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Commons People Politics Podcast: Brexit Rows, Local Elections and Corruption

12/05/2016 17:02

David Cameron kicked off the week by claiming the security of Europe was at risk if the UK voted to leave, while Boris Johnson set out what he called the ‘liberal metropolitan’ case for Brexit – which involved singing in German.

On Wednesday night, many of the great and the good of the Leave campaign descended on Leicester Square for the premiere of Brexit: The Movie – a crowdfunded documentary film which set out the economic and democratic case for quitting the EU.

However, the real drama proved not to be on the Big Screen but the small one, with ITV announcing that Ukip leader Nigel Farage – who is not part of the official leave campaign – will be debating David Cameron in an EU referendum show.

Within hours of the announcement, a Vote Leave source emailed journalists claiming: “ITV has lied to us in private while secretly stitching up a deal with Cameron to stop Boris Johnson or Michael Gove debating the issues properly. ITV has effectively joined the official IN campaign and there will be consequences for its future - the people in No10 won't be there for long."

Before the madness of this week’s EU Referendum campaign, there was the small matter of the local elections last week.

Labour won 1,326 seats – a net loss of 18 – slumped to third place in Scotland and just about clung on to power in Wales – where Ukip picked up 7 assembly members

The Conservatives lost 48 seats, but the big winners – in some ways – were the Lib Dems who picked up 45 seats and gained control of Watford council.

The headline news was the Sadiq Khan beat Zac Goldsmith to become London Mayor after a fairly nasty campaign.

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