20/07/2017 Thursday in Parliament


20/07/2017

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Hello and welcome to the programme on the last day that Parliament sits

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before the summer recess. Coming up, MPs are told new homes are on the

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way for the rental tower survivors. The row over BBC pages spilled over

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into the House of Lords and there is an admission from one of the

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Conservative Party's big beast. I'm an animal, which all animals and

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therefore I care. -- we are all animals. I'm predominantly

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herbivorous. More from Michael Gove later. First the community Secretary

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Sajid Javid has said permanent new homes will be ready for survivors of

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the Grenfell Tower fire within days. Updating MPs ahead of the summer

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break he appealed for anyone with information about how money people

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may have been in the block on the night of the fire to come forward.

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His comments came after survivors and their families heckled the new

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leader of Kensington and Chelsea at an emotional meeting of the council.

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We saw last night the very raw anger that some in the community still

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feel towards the Council. It is entirely understandable as the Prime

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Minister has up has said, the initial response from the local

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authority was simply not good enough. There is not a lot of trust

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there, not a lot of confidence and that is wide, want Kensington and

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Chelsea Council takes over the recovery operation, it will do so

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under the supervision of the independent grin full recovery task

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force. He did everyone who had lost their home had been made an offer of

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good quality accommodation. As of 10am this morning, 35 had been

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accepted and ten families have moved in. Those numbers are slightly down

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on the figures published recently as some people have changed their mind

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as they are perfectly entitled to do so. Where residents have turned down

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an offer we are finding suitable alternatives for them. 169 families

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lost their homes in Grenfell Tower what but only ten have moved out of

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emergency hotels and hostels and 25 more have been offered a temporary

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home they feel they can accept. I accept the reasons may be complex

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but can I tell the Secretary of State I'm still getting reports of

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residents told they will be made intentionally homeless if they

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refuse an offer despite the government's word this will not

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happen. Resident offered accommodation with damp, leeks and

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lack of full finishing, residents shown summer with too few fit

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bedrooms for children and also being made an offer but then told the

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details will only follow afterwards. Constituents and members of the

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public say, what was going on in it a well the borough that they don't

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seem able to cope with such a disaster on their doorstep? I ask

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the Minister, was this just the feeling of one out of touch Tory

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council or is it an endemic problem and what steps are the government

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taking to make sure that such an inept and incompetent response to

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such a terrible disaster could not happen again in what is really a

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very wealthy area. This morning I met a number of local government

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leaders who said they were completely in the dark about the

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circumstances in which government would help them pay for essential

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work on tower blocks. The secretary of State has said that local

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authorities should go ahead and if they can't afford to pay for it than

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in those circumstances government for help. He noted that the funding

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comes out of the housing revenue account, rents are capped, borrowing

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is capped so for many authorities the only way to pay for extra work

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on tower blocks is to stop doing important work on other properties.

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We'll secretary of state -- will be cyclic estate except that that is a

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circumstance in which central government will pay and help local

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authorities? It is the legal responsible at the local authorities

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and housing associations to make sure properties are safe and that is

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something they should already have been doing and where they have found

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that might not be the case and they need to take action they should take

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it and as I've said before, if they need help with that and cannot

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afford it they approach us but so far are not aware of the single

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local authority that has done so. Electrical safety is paramount

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importance and it would appear that in the Grenfell Tower incident it

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was caused by a fire in a fridge freezer. We'll be secretary of state

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commit to introducing mandatory electrical safety checks in rented

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properties bearing in mind that the DCLG working group that was looking

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at this has concluded? I can tell the honourable gentleman this is an

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issue of electrical safety products including product recalls that right

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honourable friend the Business Secretary is looking at and I will

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make sure he knows the honourable gentleman's concerns. This will have

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a huge impact on an aspect of future government policy. I have always

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been a passionate believer in the important role of urban regeneration

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in holistic housing policy but will he confirm that in future when

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schemes come forward we will learn the lessons of what happened at

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Grenfell Tower in the wider of housing policy and ensure that those

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lessons are learned and we have the most robust fire measures in place?

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My honourable friend is absolutely right, there are many lessons to

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learn from this terrible tragedy and we have talked about a number in

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this has but one of those is certainly our wider longer-term

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approach to social housing. Sajid Javid. Last week Theresa May

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announced an enquiry into what is known as the contaminated blood

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scandal. Thousands of haemophiliacs and other patients were given blood

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products infected with hepatitis C and HIV in the 1970s and 80s. Over

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two dozen people have died. The Labour MP Diana Johnson is a leading

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campaigner for the victims of the scandal and she welcomed the inquiry

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but told the Commons that she and many others were dismayed to see

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that the Department of Health was in charge of establishing it. The

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Department of Health, an integrated party at the heart of so much that

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has gone wrong over the past 45 years, must have no role in how this

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inquiry is established. It is akin in my view to asking South Yorkshire

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Police to lead an enquiry into the Hillsborough disaster and I regret

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that the government has not been able to understand that by putting

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the Department of Health in charge at this time it immediately

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undermined their excellent position to call a public enquiry last week

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and in consequence contaminated blood campaigners boycotted a

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meeting organised by the Department of Health at 10am today in protest.

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Another department must surely take over responsibility for consulting

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on the remit of this inquiry. The health minister said no decision had

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yet been made on which department would fund the inquiry. As for the

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meeting... The Secretary of State called this meeting because we want

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to hear directly from the victims about what they want from this

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inquiry. We are in listening mode, the

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decision has not been taken which department will run it but

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ultimately it is the minister I'm accountable to Parliament for what

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happened in the Department of Health for those areas which are under my

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responsibility and I want to be leading from the front having those

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discussions. Does she agree that perceptions are as important as

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reality in this matter and will to take away from this morning the

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weight placed by honourable members on both sides of a house that

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perhaps it would be perceived to be more objective if some other

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department took the lead? A week ago the house united in agreement to

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finally facilitate justice for those tragically affected by this scandal

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yet recently as we have heard events have shown ministers to renege on

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the promises of last week and have run roughshod over the effective

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community. You may shake your head but that is at the community feels

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and we have spoken to them. The Minister must remember the promises

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made last week and ensure consultation is central to this

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whole process is otherwise they will fail this community who must have

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the justice they so rightly deserve. It is in taking forward this

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consultation that we are delivering on the commitments made last week.

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We made quite clear that we wanted to get this inquiry going as soon as

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possible because frankly these people have waited long enough for

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answers. We have not ignored the concerns expressed by many about the

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role of the Department of Health in the inquiry and I repeat that no

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decision has been made and the Cabinet Office is closely involved

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with how we are taking this forward. The minister said the meetings had

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been organised as soon as possible and before Parliament's summer

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break. Can I ask the Minister to reflect that it is not reasonable to

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ask campaign groups from Scotland to attend the meters at two days notice

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and can I also ask that given there is a distinct legal system in

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Scotland, has there been any thought to that and any discussion with

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Scottish campaign groups and the Scottish Government? As I say, that

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was the first of what we hope will be many conversations and the

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campaign groups in Scotland arrangements were made for them to

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dial into the meeting so they could participate. I have already started

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discussions with these colours government about how this inquiry

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will play out and affect the position in Scotland and I'm pleased

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to say we are having those discussions in a spirit of healthy

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cooperation and particularly looking at how we can make use of what has

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already gone through with the Penrose inquiry. We will continue to

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have dialogue and we are sensitive to those issues. You're watching

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Thursday in Parliament with me, Alicia McCarthy.

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There were some words of support in the House of Lords

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who are being paid less than their male colleagues.

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There were some criticism too of the large pay packets

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The Radio 2 DJ, Chris Evans, is the highest paid,

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earning around ?2.2 million last year.

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I think we should all be very proud of the BBC as a

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standard-bearer and a standard setter for high-quality drama,

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entertainment, factual programmes and news and the publication

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of the salary levels has received considerable comment,

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some perhaps unfair, as other media outlets are not

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We don't have any information on competitive context.

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However, on the issue of gender pay equality

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within the BBC, that criticism appears to be justified.

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And whilst Eddie Mair's reference to the male anatomy

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on Newsnight last night might be a bit much for your Lordships' House

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on the last day of term, it's hard to understand

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why the male Y-chromosome justifies a higher salary.

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It is significant how many of our most senior, well qualified,

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experienced women presenters and journalists are paid so much less

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I'm very pleased that the director-general of the BBC has

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admitted that this isn't good enough and that he is committed

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to narrowing the gap to make it equal by 2020.

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We've learned some lessons and I think it remains

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to be seen whether the gloomy prognostications of those who think

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I was shocked to see that neither Jenni Murray

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nor Jane Garvey, who I believe are excellent broadcasters,

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were not even mentioned which means they earn less than 150,000 a year.

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I think that closing the gender pay gap by 2020

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May I congratulate the Government on introducing for the first time...

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Will my noble friend not take any solace from opposition

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After all, none of the opposition parties have ever seen fit

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This party, our party, has had two women prime ministers.

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Let them put their actions where their mouths are

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My Lords, I always listen to my noble friend and may I say just

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as far as I'm concerned, I think I'm in an interesting position.

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I serve a female Prime Minister,

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I'm answering a question from a female

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In my department, there is a female Secretary of State,

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a female permanent Secretary, a female Government whip

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When I go home after a very pleasurable day,

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I go home to a wife and four daughters.

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Some of the salaries are not just large,

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they are extraordinarily large by any standards.

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And when you contrast that with the public servants

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who are dealing with life and death issues day by day,

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have got really seriously out of order at this time?

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And could the noble Lord Minister use his influence

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to indicate to the BBC that frankly this talk about,

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"we could lose these fantastic talents," why not?

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The culture secretary has said she is still minded

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to refer Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox takeover

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Updating MPs, Karen Bradley said she was yet to reach a final decision

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which could take some weeks and could happen while MPs

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Mr Murdoch owns 39% of the satellite broadcaster and has

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proposed an ?11.7 billion deal to take full control of Sky.

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Several MPs argued that no decision should

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be announced while MPs are away from Westminster.

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to make my final decision on referral.

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What I can do, however, is confirm to the House that having

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carefully reviewed the parties' representations and in the absence

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of further proposed undertakings, I am currently still minded to refer

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The media watchdog Ofcom has said the takeover

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risks giving the Murdoch family increased influence over

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the UK's news agenda and the political process.

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Unless new evidence from other representations changes

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my mind in the coming weeks, the bid will therefore be referred

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to a face to review on at least one ground, media plurality.

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I thought it would be helpful to set out my current view

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to the House, given the public interest to this case, and also to

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the parties so that they can be as clear as possible

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about my intentions and the likely next steps for this bid.

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Bearing in mind the obligation to act promptly as part

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of this quasi judicial process, I expect I will be in a position

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to come to a final decision of referral, including in respect to

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the broadcasting standards ground, in the coming weeks and

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This is one piece of Government indecision that we welcome.

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It is right that the Secretary of State is taking

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her quasi judicial responsibilities seriously.

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She will be aware that whatever decision she makes, there

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is a strong possibility of judicial review by one side or the other.

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No doubt, that has influenced her decision to tread carefully and

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It is not her job to operate to 21st Century Fox's corporate timetable.

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They have to abide by the parliamentary timetable

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and she should demonstrate to them that she is,

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as an elected representative of the people,

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The fact that a decision will likely be during summer recess

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speaks to a developing pattern, Mr Speaker, that we have seen

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during the election with major decisions being made

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It means it's being kicked into the long grass

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and members in this House will not get an opportunity

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The committees of the House are yet to set and there

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should be an opportunity for those committees,

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relevant committees, to scrutinise any decision made.

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The beginning of September, she can come back

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after having a good summer, and scrutinising the issues

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I think it's the right thing to do and she shouldn't,

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as my right honourable friend said, give in to the old tricks

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of the Murdochs, which is to try and bully people

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into making wrong decisions and rushed decisions.

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I have said in my statement, I may make a decision

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over the course of the summer recess, but it may take longer.

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I am taking the time to look at all representations, including the

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representation from the right honourable gentleman

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and the other right honourable gentleman who isn't here

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to make sure that we do consider all those points

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and I will look at the evidence and make a decision

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The elections watchdog has said that reports of people voting more

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than once in June's election are troubling,

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but there is little evidence of widespread abuse.

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The Electoral Commission has said 38 MPs have

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highlighted people, including students, claiming to have voted

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It said individual electoral registers is by councils should be

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better joined up to help identify duplicate entries.

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Well, the whole issue of how boundaries are drawn up

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and who is included on the electoral register was raised by MPs

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2.9 million new people registered to vote as part of

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a record electorate this past general election and a similar spike

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So surely we should now heed the Electoral Commission's own

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recommendation that these boundary reviews should take place

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after major electoral events to take these new people

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into account and make sure that the 2022 election is not

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fought on harking back to outmoded things in 2015.

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The current view of parliamentary constituencies is a matter

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for the boundary commission, but the Electoral Commission has however

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previously recommended that Parliament and the boundary

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commission should consider whether it would be more appropriate

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to base future reviews on electric data taken from the registers used

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for elections instead of the register published

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It's quite clear that it's perfectly reasonable for students and others

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to be registered in two places if they're residents normally in both.

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Would she agree with me, that it's sensible to take one in 100

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of the late registrations, check with other districts whether they're

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double registered and whether there is double voting.

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That will give us scope as to whether or not

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and how much fraud there was during the last election.

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I'm sure the Electoral Commission will take heed

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of the honourable gentleman's suggestion, but the Commission does

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take very seriously any suggestion that individuals voted twice.

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However, there is so far little evidence of widespread abuse

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As the honourable gentleman points out, in certain

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circumstances it is possible for someone to be locally

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registered to vote in more than one place, including students

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However, it is a criminal offence to pass more than one vote

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on their behalf in a UK Parliamentary general election.

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The commission is correct to highlight the discrepancy between

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the 1st of December assessment of what an electorate is

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In my constituency, the difference was 8000

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in terms of the 2015 election, which is over 10%.

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Would she welcome an investigation

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by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

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into the ongoing way that we deal with that discrepancy?

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I'm sure it will be a matter for the committee

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and its new members when it is constituted to consider

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the best way to look at the issues,

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but I think we all want to make sure that registers are as

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complete as possible, that people aren't missed out

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and we don't see a reduction in the number

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of people registered to vote so that when

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the boundary commission considers Parliamentary

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they do so on the best available registers that they can have.

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Now to environment questions, where animal welfare

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and fox hunting came up for discussion.

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A Conservative backbencher wanted to know...

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Will the Government commit to increase

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the penalties for people convicted of animal cruelty?

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It's something I'm actively reviewing.

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As the honourable gentleman knows, I'm not someone

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who will automatically reach for stronger criminal sanctions

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as the only route to dealing with a particular problem,

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but there are particular cases of animal cruelty where we may well

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need to revisit the existing criminal sanctions in order to make

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sure that the very worst behaviour is dealt with

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Across the country, complaints are still frequently made

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to the police concerning the killing and chasing

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of foxes and hares by hounds which are part of organised hunts.

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What steps will the Secretary of State take to ensure

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better enforcement of the Hunting Act which clearly represents

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The law of the land must always be enforced without fear or favour.

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While another MP wanted assurances that animals would still be

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Can my right honourable friend confirm that

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Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty, which categorises animals as

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sentient beings, will be part of the Repeal Bill?

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Before we entered the European Union, we recognised

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in our own legislation that animals were sentient beings

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and I am an animal, we're all animals,

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and therefore I care... LAUGHTER

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I'm predominantly herbivorous, I should add, however.

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But it's an absolutely vital commitment that we have

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to ensure that all creation is maintained, enhanced and protected.

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Labour's Ben Bradshaw raised a recent outburst on Twitter

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by Michael Gove's former political adviser Dominic Cummings

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who was also the campaign director for Vote Leave.

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In his tweets, Dominic Cummings was less than complimentary

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about the Brexit secretary David Davis.

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Is "as thick as mince, lazy as a toad and as vain as Narcissus"

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an appropriate description to use of a fellow Cabinet member?

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And if hard Brexiteers in our Government are falling out

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in this way, Mr Speaker, how on earth

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can the Secretary of State expect our European Union partners

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The right honourable gentleman, I'm sure is aware,

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that we're working well together in Government.

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And I don't recognise the description that he just gave

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The Lib Dem former Business Secretary Vince Cable

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has been announced as the new Liberal Democrat leader.

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He takes over from Tim Farron, who stepped

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down from the job after the June general election.

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Dr Cable lost his Commons seat at the 2015 general election,

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regaining it in the election in June.

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No other candidate stood for the job.

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Finally, what with the announcement of the new Doctor Who and the row

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over gender equality pay at the BBC, the shadow Leader of the Commons

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argued women seemed to have been in the news a lot over

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So, Valerie Vaz used the last business questions of the session

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to pay tribute to some inspirational women in politics

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Their inspiration lives on in the six schoolgirls from the

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Afghan robotics team who beat the Trump ban and took silver medal

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England's cricket team in the World Cup final

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and the football team in Euro 2017 this Sunday.

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The honourable member for Livingston, I think

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played alongside some of the Scottish team.

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Maybe she should have been in the team.

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And this month, Madam Deputy Speaker, we celebrate 100 years

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but we're now driving the Tardis.

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But the Leader of the Commons came unstuck when she joined

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in the tributes, referring to the design of the new ?10 note.

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May I join with the honourable lady in celebrating

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the achievements of women, not least of which yourself

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in that chair, Deputy Speaker, the honourable lady opposite and may

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to her place as the new shadow deputy leader

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and I very much wish her every success

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and look forward to working with her.

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I would just add one other great lady to that

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lovely list who I'm delighted to join in celebrating and that's

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that of Jane Austen, who will feature

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on the new ?10 note which I think is another...

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Greatest ever authors! Greatest ever authors.

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And that's it from us for now, but do join me on Friday night

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at 11pm for our round-up of the week including a chat

:25:30.:25:31.

with three leading experts on what we have learned so far

:25:32.:25:34.

about the shape of this Parliament and what to expect

:25:35.:25:38.

when MPs and peers return in the autumn.

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But for now, from me, Alicia McCarthy, goodbye.

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