Posts Tagged ‘Labour’

Trade secretary Truss takes swipe at Washington, saying US can’t decide UK tax policy on tech giants – live news

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Sir Keir Starmer, the favourite in the Labour leadership contest, has been forced to cancel campaign events as his mother-in-law is critically ill in hospital. A spokesman for Starmer said:

Following an accident, Keir Starmer’s mother-in-law is critically ill and has been admitted to hospital in intensive care.

In order to support his family at this difficult time, Keir will be cancelling all campaign events today and tomorrow.

Very sorry to hear the news about @Keir_Starmer’s mother in law. We’re sending all of our love and solidarity to Keir and the family.

The police watchdog is facing accusations that it is dragging its feet on a decision about whether to investigate Boris Johnson for possible criminal misconduct over his friendship with the US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri when he was London mayor, my colleague Matthew Weaver reports.

Related: Police watchdog criticised over Boris Johnson-Jennifer Arcuri inquiry delay

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The left’s top priority: know thine enemy | Suzanne Moore

Boris Johnson is a chameleon, constantly changing. Shouting about austerity and neoliberalism is no way to defeat him

I come not to bury Johnson but to praise him. For all the thousands of words I have written criticising this ruthless, amoral being, it is stupid not to recognise what he has achieved. This is the bit where you call me a Tory, but I am not. I just happen to think moping is not a strategy for opposition. Saying nasty things about the prime minister is easy; effectively combating him requires analysis and agility – qualities clearly lacking in the dregs of the Corbyn project.

We don’t need self-serving arguments about authenticity. Wake up! Leadership now is not simply a matter of authenticity, but often its opposite: what the University College London professor Ken Spours, in a paper for the thinktank Compass, calls shapeshifting. Johnson is a chameleon, and modern conservatism is opportunism presented as modernisation: it has an ability to meld wildly different views, and adapt.

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Boris Johnson to hold ‘People’s PMQs’ on Facebook at 5pm – live news

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We have just has the result of the fourth Commons vote. MPs rejected the Dubs amendment which put the government under a duty to negotiate with the EU for unaccompanied child migrant refugees to be admitted to the UK by 342 votes to 254 - a majority of 88.

MPs have voted to disagree with Lords Amendment 4 to the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill by 342 votes to 254. This relates to Clause 37 on unaccompanied child refugees being allowed to join their families in the UK after Brexit.

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MPs voted to disagree with Lords Amendment 3 to the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill by 350 votes to 247. This relates to powers of ministers to decide when to use or set aside judgements by the ECJ.

Read a list of the Lords Amendments:

The government won the second vote on reversing a Lords amendment to the EU (withdrawal agreement) bill by 348 votes to 246 - a majority of 102. This was an amendment about the ability of the British courts to depart from European Court of Justice judgments.

They are voting on the third Lords amendment now.

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Labour leadership: Jess Phillips due to make announcement amid speculation she might quit contest – live news

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Here is my colleague Owen Jones’ take on Jess Phillips.

Jess Phillips is the latest victim of 'Centrist Hack Syndrome': politicians who are serenaded by media supporters, told they will flourish if they only take the leap, and then collide with the reality that politics is actually very very hard.

Boris Johnson has had meeting with two foreign leaders in Downing Street today.

Here he is with the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

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Labour must stir up democratic revolution to win power, says Long-Bailey

Momentum-backed leadership frontrunner says party should have held public meetings to find popular remedies to crises

Labour needs to “stir up a democratic revolution” and “pick a fight with the political establishment” in order to win power, Rebecca Long-Bailey, one of the frontrunners, has said.

As she was endorsed for the party leadership by Momentum, the leftwing grassroots group, Long-Bailey said it was time to stop mourning Labour’s defeat last month and start plotting a path to No 10.

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Labour leadership contest: Nandy praised for Neil interview as poll suggests Long-Bailey in lead – live news

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Good morning. It looks relatively quiet today in terms of government/Westminster politics, but the Labour leadership contest is warming up and overnight there were developments boosting two of the leading candidates.

If the election took place today, the results of the poll suggest that Long-Bailey would win 42% of first preferences while Starmer would receive 37%. Jess Phillips is far behind on 9%, Lisa Nandy on 7% and Emily Thornberry on just 1%.

Although Starmer receives the majority of second preferences from all candidates in the race, they are not enough to eliminate Long-Bailey’s first round lead, with Long-Bailey leading 51% to 49% after second preferences are taken into account.

Related: Momentum set to back Rebecca Long-Bailey as poll places her in lead

The reviews are in: And lefty journos and commentators are gushing in their praise. “She did tremendously well,” the Guardian’s Peter Walker wrote. “Direct, engaging, and handled [Neil] brilliantly. Sets the bar for the other candidates.” The New Statesman’s Ailbhe Rea said Nandy was “brilliant … Unflappable, warm and totally on top of detailed policy.” Editor Ian Dunt called it “seriously impressive.” HuffPost’s Paul Waugh said Nandy “handled Neil’s questions better than most politicians I’ve seen.” And in his sketch for the Indy, Tom Peck deems her “bright, articulate, honest and tenacious … A serious person, running for a serious job.” (“But of course,” Peck adds gloomily, “the party doesn’t want that.”)

And it’s not just the lefties: “Dare I say it, she’s bossing this,” the Sun’s Political Editor Tom Newton Dunn wrote as he watched the interview last night. Evening Standard Deputy Editor Charlotte Ross was equally impressed. “Nandy will have helped her cause,” the Spectator’s Political Editor James Forsyth noted cautiously, while rightly pointing out she was “visibly nervous” at the start and that some arguments did not quite stand up to scrutiny. He adds: “We wait to see if the frontrunners Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long-Bailey are confident enough to subject themselves to the same treatment.” Let’s hope so.

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The Scottish standoff will not be decided at Westminster | Martin Kettle

Boris Johnson will have to back massive investment north of the border if he wants to hold back the tartan tide

The possible breakup of the country barely impinged on most British voters during the 2019 general election campaign. For the majority, Brexit was overwhelmingly the dominant issue. But Boris Johnson’s refusal this week to allow Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish government to hold a second independence referendum is a reminder of one of the Brexit election’s most important and umbilically linked consequences.

In Scotland things were, of course, different during the election. Yet even here it is important to recognise that Brexit, not the future of the union, was also at the front of the stage. In the Scottish National party’s 2019 manifesto, Sturgeon is pictured at a rostrum with a single slogan: Stop Brexit. Polling showed two Scottish voters in three thought Brexit a key issue, many more than chose any other subject. No one who followed the campaign in Scotland can seriously dispute that the SNP’s tremendous success on 12 December, when it took 48 of the 59 seats in Scotland, owed at least as much to its opposition to Brexit as to the issue of independence.

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