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  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, September 2017

Is Brexit on track, or is it going wrong? And public sector workers ... should they get the pay rise they're after? To debate this - and the leadership of their parties:

  • Anneliese Dodds, Labour MP for Oxford East
  • Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West & Abingdon
  • Henry Bolton, the UKIP leadership candidate from Kent, and
  • Bob Seely, the Isle of Wight's Conservative MP


Warning that hospitals will struggle without EU nursing staff

As front line NHS staff gear up to cope with the winter onslaught, it's being warned that a sharp drop in student nurse recruits - combined with plummeting numbers of EU nurses coming to work in the UK could have severe consequences for patients.

The NHS is facing a recruitment crisis, but new nurses are not being attracted to the profession and after the Brexit referendum the number of EU nurses coming here to work - plummeted - a staggering 96 per cent.

In some of the region's healthcare trusts - where more than 1 in every 10 nurses is from the EU - it's warned we could be left short of staff if the doors are closed to nurses from neighbouring countries

Sarah Saunders spoke to Spanish nurse and UNISON rep Joan Pons Laplana; nurse and Royal College of Nursing union rep Ged Swinton; student nurse Hayley Parpworth and Patricia Marquis of the Royal College of Nursing.

  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, March 2016

The economy... security... trade... immigration? What will decide how you vote in the big EU referendum debate this June? Today, another flashpoint: Calais, with the Remain campaign highlighting the French Government's claim that the so-called jungle could move to Kent if we vote Out.

Anneliese Dodds MEP, the Labour euro-MP for south east England and Conor Burns, the Conservative MP for Bournemouth West argue the case for and against. And we meet Arthur, a 102-year-old voter who promises to that on June 23 he will "crawl" to the voting booth, if he has to.

Wokingham MP says EU migrant 'brake' not good enough

David Cameron is set to discuss the plans with EC president Jean-Claude Juncker today Credit: PA

A veteran Tory Eurosceptic has said David Cameron's proposal to introduce an 'emergency brake' on immigration is not good enough.

John Redwood said proposals to limit benefits to European migrants were an "insult" that would not be acceptable to Tory backbenchers opposed to remaining in the bloc.

"That proposal is an insult to the United Kingdom. It's not a serious offer. We need to take back control of our borders and we need to be able to control our own welfare system. That falls well short of that."

– John Redwood, MP for Wokingham

Mr Redwood also told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the plans would leave Britain having to "beg" Brussels for permissions to limit benefits.

"It's just simply a bad joke," he added.


  1. phil hornby

The Last Word, June 2015

Lively debate for the south and south east - the clash over the EU referendum: should we stay or should we go? Defence: 2% - more or less? And gay rights: what next? Tim Aker MEP, Flick Drummond MP & Sir Gerald Howarth MP discuss.

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