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Thank you for coming to join us today, our very distinguished and

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honourable guest the Prime Minister the reason may. She will just say a

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few words and an open the floor to the general questions. Can we give a

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big welcome to the Prime Minister Theresa May. Thank you very much

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indeed, a great pleasure to be with you. Just say a few words to you

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about the general election on the 8th of June and give you an

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opportunity to ask me some questions. As we look ahead to the

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8th of June, this is a really important time, I think, for the

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future of our country and there is an important choice to be made at

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the election. Because the next five years really matters. Getting it

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right for the next five years matters because so much hangs on it.

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Our future prosperity, our place in the world, our standard of living,

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the opportunities we want from our children and our children's

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children. I'm going to be out and about around the country, over the

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next 23 days, showing people why I believe that this is an important

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election. I think we need an election now to give us the strong

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and stable leadership for the future that will get the right deal from

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Europe but also build a better Britain for the future. I'm going to

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be out and about around the country over the next 23 days. I want to

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earn every vote I can to enable me to give you that leadership and lead

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the country forward. Because if we look ahead, Brexit actually offers

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us opportunities for the future. It is important that we seize those

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opportunities and we need the strong and stable Government and leadership

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to be above to do that. The first thing of course that we need to do

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is to get the best deal for Britain from Europe. Build a deep and

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special partnership with Europe that will give us that good relationship

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that will be good for businesses like this and across the rest of the

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country. But if we get the Brexit deal right, of course that will also

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enable us to get a better deal for ordinary working people here at

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home. That means a Government that has a plan for the future and I will

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be taking my plan for a stronger Britain out to people over the

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remaining days of this election campaign. The Government of the role

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to play in that. It is important that we make sure there is a good

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school place for every child, so that youngsters get the best

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possible start in life. We need to make sure that we locked in economic

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growth so we can fund the first class National Health Service. We

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need to tackle and take action in relation to people's standard of

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living and the cost of living and also make sure Government is really

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at the service of ordinary working people. I've already set out some

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policies I think follows through on that. We have announced a new

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generation of social housing with a new Right-To-Buy for tenants. We

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have announced protection for workers' pensions from irresponsible

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bosses, new mental health rules to tackle injustice, action to end the

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injustice of rip-off energy bills by putting a cap on energy price

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ranges. Yesterday, I announced the biggest ever enhancement to workers

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Bourdy writes that has ever been proposed by a Conservative

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Government. There are a number of elements that, we will protect the

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that currently guarantee by EU law when we leave the European Union.

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But we will also enhance writes in a number of ways. We have announced a

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rights to time off when a parent loses a child, a right to request

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time off for training, a right to have time off to care for a family

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member. We will also make sure that the national living wage rises with

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media and earnings over the next Parliament. We will make sure that

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our discrimination laws enable us to tackle the problem of discrimination

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in the workplace of people with intermittent mental health

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conditions. We will make sure that workers representation on company

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boards and we will look to introduce internships, so to help people who

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have taken time out from the workplace, to be able to get back

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into the workplace. We also look at the race of racial disparity in paid

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by introducing more transparency in that area. I think these sorts of

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policies are exactly what we need in order to make sure we are doing the

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best for ordinary working families and people up and down the country.

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It will take strong leadership and a strong Government to do that. It

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will not just happen. We need that strong and stable Government with a

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plan to take this country forward. I will be out and about in the

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remaining days until the general election, talking and listening to

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people and earning every vote I can and if I do that and I really do

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believe that together, we can build a better future for this country.

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Thank you. APPLAUSE

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I will take some questions. Would you like a microphone? When you get

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re-elected, have you got plans for NHS? And defence budget? Yes, and we

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will be publishing our manifesto later this week so you will see all

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the details. What I think is important for our NHS, we have been

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putting extra funding into the NHS and we announced a couple of months

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ago, some extra funding for accident and emergency, to help improve

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things. We want to make sure that being in the NHS is an attractive

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profession. We will set out our details on the manifesto, our

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proposals for the future, but I want to make sure we have a strong NHS

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and we can only do that by making sure we generate funds from the

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economy. We will put money into our defence budget and we have committed

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2% of our GDP being committed on defence. Also, the defence budget

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will rise by 0.5% above inflation each year.

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Think I saw a hand over here. Why do you think the Conservative Party is

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the best party to take us through Brexit? I think we are the best

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party to take us through Brexit because I think there are two things

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you need when you are looking at Brexit. You need to be stronger and

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what are going to be tough negotiations. We have seen in recent

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weeks that it is going to be tough, some of the things that had been

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said about our future and we are committed, the only party that is

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really committed that we do this and I think whatever side of the

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argument people were on at the time, I think now they just want us to get

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on with it and do it well. So we have got the plan to take us through

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those negotiations. I have set out our proposals for the sort of

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relationship we want with Europe in the future and I want the best

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possible relationship portrayed so that businesses can thrive here but

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we want to do more than Brexit, it is about a plan that takes us beyond

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and things like our modern industrial strategy, making sure

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prosperity and growth can be spread across the whole of the UK, are an

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important part of that. This gentleman here and then I will come

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to the back. The cost of living has gone higher since Brexit. I am from

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a family of seven. What are you going to do to bring the cost of

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living down? You are right, the cost of living, when we are seeing

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inflation, obviously, has gone up slightly, the impact of what has

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happened to the currency is partly about that but there are things we

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can do, like on energy prices. I see too many people paying over the odds

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for energy which is a key fundamental for you if you have got

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a family and are looking after your family, so doing something on

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something like that is important but longer term, it's about actually

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making sure that we've got a strong economy that can support jobs. I

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would like to see higher paid jobs, more people... More investment in

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this country so we can create that environment where people are able to

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see a better future in terms of their cost of living but also a

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better future for their children. But the price of food is going

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higher and higher, at rising since the last six months. There is an

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impact in relation to the price of food. What we need to do is make

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sure we get back Brexit deal right. There will be some uncertainty for

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business and people over the next couple of years as we are doing that

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negotiation but what we need to make sure as we get that negotiation

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right so we get the best possible deal, because our future and what

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our cost of living years in the future, depends on us being able to

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do that and having a really good economy and coming up with

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proposals, like the Labour Party have today, which will end with

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people paying the price for those policies doesn't help in terms of

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peoples cost of living or in terms of being able to fund public

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services for the future. There was a hand right at the back that I saw.

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Very encouraging to see you as a member of Parliament working closely

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with your constituency. Many members of Parliament to work very hard and

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there is quite a low turnout at elections sometimes. What would you

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encourage the electorate to do and what more could MPs do to make sure

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we get a good turnout? You are right and thank you, because of course the

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last screw fixed building that I went into was the new one in

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Maidenhead in my constituency and I was very pleased to be able to do

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that -- the last Screwfix building. We should all be giving the message

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to people at this election that it is really crucially important in

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terms of the choice available to people and it is about the future of

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our country. I think it is the most crucial election we have faced in my

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lifetime because we are at this important moment of change for the

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country in terms of Brexit and going forward beyond Brexit, so I would

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encourage everybody to go out and vote and it is important for all of

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us involved in this, whoever we are, to go out and encourage people to go

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out and vote, because it is about people's future anymore from the...?

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Yes. Thank you. Obviously, Stoke-on-Trent was it quite hard

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when the industry is left. What will be the plans to being back

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investment into our city? I was here a few weeks ago with Jack looking at

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the way the ceramics industry in Stoke has actually been reignited,

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if you like and there were some real success stories. Just hearing about

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this building and the work you do here and the hundreds of people

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employed here, this is a great success story as well. What we want

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to do as a Government, we have published not recalled our modern

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industrial strategy, looking at different parts of the country in

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different sectors of industry, saying how can we encourage growth

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across the whole country, where there are in a fit and where there

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are particular classes of expertise, which can we continue to help those

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to grow further and create those hopes and incentives for industry,

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so her industrial strategy will be aiming to roll out and make sure

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that posterity is going across the whole of the country and as I said,

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you have got some advantages here in Stoke in existing industries that

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could be built on for the future. What are your plans for the tax-free

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allowance come 2022? You mean for the personal allowance? Is

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physically and I'm a Conservative member, what are the plans for the

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tax-free allowance? I am going to disappoint Jinnat I'm not setting

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out tax plans until you see the manifesto later this week but we

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have raised the personal allowance. We have taken 4 million people out

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of paying tax altogether and by raising the allowance, there is a

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tax rate which is for the basic rate tax payer of about ?1000 a year, so

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we are a low tax party, but our manifesto will come out later this

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week. Sorry, I'm making the microphone move around. Obviously in

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the election before on Brexit, Ukip did a lot for that because of

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immigration I voted Ukip and I think seven out of ten people voted on

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immigration. What are your plans for immigration? You are right, I

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believe that for some people who voted at the referendum, immigration

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was one of the issues they were concerned about. Of course, I was

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home secretaries or six years and during that time, we brought a lot

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of changes into immigration laws were people coming from outside the

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EU. We think number should be brought down. We want to control our

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borders, I think that is important, whipping number should be brought

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death to sustainable levels and we continue to think that is in the

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tens of thousands, but on immigration, there is no one thing

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you do that certainly makes the numbers cut down to that level, you

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have to constantly work at it. What we will now be able to do when we

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leave the EU is bring in rules for people coming from the EU into the

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UK as we have rules for people coming from outside the EU, so that

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will help us control that element of immigration that with free movement,

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we were not able to control but I think it is very clear that we as a

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party were quite early to recognise that this was a concern for people

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and to look to put some control into our immigration rules and we will

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continue to do so. I'll take perhaps... The Gentleman Thief had

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has been waiting and add one more question over their and then I will

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come to the media. Don't worry, I will come to you. Yesterday, you

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said you wouldn't debate Jeremy Corbyn because you don't think the

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public want to see politicians shout at each other. That is pretty much

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Prime Minister's Questions every Wednesday. How are we expected to

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see you as a strong leader when you won't debate the opposition? As you

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yourself said, I have debated the opposition virtually every Wednesday

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since I became Prime Minister. What I think is important during

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elections is to do things like this, get out and take questions from

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people in a variety of settings, in work settings and other ways too,

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rather than having that sort of TV setup debate, which normally ends up

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with the politicians, as you say, having a go at each other, rather

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than being able to answer people's questions. I did an event yesterday,

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Facebook live, people are able to put questions into Facebook and 445

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minutes, did quickfire answers, to answer questions as quickly as

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possible and answering directly and I think that is what is important.

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People make their choice but I want to give people the opportunity to

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ask me questions direct in that way. There was a lady at the back there.

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Hello, Prime Minister. Following on from the Brexit theme, in terms of

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once we do leave Europe, are there any plans that you may have to

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introduce a tax or a levy for foreign vehicles using our roads, in

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the same way we have two when we go across to Europe? There is an

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interesting question. Over time, various governments have looked at

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that as a possibility and there have always been various logistical

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issues that have led to us not doing that and I will be perfectly honest

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with you, it is not something I have looked at at this stage. I know it

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is something a lot of people do worry about, particularly people in

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the haulage industry but it is not looking back at something we are

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looking out. I will come the media. Let's take ITV. Emily Morgan. Labour

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has said today that they won't raise National Insurance, they will

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provide free childcare for every family and increased the National

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Living Wage to ?10 an hour. All policies aimed at working people. If

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you really are the party of working people, will you also make such

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pledges and if I make a second question, your response to reports

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that President Trump has disclosed classified information to the

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Russians? First of all, on the second issue that you've raised, I

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mean, I don't, as you know, comment on issues that are... May or may not

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relate to security matters, so we won't comment on that and it is not

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up to me what President Trump says to anybody he is meeting and talking

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to. On the first issue, what I would say is you mention some ideas in

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Labour's manifesto. If we look at the whole manifesto, it shows what

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we knew all along which is basically, it doesn't add up and if

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you look at that manifesto, it isn't what people promising but can you

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believe that people will deliver what they are promising? You can

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only fund the National Health Service, you can only have the

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funding we have made available in relation to childcare if you've got

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that strong economy. What we see from Labour's proposals today is

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they don't add up and are nonsensical economic policies which

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means ordinary working families would pay the price of Labour's

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coalition of chaos. I will take the BBC. You are in a room full of

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workers, Prime Minister. Were you guaranteed all the staff here, just

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as George Osborne did in 2015, that the living wage will reach ?9 an by

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2020? The National Living Wage will rise in line with median earnings,

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that was always the commitment that was made and that will Remain the

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commitment. Just a follow up and's question. You said inflation is up

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slightly, it is that nearly a four-year high and is now clearly

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outstripping wages. Are the party for working people and pensioners,

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vote under a potential new Tory Government, pensioners will be

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poorer undershoot recommit to the triple lock and workers could be

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poorer unless you actually do commit to what George Osborne said in 2015,

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which was he would lift the the National Living Wage to ?9 52020,

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can you give both all the workers here and pensioners some

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reassurances that as inflation ramps up, they won't be poorer under your

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Government? I have been very clear that content Makovich pensions will

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continue to rise under a Conservative Government. How we

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calculate that will be set out in our manifesto. What we have seen

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over the last seven years as an increase in pensioners' income

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through the basic state pension. Under Labour, we had one year when

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the rise was 75p. The rise in basic state pension is now equal to ?1250

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a year, so a significant improvement for pensions and they will continue

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to go up under a Conservative Government and as I have said, the

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National Living Wage has always been committed in relation to rising in

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line with median earnings and that is what we will do for the future.

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Jeremy Corbyn has announced ?48 billion worth of spending

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commitments but they are very popular with the public in polls.

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Are you worried about Labour's manifesto's popularity? And as we

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are at Screwfix today, do you think it would screw or fix the economy?

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LAUGHTER You can always trust the sun to come

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out with lines like that! Ordinary working families will find

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themselves paying the price for the spending commitments Jeremy Corbyn

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has put forward. I think the sums have probably been dreamt up by

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Diane Abbott and what we see is that these policies are nonsensical

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economic policies and they would damage our economy. That means

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businesses go under, there are fewer jobs, less money to put into the

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national health services and other public services. There is a very

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clear choice at the election which is me and my tea with a plan and

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division to build a stronger economy for the future and Labour with plans

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that I believe would wreck the economy. Prime Minister, earlier you

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told some schoolchildren you were a fan of the Harry Potter books. Can I

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ask you which character you believe you are most similar to? LAUGHTER

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You can't ask me that! LAUGHTER I don't think I'm similar to any of

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them! They are a great read, for adults as well as for children.

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Daily mirror. Yesterday, in your Facebook live interview, you said

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one of the reasons you support fox hunting is because other ways of

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controlling numbers is more cruel. Can you set out ways that you think

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that is more cruel than a fox being ripped apart by a pack of hounds?

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There are problems that can occur when other methods of killing foxes

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are used. What I said yesterday was, do other things. It will be a free

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vote of members of Parliament when it comes to this issue and each

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member of Parliament will take their own individual decision on this

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issue and I think for most people, as you will have seen today, there

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are other issues that are more important to them in this election.

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I think we may have some local media here. Do we have the stokes then the

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law? -- stoke Sentinel. Labour announced today they will put

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millions of pounds extra in the school budgets. We are all putting

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record levels of funding into schools at the moment and we

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introduced the pupil premium which make sure with that extra funding

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available, focused particularly on disadvantaged children. For our

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overall schools policy, you will have to wait to see what we say in

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our manifesto when that is produced. We want to make sure we have a fair

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distribution of school funding across the country. Everybody

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accepts there is unfair system at the moment. We have to get this

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right. We have put forward proposals and have consulted on them but we

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need to look obviously at the response to those proposals. I want

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to see a fair system of funding across the nation's schools and want

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to see a diverse school system where we are able to see every child

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having a good school place. I think BBC radio Stoke is here? I think

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this may have to be the last question. The local hospital, it

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routinely fails to meet a the targets with frequent long waits for

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patients, can you put a figure on what investment will be seen for our

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local hospital. Looking at the way hospitals are dealing with a -- A,

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what we see in A is that sometimes they are put under significant

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pressure. And sometimes people go to A because they cannot access

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services elsewhere. So it is not just about what you can do for the

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hospital but about making sure the services available for people to go

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elsewhere, such as the seven day a week access to GPs we want to see.

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Thank you, everybody, I think that was the last question. APPLAUSE

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