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Hello and welcome to our look back at the UK's 56th Parliament.


It was the shortest parliament for more than 40 years,


But although it was short, the parliament witnessed


extraordinary upheavals in British politics.


Two years ago, we had different party leaders,


the UK was a solid member of the European Union and the Brexit


In the 24 months, there have been departures.


As I once said, I was the future once.


In accordance with the wishes of the British people,


the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union.


They hold our values in contempt, they hold our belief in tolerance


..a new approach to Prime Minister's Questions...


Maureen wrote to me today and she writes with a heavy heart.


..and robust exchanges at Westminster's committees.


You said you don't want to be here all day, true.


Few could have predicted what events lay in store,


as the ancient ceremony of the State Opening of Parliament


went ahead on the 27th of May 2015, the 52nd time that Her Majesty


Against most expectations and the predictions of the pollsters,


David Cameron won an outright general election victory


No coalition with the Liberal Democrats would be needed this time.


Following Ed Miliband's resignation, Labour was led by its acting


No words were exchanged between the party leaders as MPs


filed through Parliament to hear the Queen's Speech and


the legislative plans for a government expected


My government will renegotiate the United Kingdom's relationship


And pursue reform of the European Union for the benefit


As she congratulated the Prime Minister, the acting


Labour leader made a remark that would turn out to be


Although he and I have many differences, people have pointed out


One of the things that we have in common is that we are both by our


So we will support the government's bill for a referendum


We believe it will be better for Britain if we stay


We have a strategy, a very clear strategy of negotiation,


The bill in this Queen's Speech makes it clear that the referendum


must take place at the latest by the end of 2017.


The new third party with 56 MPs was the Scottish Nationalists.


May I congratulate the Prime Minister for his election success.


It is an honour to reply to the Queen's speech on behalf


of the third party in the Houses of Commons, the Scottish


Can I say at the start of the Parliament that the convention


that we don't clap in this chamber is very, very, very long established


and widely respected and it would be appreciated if members would show


The Queen returned to politicians' minds in September 2015


when she became the longest reigning monarch in the country's history,


surpassing the record of Queen Victoria.


Her Majesty had reigned for 63 years, seven months and two days.


On the day she was opening a new train line to the Scottish borders.


The Prime Minister talked about her many duties.


Whether it is something we suspect she enjoys,


like the Highland games, or something we suspect she might be


slightly less keen on, such as spending New Year's Eve


in the Millennium Dome, she never ever falters.


We on these benches had hoped that she would now be on her 13th.


She reigns over 140 million people, that is a huge number,


nearly as many as the number of the Labour Party's


That remark about the size of Labour's membership was a none


too subtle reference to the long, drawn-out labour leadership election


To enliven a potentially dull contest, Labour MPs had let


into the race the backbencher Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran with a long


And to the consternation and amazement of most Labour


MPs, Mr Corbyn quickly became the favourite.


He won by a landslide and soon he was doing his first


I have taken part in many events around the country and had


conversations with many people about what they thought about this


place, our Parliament, our democracy and our conduct


And many told me that they thought Prime Minister's Question Time


was too theatrical, that Parliament was out of touch and too theatrical,


and that they wanted things done differently.


But above all, they wanted their voice heard in Parliament.


If we are able to change Prime Minister's Questions to make


it a more genuine exercise in asking questions and answering


questions, no one would be more delighted than me.


So a new approach to Prime Minister's Questions


and a fresh look to the House of Commons generally.


177 new MPs had been elected in May and they all had


By convention, these are noncontroversial.


But a new Conservative MP decided to dispense with that tradition.


Heidi Allen use her maiden to launch a withering attack government smack


announced cuts to tax credits for working families.


The Prime Minister has asked us that everything we do must


Cutting tax credits before wages rise does not achieve that.


Showing children that their parents would be better off not working


Sending a message to the poorest and most vulnerable in our society


that we do not care does not achieve that either.


In previous parliaments, Conservative governments assuming


they could always count on the support of peers.


Not these days, they are no longer at Tory majority in the Lords.


The leader pleaded for compromise on the tax credits issue.


I had been to see the Chancellor this morning at number


11. And I can confirm that he would listen very carefully,


were the House to express its concern in the way


that it is precedented for us to do so.


A Labour peer said that the Lords could support the government.


Or we can be supportive instead of those 3 million families facing


letters at Christmas telling them on average they will lose


A letter which will take away 10% of their income.


Peers voted down the tax credit changes.


So what would the Chancellor do in the face of that Lords rejection?


I've listened to the concerns, I hear and understand them and because


I've been able to announce today an improvement in the public finances,


the simplest thing to do is not to faze these changes in but to avoid


them altogether. Tax credits are being phased out anyway as we


introduce universal credit. That reversal was just the first in a


series of U-turns at the Treasury. Four months later, another change


of heart, this time over large cuts George Osborne had made


to disability benefits. Iain Duncan Smith resigned


from the Cabinet in protest. A few days later,


the Chancellor dropped his While the reforms proposed


to personal independence payments two weeks ago drew on the work


of an independent review, We have listened and


they will not go ahead. Even if they had, this government


is spending more on disabled people than the last Labour


government ever did. He has made a welcome


U-turn but shouldn't he acknowledge that was a mistake


and that he should say sorry for it? I have just said it,


that's where we have made a mistake, where we have got things wrong,


we listen and learn. But where is the apology


from the Labour Party Earlier, George Osborne had shown


some nifty common skills. When Labour's John McDonald read


from Chairman Mao's little red book. So the Shadow Chancellor literally


stood at the dispatch box and read out from chairman


Mao's little red book. And look, it is


personal signed copy. The problem is half


the Shadow Cabinet have been sent This was the 56th Parliament


of the United Kingdom but how The Scottish Nationalist group


of MPs were now the third largest Naturally they campaigned for more


powers for Scotland, but they also campaigned


against something, namely changes the government wanted to make


to the way that this place is run. Specifically, they were objecting


to something that rather ominously became known as evil -


English votes for English laws. For the first time, Scottish MPs


could be excluded from voting It gave a new task to


the Speaker and his deputies. There will now be a joint debate


on the consent motion for England and Wales and the consent


motion for England. I remind honourable members that


although all members may speak in the debate,


if there are divisions, only members representing


constituencies in England and Wales may vote on the consent motion


for England and Wales. And only members representing


constituencies in England may vote For the first time in the history


of this House, this Parliament, members of Parliament will be banned


from participating in divisions of this House based


on nationality and geographic One of the defeated Scottish


politicians in the huge advance of the SNP at the 2015 election had


been the former Liberal Democrat A short time into the Parliament,


came the sad news that Mr Kennedy If I may, I'd like to direct


these words at Donald. He led a party of the centre-left


with dignity and compassion. And when you are older,


you will know your mum and dad believed in a cause


greater than themselves. The reality is that it is not


what you have done, it is who you are and Charles Kennedy


was a very, very special man. Donald, you should be really


I love him to bits, I am proud to call him my friend,


Away from these shores, the gruesome long, drawn-out


The terror group Islamic State, also known as Isis or Isil had taken


control of parts of neighbouring Iraq in 2014.


The Commons at that time voted in favour of British air strikes


on areas controlled by Isis in Iraq but not on territory


So should British air strikes be extended to Syria.


In autumn of 2015, ministers were advised strongly against.


A night of terrorist carnage on the doorstep


of Britain dramatically changed political opinion.


Three teams of terrorists had carried out a planned


and coordinated operation at the heart of Paris.


The mood at Westminster was now different.


A motion was put before MPs to extend British air strikes


to cover Islamic State targets in Syria as well as.


A marathon 10-hour debate in December 2015 turned


into the ultimate decision for MPs, to MPs, to go to war or not.


I hope that at the end of it all the House will come together


in large numbers for Britain to play its part in defeating these


evil extremists and taking the action that is needed now


The issue now is whether extending British bombing from Iraq to Syria


is likely to reduce or increase that threat to Britain.


And whether it will counter or spread the terror campaign Isil


The answers do not make the case for the government motion.


On the contrary, they are a warning stepped back.


A vote against yet another ill-fated twist in this


I share the horror and revulsion of the recent atrocities in Paris,


Beirut, Syria and elsewhere yet I have still to hear convincing


evidence to suggest that the UK bombing Isis targets in Syria


is likely to increase security here in Britain or help bring


This is the toughest call I think I have ever had to make,


maybe ever and certainly in this House.


And what pushes me in the direction of voting for action is above all


things of the United Nations resolution 249, which calls for us


to eradicate the safe haven that Isis have,


The closing words of liberated and Hilary Benn in favour of military


action in open defiance of his party leader Jeremy Corbyn came to be seen


as a vintage Commons performance. Revolves been defined by our


internationalism. We are here faced by fascists. Not


just their calculated brutality but their belief that they are superior


to every single one of us in this chamber tonight and all of the


people that we represent. They hold us in contempt. They hold our values


in contempt, they hold our belief in tolerance and decency in contempt,


they hold our democracy, the means by which we will make our decision


tonight in content. But what we know about fascists is that they need to


be defeated. It is now time for us to do our bit in Syria. And that is


why I ask my colleagues to vote for this motion tonight. Afterwards, MPs


voted by a clear majority military action. UK air strikes on biased


targets in Syria started soon after that debate. 17 months on, the RAF


has conducted more than 1200 air strikes across Iraq and Syria as


part of a coalition of countries committed to defeating his neck.


Their operations to remove items might have been more effective in


Iraq and Syria, for the six-year long brutal civil war continues. A


slice of regional history came to an end in 2016 with the financial


collapse of British home stores. A familiar sight for eight decades in


many a high street. A Parliamentary enquiry was soon underway into quiet


BHS had collapsed with debts totalling ?1.3 billion. Its former


owner, one of putting it in wealthiest businessmen, Sir Philip


Green, was facing MPs. Nothing is more sad than how this has ended. We


have a pretty good track record as a company, our existing business, the


average day in our head office is 11 or 12 years. The mine not looking at


me like that all the time, is truly disturbing. Why is that we did


Saville itself BHS to a racing driver who had me they made bankrupt


twice. Unfortunately, sadly, it was the wrong order. We can keep going


over. You said you don't want you here all day, you'd be here for the


rest of your life, would I do that you'll again, no. I'm sorry we did


it. Three and half hours, you seem a very dominant personality. Ten of


you and one of me. Believe me, you hold your own, but you seem


extraordinarily thin-skinned to quite courteous questions in respect


of the selling of BHS, did anybody, particularly nonexecutive directors


say, I'm not certain this is correct, can we challenge on this.


That doesn't seem to be the culture of the organisation. That's your


opinion. The slow passage of the EU referendum bill in the final months


of 2015 made certain the people of Britain would be taking part in a


vote on putting it continued EU membership. But would it be 2016 or


2017? With David Cameron go early goal late? And just who would be


campaigning for Britain to stay in and who would be wanting get out? In


the Commons, Labour was indulging in plenty of teasing of Cabinet


ministers. He can't tell us in or out. Is an out, isn't it? Come out.


The Labour Party has a leader who has changed his mind twice in the


last few months. They claim to support reform European Union but


won't say what they want to reform. Soon the pretence of unity was


ended. Cabinet ministers were set free to campaign on both sides of


the debate. And a clutch of high-profile levers were quickly in


front of the cameras. Their campaign for a British exit from the EU was


soon known as Brexit. The remain is never found a similar slogan. On the


20th of February, Mr Cameron announced the date of the


referendum, Thursday the 23rd of June. David Cameron had expected. On


fourth cap might remain from his close friend of the Justice


Secretary Michael Gove. Michael Gove had other ideas, announcing he'd be


backing Leave, a beautiful friendship was never the same again.


Even worse for David Cameron was the loss of support from the outgoing


Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. And so the referendum arguments began.


The claims and counterclaims were made. One pledge on the side of the


league campaign bus stating how the weekly cost of Brit in's EU


membership could be spent instead became especially well-known. The


public crude suspicious of the forecasts. The committee sessions


were looking at the issues both big and small. One of the rules that you


say, one of the ludicrous rules and I quote, and EU rule that says you


can't recycle a tea bag and children under eight can't blow up balloons.


The European Commission in on websites as adult supervision is


required in the case the use of an inflated balloons by children under


eight. I have to say in my household, only children under eight


blow up balloons. I do think that it is absolutely ludicrous to have this


kind of prescription. At a European level. At a European level. Do you


not see that leaving Europe puts at risk inward investment from


companies? I've heard all the same stuff on the euro, I don't buy it.


But one week until polling day, the increasingly bitter campaign came to


a sudden shuddering halt. Report of a stabbing and shooting involving


the MP Jo Cox. Various information at this stage. The country was


horrified that an ordinary member of Parliament can be brutally killed


while going about her normal work in her west Yorkshire constituency. A


far right extremist, Thomas Maier was later jailed for life for the


murder of Jo Cox. The public soon showed its huge respect for the MP.


Parliament was recalled briefly from its short referendum break. On Jo


Cox's empty seat on the Commons where two roses. Jo Cox believed in


a better world and she fought for it every day of her life. With an


energy and the zest for life that would exhaust most people. And she


was brave. Her energy and effectiveness where Ana Inspiration.


Last, let me say this, Batley will elect a new MP but now want... I


can't ever recall seeing a sad, negative and without hope. She once


told me on a one-to-one meeting at Oxfam as my manager, she didn't do


touchy-feely and I was being too emotional, we needed to get on with


it and we needed to sort out the campaign we were working on. The


public wondered if the shock of the MP's murder might produce a quieter


more considered form of politics as the referendum campaign entered its


final few days. People flocked to London's Wembley Arena for a two our


debate, leading figures in the leaves and Dodt Remain camp 's slug


it out. The button I love works with its friends and neighbours, it


doesn't walk away from them. And if we vote Leave and take back control,


In both are to be on course to our country's Independence Day.


In both are to be on course to victory. The polls closed at ten and


counting started. First indications suggested that Leave had polled


strongly. It became clear that the story was going only one way. In the


small hours, Nigel Farage of Ukip, the man who had devoted years of his


life to fighting the EU, was triumphant. As dawn broke, it was


all over for rain. The British people have spoken and the answer is


that we are out. For many, it was a bit amusing moment. Britain had


But the sense of the world was only But the sense of the world was only


added to shortly after 8:00am outside Downing Street. I will do a


thing I can as Prime Minister to steady the ship over the coming


weeks and months, but I do not think it would be right for me to try to


be the captain that steers our country to its next destination. So


now we have a Prime Minister heading for the exit. The politicians spent


the weekend after the referendum recovering from a whirlwind of


events. It was not the result I wanted nor the believe is best for


the country I love but there can be no doubt about the result. It is


quite shameful that politicians make claims that they knew to be false


and promises that they knew could not be delivered. Leaving aside the


constitutional turmoil, the damage to the economy and the uncertainty


that hangs over Britain's place in the world, the leaders of the Brexit


campaign have engendered an atmosphere where some people believe


it is open season for racism and xenophobia. Does he agree with me


that there should be an early general election? Can I ask to


condemn clearly those people who are almost implying that decent people


all over this country who voted to leave the European Union are somehow


closet racists? At lunchtime, sterling fell to a 31 year low


against the dollar. If you break it, you own it, so who owns this


particular adjustment? Is a Prime Minister who called the referendum


or the right honourable member for Oxbridge who exploited it? I met


dilemma reference to Boris Johnson who people assumed was on course to


fill the vacancy caused by Cameron's recognition. -- a reference to Boris


Johnson. For many, the country looks to be in limbo. The Remain side


looked for reasons for defeat. The Labour leader was accused of not


doing enough campaigning. There was an orchestrated series of


resignations from his Shadow Cabinet. Many Labour MPs urged him


to resign. David Cameron joined in. I have to say to the honourable


gentleman, he talks about job insecurity. It might be in my


party's interests for him to sit there but it is not in the national


interest. I would say, for her sake -- for heaven's sake, go. But Jeremy


Corbyn stayed on. The Labour MPs eventually found one candidate, this


man, Owen Smith, to fight Mr Corbyn in a second leadership battle. But


the Conservatives could not afford to gloat too much. They had their


own leadership turmoil. Would it be Boris Johnson in Number Ten who


could stop him? I am Theresa May and I believe I am the best person to be


the Prime Minister. Boris Johnson looked to be ahead of the field


until the moment where Michael Gove withdrew his support for him,


triggering a shock exit from the contest. What is your message for


Michael Gove? Mr Gold came third in the vote, meaning that two


contenders were left, Andrea Leadsom and Theresa May. Then an article in


The Times forced Andrea Leadsom to quit. So after an extraordinary


series of unplanned events, Britain finally had a new Prime Minister.


Theresa May. Into 2007 Tony Blair left his job and Number Ten having


enjoyed the sound of enthusiastic applause ringing out from all sides


of the House of Commons, the end of a Prime Minister's Questions that


was much more relaxed than normal. The idea appeals to David Cameron,


as he considered how to bring to an end his six-year tenure at the top


job. Questions to the Prime Minister. This morning I had


meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. Other than one meeting


this afternoon with Her Majesty the Queen, the diary for the rest of my


day is remarkably light. 33 years in this House watching five prime


ministers and several former prime ministers, I have seen him achieving


mastery of that dispatch box unparalleled in my time. We thank


the Prime Minister for his hard work and leadership. It is only right


that after six years of Prime as Prime Minister -- as Prime Minister


that we thank the honourable member that we thank the honourable member


for his service. I remember in New York everyone knew Michael Bloomberg


and no one had a clue who I was. Eventually someone said, Cameron,


Prime Minister's Questions, we love your show! I would like to pass on


my thanks to his mother for her advice about ties and suits and


songs. She is extremely kind and I would be grateful if he would pass


that on to her. And I am reflecting on the lesson that she offered. I


will certainly send his good wishes back to my mother. He seems to have


taken our advice and is looking spider today. -- looking splendid


today. As now to my people know what breaded means at the moment, we need


his advice and statesmanship as much as we ever had. -- knows what Brexit


means. The Tory Party has never got as far as asking Ken clerk to use a


mobile phone. He briefly had one body said the problem was people


kept running on it. In opposition, we had to move our morning meeting


to accommodate his o'clock cigar. But I will watch these exchange from


the backbenches. -- his nine o'clock cigar. I will miss the roar of the


crowd, I will miss the barbs from the opposition but I will be


willingly one. And when I say willing anyone I do not simply mean


willing on the Prime Minister at the dispatch box or the front bench


defending the manifesto I put together, but willing you are one.


People come here with great love and passion for the constituencies they


represent. And I will be willing on this place because yes, we can be


tough and testy and challenge our leaders, perhaps more than other


countries, but that is something we should be proud of and we should


keep at it. And I hope you will all keep at it and I will will you on as


you do. The last thing I would say is that you can achieve a lot of


things in politics, you can get a lot of things done and in the end,


the public service, the national interest, that is what it is all


about. Nothing is really impossible if you put your mind to it. After


all, as I once said, I was the future once.


And without ovation ringing in his ears, David Cameron returned for the


final time to Downing Street, later posing with his wife and children


for those final photographs before making a car journey to Buckingham


Palace to tender his formal resignation to Her Majesty the


Queen. Moments later, his successor, Theresa May, made her way to


Buckingham Palace where she was invited to form an administration.


The Queen appointed her Prime Minister. Returning from the palace,


she spoke for the first time as Prime Minister. If you are just


managing, I want to address you directly. I know you are working


around the clock. I know you were doing your best and I know that


sometimes life can be a struggle. The government I lead will be driven


not by the interests of the privileged few but by yours. We will


do everything that we can to give you more control over your lives. So


one Prime Minister out and one Prime Minister in. As she took over the


reins of power, Theresa May made a series of bold appointments.


Establishing that she was a very different sort of Conservative to


David Cameron. There was a new Chancellor, a new Home Secretary, a


new Justice Secretary. And of course a new Foreign Secretary in the shape


of Boris Johnson. And so to Theresa May's first PMQs as Prime Minister.


Speech on the steps of Downing Street she undressed insecure


workers, saying you have a job but you do not always have job security.


Does that mean that she is proposing to scrap the employment tribunal


fees, repeal the Trade Union Act, or ban the zero hours contracts as more


than a dozen European nations have already done? Again I say to the


right honourable gentleman, I did say that on the streets of Downing


Street and I think it is important that here in this House we consider


not only what I might call the more obvious injustices but also consider


the life for those people for whom they are in work but struggling to


make ends meet. I am interested that he refers to the situation of some


workers who might have job insecurity. Potentially unscrupulous


bosses. I suspect that many members on the opposition benches might be


familiar with an unscrupulous box. A familiar with an unscrupulous box. A


boss who does not listen to his workers, a boss who requires some of


his workers to double their workload. Maybe even a boss who


exploits the rules to further his own career. Remind him of anybody?


When the Commons reassembled after the summer break in 2016, there was


a bright new Minister for the a bright new Minister for the


Speaker to call. The Secretary of State for Exiting the European


Union. During the autumn months ministers were accused of secrecy


over Brexit. Was anything happening at all, one the Labour leader. This


government drew up no plans for Brexit, has no strategy for


negotiating Brexit and offers no clarity.


Thank you everyone and welcome to Harold this morning. It is a delight


to be there along with our fantastic candidates from across London and


the south-east. We have some excellent representation already in


this area but we will be determined to build on that representation in


just 31 days. Just pause on that front moment. 31 days until what is


undoubtedly the most important general election that any of us have


faced. At this election, our country's future will really be on


the ballot paper. The next five years are going to be crucial for


our country and our prosperity and our society, our children and our


grandchildren. What is going to be so important over that period is


leadership. Leadership is vitally important as we enter those Brexit


negotiations. Will it be the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn and the


coalition of chaos, propped up by the Liberal Democrats and the


Scottish Nationalists, or will it be Theresa May, with her proven and


stable leadership, fighting on for Britain?


There is no doubt how crucial the selection is. So much depends on


getting it right. And I know that in Theresa May Britain has a strong


leader who we can trust to deliver. But we also need, and she also needs


a strong team behind her to deliver the best deal for Britain and the


United Kingdom. And we have the team to do their job. I'm not going to


spend any time looking at the alternative teams, you see it all


the -- every day. A vote for Theresa May and candidates here in London


and the south-east and across the country, will undoubtedly strengthen


her hand in the EU negotiations to come. Each and every one of us who


are elected will get a stronger mandate for the Prime Minister when


she is fighting for Britain and the United Kingdom. And each and every


one of us will be helping the Prime Minister and her team build a better


future for our country in the years ahead. That is what we are fighting


for in this election, a team that will deliver for Britain. And it


gives me great pleasure to ask the Prime Minister to address us this


morning, and give her a very ball well -- a very warm welcome. I


minister. -- Prime Minister. Is great to be with you today in


Harrow and this morning. We move into the next phase of the general


election campaign. The local election campaigns are behind us and


we must now focus on the critical general election and we cannot take


a single thing for granted. We certainly not taking anything for


granted as regards our team because we got together a fantastic team of


local candidates for London and the south-east and my message to people


in London on the south-east is that I need this team behind me to be in


a strong position to ensure we get the best deal for Britain from


Europe. This is the team that will go out on the streets and taking out


our positive message, which is a message of strong and stable


leadership in the national interest, of strengthening the UK's hand in


the Brexit negotiations. Of building a better future. Yesterday, a new


French president was elected, he was elected with a strong mandate, which


you can take into a strong position in the negotiations. The UK, we need


to ensure we have got an equally strong mandate and an equally strong


negotiating position. Every vote for me and my team will


strengthen my hand in those Brexit negotiations. The alternative is to


risk making Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister and just imagine, try and


picture him sitting at the negotiating table with the


collective mind of the European Commission and 27 other European


countries against him. We now that is Patrick said, other parties are


lining up to prop him up in a coalition of chaos, the Liberal


Democrats, the Scottish Nationalists and others. A vote for any other


party is a vote to be a step closer to Jeremy Corbyn sitting at that


Brexit negotiating table. We must not let that happen and we must not


letting him do that we can win support in London on the south-east


and we must also make sure that we point out the non-sensible policies


that Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party are putting forward. They


simply don't add up. They would wreck the economy and render all


their promises totally undeliverable. By contrast, we are


putting together credible undeliverable policies. Policies


that are in the national interest, policies like protecting workers


pensions against irresponsible bosses, capping energy prices to


support working families of bringing in new mental health laws to end


injustice. Those are the positive messages that you will be taken out


on the streets over the next few weeks. When I see taking out on the


streets, I mean taking them out on the streets. We must take absolutely


nothing for granted. And it is only by working flat-out tween now and


the 8th of June that we can gain the trust of the British people and gain


the support of the British people. We must go out there, we must leave


no stone unturned, no street not mocked down, no door not knocked on


course every vote counts, every vote counts because every person counts


and every community counts. I've been a member of Parliament for 20


years, I had the privilege to be a member for 20 years, and I've


learned how important it is to get out there, to speak directly to


voters and to listen to their concerns. That's my instruction to


candidates at this election. It's to go out there and to earn the support


of the British people. I've also learned over the years that you


can't predict election results. The polls got it wrong in 2015, they got


it wrong in the EU referendum and Jeremy Corbyn was a 200-1 outside


chance to win the Labour leadership. Take nothing for granted. As I say,


go out there, take our positive message to people, earned the


support of the British people, show that they can trust you, that they


can trust me and my team in taking those Brexit negotiations forward


and getting the best deal for them. That's the positive message that we


must take out on the streets in the coming weeks. And if we do that, and


if we win their support, if we show that every vote for me and my team


is able strong and stable leadership in the national interest, that every


vote for me and my team is a vote for strengthening our hand in those


Brexit negotiations, for getting the Brexit negotiations, for getting the


best possible deal for Britain from Europe, that every vote for me and


my team is a vote to lock in economic security for a better


future across the whole of the United Kingdom. If we do that and if


we win the support of the British public, then together we can strive


for Britain, together we can fight for Britain and together we will


deliver for Britain. Thank you. APPLAUSE


You've said the Tory party is working up credible policies but


what is the point of sticking to an immigration target that many of your


colleagues think is unworkable, some people think it's even pointless and


when you were in charge as Home Secretary, it's a target that has


been missed for six years. He might ask, would you commit an Billy King


to ending freedom of movement as soon as we leave the European Union?


First of all, what we've seen happening to the immigration figures


over the last six years, we saw them coming down, we then saw them going


back up and then recently some of those figures coming back down


again. I think it's important you talk about the net migration target,


let's look at why we have a net migration target, why we have said


it's important to reduce immigration to bring control into the


immigration figures that it's because of the impact that it has on


people. The impact it has particularly on people at the lower


end of the income scale and in terms of the pressure on public services.


I think it is important that we continue and we will continue to say


that we do want to bring down net migration to sustainable levels. We


believe that is the tens of thousands and of course, once we


leave the European Union we will have the opportunity to ensure that


we have control of our borders here in the UK because we will be able to


establish our rules for people coming from the European Union into


the UK. That's a part of the picture we haven't been able to control


before and we will be able to control it and leaving the EU means


that we won't have free movement as it has been in the past and when it


comes to voting on the 8th of June, people have a very clear choice, is


between a Conservative Party, me and my team who are committed to


ensuring we bring back control of our borders and Jeremy Corbyn who


just wants to carry on with the movement as it always has been.


Emily Morgan from ITV News. NHS service provider say that staff are


leaving to go and stack shelves in supermarkets because of poor pay and


that is leading to risks in safety. Will you commit to ending the 1% pay


cap and if so when? It is right that the public sector as a whole has had


to play its part in dealing overall with what we were left by the last


Labour government which was the worst deficit position that we've


seen in peacetime and we've had success in doing that in bringing


the deficit down by two thirds but there is more to be done. In


relation to NHS pay, actually if you look at not just the basic pay


increase but progression pay, about half of NHS staff get an annual


increase of de-4% in their pay. But of course, we want to see more stuff


and good stuff in the NHS and that's the record we have as a Conservative


government, more doctors, nurses, midwives because we put the extra


funding into the NHS we've been able to do that for that you can put


extra funding into the NHS if you have a strong economy. Jeremy Jeremy


Corbyn would wreck the economy and that would be a worse position to be


in. Lucy Fisher from the Times. Emmanuel Macron, the new France


President-elect says he wants review the agreement between Britain and


France throwing our border arrangements into doubt and says he


wants to lure UK bankers and talented professionals to France.


This election is bad news for Britain and Brexit, isn't it? He's


been elected with a very strong mandate and we must make sure in the


UK we also have a strong mandate to take a strong position into our


negotiating table. As for the tuque agreement, it works


to the benefit of both the UK and France -- two K. And the government


elected after the 8th of June we will talk to Emmanuel Macron about


how that system has worked to the benefit of France as well as to the


benefit of the UK. Can take the Herald first. Could you


explain to us why you think, and are heavily polarised Scotland, the


Brexit process will strengthen the union and not strengthened the hand


of Nicola Sturgeon in a drive towards a second Scottish


independence referendum and what would you say to the First Minister,


who asserts that from your words last week, when you set certain


shady people in Brussels were intent on influencing the election, that


you have poisoned the Brexit process? Possible, on the second


point, I don't think I used that descriptor that you slipped in there


in the question. Not sure if it was you or Nicola Sturgeon that slipped


that end but I didn't use them. We have heard things being said in


Brussels, what that has shown us that these negotiations are going to


be tough, that means we need a strong negotiating position and the


right leadership here in the UK to go into those negotiations and


dastardly impact of the Brexit process on the whole question of the


future of the union, now was the time that we should be working


together across the United Kingdom for the best result for every part


of the United Kingdom, including Scotland, not trying to pull apart


and it's the tunnel vision of the Scottish Nationalists in focusing


only on independence that actually means they're not focusing on the


work we need to do to ensure we get the best deal for the people of


Scotland and the people of the United Kingdom as a whole. Just one


immigration from Sky News. Can we just be clear that you are going to


stick with the target of tens of thousands in terms of use


immigration target despite that being non-deliverable in the last


Parliament? And if you do committed at because of Brexit and control of


immigration, do you think you can hit that target by 2022? I'm tempted


to say that I think if you listen to the answer I gave earlier and if you


listen to things I've said previously in the campaign, it will


be clear that we do believe that net migration should be unsustainable


levels and sustainable levels does mean the tens of thousands. We have


a local paper, the Harrow Times. The last question. I was going to ask,


if you could say to you local voters why you wouldn't be taking part in


televised debates, why would that be? Because I'm taking part in


debates are found down the country taking questions from people are


meeting people, getting and about and ensuring that I'm talking


directly with photos and listening directly to voters. That's the sort


of thing... APPLAUSE That's a thought of thing that Bob


Blackman has done and has shown that he's done is a great member of


Parliament and what Hannah David will do as a candidate. We'll take


that message for the people of Harold that they have a clear


choice, one of two people who can the Prime Minister on the 9th of


June, me Jeremy Corbyn and the need to think he was going to ensure that


we've got a strong and stable leadership, taking a strong position


into the negotiations on Brexit to get the best possible deal for the


people of Harrow, London, the Southeast and indeed the rest of


United Kingdom. I would like to start the meeting.


We are already late, so could we please stop the meeting.


As thank you very much indeed. There we start our usual meeting dedicated


to the discussion of the Brexit process and we today have to parts


for this discussion. First of all we


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