27/05/2012 Sunday Politics North East and Cumbria


27/05/2012

Andrew Neil and Richard Moss with the latest political news, interviews and debate, including shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna.


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Under lock East: what are the chances of saving five factories

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 1677 seconds

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from closer? The latest in half an Welcome to your local park of the

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show. Ken has worked at Remploy for 30 years but will anybody save his

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job? We will have the latest on the factories under threat of closure.

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And we have been closely following the Government's plans for nuclear

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energy this week. More on that. First, government plans to

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refurbish or rebuild schools across the region. Long-running campaigns

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have been rewarded but plenty others have missed out. Labour

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pointed out than 92 schools in the air lost funding when it was

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cancelled by the coalition and fewer than one third of that number

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were successful this time. It has taken a while to get this funding

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in place but investment is starting to flow. Do you welcome this.

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was no investment in schools in my constituency. St James? That is an

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Barrault. -- in Barrow. OK, that was my fault, but still investment

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in other areas. The coalition have had to scale back and you would

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have had to scale back. We were clear that there would have been

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cuts at we had won the election, but not as far and fast as the

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coalition. As a constituency MP I would have been making the case to

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retain the funding that I secured for schools in meet in my

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constituency. I have a good working relationship with the schools. I am

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bitterly disappointed not to get funding this time around but this

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is not the end of the road for schools and my constituency. It has

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taken the best part of two years to come up with this money. And it is

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only one thought of the schools there were in line for rebuilding

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of ritually. Not a great move, as it? But it is not the end of the

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road. What is going to happen which we have announced is that by a

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autumn of this year all schools in the country will have a Survey,

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they will be audited to to tear when the estate. Then they will be

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put into the next spending review for spending and support as we go

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on. Jamie pointed out that he did not know what the cuts would have

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been with Labour, it would have been 20% at a minimum. Any

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government would have faced that. It is unfortunate, but...

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children appear in court -- taught in worse and worse condition over

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the next few years. They were promised money, where it they?

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from a very badly run the programme. Independent auditors noted that it

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was extremely expensive. Three of the directors of building schools

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for the future, accounted for �750,000 in salary. It was

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ridiculous their load of money the programme was wasting on

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consultants. Any teacher will tell you that. You Shadow Education

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Secretary admitted mistakes with building schools for the future.

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was imperfect, that's for sure. But we were dealing with the decades of

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under investment in our schools. It is still there. Let's not pretend

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that the latest peace deal announcement will in any way make

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people jump for joy. Would you come back to put your money in the

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schools then? I can come back to work night and day for the money my

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constituents need as long as I am a member of parliament. -- I can come

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at. Five at Remploy factories will close this summer unless a buyer

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can step in. As our correspondent reports the time for rescue is fast

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running out. This has been 10 -- this has been Ken's routine for 30

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years. He suffers from epilepsy and the crushed foot but continues to

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work. I am not interested and benefits, I am interested in

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working. I pay bills like everybody else. It is the pride that comes

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from being able to do that rather than depend on anybody else.

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works at a Remploy factory due to close. Ministers say that the

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�25,000 per year that it costs to keep each employee could be better

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spent getting them into mainstream employment. 10 is not optimistic. -

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- 10. I am not interested in another job. And been disabled, it

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would be difficult to get on. would you do Hajar not work here?

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It is difficult to contemplate to be honest. I would be with my

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parents possibly living the life of a vegetable. Buyers have until 26th

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June to decide if they want to take over the factories. Dublin I say

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they have had 44 expressions of interest -- Remploy say they have

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had 44 expressions of interest. There is a mixed picture at the

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factories across our region. But I understand nor interest has been

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shown in this site here. Some sources suggest that the site will

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shut completely. The closures would not, as a shock to this charity

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which has seen a pattern over the last few years. There should be

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disabled people working in mainstream employment at they were

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but just because they are meant that doesn't mean you can close a

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place like Remploy. Sharon claims that she'll be back when she

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started with the taxpayer picking up the bill. -- Janet. It costs the

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charity -- the taxpayer more to keep us in benefits than it does to

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keep us in work. Cuckoo time is running out for the jobs to be kept.

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What are the thoughts about the prospects for employees in your

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constituency? There is always hope but that ministers should consider

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their position in regard to how this has been handled. If there is

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no possibility of a reprieve for the factory in all of our

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attentions will turn to what we need to do with the workforce and

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getting a move to other employment. This will throw people like came on

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the scrapheap. Little chance of a new job. But ethos of the

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Government is to have a review of how we work with people with

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possibilities. Most charities support the move to integrate

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people with disabilities into the mainstream workforce. Your point

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about 10 per is that the money - �25,000 per mark Walker, -- pair

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Walker., would be better spent... Better spent through access to work.

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This is part of a thorough review. The government had announced a

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transition programme. The bottom line is we have to look at whether

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an organisation created 66 years ago which isolates people with

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disabilities into a completely artificial environment away from

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the mainstream workforce, is that right and appropriate? I do not

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believe that it is. People with disabilities have a right to work

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alongside every other member of the community. And Labour did close

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some of these factories themselves. The principle is fine but I think

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there is a world of difference from taking work in areas where

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companies are doing well. Of the Remploy factory exists in a

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different micro environment. -- every. And it will be exceedingly

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tough to get this work falls into mainstream employment. It is a loud

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double aim but let's not proclaim that it is easy and announce

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arbitrary closures. Can you justify �25,000 per employee to keep them

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in jobs? What came the society do you want this to be? -- what kind

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of society? This Government knows the price of everything and the

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value of nothing. We saw in the film at charities that are

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sympathetic to the aim of integrating disabled workers are to

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the workforce but saying that it has been done in the wrong way, and

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too fast. But the majority supported... But it is easy to do

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this in certain areas but in others it will be very tough. That is why

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the Government will ring-fence... But if jobs are not in area, what

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can you do? Ring-fence money for precisely those individuals and for

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support in those factories that to close. But there is a tapering off,

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and there will be money going in. But we must accept that it is wrong

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in the 21st century to have people with disabilities segregated from

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the rest of the community. It is difficult but we need to do it.

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Coal-fired power stations are closing. They needed to generate

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energy in new ways could not be more pressing. But it will come

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with the hefty price tag. By the Energy Secretary was that Tyneside

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on Thursday to see insulation work being carried out. The threat of

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climate change and the need to keep our lights on for our homes and

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businesses means that we have to look at all law car and

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technologies - renewables, or nuclear. An opinion poll of 3,000

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people in Cumbria will go if some encouragement to the government. It

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said that 68% of people agreed with the approach. Some believe that is

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a mandate for pressing ahead with the plan. Copeland council was

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heavily criticised for taking that decision. But this has given us a

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very clear mandate from the people. As the fact that half of all

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Cumbrians are in favour of the plan enough to press ahead? The critical

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factor is the air will a facility would be placed. My constituency,

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where 70% of people are in favour. That is indicative and instructive.

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But they do think that the figures across the piece are enough, yes.

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It does not tell us if it is safe. Day is no question of safety. If

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there was any doubt whatsoever it would be ruled out entirely. It is

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in the best interests of the local economy and the whole Cumbria.

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imposing this levy, it is a subsidy, isn't it? But people must realise

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we import around 50% of our energy. What price do we pay too insular

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that we have energy we need? We have got to take radical action.

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Nuclear as part of the Max but what I will accept as a criticism of the

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coalition is the we have not taken the necessary steps and building

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regulations. If we improve building regulations, mandatory solar power,

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argues say around 75% energy bills for each house in the country.

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it should consumers pay a levy on their bills to subsidise an

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industry that you pay for itself? have always been very clear that I

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support subsidies for Nuclear. It is a difficult debate but must be

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had. Every Energis also receives a subsidy of some kind from

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government and the consumer. It must be acknowledged that the days

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of cheap energy are over. That is a tough message for your constituents.

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It is a tough message for everybody in the country. But those most

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vulnerable to high bills should still not be unprotected. There

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must be work from government to make sure that those least able to

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pay are protected and do the seats of discounts. Well government plans

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be enough to see this new generation of power stations come

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into place? Some developers pulled out. The provision within the draft

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energy bill to -- is precisely the right thing. It is what we as a

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government would have done and that is what the industry are calling

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for. There is hard work ahead to see you nuclear revival but this is

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certainly a step in the right direction. I expect to see some has

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significant investment decisions within the next few years.

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reality is that if we put a lot more effort into saving energy this

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crisis would not be as bad. Absolutely. That is the point I was

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making about building regulations. We could make them 75% more fuel-

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efficient. I do not think any government has done enough on that.

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We need to be radical. In terms of building speculation, building

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regulations. We are still building houses, basically, in this country,

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the same style as 150 years ago. That cannot be good. Any more

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windfarms? I am on a planning position and that puts me in a

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difficult position. I am in favour of offshore, in short, I will take

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each application as it comes. is the week in 60 seconds. Cumbrian

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Seafoods announced the closure of two factories with loss of 280 jobs.

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Better news on Teesside, is the Secretary Vince Cable was at a

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steel plant and said the Return of steelmaking shows the region can

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return to its glory days. Britain already has a flexible, co-

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operative labour force. We see that here. A warning for ministers from

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a four or Paralympian that cuts in disability benefits will prevent

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disabled people getting into sport. And at Durham MP also had child

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benefit concerns. This is a real mess and one more aspect of a

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shambolic budget that must be changed. That is about all from us.

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Andrew Neil and Richard Moss with the latest political news, interviews and debate, including shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna.


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