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“Keir will take us to the next election,” says Reeves – LabourList

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Trevor Phillips on Sunday

Shadow Chancellor Rachel reeves he discussed the Batley and Spen by-elections, saying Keir Starmer “will take us to the next election”, and explained his plan to “make, sell and buy more in Britain”.

  • On Labor’s victory in Batley and Spen: “The party in Batley and Spen came together under Keir’s leadership with Kim as the candidate. It showed all the best of the Labor Party. “
  • When asked if he agreed with Peter Mandelson’s September deadline for the Labor leader: “Under Keir’s leadership, we won at Batley and Spen. Keir will take us to the next election. “
  • On who was responsible for the tensions in the Batley campaign: “I saw some of the behavior of George Galloway and his campaign and the violence and aggression shown towards both Kim and other Labor activists.”
  • On the 8,264 people who voted for Galloway: “There was a lot of fake news in that district and there was an increase in tensions … I don’t blame anyone for voting for different parties.”
  • Asked if a controversial brochure showing Boris Johnson shaking hands with Narendra Modi was intended to suggest that conservatives are anti-Muslim: “I don’t accept that suggestion, Trevor.”
  • On his commitment to ‘make, sell and buy more in Britain’: ‘This is a post-pandemic recovery plan and how, as Chancellor, I would make sure that we support main streets, small businesses and jobs and industries across the UK as we tackle some of the big challenges we face as a country. “
  • On the plan: “I have put together a three-point plan … which includes using all the tools available to the government to do so. So, for example, with procurement: using demanding objectives in procurement to award companies they are creating jobs and skills and learnings here in Britain. “
  • He added: “With that three-point plan, we can make sure that we are buying, making and selling more in this country, ensuring that the UK economy is on full blast and that we are safer and more resilient.”
  • On his approach to bids for large infrastructure projects: “If you are creating jobs in this country, high-skilled, well-paying jobs and apprenticeships … those bids should outweigh offers that don’t create jobs, skills or investments in this country. “
  • On foreign companies: “We are not saying that we will not give contracts to foreign companies, at all. But he is saying, as in France and as in the United States, that we would take into account the social impact of any public procurement. “
  • When asked if this would mean that Labor would back companies like Balfour Beatty, which recently sued for blacklisting workers, because they are British: “It would not be me, as Chancellor, relying on public bodies to award contracts. It’s about changing the procurement framework so that labor standards, job creation and environmental standards can be taken into account. “
  • When asked if he had read Karl Marx’s book. The capital: “I did not have that privilege, Trevor, to read it, but I studied economics for my undergraduate and master’s degrees. I worked for many years at the Bank of England, the British Embassy in Washington as an economist and for the Halifax Bank of Scotland. So I hope my credentials speak for themselves. “
  • On his approach to being chancellor: “As chancellor, I would do things differently, but always making sure that our policies come at a cost, that they are balanced and that they are in the best interest of the British people.”

Robert Jenrick he described the by-elections, in which the Conservatives lost by 323 votes, as a “fantastic result.” He said: “There are a lot of questions for Keir Starmer about how the Labor Party is getting home with about 300 votes.”

On Covid, the housing secretary said that people must “exercise personal responsibility” when legal restrictions come to an end later this month, adding that he does not “particularly want to wear a mask.”

On the siding scandal, he said: “We make sure that the most dangerous materials, ACM siding and other unsafe forms of siding, are removed from all high-rise buildings in the country at no cost to tenants.”

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Rachel reeves He called for the publication of scientific evidence on the lifting of Covid restrictions, said Labor would consider tax increases to pay for social care reforms and explained his policy announcement to “make, sell and buy more in Britain”.

  • On all the Covid restrictions that were lifted on July 19: “We want to see the scientific evidence behind any change on 19… We are all getting sick and tired of the restrictions on our daily lives and doing the things we love. But it is important that if the QR codes are going to stop, if the masks are going to come off, we are absolutely sure that it is the right thing to do ”.
  • On welfare: “I want to see a needs-based, publicly funded welfare system… In 2010, we were making progress across all parties and the Conservatives abandoned it. Boris Johnson has been prime minister for two years and under his supervision we have seen deaths that did not have to happen in social care. “
  • On the increase in taxes to pay for the repair of social assistance: “We are willing to analyze how it is financed … Yes, including the analysis of the taxes to be paid.
  • On whether Labor policy announced today on ‘buy British’ means higher costs for consumers: “It doesn’t have to mean that … It makes economic sense and common sense to ensure that we are creating good quality, good quality jobs and apprenticeships here”. in this country. “He said that offers from British companies should be given more weight, as jobs in Britain would mean that people pay more taxes at home.
  • On whether politics is a post-Brexit dividend, he said that many of these moves could have been made while we were in the EU, but added: “We have to use these newfound freedoms to support British jobs and British industry.”
  • On whether it goes back to Gordon Brown’s promise ‘British jobs for British workers’: “I don’t think I will because it is at the core of what Labor is.”

Robert Jenrick He said that “it seems” that there is “scope to return to normality as far as possible”, but warned that “cases may continue to increase significantly.” He stressed the importance of “learning to live with the virus.”

The minister announced that the government would legislate for each owner to be 15, instead of six, to “take action against the people who built their building if the workmanship was of poor quality.”

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