Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez greets supporters as his Socialist party PSOE gains in Spanish elections, April 28, 2019 (AFP)
I joined talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer on Monday to review latest news on the Spanish elections and on UK politics.
We summarize the developments in Spain, where the ruling Socialist Party (PSOE) are project to increase their Parliamentary seats from 84 to 123. However, in the 350-seat assembly, the Socialists will still need coalition partners — probably from the anti-austerity Unidos-Podemos and smaller regional parties.
The seats of the conservative People’s Party have been almost halved, from 127 to 66. And the far right makes its first significant appearance since the removal of the Franco regime in 1975: Vox has won 24 seats.
We move to the UK, where Cabinet in-fighting has broken out over the decision to allow the involvement of China’s Huawei in “non-core” elements of the 5G network. Combined with Brexit turmoil, it’s a notable rebellion against the authority of Prime Minister Theresa May.
And we look at revelations that the UK Home Office is pushing overworked staff to deport asylum seekers, setting performance targets which reward rejection rather than approval of applications.