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Osborne: Flooding responsibility lies with people like me

Chancellor George Osborne has said that how Britain copes with flooding is a responsibility "for people like me".

"I think people understand that the rain is not the fault of any one person. But how we as a country cope with that, of course that is a responsibility for people like me," Mr Osborne told Tom Bradby on The Agenda.

Chancellor George Osborne speaking to Tom Bradby on The Agenda. Credit: ITV/The Agenda

Osborne denied that he has spent less than the Labour government on flood protection.

"It's not true actually, and we are spending more than Labour on this… We're investing in the frontline services now to get these rail lines repaired, to protect homes along the Thames at the moment, the homes in Somerset, bring in the army and all that kind of thing."

"It does lead to a real debate about how we look after our countryside."

Watch The Agenda with Tom Bradby on ITV at 10.35pm tonight

Osborne to talk economic recovery on The Agenda

For the first show of the series, Tom Bradby will be discussing who will benefit first from the economic recovery with Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

Also on the show will be former BBC Economics Editor turned JP Morgan strategist Stephanie Flanders, historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes and money saving expert Martin Lewis. The panel will also be talking about Britain's new complaining culture and keeping fit.

The Agenda will go out at 10.35pm tonight on ITV.

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George Osborne to appear on The Agenda tonight

Chancellor George Osborne is likely to face questions about the Government's flood response. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will join ITV News Political Editor Tom Brady on The Agenda, which returns to ITV tonight.

Former BBC Economics Editor turned JP Morgan strategist Stephanie Flanders, historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes and money saving expert Martin Lewis will also be on the panel.

The Agenda with Tom Bradby is on ITV at 10.35pm.

Join in the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #TheAgenda

Umunna: Should follow Mandela's example on politics

The shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has told ITV's The Agenda programme that politicians should follow Nelson Mandela's example "and try and do politics differently in this country."

It wasn't just about what he stood for and what he achieved but it was also the way he did his politics.

I think we have a big problem in the way that we do politics in this country.

In many respects it's broken, it's too adversarial, it's very yah-boo, it's a bad thing sometimes to acknowledge agreement.

In some senses the easy part is celebrating what he did, I think the challenge he sets for us as politicians is actually to follow his example and try and do politics differently in this country.

– Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna

Mr Umunna was joined on the panel by Sun columnist JaneMoore, comedian Dom Joly and Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury.

The Agenda with Tom Bradby is on ITV at 10.35pm.

Get involved in the debate during the show on Twitter by following @agendaitv and using the hashtag #theagenda.

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Ken Clarke to appear on The Agenda tonight

Conservative Minister Ken Clarke will appear on The Agenda tonight. Credit: PA

Conservative minister Ken Clarke will join ITV News Political Editor Tom Brady on The Agenda tonight.

Former BBC Economics Editor turned JP Morgan strategist Stephanie Flanders, FA director Heather Rabbatts and TV and radio presenter Terry Christian will also be on the panel.

The Agenda with Tom Bradby is on ITV at 10.35pm.

Join in the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #TheAgenda.

Michael Gove reveals he likes music 'politicians are not supposed to like'

Gove: 'I like music politicians are not supposed to like'

Michael Gove joked he has the "worst taste in music of anyone I know", telling The Agenda with Tom Bradby he likes "all the music that politicians are not supposed to like".

It comes after Ed Miliband picked Robbie Williams' Angels and A-ha's Take On Me as part of his selection on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.

The Education Secretary said he loves music like Wagner which "marks you out as a right-wing lunatic, if not sexually confused or repressed from the beginning".

Tom Bradby laughed, saying, "Feel free to share ... It's a confessional show Michael!"

Mr Gove added, "I grew up in Scotland in the 1980s so all the music I like ... was written or performed by people who hated Thatcher".

Read: Gove: 'I have the worst taste in music of anyone I know'

The Agenda with Tom Bradby is on ITV at 10.35pm.

Join in the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #TheAgenda.

Gove would stay at Westminster if Scotland leaves UK

Education Secretary Michael Gove said he considers Scotland home, but that he would continue to work in Westminster should Scotland vote for independence.

Speaking on The Agenda with Tom Bradby, to be broadcast on ITV tonight at 10.35pm, Mr Gove said:

My mum and dad live in Aberdeen, my sister lives just outside, so I do think of Scotland as home.

I went to school in Scotland and grew up thinking that Scotland and England were part of the same story, the story of the United Kingdom ...

I would [continue to work in Westminster], but one of the things I'd find very difficult is accepting that the country which I grew up in, which defines my identity, was no longer part of the Union.

It would be I think, not just for me, but for thousands of people, a remarkable development when the identity with which we grew up had been shredded.

The Agenda with Tom Bradby is on ITV at 10.35pm. Join in the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #TheAgenda

Gove: 'I have the worst taste in music of anyone I know'

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has jokingly told The Agenda with Tom Bradby that "I have the worst taste in music of anyone I know."

It comes after Ed Miliband picked Robbie Williams' Angels and A-ha's Take On Me for his selection on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.

Education Secretary Michael Gove on The Agenda with Tom Bradby.
Education Secretary Michael Gove on The Agenda with Tom Bradby. Credit: ITV/The Agenda with Tom Bradby

Mr Gove added: "The dreadful thing is that all the music that politicians are not supposed to like, like Wagner, I love.

"That marks you out as a right-wing lunatic, if not sexually confused or repressed from the beginning."

Asked if he used to listen to the Proclaimers, Mr Gove replied: "You can probably guess from my eye-wear that I'm a Proclaimers fan."

He said: "I remember stamping and cheering along with the crowd at the music hall in Aberdeen with the Proclaimers, loving every moment of it, but at the same time conscious that the message they were putting across was completely separate from what I felt."

The Agenda with Tom Bradby is on ITV at 10.35pm. Join in the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #TheAgenda

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