Sunday politics

Sunday shows round-up: Sajid Javid – Labour’s spending plans ‘absolutely reckless’

Andrew Marr was joined this morning by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Conservatives have published a document which they claim represents the ‘eyewatering’ cost of Labour’s policies should the party win the general election, with the overall figure estimated at £1.2 trillion. Marr challenged the figures, claiming that Conservatives were relying on ‘bogus accounting’. Javid defended the costings, which include the introduction of a four day working week and trialling a guaranteed basic income for all: General election 2019: Chancellor Sajid Javid tells #Marr Labour’s economic spending is “absolutely reckless” — BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) November 10, 2019 SJ: Every single costing in this dossier that we’ve published today

Sunday shows round-up: John McDonnell says he doesn’t trust Theresa May

Andrew Marr’s chief guest of the day was Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. McDonnell put considerable pressure on the ongoing Brexit negotiations between the government and the opposition. He said this was due to the Prime Minister having allegedly briefed the media on areas of potential compromise such as a ‘comprehensive but temporary customs agreement’, while Labour had been keeping quiet: #Marr: “Do you trust the prime minister?” Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell: “No… she’s blown the confidentiality… she’s jeopardised the negotiations” #Brexit — BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) May 5, 2019 AM: In a word… do you trust the Prime Minister? JM: No. Sorry, not after this weekend, when she’s

Sunday shows round-up: loss of a confidence vote

Liam Fox – Parliament could have a free vote on Brexit The International Trade Secretary joined Andrew Marr this morning to discuss Brexit’s next steps following a turbulent week which saw the Prime Minister win a vote of confidence by 200 votes to 117. With the date for Parliament’s ‘meaningful vote’ on the Brexit deal now pushed back until mid-January, Liam Fox entertained a potential course of action still open to the government: AM: Shouldn’t Tory MPs… be allowed a free vote? LF: Well that’s not something that we have considered. I have to say, personally I wouldn’t have a huge problem with Parliament as a whole having a say

Sunday shows round-up: Javid calls for ‘measured language’ after Boris’s ‘suicide vest’ comment

Sajid Javid: Boris Johnson should use ‘measured language’ Boris Johnson has been dominating the headlines today for a variety of reasons. The news that he and his wife Marina Wheeler are to divorce is juxtaposed alongside his comments in the Mail on Sunday that the government’s Brexit stance has ‘wrapped a suicide vest around the British constitution – and handed the detonator to Michel Barnier’. His remarks have prompted outrage in some circles, most notably from his former Foreign Office colleague Sir Alan Duncan. Andrew Marr asked Home Secretary Sajid Javid if this was the right way for Johnson to conduct himself: When asked if he thought @BorisJohnson was islamophobic

John McDonnell’s ‘wargamer’ trolls Isabel Oakeshott

At this year’s Labour conference, John McDonnell went somewhat off message when the shadow chancellor announced at a fringe event that his party was ‘war-gaming’ for a ‘run on the pound’ if elected. Given that this hardly signs like a desirable outcome for a party of government, the shadow chancellor has since tried to retract his comments – claiming there will not be a run on the pound. But that hasn’t stopped them ‘war-gaming’. On today’s Sunday Politics, Richard Barbrook, a key member of the McDonnell’s Treasury ‘war-gaming’ team, made an appearance to explain how he is helping prepare the party for power. Barbrook, who runs an organisation called ‘Class Wargames’, said it

Sunday shows round-up: Amber Rudd says Boris is ‘back-seat driving’ over Brexit

Amber Rudd – Boris should not ‘back-seat drive’ over Brexit The Home Secretary took to Andrew Marr’s sofa in the wake of the Friday’s failed terrorist attack on a London Underground train at Parson’s Green station. However, the topic swiftly turned from security to Boris Johnson’s latest 4,000 word essay published in the Telegraph on Saturday. The Foreign Secretary laid out his vision for Brexit – days before the Prime Minister is due to make a crucial speech in Florence. Rudd defended Boris’ intervention, but made clear that she did not want the Foreign Secretary to be in charge of the UK’s negotiations: AM: Do you think that this article

Watch: Rebecca Long-Bailey channels her inner Boris Johnson

For months now, it’s proved a daily challenge trying to work out what exactly Labour’s position on Brexit is. While the 2017 manifesto said the party wanted to retain the benefits of both the single market and the customs union, a lot of confusion follows when one tries to pin down whether that means staying a member of both or leaving them. This morning, Rebecca Long-Bailey attempted to set the record straight. In an interview with Andrew Neil on the Sunday Politics, the shadow business secretary said what Labour wanted was to… have their cake and eat it: ‘We want to maintain the benefits that we currently have within the

Sunday shows round-up: Vince Cable says Brexit may never happen

Sir Vince Cable – ‘Brexit may never happen’ Sir Vince Cable, who remains the only candidate in the running for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats, has once again hit the headlines due to his firm standpoint against the UK leaving the European Union. On this occasion, Sir Vince has opined to Andrew Marr that Brexit may not actually happen and that the Liberal Democrat policy of a second referendum could still be on the cards: Marr: On Brexit, do you want Britain to fail economically? Cable: I do not want it to fail economically. I don’t think the public voted to have cuts in their standard of living… Marr:

Sunday shows round-up: David Davis says a leadership contest would be catastrophic for Brexit talks

David Davis – Leadership contest would be ‘catastrophic’ for Brexit negotiations After a tough few weeks for Theresa May, and amid speculation that Conservatives are rallying to replace her, Brexit Secretary David Davis spoke to Andrew Marr about what a leadership challenge would mean for the UK’s negotiations with the EU. Davis made it clear that he did not want to see a leadership challenge occur in the near future, though he didn’t entirely rule out a leadership bid of his own should the circumstances arise: Marr: Would it be catastrophic for our Brexit negotiations for the Tory party now to have a leadership contest? Davis: Yes… Let me be

Sunday political interviews round-up: Carswell, Farage, Rudd and Corbyn

Douglas Carswell: Why I won’t call a by-election On the Sunday Politics, the Clacton MP said: ‘I’m not submitting myself to the authority, to the whip of a new party. If I was doing so then quite rightly, as I did previously, I would feel obliged to trigger a by-election.’ And anyway, he said, he’d consulted 20,000 constituents by email and had ‘a huge number of responses back’ and ‘all but a handful were overwhelmingly supportive’. Asked if he would run in 2020 as a Tory, he didn’t rule it out, saying he felt ‘pretty comfortable with being independent’ but added: ‘let’s wait and see.’ Carswell couldn’t resist a sly

Watch: Louise Mensch’s disastrous Sunday Politics interview

Since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, few critics have been more persistent than Louise Mensch. The former Tory MP — and Heat Street journalist — has regularly become the ire of Trump supporters over her reports and theories relating to the relationship between the new leader of the free world and Russia. Today Mensch appeared on the Sunday Politics to discuss her claims. Alas, when asked by Andrew Neil what evidence she had to prove that Trump’s team were complicit with the Russians, Mensch appeared to come up short: LM: There’s a mound of evidence. You could start with him saying ‘hey Russia, if you’re listening

Watch: Andrew Neil grills Max Mosley over Impress funding

With the deadline for the government’s public consultation on press regulation now passed, Karen Bradley must decide whether or not to trigger Leveson 2. Should section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act be activated, any publication not signed up to Impress — the press regulator largely funded by Max Mosley — would have to pay all the costs in a libel case even if it successfully defends the claim. So, with that in mind, Mosley appeared on the Sunday Politics this morning to put forward the case for Impress. Alas things didn’t get off to the best start when Andrew Neil began by asking where Impress’s funding comes from. Mosley went on

Nick Clegg loses his enthusiasm for a Lib Dem rebrand

In 2011, when the Liberal Democrats’ poll ratings had fallen to 10 per cent, Nick Clegg ordered a rebranding exercise, even looking at whether the party’s name should be changed to distance the Lib Dems from their betrayal on tuition fees. Today, the Lib Dems are still polling around 10 per cent (on a good day). But what about the name change? On the Sunday Politics Clegg offered up a vision of Brexit that would mean staying in the single market and the customs union, paying into the EU budget, keeping free movement and accepting the supremacy of the European Court of Justice – prompting Andrew Neil to say: ‘Your party’s called the Liberal Democrats. Many people

Watch: James McGrory’s car-crash interview on Sunday Politics

Oh dear. Today James McGrory of Open Britain appeared on Sunday Politics to explain why exactly the group are campaigning for Britain to remain a member of the single market when we leave the EU. As part of their efforts, the think tank has circulated a video which appears to show many Leave campaigners advocating staying in the single market. However when asked about this video, McGrory got more than he had bargained for. Andrew Neil proceeded to take him to task for apparent inaccuracies and half-truths in the clips. To begin, he asked why not one of the statements Open Britain chose to use in the video was said by Leave campaigners in

Watch: Tristram Hunt feels the heat over the EU on Sunday Politics

With the outcome of the EU referendum predicted to be on a ‘knife edge’, there are growing concerns that David Cameron may have misplayed his hand. So, in order for the Remain camp to reclaim a lead in the polls, they need some solid media performances from names the public can trust. Alas, they may soon come to regret Tristram Hunt’s appearance on yesterday’s Sunday Politics. During a tense exchange with Andrew Neil, Hunt struggled to rebut Neil’s questions on immigration, going on to accuse the BBC presenter of offering up his own version of ‘project fear’. TH: In the long run, I think there is a really interesting question about

SNP politician tries to re-do live interview

Oh dear. The SNP are so powerful in Scotland at the moment that some of the party’s elected representatives might be forgiven for thinking it can defy the laws of gravity and time. Take Angela Constance MSP, who today thought it might be possible to re-do a live interview. In an interview with the Sunday Politics, she found herself saying ‘twenty thousand and twelve’, rather than 2012, and asked the presenter if she could start the interview again. He agreed, but then rather gently pointed out that the programme was live.

Twelve disagreements Charlie Falconer has with his party leadership

Charlie Falconer is one of the few figures closely associated with Blairism serving in Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, which isn’t surprising given the new leader’s mandate. In an extraordinary interview on the Sunday Politics, the shadow justice secretary said he was serving under Corbyn because ‘I want to make the opposition as effective as possible in holding the government to account’ — while outlining a long list of policy areas he is at odds with the leadership on. As well as saying he would quit if Labour campaigns for a Brexit, Falconer has revealed no fewer than twelve other areas where he differs with Corbyn and John McDonnell. 1. Leaving Nato Corbyn has previously


Arthur Scargill: Jeremy Corbyn isn’t left wing enough

Ahead of the Labour leadership election result, David Cameron warned that Jeremy Corbyn would take Britain back ‘to the days of Michael Foot and Arthur Scargill’ if elected. Well, a week into Corbyn’s leadership of the party — and several gaffes later — it turns out that there is one small snag with regards to Cameron’s premonition; Corbyn is just not left wing enough. Arthur Scargill — who founded his own Socialist Labour Party after the party changed the wording of Clause IV — says Corbyn is ‘not left wing enough to lure people back to Labour’. Arthur Scargill tells Sunday Politics Yorks & Lincs @jeremycorbyn isn't left wing enough to lure

Labour leadership bingo: your guide to the leadership debate

Yes, it’s a sunny Sunday – but for Tories, it will be a lot sunnier after watching the Labour Party leadership debate. With some helpful suggestions from Twitter, here’s my guide to what they’ll say: Yvette Cooper: ‘Working mum!’ or ‘as a mother’ What she’ll mean: ‘I am one, unlike Liz Kendall! So I’ll make out like I oppose cuts in family tax credits more because I’m a mum – and how many other mums are standing on this panel? Eh? Eh, Liz? Of course, being rich doesn’t stop me understanding the poor; being healthy doesn’t stop me understanding the sick. But being a mum does mean I have unique insights into

Five things we learnt from the Sunday Politics Labour leadership hustings

The four Labour leadership contenders took part in another televised hustings today, this time chaired by Andrew Neil on the Sunday Politics. With just over 50 days left of this contest, the candidates are now more comfortable in each other’s company and seem much happier to attack each other. Although no one spectacularly won or failed, a few moments did provide some insight into the current state of the race. Here are five key points from today’s hustings. 1. Corbyn is comfortable running as the far left candidate. The rise of Corbynmania has overlooked that he has no frontbench experience and little idea of how to do serious politics. His appearance on the Sunday