to avoid this? Of course, there was the tragic


situation of the bombing of the hospital that she mentions and there


is a review going on to make sure the coalition has got accurate


information for strikes. When it comes to Yemen, we are working with


the Saudi government to ensure they review this information and it is


accurate. As for the Syrian government and President Assad, we


have no control over them, which is one reason we would like to see a --


Assad go. In my constituency new jobs, good news for a constituency


where unemployment has halved since 2010. Will he continue to vest in


the solar region economy. -- to invest in the Solent region economy.


I am glad to hear about regeneration and it is part of good news in his


area where the claimant count is down 25% in the last year, thanks to


local businesses and to the work he has done as a new MP is attracting


investment into his constituency, and I am glad he likes the red book


of the government and does not have so much time for the little red book


brandished by those opposite. During the Autumn Statement the Chancellor


removed vital buses and support the student nurses. I have spoken with


nurses and some of the students and all have said they would not have


been able to have studied nursing without vital bursary support. What


will you say about those who might be prevented from pursuing their


dreams? Currently, we have a situation where two thirds of the


people in England who applied for nurse training are turned down. That


cannot be right and it means hospitals increasingly rely on


agency or overseas nurses. We are reforming the education of nurses so


that those who apply for nursing places are more likely to get.


Carlisle and Cumbria has experienced a traumatic few days with the


floods. It was good the Prime Minister saw first-hand the


tremendous work of the emergency services and the issue surrounding


flood defence and the impact of those floods on families. As part of


the recovery, Cumbria foundation, it has launched a flood appeal. I wrote


to the PM asking for government support for the appeal as it would


help many affected people in the county. With the Chancellor be able


to offer such support from the government towards this much-needed


fund? I think everyone will pay tribute to the people of Carlisle


and the resilience they have shown and the acts of friendship


neighbours have shown to those affected by these terrible floods.


The Prime Minister, before he left for Central Europe, asked me to make


sure we would be able to help on the point of my honourable friend


raises, which he raced with the Prime Minister, and I can say we


will support the work the Cumbrian foundation does and will match by up


to ?1 million the money they are raising for their local flood


appeal. When the Chancellor triples student


tuition fees he set the repayment threshold at ?21,000. He has frozen


that threshold and the Institutes of fiscal studies say many students


will bear many extra thousands in repayments. Given he has broken his


promise, will he send students of apology, or just a Bill? There seems


to be a collective amnesia on the other side they introduce tuition


fees. -- introduced. And when they introduced tuition fees, the payment


threshold was ?15,000. We have increased it to 20 1000. That


enables us to fund the lifting of the cap, so more people who are


qualified go to university. I would have hoped on this day, he would


welcome the big investment we are making into Cambridge, not least the


renovation of the Cavendish laboratory. The Hastings link road


will finally open, delivering a business park, new homes for a new


labour market and a countryside park. This has been talked about the


decades but been commissioned to build on the last five. Will he join


me in welcoming new business to relocate to Bexhill and Hastings and


to expand? I would encourage businesses to locate to his area and


he is right about the link road. For decades, people have called for it.


For all those years it is true there was a Conservative MP for Bexhill,


but there was a Labour MP for Hastings in many years and nothing


happened. Now we have Conservative MPs in both areas we get the


investment it needs. On the 7th of September, the Prime Minister told


me he could not remove refugees from the migration target because of the


requirements for the office national statistics. I wrote to the ONS and


they told me it would be possible. Will the Chancellor demonstrate


Britain will do its bit and remove refugees from the migration target?


First of all,... Let's hear the Chancellor. I'd tell you something


surprising, we talk to each other in this government. The cabinet get


round and have meetings and stiff discuss things and we agree and move


forward. They should try it in the Labour Party. On the honourable


lady's question, the ONS is independent but Britain is doing its


bit by taking the 20,000 refugees from Syrian refugee camps and we


have always provided a home to genuine asylum seekers. Under


current Tory regulations, small children can be engulfed in flames


by three centimetres in one second. Will the Chancellor speak to the


Prime Minister and ask if he will intervene with the Business


Secretary to see if we can bring in a statutory instrument to improve


flammability for children's play and dress costumes? I think my


honourable friend is right to raise this case and we all saw the tragedy


that befell the family of the Strictly Come Dancing presenter and


the campaign her family have undertaken to change the


regulations. It is true we don't have the same regulations for fancy


dress costumes for children, which seems wrong. The Business Secretary


is looking at it and we will make sure it changes. Will the Chancellor


take this opportunity to correct the bizarre claim made yesterday by


Donald Trump about parts of London being no go areas for the


Metropolitan Police? Will he point out there are excellent


relationships between the Muslim communities of London and the


police? I think the honourable gentleman speaks for everyone in


this House. The Metropolitan Police do a brilliant job and they have


fantastic relations with British Muslims and British Muslims have


weighed a massive contribution to our country. Donald Trump's comments


fly in the face of the founding principles of the United States and


it is one reason why those principles have proved an


inspiration to so many over the past 200 years. The best way to defeat


nonsense like this is to engage in robust, democratic debate, and make


it clear his views are not welcome. Cornwall Hospice care, one Hospice


is in my constituency. Well appreciated and respected by


constituents. The issue they have is they cannot run to capacity because


they only receive 11% of funding from NHS funding. When he worked


with me and colleagues in Cornwall to see what more money we can put


into our hospices and Cornwall Hospice care? I know my honourable


friend is a strong champion of his community and for the hospice he


talks about. We have taken steps to help the Hospice movement, not least


removing VAT paid in the last parliament. We want the right


balance. It is a good thing hospices are funded in part by local


charities and supported strongly by the community. They need the backing


of the NHS and we are putting money into the NHS because we have a


strong economy so they can help the Hospice movement. If business rates


are localised without equalisation, my authority, Gateshead, Bulls lose


?9.4 million a year and that is on top of already severe revenue


support grant cuts proposed. The seven north-east authorities will


lose 186 million a year and the combined 12 authorities in the


north-east, ?223 million. City of London will gain 222 million and


Westminster, 440 million. Is this the vision of the northern


powerhouse? The top up and tariff system will of apply as


powerhouse? The top up and tariff business rates to reflect


discrepancies he identifies. I would think the Labour Party would support


devolution of business rates. It think the Labour Party would support


an opportunity for local areas to grow and see benefits of back growth


and when it comes to the northern powerhouse we have the fantastic


announcement of the new train franchises which


announcement of the new train billion going into new trains,


faster journeys and better journey experiences for people in the north.


He should get behind it. Today there was an important report that said


the TV debates at the general election were a success, engaging


people not normally interested in politics,


people not normally interested in Would the acting Prime Minister, and


I know he may have a personal interest in this, be encouraging TV


debates at the next general election? The TV debates are decided


by a discussion between the parties and broadcasters. I think the Prime


Minister did exceptionally well in them last time. It is my


understanding the Home Secretary has banned 84 hate preachers entering


the UK. Will the government to lead by example in considering making Mr


Donald Trump number 85? The best way to confront the views of someone


like Donald Trump is to engage in a robust, democratic argument with him


about why he is profoundly wrong about the contribution of American


Muslims and indeed British Muslims. That is the best way to deal with


Donald Trump and his views, rather than trying to ban presidential


candidates. PMQs


George Osborne. Angela Eagle began with the floods, the biggest


domestic story by far and there was domestic story by far and there was


some argument about how much the government has spent on flood


defences. The Chancellor announced he was making ?50 million available


for people hit by the floods in the flood areas. She then moved on to


Europe and wanted to know how the negotiations were going but did not


quite get an answer on that. And then there was some argy-bargy over


what Tony Blair had said in an interview and what Donald Tusk had


said in a letter. I am not sure it got is very far. I have not seen the


Labour backbenchers enjoy themselves for quite some time, they were even


smiling. Not just Labour backbenchers, the viewers enjoyed


it. David said, more jokes from Miss Eagle then the variety show. Barry


said I like Angela Eagle. It would appear Miss Eagle is more popular


than her leader. Com Dent and professional Miss Eagle, boring Mr


Osborne. -- confident. In fact, I think the Chancellor was trying not


to laugh when he stood and answered the question. It was like PMQs in


days gone by. Both appeared to be well prepped and had jokes ready to


go. Both have statistics on particular issues and on the point


about flooding, this is something which is not dominated Westminster


this week but by goodness it has dominated lives in northern England.


-- my goodness. In traditional style PMQs, that was the obvious thing for


Angela Eagle to go on today. I wondered if Jeremy Corbyn would have


chosen this. The negotiations continue and the Prime Minister


continues his tour around Europe and that is preoccupying the


Conservatives ahead of the summit next week. Angela was in great form


and use humour as well stop Mr Osborne coped. I don't think you


could describe it as a stellar performance by the Chancellor. He


did find coming he had his bags ready to go coming he looked


comfortable. He was not commanding but he was comfortable at the


dispatch box. In a way that is no surprise because before he rose to


become an MP and became part of the ministerial office, he was part of


the prep team for previous Conservative leaders for years. We


forget that. PMQs is such a focus at Westminster, but preparation often


begins on Tuesday and goes on for hours and hours. This is a big


preoccupation for both sides. Actually, that is what sometimes


makes some parties despair because it takes up lots of time. Great fun


for the viewers and an important session to hold people to recount


but no surprise that George Osborne is comfortable in that environment


because he has been up close and personal with it for some time. And


you have the money, look where the money is stop why are Labour MPs at


their happiest when Jeremy Corbyn is not there? That is not fair. You


have not seen them happier! Jeremy Corbyn's PMQ performance have been


good. He has brought a new style to it. Backbenchers don't smile and


laugh as they did today, that is clear. Most of the time they look


miserable. It is a completely different style, actually stop


Angela has adopted a more traditional style today and has done


it very well indeed, bringing humour and scrutiny in that more combative


traditional way that PMQs is delivered. Jeremy Corbyn should


learn from it. He has adopted a different and threshing style. Quite


a lot of the general public and punters like that as well, he has


kept PMQs very calm and asked very specific questions which have come


from people about important topics so he has adopted a more serious


tone and that is reflected in the backbenchers. The backbenchers


prefer more of a traditional style that the public preferred the Jeremy


Corbyn style. Have you been cutting flood defences? No, we have not, we


have increased money for flood defences. In the last Parliament, it


was 1.7 billion and in this Parliament it is over 2 billion. I


would like to say that I have attended the Cobra meetings since


Sunday, and it has been devastating what has gone on in the north of


England. We can see that from the pictures and human despair and


anger. I was watching one interview where a woman burst into tears on


television. Indeed, the interviewer said he was sorry for upsetting her


and said he would speak to when he has back. -- when he handed back. It


is not far from where I live. Lancashire and Cumbria. We have had


the edge of the storm in Manchester and it was an unprecedented amount


of rain in a short period of time. I think what many communities will


feel is that we go from the same cycle every time, where we get warm


words from the government immediately afterwards which is then


not followed through, and the most striking figure that was raised at


PMQs today was that from the 2013-14 floods which mainly hit the South


West of England, only 15% of homes had received the money they were


promised then. Only 15% a year on which is terrible. Exactly. So we're


not getting this aborts to be built quickly enough. We say the right


warm words afterwards and we look like we can get ourselves through


our programme or PMQs, but we actually need to get that many to


people faster so they can get their businesses back on their feet.


Particularly at Windsor. Yes. -- winter. I have been away but you


have been following this. In a way, there is something familiar about


this row. As ever, it it depends on how you count it. There was an


emergency extra cash that went in last years that has been a drop in


what was spent last year he gets it was a one-off special amount of cash


but the government is adamant it is spending more over time. If you park


all of that, very often, politicians get into trouble over this, what


happens after? A crisis happens, they get their wellies on, they go


up and looked like they are taking it seriously. It is often the


delivery of what comes through later that makes people cross. One other


thing worth noting this week is important and interesting. Lives


said it was part of climate change. -- Liz. Not every politician does


that. It absolves the government in not spending enough on flood


defences. The IPCC says in its report that it does not have the


scientific knowledge to predict with a high degree of confidence that


these extreme weather invents are links to climate change. -- events.


To deal with the first point first, you are right. What we have done


this time around, following this crisis, is the very clear. Greg


Clark is specifically asking that all of the pots of funding for


different bits of support should be merged into one and as the


Chancellor said, the money will be made available to local authorities


said the money can get two people really quickly, and we are talking


about what we can do to get things back on their feet by Christmas.


There is a real recognition that we need to do more but coming to your


point on climate change, we would never attribute and events to


climate change directly because you cannot be precise. She is saying it


is consistent. What is the difference? One event is not


necessarily attributable to climate change. You would expect to see more


and heavier rainfall and that is what we have seen. These floods are


half a metre higher on average than the previous downfall. Civet is


climate change? That is consistent with what you would expect from


climate change. -- so it is. I am not claiming that, I am saying... I


am being very clear, what we are saying is that no one event is


directly attributable to climate change because there could be other


reasons. The weather can be very unpredictable. It is unpredictable.


You would expect see heavier rainfall and the potential for


bigger floods. Lives trusted Beverly seemed to credit climate change in


the house. -- Liz Trust definitely. Is it true that Diane Abbott tried


to mimic your accident in the Shadow Cabinet? Not quite! She tried but


was not very good. Sort of stop Diane has her own special approach


to these things that usually loses hope the room, shall we say? Shall I


have a word with that? You can try if you


have a word with that? You can try accident? She had no chance! --


accent. Now to Donald Trump,


the wannabe Republican presidential candidate, who just


can't keep quiet. Yesterday he even provoked


a transatlantic row with Britain after he said parts of London


were so radicalised, David Cameron said it was wrong


of Mr Trump to question the courage of Britain's police and attacked


as divisive Mr Trump's call for a total ban on Muslims


entering the US. Let's have a listen to some


of Mr Trump's finest moments, Donald Jane -- Donald Trump! We will


have a wall. A wall will be built. The wall will be successful and if


you think walls don't work, all you have to do is ask Israel. Look at


Paris, they did not have guns and they were slaughtered. If you look


at what happened in California, they did not have guns and they were


slaughtered. I think it would have been better if they had guns. We


have places in London and other places so radicalise that's police


fear for their lives. -- so radicalised that the police fear.


She gets out and asks me ridiculous questions. You could see there was


blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.


You have got to see this guy. "I don't know what I said,


I don't remember." He is going, "I don't remember,


maybe that is what I said." Donald Trump is calling for a


shutdown of Muslims entering Donald Trump is calling for a


United States until our government can figure out what the hell is


going on. I guess it shows British and


American politics can be very different. It certainly does. To his


advantage? I cannot imagine many people in Britain are aligning


themselves with those comments. 100,000 have signed a petition


saying he should not be allowed to come to this country because of what


he said. You can understand that. Most of what he says is awful and


dangerous. It whips up a fear that for a small number of people they


might share. Would you ban him? It is not so much about him being a


residential candidate. I am a child of the 80s and I remember Frankie


Goes To Hollywood being banned and it shot them to number one. He


courts controversy, he is saying this to get himself at the top of


the news. If you try to ban it, you raise it to the top of the news and


give it more airtime. We have two defeat his views by having robust


debates about them, rather than pretending they don't exist. Andrew,


you have just come back from New York and have heard the reaction.


His poll ratings seem to go up. Yes and maybe they have gone up in


the latest poll in Iowa, where the first caucus will take place in the


New Year. It dominated the air waves. It dominated the papers. It


was a premeditated... It... Donald Trump has a habit of speaking off


the top of his head, this wasn't this time. You have to see it in


context. It followed the terrible events in San Bernardino, where a


Muslim citizen, along with the wife he had brought in, met in Saudi


Arabia, created this terrible rampage. And then what was regarded


as a lacklustre performance from the president, from the oval office on


Sunday night, when even on the left wing shows they were saying he did


not do too well. I think Donald Trump saw his chance. He has to keep


stoking the fire. He needs to keep on saying things. He has attacked


Mexicans, the disabled, within. I guess it was only a matter of time,


given the context, Muslims would be next in line.


What was the reaction from people? On the conservative top radio shows


he had a lot of support. On the left, they were appalled by it. Also


be Republican establishment. The new Speaker of the house, appalled by it


as well. Jeb Bush attacked him. He said he was unhinged. Jeb Bush,


the establishment candidate, is down about 4% in the polls. The problem


for the republicans is Donald Trump is sucking the oxygen out of the


Republican campaign. It is him, him. I do not think he will win but on


the other hand six months ago I would have said I don't think he


would get as far as he has. He has turned out to be more formidable. It


speaks to the lacklustre range of candidates the Republicans have to


choose from. Jeb Bush, nowhere. Mark Rubio still trying to get cut


through. Until they get a credible candidate, Donald Trump will call


the shots. Now, it's 20 years ago this week


since Philip Lawrence, a headmaster, was stabbed to death


outside his school in North London. For today's Soapbox, Edward Adoo,


who was a pupil at Mr Lawrence's school, remembers his former teacher


and asks what has been done since to tackle the issue


of knife crime. This week is the 20th anniversary


of Philip Lawrence's murder. Philip Lawrence was my former


headmaster here at St George's, Philip allowed me to consider


a career in broadcasting by setting But when he helped a pupil


who was being attacked by a local gang,


Philip was stabbed and later died. His death shocked the nation


and raised the questions Last year, Ann Maguire was attacked


by one of her pupils at her school in Leeds and she died


from knife wounds. In Bradford, Vincent Uzomah


was stabbed in the stomach, But knife crime goes way


beyond the school gates. and Wales, knife crime rose


for the first time in four years. Later stats show there has been


a 15% increase in knife attacks. In London alone, there has


been a 20% increase. So far this year, 15 young people


have died from knife And they get stabbed


outside or inside schools. It's all about raising


awareness and making sure Possibly introducing security


guards in classrooms. The days of the playground scrap


or street brawl are over. It's not a punch-up,


it's a blade-up. Philip Lawrence died 20 years ago


and not enough has been done It's time for us to get together


to campaign to stop the stabbings. And Edwards joins us. Airport style


security sounds drastic. Do you think that would be the right


measure on the basis of the statistics that schools


particularly? You have to stop it. It is an epidemic and it is not just


a London thing. We have had a case of Aberdeen, Bradford, Leeds. It is


across political issues but more needs to be done. We need to engage


with role models, perhaps mentors, musicians. It would be great if you


and Michael Gove could go to an estate on a Saturday night and speak


to people on the streets and say, why are you involved in knife crime?


What is going on? The social issues, in London, it is about


gentrification, people being moved out of London, being moved to


Birmingham, Luton, places like that. We need to find out why it is


happening. I think we have ignored it. 19 deaths in London. That is


knife crime in general. In schools, would you want people with metal


detectors, even though the incident, of course, with Philip Lawrence,


outside the school gates. People in schools affiliated to gangs, it goes


to the crux of it. If there is a scrap in the classroom and someone


says, I will do you after school, it is not a punch-up will stop they


will get their gangs and it escalates. It is down to education


and protection. Not just for pupils but for teachers. The government


wants to scale back stop and search mainly because they said it was


unfairly targeted on black men. Because of the number of knife


incidents, a 20% interest increase in London, is stop and search a


useful tool? It should be targeted on everyone. Whether the families of


people connected, whether they are Kosovan, Somalian, wherever, it is a


problem that affects all people. A gentleman told me today he had a


case of a knife crime incident and it was connected... It was a faith


issue. We need to get all types of people together to discuss this.


Would you like to see security guards outside secondary schools


with metal detectors? Of course we would not like to see that. That is


not what education should be about. We have to look at all of these


issues. I think going deeper into some of the root causes, in my


constituency, a big part is Moss Side, which 20 years ago was driven


by gun crime and gangland problems. Moss Side is a completely different


place now. You have to engage the community.


There's just time to put you out of your misery and give


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