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Andrew Neil and Richard Moss are joined by Kezia Dugdale, Patrick O'Flynn, Swedish MP Laila Naraghi and Douglas Murray of the Henry Jackson Society.

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It's Sunday morning and this is the Sunday Politics.


Theresa May still has plenty on her plate,


not least a battle over Brexit in the Lords.


But after Thursday's by-election win in Copeland,


the Prime Minister looks stronger than ever.


Jeremy Corbyn's Labour saw off Ukip in this week's other by-election,


but losing to the Tories in a heartland seat leaves the party


The leader of Scottish Labour joins me live.


You look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden!


And Donald Trump may have been mocked for talking about the impact


of migration on Sweden, but after riots in Stockholm this


And here, full reaction from Cumbria to the Conservative by-election win.


What does it mean for the rest of the North?


And are our parish councils value for money?


In London, will the rise in council tax in all but four local


authorities be enough to alleviate the crisis in social care?


And joining me for all of that, three journalists who I'm pleased


to say have so far not been banned from the White House.


I've tried banning them from this show repeatedly,


but somehow they just keep getting past BBC security - it's Sam Coates,


We have had two crucial by-elections, the results last


Thursday night. It's now Sunday morning, where do they believe


British politics? I think it leaves British politics looking as if it


may go ahead without Ukip is a strong and robust force. It is


difficult to see from where we are now how Ukip rebuilds into a


credible vote winning operation. I think it looks unprofessional, the


campaign they fought in Stoke was clearly winnable because the margin


with which Labour held onto that seat was not an impressive one but


they put forward arguably the wrong candidate, it was messy and it's


hard to see where they go from here, particularly with the money problems


they have and even Nigel Farage saying he's fed up of the party. If


Isabel is right, if Ukip is no longer a major factor, you look at


the state of Labour and the Lib Dems coming from a long way behind


despite their local government by-election successes, Tories never


more dominant. I think Theresa May is in a fascinating situation. She's


the most powerful Prime Minister of modern times for now because she


faces no confident, formidable opposition. Unlike Margaret Thatcher


who in the 1980s, although she won landslides in the end, often looked


like she was in trouble. She was inferred quite often in the build-up


to the election. David Owen, Roy Jenkins, Shirley Williams. And quite


often she was worried. At the moment Theresa May faces no formidable UK


opposition. However, she is both strong and fragile because her


agenda is Brexit, which I still think many have not got to grips


with in terms of how complex and training and difficult it will be


for her. Thatcher faced no equivalent to Brexit so she is both


strong, formidably strong because of the wider UK political context, and


very fragile. It is just when you think you have never been more


dominant you are actually at the most dangerous, what can possibly go


wrong? I think that the money of her MPs they haven't begun to think


through the practicalities of Brexit and she does have a working majority


of about 17 in the House of Commons so at any point she could be put


under pressure from really opposition these days is done by the


two wins inside the Conservative Party, either the 15 Europhiles or


the bigger group of about 60 Brexiteers who have continued to


operate as a united and disciplined force within the Conservative Party


to get their agenda on the table. Either of those wings could be


disappointed at any point in the next three and a half years and that


would put her under pressure. I wouldn't completely rule out Ukip


coming back. The reason Ukip lost in Stoke I think it's because at the


moment Theresa May is delivering pretty much everything Ukip figures


might want to see. We might find the phrase Brexit means Brexit quite


anodyne but I think she is convincing people she will press


ahead with their agenda and deliver the leave vote that people buy a


slim majority voted for. Should that change, should there be talk of


transition periods, shut the migration settlement not make people


happy, then I think Ukip risks charging back up the centre ground


and causing more problems in future. That could be a two year gap in


which Ukip would have to survive. As I said, Ukip is on our agenda for


today. Thursday was a big night


for political obsessives like us, with not one but two


significant by-elections, Ellie braved the wind and rain


to bring you this report. The clouds had gathered,


the winds blew at gale force. Was a change in the air, or just


a weather system called Doris? Voters in Stoke-on-Trent


were about to find out. It's here, a sports hall


on a Thursday night that the country's media reckon


is the true eye of the storm. Would Labour suffer a lightning


strike to its very heart, or would the Ukip threat proved


to be a damp squib? Everybody seems to think the result


in Stoke-on-Trent would be close, just as they did 150-odd miles away


in Copeland, where the Tories are counting on stealing another


Labour heartland seat. Areas of high pressure in both


places, and some strange sights. We knew this wasn't a normal


by-election, and to prove it there is the rapper,


Professor Green. Chart-toppers aside,


winner of Stoke-on-Trent hit parade was announced first,


where everyone was so excited the candidates didn't even make it


onto the stage for the result. And I do hereby declare


that the said Gareth Snell Nigel Farage has said that victory


here in Stoke-on-Trent But Ukip's newish leader


played down the defeat, insisting his party's


time would come. Are you going to stand again


as an MP or has this No doubt I will stand again,


don't worry about that. The politics of hope beat


the politics of fear. I think Ukip are the ones this


weekend who have got But a few minutes later,


it turned out Labour had Harrison, Trudy Lynn,


the Conservative Party That was more than 2,000


votes ahead of Labour. What has happened here tonight


is a truly historic event. Labour were disappointed,


but determined to be optimistic At a point when we're 15 to 18


points behind in the polls... The Conservatives within 2000 votes


I think is an incredible The morning after the night


before, the losing parties were licking their wounds


and their lips over breakfast. For years and years,


Ukip was Nigel Farage, That has now changed,


that era has gone. It's a new era, it is


a second age for us. So that needs to be


more fully embedded, it needs to be more defined,


you know, and that will We have to continue to improve


in seats where we have stood. As we have done here,


we've improved on our 2015 result, that's what important,


is that we are taking steps Can I be the first to come


here today to congratulate you on being elected the new MP


for Stoke on Trent Central. Jeremy Corbyn has just arrived


in Stoke to welcome his newest MP. Not sure he's going to


Copeland later though. Earlier in the day, the Labour


leader had made clear he'd considered and discounted some


theories about the party's Since you found out that you'd lost


a seat to a governing party for the first time


since the Falklands War, have you at any point this morning


looked in the mirror and asked yourself this question -


could the problem actually be me? In the end it was the Conservatives


who came out on top. No governing party has made


a gain at a by-election With the self-styled people's army


of Ukip halted in Stoke, and Labour's wash-out


here in Copeland... There's little chance of rain


on Theresa May's parade. In the wake of that loss in


Copeland, the Scottish Labour Party has been meeting for its spring


conference in the Yesterday, deputy leader Tom Watson


warned delegates that unless Labour took the by-election defeat


seriously, the party's devastation in Scotland could be repeated


south of the border. Well, I'm joined now


by the leader of Scottish Labour, Even after your party had lost


Copeland to the Tories and with Labour now trailing 16 points in the


UK polls, you claim to have every faith that Jeremy Corbyn would


absolutely win the general election. What evidence can you bring to


support that? There is no doubt the result in Copeland was disappointing


for the Labour Party and I think it's a collective feeling for


everyone within the Labour Party and I want to do what I can to turn


around the fortunes of our party. That's what I've committed to do


while I have been the Scottish Labour leader. This two years ago we


were down the mines so to speak in terms of losing the faith of working


class communities across the country, but we listened very hard


to the message voters are sending and responded to it. That's what I'm


committed to doing in Scotland and that's what Jeremy Corbyn is


committed to doing UK wide. The latest polls put Labour at 14% in


Scotland, the Tories at ten points ahead of you in Scotland, even


Theresa May is more popular than Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland. So I will


try again - why are you so sure Jeremy Corbyn could win a general


election? What I said when you are talking about Scotland is that I'm


the leader of the Scottish Labour Party and I take responsibility for


our policies here. Voters said very clearly after the Scottish


Parliament election that they didn't have a clear enough sense of what we


stood for so I have been advocating a very strong anti-austerity


platform, coming up with ideas of how we can oppose the cuts and


invest in our future. That is something Jeremy Corbyn also


supports but I've also made it clear this weekend that we are opposed to


a second independence referendum. I want to bring Scotland back together


by focusing on the future and that's why I have been speaking about the


federal solution for the UK. I know that Jeremy Corbyn shares that


ambition because he is backing the plans for a people's Constitutional


Convention. Yes, these are difficult times for the Scottish Labour Party


and UK family, but I have a plan in place to turn things around. It will


take time though. I'm still not sure why you are so sure the Labour party


can win but let me come onto your plan. You want a UK wide


Constitutional Convention and that lead to a new Federalist settlement.


Is it the policy of the Labour Shadow Cabinet in Westminster to


carve England into federal regions? What we support at a UK wide level


is the people's constitutional convention. I have been careful to


prescribe what I think is in the best interests of Scotland but not


to dictate to other parts of the UK what is good for them, that's the


point of the people's constitutional convention. You heard Tom Watson say


there has to be a UK wide conversation about power, who has it


and how it is exercised across England. England hasn't been part of


this devolution story over the last 20 years, it is something that


happened between Scotland and London or Wales and London. No wonder


people in England feel disenfranchised from that. What


evidence can you bring to show there is any appetite in England for an


English federal solution to England, to carve England into federal


regions? Have you spoken to John Prescott about this? He might tell


you some of the difficulties. There's not even a debate about that


here, Kezia Dugdale, it is fantasy. I speak to John Prescott regularly.


What there is a debate about is the idea the world is changing so fast


that globalisation is taking jobs away from communities in the


north-east, that many working class communities feel left behind, that


Westminster feels very far away and the politicians within it feel


remote in part of the establishment. People are fed up with power being


exercised somewhere else, that's where I think federalism comes in


because it's about bringing power closer to people and in many ways


it's forced on us because of Brexit. We know the United Kingdom is


leaving the European Union so we have to talk about the repatriation


of those powers from Brussels to Britain. I want many of those powers


to go to the Scottish parliament but where should they go in the English


context? It is not as things currently stand the policy of the


English Labour Party to carve England into federal regions,


correct? It is absolutely the policy of the


UK Labour Party to support the people's Constitutional convention


to examining these questions. I think it is really important. You're


promising the Scottish people a federal solution, and you have not


even squared your own party for a federal solution in England. That is


not true. The UK Labour Party is united on this. I am going to


Cardiff next month to meet with Carwyn Jones and various leaders.


United on a federal solution? You know as well as I know it is not


united on a federal solution. We will have a conversation about power


in this country. It is not united on that


issue? This is the direction of travel. It is what you heard


yesterday from Sadiq Khan, from Tom Watson, when you hear from people


like Nick Forbes who lead Newcastle City Council and Labour's Local


Government Association. There is an appetite for talking about power.


Talking is one thing. We need to have this conversation across the


whole of the United Kingdom, to have a reformed United Kingdom. It is a


conversation you're offering Scotland, not the policy. Let's come


onto the labour made of London. He was in power for your conference. He


wrote in the record yesterday, there is no difference between Scottish


nationalism and racism. Would you like this opportunity to distance


yourself from that absurd claim? I think that Sadiq Khan was very clear


yesterday that he was not accusing the SNP of racism. What he was


saying clearly is that nationalism by its very nature divides people


and communities. That is what I said in my speech yesterday. I am fed up


living in a divided and fractured country and society. Our politics is


forcing is constantly to pick sides, whether you're a no, leave a remain,


it brings out the worst in our politicians and politics. All the


consensus we find in the grey areas is lost. That is why am standing


under a banner that together we are stronger. We have to come up with


ideas and focus on the future. That is why I agree with Sadiq Khan. He


said quite clearly in the Daily Record yesterday, and that the last


minute he adapted his speech to your conference yesterday, to try and


reduce the impact, that there was no difference between Scottish


nationalism and racism. Your colleague, and Sarwar, said that


even after he had tried to introduce the caveats, all forms of


nationalism rely on creating eyes and them. Let's call it for what it


is. So you are implying that the Scottish Nationalists are racist.


Would you care to distance yourself from that absurd claim? I utterly


refute that that is what Sadiq Khan said. I would never suggest that the


SNP are an inherently racist party. That does is a disservice. He did


not see it. What he did say, however, is that nationalism is


divisive. You know that better than anyone. I see your Twitter account.


Regularly your attack for the job you do as a journalist. Politics in


Scotland is divided on. I do not want to revisit that independence


question again for that reason. As leader of the Labour Party, I want


to bring our country back together, appeal to people who voted yes and


no. That banner, together we are stronger, that is where the answers


lie in defaulters can be found. If in response to the Mayor of London,


your colleague says, let's call it out for what it is, what is he


referring to if he is not implying that national symbol is racist? --


and that nationalism is racist? He is saying that it leads to divisive


politics. The Labour Party has always advocated that together we


are stronger. Saying something is divisive is very different from


saying something is racist. That is what the Mayor of London said. That


is what your colleague was referring to. He did not. You would really


struggle to quote that from the Mayor of London. He talked about


being divided by race. What does that mean? I think he was very clear


that he was talking about divided politics. There is an appetite the


length and breadth of the country to end that divisive politics. That is


what I stand for, focusing on the future, bringing people back


together, concentrating on what the economy might look like in 20 years'


time in coming up with ideas to tackle it today. Thank you for


joining us. Thursday's win for Labour


in Stoke-on-Trent Central gave some relief to Jeremy Corbyn,


but for Ukip leader and defeated Stoke candidate Paul Nuttall


there were no consolation prizes. I'm joined now by Mr Nuttall's


principal political Welcome to the programme. Good


morning. How long will Paul Nuttall survivors Ukip leader, days, weeks,


months? You are in danger of not seeing the wood for the trees. Ukip


was formed in 1993 with the express purpose, much mocked, of getting


Britain out of the European Union. Under the brilliant leadership of


Nigel Farage, we were crucial in forcing a vacuous Prime Minister to


make a referendum promise he did not want to give. With our friends in


Fort leave and other organisations. Mac we know that. Get to the answer.


We helped to win that referendum. The iteration of Ukip at the moment


that we're in, the primary purpose, we are the guard dog of Brexit.


Viewed through that prism, the Stoke by-election was a brilliant success.


A brilliant success? We had the Tory candidate that had pumped out


publicity for Remain, for Cameron Bradley, preaching the gospel of


Brexit. We had a Labour candidate and we know what he really felt


about Brexit, preaching the Gospel according to Brexit. You lost. Well


the by-election was going on, we had the Labour Party in the House of


Commons pass the idea of trickling Article 50 by a landslide. Are


passionate thing, the thing that 35,000 Ukip members care about the


most, it is an extraordinary achievement. I am very proud. What


would you have described as victory as? If we could have got Paul


Nuttall into the House of Commons, that would have been a fantastic


cherry on the top. Losing was an extraordinary achievement? Many Ukip


supporters the Stoke was winnable, but Paul Nuttall's campaign was


marred by controversy, Tory voters refuse to vote tactically for Ukip


to beat Labour, his campaign, Mr Nuttall is to blame for not winning


what was a winnable seat? I do not see that at all. This is


counterintuitive, but Jeremy Corbyn did do one thing that made it more


difficult for us to win. Fantasy. That was to take Labour into a


Brexit position formerly. Just over 50 Labour MPs had voted against


triggering Article 50. In political terms, we have intimidated the


Labour Party into backing Brexit. How much good is it doing you? It


comes to the heart of the problem your party faces.


You're struggling to win Tory Eurosceptic voters. For the moment,


they seem happy with Theresa May. Stoke shows you're not winning


Labour Brexit voters either. If you cannot get the solution Tolisso


labour, where does your Broad come from? In terms of the by-election,


it came very early for Paul. I'm talking about the future. We have a


future agenda, and ideological argument with Jeremy Corbyn's Labour


Party, which is wedded to the notion of global citizenship and does not


recognise the nation state. We know he spent Christmas sitting around


campfires with Mexican Marxist dreaming of global government. We


believe in the nation state. We believe that the patriotic working


class vote will be receptive to that. Your Broad went down by 9% in


Cortland. In Copeland we were squeezed. In Stoke, we were unable


to squeeze the Tories, who are on a high. Our agenda is that social


solidarity is important but we arrange it in this country by nation


and community. We want an immigration system that is not only


reducing... We know what you want. I do not think people do. You had a


whole by-election to tell people and they did not vote for you and. When


Nigel Farage said it was fundamental that you were winner in Stoke, he


was wrong? Nigel chooses his own words. I would not rewrite them. It


would be a massive advantage to Ukip to have a leader in the House of


Commons in time to reply to the budget, Prime Minister's questions


and all of that. But we have taken the strategic view that we will


fight the Labour Party for the working class vote. It is also true


that the Conservatives will make a pitch for the working class vote


might as well. All three parties have certain advantages and


disadvantages. As part of that page, Nigel Farage said that your leader,


Paul Nuttall, should have taken a clear, by which I assume he meant


tough, line on immigration. Do you agree? He took a tough line on


immigration. He developed that idea at our party conference in the


spring. Nigel Farage did not think so? Nigel Farage made his speech


before Paul Nuttall made his speech. He said this in the aftermath of the


result. Once we have freedom to control and Borders, Paul wants to


set up an immigration system that includes an aptitude test, do you


have skills that the British economy needs, but also, and attitudes test,


do you subscribe to core British values such as gender equality and


freedom of expression? We will be making these arguments. It is


certainly true that Paul's campaign was thrown off course by,


particularly something that we knew the Labour Party had been preparing


to run, the smear on the untruths, the implications about Hillsborough.


If you knew you should have anticipated it. Alan Banks, he helps


to bankroll your party, he said that Mr Nuttall needs to toss out the


Tory cabal in Europe, by which he means Douglas Carswell, Neil


Hamilton. Should they be stripped of their membership? Of course not. As


far as I knew, Alan Banks was a member of the Conservative Party


formally. I do not know who this Tory cabal is supposed to be. He


says that your party is more like a jumble sale than a political party.


He says that the party should make him chairman or they will work. What


do you see to that? He has made that statement several times over many


months, including if you do not throw out your only MP. Douglas


Carswell has managed to win twice under Ukip colours. Should Tibi


chairman? I think we have an excellent young chairman at the


moment. He is doing a good job. The idea that Leave.EU was as smooth


running brilliant machine, that does not sit with the facts as I


understand them. Suzanne Evans says it would be no great loss for Ukip


if Mr Banks walked out, severed his ties and took his money elsewhere.


Is she right. I am always happy people who want to give money and


support your party want to stay in the party. The best donors donate


and do not seek to dictate. If they are experts in certain fields,


people should listen to their views but to have a daughter telling the


party leader who should be party chairman, that is a nonstarter. You


have described your existing party chairman is excellent. He said it


could be 20 years before Ukip wins by-election. Is he being too


optimistic? There is a general election coming up in the years'


time. We will be aiming to win seats in that. Before that, we will be the


guard dog for Brexit, to make sure this extraordinary achievement of a


little party... You are guard dog without a kennel, you cannot get


seat? We're keeping the big establishment parties to do the will


of the people. If we achieve nothing else at all, that will be a


magnificent achievement. Thank you very much.


Sweden isn't somewhere we talk about often


should because this week it was pulled into


the global spotlight, thanks


Last weekend, Mr Trump was mocked for referring to an incident that


had occurred last night in Sweden as a result of the country's open


Critics were quick to point out that no such incident had occurred


and Mr Trump later clarified on Twitter and he was talking


about a report he had watched on Fox News.


But as if to prove he was onto something,


next day a riot broke out in a Stockholm suburb


with a large migrant population, following unrest in such areas


So what has been Sweden's experience of migration?


In 2015, a record 162,000 people claimed asylum there, the second


That number dropped to 29,000 in 2016 after the country introduced


border restrictions and stopped offering permanent


Tensions have risen, along with claims of links to crime,


although official statistics do not provide evidence of a refugee driven


Nigel Farage defended Mr Trump, claiming this week that migrants


have led to a dramatic rise in sexual offences.


Although the country does have the highest reported


rate of rape in Europe, Swedish authorities say recent rises


were due to changes to how rape and sex crimes are recorded.


Aside from the issue of crime, Sweden has struggled


Levels of inequality between natives and migrants when it comes


Unemployment rates are three times higher for foreign-born workers


We're joined now by Laila Naraghi, she's a Swedish MP from the


governing Social Democratic Party, and by the author and


The Swedish political establishment was outraged by Mr Trump's remarks,


pointing to a riot that hadn't taken place, then a few nights later


serious riots did break out in a largely migrant suburb of Stockholm


so he wasn't far out, was he? I think he was far out because he is


misleading the public with how he uses these statistics. I think it is


important to remember that the violence has decreased in Sweden for


the past 20 years and research shows there is no evidence that indicate


that immigration leads to crime and so I think it is far out. The social


unrest in these different areas is not because of their ethical


backgrounds of these people living there but more about social economic


reasons. OK, no evidence migrants are responsible for any kind of


crime? This story reminds me after what happened to the Charlie Hebdo


attacks in Paris when also a Fox News commentator said something that


was outlandish about Paris and the Mayor of Paris threatened to sue Fox


News, saying you are making our city look bad. It's a bit like that


because the truth on this lies between Donald Trump on the Swedish


authorities on this. Sweden and Swedish government is very reluctant


to admit any downsides of its own migration policy and particularly


the migration it hard in 2015 but there are very obvious downsides


because Sweden is not a country that needs a non-skilled labour force


which doesn't speak Swedish. What was raised as the matter of


evidence, what is the evidence? First of all if I can say so the


rape statistics in Sweden that have been cited are familiar with the


rape statistics across other countries that have seen similar


forms of migration. Danish authorities and the Norwegian


authorities have recorded a similar thing. It is not done by ethnicity


so we don't know. And this is part of the problem. It is again a lot of


lies and rumours going about. When it is about for example rape, it is


difficult to compare the statistics because in Sweden for example many


crimes that in other countries are labelled as bodily harm or assault


are in Sweden labelled as rape. Also how it is counted because if a woman


goes to the police and reports that her husband or boyfriend has raped


her, and done it every night for one year, in Sweden that is counted as


365 offences. Something is going wrong, I look at the recent news


from Sweden. Six Afghan child refugees committed suicide in the


last six months, unemployment among recent migrants now five times


higher than among non-migrants. We have seen gang violence in Malmo


where a British child was killed by a grenade, rioting in Stockholm.


Police in Sweden say there are 53 areas of the country where it is now


dangerous to patrol. Something has gone wrong. Let me get back to what


I think is the core of this debate if I may and that is the right for


people fleeing war and political persecution to seek asylum, that is


a human right. In Sweden we don't think we can do everything, but we


want to live up to our obligation, every country has an obligation to


receive asylum seekers. But you have changed your policy on that because


having taken 163,001 year alone, you have then closed your borders, I


think very wisely, closed the border which means 10,000 people per day at


one point were walking from Denmark in to Malmo, you rightly changed


that so he realised whatever ones aspirations in terms of asylum, it


sometimes meets reality and Sweden is meeting the reality of this.


Let's respond to that. We are not naive, we know we cannot do


everything but we want to try to do our share as we think other


countries also need to do their share. But let me say that, if you


look at what the World Economic Forum is saying about our country


they show we are in the top of many rankings, the best country to live


in, to age in, to have children in, to start into -- to start


enterprise. Why have you not been so good at integrating migrants? The


unemployment rate is five times higher among migrants than


non-migrants and that's the highest ratio of any country in the EU and


the OECD, why have you not been able to integrate the people you have


brought in for humanitarian reasons? I'm sure there are things we can do


much better of course but if you look for example at the immigration


that came in the 90s from the Balkans, they are well integrated


and contributing to our society. They are starting enterprises and


working in different fields of society, and they help our country.


Why have they not got jobs, the migrants that have come in? It takes


time. In the 90s we managed it and I'm sure we can do it again. Can I


put this into some context, it is clear Sweden has got problems as a


result of the number of migrants that come in, whether it is as bad


as Mr Trump and others make out is another matter, but perhaps I can


put it into context. Malmo, which has been at the centre of many of


these migrant problems, its homicide rate is three per hundred thousand.


Chicago, 28 per 100,000. It may have problems but they are not huge. No,


they are pretty huge and I think they will grow. The Balkan refugees


into Sweden in the 90s did bring a lot of problems and Sweden did for


the first time see serious ethnic gang rivalries. There was an upsurge


in gang-related violence that has gone on since. The situation in


Malmo in particular is exaggerated by some people, there's no doubt


about that, I have been there many times and it is undoubtedly


exaggerated by some, it is also vastly unpersuaded by the Swedish


authorities. -- understated. In 2010, one in ten Jews in Malmo


registered some form of attack on them. It got so bad that in 2010


people offered to escort Jews... You have had a good say and I have got


to be fair here, what do you say to that, Laila Naraghi? There are


people trying to frame our country in a certain way to push their own


agenda. I regret that President Trump is trying to slander our


country. But what about the specific point on Malmo? If you speak to


people in Malmo and also to different congregations, they say


they are working together with the authorities to improve this. I say


again, there are a lot of people trying to spread rumours and lies.


Your situation is very like the situation we had in Britain when we


have these situations in Rotherham and elsewhere. 1400 girls were raped


in Rotherham before police even admitted it was going on. That


happened in Britain in the last decade, a similar phenomenon. An


upsurge in particularly sexual and other forms of violence and then


total denial by an entire political class is now something that is


happening in Sweden. I see it in Swedish authorities and the denial


that comes up and the desire to laugh and dismiss Trump but he's not


answer nothing and that's a painful thing for any society to want to


admit to. There are number of Swedes who think the establishment is


covering up the true statistics, that you don't break crime down by


ethnic crimes, people are suspicious of the centre-left and centre-right


parties now in Sweden. There is no denial and no cover-up. This is what


I'm speaking about when I say people are trying to frame it in a certain


way. The social unrest is not because of the ethnical background


of the people living there but rather because of different


socioeconomics conditions. There is no research that shows


immigration... But you don't do the research into it. Swedish


authorities deliberately ensure you cannot carry out such research and


after the attacks in Cologne in 2015 it was the first time then that the


Swedish authorities and press admitted that similar sexual


molestation have been going on for years in Sweden. Is it right to


think, given the problem is maybe not as bad as many people make out


but clearly problems, given these problems, is the age of mass asylum


seeking for Sweden over? You have cut the numbers by 80% coming in


last year compared with 2015, is it over while you concentrate on


getting right the people that you have there already? We want to do


our share, we have done a lot and now we are concentrating of course


on integration and making sure people get a job, and also


on big welfare investments because it's important to remember that for


eight years Sweden were governed by a government that prioritised big


tax cuts instead of investment in welfare. It may just not work. I am


grateful to you both, we have to leave it there.


It's coming up to 11:40am, you're watching the Sunday Politics.


We say goodbye to viewers in Scotland, who leave us now


the Week Ahead, when we'll be asking if the Government is facing defeat


Hello, and a warm welcome to your local part of the show.


We'll be asking what that historic Conservative victory in Copeland


tells us about the state of the main parties in Cumbria and


My guests this week are the leader of Cumbria County


Council's Conservative group, a man who campaigned in Copeland,


Mr James Airey, Ukip's Euro MP for the North


East, Jonathan Arnott, who spent a lot of time in Stoke,


and in our Middlesbrough studio Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham.


Also coming up, the cost is rocketing and some it is


said of incomplete disarray - are our parish councils


And Labour ended up making history but


An eight point increase in the Conservative vote delivered


to the Tories a seat they hadn't won since the 1930s.


No surprise, then, that by Friday lunchtime the Prime


Minister was in West Cumbria to celebrate the result with the


This is an astounding victory for the Conservative Party but also for


You know, Labour have held this seat since the 1930s.


A party in Government hasn't won a by-election from the


opposition and a seat held by the opposition for 35 years.


Labour support dropped by 5% despite a fiercely fought campaign


on Brexit and local NHS services, but supporters refused to blame


-- the threats to local NHS services.


It certainly isn't Jeremy Corbyn's fault.


Jeremy Corbyn's been the labour of the Labour Party


And Jeremy didn't, certainly, as far as I was


concerned, he didn't crop up on the doorstep


But the party wasn't the only loser from the Copeland contest.


Ukip's suffered its worst by-election performance


Well, a bit disappointing really, but I think there's probably a bit


of tactical voting going on here because the media was reporting it


was a two horse race so I think people have


And people also think they've got Brexit so I think


they've probably gone back to their original parties


when they voted for Ukip to get the referendum, possibly.


So this is how the political map of the county now looks


after the loss of Copeland, with Labour MPs in


Workington and Barrow and conservatives in Carlisle and


West and Lonsdale also held of course by


And as for those pro-Remain Liberal Democrats,


therefore it actually went up in Copeland,


as it has done in every by-election since Brexit.


Let's assess the significance of all that now with my guests.


Alex Cunningham, in our Middlesbrough studio, some


people blaming Jeremy Corbyn for this result, some blaming Tony


Blair, some blaming people like yourselves who resigned


in the summer from the front bench, obviously you've come back now.


What, in your view, is behind the loss of this seat?


Well, I mean, it's very disappointing what happened there.


I thought Gillian fought a fantastic campaign and did extremely well.


However, I think the people of Copeland wanted to send the Labour


Party a message and I just hope that we can take all that on board,


get stuck in and make sure that we take


our message of social justice on the NHS and


everything else back to the


people again and convince them that we are the party of the future.


And I also hope that when the Prime Minister


was there she actually confirmed to the people of West


Cumberland that their health service is safe there,


But you think they were sending a message.


What message do you think they were sending to you?


I think they were sending us a message that we've been a bit


out of touch of late, that some of our


policies may not be aligned to theirs.


But also those issues around the support for the


Jeremy made it clear, I made it clear on the doorstep as


well, that we were very much omitted to that industry.


Nobody is going to throw away thousands of well-paid


jobs and I think it is important that we continue to try to get that


message across, that we are pro-nuclear, we believe in an energy


mix, and we believe in all the jobs that are there in career.


And Jeremy Corbyn's part in this - was he an asset?


Jeremy 's name was mentioned to me on the doorstep a few times.


A few people were not happy with his leadership


and that is something for


him to reflect on and the rest of us as well.


Well, we may again come back to that.


Jonathan Arnott, there was a significant drop in the Ukip


Slipping into fourth, on top of what happened in Stoke,


A bad night for your party, wasn't it?


Yeah, I mean, I think we probably, hand on heart, expected it would be


difficult for us in Copeland simply because we've got a seat which is


being fiercely fought by two political juggernauts, the Labour


It's always going to be difficult for a


party with Ukip's resources to avoid getting squeezed and afraid that's


Obviously, not the MP for Stoke, as it turned out.


You backed him for the leadership very strongly,


After all that scorn on with the claims and


counterclaims about Hillsborough, is he still the right leader for


What happened with Hillsborough, to be


absolutely clear, Paul is someone who was at Hillsborough, he was 12


years old at the time, he was there with family


and with close personal friends, and he did know somebody


What has happened is that somebody has put up


on his website, without it being fully checked, a story where they


have effectively conflated those two things.


And that is something that was done over five years ago, so I


completely understand it has been damaging, there has been


An error was made many years ago and it's time


to draw a line under that and move on.


James Airey, obviously this was a good win for


the Conservatives but it wasn't the most glorious campaign, was it?


The visit by the Prime Minister, not the


one we saw on Friday, but the one during the campaign, refusal to give


straight answers about the West Cumberland hospitals Alex Cunningham


referred to was a bit of a PR own-goal.


So did you win despite the concerns over the NHS?


What we did was fight a very positive campaign


and it is a tremendous result, let's not get away from that.


The last time a governing party won a


by-election it was back in 1982 when Michael Foot


led the Labour Party, and I'm not going to make any


comparisons between Jeremy Corbyn and Michael That.


We won the campaign because we had an eight


excellent local candidate in Trudy Harrison,


who worked her socks off, she had a strong, positive campaign


that clearly set out what you wanted to achieve for the people of


Copeland and it was a negative campaign of Labour that really,


We always thought it was going to be close but it was an


outstanding victory and Labour did themselves no favours by running


But now Trudy Harrison has to deliver on those


And over the hospital, whatever she said, the


Prime Minister has really failed to say that she will step in to save


It could be a very short honeymoon period if those services move.


Trudy Harrison could do nothing about it.


I know that Trudy Harrison will do


her absolute utmost to make sure that local


services are returned in


Whitehaven Hospital, and that is key for us all.


As a Cumbrian Conservative politician, let me put


it straight on the record - we support all the local NHS services.


That's not the message coming from Downing Street.


They were much more equivocal about it and that is going


to be a problem if Trudy Harrison can't deliver, because at the top


level of Government they are not interested.


Trudy has had the Prime Minister up visiting Cumbria straight away.


She is going to be talking to trees in May about the


That's not forget it was a very costly PFI, huge financial burden,


brought in under a Labour Government that caused many of those


What we actually need is a Prime Minister who will


actually commit to the health service in the West Cumberland.


We haven't had that commitment and whilst the new MP may well be


committed to it, as the Prime Minister said the new MP is


committed to it, we need a Prime Minister who is committed


to the NHS, not somebody who shies away from making the


OK, we'll see what happens with that.


This result, though, doesn't it show how vulnerable


Labour MPs in some of the rest of the region are?


Places like Darlington, Middlesbrough South - the


Conservatives will be licking their lips, even places


like Bishop Auckland on the current polling.


You should be looking to win seats not


Most certainly, and we are working across across the piece, knocking


doors and speaking to people all the time.


But it is a very real lesson to us and we've got to remember that


we mustn't take anything for granted.


The north-east has been a bedrock, the whole of the


north of England has been a bedrock for the Labour Party, and we mustn't


be complacent about that, we must make sure we are in contact with


people, taking those messages on social justice


OK, would you accept that if you're polling doesn't improve and we keep


getting results like Copeland, Jeremy Corbyn cannot lead the party


Well, we're coming up to a set of by-elections, not by-elections -


council elections and male role in elections, soon and I'm sure that


Jeremy will assess what happens then and...


It's Groundhog Day, we were in this position last year.


Well, we were, yes, and at that stage Jeremy


had only been leader for a few months.


Now he's been leader of the nearly two years and I think this is


a real test of two years of his leadership.


I think that's a matter for Jeremy and our other


colleagues as well who I'm sure we'll be offering him plenty of


advice about what he should do regardless of the results.


But I think we need to be able to concentrate


It doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement from one of his


But, anyway, Jonathan Arnott - the referendum has


The lesson of Copeland is that the challenge in


the north, to Labour, is coming from the Conservatives, not from Ukip.


Well, Copeland is a seat where the Conservatives in a very strong


If we had a by-election somewhere in the


north-east where Ukip were in a very strong second place I'm sure you'd


see something very different, whether its Hartlepool or Blyth


Valley for example, 11 of the constituencies in the north-east


have Ukip in second place at present, so actually we're in a very


strong position to challenge if we can get a positive message out


Very briefly, James Airey, with all the


promises made, A595, will the Government


act on that once they said what they're going to do about it?


I'll be working with Trudy, the local transport


authority, Cumbria County Council, important elections in May.


We need to get that investment into Cumbria,


Now, away from the by-election, local authorities have been setting


The most householders it means a big rise in bills.


Here is that, plus the rest of the week's News in 60 seconds.


Northumberland is the latest to put its council tax up by around 5%.


Labour councillor, Susan Dungworth, says it still leaves them far short


of the amount they need to provide social care for the elderly.


What the Government are doing is they are


reducing the national funding for social care.


And what they are saying to local authorities


is you can raise that money yourself.


That claim was challenged by Conservative Peter Jackson.


Year after year they keep claiming that


they're not getting enough money from central Government.


I think they've got to look at themselves,


the amount of money they are wasting is quite dramatic.


A public enquiry into plans for an opencast coal mine


in Northumberland will take place on my May.


Campaigners have been fighting to stop the Banks group


removing 3 million tonnes of coal from land near Widdrington, west of


And, finally, tributes have been paid to the


veteran Labour politician Don Dixon, who has died at the age of 87.


A former shipyard worker, Lord Dixon was MP for Jarrow


until 1997 and a former deputy Chief Whip.


That's Luke Walton with the 60 second round up.


James, a near 4% rise in council tax bills for Cumbria.


You're not in control of that council, but is that justified?


I think it's very difficult to justify such a high council tax,


so should certainly on social care the 2% of that spin ring fenced and


Government has encouraged local authorities to charge residents


the 2% for providing social care, I think that's very justified.


The other 2% we haven't entirely had explained to us how the ruling


administration are going to spend it and there's been one heck of a lot


There's also been a lot of cut in the


Even the social care thing, it's a sticking plaster


That money, as with many northern councils, will not raise anywhere


near enough to solve the social care crisis.


Look, it would be wrong of me to say that there isn't pressure


on social care, but I found out just prior to Cumbria's budget last week


that the social care Department in Cumbria County Council is actually


There was a gaping hole there, they don't know


That's just passing the buck, isn't it?


I think Government needs to have confidence in local authorities


before they start to ramp up extra funding.


We need to prove that we can spend it wisely and make sure


that money is getting to front line services.


Alex, it's going up nearly 5% in Stockton, in your area, but


won't people be happy to pay a bit extra to ensure that the vulnerable


I think they will be happy to pay that, but let us


remember this is a Government levy, not a council tax increase.


It's a Government levy in order to pay for social care.


But our social care system needs some ?2.6 billion over


the next four or five years in order just to break even and we are not


getting that money from central Government and it's time they


thought about national taxation in order to pay for social care


instead of passing the back to local councillors.


But this is a local service, why shouldn't council tax be used


And then people can see whether the money is


being spent wisely in their local area?


It has been traditionally delivered locally with Government


funding and we've seen huge cuts, billions of pounds cut from social


care over recent years and it is time the Government stood back and


said how on earth do we put this right?


They put that right by accepting responsibility through the taxpayer.


Jonathan, Ukip is generally hostile to putting up taxes, as we know,


but is this the only way to solve the social care crisis?


Well, Ukip on a national level have said that we


should be cutting the foreign aid budget so that we are helping with


natural disasters and things like that but not some of the worst


excesses that we've been seeing, and to plough


that money into the NHS and into adult social care.


James, there are a lot of conservatives who


have agreed with that, wouldn't they?


Yes, but that's an entirely different issue and we do need to


It's not, it's public money being spent in one


Perhaps that's right but we talk about Government


cutting social care funding to local authorities, overall funding


packages have been cut to local authorities but it is about local


choice, if councillors councils have decided to cut social care budgets


it has often been Labour-controlled councils that have made


I'm sure Alex Wood, if he had time,...


There is nothing more local than elected councillors


making budget decisions - that is what they do.


OK, we'll have to leave it there - I'm sure it's a subject


Now, parish councils were traditionally responsible for


maintaining flowerbeds, graveyards, the occasional public toilet, but


they've taken on an increasingly important role in recent years, but


with the extra responsibility has come big rises in the parish precept


which is paid by households on top of the other bits of council tax.


As Fergus Hewison reports, there appears


to be no limit on how high thou those bills can go.


Berwick-upon-Tweed - a town used to strife


But in recent years there has been civil


Would you make of Berwick town council?


Not a lot. Why is that?


Well, I think there could be a lot more done for


We all want what's best for the town and if certain people can't agree


I've heard about them at the council meetings and that, I think it's


about time they got their act together.


So why does the town council have this reputation?


The answer perhaps is in these two official reports into terror Berwick


town council, both of which paint a picture of a dysfunctional


The first report found a culture of mistrust, suspicion and


disrespectful behaviour which brought the council into disrepute.


Another report looked at the management of ?100,000 one in a


competition run by celebrity retail expert Mary Portas.


The money was meant to improve Berwick's high-street.


But the report says the fund was mismanaged by the town


council and it identified significant financial weaknesses.


Councillor Georgina Hill claims she attempted to highlight these and


The governance was absolutely shocking.


There was no due diligence or risk assessment done.


Anyone that tried to ask any questions or


scrutinise, which is what we are meant to do, was shot down.


Berwick town council says the issues raised


And others agree that the council has changed.


We have a set of accounts now that are transparent and clear.


We don't have any secret groups taking decisions without


We are on the mend and and we can prove that and demonstrated


by what we can see around us, happening in the town, today.


All that turmoil in Berwick did not stop


the town's share of the council tax, the precept, rising by 35% in just


But Berwick's was by no means the biggest increase.


Over the last four years, the largest


precept increase by any town or parish council in Northumberland


council increased it by 268% in this time.


In North Yorkshire the largest increase was 350% in Normanby,


and in Cumbria it was a massive 610% in Ulfor.


At the same time, larger local authorities haven't been able


to raise their council tax by more than 2% a year


One town council not short of cash is Peterlee in County Durham.


If you live in an average-sized house in Peterlee you'll pay


almost ?300 a year to the town council for its services.


That's the second highest rate in all of England.


And there's been controversy too about the council's


reserves - it has more than ?1 million in the bank.


Hardly surprising, then, that last year a


poll of Peterlee residents found they wanted the precept frozen.


But a new administration says it's now


You're seeing more and more people now wanting to take notice of what


You're seeing more and more local social media groups saying,


what's going on with this, what's going on with that?


The play areas, the allotments dash more and more


people in the town are taking a lot more notice because people feel they


And many town and parish councils argue


increases are justified because they are taking on services


that larger councils have stopped providing.


England's 10,000 parish councils are being asked to do a lot more,


they are asked being asked to do a lot


more by their residents, by Government, and indeed by other


larger councils that increasingly can't afford to run services that


One place that illustrates that point is West Bedlington


in Northumberland, where the town precept has risen


by 93% in the last four years, all to pay for vital services.


We do the very local services, the things like play


areas, bus shelters, litter bins - all that sort of the basic town


And what we've done is we've tried to get them in the


As the scope of many town and parish councils grows, they have more


But all that comes at a price and is attracting ever greater scrutiny.


And a spokesman from the Department for Communities and


Local Government said they expect parish and town councils to


demonstrate restraint when setting bills, but point out that parish


councils do play a key role in designing new and innovative


James Airey, the Government forward says forces


larger councils who want to raise council tax above a certain level,


it will be 5% this year, to have a referendum before doing it.


Why don't they insist on the same thing


I think you have to remember, Richard,


that many of these parish councils are very small councils, perhaps


councils representing some very small villages in general areas.


When you look at some of the percentages


we are only talking in


Now, instinctively, as a Conservative, when we see some of


the figures on your report I am shocked,


but you need to look at the


information behind that and it may be a one-off


increase to provide a


I mean, our parish councils are having to pick


up a lot of services that district councils in particular are no longer


Jonathan Arnott, the percentages do look frightening but


as James points out, on average, these councils are charging just


over ?50 a year - some of them are charging


the price of a portion of


fish and chips to be honest with you, each year.


I mean, basically, we want democracy to be


as close as possible to the citizens, so parish and town


It brings services as close as possible


So all that is good and when you get a parish or town


council charging too much of course it is much


take control of that council and to do something about it...


But part of the problem is a lot of these


councils are not even elected because there is so little interest


Well, if people see precepts going up then what you've


just shown in your video there is that people do then


do something about it, get involved and do


If services are being moved from a unitary authority down to a


town or parish council, the town or parish council puts


the precept up but does the parents council as it


And if they don't then it's just an extra tax on everybody.


James, many of these parish councillors are


not elected, they are appointed and co-opted because nobody is


interested on sitting on some of these bodies.


Don't they need to be democratically accountable or done


If nobody is interested in standing, why have them?


There are some very good parish councils out


there and, let's be frank, there are some lousy ones as well.


And I think they have to stimulate interest.


What I would advise, if people are interested in their local


community then think about being a parish


Alex, briefly, we haven't got much time, Labour councils are often


passing duties on to these parish and town


councils, that's why the


Well that certainly hasn't happened in


Stockton, but some of bills have gone up.


I know Thornaby town council, they have the town hall to


look after in Thornaby and that proves very expensive.


For me, we need to help people understand more


what the small councils do because often what happens is your borough


councillors, your unitary authority councillors, get the blame for


increases put up by the small organisations.


Keep up-to-date by following me on Twitter.


Now, though, it's back to Andrew for the rest of the show.


Welcome back. Article 50, which triggers the beginning of Britain


leaving the European Union and start negotiations, is winding its way


through the Lords in this coming week. Tarzan has made an


intervention, let's just see the headline from the Mail on Sunday.


Lord Heseltine, Michael Heseltine, my fightback starts here, he is


going to defy Theresa May. I divide one Prime Minister over the poll


tax, I'm ready to defy this one in the Lords over Brexit. There we go,


that's going to happen this week. We will see how far he gets. I don't


think he will get very far, I don't think Loyalist Tory MPs and


Brexiteers are quaking in their boots at the prospect of a rebellion


led by Michael Heseltine. I sense that many Tory MPs are already


moving on to the next question about Brexit, and the discussion over how


much it will cost us to come out. The fact they are already debating


that suggests to me they feel things will go fairly smoothly in terms of


the legislation. When I spoke to the Labour leader in the Lords last week


on the daily politics, she said she was going to push hard for the kind


of amendments Lord has all-time is talking about and they would bring


that back to the Commons. But if the Commons pinged it back to the Lords


with the amendments taken out, she made it clear that was the end of


it. Is that right? That's about right. This is probably really a


large destruction. There will be to micro issues that come up in the


Lords, one is on the future of EU nationals, that could be voted on as


soon as this Wednesday, and then the main vote in the Lords on a week on


Tuesday, when there is this question of what sort of vote will MPs and


peers get at the end of the Brexit process and that is what has


all-time is talking about. He wants to make sure there are guarantees in


place. The kind of things peers are looking for are pretty moderate and


the Government have hinted they could deliver on both of them


already. But they are still not prepared... Amber Rudd said they


were not prepared... They may say yes we are going to do that but they


won't allow whatever that is to be enshrined in the legislation. The


question is whether we think this is dancing on the head of a pin. The


Government have already promised something in the House of Commons,


but will they write it down, I don't think that's the biggest problem in


the world. In a sense this is a great magicians trick by Theresa May


because it is not the most important thing. The most important thing in


Brexit is going on in those committees behind closed doors when


they are trying to work out what the next migration system is for Britain


and there are some interesting, indeed toxic proposals, but at the


moment Downing Street are happy to let us talk about the constitutional


propriety of what MPs are doing over the next eight days. It seems to me


the irony is that if we had a second chamber that can claim some kind of


democratic legitimacy, which the one we have cannot, it would be able to


cause the Government more trouble on this, it would be more robust.


Absolutely. I saw the interview we did with the Labour Leader of the


Lords, they are very conscious, of the fact they are not elected and


have limited powers. She was clear to you they would not impede the


timetable for triggering Article 50 so we might get a bit of theatre,


Michael Heseltine might deliver a brilliant speech. It is interesting


that Euroscepticism gun under Margaret Thatcher in the Tory party


but two offer senior ministers Ken Clarke and Michael Heseltine are the


most prominent opponents now but they will change nothing at this


point. She will have the space to trigger Article 50 within her


timetable. Let's move on. Let me show you a picture tweeted by Nigel


Farage. That is Nigel Farage and a small


group of people having dinner, and within that small group of people is


the president of the United States, and it was taken in the last couple


of days. This would suggest that if he can command that amount of the


President's time in a small group of people, then he's actually rather


close to the president. Make no mistake about it, Nigel Farage is


now to and fro Washington more regularly than perhaps he is here.


Hopefully that LBC programme is recorded over in the state. He's not


only close to the president but to a series of people within the


administration. That relationship there is a remarkable one and one to


keep an eye on. Will the main government be tempted to tap into


that relationship at any time or is it just seething with anger? You can


feel a ripple of discontentment over this. We are in the middle of


negotiating the state visit and the sort of pomp and circumstance and


what kind of greeting Britain should give Donald Trump when he comes over


later in the year. There is a great deal of neurotic thought going into


what that should look like, but one of the most interesting things about


our relationship with Donald Trump is that there is a nervousness among


some Cabinet ministers that we are being seen to go too far, too fast


with the prospect of a trade deal. Even amongst some Brexiteer cabinet


ministers, they worry we won't get a very good trade deal with the US and


we are tolerably placing a lot of stalled by it. When we see the kind


of deal they want to pitch with us there might be some pulling back and


that could be an awkward moment in terms of our relationship, and no


doubt Nigel at that term -- at that point will accuse the UK of doing


the dirty on Donald Trump. If there was a deal, would they get it


through the House of Commons? Nigel Farage is having dinner with the


president, not bad as a kind of lifestyle but he's politically


rootless, he won't be an MEP much longer so if you look at where is


his political base to build on this great time he's having, there is


one. Given that there is one I think he's just having a great time and it


isn't much more significant than that. No? There's a lot to be said


for having a great time. You are having a great time. Let's just


look, because of the dominance of the Government we kind of it nor


there are problems piling up, only what, ten days with the Budget to


go, piling up for Mrs May and her government. The business rates which


has alarmed a lot of Tories, this disability cuts which are really a


serious problem for the Government, and the desperate need for more


money for social care. There are other issues, there are problems


there and they involve spending money. Absolutely and some people


argue Theresa May has only one Monday and that is to deliver Brexit


but it is impossible as a Prime Minister to ignore everything else.


And she doesn't want to either. The bubbling issue of social care and


the NHS is the biggest single problem for her in the weeks and


months ahead, she has got to come up with something. And Mr Hammond will


have to loosen his belt a little bit. I think he will in relation to


the NHS, he didn't mention it in the Autumn Statement, which was


remarkable, and he cannot get away with not mentioning it this time. If


he mentions it, it has to be in a positive context in some way or


another and it is one example of many. She is both strong because she


is so far ahead in the opinion polls, but this in tray is one of


the most daunting a Prime Minister has faced in recent times I think.


Here is what will happen on Budget day, money will be more money,


magically found down the back of the Treasury sofa. The projections are


that he has wiggle room of about 12 billion. But look at the bills,


rebels involved in business rates suggest the Chancellor will have to


throw up ?2 billion at that problem. 3.7 billion is the potential cost of


this judgment about disability benefits. The Government will try to


find different ways of satisfying it but who knows. It will not popular.


I'm not sure they will throw money at the NHS, they want an interim


settlement on social care which will alleviate pressure on the NHS but


they feel... That's another couple of billion by the way. They feel in


the Treasury that the NHS has not delivered on what Simon Stevens


promised them. But here is the bigger problem for Philip Hammond,


he has two This year and he thinks the second one in the autumn is more


important because that is when people will feel the cost living


squeeze. The Daily Politics is back at noon


on BBC Two tomorrow. We'll be back here at


the same time next week. Remember - if it's Sunday,


it's the Sunday Politics.


Andrew Neil and Richard Moss are joined by Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, Ukip's Patrick O'Flynn, Swedish MP Laila Naraghi and Douglas Murray of the Henry Jackson Society. Sam Coates, Isabel Oakeshott and Steve Richards are on the political panel.

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