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It's a great show, wonderful show, never miss it.


We've got Derek Hatton, great guy, my kind of socialist.


There's a crazed individual running America.


The world is a different place than it was six months ago.


I'm not sure Jeremy Corbyn clicked that when he voted


Fake news hater and total loser, Adam Boulton is here to


spread terrible lies and be terribly biased.


His organisation is terrible, by the way.


Yes, Donald, I'm here spreading the usual rubbish.


After all, it is for that failing pile of garbage This Week.


Are those the words of a great statesman?


We'll be talking about that later on.


And now it's time to say Andrew Neil.


That's not a name, by the way, that's an executive order.


A week in which this programme decided to jump


on the "let's-have-a-ban" band wagon by introducing extreme vetting


of politicians who want to migrate to our sofa to determine if there's


the slightest possibility they might give a straight answer


So far not one of them has passed this simple test and we're minded


to keep our borders shut until they do.


Speaking of politicians, we bring the news you've


all been waiting for, Diane Abbott is on her way


The nation's heart sank when it learnt that she'd been struck down


It's been doing the rounds here in Westminster,


especially on the Labour benches, and is known to be particularly


virulent when it strikes just before a key vote on leaving the EU.


It was a lucky break for the Government which,


with Diane in intensive care in the back room of the Brexit Bar,


Hackney, managed to scrape through the vote on Article 50


We're only five weeks into the new year and it's already


Today the Government droned on about Brexit,


padding out a Theresa May speech into a 77-page white paper,


Jeremy Corbyn planned a cabinet reshuffle,


Nigel Farage was on TV, Tim Farron wasn't and the Scot Nats


remained in their permanent state of confected anger.


It felt a bit like Groundhog Day - probably because it was - again.


Speaking of those who've been repeating themselves ad nauseum


for as long anybody can remember, I'm joined on the sofa tonight


by Michael #choo-choo Portillo and Harriet #it's time we had


a female Dr Who and why not me since I'm used to travelling


in confined spaces in my little pink election bus Harman.


I guess she's also used to dealing with Daleks since she's worked


Michael, your moment of the week. The Brexit vote. For decades, the


House of Commons was deaf to those who wanted to talk about the loss of


Parliamentary sovereignty and those who raise the subject word derided


and humiliated and mocked. And now, to see the House of Commons voting


to restore its sovereignty, to bring power back to the United Kingdom, by


a majority of 384, is testimony to the extraordinary reversal of the


last year. And whatever you think about it, it has to be rated as an


historic moment. Harriet. The same historic moment but from a rather


different perspective. It was walking through the division lobby


with 400 plus others, and there were 400 actually who were for Remain. So


this was 400 MPs going through the division lobby to ratify a


referendum for a result we didn't want. In our ears was ringing the


speech of George Osborne, who was basically saying, forget about this


vote. This happened in June with the referendum decision. But now we have


to have bills to decide what we will do about agricultural subsidy, no


more common Agricultural Policy. What are we going to do about that?


It is just a moment, not an agenda. There is more to come, it was only


the start, and not in a And now to what's become our


new regular feature, This time nearly a quarter


of his MPs defied him by voting Three of them were whips tasked


with enforcing Jezza's order to vote for Article 50 and 17


were in his front bench team, so I think it's fair to say party


discipline is not at its strongest. If they all resign, on top


of all the previous resignations, he could run out of MPs


to populate his shadow team and you'll soon hear the sound


of tumbleweed drifting So what do Jezza's old Militant


comrades make of it all? Here's Derek Hatton


with his take of the week. It's always been argued, rightly so,


that socialism is international. But I can't claim I've ever been


the biggest fan of the EU. Probably for the reason that


I was more concerned about increasing the alliance


with America, even before Trump, And now it feels like


we are stepping into some Brexit is now more dangerous


than ever with Trump A real mad man, a relationship


with America is frightening. In 2003, Jeremy Corbyn marched


against the disgraceful Yesterday, I feel he got it wrong


in giving his support to Theresa May and the Tories over triggering


Article 50. I do understand the democracy


argument, but I don't believe the majority of people who voted


for Brexit actually imagined for one second that we'd be having


an alliance with a vicious Trump We have now got a mad


man in the White House. There's no necessity whatsoever


for Jeremy Corbyn to be seen He should be providing a real


alternative against vicious, vicious Tory Government supporting


Trump. I was even more delighted


when he got elected the second time. But this is a monumental issue and,


quite honestly, it's And from the Mercado Metropolitano


Backyard Cinema in South London to the This Week studio,


Derek Hatton is with us now. Welcome to the programme, good to


see you. You say you now have serious doubts about Jeremy Corbyn.


What would you have Labour do about it? I did not say I had serious


doubts, I said it made me think. You wrote two days ago in the Liverpool


Echo, this shows a real lack of leadership on his part and stars now


make me have serious doubts about him. You shouldn't believe


everything you read in the press. But you wrote it! Harold Wilson once


said a long, long time ago, a week is a long time in politics. On this


issue, six months is a lifetime. I do not believe for a second that the


majority of people who voted for Brexit six months ago actually


believed that they were going to see a Trump Administration... You said


that in the film. My question is, what would you have Labour do about


Jeremy Corbyn? I understand you have invited me because you want me to


hammer Jeremy Corbyn, but that is not the main reason I am talking


about this. What I am saying is that Brexit in and of itself now is far


more dangerous than it was in June, because of Trump in America. And I


don't think people realise that there is a danger that we could


become the 51st state, if we don't actually start thinking about this.


I was never a real fan of Europe, but at the end of the day, I would


much rather have the devil that I knew there than the mad devil that I


don't know in the White House. Labour has already lost Scotland,


lost the south of England, outside London. Most Labour constituencies


in the North voted for Brexit, big-time. Wouldn't your position now


just lose Labour the north, too? No, because it is not about saying that


is the way people are. We have to talk to people, almost like it is


another education job. I don't think people have clicked the reality of


what Brexit means, particularly with Trump in the White House. I


understand because you have said it six times. What is your take? Derek


is saying what the sectarian left have always said. They are saying


the public have to be told they have got it wrong. It is obviously right


that the situation is more dangerous for our economy with Trump being a


protectionist in the White House. Of course it is. So Theresa May should


be careful about being so rejectionist of our economic


partners in Europe. We need that trade, so she should think again


about it. But the idea that what we should do to people who previously


voted Labour and voted Leave is to give them a talking to about how


they have got it wrong... That is not what I am saying. Was Mr Corbyn


writes to put on a three line whip? Yes. But if you are a leader putting


a three line whip on for something people find very difficult, and in


opposition most of the choices are bad choices because you are not


setting the context, just reacting, you need to at least have some


confidence from the people and to be able to cajole them and have them go


with you. That is the difficulty, because he cannot command their


loyalty because he did not show loyalty. But he is right in saying


that the Article 50 vote was taken in June and this is just


ratification. Let's go onto the next discussion about the future. What is


your take? A stopped clock is right twice a day, so Jeremy Corbyn is


from time to time right, and he was right about imposing a three line


whip. It was important that the Labour Party should have a position


and the position he selected for the Labour Party was the correct


position. For the Labour Party to appear to be indifferent or opposed


to the popular vote would be suicidal for the Labour Party. As


far as the Trump thing is concerned, I am tempted to add it to the great


achievements of David Cameron, who got us into this mess in the first


place. One thinks the Brexit vote played a part in the success of


Trump. It certainly... He thinks it did. It certainly gave him more


confidence to think he could win. As how Trump plays into all of this, I


think in the end because he is so hostile to the European Union and


Germany in particular, in the context of the endgame, the


political endgame in two years' time, the European Union will be


very frightened. And my guess is that will make for a softer Brexit


than otherwise. Although I accept it could lead to the opposite reaction.


What is your reply to Harriet, that people did know what they were


voting for? They had a gut instinct and they wanted to leave. And you


talking to them on the doorstep is not going to make them change their


mind. When we talk about the popular vote, 52-48 is not a massive


majority. It is a majority but not a massive majority. People voted


Brexit for a lot of reasons. The day after Brexit I was walking along the


road and someone came up who said, we got them, didn't we? He was


saying, we got one over on the establishment, which was his reason


for voting Brexit. I think a lot of people certainly had a change of


mind afterwards. But even more so now since Trump has emerged in


America. More people are having to think again. I don't think it is a


case of saying, this is what you should do. That is the reason why I


thought Jeremy should not have gone that way yesterday and given more


time to see what evolves and emerges. I don't think it is going


to be plain sailing. There is a test coming up, the Stoke by-election,


which was Brexit Central in terms of the referendum, 70% of the people


voting to leave. Labour is running with a staunchly pro-Remain


candidate. If you lose, your theory has crashed on take-off. Not that


all because yesterday people saw Jeremy taking a particular


alignment. It is almost as though he cannot win either way. If they lose


Stoke, people will say what you have said. If they win, they will say it


is because Jeremy went against yesterday. I just don't believe we


are in a position where it is as easy as it was in June. It is far


harder now. Labour is now split over this in the way we always thought


the Tories were. The party would have been divided and will remain


divided on this issue with the votes that are coming up. It will be a


running sword for Labour the way Maastricht was for the Tories. It


will be a big challenge undoubtedly and I think the problems that we are


facing now didn't start with Jeremy Corbyn, they've been a long time


coming. But the question is whether or not he can convince people that


he is the solution and that Labour is the solution to those problems


because actually hoping that you can just tell people that they've been


duped and got it wrong and telling people the Tories are awful, most


people in stoke think the Tories are awful anyway and thought they were


awful in the 80s but they wouldn't vote for us until we won their trust


again and that's what we have got to do.


The reason the Labour Party is defeatist at the moment and facing


the abyss is not because it's split on Europe, it's because it's chosen


Jeremy Corbyn as its leader. Let's get the sequence right. In your


heart, don't you feel that Labour's sleep walking to a calamitous


defeat? I don't know. Who knows what is going to happen in stoke. But I'm


not sure that Michael's particularly right saying it's all about Jeremy.


I don't think that is right at all. What it is is the Labour Party's


gone through a massive transition and, as I said on the film, I


supported Jeremy the first time, was delighted the second time he got


elected. I think the amount of people that have joined the Labour


Party and getting active and politicised is the best for decades.


I love that and think more and more people are getting involved. I think


that will lead to more electoral success because those people will


breed other people will breed other people. Do you remember Neil Kinnock


saying to people like yourself don't mistake the enthusiasm of the


minority for the support of the majority? We can have all the fair


men but we have got to reach out... We never lost an election. Derek,


you're enthusiastic about what's happened to the Labour Party and so


are we. I don't know who he means by "we", maybe it's a Royal we. Nice to


see you again, thanks for being with us.


But titter ye not, we've all been deeply concerned


Comrade McDonnell mentioned some of her symptoms; headaches,


dehydration and empty bottles of Blue Nun, scary stuff!


For those of you also suffering from Brexit fever,


fear not because waiting in the wings is impersonator


in chief, Rory Bremner, putting statesmanship


In the meantime, probably best to stay away from the Facebooze,


try not to get totally Twittered, you'll only Snapcrash and end


Labour is now split over this in the way we always thought


The party would have been divided and will remain


divided on this issue with the votes that are coming up.


It will be a running sword for Labour the way


Now, time for some more good news - no we haven't been taken off air.


I'm talking about the Bank of England rosy reforecast


of economic growth this year, reversing its warning


that the economy would go to hell in a hand basket if we were stupid


Now it's predicting the same growth this year as it did when it thought


So who's the stupid one now, Governor Carney?


Anyway, here's Sky News' Adam Boulton with his political


I should have known when This Week told me all I had to do


was to escape to Brexit that it wouldn't be easy.


I'm heading straight for the BBC cooler.


The week began with a reminder of the crisis in social care.


Minister David Mowatt said the children of elderly parents


should take primary responsibility for them, not the state.


I suppose it might be one way of saving money.


Nobody ever questions the fact that parents,


that we look after our children, that's just obvious and some


of the way we think about that, in terms of the volume of numbers


we see coming down the track, will have to imping on the way


that we start thinking about how we look after our parents.


Rather than concerns about people who're already stuck here,


the week's biggest row was about where people might


President Trump's migration ban in the name of national security


and fighting terrorism sparked protests across the globe.


Eventually, the Foreign Secretary said that the UK didn't agree


with the American policy but still needed to work with the US


So this is not an approach that this Government would take.


But let me conclude by reminding the House of the vital importance


of this country's alliance with the United States,


the defence intelligence which I'm sure they appreciate and understand


Nigel Farage complete with Trump lapel badge explained the benefits


of the policy to the European Parliament.


Trump is motivated by protecting the United States of America


from Islamic terrorism, whereas what has happened in this


room and in governments around Europe is you have welcomed these


One Labour MEP made it clear what he thought of Mr Farage.


It is the unelected commission that have the sole right


Never mind stopping people getting in, I have to get out of here.


Jeremy Corbyn lead on Trump at PMQs, the Labour leader wanting to know


why Mrs May couldn't withdraw the invitation to Trump to meet


Just what more does President Trump have to do before the Prime Minister


will listen to the 1.8 million people who have already


called for his state visit invitation to be withdrawn?


But the Prime Minister batted him off with a dose of real politic


and a dash of backbench pleasing tub thumping.


Would he have been able to protect British citizens from the impact


Would he have been able to lay the foundations of a trade deal?


Would he have got a 100% commitment to Nato?


Parliament got its supreme court ordered chance to debate triggering


The government said it didn't make any difference.


We asked the people of the UK if they wanted to leave


At the core of this bill lies a simple question.


Labour was ordered to support the government,


Two thirds of Labour MPs represent constituencies that voted to leave.


One third represent constituencies that voted to remain.


This is obviously a difficult decision.


No one doubted the outcome of the vote to leave,


but a string of Remainers had their say.


Democracy means not giving up your sleeves when the


Democracy means not giving up your beliefs when the


The government has decided not to make the economy the


They have prioritised immigration control,


a clear message from the


We are combining withdrawal from the single


market and the customs union with this great


new globalised future, which offers tremendous


Apparently, you follow the rabbit down the hole,


The right honourable member yesterday


But Alice only took herself into the hole.


This Prime Minister is taking virtually all of the Tory party,


half the Labour Party and the entire country into the hole.


Thank God they are building a third runway atHeathrow.


It's a nightmare getting out of here.


Looks like we're going to have to jump for it.


Oi, escape to Brexit, it's the will of the people!


Adam Boulton with production values you don't normally see on TV.


Probably just as well! Does this Brexit white paper tell us


anything new that we didn't know already?


It tells us that apparently you can spin out a very thin set of thoughts


to 77 pages. I'm impressed. With the help of charts and graphs and


repeating all manner of things, even putting in the SNP policies. And of


course the fact that it was printed the day after the debate sort of


told us how very relevant it was to the hole matter. Is Brexit now


unstoppable? I think it was decided in June. I mean, if you are having a


referendum and the Conservatives won the election with the manifesto


commitment to an in-out referendum, so once they'd won the election, we


were going to have a referendum, we had the referendum then we lost it,


albeit by a narrow majority, but we lost it. Therefore now we need to


move on to the issues that do need to be decided. In relation to the


white paper, and I agree with Michael, I don't know what is more


alarming, the idea that you've got a Government that is doing the wrong


thing or the idea that you've got a Government that doesn't seem to have


a clue what it's doing. And quite often, that is what it sounds like


at the moment. You know, they're talking about being tough on


immigration at exactly the same time as the training places for nurses is


falling by 23%. So what are we going to do? Stop the nurses coming from


Portugal and Spain? There are a whole load of things that don't seem


to be adding up. We have twice as much trade with Europe as we have


with America, America is going protectionist. Maybe not with us. Mr


Trump wants a free trade bill, so maybe not with us? The idea that we


are going to have exceptional special place, when he was asked is


Britain at the front of the queue then for his trade deal, he said,


oh, you're doing great. He didn't answer. His add Jens is not us, his


audience is the US. Hence the invitation to make a state visit. We


are trying to buy something. If an amendment was put down to Article


50, I know what it would be called, but if it said that, as we do this,


we guarantee the status of the three million plus EU citizens who live


here, that we don't want to make them a bargaining card regardless of


how our ex-pats will be treatd by the EU, we are going to do that


because we believe it's the right thing to do, that could get through


Parliament could it not? There is a majority in Parliament to do it as I


understand it. Whether it gets called and becomes part of the Bill


is a different issue. Ask the woman behind the amendment. I've tabled


it. We should do. We shouldn't use people who've been here sometimes


two, three decades, as a bargaining chip for people... I would think it


were extraordinary if it were called. Have you had any guidance?


I'm sure it will be within scope and it should be selected because it


will get a lot of support. But also businesses don't want the sense that


somehow the people that are working for them, whether in construction,


in agriculture, in care, are those care homes suddenly going to... I


must say it's a non-point. It's perfectly clear that people here now


will be able to stay, it's a question of whether when that


Government makes it clear. It's not clear to them at all. There is


concern, even though we think it's clear, they are worried because they


haven't had it guaranteed. And the idea of using it as a bargaining


chip in respect of our citizens abroad is completely wrong. Does


anybody seriously think that this country will pay 60 billion euro


exit fee? I don't think we will but I think we will pay quite a lot of


money as part of this deal. As an exit fee or paying for access,


privileged access to the single market? Well. It will be the same


things. Exactly. Paying for privileged access, but it could be


presented in different ways. It's interesting. I don't think the


Government has ever closed down this option. When you don't close down an


option, it implies that you have the option in mind. Actually, I think


paying money to the European Union after we have left would be deeply


unpopular. At least as unpopular as immigration, free movement from the


European Union. Nonetheless, it seems the Government seems that --


believes it has some leveraged with money. It would be unpopular. Of


course. The government is confronting a whole load of things


which appear to be different from what they promised. They promised we


would save ?350 million to put in the NHS. It now looks as though just


to leave we have to pay out money. The Government didn't promise that.


The Leave campaign. The Leave campaign said, take back control on


immigration and that was understood by people as having fewer


immigrants. It wasn't about control, it was about the message being sent


of having fewer immigrants. I have asked Theresa May questions, are we


going to have a few EU nationals doing agriculture, doing


construction, what about care industry? Answer comes there none.


She was for Remain but she is leading a Leave government. Your


party will need an immigration policy, too. Any sign of that? Well,


it will have to be developed. As will the Government's policy. Can


you give us any word to a worried nation about Diane Abbott tonight?


Any update. I think that Diane, who was on Question Time last Thursday


setting out very firmly why she was going to vote for Article 50, I


can't imagine that she would not have carried that through unless she


was ill. Because she had a ready been on Question Time, which are


constituents would have watched, as well as this programme, and they


would have heard her arguing that the right thing to do unfortunately


is to vote for Article 50. I have not put a soothing hand on her


forehead or taken her temperature, but I suspect she is unwell. If you


do, give her our good wishes. We will probably have a moment of


silence, just to pray. Actually, we do not have time.


So folks, we've all been attending Trump University's diplomacy courses


and after three days and $50,000 in fees we've already graduated.


Michael has begun building a wall around his house,


so he can stop himself from stealing British people's' jobs,


plus protect himself from the bad hombres out there.


And Harriet has been appointed Trump's special envoy to Australia,


I mean what could possibly go wrong with Australian-American relations?


Theresa May and Donald Trump took statesmanship to intimate


I think you are also Theresa and I believe we are going


MPs quickly compared their courtship to Britain's dark, diplomatic past.


Now this Government's hand in hand with another fascist, Trump.


Why on earth, has Theresa the appeaser got him


Both Nicolae Ceausescu and Robert Mugabe have been entertained


What happens when you just don't get on?


President Trump reportedly put the phone down on Australian Prime


Minister Malcolm Turnbull after discussing the refugee


settlement deal that he later called dumb.


It's better that these things, these conversations,


are conducted candidly, frankly, privately.


You'll see reports of them, I'm not going to add to them.


Nigel Farage confirmed his imperious statesmanship might feature


It's early days, there's no script, we don't know how it's going to end,


Impressionist Rory Bremner has impersonated a few leading


And Nigel Farage, I mean Rory Bremner is with us now.


Welcome. That was a bit of satire, wasn't it? Do we recognise


statesmanship at the time, or is it only later that we recognise it?


Possibly it is when we look back. It is a coming together of two things.


It is a leader and a moment in time. Leader plus moment in time equals


statesman. You think of Franklin Roosevelt, or Churchill during the


war. But there can be moments. In South Africa, De Klerk and Mandela.


We think of Mandela, but De Klerk played a huge role in that. There


can also be moments when people come together. You think about Tony Blair


and the Northern Ireland peace agreement. I feel the hand of


history on my shoulder. This is no time for sound bites, but I feel the


hand of history on my shoulder. That was a moment of statesmanship. John


Major, again, very much involved with that. There can be moments of


statesmanship but it is a coming together of two things. The opposite


applies. Look at Europe in the last year, a failure of statesmanship,


not just by David Cameron. Earlier, you were talking about David Cameron


having not a statesman-like approach last year. And in Europe, if there


had been a statesman in Europe more than anything else who could stand


up and say to Europe, and actually put the case for Europe and bring


Europe together and say that Europe needs to reform. You can see what is


happening in Britain and the Netherlands. It was the lack of that


which put us where we are now. There are people in France who think they


are the one for that. Are we short of statesmen at the moment? Yes, I


think so. I largely agree with Rory's analysis. Sometimes it is not


easy to know what statesmanship is at the time. When Chamberlain came


back from Munich he was cheered to the rafters, received on the balcony


of Buckingham Palace by the well family, considered a great moment of


statesmanship. On the other hand, when Churchill became Prime Minister


and made speeches which have gone down in history, he was not cheered


by his own Conservative benches for his first year in office as wartime


Prime Minister. It was a long time before his own party would recognise


he was achieving as Prime Minister. It sounds to me like what raw and


Michael are talking about the good old days. Donald Trump has torn up


the rules and it is post-protocol politics now. He is on the world


stage like the political equivalent of the global financial crisis. I


remember Gordon Brown saying, the global financial crisis is tearing


everything up and we need to leap over and ahead of it in order to get


some sort of control over the situation. I think that is the case


with Trump. He is burning his route, and everyone is sitting back and


reacting. That is not going to be a good thing. That is why I think that


handholding, walking holding hands, it doesn't look to me like Theresa


May is jumping ahead of the Trump phenomenon and actually controlling


the situation. She got 100% commitment on Nato. She should have


had a briefing which said, stay well clear when you walk beside him. How


would anybody know that? It is understandable, they were walking


down the steps and he took her hand. There is another interpretation that


he does not like steps, so he took her hand to help himself. It was to


stop her running away. The difference is that statesmen or


women bring people together as opposed to divide. Dictators and


demagogues divide. Statesmen and states women bring people together.


And they rise above party. Churchill and FDR were above party. There is


kind of Vanins Thracian. You talk about Churchill in May in 1940 when


he had to persuade the Cabinet. There is a sense of inspiration,


some greatness breathed into somebody at a moment in history. Who


is to know? Maybe history judges it. Who would you describe as a states


person today? Oh, Lord! I can't see any on the horizon. Wouldn't it be


amazing if we had... Look at the Islamic world. If we had a sunny


Mandela and a Shi'ite De Klerk saying, listen, this is a great


relish and -- religion, and reclaim Islam from Isis, if you like. Who


have been great states women? Go on, Michael. What about Margaret


Thatcher. I thought Theresa May had echoes of Margaret Thatcher, post


traumatic stress syndrome. What do you think of his suggestion? Think


of Thatcher's role in world affairs, the fall of the Soviet Union, the


liberation of Eastern Europe, the restoration of democracy to millions


of people. My constituents were literally dying on hospital waiting


lists when she was cutting the NHS. You were in the Cabinet, Chief


secretary at the time. Whatever she was doing abroad, my view of her is


coloured by what was actually happening to my constituents. What


you are saying is entirely wrong. Public spending went marching


upwards year after year. Welcome to this Week, 1984, fighting the


battles again. The NHS was on its knees when you were in government.


What about Angela Merkel. Yes, she is popular at home. Statesmen are


often unpopular. Gorbachev, you could argue he was another one.


Statesmen are often unpopular at home. Churchill was unpopular at


home for a long time. Did Russia need Gorbachev at that moment? Did


Britain need Thatcher at that moment? I am not quite answer that


one, Harriet, either. Mrs Gandhi? Mrs Gandhi? I was thinking, was


Gandhi married? What are you doing these days? I am starting touring


next week. Jan ravens will join me, doing Theresa May. That starts on


choose day. Look up my tour. And I am doing a documentary on ADHD, and


a show at the Soho Theatre on Monday night. And Donald Trump will


feature? He will feature. There will be 100,000 people. It will be great,


so fantastic. Look at that. She is so hot there. How is the book going?


Good. It is published today, so it is early doors. You will get the


early returns in the morning. It has had lots of good publicity.


But not for us, we're off to Stoke on Trent for Paul Nuttall's


house-warming extravaganza, it's BYOB, of course.


But, come to think of it, he's said it's bring your own food too,


and your own wallpaper and your own furniture.


He's also texted to ask if any of us remember the address - weird.


Sadly for Michael's special relationship,


She doesn't want to jeopardise her recovery and would neverR attend


a social event at the expense of her health.


Nighty night, don't let the Brexit bug bite.


Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party,


It's really important for people to understand that.


Could you give us two minutes of your time, Ms Abbott?


# I decree today that life is simply taking and not giving


How is she feeling, by the way, because apparently she wasn't


quite well enough go to the Commons yesterday?


Well, Diane will have to explain her own position.


It's not for me to explain Diane's actions.


It is extraordinary that Diane Abbott sneaks off,


You can't have it both ways in politics.


If you bottle the vote, it's cowardice.


I don't know any more than you do about Diane.


All I could say is, Diane, if you are watching, get well soon.


Indeed. I'm sure we all share that sentiment.


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