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Labour's leader criticises the government plan to put young people
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back to work and proposes to keep Good afternoon.
It looks like the sun is going down It looks like the sun is going down
on plans to move our flocks. First let us meet our guests.
Brandon Lewis and Steve Morphew. Brandon Lewis and Steve Morphew.
A brief word before we move on about the unemployment figures.
18,000 more people are at unemployed in our region bringing
the total to 22,000. It is a wall full figure. It is not the whole
figure. There are more jobs now than when we came to power. But
there is a long way to go. In Great Yarmouth have an enterprise zone.
There is a long way to go. Steve Morphew, what would Labour do?
need to invest in businesses that will create jobs. At the moment
we're not scratching the surface. Thank you.
More on that later when we hear from Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband.
First the campaign to move our clocks forward has taken at
backward step. On Friday MPs defeated the bill drawn up by
Rebecca Harris which called for a full study on it moving it to
If this were ever to happen the sun rises would still be is beautiful,
they would just be one hour later. The benefit - we would get longer
evenings. It is something which the tourist industry has been
campaigning for four years. longer the evenings are, the better
for all tourist providers. Does an extra hour make a difference?
great deal of difference. We do not provide their animals with wrist
watches. The adjust their activities to suit. One way of
adjusting the activity patterns of people is to change the clocks.
arguments go beyond tourism - charities for the elderly, road-
safety, even the dogs trust. They would be more daylight hours
for sport and recreation. It would lead to a reduction in road deaths
and injuries. We have been here before. In 1968 Britain
experimented with European time. Scotland they were in the dark
until mid-morning. Southerners wondered what all the fuss was
about. That is still a problem. In Scotland in winter it would not get
light until mid-morning. Even if Westminster did vote to move away
from GMT the policy could only be implemented with the agreement of
the Scottish parliament. It is a non-starter. It was tried 40 years
ago. People do not like it. How do you get consent from Scotland?
may not be able to. You make their argument about why it is a good
thing. Whether you can convince them is another matter. We now have
Rebecca Harris with us. Tell us what happened to the builders we? -
- tell us what happened to the bill. A small number of people managed to
talk out the bill. The bill ran out of time. That was a great shame. It
was the clear will of the vast majority of MPs attending that the
Bill would progress. Are you disappointed? It is a setback. But
when you look at how many organisations are now backing us,
there are so many people back in this movement, it is an idea whose
time has come. What about those were against it? Is it just
Scotland that is the sticking point? A lot of people have
concerns. My bill was carefully crafted. It was not going to
implement a trial of clock change. I wanted the government to do a
serious analysis across all departments. The Home Office would
look at the potential for a crime reduction. The culture department
would look at the benefits for sport. We could then present to the
public what the benefits would be. That would then help us to reach a
consensus. Brandon Lewis, why do you believe that this should be
revisited? The reasons have been about line. -- the reasons have
been made clear. It is a massive opportunity for tourism. The last
time in this was a look that 40 years ago -- this was last look
that 40 years ago. What I do not understand his of why the
government need an Act of Parliament. I hope that the
government can pick up the idea. am sure Rebecca Harris would agree.
We want to get the government to look at this. A lot has changed in
40 years. Power economic requirements have changed. Our
health requirements have changed. What about the safety issue? That
was one of the most important aspects of this bill. We're always
told that the previous experiment was cancelled because there were
real fears that it was causing casualties on our roads in the
mornings. That panic cancelled the experiment. But overall there was a
reduction in casualties. It is more important to get daylight into
their it afternoon rush-hour. -- the afternoon rush-hour. Rebecca
Harris, what happens next? I will keep campaigning. There is a huge
move across the country for this. There are 600 organisations backing
this. They will not give up. We have come a long way. This is not
the last we have heard of this issue. Thank you.
This week their regions plays host to the visits of Nick Clegg and Ed
Miliband. This is the week that we have heard
that the numbers of youth unemployment had risen to record
high. It is a tragedy. Youth unemployment
has been going up remorselessly since 2004. Even in the good times
for some reason employers were not employing young people on the scale
we would like. The problems are more acute now. We need to do more
now. That is why we are pouring hundreds of millions of pounds into
expanding the numbers of apprenticeships. We will be
delivering a 250,000 more apprenticeships during this
Parliament. From April onwards every single person aged 18 to 24
was out of work will have the opportunity to earn up or learn.
Nick Clegg was not the only party leader here this week. Labour
leader Ed Miliband also visited. Youth unemployment is at a record
high. What would Labour do to create jobs for youngsters?
would do something different to what this Government is doing. We
would tax the bonuses of bankers. We would use the money to put young
people back to work. That would make a real difference to young
people right across this region. Some young people asking what
politics can do for them. I think we can make a real difference to
their lives. The Government is launching a new scheme in April for
young people. Will that help? us hope that as. -- let us hope it
does. We had a scheme, and this government, do that. This new
scheme does not start until April. It is a pale imitation of our
scheme. They are not taking the problem seriously enough. Youth
unemployment in this region has gone up by 200 % in the past year.
That is not good enough. It has got to change. If this new scheme will
do it that is fine. I have yet to be convinced. What about your
recent pronouncements on cuts? You say you are opposed to the
Government's policy, but also that you would keep the cuts.
It is a long last. Now you're saying you were backing the cuts?
We are not saying that. We are seeing that the government is going
too far and too fast. If we were in government today we would be making
different choices. We would be going at a slower pace. We want to
protect services. We think it is bad for the economy that the
Government is making the cuts at this rate. But I cannot pretend to
promise to reverse the cuts. The Government is making a mess of the
economy. I cannot make a promise now. Most people would say that is
a responsible approach. That is a confusing stance for the electorate.
They are now likely to see you as another Tory party. I do not agree
with that. We have got a different position. We are not going to make
promises for the future that we cannot keep. We would make
different choices. The Government is planning to reduce taxes on the
banks. I say that is the wrong choice. It is a different choice.
Let us talk about the unions. The unions have attacked you over this.
Is fighting the unions a good idea? You need to win back support
particularly in this area. I do not think so. Most union members will
think that the priority is jobs. The main disagreement with has and
the unions is over this specific issue. We think there is a choice
between the pay rises or keeping jobs. We think we should keep jobs.
That is in the interests of all union members.
By D. -- thank you. Let us get a response to that.
Steve Morphew you were a former trade union officer. I do not like
what I have been hearing. The message is quite clear. The
policies of the Government are feeling. The economy is flat mining.
-- the economy has gone flat. do not like where he is starting
from? He is relying on the failures of the Government. If tax revenues
were coming and he would have a different set of options. Brandon
Lewis, it is good news for the Conservatives is it not that Ed
Miliband is angry with the unions? You could say that. Ed Miliband is
saying he would put off the tough decisions. We are trying to clear
up the mess we were left. It is like a credit card. Steve Morphew,
do you agree that Ed Miliband is presenting a confused picture?
not. The speed of implementation of the cuts is having a negative
economic impact. Money is being taken out of investments. That is
being capped at the same time as current spending. That is short-
sighted. The IMF recognise that. Labour are not making the point
that we should not be making the cuts. We want to get the interest
payments down and get the economy moving. What about the idea of
putting a levy on back bonuses? Do you agree with that? The tax that
we have put on the banks is bringing in more money than a one-
off tax that Labour had. The Government has to be careful about
how far it delves into private institutions. We have got to be
careful about where the line is. set regulations for all sorts of
things. People negotiate through these problems in the public sector.
It should be the same in the private sector. I'm will come back
to Ian Botham a moment. Now it is time for our political
Where there is discord may we bring harmony. The release of the film
that Iron Lady has raised the question of dementia. This is top
of the government agenda. Top of the agenda for Basildon are plans
for an upgrade of its time centre. It is all concrete.
Under this canal has undergone at renewal.
And a more modern form of transport made the news as the government
promised to look at a new airport in Essex. If we can afford the
Olympics we can afford to give ourselves the sort of a report that
would allow more people to get into the country. This existing airport
wants to double the number of passengers. Luton Airport.
Let us talk about Boris Johnson's plans for an airport. This is one
of the reasons we agreed not to have third runway at Heathrow. We
have got to look at our aviation capability. We have got to look at
that possibility. We will need to wait for the report. Steve Morphew
what do you think about expansion plans for aviation? It should be
about improving the quality of emissions. We should not be pumping
more carbon dioxide into the ear. - - into that atmosphere. We could
make improvements on that the railways between Norwich and London.