Posts Tagged ‘Labour’

Gavin Williamson allies reject reports of threat to topple Theresa May

Sources say despite UK defence secretary’s request for more funding, he remains loyal

Allies of Gavin Williamson, the UK defence secretary, have moved to quash reports that he had threatened to topple the prime minister unless defence spending was increased, but warned there was significant backbench anger over Theresa May’s refusal to confirm the UK would remain a “tier one” military nation.

Williamson is scheduled to meet Philip Hammond in the next fortnight in a attempt to secure concessions ahead of a Nato summit in Brussels in July, following a tense meeting with May and the chancellor last Tuesday, which ended without any promise of further funding.

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The right sees opportunity in a crisis. Why can’t the left? | Larry Elliott

Labour missed its chance for real change after the financial crash. Now it is in danger of flunking it on Brexit

In normal circumstances, John McDonnell’s plan to shake up the Bank of England would be creating quite a buzz in Labour circles. The proposal that Threadneedle Street should have a productivity growth target as well as one for inflation would be the biggest change to the way the Bank operates since it was granted the power to set interest rates by Gordon Brown in 1997. These, though, are not normal circumstances. The political focus is on whether the government can get Brexit legislation through parliament, not on whether it is possible to give the Bank the task of raising Britain’s long-term growth rate. As the second anniversary of the EU referendum approaches, McDonnell might think it is time to move on, but the left as a whole is having trouble doing so. That’s unfortunate but indicative of a deep, and politically dangerous, conservatism.

Related: Labour to propose Bank of England remit to boost productivity

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Labour must do its bit to break this endless Brexit deadlock | Gaby Hinsliff

The ‘crunch’ vote in the House of Commons was just another fudge in an endless war of position

It has always been about control. Sweep aside all the baffling language, the arcane procedure, the boring technicalities of Brexit’s long and painful grind through parliament; it all comes down to the one thing Vote Leave understood with absolute clarity: that control is what matters. Brexit was originally about who has control over borders, money and decision-making, but it’s increasingly about who controls the controllers, and that’s what Wednesday’s vote was really about.

Are the people in charge, and politicians just their servants, or are those servants entitled to say something when the people seem hellbent on shooting themselves in the foot? Is the prime minister in charge of her own negotiating strategy, or is she the prisoner of a warring party and a tiny majority? And who controls what happens if she fails and can’t get a Brexit deal, or gets one parliament won’t accept?

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May wins ‘meaningful vote’ victory after lead rebel Grieve accepts compromise – Politics live

Follow live updates for PMQs, health secretary statement and Theresa May’s final push to head off a ‘meaningful vote’ rebellion on Brexit

There were some unedifying scenes in the Commons today as some sick and some heavily pregnant MPs had to go through the lobbies. My colleague Peter Walker has these details.

One of the effects of both the vote and the decision of the government to not allow MPs’ votes to be counted merely by their presence in parliament saw curious scenes in the corridor adjoining the lobby outside the Commons.

Naz Shah is wheeled out of the chamber after voting. Usual convention re sick MPs being ''nodded through'' has been scrapped today, and it's really not a good look.

the MP spotted by @elliotttimes being helped out of car was Naz Shah, MP for Bradford West, who's been in hospital the last three days. She was meant to drop in for 10 minutes in the car park, but Tories are refusing to "nod through" her vote. She'll have to stay THREE HOURS...

The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg says she thinks the government should be worried by how tight the vote was, even after the compromise was struck with Grieve.

Govt will be relieved to have avoided another defeat - but closeness after compromise suggests big problems ahead

Trouble ahead for PM if Tory rebels vote for staying in customs union - ‘if’

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Brexit ‘meaningful vote’: government backs away from fight with rebels

David Davis says it will be up to Speaker to decide whether MPs can amend motion

The government has backed away from confrontation with the Brexit rebels over a meaningful vote.

At the eleventh hour a written ministerial statement from David Davis explained that it would be up to the Speaker at the time to decide whether MPs could amend a motion if no deal is reached by 21 January.

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No 10 and rebels stand firm in row over Brexit ‘meaningful vote’

Both sides say they will not back down in latest Commons clash on EU withdrawal bill

Theresa May faces a nail-biting parliamentary clash with Conservative rebels on Wednesday as the government seeks to defeat an attempt to give MPs a “meaningful vote” before Britain could leave the EU without a deal.

The EU withdrawal bill, the government’s flagship piece of Brexit legislation, returns to the House of Commons on Wednesday against a backdrop of increasing anxiety about the risk of negotiations with the EU27 failing to yield an agreement.

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Jeremy Corbyn, take note: leftwing remainers won’t stay silent on Brexit | Zoe Williams

A Momentum petition launched at the weekend will force the party’s internal arguments into the public. It’s about time

Labour Live was conceived in the spirit of solidarity, optimism, and a playful hubris. The idea behind it presumably went: if you could get all of Glastonbury festival chanting Jeremy Corbyn’s name, who’s to say you couldn’t bring such a crowd to see him headline? Well, there were lots to say it. People at Glastonbury are largely in an incredibly good mood – it would be prim to speculate as to why – and in such conditions, someone you love a bit becomes someone you love a lot. But that doesn’t mean you can be relied upon to chant again.

Primed for the fall after such an act of pride, Corbyn critics turned up ready for a soggy English summer’s day with sparse crowds huddled round a single Unite ice-cream van. A friend who went said she saw so many journalists it was like going to Hay. Yet many of the hacks will have been disappointed. Corbyn’s popularity – not by Survation poll or focus group, but by the sheer human warmth he generates – is unmatched by any other British politician. The doggedness and the petulance with which commentators wave away the fact that he could fill a stadium with people who’d actually paid, while Theresa May couldn’t half-fill a factory floor in Leicester where people were at work anyway, is becoming absurd.

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