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if you listen to the next bit, it might help. [laughter] i wish to make one further point. there are many reflections on sir david's decency and kindness. it is a very moving mass held yesterday. i hope those qualities of kindness and decency are reflected in our proceedings today and in the future. i now call the prime minister. >> here, here. >> mr. speaker, this morning -- [indistinct shouting] thank you, mr. speaker. this morning i had meetings -- thank you -- immediately following i will attend the welcome home march to thank all those involved in the evacuation. >> here, here. >> i shall have such meetings
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later today. >> i too will be attending. [laughter] i too will be attending. nikki's seven-year-old son had 37 seizures a day because of a brain tumor. he had surgery but it is a struggle every day to get him in school. nikki is supporting the acquired brain injury bill because she believes the government has to has a cross departmental strategy for supporting those who have an acquired brain injury. whether that is rugby players with concussions and dementia, women beaten in the head by the partners, people with brain injuries due to children who suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning, soldiers who have been in explosions. i really hope the government is going to back the acquired brain injury bill but above all we
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need a strategy to help the 1.4 million people in this country. will you give us that? >> here, here. >> i thank the honorable member for raising this vital issue and for his commitment to this cause, his personal commitment. i can assure him we are studying his proposed bill and working to ensure that people do get the support for the acquired brain injuries that they have received. what we can certainly pledge at this stage to do -- and i hope this will be of some use to him and the many who care about this issue in the way he does as i'm sure members do across the house -- the department of health and social care will lead the development of a cross departmental government strategy on acquired brain injury and other neurological conditions. i will be very happy to share details with him shortly. >> here, here. >> in july of this year my
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constituency of kensington suffered devastating flooding with more than 2000 homes flooded, a river running down portobello road, and a lot of residents having to move into temporary accommodations. does my right honorable friend agree with me that water needs to come up with short and long-term solutions and they need to make sufficient investment in infrastructure to prevent events like this happening again? >> here, here. >> she is right about short and long-term solutions and that is why i am proud to have helped insulate the tunnel, the biggest super sewer in the history of this country, which will deal with what has happened in london when the temps overflowed -- thames overflowed. >> keir strmer.
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>> here, here. >> the prime minister promised no one would have to sell their home to pay for care. that is another broken promise isn't it? [interesting shouting] >> no, mr. speaker. if you supported what we are proposing, which is something that labor never fixed -- [indistinct shouting] -- we are saying to the people we will disregard your home, if you and your -- we can have a third payment agreement if you move out and live in residential care. but most important by putting a huge investment we are making now in health and social care we are allowing for the first time the people of this country to ensure themselves against the catastrophic costs of dementia
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or alzheimer's. even if you are not one of those people who suffer from those afflictions, we are taking away the anxiety from millions of people. >> here, here. >> millions up and down the land about their homes. >> i think the prime minister described the broken system he said he was fixing. [laughter] it is certainly not a straight answer. let's have another go. let's have another go. he used to say -- they cleared up this week, prime minister. [laughter] mr. speaker, he used to say -- >> hold on. i don't think i need any further. yesterday we had a good example of the house being its best and that could three draw. let's show respect.
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i want to hear not only the prime minister but the leader of the opposition. shouting each other down does no good. we need to hear the questions i certainly need to hear the answers. >> here, here. >> it is not a complicated question so let's have another go. he used to say nobody would have to sell their home to pay for their care. it is in his manifesto right here. on the base of that promise he put up tax on every working person in the country. had he done what he promised and ensured nobody will have to sell their home to pay for care? yes or no? >> here, here. >> it is not complicated, mr. speaker, because what we are doing is disregarding your home as part of the assets. if you go down to 100,000 pounds, that is the beginning where we will ask you to contribute. but your home is not included in that, mr. speaker.
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and they have absolutely no plan. [interesting shouting] they have failed to address this. only a few weeks ago they failed to vote for the 36 billion pounds that would pay for people to live in their own homes and receive the care they need in their own home. that is what this nation deserves. why won't you support it? [cheering] >> you have had two opportunities to stand by the manifesto and he has not taken them. >> here, here. let's test this in the real world. under the prime minister's plan persons with assets worth 100,000 pounds, most tied up in their home, would have to pay 18,000 pounds. they would lose almost everything.
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how on earth does the prime minister think they can get their hands on that kind of money without selling their home? >> here, here. >> i am going to have a third go to clear this up in the bull photo mind of the right honorable gentlemen -- in the befuddled mind of the right honorable gentlemen. they have not had the guts to fix this. it is left over from the government and we are fixing it. let me repeat for the third time, your home is disregarded. number two, even if you have a second home in residential care, you have the payment agreement. number three, we are allowing you to ensure yourself, for the first time, against catastrophe by capping it.
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would put the cap where? 100,000 pounds, mr. speaker. [indistinct shouting] >> the question is simple. if you have got a house worth 120,000, 140,000 pounds, how do you find 18,000 pounds without selling your home? strip away the deflection, strip away the refusal to answer the question. it is the simple truth and this is why the prime minister will not address it. people will be forced to sell their homes to pay. [indistinct shouting] >> look at the vote the other day to see the answer to that question. they will still be forced to sell their home. >> it is another broken promise. just like you promised you would not cut tax. you promised 14 new hospitals. just like you promised a rail revolution in the north. [indistinct shouting]
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>> mr. speaker -- mr. speaker, who knows if he will make it to the next election? if he does, how does he expect anyone to take him and his promises seriously? >> here, here. >> yet again he raises the rail revolution in the north. the three new high-speed lines -- [cheering] -- 96 billion pounds. nothing like it, nothing like it, mr. speaker. nothing like it for a century. i was in a state of complete innocence about this last week but it turns out the right honorable gentlemen actually campaigned against -- [indistinct shouting] -- that it would be devastating and it should be canceled.
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i took the decision, even though it has been tougher my constituents, that it was the right thing to do for the long-term interest of the whole country. how can you possibly trust that man? [cheering] >> mr. speaker, i think you lost your place in the notes again. [laughter] the only thing he is delivering his high taxes, high prices and low growth. >> here, here. >> i am not sure he should be shouting about that. these are broken promises. it is also about fairness. everyone needs protection against massive health care costs. someone with assets worth 100,000 pounds would lose everything. yet someone with assets of 10 million pounds will keep almost everything. >> here, here. >> it is just like their 2017
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manifesto all over again only this time something has changed. he picked the pockets of working people to protect the estates of the wealthy. how could he possibly have managed to devise a working class dementia tax? >> here, here. >> mr. speaker, i think i have answered that three times. [laughter] we have done more for working people up and down the country than they have ever done. we are actually solving the problems they failed to solve. we are disregarding your housing asset altogether and it talks about jobs, he talks about working people. let me remind you, point you to the statistics. he talks about the economy.
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there are more people in work then there were before the pandemic. that is because of the policies of this government. >> there is no getting away from it. working people are being asked to pay twice. during their working lives they will pay more taxes in national insurance while those living on welfare protected. and then when they retire face having to sell their homes. it is a classic con game. a garden pickpocket operation. you are distracting people with wild promises and speeches while the chancellor puts his hand in their pocket. but now the prime minister's routine is falling flat. his chancellor's worried people are getting wise.
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they say it is embarrassing, your words. [indistinct shouting] your words and people in downing street tell the bbc, it's just not working. is everything ok, prime minister? [laughter] >> i will tell you what is not working, that line of attack. [cheering] i just want to repeat the crucial point. we are delivering for the working people of this country. [indistinct shouting] we are fixing the problems they thought could never be fixed. we are doing the things they thought were impossible. there are now more people in work in this country, jobs up with wages going up than there were before the pandemic began. and that is because of the
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policies this government has followed. whether it is on rolling out the vaccine, if you remember, whether it is investments. he did not want to invest in the -- [indistinct shouting] -- or whether it is making the investments we have. if we listened to captain hindsight, would have no hs2 and if we listened to him, we would all still be in lockdown. >> here, here. [shouting] >> yeah, yeah, yeah. [booing] >> to the prime minister confirm he will use the rest of the cop to urge countries to make good on the pledges they made in glasgow? does he agree with me that decarbonization can create millions of jobs across the u.k. and around the world?
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>> i totally agree, my right honorable friend. that is why our transition to green jobs is supporting 440,000 new green highway jobs across the u.k. and the breakthrough agenda we endorsed at cop26 will support between 20 million and 30 million jobs by 2030. and i think that is a gross underestimate. >> here, here. >> i am sure you wish to join me and the rest of the house and welcoming the moderator to the gallery today. >> here, here. >> we thank him for his sage words this morning. mr. speaker, the past few weeks have shown this tory government at its worst. corruption scandal on a scale not seen since the 1990's. tory tax rises that will leave millions worse off.
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a litany of broken promises from carbon capture, social care, to pensions and who can forget the 20 billion pound -- [laughter] at the center of this is one man. a prime minister floundering in failure. >> here, here. >> with his party falling in the polls, his colleagues against him, has he considered calling a day before he is pushed out the door? [laughter] [indistinct shouting] >> mr. speaker, what the people of this country want to hear is let's talk about politics and policies and they want to talk about what the government is doing for the people. [shouting] and what the scottish government is doing for the scottish people.
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i can tell him if he will wait until friday or later this week. he is going to hear about what we are going to do with the union review to make sure the people of scotland are served with the connections they need and which the scottish nationalist party has totally failed to put in. >> here, here. >> thank you. that certainly was not an answer to the question i asked but we are used to that. i don't expect him to take responsibility because he never does. >> here, here. >> this is just about the conservative party. it is about the state of the united kingdom and his failing leadership. while the prime minister spends his time hunting for pigs and staving off a leadership challenge, in the real world, mr. speaker, people are suffering a tory cost-of-living crisis. it is hitting the economy hard but the prime minister can't even give a coherent speech to business.
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the prime minister's officials have lost confidence in him. tory mps have lost confidence. and the public have lost confidence in him. why is he clinging on when quite clearly he is simply not up to the job? >> here, here. >> i might ask the right honorable gentleman what on earth he thinks he is doing talking about party political issues when all the people of scotland want to hear is what on earth have the scottish national government doing? they are falling in the polls. [indistinct shouting] yes, they are. their cause is falling and considering their failures on tax, on education and all the things the people of scotland care about i am not surprised. i can see agreement on the benches. [indistinct chatter] >> mr. speaker, i celebrate the
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recent successes of working college, my local college, and i welcome the recent government's investment for new teaching block which will allow expansion. many colleges and students find this to be a valuable qualification and course. enabling progress into higher education and skilled employment. does the prime minister agree that we should protect student choice and keep this as an option for students? >> here, here. >> i think the honorable friend. we will continue to fund this where there is clear need but i must stress that we have to close the gap between the things people study and the needs of business and employers. that is what t levels are designed to do. [indistinct chatter] >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rarely agree with the prime
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minister but last week when he said cop26 shows we can and reliance on fossil fuels i did agree. but that sets the question as to why his government is pressing ahead not just with the cumber oilfield but 39 other oil, gas and coal developments which would be three times the u.k.'s current annual climate emissions. i don't want an answer about the things he thinks he's doing on cars and trees. i want him to tell the house if he will leave those fossil fuels in the ground, will he cancel those projects and does he recognize if he does not, he will need to ask for forgiveness not just for losing his place in the speech but losing the future of our children? >> we are not only powering past coal, going to an end on fossil fuel reliance by 2024 -- which
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is a stunning thing ahead of countries around the world -- i am glad she is praising me for that. the oilfield is for study by an independent regulator. but what we have also done and led the world in is stop the financing of overseas hydrocarbons and that is a fantastic thing which the whole world followed. >> net zero leveling up and building back better cannot happen unless we have a massive increase in the supply of critical tech minerals like silicon and lithium. but beijing controls most of them. noting china's recent leverage on japan as he agree with me the success of our green revolution hinges on advancing our indigenous silicon valley? what fiscal incentives can he now provide to make it happen at pace? >> here, here. >> i think my honorable friend
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for that. as he knows there are some very interesting and potentially lucrative sources of minerals like lithium in the country whose expiration and discovery and reuse we are encouraging. secondly on the tax point he rightly raises, we are going to use free ports to ensure we support them as hubs for the minerals here in the u.k. >> in 2014 my constituent's three-year-old son was killed by an unsafe trailer. every year 30% of people fail the test and that the government is abolishing that test, unleashing thousands of untrained, untested, unsafe drivers onto our roads. why is the government breaking his promise to grieving families to make towing on our roads safer? >> here, here. >> i thank you for raising this with me. i am sorry to hear about the
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tragic circumstances. what we wanted to do is to free up the licensing time so we get more qualified. but that cannot compromise road safety as she rightly says. we will review the legislation and its consequences at regular intervals. >> thank you. lincoln will be hosting the world-famous christmas market. [indistinct shouting] we invite all colleagues, even the opposition, to come and enjoy the marvelous weekend of festivities. however, what is less than marvelous is the highway maintenance down 25%. my friend needs his influence to revisit this decision.
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this is imperative to the safety of my constituents whether it vehicle, cycling or walking and i hope my honorable friend would agree. >> i thank you and i will do my utmost, as i am sure will everybody. i am sure my honorable friend would listen very carefully to what he had to say. >> inexplicable, mr. speaker, is how the former chair cancel the contract with livingston vaccine development. she also sees how damaging the government's decision has been for jobs in my constituency where the fate of the manufacturing plant now lies unfinished.
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there has been no apology. can the prime minister please meet with me and represent and what his government has tabled to reach an amicable resolution which was promised at the dispatch and if not, when will he do so? >> here, here. >> thank you very much. i was disappointed when we could not get approval for the vaccine in the way we had hoped and i know how disappointing that was to colleagues in scotland. i will certainly make sure she gets the relevant meeting. but what we are doing is investing massively in this country of vaccine capability so that we are prepared for the next pandemic. i hope that bell neva will be part of that. >> we know that the covid vaccine reactions are rare. but my sister suffered a very serious reaction, constant pain and losing most of her eyesight
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and she now cannot work. the prime minister -- [indiscernible] -- can we get onto making payments to those who suffered? >> i thank you very much and i want to reassure him and reassure the house in the country that cases like the said when he raises are extremely, extremely rare and we are putting more money in to gather evidence for claims like the one he described. but i want to repeat the most important message i can. i want to repeat how vital that vaccination program is, how safe it is, and how fortunate it is everyone get the booster. >> here, here. >> the government's review concluded the chinese posted a
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systemic challenge to our national security and the prime minister has made it clear when it comes to china we must remain vigilant about critical national infrastructure. can he confirm today unequivocally that plans for china nuclear to own and operate a plant in essex have been abandoned? and explained to the house how and when his government and plans to remove the interest from the project? >> here, here. >> i thank you for the question. it is an important issue he raises. clearly one of the consequences of our approach on critical national infrastructure is that we don't want to see undue influence by potentially adversarial countries in our critical national infrastructure. that's why we have taken the decisions we have. on bradwell, there will be more information forthcoming.
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what i don't want to do is pitchfork away wantonly all chinese investment in this country or minimize in having a trading relationship with china. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the prime minister will be pleased that conservatives are doing everything possible to help nail the excellent candidate. but he will know the number one issue affecting us at the moment is the 312 million pounds we secured for a&d services. this a leading to worsening of our services for level patients. will he do every thing possible to get this across the line so that we can provide safe services for all the people of shropshire? >> i thank him.
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that is one of the reasons why we are investing 36 billion pounds more in nhs now to help cope with the backlog, particularly on this but also why the booster program is vital. we don't want those beds filled with covid patients and we don't want delayed discharges either. >> thank you, mr. speaker. [indiscernible] nothing for storage of hydro. they ask is for 71 million pounds for a marine port. provide as many end scale of commercial success based on the u.k. supply chain or see the manufacturing jobs moved. what is it going to be? >> i'm glad u.s. to that
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question. [laughter] i can tell his right honorable friend in westminster that we will be including a support for a title stream -- tidal stream to the value of 20 million pounds. [shouting] [indiscernible] i met the representatives and i think fantastic and inventive what they are doing. we want to support it. >> here, here. >> i have been campaigning for an excellent candidate. >> here, here. >> responses on the doorstep are very good. the opposition know nothing as usual. [laughter] ken my honorable friend confirm that he will continue to prevent our 2019 manifesto and implement
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policies to ensure that we build better for the whole country commit including london? this is what the electors want. >> yes, i can and have had many years of campaigning with my old friend. i can tell him we are delivering on our agenda for the people of london, putting 20,000 more police on the streets and making sure they get out to the london boroughs. making sure that londoners do not suffer from the outer london packs, penalized by the mayor for driving in their own city. >> thank you. the chair does incredible work serving 2000 of the most vulnerable constituents but there is simile not enough food to go around. this is a national crisis. charities like fair share are down 30% in part due to the same
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supply chain issues affecting supermarkets. well the prime minister help the chair by restoring funding to fair share? but what more can he do to incentivize businesses to give away food this winter so that no family need go hungry this christmas? >> i want to thank her for raising fair share and what they are doing to support people this winter and at all times. i would also say businesses do an amazing job of contributing to this effort. but on the supply chains we are addressing it night and day and seeing some of the problems starting to ease. they are the result, mr. speaker, of the british and world economy coming back to life which, quite frankly, would not have happened if we listened to the gentleman opposite. >> thank you, mr. speaker.
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the prime minister was bang up on monday when he spoke about ending the unfairness of our high energy intensive industries paying more than they do overseas. we know he is a friend is stealing funds. will he do all that he can to ensure that my steelmakers are treated fairly? >> here, here. >> i think my honorable friend in everything she does for the steel. i can tell her that i do believe they have suffered as a result of decision taken years ago from unfair energy costs. we need to fix it and this government is making another of the long changes. we are putting in the nuclear baseload for this country that has long been deprived of. >> prime minister, and a couple of weeks i will be introducing a bill to ban hunting trophies. not only does that have widespread support and from the
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opposition party but the principal has been supported by conservative manifestoes and indeed by yourself. will you not block the bill but let it go forward so we can work together and end visit soon as possible? >> here, here. >> the honorable gentleman is right and that is why we are going to introduce legislation to ban the import of hunting trophies and delivering the change we promised. and i hope that he will support it. >> mr. speaker, the prime minister cheered all my constituents up when he came to south west yorkshire and said we were going to have a new hospital. sadly, even though the money is there, the local management have halted. they have not given us a brand-new hospital which is what we want.
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will you unblock this until the nhs they need to build a new hospital? >> here, here. >> i am grateful. i do remember the issue being raised when i was with him. i will be happy to secure a meeting with my honorable friend the secretary of state and i am sure we will be able to unblock things one way or the other. >> thank you, mr. speaker. [indiscernible] astonishment at the newsday premised or abandoned his dop to northern ireland. [laughter] broken bridge promises, broken rail promises with buyer's remorse consuming the tory bench. who do you think will be defenestrated first?
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>> i want to remind them they are there to represent the people of scotland and deliver better services, better transport, better health care and what we are delivering -- he talks about transport. i will tell him what i said to the leader of the snp. what we are delivering is the first review of union productivity so that we look properly at all those -- the a75, a77, a1, all the vital connections for the people of scotland that have been neglected by the s&p that this government is going to fix. [cheering] >> thank you, mr. speaker. i am delighted at the half billion pounds for the start for life fund and my honorable friend -- [indiscernible]-- age-appropriate theme parks.
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does he agree rolling out family -- [indiscernible]-- can he confirm if it is, a successful program the aim is to roll it out across the country? >> here, here. >> i thank her very much and she is right and what she says. i want to thank my honorable friend because she has championed this for many years. she is right. investments in kids' early years is crucial. that is why this government has begun -- if it works, we will roll it out across the country. >> we come to the urgent questions for those that need to leave, please do so. [indistinct chatter] [laughter] >> you're right. >> thank you. >> no problem.
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