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Morning folks - welcome

to the Daily Politics.

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Ahead of the latest deadline

in the Brexit negotiations,

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there are new signs that the

two sides are close to agreement,

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or have even agreed, on

how much money we'll pay the EU

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to meet our post-Brexit obligations.

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Does this have the makings

of a breakthrough in Brussels?

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With talk of the divorce costin

40 billion euros or more,

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Nigel Farage claims Christmas has

come early for the EU.

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He joins us live.

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Theresa May won't be at Prime

Minister's Questions to talk about

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it, her deputy Damian Green is

standing in from noon - despite

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being under investigation over

allegations of sexual impropriety.

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And forget Brexit, we'll be talking

about the other big issue facing

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the nation - the biggest -

should we get a day off to mark

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the wedding of Harry and Meghan?

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All that in the next 90 minutes.

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And with me for all of it, two

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politicians who know their Article

50 from their Acquis Communautaire,

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as they say in the EU - they're

both former MEPs who hopped off

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what the papers used to call

the Brussels gravy train

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and arrived here in Westminster.

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Just in time too.

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It's the Brexit Minister and

Conservative peer, Martin Callanan,

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and for Labour the Shadow Treasury

Minister, Anneliese Dodds.

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First, today, Westminster is agog

with speculation this morning that

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Britain and the EU have pretty much

agreed how much the UK should pay

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the EU to meet ongoing

post-Brexit obligations,

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thereby allowing the Brexit talks

to move on to a future trade

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arrangement in the new year.

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The actual sum is still a bit vague,

with some reports saying it's

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as high as 60 billion euros -

or is that pounds - or as low

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as 45 billion euros or pounds.

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Some newspapers this morning are

unclear either way.

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Safe to say, it will be at least

double the £20 billion Mrs May

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offered in her Florence speech.

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Here's Lizzie with the details.

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Let's start by talking about

our annual contribution to the EU.

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Last year, that was £9.4 billion

or £181 million per week.

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Theresa May has long said "the days

of Britain making vast contributions

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to the EU every year will end".

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But the British government has

said in future it may want to make

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smaller annual payments to

participate in EU agencies

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such as EURATOM.

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Aside from our annual

contributions, though,

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before Brexit the EU wants to settle

the UK's so-called divorce bill.

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What's included in the bill is

contested but there'll be the UK's

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share of outstanding commitments

from previous EU budgets, pensions

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for EU officials, and what the

EU calls contingent liabilities.

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In her Florence speech in September,

Theresa May promised no country

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would lose out from Brexit

in the current EU budget round

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that runs from 2014-2020.

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That was interpreted as meaning the

UK would pay up to 20 billion euros

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- but she also said the UK would

"honour commitments" it had made

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during our membership.

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And today, it's been reported that

at last week's meeting

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of the inner Brexit cabinet,

ministers agreed to boost the UK's

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offer in order to help

move talks on to trade.

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The financial framework that's

said to have been agreed could lead

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to an eventual bill

between 40 and 50 billion euros.

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But on this most sensitive

of subjects, Downing Street

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and Brussels are still playing down

the idea of a final settlement

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having been agreed with just

under three weeks to go

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until the crucial meeting

of the European Council.

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Andrew.

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Thanks Lizzie.

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In a minute we'll speak to Nigel

Farage in Brussels. Let's go to

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Martin Callan nan, the Government

minister on breaks the in the

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Lord's?

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If this sum of 40 billion plus,

what's it for?

At the moment, no

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sum's been agreed.

When the sum is,

what's it for?

To settle outstanding

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liabilities. Commitments the EU

incurred during our membership which

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lasts for years, sometimes decades.

There was a detailed argument to be

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had, we've purchase Rioficials in

Brussels negotiatingsing thissings

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going through the commitment line by

line, what is a legal commitment.

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Whether we are responsible for it it

or our share of it. There he is the

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money we've to get back from our

share of capital in the EIB. It is a

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detailed negotiation. Nothing has

yet been agreed.

40 billion plus is

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a lot of money? Bigger than our

defence budget?

That's not all in

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one lump. It is spread out over

decades.

What's a big chunk of this

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40 billion? It is the people's money

who are watching this programme.

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Give them an idea of where it's

going?

A lot is to aid for the

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former central and Eastern European

countries, decommissioning nuclear

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power stations, structural issues

etc, things which have been agreed,

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the spending of which doesn't take

place in any one year.

We're giving

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aid to Eastern Europe even though

we've an age budget separate?

That

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is for poorer countries. There's a

negotiation going on at the

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moment...

You've said that three

times already. We understand that.

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The point is, nothing's been agreed

yet. We want to move forward

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together to make sure any agreement

in December, we'll know in the next

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few weeks, will take us forward to

the important stage which is the

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next stage of trade talks.

This is

separate from the amount of money

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that we continue to pay every year

until the end of the current budget

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process which is 2019?

Yes.

We

continue the pay the money we pay

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about £10 billion.

It is a cap of

yearly...

Does it cover the

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transition period?

That is the

transition period.

No, I'm talking

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about the current budget process

ends 2019, the same year we are

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coming out.

It ends in 2020.

There

is a transition period the

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Government wants to negotiate as

well. Does this sum of money we're

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talking about cover the transition

period?

That's still to be

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negotiated. That's what we want to

get on to talk about. I think it is

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expected we'll meet our budget

liabilities during the transition

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period. That was in the first phase

of the Florence speech.

The 40

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billion or whatever it is that's

being talked about is in addition to

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continuing to pay our budget

obligations and to paying the budget

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during a transition period?

If that

is what is agreed in the talks that

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we haven't had yet. We want to talk

about transition periods. It is very

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important we get on to talk about

that early next year.

The transition

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period is not covered by the sums of

money talked about today?

The Prime

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Minister said we'd meet our on

lickations during the transition

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period. If the agreement is we would

carry on under current terms.

It is

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important we get this right. We

carry on paying our membership fee

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up until we leave. We then have a

transition period of perhaps a

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couple of years and then we pay our

ongoing obligations. The point I'm

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trying to establish, it's 40 billion

or whatever plus the transition

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period obligations?

Part of our

ongoing long-term commitments will,

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of course, transpire during the

period of our remaining membership.

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And our transition period. That will

be covered under the yearly payments

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agreed as part of the ongoing normal

EU budget process. It is a very

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complicated system.

It is. We'll

have to pay another 20 billion in

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membership fees until it expires,

net, 10 billion or so a year.

That

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is agreed for the transition period.

We've the transition period?

If that

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is whats agreed. Some of the

commitments take place during the

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remainder of our budget period. If

you're building a bridge or

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something and you pay a certain

amount per year over the next ten

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years, clearly some of that will

fall within our remaining membership

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period and transition period.

Let's

go to Nigel Farage. It looks like

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it's £40 billion or euros plus over

a number of years. Isn't that a

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price worth paying to meet our

obligations and get to the end game

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you've always wanted which is out of

the EU? Well, I guess he didn't

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hear. That Nigel Farage, can you

hear me? It's Andrew Neil here in

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London. Nigel farrage? Clearly not.

We often go live to Beijing but not

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to Brussels. Clearly the problem.

How much would Labour be prepared to

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pay?

The whole point of this debate

is the question you posed. What is

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this for? What we should have agreed

with the EU is what the principles

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are for generating this sum. We

don't know what it's for. When we're

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bandying around these amounts...

They have agreed what the

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obligations are. That's why there's

such a range of money being put on

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it. They have agreed our ongoing

obligations. Would you be prepared

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to pay a sum of at least £40

billion?

We

We don't have

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information about what this is for.

They haven't told the public or

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Parliament. How can we make an

assessment about whether this is

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right or

not. If it transpires or

ongoing obligations the total over

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ten or 20 years, 40 billion or so,

would you be prepared to pay that?

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We can't major a judgment until we

know what's in those commitments.

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That's the problem with this whole

debate. We wanted the Government to

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negotiate openly with the commission

about which commitments they would

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want to fund. Around EURATOM the

Government said they didn't want to

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be part of that. We want to know

what we should be spending on.

Do

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you think we should meet our ongoing

commitments to regional developments

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in Eastern Europe?

We want to be

responsible country.

So you would do

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that?

We don't know what the other.

Do you think we should help meet our

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pension onliations to the EU? We

don't know what terms we are looking

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at.

To be fair, we can talk about

raw figures until the cows come

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home. Until we know...

You can't

give us any idea of figures?

The

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Government isn't tell us the basis.

You know some of the obligations.

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You can't give us an idea of what

you would regard as acceptable?

We

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don't know what we're paying for. If

we had that in front of us. We don't

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know what the parameters of the

pensions is. We want to look at the

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detail. It is taxpayers' money. We

want to scrutinise it properly. We

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don't have the methodology being

used for this. We said that from the

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very start.

You've been consistent

in not giving us any idea of what it

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will cost. Can you hear me now?

Yes,

I can.

My question to you was, it

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looks like we're talking about 40

billion plus in pounds or euros. It

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will be over a long period of time.

It will meet some of our ongoing

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obligations each after we leave.

Isn't that a sum worth paying to

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reach the end game you've always

wanted, which is to get out?

The

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first thing to say is we voted to

leave. We want a clean break, not a

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relationship that can go for

decades, certainly in the case of

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pensions. Secondly, even if we've

been offered tariff-free access to

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the single market in return which at

this stage we haven't. Each if we

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had been offered that, it is not

worth nearly £50 billion. No deal is

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better than a bad deal. This is a

very bad deal indeed.

How do you

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know that. Most businesses are

terrified of the idea of no deal. Of

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crashing out. They would rather have

a deal?

Look, there are lots of

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different voices of business. Yes, I

understand the big Corp rats always

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defend the European Union structure.

I'm reminded they were the people

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who thought joining the euro was a

good idea.

They provide most of our

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exports. They are worried if we

crash out, this will harm their

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ability to export. That's

legitimate, is it not?

Do you know

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something, with no deal and with

tariffs being put on British

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manufacturers, the movement of

sterling against the euro, every

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month, is bigger than the percentage

we pay in tariffs. Just look at the

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amount of business America does.

China does with the EU on World

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Trade Organisation rules. The other

big thing here is we keep obsessing

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about our trade relationship with

Europe. Look, 85% of the global

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economy is outside the euro zone.

Another reason for a clean quick

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break is to start opening ourselves

up to other trade deals.

45% of our

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exports go to the EU. How much of

America's exports go to the EU?

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These are smaller amounts. These are

growing #345shing9s. It is still

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$300 billion worth. Every single

year. The American's sell into the

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European single market without

having a trade deal of every kind.

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It is about $1 in 10 rather than $1

in 2. It is much more important to

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us?

You can look at the other way

around. 80% of the entire British

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economy is not involved in overseas

trade of any kind at all. Yet, if we

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sign up to a transition deal we'll

be bound by the rules of the single

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market. There are lots of advantages

to breaking out of this.

Finally,

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what's happened? None of your Tory

eurosceptic friends are saying

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anything about this. They seem

content to go along with it. Why is

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that?

They have their big chance. In

a few minutes, it is Prime

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Minister's Questions, I hope

somebody on the back benches say we

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did not vote to pay more money to

the EU. We vetted to stop paying

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money. -- we vote the to stop

paying. We

We have heard from some

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Eurosceptics like Iain Duncan Smith.

I'm not one to put people off

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watching PMQs. No doubt our viewers

will follow your rallying cry. The

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Prime Minister said we were coming

to the end of making vast

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contributions to the ow. When?

It is

difficult for me to comment in

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detail, when we have an agreement,

at the moment officials are there

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negotiating line by line on the

details of the period and when we

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have number, a final agreement we

can talk about the detail then. It

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depend on what your definition is.

It is not the detail it is the

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principle.

We pay roughly 10 billion

a year, 20 billion gross into the EU

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budget.

When does the vast it is

likely to be front loaded, so when

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do the vast contributions come to an

end?

It depend what your definition

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is?

At least ten billion a year.

It

is impossible to say until we have

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Andre Ayew dream on the exact

amount.

You keep referring to the

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Florence speech, when we asked about

that you can't tell us.

Depends what

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the definition of vast is S we will

be paying less than current

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contribution.

When the Prime

Minister said vast, what did she

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mean?

It means we will agree a deal

which will provide certainty into

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the long-term and our payments will

taper off to eventually zero.

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That is the first time I have heard

vast described like that, but never

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mind.

So you don't want to put any figure

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on it at all, you want to talk about

what would be right. Can I clarify

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other parts of Labour's position. It

is it the position we should remain

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in customs union.

On the first bit

of the question we do want clarity

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about what this sum is composed and

that is what we are not getting

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unfortunately from Government. Round

the customs union, so we have said

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clearly we want all options to be

open to the Government, we think

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they have wrongly, they have wrongly

said they don't want to stay in a

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customs union, they don't want to

stay in the single market.

If you

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had the option of staying would you

take it?

If that was the best thing

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for the British economy, along with

the other elms of any negotiation we

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would be open to looking at it. We

have remained open minded, it is to

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be fair, what we have had from the

Government is months and months of

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failing to deal with what are basic

issues...

February or March, I am

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trying to ask you what the position

is, do you still want to be members

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of the singlet market?

If we were in

a position where we could a good

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deal with tariff free access, where

we could keep a frictionless trading

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arrange. . We would try to get it.

Do you want to be a member of the

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single market?

We can't assess that

at the moment, because to be fair,

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to be fair... Hang on a minute. We

are not all over the place, let us

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be clear about where we are, we have

been talking about the exit bill,

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the Government still hasn't sorted

out arrangement for EU citizens.

I

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am trying to quiz Labour. It is only

fair both sides should be quizzed.

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Diane Abbott has called for a

referendum, on whatever deal is in

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the end done, do you agree with

that?

Think there needs to be more

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democracy. A simple question, do you

agree? At the moment it would be

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difficult to envisage how that would

fit in with the he dual.

So that is

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a no.

We have to have a meaningful

alternative.

Would you argue with

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that or not?

Think until we know how

it would work I can't argue for it,

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I wouldn't know what the other

options would be, what the

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alternative would be if people voted

no.

This issue, briefly, if there

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are no great trade talks, if trade

talks don't prodouse a good deal, is

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this money off the table?

Nothing is

agreed until everything is a agreed.

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So it is. That was a shrug for

people not watching the screen.

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Nothing is agreed until everything

is agreed is a basic principle of

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negotiations we will stick by that.

As close as I can expect to an

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answer from anyone this morning.

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As close as I can expect to

an answer from anyone this morning.

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News that Prince Harry

and Meghan Markle are engaged -

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well, it's the first I've heard

of it but if you say so -

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has led to calls for the government

to give the nation a day off.

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Downing Street says there's no

precedent for an extra public

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holiday, and the Prime Minister said

last night that she thought simply

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seeing two young people in love

would sufficiently please

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the nation.

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The Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell

joins us now from College Green.

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You think there should be a bank

holiday, why?

Well, I think we do

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this better than any other country,

our Royal Family is a great advert

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for Britain. To miss this

opportunity, of having a great

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national celebration, I think would

be a great shame. We had a bank

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holiday when William and Kate were

married, of course when Charles and

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Diana and of course when Princess

Anne was parried so there is a

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precedence, let us have a great

celebration next year and make it

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something that the whole country can

unite behind.

But the Prime

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Minister, your Prime Minister says

that just seeing them in love is

0:21:300:21:33

enough. Not enough for you?

Of

course it is. It is fantastic, it is

0:21:330:21:39

great new, brightened even's week.

Let us make it a huge national

0:21:390:21:43

celebration. There a lot...

Why?

Harry is sixth in line to the

0:21:430:21:50

throne. He is about to become

seventh. He is marrying an American,

0:21:500:21:55

a talented American star let, why is

that...

No country does this better

0:21:550:22:01

than Britain. Princess Anne and

Prince Charles had bank holidays for

0:22:010:22:07

their wed, there are only two

children of Prince Charles, so,

0:22:070:22:10

there is a precedent for this. I

think that the British public would

0:22:100:22:15

rise to the occasion its shows the

rest of the world what Britain is,

0:22:150:22:20

which a constitutional monarchy

where the country queue nighted

0:22:200:22:24

above party politics. It is a great

opportunity for Britain. Let us take

0:22:240:22:27

it, make it a national celebration,

let everybody get involved and make

0:22:270:22:31

it something very special.

But win

son is going to be packed. It will

0:22:310:22:36

be packed anywhere whether it is a

public holiday north. It costs 2.3

0:22:360:22:41

billion to have a public holiday,

where is the national celebration in

0:22:410:22:44

that? I think you need to look at it

from a different angle. It is it is

0:22:440:22:49

great for the economy, it is great

for tourism. I won't be great for

0:22:490:22:54

the economy it it costs 2.3 billion.

I don't think it does. You are not

0:22:540:22:58

looking at the overall gain for the

country in having a huge national

0:22:580:23:02

celebration of the that kind.

Whenever we have had a jubilee it

0:23:020:23:06

has been fantastic for the country.

Let us seize the opportunity. Let us

0:23:060:23:10

celebrate a Royal Wedding but let

the country take part in it.

All

0:23:100:23:13

right. Thank you for that.

What do you think?

Labour said we

0:23:130:23:18

wanted to have four more bank

holiday, we feel it is important to

0:23:180:23:23

bring people together round national

celebration, as I understand there

0:23:230:23:25

is a process though that needs to be

gone through to consider any

0:23:250:23:28

applications, but I think that is

something that should be looked at.

0:23:280:23:31

We need to have more moment of

national celebration.

What about

0:23:310:23:36

you? You can speak individually?

These matters of state are way above

0:23:360:23:44

my pay grade. I am sure the Prime

Minister will want to look at it.

0:23:440:23:50

There hasn't always been a bank

holiday for a Royal Wedding. People

0:23:500:23:53

will celebrate in their own way, I

am not sure we need a day's holiday

0:23:530:23:57

to celebrate it.

0:23:570:23:58

am not sure we need a day's

holiday to celebrate it.

0:23:580:24:01

The news that Harry and Meghan

will marry next May could be a shot

0:24:010:24:04

in the arm for several important

British industries.

0:24:040:24:06

Shops selling DVD copies of

the legal drama Suits, for instance.

0:24:060:24:09

And the British pottery industry,

which is gearing up for a new range

0:24:090:24:12

of commemorative crockery.

0:24:120:24:13

So much so that new Defence

Secretary Gavin Williamson

0:24:130:24:15

is probably regretting giving up

running his own pottery

0:24:150:24:17

firm in Staffordshire.

0:24:170:24:25

There he is.

0:24:250:24:27

He looks much happier doing that

than running the Ministry

0:24:270:24:30

of Defence, doesn't he.

0:24:300:24:32

Well, the Daily Politics has never

seen a bandwagon it didn't

0:24:320:24:35

want to climb aboard,

so for this week only

0:24:350:24:37

we've commissioned this.

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There's Harry, Meghan, and I'm

on there too for some reason.

0:24:430:24:46

And joyful monarchists and sulking

republicans alike can win one -

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all you have to do to be

in with a chance is tell us

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when this happened -

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contains flashing images.

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# I need somebody

with the human touch

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# Hey you...

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For the first time in his life he's

got to face questions for the abuses

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of human rights that he committed.

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A bill will be introduced to remove

the right of hereditary peers to sit

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and vote in the House of Lords.

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I feel the hand of history

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# Forever, you and me

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Come on!

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It's sold.

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Not long to go until midday -

there's Big Ben, and that means not

0:26:580:27:01

long until Prime Minister's

Questions.

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As the Prime Minister

is in the Middle East,

0:27:020:27:07

her number two, Damian Green,

will be at the despatch box,

0:27:070:27:10

despite being investigated over

allegations of sexual impropriety,

0:27:100:27:16

which he denies.

0:27:160:27:17

Laura Kuenssber is here as always.

0:27:170:27:21

Emily Thornberry will appear for

Labour, that is how it works. . She

0:27:210:27:24

will. She has also done this before,

so neither are strangers to the

0:27:240:27:29

despatch box, but it will have a

very different tone, and of course a

0:27:290:27:33

different political import, because

of course, they are not trading

0:27:330:27:35

blows in the same way, because they

don't have the same status. There is

0:27:350:27:41

another awkwardness about Damian

Green the First Secretary of State

0:27:410:27:43

doing this today, because of course,

he as you suggested under

0:27:430:27:48

investigation after allegations of

him making inappropriate advances to

0:27:480:27:54

a young journalist and an allegation

of pawn being found on his computer

0:27:540:27:59

some years ago. To decide he hasn't

done it would have been telling from

0:27:590:28:03

Downing Street but still for him to

do it when the results of that

0:28:030:28:06

investigation are still unknown, it

is a bit of an awkward... He has

0:28:060:28:11

been out of the public eye since the

allegations broke.

He hasn't been

0:28:110:28:15

hiding away, he was next to the

Prime Minister at last week's Prime

0:28:150:28:20

Minister's Questions if I recall

correctly. During the budget he was

0:28:200:28:23

round. He mid a tread to the DUP

conference in Belfast as well. Over

0:28:230:28:29

the weekend, which is a key

political event for the Tories now,

0:28:290:28:33

so he hasn't been hiding away,

whether we can read anything into

0:28:330:28:36

that about whether Number Ten thinks

that he is going to be cleared,

0:28:360:28:40

frankly who knows? For them to hide

him away would suggest they knew

0:28:400:28:44

exactly what was going to happen.

PMQs takes place today when

0:28:440:28:50

Westminster, the media in

Westminster would seem pretty sure

0:28:500:28:53

that although the sum of money is

still within a range, that some kind

0:28:530:28:58

of agreement is going to be done for

the December EU summit on our

0:28:580:29:05

divorce bill?

I am sure that is what

I understand, and as the sequence of

0:29:050:29:10

events here is quite important to

understand, so, last Monday, the UK

0:29:100:29:17

cabinet Brexit committee gave

Theresa May the green light to go to

0:29:170:29:20

Brussels with a hypothetically much

more generous offer thought to be

0:29:200:29:27

around the 40 billion euroish mark.

The Cabinet gave her that

0:29:270:29:31

permission, Olly ribbons her top EU

official, her sherpa took that offer

0:29:310:29:36

to Brussels at the back end of last

week, that suggestion was given a

0:29:360:29:40

broad welcome in Brussels, yes, that

is something we can work with, and a

0:29:400:29:45

broad range and a broad framework of

a bill of somewhere between 40 and

0:29:450:29:50

50 billion euros has in theory been

signed off. Now there is a lot of

0:29:500:29:55

hard haggling to come. No question

about that, nobody will go anywhere

0:29:550:29:58

near it officially, but one of the

important things politically is the

0:29:580:30:04

mood among Brexiteers mainly,

including those round the Cabinet

0:30:040:30:07

table has changed in recent months

so we have not seen and I don't

0:30:070:30:11

think we will see really a huge up

surge of sort of euro kept sticks

0:30:110:30:16

saying this is not acceptable. The

public view of course may be

0:30:160:30:20

different, but in terms of the

Brexit bill being a complete

0:30:200:30:25

political nightmare for Theresa May,

there has been a change in mood in

0:30:250:30:28

the last couple of months and I

don't think we will see it have huge

0:30:280:30:31

immediate consequences for her,

there is an urgent question on

0:30:310:30:35

justice issues straight after Prime

Minister's Questions today.

0:30:350:30:38

Who will take that?

Liz Truss. I

will expect she will say no

0:30:380:30:44

agreement until anything is a

agreed. I won't get into figures but

0:30:440:30:48

she might let something slip.

0:30:480:30:58

There has been an astonishing level

of discipline after last week's

0:30:590:31:03

Brexit cabinet committee. Whatever

they agreed in there it held. It

0:31:030:31:09

really really head.

The significance

is that it opens the door, there are

0:31:090:31:14

still a little matter of the

Northern Ireland...

That is not

0:31:140:31:18

settled either. Absolutely.

If that

can be, you think of the money is

0:31:180:31:23

done, other things will fall into

place. If that happens, we move on

0:31:230:31:27

then to discuss the future

relationship between the EU and the

0:31:270:31:31

UK.

0:31:310:31:36

As one minister described, it a

divorcing couple fighting over who

0:31:360:31:42

gets the vinyl collection and pot

plants then on to the long-term

0:31:420:31:45

custody of the children. It is an

over used met foretalking about

0:31:450:31:48

divorce and the future. That is it

in terms of understanding what it

0:31:480:31:51

is. I wouldn't be too confident that

there is definitely going to be

0:31:510:31:56

agreement at this summit. The money

being broadly settled is a vital

0:31:560:32:04

part to unlocking this decision of

whether they move on or not. But, it

0:32:040:32:09

does not mean we're definitely going

to move on. Ireland is still an

0:32:090:32:14

enormous issue. There are stumbling

blocks over the European Court of

0:32:140:32:19

Justice. To child benefit. That was

an issue in renotionaways.

Let's see

0:32:190:32:25

what happens in PMQS

0:32:250:32:27

I have been asked to reply on behalf

of my Right Honourable friend the

0:32:320:32:38

Prime Minister who is abroad in the

Middle East furtherering our

0:32:380:32:40

interests in a region that is

fundamental to national security and

0:32:400:32:45

prosperity. We wish Prince Harry and

making an market happiness in their

0:32:450:33:00

future. Today is the 150 #9th

anniversary of the RAF. The whole

0:33:000:33:07

house will want to express our great

today to their service to this

0:33:070:33:11

country.

The First Secretary's

congratulations to Prince Harry on

0:33:110:33:18

his engagement. Thanks to the

outstanding efforts by the Labour

0:33:180:33:21

council in North East Lincolnshire,

the Government has included the

0:33:210:33:25

Greater Grimsby project in its

industrial strategy document. But we

0:33:250:33:29

need more than a by line in a glossy

magazine to make its potential a

0:33:290:33:34

reality. Can the First Secretary

said when the Government will put

0:33:340:33:38

its money where its mouth is so we

can get going.

Beneath this, I can

0:33:380:33:42

welcome the fact the honourable lady

is welcoming the industrial

0:33:420:33:45

strategy. As she should do. It will

be good for Grimsby. It will be good

0:33:450:33:51

for many communities around this

country. Particularly those who may

0:33:510:33:56

feel in the past, they have been

left behind. I'm happy to assure her

0:33:560:34:02

that the industrial strategy will

come with Monet thatched as she will

0:34:020:34:06

have heard in my Right Honourable

Friend the Chancellor's budget.

0:34:060:34:11

Making a success of the South Tees

mayoral development corporation is

0:34:140:34:18

vital for Teesside. He was die

lighted toing with Welcome the Prime

0:34:180:34:22

Minister to my constituency this

summer. Will he join me in

0:34:220:34:25

recognising the scale of opportunity

the MDC makes and redefine Teesside

0:34:250:34:30

to the world. And the new money

awarded in the budget is only the

0:34:300:34:34

start of the process on delivering

its huge potential to change?

I can

0:34:340:34:40

see my honourable friend is getting

the hang of questions already. I'm

0:34:400:34:44

happy to assure him that we are

committed to working with him and

0:34:440:34:50

indeed, the Tees valley mayor, Ben

Houcham who's doing so much to

0:34:500:34:55

develop the area. We want to support

him and the South Tees develop

0:34:550:35:03

corporation. As he says, the

Chancellor announce £123 million of

0:35:030:35:08

new funding in the budget. We

recognise the significant economic

0:35:080:35:12

opportunities in that area.

Let me

join the Secretary of State in

0:35:120:35:21

congratulating the RAF on its

anniversary and congratulating

0:35:210:35:28

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on

their engagement. That's one

0:35:280:35:32

American couple we'll be delighted

to see holding hands. I'm sure

0:35:320:35:37

Prince Harry, the patron of Rugby

Football League will be joining all

0:35:370:35:40

of us in supporting the England team

in the World Cup Final on Saturday.

0:35:400:35:44

I will be waving my St George's

flag. On a much sadder note, I'm

0:35:440:35:52

sure the whole House will join me in

sending our thoughts to all those

0:35:520:35:55

killed and injured in Friday's

horrific attack on the mosque in

0:35:550:35:59

north Sinai. It is a bitter reminder

that the vast majority of the

0:35:590:36:03

victims of Jihadi terror are

Muslims. Before I get on with my

0:36:030:36:08

questions, can I ask First Secretary

a point of principle. Is he happy to

0:36:080:36:14

be held to the same standards in

Government as he has to others in

0:36:140:36:18

opposition?

Yes, I am. All ministers

should respect and debate the

0:36:180:36:25

ministerial code and I absolutely

think that that's a very important

0:36:250:36:29

part of confidence in public life.

Can I also echo her thoughts about

0:36:290:36:34

the terrible events in Sinai and,

also say that she may find it

0:36:340:36:40

difficult to wave the St George's

flag but I will be doing so for the

0:36:400:36:46

English rugby league team... As a

Welsh rugby fan, I may find it even

0:36:460:36:50

more difficult than her. But I will

be doing so as well.

The First

0:36:500:37:00

Secretary looked rather perturbed at

my line of questioning. He doesn't

0:37:000:37:03

need to worry. I really am not going

there. I merely wondered if he

0:37:030:37:07

remembered the question he asked at

Prime Minister's Questions almost 17

0:37:070:37:11

years ago when John Prescott stood

in forefootball and whether he could

0:37:110:37:14

answer the same question today. So,

what's the question? The question

0:37:140:37:17

was this. What percentage of new

nurses recruited in the past 12

0:37:170:37:22

months are now working full-time?

I

can't remember! LAUGHTER I can't

0:37:220:37:33

remember asking the question then.

I'd love to know what the then

0:37:330:37:36

Deputy Prime Minister answered. What

I'm happy to assure the right

0:37:360:37:41

honourable lady, is that we have

more nurses, more midwives, more

0:37:410:37:45

doctors... Working in the Health

Service now. The Health Service is

0:37:450:37:52

performing more operations now

certainly than it was 17 years ago.

0:37:520:37:57

And, in particular, in the budget

last week, my right hop rabbling

0:37:570:38:00

friend the Chancellor was able to

announce more than £6 billion extra

0:38:000:38:06

on health spending which will make

the Health Service even stronger in

0:38:060:38:09

the future than it is now.

I thank

him for that response. Since he

0:38:090:38:14

failed to answer my original

question oo ail dough it for him.

0:38:140:38:18

According to the Government's latest

figures. More than 40% of newly

0:38:180:38:22

recruited nurses are leaving

full-time employment within their

0:38:220:38:25

first year. It is not just the new

recruits that are quitting, the

0:38:250:38:30

overall number of NHS nurses and

health visitors is down by 1,500

0:38:300:38:35

this year. And the numbers are now

lower than when this Government came

0:38:350:38:40

into office. So, why does the First

Secretary think so many nurses are

0:38:400:38:46

leaving?

There are, as I say, more

operations being done, more nurses,

0:38:460:38:56

more doctors, more midwives. The

Health Service is expanding. We have

0:38:560:39:04

got 14,900 more doctors, 1500 more

medical school places each year and

0:39:040:39:10

we've 10,000 more nurses on our

wards and we've announced an

0:39:100:39:16

increase of more than 5,000 extra

nurse training places every year. We

0:39:160:39:22

are, of course, we have said in

addition, the Chancellor said in his

0:39:220:39:29

budget, that we would commit to make

sure that the nurse's pay increase,

0:39:290:39:38

the action for change, agenda for

change staffing covered would not

0:39:380:39:42

comout of other health spending. So,

nurses can be reassured that this

0:39:420:39:47

Government will continue to support

them both in pay and in terms of

0:39:470:39:50

numbers and that is why our health

service in England is getting

0:39:500:39:54

better. If she wants to look at a

health service where things are

0:39:540:39:59

getting worse... She can look to the

Labour Government in Wales. And she

0:39:590:40:09

doesn't need to take it from me, she

can take it from the public. Because

0:40:090:40:14

public satisfaction with the NHS in

Wales is lower than it is in

0:40:140:40:18

England. That's the effect of Labour

Government on health care.

I hate to

0:40:180:40:25

brake it to him, there are more

nurses in the NHS than those working

0:40:250:40:30

in emergency and acute wards.

Including, district nurses. They've

0:40:300:40:32

halved under the Tories. Guess who

picks up the slack in nurses are not

0:40:320:40:38

there? Nurses in acute care. Why are

so many nurses leaving the vocation

0:40:380:40:42

they love? According to the RCN, the

top four reasons are excess

0:40:420:40:49

workload, staff shortages, low pay

and worries about patient care.

0:40:490:40:52

According to the Government's own

figures, the number of nurses

0:40:520:40:55

quitting because of worries about

their finances or their health has

0:40:550:40:59

doubled since the Tories first froze

their pay. Let's get on to the

0:40:590:41:04

question that was asked by John

Prescott 17 years ago, he said,

0:41:040:41:09

nurses at his local hospital were

warning "staff shortages are putting

0:41:090:41:17

patients' lives at risk" so can he

tell me, what are those same nurses

0:41:170:41:21

telling the First Secretary today?

What I can tell you is that since 17

0:41:210:41:26

years ago, it is interesting that 17

years ago there were still

0:41:260:41:33

significant numbers of Labour

Government ahead with all these

0:41:330:41:38

pressures exposed to us, since 17

years ago, there are significantly

0:41:380:41:44

more nurses in post. I didn't quite

understand her point about wards.

0:41:440:41:48

She seemed to go on and off the

wards. But we know we've 10,000

0:41:480:41:53

morse nurses on our wards where

people want to see them. Also, if

0:41:530:41:59

she's interested in nurse's pay, of

course, I hope she'll find it in

0:41:590:42:04

herself to welcome the tax cuts that

were announced in the budget, the

0:42:040:42:09

increase in the personal allowances,

that will help nurses just as they

0:42:090:42:13

will help workers across both the

public and private sector. This is

0:42:130:42:16

good news for nurses. It was a

budget in the just good for the

0:42:160:42:24

Health Service but specifically good

for the nurses profession. I hope

0:42:240:42:27

she can bring herself to welcome

that.

Well, I notice he didn't want

0:42:270:42:31

to talk about patient care at his

local hospital. Could the reason be

0:42:310:42:36

that his local A&E according to the

board's most recent minutes "have

0:42:360:42:42

severe staff shortages in medical

and nursing care, which means

0:42:420:42:46

patient safety is being put at risk.

The only option to tackle those

0:42:460:42:51

shortages is to cancel out patient

clinics" it gets worse. And it gets

0:42:510:42:56

worse. At a public meeting tomorrow,

there is going to be a public

0:42:560:43:02

meeting tomorrow to consider closing

his local A&E for good. In other

0:43:020:43:08

words, all of things the First

Secretary has been denying what are

0:43:080:43:11

you doing to our NHS? It is

happening on your own doorstep.

0:43:110:43:15

Isn't it about time the First

Secretary got a grip?

0:43:150:43:22

THE SPEAKER:

THE SPEAKER:

I'm entirely innocent

0:43:220:43:25

in this matter. First Secretary.

The

right honourable lady's grasps at

0:43:250:43:32

the facts is shaky. The meeting

tomorrow in my constituency is about

0:43:320:43:39

the strategic transformation plan. I

am happy to assure her that I am

0:43:390:43:49

entirely in favour of option one of

that strategic transformation plan

0:43:490:43:53

which suggests not just leaving A&E

services in the hospital in my

0:43:530:43:59

constituency but expanding

specialist services there. I would

0:43:590:44:07

strongly suggest she doesn't think

she knows more about what's going on

0:44:070:44:11

in my constituency than I do.

I

suspect that neither the nation or

0:44:110:44:16

his own constituents will have taken

any reassurances from that answer.

0:44:160:44:22

But really, we have an NHS in the

grip of a choppic funding and

0:44:220:44:27

staffing crisis. GPs are quitting in

record numbers. Junior doctors are

0:44:270:44:34

running A&Es without supervision.

Our nurses are at breaking point at

0:44:340:44:38

before the winter crisis is coming.

So, let me finally ask the First

0:44:380:44:42

Secretary, what does it say about

the Government's priorities that

0:44:420:44:46

last week's budget could only find

£350 million to help the

0:44:460:44:52

cash-strapped stretched to the limit

NHS cope with the winter fuel

0:44:520:44:57

crisis?

0:44:570:45:05

Only £350 million to cope with the

winter crisis, and was able to find

0:45:100:45:16

11 times that amount, to spend on a

no deal Brexit. Isn't that the very

0:45:160:45:22

definition of a government fiddling

away while the rest of the country

0:45:220:45:25

burns?

The Right Honourable lady is

0:45:250:45:33

determined to talk the NHS down. It

is a Conservative Government which

0:45:330:45:38

is increasing funding, on the NHS,

so it remains the best Health

0:45:380:45:43

Service in the world, as the

independent Commonwealth fund has

0:45:430:45:47

repeated, for the second year in a

row. It is this party which promised

0:45:470:45:51

and delivered more money for the NHS

in 2010, 2015, and in last week's

0:45:510:45:58

budget where my Right Honourable

friend the Chancellor promised 6.3

0:45:580:46:04

billion extra for the NHS. More

patients treated, more operations

0:46:040:46:09

carried are out by more doctors and

nurse, when she says at the end,

0:46:090:46:14

that the Government is wasting £3

billion on preparing for Brexit, we

0:46:140:46:19

know that, we now know that the

Labour Party doesn't think it is

0:46:190:46:24

worth preparing for Brexit, they do,

though, they do, though, think it is

0:46:240:46:29

worth preparing for a run on the

pound. That is all you need to know

0:46:290:46:33

about Labour.

This week, one of Labour's last two

0:46:330:46:41

remaining councillors in Boston

crossed the floor to join the

0:46:410:46:45

Conservatives. And he said he didn't

want to see this country go back to

0:46:450:46:53

1973. Will the first secretary join

me in welcoming this new member to

0:46:530:46:58

the Conservative Party, and will he

agree with me, that an open

0:46:580:47:04

optimistic Britain deserved better

than reheated Marxism and Labour's

0:47:040:47:09

bankrupt economy.

I am very happy to

agree with my honourable friend and

0:47:090:47:19

indeed, with the wisdom of the

Labour councillor who has joined the

0:47:190:47:24

Conservative Party, quite right that

what we see from the party opposite,

0:47:240:47:27

is they would lose control of public

finances, hike taxes to their

0:47:270:47:34

highest ever peacetime level and

cause business, the new... I would

0:47:340:47:45

point out to the local councillor he

may have moved in anticipation

0:47:450:47:49

because I understand that moderate

councillors are being deselected by

0:47:490:47:53

the hard left. Thank you Mr Speaker

I can join the first secretary in

0:47:530:48:07

congratulating Prince Harry on his

engagement. Can I welcome the

0:48:070:48:13

moderator of the church of Scotland.

Can the First Secretary of State

0:48:130:48:18

tell the House how much money the UK

Government has received for arms

0:48:180:48:23

sales from Saudi Arabia since the

war with Yemen began. I don't have

0:48:230:48:27

the figure to hand, I do urge the

honourable gentleman, to recognise

0:48:270:48:33

the fact first of all, that our

defence industry is an extremely

0:48:330:48:39

important creator of jobs and

prosperity, in Scotland as well as

0:48:390:48:42

in other parts of the country and

that we have, because I am obviously

0:48:420:48:48

aware of the very terrible situation

in Yemen at the emno, but this

0:48:480:48:53

country has one of the most rigorous

and robust defence sales regimes in

0:48:530:48:58

the world, it was recognised in a

court case last July, and we are

0:48:580:49:03

absolutely determined to continue

the most rigorous robust system in

0:49:030:49:06

place because that is the right

thing to do, both for prosperity and

0:49:060:49:11

to ensure we keep a proper control

on arms.

0:49:110:49:16

That is a long time to be able no to

not answer the question. The UK

0:49:160:49:27

Government has received 4.billion,

from arms to Saudi Arabia since the

0:49:270:49:31

war in Yemen he garntion which has

created a humanitarian crisis. Yemen

0:49:310:49:36

is now on the brink of famine.

Unicef said 150,000 children will

0:49:360:49:42

die by the end of the year. Doesn't

the first secretary agree the best

0:49:420:49:46

thing the Prime Minister can do with

her meetings today is follow the

0:49:460:49:50

example of the Netherlands and

suspend licenses for arms sales to

0:49:500:49:56

Saudi Arabia.

I should correct

something the right honourable said

0:49:560:50:04

that the Government received money.

It will be the companies that

0:50:040:50:07

receive the money and therefore,

their worker, so, he can take that

0:50:070:50:11

position if he wan, I I know the

Labour Party's position is that as

0:50:110:50:16

well. But that would entail

significant job loss, what is very

0:50:160:50:20

important is is not only that we

have the robust regime which I

0:50:200:50:25

talked about, but that absolutely we

continue the humanitarian efforts

0:50:250:50:29

that we make, to try and alleviate

the terrible conditions in Yemen, we

0:50:290:50:35

are the fourth largest humanitarian

donor to Yemen, and the second

0:50:350:50:38

largest to the UN appeal. I would

also remind him that the involvement

0:50:380:50:44

of the Saudis in this conflict came

at a request of the legitimate

0:50:440:50:50

Government of Yemen and has United

Nations Security Council backing,

0:50:500:50:53

that is why we support it. This is a

conflict supported by the UN

0:50:530:50:59

Security Council, and I would hope

that the right honourable gentleman

0:50:590:51:03

will have some respect for the

Security Council.

0:51:030:51:15

Thank you Mr Speaker. This

Government's ambition to build more

0:51:150:51:19

homes is welcome, especially among

those struggling to get on the

0:51:190:51:23

housing ladder. Taub on the dene is

playing its part. With its garden

0:51:230:51:29

town status we must have houses that

are good places to live. Mr Speaker,

0:51:290:51:34

maybe even where we have showers

where people don't use microbeads in

0:51:340:51:38

the shower. But we must have the

right roads on these development,

0:51:380:51:45

would he agree the housing

infrastructure fund is key to

0:51:450:51:48

unlocking funds for vital roads like

the spine road through Taunton,

My

0:51:480:51:56

honourable friend is absolutely

right. I know what a stout champion

0:51:560:52:01

she is of the people of Taunton

Deane, she is quite right about the

0:52:010:52:06

housing infrastructure's fund as

well, we need more homes but

0:52:060:52:09

absolutely, we need the

infrastructure to back them up, that

0:52:090:52:12

is why the Chancellor doubled the

housing infrastructure fund in the

0:52:120:52:15

budget.

Thank you Mr Speaker. As the First

0:52:150:52:22

Secretary of State will know being

my Nair noon in Kent. As a result of

0:52:220:52:29

underfunding the County Council is

running out of cash and is cutting

0:52:290:52:33

the funding to buses by 70%. Four

hospital buses, 14 school buses and

0:52:330:52:39

over 100 other routes are to be cut.

Thousands of pensioner, especially

0:52:390:52:42

those in rural areas are to be

trapped at hope. Does the right

0:52:420:52:48

honourable member for Ashford

support such cuts.

I do not

0:52:480:52:54

recognise the characterisation of

Kent County Council's position,

0:52:540:52:59

which my constituency neighbour has

expressed. All Local Authorities as

0:52:590:53:04

all parts of the public sector have

to live within their means because

0:53:040:53:09

we have to continue paying down the

deficit that was run up by the

0:53:090:53:14

previous Labour Government. Kent

County Council is a very good County

0:53:140:53:20

Council which does many good things

for the people in Kent and will

0:53:200:53:23

continue to do so.

Is

Would my right honourable friend

0:53:230:53:33

agree that for decades the itch itch

member states in the European Union

0:53:330:53:36

have made large contributions to the

budget of the EU, because the

0:53:360:53:42

macroeconomic benefits of belonging

to the large free trade areas of the

0:53:420:53:46

single market make it a bargain to

pay that share of the cost. Should

0:53:460:53:50

we not therefore welcome the rumours

we have today, in the press, of a

0:53:500:53:57

possible imminent settlement of the

method of calculating future

0:53:570:54:01

contributions so it may enable us to

get on the serious negotiations

0:54:010:54:05

about how we retain the maximum

future access to all those benefits

0:54:050:54:10

of that free trade?

Well, my right honourable friend has

0:54:100:54:17

been round long enough to not know

not believe everything he readses in

0:54:170:54:22

the newspapers and it would be wrong

for me to go into figures now, he is

0:54:220:54:26

absolutely right that what we are

about, and what my right honourable

0:54:260:54:31

friend the Secretary of State for

Exiting the European Union is about

0:54:310:54:36

is making sure we get the best

possible deal at this stage so we

0:54:360:54:39

can move on to the trade talks and

Britain, as a country that meets its

0:54:390:54:45

international obligations of course

we, will, as it exits the European

0:54:450:54:51

Union, meet the obligations and have

all the rights we have in that

0:54:510:54:54

process, so we can maintain a deep

and special partnership with the

0:54:540:54:59

other 27 members of the European

Union, as we move forward in

0:54:590:55:04

friendship and cooperation after we

have left. Fear of publicity, some

0:55:040:55:15

of the reasons why very many women

are reluctant to report rape,

0:55:150:55:20

assault and sexual harassment. Does

he agree with me, that Government,

0:55:200:55:25

particle need to lead by example.

Will he, on behalf of Government

0:55:250:55:29

apologise to the victims who

Parliament and Government have been

0:55:290:55:32

letting down? I All of the political

parties, need to improve complaints

0:55:320:55:46

procedures and other aspects of the

culture of politics, to make sure

0:55:460:55:51

that young men or young women who

are interested in politics do not in

0:55:510:55:56

any way feel deed from playing an

active role in it. There is a place

0:55:560:56:00

for everyone in this House on all

sides and in all parties and indeed

0:56:000:56:06

the House authorities of making sure

this is the best possible working

0:56:060:56:09

environment for young people to come

into.

Mr Speaker, many mothers in

0:56:090:56:15

this chamber know how hard

childbirth can be, but we would

0:56:150:56:19

never use that knowledge in a veiled

threat against a journalist when

0:56:190:56:23

being questioned in the way the

honourable member for Hampstead and

0:56:230:56:26

Kilburn did when questioned by a

Channel 4 journalist recently. As I

0:56:260:56:31

assume the first secretary is not

pregnant would he complete the work

0:56:310:56:34

that the journalist tried and ask

the honourable member for Hampstead

0:56:340:56:38

to use her influence with her aunt

who is the Prime Minister of

0:56:380:56:43

Bangladesh whose regime is

responsible for the kidnap of... And

0:56:430:56:49

ask for his release.

I am sure

honourable lady

Order I am sure she

0:56:490:56:57

notified the honourable lady of an

intention to refer to her in this

0:56:570:57:01

question. She didn't? Well, that was

disorderly.

0:57:010:57:08

Sorry. Order, order. Order.

Nevertheless, the question has been

0:57:080:57:16

asked, nevertheless, perfectly

proper for the first secretary,

0:57:160:57:19

briefly, to reply.

You and the House

should be aware, I can only speak on

0:57:190:57:26

behalf of the Government, and I can

assure my honourable friend that

0:57:260:57:32

Bangladesh remains an important

human rights priority area for the

0:57:320:57:36

Foreign Office, and that we continue

to raise allegations of enforced

0:57:360:57:40

disappear at all levels of the

Government of Bangladesh I think I

0:57:400:57:44

should stop there.

Mr Speaker, at the present rate of

0:57:440:57:51

progress, it will take the three

officials at the first secretary's

0:57:510:57:56

old department more than 70 years to

investigate the claims of round

0:57:560:58:03

four-and-a-half thousand waspy women

deprived of their state pension. I

0:58:030:58:07

know this Government is slow but

isn't that adding insult to injury?

0:58:070:58:15

The honourable gentleman will be

aware that the Government committed

0:58:150:58:20

a sum of more than 1 billion £ to

make sure that no-one's pension

0:58:200:58:24

would be delayed more than 18 months

from the original period and he

0:58:240:58:29

also, I am sure, as a reasonable man

recognises that with increasing

0:58:290:58:34

longevity it is inevitable that the

pension age will rise. That is what

0:58:340:58:38

this Government is doing, and by

next year, pension inequality will

0:58:380:58:42

have been removed. We will hit 65

for both sexes, in next year, and

0:58:420:58:49

that means that we will then have an

equal pensions system. James Gray.

0:58:490:58:56

The Royal Air Force is unique having

been established by an act of

0:58:560:59:00

parablement which received Royal

Assent 100 years ago today. Will he

0:59:000:59:04

find time to Joan me and members of

both Houses and staff throughout the

0:59:040:59:09

Palace in celebrating the service

the RAF have given over the last 100

0:59:090:59:14

years in a unique parade this

evening at 7.30?

I have already

0:59:140:59:24

mentioned the sentry today and my

honourable friend is right not just

0:59:240:59:26

to bring it up again, we cannot pay

high enough tribute to the men and

0:59:260:59:31

women of the RAF for a century of

service that will go on for a long

0:59:310:59:35

time, into the future as well, and I

am glad he has managed to get an

0:59:350:59:40

advert in for the parade at

Portcullis House.

0:59:400:59:43

Thank you. The United Kingdom has

lost its seat on the international

0:59:430:59:47

Court of Justice. EU agencies are

pulling out of London, and there

0:59:470:59:51

will be no more European capitals of

culture in the United Kingdom. Is

0:59:510:59:56

the sun setting on empire 2.0 before

it has even begun?

I think the

0:59:561:00:06

honourable gentleman has, is not, it

is not surprising that EU

1:00:061:00:10

institutions are not going to be in

a state that is not a member of the

1:00:101:00:13

EU, that can't come as a surprise.

On the capitals of culture, I rather

1:00:131:00:19

agree, I think it is very

disappointing that after they had

1:00:191:00:24

let British cities asking, I know

some in Scotland, asking to apply to

1:00:241:00:29

be part of the process, the

Commission decided that they

1:00:291:00:31

couldn't. We are iner George

Entwistle gent talks with the

1:00:311:00:35

Commission about that and in

particular, we are making sure that

1:00:351:00:39

all those cities who applied can

continue with their cultural

1:00:391:00:42

development because cultural

development has been shown to be an

1:00:421:00:46

extremely good basis for the

regeneration of cities and towns

1:00:461:00:49

across the United Kingdom.

1:00:491:00:55

This Saturday, I will be announcing

the winners of Mayanual local shop

1:00:551:00:59

Kempeities as part of small business

Saturday. Will my Right Honourable

1:00:591:01:05

Friend wish all retailers the best

of luck and also wish those winners

1:01:051:01:10

congratulations?

I'm very happy to

share my honourable friend's

1:01:101:01:16

congratulations for her retailers. I

like I suspect many members will be

1:01:161:01:23

celebrating small business Saturday

this weekend. It has become an

1:01:231:01:27

extremely important part of the

calendar. Supporting small business

1:01:271:01:30

is at the heart of this Government's

economic strategy. We should all

1:01:301:01:33

take every opportunity to celebrate

the hugely important work they do in

1:01:331:01:39

innovation, entrepreneurship and in

serving the people.

Today we see

1:01:391:01:46

shocking new figures that child

knife deaths are nearing a 40-year

1:01:461:01:50

high. Five months ago, the Prime

Minister in this place promised

1:01:501:01:54

action. But she has failed to

deliver. Nothing in the budget on

1:01:541:01:59

policing and nothing meaningful to

tackle the causes as well as the

1:01:591:02:02

crime. It's clear we need

intervention now and not just from

1:02:021:02:06

the Home Office. Funding youth

workers in major trauma centres is

1:02:061:02:10

proven to get young people out of

the psych violence it would cost £6

1:02:101:02:14

million a year to fund. Will the

First Secretary in his role

1:02:141:02:18

establish a cross-Government

programme of action to come good on

1:02:181:02:21

the Prime Minister's promise?

I'm

sure the honourable lady is aware

1:02:211:02:26

the stance on knife crime this

Government is taking is tougher than

1:02:261:02:29

ever. We've made punishment against

repeat offenders stronger. We've

1:02:291:02:34

banned cautions for the most serious

offences. There is now a very clear

1:02:341:02:38

message, if you carry knives in

public you are more likely than ever

1:02:381:02:41

to go to price on. Price on. The

latest figures show 42% of adult

1:02:411:02:48

offenders were given an immediate

custodial sentence, the highest rate

1:02:481:02:52

in nearly a decade. I hope she can

be reassured this Government's being

1:02:521:02:58

tougher on knife crime than any

previous Government.

Does the First

1:02:581:03:02

Secretary agree with me we don't

need to break into the computer or

1:03:021:03:08

iPad to work out the half a trillion

he wants to borrow will attract £7.5

1:03:081:03:14

billion of interest payments over a

year.

The one difficult

1:03:141:03:21

THE SPEAKER:

This relates to no

Government policy the gentleman is

1:03:211:03:25

responsible or rather the Shadow

Chancellor for which he isn't.

Mr

1:03:251:03:35

Speaker, Sharon Jones is a

constituent who had a malignant

1:03:351:03:40

brain tumour removed 20 years ago.

This left her with excruciating

1:03:401:03:44

headaches and severe pain in her

neck and shoulders. Sharon has been

1:03:441:03:47

in receipt of ESA and the Department

for Work and Pensions accepts that

1:03:471:03:52

Sharon is not fit for work. Yet, she

has now been placed in the work

1:03:521:03:57

related activity group and her

benefit has been reduced. Will the

1:03:571:04:02

First Secretary justify this to

Sharon?

Obviously there will be

1:04:021:04:08

clearly be individual issues in this

case which I can't be aware of. I'm

1:04:081:04:12

sure my Right Honourable Friend the

Secretary of State for Work and

1:04:121:04:16

Pensions will be very happy to look

at this individual case to see if

1:04:161:04:18

something needs to be done for

Sharon.

I very much welcome the

1:04:181:04:27

announcement of a border lands

growth deal. This is positive news

1:04:271:04:30

for the border aya. But can the

First Secretary assure me this

1:04:301:04:36

initiative will receive sufficient

resource to ensure its success?

I

1:04:361:04:42

share my honourable friend's

enthusiasm for the borderlands

1:04:421:04:45

growth initiative. I've seen the

many benefits of city deals and

1:04:451:04:50

growth deals around all parts-of-UK

since I became First Secretary. I

1:04:501:04:56

think the borderlands growth innish

five is particularly important

1:04:561:04:58

because it will show the mutual

prosperity between his part of the

1:04:581:05:03

north of England and the southern

part of Scotland. All I can say is

1:05:031:05:07

since my Right Honourable Friend the

Secretary of State for Scotland is

1:05:071:05:13

actually a constituency MP in the

southern part of the Scotland, I

1:05:131:05:16

know this deal will get particularly

strict attention inside the Cabinet.

1:05:161:05:24

Does the First Secretary agree with

the Lord speaker's committee that

1:05:241:05:29

the House of Lords should be reduced

to 600 and the term should be

1:05:291:05:32

limited to 15 years? Does he not

feel the slightest sense of

1:05:321:05:36

embarrassment that the crisis of

credibility of the undemocratic

1:05:361:05:41

upper chamber's become so acute its

members are themselves begging for

1:05:411:05:45

reform whilst the elect the

Government refuses to act?

I think

1:05:451:05:52

when the honourable gentleman speaks

on behalf of all members of the

1:05:521:05:56

House of Lords in terms of begging

for reform, he may not necessarily

1:05:561:06:01

absolutely be representing the

entire range of views in another

1:06:011:06:05

place. But I'm happy to assure him

the Government's looking very

1:06:051:06:11

carefully at the proposal and we

will respond in due course.

Can my

1:06:111:06:17

Right Honourable Friend and

neighbour say what action the

1:06:171:06:20

Government's proposing to take guest

Russian-backed agenciesies spreading

1:06:201:06:25

fakes news? They have been doing it

in our political Tam wanes but

1:06:251:06:31

disinformation may be spread about

important issues about vaccines and

1:06:311:06:35

the flu jab.

My honourable friend is

right to raise this. Cybersecurity

1:06:351:06:41

is an extremely important issue.

Fake news and the dissemination of

1:06:411:06:47

potentially dangerous information is

one part of that. The National Cyber

1:06:471:06:51

Security Centre is looking very hard

at this. It takes a number of

1:06:511:06:55

measures to combat it. Some of

which, obviously, have to remain

1:06:551:07:00

private. I can assure him it is very

high on the agenda of the national

1:07:001:07:07

cybersecurity service which is

underover a year old. It is doing

1:07:071:07:11

good work in making sure the area of

cybersecurity is doing much better

1:07:111:07:15

than a used to.

An 11-year-old

primary school pupil approached me

1:07:151:07:21

to say he, his mother and two

brothers live in a one bedroom flat.

1:07:211:07:27

Can he find me a council flat like I

grew up in. It is very unlikely he

1:07:271:07:33

will ever have one. Can I ask

simply, given the measures announce

1:07:331:07:38

in the last week's housing budget

will not solve the scale of the

1:07:381:07:41

problem which sees over 100,000

children living in temporary

1:07:411:07:44

accommodation. What is he going to

do to make sure that boy, his family

1:07:441:07:49

and others living in temporary

accommodation gets the decent home

1:07:491:07:53

they need that they can call their

own?

I agree this is a serious

1:07:531:07:57

problem. And that's one of the

reasons why housing was at the

1:07:571:08:03

centre of my Right Honourable

Friend, the Chancellor's budget. I

1:08:031:08:08

hear from the opposition front bench

that is asking what we're doing

1:08:081:08:14

about it. I'll tell her. Last year,

we delivered more homes than we've

1:08:141:08:18

seen in all but one of the last 30

years. 217,000, taking us to 1.1

1:08:181:08:25

million since 2010. Over the next

five years, we'll invest £44 billion

1:08:251:08:32

in home building boosting the

funding for council, social and

1:08:321:08:36

low-cost housing to over £9 billion.

We are building more social housing

1:08:361:08:42

than the Labour Government did in

its 13 years in office. We'll build

1:08:421:08:45

even more in the future. This is a

Government that's addressing his

1:08:451:08:51

constituent's problems. Previous

Labour Governments failed to do so.

1:08:511:09:02

At the recent extremely successful

Cheltenham and Literature Festival

1:09:021:09:07

Hilary clin tan came and talked

about the importance of ensuring the

1:09:071:09:13

Russians cant inter veer with

British or American elections.

1:09:131:09:16

Should we be building an offensive

cyber capability so our opponents

1:09:161:09:21

know we have the will and where with

all to strike back?

My honourable

1:09:211:09:25

friend is right as you would expect

from the member of Parliament who

1:09:251:09:31

represents GCHQ. He is absolutely

right about the offensive capacity

1:09:311:09:37

that we may well need in the cyber

area and I'm happy to assure him and

1:09:371:09:44

the House we are indeed developing

that.

I would like to ask the

1:09:441:09:52

minister if, without Mensing the new

state pension, apprenticeships or

1:09:521:09:56

stating the false hood that the

Scottish Government can somehow fix

1:09:561:10:00

the problem and begin the Prime

Minister is a WASPI woman herself,

1:10:001:10:04

how he can justify a rise of 413% in

the number of women over the age of

1:10:041:10:11

60 in receipt of ESA because of this

Government's refusal to give them

1:10:111:10:16

their pensions?

As I applied to a

previous question on this subject, I

1:10:161:10:23

hope she would recognise the

principle that is right, that we

1:10:231:10:27

need, as we live longer, to move up

the pension age. And she knows as

1:10:271:10:32

well as I do, that actually, the

Scottish Government does have the

1:10:321:10:38

capacity to top up welfare payments.

They like to sit here and deny this.

1:10:381:10:43

In Holyrood, they know they could do

this. As ever with the SNP, they

1:10:431:10:48

should stop simply moaning in this

chamber. They should go back to

1:10:481:10:54

their own Government in Scotland and

say if they want to do something,

1:10:541:10:56

they should do it. Get on with the

day job of running Scotland.

I very

1:10:561:11:08

# Welcome the Government's modern

industrial strategy that was

1:11:081:11:10

launched this week. Does my Right

Honourable Friend agree that it's

1:11:101:11:14

really going to be important as this

country moves forward. We seek a

1:11:141:11:19

global Britain in in creating more

and better quality jobs? The point

1:11:191:11:25

about the industrial strategy, which

is a hugely important moment, is to

1:11:251:11:29

create not just a stronger economy,

but a fairer economy for decades to

1:11:291:11:33

come. That's why it's looking

forward to 2030. It is a long-term

1:11:331:11:37

attempt to make sure that we have

not just a global outward looking

1:11:371:11:42

economy but a modern economy where

we can capitalise on our huge

1:11:421:11:47

research strengths and our huge

intellectual strength to make sure

1:11:471:11:55

we actually benefit commercially

from that for decades to come.

1:11:551:11:59

That's the route for rising

prosperity.

This Sunday, the 3rd

1:11:591:12:05

December, is the year when

international day of persons with a

1:12:051:12:09

disability. So far, in Government

has refused to carry out a

1:12:091:12:15

cumulative impact assessment of its

social security policies of people

1:12:151:12:19

living with a disability. Will the

First Secretary now mark this day by

1:12:191:12:23

doing the right thing for disabled

people and carry out a full,

1:12:231:12:27

cumulative impact assessment?

I'm

sure the honourable lady, who has

1:12:271:12:34

great expertise in this field will

know that this Government is

1:12:341:12:39

spending £90 billion on disability

benefits. But, more to the point, we

1:12:391:12:43

are being more successful than ever

before in giving disabled people a

1:12:431:12:48

degree of independence. Hundreds of

thousands more disabled people are

1:12:481:12:52

in work than have ever been before.

We have a plan to have an extra

1:12:521:12:59

million in work over the next ten

years. That is an extremely

1:12:591:13:02

important and practical way to

improve the lives of hundreds of

1:13:021:13:06

thousands of disabled people. That's

what this Government is doing.

1:13:061:13:09

That's what we'll continue to do.

Given the President of Iran said

1:13:091:13:19

they will not be the first country

to breach the joint plan of action,

1:13:191:13:23

can the First Secretary assure

US-British diplomats are working

1:13:231:13:27

hard in Washington DC to persuade

our American friends it is in the

1:13:271:13:30

interests of the West and Iran to

uphold the JCPOA as a prelude to

1:13:301:13:36

solving other regional problems?

My

honourable friend is right. We think

1:13:361:13:42

the JCPOA is a very important part

of attempting to improve conditions,

1:13:421:13:49

not just between Iran and its

neighbours but across the wider

1:13:491:13:53

Middle East and we will continue to

argue that case in all parts of the

1:13:531:13:57

world.

I too join in offering

congratulations to Prince Harry and

1:13:571:14:07

Meghan Markle on their engagements.

One of the issues Prince Harry

1:14:071:14:11

highlightnd and campaigned on is the

issue of mental health. The invest

1:14:111:14:15

for livecam pain in Northern Ireland

is doing a fantastic job and

1:14:151:14:18

highlighting the need for extra

resources on that issue ewe. We join

1:14:181:14:22

in that campaign and have secured

extra resources. At a time when

1:14:221:14:27

issues like that, mental health,

education and all 9 rest need tor

1:14:271:14:30

prioritised in Northern Ireland by a

locally devolved Government working

1:14:301:14:34

on these issues and representing the

people of Northern Ireland, does the

1:14:341:14:38

First Secretary of State agree it is

a gross dereliction of

1:14:381:14:42

responsibility for Sinn Fein to

announce this week they are not

1:14:421:14:45

going to engage in further

discussions on the restoration of

1:14:451:14:48

devolution? If that's the case, we

now need to move quickly to restore

1:14:481:14:53

accountability and ministers to the

Northern Ireland Office to get on

1:14:531:14:57

with the people's business of

responsible Government in Northern

1:14:571:14:59

Ireland?

The right honourable

gentleman will know that my Right

1:14:591:15:06

Honourable Friend the Northern

Ireland Secretary is working as hard

1:15:061:15:11

as possible to restore democratic

control to restore the Northern

1:15:111:15:15

Ireland Executive. We all want to

see proper he devolved Government

1:15:151:15:21

restored in Northern Ireland. I

think that will be by far the best

1:15:211:15:24

thing for the people of Northern

Ireland and this Government will

1:15:241:15:28

continue to work tirelessly to that

end.

1:15:281:15:32

THE SPEAKER:

Order.

1:15:321:15:42

Is called Britain first. Many people

regard Britain first as a fascist

1:16:211:16:27

organisation. Certainly on the far,

far right. These tweets purport to

1:16:271:16:34

show Muslims committing crime.

President Trump retweeted three

1:16:341:16:42

posts by a Jada Fransom when he woke

up this morning Washington time. The

1:16:421:16:50

post includes unverified videos of

Muslims destroy a statue of Virgin

1:16:501:16:55

Mary. Muslims beat up boy on

crutches. You get the sense of the

1:16:551:17:00

kind of things. She's the Deputy

Leader of Britain first. She's

1:17:001:17:06

facing four charges, current Le out

of bail facing four charges of

1:17:061:17:11

causing religiously argue vated

harassment as part of a Kent Police

1:17:111:17:16

investigation into the distribution

of leaflets and posting of online

1:17:161:17:20

videos during a trial at Canterbury

Crown Court in May. She's due to

1:17:201:17:24

appear in court in Northern Ireland

charged with using threatening and

1:17:241:17:29

abusive language. In a speech she

made in Belfast in August. Mr Trump

1:17:291:17:36

has 43.6 million Twitter followers

who have now by him been sent these

1:17:361:17:41

videos from Britain first.

1:17:411:17:46

What's your reaction to that?

You're

giving us the latest new. Britain

1:17:461:17:51

first is an appalling organisation.

I only hope he's made a mistake in

1:17:511:17:56

retweeting some of this stuff. Very

hard to comment without knowing the

1:17:561:18:00

background of this contention.

Mr

Trump is due to visit this country

1:18:001:18:05

in 2018? What does this do to that

visit?

Let's establish the full

1:18:051:18:10

facts. At the end of the day...

I've

given you the full facts.

He is

1:18:101:18:14

still the President of the United

States. If he choses to visit the

1:18:141:18:19

country, he should be accorded the

full respect of his office which is

1:18:191:18:22

an important office. The US is a

valuable ally. Nobody will defend

1:18:221:18:27

that if the facts are as you set it

out.

This country spent six years

1:18:271:18:31

fighting the Nazis. Do we really

want to welcome to our shores a man

1:18:311:18:41

who retweets fascist anti-Muslim

propaganda?

Well, I think we need to

1:18:411:18:44

ascertain the full circumstances. I

said I totally agree with you,

1:18:441:18:49

Britain first is an appalling

organisation. No-one would want to

1:18:491:18:53

defend any of their actions or

tweets. The information in the video

1:18:531:18:58

is probably false anyway. Yeah,

nobody wants to defend what they do

1:18:581:19:03

and what they stand for. I agree

with you, we celebrated Remembrance

1:19:031:19:09

Day recently. We have a proud

history of fighting Nazis and

1:19:091:19:13

fascism in this country. We should

stand by that.

I think I'm right in

1:19:131:19:18

saying, you may remember better, the

man who murdered Jo Cox, who struck

1:19:181:19:26

her down in cold blood, wasn't he

shouting Britain First?

I think he

1:19:261:19:32

was. I don't want to say it for

sure. But it is ringing bells. This

1:19:321:19:36

is very concerning to hear. I think

unfortunately this horrible racist

1:19:361:19:41

material does circulate on the

internet. It is extremely worrying

1:19:411:19:45

to hear that response from Donald

Trump. I must say, I felt, I don't

1:19:451:19:49

know if others agree with this, his

response to London attacks and the

1:19:491:19:53

way he dealt with the London Mayor,

a British elected politician, was

1:19:531:19:58

absolutely appalling. We need to see

strenuous comments now coming from

1:19:581:20:04

the highest level in British

Government. We cannot have another

1:20:041:20:09

head of state closely involved with

someone who is apparently, it seems,

1:20:091:20:15

you've said now, supporting criminal

material. That is potentially what

1:20:151:20:18

this is. I hope the British

Government will make clear

1:20:181:20:27

representations. Just ignoring it is

not good enough if what you said is

1:20:271:20:32

the case.

What is your view on Mr

Trump visiting intoes shores?

Labour

1:20:321:20:39

was very concerned when there was a

suggestion there would be a state

1:20:391:20:42

visit for a whole variety of

reasons, actually. I think we need

1:20:421:20:46

to look at what kind of awrongmentes

there will be made for his visit in

1:20:461:20:52

light of these tweets.

It was

planned to be a scaled-down visit.

1:20:521:20:56

Not a full state visit.

Should that

still go ahead?

We need to look at

1:20:561:21:01

this very carefully. He is the elect

the President of the United States.

1:21:011:21:05

Let's think about the impact this

kind of material has. How an

1:21:051:21:11

ordinary Muslim person will be

feeling in the US seeing this kind

1:21:111:21:14

of material being put out about

them. I talked to my constituents. I

1:21:141:21:19

know how hurtful they find it when

they're misrepresented.

The killer

1:21:191:21:25

of Jo Cox was shouting Britain

First. I've had that confirmed.

1:21:251:21:31

Brendan Cox, the widow, he has

Tweeted Mr Trump has legitimised far

1:21:311:21:36

right in his own country. Now he's

trying to do it in ours, spreading

1:21:361:21:43

hatred has Conservativens kenss. --

consequences. The President should

1:21:431:21:47

be ashamed of himself. In addition

to the bizarre nature of the

1:21:471:21:52

president of the greatest democracy

in the world doing this sort of

1:21:521:21:56

thing, it is a real problem for the

British Government now, is it not?

1:21:561:22:01

It really is. Many members of the

British public would find this kind

1:22:011:22:07

of thing utterly rePent. Certainly

people in Government would find this

1:22:071:22:12

completely and utterly rePent. He is

the most important politician in the

1:22:121:22:16

world. Perhaps the Chinese leader

only has more power than him. It is

1:22:161:22:24

a massive, massive dilemma. Britain

is not in a position to suddenly

1:22:241:22:28

say, we're not going to deal with

this man, with his administration,

1:22:281:22:33

somehow pull up the shutters and

have nothing to do with the United

1:22:331:22:36

States. Yet, they will want to, I

would imagine, express a disapproval

1:22:361:22:41

in the strongest possible terms.

We

saw tree a may struggling to find a

1:22:411:22:50

balance of being a critical friend.

If your friend you have tried to

1:22:501:22:56

diplomatically criticise becomes

over time more and more

1:22:561:22:59

objectionable in the kind of things

they're circulating, how do you

1:22:591:23:03

calibrate that relationship? It is a

very serious problem. Theresa May

1:23:031:23:07

will be asked about this on her trip

to the Middle East and until she

1:23:071:23:11

gives some answer. It is very

difficult.

1:23:111:23:22

The American media is going to pore

over this.

I couldn't be bigger

1:23:281:23:32

publicity. As you said 44 million

followers on Twitter. I think that

1:23:321:23:41

the deputy leader has responded

saying, look the American President

1:23:411:23:45

is circulating our stuff. So for

those people in that political

1:23:451:23:50

position, right out there, past the

spectrum of what people find

1:23:501:23:57

acceptable. This is manna for heaven

for them. I fear this will become,

1:23:571:24:02

it is clearly a big story and the

British Government will be under

1:24:021:24:06

pressure to respond in some way.

I

have been told that Britain First

1:24:061:24:12

are retweeting the President's

tweets to sew that they will say is

1:24:121:24:20

the imprateur of the President.

And

give oxygen...

What is the defence

1:24:201:24:26

that it is called Britain First,

which sounds nice, Britain First is

1:24:261:24:33

good in a way, and he had no idea,

what it was. Seeing as most people

1:24:331:24:39

in the UK have probably never heard

of it...

He must have moan the

1:24:391:24:45

nature of what was being tweeted. If

didn't look at it. It has to be

1:24:451:24:51

aware of the...

Ignorance will be

the only defence but it may be

1:24:511:24:56

unconvincing.

Exactly. I think sadly

this is part of a pattern, we have

1:24:561:25:01

heard what he said before about our

country, that he has made incredibly

1:25:011:25:06

offensive remarks about how he

believes there have been terrorist

1:25:061:25:10

attacks on our soil. And I don't

think they are because of ignorance,

1:25:101:25:16

he perhaps believes something that

will lead to more popularity for him

1:25:161:25:20

but he is increasing hatred to

people in our society, in our

1:25:201:25:25

country, ultimately it is our

Government's role to defend our

1:25:251:25:28

people, all British people, that has

to be at the root of their response

1:25:281:25:31

to this.

London is the greatest

multicultural city in the world, it

1:25:311:25:36

is overtaking New York and Los

Angeles, which were huge examples of

1:25:361:25:40

multicultural...

A house history.

Kind of hard to welcome someone who

1:25:401:25:45

tweets something like this to a city

like this.

It is, as Laura says we

1:25:451:25:49

should look at the office and not

the person occupying it. As you say

1:25:491:25:53

America is the...

It is a difficult

one.

We have to have, we welcome

1:25:531:25:58

lots of people to this country whose

policies...

We have had ciao chess

1:25:581:26:04

can in the past. Any more?

I am not

putting this in the same category,

1:26:041:26:09

it is appall bug we have to have

relations with the US.

While Damian

1:26:091:26:14

Green was standing in for the Prime

Minister at PMQs, a story broke in

1:26:141:26:20

the Standard, taking on the

allegations in some way, I would

1:26:201:26:25

suggest the timing is not a

coincidence.

One might imagine the

1:26:251:26:30

editor is someone with a very

advanced political brain of course.

1:26:301:26:33

Just as he was getting to his feet

and taking questions on that issue,

1:26:331:26:38

particularly awkwardly from John

Mann who has made such a record of

1:26:381:26:43

fighting sexual harassment,

particularly in Parliament, a

1:26:431:26:45

standard journalist published a

story including texts to her from

1:26:451:26:51

Kate mall by the young journalist

who says Damian Green made

1:26:511:26:57

inappropriate advances to her, they

appear to show Kate malt by is

1:26:571:27:02

expressing concern last year back in

2016, pressing concern about what

1:27:021:27:07

had happened suggesting he had hit

on her to use the phrase while

1:27:071:27:11

offering her a job.

That is offering

a job.

That is the new bit of that

1:27:111:27:16

seems to be alleged in these

message, now Damian Green has never

1:27:161:27:23

denied discussing Kate malt by's

career, but there is new evidence in

1:27:231:27:29

these connects -- tentings, these

messages have already been passed to

1:27:291:27:33

the Cabinet Office investigation

into all of this.

Into Mr Green.

The

1:27:331:27:38

Whitehall supremo ho is looking at

this, does have this material, I

1:27:381:27:42

also once that Kate Malby asked the

standard not to publish in evidence

1:27:421:27:49

at the moment. And in terms of the

sensitivity round this

1:27:491:27:54

investigation, it obviously does

change the dynamic that some the

1:27:541:27:57

evidence has bust into the public

domain in this way, but as I

1:27:571:28:01

understand it, she asked the

Standard not to go ahead...

But they

1:28:011:28:04

went ahead.

They went ahead. It is

an important story they would see it

1:28:041:28:08

in the context.

It is not a text

from Mr Green offering a jobs, it is

1:28:081:28:14

a third party mentioning it. What

they have published are texts from

1:28:141:28:19

Kate to a friend of hers who

happened to be a journalist,

1:28:191:28:23

recounting what happened, a year

ago, an of course, her backers and

1:28:231:28:28

people like Helena Kennedy say she

didn't just come up with this all of

1:28:281:28:31

a sudden. We need to stop there. It

is going to be a busy day for you.

1:28:311:28:37

Whack that red butt top and we will

find out who won guess the year

1:28:371:28:47

No buttons were harmed in the making

of this. 1998. That is it for today.

1:28:471:28:55

A busy news day now, the One O'Clock

News starting on BBC One. Jo will be

1:28:551:29:01

back here tomorrow. I will be back

Thursday night BBC One. Bye.

1:29:011:29:05

Brexit minister Lord Callanan and shadow treasury minister Anneliese Dodds keep Andrew Neil company. As well as full coverage of PMQs they look at the ongoing Brexit negotiations and calls for a national holiday for the Royal Wedding.


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