OWEN JONES was grilled during an interview as a BBC host insisted that Jeremy Corbyn’s position had not changed as a result of the General Election. Charlie Stayt, the BBC presenter, quizzed the Guardian columnist over whether Jeremy Corbyn’s position had changed after the Tories lost their majority in the General Election.
The host reiterated that the Conservative party are still able to reject Labour’s amendments to the Queen’s Speech, thanks to their deal with the Democratic Unionists Party. Speaking on BBC News, the host asked whether anything had changed for Mr Corbyn as votes are still “going through”. He said: “At the same time Owen, we talk about reality for the Labour Party.
These votes are going through. “Alright, a very small margin but the votes are going through and probably will go through – we have got another vote today haven’t we?“So it leaves Jeremy Corbyn almost in the same position as he was in practical terms because this Government is getting through what it wants to get through – albeit uncomfortably.” Jones fired back at the BBC presenter, insisting that the Conservative party would not be able to hold themselves together for five years. He replied: “Well, we are in the beginning in theory of five years of this.
“That’s before, we are already seeing wages are falling in this country, this has been the longest squeeze in wages for a very long time. “The economy could be heading for a very tumultuous period, there’s Brexit negotiations.
“I think the idea that this Government could keep itself together for five years, a full-term Parliament, keeping the Democratic Unionist Party, as well as rebellious backbenchers on side, when the authority of the Prime Minister and the leadership of the Conservative party has imploded, I think is a bit fantastical.”MPs voted to reject a Labour amendment to the Queen’s Speech which called for the one per cent cap on public sector pay to end as well as the recruitment of extra police and firefighters.
The Tories, backed by the Democratic Unionist Party, saw off yesterday’s Labour proposal by 323 votes to 309, a majority of 14.The Labour Party are set to propose another amendment over Brexit in which they call for the “exact same” benefits of the single market and customs union when cutting ties with Brussels. Mr Corbyn said: “The Conservative programme is in tatters following the public verdict at the general election.“Theresa May does not have a mandate for continued cuts to our schools, hospitals, police and other vital public services or for a race-to-the-bottom Brexit.“Labour will fight these policies every step of the way.