tv British Prime Ministers Questions CSPAN May 8, 2016 8:58pm-9:41pm EDT
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he also spoke about the uk's upcoming referendum about whether to remain in the european union. this is for the minutes. 40 minutes. >> order. questions to the prime minister. >> thank you mr. speaker. i know the whole house was to join me in congratulating leicester city on winning the premier league title. having been 5,000-1 outsiders at the start of the season, they have shown superb ability, incredible resilience and a great team ethic. this morning i had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. in addition to my duties in the house, i shall have further such meetings later today. martyn day: may i begin by associating myself with the prime minister's comments about leicester city?
on monday, the foreign secretary said, "there is a need for a new initiative in the syria dialogue to keep it alive." will the prime minister withdraw his airstrikes, which have done nothing to bring about peace, and will he redouble his efforts in securing political resolution to the war through a new dialogue, as recommended by his own foreign secretary? david cameron: i think that we should do both. which is to continue to hit daesh terrorists because they threaten our country, but at the same time do everything that we can to support dialogue between the opposition and the syrian regime, which is what the process has been about. we will continue to take both those steps. karl mccartney: my right honorable friend will be aware that tomorrow, 33 conservative candidates will stand in the lincoln city elections tomorrow, along with our county's police and crime commissioner candidate, and labour will lose some seats. we in lincoln are aware of the
need for tolerance and the stamping out of racism and anti-semitism, especially in view of my labour predecessor's current role on the board of deputies. will my right honorable friend join me, and all our colleagues on the side of the house, in condemning the actions and propaganda of hezbollah and hamas? david cameron: i certainly wish my honorable friend's candidates well. if you want to have well-run services at a good cost and keep taxes down, it is right for them to vote conservative throughout the country. the point he makes about hamas is important. we should be clear about who they are. they are a terrorist group who believe in killing jews, and that is why whatever the leader of the opposition says about combating anti-semitism in the labour party will mean nothing until he withdraws the remark that they were his friends. he needs to do that, and he should do it today. jeremy corbyn: i join the prime minister in congratulating leicester city on their amazing achievement.
i hope it is not an indication that he is going to support another football team, rather than sticking with the two that he has already. [laughter] later today, commemorations begin for holocaust memorial day in israel. i hope that it is agreed in all parts of the house that we should send our best wishes to those who are commemorating the occasion, and sending a very clear statement that anti-semitism has no place in our society whatsoever and we all have a duty to oppose it. tomorrow people will go to the polls in council elections in england. nine of the 10 most deprived councils are set to see cuts higher than the national average. eight face cuts more than three times the national average.
meaning less money for ?youth services, for adult social care, and for those in the areas with the greatest need. the prime minister used to say, "we are all in it together." what happened to that? david cameron: first, i join the right honorable gentleman in saying that we should always support holocaust memorial day, whether here in the uk, where we have a number of commemorations, or in israel. but i am going to press him on this point, because he did say this, "it will be my pleasure and my honour to host an event in parliament where our friends from hezbollah will be speaking. i've also invited friends from hamas to come and speak as well." hamas and hezbollah believe in killing jews, not just in israel but around the world. will he take this opportunity? if he wants to clear up the problem of anti-semitism in the labour party, now is a good time to start. withdraw that they are your friends.
jeremy corbyn: i have made it very clear that labour is an anti-racist party and that there is no place for anti-semitism within it. we have suspended any members who have undertaken any anti-semitic activities or work or made such statements, and have established an inquiry led by shami chakrabarti. the point he was making earlier relates to a discussion i was order to try to promote a peace process. it was not an approval of those organisations. i absolutely do not approve of those organisations. the reality is that vulnerable people are being abandoned in this country. the prime minister has said that social care and support for the elderly is a priority for him. if that is the case, why has he
cut £4.5 billion since 2010 from the adult social care budget, leaving 300,000 older people without the care and support they need to live in dignity? david cameron: first, we are putting more money into social care and allowing councils to raise council tax to put that money in. to i'm afraid he's going have to do this one more time. he referred to hamas and hezbollah as his friends. he needs to withdraw that remark. let me give him another chance -- are they your friends or are they not? because those organisations, in their constitutions, believe in persecuting and killing jews. they are anti-semitic and racist organisations, and he must stand up and say they are not his friends. jeremy corbyn: obviously, anyone who commits racist attacks or who is anti-semitic is not a friend of mine. it is very clear about that.
him to thinkinvite for a moment about the conduct of his party and his candidate in the london mayoral elections . the way in which they are systematically smearing my friend, our candidate for mayor. i wish him well, and i invite the prime minister to undertake to ensure that the conservative party in london desists from its present activities in smearing my friend. last week, the joseph rowntree foundation's "destitution" report found that 1.25 million people in britain were unable to afford the essentials needed to eat and stay warm, clean and dry. the number of people using food banks has risen again last year. the prime ?minister usually lectures us about a stronger economy. when will that stronger economy
mean that fewer people need to use food banks? david cameron: what the stronger economy means is that there are over 2 million more people are in work than when i became prime minister, and that someone can now earn £11,000 before paying tax. and we have introduced a national living wage, something never done in 13 years of a labour government. but i completely reject what he says about labour's candidate for the london mayoralty. as i have said before at the dispatch box, we are not responsible for everything someone says when they share are platform with us, and we cannot control everyone who appears in a picture, but there is a pattern of behaviour with the honorable member for tooting. he shared a platform with sajil shahid, the man who trained the ringleader of the 7/7 attacks and accused the united states of bringing 9/11 on itself. he shared a platform with an
extremist who called for jews to be drowned in the ocean. when this was put to the honorable member for tooting, he described it as mere "flowery" language. if he wants to know why he has a problem with anti-semitism, let that is because his candidates share platform after platform with extremists and anti-semites and then excuse their words. one more time, say you withdraw the remark about hamas and hezbollah being your friends. jeremy corbyn: last week, the prime minister tried, as he friend,es, to smear my the member for tooting for his association with sulaiman ghani. it turns out that mr ghani is actually an active conservative supporter who has shared platforms with the honorable member for richmond. should reflect on the
words of lord lansley some years ago that racism was endemic within his party. we have set up a commission of inquiry. i suggest that he might think about doing the same thing. lord kerslake, the former government housing chief, has said that the housing bill "effectively removes the security that people need" and that it is "fundamentally wrong." homelessness is up by a third since he became prime minister, and it is rising again this year. a voter, malcolm, wrote to me this week to say that he and his family will lose their home if the government's housing bill goes through. why can't the prime minister follow the example set by the welsh labour government by placing a legal duty and responsibility on councils to help people during a housing crisis? why can't he do that?
david cameron: i will tell the gittleman has done, not in wales where labour is in control but here in england, we have built twice as much council housing in the last six years as labour did in the previous 13. but i am not going to let the issue about the right honorable member for tooting rest. the leader of the opposition raised the case of suleiman ghani, whom the right honorable member for tooting shared a platform with nine times. this is a man who says that it is wrong to stop people going to fight in -- no, as ?long as it takes. do you want to know the views of the person that your leader has just quoted? he has described women as -- the honorable member for islington might be interested in this. he described women as subservient to men. he said that homosexuality was an unnatural act. he stood on a platform with people who wanted an islamic state. that is why his attempt to deal
with anti-semitism are utterly condemned to failure. he won't even condemn people who sit on platforms with people like that. jeremy corbyn: i did point out to the prime minister -- i was trying to help him -- that the gentleman concerned is actually a conservative. so maybe he would care to think about that. he might also consider that shazia awan, a former conservative parliamentary candidate said this of the tory mayoral campaign -- "i'll be voting labour. a lifelong tory voter and ex-candidate, i'm ashamed at the repulsive campaign of hate." in fact, homelessness has been reduced by 67% in wales since the new regulations came in. why can't you do the same in this country? inequality is getting worse.
education ought to be a route out of poverty, but new figures show that the number of people participating on a level 2 adult education course in the first half of this year fell by a fifth compared with last year. how can we tackle inequality when the prime minister and his government are taking away the opportunities for people to find a pathway out of poverty? david cameron: he talks about inequality, but inequality has gone down under this government. there are 764,000 fewer workless households and 449,000 fewer children living in workless households. why? because we have a growing economy, a living wage, more jobs and people paying less tax. that is what is happening under this government. once again i say to him that we are investing in schools to give people opportunities and in schemes to allow people to own homes to give them opportunities. he opposes all those things because the truth is this. he may be a friend of the terrorist group hamas but he is
an enemy of aspiration. jeremy corbyn: politics is about choices. the prime minister cut -- mr. speaker: order. let me very gently say to the assiduous but slightly overenthusiastic government whip, the honorable member for hexham, that his role is to be seen and not heard. no further noise from the honorable gentleman today or from his sidekick to his right. a cabal of whips will not shout people down in this chamber. be quiet or leave. it is very simple. jeremy corbyn: the prime minister's government cut income tax for the richest, cut capital
gains tax, and cut corporation tax again and again. at every turn, they make the wrong choices. tomorrow, people can make their own choices about the crisis of social care, the housing crisis in this country, the unprecedented cuts to local councils in the areas of greatest need, and the cuts to further education, taking opportunities away from young people. the choices have been made. they cut taxes for the rich. we want to ensure that there is proper taxation to ensure that there are decent services for the rest. david cameron: he is right, tomorrow is about choices. people can choose a party that is on the side of security for hard-working people and that wants to ensure that there are more jobs, better pay, lower taxes, good schools for their children, and a seven-day nhs that is there for them when they need it.
their other choice is to back a party that puts extremists over working people and that is utterly incapable of providing the leadership that their local council or our country needs. mary robinson: does my right honorable friend agree that in order to create a northern powerhouse that can produce innovation and prosperity, investment is needed in vital transport links in our northern cities? of particular concern to my constituents is the junction of the a34 and the a560 at gatley. will the prime minister and his ministers meet me to discuss how we can keep traffic moving into and out of the great city of manchester and alleviate congestion in my constituency of cheadle? david cameron: my honorable friend is absolutely right to raise this. that is why we established transport for the north to look exactly at schemes such as the one that she proposes, so that we can speak with one voice. we are also investing £13
billion in transport across the north over this parliament. planning for the next road investment strategy for after 2020 is also now under way, so it is absolutely the right time to make the point that she does. angus robertson: last week, the prime minister took issue when i raise the issue of unaccompanied syrian refugee children in europe and the kindertransports of the 1930s. since then, he has been written to by sir erich reich, the chairman of the association of kindred transport of a jewish refugees. he wrote, "the echoes of the past haunt many of my fellow kinder and i whose fate similarly rested with members of the british parliament. i feel it is incumbent on us to once again demonstrate our compassion and human kindness to provide sanctuary to those in need." why has it taken so long, and the threat of a parliamentary defeat, for the prime minister to begin changing his mind?
david cameron: first, let me pay tribute to the gentleman mentioned by the right honorable gentleman. let us be clear that no country has done more than britain to help when it comes to syrian refugees. no country has raised more money, and only the united states has spent more money. do want us to proceed with as much support from across the house as we can. i think it is right to stick to the principle that we shouldn't be encouraging people to make this dangerous journey. i think it is right to stick to the idea that we keep investing in the refugee camps and in neighbouring countries. i also think it is right not to take part in the eu relocation and resettlement schemes, which have been, in my view, a failure.? we are already taking child migrants in europe with a direct family connection to the uk, and will speed that up. i am also talking to save the children to see what more we can do, particularly with children who came here before the eu-turkey deal was signed, because as i say again, what i
don't want us to do is to encourage people to make this dangerous journey. otherwise, our actions, however well-meaning they will be, could result in more people dying, rather than more people getting a good life. angus robertson: last week, i accused the prime minister of walking by on the other side when he stoutly defended his then policy, opposing further help for unaccompanied refugee children in europe. if what we are hearing now is the beginnings of a u-turn, i very much welcome it, as i am sure did members from all sides of the house. may i encourage him to think more about what can be done, given that the kindertransport helped 10,000 children from europe? so i ask the prime minister finally to thank lord alf dubs and all campaigners who have worked so hard for the uk to live up to the example and the spirit of the kindertransport? david cameron: i certainly think that all those people deserve
recognition for the work they have done to put this issue so squarely on the agenda, but let me just say again that i do reject the comparison with the kindertransport. i do so for this reason. i would argue that what we are doing primarily -- taking children from the region, taking vulnerable people from the camps, going to the neighbouring countries and taking people into our country, housing them, clothing them, feeding them and making sure they can have a good life here -- is like the kindertransport. to say that the kindertransport is taking children today from france, germany or italy -- safe countries that are democracies -- is an insult to those countries. but, as i have said, because of the steps we are taking, it will not be necessary to send the dubs amendment back to the other place. the amendment does not now mention a number of people. we are going to go around the local authorities and see what more we can do, but let us stick to the principle that we should not be taking new arrivals to europe.
nigel evans: the department of health are looking to introduce a cell-free dna test for pregnant women in order to reduce the number of miscarriages, but this will have the unintended consequence of increasing the number of abortions for those with down's syndrome. i know that nobody in this house cares more about those with special needs, so will the prime minister meet me and representatives of the east lancashire down's syndrome support group so that we can look at ways of protecting those with down's syndrome and ensuring that they will not be simply screened out? david cameron: my honorable friend raises a very important issue. a local group of down's syndrome
parents came to my constituency surgery on friday and made all these arguments to me. as a constituency mp, i am taking this up with the department of health to make sure that all the right processes are followed. there are moral and ethical issues that need to be ?considered in these cases, but on the other hand we also have to respect the view that women want to have screening and testing about the health of their children, and we should be in favour of maximum transparency, on the basis that this is optional rather than mandatory, but it is part of routine care. so the health secretary is going to have to find a way through this, but, above all, we must make sure we go about it in the right way. alex cunningham: nifco uk manufactures components for ford and nissan cars and employs hundreds of people, including many from my constituency. i am sure the prime minister knows of the need for us all to get behind our manufacturing industry, but does he agree with nifco's managing director, mike matthews, that it would be business suicide for the uk to leave the european union?
david cameron: i think we should listen to all the business voices, particularly those in manufacturing, so many of whom say that we are better off in a reformed european union. we get an enormous amount of investment, particularly from japanese motor industries. i will be welcoming the japanese prime minister here to the uk tomorrow, when i am sure this will be on the agenda. >> i would argue that nato helps --two ways, ensuring that example, the balkans. nato,ntirely agree about but does he expect that democracy,p attacks and democracy seldom goes a war with each other. we are constantly told to prevent conflict among its own
members. is it not heading imprecisely the wrong direction by trying to supernaturallected -- which is unaccountable to nobody. i would make a couple of points in response. i don't think we should forget that some of the countries in the european union, until recently were not democracies, but were a form of dictatorships until recently. -- they've had to put in place other democratic norms help them on their way. we've had an unparalleled. of peace and prosperity in europe. my argument would be that with you want to attribute all of that to nato, or some of it to the eu, why would you want to
put it at risk? of thatouthern closure in york. bodies havehs failed patient safety. what the prime minister know -- in line with nhs recommendations. >> my understanding is that she called for interaction in july of last year. that is what happened. it wasn't fit for purpose. serious andied life-threatening issues, and they were put right. they were subsequently reopened
after changes. of course, you're going to have incidents of poor practice. what matters, duly intervened fast enough and put them right. in this case, it does seem action was taken. the christian and she had children in syria are suffering from genocide. we should recognize it as such. i urge the prime minister to do more to replicate the kid of -- kinderthat transport. if we were to take 16-year-old from a safe environment in europe, we would be causing more misery and encouraging people. he has me questions -- one is
that we could do more about the genocide. i believe very much that it is clearly, it is a very strong case for saying that it is genocide. i hope it will be portrayed as such. kindertrbject of the ansport, i think we have a lot to be proud of. we of raised more in london on one day than any humanitarian conference has ever raised in history of the world. we have a very strong record. we are going to do more for children already registered in europe, before the eu-turkey deal. what should try to cling to is that we should not do anything that encourages people to make the perilous journey. that is been the cornerstone of our policy and should remain the case. >> for the benefit of the house and for 10 and 11-year-olds
epidemic country, will the prime between is lane -- conjunctive, and a modal verb. >> the whole point of these changes are to make sure that our children are better educated than we are. withis why i am delighted children going off to do these tests. >> three years ago -- best order.r ago, people were killed in a tragic accident in my constituency. we concluded an inquest, and the corner said he had no confidence
in the work of the highway council to -- highway committee. resources are very limited. could you give consideration to an application from the council for additional resources to avoid a future tragedy? >> i will have a very close look at the issue you are raising. i know the importance of the road for his constituency. i will look at what is been made available and whether there is evidence for what we can do to make it safe. was described as the north korea of africa. the u.k. advised against travel even near the ethiopian border. will the prime minister
personally and urgently review home office guidance that says that it is safe to transport asylum seekers back to eritrea? prime minister cameron: i will certainly consider what the honorable gentleman says. we know that eritrea is a deeply undemocratic and autocratic country that has done appalling things to its people and that is one reason why so many of those seeking to cross the mediterranean, normally through the libyan route, have come from that country. when i had the opportunity to meet the eritrean leadership, as i did at the conference in valletta, in malta, i made those points very strongly. sir david amess: four years ago, i asked my right honorable friend on behalf of my mother, maud, if the eu referendum vote could be brought forward because of her age. she was then 100. she now wishes to know if she needs to set a world record for longevity before the chilcot report is published. [laughter] prime minister cameron: i think that i can reassure maud that this summer she will have a double opportunity to deal with
these things, a referendum on june 23 and the chilcot report, which, i am sure, will come not too much longer after that. mr. speaker: i rather imagine that she will then want a backbench business committee debate on the matter. mr. stephen kinnock. stephen kinnock: tata steel has indicated that it wishes to complete the sale of its uk assets by the middle of june and that it wants a preferred bidder in place by the end of this month. does the prime minister really think that that is a realistic timeframe and that there will be a credible process of due diligence? what steps is the prime minister taking to ensure that tata steel delivers on its promise to be a responsible seller? prime minister cameron: the honorable gentleman is absolutely right about this. the positive news is that the deadline yesterday was met by a number of serious inquiries of interest into buying all of tata, and that is good news. obviously, we now need to work intensively with tata and those buyers to get that list down to those who seriously intend to
bid for the business. but he's right, it is a very short timetable. he asks what we are doing, and what we are doing is talking intensively with tata to ensure that it does everything it can to make sure that this is a serious sales process. sir eric pickles: the prime minister just made a very important announcement about refugee children, but obviously time is of the essence because of the peculiar vulnerability of children without the guidance and protection of their families. could the prime minister indicate to the house how quickly he expects to have those arrangements in place? prime minister cameron: i am grateful to my right honorable friend, who has spoken powerfully and passionately about this issue. i do not see any reason why there needs to be a long delay. we need to carry out conversations with local councils, because many of them, particularly in the south of england, are already under pressure because of the number of child refugees who have come. we need to carry out those conversations, but hopefully we can then make progress during this year. margaret ferrier: documents leaked earlier this week appear to confirm what most have
feared, that the transatlantic trade and investment partnership makes unacceptable concessions to public health and safety regulations, opening the doors for u.s. investors to sue for loss of profits. will the prime minister recognize the concern raised by the french president and tell this house what protections his government are seeking for the national health service and public services? prime minister cameron: this is the reddest of red herrings, i have to say. the health service is completely protected under this agreement, as it is under others. look, there are all sorts of reasons people might be against free trade and wanting to see an expansion of trade, investment and jobs, but i think people should be honest about it and say that they do not want to see those things happen, rather than finding total red herrings to get in the way of something that could add tens of billion pounds to our economy and bring jobs and investment to our country.
jeremy corbyn: calm yourself, mr -- mr. campbell. you are supposed to be a senior statesman in the house. calm down. take up yoga, i have told you before. sheryll murray. sheryll murray: looe lifeboats in my constituency celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. will my right honorable friend join me in congratulating and thanking not only the looe lifeboat men, but all the lifeboat men who keep us safe at sea? prime minister cameron: i am very happy to do that in conjunction with my honorable friend. incredibly brave people. having met some of them, particularly during the flood episodes that we have had in recent years, i know the immense professionalism and dedication that they bring to the task, and they put their lives at risk all the time to save others. they really are the bravest of the brave. prime minister cameron: what matters is what works.
in my view, fixed term parliaments are part of that. government ensure -- it also includes something i first raised with margaret thatcher in 1989? with the awful consequences of child sex abuse on victims and perpetrators, but we must also use early intervention expertise to stop it from happening in the first place. will the prime minister back the excellent work of ministers and members from all parties and get this much needed center up and running without delay within the five-year term of his government? i'm glad the honorable gentleman rescued his own question with that little -- those last words. prime minister cameron: i'm sorry it has taken a question in 1989 to take so long to get an answer.
setting up a center of expertise on sexual abuse is exactly what the home office is doing. it will play a significant role in identifying and sharing high-quality evidence on what works to prevent and deal with sexual abuse and exploitation. the department of attention -- education existing center will ensure that centers across the country can learn from the best example. >> john baron. we on prime minister and these benches can be proud we have reduced relative poverty and income inequality. we are a one nation party or we are nothing. does he agree with the leader of the campaign that, if we were to leave the eu, wages would rise even faster? prime minister cameron: i think what would happen if we were to leave the eu is we would see an impact on our economy that would
be largely negative, and that's not just my view, that's the view of the bank of england, the oed see, and a growing number of international bodies. to anybody who wants to make this choice, it's the choice for the british people to make. i think we have to be clear about the economic consequences. 1972, nine months married, six months pregnant with their first child, my constituent received a knock on the door to say that her husband had been killed in action in northern ireland. foundhe now married and love again, she lost all compensation for her and her .aughter she still has no compensation for having made that huge sacrifice. that is a disgraceful way to treat those who have lost loved ones serving our country. will the prime minister meet with me and misses -- mrs. ri mmer to discuss this injustice
that still faces several hundred more widows in this country? prime minister cameron: i will make sure that susan gets the attention that she deserves. i know that the minister met with the war widows association earlier this year to put forward its case. made athe government who historic change so that more widows who remarried from april 1, 2015, would review -- retain their war widows pension. we are of the view that the long-standing policy of successive governments that we shouldn't make these changes and apply them retrospectively. >> yesterday, the foreign affairs committee started our inquiry on anglo russian relations. this afternoon i have a westminster hall debate on anglo-russian relations. despite all the tensions between our two countries, will the prime minister give us an assurance that he will redouble his efforts to try to lower tensions with that fellow permanent member of the un security council? prime minister cameron: of course we want to keep tensions
low, and of course we want to have good relations, but we cannot ignore the fact that russian-backed and directed separatists have effectively tried to redraw the boundaries of europe. when we consider how dangerous exercises like that have been in the past, we have to take them extremely seriously in the present. keith vaz: can i thank the prime minister for joining leicestershire mps and the rest of the planet in congratulating leicester city football club on their brilliant and historic success in the premier league? during this amazing season, the local leicester hero, gary lineker, thought the idea of leicester winning the league was so far-fetched that he said he would present "match of the da"" in his underwear if they won.
does the prime minister, as an aston villa supporter -- my commiserations to him on their season - agree that, in politics as well as in football, when people make a promise, they should keep it? prime minister cameron: i absolutely agree. i have been watching everything gary lineker has said since, and he is not quite answering the question -- something that, of course, no one ever gets away with in this house. i welcome what the right hon. gentleman has said. obviously, i hope it is just the start of him joining the blue team. speaker: order. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its