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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

0:21:230:21:26

of your colleagues will ignore that.

We usually have about seven, as you

0:21:260:21:32

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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# 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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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

1:08:411:08:47

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.

1:28:591:29:02

Andrew Neil is joined by agriculture, food and fisheries minister George Eustice and Brexit shadow minister Jenny Chapman to look at the EU Withdrawal Bill and whether the government can see off its first possible defeat in the Commons. Political editor Laura Kuenssberg also joins them for live analysis of Prime Minister's Questions.


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