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Morning, folks, welcome to the Daily Politics.


PMQS is back but will it be back with a bang?


Teresa May faces Jeremy Corbyn across the Despatch Box


We're all talking Brexit strategy - or the lack of it.


But does that really interest the Labour leader?


Downing Street's keen-eyed photographers capture government


But is everyone in the cabinet behind the idea?


Labour MPs back plans allowing them to elect members


A pragmatic way of making the party work together


or an attempt to "hobble" Jeremy Corbyn's leadership?


And if your holiday reading was more Nick Hornby than Nick Clegg,


then we have just the thing to get you back in the mood.


Yes, political book season is upon us!


Did you read these books? Every single one. I'm glad, there will be


a test later. All that in the next 90


minutes of public sector And with us for the duration,


two politicians who declined to appear on Strictly Come Dancing,


the Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire Chief Secretary to the Treasury,


David Gauke, and Shadow Justice This afternoon the Chairman


of the Bank of England Mark Carney appears before the Treasury Select


Committee, where he'll be quizzed over that cut in interest


rates last month. Some are questioning


whether the governor was too hasty And whether he was to negative about


Brexit during the referendum. And yesterday, four big banking


beasts, JP Morgan, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley, all abandoned


predictions of a post EU So, did you over egged the pudding


in the referendum, David Gauke? It is too early to tell, but there are


encouraging signs and there is always attempt Asian after a


referendum for both people to pick out things which confirmed their own


prejudices -- there is always an attempt after a referendum. But


speaking from the Remain camp, the last surveys of various businesses


are looking encouraging. When you say vote leave and the economy


suffers, you can't say you weren't warned? If there is a downturn, but


it was right for those of us who believed in a Remain vote that we


made clear what the risks were. But you didn't say a scum use said vote


leaves and the economy suffers -- but you didn't say if, you said vote


leave and the economy suffers. The risks are still to be played out,


but as a Remain voter, there are encouraging signs but I don't think


we can be complacent. These are early days, but we can have a look


at the figures. The major banks are basically admitting they were wrong,


in predicting an immediate recession, and the Chancellor also


predicted a recession, the former Chancellor, your former boss will


stop the implement rate is at its highest rate and consumer spending


is up -- the employment rate is at its highest rate. Even industrial


production, manufacturing fell in August, as predicted, but industrial


production was up overall in July. Where is the bit that you got right


about this? In terms of being a Treasury minister and hearing the


positive state of the economy is something which encourages me and we


all want the UK economy to succeed. The only point I would make, we


can't be complacent and there are still challenges because of


uncertainty as to exactly what the future relationship will be and


because we will need to adjust to the new circumstances. Did the


Remain campaign... And he is quite right, there's a long way to go, and


more figures to come out in the months ahead, but did they overdo,


from what we know so far, the gloom and doom? To be reasonable, we can


say both sides operated a kind of politics of fear and there were


things said which were all about frightening voters, on both sides of


the debate. What is worrying is a lack of a plan from the


Conservatives, they must have entertained the possibility... You


mean to get out, and we are going to come onto that. But are you


surprised that the British economy is reasonably robust? I say


reasonably. Overall industrial production was up, and German


industrial production is not at a 20 month low. Overall it is not bad. --


is now at a 20 month low. When I hear what Australia and Japan says


about trade deals, that is what concerns me. I'm just talking about


the figures at the moment. Were you enthusiastic about Remain? I was


definite about it. I have long-standing reviews about the


weaknesses within the European Union. -- long-standing views. But


when it comes to the choice of stay or leave, I believed we should stay


and I strongly held that view. If George Osborne has stayed as


Chancellor, on the figures we have so far, there would be no need for


his threatened punishment budget? Two points about the short-term and


long-term, and... I asked the question, he threatened a punishment


budget, if we voted to leave, but we can agree there is no case for that


kind of budget? George Osborne made it clear when he was Chancellor,


after the referendum, that he was not going to come forward with a


punishment budget. He made it clear he wasn't going to do that... He


would wait to see. Because he was wrong. You said he would wait to see


the economic impact. I don't want to fight the referendum campaign again.


No! LAUGHTER We are relieved about that. There


might be long-term consequences for the UK economy. Contrary to the


claims that there will be extra money knocking around, there might


be less and we will have to take action to deal with that. But the


economy has proven to be pretty strong and that is encouraging or


stop no recession? Growth has been downgraded, but we will wait to see


what we have in the Autumn Statement.


Now yesterday afternoon, Labour MPs and peers voted in favour


of reinstating elections to the Shadow Cabinet,


taking away the power to appoint from the leader,


So, if approved, would it be a pragmatic way of making


a seemingly divided party work together.


Did you back the proposal? I voted for the leader to retain the right


to appoint the Shadow Cabinet. Why? I think this is a distraction but


I'm relaxed either way and the party will decide shortly whether the


Shadow Cabinet is appointed in the same way or elected in some way. Is


this not going to go ahead, even though MPs have actually decided to


back that proposal? The National executive committee has got to look


at it. And you think they might not pass it? I don't know, but I'm


relaxed either way. However the Shadow Cabinet is put in place, the


key thing is for all Labour MPs, whoever is elected, is to get the


hind the elected leader, Owen Smith or Jeremy Corbyn, and take the fight


to the Conservatives. All the polls indicate Jeremy Corbyn is going to


win the leadership. It will not solve the problem that 172 MPs, your


colleagues, don't have confidence in Jeremy Corbyn as leader. The fact


they might elect themselves into the shower -- Shadow Cabinet when change


that. He appointed as Shadow Cabinet which reflected a wide spectrum of


people from across the political party. That is not my question.


Let's assume Jeremy Corbyn is the leader and we have 172 MPs who say


they have no confidence in him, they are elected to the Shadow Cabinet.


My first question to one of those MPs would be, do you have faith in


Jeremy Corbyn and they will say no. Some people have reconsidered the


hasty things they said in the aftermath of the referendum result,


but what I will say, if Owen Smith is elected leader of the Labour


Party I would serve him loyally and if Andy Burnham, for example,


had been elected from the last leadership election, I would have


supported him. Whoever wins, there is a responsibility from the


Parliamentary Labour Party to take the fight to the Conservatives and


to do the job we are elected to do. Sometimes in democracy we don't get


the job we want. You are expecting your colleagues, who said they'd


wouldn't have any confidence in Jeremy Corbyn, you are expecting


them to lie and say they have faith in him? -- who said they didn't have


any confidence in Jeremy Corbyn. If Jeremy Corbyn is elected as the


leader, I think they will focus on the job in hand, which is to say


that we want a Labour government with Jeremy Corbyn as leader and we


will work night and day for that. If they don't, what will happen to


them? I hope they will, and I think if Jeremy Corbyn is elected again as


leader, what proportion of the Labour Parliamentary party rolls up


their sleeves and gets on with the task at hand. Have you met enough of


your colleagues? Tristram Hunt, Emma Reynolds, Rachel Reeves, for


example, if they were elected to the Shadow Cabinet, with they serve


under Jeremy Corbyn? -- would they. There are people who are prepared to


serve if they are elected again and that includes people who are not


holding Shadow ministerial jobs at the moment. But they might not be


the one selected by their peers. We have got to see how the decision is


taken about how the Shadow Cabinet is put in place. The decision about


how it is put in place is rather inward, a distraction in a way. You


have got to serve as a Parliamentary opposition and a leader needs the


support of the MPs, though. If they are going to elect each other into


the Shadow Cabinet, it would be difficult for Jeremy Corbyn to be


able to command the Shadow Cabinet in a way which takes the fight to


the Tories? You must be worried about lap. Who is ever elected


leader, they would have a big mandate, 640,000 people have the


chance to vote in this election, that is a big responsibility. If


Owen Smith is elected, I will respect the mandate. I would


encourage my colleagues to do the right thing and do the same in the


event of Jeremy Corbyn being elected. You think this proposal has


been an attempt to hobble Jeremy Corbyn? There are issues, the lack


of a plan from the government in terms of the situation when Britain


leaves the EU. But the problem will be there is not a Parliamentary


party that is one. I would urge my colleagues to look outwards, there


is the caricature that it is those who are characterised on the left of


the party who are inward looking but I think we need to be outward


looking, and we should not be letting down the people who elected


us. They did not elect us to spend our time constitutional wrangling,


with Parliamentary plots, we are elected to hold the Conservative


government to account, and whoever is elected Labour leader will have a


huge mandate and should be supported. If they don't represent


the leader and the majority of the members, do you think they should be


deselected? The talk of deselection and other things is a distraction.


It has been talked about. Someone a few days ago was talking about how


to deselect your local MP. That is an inward looking distraction, and


I'm urging people to look outwards and take the fight to the


Conservatives and stop fighting amongst ourselves. Labour MPs have


more in common with each other than that which divides them ideological


way. It would be good if you could point to some of those examples.


We've got 20 of time exclaim macro -- we've got plenty of time!


So it's the start of a new term, we've got Theresa May's second PMQs


coming up shortly, where no doubt she'll face some tough questions


about her priorities for the coming months,


though leadership challenger Owen Smith doesn't think so.


He's sent Mr Corbyn his own list of questions to ask.


Anyway, what is clogging up the Prime Minister's in-tray,


and what can we expect her to focus on?


Top of the agenda is, of course, Brexit, with the all


important question being - when will Theresa May trigger


Article 50 and start formal exit negotiations with the EU?


She's got a trio of Brexit ministers on the case,


but the Prime Minister is keeping tight lipped


about what our future relationship with the EU might look like.


With Downing Street rebuking the Brexit Minister David Davis


for saying on Monday that it is "very improbable"


that the UK will remain a member of the single market, a spokesman


Other big decisions looming are whether to give the go-ahead to


and to a third runway at Heathrow Airport.


Theresa May will personally chair a cabinet committee,


tasked with making the final decision on airport expansion.


We haven't been waiting long, of course!


The economy will take centre stage for Philip Hammond's


first Autumn Statement, when we'll get the first


official economic forecasts since the referendum.


And find out how the new Chancellor plans to 'reset'


As if that wasn't enough to be getting on with,


documents photographed being carried into Downing Street reveal a Cabinet


split over plans to create new grammar schools.


Theresa May is thought to be in favour, but Education Secretary


Justine Greening wants new grammars to be "presented as an option",


and "only pursued" once they have explored how to "avoid


disadvantaging those who don't get in".


Thank you. David Gauke, do you support the creation of new grammar


schools? There is a lot of press speculation at the moment about any


future announcement that may be made on education policy. In terms of,


I'm not going to comment on the specific, some of these specific


proposals. I know that, I am asking you a simple question, do you


support the creation of new grammar schools? What is important is we


have an education system that gives more people the opportunity to have


excellent education. Lets take that for granted. With the creation of


new grammar schools be part of that process? I think that's where we


start to get into details of announcements, and looking at, if


you like, a package of announcements. Should the creation


of new grammar schools be part of a package for education? The point I


would make is our objective is to ensure we can find ways in which


more people get a good education. Every politician... The question is


how do you do it? I will try one more time. Do you think that in


efforts to improve social mobility and help kids, brighter kids from


poor backgrounds, with the creation of new grammar schools be part of


that process? As I say, and you can ask the question again, we have to


look at the overall context of the announcements that could be made,


the reforms that could be made. The objective, we have been very clear


about that, is about increasing those opportunities. OK, the viewers


will come to their own conclusions with your answers to that question.


Europe and Brexit. David Davis made a comment to the Commons this week


about Brexit plans, what did he tell us we didn't know already? I think


it was a helpful update to Parliament, setting out some of the


thinking going into this. I think in terms of... Of the content, it


really was just helpful to outline to Parliament some of the engagement


going on, some of the things we are looking at. We are not rushing into


this. I think we have worked that out! What was new? It is now over


two months since the vote on the 23rd of June, well over two months,


coming up to three. What has he been able to tell us we didn't know


already? Well, I can understand from your perspective, always looking for


a news story. Two and a half months. We would like a clear idea of the


path ahead. What did he tell us that gave us a clear idea? I think he set


out information about the new government department that has been


set up to lead and coordinate this. What did he tell us about it? In


terms of practical points on the work they are doing, the staff they


have taken on and so on. He talked about being gay judgment with other


countries. This is one of the most complicated. -- he talked about the


engagement with other countries. We know all of that. It is ten weeks


since we voted to leave. Surely the Government... We are not asking for


the detailed blueprint, but surely the Government, after ten weeks


could give us a slightly clear indication of what that route is


ahead. So far you've been able to tell me nothing about this route


that we didn't know already this comes back to the wide appointment


of the plan Richard has touched on a couple of times. We will be engaging


in an important negotiation with the EU 27 member states. It is an


negotiation where we are seeking a unique deal for the United Kingdom.


It's not about taking an off-the-shelf particular route. We


are setting out we want to achieve that unique deal, we are negotiating


with other member states. I was doing better on grammar schools even


though I was getting nowhere there either! You don't think there is a


road map and it is clear from them what the minister said many might


agree, but do you think... When do you believe Article 50 should be


triggered? First of all I don't think that Labour or any party


should engage in any wrangling which makes it look like they are trying


to wriggle out of the decision the British people took. I said earlier


democracy does not always yield the result we want. Unlike Owen Smith,


you don't think, whenever we do finally do this deal to leave and


see exactly what the blueprint is, you don't think measure be a


referendum on that as Mr Smith has called for? My belief is a second


referendum would run the risk of making the British people feel the


self appointed elite is asking the same question again, to get the


answer they want. When do you think Article 50 should be triggered? We


do need a clear plan but I would like to make this point. I'd like


you to answer the question. I'd like to make this point. Wendy think


Article 50 should be triggered? I was disappointed the other day David


Davis didn't give a more comprehensive answer. They must have


entertained the possibility, at least when they called the


referendum, the British people might decide to vote to Leave. They were


telling department not to plan for it. I think we have established we


didn't learn very much that was new from David Davis, that is clear.


What I am trying to get from you is an idea of Labour's policy. When do


you think Article 50 should be triggered? The end of this year, the


beginning of next year, when? I think we need to discuss this in


great detail before any decisions are taken. Should Parliament have a


vote on it? On? Triggering Article 50? The onus is on the Government,


who got us into this situation, Australia are saying they won't


enter into a trade deal with Britain and we have left the EU. Japan...


They said they would be happy to begin a scoping exercise. I didn't


ask you about Australia. First I asked when Article 50 should be


triggered? The answer they came was nothing. Then should Parliament


focused on the Government says it doesn't need a vote of parliament to


trigger Article 50, what is your view? My view is the onus is on the


Government to set a path forward. OK. Early days! It is.


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


fresh from her trip to the G20 in China with Theresa May,


Laura Kuenssberg is here. Or Theresa May was with her! I'm


talking of Laura. Good to have you back. It is nice to be here. After


PMQs, the state Prime Minister will give a statement on the G20's. She


came under pressure about Brexit and what her plans are. What did you


take away from this? I think you had a really interesting thing happen in


the last 48 hours. Whether it is on one side of the world or here at


home, Theresa May is facing the same questions, what on earth is this


going to mean? And what does this phrase Brexit mean? That has gone


round the world. Even the White House press corps asked the Prime


Minister what Brexit means. There has been this decision by the


Government, whether it is because they don't know or they want to keep


it a secret, that they are just not going to be the kind of operation


where they are going to set up their goals publicly before they are sure


that they can get somewhere on them. It occurs to me there is a really


striking difference between Theresa May and her first month son David


Cameron. He was sort of decision first, headline first, details


later. She is the polar opposite. I think


in the statement she will give after Prime Minister's Questions, we will


get a strong message from her, you are just going to have to wait and


see. Of course, that comes with huge political risk. We saw that


yesterday when David Davis said it is not likely we will stay in the


single market. That created a huge backlash from number ten. When there


is a blank page, people filling the space for you. We will speak more


about Brexit after PMQs and whatever else is raised. At the G20's, was


there a sense of optimism or a sense of concern about the overall course


of the global economy? I think there was a thank goodness it isn't as bad


as we thought it might have been a couple of months ago. Before the


summer, bigger concerns about how bad things would be in China, how


shaky was the world? Were we looking at a significant slowdown or were we


looking at a change in tempo? There was a bit vague, we might have


missed something quite bad, but we still have concerns. Brexit was one


of the concerns lots of countries were talking about, the Japanese,


the Italians. President Obama making no secret at all... It wasn't good.


He basically said, I think you voted the long way. Maybe there is a bit


of, well you didn't listen to me, did you? But he's off in a couple of


months. He and there will be a new Congress and a new president. There


must be concern about a new Congress and President among the G20. There


is uncertainty on the global scene, not just with Brexit? Yes. What


happens in the US and how it unfolds must have been in the backs of


everyone's mind. That was one of the themes at the T20, talking about how


to guard against protection, which is something coming up the rails in


many questions around the world. -- at the G20. And in France and


Germany. Yes. And the Labour Party in Britain. It was one of the things


Theresa May was trying to use to mould this new USP for Britain as


being the global leader in free trade, and trying to push back at


the populism happening in other countries. But nothing like that new


brand coming out of Britain is going to have much impact until the much


bigger questions about what happens about leaving the EU are answered.


We never thought Mrs May cared very much on you very much about foreign


affairs. She was Home Secretary for six years. Do you think she enjoyed


this global stage? I think... In actual fact, these things are 36


hours gone, there was a difference in how she was at the end and the


very beginning. When she walked onto the stage with President Obama she


looked nervous, a little bit unsettled. They just had an hour


meeting, that we know was not an easy meeting at all. I have closing


press conference she looked ten times more relaxed and ten times


more at ease. Who wouldn't be nervous, turning up to see 19 of the


world's most powerful people? I'm not sure if she's going to be the


kind of person who will really enjoy these kind of grand occasions. You


can see how leaders handle themselves when the cameras are


there. Everyone rushes up to go and stand next to the American


president, give him a high five and stand next to the most important


person in the May didn't do that. That is not her style. She was


trying to find allies and friends. We saw her and Angela Merkel went


together at one point. Her and Christina Lang guard. Fascinating.


Laura, we can go straight to the Commons on the first Prime


Minister's Questions of the new season.


I would like to congratulate the British Olympic team on a great


medical -- medal haul, finishing second, in front of China. CHEERING


I know everyone would wish to give the very best wishes to our


Paralympic athletes and wish them the best of success. This morning I


had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others, and I will


have further such meetings later today. May I add my warm wishes to


those, all Paralympians and those from Bristol in particular, they


will do us Brown. The whole house will be delighted that this house


houses a disproportionate number of the worlds finest university -- that


this country. However, some are being shutout in anticipation of


Brexit, this is so important for scientific, medical, engineering and


other research, and for our economic prosperity. Can the Prime Minister


please tell us what her strategy is? Can I first of all say come out very


good it is to see her in this house. We agree of the importance of


valuable adversities and the work they do and the research and


collaboration they have -- of the value of our universities. We have


given certain guarantees to universities in relation to funding


decisions which have been taken by the European Union and we are


standing by them because we recognise the value they bring to


the country. Neil Parish. Thank you, Mr Speaker. I welcome the statement


from the Chancellor on support payments for farmers after 2020, to


give confidence to farming and the countryside, but with trade deals


now being done, bridges farmers produce some of the best welfare and


friendly food in the world and we need to make sure they are not both


farming... We need to make sure the food industry is protected through


trade deals in the future and I seek reassurance from the Prime Minister.


-- British farmers. You are right, the announcement I referred to just


now, to answer the first question the Chancellor gave, gave guarantees


to the farming industry about the support available to them after 2020


but we need to recognise the very significant role that the food and


farming industry plays in the United Kingdom and we will be looking to


work with the sector. The Environment Secretary will be doing


that to see how we can develop those industries looking into the future.


And looking at the trade deals we will be doing and how they will play


their part. Jeremy Corbyn. Thank you. Can I join the Prime Minister


in congratulating the entirety of the Olympic team for their fantastic


achievements at the Olympics in Rio and wish the Paralympic team all the


best and can she tell us, did this set the visit off to China in a good


way or was there a bit of tension? If bragging rights were allowed. The


average house price in Britain is now ?215,000 and over eight times


the average wage. The average price of a first-time buyers home has


risen by 12% in the past year. Isn't the dream of home ownership for many


people just that? A dreamer? First of all, in response to the first


point, I actually... The Chinese president congratulated me on the


success of the United Kingdom in the Olympic Games. He raises the issues


of housing which he has raised on a number of occasions with my


predecessor and also with me before we broke for the summer recess. Of


course it is important for us to look at helping people get their


first... Their step on the first rung of the housing ladder or stop


that is why I'm pleased that house-building has been up under a


Conservative government compared to Labour, but we are not complacent


and we will be doing more. We will have more houses being built under


this Conservative government and also providing support for people to


make sure they have the financial support which helps them to own


their own home. House-building under this government is 45,000 a year


less than it was under the last Labour government. And for those who


are desperate to get their own place, I referred the Prime Minister


to an note I received from a lady called Jenny, her partner and


herself work in a supermarket, they are trying to get a mortgage and


they have been told they can borrow ?73,000. Not much hope for them,


then. The former Prime Minister promised there would be a wonderful


one replacement for every council house that is sold under right to


buy -- there would be a one for one. Sadly there is only one for every


five that are sold. Will the prime to give us a commitment on the one


for one replacement and when will it be a reality? Can I say to Jenny


that I fully understand and appreciate the concerns that


individuals have about wanting to be able to have their own home and to


set up that home and I recognise the difficulties that they are after


some people in doing that. I have to say, in relation to the figures on


council houses, he is wrong, we have delivered on the one for one


replacement on leave to buy. I'm very interested. I noticed that the


right honourable gentleman had asked his Twitter followers what questions


he should ask me this week and I thought I would love to see what


responses he would receive, and I thought the first one was quite good


-- I would look. He might want to stay sitting down. Lewis writes,


does she know that in a recent Paltan who would make a better Prime


Minister, -- does she know that in a recent poll on who would make a


better Prime Minister, don't know rated higher than Jeremy Corbyn. We


do know that we're not going to let Labour anywhere near power again.


The number of first-time buyers has halved in the last 20 years and the


average age has increased a great deal. There is a housing crisis in


Britain. 10 million people now live in the private rented sector and


many are forced to claim housing benefit to cover costs of rents.


Devastating figures released over the summer show that ?9.3 billion of


public money is paid through housing benefit directly into the pockets of


private landlords. Does the Prime Minister think this ?9.3 billion


into the private rental market is really money well spent? I have to


say, he talks about the importance of people being able to buy their


own homes and then challenge is one of the measures which helps people


to get into their own homes through housing benefit, support in the


private rented sector, so it might be that he has an ideological


objection to the private rented sector, but what this government is


doing is making sure that what we are doing is looking across the


board so we will see more houses being built. We are looking to make


sure there is a diversity of opportunity for people in terms of


getting their own home, but I have to say, everything he says tells us


all we need to know about modern Labour, the train has left the


station, the seats are empty, the leader is on the floor, and even on


rolling stock they are a laughing stock. CHEERING


Mr Speaker... Mr Speaker... Her predecessor... Mr Speaker, her


predecessor in discussing this issue said the simple point is that every


penny you spend on housing subsidy is money you can't spend on building


houses. And if landlords rent outhouses in a very bad state, such


as heavy damp wet walls, no working toilet, they need to be getting


fined. The government has got to regulate, that is what choice wrote


to me, and the citizens advice bureau says one sixth of housing


benefit goes to private sector landlords renting out on safe homes,


is this really a satisfactory state of affairs gridlock -- on safe. What


I would say, if he thinks housing benefit is actually such a bad


thing, why was it that when we change the rules on housing benefit


the Labour Party opposed those changes that we took? He talks about


bad landlords, we have changed the rules on selective licensing and we


are making changes and we have given councils free reign to impose


burdens of the Chrissy on landlords -- burdens of bureaucracy on


landlords, we think that will lead to problems in the market with high


costs on tenants and landlords. We are looking at all of these issues.


I recognise as every MP does the problems that people have when they


are living in accommodation that is not up to the standard that we would


wish to see people living in. That is why we are looking and changing


the rules and we are making sure that the regulations are there. That


is extremely interesting. Only a year ago the Prime Minister voted


against a Labour amendment to the housing bill which simply said all


homes for rent in the private rented sector should be fit for human


habitation. Just over a year ago the Treasury estimated that it is losing


half ?1 billion per year on unpaid tax on landlords renting in the


private rented sector. ?9.5 billion in housing benefit, half a billion


not being collected and a large number of homes not really fit for


human habitation. Does this require government intervention on the side


of the tenant and those in housing need? The right honourable gentleman


asks for the government to intervene, and the government has


the housing and panning act introduced further tough measures --


planning act. Banning orders for serious offenders and repayment


orders, we have provided money so local authorities can conduct more


inspections of properties, people's homes, we have seen more people and


more properties being inspected, we now have thousands of landlords


facing further action. Far from not taking action in this area, the


government has. But I say to the right John -- honourable gentleman,


he might have a vision of society where he doesn't want private


landlords and he would like the government deliberating on


everything about that is not what we want. We want opportunities for


people -- but that is not what we want. They're big difference between


him and me is that we want people to take opportunities. We want to make


sure that those living in the private rented sector are properly


treated and not having to pay excessive levels of rent. Womens Aid


has said that two thirds of women refugees are going to close because


of the benefit cap when it comes into force and that 87% of women and


children who are in those refuges will suffer as a result and most of


those refuges require an income level which comes mainly from


housing benefit, 90% from vat. Does the Prime Minister recognised that


these are very vulnerable women in those refuges and the closure of


them would be devastating for them and very dangerous for the most


vulnerable people within our society? Will should take action to


make sure the cat doesn't apply to Womens Aid refuges? -- the cap.


The right honourable gentleman raises a very important issue. On


the issue of domestic violence we should come across this house, do


all we can to stop these crimes taking place and provide support to


the victims and survivors of these crimes. We are working on exempting


refuges from the cap. I would also remind him of the very good record


that we have on domestic violence. It was a Conservative government


that introduced the new offence of coercive control, that put into


practice those laws, that putting ?80 million to support domestic


violence victims in the period up to 2020. We are listening to these


problems and we are responding to them and we all take this very


seriously indeed. But I say to the right honourable gentleman, it is 50


days since he and I last met across this dispatch box. It would be nice


to see you, he said. It is nice to see him sitting in his place.


LAUGHTER And I have to say, if we just look


at the contrast is what -- of what has been done over the summer, the


Conservative government has been working tirelessly to support


everyone. Yanuyanutawa ?250 million of loans


to small businesses, introduced the racial disparity audit, looking at


public services and how they treat people and setting the groundwork


for new trade deals around the world.


What we have seen, what a contrast. What a contrast with the party


opposite, divided amongst themselves, and I'm capable of


uniting our country. What we do know is there is only one party that is


going to provide a country, a government, and economy, a society


that works for everyone, and that's the Conservative Party! CHEERING


. Last week the children Society published a report that showed 10%


of children feel their lives have little meaning or purpose. I know


the Prime Minister understands the importance of tackling mental


health, because she raised in her Downing Street speech. What further


action does she propose to increase mental health support in our


schools? My honourable friend raises a very


important point. I think there has been a collective concern about the


issue of the way in which mental health is dealt with. That is why we


put a record ?1.4 billion into transforming the dedicated mental


health support available to young people across the country. That


includes ?150 million for services to support children and young people


with eating disorders. There are other things, we are publishing a


blueprint for school counselling services. The role schools play is


very important in this. I know that my right honourable friend the


Education Secretary will be looking very closely at the report to see


what more we can do. May I join with the Prime Minister and leader of the


Labour Party in praising all Olympians. This is the first day of


the Paralympics, an inspiration to us all. Mr Speaker, there is very


real concern and worry about the prospect of Brexit, especially in


Scotland, where the of people voted Remain in the EU. The UK Government


has had all summer to come up with a plan, to come up with a strategy. So


far we've just had waffle. Can I ask the Prime Minister a very simple


question, she want the UK to remain fully in the single market?


What I want the UK is we put in place, into practice the vote taken


by UK people to leave the European Union. That we get the right deal


for the trade in goods and services with the European Union, a new


relationship we will be building with them and we also introduce


control of the movement of people from the European Union into the


United Kingdom. I say we can approach the vote that took place on


the 23rd of June in two ways. We can try and go back neck, have a second


referendum, say we didn't really believe it. Actually, we are


respecting the views of the people. -- we can go back on it. But more


than that, we will be seizing the opportunities that leaving the


European Union now gives us, to forge a new role for the United


Kingdom in the wild. We on these benches respect the


views of the people of Scotland who voted to Remain. The European single


market... One mast be heard, and he will be heard. Mr Angus Robertson.


The European single market is the biggest market in the world and it


really matters to our businesses and it really matters to our economy. I


asked the Prime Minister a very, very simple question. It's either in


or out answer. Let me ask again, does she want the United Kingdom to


remain fully part of the European single market? Yes or no?


The right honourable gentleman doesn't quite seem to understand...


What the vote on the 23rd of June was about. The United Kingdom will


leave the European Union and we will build a new relationship with the


European Union. That new relationship will include control of


the movement of people from the EU into the UK and it will include the


right deal for trade in goods and services. That is how to approach


it. I also say this to the right honourable gentleman, in looking at


negotiations it would not be right for me or this government to give a


running commentary on negotiations. Or... Order, order. Just as the


right honourable gentleman must've been heard, the Prime Minister's


answer be heard. It would not be right for us to


prejudge those negotiations. We will be ensuring we achieve opportunities


for growth and prosperity across the UK, including growth and prosperity


in Scotland. As we saw from figures released this summer, what gives


growth and prosperity in Scotland is being a member of the United


Kingdom. Thank you Mr Speaker. Last week


hundreds of local residents and businesses attended my faster


broadband fair. Many of those with the very slowest speeds a ?500 about


voucher to fund an alternative broadband connection capable of


delivering at least 10 megabits per second. Will the Prime Minister join


me in congratulating Somerset County Council on this excellent scheme and


confirm the Government remains committed of delivering a service of


10 megabits a second by 2020? I am happy to give my assurance and join


with him in paying tribute to his council and the work they are doing,


and all those involved in that innovative scheme. High-speed


broadband is an important part of 21st-century infrastructure. We will


be doing everything we can to ensure it is there and available for


people, because that will enable us to have jobs and prosperity in this


country. Penman engineering established in


1859 was forced into administration in my constituency this week. I


can't name the debtor, it is an impossible decision. They have to


continue to trade with this debtor as well as pursuing the debt. Will


the Prime Minister put me in touch with the Business Secretary to


discuss support that can be given on how we can ensure these companies,


who receive enormous amounts of public money, don't hold our supply


chain to ransom and pay bills on time?


First of all, I said the honourable gentleman that of course our


thoughts are with all those families who are affected by what has to


Penman engineering. The administrator has a role in ensuring


any sale of the business protects the maximum number of jobs and my


right honourable friend the Scottish Secretary has made clear that that


is his priority. I hope the Scottish Government will offer their support


of this long-standing business. Our thoughts are with all those who have


been affected and the administrator will be looking to ensure the best


possible options are found for the company.


In adding my congratulations to the Prime Minister, can I say following


the EU referendum and under her leadership, I feel more confident


about the future of this country than ever in my lifetime.


And we'll surely beware of those who are trying to make leaving the


European Union ever more complicated and protracted, and to that end.


Order, order. Progress is very slow. There is too much noise.


The honourable gentleman will be heard. Will she confirm there is no


basis in law to require the Government to seek the permission of


parliament before invoking Article 50?


Prime Minister I thank my honourable friend for his comments.


He is absolutely right. The Government's position is very clear.


This is a prerogative power. It is a power that can be exercised by the


Government. As he alludes to in his question I don't think anyone should


be in any doubt that those people who are trying to prolong the


process by their legal references in relation to Parliament are not those


who want to see us successfully leaving the European Union, they are


those who want to stop us leaving the European Union. The Prime


Minister seems less keen than her predecessor on the northern


powerhouse, but she also says post Brexit Britain is open for business.


Where better in 2025 than the great city of Manchester to host the world


Expo, where the atom was split and where graphene was invented, to


showcase the best of Britain's world. Will she back our bid?


I say to the honourable gentleman I'm interested to hear the lobby he


is making for Manchester. And can I say how pleased I am Manchester will


be hosting the parade for are Olympic athletes.


In this process Brexit world, will the Prime Minister agree with me


that Nato is more important cornerstone than ever, particularly


article five that lays down an attack on one is an attack on all.


Any politician who will not sign up to that commitment or even worse,


who tells Nato they should give up, go home and go away, is recklessly


risking the defence of all? I absolutely agree on all the points


my right honourable friend made. We must never forget the importance of


Nato, is the cornerstone of our defence and security and that


strength is based on the fact that all of those partners within Nato


have committed to article five and operating under the basis of article


five. Anybody who says, rejects that, is rejecting that security on


that defence, they'd be undermining our national security and the


National security of our allies. What we know from the Labour Party


is far from delivering stronger defence, they would cut defence


spending, undermine Nato and they've scrapped the nuclear deterrent.


Prime Minister, I have just had a debate in Westminster Hall on the


police ombudsman's report into the Northern Ireland massacre, in which


six men were shot dead by the UVF in a period of direct rule in my


constituency. I have a letter from my predecessor in which he


acknowledged this unspeakable evil and said the Government accepts the


police ombudsman's report and any allegations of police misconduct are


taken very seriously. Will the Prime Minister detail what action she will


take to ensure prosecutions are pursued, an apology is forthcoming


from the Government and compensation is provided for lost lives?


I say to the honourable lady she is absolutely right. What happened was


a terrible, terrible evil. I am sure that everybody across the House will


want to join me in expressing our sympathies to all of those who were


affected by the appalling atrocity. As she has said, and as my right


honourable friend for Whitney said, the Government accepts the


ombudsman's report. It is important that where there are allegations of


police misconduct they are taken seriously, and properly looked into,


if there has been wrong doing it must be pursued. Obviously it is a


matter for the PSM eye, although I would remind the Chief Constable has


been very clear he wants to be sure he is determined where there is


wrongdoing people will be brought to justice. A long-running review into


hospital services in Bedford and Milton Keynes was an abject failure.


By publishing recommendations for significant changes to services and


refusing to answer any questions. Can the Prime Minister assure me


their sustainability and transformation plans for


Bedfordshire and elsewhere, to be released by NHS England will be


subject to proper local accountability and for local


decision authority? I say to my honourable friend it is


it is absolutely the point of these plans, that they should be locally


driven, that they will be considered locally, they should be taking into


account the concerns and interests locally, not just by commissioning


groups but Local Authorities and the public. These must be planned that


are driven from the locality. I give my honourable friend that assurance.


Nearly 2 million people signed up to vote in the European Union


referendum earlier this year. It surely right that constituency


should be based on the actual electorate that want to vote. Is the


Prime Minister concerned the review going ahead next week without


including those 2 million voters? I'd say to the honourable gentleman


all parties across this house supported the proposal that the


commission would follow this timetable, bring forward these


proposals and by 2018 those commission proposals would be put in


place. All parties supported that and I continue to support that. Does


the Prime Minister share my anger that on the weekend of the 23rd of


July, up to 250,000 people on the road to Dover were stuck in gridlock


in the sweltering heat for up to 17 hours without food, water or even


able to go to the toilet and will she support my campaign to make sure


we get better infrastructure to the Channel ports, starting with a lorry


car park and getting some proper motorways to Dover? I say to my


honourable friend he has been a passionate advocate for the support


for his local area, given some of the pressures that Dover finds


itself under as a cross Channel port. It is an important issue. We


are committed to providing support. The money for the lorry park was


announced last November. The site was announced in July and I believe


consultation is taking place on the design for that particular site. On


the issue of the possible dualling of the A2-macro, we do want to


support local infrastructure to handle the growth in traffic,


particularly given their right expansion plans for the port. I


assure him Dover will be considered as part of that plan.


As many children return to school this week I am sure the Prime


Minister will join me in wishing them all the very best of the school


year ahead. Will she also provide reassurance to my constituents and


to children across London that the objectives of changes to the


school's funding formula will be achieved by levelling up, not


levelling down on funding for schools in London will not be cut by


up to 20%? I join the honourable lady in


wishing all those going to school, many for the first time, well in


their education. I hope what we will be aiming to do is ensuring every


child has the education right for them and the opportunities that are


right for them. It is right that we look at the National funding


formula. That will be done carefully to see what the impacts will be


across the country. Our world leading universities are one of our


country's great assets. When I next meet with the Vice Chancellor of


York University, to discuss Brexit and higher education, what


assurances can I pass to him from my right honourable friend the Prime


Minister that our universities will continue to receive the vital


funding they need to thrive beyond 2020?


I say to my honourable friend again he raises an important point about


the relevance and significance of our universities. My right


honourable friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer was able to give


confidence and reassurance to universities in the summer about the


funding arrangements that will continue while we are still members


of the European Union and while we are members of the European Union we


will maintain our full rights of obligation and obligations of


membership and expect others to deal with us on that same basis. Looking


ahead we have a higher education Bill going through this house, which


is about how we can ensure we are seeing the places, the university


places available in this country, to provide the education we want to


provide. We have a great record on higher education in this country, we


want to build on that and develop it for the future. I would like to put


to the Prime Minister a request I know she will think is reasonable.


My local hospital, Saint Helena Hospital, which delivers, which is a


high performing hospital and delivers excellent care, built in


the 1930s and is in need of very substantial investment, will she


agree to earmark the first two weeks of the ?350 million is going to be


available each week post Brexit to spend on the reconstruction of my


hospital? I have to say to the honourable


gentleman his question tempts me to go down a number of routes and


answering him. What I would say is I recognise the importance of his


local hospital trust. I'm pleased to say that over the last six years


we've seen more doctors and nurses in that trust able to provide more


services and more facilities and since 2010 the capital spend on the


trust has already gone up. ?72.7 million. We will be looking to


ensure we provide the health service that is right for everyone in this


country. At the moment there rather AET


vulnerable elderly patients in Kettering General Hospital awaiting


delayed transfer to social care. The national guideline says there should


be 25. In the next few weeks the number is likely to rise to 200, the


highest in the country, with a similar number in Northampton


General Hospital, because of proposals by Northamptonshire County


Council to extend it from three days to four weeks. In order to prevent


this crisis, will the Prime Minister organise a joint meeting of


government and ministers, the local NHS and Council to bang heads to


prevent this crisis happening? What I will say to my honourable friend


is ensure the health Department is aware of the request he has put


forward. Everybody I think in this house is well aware of the challenge


we have in relation to the interaction of social care with


hospitals. This is an issue we have already looked at. We've put money


into the better care fund. We've been looking at the better working


together of health services and social care and social services and


Local Authorities. It is one of the challenges we see. There are some


areas where this has been done very well and I think it's right we look


at those and try to spend, spread that good practice. I will make sure


the health Department is aware of that concern.


Nine months after signing the Paris climate agreement the Government


still hasn't ratified the treaty. According to the committee on


climate change it lacks half the policies it needs to reach its


climate targets. With the delayed carbon induction plan and the risk


of missing our energy targets, or will the Prime Minister take this


opportunity to reassure people it remains committed to climate action


and follow the example of 26 states that have ratified, will it give us


a firm date for ratification before the follow-up negotiations in


November. What I'm happy to give the honourable lady is the assurance we


will be ratifying the Paris agreement. My right honourable


friend, the current Home Secretary, then as energy secretary, played a


key role in ensuring that Paris agreement was actually achieved. I


would also hope the honourable lady will want to congratulate the


Government. We've been identified as being the second best country in the


world for tackling climate change. I would have hoped she would have


congratulated us on that. Today is the day designed to bring


attention to the muscle wasting disease. Will the Prime Minister


join me in welcoming the recent announcement that a drug is now


going to be available to these young boys in NHS England and will she


congratulate my constituent Archie hill, Mustard dystrophy UK and all


the colleagues in this house. -- muscular dystrophy. I am very happy


to join my right honourable friend in congratulating all of those


involved in making sure this innovative drug available. I thank


her for weight raising awareness of an important issue. I know the right


honourable member for Whitney as Prime Minister met Archie, the young


man with muscular dystrophy and was inspired by him. I am sure all


members across this house will welcome the fact that this


innovative drug is now available on the NHS. We are committed to making


sure that patients with rare conditions get access to the latest


medicines and are taking some bold steps to speed up the process. Will


the Prime Minister join me, and I'm sure the rest of the House, in


sending our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the family


and friends of Roseanne Cooper and her ten-year-old nephew, who were


mown down by a stolen car last week in Penge. And send best wishes to


the three young girls also involved. Whilst enquiries by the police and


the Independent Police Complaints Commission are undertaken on the


matter is now before the courts, I will say no more about this specific


case, other than to ask the Prime Minister, if she is aware of the


widespread public concern that the law on causing death by dangerous


driving is wholly inadequate, and will she undertake a review, both of


its suitability and its applicability as the courts enact


it? Can I first of all join the


honourable member in expressing our sympathies to all those who were


involved in this terrible accident that took place, this terrible


tragedy, when this stolen car mowed down two people and affected others


as well. I'm aware of the concern that there is about the law in


relation to dangerous driving. I've had a particular case about the


daughter of someone in my constituency, who was killed as a


result of dangerous driving and they have raised concerns with me


specifically about their case. This is a matter I believe the Justice


Department is looking at. Order. I thought Jeremy Corbyn might well


go on the continued sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, after the war


continues in Yemen and the abuse of human rights, but that was not to be


the case. Jeremy Corbyn went on housing, using all six questions on


house prices and house-building, housing benefit, very important


subject, but not one right on the agenda. Since foreign affairs did


not feature as it really does in Prime Minister's Questions, we have


big news out of Texas. The Dallas morning News has endorsed Hillary


Clinton for president in November. That is big news because the Dallas


morning News has not endorsed a Democrat since 1945. 1944, to be


exact. We will see what our panel thought of PMQs in a moment. Martin


Jamieson said from Stockport said, housing, housing, I know it is


important, but Brexit, G20, the future of the nation, Jeremy, anyone


in? This one says it is good to see Jeremy Corbyn is in June with the


needs of vulnerable people and their housing predicament stashed tune. It


is good that he sticks to real issues. Martin Bristow says he


doesn't know how Jeremy Corbyn is going to get any traction and he


seems to be suggesting social housing is the answer to the housing


crisis, but he is not speaking to a big enough constituency to win a


general election. Another one says I see the prime in a star has already


resorted to ridicule of her opposite number -- the Prime Minister has


already resorted. Another one says, Theresa May says people voted for


some control, but we wanted control, what does she mean by it some


control? That is it. Any reason for going for housing? We are hardly


likely to see big headlines about what Jeremy Corbyn raised in Primus


's questions even though housing is a big issue and it has always been


one of his favourite subjects -- raised in Prime Minister's


Questions. But given that Parliament is just back in Theresa May is back


from China and there are questions about leaving the European Union,


picking housing is not going to land Jeremy Corbyn with a huge boost in


terms of the political cycle, it's just not. He ignored the advice of


Owen Smith. Funny, that. He wanted him to ask questions about Europe


and Brexit. Maybe he avoided that because, if Theresa May was a


reluctant remain campaigner, so was Jeremy Corbyn, times two. That is


right. There might be another opportunity for Jeremy Corbyn to ask


questions about Brexit next time, but maybe he won't. Angus Robertson


was the person asking the questions about the trade-off between the run


it and the freedom of movement. -- between the single market. Which she


couldn't quite answer. It was interesting, Angus Robertson asking


the biggest question of the day. Rather than Jeremy Corbyn. He


ploughed his own furrow. But in terms of getting traction, he didn't


get far. He chose to go with housing with all six questions and you would


assume he would do all his homework on housing. Why did he allow the


Prime Minister to save the Conservatives were building more


homes than Labour? -- to say. Jeremy Corbyn was correct to focus on one


topic and it keeps the pressure on Theresa May, the Conservatives have


failed on housing, but what I thought was so good about the


questions, it linked what happens in Parliament what happens in people's


constituencies. MPs with their weekend surgeries, I know housing is


usually the biggest issue that comes up. I understand that. But if you


have done your homework and if the Prime Minister says something which


is believed not to be true, why would the Leader of the Opposition


not come straight back? Why does he simply move on to the next question?


Why does he not replied to the replies he gets? Why doesn't he


think on his feet? I think he does, but he doesn't want to get involved


in the kind of tit-for-tat political theatrics which goes on. Theresa May


really delivered very well pre-scripted joke about trains but


doesn't interest people. Yes, that is the work of a scriptwriter, but


I'm talking about house-building. Do you believe the government is


building more homes than the last Labour government? No, I don't,


there is a crisis can we have reached a situation where getting a


council house or a mortgage is a pipe dream for so many people. What


would you do about it? We need house-building programme of council


houses and truly affordable homes. How would you do that? We need to


get the economy moving by investing and we need to put as a priority


truly affordable homes. The way they are defined at the moment is the 80%


of the market value and that is not affordable for most people watching


this programme. It is untrue to say, David Gauke, that the government is


building more homes than the last Labour government? They are building


more council homes. That is not what she said. In terms of


house-building, following the crash there was a significant fall but


we're now seeing a recovery terms of more planning permission being


granted and more homes starts as I understand it. But there is more


work to be done, as I acknowledge. You are not building more homes in


the last Labour government. I have got the figures. Sticking with


completions. Early 2000, 140,000 houses a year, not enough, no one is


saying the last Labour government's policy regarding housing was great.


It then came down after the crash. Under the Conservatives it has


stayed flat, only by 2014 did it start to rise and only now after you


have been in power for six years, 140,000, you are still 20,000 below


per year where it was under the last Labour government. These are your


official government figures, so it is not true to say you are building


more homes than the last Labour government. It is true to say that


we are building more homes than the level we inherited when we came to


office. You inherited a crash. Yes, there is more for us to do, that is


why we had one of the biggest housing packages in the last Autumn


Statement. In terms of our ambition on things like right to buy... In


the last 12 months you have only started 140,000 more homes and you


are still way below the start rate of 180,000 before the crash. Eight


years since the crash and you are still way behind even the starting


of new building than you were compared to the Labour government in


2008. Not a great record. In terms of planning permission being


granted. It is not showing up in the starts. I'm quite happy to


acknowledge that there is more that we need to do. There was a big


announcement with the Autumn Statement last year in terms of a


number of things and that will not come through immediately. When will


it come through? We would hope to see that over the next few years,


but that depends upon the state of the economy. As Theresa May was very


clear, we are not complacent, there is a need to do more. We have made


reforms to the planning system which was the biggest problem we have.


Just today we are publishing a planning Bill which will make


further house-building easier. There is progress which we are making. Let


me come back to this issue regarding the Brexit timetable. You have


briefings with G20 and you are mixing with government ministers. Do


we have any clear idea of what will happen between now and the New Year?


Article 50 will not be triggered this side of the New Year, I


understand. Can it go beyond the first quarter? It is very difficult


to imagine that it will be a case that we are sitting here at Easter


and nothing has happened, because the political pressure will make it


on tenable and I think by the time you get to party conference that the


Prime Minister will give more detail about what she plans to do. -- on


tenable. Although Jeremy Corbyn did not go on this, there was question


after question from various MPs about universities, Angus Robertson


talking about the single market and immigration, so she will have to


reveal her hand. She was a time and again that is not what they want to


do, but ambition and political reality often smashed up against


each other, she has three ministers who are not exactly wallflowers who


are in charge of this will stop or best friends. The idea that they can


all keep their powder dry for five months seems for the birds. Someone


said they will have to invent a new whipping system for those three


ministers to make sure they behave. There is a serious point. You can't


deal with a vacuum in politics for very long time. OK, we will leave it


there. The other 27 members of the European Union will be meeting next


week to discuss their own negotiating positions. Formerly we


will not be in the room, but informally it is a different picture


-- formally. And elections next year in France and Germany. Thanks for


joining us. So Party Conference season


is round the corner, Yes, it is the time that politicians


like to release their memoirs. So which will be the best sellers


of the season? The Guardian's John Crace


has been having a read. First up we have


Nick Clegg's Politics. This is the story of basically how


Nick Clegg thinks the Lib Dems were Let's hope that their seven


remaining MPs buy the book. Next we have Malcolm Rifkind's


Power And Pragmatism. This one is very much


for the political nerd only. He also omits his most recent claim


to fame, which is being caught in a sting


over cash for access. Now we come to Chris Mullin which


is my own particular favourite. He is also one of the few


politicians who is able And finally we come


to Ed Balls's Speaking Out. The underlying subtext


of the book is that Ed Balls But the two biggest stars


of the political season The first is Margaret Hodge,


who was chair of the Public She was famous for holding the rich


and powerful to account. So let's hope that the lawyers


and his editors haven't got to him. And let's hope our next guest is


equally indiscreet. And Andrew Gimson, who's latest book


The Adventures of Boris Johnson, Welcome to the Daily Politics. Your


book is an updated version of Boris, the adventures of Iris Johnson.


Three tremendous surprises that basically no one predicted. The


referendum result, then Boris in pole position, knocked out by the


very person he had been campaigning with the six months and then people


thought he might scrape back into the Cabinet if he was lucky and


Boris as Foreign Secretary. The most exciting political summer in living


memory. What was your take on it, because it was incredible? My take


is Boris has benefited. Boris and Theresa May needed each other. Which


ever one won, the other one had to be in there at the top, because


otherwise the Tory party would be permanently split into these two


factions. There was an interest between them that did not emerge,


but they were in touch the weekend after the referendum and Boris...


Michael Gove made the decision from Boris, you can't win. Boris had the


guts to retreat, as though he was scorned. We did the prudent thing,


didn't fight to the death. He didn't. How many books do think you


will sell of this tumultuous summer? I would think well into double


figures! Ten? LAUGHTER Customer I could buy one it 11. More


than Malcolm Rifkind's memoirs. People want Boris to sign it and say


it's rubbish. The attraction of writing a political book in this


instance was obvious, a bit like the opening days of the coalition. But


generally, what is the attraction of writing a political book that is not


really going to get red? Vanity, that's why people buy books. Is that


it? No but mostly. My wife informed me on a number of occasions I was on


the cusp of becoming an old and forgot and unless I thought I'd


start writing books. May be that is for me! The BBC is fortunately still


a well funded organisation. That is not the only reason. Is it all about


serialisation? It's not. The author is quite annoying in a way. Isn't


that what really promotes it? What's in the book is much more than what


can be serialised. Serialisation, although it is nice if you get paid


money for Anya pleased by the attention, if you care about the


book it's sort of a distraction. Which book looking at this little


selection are you going to read? From this handsome choice of


books... Ed Balls' autobiography? It is here. I will have a read of that


one. Very loyal. And you? The same. Having been in the opposite Treasury


team for many years I would be very interested to read what Ed Balls has


to say. A lighter celebrity memoir, it might be quite good! Ken Clarke


will be wonderful, I think. Thank you for coming in.


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


David press that big red buzzer there and pick the winner.


Mark Lynch from Huddersfield. Well done, you have won the mug.


The one o'clock news is starting over on BBC One now.


Joe will be on her own tomorrow. And with Ed Balls. He has a book to


plug, that's why he's coming on. Goodbye.


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