13/01/2016 Daily Politics


13/01/2016

Andrew Neil and Jo Coburn with live coverage of Prime Minister's Questions. They are joined by security minister John Hayes and shadow minister without portfolio Jonathan Ashworth.


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Hello and welcome to the Daily Politics.

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The junior doctors' strike ended this morning,

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but the dispute with the Government is far from over.

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Both sides are talking tough this morning after action which saw more

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than 4,000 operations cancelled, with another strike planned

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for later this month unless a deal can be done.

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As David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn get ready for PMQs live at noon,

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we'll be looking at how their top teams will stick together

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over tricky issues like the EU referendum and Trident.

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When gentrification arrives in your town or city,

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The singer VV Brown tells us why she doesn't want it on her street.

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magazine that's got David Cameron as guest columnist,

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and Diane Abbott talking about her hair.

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I guess it is not the Economist! You guessed right, it is called the

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Stylist. and with us for the whole

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of the programme today a minister and shadow

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minister who regularly grace the front pages

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of the glossy magazines. In John Hayes' case, that magazine

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is Civil Service Monthly, it's Leicestershire

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And Rutland Life. But it's the kind of exposure

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Jo and I would kill for, rather than being tucked

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away on daytime TV. First today, let's talk

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about the junior doctors' strike which officially came to an end

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at eight o'clock this morning. Around 16,000 doctors

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took part in the action. NHS England said 39% of

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junior doctors reported for work, who were asked not to strike

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by the BMA. were cancelled as a result

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of the dispute. The next proposed strike

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is a 48-hour one beginning on 26th January,

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with plans for emergency care only. for a full withdrawal of labour

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from 8am to 5pm, which could affect

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emergency services. Let's have a listen

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to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt What's next for your negotiations

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with junior doctors? Well, I hope they succeed.

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I mean, we want to settle this, but it was a very

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unnecessary strike. to make sure

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there isn't another strike? And off he cycled into the horizon!

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John Hayes, the Government has been highlighting again that stroke and

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newborn baby deaths are higher at the weekends, when it says fewer NHS

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staff are on duty, but it has been pointed out that it is unlikely that

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it is junior doctors who would be involved in these, it would be

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consultants. Seven studies over the last five years suggest that

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mortality is greater on weekends. And that is not just related to

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care, I guess, treatment and care are a key part of that. I have used

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the NHS all my life, and a core principle is provision free at the

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point of need, and need happens on Saturdays and Sundays too. But does

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the weekend cover has to be as full as during the week? I think it does,

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on the basis that people have strokes, heart attacks, agencies at

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the weekend, so we need to make sure that do not bear worse than if they

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had those things on a Monday or Tuesday. That seems to be a core

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principle. How can anyone disagree with wanting to ensure that people

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are treated in the same way that they would be if they had a heart

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attack on a Monday? We don't have the same level of cover during the

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weekend, we have not had for ever, I assume. We don't at the moment, but

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I think the Government needs to negotiate properly with the doctors

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on this. Apparently, we have managed to get an agreement in Scotland and

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Wales, so it is possible to get agreement, and I think that is the

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key thing we want to see, both sides coming together, let's lower the

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temperature, calm down and see both sides coming together to get an

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agreement. Nobody wants to see more industrial action. White with able

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to get agreement in Wales and Scotland and not in England? The

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discussions are ongoing, we hope we will be able to get an agreement.

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Strikes are not necessary. My question is, why has it come to a

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strike in England, and not in Scotland and Wales? Some of it has

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been about a misunderstanding and misinformation. Who is to blame for

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that? Basic pay will go up by 11%, the maximum number of hours they

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have to work will be reduced. The dispute seems to be about overtime

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payments and so on and so forth. But what we are looking for is

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something, as you said, a seven-day NHS with care spread across the

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whole week. But why wouldn't an intelligence bunch of people like

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doctors, who have all got degrees, training, all smart, why would so

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many of them, given the scale of support for the strike, why would

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they misunderstand the Government's offer? I said there was

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misunderstanding and misinformation, and some of the information has not

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been entirely helpful, but let's move on. I think some doctors have

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not yet realised that the total deal will reduce the total number of

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hours that they have to work, but their basic pay will go up, and what

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we are trying to achieve here is a system which is bearer to doctors

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and two patients. That is what we are doing. -- fairer to doctors and

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to patience. Some doctors are working 90 hours, a lot of that is

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at weekends, over which they get a multiple rates of pay, some can earn

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four times the basic rate. The Government's changes will reduce, I

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think it puts a cap on 75 and stops these massive raids being paid - is

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that the right thing to do? The doctors feel that doctors working at

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weekends, which will have an impact on the quality of care, if they are

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saying that, we have to take those concerns seriously, but for me the

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most important thing... At the moment, some doctors, not a huge

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number but some are working over 90 hours a week, including a lot of

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weekend work. The proposed changes will reduce that to a maximum well

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below 90. Isn't that a sensible thing to do, even if some of these

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doctors actually lose out on the pay front because they do not get these

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multiples of their basic pay? I want to see a deal in the end, and if the

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doctors and the Government can come to a deal, everybody would I accept

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that, but what is important is that we have to avoid industrial action

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in two weeks' time, so I am keen for the doctors and the Government to

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get around the table, through ACAS and David dolled. Why doesn't

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Government just, under the auspices of ACAS, why doesn't it just called

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the doctors backing unconditionally? I think there will be further

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discussions of the kind you describe. The proposals to reduce

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the maximum to 72 hours, very substantial reduction. The doctors

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are saying, will there be safeguards that it will stick? Andrew is right,

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part of the problem is because of the complex overtime rates, it is

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based on different rates of pay at weekends, some doctors feel they may

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be worth off. The total bill for doctors does not fall, Andrew, and

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we believe the majority of doctors will be better off. So a lot of the

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doctors would dispute that, that it would be more than a small number

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who is pay would fall, but they will lose automatic pay rises as well.

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Why doesn't the Government just call them in or get a cast to do so

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unconditionally? -- Acas. We think the strikes are unnecessary, and

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absolutely right that it should be dealt with in dialogue, but there

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has got to be movement both ways, and we are saying we are prepared to

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talk, we are asking them to say they will not strike. A question to you,

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are you happy now that John McDonnell has said that Labour will

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now automatically support strikes wherever action is called in

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whatever circumstances? Labour has always supported the right of people

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to take industrial action. You know that is not what I am asking! This

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is about supporting people who go on strike automatically, in whatever

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circumstances. Are you happy that is the programme? He said that Labour

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would now have absolute solidarity with all actions taken by the trade

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union movement. Do you agree with that? He is expressing solidarity

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with people on strikes. Absolute solidarity with all actions. What I

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think is important for an industrial dispute, for politicians not to

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raise the temperature on them, because the key thing is we want

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people in disputes, whether in the NHS or the public or private sector,

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to be able to get round the table and have proper meaningful

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negotiations. That wasn't the question, do you want to answer, or

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shall I move on? It is your show! Now in normal political times,

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ministers and shadow ministers like John and Jon here

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wouldn't even consider deviating from the official

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party position on all the big subjects

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of the day for fear of a stern ticking-off

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from the whips, and the understanding

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that if they strayed too far from the line,

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they would be out of a job. But with the upcoming EU referendum

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and a vote on Trident threatening to divide both the Cabinet

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and the Shadow Cabinet, So what happens

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when party leaders loosen the rules

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of collective responsibility? Usually, those MPs who sit

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on the frontbench, or who are shadow

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ministers or spokespeople, are expected to vote with their

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leader and follow the party whip. Those who don't are expected

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to resign or are sacked. But the Prime Minister has said

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he will suspend this Cabinet collective responsibility

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ahead of the EU referendum. This means that ministers will be

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able to campaign for either leave Ministers won't be able to make

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the case for leaving the EU until the Prime Minister's

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renegotiation is completed. They won't be free

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to set out their thinking on either the front or backbenches

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during a debate on the EU. And their special advisers

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won't be able to help unless they do so

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in their spare time, all of which has led critics

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to say there won't be

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a level playing field for those arguing

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to leave and remain. Labour's Shadow Cabinet

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has its own divisions, Before the summer recess,

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Parliament will be asked whether to update

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Britain's nuclear deterrent. and its recent election manifesto

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was in favour. So can the Labour front bench

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take a collective position and then whip its MPs

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one way or another? Well, we can talk now

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to the academic Professor Tim Bale. He is at broadcasting house, give us

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the historical precedents for when collective responsibility has been

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loosened. The most obvious and most relevant is during the referendum

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campaign on the EEC back in 1975 when Harold Wilson realised that the

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party was split and had to let ministers campaign on either side of

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that. There are other situations in which collective responsibility has

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been loosened at the margins, but never so obviously as that. And

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would you see that, from a historical point of view and today,

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as from a position of weakness because a leader cannot keep the

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cabinet with him? Absolutely, that is the only reason the Government

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would choose to do this, because Cabinet collective responsibility is

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incredibly important in the constitution, the Government has to

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be seen to be speaking with one voice, or there is no legal

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responsibility or accountability. Prime Ministers only do this in the

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most desperate of circumstances when they cannot guarantee that, unless

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they do it, they will not have people resigning left, right and

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centre. How unusual was it in the vote on air strikes to have the

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opposition with the leader supporting one policy and the Shadow

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Foreign Secretary actually standing at the dispatch box and espousing a

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different one? Well, not completely than usual across the range of

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issues, but for foreign policy and defence, it is extremely unusual. It

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is perfectly possible for parties to treat things as free votes, but they

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normally only do that on issues of morality, social policy, not

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something as crucial as the defence of the realm. What about a situation

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where someone might have to return to the backbenches if they were a

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front bench spokesman, to state a view that was contradictory to the

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leader of their party? Very uncommon indeed, no examples spring to mind,

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very unusual to do that. Do you think it will change in the future?

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Is this the beginning of a think it will change in the future?

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the weight leaders of political parties actually hold votes and

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the weight leaders of political whether they whip or persuade their

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backbenchers or members of their Shadow Cabinet or

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backbenchers or members of their them? I don't think so, because

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backbenchers or members of their public and other governments expect

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to see the government and to some extent the opposition

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to see the government and to some one voice, that is what our

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adversarial Parliamentary democracy is built on. Tim Bale, thank you.

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John Hayes, you must be relieved that you can carry on as security

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minister, you are pretty Eurosceptic? I am and I would not

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pretend to be anything other than that. You have known me a long time.

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Am I operating on the assumption that you will be campaigning to come

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out? I will not make a statement today because I think it would be

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wrong to make a today because I think it would be

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negotiations are going on today. Firstly, I think it

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negotiations are going on today. Prime Minister has given this

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freedom and Prime Minister has given this

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the referendum. Who said that it was right to give people the collective

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responsibility? It was Margaret Thatcher. Why was it wrong for

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Labour in the eyes of Mrs Thatcher and the Tories then, and right for

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you to do it now? You have to gauge the decisions in the circumstances

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they are made. At the moment, there are circumstances where the Prime

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Minister has accepted the status quo is not an option. That assumption

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that the status quo with the European Union, our relationship, a

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principle of a closer union is something the Prime

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principle of a closer union is not accept, identify except it

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either. People not accept, identify except it

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but I will be free to speak just as he is. What could the Prime Minister

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bring back from these negotiations? I mentioned closer union. He has

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said he will do that. For a very long time there was an assumption

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that this project was moving to a destination which was essentially a

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federal Europe. But the something which underpinned most of the

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arguments we had from the pro-Europeans. If you bring this

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back to no way of a closer union, will that change of mind? I will

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have a look when it happens. What do you

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make of these reports that whereas ministers can still say nice

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friendly Europhile things, that they have been instructed not to have

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anything Eurosceptic in their speeches? The Prime Minister has

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said we will have a free hand once the negotiations are completed. I

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know the Prime Minister very well. You can say Eurosceptic things at

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the moment? It would be absolutely wrong for anyone to declare that

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hands before the referendum. As I understand it it would not stop

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ministers from saying overall European Union is good for our

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country. Would you be vetted? Bag I am not vetted. I am the one who does

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the vetting. Would you say bad large the European Union is bad for our

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country? I would come to that conclusion when we have seen the

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results of the renegotiations which I am pleased the Prime Minister is

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engaged in. I support businesses and that is what he is doing.

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Let's carry on with this theme of collective responsibility. It is

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your turn now! Parliament will decide whether or not to renew

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Britain's nuclear deterrent in the next few months. Will the Shadow

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Cabinet support that or oppose it? Sam-macro we have not had a

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discussion about it at the Shadow Cabinet. We do not know for certain

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there will be a vote in Parliament. I have read different briefings.

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There has not been an announcement. We will have to have that discussion

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in the Shadow Cabinet. As your package pointed out, the position of

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the Labour Party at the moment, the manifesto we fought the last

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election on and what we call in the Labour Party rule book, the party

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programme which is our policy, is to support a continuous nuclear

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deterrent. That will stay the party's policy and commitment,

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until, or it may not be, changed at some point in the future. If that

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vote is in the next few months, what will the party say? We will have to

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have a discussion. We know that Jeremy feels phrase strongly about

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that issue and people have to respect that and people have to

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respect his mandate, but from a Labour Party policy rule book point

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of view, the policy is to support a continuing nuclear deterrent and

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that can only be changed by two thirds vote at the party conference.

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In your mind, what should happen? You say you have not had a

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discussion that if your official party policy is to renew Trident,

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isn't that the position you will take in that vote? We will have to

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have those discussions in the Shadow Cabinet. I suspect everyone in the

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Labour Party will be mindful there are people on different sides of

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this argument and we will probably find somewhere of accommodating

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everyone's point of view. Will it be a single click to decision one way

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or another when that vote comes? We tried to get a collective decision

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on Syria and we were not able to say that maybe the territory we are in,

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to be perfectly frank, these are issues for the Chief Whip, the

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leader and the Shadow Cabinet as a whole to discuss. After the vote on

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Syria where we saw Hilary Benn standing at the dispatch box

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supporting strikes and Jeremy Corbyn and others in the Shadow Cabinet

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against, the line from the leaders of this was that would not happen

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again but you are saying it could over Trident? The leaders' office. I

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do not know who that is, but I'm saying the position of the party is,

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and the Shadow Cabinet will have the debate, because Jeremy has very

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strong views and it is important we respect him. Could you imagine some

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Shadow ministers supporting Jeremy Corbyn's line and arguing against

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your manifesto policy and some Shadow ministers arguing in the

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chamber for policy you were elected on? It could well happen. These are

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the considerations... Is it desirable? It is not desirable but I

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suspect it is inevitable. These are the decisions we will have to take

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in mind when the Shadow Cabinet discusses this matter. There is a

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policy review and it is important that the policy review listens to a

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range of evidence and people have an opportunity to put in those views to

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that policy review. Do you support the existing methods of changing or

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making Labour Party policy? Yes. So would use a port the NEC having more

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power? I am a member of the National executive. Should it have more

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power? I think the National executive should have more

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authority, it should have more authority over decision-making and

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the future direction of the party. I think we as NEC members need to be

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more accountable and that is something I feel strongly about. But

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ultimately, the Labour Party policy is decided through the National

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policy Forum, people are elected from different constituents, we

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should look at ways to improve it and it goes to the party conference

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where the collective voice of the affiliate members are heard. That is

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important because there are a lot of trade union members who work at

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Rolls-Royce in the East Midlands and elsewhere, who will be affected by a

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government deciding whether or not to go ahead with renewing new

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Trident. Those voices have to be heard in our debate. They have

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already been stating their support for renewing Trident and protecting

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those jobs. Do you think Steve Rotherham is the right person to

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represent backbench Labour MPs? Steve is a good guy. I am a

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representative of the front benches on the national executed. There are

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moves to remove him. That is a decision for the backbenches in the

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PLP. I am nominated by the Shadow Cabinet to represent the

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frontbenchers. How the backbenchers want to elect their representatives

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should be a matter for them. Should Jeremy Corbyn was a private

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secretary Bibi representative? There are people concerned who are wearing

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is on its way. And that's not all -

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Laura Kuenssberg is here. Welcome back. In the absence of any

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on-air resignations today, so Welcome back. In the absence of any

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Still time! Still another Welcome back. In the absence of any

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until we come off air, what do we think will be the subjects which

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will dominate the front bench exchanges today? It will be

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surprisingly the Labour leader does not bring up the junior doctors

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strike. This is a huge moment, the first time in decades that doctors

:28:41.:28:41.

have walked first time in decades that doctors

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dispute. That said, Jeremy Corbyn has surprised us before. He does not

:28:47.:28:52.

always choose what people see as the obvious subject. It

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always choose what people see as the high-risk position for government

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but fascinating that they are very bullish on this. Are they? One thing

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has happened is in the last 48 hours, when you hear ministers

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talking about it, you hear that this was in the manifesto, people voted

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for it, say we have every right to be shone through. There has been

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some modulation in their language. It is high risk for them. High risk

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for both sides and even higher risk if you are patient, especially at

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the weekend. There is a window here, not just before the next strike in

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two weeks, but the third strike that is planned in February, which would

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be a strike when junior doctors do not even supply emergency cover. My

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senses the government does not want to get to that because that is a

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huge risk. I think both sides are very aware that public opinion. It

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is like quicksilver. It moves so fast. The government can impose

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this. They do not need consent from the BMA. Do they need to? It is

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clear that they believe that they may have to do that in the end. One

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of the BMA's issues, one of the problems with it is they think the

:30:13.:30:15.

government have been hostile in this. They have always been dangling

:30:16.:30:20.

that over their head. Clearly, there is a lot of bad faith on both sides.

:30:21.:30:25.

The junior doctors which call them junior doctors, they are actually

:30:26.:30:30.

doctors, it is just too differentiate them from the

:30:31.:30:34.

consultants, if it was imposed on them, it would be a new era of bad

:30:35.:30:42.

feelings on the NHS. Indeed, and some people who are close to this

:30:43.:30:46.

would look back and say some of the mistakes were made under previous

:30:47.:30:50.

governments where the BMA almost got their way. They joked about it being

:30:51.:30:53.

the most powerful union in the land, but Jeremy Hunt actually, he managed

:30:54.:31:00.

to fall out with GPs, he managed to fall out with consultants and now he

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has managed to fall out spectacularly with junior doctors. I

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don't think anyone wants to get to that stage of imposition but someone

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was suggesting to me yesterday, this will end one of two ways. Either the

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BMA moderates, as they see it, managed to close down the BMA

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radicals, as they see it. Or the government will have to end up

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imposing the contracts. Do we know what the viewers on the Tory

:31:26.:31:30.

backbenches as to how Mr Hunt is handling this dispute? I think

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people are pretty solid in the view that doctors will have to back down.

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I do think many people would hold up how this is all played up over a

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long period of time. Don't forget, this dispute has been rumbling on

:31:42.:31:46.

for ages. Very few people I think would say that this has been an

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excellent example of how to handle these things. There are such strong

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feelings on both sides of this. If you think about the NHS with David

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Cameron, it was part of his massive attempt to rebrand the Conservative

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Party. This is the thing I care about beyond anything else, and age

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yes, all of those slogans. Lets see what happens.

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I shall have further such meetings later today. The Royal College of

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Midwives has called the government's plans to cut nurses' student grants

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appalling. The Royal College of Nursing says they are deeply

:32:31.:32:33.

concerned. Meanwhile, the honourable member for Lewis who is a nurse so

:32:34.:32:37.

she would have struggled to undertake are training giving the

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proposed changes to the bursaries scheme. Why does the Prime Minister

:32:42.:32:46.

still think he is right to scrap grants for students nurses? For the

:32:47.:32:51.

very simple reason that we want to sit more nurses in training and more

:32:52.:32:57.

nurses in our NHS. We believe there will be an additional 10,000 nurses

:32:58.:33:02.

because of this change, because the facts are today that two out of

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three people who want to become nurses cannot because it is

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constrained by the bursaries scheme. Moving to the new system, those

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people will be able to become nurses. Andrew Griffiths! Mr

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Speaker, the number one responsibility of any government is

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the protection of its people. Does the Prime Minister agree with me

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that the nuclear deterrent and our membership of Nato are key to our

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defences, and that any move that would put it at risk would

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jeopardise our national security? My honourable friend is absolutely

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right. It has been common ground on both sides of this House of Commons

:33:42.:33:46.

that the cornerstone of our defence policy is our membership of Nato and

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our commitment to an independent nuclear deterrent, which must be

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replaced and updated. They are necessary to keep us safe, and at a

:33:56.:34:00.

time when we see North Korea testing nuclear weapons, with the

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instability in the world today, we recommit ourselves to both Nato and

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our independent nuclear deterrent, and I think the party opposite has

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got some very serious questions to answer. Jeremy Corbyn! Thank you

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very much, Mr Speaker. This week, the Prime Minister rather belatedly

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acknowledged that there is a housing prices in Britain. He announced ?140

:34:28.:34:33.

million fund to transform 100 housing estates around the country,

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which actually amounts to ?1.4 million per housing estate, to

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bulldoze and then rebuild. My maths is perfect! This money, Mr Speaker,

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is a drop in the ocean. It isn't even going to pay for the

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bulldozers, is it? What we have done is doubled the housing budget, we

:34:56.:34:58.

are going to be investing over ?8 billion in housing, and that comes

:34:59.:35:05.

after having built 700,000 homes since becoming Prime Minister. We

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have got over 250,000 more affordable homes, and here is a

:35:11.:35:14.

statistic he will like - in the last Parliament, we build more council

:35:15.:35:18.

houses than in 13 years of Labour government. Jeremy Corbyn! Well, Mr

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Speaker, he has not thought this thing through very carefully.

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Because every estate that he announces he wishes to bulldoze will

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include tenants and people that have bought their homes under right to

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buy. Will those people, the leaseholders, will they be

:35:46.:35:48.

guaranteed homes on those rebuild states that he is proposing to

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build? Luck, of course, I accept this isn't as carefully thought

:35:55.:36:00.

through as his reshuffle! Which I gather is still going on, it hasn't

:36:01.:36:05.

actually finished yet! Of course, what we want to do is go to

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communities where there are sink estates and housing estates that

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have held the ball back and agree with those local councils, agree

:36:12.:36:16.

with those local people and make sure that local tenants get good

:36:17.:36:20.

homes, make sure homeowners are housed in new houses. That is

:36:21.:36:24.

exactly what we want. Look at what we have done on housing, we reform

:36:25.:36:29.

the planning rules, they opposed them. We introduced help to buy,

:36:30.:36:34.

they opposed it. We introduced help to save, they opposed it. They have

:36:35.:36:39.

nothing to say about people trapped in housing estates who want a better

:36:40.:36:47.

start in their life. Mr Speaker, I noticed the Prime Minister did not

:36:48.:36:50.

give any guaranteed to leaseholders on estates, and so there is another

:36:51.:36:56.

probably larger group on most estates that I have a question to

:36:57.:36:59.

ask him on behalf of, a tenant by the name of Darryl, who says, will

:37:00.:37:07.

be Prime Minister guarantee that all existing tenants of the council

:37:08.:37:11.

estates earmarked for redevelopment will be rehoused in new council

:37:12.:37:17.

housing in their current communities with the same tenancy conditions as

:37:18.:37:22.

they currently have? We are not going to be able to deal with these

:37:23.:37:27.

sink estates unless we get the agreement of tenants, unless we show

:37:28.:37:31.

how we are going to support homeowners, how we are going to

:37:32.:37:36.

support communities. But isn't it interesting, Mr Speaker, who here is

:37:37.:37:41.

the small C Conservative who is saying, stay in your sink estate,

:37:42.:37:47.

have nothing better than what Labour gave you after the war? We are

:37:48.:37:51.

saying, if you are a tenant, you have the right to buy, here is help

:37:52.:37:57.

to save, we will help you out, and that is the fact of politics today,

:37:58.:38:01.

a party on this side of the house that wants to give people like

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chances and they Labour opposition that says, stay stuck in poverty.

:38:07.:38:12.

Jeremy Corbyn! Mr Speaker, the Prime Minister does not seem to understand

:38:13.:38:15.

the very serious concerns Minister does not seem to understand

:38:16.:38:23.

council tenants have when they feel they are going to be forced away

:38:24.:38:28.

from the community where they live, where their children go to school,

:38:29.:38:33.

and their community is so strong. But there is another area where the

:38:34.:38:37.

Prime Minister might be able to help us today. His party manifesto said

:38:38.:38:42.

everyone who works hard should be able to own a home of their own. So

:38:43.:38:47.

will families earning his so-called national living wage be able to

:38:48.:38:53.

afford one of his discount starter homes? I very much hope they will,

:38:54.:39:00.

because also, as well as starter homes... As well as starter homes,

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we're having shared ownership homes, and so if you take... When I became

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Prime Minister, a young person trying to buy a home needed ?30,000

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Prime Minister, a young person for that deposit. Order, I apologise

:39:20.:39:19.

for interrupting, I say to for that deposit. Order, I apologise

:39:20.:39:23.

honourable lady, the member for Bishop Auckland, who aspires to be a

:39:24.:39:28.

stateswoman, that is not the appropriate behaviour, shrill

:39:29.:39:32.

shrieking from a sedentary position, I want to hear the Prime Minister's

:39:33.:39:37.

answer! You needed ?30,000 for a deposit on a home, and that is now

:39:38.:39:43.

down to ?10,000 because of schemes we have introduced. I want people to

:39:44.:39:48.

own our own homes, so let's consider this issue - we are saying to the

:39:49.:39:52.

1.3 million tenants of housing as a station is, we are on your side, you

:39:53.:39:57.

can buy your own home, why does he still oppose that? -- housing

:39:58.:40:03.

associations. Well, Mr Speaker, I hope this word hope goes a long way,

:40:04.:40:11.

because research by Shelter found that families on his

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because research by Shelter found living wage will not be able

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because research by Shelter found afford the average starter home in

:40:18.:40:21.

98% of local authority areas in England. So there is only the 2%

:40:22.:40:27.

that may benefit from this. So instead of building more affordable

:40:28.:40:30.

homes, isn't the Prime Minister branding more homes as affordable?

:40:31.:40:35.

Which is not a solution to the housing crisis. Will he confirm that

:40:36.:40:40.

home ownership has actually fallen since he became Prime Minister?

:40:41.:40:44.

There is a challenge of helping people to buy

:40:45.:40:47.

There is a challenge of helping is what helped to bike was about,

:40:48.:40:50.

There is a challenge of helping which they opposed, help to save,

:40:51.:40:51.

which they opposed. Isn't it which they opposed, help to save,

:40:52.:40:57.

question about the 1.3 million housing association tenants. No... I

:40:58.:41:05.

want what is best for everybody, let's put it like this, he owns his

:41:06.:41:10.

home, I own mind, why won't we let those 1.3 million own their homes?

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What are you frightened of? Prime Minister...

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When the noise disappears... Order! The Leader of the Opposition. I

:41:30.:41:40.

thank the Conservative backbenchers for their deep concern for the

:41:41.:41:44.

housing crisis in this country, it is noted. The Prime Minister gave no

:41:45.:41:51.

assurances to tenants, no assurances to leaseholders, no assurances to

:41:52.:41:54.

low-paid people who want to get somewhere decent to live. Can I ask

:41:55.:42:00.

him one final question on this? And it is a practical question that is

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faced by many people all around this country who are deeply worried about

:42:05.:42:08.

their own housing situation and how they are going to live in the

:42:09.:42:13.

future? It comes from Linda, who is a council tenant, who is a council

:42:14.:42:22.

tenant for the last 25 years. And she says, I will eventually look to

:42:23.:42:26.

downsize to a property suitable for our ageing circumstances. Due to the

:42:27.:42:31.

Housing Bill being put through Parliament at present, if we

:42:32.:42:35.

downsize, we will have to sign a new tenancy agreement. If we stay, we

:42:36.:42:40.

face having to pay the bedroom tax and debt. If we downsize, we lose

:42:41.:42:45.

our secure home. It is a real problem that Linda and many like her

:42:46.:42:51.

are facing. If she was in the Prime Minister's advice Pirro, what advice

:42:52.:42:55.

would he give her? The first thing I would say to Linda, we are cutting

:42:56.:43:00.

social trends in this Parliament, so she will be paying less in rent. The

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second thing, if she is concerned about the spare room subsidy, it is

:43:05.:43:09.

not paid by pensioners, a point that he fails to make. The other point I

:43:10.:43:15.

would make to Linda, the other point I would make to Linda and all those

:43:16.:43:20.

who are in council houses or in housing association homes, is that

:43:21.:43:23.

we believe in giving you the chance to buy your own home and are helping

:43:24.:43:27.

you to do that. Isn't it interesting what this exchange has shown? We

:43:28.:43:32.

have a Labour Party who have got a housing policy that doesn't support

:43:33.:43:35.

home ownership, just as they have got a defence policy that does not

:43:36.:43:39.

believe in defence, just as we have got a Labour Party that does not

:43:40.:43:44.

believe in work and they Labour leader who does not believe in

:43:45.:43:45.

Britain! Mr Speaker, as someone who grew up

:43:46.:44:02.

in social housing, may I welcome the Prime Minister's commitment to tear

:44:03.:44:07.

down poor quality, soulless high-rise estates and replaced them

:44:08.:44:12.

with affordable homes? Will he seize this opportunity to make sure these

:44:13.:44:16.

new homes are attractive, well designed places where people will

:44:17.:44:21.

actually want to live for generations to come? I think my

:44:22.:44:25.

honourable friend is absolutely right. If Labour wanted to have a

:44:26.:44:29.

constructive opinion, they would come along and say, how can we help

:44:30.:44:37.

knock down these sink estates, rebuilds new houses, help people to

:44:38.:44:39.

own their own homes? That is what you are going to see, Mr Speaker, in

:44:40.:44:43.

this Parliament, one side committed to opportunity, life chances,

:44:44.:44:47.

helping people get on, and another side wanting to keep people trapped

:44:48.:44:54.

in property. Angus Robertson. Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. The

:44:55.:44:58.

economic and intellectual contribution of college and

:44:59.:45:01.

university graduates to the UK is immense. The Smith Commission said

:45:02.:45:07.

the UK and Scottish Government should work together to explore the

:45:08.:45:11.

possibility of introducing formal schemes to allow international

:45:12.:45:16.

higher education students graduating from Scottish further and higher

:45:17.:45:20.

education institutions to remain in Scotland and contribute to economic

:45:21.:45:23.

activity for a defined period of time. Why did the UK Government this

:45:24.:45:29.

week unilaterally rule out a return of a post study work visa without

:45:30.:45:33.

stakeholder discussions and before key Parliamentary reports? What I

:45:34.:45:38.

say to the honourable gentleman is we have an excellent scheme that

:45:39.:45:42.

covers, of course, Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland,

:45:43.:45:47.

to say to world students that there is no limit on the number of people

:45:48.:45:51.

that can come and study in British universities, as long as they have

:45:52.:45:54.

two things, an English-language qualification and a place at the

:45:55.:45:59.

university. That is an incredibly generous and open offer. And there

:46:00.:46:02.

is no limit on the number of people who can stay after they have

:46:03.:46:08.

graduated, as long as they have a graduate level job. I think that is

:46:09.:46:12.

a clear message, that all of us, whether involved in the Scottish

:46:13.:46:17.

Government, the Northern Ireland or Welsh or UK administrations, should

:46:18.:46:19.

get out and sell around the world, it is a world beating of, we want

:46:20.:46:24.

the brightest graduates to study here and then work here, what a

:46:25.:46:26.

great deal! Thank you. The return of post study

:46:27.:46:36.

visas is supported amongst others, all of Scotland's 25 publicly funded

:46:37.:46:44.

colleges, the University of Scotland, the representatives of

:46:45.:46:49.

higher education organisations, many other organisations and businesses,

:46:50.:46:53.

all parties including the Scottish Conservative Party, so why does the

:46:54.:46:55.

Prime Minister think they are all wrong and he is right? For the

:46:56.:47:01.

reason I have given. I think the clarity of our offer is world

:47:02.:47:06.

beating. The disadvantage of inventing a new post-work study

:47:07.:47:10.

route, where you are effectively saying to people coming to our

:47:11.:47:13.

universities, it is a key to stay with a less than graduate job,

:47:14.:47:17.

frankly, there are lots of people in our own country

:47:18.:47:33.

desperate for those jobs and we should be training them up and

:47:34.:47:37.

spilling them up. We don't need the world's brightest and best to come

:47:38.:47:40.

here and study and then to do menial jobs which actually, that is not

:47:41.:47:42.

what our immigration system is for. What we want is a system where

:47:43.:47:45.

people can come here, study and work and that is the system we should

:47:46.:47:46.

keep. Would the Prime Minister join me in

:47:47.:47:56.

praising the fact that Aldi are building a distribution centre in my

:47:57.:48:00.

constituency. It is situated off one of the busiest trunk roads in the

:48:01.:48:07.

south-east of England. Could I ask my right honourable friend if he

:48:08.:48:11.

would encourage the Department of Transport to take a review of that

:48:12.:48:16.

road to ensure it can cope with the increase of traffic being generated

:48:17.:48:19.

by the expanding business activity in my constituency. I certainly join

:48:20.:48:26.

him. The claimant count down in his own constituency has fallen by 39%

:48:27.:48:31.

since 2010 and this is welcome news. I will take up the point he says

:48:32.:48:34.

because obviously, we will only continue to attract investment ever

:48:35.:48:38.

make sure our road and rail network is.

:48:39.:48:45.

The Prime Minister will be aware that last week this House discussed

:48:46.:48:48.

the equalisation of the state retirement age between men and

:48:49.:48:52.

women. Can I ask him, does he feel the outrage of a generation of women

:48:53.:48:57.

born in the 1950s, who feel robbed and cheated out of their state

:48:58.:49:02.

pension, and will he give an undertaken, giving the unanimous

:49:03.:49:05.

decision of this House, to ask him to look at further improvements to

:49:06.:49:09.

transitional arrangements that he will do so? I know this is an issue

:49:10.:49:14.

that many colleagues have been written to and there are some

:49:15.:49:18.

important cases to look at. What I would say is we looked very

:49:19.:49:21.

carefully at this at the time and decided no one should suffer more

:49:22.:49:25.

than an 18 month increase in the time before they were expecting to

:49:26.:49:28.

retire. I would also say that if you look at what we are putting in place

:49:29.:49:33.

with the single tier pension starting at ?150 a week, combined

:49:34.:49:46.

with the triple lock that we have, I think we have a very good settlement

:49:47.:49:48.

for pensioners. It is affordable for the taxpayer

:49:49.:49:50.

and generous for the future. By the 8th of January, within a period of

:49:51.:49:57.

just eight days, parts of London had exceeded the annual limit for

:49:58.:50:02.

nitrous dioxide pollution. Giving this medically serious news, will

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the Prime Minister and ensure that the Department for transport's

:50:11.:50:14.

current consideration of airport expansion prioritises air pollution

:50:15.:50:21.

concerns? And will he pledge never to expand Heathrow Airport while

:50:22.:50:32.

nitrous dioxide levels are risking the health of millions of people?

:50:33.:50:38.

I think my right honourable friend is absolutely right to raise this.

:50:39.:50:42.

There are problems of our quality and air pollution, not just in

:50:43.:50:46.

London but elsewhere in our country, and that is one of the reasons why

:50:47.:50:50.

we decided to delay the decision about airport capacity expansion,

:50:51.:50:55.

because we need to answer the question about air-quality before we

:50:56.:50:58.

provide the answer to that question. That is what the Environmental Audit

:50:59.:51:04.

Committee, recommended to this government. They said on air

:51:05.:51:08.

quality, the Government will need to re-examine the commission's findings

:51:09.:51:12.

in light of the air quality strategy. The point she makes is

:51:13.:51:17.

being taken on by the Government. Can I say to the Prime Minister, he

:51:18.:51:23.

has answered the honourable member for Edinburgh East for the

:51:24.:51:28.

transitional arrangements for women born in the 1950s, it is not

:51:29.:51:37.

acceptable. As he is talking to other EU leaders, can he ask why

:51:38.:51:40.

some countries are not in lamenting the changes to 1944, and an -- can

:51:41.:51:47.

he look at what Italy, the Netherlands and Germany did about

:51:48.:51:52.

their transitional arrangements to protect the people who have been

:51:53.:51:57.

affected? What other European countries do is a matter for them.

:51:58.:52:01.

We have the ability to make sovereign decisions about this

:52:02.:52:05.

issue, that is entirely right. What we have decided to do is put in

:52:06.:52:09.

place a pension system that is long-term affordable for our

:52:10.:52:14.

country, but also sustains a very strong basic state pension right

:52:15.:52:18.

into the future. That is what strong basic state pension right

:52:19.:52:21.

single tier pension will make such a difference to people in

:52:22.:52:24.

single tier pension will make such a and the triple lock never put in

:52:25.:52:25.

place by Labour, we all that my silly increase to the

:52:26.:52:30.

pension we had under Gordon Brown, that can never happen again under

:52:31.:52:34.

our arrangements. Since 2010, my constituency has seen

:52:35.:52:43.

the generation of 200 new businesses, with a 240 minute pound

:52:44.:52:51.

investment in Bracknell town regeneration, falling employment is

:52:52.:52:55.

of genuine possibility. Does the Government agree with me that it is

:52:56.:52:59.

the Government's sound stewardship of the economy that has led to this

:53:00.:53:05.

economic success in the Bracknell constituency? I'm delighted to hear

:53:06.:53:09.

the news from Bracknell. We have low interest rates, inflation right on

:53:10.:53:14.

the floor, real wages growing so people are feeling better. People

:53:15.:53:17.

are investing in this country in huge numbers in terms of inward

:53:18.:53:21.

investment. Business investment has been going up

:53:22.:53:23.

investment. Business investment has confident about the future of our

:53:24.:53:26.

economy, and all of that is based on a long-term economic plan of dealing

:53:27.:53:30.

with our debts, getting our deficit down and making this country where

:53:31.:53:33.

people can start a business, run a business, expanded business and

:53:34.:53:37.

therefore create jobs and prosperity for all of our people.

:53:38.:53:39.

Over the last four years, excess winter death figures

:53:40.:53:57.

from the ONS had shown a staggering 117,000 people have died

:53:58.:53:59.

unnecessarily as a result of the cold. 43,000 people tragically died

:54:00.:54:01.

last winter. I wonder of the Prime Minister agrees with me that not

:54:02.:54:04.

only is that appalling, it is also avoidable. Can I ask the Prime

:54:05.:54:06.

Minister why he thinks so many people are dying needlessly in our

:54:07.:54:09.

country and what he will do to stop that happening? I think the

:54:10.:54:11.

honourable gentleman is right to raise this. The winter death figures

:54:12.:54:16.

are published every year. They are standing rebuke to all governments

:54:17.:54:20.

about what more needs to be done. First of all, we have maintained the

:54:21.:54:24.

cold weather payments. They may kick in as the cold weather continues.

:54:25.:54:28.

There are also the winter fuel payments. The increase in pension

:54:29.:54:34.

going up by prices, earnings or two but 5%. We also have falling energy

:54:35.:54:38.

prices because of the falling oil price. I agree they're not falling

:54:39.:54:41.

as fast as I would like and that is why I think it is right that we have

:54:42.:54:45.

this competition commission enquiry into the energy industry, to make

:54:46.:54:50.

sure it is a fully competitive industry. It has come a long way.

:54:51.:54:55.

When I became Prime Minister, the independent energy companies were

:54:56.:54:59.

just 1% of the market. There are now 15% of the market. The big six are

:55:00.:55:03.

being broken down through competition. All of those changes,

:55:04.:55:07.

plus home improvements, all of those things can make a difference.

:55:08.:55:14.

Implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, in which a dish to play in the

:55:15.:55:21.

sea was crucial is imminent. Can my right honourable friend inform the

:55:22.:55:23.

House what steps are being taken to ensure that Iran abides by its side

:55:24.:55:31.

of the deal? I think my honourable friend is absolutely right about

:55:32.:55:34.

this. Now pay tribute to the Secretary of State John Kerry for

:55:35.:55:38.

the incredible work he did, but also the Foreign Secretary who was by his

:55:39.:55:41.

side all the way through, negotiating what is a very tough and

:55:42.:55:45.

difficult deal. Where we have got to lose the adoption Day for this deal

:55:46.:55:49.

was in October, and since then, Iraq has started shipping 12.5 tonnes of

:55:50.:55:54.

enriched uranium to Russia. Now we're getting close to what is

:55:55.:55:57.

called the implementation date for this deal for this deal. The key

:55:58.:56:08.

point is Iran has granted the International atomic agency

:56:09.:56:10.

unprecedented access to make sure it is doing all the things it said it

:56:11.:56:15.

would do in this deal. As I said, it is a good deal, it takes Iran away

:56:16.:56:19.

from a nuclear weapons, but we should enter into it, with a very

:56:20.:56:23.

heavy heart and a very clear eyed, and a very hard head, in making sure

:56:24.:56:36.

this country does everything it it would.

:56:37.:56:38.

When the Government pushed through their changes to undergraduate

:56:39.:56:40.

funding for years ago, they said that providing maintenance grants

:56:41.:56:43.

for the poorest students was key to the participation in higher

:56:44.:56:52.

education. No mention was made in the Conservative manifesto of ending

:56:53.:56:53.

those grants. Is it completely unacceptable to make that

:56:54.:56:55.

fundamental change tomorrow, by the back door with -- without a vote in

:56:56.:57:06.

this House. The issue has been fully debated in this House. Despite all

:57:07.:57:09.

the warnings from the party opposite, more people are taking

:57:10.:57:13.

part in higher education and more people from lower income backgrounds

:57:14.:57:17.

are taking part in higher education and I am confident that will

:57:18.:57:20.

continue to be the case. Thanks to this government's

:57:21.:57:30.

long-term economic plan, unemployment in North West

:57:31.:57:32.

Leicestershire now stands at an all-time low of 522. This Saturday,

:57:33.:57:42.

East Midlands airport will hold jobs fair with 350 positions available.

:57:43.:57:47.

Will the Prime Minister join with me in wishing all the businesses in

:57:48.:57:52.

North West Leicestershire Mossop first in recruitment and retention

:57:53.:57:57.

that the Leader of the Opposition? -- more success in recruitment and

:57:58.:58:02.

retention. I'm delighted to hear there are only 522 people are

:58:03.:58:05.

unemployed in his constituency. May I praise him and all the people who

:58:06.:58:10.

have run jobs fairs in their constituencies which have made a

:58:11.:58:14.

huge difference in people finding opportunities. Since 2010, 60 4% of

:58:15.:58:20.

the rising public sector -- private sector employment has taken place

:58:21.:58:28.

outside London and the south-east. This is in growing terms a balanced

:58:29.:58:32.

recovery and we need to keep working to make sure it is.

:58:33.:58:38.

Last year, the Energy Secretary scrapped support for under the

:58:39.:58:42.

renewables obligation for new onshore wind projects, which will

:58:43.:58:46.

impact the three minute pound investment by Nissan at their wind

:58:47.:58:51.

farm in my constituency. -- ?3 million. Does the Prime Minister

:58:52.:58:54.

realise that his attacks on clean energy our debt to mental --

:58:55.:59:00.

detrimental to businesses like Nissan? We had some extensive

:59:01.:59:07.

exchanges about this at the liaison committee yesterday. If you look at

:59:08.:59:13.

onshore wind, we will see another 50% increase in onshore wind

:59:14.:59:16.

investment during this Parliament. If we look at offshore wind, Britain

:59:17.:59:22.

has the biggest offshore wind market anywhere in the world. If we look at

:59:23.:59:28.

solar, Britain has the fourth largest solar installation of any

:59:29.:59:32.

country anywhere in the world. And my new favourite statistic, 98% of

:59:33.:59:35.

those solar panels have been installed since I was Prime

:59:36.:59:39.

Minister. This is all good news and means we have a genuine claim to be

:59:40.:59:45.

leading a renewables revolution. Every single subsidy you give to

:59:46.:59:48.

these technologies is extra money that we put onto people's bills

:59:49.:59:54.

making energy more expensive. It is right that we seek a balance between

:59:55.:59:59.

decarbonising our economy but making sure we do it at a low cost to our

:00:00.:00:03.

consumers and the people who pay the bills. That is what our policies are

:00:04.:00:09.

about. With the numbers of workless

:00:10.:00:12.

households in the UK at an all-time low, and with 1.4 million children

:00:13.:00:18.

being taught in schools ranked good or outstanding since 2010, does my

:00:19.:00:21.

right honourable friend agree with me that the marker for one nation

:00:22.:00:24.

government is not the amount of money we spend on benefits, but is

:00:25.:00:28.

what we do to tackle the root causes of poverty?

:00:29.:00:31.

My honourable friend is absolutely right. As far as I can see, Labour's

:00:32.:00:37.

only answer to every single problem is to spend more money. It ends up

:00:38.:00:41.

with more borrowing, more spending, more debt, all the things which got

:00:42.:00:46.

us into this problem in the first place. Our approach is to look at

:00:47.:00:50.

all the causes of poverty, all the things holding people back. Let's

:00:51.:00:55.

fix the sink estates, let's reform the failing schools, yet give people

:00:56.:00:58.

more childcare, let's deal with the addiction and mental health problems

:00:59.:01:03.

people have, and that way we will demonstrate that this is the

:01:04.:01:06.

Government and party helping people with their life chances where Labour

:01:07.:01:10.

just want to stick people where they are!

:01:11.:01:14.

The draft Wales Bill contains provisions which reverses the 2011

:01:15.:01:18.

settlement which was overwhelmingly endorsed in the last Welsh

:01:19.:01:28.

referendum. Unless amended, the will be an upper -- opposition sparking a

:01:29.:01:37.

crisis. Why is this government treating Wales like a second-class

:01:38.:01:41.

nation? What this government has done is first of all hold a

:01:42.:01:45.

referendum, so the Welsh Assembly has those lawmaking powers.

:01:46.:01:49.

Secondly, the first government in history to make sure there is a

:01:50.:01:53.

floor under the Welsh level of spending, never done by a Labour

:01:54.:01:56.

government. And now in the Wales Bill, we want to make sure we give

:01:57.:02:08.

Wales those extra powers. We are still listening to the suggestions

:02:09.:02:10.

made by him and the Welsh Assembly Government, but this government has

:02:11.:02:13.

a proud record, not only of devolution for Wales but in delivery

:02:14.:02:15.

for Wales. $30 oil is great for petrol prices,

:02:16.:02:20.

but it is potentially catastrophic in other respects. If it goes on

:02:21.:02:27.

like this, we risk seeing regimes under pressure, dramatic corporate

:02:28.:02:32.

failures and financial default, enormous financial transfers out of

:02:33.:02:35.

our markets to pay for other country's deficits, a possible

:02:36.:02:40.

collapse in share prices and dividends for pensions, and a

:02:41.:02:43.

liquidity problem in our banking sector. May I invite the Prime

:02:44.:02:47.

Minister to initiate an urgent review across Whitehall, to assess

:02:48.:02:52.

the effects of continuing low oil prices on our economy and beyond,

:02:53.:02:58.

and in particular, work out how we can avoid the destruction of our own

:02:59.:03:04.

oil industry in the North Sea? My right honourable friend makes an

:03:05.:03:07.

important point, which is this very big move in the oil price. It has a

:03:08.:03:12.

highly beneficial effect for all our constituents are able to fill up

:03:13.:03:15.

their cars for less than a pound a litre, and that is a very big

:03:16.:03:26.

increase in people's disposable income and Holywell come. A low oil

:03:27.:03:29.

price is good for the British economy which is a substantial

:03:30.:03:32.

manufacturing and production economy -- wholly welcome. We need to look

:03:33.:03:37.

carefully at how we can help our own oil and gas industry. He did mention

:03:38.:03:44.

one other calamity which is it has led to a complete and utter collapse

:03:45.:03:52.

of the SNP's policy. Recent press reports suggest...

:03:53.:04:03.

Recent press reports suggest that although some on the Government's

:04:04.:04:06.

backbenchers would agree with me, despite the fact that my background

:04:07.:04:10.

would be what the Prime Minister would consider to be menial,

:04:11.:04:20.

would be what the Prime Minister important to have a reduction on

:04:21.:04:24.

would be what the Prime Minister This government refuses to bring

:04:25.:04:28.

this industry under scrutiny. Can the Prime Minister ensure that his

:04:29.:04:33.

government will take a review of this dangerous, addictive and

:04:34.:04:38.

ever-growing problem? We have looked at this problem and this industry

:04:39.:04:43.

and we did make a series of changes including planning changes, but we

:04:44.:04:46.

keep this important situation under review.

:04:47.:04:55.

Whilst the floods over Christmas word bad for many areas in the North

:04:56.:04:59.

of England and Scotland, cold Valley residents were hit the hardest.

:05:00.:05:07.

?2100 and 3000 businesses flooded, Bridges lost, schools flooded and a

:05:08.:05:13.

tip of asbestos which has led keeping 20 families out of their

:05:14.:05:19.

homes -- the colder Valley. Will the Prime Minister meet with me to

:05:20.:05:24.

discuss how we can help to discuss the damage, the shortfall in future

:05:25.:05:29.

flood schemes and the rebuilding of Todmorden high school as well? My

:05:30.:05:34.

honourable friend and I have discussed Todmorden high school but

:05:35.:05:37.

I think we should meet again and discuss it again. First of all may I

:05:38.:05:41.

say mice of these and the sympathies of the whole house go out to those

:05:42.:05:44.

people and businesses which are flooded. Many people in his

:05:45.:05:48.

constituency and that that picking a time of year. We will do everything

:05:49.:05:53.

we can to help people get back on their feet. There is a large flood

:05:54.:05:57.

investment programme and the maintenance investment programme

:05:58.:06:00.

which has been protected in real terms but there are number of other

:06:01.:06:03.

infrastructure pieces of work that needs to be done. I would commend

:06:04.:06:07.

the highways agency which have been quick to examine roads and in some

:06:08.:06:13.

cases have taken over repairs to local authority roads because they

:06:14.:06:17.

have the capacity to act and act quickly. As I said last week, the

:06:18.:06:22.

army was in faster, the money was distributed faster, the EA worked

:06:23.:06:26.

faster and round-the-clock but there are always more lessons to learn to

:06:27.:06:30.

demonstrate we want to get these communities back on their feet as

:06:31.:06:31.

soon as possible. PMQs comes to an end, surprise that

:06:32.:06:43.

Jeremy Corbyn did not go on the junior doctors' strike which

:06:44.:06:47.

happened yesterday, with another one coming up, but instead chose to go

:06:48.:06:49.

on housing,

:06:50.0:59:54

Andrew Neil and Jo Coburn present live coverage of Prime Minister's Questions. They are joined by security minister John Hayes and shadow minister without portfolio Jonathan Ashworth to discuss PMQs, strikes and whether cabinet collective responsibility has been suspended over the referendum for the Conservatives and Trident for Labour. They also talk to singer VV Brown about gentrification and review a special edition of the Stylist magazine that has been edited by MPs.


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