Gordon Brown grilled by Radio 1's first time voters
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- Gordon Brown has been into the Radio 1 studios to be grilled by a panel of first time voters. It's the first in a series of Newsbeat and BBC Radio 1Xtra interviews being held with the main party leaders.
- Siobhan Randles, 25, is a single mum from London. She asked what Labour was doing to tackle immigration with Gordon Brown denying misjudging the number of people arriving in the UK.
- Gordon Brown told Siobhan: "We expected more people to come in from the rest of the European Union. But also more people were going from Britain to the rest of the European Union and we've tightened up the system as we have developed more skill."
- Siobhan then asked how politicians expected them to restore trust in them. He replied: "I said there has been a problem and I said we're dealing with the problem now by tightening up the controls on immigration. The net inward immigration is coming down."
- On his own expense claims and his £12,000 claim for a cleaner, he said: "It wasn't wrong to have cleaning expenses. I was just paying her too good a wage. I was paying her more than the minimum wage."
- When asked if he felt it was insulting that he had his cleaning paid for by the taxpayer, Gordon Brown replied: "I'm living in two places at once and I've got to do my work and at the same time live in Scotland and London. What do I do?"
- The Prime Minister said again that he had been "shocked" by what came out in the expenses scandal. He said the new Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) would mean MPs no longer had control of their pay and allowances.
- Gordon Brown was also asked about binge drinking in the UK. He said: "It's education and information, it makes the biggest difference. The taxation of drinking has changed a bit over the years but the pricing structure of alcohol has got to be looked at."
- Gordon Brown shakes the hand of a Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra listener. He also insisted Labour's planned reforms of elections to the Commons and the introduction of a democratic Lords would help bring in a new kind of politics in Britain.
- Gordon Brown with Newsbeat presenter Tulip Mazumdar after the grilling by Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra's first time voters.