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need it. we had meetings with ministerial colleagues, we are joining world leaders and internet companies on tackling terrorist use of the internet. >> instead of market search and improved and extended life, the project received a death sentence. a falling rate with comfort, that is what happened. to get these answers, to make sure that the uk, undertake a case review and identify post operation.
>> the honorable gentleman has clearly raised a very concerning case and gave details of that case on the floor of the house. i would ensure the minister looks at the issue he has raised because it is a matter of concern when someone receives something and they have given their life. that would ensure that the parts of health looks at this. >> thank you, mister speaker. the prime minister has spoken how important it is and that includes -- join me in welcoming the award last friday run by our fabulous local radio station, the great dedication,
inspiration and enthusiasm helping live their own lives. >> can i think my honorable friend for highlighting this issue because we recognize the importance across government care of action plan and education opportunities and outcomes and access so i am happy to join my honorable friend, thanking her for the amazing work she has done and continues to do to congratulate them for identifying people in the community who are doing so much to help. >> jeremy corbin. >> i join the prime minister and acknowledging mental health awareness we can send my support to all those campaigning across the country to raise awareness of mental health and a message that all of us can do something about it by reaching out and talking to people going through a mental health crisis.
i would like, mister speaker, to pay tribute to the former labor secretary brian walden who passed away last week. he was a formidable figure in this house in a very strong political interviewer which every politician being interviewed at the time. >> they only said that afterwards. >> it would only be right for the house of commons to pay tribute to a leading hollywood icon and campaigner doris day who passed away this week. i'm tempted to quote doris day but i won't. crack away. no, no, no. i do apologize. i'm obviously starting a parliamentary sing-along here. speaking of icons it would be
right to acknowledge it is 40 years since the members were elected to parliament for the first time in the 1979 election. in the last two years, nine of the uk's richest hedge fund tycoons have donated 2.9 million pounds to conservative party. is this government for the many in the pockets of an elite few? >> can i first of all respond to the tributes the right honorable gentleman placed? across the house everybody would wish to recognize the passing of somebody who gave many hours of entertainment through her films and career, doris day. i would like to congratulate the honorable members on having been
elected into this house 40 years and having spent 40 years in this house and note that 40 years ago it was the election of margaret thatcher and margaret and it was always said that margaret thatcher had indeed enjoyed being interviewed by brian walden and he did indeed not only have a career in this house but a very respected career in television journalism as broadcaster and interviewer but can i say to the right honorable gentleman he raises issues about fairness and equality and those who are better off in our society. income inequality is down since 2010. as conservatives we want everyone to be better off, everyone to have good jobs and everyone to have a good life.
that is always the difference between us and labor. labor wants to bring people down. we want to raise people up. [shouting] >> mister speaker, the nobel prize-winning economist angus dean said the uk is having extreme any quality levels of pack, wealth and health. of the g7 countries only the united states is more unequal than britain. is that something the prime minister is proud of? >> what is important, he's talking about income inequality and fairness, it is down since 2010, the one that has grown fastest is 2015, more income tax than at any point in the last labor government and thanks to conservatives millions of people are no longer paying any income
taxes, delivering for everyone. >> wages are lower than 10 years ago and how can it be fair that we live in a society where the average chief executive of a ftse 100 company now earns 145 times the annual average salary in this country. and the lowest rates of pay our young workers. to abolish the youth rates because quite simply if you are old enough to do a job you are old enough to be paid the wage to do the job. does the prime minister agree with that principle? >> the impact of the policy was it would cost young people jobs. that is not just what i am saying.
the director of the ifa's said the policy had quite a negative affect of young people but we don't need to rely on quotes to know about a policy like that. under the last labor government youth unemployment rose by 44%. under the conservative government youth unemployment has fallen by 50%. >> i recall it was the conservative party that opposed the national minimum wage in 1997. it predicted millions of jobs would be lost because we want pay for people. but why does this government continue to punish our young people.
since 2010 the conservative party, liberal democrats, troubled tuition fees, and the educational maintenance amounts and cut child benefits and wages remain lower than a decade ago and housing costs have soared, more and more food banks are opening up. greg yarmouth, one has been open for pupils at a school and last week, the part of business established a food bank for its own staff in the building on victoria street and can the prime minister tell us what is going on in modern britain for the office have a food bank, to get something to eat. >> the best way to ensure a good income and stable income for
families is to ensure they can work. the fourth question he asked me and in none of these questions has he talked about the fact that employment is at record levels, and unemployment is at a record low. the way the right honorable gentleman thought, you would think any quality started in 2010. who was it who said one of the -- in a sedentary position, it did. who was it who said the last labor government, the gaps between the richest and poorest in society would become very much bigger. not my words, the words of the right honorable gentleman packing his own labor government. >> mister speaker, my question
was about food banks in an office that seems -- >> order! i am very worried about you, mister spencer. you use to be such a calm and measured fellow. you are now behaving in an extraordinarily eccentric manner, almost delinquent. calm yourself, young man. your condition will improve. jeremy corbin. >> my question is about a food bank in a government ministry which seems to suggest in work poverty which is the problem in britain. the public trust handed out 1.6 million food particles last year, half 1 million of which went to children. the new report out today from the end child poverty coalition which shows child poverty has risen by half 1 million and is
becoming the new norm in this country, the in child poverty coalition called on ministers to restore the link between inflation and social security. will the prime minister do that to try to reduce disgraced levels of child poverty in this country? >> it is this government, a conservative government that introduced the national living wage. what do we see? what do we see? someone under labor, the national minimum wage, taking home 9200 pounds a year. they take him over 13,700, 4500 pounds more under the conservatives for the lowest pay. conservatives caring for the low-paid. >> they may have changed the name but the institute of fiscal studies says child poverty will
rise to over 5,000,000 x 2022 at the current rate, and the richest thousand people in britain, by 50 billion pounds in one year. not enough money to properly feed our children or pay workers a decent wage, then we have failed as a society. this is seeing the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and the government in the pockets of the superrich elite. more children in poverty, more people struggling to make ends meet. when is she and her government going to reverse the tax giveaways to the superrich and make sure they pay their fair share of taxes so we can end the scandal, and it is a scandal of any quality in modern britain. >> the right honorable gentleman
talks about the top 1% of paying more in income tax today than they ever did under the labor government. what we see for labor in the past week, labor party has a plan for a system where everybody in this country would get benefits. and had out to hedge fund managers paid for by tax hikes on working people, labor policy, money for the rich, taxes on the poor. >> thank you, mister speaker. 40 years ago margaret thatcher became prime minister. she convinced people like me and people from modest backgrounds the conservative party is the party of opportunity and aspiration. does the prime minister agree, a
pivotal role in on laboring social mobility. with education and skills receive the attention it deserves for upcoming spending rounds. >> they are putting record levels of funding into our schools, 43.5 million pounds. i can assure him we are committed to education because i passionately believe we should be making sure how far a child goes in life doesn't depend on their backgrounds, or who their parents are but their individual talent and hard work. their talent or their hard work will take them. >> ian blackburn. >> can i join the prime minister and leader of the opposition for offering mental health awareness week.
and 3 times defeated brexit deal in june. the backroom agreement for the leader of the opposition. >> the only party, >> ian blackburn. >> not sure what that has to do with the question. >> people of scotland are none the wiser what is going on with these labor costs. the will of the scottish parliament is being ignored. enough is enough. why is the prime minister so afraid of giving the people of scotland there thing.
we will make our voices heard whether they like it or not. the people of scotland can stop brexit and send a clear message scotland will not be ignored anymore. >> the right honorable gentleman talks about scotland. the people of scotland will know where things stand if the right honorable gentleman and his colleagues vote for the agreement bill and ensure we need the european union and if people want to vote for a party that not only is a brexit party but a party and government looking to deliver brexit they should vote conservative. >> can the prime minister confirm that if we were to stay in a customs union and single market, and we couldn't do any trade deals around the world and
couldn't control our own immigration and we will never betray the promise we made at the last general election, that we will launch the full brexit unlike the broken promises. >> i'm happy to confer to him that we remain committed not just to delivering brexit and securing the majority of the house to do that. in leaving the european union, we will end remove meant, and the immigration policy opening new trade and opportunities around the world and end the day with payments to the european union. he mentioned the last commitment at the last election because we stood on a manifesto to deliver the best possible deal for britain as we lead the european union, by a smooth and orderly brexit with a decent partnership including a comprehensive
free-trade customs agreement with the european union. i'm committed to those objectives and we negotiated a good deal to deliver on those to deliver it. >> this government say they are committed to tackling climate change yet too often the evidence suggests otherwise. take the examples of support, and their refusal to help award-winning tidal energy specialists, and innovations. and 99.4% of uk exports in the energy sector. and fossil fuel projects. if this government is serious about addressing the climate emergency, will they prove it by investing in the future, not the
past? >> we are investing in the future and not the past which is why we are encouraging issues like electric vehicles, battery technology taking place in the uk. he talks about interest and support in what we need to do on climate change, look at our record. our renewable energy has quadrupled since 2010. annual support renewables over $10 billion by 2021. 99% of solar power deployed in the uk has been deployed under the conservatives in government. we have been decolonizing at a faster rate than any other country in the g 20. >> it is vital for trust in the primary trend government for dates to be set and spoken to. can we have a definitive and unalterable date for release of the paper? >> my honorable friend is right
that we need to abide by the government's commitment to publish a green paper in relation to adult social care and ensure that when we do that we are able to bring forward proposals that deliver the answer to the question we have to ask ourselves which is how we can ensure social care is sustainable into the future. we will publish it at the earliest opportunity and set out to ensure that social care system is sustainable in the long-term. >> remember the reason why the government can fairly secure uk, an international laughingstock, wanting a go at the destination, a withdrawal agreement, to support that.
have the rules run out and for the sake of her nation will she please just go and let scotland go too? >> i say to the right honorable gentleman, the charm offensive has already started. i also say it is in the interest of scotland that it remains part of the united kingdom and the interest of the whole of the united kingdom that people voted for a referendum and deliver brexit. >> 15,200 children in good and upstanding schools, great news but despite 5.9% more funding in somerset teachers and parents are coming to me increasingly to say that they are underfunding
pressures and secondary school funding. will the prime minister agree that to give children the best opportunity in life we must fund injustice at some sort and in this economy overseen by this government we can and we should do it. >> i thank her for the comments about the increasing number of children in good and outstanding schools. it is indeed management of the economy that enables us to put more money into public services like education which is why we are putting a record level of funding into schools giving every local authority more money for every people in every school but the new funding formula to make the distribution fair across schools across the country because what we want to do is keep on improving education for every child.
in response to an early question we have the opportunity to ensure every child to go on and achieve their full potential. >> thank you, speaker. this is mental health awareness week. does the prime minister agreed it is time, three teenage children. caused them to experience stress, anxiety, and failure. >> what is important as children go through their education, make sure they are receiving the right education and that schools are providing the right quality of education and simple tests that enable judgments to be made in relation to their school career, it is right to introduce and continue. >> it is mental health awareness
weekend exam time and the staff and students care deeply about supporting mental health issues. and the secretaries of state for health and education to work together. and the universities to develop new and innovative ways to help students with mental health pressures. >> to raise the issue of mental health at universities it is a priority, and working closely with the university of uk through the mental health entire education program to improve the ability and capacity of universities to improve student welfare services and access to mental health services but i would be happy to ask health and education secretaries to look at this further.
>> the prime minister is aware i'm privileged to serve people for 40 years but is she aware when i came into this house i was a passionate euro skeptic. the reason i changed my mind, i saw how the european union delivered prosperity, cleaning up the environment, keeping the peace, keeping our security. it changed my mind, value to all the people in this country as well as my constituents is staying in the eu. isn't it time the prime minister spoke out, the truth about europe rather than the big lie of the european party. >> i say to the honorable gentleman, this house voted for the referendum. the government of the time, and
the people voted and made their choice and only right this government delivers on that choice and delivers brexit. and in 1979 but conservative government turned around the problems. >> may i congratulate you and the satisfaction of farming. and the right honorable friend, and scotland becoming an unscrupulous puppy farm.
>> my honorable friend raised an important point. i congratulate him, he raised it regularly and championed it but it is ironic he was able to help to change the law in england and make sure it is thwarted where the s&p government in scotland is not willing to change that law and the s&p government gone on with a day job and started legislating things that mattered. >> thank you, mister speaker. the prime minister says it is her deal, no deal or no exit from the eu. and she is not shifted and is out of time. all that is left is no exit or will she go back to the people?
>> i say to the honorable lady she knows full well about going back to the people. the people were given the choice whether to send the referendum. they voted and gave their decision and it is up to this government, not just this government but this house, the decision that was taken when we gave as parliament that choice. >> a crucial time to highlight british steel and in particular special profiles division in my constituency. this is a profitable business and a jewel in the crown of uk steelmaking. i urge my honorable friend to deliver a productive outcome as swiftly as possible. >> my honorable friend raised an important point about british steel and i can't comment on speculation about british steel.
it is a worrying time. as everybody would expect across the house the business department is in regular contact with a wide range of sectors in the companies but last month the government did enter into a commercial agreement with british steel relating to obligations under the eu emissions trading which provided that company. >> sharon hobson. >> three weeks ago the prime minister received a copy of the report, and food ambassadors or -- on that watch. and more children, with food poverty is at the start of this decade.
will the primus to meet with young food ambassadors and the children's charter as soon as possible. >> i haven't seen the charter yet. as i said in response to a number of questions on this issue. and an economy that enables people to get into good jobs. that is what we deliver as a conservative party and government and enables people to have that income and enables people to care for their children. >> antoinette. >> will the prime minister join me on the value or evaluation of the pathway, those who suffered loss of a child felt they were treated with respect.
[laughter and shouting] >> the honorable lady passed the test witflying colors. >> the honorable lady, mister speaker, the national bereavement care pathway also found healthcare professionals deliver good quality bereavement care. does the prime minister agree that these results are a rallying cry to adopt the national bereavement care pathway ensuring all bereaved parents will receive better care. >> what can i say to my honorable friends, this is an issue that is close to the hearts of many members across the house including my honorable friend who has spoken movingly on this subject and i think the apg for all the work on this issue.
and the high standard of care in an appropriate environment. they show the benefit of national bereavement care pathway strengthening support for many across the country and i would urge you to adopt this approach. >> we rightly condemn the trade union rights in saudi arabia and other countries. and trade union members, 1.9 million pounds off of major construction, unlawfully blacklisted and denied them work is a victory, and trade unions and will she condemn illegal actions of construction companies. trade union representatives, a right of aspect to workplaces to speak to employees.
>> i recognize the important role trade unions play in our democracy and the work that can be done with trade unions about workers rights in this country, exactly - we want workers rights to be improved. we are on track to that and look forward to that in the future. >> a couple weeks ago i asked who needs the life-changing drug, and in england. and it is as soon as possible. forcing away a single day. >> and enables a revolutionary new treatment and does have potential for my honorable friend to transform the lives of muscular atrophy and their families.
and as quickly as possible -- >> research by this organization revealed that four children have been murdered following contact by family courts to known abusers. mps ever into the justificatory calling for an independent inquiry into the treatment of victims of domestic abuse and violence by the family court. does the prime minister agree that there is something wrong with a system that forces contact between children and parents that are of no risk to the child and does she agree to commission that? >> they should never re-victimized. a child welfare must be paramount consideration for any proceeding.
and new guidelines prevent greater clarity on issues around family court like increasing transparency. the ministry of justice did not explain the inquiries but i will ensure that the new minister of justice meets the honorable lady to discuss the concerns that she has raised. >> rachel mclean. >> will the primus to congratulate the hard-working campaign team? to find out what was put in place? will she recommit resources to the crucial issue of regenerating towns across the country? >> i'm happy to congratulate the campaign of elected counselors
in the rich bureau council and i'm glad to see the council moving forward with its plan to improve the town of reditch and to see improvement in towns up and down the country and continue that. is for the invitation i'm grateful to my honorable friend and my secretary has that. >> albert owen. >> my constituent was shot with a crossbow outside his home on good friday. this weekend he died of those severe injuries. i'm sure the house will join me in sympathizing with his family, his partners and friends. the community is in shock. prime minister join me in appealing to the public for any information to get this information to north wales police in confidence?
can she give assurances that the law on the crossbows will be reviewed in light of the number of incidents and ensure the police have enough resources to carry out this inquiry? >> the honorable gentleman has raised a very worrying case with the family and friends and partner of his constituents. this is terrible when one hears of something like this. the home secretary has heard the comments the honorable gentleman has raised on crossbows and i absolutely join the honorable gentleman encouraging any member of the public who has any information about what happened to get in touch with police. there is of course the anonymous route to be able to give evidence, to give information to reach the police without being identified if anybody knows about this, that can help to catch those who are responsible. i urge them to come forward.
>> for 20 years i have worked with an incredible group of conservatives. they raised money for the party, delivered and knock on doors. week in week out. 40 of us went out campaigning for the european elections but i have here a letter from those conservatives addressed to the prime minister. they say that her deal is worse than staying in the european union. they want us to come out now on a no deal brexit and more importantly they lost confidence in the prime minister and wish her to redesign before the european elections. what message do you have to say to these dedicated and loyal
conservatives? >> can i say to my honorable friends, i say to those members of the conservative party across the country who campaign regularly for elections of all sorts, we just heard of those in redditch who are getting excellent results from all conservatives who campaign, i think them for the time and effort they put into the conservative cause. secondly, i would say to conservatives up and down the country who are concerned about delivering brexit this is a government that wants to deliver brexit and has been working to deliver brexit. sadly, so far, the house of commons is not found the majority to do that. if everybody in the house of commons voted alongside the government and the majority of conservative members of parliament, we would have already left the european union. >> mister speaker. the people are distraught at --
council worker who has been taken and put in prison in iran suddenly. the foreign secretaries have a meeting with me on friday. could she condemn this action by iran and speak to president rouhani about this terrible situation? >> we are always concerned with the sentencing of any individual on the basis of their employment with a legitimate institution which is the case. it is shocking and i'm concerned about what is taking place and my thoughts are with the individual and her family. the honorable lady, taking this issue up, pressing the case and concerns that have been raised in relation to this but the rest of this individual shows the wrong attitude toward a legitimate organization which is trying to foster better relations and cultural understanding between countries but this is an issue the partnership will take up.
>> the prime minister is rightly regarded by scottish conservative ever trenchant champion of the union and thank goodness for that. will she agree with me the uk shared prosperity is an opportunity to strengthen the union and will she confirm that will be led by the needs of communities and will not be privatized? >> i say to my honorable friend it is absolutely right that we have an opportunity with the prosperity funds to ensure that we are recognizing the ways in which we can reduce the difference between communities and nations in the united kingdom and absolutely right, watching prime
minister's questions from the british house of commons. you can see it live on c-span two or watch it sunday night at 9:00 p.m. eastern here on c-span. you can go to c-span.org to find video of past prime minister's questions and other british public affairs programs. david is a columnist for the washington post. he took up this topic in his column this week. the headline asked, do we only to society and ourselves to tune out the news? how do you answer that question? good morning. weaid in the article that needed to ask this question about how much time and energy we are giving to the news, particularly to the ego chamber -- echo chamber of the news that
most informed citizens find themselves trapped in. i was taking off from a really provocative longer essay in the guardian written by oliver berkman, who points out that for most of history, it's been relatively hard to find information. it was the duty of the good citizen to seek out that information in order to be informed. because of digital technology, all of a sudden, we find ourselves in the opposite situation. we are drowning in a sea of information. it is everywhere. the people who put information wayshere are competing in overt and sometimes covert to grab and hold our attention because that is a scarce resource now, time and
attention. the way they do that, in many cases, is to feed us a steady diet of things they already believe will upset us, make us angry, make us suspicious. deep human emotions that can be triggered by the news. situationthis strange where sometimes the people who spend the most time looking for information, trying to be divided, are the most the most upset, the most suspicious of fellow americans. result this perverse into news is making people potentially worse citizens than better once.
-- better ones. host: a news item about a mayor and a councilman in a small town in georgia and the subject of race relations -- talk about that. to be just happened talking with an acquaintance of mine who was very upset recently by news about an elected official in georgia who had said want people to races, god didn't like interracial marriage -- this coming in reaction to another elected official in --ir little city and rural in rural georgia that wasn't n african-american --
i don't want to say these were healthy things for these public officials to be saying. acquaintance my was quite upset about the idea that racial hatred was so widespread and growing and becoming more common in the united states. another way of looking at it, until very recently, she never would have heard of this event. arguably, it's not a terribly important event in the life of an american living 1500 miles away from this tiny town of 1300
people, a highway exit in georgia. algorithm, her past newsng behavior let the source know that she would be interested in this information, sofed it to her immediately that she started her day with further evidence in her mind that america was going in a terrible direction. algorithms make it hard to separate the reality from the background noise. host: you mentioned the oliver berkman column in "the guardian." he says some of the pushback that it's easier to tune out the news if you're
privileged enough to not be impacted by what you're reading in the news. guest: certainly, that is true, i suppose. i guess my pushback to that would be in what sense are you impacted. if you are simply upset by the news, it confirms the point. neither of us is saying that people should be willfully ignorant. the question is are you better informed by spending 8-10 hours a day in front of your screens hearing versions of the same thing over and over again? does that really make you better 30ormed than if you spent
minutes or an hour a day getting a balanced diet of the news and going on with your life in other ways that may be more may do more, that to build community, that may be more oriented toward solving problems rather than stewing over them? host: when should people turn down the volume and how long should they turn it down for? guest: if you get to the point at whereany people are they say i'm depressed all the do,, i don't know what to i've never felt so bad, all these expressions of an angst, despair, even, a
over the state of the world. here's the real news today. the world is a mess. guess what? it always has been. there have always been terrible things going on, people doing awful things toward another. it's always been our obligation as citizens to try to behave better, to show more love and respect to one another. argue,do that, i would away from our screens more effectively than sitting behind our screens. host: the headline in his piece from wednesday, do we owe it to society and ourselves to tune out the news? ♪
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