MPs make their Brexit views clear in spring general election-view podcast

Interview with Sam Gyimah MP Crossbench peer and former Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes called for Grenfell survivors to get a judge-led inquiry because investigations by the “uninterested” public inquiry into the disaster had…

MPs make their Brexit views clear in spring general election-view podcast

Interview with Sam Gyimah MP

Crossbench peer and former Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes called for Grenfell survivors to get a judge-led inquiry because investigations by the “uninterested” public inquiry into the disaster had “devolved into an unaccountable politburo”. But fellow Lib Dem Simon Hughes himself was asked about the responsibility of politicians, along with the Met police commissioner, to manage and conduct such an inquiry. “The buck always stops with the politicians,” he told the Times.

General election poll

National opinion polls and a bevy of new polls put the Conservatives eight to 10 points ahead of Labour, but within a few points of Jeremy Corbyn’s party. The Daily Mail, however, said this gives a “highly unusual” double-digit lead for Theresa May because many voters “wonder just who it is who’s going to get rid of Jeremy Corbyn”. Cattilion’s Kevin Gilliland said it was “not far-fetched” to think that Corbyn would be forced to do a U-turn on Brexit, which could change support for the Tories. “If he has an election tomorrow, and the polls start to look quite good for the Conservatives and Theresa May and Brexit comes up with lots of bad news from Brexit, suddenly Labour’s positioned as having a chance, and that is something that the Conservatives are not as used to as they think,” he told Sky News.

Election debates

Three of Britain’s main broadcasters say they are considering putting Jeremy Corbyn on the front bench in the event of a snap election. ITV News said it could use Radio 4’s Today programme for an interview. Meanwhile, Sky News is “interested” in broadcasting an interview with the Labour leader and the BBC and ITV would not comment.

Rude awakening?

MPs taking six-week paternity leave could cost taxpayers up to £134m, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, costing twice as much as many were expecting. The lack of a generous national scheme for paternity leave had prompted most MPs to take as little as four weeks off after the birth of their child, which contributed to an increase in the number of men returning to work before their contracted leave ended, but was just the beginning of a “grim scenario” of benefits and benefits.

Staying silent about it?

Scotland may have abolished the inquiry into sexual harassment in the Scottish parliament but Westminster is unlikely to, MPs have warned. Anna Soubry told the BBC she did not think the current system was sustainable. “It’s a clique of 12 men, they are all secretive, they do not hold conference calls, they do not have accounts of their behaviour and I think it’s time that those 12 are forced to stand and face the music.” A spokesman for Theresa May told parliament it would “take time” to make any changes to parliament.

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