Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Corbyn’

Moment of truth: Labour’s fraught path to MPs’ crucial Brexit vote

Dominant issue on conference agenda presents formidable challenge for Corbyn and party

Jeremy Corbyn will kick off Labour’s annual conference at Pier Head in Liverpool on Saturday with one of the noisy rallies that have become a kind of political comfort zone over his three years as party leader: soundtrack from The Farm, an uplifting tirade against social injustice, cheering, optimistic crowds.

But the dominant issue on the agenda is one that presents a formidable political challenge for Corbyn and the Labour party: Brexit.

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If Labour is serious about power it must back a people’s vote on Brexit | Polly Toynbee

Next week’s conference is the party’s chance to set aside internal division and save the country from Tory chaos

In Salzburg on Wednesday the sound of Brexit may be reassuringly anodyne, to ease Maria von May through a perilous Tory party conference. Climb every mountain and agreement is somewhere up there, will be the reassuring message from her ”few minutes over dinner” address to the 27 EU leaders. Only when – or if – she survives contact with her party will they put her impossible demands through the wringer.

Related: Labour NEC braced for row over leadership election proposals

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Keir Starmer clashed with Corbyn on Brexit ‘to brink of resignation’

Shadow Brexit secretary said to have shown outrage at ‘ambush’ with customs union paper earlier this year

Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, was pushed to the brink of resignation early this year after Jeremy Corbyn and his allies tried to kick his customs union plan into the long grass, senior Labour sources have told the Guardian.

Labour’s Brexit policy has evolved over the past 18 months through a series of painstaking negotiations between key players at the top of the party, the most fraught of which came at a stormy meeting of the “Brexit subcommittee” early this year.

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Britain’s insecure towns aren’t ‘left behind’. They hold the key to our future | John Harris

The desire for community and stability should not be dismissed as nostalgia. It’s our politicians who need to get with the times


It can be found in the opening pages of a book published in 2014: one of the most influential ideas in modern British politics, given its first airing in the days when Ukip was on a roll, and the forces that would propel Britain towards Brexit were decisively coming into view. “Over recent decades,” goes the text, “deep social and economic changes have hit particular groups within British society particularly hard: older, less skilled and less educated working-class voters. These are the groups we describe as the ‘left behind’ in modern Britain, who could once rely on the strength of their numbers to ensure a voice in each of the mainstream parties.”

Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain was written by the academics Matthew Goodwin and Robert Ford; its thesis was that the two main parties had ignored these people for decades, and their resulting resentment was now exploding into the open. In this sense, the term “left behind” was initially focused on neglect by politics and politicians – but it also implicitly referred to matters of culture and economics, and as the national media became newly interested in people and places way beyond the M25, the concept was quickly stretched.

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Give Britain a new referendum on Brexit, says Sadiq Khan

Mayor of London’s call for people’s vote adds to pressure on Jeremy Corbyn

The mayor of London has issued a dramatic call for another referendum on EU membership, insisting that the people must be given the chance to reject a Brexit deal that will be bad for the economy, jobs and the NHS.

Writing in the Observer, Sadiq Khan says that, with so little time left to negotiate, there are now only two possible outcomes: a bad deal for the UK or “no deal” at all, which will be even worse. “They are both incredibly risky and I don’t believe Theresa May has the mandate to gamble so flagrantly with the British economy and people’s livelihoods,” he writes.

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Quizmaster Corbyn’s tricky questions leave May bewildered | John Crace

Acting like the host of University Challenge gave Labour’s leader a triumphant PMQs

Finally a breakthrough. After years of searching for a format that might cut through with the audience at home, Jeremy Corbyn struck gold. Rather than bothering with longwinded statements that invariably petered out and only occasionally ended with a question, the Labour leader opted for his own version of University Challenge.

Your starter for 10. What do the National Farmers Union, the Federation of Small Businesses, the National Housing Federation, single parents charity Gingerbread and the Royal Society of Arts have in common?

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PMQs verdict: Corbyn nails it with focus on universal credit

Labour leader wins parliamentary set-piece comfortably with peroration that was perhaps one of his best

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn starts PMQs by congratulating cricketer Alastair Cook on his long career.

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