Joe Bedell-Brill

Sunday shows round-up: Truss thwarted by ‘powerful economic establishment’

Liz Truss – Thwarted by a ‘powerful economic establishment, and a lack of political support’

After Liz Truss claimed in a Telegraph essay that the ‘economic establishment’, and flaws in the Conservative Party’s preparations, had prevented her from enacting her policies, Laura Kuenssberg pressed Business Secretary Grant Shapps on whether he agreed with any of Truss’ claims:

Liz Kendall – Liz Truss is back with ‘no apology and no humility’

Former Conservative party chair Jake Berry told Kuenssberg that he still agreed in principle with Liz Truss’ policies, even if they weren’t delivered in the correct way. But Liz Kendall went on the attack, saying the Conversatives ‘drove the economy off a cliff’:

Grant Shapps – We can’t have an ‘illegal trade in human misery’

Shapps also spoke to Sophy Ridge about tough new proposed laws by Rishi Sunak that would stop immigrants who arrive to the UK illegally from appealing against deportation. Ridge questioned whether there are legal routes available to some refugees:

Sharon Graham – ‘I can categorically say we are in no talks at any level with the government about pay in the NHS’

After Shapps expressed concern that striking NHS workers hadn’t cooperated enough to ensure minimum safety levels could be maintained, General Secretary of Unite Sharon Graham accused Shapps outright of lying, adding that the government had not negotiated over pay at all:

Jonathan Reynolds – Realistically, Labour couldn’t offer a 10 per cent pay rise

After Sophy Ridge said she didn’t understand why Labour couldn’t be more specific about how they would approach negotiations over strikes, Shadow Business Secretary Jonathan Reynolds admitted that Labour probably wouldn’t be able to offer nurses a double digit increase in pay:

Matt Wrack – ‘We don’t underestimate the seriousness of what we are doing’

And with upcoming strikes happening across the public sector, Sophy Ridge also spoke to Matt Wrack, General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, about whether he had concerns about public safety.

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