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Morning, folks.

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Welcome to The Daily Politics.

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The magic money tree has been

shaken, as the government is poised

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to announce a significant pay rise

for a million NHS staff

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in England.

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We'll be speaking to

the Chief Secretary

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to the Treasury, Liz Truss, about

where the money is coming from.

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There's something very fishy

on the River Thames.

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Politicians throw fish

from a trawler outside Parliament

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saying fisherman have been

betrayed by the Brexit

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transition deal.

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It is compromising with people's

livelihoods. The idea you cannot

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make an omelette without breaking

eggs until you are potentially

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dealing with people's livelihoods

and putting them out of business.

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And there's plenty for Theresa May

and Jeremy Corbyn to discuss

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at Prime Minister's Questions today.

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We'll be live for all

the action at noon.

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All that in the next

hour and a half.

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And with me are the Chief Secretary

to the Treasury, Liz Truss,

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and Shadow Treasury Minister,

Anneliese Dodds.

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Welcome back to the programme.

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First, I can't imagine Theresa May

will be over the moon

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about Donald Trump's decision

to ring Vladimir Putin personally

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about his election victory.

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The Washington Post reports

that the President ignored

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a briefing note that said in capital

letters "DO NOT CONGRATULATE"

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and he also chose not to heed

talking points from aides

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instructing him to condemn

the poisoning of a former

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Russian spy in Britain

with a powerful nerve agent.

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He didn't raise that either, but he

did congratulate. Not the best

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support from our major ally, is it?

We have had fantastic support from

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all of our allies including the US,

France, Germany in making it clear

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that this was a state-sponsored

attack on British soil that has

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followed the Prime minister's strong

leadership on the issue.

But there

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is no appetite for further

collective ear -- action?

I don't

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think that is the case. We are

seeing increasing concern about

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Russian activities. Not across the

whole of British politics and there

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is a concern about the Leader of the

Opposition.

But Mr Trump has called

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to congratulate him, and so has

Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude

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Juncker has written to

congratulating, so where is the

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evidence that either America or the

European Union is up for more

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sanctions?

The joint statement that

was put out by all of those people

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was extremely strong.

It made no

mention of sanctions.

I personally

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wouldn't congratulate Vladimir Putin

with what he has done and the

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policies he is pursuing our

disgraceful, but it's up to those

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individuals, President Trump,

Jean-Claude Juncker, what they

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decide to do.

No, that is collective

action. I'll try again. Can you

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provide is with a scintilla of

evidence that either the US or the

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EU is up for more collective action?

The joint statement...

It didn't

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mention collective action.

But it

was very clear that the attack was

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carried out.

That is what I'm

asking. It didn't mention collective

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action. Jeremy Corbyn, he once asked

to send the of this nerve agent to

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Moscow. What would be the point of

that?

He said there should be

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cooperation.

No, he said there

should be a Sample of the nerve

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agent sent three times tomorrow --

to Moscow. Why?

That is part of the

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international prohibition for

chemical weapons.

No, it's not. It's

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descended to the OP CW, the

organisation for the Prohibition of

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chemical weapons and they are

getting at. That is the process.

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What would be the point of sending

it to Russia?

What I believe he said

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is that it is important to stick to

the rules and conventions.

No, I'm

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sorry. He said several times we

should send it to Moscow. You are

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denying the question. He said we

should send it to Moscow. What would

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be the point back?

I was trying to

respond. If it is usually the

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convention that countries which are

being investigated have the ability

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to look at those kinds of

substances, then that should be

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followed, and what he has said

consistently and surely no one can

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disagree, is that we have do follow

international conventions.

And we

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are doing that.

To be fair, Jeremy

was criticised the saying we should

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be doing that in the house, which

was not right. We have to keep the

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moral high ground on this.

Right,

let me come back to this. We are

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using the organisation and they are

getting the nerve agent and they

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will examine it. That was always on

the cards. But the policy of your

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leader is that we serve, send this

nerve agent to Moscow. This is

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something the Russians hid from us

and did not tell us they were

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developing. When they were rumbled

that they had, they said they had

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got rid of it all and it had all

been destroyed under OPCW rules. Are

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you expecting them if we send them a

sample to say, yes, that was ours,

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we had it all along?

That is mad.

Jeremy has been absolutely clear all

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along. The Russian state, he has

agreed with Theresa May.

You are not

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answering the question.

I tried to.

If the convention is that is the

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process that is followed, he is

right to say he is following it.

The

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convention is to send it to the

OPCW. You really think that the

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Russians would admit that this was

their nerve agent?

I'm sure they

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won't.

So why send it?

I used to

work in the Western Balkans and I

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know how they operate, and they

don't follow international law, but

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this country always should and that

is where we have the moral high

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ground and we should not surrender

that. I don't think Theresa May has,

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I think she has followed the right

procedures and Jeremy is right to

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say we should keep doing that

because that is the soft parallel,

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is our commitment to the rules.

I

still don't understand what good is

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certain -- sending the agent to

Moscow would do.

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Despite the Chancellor saying

last week that austerity

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was still the watchword

for government finances it seems

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nearly all NHS staff in England,

apart from doctors, could be in line

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for a bumper pay rise.

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The BBC has learnt that over

one million health service

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workers could expect

an increase of more than 6%

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over three years.

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It's expected the deal will be

formally agreed later today

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with the lowest earners getting

the most - some could

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see their pay packet rise by £4,000.

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Of course this won't come cheap,

it's believed the cost

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to the taxpayer could

be around £4 billion.

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Things have clearly changed,

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have a listen to the Prime Minister

being grilled by a nurse

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during the 2017 election.

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My wage slips from 2009 reflect

exactly what I'm earning today.

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So how can that be fair in light

of the job that we actually do?

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And I recognise the job that you do

but we have had to take...

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Why hasn't it changed

before now then?

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We have had to take some hard

choices across the public sector

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in relation to public

sector pay restraint.

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We did that because of the decisions

we had to take to bring public

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spending under control because it

wasn't under control under

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the last Labour Government.

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And I'm being honest

with you in terms of saying

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that we will put more money

into the NHS, but there isn't

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a magic money tree that we can shake

that suddenly provides

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for everything that people want.

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But it turns out there is a magic

money tree.

That is not true.

Where

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has the money come from?

It's

because we had careful stewardship

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of the economy...

Where was the

money and where did it come from?

It

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was in the budget, and the

Chancellor was clear that if there

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were productivity improvements in

the NHS because of the special

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circumstances that the NHS faces, we

would be able to look at pay rises.

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Let's look at this in detail. In the

budget, in November, health spending

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was increased for this financial

year by £3 billion, just shy of 3

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billion. Does that include the pay

rise?

No, the pay rises in addition

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to that.

So it wasn't decided in

December.

We put the money aside on

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the Chancellor was very clear that

additional money would be made

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available if we could do a deal with

the unions that would include

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productivity improvements. That is

very important because we want to

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see better outcomes for patients

while we also want to see NHS staff

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properly rewarded, so he was very

clear that any money that was part

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of the deal would be additional, and

he said that in the budget.

To

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clarify, the 3 billion increase

planned for this financial year, and

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the 2 billion increase for the next

financial year does not include the

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pay rise?

That is correct.

So I ask

again, where will this money come

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from?

We have put money aside. From

where? From part of the overall

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budget, factored into the plans to

deal with the pay rise.

Where is

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that? I have the departmental

resources budgets here?

It is not in

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the NHS budget.

This is the NHS

budget, it's the resource planning

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for all departments, so where did

you put this aside?

The money is not

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in the Department of Health budget.

This is all of the budgets.

There

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would be extra money forthcoming

from the Treasury if we were able to

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do a deal to reform the way that the

pay works within the NHS. At the

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moment their automatic pay and it's

a complicated system that doesn't

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work for nurses or other NHS staff,

and it doesn't work on the employers

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either, so we want to reform that.

We are on the way to getting that

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really positive reform so we can

make sure people are paid well.

Are

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the pay rises conditional... Are

they

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they conditional on productivity

improvements?

They are part of an

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overall deal which includes

productivity improvement.

But are

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they conditional? If they are not

improved, do the play -- does the

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pay rise not happen?

All of this

will be outlined later today, but

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essentially changes in the

contractual terms are part of the

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deal and that will help improve

productivity, so that is the way it

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works.

But if you don't get it, do

the pay rises still take place? I

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used to be an industrial

correspondent and have lived through

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more productivity agreements than

you have had a hot breakfasts and

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I've never seen one that actually

worked and paid for itself, so I ask

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again, if this costs £4 billion, and

you don't get 4 billion savings, do

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the pay rises happen?

The pay rises

will happen.

Regardless? In line

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with the deal, if it is signed off.

It is the reform of those increments

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that is the thing we are agreeing.

Let me try one more time. Are these

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pay rises of 6.6% over three years,

are they conditional on these

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improvements happening, or do they

happen anyway?

They are part of a

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deal on increment reform, so they

are agreed at the same time. There

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isn't some subsequent year when we

will claw money back. It isn't -- it

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is an exchange or contractual

changes that benefit people working

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in the NHS and the employers and the

patients, so that is the deal.

This

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has shot your fox, hasn't it? Even

the unions seem happy.

We are

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pleased the government is listening.

In terms of whether the deal will be

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good for nurses, I've had a number

saying they don't feel that cutting

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some of their annual leave will be

helpful.

That is not going to

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happen. There is no cut in annual

leave.

That is great and I will look

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at the deal closely when it comes in

front of as later today. What

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frustrates me is that we've had a

long period when government is not

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made the change and the Labour Party

has said for months that we can pay

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for this by reversing some of those

tax cuts that the government decided

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to impose for the best of people and

profitable corporations. We spelt it

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out a long time ago how we could

paper this and in the meantime they

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have lost so many experienced staff

in the NHS who are fed up with their

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pay...

Would you want a bigger pay

rise or is 6.6% fair enough?

We have

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said it's got to keep track with

inflation and that means, is that 6%

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doesn't keep track with inflation

you have a problem further down the

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line.

But do you want more or are

you happy with the rov broad

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approach?

We hope that that approach

has been informed by discussions

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between them and the pay review

bodies, and if that is what the pay

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review bodies are suggesting is

necessary for retention and

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recruitment, it seems sensible. It's

disappointing it's taken so long to

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get here.

Of course, the health

service will store the under huge

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pressure and these rises I have

spoken about, even if they don't

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include pay are still historically

low in spending, lower than Mrs

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Thatcher in the 80s, way lower than

John Major in the 90s and much lower

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than Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

There is still talk there must be

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more money not just for pay, but the

care services themselves. Would you

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offer an extra penny on national

insurance?

No. We are not looking at

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that proposal that has been floated

in the papers, and what we are doing

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is talking about how we can get

better value for money, and we have

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a spending review next year where we

will look across government spending

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as a whole.

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It would not be the overall strategy

of the Government to look at extra

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taxes to find extra money for the

NHS?

Obviously I can't say what's

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going to happen in future.

You are

ruling out national insurance?

What

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I can say is we are spending above

the European average on health, we

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are getting...

Are we? When did that

happen?

We are getting better value

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for money. We have been doing that

for some years.

Actually, I don't

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think on OECD figures we have at

all.

If you include health and

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social care, we are.

Across-the-board.

That's because

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they cant social care different in

other ways. On health itself, we

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spent less than Germany, less than

France, Sweden, Norway, Holland,

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Belgium, would you like me to go on?

The Nuffield trust recently did a

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report which said we are spending in

line on our health service and

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social care...

That is wrong, I will

tell you.

Andrew, we recognise...

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There are issues in the health

service.

Do you rule out tax rises

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to make about a gap and bring us up

to the European total?

I'm not

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talking about the future budget. We

can't do that. What I'm saying is we

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are spending in line with other

European countries.

I'm questioning

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that quite seriously. Would you be

up for what Gordon Brown did a while

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back, another penny on national

insurance?

We want the same

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progrowth which is progressive to

this, so we set out at the last

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election, we stick by those plans we

should be reversing some of the tax

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cuts for the best off people and for

profitable corporations. In our

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manifesto we said we have got 48.6

billion spending commitments, 48.6

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billion tax cuts, largely, we would

have reversed so we were quite

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explicit about that.

That is not all

for the NHS?

No comets for a whole

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range of social services including

social care, and for the worst

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winter crisis, in my memory,...

The

problem is if you concentrate your

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tax rises on the very highest paid,

people already account for by far

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the biggest chunk of income tax, you

can't be sure you would get that

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many.

We have seen the rates of

income tax, the best earners, going

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down under this Government and lots

of other changes too.

The top 1% of

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income tax payers account for almost

30% of income tax.

Yes, but you know

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that part of the reason why they had

that huge share is because their

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incomes are so high now.

But my

point is you can't be sure, unlike a

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penny on national insurance which is

a slam dunk 5 billion it raises, you

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can't be sure if you start to raise

taxes on people who are mobile and

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internationally employable, you will

get the money.

You can't be sure.

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What I would ask is when we had

those levels previously, I'm not

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talking 30 years ago, but under the

previous Labour Government, when we

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didn't have those cuts to the top

rate, did you see huge droves of

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people saying I'm getting squeezed

out and moving to other countries?

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No, they accepted this was the tax

system.

We had then a deficit which

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we had to sort out.

OK, we have to

move on. We are now seeing the

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lowest... Hold on, you said you

would keep taxes low but you as

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Chief Secretary will no as a

percentage of GDP taxes are already

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at their highest for 40 years.

We

have reduced taxes. Not as a

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percentage... That is where we are

getting the money. That's why the

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economy is doing better.

We need to

move on.

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Now this morning, a publicity stunt

was arranged on a trawler

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on the River Thames which involved

flinging fish overboard.

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Elizabeth Glinka went along to this

most bizarre of protests.

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It is 8:30am, and absolutely

gorgeous day in London. That is the

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River Thames. We are waiting for a

fishing trawler. Yes. A fishing

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trawler.

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The boat in question, comes from

with stubble on a voyage to

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Westminster to symbolically dump

fish in protest at the UK's Brexit

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transition deal which this week

learned would keep the British Fleet

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bound to European fishing quotas for

another 21 months after we leave the

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EU. And who should be fined?

People

are promised we would take back

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control in 2019, and that has now

been delayed and that could

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potentially be disastrous for the

fishing communities but of course

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the biggest losers on the day we

joined the EU, back in 1973, and it

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ought to have been the first

beneficiaries from our departure.

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You know this is part of a

transition deal and you also know

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that the Prime Minister made it very

clear they would have to compromise.

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There's compromising the People's

livelihoods and the argument you

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can't make an omelette without

breaking eggs is all very well until

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you are doing the People's

livelihoods and potentially putting

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them out of business.

The stunt was

organised to gain maximum attention

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ahead of today's Prime Minister's

Questions was supposed to start with

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a riverside media conference. So

that is the boat and it has arrived

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at embankment, but it turns out it's

not allowed to stop, so they are

0:20:390:20:44

doing a sale by and then they will

carry up to Westminster and stop at

0:20:440:20:49

Parliament. Best laid plans. A

little further up the river they

0:20:490:20:55

were finally able to pull in and we

are told a certain Nigel Farage got

0:20:550:20:59

on board in time for some

high-profile fish dumping. Right in

0:20:590:21:03

front of the Palace of Westminster.

That was it, they made it to the

0:21:030:21:07

Houses of Parliament. Nigel Farage

got on the boat, they threw some

0:21:070:21:11

fresh off the boat and now they are

failing off. Up the river.

0:21:110:21:19

failing off. Up the river.

There we

go. Fun on the Thames this morning.

0:21:200:21:23

They were trying to make an

important point. We don't now leave

0:21:230:21:28

the common fisheries policy until

2021. That is what we have agreed.

0:21:280:21:34

The EU man did it and we agreed it.

What did we get in return?

We are

0:21:340:21:41

keeping the British catch. At the

same levels as what it is, so we are

0:21:410:21:45

not allowing the European Union to

reduce our catch during that period.

0:21:450:21:49

We stay within the policy.

We are

staying within the overall quota

0:21:490:21:54

regime during that period.

So what

did we get in return?

We got a good

0:21:540:22:01

transition deal overall. We got the

catch protected which is incredibly

0:22:010:22:06

important for British fishing

communities. We've also got the

0:22:060:22:08

ability to negotiate a good deal

once we leave the EU. I recognise

0:22:080:22:14

people are disappointed. No doubt

about that. The big prize here is

0:22:140:22:18

getting the long-term deal force up

where they write to concede this?

It

0:22:180:22:23

highlights the fact there's not been

a clear direction from the

0:22:230:22:26

Government not just on the

transition deal but on the future as

0:22:260:22:29

well. I'm originally a long time ago

my family where fishing people and

0:22:290:22:32

we need to have a long-term

stability to buy the boats and all

0:22:320:22:36

this kind of things. They've just

found out what the transition

0:22:360:22:40

situation is going to be.

It's

basically the status quo. Where they

0:22:400:22:45

write to agree that? After January

the 1st 2021, assuming the process

0:22:450:22:55

continues, we become known as an

independent coastal state. Where

0:22:550:23:01

they write, though, to agree to the

status quo up until that happening?

0:23:010:23:06

The problem is people don't know

what it's for and what the future

0:23:060:23:09

will be after that so yes we need to

talk about what the transition

0:23:090:23:12

period is going to be like, but

people don't know. We will put up

0:23:120:23:17

with it for this period but what

will it be like in the future?

You

0:23:170:23:21

raise an important point. I suspect

Liz Truss, this is why a lot of

0:23:210:23:26

fisherfolk are angry that it's not

so much the status quo continues and

0:23:260:23:30

they don't get out of the common

fisheries policy. They've never

0:23:300:23:36

liked it since we joined the Common

Market. It's not so much we are in

0:23:360:23:40

it until the end of 2020. They don't

trust you to do a proper fisheries

0:23:400:23:45

policy once we leave. They think,

looking at your Government, when it

0:23:450:23:50

comes to giving concessions to fund

managers to trade in Europe, they

0:23:500:23:56

will do that before they will stand

up for fishermen.

They have a

0:23:560:24:02

champion in Michael Gove. I'm sure

we will make sure that the fishing

0:24:020:24:08

communities do get what they have

been promised, which is taking back

0:24:080:24:14

control of the waters, being able to

control our own fishing industry

0:24:140:24:17

which we have not been able to do.

So we will have nothing to do with

0:24:170:24:21

the common fisheries policy gesture

Mark after January the 1st 2021?

We

0:24:210:24:27

are leaving the common fisheries

policy fault we will be an

0:24:270:24:34

independent coastal state. We will

be doing bilateral negotiations with

0:24:340:24:37

all the different parties including

the EU.

So we will negotiate?

0:24:370:24:42

Quotas?

Yes and we always have done.

Fishing waters are issues where you

0:24:420:24:51

have negotiations and we have done

that.

That's why the fishing

0:24:510:24:56

communities are worried I would

suggest.

It's not been clear

0:24:560:25:01

throughout this period even who is

leading on this for the Government.

0:25:010:25:05

Michael Gove the Environment

Secretary but it's not clear in

0:25:050:25:08

terms of Brexit negotiations who is

leading on this? I think there's

0:25:080:25:12

been a huge amount of confusion. He

is responsible for this. Has he been

0:25:120:25:19

arguing about this in Brussels? I

have not seen it.

The answer is,

0:25:190:25:23

yes, he has.

If the EU says, right,

we are going to give the City of

0:25:230:25:31

London more access than we have

planned to European financial

0:25:310:25:35

services, but in return we want to

keep broadly the same fishing quotas

0:25:350:25:41

as currently exist under the Common

fisheries policy, what will the

0:25:410:25:44

Government do?

We are leaving the

common fisheries policy. We want to

0:25:440:25:51

implement our own fishing policy. It

is a massively complex issue.

0:25:510:25:55

There's myriad parts of this.

You

see my point.

But we cannot sell

0:25:550:26:02

fishing communities down the river.

We won't do it.

That's why they are

0:26:020:26:07

worried and were on the River Thames

today, worried that if the choice

0:26:070:26:10

comes between the Government looking

after the City of London, which is

0:26:100:26:15

financially far more important to

the economy than fishing, but

0:26:150:26:18

fishing is still an important part

of what makes this an island race,

0:26:180:26:22

and they are worried as I say, the

fund manager will get precedence

0:26:220:26:26

over the fishermen.

One of the clear

messages from the referendum is that

0:26:260:26:32

we cannot neglect parts of the

country that feel cutout of

0:26:320:26:38

decisions and feel left behind and

we will not do that. We need to make

0:26:380:26:42

sure that we treat our fishing

industry, which is actually very

0:26:420:26:48

important economically, with the

respect it deserves and we are

0:26:480:26:51

committed to doing that by the way,

just to respond quickly, all of

0:26:510:26:55

these discussions are taking place

across Government all the time and

0:26:550:26:59

Michael Gove is very closely

involved in those negotiations.

0:26:590:27:02

Briefly.

On this, those directly

involved, they don't know what's

0:27:020:27:07

going on, they are not being

communicated with.

Which is why they

0:27:070:27:11

were on the Thames this morning.

0:27:110:27:17

Check out the website for more on

this. Let's see where we are. I have

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forgotten what the areas. I have now

found it. -- year is.

0:27:290:27:36

Now, a commitment to free markets

has rather gone out of fashion

0:27:360:27:38

in British politics of late.

0:27:380:27:40

But our guest of the day, Liz Truss,

is doing her utmost to put free

0:27:400:27:43

markets back in vogue.

0:27:430:27:44

On Monday night she attended

the launch of a new group designed

0:27:440:27:47

to promote Tory free-market thinking

to younger voters.

0:27:470:27:49

It's called Freer.

0:27:490:27:53

Must have taken them

a while to come up with that.

0:27:530:27:55

At the event Liz declared

that her party needed to be "Tories

0:27:550:27:58

with attitude" and that Labour

are "a bunch of humourless,

0:27:580:28:02

po-faced, hat-wearing socialists".

0:28:020:28:09

I'll take my hat off.

We photo

shopped the hacked out.

0:28:100:28:16

Anyway, we're down with the kids

here at the Daily Politics,

0:28:160:28:19

so we've got some advice for Liz

on how to engage the young.

0:28:190:28:22

What you need to do

is offer them free stuff,

0:28:220:28:25

rather than blathering

on about free markets.

0:28:250:28:28

The kids want free stuff.

0:28:280:28:34

But this isn't

a something-for-nothing society.

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It's coming up to midday here.

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Big Ben is there behind the

scaffolding just peeking through.

0:30:370:30:42

Prime Minister's Questions coming up

in a few minutes. Laura Kuenssberg

0:30:420:30:45

is here. Unsure what the Leader of

the Opposition will talk about

0:30:450:30:51

today. He's got many things to

choose from.

0:30:510:30:57

choose from. We know he raised the

issue of NHS pay. And wearing

0:31:280:31:33

government

0:31:330:31:33

There's an urgent question after

PMQs today and it's possible that

0:31:370:31:40

someone raise this whole brew around

Cambridge analytic. This huge story

0:31:400:31:46

relating to Facebook which has been

dominating across the Atlantic and

0:31:460:31:50

also a big part of the discussions

at Westminster this week.

So Jeremy

0:31:500:31:54

Hunt, the Secretary of State for

Health, it is post-PMQ 's Govan to

0:31:540:31:58

make a statement on the health

proposal settlement deal?

He will

0:31:580:32:04

answer an urgent question from the

Shadow Health Secretary John

0:32:040:32:07

Ashworth and also during PMQs the

unions and NHS employers will be

0:32:070:32:13

unveiling the specific details of

the deal. So what we have been

0:32:130:32:16

reporting this morning is over a

three-year period it will be worth

0:32:160:32:20

more than £4 billion but when we get

a written statement from the

0:32:200:32:25

Government, of course we will look

very carefully at the details.

Let's

0:32:250:32:31

go to the Commons.

0:32:310:32:37

Series to ten, Merseyside Police

have lost 1084 police officers.

0:33:500:33:59

Crime went up by 18 and a half

percent and there were 21 firearm

0:33:590:34:04

discharge is, one of which resulted

in a fatality. Across the forces,

0:34:040:34:11

there were 94 firearm discharges

with four fatalities. Local MPs have

0:34:110:34:17

met Home Office ministers, but no

extra resources have been provided.

0:34:170:34:22

Will the Prime Minister arrange for

the Home Secretary arrange with

0:34:220:34:26

local MPs to discuss the additional

support with this serious problem.

0:34:260:34:32

Can I say to the honourable

gentleman that in the safety

0:34:320:34:36

partnership with Merseyside Police,

crime statistics in the constituency

0:34:360:34:40

have fallen since 2010, but can I

say to the Right Honourable

0:34:400:34:49

gentleman that he obviously mentions

incidents that are of real concern.

0:34:490:34:54

And I'm sure the police are giving

their attention to those incidents.

0:34:540:34:58

What we are doing is ensuring that

overall, antique points at my right

0:34:580:35:02

honourable friend to ensure that

overall in the next year, not only

0:35:020:35:07

are we protecting police budgets we

could see 450 million extra pounds

0:35:070:35:14

being available to the forces across

the country.

0:35:140:35:24

the country.

Can I associate myself

with the prime Mr's earlier

0:35:240:35:27

comments. Britain's ability to trade

with the world has been curtailed by

0:35:270:35:33

the EU for over 40 years -- Prime

Minister. We have now won the

0:35:330:35:37

ability to sign our own trade

agreements around the world. And as

0:35:370:35:45

the Prime Minister agree with me

that this is Britain's greatest

0:35:450:35:50

opportunity in Brexit and ensures we

can embrace the globe as a truly

0:35:500:35:54

proud international country once

again.

My honourable friend raises a

0:35:540:36:00

very important point. And it is

something I agree with him when this

0:36:000:36:06

is an important opportunity for the

UK posts Brexit.

0:36:060:36:13

UK posts Brexit. And we need to

forge our own way by signing trade

0:36:140:36:20

deals with old friends and new

allies alike.

0:36:200:36:26

allies alike. And has he knows we

can bring into force new trade

0:36:270:36:33

arrangements around the rest of the

world a clue truly global Britain.

0:36:330:36:39

-- for a truly global Britain.

I to

join the primer listing

0:36:390:36:42

commemorating the attacks that took

place in Westminster a year ago and

0:36:420:36:47

I will be some of the events

tomorrow. We should all remember

0:36:470:36:50

this as an attack on democracy

within our society -- join the Prime

0:36:500:36:55

Minister. I also join in sending

condolences to the family of the Red

0:36:550:37:01

Arrows engineer who sadly died

yesterday and we wish the pilot well

0:37:010:37:03

in his recovery. Mr Speaker, I had

the pleasure of meeting Andria who

0:37:030:37:13

won the global teacher award and we

should congratulate and the school

0:37:130:37:16

in Brent for the great work she does

there. Mr Speaker, today is the

0:37:160:37:21

Kurdish New Year, so can we wish all

Kurdish people around the world a

0:37:210:37:26

happy day, and particularly for

those suffering so much in the

0:37:260:37:29

conflict in Syria, a hope of peace

in the year to come. Mr Speaker,

0:37:290:37:34

does the Prime Minister believe that

the collapse of Northamptonshire

0:37:340:37:37

Council is the result of

Conservative incompetence at a local

0:37:370:37:43

level or conservative incompetence

at an national level.

Can

0:37:430:37:54

I first joined the honourable

gentleman in those

0:38:000:38:08

gentleman in those celebrating

Kurdish people around the world are

0:38:080:38:10

happy day. There has been a report

into Northamptonshire County

0:38:100:38:14

Council, but let's look at what we

see across the board in counsels. --

0:38:140:38:21

in local councils. If you look at

what is happening in councils up and

0:38:210:38:25

down this country there is one

message for everybody, and that is

0:38:250:38:29

the Conservative councils cost you

less.

Mr Speaker, my question was

0:38:290:38:36

actually quite specific to

Northamptonshire. And the Tory

0:38:360:38:40

leader of the council said we had

been warning the government since

0:38:400:38:47

2013/14 that we could not cope with

the level of cuts we were facing.

0:38:470:38:51

Three years ago Mr Speaker, that

Council, Brent, it was pioneering an

0:38:510:38:57

easy council model. It then

proceeded to outsource 96% of its

0:38:570:39:02

council staff and transferred them

to News service providers run by

0:39:020:39:05

private companies paying dividends.

Now that counsel has gone bust. So

0:39:050:39:12

does the Prime Minister really

believe that the slash and burn

0:39:120:39:16

model for local government is really

a good one?

0:39:160:39:23

a good one?

Can I say to the right

honourable gentleman it would be

0:39:230:39:26

helpful if he first accurately

reflected the independent statutory

0:39:260:39:31

inspection which concluded last week

where the report was clear that

0:39:310:39:36

Northamptonshire's failure was not a

case of underfunding. So his

0:39:360:39:44

case of underfunding. So his claims,

indeed Northamptonshire's core

0:39:480:39:50

spending power is set to rise by

£14.5 million. I say to the right

0:39:500:39:56

honourable gentleman the attack that

he is making that this is all about

0:39:560:40:01

the amount of money that government

is providing is not correct. What we

0:40:010:40:05

are ensuring is that councils are

able to provide good service is up

0:40:050:40:14

and down the country that is what we

see with councils, Conservative

0:40:140:40:20

councils, up and down the country

costing people less than Labour.

0:40:200:40:29

costing people less than Labour.

The

problem is that Northamptonshire has

0:40:290:40:29

gone bust and it is caused by the

Conservative government and counsel.

0:40:290:40:38

And it is a model used by Barnett

counsel, until recently run by the

0:40:380:40:45

Conservatives, where capita holds

councils with an estimated value of

0:40:450:40:51

£500 million.

0:40:510:40:58

£500 million. Government cuts mean

councils across England face a 5.2

0:40:580:41:06

million funding gap by 2020, so does

the government believe it was right

0:41:060:41:12

to prioritise tax cuts for the

super-rich and big business.

0:41:120:41:29

super-rich and big business.

The

house is becoming overexcited. I say

0:41:300:41:31

that the Prime Minister's answer

must be heard, and the right

0:41:310:41:34

honourable gentleman must also be

heard, and it will be, however long

0:41:340:41:40

it takes. Mr Snell you are behaving

in a most undignified manner.

There

0:41:400:41:47

seems to be a lot of concern among

Conservative members about my

0:41:470:41:51

suggestion that the government had

prioritised.

0:41:510:42:01

prioritised. And put it as something

more than funding for social care

0:42:010:42:07

for bin collection or street

cleaning.

Can I say to the right

0:42:070:42:12

honourable gentleman he talks about

bin collection, but people in

0:42:120:42:15

Birmingham living under a Labour

council saw thousands of tonnes of

0:42:150:42:20

waste on the street because they

were failing to collect the bins.

0:42:200:42:23

And we all know he talks about

payments, but we all know he talks

0:42:230:42:30

about tax, and the top 1% of

taxpayers are paying the highest

0:42:300:42:35

burden of tax than they ever paid

under Labour. And we all know what

0:42:350:42:41

Labour would mean for council

taxpayers, because just this week,

0:42:410:42:44

the Shadow Communities Secretary.

0:42:440:42:51

Could it be that he does not want

people to know he is supporting? He

0:42:590:43:03

has supported a plan to stop local

taxpayers to have the right to stop

0:43:030:43:10

tax hikes. He supported a plan. To

have a land value tax, tax on your

0:43:100:43:19

home and garden, and wants to

introduce a new hotel tax and we all

0:43:190:43:23

know what would happen under Labour,

more taxes on ordinary working

0:43:230:43:25

people and they would pay the price.

0:43:250:43:28

Mr Speaker, the shadow Secretary for

local government supports councils

0:43:320:43:36

and thinks they should be properly

funded and doesn't think they should

0:43:360:43:40

be a vehicle for privatisation. Mr

Speaker, the leader of Surrey County

0:43:400:43:46

Council, who just happens to be a

conservative says, we are facing the

0:43:460:43:50

most difficult financial crisis in

our history and he did not mince his

0:43:500:43:54

words. He went on to say that the

government cannot stand idly by

0:43:540:44:00

while Rome burns. Council funding

has been cut by half since 2010.

0:44:000:44:07

Households in England now face

council tax rises of £1 billion. The

0:44:070:44:15

Tory leader of the local government

Association says councils will have

0:44:150:44:18

to continue to cut back services or

stop some altogether due to

0:44:180:44:22

government cuts. So, as people open

their council tax bills, isn't it

0:44:220:44:29

clear what the Conservative

messages? Pay more to get less.

0:44:290:44:36

The average council tax for bands

deep property is £100 less and

0:44:360:44:41

Conservative than Labour. He says

his Shadow Local Government

0:44:410:44:46

Secretary is supporting councils

foresaw I wonder if he is supporting

0:44:460:44:51

these councils, Haringey, whether

Labour leader was forced out?

0:44:510:44:57

Brighton, where the Labour leader

was forced out? Cornwall, where the

0:44:570:45:02

Labour group leader was forced out?

What are these people done? They

0:45:020:45:06

have supported building more homes,

providing good local services, and

0:45:060:45:12

tackling anti-Semitism in the Labour

Party. So the message is clear. If

0:45:120:45:20

you believe in good local services,

if you want to see more homes built,

0:45:200:45:25

and if you want to tackle

anti-Semitism, there is no place for

0:45:250:45:29

you in the Labour Party.

Jeremy

Corbyn.

Mr

0:45:290:45:43

Corbyn.

Mr Speaker, Labour councils

build houses. Conservative councils

0:45:430:45:45

privatise.

0:45:450:45:50

privatise.

Order. Order. There is a

very raucous atmosphere. I will say

0:45:500:45:55

it again. Backbench members should

seek to imitate the Zen like calm of

0:45:550:46:02

the father of the House, an example

to us all. Jeremy Corbyn.

We all

0:46:020:46:09

admire Zen, Mr Speaker. Pay more for

less is what the Conservative

0:46:090:46:16

message is. In Leicestershire, the

County Council is pushing through

0:46:160:46:21

£50 million worth of cuts. And

cancel increases of 6%. -- council

0:46:210:46:30

tax increases. They blamed

chronically low Government funding.

0:46:300:46:34

That is the message, pay more to get

less. It's not just households. The

0:46:340:46:39

average small shop will see their

rates bill increase by £3600. Empty

0:46:390:46:46

shops suck the life out of the high

streets and local communities. So

0:46:460:46:54

why is the Prime Minister presiding

over a Government that is tearing

0:46:540:46:57

the heart out of our local high

streets?

First of all, we have

0:46:570:47:04

provided extra support for small

businesses in relation to business

0:47:040:47:08

rates. Secondly, it talks about

Labour councils building homes but

0:47:080:47:11

actually we have built more homes

under this Government run under 13

0:47:110:47:17

years of a Labour Government. And he

talks about local level councils.

0:47:170:47:23

Yesterday two Labour councillors

from Ashfield joined the

0:47:230:47:27

Conservatives. What did one of them

say? They said both locally and

0:47:270:47:36

nationally, the Labour Party has

been taken over by the hard left.

0:47:360:47:40

They are more interested in fighting

internal ideological battles than

0:47:400:47:47

standing up for the priorities of

working men and women. Conservatives

0:47:470:47:51

will always welcome people who care

about their local area at and we

0:47:510:47:55

will always stand up for people in

their local area.

Jeremy Corbyn. Mr

0:47:550:48:02

Speaker, half a million businesses

will see their rates rise this year,

0:48:020:48:05

some by 500%. Even Mary Porters, who

led the Government's says the

0:48:050:48:12

high-tech campaign, said it was

simply a PR campaign which looked

0:48:120:48:15

like we are doing something and

hoped it might kick-start something,

0:48:150:48:20

but it didn't.

0:48:200:48:25

but it didn't. This Conservative

Government has slashed public

0:48:250:48:27

services. They cut funding and

expect councils to build up the

0:48:270:48:32

pieces. The result of this is

children's centres are closing,

0:48:320:48:36

schools are struggling, fewer police

on the streets, older people and

0:48:360:48:39

left without care and dignity. And

refugees turning women away. --

0:48:390:48:47

refuges. It's unsustainable. And

doesn't that tell you everything you

0:48:470:48:52

need to know? Doesn't that tell you

everything you need to know about

0:48:520:48:59

this Government, that it demands

households and businesses to pay

0:48:590:49:04

more to get less?

This Government is

spending more on our schools and our

0:49:040:49:12

NHS than ever before. We are able to

do that because of a balanced

0:49:120:49:18

approach we take to the good economy

and because of the strong economy we

0:49:180:49:23

see under the Conservatives. But I

notice the right Honourable

0:49:230:49:26

gentleman in his six questions is

not mentioned today's unemployment

0:49:260:49:28

figures. Employment is at a joint

record high. Unemployment has not

0:49:280:49:37

been lower since 1975. Economic

inactivity is at a record low. That

0:49:370:49:44

is a strong jobs market. Utilising

benefits for a market, Labour

0:49:440:49:53

members of Parliament?

0:49:530:50:00

members of Parliament?

Thank you, Mr

Speaker. I can only assume that the

0:50:000:50:04

Leader of the Opposition has not

read the report but Northamptonshire

0:50:040:50:06

County Council. Worldwide, I want to

focus on a different issue today.

0:50:060:50:12

Worldwide, every minute millions of

throwaway paper copy cups go to

0:50:120:50:16

landfill in order to solve it we

need industry consumers and

0:50:160:50:21

Government to work together. In that

spirit, a company in my constituency

0:50:210:50:26

have developed a fully recyclable

alternative cap that can be easily

0:50:260:50:31

recycled, unlike the current option.

Will my right honourable friend join

0:50:310:50:36

me in welcoming that innovation and

perhaps I might be able to give one

0:50:360:50:41

to her if she's around afterwards?

LAUGHTER

0:50:410:50:48

Well... I'm very happy... I'm very

happy to say to my honourable friend

0:50:480:50:59

that if you would like to come along

and see me afterwards...

0:50:590:51:01

LAUGHTER

He has raised an important point

0:51:010:51:05

and, as he knows, we are committed

to wanting to leave our environment

0:51:050:51:09

in a better state than we found it

and I would like to congratulate the

0:51:090:51:15

innovation. This is an important

example of working with industry to

0:51:150:51:18

ensure that we are dealing with this

issue of plastic waste. We are clear

0:51:180:51:23

in our environment plan we want to

do and that's a very good example of

0:51:230:51:28

that.

Thank you. Can I also talk

about the remarks about the

0:51:280:51:36

terrorist atrocity in Westminster a

year ago, our thoughts are with

0:51:360:51:39

those who gave their lives and of

course the work of the emergency

0:51:390:51:44

services. I want to associate myself

with the remarks. Does the Prime

0:51:440:51:48

Minister agree that subverting the

democratic political process in any

0:51:480:51:55

country is totally unacceptable?

Well, we certainly believe in

0:51:550:52:05

ensuring that democratic processes

are able to continue, people seek

0:52:050:52:09

free and fair elections and I think

that everybody in this House would

0:52:090:52:13

accept.

Can I thank the Prime

Minister for that answer? The parent

0:52:130:52:20

company of Cambridge analytic is to

check laboratories, run by a

0:52:200:52:28

chairman of Oxford Conservative

Association, and its founding

0:52:280:52:32

chairman was a former Conservative

MP. A director appears to have been

0:52:320:52:39

donated over £700,000 to the Tory

party. A former Conservative Party

0:52:390:52:45

treasurer is a shareholder. We know

about the links to the Conservative

0:52:450:52:50

Party and they go on and on. Will

the Prime Minister confirmed to the

0:52:500:52:54

House her governments connections to

the company?

Can I say, the right

0:52:540:53:02

honourable gentleman has been

talking about two companies, the

0:53:020:53:05

parent company and he also referred

to Cambridge analytic, and I can say

0:53:050:53:10

as far as I'm aware the Government

has no current contracts with

0:53:100:53:13

Cambridge analytic or the other

group. What we have seen in

0:53:130:53:20

Cambridge analytic are the

allegations clearly very concerning,

0:53:200:53:24

and it absolutely right that they

should be properly investigated. It

0:53:240:53:29

is right that the information

Commissioner is doing exactly that.

0:53:290:53:32

People need to have confidence in

how their personal data is being

0:53:320:53:35

used. And I would expect Facebook,

Cambridge analytic and all

0:53:350:53:41

organisations involved to comply

fully with the investigation taking

0:53:410:53:44

place. I'm pleased to say of course

the bill we are bringing forward on

0:53:440:53:50

data protection will strengthen

legislation on this and give the ICO

0:53:500:53:53

the information Commissioner office

tougher powers to ensure

0:53:530:53:56

organisations comply and I hope it

will be supported from everybody

0:53:560:53:59

across this House.

We have a lot of

backbenchers questions to get

0:53:590:54:03

through. Gordon Anderson.

Some

London boroughs are renting houses

0:54:030:54:10

in Kent including Sittingbourne for

use as temporary accommodation for

0:54:100:54:14

homeless families. My local

authorities are then expected to

0:54:140:54:19

provide those families with the

support they need. This is putting a

0:54:190:54:24

strain on Kent's schools, hospitals

and social services who receive no

0:54:240:54:28

extra funding to provide that

support. Would my right honourable

0:54:280:54:32

friend agree with me that the London

Mayor and London boroughs should

0:54:320:54:36

provide more homes in the capital so

London families can be looked after

0:54:360:54:40

by them instead of placing the

burden on hard-pressed council

0:54:400:54:45

taxpayers in Kent?

Can I say to my

honourable friend that he is right

0:54:450:54:51

to speak up on behalf of his

constituents on this issue for some

0:54:510:54:56

London authorities must secure

temporary accommodation within their

0:54:560:54:57

own borough as far as is reasonably

practical. But we've also change the

0:54:570:55:03

laws so the council must take into

account the impact a change in

0:55:030:55:06

location would have on a household.

He's absolutely right, we do want to

0:55:060:55:10

see the London Mayor and boroughs

being able to build more homes. The

0:55:100:55:15

London Mayor has had money provided

to him to build affordable homes.

0:55:150:55:19

It's a pity he has not been building

as many as we would like to see.

0:55:190:55:27

Thank you, Mr Speaker. School cuts

in Portsmouth under this Government

0:55:270:55:30

will reach 3.3 by 2019 and

classrooms will be starved of

0:55:300:55:36

resources they need including

textbooks and basic stationary. At

0:55:360:55:40

the same time, 40,000 children in

the south-east rely on food banks.

0:55:400:55:45

If the Prime Minister was a teacher,

who had been under a pay cut for

0:55:450:55:50

eight years, what would she buy a

struggling child in one of my city's

0:55:500:55:55

classrooms, a textbook or a square

meal?

Can I say to the honourable

0:55:550:56:01

gentleman, he raises the issue of

school funding. As I said earlier,

0:56:010:56:06

actually, the amount of money we are

spending on schools is greater than

0:56:060:56:09

it has ever been before. What

matters is the quality of education

0:56:090:56:17

provided in schools for Sabato is

why I'm sorry he didn't welcome the

0:56:170:56:20

fact that we now see over 20,000

children at a good school in his

0:56:200:56:26

area, 9000 more than in 2010.

We

should all recognise and welcome the

0:56:260:56:36

employment figures announced today.

I'm sure we all welcome that, but

0:56:360:56:41

given the latest report that there

are an acceptably high levels of

0:56:410:56:47

youth unemployment among ethnic

communities in Britain, will my

0:56:470:56:50

right honourable friend explained to

the House what the new 19 limp and

0:56:500:56:55

fund will do to help young people

into work?

He raises are very

0:56:550:57:01

important point. We know these

figures because of the racial

0:57:010:57:05

disparity ordered which I

commissioned when I became Prime

0:57:050:57:09

Minister, it shows there's been

progress, but we do need to do more

0:57:090:57:13

because 16-24 -year-old in ethnic

groups are likely to be twice

0:57:130:57:18

unemployed than their white peers.

And £90 million I have announced

0:57:180:57:22

will help to tackle those

inequalities in youth unemployment

0:57:220:57:24

and it is an initiative which will

be run by the big lottery fund, and

0:57:240:57:28

it will identify the barriers to

employment for those young people

0:57:280:57:31

and help them to overcome those

barriers. I think that is incredibly

0:57:310:57:37

important and I was very pleased to

visit Birmingham, which is doing

0:57:370:57:42

excellent work in this area.

Thank

you, Mr Speaker. The war in Syria

0:57:420:57:48

has now entered its eighth year. In

recent weeks, over 1000 people have

0:57:480:57:53

been killed in eastern provinces and

hundreds of Kurds lie dead and

0:57:530:57:59

200,000 civilians are fleeing for

their lives. Even the hospital has

0:57:590:58:05

been attacked. What will the

Government do to help ring urgent

0:58:050:58:09

humanitarian relief to those in such

despair?

Can I say that we take the

0:58:090:58:16

situation in eastern provinces in

Syria very seriously indeed and it

0:58:160:58:21

is an issue which has been raised at

the United Nations Security Council.

0:58:210:58:25

The Foreign Secretary has raised

this issue with others as well. We

0:58:250:58:30

need to ensure that we are very

clear about what needs to happen to

0:58:300:58:35

ensure people could be protected,

humanitarian aid could get in and

0:58:350:58:40

for those whom it was necessary, for

them, because of their condition, to

0:58:400:58:45

be given a safe passage to do so and

we will continue to press this case.

0:58:450:58:52

We recently interviewed a panel of

university vice chancellors on the

0:58:520:58:57

education select committee who

failed to recognise their salaries

0:58:570:59:00

are outrageous, being twice that of

the Prime Minister, and mainly

0:59:000:59:03

funded by the taxpayer and student

debt. Given that these outrageous

0:59:030:59:06

salaries are paid in the poorest

performing universities, were the

0:59:060:59:11

Prime Minister confirmed this will

be looked at in the post education

0:59:110:59:14

review

0:59:140:59:17

I think she has raised a point

others are concerned about as well.

0:59:170:59:23

Universities are autonomous from

governments and with up to them how

0:59:230:59:25

they set their pay levels but they

should recognise students and

0:59:250:59:32

taxpayers are continued into the

higher education system and expect

0:59:320:59:36

value for money. The office of

students which has been set up will

0:59:360:59:38

be acting to ensure greater

transparency in relating to senior

0:59:380:59:43

staff pay full stop and requiring a

justification for total enumeration

0:59:430:59:47

package awarded to the providers

most senior staff so we will start

0:59:470:59:52

to see a light beam shone very

clearly on the issue.

0:59:521:00:00

Last week, the agriculture and

fisheries secretary, and Ruth

1:00:021:00:06

Davidson said that the Prime

Minister has been clear, Britain

1:00:061:00:09

will leave the CFP as of March 20

19. Now the UK is staying in the

1:00:091:00:17

fisheries policy but with no say on

quotas. The worst deal imaginable.

1:00:171:00:23

What changed between last week and

this week?

Can I say to the

1:00:231:00:29

honourable gentleman that we will be

working with the fishing industry,

1:00:291:00:34

both fishermen and fish processors,

that we do see a bright future for

1:00:341:00:39

the freshening industry -- fishing

industry. We will take back control

1:00:391:00:43

of the waters and make sure we do

not see British fishermen unfairly

1:00:431:00:48

denied access to other waters and we

want to rebuild our fishing

1:00:481:00:53

industry. That is a Conservative

Party that is committed to coming

1:00:531:00:58

out of the Common fisheries policy.

His party wants to stay in the

1:00:581:01:02

Common fisheries policy.

1:01:021:01:10

Common fisheries policy.

Mr Speaker,

char well is really proud to be

1:01:101:01:12

building three houses a day, and

construction traffic is playing

1:01:121:01:17

havoc with our road surfaces. Will

the Prime Minister meet with me to

1:01:171:01:23

discuss what more national

government can do to help with

1:01:231:01:26

inevitable growing pains

1:01:261:01:30

can either say to my honourable

friend to congratulate Charwell for

1:01:311:01:38

the homes they are building.

I

recognise that this brings with it

1:01:381:01:41

other challenges and at budget we

more than doubled the housing

1:01:411:01:46

infrastructure fund with another

£2.7 billion, and earlier today my

1:01:461:01:50

right honourable friend, the Housing

Secretary announced a further 44

1:01:501:01:58

areas for infrastructure projects

with the potential to deliver

1:01:581:02:02

400,000 more homes, so I recognise

the important role infrastructure

1:02:021:02:05

plays.

1:02:051:02:10

The Prime Minister was right to

prevent members of the Royal family

1:02:101:02:13

and government ministers from

attending the football World Cup in

1:02:131:02:18

Russia. But what is being done to

safeguard everyday football fans in

1:02:181:02:23

what was in my view is already a

dangerous place to watch football.

1:02:231:02:30

Even before the incident in

Salisbury. What advice will be given

1:02:301:02:35

to travelling English supporters,

many of whom have already bought

1:02:351:02:39

their tickets? And if she confident

that adequate cooperation between

1:02:391:02:43

our police and the Russian police

will protect English fans?

I

1:02:431:02:49

recognise the important issue the

honourable gentleman has raised

1:02:491:02:52

because we want British football

fans to be able to be safe when they

1:02:521:02:56

are enjoying watching the England

team. And we are currently working

1:02:561:02:59

with the police and they are looking

closely at what arrangements will be

1:02:591:03:04

in place to support the England

football fans who travelled to

1:03:041:03:08

Russia and the Foreign Office will

be carefully monitoring the

1:03:081:03:11

situation to make sure advice is

available to football fans so they

1:03:111:03:15

are aware of the circumstances that

will be in Russia and what support

1:03:151:03:18

will be available.

My right

honourable friend will be aware that

1:03:181:03:25

I mentioned Jackie Woodcock, a

terminally ill constituents of mine

1:03:251:03:30

who set up the dying to work

campaign. Santander, her mortgage

1:03:301:03:34

brokers have been incredibly helpful

in freezing her payments and will

1:03:341:03:39

take it from her estate when she

dies, but now they have gone even

1:03:391:03:43

further and are not increasing the

interest payments either. So would

1:03:431:03:48

my right honourable friend agree

that other banks should follow the

1:03:481:03:52

cover -- caring and compassionate

example set by Santander and

1:03:521:03:58

encourage them to look after

terminally ill people in the same

1:03:581:04:02

way?

Can I say to my honourable

friend that she has raised an issue

1:04:021:04:07

about which she cares deeply, and

I'm certainly happy to join her in

1:04:071:04:12

congratulating Santander and the

support they have provided to Jackie

1:04:121:04:16

Woodcock. Obviously she has raised a

wider issue and it is important for

1:04:161:04:21

employers to be aware of and to

fulfil their legal obligations

1:04:211:04:26

towards their employees, including

the terminally ill employees, and

1:04:261:04:28

I'm sure others will look at the

excellent example Santander has set.

1:04:281:04:35

The Sunday Times said this week that

affordable housing and easy access

1:04:351:04:42

to London in Bedford has made it one

of the best places to live in the

1:04:421:04:47

UK. But Bedford constituents are

worried about and concerned about

1:04:471:04:50

the school funding cuts and services

cuts, the impending closure of the

1:04:501:04:59

only walk-in centre, the big

increase in homelessness and the

1:04:591:05:03

loss of peak-time rail services to

London. My question to the Prime

1:05:031:05:07

Minister is, why is the government

ruining the prospects of our great

1:05:071:05:11

town?

I can say to the honourable

gentleman that the prospects of his

1:05:111:05:18

great town are being improved by the

fact we see thousands more children

1:05:181:05:23

in good and outstanding schools in

Bedford and we have in the local

1:05:231:05:27

authority than we have gone before

and when we came into power and it's

1:05:271:05:29

being improved, and then more

funding in Bedford, but it's also a

1:05:291:05:38

government that is ensuring we have

a strong economy providing jobs for

1:05:381:05:41

people in his constituency.

1:05:411:05:48

people in his constituency.

Thank

you, Mr Speaker. Financial services

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are of critical importance both to

thousands of my constituents in

1:05:501:05:54

Hitchin and Harpenden and also to

the country as a whole. Will the

1:05:541:05:58

Prime Minister take this opportunity

to update the house on progress made

1:05:581:06:02

on ensuring that our future trade

deal with the European Union

1:06:021:06:07

includes an agreement on financial

services?

1:06:071:06:13

services?

Can I say to my honourable

friend that I'm well aware of the

1:06:131:06:17

importance of financial services

both for the United Kingdom and

1:06:171:06:21

constituents in his constituency and

elsewhere but also the important

1:06:211:06:25

role the City of London plays in

terms of the financial sector for

1:06:251:06:28

the whole of the European Union.

This is a matter in which we are in

1:06:281:06:34

discussion with the European Union

about and there is a recognition of

1:06:341:06:36

the significant role the City of

London plays and the importance of

1:06:361:06:40

ensuring that we may access to

finance across the European Union.

1:06:401:06:47

Mental health issues affect one in

ten children who on average have to

1:06:471:06:52

see their GP three times borate --

before referral with many waiting

1:06:521:06:57

for up to 18 months for treatment.

At a time when national funding in

1:06:571:07:02

the area is being constantly cut,

including a 5% reduction in funding

1:07:021:07:08

to Lewisham, is this not another

example of the government saying one

1:07:081:07:12

thing but doing another with our

NHS?

May I say, that the government

1:07:121:07:18

is putting more funding into mental

health provision and have already

1:07:181:07:22

made available an additional £1.4

billion to improve children and

1:07:221:07:26

young people's mental health

services. And we have committed that

1:07:261:07:30

70,000 more people will have access

to mental health care. I will say

1:07:301:07:37

this to the honourable lady that she

rightly raises mental health issues,

1:07:371:07:43

particular she is raised if young

people, but across the board we need

1:07:431:07:47

to give more attention to mental

health. We are putting more money

1:07:471:07:49

into it and we want to see parity of

esteem between mental and physical

1:07:491:07:53

health in the National Health

Service. It is something the Labour

1:07:531:07:56

Party in 13 years of government have

failed to do.

1:07:561:08:03

failed to do.

The EU agreement

published this week has left

1:08:041:08:06

fishermen from Amble and the

north-east anxious. Why we will gain

1:08:061:08:12

control in the fermentation period,

which is great news, there is real

1:08:121:08:16

concern in case EU colleagues try to

take advantage of us losing our

1:08:161:08:19

voice in the CFP bike changing quota

rules during the implementation

1:08:191:08:25

period, so will the Prime Minister

consider asking deference to prepare

1:08:251:08:31

a financial mitigation plan to

protect the fleet should we need to

1:08:311:08:33

do so?

1:08:331:08:38

do so?

There needs to be the

certainty to operate on the same

1:08:431:08:45

basis until we reach a new

partnership we are renegotiating. As

1:08:451:08:50

I said earlier, the new partnership

means we want to take back control

1:08:501:08:54

of the waters and ensure British

fishermen are not unfairly denied

1:08:541:08:58

access to other waters and ensure

that we cannot -- we can rebuild the

1:08:581:09:04

fishing industry, which I think is

important. What has been agreed is

1:09:041:09:09

the stability key not being changed,

so the quotas that British fishermen

1:09:091:09:14

will operate under will not be

changed. I know that deaf are

1:09:141:09:18

looking actively at how we can

ensure that we are not only

1:09:181:09:23

maintaining the fishing industry but

that and rebuild it -- I know that

1:09:231:09:27

Defra are looking actively.

This

week every party in Westminster took

1:09:271:09:32

part in an international summit to

challenge violence against women in

1:09:321:09:37

politics. Online abuse dominated

discussions. Last year her

1:09:371:09:40

government considered a statutory

practice for social media

1:09:401:09:45

corporations for the abuse of

content they publish. Will the Prime

1:09:451:09:49

Minister say if she remains content

with a toothless, voluntary code, or

1:09:491:09:53

will she give it a digital guard dog

that both barks and bites?

Can I say

1:09:531:09:59

to the honourable lady that she

raises an important point. On all of

1:09:591:10:03

these issues we have taken the view

that we sit down with the industry

1:10:031:10:06

and work with them to see what they

are willing to do on a voluntary

1:10:061:10:09

basis but they know if that doesn't

actually work we will look at

1:10:091:10:12

legislation. The abuse that was

undertaken, she referred to the

1:10:121:10:21

abuse and political campaigning. I'm

afraid that is a sorry state of

1:10:211:10:23

affairs we have reached in this

country and we want to see the free

1:10:231:10:26

and fair election and people having

the confidence to be to go out and

1:10:261:10:30

put their views forward without

feeling they will be abused.

1:10:301:10:37

feeling they will be abused.

The

clinically led future fit programme

1:10:371:10:40

for Shropshire seeks to improve and

modernise hospital services across

1:10:401:10:45

Shropshire and we have been waiting

for a decision on this issue for

1:10:451:10:48

many years. Could the Prime Minister

use her good offices to ensure that

1:10:481:10:52

this vital scheme is supported in

the coming weeks so we can secure

1:10:521:10:57

the vital investment for Shropshire

NHS?

My honourable friend is right

1:10:571:11:02

to speak up for Shropshire in the

way he has done and he will be

1:11:021:11:05

pleased to see that the Right

Honourable friend the Secretary of

1:11:051:11:11

State for Health and social care

purred to his comments and we will

1:11:111:11:15

contact him about this issue.

Mr

Speaker, the review made a big

1:11:151:11:21

difference in improving services for

children with communication needs.

1:11:211:11:26

Communication is the key life skill

for children to learn and thrive,

1:11:261:11:32

yet a decade on, the latest report

shows much more needs to be done. So

1:11:321:11:37

will the Prime Minister commit to a

cross government strategy that puts

1:11:371:11:41

this issue at the heart of policy

and gives all our children the best

1:11:411:11:46

possible start in life?

My

honourable gentleman has raised an

1:11:461:11:52

important issue and the Department

for Education will be considering

1:11:521:11:55

the report carefully because we do

not want to see any child held back

1:11:551:11:58

from achieving their potential which

includes ensuring those children

1:11:581:12:03

with speech, language and

communication needs are given the

1:12:031:12:05

support that they need and that

there has been particular training

1:12:051:12:10

for teachers to support children who

require additional help to

1:12:101:12:13

communicate. But we will introduce

the education health and care plans

1:12:131:12:17

to make sure children with

additional needs receive the right

1:12:171:12:21

support to succeed in school in the

future but we will look carefully at

1:12:211:12:25

the report and respond in due

course.

Unlike the SNP, I do not

1:12:251:12:30

want to see Britain rejoin the

disastrous Common fisheries policy.

1:12:301:12:41

But I do have some concerns about

the fisheries aspects of the

1:12:451:12:47

transitional agreement which has

been provisionally agreed with the

1:12:471:12:54

European union. Before she travels

to the European Council, can the

1:12:541:12:57

Prime Minister assure the house and

fishing communities around the UK

1:12:571:13:03

that we will absolutely and

unequivocally take back full control

1:13:031:13:09

of our waters from 2021?

As I said

earlier, the point about the

1:13:091:13:19

fermentation period is that it is

the period during which people are

1:13:191:13:25

allowed to move to make the changes

that the new economic partnerships

1:13:251:13:27

we have and it will ensure that

businesses, fishermen included,

1:13:271:13:31

don't face to changes on the cliff

edge in the way that they are

1:13:311:13:36

operating. By definition because it

is maintaining the status quo so

1:13:361:13:39

people don't have to make those

extra changes, it is, I recognise

1:13:391:13:44

not the same and won't be the same

as the end state when we have a

1:13:441:13:49

future economic partnership and have

that new relationship. As I said

1:13:491:13:52

earlier one of the elements we will

be looking for in reassuring the

1:13:521:13:56

visiting industry is to ensure that

we do take back control of our

1:13:561:14:01

waters.

Thank you, Mr Speaker. Can I

associate with myself with the Prime

1:14:011:14:09

Minister, the Leader of the

Opposition and the leader of the SNP

1:14:091:14:12

by offering condolences to the

family of the RAF engineer who was

1:14:121:14:16

killed tragically in my constituency

yesterday. The RAF has been part of

1:14:161:14:21

my constituency for over 75 years

and they are a tight-knit group of

1:14:211:14:25

aircraft men and support staff on

the ground. And whilst they are

1:14:251:14:29

grieving, will the primaries to join

with me in paying tribute to the

1:14:291:14:35

Royal Air Force and whilst they

commemorate their century of

1:14:351:14:37

dedicated service to our country.

I

am very happy to join the honourable

1:14:371:14:44

gentleman in saying what a great job

the Royal Air Force does for us, and

1:14:441:14:49

he sees it at first hand in its

connection with his constituency,

1:14:491:14:52

but we should recognise the valour

of all of those serving in our Armed

1:14:521:14:59

Forces, and particularly in this

100th year of the Royal Air Force,

1:14:591:15:02

those who serve in the Royal Air

Force, and we thank them for it.

1:15:021:15:08

May I welcome the government's

decision to create a medical school

1:15:081:15:11

at Canterbury in East Kent but to

clean my honourable friend the

1:15:111:15:17

Member for Faversham who has been

indefatigable in the fight for this.

1:15:171:15:21

Does not underline the importance of

training more doctors and nurses to

1:15:211:15:25

ensure our health services in the

region is well staffed and well

1:15:251:15:28

looked after?

My honourable friend

is right. I'm pleased to welcome the

1:15:281:15:34

new medical school in Canterbury and

the four other schools set up around

1:15:341:15:38

those parts of the country and he's

also right this is about ensuring we

1:15:381:15:42

are training a workforce for the

National Health Service and we have

1:15:421:15:50

raised significantly the number of

training places, the biggest the NHS

1:15:501:15:52

has ever seen.

Thank you. Given that

mesh can shrink in a woman's body,

1:15:521:16:04

will she supported

1:16:041:16:14

will she supported proposals to

this?

This is a very important issue

1:16:141:16:17

and this has caused concern to

women. And I will look in detail at

1:16:171:16:22

it. I'm happy to write to her about

it but I recognise the concern is

1:16:221:16:25

about this particular issue and I

will write about what the NHS will

1:16:251:16:29

be doing on it.

Thank you. Will she

congratulate the remarkable start of

1:16:291:16:38

Prince Alexander Hospital in Harlow

to ensure they are out of special

1:16:381:16:41

measures today? Will she support our

campaign for a new hospital to

1:16:411:16:46

ensure the staff is fit for the 21st

century?

Can I congratulate the

1:16:461:16:53

local hospital in Harlow he is

referring to four coming out of

1:16:531:16:58

special measures? That's very

important and I know will give added

1:16:581:17:02

confidence to his constituents. He

tempts me to support a new hospital

1:17:021:17:07

in his area and I'm sure as he will

know the Secretary of State has

1:17:071:17:11

heard his request in relation to

that. What we do know is we are

1:17:111:17:17

putting more money into the NHS to

ensure we get the best possible

1:17:171:17:20

services provided to people through

the National Health Service.

Just

1:17:201:17:23

before we...

1:17:231:17:27

Earlier this morning, the major

unions were on board for that. No

1:17:401:17:45

doubt more will be revealed in the

next couple of hours. Mr Corbyn went

1:17:451:17:52

on local governments, specifically

on Northampton, the Council there,

1:17:521:17:56

which has gone bust, and had to be

wound up. A Conservative councillor.

1:17:561:18:00

He said was that caused by Tory

incompetence at local level or

1:18:001:18:06

national level? The rest of the PMQs

we're all about local Government,

1:18:061:18:13

about spending, quality of services,

and of course the reason for that is

1:18:131:18:17

that the local elections are now

looming. On May the 3rd. Campaigns

1:18:171:18:22

are getting under way. A highly

political robust exchange between

1:18:221:18:28

the two frontbenchers on this. The

leader of the SNP in Parliament in

1:18:281:18:34

Westminster went on Conservative

connections with the parent company

1:18:341:18:41

of Cambridge analytical, something

we could be hearing more about as

1:18:411:18:43

the week goes on. Still with me is

Liz Truss.

1:18:431:18:53

Liz Truss. Also Laura Kuenssberg.

Local elections and their

1:18:551:19:02

campaigning has begun. They were

both prepared to be very political

1:19:021:19:06

and Theresa May dug further than she

ever has before in terms of trying

1:19:061:19:10

to push back to Jeremy Corbyn some

of the unhappiness and strife there

1:19:101:19:13

has been in local Labour councils

around the country. And the tensions

1:19:131:19:19

between council leaders who have

been here for a long time and knew

1:19:191:19:23

whether Labour supporters were. She

was making a full frontal political

1:19:231:19:26

attack. Jeremy Corbyn started off

with a real good question about it

1:19:261:19:33

at local Tories or national Tories

who are incompetent which is led to

1:19:331:19:37

a council collapsing? I think by the

end of the session, there'd been a

1:19:371:19:41

role reversal and Jeremy Corbyn

started strongly, the prime

1:19:411:19:44

ministers seemed to be on the back

foot but by the end it felt to me as

1:19:441:19:47

if it was the other way.

Yes, Jeremy

Corbyn at the beginning was strong

1:19:471:19:52

but it petered out a bit and the

Prime Minister generalised things

1:19:521:19:55

bye bye going into attack on Corbyn

is over positions in the Labour

1:19:551:20:03

Party, and what she regards as

moderate Labour politicians

1:20:031:20:05

resigning and so wonderful. It

became much more a party political

1:20:051:20:09

battle.

There's no question that

these issues around council

1:20:091:20:14

pressures will be a huge feature of

the council elections. No question

1:20:141:20:21

about that. Elections in lots of

different part of the country and

1:20:211:20:24

London too. The context to all of

that, both parties are in

1:20:241:20:29

expectation management phases, the

context is Labour particularly in

1:20:291:20:32

London expects to make some pretty

dramatic games and the Tories are

1:20:321:20:36

braced for a difficult night.

Liz

Truss, the background to all of this

1:20:361:20:40

is that there will be a £6 billion

local Government funding gap by

1:20:401:20:48

2020. 6 billion. Is that the

Government policy that that gap is

1:20:481:20:56

left open or it is filled by local

taxation?

Our policy overall has

1:20:561:21:03

been to shift from having local

Government that was much funded by

1:21:031:21:10

national Government, in 2000 and

1080% of Government expenditure came

1:21:101:21:12

from central Government grant.

Towards local taxation, so local

1:21:121:21:19

politicians are accountable for what

they spend too local electors, and

1:21:191:21:22

that is the shift we have undertaken

over the past eight years and I

1:21:221:21:26

think that a good thing because it's

about democracy, people choosing

1:21:261:21:29

whether they want a local council

that is a high spender, very much

1:21:291:21:34

what Theresa May was talking about

when she said Labour councils cost

1:21:341:21:37

you more.

All councils will cost us

more than 6 billion funding gap.

1:21:371:21:42

Everyone will have to put up tax.

Of

course any council can raise council

1:21:421:21:50

tax more if they have a local

referendum. We've always given

1:21:501:21:55

councils that freedom. They do have

that ability. One thing I would

1:21:551:21:58

point out is local Government

reserves have gone up over the past

1:21:581:22:02

eight years to the tune of 8

billion, so local Government

1:22:021:22:09

finances in terms of the reserves on

their balance sheets are actually

1:22:091:22:12

healthier than they were in 2010.

If

that is the case, why is it seven

1:22:121:22:18

out of ten councils with the biggest

rise in council tax been

1:22:181:22:21

Conservative?

That is a choice that

those Conservative councils have

1:22:211:22:25

made.

They got all this money in the

bank and are raising people's

1:22:251:22:29

council tax?

Often Conservative

councils that are the lowest council

1:22:291:22:34

tax, so there's a difference between

the level they are charging, Andrew,

1:22:341:22:38

and the rise they might be

proposing, but I believe in local

1:22:381:22:42

politicians making decisions about

what is right for the local area and

1:22:421:22:46

raising the taxes locally and what

Labour want is they want a local

1:22:461:22:50

Government system controlled by the

centre where all the money is coming

1:22:501:22:53

from the Government because all of

their complaints about the cut in

1:22:531:22:56

the central Government grant...

What

is wrong with switching the focus,

1:22:561:23:01

there is still a lot of local money

from central Government, but what is

1:23:011:23:08

wrong with change in the focus on

local Government is financed more

1:23:081:23:11

locally?

I'm sorry to use a very

strong word here, but the hypocrisy.

1:23:111:23:18

We've just had Theresa May

criticising councils for increasing

1:23:181:23:23

council tax. I'm sorry to be very

personal. We will both in the

1:23:231:23:27

chamber, Labour was saying about the

cuts to local services and we had

1:23:271:23:31

the Government minister shouting

back at us from the Treasury, you

1:23:311:23:34

can raise council tax, raise council

tax, so we can't have it both ways.

1:23:341:23:39

If we want to have local services

properly funded, we either need the

1:23:391:23:42

money to come under the current

system from national Government? It

1:23:421:23:48

has been cut by a third. We said

previously you should not have got

1:23:481:23:51

rid of the banking levy to the

extent because that money could have

1:23:511:23:54

gone into children's services. The

alternative you have governors for

1:23:541:23:58

councils to charge more council tax,

so be open about it and call a spade

1:23:581:24:02

a spade. If you want deserves to be

maintained, actually say delays

1:24:021:24:07

local council, not just the

Labour...

We have said that the

1:24:071:24:11

local council. Now the majority of

money is spent by local Government

1:24:111:24:14

is raised locally and that is a good

thing for accountability.

So you are

1:24:141:24:18

happy with council tax going up?

The

point is that Tory councils are more

1:24:181:24:24

effective the way they spend money

so they are getting better value for

1:24:241:24:28

money for what they are spending but

I totally support the idea that the

1:24:281:24:31

money should be raised locally for

services rather than nationally.

1:24:311:24:35

Isn't the floor, it may be good for

democracy but not for equity. Surely

1:24:351:24:41

a lot of the areas which need the

most money, the most help, are those

1:24:411:24:48

areas that have the lowest tax base?

They are poorer people and they

1:24:481:24:55

don't have the property stock which

is what local taxes are based on,

1:24:551:24:58

property prices, and it's support

tax base to raise money from.

We do

1:24:581:25:04

give extra money, and that is part

of the formula, which goes into

1:25:041:25:08

local Government.

But you have cut

by 6 billion?

What we want is local

1:25:081:25:15

councils to give planning permission

to allow more businesses to open,

1:25:151:25:19

have good policies to attract people

to those areas, and if they retain

1:25:191:25:22

more of their money was what we are

doing under business rates

1:25:221:25:26

retention, that's an encouragement

for local councils to be

1:25:261:25:30

pro-building more houses,

pro-enterprise. That is how we are

1:25:301:25:34

encouraging councils to be

accountable for the money we are

1:25:341:25:36

spending.

Let's hear from Anneliese

Dodds. We heard from the Secretary

1:25:361:25:43

for Communities and Local Government

admitting that the Government got

1:25:431:25:46

this wrong in terms of the money

they were giving back to local

1:25:461:25:49

authorities involved in this pilot

on business rates retention. It is a

1:25:491:25:54

mess. Councils don't know whether

they will be part of the system in

1:25:541:25:57

the future or not. They don't know

how it will be going across the

1:25:571:26:01

country. You have potentially big

spikes and troughs on business rates

1:26:011:26:05

if one big firm moves away. This is

a mess. People are suffering.

Let me

1:26:051:26:10

come to the issue that Jeremy Corbyn

raised in Northampton. The Council

1:26:101:26:19

is gone bust. I get no if the

figures are right but the idea that

1:26:191:26:25

96% of the services were outsourced.

A remarkable way to proceed even if

1:26:251:26:31

you were in favour of outsourcing,

but the Prime Minister said that it

1:26:311:26:35

had nothing to do with underfunding.

If that's the case, why do the Tory

1:26:351:26:41

leader of Northampton County Council

say we could not cope with the level

1:26:411:26:44

of cuts we were facing?

The

Independent report said that it had

1:26:441:26:49

nothing to do with underfunding,

which is what the Prime Minister

1:26:491:26:51

pointed out.

I think that could be a

bit strong, nothing to do.

There is

1:26:511:26:57

a lot of opportunities to run things

more efficiently and do things more

1:26:571:27:03

efficiently and some councils have

taken as but this is a Tory council

1:27:031:27:08

and you just told us they have the

lowest taxes on the best services

1:27:081:27:12

and the best value for money.

They

said they could not cope with the

1:27:121:27:20

level.

I'm making a generalisation

for them I'm not endorsing every

1:27:201:27:24

policy pursued because ultimately

this is a matter for local electors

1:27:241:27:27

and it's quite dangerous for

national politicians, and I very

1:27:271:27:31

much avoid saying what my opinion is

on things like planning, where local

1:27:311:27:35

councils have the lead on that

because otherwise you are

1:27:351:27:37

undercutting local politicians.

The

SNP Parliamentary leaders,

1:27:371:27:46

Conservative links to the holding

company of Cambridge analytic, have

1:27:461:27:50

you heard this? Is it serious?

There's been significant supporting

1:27:501:27:56

the last couple of days, people

looking for clues and links wherever

1:27:561:27:59

they can find them because of their

overall she usually deafening

1:27:591:28:04

controversy around the company.

Clearly, people are trying to go

1:28:041:28:08

through all the fingerprints about

who might have been connected to

1:28:081:28:10

this company. It does seem there are

people who have held good positions

1:28:101:28:14

in the Conservative Party over the

years who have links to the holding

1:28:141:28:18

company. Beyond that, in terms of

strong direct links to people who

1:28:181:28:23

are in power now, not so far, but

there's more to come out.

I think.

1:28:231:28:29

The guess the answer was 1972.

Anneliese Dodds, if you could press

1:28:291:28:34

the red button. We could find out

who the winner is. Philip,

1:28:341:28:42

well done.

1:28:421:28:44

That's all for today.

1:28:441:28:45

Thanks to our guests.

1:28:451:28:46

The One O'Clock News is starting

over on BBC One now.

1:28:461:28:49

Jo will be here at noon tomorrow

with all the big political

1:28:491:28:52

Bye bye.

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