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Sunday Shows Round Up: Grenfell Tower, Brexit And Labour Deselections Row

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09/07/2017 13:09 | Updated 09 July 2017

The Andrew Marr Show 

Lib Dem leader-in-waiting Sir Vince Cable was first up this morning and Andrew Marr couldn’t resist having a dig that “nobody else wants the job” after Tim Farron stepped down. 

Sir Vince said he was “happy to take the job if that’s what comes along”. 

He also told Marr he was “beginning to think Brexit may never happen” because the “divisions between the two major parties were so enormous”. 

Next up was Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner, who hit out at talk within the party of deselections. 

Rayner called on MPs to “think about who are the real enemy”. 

They included Party Chairman Ian Lavery, who told HuffPost UK Labour may be “too broad a church”, and Chris Williamson MP. 

Rayner also admitted tuition fees were not deterring working class young people from going to university, despite leader Jeremy Corbyn claiming they do during the election campaign. 

Newly-appointed Justice Secretary David Lidington batted away talk Tory MPs were plotting against Theresa May, as was reported in the Mail on Sunday. 

He dismissed the basis of the story as MPs having “too much sun and too much warm prosecco”.  

Lidington told Marr the Grenfell Tower public inquiry would not look at the criminal investigation into the disaster, as that was being dealt with by the police. 

He also did not refute HM Chief Inspector of Prisons’ Peter Clark’s recent finding that some UK prisons have become “violent and dangerous places”.  

 

Ridge on Sunday 

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Debbie Abrahams told Sky’s Sophy Ridge that benefit costings were not deliberately left out of the Labour manifesto. 

Abrahams also said that teachers living in London would have to save for 71 years to afford the deposit for a home in the capital.

The Labour MP also addressed the issue of deselection talk in the party and echoed her shadow cabinet colleague in calling for unity. 

BBC Daily Politics 

Tory MP Owen Paterson hit back at Cable’s claim that Brexit may not happen, telling Andrew Neil he was “behind history”. 

The prominent Brexiteer said: “We are going to leave and we are on target.” 

Speaking from his leafy North Shropshire constituency, Paterson also said that backing out of Brexit could be damaging for “the integrity of the whole establishment”, as it would show MPs ignoring the will of the people. 

Next, it was the turn of Labour MP Caroline Flint. 

Flint, who served as a minister under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, said talk of deselections in the party would make for bad headlines about Labour and Jeremy Corbyn. 

She said Labour MPs had won a mandate from voters. 

Finally, Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad spoke to Andrew Neil about the aftermath of the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, which has claimed the lives of at least 80 people. 

She said residents feared the disaster would be used to “socially cleanse” the area. 

Dent Coad also repeated her call for the inquiry head Sir Martin Moore-Bick to stand down, despite her never having met him, saying he has lost the trust of survivors. 

Pienaar’s Politics 

Sir Vince Cable was also the guest on John Pienaar’s Radio Five Live show.

The questioning took a bizarre turn when Sir Vince was asked about a political thriller novel he has penned.

The post-Brexit Westminster thriller centres on a love affair between a British politician and the heir of an Indian arms manufacturer. 

When asked “just how racy is this book” by Pienaar, the former Business Secretary insisted it won’t win the Bad Sex Award.  

 

 

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