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when we mess up, we mess up. when we do things right, tell us we're going in the right direction. brian lamb: our guest has been anthony batts, who is the police commissioner in the city of baltimore, maryland. we thank you. anthony batts: thank you for having me. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] >> for free transcripts please visit us at q& transcripts are also available as podcasts. >> this year marks 10 years of q and a.
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here are some other programs you may like. kathy lanier, kenneth feinberg, in charge of the 9/11 victims compensation fund, among many others. and clint hill, who was on the president kennedy's security detail the day he was assassinated. you can watch all of these at >> cc ban a takes american history tv on the road to u.s. cities. to learn about their literary life next week end, we partner with comcast for a trip to galveston texas. >> opening the canal in 1869 sailing ships were almost a death blow. with the opening of the canal
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coal-fired ships had a shorter route to the far east, to india so sailing ships needed to find a way to make a living. instead of high-value cargo they started carrying lower value cargoes. oil, cotton, etc. melissa really found her niche in carrying any cargo that did not require getting to market at a fast pace. >> watch all of our events from galveston saturday and, march 7 on book tv. >> here is a look at what is coming up tonight on c-span. david cameron taking questions from members of the house of commons. in a recent event with marco rubio in manchester new hampshire. later, a senate banking hearing
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with janet yellen. >> during question time at the british house of commons, prime minister david cameron was asked whether members of parliament should have second jobs. in his exchange, ed miliband challenged the prime minister to back the labour party's proposed ban on members of parliament who are consulted with private companies. this is 30 minutes. >> order. questions to the prime minister. mr. john woodcock. the prime minister: this morning i had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. in addition to my duties in this house i shall have further such meetings later today. john woodcock: british support in ukraine is welcome, but combined efforts against
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president putin's naked aggression have been woefully lacking. when he leaves office in 70 days -- [laughter] when he leaves office in 70 days, is he content for his place in history to be the prime minister whose weakness left britain mired in years of conflict? the prime minister: at the end of this parliament, i believe that those on this side of the house can be proud of the fact that we closed the massive black hole in our defense budget left by the party opposite. we can be proud of the fact that we see voyager airplanes flying out of brize norton. we can be proud of the fact that we are building two aircraft carriers. we can be proud of the fact that we have got the type 45 destroyers. we can be proud of the fact that submarines are rolling out of his constituency and into the
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seas of the atlantic to keep our country safe. sir william cash: last year my right honorable friend strongly supported my bill, which became the international development act 2014, to protect women and girls from female genital mutilation and similar abominations. my amendment on report to the serious crime bill to protect young girls and women at risk from fgm in this country gained 272 votes. there were many deliberate abstentions, but it was defeated by a three-line coalition whip. following a letter from the minister before the report stage, several matters remained unresolved. i tried to intervene but i was not allowed to do so. will my right honorable friend write to me to explain how these young girls and women will be fully protected under the guidelines under the act and otherwise? the prime minister: i commend my honorable friend for his bill and for the campaign that he has waged in favor of that bill and
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of equality in how we deliver aid and in this vital area. on the specific issue of the piece of legislation that he is referring to, my understanding is that we believe that the law as drafted covers the point that he is concerned about. i will of course write to him. but let me be absolutely clear i think the work that we are doing, supported right across the house, in terms of combating fgm and forced marriage, and making sure that there are real rights for women in our country and across the world, is of vital importance. mr. speaker: edward miliband. edward miliband: the reputation of every member of this house is damaged when we see revelations such as those that we have in the past couple of days. can i take it from the government's amendment today on second jobs that the prime minister is proposing no change to the current system? the prime minister: let me start by agreeing very much with the right honorable gentleman that the allegations made against two
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very senior members of this house of commons are extremely serious. they need to be properly investigated. i believe that both honorable gentleman have done the right thing by referring themselves to the house of commons standards commissioner, and in having the whip withdrawn and, indeed retiring from this house. i think that is vitally important. i certainly do not rule out further changes, but the most important thing we can do is to make sure we apply the rules: paid lobbying -- banned. non-declaration of interests -- banned. and making sure wrongdoing is investigated and punished. we are not making no change. we have just passed a lobbying act, and we have also passed a recall act so that people can sack their mp. mr. speaker: edward miliband. edward miliband: he does not rule out further change, and he has a chance to vote for change tonight. this is what he wrote in 2009. being a member of parliament --
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[interruption] mr. speaker: order. the questions will be heard, and the answers will be heard. it is a very simple point, which i hope everyone can grasp. edward miliband: this is what he wrote in 2009. “being a member of parliament must be a full-time commitment. the public deserves nothing less.” he went on to say, “double-jobbing mp's won't get a look-in when i'm in charge.” what has changed? the prime minister: he says we should look at the specifics. the difficulty with his specific proposal is that it would allow, for instance, someone to be a paid trade union official, but it would not allow someone to run a family business or a family shop. like many of his proposals, it is not thought through. it is whipped up very quickly. if he thought it was such a good idea, why did he not put it in place four years ago? edward miliband: let us agree now that we will rule out anyone being a paid trade union
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official, a paid director or a paid consultant. say yes, and we can restore the reputation of this house. [interruption]
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. may i assure my right honorable friend -- order. sir peter must be properly heard. order from start to finish.
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may i oh sure my right honorable friend that i am not a paid trade union official. i fear that if people in this house are not allowed a second job, membership will soon be largely comprised of inheritors of substantial portions or rich spouses. or to obsessive crackpots. unemployable anywhere else.
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we have practicing dentists. you have people serving our country in afghanistan or iraq than we have people who run family businesses or other interests. what you want is a parliament where people can come and share their experience, and make some points. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i asked the prime minister this question before, and he did not answer them. how many jobs should an mp have? >> at the moment i am the member of parliament for west ox richer and the prime minister. to be honest, i do constituency work everyday.
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i would be misleading the house if i said -- spend more time on my constituency work than being prime minister. i think that is worth reflecting on. >> it has been so successful i want to come off for my right honorable friends and for members of the house could they set out the details of our long-term economy. >> honorable friends, the plan is about skills and about infrastructure and jobs and cutting taxes, but above all it is about livelihoods. it is about securing jobs and livelihoods for people across the country. and the fact that labour cannot talk about the economy any week is because we have created 1000 jobs every day since government has been an obvious -- office.
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they are keen to talk about second jobs because they don't want to talk about the jobs revolution in our country. they don't want to talk about the oh ecb and the fact that our economy grew faster than any other major economy in the west. they can't talk because they have nothing to say. >> is the premise are aware that they are cutting the disabled students allowance? many disabled students say they might have to drop out of the courses. will he undertake an urgent review of that program? >> i have looked specifically at this issue and had a constituency case connected to this issue and i will look at it again. it is important for the living allowance going into personal independence payment that there
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will be more of the most disabled people getting paid at a higher rate. >> hear, hear. >> i know the prime minister shares my enthusiastic support and shares my joy that there has been a 63% increase with the most wonderful gift that anyone can dare give to the organization. will he take an opportunity? >> i apologize for interrupting the honorable gentleman. it is discourteous to disrupt an honorable number in the middle of his question. let's hear what he has to say as a matter of matters? >> thank you mr. speaker. will the prime minister take enter opportunity should one arise, to join me and helping raise awareness of this wonderful achievement to help drive on the creation of ever
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more and greater success in the future? >> i agree with my honorable friend and we have very substantial increase in organ donation. that is been done without moving to a system of presumed consent which i was not in favor of. but i am in favor of doing more to lead by example to make sure the fest practices -- make sure the best practices are being pursued and if i can help would be delighted to do so. >> thank you, the lobbying which the prime minister mentioned early on did nothing to help those lobbying for commercial gain. we now introduce the register of lobbies so that we all know what they are up to. before answer his question can i congratulate them on being appointed the new chair of the parliamentary labour party.
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i trust in 10 days time he will be able to present a written inquest into what went wrong. if he supports the lobbying act can he explain why trade unions have not bid the labour party to get rid of the act? if we want an example of what is wrong in british politics it is the massive money that goes to the unions and the only reason their leader is sitting there is that a bunch of trade union barons -- that is what is wrong with british politics and that's needs fixing. >> thank you mr. speaker. >> when the prime minister refers to my local newspapers, was he aware that there is 41% coverage at the moment but the bp monopoly means it will be the only organization which is able
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to speak to the next connection when shoppers very little haste -- what is he going to do about it? >> what we are going to do is continue spending record sums on broadband rollout. we have seen across the country that has almost doubled from the 40% that we inherited which is more to do with the most rural areas including her constituency. all local councils now has searchable websites so they can see when they expect broadband to get to their area. we to look at creative solutions to get to the last 5%. it is a very important part of our long-term economic land and that can only be preserved by conservative majority government. i welcome the fact that the government has been forced to accept our demand so people can be elected. if they had listened to us last year thousands of rugby world cup tickets and world cup fans and cricket fans would have been
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saved of having to pay over the face value. why is the government always on the side of people like bankers and tax dodgers? and organized gangs? never on the side of ordinary people in the industry. this is something that has happened after four and five years of a conservative prime minister that never happened after 17 years of labour prime ministers. we are on the side of working people of getting them jobs of helping with taxes and that is the party of len mccluskey and the trade union. >> does the prime minister agree with me that the welcome announcement that manchester will take control of its 6 billion pound nhs budget that
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shows the current coalition [inaudible] -- in stark contrast of the labor government. >> my friend is right to say this is an important breakthrough and made possible by our reforms. the secretary presumably knew nothing about this and doesn't understand that eight labor authorities have been talking to us and working with us about how to make this a reality. what a contrast. people working together to improve the nhs and set of working to weaponize it. >> thank you mr. speaker. last year more than 3000 desperate migrants travel to the mediterranean. several hundred died this year already trying to reach a place of safety. many people in desperation turned to traffickers to try to escape the crisis in libya and other places. they are victims of war. the european


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