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Isabel Hardman's Sunday Roundup - 10/12/2023
Isabel Hardman presents highlights from Sunday's political shows.
On Wednesday Robert Jenrick resigned over the government's Rwanda legislation, so the focus this morning was on immigration. Jenrick says Sunak's bill is weak, Michael Gove says it's robust, and Liz Kendall says Labour have a better plan to cut legal immigration. Plus, Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska makes a plea for continued support.
Produced by Joe Bedell-Brill.
Do the Tories have a death wish?
Nick Robinson asked Suella Braverman on the Today programme this week whether the Tories had a death wish. She said no. But why is the party, when it's doing so badly in the polls, fighting among itself?
James Heale speaks to Katy Balls ands Craig Oliver, former director of communications in No. 10.
Is Rishi's Rwanda Bill doomed?
Rishi Sunak is stuck in a migration quagmire and will be spending the weekend drumming up support from MPs ahead of the vote on his amended Rwanda bill on Tuesday. He will be hoping for a Christmas miracle in the form of support from both One Nation MPs and those on the right of the party. Will Tuesday's vote be a de facto confidence vote in the prime minister?
Cindy Yu speaks to Katy Balls and James Heale.
What Jenrick’s resignation means for Sunak’s premiership
Kate Andrews speaks to James Heale and Katy Balls about Robert Jenrick's resignation last night and whether this is another sign of Tory party implosion.
Boris faces the music at the Covid inquiry
It was a big day in the Covid inquiry as Boris Johnson gave evidence for the first time. Just as Johnson launched into an apology during his opening statement, protestors off-camera made their presence known. There were also revelations concerning the attention he paid to Sage minutes and Cobra meetings and the former prime minister defended his decision not to lock down sooner. What else did we learn? Was this a turning point in the perception of the inquiry?
Oscar Edmondson speaks to James Heale and Michael Simmons.
Are the Tories too little to late on migration?
As James Cleverly meets leaders in Rwanda to sign a new asylum treaty, the government has laid out a series of plans to bring down legal migration. Some Tories on the right would like the measures to go further, but are these policies too little too late? James Heale speaks to Katy Balls and Spectator writer, Patrick O'Flynn.
Is Rishi Right about Rwanda?
Just a small plea; when recording a live show in which you’re asking the audience for a show of hands - it would be helpful to give some clearer indication of the results/change for those listening afterwards… Not that I hold out any great hope enlightenment dawned, despite the excellence of Kate’s advocacy, given the contributions I heard from most of the audience!
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Well done Katy very logical and clear!