The Lib Dems’ Home Affairs spokeswoman, Christine Jardine, is being quizzed by Sophie Ridge now.
Jardine is asked about the Remain Alliance electoral pact in 60 seats. Is that a kick in the teeth for voters? You’re saying Brexit trumps everything?
Jardine says Brexit does trump everything. “It’s sucking the lifeblood out of everything in this country”. Only then can other issues be tackled, she says.
Jardine is asked about whether the Lib Dems are just trying to hang on to existing seats in Scotland.
She answers in the negative and says the important distinction between the Lib Dems and the SNP (both remain parties) is that the Lib Dems are against the uncertainty that another independence referendum would bring.
If you refresh the page, I have added some videos of Kwasi Kwarteng, Ian Blackford and Nia Griffith on Sophie Ridge on Sunday on Sky News.
The last question put to Griffith by Ridge is why can’t Labour shake off the antisemitism allegations?
Griffith says: “We do need to make sure we stamp this out in the party.” She says Labour is making sure it takes action and investigates.
The shadow defence secretary, Nia Griffith, is on Sophie Ridge on Sunday, back over on Sky.
Ridge shows her polling that shows, in ex-industrial towns, Labour was well ahead in 2017 but is now trailing the Tories. She says the polling also shows the only areas where Labour is ahead is core cities.
Griffith says: “This is a snapshot now.” She believes there will be a change in polls over the next couple of weeks.
Griffith is asked about the Tory claim that Labour’s spending plans will cost the UK £1.2tn over five years.
These figures have come from “absolutely nowhere”, says Griffith. She says when the Labour manifesto is published it will be fully costed, as it was in 2017. Griffith claims the Tories are trying to detract from the Labour manifesto, which will be far more exciting than the Conservatives.
Ridge asks, on Remembrance Sunday, whether Labour would ever intervene in foreign conflicts. Griffith replies:
There are going to be cases where we are not going to be able to walk by on the other side.
She refers to humanitarian crises in the past such as in the Balkans and Rwanda.
Ridge asks whether a Labour government would ever be prepared to use a nuclear deterrent. Griffith says the whole point of a deterrent is that you don’t reveal what you would or wouldn’t do. There must be “that element of doubt in your opponent’s mind”.
Ian Blackford, the SNP leader in the House of Commons, was on after Kwarteng.
Ridge asked what would be the red lines for the SNP in a hung parliament, when negotiating with other parties..
Blackford said austerity was important. Asked about Trident, he said the SNP had consistently opposed nuclear weapons but did not say it was a red line (as Nicola Sturgeon said in 2015). Climate change was also an important issue, said Blackford.
Ridge shows Kwarteng Sky polling saying only 30% of voters think the Tories will spend more on public services. Their message that they are ending austerity is not getting through, she suggests.
He responds by saying that Brexit is the central issue “and then we can have a debate about spending”.
Ridge asks whether businesses in Northern Ireland will have to fill in forms after Brexit. Boris Johnson said no forms will be necessary but the Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, said forms would be required in terms of trade from Northern Ireland to GB.
Kwarteng says the PM is right but declines to say Barclay is wrong.
Next Ridge asks about the abandoned pledge for an inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative party.
Kwarteng says the government has a good record of tackling discrimination. He refers to Sajid Javid being in the cabinet.
Asked about Lady Warsi’s criticism of Matt Hancock for “whitesplaining”, Karteng gives a general answer about all discrimination being unacceptable.
Ridge asks Kwarteng about Boris Johnson’s comparison of Jeremy Corbyn to Stalin, who is estimated to have killed 1 million people.
Kwarteng defends the comparison as appropriate. He says “the philosophy, the underlying thinking” is similar but there is no suggestion that Corbyn will line people up against a wall and kill anybody.
Ridge asks how the Conservatives have gone through Labour’s figures but not come up with their own.
Kwarteng says opposition parties can “promise the earth” without any analysis.
Asked again about the figure for the Conservatives, he says:
I’m not going to bandy around figures.
Ridge tells Kwarteng that’s exactly what the Tories are doing with respect to Labour.
Kwasi Karteng is asked by Sophie Ridge if the £1.2tn figure (see previous update) is “project fear” and “ridiculous”, given Labour hasn’t published its manifesto.
The business minister says “they’ve spoken about the four-day week” as part of his justification. He says Labour’s policies “don’t add up”. Ridge points out that not everything passed at conference becomes a policy. “We’ve shown that they are reckless in their spending,” says Kwarteng.
Ridge asks what the Tories’s spending commitments will cost. Kwarteng says £150bn on infrastructure but won’t give an answer to the overall figure.
All he will say is that it is nowhere near Labour’s figure.
Good morning, welcome to Politics Live. It’s a Sunday and it’s just over a month until the general election so leading figures from the different parties will be desperately trying to make their case on the politics talk shows this morning.
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The Observer leads with the story that the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has delayed its announcement on whether Boris Johnson should face an investigation into possible criminal misconduct over allegations about a conflict of interest in his dealings while mayor of London with the US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri until after the election.
The decision prompted fury from Westminster politicians and London assembly members who said it appeared that a ruling had been “suppressed” in order to protect Johnson from potentially damaging headlines at a crucial stage of the election campaign.
The IOPC has denied the allegation that it has delayed the announcement claiming no decision has been made.
First up out of the politics shows is Sophie Ridge on Sunday on Sky News and she will be joined by the business minister Kwasi Kwarteng. He will no doubt want to put the emphasis on the Tories’ claim that Labour’s spending plans will cost the UK more than £1tn over five years. The Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday all loyally splashed on the story. The shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, rubbished the dossier, which assumes all policies passed at the Labour conference are firm commitments.