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Morning folks - welcome

to the Daily Politics.

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The general election of 2017 saw

a rise in abuse and intimidation

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of candidates fuelled primarily

by social media.

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That's according to the Government's

own ethics watchdog.

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So will ministers legislate to hold

tech firms responsible?

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As the Prime Minister prepares

for the EU summit tomorrow

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which will give the green light

to start trade talks,

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she faces a potential rebellion

at home on her flagship Brexit Bill.

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Tory rebels say they want

a "meaningful vote"

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on the final Brexit deal.

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So will the Government back down?

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Jeremy Corbyn will be hoping to land

a few metaphorical blows

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on Theresa May when they square off

at Prime Minister's Questions.

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We'll have all the

action live at noon.

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And, in a major upset,

a Democrat has won election

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to the US Senate in the solidly

Republican state of Alabama,

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defeating President Trump's

preferred candidate.

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All that in the next 90 minutes,

and with me for the duration

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is the Minister for Agriculture,

Fisheries and Food, George Eustice,

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and the Shadow Brexit

Minister, Jenny Chapman.

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Welcome to you both.

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Now, according to the Government's

own ethics watchdog,

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social media is primarily

responsible for fuelling abuse

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and intimidation towards candidates

in the recent general election.

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The independent committee

on Standards in Public Life also

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suggests legislation should be

introduced to force social media

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companies to deal with illegal

content to stop the intimidation

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of those in public life.

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Let's hear from Lord Bew,

the committee chair.

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Millions of people in this country

have an interest in everybody who

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lives here and the quality of our

Parliamentary democracy, the quality

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of the people who feel able to come

forward. They have an interest in a

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form of political deate which is

Frank, sometimes tough and

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aggressive, it has always been so,

but contains an element of respect,

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within it for the other side. It is

really important that the parties

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come together, this report will not

work if the parties don't come

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together, and agree some kind of

common Code of Conduct.

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Do you get much online abuse Jenny

Chapman?

Not like some.

You are not

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at the bad end of it.

I don't seem

to be, I have been fortunate in that

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respect. I have had some, but

nothing like I've seen some

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colleagues get, and it is

disgusting.

Some that is, well

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unrepeatable.

I don't care which

party they are from.

George, do you?

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I am not on Twitter, one of the

reasons is I have...

So you might

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but you don't know.

I have had the

view though, that 140 characters

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when people are anonymous, it is too

easy for people to say things,

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anonymously they wouldn't say do

your face, we have seen that

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spilling over into debate. At the

election I detected a coarsening in

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our political debate, hustings where

sensible people were walking away

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because they couldn't take the

acrimony and people were being

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shouted down. It is not helpful.

Does the Government yet have a

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policy to deal with this online

abuse?

Well, you know, there is a

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limit to what you can do with

regulation on this, where you have

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the extreme things, death threats

and the like, obviously, the content

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providers and the social media

platforms have a responsibility to

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act. So this is an interesting

report.

At the moment they don't.

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Under the law, they don't, because

they are regarded as hosts, rather

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than publisher, so if a newspaper or

broadcaster published that sort of

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stuff, we would be held responsible,

because we are publisher, the online

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platforms are not, so does the

Government, should the Government

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have a policy to change that?

It is

a difficult area. We have said that

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we are going to look carefully at

this report and we are open to

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taking steps in this area, the

social media is a new phenomenon,

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new platform.

It is not that new

now.

It takes a why for the

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regulatory environment to be able to

catch up with it. We have to be

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careful we protect free speech.

Where you have extreme death threats

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and the like, we need them to act

and we should be looking at that.

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Does Labour have a policy for this?

I think the approach has been taken

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by the Home Affairs Select

Committee, is the right one, and

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Yvette Cooper let on -- led on,

where the publishers, the Facebook,

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Twitter.

But they not publisher at

the moment.

I think they ought to be

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and they ought to be held

accountable. Let us not forget it is

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sick individuals...

I understand

Making posts in the first place.

We

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understand that, but what I am

trying to get to do either of you

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have a credible policy towards it?

The committee recommends rather than

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regarding these social media sites

at simply contenting a gay for, they

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should be regarded as publishers

which brings a legal liability, does

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Labour support the committees

policy?

My understanding is that we

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are looking at it, me personally, I

think that we ought to move closer

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to that position, and I think it

isn't, we are not just talking about

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Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.

Look at the chatrooms on newspaper

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websites, there are lots of

different ways that this kind of

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abuse is meted out not just to

people in the public eye but people

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who are the subject of newspaper

story, it needs to be looked at in

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the round.

Newspapers are subject to

the law.

You look at some of the

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comment sections on newspaper

websites and think you will find

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very few of those comments would

find their way into a story or...

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They are subject to this...

It is

not being enforced. Look at it.

I do

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look at a lot of comments, they are

fog like the social media, certainly

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not in the mainstream newspaper

comment sites because they are

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moderated.

They are not. That is not

true. They are not.

The Guardian

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website is moderated for example.

The Telegraph website is moderated.

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The Times is moderated. So they, my

business, I know what is happening.

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When somebody makes a complaint,

That is a different matter

It takes

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somebody to make that complaint.

Could you do this without EU

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legislation?

Yes, we have to come to

stick laws.

Under EU legislation

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social media platforms are class as

hosts. That is EU law.

Well

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obviously EU law is about to be less

of a problem. For the UK, we have

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got our own domestic approaches now,

on broadcasters which are very

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strict and on newspapers as well,

where we have common law developed

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in areas like privacy, and

defamation, it is open to us to be

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able to extend...

Is it your

understanding you would change the

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way Jenny Chapman has been talking

about making these social platforms

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publisher, could you do that under

existing EU law?

I

I am not sure

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that is the right way to approach

it. My view is they are not

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publishers but they are a platform.

The fact they are a platform

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shouldn't mean you can't do anything

about abusive content. You might say

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they are not responsible gps

Under

EU law they are not liable for the

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content.

It is possible in my view

to bring forward some kind of

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approach where you could make them

have responsibilities on them to

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take down conmeant that was clearly

against the law. While not making

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them personally liable for the

comment somebody put up. There are

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ways round this. It is a new

platform, a new way of doing things.

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The report found that Conservative

candidates were significantly more

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likely to be subjected to

intimidation than Labour. Why do you

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think that is?

I think that is, I

mean if that is the case, it doesn't

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matter which party somebody is

standing for, they shouldn't be

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subject...

Why do you think

Conservatives are more subjected...

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I don't know. If we knew why people

did this we might be more successful

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in trying to do something about it,

but I would hate for this to put

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somebody off standing for any party.

The point of the committee is, it

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is.

That is why we have to take it

seriously.

Professor Tim Bell told

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the inquiry politics has become more

polarised since 2015 when Jeremy

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Corbyn took over the Labour Party,

there has been an influx of people

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into the Labour Party, who are

rather more used to a kind of

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faction liced culture of politics.

What to you say to that?

Well, if

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that is happening and there will be

members of the Labour Party

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conducting this behaviour, then,

they need to be brought to book,

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kicked out of the party and dealt

with, but I don't think it is as

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simple as that. I think that people

in the public eye, whether they are

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Parliamentary candidates or other

high profile people have become

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almost legitimate targets to say

what ever you like, make whatever

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comments you want about them or

their family, I don't think we need

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to...

I understand all that, what I

was trying to get this morning was

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what the political policy response

would be, but clear from both of you

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we will have to wait.

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Now, as I'm sure you all know, today

is day seven of the Committee Stage

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of the EU Withdrawal Bill -

a date I'm sure you've had

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in the diary for a long time.

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But before your eyelids

really do close shut,

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I should explain that today's debate

could result in a damaging

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defeat for the Government

over its flagship Brexit Bill.

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Tory rebels, backed by Labour,

are demanding that Parliament be

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given a "meaningful vote"

on the final Brexit deal.

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So what does that mean?

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Fortunately Lizzie Glinka

is here to explain.

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The European Union Withdrawal Bill

is a key part of the

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government's Brexit strategy.

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It'll repeal the 1972

Communities Act, ending

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the supremacy of EU law,

and copying existing EU law

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onto the UK statute book.

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Over 350 amendments and 75

new clauses were put forward,

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but the government has yet to lose

a vote and so far the Bill

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remains unamended.

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MPs could vote this evening

on an amendment tabled by Tory MP

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Dominic Grieve calling

for a "meaningful vote"

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on the final Brexit deal.

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Mr Grieve says his amendment

would make it "possible

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for Parliament to say

to the Government 'I'm sorry,

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I don't think you've negotiated

a good enough deal'."

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The Labour Party says it

will support the amendment

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if it comes to a vote,

with Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir

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Starmer tweeting:

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And around 20 other Tory MPs

are reported to support

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Grieve's amendment.

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But the Government is trying

to head off the rebellion,

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with Brexit Secretary David Davis

writing to Tory MPs this morning,

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committing the Government to holding

a vote on the final deal

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in Parliament "as soon as possible"

after the negotiations conclude.

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This vote, he says, would cover both

the Withdrawal agreement

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and the terms for the UK's future

relationship with the EU.

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He pledges that the Government

would not implement any parts

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of the Withdrawal Agreement

until the vote has taken place.

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Joining me now from central lobby

is the Conservative MP Heidi Allen,

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who is one of those

who says she will vote

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for Mr Grieve's amendment.

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David Davis said there will be a

vote on the deal, when it is made,

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if and when it is made, there will

be a vote if the House demapedz on

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the treaty, and -- demands, and

there will be legislation on the

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withdrawal and implementation

process. Why is that not enough?

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Because without being disrespectful,

this is difficult, we have heard

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that before, we need this amendment

to be accepted by the Government

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this evening so that vote can be

meaningful and well timed, because

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currently the way the legislation

stands, our vote could come after

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ward, so a Ritzen -- written

statement is a good step in the

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right direction but it needs to be

binding, so that needs a vote, so if

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the deal isn't good enough we can

push back. But it doesn't give us

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fall back plan if there is no deal.

Phase one of the negotiations have

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gone well and that is unlikely, but

saying to people political tectonic

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plates are shifting like never

before, anything is possible and we

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want the very best possible outcome

for in country, we accept we are

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leaving but we don't want to bind

our hands.

More important from what

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you have told the viewer you do not

trust a written ministerial

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statement from a minister of the

Crown, in your own Government?

It is

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not about that. It's a complicated

process, and you know, the dynamics

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are shifting all the time. The

Government is determined rightly...

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You said you had heard it all before

which implies you don't trust it.

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Why don't you trust a minister of

your own Government?

Because the

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timing can change, and as I say, the

writ instatement doesn't deal with

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the situation where there might not

be a deal brokered at all. So it

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only fixes half the problem.

Dominic's amendment seven, he is a

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knowledgeable guy, this is an

ex-Attorney General, he says the

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legislation is not strong enough to

protect our country, then believe he

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is right, and the Government, which

we still hope there is a good nine

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hours to go, we are hoping the

Government will be able to improve

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op that and accept our amendment or

put something in a similar format

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inno the bill themselves.

Let me ask

for clarification again, I don't

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understand what more you want, the

Government has committed to having a

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vote on the deal, it is committed to

having a vote on the treaty, it is

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committed to having legislation to

implement the deal. I think people

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will not understand why a

Conservative doesn't find that

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enough.

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Because it is about the timing.

When

will the deal be ratified? When will

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Parliament get the vote? Will there

be enough time? The government have

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tabled another amendment for next

week with a drop dead close to the

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bill. There just isn't enough time.

The MPs in Parliament are here to

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scrutinise and vote, and what we are

asking is perfectly reasonable.

We

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have George Eustice of the

government here. Why shouldn't Heidi

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Allen get what she wants?

Because we

have addressed all the concerns she

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has raised with the announcement

today. This debate about the

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referendum last year was divisive,

and we have a big responsibility in

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Parliament, whatever side we are on,

to put the country together.

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Parliament has a responsibility to

drive through the necessary

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compromises to get agreement. That

is what is going on now.

What about

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the direct point?

What we have made

clear today is when that withdrawal

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agreement is concluded, likely to be

in October, which is what Michel

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Barnier has said, it will be laid

before Parliament in the usual way,

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and Parliament has an opportunity to

pass a resolution against it. If

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they don't do that and they accept

it, as we hope they will, there will

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then be another bill, on EU

withdrawal and how we implement the

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agreement, and covering things like

the transition. Parliament will have

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ample opportunity to discuss this.

So you will not move on your

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position, the government?

The

government has heard all of the

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concerns raised, and answered them

today. We have addressed this. If

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Heidi wants to debate this, she has

plenty of opportunity to pray

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against the treaty when it is

agreed.

Heidi Allen, what do you say

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to George Eustice?

Thank you,

Andrew. You are behaving a little

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bit like a marriage counsellor! We

saw it yesterday with the Henry VIII

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powers, that the government have

moved, and that they are listening.

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He is right that this has been so

divisive for our country, but giving

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Parliament a vote at the right time

with everything that comes forward,

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whether that is no deal as well.

This is how we heal the country, by

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those people who voted to remain as

well is to leave, having a vote in

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parliament.

You had a chance to do

this when the Article 50 resolution

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came up, which triggered the whole

process. You could have put this

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into that process at the time. Why

not?

I don't think that was the

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right time, because that was the

starting gun for leaving the EU, and

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that is what every single one of us

who are backing Dominic Grieve today

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are being clear about. Voting to

change Article 50 would have looked

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like we were trying to stop it, and

that is not right, and that is

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disloyal to the people who voted in

the referendum to leave the EU. It

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is about making sure the deal is the

right one.

If Parliament voted

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against the deal, if a deal is done

and Parliament voted against it,

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that would effectively be a vote of

no-confidence in the government, and

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the beginning a constitutional

crisis, which you would probably

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welcome because you might be able to

reverse the result.

That is 100% not

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the case at all. This is about

making sure we have the right deal.

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The European Parliament will get to

vote on whether the withdrawal

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deal...

Was so will the British

Parliament. How can you vote on a

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deal if there is no deal?

That is

the whole point.

What do you want?

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You cannot vote on a deal if there

is no deal. That is not what David

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Davis was addressing. What do you

think should happen if there is no

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deal?

We think Parliament should

have the opportunity to say, the

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deal is good enough, or the deal

isn't. I believe the UK and Europe

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who want a deal, but these things

can take time. Negotiations don't

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always happen to the time tell you

one.

Why do you think the 27 members

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would want to extend this process?

Because if we haven't reached a deal

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that is good for the both sides...

Our economies rely on each other.

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But the other 27 will not agree a

deal if it is not good for them.

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That's the whole point. It is

pantomime season coming early. This

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is about Parliament and MPs doing

their job to scrutinise this piece

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of legislation.

Thank you for

joining us. Jenny Chapman, Labour

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will vote with the Tory rebels

tonight?

Yes. We vote for Dominic

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Grieve's amendment if it should go

to a vote.

Which it probably will.

I

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hope so. I expect he's still waiting

to hear what the Minister says.

To

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see if there is some movement?

The

threat of a rebellion can sometimes

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be as powerful as the rebellion

itself, but we will certainly vote

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with Dominic.

Is there a three line

whip on Labour's side?

Yes.

How many

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of your colleagues will ignore that.

We usually have about seven, as you

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will know, because we have this

conversation a lot.

About seven, but

0:21:320:21:38

some may not turn up as well.

Who

may not turn up?

I don't know.

0:21:380:21:45

Whipping is not an exact science,

but there is a whip on. We expect we

0:21:450:21:49

would have enough to defeat the

government should the Tory rebels

0:21:490:21:53

stay true to what they have

indicated.

And you will get a solid

0:21:530:21:59

Labour turnout?

Yes.

Do you expect

to win or lose?

All of these

0:21:590:22:04

amendments we have one so far. We

are listening to Parliament and we

0:22:040:22:08

have addressed all of these concerns

that Dominic Grieve has raised. What

0:22:080:22:15

we have done today has outlined how

we would deal with that.

Will you

0:22:150:22:20

win the vote with what you have

already said, or do you need to say

0:22:200:22:24

more?

Through Parliamentary

procedure, they are going to get

0:22:240:22:32

that vote, and there is also a whole

bill, which they can argue ad in

0:22:320:22:37

tonight.

So you have listened to,

you have made your statement?

I

0:22:370:22:45

haven't heard anything from Heidi

Allen that explains why what we have

0:22:450:22:50

done today isn't enough. It does

address the issue.

If there was no

0:22:500:22:55

deal, what would happen?

We are

going to get it. We are working on

0:22:550:22:58

it.

It is the point Heidi Allen

raises, not me. If there is no deal,

0:22:580:23:06

will we still leave?

We will get a

deal if the other side now we are

0:23:060:23:12

serious about leaving, so part of

our planning is planning for a no

0:23:120:23:16

deal scenario. You have to do that

to be taken seriously. If our

0:23:160:23:21

European partners see that people

back here may be trying to play a

0:23:210:23:25

game to stay in the EU, they will

not negotiate properly with us. We

0:23:250:23:30

have to be serious that we have a

partnership that answers our

0:23:300:23:35

concern...

I asked something simple.

What will happen if there is no

0:23:350:23:40

deal?

We are planning for a no deal

scenario.

Will Parliament get a vote

0:23:400:23:46

on that?

Parliament can vote on

anything it wants at any time, but

0:23:460:23:51

we have true good Article 50 and we

are going to get a deal.

If there is

0:23:510:24:00

no deal, what is then the of

Parliament?

It can put down

0:24:000:24:05

amendments or motions...

Not on

something that doesn't exist?

We are

0:24:050:24:08

going to get this withdrawal bill

through, and then there will be an

0:24:080:24:14

endless debate about it.

That's not

what I asked, but clearly it's all

0:24:140:24:19

I'm going to get.

0:24:190:24:21

Now, I'm sure you've

all been hashtagging

0:24:210:24:23

and tweeting your way

through the programme so far.

0:24:230:24:25

I have.

0:24:250:24:26

The Daily Politics is, after all,

the third most-tweeted about current

0:24:260:24:29

affairs programme in the land.

0:24:290:24:30

Oh, yes!

0:24:300:24:32

Only Question Time and the Andrew

Marr show prompt more political

0:24:320:24:36

reactions in the Twittersphere -

I've never heard of them either.

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But what's the secret

of our success I hear you ask?

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Could it be down to this -

the humble Daily Politics mug?

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Or should I say #Mug?

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Yes, these little gems are a staple

of social media chatter.

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But, to win one, you

can't just tweet us.

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You have to use something

called electronic mail.

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Just watch this and guess the year.

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# Every time you are near...

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traditional unionism.

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# Close to you...

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# When there's no-one around

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# Raindrops keep

falling on my head...

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There are men walking the streets

today, with eggs in their pocket

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just on the off chance

they will bump into the leader

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of the Labour Party!

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# In everything I do

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# That's the wonder...

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I just think it's the greatest

aeroplane I've ever been on.

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# The wonder of you

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# Like a bridge

over troubled waters...

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Do you agree with the national

decision to go on strike?

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Yes.

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bbc.co.u/dailypolitics.

0:26:550:27:03

It's coming up to midday here -

just take a look at Big Ben -

0:27:030:27:10

and that can mean only one thing.

0:27:100:27:11

Yes, Prime Minister's

Questions is on its way.

0:27:110:27:14

And that's not all -

Laura Kuenssberg is here.

0:27:140:27:22

It's process, process, process these

days.

I'm afraid it is, and

0:27:220:27:27

Parliament and MPs like nothing more

than talking about process,

0:27:270:27:31

particularly if their own importance

is in question. What ever Jeremy

0:27:310:27:35

Corbyn chooses to go on today, and

we know that he doesn't really like

0:27:350:27:41

talking about Brexit, Westminster is

abuzz with all of the questions

0:27:410:27:45

about this vote. Who is going to

blink? The rebels or the government?

0:27:450:27:50

It's early to know. Both sides are

saying they are not shifting. At

0:27:500:27:55

5pm, that might feel...

It could

change our world by our?

It could.

0:27:550:28:02

There will be notes passed backwards

and forwards. Yesterday, Dominic

0:28:020:28:12

Grieve and some other MPs were

huddled together on the backbenches

0:28:120:28:16

during the bill. Theresa May does

not like to lose. It is not unusual

0:28:160:28:21

for the government to lose on

amendments, but when you are a

0:28:210:28:26

minority government, the fragility

of that gives it a different

0:28:260:28:29

context. She's got to go to Brussels

tomorrow, supposedly to say, hurrah!

0:28:290:28:36

Is done.

I concede that that would

not look good if she turns up having

0:28:360:28:44

lost the vote. But if she loses the

vote, it means the amendment is

0:28:440:28:50

carried, that there is a vote that

the label rebels wanted on the deal.

0:28:500:28:57

Job done, not a lot to say?

The

problem for the government, as the

0:28:570:29:03

Prime Minister is heroically trying

to defend, MPs would believe they

0:29:030:29:08

have the chance to get into the guts

of the deal before giving it a

0:29:080:29:12

thumbs up or a thumbs down at the

end of the process. That is at root

0:29:120:29:17

here. If they vote it down? What

happens? Does Theresa May have to go

0:29:170:29:23

back to the negotiating table? What

ever potential deal she is going to

0:29:230:29:28

get, if there is one, are we really

going to be in a situation where

0:29:280:29:33

Theresa May has to come back and

actually have proper, full debates

0:29:330:29:37

with MPs about

0:29:370:29:48

whether or not she's done the right

thing? So the kind of nightmare

0:29:510:29:53

scenario for the government is for

MPs to be having a say and debates

0:29:530:29:56

and votes on the different bits of

the actual deal itself. You can see,

0:29:560:29:59

from the government's point of view,

what the negotiators are asking for?

0:29:590:30:04

Are they asking for carte blanche to

say no to the deal, or are they

0:30:040:30:07

trying to get into the guts of it,

trying to get the government to go

0:30:070:30:11

back to Brussels and discuss it.

This will amount to a treaty. The

0:30:110:30:17

Commons cannot really to gay

treaties. The Commons either has to

0:30:170:30:22

accept the treaty as presented by

the government, or reject it. That

0:30:220:30:27

is true in the US Congress. It

rejected the treaty of Versailles.

0:30:270:30:33

It is an either or proposition.

That

is the problem. MPs do not like that

0:30:330:30:39

they are being offered a take it or

leave it vote. They do not

0:30:390:30:44

necessarily trust the government.

It

is remarkable to say -- it is

0:30:440:30:52

unremarkable to say that they do not

trust their own government.

You do

0:30:520:31:03

sometimes wonder, in a parallel

universe, had to reason may not

0:31:030:31:09

appear to be so sky-high in the

polls, so far ahead, being able to

0:31:090:31:19

do what she did in the early months

of her office, you wonder if taking

0:31:190:31:23

a more conciliatory approach to

Parliament, if she would have ended

0:31:230:31:28

up in this situation?

She didn't

think she had to at the time.

0:31:280:31:32

Exactly. People are digging in today

because they feel it is a pattern of

0:31:320:31:38

behaviour. Also, the Tory rebels are

mindful that, if they don't walk the

0:31:380:31:45

walk today, having talked the talk

on plenty of occasions, will they

0:31:450:31:50

still be taken seriously? It's going

to be very, very tight. It could

0:31:500:31:57

change in a flash.

As things stand,

David Davis's written statement

0:31:570:32:04

placed before Parliament, that has

not done enough?

No, it hasn't. Six

0:32:040:32:10

rebels have told us that they are

going with Dominic Grieve, and we

0:32:100:32:13

haven't been able to get round many.

To be a real rebel, you have to vote

0:32:130:32:20

against, not just abstained?

That's

right. There are 20 or so Tory MPs

0:32:200:32:26

who have this very deeply held

concern. It's also become quite

0:32:260:32:40

unpleasant, I'm told.

We will talk

more about this after PMQs.

0:32:400:32:46

This is the six month anniversary of

the Grenfell Tower fire. I will be

0:32:530:32:58

attended the service tomorrow and I

am sure I speak for members across

0:32:580:33:02

the House that it remains at the

forefront of our minds as a tragedy

0:33:020:33:06

that should never have happened.

Many who survived the fire lost

0:33:060:33:09

everything that night and I can

assure the House we continue to do

0:33:090:33:12

everything we can, to support those

affected, and take the necessary

0:33:120:33:15

steps to make sure it can never

happen again. Mr Speaker, this

0:33:150:33:20

morning I had meetings with

ministerial colleaguings and others

0:33:200:33:24

in addition to my duties I shall

have further such meetings today.

Mr

0:33:240:33:28

Speaker I think the Prime Minister

will be able to take to that

0:33:280:33:32

memorial service the thoughts and

prayers of every single member in

0:33:320:33:36

this House across all parties.

My right honourable friend said at

0:33:360:33:42

the end of the Brexit process

members of Parliament will have an

0:33:420:33:45

opportunity to vote on the deal. Can

she confirm that it is still her

0:33:450:33:51

intention to hold such a votesome

I am happy to confirm we will put

0:33:510:34:00

the final withdrawal agreement

between the UK and the EU, to a vote

0:34:000:34:04

in both Houses of Parliament before

it comes into force.

0:34:040:34:08

As we have said we expect the UK

Parliament to vote ahead of the

0:34:080:34:13

European Parliament, so we fully

expect Parliament to vote well

0:34:130:34:17

before March 2019. So to be clear,

the final deal will be agreed before

0:34:170:34:22

we leave, and right honourable and

honourable members will get a vote

0:34:220:34:25

on it. As my right honourable friend

the Secretary of State has said

0:34:250:34:30

today, we will bring forward,

withdrawal agreement and

0:34:300:34:34

implementation bill, to give the

withdrawal agreement domestic legal

0:34:340:34:39

effect, which will be subject to

full Parliamentary scrutiny. After

0:34:390:34:44

believe the withdrawal agreement

will be followed up by one or more

0:34:440:34:49

agreements and will introduce

further legislation where it is

0:34:490:34:51

needed to implement this into UK

law, providing yet another

0:34:510:34:55

opportunity for proper Parliamentary

scrutiny.

0:34:550:35:01

Thank you Mr Speaker, this week does

indeed mark six months since the

0:35:010:35:06

avoidable and tragic fire at

Grenfell Tower which took the lives

0:35:060:35:09

of 71 people and injured and

traumatised many more, I too will be

0:35:090:35:13

at the service tomorrow in memory of

them. But that fire also shone a

0:35:130:35:17

light on the neglect of working

class communities all over this

0:35:170:35:21

country. And since this Government

came to power, homelessness is up by

0:35:210:35:28

50%, rough sleeping has doubled.

Homelessness and rough sleeping have

0:35:280:35:33

risen every single year, since 2010.

Will the Prime Minister pledge today

0:35:330:35:39

that 2018 will be the year when

homelessness starts to go down?

0:35:390:35:46

Across this House, we don't want to

see anybody who is homeless or

0:35:460:35:49

anybody who is sleeping rough on our

streets. That is why the Government

0:35:490:35:55

is putting £500 million into the

question of homelessness. It is why

0:35:550:35:58

we backed the bill that was brought

forward by my honourable friend the

0:35:580:36:04

member for Brent, sorry for harrow,

and it is why we have ensured we are

0:36:040:36:10

putting into place a number of

projects that will deal with this

0:36:100:36:12

issue of rough sleeping. But I have

to say to the right honourable

0:36:120:36:16

gentleman that when we look at the

question Hoff housing we need to

0:36:160:36:20

look at ensuring that there are more

homes available to people, that we

0:36:200:36:23

are giving people support, to get

into those homes, that is why, in

0:36:230:36:28

the budget my right honourable

friend the Chancellor set out a

0:36:280:36:31

whole range of ways in which we will

be helping people to ensure they

0:36:310:36:36

have their own roof over their

heads. Compared to Labour, where

0:36:360:36:40

house billing went down by 45%.

Where the number of homes bought and

0:36:400:36:48

sold went down by 40%. And social

housing went down by 400,000.

Mr

0:36:480:36:57

Speaker, the last Labour Government

cut homelessness by two thirds

0:36:570:37:01

during its time in office. When

Labour left office the number of

0:37:010:37:07

children in temporary accommodation

was a lot less than it is now. I

0:37:070:37:11

asked the Prime Minister for a

pledge to reduce the amount of

0:37:110:37:15

homelessness next year, the pledge

was not forthcoming. 128,000

0:37:150:37:21

children will spend Christmas with

out a home to call their own. 60% up

0:37:210:37:26

on 2010. It is too late for this

Christmas, but will the Prime

0:37:260:37:32

Minister promise that by Christmas

2018, fewer children will be without

0:37:320:37:37

a home to call their own?

Again, we

of course want every child to wake

0:37:370:37:45

up in their own home, particularly

at Christmas, but, it is incredibly

0:37:450:37:49

important people know they can keep

a roof over their heads even in the

0:37:490:37:53

most desperate circumstances, that

is we are making sure that councils

0:37:530:37:56

can place families in a broader

range of homes if they fall into

0:37:560:38:00

these circumstances, so since 2011

councils have been able to place

0:38:000:38:04

families into private rented

accommodation so they can get a

0:38:040:38:07

suitable place sooner. We have

changed the law in relation to, so

0:38:070:38:12

families with children shouldn't

find themselves in B&B accommodation

0:38:120:38:16

except in an emergency. And through

implementing the homelessness rezhun

0:38:160:38:20

act we are making sure families at

risk can get support before they

0:38:200:38:25

find themselves homeless. I say to

the honourable gentleman, I have

0:38:250:38:29

been very clear, as I was a few

weeks ago, that this Government is

0:38:290:38:33

going to be a government that puts a

clear focus on housing, on building

0:38:330:38:38

the homes that people need, on

ensuring, on ensuring that people

0:38:380:38:41

are given help to get into those

homes, and also, on acting to

0:38:410:38:48

prevent homelessness before it

happens a. That is what we are

0:38:480:38:50

doing, that is what will make a real

difference to people's lives.

0:38:500:38:57

Mr Speaker, the sad reality is that

one in 100 children in this country

0:38:570:39:01

are homeless at any one time. It is

a national disgrace, and it is

0:39:010:39:06

getting worse. And for all she says

about the private rented sector, can

0:39:060:39:10

I just quote from a letter I

received from Rachel this week.

0:39:100:39:15

Lives.

Mr Speaker, the sad reality is that

0:39:150:39:17

one in 100 children in this country

are homeless at any one time. It is

0:39:170:39:19

a national disgrace, and it is

getting worse. And for all she says

0:39:190:39:22

about the private rented sector, can

I just quote from a letter I

0:39:220:39:25

received from Rachel this week. She

says "I have a knot in my stomach,

0:39:250:39:27

every New Year period, when we are

due to sign a new tenancy agreement.

0:39:270:39:30

After renting the same flat for ten

years, never being in arrears and

0:39:300:39:33

keeping the property in good order,

we were given notice to quit out of

0:39:330:39:36

the blue." Will the Prime Minister

help people like Rachel and back

0:39:360:39:41

secure three year tenancies for all

private renters?

Well, I say to the

0:39:410:39:46

right honourable gentleman, that if

I think he was present in the

0:39:460:39:50

chamber when the budget was given to

this chamber, and that is why

0:39:500:39:54

precisely why we said that we are

looking at ways in which we can

0:39:540:40:01

encourage longer term tenancies. The

point is, what is important, what is

0:40:010:40:11

important is ensuring that people

have the ability to have the

0:40:110:40:15

accommodation they need, that they

want and on the basis they, that is

0:40:150:40:18

right for them. That is why, as I

say, we are dealing with this issue

0:40:180:40:23

of longer term tenancies but he

talks about renting, people renting

0:40:230:40:29

their homes, and his response on

renting is to bring in rent

0:40:290:40:34

controls. Rent controls have never

worked. They result in reducing the

0:40:340:40:42

number of homes available for people

who want to be able to have

0:40:420:40:45

accommodation and a roof over their

own head. It is not just me that

0:40:450:40:49

says that Labour Party party policy

won't help people who are renting.

0:40:490:40:52

Renting. Shelter say they won't help

people who are renting.

0:40:520:41:00

Mr Speaker, evictions by private

landlords have quadrupled since

0:41:000:41:03

2010. There is not security in the

private rented sector and the Prime

0:41:030:41:09

Minister well knows it. She also

promised one for one replacement of

0:41:090:41:14

council housing sold off through

right to buy. But just one in five

0:41:140:41:20

council homes have been replaced.

Hundreds of thousands of people are

0:41:200:41:24

on housing waiting lists. Will the

Prime Minister apologise for what

0:41:240:41:29

she said and tell the house when she

will deliver this one for one

0:41:290:41:34

replacement?

And as the right

honourable gentleman knows we are

0:41:340:41:40

increasing the flexibilities to

enable councils to build homes, we

0:41:400:41:42

have put more money into affordable

housing, he talks about the right

0:41:420:41:45

the buy. What a contrast, we want to

give people the opportunity to buy

0:41:450:41:51

their own home, the Labour Party

would take that opportunity away

0:41:510:41:54

from them. What do we see, what do

we see on housing? The shadow

0:41:540:42:00

Housing Minister, the shadow Housing

Minister recently said that fewer

0:42:000:42:04

people owning their own home is not

such a bad thing. Well, I have to

0:42:040:42:09

say to the right honourable

gentleman, that what he is offering

0:42:090:42:12

to people on housing, if you live in

a council home he will take eye your

0:42:120:42:16

right to buy. If you are looking to

rent sheller say his policies will

0:42:160:42:23

harm you. It is only the

Conservative that will deliver the

0:42:230:42:27

homes this country needs.

If only it were true Mr Speaker.

0:42:270:42:37

Under the Tories, the home ownership

has fallen by 200,000. Under Labour,

0:42:370:42:44

it rose by one million. And 40% of

all homes sold through right to buy

0:42:440:42:50

are now in the private rented

sector. The latest figures Mr

0:42:500:42:55

Speaker, show that a quarter of all

privately rented homes are not up to

0:42:550:43:00

decent standards. Meaning many

families are living in homes with

0:43:000:43:04

damp, that are not secure, or very

poorly insulated. Does the Prime

0:43:040:43:11

Minister support homes being fit for

human habitation?

Of course we want

0:43:110:43:18

homes to be fit for human

habitation, can I just remind the

0:43:180:43:21

right honourable gentleman that the

number of homes failing to meet the

0:43:210:43:25

decent homes standard is down by 49%

since the peak under the Labour

0:43:250:43:34

Government. And while I am... While

I am talking about the record of the

0:43:340:43:52

Labour Government, statutory

homelessness, statutory homelessness

0:43:520:43:56

peaked under the Labour Government

is down by over 50% since then. It

0:43:560:44:00

is this Government that is

delivering for people on housing, it

0:44:000:44:06

is his Government that Labour failed

to deliver over 13 years.

I would

0:44:060:44:12

just remind the Prime Minister, Mr

Speaker, that under Labour, a

0:44:120:44:18

million homes are brought up to

decent standard. I would assume from

0:44:180:44:22

what she said she will be here on

19th January to support my

0:44:220:44:27

honourable friend the member for

Westminster North's bill to make

0:44:270:44:31

privately rented homes fit for human

habitation.

0:44:310:44:35

When it comes to housing Mr Speaker,

this Government has been an absolute

0:44:350:44:39

disgrace. After seven years, more

people are living on the streets,

0:44:390:44:46

more families in temporary

accommodation, more families in

0:44:460:44:50

homes not fit for human habitation,

and fewer people owning their own

0:44:500:44:56

home. When is this Government going

to get out of the pockets of

0:44:560:45:01

property speculators and rogue

landlords, and get on the side of

0:45:010:45:05

tenants and people without a home of

their own this Christmas.

0:45:050:45:16

Under Labour, House building down,

homes built and sold down, social

0:45:160:45:21

housing down... I will tell him one

thing that went up under the last

0:45:210:45:25

Labour government, the number of

people on the social housing waiting

0:45:250:45:30

list. 1.74 million people waiting

for a home under a Labour

0:45:300:45:36

government. We have delivered over

346,000 new, affordable homes since

0:45:360:45:44

2010. More affordable homes have

been delivered in the last seven

0:45:440:45:47

years than in the previous seven

years under a Labour government. We

0:45:470:45:52

are building more homes. Last year

we saw 217,000 more homes being

0:45:520:45:59

built in this country. That is

0:45:590:46:11

a record for the last 30 years. It

is the Conservatives that are doing

0:46:160:46:19

what is necessary. Labour will

produce failure for this country

0:46:190:46:21

once again. It is the Conservatives

that is delivering the standard of

0:46:210:46:24

living that people need.

A

14-year-old constituent of mine lost

0:46:240:46:28

both her arms and legs at the age of

six when she was a victim of

0:46:280:46:33

meningitis. I was one of many MPs

campaigning for the meningitis

0:46:330:46:39

vaccine to be introduced into the

NHS. Isabel is on the way to

0:46:390:46:44

becoming one of the UK's most

proficient junior gymnasts, one of

0:46:440:46:48

the most talented trampoline lists

in the country. She was recently

0:46:480:46:52

handed the pride of sports award as

a young achiever. Will the Prime

0:46:520:46:57

Minister join me in congratulating

Isabel in receiving this prestigious

0:46:570:47:04

national award?

I'm very happy to

congratulate Isabel on receiving

0:47:040:47:09

this award and on her sporting

achievements, but also on her

0:47:090:47:14

incredible bravery. She is an

inspiration to all of us. My

0:47:140:47:19

honourable friend has mentioned

about the meningitis vaccine, and

0:47:190:47:22

she is one of those campaigning on

this issue. Meningitis can be a

0:47:220:47:27

devastating disease, so we have

taken steps to increase the

0:47:270:47:31

availability of the vaccine. In

September 2015 we became the first

0:47:310:47:38

country to have a meningitis B

vaccination programme. It is

0:47:380:47:43

necessary that Public Health England

continues to raise awareness of the

0:47:430:47:47

symptoms, and its campaigns are

reaching hundreds of thousands of

0:47:470:47:51

parents. The NHS has been running a

programme to vaccinate teenagers,

0:47:510:47:56

school leavers and university

freshers against four different

0:47:560:48:00

strains of meningitis. I think my

honourable friend can be pleased

0:48:000:48:03

with the work she did in relation to

this.

Thank you, Mr Speaker. In

0:48:030:48:11

2008, we collectively bailed out the

Royal Bank of Scotland at a cost of

0:48:110:48:17

£45 billion. In 2017, the Royal Bank

of Scotland are paying us back by

0:48:170:48:21

turning their backs on 259 of our

communities. Given we are the

0:48:210:48:28

majority shareholder, will the Prime

Minister step in and tell the Royal

0:48:280:48:32

Bank of Scotland to stick to their

commitment and not close the last

0:48:320:48:36

bank in town?

I think the honourable

gentleman knows that the decision to

0:48:360:48:41

close branches is a commercial

decision for banks, without

0:48:410:48:47

intervention by the Government. We

do recognise the impact this has on

0:48:470:48:51

communities, and the Secretary of

State for Scotland raised concerns

0:48:510:48:54

on this issue in his meeting with

RBS. More people are banking online,

0:48:540:48:59

which is having an impact, but we do

want to ensure that all customers

0:48:590:49:05

can access over-the-counter

services, so we have established the

0:49:050:49:10

access to banking standard, which

commits banks to carry out a number

0:49:100:49:14

of steps before closing branches.

The post office has also reached an

0:49:140:49:18

agreement with thanks to allow more

customers to use post office

0:49:180:49:27

services. We recognise the impact of

this on communities.

The Prime

0:49:270:49:30

Minister should be summoning Ross

McEwan in to see her. We will not

0:49:300:49:34

accept towns and villages up and

down the United Kingdom losing tank

0:49:340:49:39

services. There are 30 towns in

Scotland where the last bank will be

0:49:390:49:43

going. This is not acceptable. Will

she summon Ross McEwan and will she

0:49:430:49:49

tell the Royal Bank of Scotland this

must be reversed?

The decisions on

0:49:490:49:58

opening and closing branches is a

commercial matter for the banks, as

0:49:580:50:02

I say. This is an issue for the

Secretary of State, that he has

0:50:020:50:07

raised with the Royal Bank of

Scotland. But what is important is

0:50:070:50:12

that services are available to

individuals, which is why those are

0:50:120:50:16

being provided and alternatives are

available. I would also say that an

0:50:160:50:21

awful lot more people are banking

online these days, not requiring the

0:50:210:50:26

use of a branch. We want to ensure

that vulnerable customers

0:50:260:50:31

particularly, who don't have access

to online banking, are able to have

0:50:310:50:40

services provided, which is what we

are doing with the access to banking

0:50:400:50:43

standard and our work with the post

office.

In 2015, the heart of

0:50:430:50:47

England Trust will trust got into

major trouble due to poor

0:50:470:50:49

management. In response, the

management of universities hospitals

0:50:490:50:55

Birmingham was brought in to take

charge. As a result, services and

0:50:550:51:00

patient care have in improved

dramatically. Would the Prime

0:51:000:51:08

Minister join me in praising this

turnaround and agree that we must

0:51:080:51:12

support good management in the NHS.

Can I say to my honourable friend

0:51:120:51:16

that I am happy to join him in

paying tribute to the work that's

0:51:160:51:21

been undertaken by University

hospitals Birmingham? We do want to

0:51:210:51:26

see strong management across the

NHS. I understand there are a number

0:51:260:51:30

of practical and financial issues

still to resolve, and I would

0:51:300:51:34

encourage all of those involved to

make progress on this issue, but I

0:51:340:51:40

congratulate all those NHS staff who

have worked hard to ensure that

0:51:400:51:43

improvement takes place.

Does the

Prime Minister agree that the

0:51:430:51:48

resignation of lurve Kerslake does

put the Government on a... --

0:51:480:51:57

resignation of Lord Kerslake. In my

constituency, it is disgraceful that

0:51:570:52:06

people have to travel at least 15

miles to get to the nearest A&E.

Can

0:52:060:52:13

I say to him that I think Lord

Kerslake made the right decision in

0:52:130:52:17

stepping down as chairman of King's

College Hospital? I'm not surprised

0:52:170:52:22

the Labour Party are interested in

this, given that Lord Kerslake is a

0:52:220:52:27

key adviser to the Labour Party. If

I can say to the honourable

0:52:270:52:31

gentleman, he might care look at

what NHS improvement said about

0:52:310:52:37

King's College Hospital. The

financial situation at Kings has

0:52:370:52:41

deteriorated seriously over recent

months, and we have now placed the

0:52:410:52:47

trust in special measures. It is not

acceptable for organisations to run

0:52:470:52:53

up such significant deficits when

the majority of the sector is

0:52:530:52:57

working extremely hard to hit their

financial plans, and in many cases

0:52:570:53:02

have made real progress. They called

the situation the worst in the NHS.

0:53:020:53:08

Perhaps it's no surprise that noble

lord Kerslake is advising the Labour

0:53:080:53:12

Party on matters of debt and

deficit.

At the end of their first

0:53:120:53:22

and successful term, will my right

honourable friend congratulate the

0:53:220:53:26

teachers, parents and students of

the Newark free school, a school

0:53:260:53:31

designed to raise standards and

performance of schools. Would she

0:53:310:53:34

agree with me that Conservatives,

great teaching like this is not just

0:53:340:53:41

about education, it is a daily

battle for social justice, and we

0:53:410:53:45

will never be distracted from that?

My honourable friend is right.

0:53:450:53:51

First, I'm very happy to join him in

congratulating those who were

0:53:510:53:56

involved in setting up this

much-needed free school. I know my

0:53:560:54:00

honourable friend will ensure the

school provides young people in his

0:54:000:54:05

constituency with an excellent

education, despite the school being

0:54:050:54:08

opposed by the party opposite. My

honourable friend is right, this is

0:54:080:54:12

not just a question of education,

it's a question of social justice. A

0:54:120:54:18

good quality education opens the

door to the future for the lives of

0:54:180:54:24

those young people. That's why it's

so important to ensure the quality

0:54:240:54:27

of education is there to give young

people the best start in life.

0:54:270:54:32

Tonight, this House will hopefully

have the chance to vote on my new

0:54:320:54:37

clause 22 to the EU Withdrawal Bill,

which would give Parliament the

0:54:370:54:41

power, at a future date, to

determine whether we leave the

0:54:410:54:46

single market by coming out of the

European Economic Area. It doesn't

0:54:460:54:52

dictate how honourable members

should then votes, but it does

0:54:520:54:58

ensure proper, democratic oversight.

Shouldn't it be our sovereign

0:54:580:55:03

parliament, and not the Prime

Minister, that decides our country's

0:55:030:55:07

economic future?

First, as I

indicated earlier in response to the

0:55:070:55:15

member for Cheshire and Amersham,

this parliament will have the

0:55:150:55:21

opportunity to vote on withdrawal

arrangements. Can I say that the

0:55:210:55:25

honourable lady says it should be

parliament that makes the decision

0:55:250:55:28

about our membership of the single

market. This parliament gave that

0:55:280:55:34

decision about membership of the

European Union to the people of this

0:55:340:55:37

country. It is the people of this

country that voted to leave the

0:55:370:55:42

European Union, and this government

will deliver for them.

Mr Speaker,

0:55:420:55:48

today thousands of profoundly

disabled children are denied the

0:55:480:55:52

opportunity to enjoy a day out with

their families simply because there

0:55:520:55:56

isn't an adequate changing room. The

stories of parents at the Dales

0:55:560:56:01

School in my constituency deeply

moved me, so can I ask the Prime

0:56:010:56:06

Minister to consider updating our

building regulations, and ensure all

0:56:060:56:15

relevant buildings voluntarily

install changing facilities to give

0:56:150:56:18

these children the opportunities

they deserve?

My honourable friend

0:56:180:56:22

is right to raise this very

important issue, which might seem

0:56:220:56:27

such a small issue, but actually is

very important in the lives of those

0:56:270:56:30

disabled children, to enable them to

lead the life they want to lead. I

0:56:300:56:37

agree that the provision of changing

places can make a real difference to

0:56:370:56:42

disabled children and their carers.

I understand the Department for

0:56:420:56:47

Communities and Local Government has

been working hard for this. I'm sure

0:56:470:56:54

that the Communities Secretary will

be happy to discuss this matter

0:56:540:56:57

further with my honourable friend.

Thank you, Mr Speaker. This week,

0:56:570:57:04

the right reverend bishop of

Stafford wrote to the Conservative

0:57:040:57:09

Stoke on Trent City Council to plead

not to cut £100 million from the

0:57:090:57:16

homelessness support budget. Does

the Prime Minister agree that the

0:57:160:57:19

measure of society can be found in

the way we treat our vulnerable

0:57:190:57:24

people, and will she join his calls

to the city to not cut the

0:57:240:57:30

homelessness support budget, and

will she agreed to fund local

0:57:300:57:34

government properly so it can play

its part in dealing with

0:57:340:57:36

homelessness?

We don't want to see

people without a roof over their

0:57:360:57:43

head. That's why we are working in a

number of ways to deal with this

0:57:430:57:47

situation, and why we are committed

to cutting rough sleeping in half by

0:57:470:57:56

2022, and eliminating it by 2027. We

are dedicating over £1 billion to

0:57:560:58:04

cutting homelessness and rough

sleeping. That is to tackle what we

0:58:040:58:10

agree is something we don't want to

see on our streets.

It is now one

0:58:100:58:17

year since I was sworn in as an MP.

During the last year, the biggest

0:58:170:58:27

issue in my postbag has been the

provision of broadband to rural

0:58:270:58:31

areas. The Government has invested

heavily in this area, but many are

0:58:310:58:36

still struggling with slow

connections. Would my right

0:58:360:58:40

honourable friend reassure my

constituents that we will do

0:58:400:58:47

everything to ensure that everybody

gets superfast broadband, and nobody

0:58:470:58:50

is left behind?

Can I congratulate

my honourable friend, not only on

0:58:500:58:56

her election a year ago yesterday,

but also on her re-election earlier

0:58:560:59:01

this year. And on her year in this

House. She's raised an issue that is

0:59:010:59:08

a matter of concern to many rural

areas across the country, and we do

0:59:080:59:14

remain committed to universal

broadband coverage of at least 10

0:59:140:59:17

megabits so that no home or business

is left behind. Superfast broadband

0:59:170:59:22

is available to over 90% of premises

in Lincolnshire, and we have

0:59:220:59:28

committed over one billion pounds

for next generation digital

0:59:280:59:33

infrastructure. I can reassure her

we have not forgotten any community

0:59:330:59:38

across the UK. We recognise the

importance of broadband to

0:59:380:59:43

communities, and we are working to

ensure we deliver further.

In 2016,

0:59:430:59:48

the then Home Secretary launched the

ending violence against women and

0:59:480:59:54

girls strategy, emphasising the need

for an national network of domestic

0:59:540:59:58

violence refuges. In 2017, Women's

Aid save the Government is proposals

0:59:581:00:06

for short-term housing threatens

this network. Will the Prime

1:00:061:00:10

Minister support Women's Aid and

step in to save our refuges?

1:00:101:00:16

I recognise the importance of

dealing with domestic violence, we

1:00:161:00:21

ring-fenced funding to support the

victims, we have continued to

1:00:211:00:25

ring-fence that funding, we have

also made a number of step, we will

1:00:251:00:30

be introducing a new laws, we have

introduced the coercive criminal act

1:00:301:00:36

of coercive control, we have

introduced changes that have

1:00:361:00:40

improved the support for people

suffering from domestic violence, we

1:00:401:00:45

are proposing a new funding model in

relation to the provision of housing

1:00:451:00:48

homes for people who have suffered

from domestic violence and there is

1:00:481:00:51

a good reason for wanting to see a

change, which is to make this more

1:00:511:00:56

responsive to the needs of the

individuals, at a time of crisis in

1:00:561:01:00

their lives, to make the system work

better because at the moment the

1:01:001:01:04

funding isn't responsive enough to

their needs in local area, they have

1:01:041:01:07

to worry about meeting housing costs

themselves, at this time of crisis,

1:01:071:01:12

and access relies on welfare claims

and eligible. We are proposing a new

1:01:121:01:17

model that frees women from worrying

about meeting the housing costs

1:01:171:01:21

themselves and the funding available

will remain the same.

1:01:211:01:33

Will she give her personal assurance

they and their families will have

1:01:371:01:41

the right to remain after Britain

leaves the European Union?

I, first

1:01:411:01:47

of all I am happy to join her. They

do do incredible work, and it is

1:01:471:01:57

right we recognise the contribution,

that EU nationals are making in this

1:01:571:02:00

sector, but also across our economy,

and our society. That is why we want

1:02:001:02:04

people to be able to stay and we

want families to be able to stay

1:02:041:02:08

together and that is why I am

pleased that the arrangements that

1:02:081:02:12

we have and were published in the

joint progress report between the

1:02:121:02:15

United Kingdom and the European

Union last Friday, show very clearly

1:02:151:02:20

on citizens rights that where people

have made that life choice to be

1:02:201:02:24

here, we will support them and

enable them to carry on lovelying

1:02:241:02:28

their lives as before.

In her

answers so far the Prime Minister

1:02:281:02:32

has shown she hasn't got a clue

about the concerns of... Today, and

1:02:321:02:38

on the 14th June she said that

no-one and no community would be

1:02:381:02:41

left behind but the Doncaster market

towns have been told their NatWest

1:02:411:02:47

branches are to close. That is two

more on top of a record-breaking 700

1:02:471:02:53

branch closures this year and that

is despite the Big Four banks

1:02:531:02:58

delivered 13.5 billion half year

profits. Will the Prime Minister

1:02:581:03:02

admit that the Government's access

to banking protocol has failed to

1:03:021:03:07

keep a single branch open, and will

she restore the bank Levy and use

1:03:071:03:11

some of it to stop communities

losing their last bank branch.

1:03:111:03:20

Can I say to the right honourable

lady, first of all I have responded

1:03:201:03:25

to the leader of the Scottish

National Party in relation to

1:03:251:03:29

closures. But, I think, also she and

others need to accept that people's

1:03:291:03:35

behaviour in relation to banking

branches has changed over the years,

1:03:351:03:40

and there is less demand but we have

the access to banking standard in

1:03:401:03:44

place, she referred to the Levy, let

us be very clear there is a bank

1:03:441:03:50

Levy there is a corporation tax

surcharge for banks and this

1:03:501:03:54

Government is raising more money

from the banks than the Labour

1:03:541:03:57

Government ever did.

Would my right

honourable friend join me in

1:03:571:04:05

congratulating the UK's community

found disagrees who have just

1:04:051:04:10

reached the notable milestone

distributing £1 billion to local

1:04:101:04:13

communities across the country,

should she agree the community

1:04:131:04:17

foundations are perfect example of

her shared society, and that funds

1:04:171:04:23

from dormant assets, once available

should be provided to them, to

1:04:231:04:27

continue their very important work.

I am happy to join him in

1:04:271:04:34

congratulating community foundations

across the UK, I was pleased to be

1:04:341:04:36

able to have a meeting with the

chief executive of the Berkshire

1:04:361:04:42

foundation a couple of weeks a, I

know from what my honourable friend

1:04:421:04:47

said across communities across the

country these are an important

1:04:471:04:50

contributor to the shared, an

example of the shared society adds

1:04:501:04:53

he say, and I understand dormant

accounts scheme has already

1:04:531:04:57

distributed over 362 million for the

benefit of good causes and there has

1:04:571:05:02

been a report on possible expanding

the scheme that would have the

1:05:021:05:07

potentially significantly build on

the success of the current scheme.

1:05:071:05:15

Mr Speaker, can I remind the Prime

Minister of June 2nd 1997 when I

1:05:151:05:21

heard her make a very competent

maiden speech in which she stressed

1:05:211:05:26

the importance of vocational

practical education for young people

1:05:261:05:29

in our country, is she wear there is

now a crisis -- crisis for

1:05:291:05:37

apprenticeships, a 62% fall in

apprenticeship starts? Many

1:05:371:05:41

independent excellent trainers going

out of business, a FE college in

1:05:411:05:46

dire financial straits. Will she

break a few heads, crack a few eggs

1:05:461:05:51

and get this sorted?

We see growing

number going into apprenticeships,

1:05:511:05:59

we are putting £500 million into

technical education to ensure for

1:05:591:06:04

the first time this country has

first class technical education, I

1:06:041:06:09

called for it 1997, in 2017 I am

delivering.

1:06:091:06:16

As an enthusiastic member of the

women and equalities committee, I

1:06:161:06:19

aim to be a strong champion for the

equality of women, and I aspire to

1:06:191:06:25

the title of honorary sister as best

towed on you Mr Speaker, so will the

1:06:251:06:32

Prime Minister join me in

congratulating Ruth Cook on her

1:06:321:06:36

appointment as chief executive of

collar Ron group, the largest

1:06:361:06:39

housing association in the country,

proving that exceptional women can

1:06:391:06:42

get the top job in housing and

politics.

1:06:421:06:53

I am very, I am very very happy to

agree with honourable friend and to

1:06:531:07:03

congratulate her on her appointment

for the clarion group. It shows that

1:07:031:07:07

women can take on senior job, I have

to say he is aspiring to an accolade

1:07:071:07:14

that I don't think the right

honourable friend member for

1:07:141:07:18

Camberwell and Peckham has given to

me, despite being only it could

1:07:181:07:23

second female Prime Minister in this

country and one day, maybe the

1:07:231:07:27

Labour sisterhood will manage to get

a female leader of the Labour Party.

1:07:271:07:35

Assessing the impact of leaving the

European Union on the different

1:07:351:07:39

sectors of the UK economy, is surely

basic spade work for thing in, yet

1:07:391:07:47

the Brexit secretary said none of it

has been done why not?

It isn't the

1:07:471:07:55

case no work has been done in

looking at the, as the right

1:07:551:08:02

honourable gentleman knows from the

over 800 pages of analysis that have

1:08:021:08:07

been published.

The Prime Minister

has made clear that Brexit means

1:08:071:08:19

Brexit. When it comes to the closure

of Grantham A&E now the trust

1:08:191:08:25

believes it has recruited enough

doctors does she agree with me that

1:08:251:08:31

temporary means temporary?

Can I

say, I know my right honourable

1:08:311:08:36

friend has been a strong champion on

his constituents, I know he will

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agree with me the first priority

must be to ensure patient safety and

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that is why a report was

commissioned. I understand NHS

1:08:471:08:52

improvement will, are continuing to

work closely with the trust and I am

1:08:521:08:56

sure the Health Secretary will be

happy to discuss the detail with him

1:08:561:09:04

In the run to Christmas people will

take on extra seasonal work to earn

1:09:041:09:13

extra cash but many employers will

be offered unpaid trial work with a

1:09:131:09:18

job doesn't exist. It is affecting

tens of thousands up and down the

1:09:181:09:22

UK, but I have a bill coming to end

unpaid trial shift, will she ensure

1:09:221:09:29

this is the last Christmas of this

exploitation and give Government

1:09:291:09:33

backing for it?

We already have a

legal position in this country in

1:09:331:09:39

relation to the payment of the

national minimum wage, and ensuring

1:09:391:09:45

people are paid for the work they

do.

Given the Scottish National

1:09:451:09:56

Party has an extra £2 million to

play with, will the Prime Minister

1:09:561:10:03

join me in calling on the film to

rule out higher taxes for

1:10:031:10:12

hard-working Scots

This is a very

real test of the First Minister and

1:10:121:10:18

Government in Scotland as to whether

they are willing to recognise, last

1:10:181:10:21

week I recall, or in previous weeks

we have had strange claims being

1:10:211:10:26

made by the Scottish Nationalists in

this House about the I impact of

1:10:261:10:31

decisions on Scotland but he is

right. £2 billion extra going into

1:10:311:10:35

Scotland. Let us watch carefully how

the SNP Government choose to spend

1:10:351:10:41

that money.

Last week I tabled a

written question to the Chancellor,

1:10:411:10:47

asking for the evidence behind his

extraordinary claim to the Treasury

1:10:471:10:51

Select Committee, that disabled

workers are responsible for the UK's

1:10:511:10:55

productivity problem, last night I

received his written answer. Up sur

1:10:551:11:00

-- unsurprisingly there is no

evidence for that claim. So

1:11:001:11:04

disgracefully, since he has declined

to express regret, will the Prime

1:11:041:11:08

Minister take back control and order

the Chancellor to withdraw his

1:11:081:11:13

remark and apologise for inaccurate

and offensive comments.

1:11:131:11:20

The Chancellor did not express the

views she claimed he was expressing,

1:11:201:11:23

this is a government that values the

contribution that disabled people

1:11:231:11:27

make, to our society and to our

economy in the workplace n is a

1:11:271:11:31

government that is working to ensure

that we can see more disabled people

1:11:311:11:36

getting into the workplace. We have

had some success, there is more to

1:11:361:11:39

do but we will continue to work, to

ensure those disabled people who

1:11:391:11:42

want to work are able to do so.

I

sponsored an event in this place for

1:11:421:11:53

the United Kingdom -- UN, the draw

the line campaign which helped 6,000

1:11:531:11:57

women and girls to have a better

life. One in four women in the UK

1:11:571:12:02

and 70% of girls around the world

will expect to see physical or

1:12:021:12:07

sexual violence in their life. Can

this Prime Minister confirm this

1:12:071:12:10

Government will continue to lead the

world, on tackling trafficking and

1:12:101:12:16

exploitation?

She raises a very

important issue once again, this

1:12:161:12:25

Government introduces the modern

slave react. It is continuing to

1:12:251:12:31

work not only to increase our

ability to deal with the

1:12:311:12:34

perpetrators of these crimes but

also to provide support for the

1:12:341:12:38

victim, I want a world in which

women and girls have the confidence

1:12:381:12:41

to be able to be what they want to

be, and know they won't be subject

1:12:411:12:45

to exploitation, to violence, to

trafficking, to slavery, slavery

1:12:451:12:50

applies to men as well but I think

our commitment as a government to

1:12:501:12:54

ending violence and exploitation of

women and girls is absolute.

1:12:541:12:59

Thank you Mr Speaker, last week it

was announced that my wonderful city

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of Coventry had been successful in

its bid to become UK City of Culture

1:13:051:13:10

2021. We are bursting with pride.

Will the Prime Minister join me in

1:13:101:13:17

congratulating every one who was

instrumental in this great

1:13:171:13:23

achievement and which Coventry

success, prosperity, hope and some

1:13:231:13:27

fun in the next few years up to

2021, and beyond.

1:13:271:13:34

Can I say that I will join her in

congratulating Coventry, on being

1:13:341:13:39

selected as City of Culture as she

will be aware from exchanges that

1:13:391:13:43

have taken place, there will be a

number of honourable MEPs of this

1:13:431:13:47

house who are disappointed because

their cities have not achieved that

1:13:471:13:51

particular status but I am happy to

congratulate all those involved in

1:13:511:13:54

putting the bid together, and

ensuring that Coventry is that city

1:13:541:13:58

of churl, including the mayor for

the West Midlands.

1:13:581:14:05

,

Mr Speaker the Prime Minister and

I have many things in common,

1:14:051:14:09

including if I may say being proud

of being called bloody difficult

1:14:091:14:14

women. My Right Honourable and

learned friend member for be cobs

1:14:141:14:22

field is not in that category for

many reasons. He is obviously a man,

1:14:221:14:28

he is a respected seasoned

Parliamentarian and like many on

1:14:281:14:32

these benches has been for many

decades loyal to his party, nobody

1:14:321:14:37

wants to be disloyal or to bring

about more disunity, the Prime

1:14:371:14:43

Minister says she wants a meaningful

vote on Brexit, before we leave the

1:14:431:14:48

European Union, even at this last

moment would she be so good as to

1:14:481:14:53

accept the Right Honourable and

learned gentleman's amendment in the

1:14:531:15:00

spirit of unity for everybody here

and in the country.

My right

1:15:001:15:05

honourable friend makes an important

point about the concerns people have

1:15:051:15:08

had in this house about having a

meaningful vote on this particular

1:15:081:15:12

issue before we complete the deal.

As I is set out in the earlier

1:15:121:15:18

answer I gave to my right honourable

friend, that is what we will have,

1:15:181:15:21

we will ensure that there is a

meaningful vote on this, in this

1:15:211:15:26

House, there will be of course be an

opportunity for Parliament to look

1:15:261:15:30

at the withdrawal agreement and

implementation bill, this, the fact

1:15:301:15:34

that there will be that meaningful

vote has been set out an confirmed

1:15:341:15:38

by the Brexit secretary in a written

ministerial statement today. We were

1:15:381:15:44

clear that we won't commence any

statutory instruments until that

1:15:441:15:48

meaningful vote has taken place, but

as currently drafted what the

1:15:481:15:53

amendment says, is that we shouldn't

make any of those, put any of those

1:15:531:15:57

arrangements into place, until the

withdrawal agreement and

1:15:571:16:01

implementation bill has reach the

statute book. That could be at a

1:16:011:16:05

very late stage in the proceedings,

which could mean that we are not

1:16:051:16:09

able to have the orderly and smooth

exit from the European Union that we

1:16:091:16:13

wish to have.

1:16:131:16:26

You are on! The honourable gentleman

is trying to overcome his natural

1:16:261:16:30

reticence. I know he is a shy

fellow, but I'm trying to encourage

1:16:301:16:35

them.

Mr Speaker, not 1p to fit

sprinklers to Birmingham's 213 tower

1:16:351:16:44

blocks from government. Now the city

is suffering the biggest cuts in

1:16:441:16:50

local government history, is to

suffer another £100 million further

1:16:501:16:56

funding cut, yet made in hand is the

least hard-hit of any local

1:16:561:17:02

authority in Britain. How can the

Prime Minister justify one law for

1:17:021:17:08

her own constituency and another law

for her own constituency?

Can I say

1:17:081:17:14

that of course the local government

settlement has yet to come before

1:17:141:17:17

this House. We have been very clear

in relation to fire safety

1:17:171:17:22

arrangements and any action that

needs to be taken by local

1:17:221:17:27

authorities, that they should

discuss this with the Department for

1:17:271:17:31

Communities and Local Government. We

will ensure it is possible for the

1:17:311:17:35

Nasa street safety work to be under

an taken.

2017 marks the 100th

1:17:351:17:42

anniversary of the foundation of the

women's Royal navy service. Will the

1:17:421:17:47

Prime Minister join with me in

marking the outstanding service of

1:17:471:17:52

women for over 100 years in the

Royal Navy, but also the Royal Air

1:17:521:17:56

Force and the Army? Will she

welcomed the fact that they are no

1:17:561:18:02

longer restricted to dibs on shore,

but can take part in every aspect of

1:18:021:18:07

the service?

It is right then when

marking the centenary for the

1:18:071:18:13

Women's Royal Naval Service, we

recognise the contribution women

1:18:131:18:15

have made across our Armed Forces,

and it's important they can now

1:18:151:18:20

contribute across all aspects of

work in the armed services and are

1:18:201:18:25

no longer restricted to jobs on

shore. This is an important step

1:18:251:18:30

forward and strengthens our Armed

Forces, and I congratulate all women

1:18:301:18:34

in our Armed Forces.

1:18:341:18:37

Mr Corbyn went on housing,

particularly homelessness and rough

1:18:451:18:49

sleeping, we will come to that in a

moment. There are a number of

1:18:491:18:53

questions about the big vote

tonight, whether the Government has

1:18:531:18:57

changed its position, let me just

come to Laura first, did we learn,

1:18:571:19:01

was there any change in the

Government's stance there

1:19:011:19:09

Theresa May gave a long and

complicated answer talking through

1:19:091:19:13

various bits of the procedure. But

there was no budge as far as I could

1:19:131:19:19

see. We could see the reactions of

the backbenchers, shaking their

1:19:191:19:23

heads furiously. No change so far.

Still hours to go. And it might

1:19:231:19:28

change very fast.

We will talk about

housing in a moment.

1:19:281:19:36

Now, in the US, Doug Jones has

become the first Democrat in 25

1:19:361:19:40

years to win a Senate seat

in Alabama, after an unexpected

1:19:401:19:42

victory over Republican Roy Moore.

1:19:421:19:46

The Democrat win is a blow

to President Donald Trump,

1:19:461:19:48

who had shown enthusiastic support

for Moore, despite allegations

1:19:481:19:51

of sexual misconduct against him.

1:19:511:19:52

Mr Moore, who arrived

on horseback to cast his vote,

1:19:521:19:54

has so far refused to concede,

saying "it's not over".

1:19:541:20:02

But it almost certainly is.

1:20:021:20:08

President Trump has distanced

himself from the candidate, saying

1:20:081:20:11

that he was right all along, that Mr

Moore could not win. Mr Moore is a

1:20:111:20:20

controversial character, having

faced allegations of sexual

1:20:201:20:24

misconduct from a number of women,

particularly when they were

1:20:241:20:26

children. The winner, Mr Jones, told

his supporters that the entire

1:20:261:20:33

election race had been about dignity

and respect.

1:20:331:20:42

I am truly overwhelmed. I am truly,

truly overwhelmed. But you know,

1:20:421:20:48

folks, and you have all heard me say

this at one point or another in this

1:20:481:20:53

campaign, I have always believed

that the people of Alabama had more

1:20:531:20:58

in common than to divide us.

SHE COUGHS

1:20:581:21:03

The way it works is that he has to

fight for the seat again in 2020.

1:21:061:21:12

We can speak now to Gary O'Donoghue,

who's in Montgomery, Alabama for us.

1:21:121:21:18

Gary, good to see you. The question

is, is this a harbinger of things to

1:21:181:21:23

come from Mr Trump and the

Republicans, or did they just have a

1:21:231:21:28

really bad candidate that allowed

the Democrats to win this state?

He

1:21:281:21:33

was a bad candidate, no question.

Really you only need a pulse in

1:21:331:21:42

Alabama to get elected normally.

They normally way the votes rather

1:21:421:21:45

than count them, so you have to do

something rather stupendously wrong

1:21:451:21:50

to lose out here, as a Republican,

and Roy Moore did that. He had

1:21:501:21:56

allegations against him of sexual

abuse and assault, which ate away at

1:21:561:22:01

some of the Conservative support he

would have banked on in the north.

1:22:011:22:06

Democrats did spend ten times as

much as the Republicans here during

1:22:061:22:10

the race. They managed to galvanise

things like the black vote, which

1:22:101:22:14

was higher by a couple of percentage

points than Barack Obama managed to

1:22:141:22:21

get in 2012. So that worked

fantastically well for them. The gap

1:22:211:22:28

is 49.9 two Jones at the moment. He

says that Roy Moore hasn't conceded,

1:22:281:22:35

but really he has no chance. He is

20,000 odd vote adrift. There are

1:22:351:22:41

some military votes to come in, but

only 8000 people from Alabama served

1:22:411:22:47

in the military. To cap it all, the

Republican party have said they will

1:22:471:22:52

not pay for a recount if he wants

one. He may be the man who never

1:22:521:22:57

actually concedes, but he has lost.

Mr Trump's majority in the Senate

1:22:571:23:02

now down to 51-49. It looked, the

black turnout in Alabama was huge by

1:23:021:23:12

relative standards. A lot of

suburban Republicans looked to me

1:23:121:23:17

that either they voted Democrat or

just didn't vote at all. That must

1:23:171:23:20

worry the White House.

That's right.

In the north of the state, where the

1:23:201:23:29

most Christian and most Conservative

residents live, they are still

1:23:291:23:33

solidly behind Donald Trump, as you

would expect. It is those in

1:23:331:23:39

suburban areas just outside the city

centres, around places like

1:23:391:23:44

Montgomery and Birmingham, where

there is more moderate Republicans,

1:23:441:23:48

and they either held their noses and

voted Democrat or didn't vote at

1:23:481:23:52

all. You have to remember that when

this Senate seat came up last time,

1:23:521:23:57

there wasn't a Democratic opponent,

but the Republic 197% of the vote.

1:23:571:24:05

You couldn't really do any better.

The last time this state voted for a

1:24:051:24:12

Democrat presidential candidate was

Jimmy Carter in 76. So the White

1:24:121:24:16

House will be worried. In the

immediate term, they will be worried

1:24:161:24:20

about the maths in the Senedd. This

is now the slimmest of majorities.

1:24:201:24:25

The tax reform bill is still coming

through the process of

1:24:251:24:29

reconciliation between the two

houses. They will need Democratic

1:24:291:24:33

votes to get that through the Senate

anyway. This makes that process even

1:24:331:24:39

harder. For the Democrats, coming up

to the mid-term elections at the end

1:24:391:24:44

of next year, there's now a real

chance of flipping the Senate, as

1:24:441:24:48

well as having a go at house.

Montgomery will need 72% for the

1:24:481:24:56

Democrats. Thank you for joining us.

Let's come back here to British

1:24:561:25:02

politics. George Eustice. Why has

homelessness and rough sleeping

1:25:021:25:08

risen by so much under your

government?

This has been a

1:25:081:25:14

long-standing challenge. We have not

been building enough homes, but as

1:25:141:25:19

the Prime Minister pointed out, last

year for the first time, we saw it

1:25:191:25:23

go above 200,000, at 217,000. This

is something the Prime Minister is

1:25:231:25:29

very passionate about. She has

committed £1 billion to this and

1:25:291:25:34

have set an objective of halving

rough sleeping.

There are now 77,000

1:25:341:25:41

more homeless households living in

temporary accommodation than in

1:25:411:25:46

2010, a rise of 60%. Why?

We need to

be building more homes. Sometimes

1:25:461:25:52

when you have rough sleeping, there

are wider issues.

Rough sleeping has

1:25:521:26:00

gone up from 1700 2/4000 last year.

That is a much bigger rise than 60%.

1:26:001:26:09

That is the brutal definition of

homelessness.

That can be affected

1:26:091:26:14

by things like drug and alcohol

problems.

But let's stick to the

1:26:141:26:21

77,000 families living in temporary

accommodation. 60% up. These

1:26:211:26:26

families include 124,000 children.

Why has this happened under your

1:26:261:26:32

watch?

This problem has been

developing for a while. Under Labour

1:26:321:26:37

there were long queues of people

trying to get into social housing.

1:26:371:26:41

But there was no rise in

homelessness the same. Homelessness

1:26:411:26:45

had been coming down under Labour,

but since 20% it has clearly gone up

1:26:451:26:52

by 60%, including 124,000 children.

What happened to caring for the just

1:26:521:26:59

about managing?

What matters is the

action you are taking about this,

1:26:591:27:04

which is why it is a major projects

Almac priority in the budget. It is

1:27:041:27:12

a personal priority for her. It

37,000 families in temporary

1:27:121:27:19

accommodation in England alone. An

increase of 73% since March 2011. I

1:27:191:27:28

would suggest that is what matters.

What matters is what you are doing

1:27:281:27:34

about it, and fundamentally we have

to be building more homes. Over the

1:27:341:27:39

last year, house-building went above

200,000 for the first time in a long

1:27:391:27:43

time.

It is not the highest it's

been for decades. In 2007-2008, it

1:27:431:27:53

was higher. We have run out of time.

I need you just to say something!

We

1:27:531:28:02

would do a great job, much better

than this government is doing,

1:28:021:28:07

homelessness declined dramatically

under the Labour government. How

1:28:071:28:10

about that?

Your house-building

record was pretty poor.

But

1:28:101:28:17

homelessness declined because we

built what was needed.

1:28:171:28:22

There's just time to put you out

of your misery and give

1:28:221:28:25

you the answer to Guess The Year.

1:28:251:28:27

The year was...

1:28:271:28:28

1970.

1:28:281:28:30

They are all useless. They got it

wrong. Press that red button, and

1:28:301:28:34

the winner is...

1:28:341:28:39

That's all for today.

1:28:391:28:40

Thanks to all my guests.

1:28:401:28:41

The One O'Clock News is starting

over on BBC One now.

1:28:411:28:44

JoCo will be here at noon tomorrow

with all the big political

1:28:441:28:47

stories of the day.

1:28:471:28:50

Bye bye.

1:28:501:28:55

There's a laugh or two

on Two this Christmas.

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