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The last leader was in the job a mere 18 days before she decided
The favourite to succeed her then quit the party after a now infamous
Ukip's biggest donor says the party is at "breaking point".
This morning, the former Deputy Chairman, Suzanne Evans,
announced that she would be running for the leadership.
I've thought long and hard about this leadership bid,
and one of the reasons I've perhaps delayed announcing it is
because I wanted to be absolutely sure that I had the support
And I can confirm that I have more than enough signatures
on the nomination form already to be able to go forward.
Let's not forget that 3,000 people signed a petition in support of me
I know head office was besieged with letters in support.
I would not be doing this if I didn't have the backing
of our members, because our members are the most important
Well, Paul Nuttall was Nigel Farage's deputy for many years
and plenty of people saw him as a leader-in-waiting.
Let's ask the man himself - Paul Nuttall joins me now.
Yes. I've made the decision that I'm going to put my name forward to be
the next leader of Ukip. I have huge support across the country, not only
amongst people at the top of the party in Westminster and with the
MEPs, but also the grassroots. I want to be the unity candidate. Ukip
needs to come together. I'm not going to gild the lily. Ukip is
looking over a political cliff at the moment. It will either step four
step back, and I want to tell us to step backwards. You say it faces an
ex-distension or threat, which means it's possible it has no future at
all. Students of political history know that political parties take a
long time to get going. They can disappear pretty quickly. Ukip is
facing an existential crisis. What happened over the summer has put us
on a... We could be on a spiral that we can't get off. But I believe I am
the man to bring the factions together, to create unity within the
party, and to build on the structure and get us ready for the common
challenges. Why didn't you stand last time? Because I have spent the
last four or five years of my life travelling around the country. I
have done more Ukip meetings than anybody else, spending a lot of time
away from home. With Brexit, I felt that my job and Nigel's job was done
and we could hand over to the next generation. That doesn't seem to be
the case, and maybe it's time for someone who is an old hand. I'm very
experienced and I know the party inside out. Maybe it's time to step
in and bring the party together. You told the Liverpool Echo on the night
of July that you didn't wish to take on Nigel Farage, you didn't want
that to happen to your family and friends. What has changed? The party
is facing an existential crisis, and I want to make sure that Ukip is on
the pitch to keep the ball into the open net we have in politics. We
have a Conservative Party who is moving toward Brexit, but we have to
be there too. Why would you be better than Suzanne Evans? Suzanne
would be an excellent candidate. I thought the 2015 manifesto was the
best out of all the political parties. I would be the best
candidate because of my experience. I am not part of any faction within
the party. Is she? I get on well with everybody, and I believe I
could be the man to bring the party together. Do you get on with Iain
Banks, -- Aaron Banks, who is supporting one of your rivals? Yes,
I get on well with him. He is able to choose whoever he wants to be the
next leader of the party. After November 28, the leadership
election, we all say, the past the past. It becomes Daisy row for the
new leader. We forget all that has before and move on. You won the
referendum. Mrs May is adopting some of your policies, like grammar
schools. What is the point of Ukip these days? Twofold. We don't have
Brexit. Mrs May said she would not invoke Article 50 until the end of
March, and we don't know if that will happen. We need to ensure a
strong Ukip to make sure that Brexit really does mean Brexit. We have a
huge opportunity in working class communities where the Labour Party
no longer represents them. I believe Ukip can become the voice of working
people. If you were the leader, would Ukip be a bigger threat to
Labour in the north or the Tories in the South? You save Labour in the
north, and people often to make that mistake. There's working class
communities right across the country is. There are working-class
communities in Bristol just as in Newcastle. We are second in a
number of northern seats, and southern seats as well, and I
believe the party can move into these communities. It can only do so
if Ukip is on the pitch, and I intend to make sure that's the case.
I don't think we have portrayed a good image over the summer. Is that
called British understatement? A bit. It is dysfunctional. We have to
move on beyond Nigel Farage. We have to build a strong national Executive
Committee. We need to ensure our branches are ready for the fight and
concentrate on local elections. I've got the experience. I'm now throwing
my hat into the ring, and I'm the only person who can keep Ukip in the
game. What role would you give Nigel Farage, if any? I will be the
candidate of compromise. I would see what Nigel wanted to do. Would you
keep in the leader of the freedom and democracy group in the European
Parliament? There would have to be compromise on both sides, and we
would need to talk about it. I don't know what Nigel wants to do. Do you
think his support, his association with Donald Trump, helps Ukip win
female votes in this country? Personally, I would not have gone
out and campaigned or said anything about Donald Trump, but I don't
think Ukip has come out and backed Donald Trump 100%. Personally, I
wouldn't have even spoken about the American election, because I think
the two candidates are quite appalling. Some up for us. If you
win, what would be the hallmark of your Ukip leadership? The first
couple of months would be ensuring that Ukip unifies. Saying no to
factions, bringing people together. Suzanne Evans, Nigel Farage, all of
the MEPs, and ensuring that Ukip can move forward. If we don't unify,
Ukip will not be around for much longer. Thanks for being with us
this morning. We won't have to wait too long
to find out who Ukip's new leader will be -
the winner will be announced Who would be the best leader for
Ukip? I think the difference between the field a few weeks ago and today
is that this field is a lot stronger. Whether it's Paul or
Suzanne, I think... It is hard to say, with Aaron Banks and apparently
Nigel Farage hacking another candidate, Raheem, but I want Ukip
to be a strong force in British politics. I think the fact there is
a stronger field now is good news for Ukip. Is it a Labour's worst
nightmare in the north of England? It is. I think the personality
difference and presentational difference is interesting. Suzanne
Evans is going for the Conservative county vote. There's a lot to be
taken there by Ukip. He would probably be more appealing to the
Labour vote. It is interesting. At the moment, pollsters say that the
Ukip vote splits pretty easily between Labour and Tory. But things
always collapse. When they have made inroads into Tower Hamlets and
Barking, they collapse, because they fight amongst each other so much.
But not always with fists! Does Ukip have a future? And who would best
secure that future? It does for at least two years, until we Brexit. We
have to believe that that will happen. That was an impressive pitch
there from Paul, certainly as the unity candidate, after the car crash
we have seen on TV screens this morning. But it doesn't go beyond
May 20 19. What then? There is no point being called the United
Kingdom Independence party any longer. What will happen after May
2019? If you want to hoover up votes of the back of Brexit, you need to
start looking further ahead than two years. The person who wins that
leadership contest is the person who will sum that up the best. We shall
see. In June 2014, the group which calls
itself the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant captured Iraq's
second city, Mosul. Later that month the group announced
it was establishing a 'caliphate', or an Islamic state,
on the territories it This week 30,000 Iraqi troops, aided
by Iranian-backed Shia fighters, Kurdish Peshmerga and Western air
support, began the assault Then they spot a truck bomb
from so-called Islamic State. They destroy it before
it destroys them. These are the first steps
in the battle for Mosul, the Northern Iraqi city IS has
made its stronghold since 2014. Controlling the city of around
2 million people means that they established governance,
they establish a territorial base. This is what has obsessed everyone,
because with a territorial base you are capable of doing more
than if you are simply an insurgency movement in the fabric
of another society. It's being billed as the biggest
military operation in Iraq since the war in 2003, the biggest
moment in the international effort Here is how the various forces
are approaching the city. Heading to Mosul from the south,
the elite troops of the Iraqi army. Known as the Golden division,
trained and accompanied From the North, a force made up
of Kurds, known as the Peshmerga, Also from the South,
a militia made up of Shia fighters who have been accused
of human rights abuses. British planes have bombed outlying
villages, reportedly guided in by British personnel
on the ground. To the North West, a corridor
has been left for some of the 3000 plus IS fighters,
in theory an escape route which could limit the bloodshed
when fighting starts in the city. We've had 4-5 days of battle
and it's taking place in the outlying villages
and there have been some successes and some failures,
but the momentum is building. And the real question will be
when the attackers get towards the city itself,
how strong are the defences? It will crack but it might crack
within 48 hours or 2-3 weeks. IS has fought back,
on Friday they attack sites in the city of Kirkuk,
including a power station. The United Nations believes hundreds
of thousands of families have been rounded up
as potential human shields. The battle could be bloody,
but what about when it's over? The Shia militias, the Iraqi army,
the Peshmerga guerrillas, some of the Turkish elements,
they all want a share of the action. They are in Mosul, not
for altruistic reasons. They are there because they want
to be part of whatever happens next. The biggest issue is how the Sunni
majority in Mosul reacts to the Shia militias which have
helped to liberate them. ARCHIVE FOOTAGE: When Sir Francis
Humphrey went to Mosul If it all seems like something
from the archive, when the Middle East went up in flames
and was then carved up, it is because that is what is
happening in Iraq right now. National identity has been cut
across by other identities such And that means that putting together
a so-called nation state again Almost certainly there will be
a new form of Kurdish state, almost certainly in northern Iraq
at the end of this crisis, and what is happening in Mosul
is a microcosm of what is happening elsewhere across the Levant
which is that it is melting down. Big questions, questions that
come after the battle. The coalition forces are advancing
but this is just the beginning. I'm joined now by the International
Development Minister Rory Stewart. In a former life he was
the coalition Deputy-Governor of two provinces in Southern Iraq following
the Iraq intervention of 2003. Is there any doubt that at some
stage Mosul will fall to the forces of Iraq and its allies? The first
thing is that war is very uncertain and there are cliches about it being
the graveyard of predictions and we don't want to make confident
predictions but the basic structure is that there are 30,000 Iraqi
forces outside and only a few thousand Daesh fighters inside and I
would say it is overwhelmingly likely that the batter will one
STUDIO: -- the battle the won by the Iraqi forces.
June 2014 was a great success, they took a city of over in people and
they created what they tried to create a million state of 7 million
people, stretching across the Iraqi Syrian border, but since then they
have lost territory quite rapidly. Now they are losing the outskirts of
Mosul, and that is a fundamental blow. Islamic State is all about
territory and holding state, that is what makes it different from
Al-Qaeda. If they lose Mosul that will be a cynic -- significant blow
to their credibility. Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday's
presidential debate that when Iraqi forces with their allies including
the United Kingdom gain control of Mosul they should continue to press
into Syria to take back Raqqa which is the de facto capital of the
caliphate, what is left of it, do we want Iraqi forces to pursue IS into
Syria? Very important question. Delayed in Raqqa needs to come from
people on the Syrian side of the border and that is an important
principle -- the lead. In the end of that enemy, Islamic State, is a
common enemy for odd members of the coalition including the Iraqi
government. -- all members. There is likely to be a humanitarian crisis
especially if it ends up with street to street fighting and IS are
difficult to dislodge what are we doing about that? We are doing very
detailed scenario planning. It is very uncertain what the scenario
will be but much investment has gone into creating a network of camps,
refugees STUDIO: Refugee camps around cash refugee camps, and that
is where money, British money, ?40 million has gone recently into
supporting that, especially in terms of medical support to people. The
United nation's emergency response budget is ?196 million but only one
third funded which sounds like we are putting up a big chunk of what
is already being funded. Why is that? The international committee
can't say they haven't seen this assault coming, and the humanitarian
fallout they may see from it. You are absolutely right. We have seen
it coming and we have been planning since debris and we have put in
about ?167 million into this -- planning since February. There has
been a change in the nature of the appeal, and if there is a lag in the
accounting of it, but the money we need at this stage is in place and
we do have the support structure in place for those refugees. You are
right the United Nations is continuing with its appeal and is
asking for more money at the moment. The converse magazine wrote this
week that preparations for a big exodus of people leaving the city
have been made -- Economist magazine. But confidence is not high
in the preparations, is that a unfair conclusion? If you can
imagine the different scenarios, it could be a few thousand and it could
be a few hundred thousand coming out of the city through a front line
where the war is going on, that is very difficult. You have to screen
those people and disarm them, and keep families together, and
transport them and you have to bring them into the refugee camps. The
people working on this have been working on this for long time, we
have mapped the different routes we have good camp infrastructure in
place and we have people who have worked in south to dam and other
areas who are putting their structures in place -- South Sudan.
It is never easy but I think we have done everything we can in the
preparation for this. What is the British role in what will probably
be an even bigger issue, assuming that Mosul is liberated and retaken,
the humanitarian crisis is dealt with, what role will we play in the
rebuilding of Mosul? That will be crucial to the future of Iraq, the
second-biggest city and it will need to be rebuilt. It will need to be
rebuilt as a community as well as bricks and mortar. And eight Sunni
community that is not harassed by the Shia. -- and eight. You are
right. One of the core drivers is that the Sunni community felt
excluded and they did not feel they have the trust from the Baghdad
government. A lasting solution is stopping some of Islamic State
coming back, that involves making sure the Sunni community have a
stake in their future. That is making sure that the governing
structures are in place. The UK's response is twofold, we have got to
get the humanitarian aid right, that is the short term, people who might
be malnourished, coming out of the front line. The second thing is
working with the Iraqi government to make sure that as we rebuild Mosul
we do so in a way that that population feels a connection to the
Iraqi state. Islamic State is losing territory everywhere in the Levant,
it is almost finished in Iraq, we think. It is down to one district in
Libya, as well, just one small part of the town. I suppose the risk is,
if life is becoming more difficult across these areas, it can start to
look more in Europe and the United Kingdom as a place to continue its
terrorist attacks? That is a real danger. You are right. This is a
group which has proved over the last five years very unpredictable and it
changes for it quickly full stop often it does unexpected things. In
2009 its predecessor had been largely wiped out in Iraq and when
it was under pressure in Syria it went back into Iraq, and in the past
it didn't hold territory but now it holds territory, so you are right.
There is a serious risk that as it gets squeezed in the middle East it
will try to pop up somewhere else and Mac could include Europe and the
United States -- that could. They say that is something they have
focused on full stop we also have a big focus on counterterrorism
security and making sure that we keep the United Kingdom and Europe
say. One final question. -- say. -- safe. Maybe events in Mosul could
add to the migration crisis in Europe, is that a possibility?
Again, you are right, we have seen in Syria it can push migration, the
biggest push the migration was the conflict in Syria, and that's the
reason why we have but so much energy into getting those refugee
camps in place and getting the humanitarian response in place --
put so much energy. People will want to remain in their homes, this is
their country, but we have got to make it possible for them and that
means in the short term looking after their shelter and in the
medium to long-term making sure they have livelihoods, jobs and an
economic development which is why our support in Iraq is in the UK
National interests because it deals with these issues of migration and
terrorists. Thanks for joining us. I'm joined now by the Shadow Defence
Secretary. Does Labour support British
participation in this offensive? We fully support the participation in
this offensive, extremely important move forward and we voted for this
back in 2014. We are asking the government question is, of course, I
was asking the Secretary of State this week about this very offensive
but we are fully behind our RAF pilots out there and be trading that
has been going on to help the forces on the ground. -- the training full
stop that is very clear. I wonder if you'll lead it shares that clarity
and that position. -- is your leader. This is what Jeremy Corbyn
has said. What's been done in Iraq
is done by the Iraqi government, and currently
supported by the British government. I did not support it
when it came up. Well, I'm not sure how successful
it's been, because most of the action now appears to be
moving in to Syria, so I think we He doesn't sound very supportive.
The issue about Mosul, it has been very carefully prepared as Rory
Stewart said and I hope we have learned the lessons from previous
offensives where we haven't learnt sufficiently, and that is going to
be crucial in this context. How the aftermath is going to be dealt with.
Of course will stop that clip was from November last year, and things
have changed. Two weeks ago he told the BBC" I'm not sure it is
working", in reference to air strikes in Iraq, but it is working.
We have got to see what happens in Mosul, it is a very high-risk
operation, but we also have to face the fact that the people there are
living under tyranny at the moment. We have to ask very cirrus question
shall stop he says he's not sure it is working, when Mosul is the last
major target be cleared of Islamic State in Iraq. The combination of
Allied air power has worked, why is he not sure it is working? Because
we have seen difficulties in the past. But this was two weeks ago. It
is essential that the work is done, both planning for the refugees as
Rory Stewart referred to, but also in terms of reconstruction of the
city and its community as you mentioned. These are vital. This was
about the ability to make progress with Allied air power, special
forces in Iraq, on the ground, do you accept so far that has a
strategy that seems to be working to read Iraq of Islamic -- to read Iraq
of Islamic State the question of the car began placement. Ulloa -- we
can't be complacent. The problems they are creating where ever they
are urged that we must continue to pursue them. This is the first time
we have spoken to since you have become the Shadow Defence Secretary.
I hope we will have a longer interview. Will Labour's next
manifesto include a commitment to the renewal of Trident? It will. We
made that commitment in 2007, that is a firm commitment and we will
honour that to our coalition allies and our industrial partners and that
is the vote which was taken democratically and repeatedly has
been reaffirmed by Labour conference and we are a democratic party vote
up you have squared that with Jeremy Corbyn? He's in favour of democracy
and he understands the situation, but we also want to push for the UK
to play a much bigger role on the international stage on multilateral
disarmament talks. You were very clear there, I thank you for that.
Support for Trident will be in the next Labour manifesto. What has
happened to Labour's review of Trident policy? That review has been
taking place over the year, we had a very clear reaffirmation in the
conference boat this year, we are reaffirming our commitment to
Trident -- vote. The review can't change that? There is a process of
review and a fair number of issues related to defence, all parties do
this. Of course. The review can't change the commitment to Trident? We
are not changing the commitment to Trident. Russia is now the main
strategic threat to this country? It is a major strategic threat and we
have got to work with our Nato allies very closely and make sure
that we respond and that we do not let things pass. For example, we
should be calling out Russia for the way it has been a bombing
humanitarian aid and we should be taking them to international court
over this, but we should also be strengthening sanctions, somewhat
imposed over Ukraine. We try to do that, but the Italians wouldn't let
us. The Italians did not want to participate in the European
initiative but that doesn't stop individual countries for the Britain
should step up? Yes, we should look at what is practical to impose.
Thanks for joining us. Mosul is not the only major battle
being waged in the Middle East. The city of Aleppo in northern Syria
has seen some of the heaviest bombardment since Syria's
five-year-long civil war began. This week Russian warships,
in a deliberate show of power, sailed west through the English
channel en route to Syria. Nato says it's Russia's "largest
surface deployment" since the end of the Cold War in what is thought
to be preparation for a final assault
on the besieged city of Aleppo. In the city itself fighting
resumed overnight - following a 3-day ceasefire -
with more air strikes and heavy clashes in the city's
rebel-held eastern districts. Almost 500 people have been
killed and 2,000 injured since Syrian government forces,
backed by Russian air strikes, This week Theresa May condemned
Vladimir Putin's involvement in Syria, accusing Moscow
of being behind "sickening atrocities" in support
of President Assad's regime. But European leaders are divided
on how to respond and, with the United States preoccupied
with domestic politics, President Putin senses this
is his moment to bring the Syrian I'm joined now by the BBC's former
Diplomatic and Moscow Correspondent, Bridget Kendall, who is now Master
of Peterhouse College in Cambridge. Welcome. Good to see you in the BBC
studio again. Let me put up this satellite image of Aleppo here, to
get an idea of the scale. It was the biggest city in Syria. It was the
commercial capital and a huge cultural hub as well. Almost the New
York of Syria, to give you an idea of its significance to the country.
Let me show you now how it's been divided. The rebels are now in
control of the eastern part, about eight miles long and three miles
wide there, they're in purple. They are under great attacks still. Is it
inevitable that that purple part falls to the regime? That is what
President as Saad, the Russians and the Iranians hope. The fierce
bombardments we have seen is part of that. I'm reminded very much in the
Russian tactics of what happened in grudgingly in Chechnya in 2000, when
the Russians said, a warning for all civilians to lead, and then they
went ahead and they basically raised it to the ground. They are talking
about Al Nusrah as being one of the rebel groups. They got rid of all of
the terrorists. They talk about it being an Al-Qaeda offshoot. The
purpose of going in is to get rid of them. You get the civilians out and
then you take it. But this isn't like Chechnya. It is much more
complex. We have seen an attempt to take Aleppo before, and then there
was a rebel counter offensive. It's not so certain. And there are so
many different parties involved. We have seen the alarm in the west of
the extent of the civilian casualties. There have been
rumblings in the west of, shouldn't the United States do something?
Shouldn't they stop the Syrian air force? This Russian aircraft carrier
steaming its way towards the Eastern Mediterranean is a symbolic gesture,
both to its own people, but also to the West, to say, don't get involved
in Aleppo if we go ahead. Don't try and stop us because we could up the
ante. They have not been great visual pictures, because the
aircraft carrier looks a bit clapped out, belching out smoke! If the
rebel controlled area does fall, it would be seen as a great victory for
President as Saad and his Russian allies. What is the aim of Russia
here? What would they then do, if Aleppo Falls? It is part of a plan
that President Putin set out in his UN speech in 2014, before Russia
went into Syria. The aim is to put President Assad back in charge.
President Putin said this weekend that either is Assad in Damascus, or
its Al Nusrah. There is nothing in between. They want to eliminate the
argument for a moderate opposition. They want to make it plain that the
only way to get a stable Syria is to have Assad back in charge. Even sue
argue for a rump steak lit, leaving aside what is happening with IAS.
They have already said they want to have an enlarged military presence
at their bases. And they have a big naval base. It is. It is a chance to
push for this when he sees the West is being distracted and divided.
Europe and America, by elections and so on. Just before the US elections.
The Americans are worried about that, Europeans are being distracted
by Brexit. He can push to his maximum advantage now, before there
is a new US president. If they do take that part of Aleppo, and that
part of northern Syria, does Mr Putin want us to recognise, to
admit, that that is now his sphere of influence? I think the rhetoric
from the Russians is that they want the West to recognise that they are
an equal powerful partner. It's not just the US that runs the writ in
the Middle East. Russia is as important as it is. It is engaging
with Saudi Arabia and has mended fences with Turkey. Syria is the
place from which it can launch its message that it is a big player in
the Middle East. Russia wants the West to understand that this isn't a
country that was dismembered after the end of the Soviet Union and is
now a week. It is back, and it is strong. That is an important
message. Looking at the economy. It is in recession. GDP has been
falling, partly because of the price of oil. It is highly dependent on
hydrocarbons, and is expected to fall again. Its people are falling
again. People don't realise how small the Russian economy is. Its
GDP is about the size of Italy's. It is smaller than the UK economy.
Bigger than it was 15 or 20 years ago. But so is Britain's does it
help to take people's mind of this? A huge shock to the Russian economy
was a drop in the price of oil and a price of gas. A drop in the price of
the ruble as well. This is hurting the people of Russia. On the one
hand, it is the war in Syria, which is very important for Russia to sort
out that part of the world and dispensed terrorists who might be
danger to -- is dangerous to Russia. But he had also has presidential
election is going up. They are supposed to be 2018, but some feel
he will bring them forward to 2017, because the economy is not doing so
well. But you need a good story for the Russian people. Thank you very
much. We say goodbye to viewers
in Scotland who leave us now In the East Midlands: A step towards
an East Midlands Police force? Three forces agree
to work more closely. Changing how the police work -
will greater cooperation between the And could Brexit put the brakes
on our fast-growing universities? The students who come
in here are genuine, motivated, and want to succeed,
and not necessarily, certainly Hello, I'm Marie Ashby,
and casting their eyes over the political week
here in the East Midlands are Edward Garnier,
the Conservative MP for Harborough, and Roger Helmer, a Ukip MEP
representing the East First, let's look at some
of the voting patterns and polls Safe seats for the Conservatives
and Labour respectively in this Edward Garnier, your party didn't do
as well as expected. Yes, and the new member
of Parliament got the same majority as David Cameron got
when he first stood for that seat, way back in 2005,
so that is all right. But by-elections are by-elections
and every Government I am sure every Opposition member
will say how dreadful The Liberal Democrats
are getting wildly overexcited. We are 18% percentage points ahead
of the Labour Party nationally. The Liberal Democrats had eight
seats on Wednesday night and they have got eight
seats on Sunday morning. I am sure the leader
of the Liberal Democrats is very overexcited,
but, frankly, I don't think there is much to read
from the Whitney by-election, other than the fact that
a Conservative MP was replaced Since Roger is here,
I could say that Ukip, the poor dears, lost their deposit,
but that would be terribly rude. Ukip are slipping in
the polls, though, Roger. Have all the recent events,
and has that altercation Let's be honest, we had a terrible
week, in which a newly elected leader of the party decided not
to go ahead with the position, and in which two of my colleagues
behaved in a way which I think most I think perhaps they are
ashamed of it as well. We had a bad week, and I am sure
that had some impact. But both of these two by-election
results we are looking One is a former Prime Minister,
and the other one is following a real tragedy,
when the major Opposition party took I think the conclusion we can draw
from those two by-elections No, I think Steven Woolfe
is possibly in a crisis. And there are those
who might think that So, would you fancy
going for leader? I mean, you are a long serving
member of the party. I appreciate the invitation,
but I think... I was just asking whether you
would like to go for it. It is a bigger job than I would wish
to take over at my time of life. The other point I would make
is that we are seeing more and more arguments around Brexit,
about how Brexit should be done. So the need for Ukip and for a clear
voice saying we want out of the European Union,
with no conditions, please, is stronger
than ever. Next, three police forces covering
the East Midlands have announced that they're
going to work more closely. Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire
and Northamptonshire will look at combining resources
to become more efficient. But will it mean more
bobbies on the beat, and is it a step towards
an East Midlands police force? Here's our political
editor, Tony Roe. There was a time when
policing was local. In the days of the Nottingham city
force, a powerful Chief Constable and ex-military man called
Athelstan Popkess ruled with a rod An innovator, the city had the first
police dogs and the first cars We have, of course, moved
on from the days of the 1920s police box made famous
by Doctor Who. They even had a gas lamp on top
to summon the police. They were made redundant
when phone boxes came in. And people may not like it,
but we have moved on from stopping The type of crime the police
are needed for has changed. When did you last see
a policeman on your street? Never.
Oh, yeah, but they weren't just patrolling.
I have not seen a PC on the beat, as such.
I can't recall seeing a policeman on my street.
And would you know how to contact the police if you needed to?
I don't know the number, but, yes, I get by, yeah.
I think there is another number that you can ring, but I haven't
When you ring 111, or whatever it is...
I think the whole point of this is that we shouldn't know
There are even fewer police stations.
They are being closed around the country to save money.
Not all will be saved like this one, which will be open to people
This is now part of the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham.
Next year, it will be renamed the National Justice Museum.
Will we ever have a national police force?
The plan now is forces working together with greater collaboration,
There was a time when serious crimes like murder would mean
And during the miners' strike, they were flying police in
from all over the country to combat the pickets.
And, just in case you're wondering, the number to ring for
111 will get you the NHS helpline, though.
So what's driving the plans for more cooperation
Here's the Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire, Sue Fish.
I think we see crime changing quite significantly,
and it has been doing that for some time.
The internet has absolutely transformed how we police,
And that does not respect geographic boundaries.
I think, again, the threat around terrorism continues
to evolve and change, and challenge us.
The threats that are posed by child sexual exploitation...
Let's be honest, the public purse is tight.
We are bringing in a new cadre of recruits next month in November,
and that is really exciting, because it has been two years now,
and we have had to stop recruiting because it has not been affordable.
And one of the reasons why we cannot afford to recruit is because of
the level of cooperation that has saved the money.
Let's find out more about this with Willy Bach, the Labour Police
and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire and Rutland.
So, how far will this co-operation go?
Are we talking about eventual merger of forces?
At a time of reduced resources, it is really just a sensible thing
to do, to bring together, for example, back office staff, IT,
You work together if you can to save money, so that you can do
the things in your own locality that you really need to do.
We have to wait and see what the position is.
I hope there will be very few job losses.
I have not come into this job in order that other police officers
or police staff should lose their jobs.
But 500 officers have been lost over the last ten years.
Oh, a huge number in my patch in Leicestershire
20% less police officers and 20% staff, which is one of the reasons
why it is absolutely crucial to collaborate now.
So there is still money for local policing.
It is local policing, neighbourhood policing that matters
Because we heard, didn't we, they are, from Nottingham's
Chief Constable Sue Fish, saying that the public
So this is what this is about, then, isn't it?
As Tony said in his report, there has always been collaboration
between police forces, and it makes sense.
Across the five East Midlands forces, there is a lot
of collaboration on serious organised crime, on murder come
of collaboration on serious organised crime, on murder,
on forensics and all of that works extremely well.
Now, this is it, kind of, practical step, to collaborate a bit
And I am only going to go with it if it is practical
I am not going with it just for the sake of it.
It seems to me that people want to see their own police forces
Edward Garnier, tri-force cooperation, as it has been called,
might be good news if our police forces are becoming more efficient.
But if it is because they are having to make cuts,
I do not know what the reason for it is, but it is a sensible
The Army has, let's say, ten tank regiments, and they do not
The MoD buys the tanks and distributes them.
They may all fight in different places.
Similarly, the Leicestershire and the other two police
forces seems to be, let's all buy their cars from the same
place and distribute them sensibly amongst the three police forces.
Willy and I have had a discussion about a spate of shop thefts...
Yes, because you have been talking about this very recently
I do not mind where Willy buys his police cars,
but what I want is to make sure that he distributes the police
officers and the investigators so that they are concentrating
on places like Market Harborough and rural Harborough...
So why don't you give them more money to do
Speaking to a former Labour minister who
The serious point is that at a time of financial constraint,
every public organisation has to think about how
And I think administrative cooperation between the forces,
not just the three forces we have been talking about, but right
across the East Midlands, is a sensible idea if it frees up
money to allow police officers to be there
Roger Helmer, Ukip policy is for more cooperation,
but fewer PCCs like Willy Bach, but it is people like
Willy Bach you are driving through this collaboration.
Well, I think we can well do that with cooperation between police
forces without necessarily creating additional administrative posts.
I think in principle, the idea of local policing is excellent.
Clearly, the idea of combining back office functions to increase
efficiency and therefore you have more money
I think there is an outbreak of consensus on that point.
But I would be very interested to know whether Willy has a view
about the opinion expressed by the Leicestershire force that
perhaps they should not investigate burglaries
where the householder has not locked up.
My view is, as is the Leicestershire police force's, of course
you investigate all burglaries, whether of domestic
That is progress. Thank you.
Derbyshire's police Chief Constable Mick Creedon tells
us that his force is not considering joining this alliance.
I mean, actually what he has told us is that there is no
financial benefit to them, but they are keen to collaborate.
Is it disappointing that Derbyshire won't come to the party,
I'm hoping that in due course Derbyshire in the venture will.
I am watching as one of the three PCCs, to see that the suggestions
that come through from full business cases, as they are called,
It was once called, this three for staying, strategic alliance.
That was much too highfalutin a phrase for what is a bit of
It is made necessary, I'm afraid, by the huge,
huge cuts that were made to all three police forces over
What about the people in our report who basically said that...
Some of them actually said they had never seen a police officer
Does that matter, Edward Garnier, that there are not bobbies
on the beat, and not as visible as they used to be?
Because policing has changed, hasn't it?
Visible policing creates confidence amongst the law-abiding public,
and that is again what we want to see in Market Harborough.
Clearly, even if you are in the Metropolitan Police in London,
where there are 20, or 30,000 police officers,
the chances of a police officer coming across a burglary red-handed
during his working hours is very, very slight.
But what we do need is intelligent deployment of police officers.
This is difficult in big rural areas.
In market towns like Market Harborough...
Most of the bad guys, I am afraid, and most of the easy crime
So it is difficult for the Chief Constable to deploy his forces
where everyone would like them, but we do need, and I hope that this
collaboration between the three forces on admin will allow
the Chief Constable and Willy to distribute police officers.
Edward is quite right that the average police officer
on the beat is unlikely to come across a burglary in the act
The visible policing on the street is a great deterrent to burglary
It is no good to say, he will not catch the odd criminal.
He will deter crime to a considerable extent.
He can help deter crime, but of course a lot of criminal does
not happen on the street in the way that it used to happen.
We all know about the terrible amount of child sexual
We know about how grooming takes place.
The police have very limited resources, and have got to use those
Personally, I am absolutely committed to visible policing.
What people want is to see police in their town.
But I'm afraid that the resources are such that police cannot forget
the other jobs that they have got to do to protect us all.
And it is very important that they know how
to get in touch with the police, as well.
That has got to be a priority.
999 in an emergency, and 101 in other cases.
Thank you very much for doing that for me.
They're economic powerhouses, employing tens of thousands
of people and pumping billions into the East Midlands economy.
No, they're not high-flying businesses, they're universities.
Across the region they've been through spectacular growth
in the last ten years, but now senior academics are worried
that the Government's crackdown on immigration could threaten that.
Here's our political reporter, Tim Parker.
You would be forgiven for thinking it is boomtime for our universities.
There is a serious amount of building work going on here at
Also, up at Leicester University and at Nottingham.
Loughborough University is considering spending ?40 million
Last year, Derby and Nottingham Trent University open
But is all of this construction work going to be worth it if plans
by the Home Secretary to tighten up on student visas goes ahead?
In her recent speech, the Tory party conference speech,
the Home Secretary Amber Rudd talking about student
immigration rules said, the current system allows students
irrespective of their talents and the University's quality
favourable employment prospects when they stop studying.
She questions whether that is adding value to our economy.
Now, she goes on to say it is not about pulling up the drawbridge,
but that is not the impression that some of our universities
It has been coming out for the last seven, eight or nine years,
but I really do feel that universities now have
That the students who come in here are genuine, motivated,
And not necessarily, and certainly the majority, not in the UK.
They want to go home and take their new skills
And it is not just University staff who have concerns.
The students at De Monfort University in Leicester
from inside and outside the EU say that the vote to leave
My friends and I were so disgusted, because,
Well, it belongs to the European Union.
It is weird to think that it is going to get out
Yeah, we will need a passport to come and...
For future generations, I would still encourage them to come
here, because you get to meet people from all over and exchange ideas.
To come here and have the intelligent experience,
Studying abroad is always the best choice to make.
What we are looking for is messaging that supports the fact that the UK
is indeed not just open but welcoming to international students.
That they do bring something that we in the UK, as well as in
Universities across the region will be hoping their expanding
campuses can still welcome students from the EU,
and run the world, whatever the eventual Brexit deal.
So, Edward Garnier, there are around 26,000 foreign
students at universities in the East Midlands, generating
The universities want a positive message from Government
about foreign students, and that doesn't seem
Well, I think at the moment while they are trying to work out
Don't get me on "Brexit means Brexit".
But whilst we are trying to work out how we are going to leave
the European Union, and whether we will
have a stupid departure or an intelligent departure...
Soft or hard, I think they are saying.
Stupid or better or intelligent, is the better phrasing.
It is confusing for universities and for students.
I would want to see Britain open to trade and I want to see it open
to intellectual research and scientific research
and so forth, and I want to see foreign students coming to make use
of our brilliant universities here in the East Midlands.
But it is confusing, then, isn't it?
When there are reports this week that the Chancellor Philip Hammond
He says he wants students to be counted in immigration
I thought it was the other way around.
But you are demonstrating the confusion.
I do not think this sort of confusion is helpful.
I wish the Government was more clear about what it meant,
You are correct, actually, it is the other way around.
That will either confuse the correction or correct the confusion.
But the short point is that we have superb universities right
across the UK and particularly here in the East Midlands,
and in the county of Leicestershire as well.
I want to see students from Europe and I want to see students
from across the world coming to our universities.
Both because they then go home and think well of our country,
but also because they bring money into this country and it creates
a form of internationalism which I think is very important.
I happen to be a trustee of a thing called the China
Oxford Scholarship Fund, which brings about 10-20 Chinese
postgraduates and Hong Kong postgraduates to Oxford every year.
So you can see the benefits of that
What I do not see the benefit of is an absence of certainty,
and that I'm afraid is going to continue until the Government
We are almost agreeing with each other here.
I think it is critical that the Government is clear
We need to understand that education is a vitally visible
We must not allow anything to stand in its way and the student
who comes here for, say, three years and then goes home
is entirely different to an economic migrant who comes intending to live
So we have got to focus on reassuring the universities
that we want them to continue to educate foreign students...
Saw how will an EU student be able to come here post Brexit?
On exactly the same basis as a Chinese student or a Japanese
We need some kind of arrangement for student visas, but the important
thing is that we are reassured that on completion of their course,
either they go home, as Edward has suggested,
or they may well wish to stay here, and this educated person may wish
In that case, they should be subject to the same selection criteria that
would apply to anybody else seeking to come into our country.
And if they are contributing to our economy, we should be
I think we are agreeing with each other.
The problem we face at the moment is that the Government have yet
to work out what they intend to achieve by the end of March,
Throughout this period, we will have confusion.
It is aggravated by ministers saying different things,
and then being told by number ten they should not have said
I want to see a uniform approach to this and an organised approach,
and an approach which is welcoming and internationalist.
So, students, as you say, should be able to carry on coming
The essence of Brexit is that European students will not be
treated in a different way from students from the Commonwealth
Like Edward, I too want to see a free
We could not be that within the protectionist European Union.
Time now for a round-up of some of the other political stories
Rushcliffe Borough Council has defended a policy to fine
After we revealed the plan last Sunday, there was criticism from
The council says that the fines are a last resort and only
The East Midlands has the worst hand-over times from ambulances
Figures from the Labour Party show that the number of people waiting
for more than one hour has trebled in two years.
The debate at Westminster over proposals to close the children
heart surgery unit at Leicester's Glenfield Hospital heard
cross-party opposition to the plans from East Midlands MPs.
If this proposal goes ahead, the East Midlands will be the only
region in the country without a children's
Businesses affected by construction work on Nottingham's tram
system have received ?3.5 million in compensation.
The average pay-out was ?27,000, but some companies say
That's the Sunday Politics in the East Midlands.
Thanks to Edward Garnier and Roger Helmer.
Next week, Pauline Latham and Vernon Coaker will be here.
go ahead with this policy, I know. And now back to Andrew.
So, Brexit, airports, Calais and the chances
With what Rory Stewart was saying there, it is clear that Islamic
State is losing territory in Iraq now, and could come under pressure
in Syria as well. It used to control a whole swathe of the coast of
Libya, and is now down to a small area of Sirte in Libya. But
curiously, it could make them more dangerous here if they are being
driven out of the Maghreb and the Levant, they could be more dangerous
here. Discuss. That was a very interesting admission from a
government minister, of all people, and a well-informed one. Chasing
Isis around the Middle East is about... Like chasing Al-Qaeda
around Afghanistan and Pakistan. You smash them somewhere, and they pop
up somewhere else. He is right to warn that these guys will go
somewhere. And it may well be, in Sirte, for example, across the magic
oration -- across the Mediterranean into Italy. A lot of the foreign
fighters in Mosul have already gone, we heard, which raises the question,
to where? I think it is quite right for government ministers to warn
that it might have repercussions here. We have been involved in this,
with full public consent, as far as we can tell. If it doesn't happen,
if there are horrors and outrages here and in the rest of Europe,
that's fine. If it does happen, at least the government is prepared. We
knew surprised about how categorical Nia Griffith was? She was
categorical about support for the Allied action in Iraq, and
categorical about Russia. So much so that perhaps written should take
tougher sanctions on its own, even if it can't get the Europeans to
fall in line. I found that interesting. I was surprised by
that. Tom may be right that Rory said more than perhaps he was
intending, but I thought that some of what she said sounded politically
imprudent in the current context of the Labour Party. I'm not sure she
cleared those lines with the Labour office. I'm not sure she and Jeremy
are in the same place about it. I'm not sure there is that much
leadership. People at the moment get out there and say what they think
it's right for the party. She sounded dead right to me. Whether it
is ill-advised or not, people should answer... I want to move on, because
Brexit never goes away. This week we saw Hilary Benn, former Shadow
Foreign Secretary. He is going to be the chair of the select committee in
the Commons which will monitor the Department for Brexit. All sorts of
people will be coming to give testimony and so one. Let's hear
what he told Andrew Marr. I think it will be very important
for the government to indicate that if it is not possible within the two
years provided for by Article 50 to negotiate both our withdrawal
agreement and a new trading relationship, market access,
including for services, 80% of our economy, million jobs,
in financial services, that it should tell the House
of Commons that it will seek a transitional arrangement
with the European Union. If the deal is not done at the end
of the two-year Article 50 process, would the government go for an
interim agreement, or would it fall back on WTO, World Trade
Organisation, Rawls? My understanding is the article 15
negotiation doesn't specifically include what Britain's future
trading relationship with the EU would be. It is perfectly possible
that Article 50 could be triggered, and after two years we don't have a
trade deal, but the trade deal negotiations are ongoing when we are
outside the EU. But the trade deal negotiations are the most important
thing. If Article 50 doesn't cover it, what is it about? Absolutely
essential. The trade deal with Canada has taken nine years, and now
it looks like it is fading, because of the Walloons. Just one small part
of the country. If you cannot do a free-trade deal with Canada, a
progressive, social Democratic Canada, who can the EU do a trade
deal with? You would think it would be easy with us, because we have all
of the level playing field agreements in place. You would hope
it would be easier, but it may not be, because in the end, it will
hinge on the single market and if we are in or out. If we are in, can we
have a small break on immigration? It looks like not. What is
interesting about the opinion polls is, in the last two opinion polls
there was a significant change in public opinion, where people are now
saying they think that actually trade, the economy, the single
market is more important than immigration. If it is really true,
as the observer is reporting today, that banks are on the move, and in a
year's time there could be a significant collapse in the income
we get from finance, the income that the Treasury gets, then public
opinion might change. They may say, we don't want more immigration, but
this isn't a price worth paying. Everything tends to be seen through
the Brexit lens at the moment. Things are not always as they seem.
The Canadian- EU free trade agreement was about increasing free
trade between the EU and Canada, and therefore subject to the
ratification of all members. Any deal we do will not give us the same
access we have at the moment. The question is, how much will it be
diminished? It may not be subject to the same ratification process.
Absolutely right. Another unbelievably technical point that we
still don't know is, if we can get this free-trade deal with the EU at
the same time as our Brexit talks and deal, the divorce deal as well
as the remarriage deal, then one gets signed off by QM V. The trade
deal may still need all 28, all 27, including the people from the
Walloons. And the MEPs. The majority of parliament. This is exactly why
Theresa May would like the transitional deal to push this one
deeper. I was surprised to hear Hilary Benn pushing this line this
morning. The remainers have been all over the place. They wanted a vote
after Article 50 had been triggered about the deal. Then they wanted a
vote before Article 50. Now they are talking about a vote before article
Article 50 is triggered about a trade deal. They need to make up
their minds about what it is they are pushing for, and what their best
hope of obstructing Brexit is, and stick with it. Something else we see
through the Brexit lens, which isn't always helpful, is Calais. The
French bulldozers will move in tomorrow. We will see some pretty
disturbing scenes on the TV. We will see some horrible scenes. The
government has handled this very badly. Having passed an amendment in
April saying we would take something like 3000 children, a lot of those
children have disappeared. Save the Children, one of the charities
there, are very worried that people traffickers have been in there, and
a lot of those children have vanished. We haven't sent social
workers in. No preparations have been made what ever. You are raising
an interesting point. We don't know how many we are meant to be taking.
The huge argument has arisen over what the age is of some of the ones
coming in. Is this another problem for the Home Office? To some extent.
Didn't Theresa May 's too well to survive six weeks of this? Amber
Rudd has been there for three months. It is clear that the Home
Office didn't prepare for this. They didn't prepare for the age
verification or when it will go. It needs to be an perfect. We don't
know how many we will take, because the Home Office will not say. I want
to talk about airport capacity, but I won't, because I don't think we
have anything to say about it until the statement on Tuesday from
Transport Minister Grayling. When you look at the polls and see the
decision on airport runway expansion being kicked into the long grass for
a year, are we heading for an early election next year or not? I think
Theresa May will do everything she can to avoid it. If there is an
election before 2020, it is bound to be about Europe, and that is a much
harder case for her to win than just a question of who is the best Prime
Minister. She will have a tough time, because it will be a general
election about in or out of the single market. Half of her party
will peel away. How do she conduct a general election when the likes of
Anna Soubry will not stand on the same platform? It will be difficult.
But she may reach such a stalemate that she just calls one. No general
election next year because it will split the Tory party. There will be
won in 2019 when she cannot get Brexit through the House of Commons.
You really can have too much of a good thing. I just want to show a
little clip of the former Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, from Strictly
last night. Let's just watch this. There he is.
Where is the hand? That is the worrying bit! We will no longer be
saying that Ed Balls is a safe pair of hands! Can we agree on that?
Remarkable that he was once the man most feared by David Cameron! Labour
leader 2021. He has hit popular culture in the way that many few
politicians do. Charm, gusto, bravery, no worries about being
embarrassed. All the things that you don't like about being a politician.
We have run out of time. You can get it on social media.
Jo Coburn will be back with the Daily Politics tomorrow
And I'll be back here next Sunday at the same time.
Remember if it's Sunday, it's the Sunday Politics.
Everyone's living these amazing lives,
You're like a... Different person?
Delve deeper. Ordinary Lives continues...
They have something on me that I can actually remember.
They have something on me that I can actually remember.
The final chapter between Gibson and Spector.
Andrew Neil and Marie Ashby are joined by minister of state for international development Rory Stewart, shadow secretary of state for defence Nia Griffith and Paul Nuttall MEP. Political panellists include The Sun's Tom Newton Dunn, The Guardian's Polly Toynbee and The Spectator's Toby Young.