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Morning folks, welcome

to the Daily Politics.

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Ministers hold an emergency meeting

to discuss the suspected poisoning

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of a Russian double agent.

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The government says it will respond

"robustly" if it's proved

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the Russian state was involved.

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We'll have the latest.

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The Chancellor says financial

services must be included

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in our post-Brexit trading deal.

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EU top brass says,

"Not on your nelly."

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Battle lines are drawn so will

a comprehensive deal be reached?

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He's leading a huge reform

programme in Saudi Arabia.

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But, amid continued controversy

about human rights, should Britain

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be rolling out the red carpet

for the young Saudi crown prince?

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A busy day here in Westminster,

so plenty for Theresa May

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and Jeremy Corbyn to

discuss at PMQs.

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All the action coming up at midday.

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All that in the next 90 minutes

and with me for the duration,

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Treasury Minister Mel Stride

and the Shadow Work and Pensions

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Secretary Debbie Abrahams.

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Welcome to the show.

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The Government's emergency committee

Cobra is meeting this morning to get

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the latest on the suspected

poisoning of a former

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Russian double agent.

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Sergei Skripal and his daughter,

Yulia, have spent a third night

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in a critical condition in hospital

after being found unconscious

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in Salisbury on Sunday.

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Our reporter Andy Moore is outside

the Cabinet Office where that

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emergency meeting is taking place.

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Any new developments yet? Do we know

what has been decided?

No, this

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meeting started about 45 minutes

ago. These emergency meetings at

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Cobra are held after a terrorist

attack, so it gives you an

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indication of the seriousness with

which the government is taking this

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incident. This will be a meeting

chaired by Amber arrived, the Home

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Secretary, and it is attended by

senior Cabinet ministers, senior

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police officers, maybe military

officials as well. We have seen a

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number of people going into the

meeting, none of them commented on

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the way in. We saw Gavin Williamson,

the Defence Secretary, the Attorney

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General Jeremy Wright, the Health

Secretary Jeremy Hunt, so we are not

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absolutely sure if he is attending

this meeting, it might be another

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meeting. Boris Johnson, the Foreign

Secretary, we believe went into the

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office behind me via Downing Street.

We are expecting the meeting to last

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an hour or so. We might get a read

out from Amber Rudd, the Home

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Secretary, in the next half an hour

or so. Whether it is the meeting to

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decide what to do or a meeting just

to hear about information in the

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case, it is probably the latter. It

is probably an update from the

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police on what is happening with the

investigation. We heard Boris

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Johnson talking about action will be

taken if a link is proven with the

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Russians, but I suspect we are not

quite that far down the line yet.

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Thank you for that update. The Cobra

committee meeting is still going on.

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They like to call it a Cobra meeting

because it gives a sense of action,

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whether they decide to do anything

or not is something else. The

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Foreign Secretary has described

Russia as a malign and disruptive

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force. Should the Russian state be

implicated in this poisoning, what

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should the response be?

The Foreign

Secretary made clear in his

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statement yesterday there will be an

appropriate and robust response. You

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will be aware with the Alexander

Litvinenko case that we took

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measures there when it was

established Russia was complicit in

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that.

What did you do?

In that case

there was an expulsion of diplomats

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and we tightened up the Visa regime

and we froze various assets.

You

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froze the assets of the two suspects

and you summoned the Russian

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ambassador to the Foreign Office.

That is about it. That must have had

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the Kremlin checking in its boots!

On the broader point of sanctions,

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you will be aware there are other

sanctions in place with Russia and

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we have been at the forefront of

supporting them. The economy in

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Russia was in recession in 2015 in

2016 and most people will say it was

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down to the sanctions.

There is not

a recession any more. A lot of these

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sanctions were introduced because of

the Ukraine and the Crimea. Not

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because of the Alexander Litvinenko

case. I am still trying to work out

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giving your past record, why would

the Russians fear anything?

The

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sanctions are renewed periodically

and the United Nations and the UK is

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in the room arguing whether they

should be continued or not. In the

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event we find the state has been

involved in this, that will inform

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the action we take. The sanctions

regime...

It is British policy to

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renew sanctions regardless of what

happened in Salisbury.

We are

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working on the assumption that

Russia was involved and we do not

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know that, which is why we have had

Cobra, the National Security

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Council...

My point is the sanctions

are British policy for other regions

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rather than what has been happening

in the streets of Salisbury. What

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would Labour do if it turns out the

Russian regime was complicit?

You

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raise an important point. There have

been 14 other suspicious deaths of

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supporters or people complaining

against Vladimir Putin since 2012.

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It is not just Alexander Litvinenko.

What with the Labour government do?

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In the urgent question that was held

in the Commons on Monday three

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points were raised. There was an

ongoing investigation...

My question

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was predicated on if it turns out

the Russian regime was complicit,

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what would Labour do?

We need to use

all the leverage we have with our

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partners.

What would you do?

The

second question was about

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money-laundering which the

government was providing a lot of

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obstacles against the amendments and

that would have put pressure...

A

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lot of the money-laundering is being

done by the enemies of Vladimir

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Putin. They are getting their money

out. How would that hurt the

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Kremlin?

It shows an intent in terms

of how we intend to put pressure on

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the foreign powers and also

individuals who may be doing this.

I

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am struggling with the government to

find out what they are doing, we do

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not know yet if Russia is implicit,

I emphasise that, but if we did, and

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given the past track record, it is

reasonable to speculate. Let me try

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one more time, what would Labour do

if you were in power?

My third point

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as was raised at the urgent question

on Monday was in terms of again

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putting pressure on other areas. So,

for example, Vladimir Putin's

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announcement that he is going to

increase the restoration of nuclear

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weapons is completely against the

international agreement.

How will a

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Labour government stop that? We will

put pressure on him. How do you put

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pressure on Vladimir Putin not to

increase his nuclear arsenal?

We

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work with our allies.

That is

fantasyland. Why should he listen to

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you?

Why should he not?

You

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you?

Why should he not?

You have no

influence.

We have a non-nuclear

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proliferation agreement.

That goes

back to the 60s. If Vladimir Putin

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is watching this morning, I am sure

he has not turned white in fear from

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any thing either of you have had to

say. The Crown Prince of Saudi

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Arabia is arriving in London today,

it is an official visit. He is

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getting the full red-carpet

treatment, he is having lunch with

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the Queen, dinner with Prince

Charles, a trip to Chequers to see

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the Prime Minister. He is an

interesting figure, he is only 32,

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he has painted himself as a

modernising reformer and has been

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designated as heir to the throne,

which does not often happen in Saudi

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Arabia, but his critics are not

convince. Our security correspondent

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can tell us more. Good to see you.

He seems to be a quixotic character.

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He is known as something of a

domestic reformer, but the number of

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beheadings since he was named Eric

Parrott have doubled in Saudi

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Arabia. He is known to be a

moderniser, but he is also involved

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in an aggressive and horrendous war

in the Yemen. Tell us more about

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him.

I met Tim four years ago when

he was nobody. Nobody had even heard

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of him, so he has risen to power

very quickly. He is a moderniser and

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a reformer, but let's not be starry

eyed about him. He is no democrat.

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Saudi Arabia still has a very poor

human rights record and as you say

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it is involved in the damaging war

in Yemen. He has a vision for Saudi

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Arabia. Diplomats have said this is

the guy that is needed to shake up

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the sclerotic Saudi system. It could

not go on the way it was. Oil prices

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are declining in real terms. The

youth population is bolding, 70% of

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the Saudis are under the age of 30

and a lot of them have not got jobs.

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Without democracy, sooner or later

something had to give. He is saying,

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it is absurd that in 2018 half the

adult population are not allowed to

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drive, so that will happen from

June. He is reintroducing cinemas

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and is allowing women to run their

own businesses and travel abroad,

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things the hard line extremist

clerics previously had not allowed

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them to do. He is pushing back the

power of the clerics, in that sense

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he is a moderniser. But he is no

democrat, he has locked up 200

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people and taken away their assets,

and accused them of corruption. He

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himself has a £450 million yacht

that he bought a few years ago and

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the most expensive property in the

world, a large chateaux in France.

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But he is very popular with young

Saudis. When it comes to Yemen he as

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defence Minister brought Saudi

Arabia into a war that was already

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under way. The Saudis did not start

this war, the received rebels did,

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but six months later he led an air

campaign thinking he could bomb them

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back to the negotiating table and

they would sue for peace. That has

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not happened, they have held on and

Yemen has suffered as a result.

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Should the British be right in

wanting to get close to him? We do

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not know where his domestic reform

programme will lead. He is bogged

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down in the Yemen, a war very much

with his name stamped on it. The

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Saudis have lost massive influence

in the Lebanon. They have lost out

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to the Iranian backed forces in

Syria and they have not been able to

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cow little Tatar. Is he going to

succeed? Is he someone you want to

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be alongside?

You have to ask what

is the alternative? I will not say

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yes or no, we should be friends.

There is no disputing, and even his

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opponents would not dispute that

Saudi Arabia as a country is

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important. It is the birthplace of

Islam, it is home to the two holiest

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shrines of Islam, it is the site of

one of the biggest pilgrimages in

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the year and it is the world's

biggest oil producer. But its

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policies definitely need to go under

the microscope. If Britain were to

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cut ties, we would lose what little

influence we do have over them.

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There is some influence. When it

comes to Yemen for example, RAF

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officers and others have been

restraining the Saudis, have been

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lecturing them, to not hit civilian

targets. I can hear people scoffing

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at that as I would if somebody said

it to me because they have caused

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enormous damage in that country. But

it would be even worse. The Saudis

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feel they are surrounded by an

advancing, aggressive, Iranian

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expansionism. After 2003 Iran

expanded its militias into Iraq,

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Syria and Lebanon and now they are

feeling they are surrounded by Yemen

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as well and they are trying to push

back.

Frank, as always a pleasure to

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talk to you. 10,000 killed in the

Yemen so far. Half a million

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suffering from cholera, 20 million

in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Are you happy that all this is

happening with the force of British

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arms?

The situation in the Yemen is

clearly very tragic indeed and we

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have a situation that we have to

deal with. As one of the largest

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humanitarian donors to those in the

area we are working using our

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influence on the inside to make sure

they open up humanitarian and

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commercial routes and the ports that

have been blockaded.

But we have not

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managed it.

We have made progress,

but more needs to be done. But the

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most important point is we use our

influence to move toward a peace

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process and to reopen dialogue.

White in 18 months if we have not

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even manage to draft a resolution

for a ceasefire with the UN? We keep

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pushing. We have not, we have not

drafted a resolution.

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# The alternative, I would suggest,

is you draft a resolution for the UN

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security council which would

concentrate minds and we haven't

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managed to do that.

Security Council resolution to go

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through on a unanimous basis, and we

are working with the UN and working

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with the Saudis...

But 18 months, we

haven't even had that.

We're using

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our influence. The whole crux of the

discussion is whether we should

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engage with Saudi Arabia say we're

going to cut ties with them and I

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think as Frank was suggesting, you

would then lose influence if you to

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do that. It's far better to engage

and work and push for progress than

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step aside.

Before we move on, can

you give me one example of where

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there has been progress?

There is in

the case of Yemen, yes, getting

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humanitarian supplies through.

There

have been periods of... There are

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still massive blockades going on,

there are still bombing of

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civilians. It's the biggest,

according to some NGOs, the biggest

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humanitarian crisis in the Globe and

by goodness, there are plenty of

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candidates for that.

It is far from

satisfactory but the critical

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question is as I say, do you engage,

don't make the imperfect the enemy

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of the good. Better to engage and

get change that way than stepping

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aside and washing our hands on it.

Deborah Abrahams.

It's Debbie, and

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only Deborah when I'm naughty.

I

will stick with heavy for the moment

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but I might change! Your shadow

front -- Foreign Secretary said that

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Labour would stop the War in the

man, how?

I wouldn't disagree about

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maintaining the Englishman but it's

the different -- engagement but it

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is the difference between engaging

and running up the red carpet.

How

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would you stop the war in Yemen?

Minitab engagement but not the terms

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like having -- we need to have

engagement but not sound like having

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a 's royal state visit.

But how

would you stop the War?

You make

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sure you engage with them...

You

would stop any arms sales.

We have

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said that we need to make sure that

we have proper regulations around

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this.

I think your policy is to say,

no more arms. Why would the Crown

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Prince listen to you at all? They

see your lead -- leader as

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sympathetic to Iran, he has appeared

on Press TV, why would they give you

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the time of day in the Saudi

Arabia?

We would be the government of the

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time.

But synthetic to Iran, why

would they listen to you?

The most

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important thing is that you do not

have trade at any cost. So you need

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to make sure the trade deals we have

fulfilled some principles. My key

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issue today with the state visit is

it's totally inappropriate. What

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Saudi Arabia have been doing in

terms of disproportionate and...

So

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you would not have them here at all?

We wouldn't have a state visit but

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we would...

It's not all about

trade, it also about security. Isn't

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it? We have a security relationship

with them. We had an attack

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it? We have a security relationship

with them. We had an -- we would

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have had an attack on the

Olympics...

We have to move on.

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The Chancellor Philip Hammond

is making a big Brexit

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speech later today.

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He's not exactly known

for his oratorical prowess

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but it is being billed as a strongly

worded challenge to the EU

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and so-called "sceptics" who think

Britain can't get an ambitious

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free trade deal.

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He will argue that Britain's

financial services sector will have

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to be included in any deal.

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The Chancellor points out that

"every trade deal the EU has ever

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done has been unique" and given

it was willing to offer some

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provision on financial services

on previous deals with the US

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and Canada, it's "very much

in our mutual interest" to organise

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a deal going even further

with the UK - the EU's "closest

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financial services partner by far".

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But the mood music from

Brussels hasn't been

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pleasant to British ears -

Chief Brexit negotiator

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Michel Barnier has repeatedly

claimed a free trade agreement

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on financial services

"doesn't exist".

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Could we agreed to a deal that

didn't include financial services?

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Where eating for a unique deal --

we're looking for a unique deal and

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I have no doubt that we will get a

deal.

I know you think there will be

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a deal but my question was, would we

agreed to a deal that did not

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include extensive coverage of

financial services?

We will get a

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deal on financial services.

Would we

agree to one if we didn't?

I saying

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that we would get a deal, we will

exclude the possibly do that we

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didn't.

You don't know for sure. Mr

Barnier's negotiating position, I

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don't think it's the end game. I

understand that. But if in the end,

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he says, no on financial services,

would we still do a deal?

I have

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said that I am absolutely certain

that there will be the also I'm

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excluding the positivity that there

would be a deal. Firstly because in

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previous deals, financial services

have been an element.

Quite a small

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one, though.

The City of London is

not Canada, it's a major financial

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provider to the whole of Europe. It

provides competitive finance that

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supports European businesses and

consumers. And the European Union

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will be as concerned as we are that

that continues. So I don't think

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they will be going down the road of

trying to fragment that business

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because it will only benefit

ultimately, not Paris and Frankfurt,

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but Hong Kong, New York and

Singapore and financial centres like

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that. So we will be the same side of

the table, more so than some of

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these opening salvos.

Do you accept

that even a good deal, even if we

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get a good deal that includes

financial services, will still mean

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less access for financial services

than now?

It depends where the deal

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lands. I'm confident that what we

will not go for passport thing

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because that would see us within the

single market...

That would mean

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less access.

We will come to a

bespoke arrangement with the

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European Union that will see the

health of the city continue, and

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that's important to us. My question

was this. Whatever the deal, even if

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it's a good deal, it will mean less

access for financial services than

0:21:500:21:53

now, correct?

You will have to see that deal with

0:21:530:21:57

the European Union in the context of

our future as a globally facing

0:21:570:22:01

trading union. It will free us up in

all sorts of ways.

It will mean less

0:22:010:22:08

access, that's my point.

We will do

more...

It will mean less access to

0:22:080:22:14

Europe. If it didn't, why did the

Prime Minister says say, our access

0:22:140:22:19

to the European market will be less

than it is now? If that wasn't a

0:22:190:22:24

reference to financial services,

what was?

It's a sensible and

0:22:240:22:27

pragmatic point, it applies to all

areas. The City of London is 11% of

0:22:270:22:34

our economy, it pays 17 billion in

tax, it's hugely important to us and

0:22:340:22:38

it will be very high up our list of

priorities which is why the

0:22:380:22:42

Chancellor is taking today to make a

speech. It's right at the centre of

0:22:420:22:48

the negotiations from our point of

view and I've no doubt that we will

0:22:480:22:50

get a good and injuring sensible

deal.

Mr Corbyn was to take on the

0:22:500:22:55

power of Finance, that was his

phrase last week. He wants to

0:22:550:22:59

rebalance the distorted economy away

from finance. Does it matter to Mr

0:22:590:23:04

or Labour -- Corbyn or Labour that

we have less access?

It important

0:23:040:23:09

that we have a deal and I think that

has been taken out of context. We

0:23:090:23:13

would seek to have a UK, EU customs

agreement which would include

0:23:130:23:20

financial services.

How does the

customs union asset financial

0:23:200:23:26

services?

The arrangement that we

would come to with the EU would

0:23:260:23:30

ensure that we have an arrangement

and ran financial services as well.

0:23:300:23:34

But the financial services are

covered by the single market, not

0:23:340:23:39

the customs union.

You're talking

about the customs union, we're

0:23:390:23:43

talking about a new customs union.

Is there anyone in the world that

0:23:430:23:49

involves financial services?

That

happened in terms of the

0:23:490:23:51

arrangements being looked at.

Where?

I'm not aware of a customs union

0:23:510:23:58

being involved in customs --

financial services at all.

We're

0:23:580:24:06

breaking the mould here, Andrew.

0:24:060:24:09

financial services at all.

We're

breaking the mould here,

There are

0:24:090:24:11

no tariffs on financial services,

what is it have to do with the

0:24:110:24:19

customs union?

That is why we are

negotiating a new arrangement with

0:24:190:24:22

the UN this will be part of it. It's

so important because we have never

0:24:220:24:29

had any impact on pensions.

That's

important but we haven't got time to

0:24:290:24:33

go there. The one way of securing

the access we have the financial

0:24:330:24:42

services would be to stay in the

single market, not the customs

0:24:420:24:49

union. Why doesn't Labour commits to

that?

We are fully committed to

0:24:490:24:54

accessing the single market without

being a member of it. These are

0:24:540:24:59

subtle differences.

They are

systemic if you are Mr Barnier.

They

0:24:590:25:02

are often be presented wrongly in

language.

What it David Davis mean

0:25:020:25:08

when he said that Parliament cannot

block Brexit even with a meaningful

0:25:080:25:12

vote? The vote will have no impact

on our departure, what did he mean

0:25:120:25:18

by that?

I can't speak for him but

there will be a vote at the end...

I

0:25:180:25:22

know but he says it will not effect,

it cannot block Brexit. He says,

0:25:220:25:31

Vote People have no impact on our

departure, what does that mean?

What

0:25:310:25:34

the vote on the final deal means is

that Parliament will decide whether

0:25:340:25:40

it is accepted.

He seems to imply

that even if Parliament voted

0:25:400:25:44

against the deal, it would not

affect departure, he said we are

0:25:440:25:48

leaving at the end of March 2019

even with a meaningful vote. What's

0:25:480:25:50

the point of the vote, then?

The

position is very clear, there will

0:25:500:25:55

be a final vote on the final deal

and Parliament...

What's the point

0:25:550:26:01

if it would affect anything?

I don't

know in what context he said that,

0:26:010:26:05

when he said or what but the

position is very clear, it's very

0:26:050:26:07

clear.

So the vote could stop us

leaving the EU? Vote against?

It

0:26:070:26:16

could mean that Parliament would say

that the deal is not acceptable and

0:26:160:26:19

that could stop us leaving? I don't

want to speculative on what that

0:26:190:26:25

could lead to but we have been clear

as to what the vote means and we

0:26:250:26:28

have not changed our position on

that.

Perhaps David Davis could

0:26:280:26:32

clarify if he's watching.

0:26:320:26:34

Now, the snow has thawed

but there is still one big question

0:26:340:26:37

that remains unanswered

from when the Beast from the East

0:26:370:26:40

swept through Westminster.

0:26:400:26:41

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz

Truss posted this photo last week

0:26:410:26:44

of flowers in a snowy Treasury

garden saying "had to compete

0:26:440:26:46

with loads of officials

to get this shot".

0:26:460:26:48

Nothing wrong with that,

you might think.

0:26:480:26:50

But hang on a moment.

0:26:500:26:51

Let's look at this tweet

from our guest of the day Mel Stride

0:26:510:26:54

who works with Liz in the Treasury

Department.

0:26:540:26:57

No officials in sight.

0:26:570:27:00

So, is the government

spreading #fakenews?

0:27:000:27:07

I don't know, I have a confession,

Andrew. You're the first to know

0:27:070:27:10

this. I know it's just the two of us

having this conversation. It wasn't

0:27:100:27:15

me that took the photo. So it came

to my office by a security guard.

So

0:27:150:27:19

is fake news!

It could have been

photo shop, she may never have been

0:27:190:27:24

met!

0:27:240:27:27

But, wait a minute,

hold your horses.

0:27:270:27:29

Eagle-eyed Daily Politics viewers

will have spotted that Liz Truss

0:27:290:27:31

wasn't photographing

the snow at all.

0:27:310:27:32

If you look closer, you can see

clearly she is actually taking

0:27:320:27:35

a photo of a rare species,

hardly ever seen in the wild.

0:27:350:27:38

To win one, just tell

us when this happened.

0:27:380:27:45

# I get knocked down but I get up

again

0:27:480:27:51

# You're never going to keep me down

0:27:510:27:53

# I get knocked down,

but I get up again

0:27:530:27:55

# You're never going

to keep me down

0:27:550:27:57

# I get

knocked down but I get up again

0:27:570:28:00

# You're never going

to keep me down...

0:28:000:28:03

# Slam it to the left if you're

having a good time

0:28:030:28:05

# Shake it to the right

if you know that you feel fine

0:28:050:28:09

# Shake it to the front, ha, ha

0:28:090:28:11

# Go round

0:28:110:28:12

# Slam it to the left

if you're having a good time

0:28:120:28:14

# Shake it to the right

if you know that you feel fine

0:28:140:28:18

# Shake it to the front, ha, ha

0:28:180:28:19

# High-see-yah, hold tight...

0:28:190:28:21

# I believe I can fly

0:28:210:28:23

# I believe I can touch the sky

0:28:230:28:27

# I think about it

every night and day

0:28:270:28:31

# Spread my wings and fly away...

0:28:310:28:35

# Don't speak

0:28:350:28:36

# I know just what you're saying

0:28:360:28:39

# So please stop explaining

0:28:390:28:42

# Don't tell me cos it hurts...

0:28:420:28:45

# It's time to make the final break

0:28:450:28:53

# But the memory will linger forever

0:28:530:29:00

# If I never see you again

0:29:000:29:04

# And think of me now and then

0:29:040:29:08

# Though it hurts so sweetly...

0:29:080:29:15

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0:29:220:29:26

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It's coming up to midday here -

just take a look at Big Ben -

0:29:400:29:43

and that can mean only one thing.

0:29:430:29:48

You can just see his face among the

scaffolding and the gloom.

0:29:480:29:53

Yes, Prime Minister's

Questions is on its way.

0:29:530:29:55

And that's not all -

Laura Kuenssberg is here.

0:29:550:29:58

I would guess, but you will know

better than me, that with the Crown

0:29:580:30:02

Prince, mind you, it doesn't put you

in an elite category!

Setting the

0:30:020:30:07

bar low!

The Crown Prince is in

town, Mr Corbyn likes foreign policy

0:30:070:30:14

issues like this, clear-cut. Sort of

thing he would be protesting about

0:30:140:30:18

if he wasn't leader of the Labour

Party. He would be on the streets.

0:30:180:30:22

He goes with that.

I would be very

surprised if he doesn't for

0:30:220:30:26

precisely those reasons. As a

backbencher, Jeremy Corbyn care very

0:30:260:30:29

deeply about these issues, he has

made foreign policy and his protest

0:30:290:30:34

against many regimes around the

world a central point of his

0:30:340:30:38

political career and for many Labour

activists, that something they care

0:30:380:30:41

deeply about so I expect him to go

on the visit of the Crown Prince to

0:30:410:30:47

London at prime ministers questions

today and I think he will try to

0:30:470:30:50

push Theresa May on some of the

ethical issues that surround the

0:30:500:30:55

kind of welcome that he's being

given. And also, as other MPs have

0:30:550:31:00

raised previously in prime ministers

questions, how the British

0:31:000:31:05

government is approaching the

situation in Yemen with that

0:31:050:31:07

dreadful conflict and the extent or

not Saudi involvement. Perhaps may

0:31:070:31:11

also raise the extent or not of

British involvement in that conflict

0:31:110:31:17

in terms of military hardware,

advisers and how we are involved on

0:31:170:31:24

the ground.

It will be a bit more of

ships passing in the night, the

0:31:240:31:29

Prime Minister will have come on

with all of the stuff about the

0:31:290:31:32

importance of Saudi Arabia to

Britain, for our geopolitical

0:31:320:31:37

position.

Yes, and whenever Saudi

Arabia, I'm afraid to say, it

0:31:370:31:44

always...

0:31:440:31:47

I would like to begin by updating

the House on the government's

0:31:530:31:57

response to the incident that

occurred in Salisbury on Sunday and

0:31:570:32:00

pay tribute to the work of all the

emergency services who responded at

0:32:000:32:04

the scene and those who are now

caring for the critically injured

0:32:040:32:09

individuals in hospital. The police

investigation is ongoing. Yesterday

0:32:090:32:16

afternoon I chaired a meeting with

the National Security Council where

0:32:160:32:19

we were updated on that

investigation which is now being led

0:32:190:32:24

by counterterrorism police. This

morning the Home Secretary chaired a

0:32:240:32:27

meeting of the government's

emergency committee, Cobra, and has

0:32:270:32:33

asked for an update later today. In

addition to my duties in this as I

0:32:330:32:40

shall have further such meetings

later on today.

Representing the

0:32:400:32:45

south-west constituency can I align

my remarks with those of my right

0:32:450:32:48

honourable friend, the incident in

Salisbury has caused concern across

0:32:480:32:51

the south-west and the country.

North Dorset cancels and I share the

0:32:510:32:57

Prime Minister's commitment to

delivering new housing, such as

0:32:570:33:02

creating 1800 new homes in

Gillingham in my constituency. We

0:33:020:33:07

understand how housing transforms

and supports local economic growth.

0:33:070:33:11

Can I welcome this week's

announcement from the Prime

0:33:110:33:14

Minister. Let's get Britain building

and deliver those quality homes of

0:33:140:33:19

all ten years that our constituents

now need.

My honourable friend is

0:33:190:33:25

absolutely right about the

importance of housing and earlier

0:33:250:33:28

this week I confirmed the government

is rewriting the rules on planning

0:33:280:33:32

to help restore that dream of home

ownership. We want to see planning

0:33:320:33:36

permission going to people who will

build houses, not just sit on land

0:33:360:33:40

and watch its value rise. New rules

will also make sure the right

0:33:400:33:46

infrastructure is in place to

support housing development and

0:33:460:33:49

planning changes will allow more

affordable homes to be prioritised

0:33:490:33:53

for key workers. The government has

made it a priority to build the

0:33:530:33:57

homes people need so everyone can

afford a safe and decent place to

0:33:570:34:00

live.

Jeremy Corbyn. I thank the

Prime Minister for the short

0:34:000:34:07

statement she made concerning the

incident in Salisbury and I think we

0:34:070:34:11

all thank the emergency and security

services for their response and we

0:34:110:34:15

await updates on the progress of

investigations into the cause of

0:34:150:34:19

that incident. Mr Speaker, tomorrow

is International Women's Day, a

0:34:190:34:23

chance to celebrate how far we have

come on equality for women, but also

0:34:230:34:27

to reflect on how far we have to go,

not just in this country, but around

0:34:270:34:33

the world. Later today, the Prime

Minister is

0:34:330:34:41

Minister is due to meet Crown Prince

Mohamed bin Salman, the ruler of

0:34:420:34:44

Saudi Arabia. Despite much talk of

reform there has been a sharp

0:34:440:34:47

increase in the arrest and detention

of dissidents, torture of prisoners

0:34:470:34:51

is common, human rights defenders

are sent to prison, unfair trials

0:34:510:34:59

and executions are widespread as

Amnesty International confirms. As

0:34:590:35:02

she makes her arms sales pitch was

she also called on the crown prince

0:35:020:35:07

to hold the shocking abuse of human

rights in Saudi Arabia?

First of

0:35:070:35:13

all, can I thank the right

honourable gentleman for telling me

0:35:130:35:17

that it is International Women's Day

tomorrow! I think that is what is

0:35:170:35:24

called man's planing!

0:35:240:35:34

called man's planing! I look forward

to welcoming Crown Prince Mohamed

0:35:340:35:38

bin Salman from Saudi Arabia...

Labour backbenchers from sedentary

0:35:380:35:45

positions are shouting shame. Can I

say to those backbenchers that the

0:35:450:35:49

link we have with Saudi Arabia is

historic, it is an important one and

0:35:490:35:55

it has saved the lives of

potentially hundreds of people in

0:35:550:35:59

this country.

0:35:590:36:04

this country. And can I say that

actually the fact that it is an

0:36:040:36:07

important link is not just the view

that I hold, the Shadow Foreign

0:36:070:36:12

Secretary this morning said, our

relationship with Saudi Arabia is an

0:36:120:36:16

important one. She also went on to

say that does not mean we should not

0:36:160:36:23

be pulling power punches and I

agree, which is why I will be

0:36:230:36:27

raising concerns about human rights

with the Crown Prince when I meet

0:36:270:36:30

him. As the right honourable

gentleman started on the issue of

0:36:300:36:34

International Women's Day, I welcome

the fact that Crown Prince will be

0:36:340:36:38

sitting down with and as the guest

of a female Prime Minister!

0:36:380:36:46

of a female Prime Minister!

Mr

Speaker, it is a year on and the

0:36:460:36:50

government is of course still

suppressing a report into the

0:36:500:36:54

funding of extremism which allegedly

found evidence of Saudi funding

0:36:540:36:57

going to terrorist groups here in

the UK, so threatening our security.

0:36:570:37:03

When will that report come out? Mr

Speaker, a humanitarian disaster is

0:37:030:37:09

now taking place in Yemen. Millions

face starvation. 600,000 children

0:37:090:37:15

have cholera because of the Saudi

led bombing campaign and the

0:37:150:37:21

blockade. 600,000 children with

cholera is something I think

0:37:210:37:27

everyone in this house should take

seriously. Germany has suspended

0:37:270:37:32

arms sales to Saudi Arabia, but

British arms sales have sharply

0:37:320:37:38

increased and British military

advisers are directing the war. It

0:37:380:37:42

cannot be right that her government,

Mr Speaker, it cannot be right that

0:37:420:37:49

her government is colluding in what

the United Nations says is evidence

0:37:490:37:53

of war crimes. Will the Prime

Minister use her meeting today with

0:37:530:37:57

the Crown Prince to halt the arms

supplies and demand an immediate

0:37:570:38:04

ceasefire in Yemen?

Mr Speaker, the

right honourable gentleman raised

0:38:040:38:10

two questions. On the first point he

made about the Home Office's

0:38:100:38:15

internal review, this government is

committed to stamping out extremism

0:38:150:38:19

in all its forms. I launched the

counter extremism strategy. The

0:38:190:38:24

current Home Secretary has appointed

a counter extremism commissioner.

0:38:240:38:28

The review we had gave us the best

picture of how extremists operating

0:38:280:38:33

in the UK sustain their activities

and it improved our understanding of

0:38:330:38:37

that and it's most important finding

is that contrary to popular

0:38:370:38:42

perception, Islamist extremists draw

most of their financial support from

0:38:420:38:46

domestic rather than overseas

sources. I understand that for

0:38:460:38:50

reasons of some of the personal

content in the report this has not

0:38:500:38:54

been published, however privy

Councillors have been invited to the

0:38:540:38:59

Home Office to read this report.

That invitation was extended to the

0:38:590:39:04

Shadow Home Secretary and so she and

other Privy Council colleagues on

0:39:040:39:08

the Labour front bench are free to

go and read that report. The second

0:39:080:39:11

issue that the right honourable

gentleman raised was the question of

0:39:110:39:15

the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

We are all concerned about the

0:39:150:39:20

appalling situation in Yemen and the

effect it is having on people,

0:39:200:39:24

particularly the effect on women and

children. We have increased our

0:39:240:39:28

funding for Yemen. Last year we

increased it to over £200 million

0:39:280:39:34

and we are the third largest

humanitarian donor to the Yemen. We

0:39:340:39:39

are delivering life-saving aid that

will provide nutrition support for

0:39:390:39:44

1.7 million people, clean water for

1.2 million people. I was pleased

0:39:440:39:49

when I went to Saudi Arabia in

December, I met with the Crown

0:39:490:39:53

Prince, I raised with him then the

need to open the border to

0:39:530:39:59

humanitarian and commercial supplies

and Saudi Arabia then did just that.

0:39:590:40:03

This vindicates the engagement we

have with Saudi Arabia, to be able

0:40:030:40:08

to sit down with them. Their

involvement in Yemen came at the

0:40:080:40:12

request of the legitimate government

in the Yemen and is backed by the UN

0:40:120:40:16

Security Council and we supported.

On the humanitarian issue I would

0:40:160:40:20

say it is for all parties in the

conflict to ensure they allow

0:40:200:40:25

humanitarian aid to get through to

those who need it.

Of course we all

0:40:250:40:32

want all possible humanitarian aid

to go to Yemen and help the people

0:40:320:40:36

who are suffering, but I refer her

to the remarks made by the former

0:40:360:40:41

International Development Secretary,

I quote, we must not be afraid to

0:40:410:40:44

condemn the nightly attacks on Yemen

by the Saudi air force which have

0:40:440:40:49

killed and maimed innocent men,

women and children. A ceasefire has

0:40:490:40:53

got to be urgent in order to save

lives in the Yemen. Mr Speaker, why

0:40:530:40:59

does the Prime Minister thinks that

rough speaking felt under Labour but

0:40:590:41:03

was doubled under the Conservatives?

First of all to respond to the first

0:41:030:41:09

question that he raised in relation

to the Yemen and the conflict that

0:41:090:41:16

is taking place there in the Yemen,

we have encouraged the Saudi Arabian

0:41:160:41:20

government to ensure that when there

are allegations that activity has

0:41:200:41:24

taken place which is not in line

with international humanitarian law

0:41:240:41:28

that they investigate that and learn

the lessons from it. 55 reports have

0:41:280:41:33

already been published as a result

of that. But on the issue of arms

0:41:330:41:38

exports to Saudi Arabia, can I also

say that he seems to be at odds with

0:41:380:41:44

his Shadow Foreign Secretary once

again who this morning said, the

0:41:440:41:47

arms industry is not something I am

seeking to undermine as long as it

0:41:470:41:51

is within international law. She

went on to say that she thought the

0:41:510:41:55

UK can sell arms to any country as

long as they are used within the

0:41:550:41:59

law. We agree, we have a very tight

arms export regime in this country

0:41:590:42:05

and when there are allegations of

arms not been used within the law,

0:42:050:42:10

we expect that to be investigated

and lessons to be learned on that.

0:42:100:42:13

On the issue of rough sleeping, I

say to the right honourable

0:42:130:42:17

gentleman that nobody in this house

wants to see anybody having to sleep

0:42:170:42:22

rough on the streets of this

country. That is why this is a

0:42:220:42:28

government that is putting millions

of pounds extra into dealing with

0:42:280:42:31

rough sleeping. It is why we are

piloting the housing first approach

0:42:310:42:35

in three of our major cities because

what we want to do is to ensure not

0:42:350:42:42

just that we deal with the situation

where somebody is found sleeping

0:42:420:42:46

rough, but actually that we prevent

people from sleeping rough in the

0:42:460:42:50

first place.

Mr Speaker, in November

the Chancellor of the extra

0:42:500:42:56

announced a rough sleeping task

force and £28 million for three

0:42:560:43:00

pilot schemes to tackle

homelessness. I understand four

0:43:000:43:04

months on the task force has not yet

met, not a penny has been spent on

0:43:040:43:09

that programme. There is a

homelessness crisis in this country.

0:43:090:43:13

Rough sleeping has doubled since

2010. Doesn't the Prime Minister

0:43:130:43:19

think it is a little unambitious to

say we will tackle rough sleeping by

0:43:190:43:24

2027?

Can I say we are going to

eliminate it, that is our aim by

0:43:240:43:31

2027. Let me just perhaps... Perhaps

it would be helpful if I was to

0:43:310:43:39

update the right honourable

gentleman because the task force he

0:43:390:43:42

referred to has in fact met. It met

today!

0:43:420:43:52

today! But more importantly because

the right honourable gentleman has

0:43:520:43:55

asked me this previously, more

importantly this is not the only

0:43:550:43:59

group of people we bring together to

look at rough sleeping. We have an

0:43:590:44:03

expert advisory group that has been

meeting over recent months and whose

0:44:030:44:08

reports and information and

expertise is being input into the

0:44:080:44:12

task force. He talks about

homelessness, statutory homelessness

0:44:120:44:15

is less than half its peak in 2003,

but we recognise there is more to do

0:44:150:44:21

and that is why we want to see more

homes

0:44:210:44:28

being built. On rough sleeping it is

not just a question, of course we

0:44:350:44:38

want people to have a roof over

their head, but we see half of rough

0:44:380:44:42

sleepers with a mental health

problem and that is why we are

0:44:420:44:43

putting more money into mental

health. That is why it is not just a

0:44:430:44:47

question of improving figures, it is

a question of changing people's

0:44:470:44:48

lives around. If he really cares, he

will look at the complexity of this

0:44:480:44:52

issue and realise it is more than

giving people a roof over their

0:44:520:44:54

heads, it is about dealing with the

underlying problems in the first

0:44:540:44:57

place.

I am glad the government

showed such urgency in setting up

0:44:570:45:02

this task force that it took four

months to have the meeting and it

0:45:020:45:07

still has not actually achieved

anything. Many people in this

0:45:070:45:11

country are very upset and very

embarrassed about the levels of

0:45:110:45:14

rough sleeping in this country. I

got a letter this week from Barry, I

0:45:140:45:19

volunteer in my hometown of

Southampton to feed the homelessness

0:45:190:45:23

because of the lack of care and help

for these individuals, it is a

0:45:230:45:27

disgrace. He points out the number

of unoccupied buildings in his town

0:45:270:45:32

and many others. Does the Prime

Minister believes that haircutting,

0:45:320:45:39

government cutting homelessness

services by 45% since 2010 has had

0:45:390:45:45

some effect on the numbers of people

that are rough sleeping?

0:45:450:45:51

I would say to the right Honourable

gentleman that if you think that the

0:45:510:45:54

only way you sold issue is that by

bringing people together in a

0:45:540:45:58

meeting, I have to tell him, that is

not the way to solve issues. The way

0:45:580:46:06

to deal with these issues is

actually to get out there on the

0:46:060:46:09

ground doing something about it.

That's why, that's why we are

0:46:090:46:14

finding 48 projects to help roughly

put into urgency accommodation and

0:46:140:46:20

to overcome the issues like a mental

ill health and substance. It is why

0:46:200:46:24

there have been councils around the

country that had been taking that

0:46:240:46:28

severe, during the severe weather,

insuring they are providing

0:46:280:46:32

accommodation for people who are

sleeping on the streets but also

0:46:320:46:36

dealing with the underlying issues

that lead to somebody sleeping on

0:46:360:46:39

the streets. It's why, it's why we

are ensuring that we are

0:46:390:46:45

implementing housing first in a

number of regions to put in trench

0:46:450:46:48

to roughly split to accommodation as

a first step to rebuilding their

0:46:480:46:52

lives. This is not about figures, it

about people. It's about ensuring

0:46:520:47:00

that we aren't taking the action

necessary -- we are taking reaction

0:47:000:47:05

necessary to deal with the problems

that people face which leads to

0:47:050:47:11

rough sleeping. It's also about

ensuring we build enough homes to

0:47:110:47:17

ensure that people are holding

houses when they are having planning

0:47:170:47:27

permission -- building houses, which

should please him.

I don't that

0:47:270:47:31

would come as much comfort for the

roughly put that I meet who are

0:47:310:47:35

begging every day to find enough

money to get into the night shelter.

0:47:350:47:40

Lord Porter has warned councils are

now beyond the point where council

0:47:400:47:45

tax can plug the gap, as a result of

the government slashing council

0:47:450:47:49

budgets and passing the buck. After

this deathly cold winter, we have

0:47:490:47:55

more than twice as many people

sleeping rough on our streets. Just

0:47:550:47:59

one step away from that fate are

60,000, 60,000 homeless households

0:47:590:48:06

in temporary accommodation. We are

the fifth richest country in the

0:48:060:48:09

world. The growing number of people

on our streets is a mark of national

0:48:090:48:15

shame. With fewer social homes being

built, less support for the

0:48:150:48:18

homeless, the task force that's

barely met, just how does the Prime

0:48:180:48:25

Minister really propose to tackle

the homelessness crisis?

We propose

0:48:250:48:30

to deal with the issue of

homelessness and to deal with the

0:48:300:48:34

issues of those people who are not

homeless but want to be able to have

0:48:340:48:38

a home of their own, by building

more homes in this country. We

0:48:380:48:41

propose to deal with it, as I said

earlier this week, by ensuring that

0:48:410:48:45

tenants get a fairer deal when they

rent the country. But I have to say

0:48:450:48:50

there are more council houses built

under this conservative government

0:48:500:48:54

that were built under 13 years of

labour. We have seen more social

0:48:540:48:59

housing being built in the last

seven years than in the last seven

0:48:590:49:03

years under the Labour government.

If he wants to look at the issue of

0:49:030:49:06

a record in relation to housing, he

should look at the record of the

0:49:060:49:12

last Labour government. And of

course it was the record of the last

0:49:120:49:17

Labour government that was described

as bringing... That was described,

0:49:170:49:23

the record of the last Labour

government was described...

0:49:230:49:32

government was described...

Order,

Mr Perkins, I know you're asking

0:49:320:49:34

about tennis at earlier but you

appear to be attempting some sort of

0:49:340:49:38

imitation of crochet and you should

not be making these curious to 60

0:49:380:49:41

nations, they make you look even

odder than... -- curious

0:49:410:49:48

gesticulations. They make you look

odder than... I thought your

0:49:480:49:52

behaviour was a tad odd and I'm

concerned about your well-being! I

0:49:520:49:56

think the members from Wirral and

Hull will look after you.

The record

0:49:560:50:01

of the last Labour government on

housing was described as in crisis

0:50:010:50:05

and bringing misery and despair. Who

said the last Labour government's

0:50:050:50:10

government was bringing misery and

despair? The leader of the position.

0:50:100:50:18

-- opposition. He said Labour didn't

have a good record on housing, I

0:50:180:50:22

agree, it is the conservatives who

are delivering the homes the country

0:50:220:50:26

needs.

Thank you, Mr Speaker. Over

the last three years, more than 2000

0:50:260:50:33

new homes have been built in North

West Leicestershire including a

0:50:330:50:37

record 731 in the last 12 months.

Additionally my local authority

0:50:370:50:41

building new council houses for the

first time in decades. All in

0:50:410:50:45

contrast with just 227 houses

completed in the year to 2010, the

0:50:450:50:50

last time Labour way in government.

Will my right honourable friend use

0:50:500:50:57

this as an example to other local

garment, we have an unemployed

0:50:570:51:04

Madrid 1% and no rust eaters --

rough sleepers.

We are very happy to

0:51:040:51:12

join him in a good knowledge in the

example being set by North West

0:51:120:51:15

Leicestershire. It is not just those

figures that he had quoted which

0:51:150:51:21

have led to and contributed to last

year's 217,000 new homes being

0:51:210:51:32

built, which is the best year bar

one. But we are taking measures in

0:51:320:51:41

the budget to ensure money is

available, so we are helping people

0:51:410:51:44

onto the housing ladder through help

to buy. As he has referred to it, it

0:51:440:51:52

is the Conservative government which

are delivering the homes that people

0:51:520:51:54

need.

On the 6th of February, the

Royal Bank of Scotland announced

0:51:540:52:00

that ten branches that were

earmarked for closure were going to

0:52:000:52:03

be given a reprieve. Subject to

review at the end of the year. Will

0:52:030:52:07

the Prime Minister join with me on

calling on the Royal Bank of

0:52:070:52:11

Scotland to do what they can to

encourage people to open accounts to

0:52:110:52:13

make sure these branches are

sustainable?

Can I say to the right

0:52:130:52:21

honourable gentleman, as he knows

full well, it is the opening and

0:52:210:52:24

closing branches, which is a

commercial matter for the Royal Bank

0:52:240:52:30

of Scotland. We says to call on

people to open accounts and use

0:52:300:52:32

those branches, of course, one of

the reasons why bank branches are

0:52:320:52:36

closing is because more people are

choosing not to physically go into

0:52:360:52:40

the bank branches but bank on the

Internet. It is the customer to

0:52:400:52:44

decide the customer banking

arrangements that suits them.

I

0:52:440:52:48

should remind the Prime Minister

that we own the Royal Bank of

0:52:480:52:52

Scotland and the Prime Minister

ought to be holding the country to

0:52:520:52:54

account. I had a phone call from

constituent of mine who found the

0:52:540:53:01

Royal Bank of Scotland yesterday and

wanted to open a number of accounts

0:53:010:53:05

for him and his family. Rather than

opening them in the local branch

0:53:050:53:09

which is one which is earmarked for

a reprieve, he was told he should be

0:53:090:53:14

approaching a branch of swear. Mr

Speaker, that is outrageous. That

0:53:140:53:19

the Royal -- elsewhere. That is

outrageous, that the Royal Bank of

0:53:190:53:23

Scotland are undermining the ability

of these branches to stay open. Will

0:53:230:53:27

she caught in the chief executive

and tell him that this behaviour

0:53:270:53:29

must end?

To the right honourable

gentleman, he has raised these

0:53:290:53:35

questions before, and I say to him

that I would have thought that with

0:53:350:53:38

his background he would understand

that decisions are taken by

0:53:380:53:42

commercial organisations, by this

commercial organisations, that it is

0:53:420:53:47

not for the government to tell

people what sort of accounts they

0:53:470:53:50

have going to have or which branch

that should be opening those

0:53:500:53:54

accounts in. We take steps to make

sure that where there are branch

0:53:540:54:00

closures, that access to facilities

are available, which is why we have

0:54:000:54:03

the agreement with the post offers

to provide additional ability for

0:54:030:54:07

people to use the services through

the post-office. I have to say that

0:54:070:54:13

it is not right for him to suggest

that the government should be

0:54:130:54:15

telling people where they have their

bank accounts and how they should

0:54:150:54:19

hold but bank account. That is a

commercial decision for the bank and

0:54:190:54:24

a decision for individual customers

as to their own banking

0:54:240:54:28

arrangements.

We are now on to

backbenchers, I'm pleased to say.

0:54:280:54:31

But I want to hear lots of bank

bench members.

-- backbench numbers.

0:54:310:54:39

Thanks to income tax hikes by the

SNP government, thousands of UK

0:54:390:54:46

Armed Forces personnel who are

situated in Scotland will pay more

0:54:460:54:49

tax than their counterparts south of

the border. Can my right honourable

0:54:490:54:52

friend confirm that this

Conservative government is reviewing

0:54:520:54:58

steps that it can take to clean up

the SNP's mess and mitigate the tax

0:54:580:55:04

rise for our brave servicemen and

women?

This is a very important

0:55:040:55:08

point that she has raised. We do see

as a result of decisions taken by

0:55:080:55:13

the Scottish Nationalists in

government in Scotland that there

0:55:130:55:15

will be many people in Scotland

paying higher taxes. Somebody

0:55:150:55:22

earning over £26,000 pay higher

taxes in Scotland than the rest of

0:55:220:55:26

the UK. I was in the chamber for the

end of defence questions the other

0:55:260:55:30

day when my right honourable friend

the Defence Secretary said that the

0:55:300:55:34

point that she has raised is being

looked into.

Labour listed 1 million

0:55:340:55:44

children out of poverty. -- Labour

lifted 1 million children out of

0:55:440:55:48

poverty, this government is on

course to plunge a record 37% of

0:55:480:55:52

children into poverty. And

vulnerable people are denied social

0:55:520:55:58

care because of government cuts to

local authority. Is this really a

0:55:580:56:02

society working for everyone?

What

we see under this government is the

0:56:020:56:07

number of people in absolute poverty

has fallen under this conservative

0:56:070:56:10

government. We do want to insure

that families are supported in

0:56:100:56:16

supporting themselves, that is why

we have done things like increasing

0:56:160:56:20

the national living wage, increasing

the personal wage allowance so

0:56:200:56:27

people pay less tax and revising the

unfit to systems are more people can

0:56:270:56:32

get into the workplace.

-- the

benefit systems. I'm sure my right

0:56:320:56:37

honourable friend will agree with me

that air quality will improve the

0:56:370:56:43

lives of everyone in this country

and their children and

0:56:430:56:46

grandchildren. We are forming a

joint committee and working across

0:56:460:56:49

government is important cross

department, will be Prime Minister

0:56:490:56:57

put in a Cabinet minister to make

sure that our children and

0:56:570:56:59

grandchildren have good air quality?

This is an important issue and we

0:56:590:57:03

are committed to being the first

generation leading the environment

0:57:030:57:08

in a better state than the which we

inherited it, and we're taking

0:57:080:57:11

action to address abolition.

Emissions of toxic much junk -- to

0:57:110:57:18

address air pollution. Emissions

have fallen to them is more to do

0:57:180:57:22

which is why we have put in place a

plan to tackle air quality and

0:57:220:57:28

clean-up air transport which we will

be setting up this year. Both the

0:57:280:57:36

Secretary of State for business,

whose department covers the issues

0:57:360:57:39

around energy and air quality, and

indeed the Minister for energy who

0:57:390:57:44

attends Cabinet, are very well

versed in putting together the

0:57:440:57:48

arguments were better air quality.

As the Sandeep -- Saudi Crown Prince

0:57:480:57:57

Street across Westminster, will she

adjust the case of the writer who

0:57:570:58:05

has been in jail for six years

because he wrote something that the

0:58:050:58:14

government didn't

0:58:140:58:18

because he wrote something that the

government like? Will she stand at

0:58:180:58:20

that dispatch box and say that he is

no criminal and be set free?

I will

0:58:200:58:26

be raising a number of cases with

the Crown prince when I see him as

0:58:260:58:30

the next couple of days. The case he

has specifically referred to is not

0:58:300:58:37

a thing that has waited for this

visit to raise, we monitor the

0:58:370:58:43

situation and raise the question of

the Saudi government and we will

0:58:430:58:46

continue to do so.

Will the Prime

Minister support the work the oil

0:58:460:58:54

and gas authority are doing to help

facilitate the production of £1

0:58:540:58:58

trillion of oil and gas revenue from

the continental shelf, supporting

0:58:580:59:04

300,000 jobs? Will she join me in

paying tribute to the men and women

0:59:040:59:07

working offshore insuring our homes

stay warm?

I'm happy to join my

0:59:070:59:15

honourable friend in pain could be

to those who work in our offshore

0:59:150:59:18

oil and gas -- in paying tribute to

those who work in the offshore oil

0:59:180:59:27

and gas industry. We remain

committed to support the district,

0:59:270:59:29

building on the package announced in

recent budgets, and the Secretary of

0:59:290:59:35

State for business and the sector

recently committed to working

0:59:350:59:39

together to insure the UK continues

to enjoy the benefits of what is a

0:59:390:59:43

world leading offshore oil and gas

industry.

Nothing needs to find an

0:59:430:59:49

extra £12 million this year to care

for elderly and disabled people. --

0:59:490:59:54

Nottingham needs to find the money.

Her government's answer, adding 3%

0:59:540:59:58

to council tax bills, raises just

over three, leaving a huge gap to be

0:59:581:00:04

filled. No wonder Lord Porter,

Conservative chair of the LGA,

1:00:041:00:08

warned that some councils will be

pushed parallel perilously close to

1:00:081:00:17

the edge. Was she -- will she wake

up to the social care crisis and

1:00:171:00:24

give the local government the

funding it needs in the spring

1:00:241:00:27

statement?

We have recognised the

pressure that social care is under

1:00:271:00:31

which is why in successful fiscal

events, the Chancellor has given

1:00:311:00:37

extra money to local authority and

the social care statement. Next

1:00:371:00:40

week's statement is not a budget but

we have ensured that more money is

1:00:401:00:44

going into local councils, not just

through the presets that they are

1:00:441:00:48

able to raise but 2 million extra

has been put into social care.

By

1:00:481:00:56

far the most important market for UK

goods post Brexit and today is the

1:00:561:01:03

internal market. Does she agree that

the people and businesses of my

1:01:031:01:09

constituency and across Wales are

best served by the four nations of

1:01:091:01:13

the United Kingdom working together

positively and constructively to

1:01:131:01:18

make Brexit success?

I absolutely

agree. The four nations working

1:01:181:01:22

together to make a success of Brexit

but also this government is

1:01:221:01:26

committed to strengthening our

precious union in England, Scotland,

1:01:261:01:30

Wales and Northern Ireland. This is

about providing continuity and

1:01:301:01:34

certainty for people and businesses.

It's about making sure we don't

1:01:341:01:37

create a new barriers to doing

business, as my honourable friend

1:01:371:01:41

has said, in the internal market.

Mr

Speaker, York's housing crisis is

1:01:411:01:50

out of control. Whole families

crammed into tiny box bedrooms,

1:01:501:01:57

hundreds of damp and mouldy council

homes and Street homelessness at 15

1:01:571:02:02

fold since 2010. My constituents do

not want platitudes, they just want

1:02:021:02:08

warm homes. When can they have the

social housing they so desperately

1:02:081:02:13

need, and York's Tory Lib Dem

council have failed to deliver, as

1:02:131:02:17

has her strategy?

As she will have

heard earlier, this commitment is

1:02:171:02:23

making changes to ensure that we are

building more homes in this country.

1:02:231:02:28

I also say to the honourable lady,

one of the issues we have had to

1:02:281:02:32

look at is making sure that local

councils are producing local plans.

1:02:321:02:36

I believe that York has not had a

local plan for 15 years. I suggest

1:02:361:02:40

she speaks to her council about it

stop.

1:02:401:02:43

On Sunday evening, it was not Meryl

Streep winning an Oscar, but my

1:02:481:02:52

constituent Maisie, aged just six

years old. And born profoundly deaf

1:02:521:02:59

for her amazing performance in the

film The Silent Child. All she paid

1:02:591:03:07

tribute to the inspirational Maisie

and her school red Oaks primary

1:03:071:03:10

which has helped fill her potential?

I think everybody was captivated by

1:03:101:03:16

Maisie's example and by the film

that won the Oscar and I'm very

1:03:161:03:21

happy to join my honourable friend

in paying tribute to Maisie for her

1:03:211:03:25

in capital achievement. This is

important in highlighting the issue

1:03:251:03:29

of disabled people particularly deaf

children and this has captured the

1:03:291:03:36

imagination of many across the

world.

On Friday of next week, the

1:03:361:03:39

House will debate the private

members bill on refugee family

1:03:391:03:45

reunification being brought forward.

It's a very simple bill which will

1:03:451:03:49

allow families that have been torn

apart by conflicts to rebuild their

1:03:491:03:54

lives here together. It's supported

by a coalition of organisations

1:03:541:03:58

including the Red Cross, Amnesty

international and the refugee

1:03:581:04:05

Council.

For the government added

their support of this very important

1:04:051:04:07

Bill? -- will the government added

their support? We do have a good

1:04:071:04:14

record in this country of providing

places to refugees and helping those

1:04:141:04:19

who are particularly vulnerable. But

I understand as he will know that we

1:04:191:04:22

are listening to the point that we

hear in a mission to this bill. We

1:04:221:04:27

recognise the concern about family

reunification, there are rules

1:04:271:04:33

impose already but we will look

carefully at this.

1:04:331:04:40

carefully at this.

This week, its

national friendship week and as an

1:04:401:04:43

apprentice myself, I can highly --

National apprenticeship week. I can

1:04:431:04:47

highly commended this route. Levels

of apprenticeship are up from last

1:04:471:04:53

year but can I ask the Prime

Minister to insure that all schools

1:04:531:04:58

are promoting apprenticeships,

particularly degree level, as a

1:04:581:05:05

first-class choice, debt free, and

not a second-class option?

I think

1:05:051:05:08

it is very important that we do

promote apprenticeships not as a

1:05:081:05:13

second-class option but as an

equally valid route through training

1:05:131:05:18

for young people. It about getting

the right education for every young

1:05:181:05:22

person. We should in courage of

schools to talk about

1:05:221:05:28

apprenticeships at the first stage.

When I visited the school, one of

1:05:281:05:33

the points the sixth formers made is

that they had heard about universe

1:05:331:05:39

-- University throughout schooling

but only heard about apprenticeships

1:05:391:05:42

at the sixth form. Can the Prime

Minister explain why last year,

1:05:421:05:49

there was a 60% drop in

apprenticeships?

We have seen, we

1:05:491:05:55

have introduced the apprenticeship

levy and we are looking at the

1:05:551:05:58

application of that levy. And we are

ensuring, we have a commitment

1:05:581:06:04

through a period of years for a

project, we will increase them to 3

1:06:041:06:11

million over this Parliament. We

will look very carefully at the

1:06:111:06:16

apprenticeship levy and the impact

it has.

1:06:161:06:18

On International Women's Day

tomorrow, we will be celebrating

1:06:231:06:26

record numbers of women in work

including our second female Prime

1:06:261:06:29

Minister.

1:06:291:06:34

Minister. Yet attitudes toward

pregnancy mean that more than 50,000

1:06:351:06:39

women a year are forced out of their

jobs just for having a baby. When

1:06:391:06:42

will the government be taking

forward its review for existing

1:06:421:06:48

protections for pregnant women which

were suggested following an inquiry

1:06:481:06:55

into this issue?

She is right to

raise the issue. We have very clear

1:06:551:06:59

laws in this country that

dissemination in the workplace is on

1:06:591:07:02

lawful. There are clear regulations

in place which employ as --

1:07:021:07:10

employers must follow. --

discrimination in the workplace is

1:07:101:07:13

unlawful. We will review the

legislation relating to redundancy

1:07:131:07:18

in the next 12 months.

The Prime

Minister continues to sing the

1:07:181:07:23

praises of Universal Credit,

wilfully ignoring the devastation it

1:07:231:07:26

still causing. How do she square her

position with the fact that her Tory

1:07:261:07:31

colleagues in Stirling Council have

called for over half £1 million of

1:07:311:07:36

funding to mitigate the enormous

human suffering caused by Universal

1:07:361:07:41

Credit?

Universal Credit was

introduced as a more simple benefit

1:07:411:07:47

which is a benefit which enables and

encourages people to get into the

1:07:471:07:51

workplace. We have made a number of

changes in the way that Universal

1:07:511:07:57

Credit is operated, changes have

come into place and that includes

1:07:571:08:00

insuring that it's now possible for

someone to get a 100% advance of

1:08:001:08:05

their Universal Credit in very quick

time at the start of the application

1:08:051:08:10

where that is appropriate. Universal

Credit is a benefit that helps

1:08:101:08:15

people get into the workplace and

work is the best route out of

1:08:151:08:18

poverty.

Storm has left a trail of

destruction along the south coast of

1:08:181:08:26

Devon including washing away large

stretches of the A370 nine. Please

1:08:261:08:33

can the Prime Minister insure my

constituents that they will not be

1:08:331:08:36

left isolated and their community

separated, and can she pledge the

1:08:361:08:40

funds to help rebuild this vital

link and join me in thanking the

1:08:401:08:45

emergency services both in my

constituency and around the United

1:08:451:08:49

Kingdom for the extraordinary work

in desperately difficult

1:08:491:08:51

circumstances?

I'm happy and I'm

sure everyone is happy to join my

1:08:511:08:56

honourable friend in praising the

emergency services for the tireless

1:08:561:08:59

work they did to help people over

the severe winter weather. She is

1:08:591:09:05

right to raise concerns about the

A379 on the half of her constituents

1:09:051:09:14

and the Transport Secretary will

confirm that we will provide

1:09:141:09:17

financial assistance to insure that

this road is repaired as soon as

1:09:171:09:23

possible.

Battersea Power Station is

a £9 billion development pushed

1:09:231:09:27

through by Tory Wandsworth Council

with only 9% of so-called affordable

1:09:271:09:33

homes. 85% of these homes have been

snapped up by foreign investors.

1:09:331:09:37

This is an insult to the thousands

of people on the Wandsworth housing

1:09:371:09:41

waiting list. If the Prime Minister

in Paris that a Tory council is

1:09:411:09:46

siding with developers' --

embarrassed that a Tory council is

1:09:461:09:52

siding with developers' profit over

the Wandsworth people?

This is a

1:09:521:09:59

site that was derelict for over 40

years.

Order, order. It's very

1:09:591:10:04

discourteous, far too much noise in

the chamber. The question was heard

1:10:041:10:10

and very forcefully delivered by the

Prime Minister's answer must also be

1:10:101:10:13

heard.

This is a site that was

derelict for 40 years. It is now a

1:10:131:10:19

site that will be providing homes

and jobs. I would have thought that

1:10:191:10:22

is something to welcome.

Thank you,

Mr Speaker.

1:10:221:10:32

Mr Speaker. March is brain tumour

research awareness month, dedicating

1:10:321:10:34

to supporting people affected by

brain tumours and raising funds and

1:10:341:10:38

awareness. They remain the biggest

cancer killer of children and adults

1:10:381:10:42

under 40, a fact that has to change.

There has been great progress over

1:10:421:10:46

the last month that the government

turning its attention to this

1:10:461:10:49

underfunded disease but so much more

candid and. Will the Prime Minister

1:10:491:10:52

join me in commending -- so much

more can be done. Will the Prime

1:10:521:10:57

Minister join me in commend all of

those raising funds this month and

1:10:571:11:00

recognise the many thousands of

people fighting this disease and

1:11:001:11:05

make a statement about how the

government will see the job through

1:11:051:11:07

it until we have the research, care

and cure that many people need?

I

1:11:071:11:13

would join my honourable friend in

commending all those who are raising

1:11:131:11:18

awareness of brain cancer and

working hard and tirelessly in

1:11:181:11:22

research and also raise funding in

this. It's a devastating disease. I

1:11:221:11:26

was right pleased to meet Barry

Strauss to hear her experience of

1:11:261:11:33

the NHS and is -- meet Baroness

Tessa Jowell and she has had a round

1:11:331:11:42

table on brain cancer. 20 million

will be invested over the next five

1:11:421:11:45

years helping to fund essential

brain Cancer Research and in

1:11:451:11:50

addition, Cancer Research UK will be

investing 25 million over the same

1:11:501:11:56

period.

The increase in provision of

health care within NHS England by

1:11:561:12:07

private providers continues to cause

fragmentation and undermining of

1:12:071:12:09

patient services. The Prime Minister

has thus far refused to exclude such

1:12:091:12:18

services from a US trade deal. Can

she tell us how the Scottish

1:12:181:12:21

Government will be included in such

negotiations so they can protect our

1:12:211:12:26

Scottish NHS from being bartered

away to get a deal?

She is a little

1:12:261:12:32

late because I was asked a question

about a US trade deal and the

1:12:321:12:36

National Health Service either

member for token on Monday in this

1:12:361:12:39

house and I -- by the member for

Twickenham on Monday and I maintain

1:12:391:12:45

that week maintain the principles of

the National Health Service and we

1:12:451:12:48

will not allow it to be undermined.

Later today, representatives from

1:12:481:12:55

the greater Grimsby transport board

will be meeting the Business

1:12:551:13:00

Minister to discuss the next stage

of their town deal. The proposals

1:13:001:13:03

would be a great boost for the

economy of Grimsby and Cleethorpes.

1:13:031:13:09

Could she reaffirm her support for

the proposals and similar

1:13:091:13:11

initiative?

He has raised this issue

with me before and I do welcome the

1:13:111:13:19

strong public private sector

approach which is being pursued by

1:13:191:13:22

the Great Grimsby Project board. I

know he is playing an active role in

1:13:221:13:28

that. There have been a number of

positive meetings of the Ministry of

1:13:281:13:33

Housing, communities and local

government and I would in courage

1:13:331:13:35

the board to in gauge -- in gauge

with officials continually so we can

1:13:351:13:42

see the developments taking place to

in the local area.

IMO is concerned

1:13:421:13:48

with protecting the -- I am always

concerned with protecting the rights

1:13:481:13:54

of smaller parties, so Nigel..

I am

grateful for your protection. Would

1:13:541:14:00

she acknowledge and praise the

success of the EU negotiator Michel

1:14:001:14:07

Barnier in bringing a measure of

progress in the negotiations in that

1:14:071:14:15

he has managed to unite the

opposition and the government in

1:14:151:14:22

utter defiance of the legal sexy has

brought forward and would she agree

1:14:221:14:26

that the EU need to get on and get

on and -- the legal text he has

1:14:261:14:34

brought forward. It is time that the

EU went on to the negotiations.

He

1:14:341:14:41

is absolutely right. It is now time

for the negotiators to get on with

1:14:411:14:48

the job of discussing the trade and

economic partnership for the future

1:14:481:14:51

and also within that, I'm pleased

that we will be able to discuss with

1:14:511:14:55

the Irish government and the

commission the practical details of

1:14:551:14:58

delivering on the solution for the

border between Northern Ireland and

1:14:581:15:03

Ireland so we continue to have the

free flow of trade between Northern

1:15:031:15:07

Ireland and Ireland and the rest of

the UK.

1:15:071:15:14

the UK.

Last month it was announced

that a proposed merger between the

1:15:141:15:18

British Transport Police and police

got them was put on hold in the wake

1:15:181:15:21

of widespread criticism from a

number of different parties. What

1:15:211:15:25

discussions has she been able to

have with devolved ministers and

1:15:251:15:28

what steps has been taken? Will to

scrap this all fated proposal?

1:15:281:15:39

I recognise the concerns that have

been expressed. We were committed to

1:15:401:15:46

delivering on the Smith commission

proposals and as part of that we

1:15:461:15:49

will be delivering housing proposals

to the Scottish Government. Priority

1:15:491:15:53

must remain the safety of the

British public and we are committed

1:15:531:15:57

to working with the Scottish

Government to ensure a smooth

1:15:571:16:01

transfer of the function should that

be their decision. It is for the

1:16:011:16:05

Scottish Government to decide. I

would urge them to ensure that as

1:16:051:16:08

they are taking those decisions they

are putting the safety of the

1:16:081:16:11

security of the public first.

Is it

the policy of the government that

1:16:111:16:18

England should pull out of the World

Cup and if not what on earth was the

1:16:181:16:22

Foreign Secretary on about

yesterday?

The point the Foreign

1:16:221:16:26

Secretary was making yesterday was

that depending on what comes out in

1:16:261:16:31

relation to the investigation into

the attack on the two individuals

1:16:311:16:34

that took place in Salisbury that it

might be appropriate for the

1:16:341:16:38

government to look at whether

ministers and other dignitaries

1:16:381:16:41

should attend the World Cup in

Russia.

In advance of the Prime

1:16:411:16:47

Minister's meeting with the Crown

Prince of Saudi Arabia today, would

1:16:471:16:50

she agree with me that in fact the

kingdom is a force for a tremendous

1:16:501:16:55

stability and a troubled region?

Would she offer reassurance to the

1:16:551:16:59

Crown prince that this country will

stand with him in his efforts to

1:16:591:17:03

bring modernity, development and

reform to our Middle Eastern ally?

I

1:17:031:17:07

agree with my honourable friend, we

have had a long-standing and

1:17:071:17:11

historic relationship with the

kingdom of Saudi Arabia and that

1:17:111:17:15

will continue. It has been important

in our security and defence and it

1:17:151:17:19

is important for the stability of

the region. We also see a Saudi

1:17:191:17:24

Arabia that is reforming and

changing and is giving greater

1:17:241:17:28

rights to women. We should encourage

that and stand alongside Saudi

1:17:281:17:32

Arabia and work with them to help

the Crown Prince delivered on his

1:17:321:17:35

vision.

Today the Department for

International Development launches

1:17:351:17:41

the Joe Cox Memorial grants that

will empower women in some of the

1:17:411:17:46

most difficult parts of our world.

Will the Prime Minister join with me

1:17:461:17:51

in thanking wholeheartedly everyone

who made this happen? And also to

1:17:511:17:57

agree that when it comes to

preventing conflict her legacy must

1:17:571:18:02

teach us that women's voices must be

heard?

Can I say to the honourable

1:18:021:18:07

lady and thank her for raising this

issue and I am happy to welcome the

1:18:071:18:12

UK aid contribution that my right

honourable friend the International

1:18:121:18:16

Development Secretary has announced

today to the Joe Cox Memorial

1:18:161:18:19

grants. That is £10 million being

allocated to help grass-roots

1:18:191:18:24

organisations deliver on two causes

close to Joe Cox's Park, protecting

1:18:241:18:29

against identity -based Byland and

also boosting the social and

1:18:291:18:35

political development of girls and

helping to protect against identity

1:18:351:18:38

-based violence. The honourable lady

is absolutely right. She fought for

1:18:381:18:45

gender equality at home and in

developing countries and it is right

1:18:451:18:48

that we as a government and as a

country encourage women's' voices to

1:18:481:18:53

be heard wherever they are.

1:18:531:18:54

It began by Jeremy Corbyn pointing

out that tomorrow was International

1:19:021:19:08

Women's Day. Theresa May thank him

for pointing that out exhibition

1:19:081:19:16

Mike as we anticipated, Jeremy

Corbyn Rose issues of human rights

1:19:161:19:24

in Saudi Arabia because of the Crown

Prince's visit to London today and

1:19:241:19:28

tomorrow. The Prime Minister said

she did raise human rights issues

1:19:281:19:33

with Saudi Arabia, and it is better

to engage with them rather than to

1:19:331:19:37

walk away. The Leader of the

Opposition moved the war in Yemen

1:19:371:19:42

and some of the terrible things

happening there. The Prime Minister

1:19:421:19:48

replied Britain was the third

largest humanitarian donor in Yemen.

1:19:481:19:53

But also Britain is such a big arms

exporter to Saudi Arabia. Then

1:19:531:20:00

Jeremy Corbyn pivoted and moved from

Saudi Arabia to homelessness and

1:20:001:20:05

finished up with three or four

questions on the rise in rough

1:20:051:20:08

sleeping.

1:20:081:20:10

questions on the rise

in rough sleeping.

1:20:101:20:12

Well, still with me are Mel Stride,

Financial Secretary to the Treasury,

1:20:121:20:14

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary

Debbie Abrahams and our political

1:20:141:20:17

editor Laura Kuenssberg.

1:20:171:20:21

What did you make of that?

It was as

we expected, a predictable exchange

1:20:211:20:26

were neither of them really engaged

with each other on the substance of

1:20:261:20:29

what either of them was saying.

Jeremy Corbyn's had very strong

1:20:291:20:35

accusations about the British

involvement in Yemen. He's actually

1:20:351:20:38

said we were colluding with war

crimes.

He said more than that. He

1:20:381:20:44

said British military advisers are

directing the war.

I would not be

1:20:441:20:49

surprised if there was some push

back through the day to those

1:20:491:20:52

remarks, very strong claims being

put to Theresa May. She did not

1:20:521:20:56

directly engage and take it on at

all. Instead she highlighted bit's

1:20:561:21:01

humanitarian effort and try to

mitigate the effects of that

1:21:011:21:05

terrible conflict and in another

question as well she made a defence

1:21:051:21:10

of our links and had a real slap

down for Jeremy Corbyn which are

1:21:101:21:16

backbenchers loved. She claimed our

alliance with Saudi Arabia was one

1:21:161:21:19

of the things that has helped

protect British citizens from

1:21:191:21:23

potential acts of terrorism. The

twain shall never meet on that

1:21:231:21:27

issue, but it was a strongly worded

exchange but nothing really new. In

1:21:271:21:31

broader terms you could tell from

watching Theresa May today that she

1:21:311:21:37

had a relatively successful outing

as far as her party is concerned in

1:21:371:21:41

terms of the Mansion house speech at

the end of last week. The Prime

1:21:411:21:45

Minister has had a very difficult

start to this year. There was huge

1:21:451:21:49

anticipation and division in the

Tory party as we have talked about

1:21:491:21:53

week after week and I thought you

could tell from her today that she

1:21:531:21:57

looked much more confident and

comfortable than she has for some

1:21:571:22:00

time. At the end the Tory

backbenchers were shouting more,

1:22:001:22:05

more, can it last? That is a

different question, but in terms of

1:22:051:22:09

which side feels like they are on a

roll right now, it feels to me like

1:22:091:22:14

it is the government, whereas Labour

today is still dealing with some of

1:22:141:22:19

its internal issues.

We have not

said that she has had a strong

1:22:191:22:25

performance for quite some time. Can

you shed any light on Jeremy

1:22:251:22:33

Corbyn's claimed that British

military advisers are directing the

1:22:331:22:35

war?

No.

We don't know what he

means. There is some British

1:22:351:22:44

involvement in terms of some of the

equipment and sums of the targeting.

1:22:441:22:53

But directing the war is quite a

strong accusation. Jeremy Corbyn

1:22:531:22:57

also accused the government and said

since 2010 rough sleeping had

1:22:571:23:03

doubled to stop but he was wrong. It

has almost tripled. Why?

Successive

1:23:031:23:11

governments have struggled with

rough sleeping.

No, it came down

1:23:111:23:17

under the last government. It was a

clear trend, it came down.

We

1:23:171:23:23

recognise the issue and we have a

firm commitment to eliminating it in

1:23:231:23:29

2027.

Say that date again? 2027?

By

halving it by 2022.

Why can't you do

1:23:291:23:39

that now?

There are a number of

reasons why people end up on the

1:23:391:23:43

street and we have invested £1

billion in this area. We recognise

1:23:431:23:51

helping people off the street into

an immediate accommodation means we

1:23:511:23:54

can then start to address those

issues.

It is a complicated issue

1:23:541:24:00

and it involves substance abuse,

mental issues can be involved, I

1:24:001:24:06

understand it is not just an issue

of a roof over somebody's head, but

1:24:061:24:11

for it almost two treble oh for you

to tell our viewers that the target

1:24:111:24:15

is to eliminate it by 2027 when

Theresa May will certainly not be in

1:24:151:24:21

power and you might not be in power

either, why 2027? Why nine years?

It

1:24:211:24:30

is very easy for politicians to say

they have one bound solutions to

1:24:301:24:36

things like this. This is one of

those complex problems.

But why a

1:24:361:24:43

decade?

There are all sorts of

reasons why we are saying we will

1:24:431:24:48

eliminate it by 2027 and half it by

2022. The other part of this

1:24:481:24:52

equation is housing. We have all

sorts of firm commitments and plans

1:24:521:24:58

and investments to get the level of

house building up where our record

1:24:581:25:02

is very good compared to the last

Labour government.

You have not yet

1:25:021:25:10

met Labour's best years, but we have

not got time to go there. Anyway,

1:25:101:25:15

Donald task, remember him?

1:25:151:25:17

Anyway, Donald task, remember him?

1:25:171:25:18

Donald Tusk, who is president

of the European Council

1:25:181:25:20

which represents the EU

Member States, has in the last

1:25:201:25:23

hour unveiled the EU's

draft negotiating guidelines.

1:25:231:25:29

It is for the kind of relationship

that Britain and the EU will have

1:25:291:25:33

posed Brexit.

1:25:331:25:34

posed Brexit.

1:25:341:25:35

He's been speaking at a press

1:25:351:25:36

conference in Luxembourg.

1:25:361:25:39

During my talks in London last

Thursday and in her speech last

1:25:391:25:45

Friday, Prime Minister Theresa May

confirmed that the UK will leave the

1:25:451:25:49

single market, leave the customs

union and leave the jurisdiction of

1:25:491:25:53

the ECJ. Therefore, it should come

as no surprise that the only

1:25:531:26:02

remaining possible model is a free

trade agreement. I hope that it will

1:26:021:26:08

be ambitious and advanced and we

will do our best, as we did with

1:26:081:26:12

other partners such as Canada

recently, but anyway it will only be

1:26:121:26:20

a trade agreement.

He is right. If

you look out the single market and a

1:26:201:26:29

customs union and the role of the

ECJ, you are left with a free trade

1:26:291:26:33

agreement. He calls it an ambitious

free trade agreement. David Davis,

1:26:331:26:40

the Brexit minister, has called it

Canada, plus, plus, plus. That is

1:26:401:26:45

what is left, isn't it?

What we are

very clear that...

My heart sinks

1:26:451:26:51

when you say that. I can see rivers

of mud coming towards me estimation

1:26:511:26:55

mark we will seek a bespoke deal, as

a unique country with an alliance

1:26:551:27:07

with a very important economic

partner. It is an ambitious trade

1:27:071:27:12

deal?

The Prime Minister set out

last Friday the parameters around

1:27:121:27:16

that and that is what we will work

to and it will be within the

1:27:161:27:20

European Union's interests to meet

us and there will be compromises on

1:27:201:27:24

both sides. They have every single

deal out there that the EU has done

1:27:241:27:30

and it has been a unique

arrangement.

It is a free trade deal

1:27:301:27:35

whether it is unique or not. If you

rule out the single market and the

1:27:351:27:40

customs union, it is a free trade

deal. It might be bespoke and

1:27:401:27:45

ambitious and plus, plus, plus, but

it is a free trade deal.

What is

1:27:451:27:49

your question?

If you look all that

out, my question is that Donald task

1:27:491:27:56

is right, you are left with a free

trade deal?

I understand exactly

1:27:561:28:02

what is being put to ask, but what I

would like to put on the behalf of

1:28:021:28:10

the Labour Party is an alternative

and I would again be urging the

1:28:101:28:14

government to take up our position

that we should be negotiating the UK

1:28:141:28:23

having EU deal.

I am going to call

you Deborah because that is not what

1:28:231:28:27

I asked.

1:28:271:28:27

I asked.

1:28:271:28:30

There's just time to put you out

of your misery and give

1:28:301:28:33

you the answer to Guess The Year.

1:28:331:28:37

The year was 1997. Now, Deborah,

press that red button, please.

1:28:371:28:46

Now, Deborah, press that

red button, please.

1:28:491:28:51

That's all for today.

1:28:511:28:52

Thanks to our guests.

1:28:521:28:54

The one o'clock news is starting

over on BBC One now.

1:28:541:29:02

Andrew Neil presents live coverage of Prime Minister's Questions. He is joined by financial secretary to the Treasury Mel Stride and shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams. They also look at the latest on the police investigation into the suspected poisoning of a former Russian double agent in the UK.

The Guess the Year competition closes at 12.30pm during the live broadcast of this programme.