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Pippa Crerar
Daily Mirror Political Editor, formerly the Guardian & Evening Standard. Email me news & tips: pippa.crerar@mirror.co.uk
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Nick Boles MP 2h
Yesterday they said the PM should instruct the Queen not to sign a bill that had received the approval of a majority of MPs and the Upper House. Today they want her to prorogue Parliament. I thought I was the one organising a coup.
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Pippa Crerar 3h
Theresa May was asked about this at PMQs after revealed a tower block in Manchester is still covered in combustible cladding. She said after the Grenfell tragedy she would do "whatever it takes to keep our people safe". More than 18m later, she hasn't.
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Jeremy Corbyn’s spox says it’s “demeaning” to seriousness of situation for PM to claim he’s willing to meet with Hamas/ Hezbollah/ IRA but not her. “This situation is an entirely different one but it’s about how to get political agreement on an issue of vital interest”.
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Labour spox says it’s “complete nonsense” of PM to suggest that Corbyn doesn’t understand the words he uses on Brexit. “It’s failing to face up to the reality of the situation that there is no support in the HoC for her deal.”
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Jeremy Corbyn is holding talks with senior Labour backbenchers and this afternoon to discuss their plans to stop no deal. “We’re open about the best mechanism to prevent a no deal outcome,” says spox when asked whether Labour will back one.
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Sounds like Jeremy Corbyn would accept PM’s word that no deal is off the table to enable talks. His spokesman says she would need to give that commitment “in good faith”. Adds: “What is necessary is for the Government to accept that no deal is off the table.”
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No 10 suggests Tory MPs WILL be whipped to vote against Cooper amendment to extend article 50/ block no deal. “I think you know the Government’s position on extending article 50,” source says.
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Downing Street claims PM *is* prepared to listen to what Jeremy Corbyn & other leaders have to say. One source says: “The offer is still there, it’s made without preconditions and in an open-minded fashion.”
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Matt Hancock 4h
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We are looking into it - Prof Sir Mike Richards leading a review. I agree that making going for a test as comfortable as possible matters
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Pippa Crerar 4h
Just shows that PMQs *can* still do what it’s supposed to, despite all the pantomime drama.
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Pippa Crerar 4h
I’ve got one this Friday! But I know bookings systems at GPs differ, and I think just turning up for a walk-in service with no guarantee you’ll see nurse puts some women off
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After this 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 Theresa May warns private block owners resisting updating dangerous cladding on their blocks: “We rule nothing out.”
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Pippa Crerar 4h
Replying to @YvetteCooperMP
May insists “it is the position of the Government” to leave EU on March 29. But if MPs back plan to extend article 50, though not legally binding, it would be tough for her to ignore
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I can’t see a point at which Corbyn agrees to talks with May. One shadow cabinet minister told me: “We need to keep all the attention on the chaotic Tory Brexit, not become part of it ourselves”.
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Tory frontbench looking pretty empty. No sitting on one another’s knees today. Why? A *third* of her Cabinet are at what Corbyn describes as “billionaire’s jamboree” of Davos.
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Theresa May repeatedly pressed by Corbyn whether she’d back customs union. She says her deal (which was defeated by 230 votes!) offered benefits of it. But doesn’t explicitly rule it out, despite it being a red line. 🧐
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Corbyn explains why he has refused to meet PM for talks: “While the door to her office may well be open, the minds inside it are completely closed”. May has made clear she’s not budging from Brexit red lines.
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Pippa Crerar 4h
Theresa May delivering line several Tory MPs have been using since last week to Jeremy Corbyn. “You have been willing to sit down with Hamas, Hezbollah and the IRA without preconditions yet he wouldn’t meet me to talk about Brexit.”
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Pippa Crerar 5h
Woops. After every UK media outlet covers hard border story as a result:
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