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Morning folks - welcome
to the Daily Politics.
The general election of 2017 saw
a rise in abuse and intimidation
of candidates fuelled primarily
by social media.
That's according to the Government's
own ethics watchdog.
So will ministers legislate to hold
tech firms responsible?
As the Prime Minister prepares
for the EU summit tomorrow
which will give the green light
to start trade talks,
she faces a potential rebellion
at home on her flagship Brexit Bill.
Tory rebels say they want
a "meaningful vote"
on the final Brexit deal.
So will the Government back down?
Jeremy Corbyn will be hoping to land
a few metaphorical blows
on Theresa May when they square off
at Prime Minister's Questions.
We'll have all the
action live at noon.
And, in a major upset,
a Democrat has won election
to the US Senate in the solidly
Republican state of Alabama,
defeating President Trump's
All that in the next 90 minutes,
and with me for the duration
is the Minister for Agriculture,
Fisheries and Food, George Eustice,
and the Shadow Brexit
Minister, Jenny Chapman.
Welcome to you both.
Now, according to the Government's
own ethics watchdog,
social media is primarily
responsible for fuelling abuse
and intimidation towards candidates
in the recent general election.
The independent committee
on Standards in Public Life also
suggests legislation should be
introduced to force social media
companies to deal with illegal
content to stop the intimidation
of those in public life.
Let's hear from Lord Bew,
the committee chair.
Millions of people in this country
have an interest in everybody who
lives here and the quality of our
Parliamentary democracy, the quality
of the people who feel able to come
forward. They have an interest in a
form of political deate which is
Frank, sometimes tough and
aggressive, it has always been so,
but contains an element of respect,
within it for the other side. It is
really important that the parties
come together, this report will not
work if the parties don't come
together, and agree some kind of
common Code of Conduct.
Do you get much online abuse Jenny
Not like some.
You are not
at the bad end of it.
I don't seem
to be, I have been fortunate in that
respect. I have had some, but
nothing like I've seen some
colleagues get, and it is
Some that is, well
I don't care which
party they are from.
George, do you?
I am not on Twitter, one of the
reasons is I have...
So you might
but you don't know.
I have had the
view though, that 140 characters
when people are anonymous, it is too
easy for people to say things,
anonymously they wouldn't say do
your face, we have seen that
spilling over into debate. At the
election I detected a coarsening in
our political debate, hustings where
sensible people were walking away
because they couldn't take the
acrimony and people were being
shouted down. It is not helpful.
Does the Government yet have a
policy to deal with this online
Well, you know, there is a
limit to what you can do with
regulation on this, where you have
the extreme things, death threats
and the like, obviously, the content
providers and the social media
platforms have a responsibility to
act. So this is an interesting
At the moment they don't.
Under the law, they don't, because
they are regarded as hosts, rather
than publisher, so if a newspaper or
broadcaster published that sort of
stuff, we would be held responsible,
because we are publisher, the online
platforms are not, so does the
Government, should the Government
have a policy to change that?
a difficult area. We have said that
we are going to look carefully at
this report and we are open to
taking steps in this area, the
social media is a new phenomenon,
It is not that new
It takes a why for the
regulatory environment to be able to
catch up with it. We have to be
careful we protect free speech.
Where you have extreme death threats
and the like, we need them to act
and we should be looking at that.
Does Labour have a policy for this?
I think the approach has been taken
by the Home Affairs Select
Committee, is the right one, and
Yvette Cooper let on -- led on,
where the publishers, the Facebook,
But they not publisher at
I think they ought to be
and they ought to be held
accountable. Let us not forget it is
Making posts in the first place.
understand that, but what I am
trying to get to do either of you
have a credible policy towards it?
The committee recommends rather than
regarding these social media sites
at simply contenting a gay for, they
should be regarded as publishers
which brings a legal liability, does
Labour support the committees
My understanding is that we
are looking at it, me personally, I
think that we ought to move closer
to that position, and I think it
isn't, we are not just talking about
Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.
Look at the chatrooms on newspaper
websites, there are lots of
different ways that this kind of
abuse is meted out not just to
people in the public eye but people
who are the subject of newspaper
story, it needs to be looked at in
Newspapers are subject to
You look at some of the
comment sections on newspaper
websites and think you will find
very few of those comments would
find their way into a story or...
They are subject to this...
not being enforced. Look at it.
look at a lot of comments, they are
fog like the social media, certainly
not in the mainstream newspaper
comment sites because they are
They are not. That is not
true. They are not.
website is moderated for example.
The Telegraph website is moderated.
The Times is moderated. So they, my
business, I know what is happening.
When somebody makes a complaint,
That is a different matter
somebody to make that complaint.
Could you do this without EU
Yes, we have to come to
Under EU legislation
social media platforms are class as
hosts. That is EU law.
obviously EU law is about to be less
of a problem. For the UK, we have
got our own domestic approaches now,
on broadcasters which are very
strict and on newspapers as well,
where we have common law developed
in areas like privacy, and
defamation, it is open to us to be
able to extend...
Is it your
understanding you would change the
way Jenny Chapman has been talking
about making these social platforms
publisher, could you do that under
existing EU law?
I am not sure
that is the right way to approach
it. My view is they are not
publishers but they are a platform.
The fact they are a platform
shouldn't mean you can't do anything
about abusive content. You might say
they are not responsible gps
EU law they are not liable for the
It is possible in my view
to bring forward some kind of
approach where you could make them
have responsibilities on them to
take down conmeant that was clearly
against the law. While not making
them personally liable for the
comment somebody put up. There are
ways round this. It is a new
platform, a new way of doing things.
The report found that Conservative
candidates were significantly more
likely to be subjected to
intimidation than Labour. Why do you
think that is?
I think that is, I
mean if that is the case, it doesn't
matter which party somebody is
standing for, they shouldn't be
Why do you think
Conservatives are more subjected...
I don't know. If we knew why people
did this we might be more successful
in trying to do something about it,
but I would hate for this to put
somebody off standing for any party.
The point of the committee is, it
That is why we have to take it
Professor Tim Bell told
the inquiry politics has become more
polarised since 2015 when Jeremy
Corbyn took over the Labour Party,
there has been an influx of people
into the Labour Party, who are
rather more used to a kind of
faction liced culture of politics.
What to you say to that?
that is happening and there will be
members of the Labour Party
conducting this behaviour, then,
they need to be brought to book,
kicked out of the party and dealt
with, but I don't think it is as
simple as that. I think that people
in the public eye, whether they are
Parliamentary candidates or other
high profile people have become
almost legitimate targets to say
what ever you like, make whatever
comments you want about them or
their family, I don't think we need
I understand all that, what I
was trying to get this morning was
what the political policy response
would be, but clear from both of you
we will have to wait.
Now, as I'm sure you all know, today
is day seven of the Committee Stage
of the EU Withdrawal Bill -
a date I'm sure you've had
in the diary for a long time.
But before your eyelids
really do close shut,
I should explain that today's debate
could result in a damaging
defeat for the Government
over its flagship Brexit Bill.
Tory rebels, backed by Labour,
are demanding that Parliament be
given a "meaningful vote"
on the final Brexit deal.
So what does that mean?
Fortunately Lizzie Glinka
is here to explain.
The European Union Withdrawal Bill
is a key part of the
government's Brexit strategy.
It'll repeal the 1972
Communities Act, ending
the supremacy of EU law,
and copying existing EU law
onto the UK statute book.
Over 350 amendments and 75
new clauses were put forward,
but the government has yet to lose
a vote and so far the Bill
MPs could vote this evening
on an amendment tabled by Tory MP
Dominic Grieve calling
for a "meaningful vote"
on the final Brexit deal.
Mr Grieve says his amendment
would make it "possible
for Parliament to say
to the Government 'I'm sorry,
I don't think you've negotiated
a good enough deal'."
The Labour Party says it
will support the amendment
if it comes to a vote,
with Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir
And around 20 other Tory MPs
are reported to support
But the Government is trying
to head off the rebellion,
with Brexit Secretary David Davis
writing to Tory MPs this morning,
committing the Government to holding
a vote on the final deal
in Parliament "as soon as possible"
after the negotiations conclude.
This vote, he says, would cover both
the Withdrawal agreement
and the terms for the UK's future
relationship with the EU.
He pledges that the Government
would not implement any parts
of the Withdrawal Agreement
until the vote has taken place.
Joining me now from central lobby
is the Conservative MP Heidi Allen,
who is one of those
who says she will vote
for Mr Grieve's amendment.
David Davis said there will be a
vote on the deal, when it is made,
if and when it is made, there will
be a vote if the House demapedz on
the treaty, and -- demands, and
there will be legislation on the
withdrawal and implementation
process. Why is that not enough?
Because without being disrespectful,
this is difficult, we have heard
that before, we need this amendment
to be accepted by the Government
this evening so that vote can be
meaningful and well timed, because
currently the way the legislation
stands, our vote could come after
ward, so a Ritzen -- written
statement is a good step in the
right direction but it needs to be
binding, so that needs a vote, so if
the deal isn't good enough we can
push back. But it doesn't give us
fall back plan if there is no deal.
Phase one of the negotiations have
gone well and that is unlikely, but
saying to people political tectonic
plates are shifting like never
before, anything is possible and we
want the very best possible outcome
for in country, we accept we are
leaving but we don't want to bind
More important from what
you have told the viewer you do not
trust a written ministerial
statement from a minister of the
Crown, in your own Government?
not about that. It's a complicated
process, and you know, the dynamics
are shifting all the time. The
Government is determined rightly...
You said you had heard it all before
which implies you don't trust it.
Why don't you trust a minister of
your own Government?
timing can change, and as I say, the
writ instatement doesn't deal with
the situation where there might not
be a deal brokered at all. So it
only fixes half the problem.
Dominic's amendment seven, he is a
knowledgeable guy, this is an
ex-Attorney General, he says the
legislation is not strong enough to
protect our country, then believe he
is right, and the Government, which
we still hope there is a good nine
hours to go, we are hoping the
Government will be able to improve
op that and accept our amendment or
put something in a similar format
inno the bill themselves.
Let me ask
for clarification again, I don't
understand what more you want, the
Government has committed to having a
vote on the deal, it is committed to
having a vote on the treaty, it is
committed to having legislation to
implement the deal. I think people
will not understand why a
Conservative doesn't find that
Because it is about the timing.
will the deal be ratified? When will
Parliament get the vote? Will there
be enough time? The government have
tabled another amendment for next
week with a drop dead close to the
bill. There just isn't enough time.
The MPs in Parliament are here to
scrutinise and vote, and what we are
asking is perfectly reasonable.
have George Eustice of the
government here. Why shouldn't Heidi
Allen get what she wants?
have addressed all the concerns she
has raised with the announcement
today. This debate about the
referendum last year was divisive,
and we have a big responsibility in
Parliament, whatever side we are on,
to put the country together.
Parliament has a responsibility to
drive through the necessary
compromises to get agreement. That
is what is going on now.
the direct point?
What we have made
clear today is when that withdrawal
agreement is concluded, likely to be
in October, which is what Michel
Barnier has said, it will be laid
before Parliament in the usual way,
and Parliament has an opportunity to
pass a resolution against it. If
they don't do that and they accept
it, as we hope they will, there will
then be another bill, on EU
withdrawal and how we implement the
agreement, and covering things like
the transition. Parliament will have
ample opportunity to discuss this.
So you will not move on your
position, the government?
government has heard all of the
concerns raised, and answered them
today. We have addressed this. If
Heidi wants to debate this, she has
plenty of opportunity to pray
against the treaty when it is
Heidi Allen, what do you say
to George Eustice?
Andrew. You are behaving a little
bit like a marriage counsellor! We
saw it yesterday with the Henry VIII
powers, that the government have
moved, and that they are listening.
He is right that this has been so
divisive for our country, but giving
Parliament a vote at the right time
with everything that comes forward,
whether that is no deal as well.
This is how we heal the country, by
those people who voted to remain as
well is to leave, having a vote in
You had a chance to do
this when the Article 50 resolution
came up, which triggered the whole
process. You could have put this
into that process at the time. Why
I don't think that was the
right time, because that was the
starting gun for leaving the EU, and
that is what every single one of us
who are backing Dominic Grieve today
are being clear about. Voting to
change Article 50 would have looked
like we were trying to stop it, and
that is not right, and that is
disloyal to the people who voted in
the referendum to leave the EU. It
is about making sure the deal is the
If Parliament voted
against the deal, if a deal is done
and Parliament voted against it,
that would effectively be a vote of
no-confidence in the government, and
the beginning a constitutional
crisis, which you would probably
welcome because you might be able to
reverse the result.
That is 100% not
the case at all. This is about
making sure we have the right deal.
The European Parliament will get to
vote on whether the withdrawal
Was so will the British
Parliament. How can you vote on a
deal if there is no deal?
the whole point.
What do you want?
You cannot vote on a deal if there
is no deal. That is not what David
Davis was addressing. What do you
think should happen if there is no
We think Parliament should
have the opportunity to say, the
deal is good enough, or the deal
isn't. I believe the UK and Europe
who want a deal, but these things
can take time. Negotiations don't
always happen to the time tell you
Why do you think the 27 members
would want to extend this process?
Because if we haven't reached a deal
that is good for the both sides...
Our economies rely on each other.
But the other 27 will not agree a
deal if it is not good for them.
That's the whole point. It is
pantomime season coming early. This
is about Parliament and MPs doing
their job to scrutinise this piece
Thank you for
joining us. Jenny Chapman, Labour
will vote with the Tory rebels
Yes. We vote for Dominic
Grieve's amendment if it should go
to a vote.
Which it probably will.
hope so. I expect he's still waiting
to hear what the Minister says.
see if there is some movement?
threat of a rebellion can sometimes
be as powerful as the rebellion
itself, but we will certainly vote
Is there a three line
whip on Labour's side?
of your colleagues will ignore that.
We usually have about seven, as you
will know, because we have this
conversation a lot.
About seven, but
some may not turn up as well.
may not turn up?
I don't know.
Whipping is not an exact science,
but there is a whip on. We expect we
would have enough to defeat the
government should the Tory rebels
stay true to what they have
And you will get a solid
Do you expect
to win or lose?
All of these
amendments we have one so far. We
are listening to Parliament and we
have addressed all of these concerns
that Dominic Grieve has raised. What
we have done today has outlined how
we would deal with that.
win the vote with what you have
already said, or do you need to say
procedure, they are going to get
that vote, and there is also a whole
bill, which they can argue ad in
So you have listened to,
you have made your statement?
haven't heard anything from Heidi
Allen that explains why what we have
done today isn't enough. It does
address the issue.
If there was no
deal, what would happen?
going to get it. We are working on
It is the point Heidi Allen
raises, not me. If there is no deal,
will we still leave?
We will get a
deal if the other side now we are
serious about leaving, so part of
our planning is planning for a no
deal scenario. You have to do that
to be taken seriously. If our
European partners see that people
back here may be trying to play a
game to stay in the EU, they will
not negotiate properly with us. We
have to be serious that we have a
partnership that answers our
I asked something simple.
What will happen if there is no
We are planning for a no deal
Will Parliament get a vote
Parliament can vote on
anything it wants at any time, but
we have true good Article 50 and we
are going to get a deal.
If there is
no deal, what is then the of
It can put down
amendments or motions...
something that doesn't exist?
going to get this withdrawal bill
through, and then there will be an
endless debate about it.
what I asked, but clearly it's all
I'm going to get.
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It's process, process, process these
I'm afraid it is, and
Parliament and MPs like nothing more
than talking about process,
particularly if their own importance
is in question. What ever Jeremy
Corbyn chooses to go on today, and
we know that he doesn't really like
talking about Brexit, Westminster is
abuzz with all of the questions
about this vote. Who is going to
blink? The rebels or the government?
It's early to know. Both sides are
saying they are not shifting. At
5pm, that might feel...
change our world by our?
There will be notes passed backwards
and forwards. Yesterday, Dominic
Grieve and some other MPs were
huddled together on the backbenches
during the bill. Theresa May does
not like to lose. It is not unusual
for the government to lose on
amendments, but when you are a
minority government, the fragility
of that gives it a different
context. She's got to go to Brussels
tomorrow, supposedly to say, hurrah!
I concede that that would
not look good if she turns up having
lost the vote. But if she loses the
vote, it means the amendment is
carried, that there is a vote that
the label rebels wanted on the deal.
Job done, not a lot to say?
problem for the government, as the
Prime Minister is heroically trying
to defend, MPs would believe they
have the chance to get into the guts
of the deal before giving it a
thumbs up or a thumbs down at the
end of the process. That is at root
here. If they vote it down? What
happens? Does Theresa May have to go
back to the negotiating table? What
ever potential deal she is going to
get, if there is one, are we really
going to be in a situation where
Theresa May has to come back and
actually have proper, full debates
with MPs about
whether or not she's done the right
thing? So the kind of nightmare
scenario for the government is for
MPs to be having a say and debates
and votes on the different bits of
the actual deal itself. You can see,
from the government's point of view,
what the negotiators are asking for?
Are they asking for carte blanche to
say no to the deal, or are they
trying to get into the guts of it,
trying to get the government to go
back to Brussels and discuss it.
This will amount to a treaty. The
Commons cannot really to gay
treaties. The Commons either has to
accept the treaty as presented by
the government, or reject it. That
is true in the US Congress. It
rejected the treaty of Versailles.
It is an either or proposition.
is the problem. MPs do not like that
they are being offered a take it or
leave it vote. They do not
necessarily trust the government.
is remarkable to say -- it is
unremarkable to say that they do not
trust their own government.
sometimes wonder, in a parallel
universe, had to reason may not
appear to be so sky-high in the
polls, so far ahead, being able to
do what she did in the early months
of her office, you wonder if taking
a more conciliatory approach to
Parliament, if she would have ended
up in this situation?
think she had to at the time.
Exactly. People are digging in today
because they feel it is a pattern of
behaviour. Also, the Tory rebels are
mindful that, if they don't walk the
walk today, having talked the talk
on plenty of occasions, will they
still be taken seriously? It's going
to be very, very tight. It could
change in a flash.
As things stand,
David Davis's written statement
placed before Parliament, that has
not done enough?
No, it hasn't. Six
rebels have told us that they are
going with Dominic Grieve, and we
haven't been able to get round many.
To be a real rebel, you have to vote
against, not just abstained?
right. There are 20 or so Tory MPs
who have this very deeply held
concern. It's also become quite
unpleasant, I'm told.
We will talk
more about this after PMQs.
This is the six month anniversary of
the Grenfell Tower fire. I will be
attended the service tomorrow and I
am sure I speak for members across
the House that it remains at the
forefront of our minds as a tragedy
that should never have happened.
Many who survived the fire lost
everything that night and I can
assure the House we continue to do
everything we can, to support those
affected, and take the necessary
steps to make sure it can never
happen again. Mr Speaker, this
morning I had meetings with
ministerial colleaguings and others
in addition to my duties I shall
have further such meetings today.
Speaker I think the Prime Minister
will be able to take to that
memorial service the thoughts and
prayers of every single member in
this House across all parties.
My right honourable friend said at
the end of the Brexit process
members of Parliament will have an
opportunity to vote on the deal. Can
she confirm that it is still her
intention to hold such a votesome
I am happy to confirm we will put
the final withdrawal agreement
between the UK and the EU, to a vote
in both Houses of Parliament before
it comes into force.
As we have said we expect the UK
Parliament to vote ahead of the
European Parliament, so we fully
expect Parliament to vote well
before March 2019. So to be clear,
the final deal will be agreed before
we leave, and right honourable and
honourable members will get a vote
on it. As my right honourable friend
the Secretary of State has said
today, we will bring forward,
withdrawal agreement and
implementation bill, to give the
withdrawal agreement domestic legal
effect, which will be subject to
full Parliamentary scrutiny. After
believe the withdrawal agreement
will be followed up by one or more
agreements and will introduce
further legislation where it is
needed to implement this into UK
law, providing yet another
opportunity for proper Parliamentary
Thank you Mr Speaker, this week does
indeed mark six months since the
avoidable and tragic fire at
Grenfell Tower which took the lives
of 71 people and injured and
traumatised many more, I too will be
at the service tomorrow in memory of
them. But that fire also shone a
light on the neglect of working
class communities all over this
country. And since this Government
came to power, homelessness is up by
50%, rough sleeping has doubled.
Homelessness and rough sleeping have
risen every single year, since 2010.
Will the Prime Minister pledge today
that 2018 will be the year when
homelessness starts to go down?
Across this House, we don't want to
see anybody who is homeless or
anybody who is sleeping rough on our
streets. That is why the Government
is putting £500 million into the
question of homelessness. It is why
we backed the bill that was brought
forward by my honourable friend the
member for Brent, sorry for harrow,
and it is why we have ensured we are
putting into place a number of
projects that will deal with this
issue of rough sleeping. But I have
to say to the right honourable
gentleman that when we look at the
question Hoff housing we need to
look at ensuring that there are more
homes available to people, that we
are giving people support, to get
into those homes, that is why, in
the budget my right honourable
friend the Chancellor set out a
whole range of ways in which we will
be helping people to ensure they
have their own roof over their
heads. Compared to Labour, where
house billing went down by 45%.
Where the number of homes bought and
sold went down by 40%. And social
housing went down by 400,000.
Speaker, the last Labour Government
cut homelessness by two thirds
during its time in office. When
Labour left office the number of
children in temporary accommodation
was a lot less than it is now. I
asked the Prime Minister for a
pledge to reduce the amount of
homelessness next year, the pledge
was not forthcoming. 128,000
children will spend Christmas with
out a home to call their own. 60% up
on 2010. It is too late for this
Christmas, but will the Prime
Minister promise that by Christmas
2018, fewer children will be without
a home to call their own?
of course want every child to wake
up in their own home, particularly
at Christmas, but, it is incredibly
important people know they can keep
a roof over their heads even in the
most desperate circumstances, that
is we are making sure that councils
can place families in a broader
range of homes if they fall into
these circumstances, so since 2011
councils have been able to place
families into private rented
accommodation so they can get a
suitable place sooner. We have
changed the law in relation to, so
families with children shouldn't
find themselves in B&B accommodation
except in an emergency. And through
implementing the homelessness rezhun
act we are making sure families at
risk can get support before they
find themselves homeless. I say to
the honourable gentleman, I have
been very clear, as I was a few
weeks ago, that this Government is
going to be a government that puts a
clear focus on housing, on building
the homes that people need, on
ensuring, on ensuring that people
are given help to get into those
homes, and also, on acting to
prevent homelessness before it
happens a. That is what we are
doing, that is what will make a real
difference to people's lives.
Mr Speaker, the sad reality is that
one in 100 children in this country
are homeless at any one time. It is
a national disgrace, and it is
getting worse. And for all she says
about the private rented sector, can
I just quote from a letter I
received from Rachel this week.
Mr Speaker, the sad reality is that
one in 100 children in this country
are homeless at any one time. It is
a national disgrace, and it is
getting worse. And for all she says
about the private rented sector, can
I just quote from a letter I
received from Rachel this week. She
says "I have a knot in my stomach,
every New Year period, when we are
due to sign a new tenancy agreement.
After renting the same flat for ten
years, never being in arrears and
keeping the property in good order,
we were given notice to quit out of
the blue." Will the Prime Minister
help people like Rachel and back
secure three year tenancies for all
Well, I say to the
right honourable gentleman, that if
I think he was present in the
chamber when the budget was given to
this chamber, and that is why
precisely why we said that we are
looking at ways in which we can
encourage longer term tenancies. The
point is, what is important, what is
important is ensuring that people
have the ability to have the
accommodation they need, that they
want and on the basis they, that is
right for them. That is why, as I
say, we are dealing with this issue
of longer term tenancies but he
talks about renting, people renting
their homes, and his response on
renting is to bring in rent
controls. Rent controls have never
worked. They result in reducing the
number of homes available for people
who want to be able to have
accommodation and a roof over their
own head. It is not just me that
says that Labour Party party policy
won't help people who are renting.
Renting. Shelter say they won't help
people who are renting.
Mr Speaker, evictions by private
landlords have quadrupled since
2010. There is not security in the
private rented sector and the Prime
Minister well knows it. She also
promised one for one replacement of
council housing sold off through
right to buy. But just one in five
council homes have been replaced.
Hundreds of thousands of people are
on housing waiting lists. Will the
Prime Minister apologise for what
she said and tell the house when she
will deliver this one for one
And as the right
honourable gentleman knows we are
increasing the flexibilities to
enable councils to build homes, we
have put more money into affordable
housing, he talks about the right
the buy. What a contrast, we want to
give people the opportunity to buy
their own home, the Labour Party
would take that opportunity away
from them. What do we see, what do
we see on housing? The shadow
Housing Minister, the shadow Housing
Minister recently said that fewer
people owning their own home is not
such a bad thing. Well, I have to
say to the right honourable
gentleman, that what he is offering
to people on housing, if you live in
a council home he will take eye your
right to buy. If you are looking to
rent sheller say his policies will
harm you. It is only the
Conservative that will deliver the
homes this country needs.
If only it were true Mr Speaker.
Under the Tories, the home ownership
has fallen by 200,000. Under Labour,
it rose by one million. And 40% of
all homes sold through right to buy
are now in the private rented
sector. The latest figures Mr
Speaker, show that a quarter of all
privately rented homes are not up to
decent standards. Meaning many
families are living in homes with
damp, that are not secure, or very
poorly insulated. Does the Prime
Minister support homes being fit for
Of course we want
homes to be fit for human
habitation, can I just remind the
right honourable gentleman that the
number of homes failing to meet the
decent homes standard is down by 49%
since the peak under the Labour
Government. And while I am... While
I am talking about the record of the
Labour Government, statutory
homelessness, statutory homelessness
peaked under the Labour Government
is down by over 50% since then. It
is this Government that is
delivering for people on housing, it
is his Government that Labour failed
to deliver over 13 years.
just remind the Prime Minister, Mr
Speaker, that under Labour, a
million homes are brought up to
decent standard. I would assume from
what she said she will be here on
19th January to support my
honourable friend the member for
Westminster North's bill to make
privately rented homes fit for human
When it comes to housing Mr Speaker,
this Government has been an absolute
disgrace. After seven years, more
people are living on the streets,
more families in temporary
accommodation, more families in
homes not fit for human habitation,
and fewer people owning their own
home. When is this Government going
to get out of the pockets of
property speculators and rogue
landlords, and get on the side of
tenants and people without a home of
their own this Christmas.
Under Labour, House building down,
homes built and sold down, social
housing down... I will tell him one
thing that went up under the last
Labour government, the number of
people on the social housing waiting
list. 1.74 million people waiting
for a home under a Labour
government. We have delivered over
346,000 new, affordable homes since
2010. More affordable homes have
been delivered in the last seven
years than in the previous seven
years under a Labour government. We
are building more homes. Last year
we saw 217,000 more homes being
built in this country. That is
a record for the last 30 years. It
is the Conservatives that are doing
what is necessary. Labour will
produce failure for this country
once again. It is the Conservatives
that is delivering the standard of
living that people need.
14-year-old constituent of mine lost
both her arms and legs at the age of
six when she was a victim of
meningitis. I was one of many MPs
campaigning for the meningitis
vaccine to be introduced into the
NHS. Isabel is on the way to
becoming one of the UK's most
proficient junior gymnasts, one of
the most talented trampoline lists
in the country. She was recently
handed the pride of sports award as
a young achiever. Will the Prime
Minister join me in congratulating
Isabel in receiving this prestigious
I'm very happy to
congratulate Isabel on receiving
this award and on her sporting
achievements, but also on her
incredible bravery. She is an
inspiration to all of us. My
honourable friend has mentioned
about the meningitis vaccine, and
she is one of those campaigning on
this issue. Meningitis can be a
devastating disease, so we have
taken steps to increase the
availability of the vaccine. In
September 2015 we became the first
country to have a meningitis B
vaccination programme. It is
necessary that Public Health England
continues to raise awareness of the
symptoms, and its campaigns are
reaching hundreds of thousands of
parents. The NHS has been running a
programme to vaccinate teenagers,
school leavers and university
freshers against four different
strains of meningitis. I think my
honourable friend can be pleased
with the work she did in relation to
Thank you, Mr Speaker. In
2008, we collectively bailed out the
Royal Bank of Scotland at a cost of
£45 billion. In 2017, the Royal Bank
of Scotland are paying us back by
turning their backs on 259 of our
communities. Given we are the
majority shareholder, will the Prime
Minister step in and tell the Royal
Bank of Scotland to stick to their
commitment and not close the last
bank in town?
I think the honourable
gentleman knows that the decision to
close branches is a commercial
decision for banks, without
intervention by the Government. We
do recognise the impact this has on
communities, and the Secretary of
State for Scotland raised concerns
on this issue in his meeting with
RBS. More people are banking online,
which is having an impact, but we do
want to ensure that all customers
can access over-the-counter
services, so we have established the
access to banking standard, which
commits banks to carry out a number
of steps before closing branches.
The post office has also reached an
agreement with thanks to allow more
customers to use post office
services. We recognise the impact of
this on communities.
Minister should be summoning Ross
McEwan in to see her. We will not
accept towns and villages up and
down the United Kingdom losing tank
services. There are 30 towns in
Scotland where the last bank will be
going. This is not acceptable. Will
she summon Ross McEwan and will she
tell the Royal Bank of Scotland this
must be reversed?
The decisions on
opening and closing branches is a
commercial matter for the banks, as
I say. This is an issue for the
Secretary of State, that he has
raised with the Royal Bank of
Scotland. But what is important is
that services are available to
individuals, which is why those are
being provided and alternatives are
available. I would also say that an
awful lot more people are banking
online these days, not requiring the
use of a branch. We want to ensure
that vulnerable customers
particularly, who don't have access
to online banking, are able to have
services provided, which is what we
are doing with the access to banking
standard and our work with the post
In 2015, the heart of
England Trust will trust got into
major trouble due to poor
management. In response, the
management of universities hospitals
Birmingham was brought in to take
charge. As a result, services and
patient care have in improved
dramatically. Would the Prime
Minister join me in praising this
turnaround and agree that we must
support good management in the NHS.
Can I say to my honourable friend
that I am happy to join him in
paying tribute to the work that's
been undertaken by University
hospitals Birmingham? We do want to
see strong management across the
NHS. I understand there are a number
of practical and financial issues
still to resolve, and I would
encourage all of those involved to
make progress on this issue, but I
congratulate all those NHS staff who
have worked hard to ensure that
improvement takes place.
Prime Minister agree that the
resignation of lurve Kerslake does
put the Government on a... --
resignation of Lord Kerslake. In my
constituency, it is disgraceful that
people have to travel at least 15
miles to get to the nearest A&E.
I say to him that I think Lord
Kerslake made the right decision in
stepping down as chairman of King's
College Hospital? I'm not surprised
the Labour Party are interested in
this, given that Lord Kerslake is a
key adviser to the Labour Party. If
I can say to the honourable
gentleman, he might care look at
what NHS improvement said about
King's College Hospital. The
financial situation at Kings has
deteriorated seriously over recent
months, and we have now placed the
trust in special measures. It is not
acceptable for organisations to run
up such significant deficits when
the majority of the sector is
working extremely hard to hit their
financial plans, and in many cases
have made real progress. They called
the situation the worst in the NHS.
Perhaps it's no surprise that noble
lord Kerslake is advising the Labour
Party on matters of debt and
At the end of their first
and successful term, will my right
honourable friend congratulate the
teachers, parents and students of
the Newark free school, a school
designed to raise standards and
performance of schools. Would she
agree with me that Conservatives,
great teaching like this is not just
about education, it is a daily
battle for social justice, and we
will never be distracted from that?
My honourable friend is right.
First, I'm very happy to join him in
congratulating those who were
involved in setting up this
much-needed free school. I know my
honourable friend will ensure the
school provides young people in his
constituency with an excellent
education, despite the school being
opposed by the party opposite. My
honourable friend is right, this is
not just a question of education,
it's a question of social justice. A
good quality education opens the
door to the future for the lives of
those young people. That's why it's
so important to ensure the quality
of education is there to give young
people the best start in life.
Tonight, this House will hopefully
have the chance to vote on my new
clause 22 to the EU Withdrawal Bill,
which would give Parliament the
power, at a future date, to
determine whether we leave the
single market by coming out of the
European Economic Area. It doesn't
dictate how honourable members
should then votes, but it does
ensure proper, democratic oversight.
Shouldn't it be our sovereign
parliament, and not the Prime
Minister, that decides our country's
First, as I
indicated earlier in response to the
member for Cheshire and Amersham,
this parliament will have the
opportunity to vote on withdrawal
arrangements. Can I say that the
honourable lady says it should be
parliament that makes the decision
about our membership of the single
market. This parliament gave that
decision about membership of the
European Union to the people of this
country. It is the people of this
country that voted to leave the
European Union, and this government
will deliver for them.
today thousands of profoundly
disabled children are denied the
opportunity to enjoy a day out with
their families simply because there
isn't an adequate changing room. The
stories of parents at the Dales
School in my constituency deeply
moved me, so can I ask the Prime
Minister to consider updating our
building regulations, and ensure all
relevant buildings voluntarily
install changing facilities to give
these children the opportunities
My honourable friend
is right to raise this very
important issue, which might seem
such a small issue, but actually is
very important in the lives of those
disabled children, to enable them to
lead the life they want to lead. I
agree that the provision of changing
places can make a real difference to
disabled children and their carers.
I understand the Department for
Communities and Local Government has
been working hard for this. I'm sure
that the Communities Secretary will
be happy to discuss this matter
further with my honourable friend.
Thank you, Mr Speaker. This week,
the right reverend bishop of
Stafford wrote to the Conservative
Stoke on Trent City Council to plead
not to cut £100 million from the
homelessness support budget. Does
the Prime Minister agree that the
measure of society can be found in
the way we treat our vulnerable
people, and will she join his calls
to the city to not cut the
homelessness support budget, and
will she agreed to fund local
government properly so it can play
its part in dealing with
We don't want to see
people without a roof over their
head. That's why we are working in a
number of ways to deal with this
situation, and why we are committed
to cutting rough sleeping in half by
2022, and eliminating it by 2027. We
are dedicating over £1 billion to
cutting homelessness and rough
sleeping. That is to tackle what we
agree is something we don't want to
see on our streets.
It is now one
year since I was sworn in as an MP.
During the last year, the biggest
issue in my postbag has been the
provision of broadband to rural
areas. The Government has invested
heavily in this area, but many are
still struggling with slow
connections. Would my right
honourable friend reassure my
constituents that we will do
everything to ensure that everybody
gets superfast broadband, and nobody
is left behind?
Can I congratulate
my honourable friend, not only on
her election a year ago yesterday,
but also on her re-election earlier
this year. And on her year in this
House. She's raised an issue that is
a matter of concern to many rural
areas across the country, and we do
remain committed to universal
broadband coverage of at least 10
megabits so that no home or business
is left behind. Superfast broadband
is available to over 90% of premises
in Lincolnshire, and we have
committed over one billion pounds
for next generation digital
infrastructure. I can reassure her
we have not forgotten any community
across the UK. We recognise the
importance of broadband to
communities, and we are working to
ensure we deliver further.
the then Home Secretary launched the
ending violence against women and
girls strategy, emphasising the need
for an national network of domestic
violence refuges. In 2017, Women's
Aid save the Government is proposals
for short-term housing threatens
this network. Will the Prime
Minister support Women's Aid and
step in to save our refuges?
I recognise the importance of
dealing with domestic violence, we
ring-fenced funding to support the
victims, we have continued to
ring-fence that funding, we have
also made a number of step, we will
be introducing a new laws, we have
introduced the coercive criminal act
of coercive control, we have
introduced changes that have
improved the support for people
suffering from domestic violence, we
are proposing a new funding model in
relation to the provision of housing
homes for people who have suffered
from domestic violence and there is
a good reason for wanting to see a
change, which is to make this more
responsive to the needs of the
individuals, at a time of crisis in
their lives, to make the system work
better because at the moment the
funding isn't responsive enough to
their needs in local area, they have
to worry about meeting housing costs
themselves, at this time of crisis,
and access relies on welfare claims
and eligible. We are proposing a new
model that frees women from worrying
about meeting the housing costs
themselves and the funding available
will remain the same.
Will she give her personal assurance
they and their families will have
the right to remain after Britain
leaves the European Union?
of all I am happy to join her. They
do do incredible work, and it is
right we recognise the contribution,
that EU nationals are making in this
sector, but also across our economy,
and our society. That is why we want
people to be able to stay and we
want families to be able to stay
together and that is why I am
pleased that the arrangements that
we have and were published in the
joint progress report between the
United Kingdom and the European
Union last Friday, show very clearly
on citizens rights that where people
have made that life choice to be
here, we will support them and
enable them to carry on lovelying
their lives as before.
answers so far the Prime Minister
has shown she hasn't got a clue
about the concerns of... Today, and
on the 14th June she said that
no-one and no community would be
left behind but the Doncaster market
towns have been told their NatWest
branches are to close. That is two
more on top of a record-breaking 700
branch closures this year and that
is despite the Big Four banks
delivered 13.5 billion half year
profits. Will the Prime Minister
admit that the Government's access
to banking protocol has failed to
keep a single branch open, and will
she restore the bank Levy and use
some of it to stop communities
losing their last bank branch.
Can I say to the right honourable
lady, first of all I have responded
to the leader of the Scottish
National Party in relation to
closures. But, I think, also she and
others need to accept that people's
behaviour in relation to banking
branches has changed over the years,
and there is less demand but we have
the access to banking standard in
place, she referred to the Levy, let
us be very clear there is a bank
Levy there is a corporation tax
surcharge for banks and this
Government is raising more money
from the banks than the Labour
Government ever did.
Would my right
honourable friend join me in
congratulating the UK's community
found disagrees who have just
reached the notable milestone
distributing £1 billion to local
communities across the country,
should she agree the community
foundations are perfect example of
her shared society, and that funds
from dormant assets, once available
should be provided to them, to
continue their very important work.
I am happy to join him in
congratulating community foundations
across the UK, I was pleased to be
able to have a meeting with the
chief executive of the Berkshire
foundation a couple of weeks a, I
know from what my honourable friend
said across communities across the
country these are an important
contributor to the shared, an
example of the shared society adds
he say, and I understand dormant
accounts scheme has already
distributed over 362 million for the
benefit of good causes and there has
been a report on possible expanding
the scheme that would have the
potentially significantly build on
the success of the current scheme.
Mr Speaker, can I remind the Prime
Minister of June 2nd 1997 when I
heard her make a very competent
maiden speech in which she stressed
the importance of vocational
practical education for young people
in our country, is she wear there is
now a crisis -- crisis for
apprenticeships, a 62% fall in
apprenticeship starts? Many
independent excellent trainers going
out of business, a FE college in
dire financial straits. Will she
break a few heads, crack a few eggs
and get this sorted?
We see growing
number going into apprenticeships,
we are putting £500 million into
technical education to ensure for
the first time this country has
first class technical education, I
called for it 1997, in 2017 I am
As an enthusiastic member of the
women and equalities committee, I
aim to be a strong champion for the
equality of women, and I aspire to
the title of honorary sister as best
towed on you Mr Speaker, so will the
Prime Minister join me in
congratulating Ruth Cook on her
appointment as chief executive of
collar Ron group, the largest
housing association in the country,
proving that exceptional women can
get the top job in housing and
I am very, I am very very happy to
agree with honourable friend and to
congratulate her on her appointment
for the clarion group. It shows that
women can take on senior job, I have
to say he is aspiring to an accolade
that I don't think the right
honourable friend member for
Camberwell and Peckham has given to
me, despite being only it could
second female Prime Minister in this
country and one day, maybe the
Labour sisterhood will manage to get
a female leader of the Labour Party.
Assessing the impact of leaving the
European Union on the different
sectors of the UK economy, is surely
basic spade work for thing in, yet
the Brexit secretary said none of it
has been done why not?
It isn't the
case no work has been done in
looking at the, as the right
honourable gentleman knows from the
over 800 pages of analysis that have
The Prime Minister
has made clear that Brexit means
Brexit. When it comes to the closure
of Grantham A&E now the trust
believes it has recruited enough
doctors does she agree with me that
temporary means temporary?
say, I know my right honourable
friend has been a strong champion on
his constituents, I know he will
agree with me the first priority
must be to ensure patient safety and
that is why a report was
commissioned. I understand NHS
improvement will, are continuing to
work closely with the trust and I am
sure the Health Secretary will be
happy to discuss the detail with him
In the run to Christmas people will
take on extra seasonal work to earn
extra cash but many employers will
be offered unpaid trial work with a
job doesn't exist. It is affecting
tens of thousands up and down the
UK, but I have a bill coming to end
unpaid trial shift, will she ensure
this is the last Christmas of this
exploitation and give Government
backing for it?
We already have a
legal position in this country in
relation to the payment of the
national minimum wage, and ensuring
people are paid for the work they
Given the Scottish National
Party has an extra £2 million to
play with, will the Prime Minister
join me in calling on the film to
rule out higher taxes for
This is a very
real test of the First Minister and
Government in Scotland as to whether
they are willing to recognise, last
week I recall, or in previous weeks
we have had strange claims being
made by the Scottish Nationalists in
this House about the I impact of
decisions on Scotland but he is
right. £2 billion extra going into
Scotland. Let us watch carefully how
the SNP Government choose to spend
Last week I tabled a
written question to the Chancellor,
asking for the evidence behind his
extraordinary claim to the Treasury
Select Committee, that disabled
workers are responsible for the UK's
productivity problem, last night I
received his written answer. Up sur
-- unsurprisingly there is no
evidence for that claim. So
disgracefully, since he has declined
to express regret, will the Prime
Minister take back control and order
the Chancellor to withdraw his
remark and apologise for inaccurate
and offensive comments.
The Chancellor did not express the
views she claimed he was expressing,
this is a government that values the
contribution that disabled people
make, to our society and to our
economy in the workplace n is a
government that is working to ensure
that we can see more disabled people
getting into the workplace. We have
had some success, there is more to
do but we will continue to work, to
ensure those disabled people who
want to work are able to do so.
sponsored an event in this place for
the United Kingdom -- UN, the draw
the line campaign which helped 6,000
women and girls to have a better
life. One in four women in the UK
and 70% of girls around the world
will expect to see physical or
sexual violence in their life. Can
this Prime Minister confirm this
Government will continue to lead the
world, on tackling trafficking and
She raises a very
important issue once again, this
Government introduces the modern
slave react. It is continuing to
work not only to increase our
ability to deal with the
perpetrators of these crimes but
also to provide support for the
victim, I want a world in which
women and girls have the confidence
to be able to be what they want to
be, and know they won't be subject
to exploitation, to violence, to
trafficking, to slavery, slavery
applies to men as well but I think
our commitment as a government to
ending violence and exploitation of
women and girls is absolute.
Thank you Mr Speaker, last week it
was announced that my wonderful city
of Coventry had been successful in
its bid to become UK City of Culture
2021. We are bursting with pride.
Will the Prime Minister join me in
congratulating every one who was
instrumental in this great
achievement and which Coventry
success, prosperity, hope and some
fun in the next few years up to
2021, and beyond.
Can I say that I will join her in
congratulating Coventry, on being
selected as City of Culture as she
will be aware from exchanges that
have taken place, there will be a
number of honourable MEPs of this
house who are disappointed because
their cities have not achieved that
particular status but I am happy to
congratulate all those involved in
putting the bid together, and
ensuring that Coventry is that city
of churl, including the mayor for
the West Midlands.
Mr Speaker the Prime Minister and
I have many things in common,
including if I may say being proud
of being called bloody difficult
women. My Right Honourable and
learned friend member for be cobs
field is not in that category for
many reasons. He is obviously a man,
he is a respected seasoned
Parliamentarian and like many on
these benches has been for many
decades loyal to his party, nobody
wants to be disloyal or to bring
about more disunity, the Prime
Minister says she wants a meaningful
vote on Brexit, before we leave the
European Union, even at this last
moment would she be so good as to
accept the Right Honourable and
learned gentleman's amendment in the
spirit of unity for everybody here
and in the country.
honourable friend makes an important
point about the concerns people have
had in this house about having a
meaningful vote on this particular
issue before we complete the deal.
As I is set out in the earlier
answer I gave to my right honourable
friend, that is what we will have,
we will ensure that there is a
meaningful vote on this, in this
House, there will be of course be an
opportunity for Parliament to look
at the withdrawal agreement and
implementation bill, this, the fact
that there will be that meaningful
vote has been set out an confirmed
by the Brexit secretary in a written
ministerial statement today. We were
clear that we won't commence any
statutory instruments until that
meaningful vote has taken place, but
as currently drafted what the
amendment says, is that we shouldn't
make any of those, put any of those
arrangements into place, until the
withdrawal agreement and
implementation bill has reach the
statute book. That could be at a
very late stage in the proceedings,
which could mean that we are not
able to have the orderly and smooth
exit from the European Union that we
wish to have.
You are on! The honourable gentleman
is trying to overcome his natural
reticence. I know he is a shy
fellow, but I'm trying to encourage
Mr Speaker, not 1p to fit
sprinklers to Birmingham's 213 tower
blocks from government. Now the city
is suffering the biggest cuts in
local government history, is to
suffer another £100 million further
funding cut, yet made in hand is the
least hard-hit of any local
authority in Britain. How can the
Prime Minister justify one law for
her own constituency and another law
for her own constituency?
Can I say
that of course the local government
settlement has yet to come before
this House. We have been very clear
in relation to fire safety
arrangements and any action that
needs to be taken by local
authorities, that they should
discuss this with the Department for
Communities and Local Government. We
will ensure it is possible for the
Nasa street safety work to be under
2017 marks the 100th
anniversary of the foundation of the
women's Royal navy service. Will the
Prime Minister join with me in
marking the outstanding service of
women for over 100 years in the
Royal Navy, but also the Royal Air
Force and the Army? Will she
welcomed the fact that they are no
longer restricted to dibs on shore,
but can take part in every aspect of
It is right then when
marking the centenary for the
Women's Royal Naval Service, we
recognise the contribution women
have made across our Armed Forces,
and it's important they can now
contribute across all aspects of
work in the armed services and are
no longer restricted to jobs on
shore. This is an important step
forward and strengthens our Armed
Forces, and I congratulate all women
in our Armed Forces.
Mr Corbyn went on housing,
particularly homelessness and rough
sleeping, we will come to that in a
moment. There are a number of
questions about the big vote
tonight, whether the Government has
changed its position, let me just
come to Laura first, did we learn,
was there any change in the
Government's stance there
Theresa May gave a long and
complicated answer talking through
various bits of the procedure. But
there was no budge as far as I could
see. We could see the reactions of
the backbenchers, shaking their
heads furiously. No change so far.
Still hours to go. And it might
change very fast.
We will talk about
housing in a moment.
Now, in the US, Doug Jones has
become the first Democrat in 25
years to win a Senate seat
in Alabama, after an unexpected
victory over Republican Roy Moore.
The Democrat win is a blow
to President Donald Trump,
who had shown enthusiastic support
for Moore, despite allegations
of sexual misconduct against him.
Mr Moore, who arrived
on horseback to cast his vote,
has so far refused to concede,
saying "it's not over".
But it almost certainly is.
President Trump has distanced
himself from the candidate, saying
that he was right all along, that Mr
Moore could not win. Mr Moore is a
controversial character, having
faced allegations of sexual
misconduct from a number of women,
particularly when they were
children. The winner, Mr Jones, told
his supporters that the entire
election race had been about dignity
I am truly overwhelmed. I am truly,
truly overwhelmed. But you know,
folks, and you have all heard me say
this at one point or another in this
campaign, I have always believed
that the people of Alabama had more
in common than to divide us.
The way it works is that he has to
fight for the seat again in 2020.
We can speak now to Gary O'Donoghue,
who's in Montgomery, Alabama for us.
Gary, good to see you. The question
is, is this a harbinger of things to
come from Mr Trump and the
Republicans, or did they just have a
really bad candidate that allowed
the Democrats to win this state?
was a bad candidate, no question.
Really you only need a pulse in
Alabama to get elected normally.
They normally way the votes rather
than count them, so you have to do
something rather stupendously wrong
to lose out here, as a Republican,
and Roy Moore did that. He had
allegations against him of sexual
abuse and assault, which ate away at
some of the Conservative support he
would have banked on in the north.
Democrats did spend ten times as
much as the Republicans here during
the race. They managed to galvanise
things like the black vote, which
was higher by a couple of percentage
points than Barack Obama managed to
get in 2012. So that worked
fantastically well for them. The gap
is 49.9 two Jones at the moment. He
says that Roy Moore hasn't conceded,
but really he has no chance. He is
20,000 odd vote adrift. There are
some military votes to come in, but
only 8000 people from Alabama served
in the military. To cap it all, the
Republican party have said they will
not pay for a recount if he wants
one. He may be the man who never
actually concedes, but he has lost.
Mr Trump's majority in the Senate
now down to 51-49. It looked, the
black turnout in Alabama was huge by
relative standards. A lot of
suburban Republicans looked to me
that either they voted Democrat or
just didn't vote at all. That must
worry the White House.
In the north of the state, where the
most Christian and most Conservative
residents live, they are still
solidly behind Donald Trump, as you
would expect. It is those in
suburban areas just outside the city
centres, around places like
Montgomery and Birmingham, where
there is more moderate Republicans,
and they either held their noses and
voted Democrat or didn't vote at
all. You have to remember that when
this Senate seat came up last time,
there wasn't a Democratic opponent,
but the Republic 197% of the vote.
You couldn't really do any better.
The last time this state voted for a
Democrat presidential candidate was
Jimmy Carter in 76. So the White
House will be worried. In the
immediate term, they will be worried
about the maths in the Senedd. This
is now the slimmest of majorities.
The tax reform bill is still coming
through the process of
reconciliation between the two
houses. They will need Democratic
votes to get that through the Senate
anyway. This makes that process even
harder. For the Democrats, coming up
to the mid-term elections at the end
of next year, there's now a real
chance of flipping the Senate, as
well as having a go at house.
Montgomery will need 72% for the
Democrats. Thank you for joining us.
Let's come back here to British
politics. George Eustice. Why has
homelessness and rough sleeping
risen by so much under your
This has been a
long-standing challenge. We have not
been building enough homes, but as
the Prime Minister pointed out, last
year for the first time, we saw it
go above 200,000, at 217,000. This
is something the Prime Minister is
very passionate about. She has
committed £1 billion to this and
have set an objective of halving
There are now 77,000
more homeless households living in
temporary accommodation than in
2010, a rise of 60%. Why?
We need to
be building more homes. Sometimes
when you have rough sleeping, there
are wider issues.
Rough sleeping has
gone up from 1700 2/4000 last year.
That is a much bigger rise than 60%.
That is the brutal definition of
That can be affected
by things like drug and alcohol
But let's stick to the
77,000 families living in temporary
accommodation. 60% up. These
families include 124,000 children.
Why has this happened under your
This problem has been
developing for a while. Under Labour
there were long queues of people
trying to get into social housing.
But there was no rise in
homelessness the same. Homelessness
had been coming down under Labour,
but since 20% it has clearly gone up
by 60%, including 124,000 children.
What happened to caring for the just
What matters is the
action you are taking about this,
which is why it is a major projects
Almac priority in the budget. It is
a personal priority for her. It
37,000 families in temporary
accommodation in England alone. An
increase of 73% since March 2011. I
would suggest that is what matters.
What matters is what you are doing
about it, and fundamentally we have
to be building more homes. Over the
last year, house-building went above
200,000 for the first time in a long
It is not the highest it's
been for decades. In 2007-2008, it
was higher. We have run out of time.
I need you just to say something!
would do a great job, much better
than this government is doing,
homelessness declined dramatically
under the Labour government. How
record was pretty poor.
homelessness declined because we
built what was needed.
There's just time to put you out
of your misery and give
you the answer to Guess The Year.
The year was...
They are all useless. They got it
wrong. Press that red button, and
the winner is...
That's all for today.
Thanks to all my guests.
The One O'Clock News is starting
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