Sir Keir Starmer says ‘we are lucky to call ourselves Elizabethans’

Sir Keir Starmer says ‘we are lucky to call ourselves Elizabethans’

Sir Keir Starmer has declared "we are lucky to call ourselves Elizabethans" in a moving message after Queen Elizabeth's state funeral. The leader of the UK's Labour Party posted a poignant message on Twitter after the service at Westminster Abbey concluded on Monday to pay his respects to the late monarch - who died on September 8 at the age of 96 - and he praised the Queen's "courage" and "good humour". https://twitter.com/Keir_Starmer/status/1571841906174205954 Sir Keir wrote: "Today marks the passing of an era. The dignity, courage, spirit, selflessness and good humour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II showed throughout her reign…
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British Labour to table no-confidence motion in Government

British Labour to table no-confidence motion in Government

Britain's main opposition Labour Party will put forward a motion for a no confidence vote in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government on Tuesday, with the vote expected to take place on Wednesday, a source in the party said. A no confidence motion means that lawmakers from all the parties represented in parliament can vote on whether the government, under Johnson for the time being, should continue in office. If the government loses the vote, it could trigger a national election. The vote is unlikely to be successful however. With the Conservative Party behind Labour in opinion polls and a leadership election underway, lawmakers from the governing party are…
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WATCH: Police forced to step in as UK’s Labour leader confronted by protesters

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, Keir Starmer, was bundled into a police car on Monday after being confronted by angry protesters, an incident which some lawmakers have linked to false claims about him by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Johnson described the incident near parliament in central London as "absolutely disgraceful" and "completely unacceptable". It comes as Johnson tries to reset his administration in the face of a series of scandals, including alcohol-fuelled parties at his Downing Street office and residence during coronavirus lockdowns, that have put his position in peril. https://twitter.com/DavidLammy/status/1490761739759194117 Footage on social media showed Starmer, 59,…
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Court rejects mass killer Breivik’s parole application

Court rejects mass killer Breivik’s parole application

A Norwegian court has rejected mass killer Anders Behring Breivik's parole application, it said in a ruling on Tuesday, ordering that he must stay in prison. Breivik, an anti-Muslim neo-Nazi, killed 77 people in Norway's worst peacetime atrocity in July 2011. He killed eight with a car bomb in Oslo and then gunned down 69, most of them teenagers, at a Labour Party youth camp. "The risk of violence is real and significant and equal to what it was when (Breivik) was first sentenced," the district court in Telemark said in a unanimous verdict. Breivik, 42, is serving Norway's maximum…
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Maltese Editors’ Perspectives

Maltese Editors’ Perspectives

Times of Malta says that labour shortages threaten high economic growth rates. It suggests setting up a working group that includes employers and unions to establish proposals on matters like pay, training and employment practices. The Independent reacts to a decision by Speaker Anglu Farrugia to turn down a PN request on Justice Minister Edward Zammit Lewis. It says the Speaker has acted as a gatekeeper for the government L-Orizzont says that PN MP Claudio Grech should not have criticised the power cuts as "Cosmopolitan Malta". It says that this could be interpreted as criticising the amount of foreigners and…
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Malta: MEA insists labour shortages need to be addressed urgently

Malta: MEA insists labour shortages need to be addressed urgently

The Malta Employers’ Association is calling for the phasing out of the Community Work Scheme as it insists that a rising shortage of employees in Malta needs to be addressed with urgency. Unemployment in Malta is presently low, and the number of registered unemployed has been falling steadily. According to the latest-available figures, published this week, just 1,711 people were on the unemployment register in June. Source Newsbook Updated 1745
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AirMalta received 15,000 booking cancellations in July / Malta News Briefing – Sunday 25 July 2021

AirMalta received 15,000 booking cancellations in July / Malta News Briefing – Sunday 25 July 2021

Update 1235h Covid-19 Update - The number of COVID-19 patients receiving hospital treatment has shot up to 34 with one being in the intensive therapy unit, according to data given by the health authorities. The number of people in hospital reported on Saturday was 19. In their daily update on Facebook, the authorities said 127 new COVID-19 cases have been registered overnight. - Times Of Malta Update 1215h - The leader of the Opposition Bernard Grech said that under the Robert Abela administration, everyone is considered a criminal. Interviewed on party radio station NET FM, the Nationalist leader was speaking…
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Research sheds light on why people switch political parties

Research sheds light on why people switch political parties

Why do some people switch political parties? After all, if someone is committed enough to a particular vision of politics, wouldn’t they be relatively immune to the charms of its competitors? It turns out, however, that switching parties at grassroots membership level is by no means uncommon, even giving rise in some quarters to accusations of “entryism”. The massive increase in Labour’s membership which accompanied Jeremy Corbyn’s elevation to the leadership in 2015 was often anecdotally associated, at least in the minds of his enemies (internal as well as external), with an influx of people who had previously belonged to parties on the far left fringe of the…
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Malta: Labour president on Carmelo Abela: ‘Too early to say whether €7,000 should be refunded’

Malta: Labour president on Carmelo Abela: ‘Too early to say whether €7,000 should be refunded’

Labour Party President Ramona Attard has said that it is still too early to say whether €7,000 spent on a political advert by Minister Carmelo Abela should be refunded.   The Standards Commissioner report found that Abela's conduct breached several articles of the Code of Ethics for Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries. The report concerned an advertising campaign in print media by the Ministry within the Office of the Prime Minister, headed by Abela, which included a large portrait of the minister. Source MaltaToday Updated 1745
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Maltese Editors’ Perspectives

Maltese Editors’ Perspectives

Times of Malta says that Labour must denounce its demons if it is to rehabilitate itself The Independent says that we must remain responsible during the pandemic L-Orizzont says that the Central Link project is already making a difference In-Nazzjon says that the Prime Minister is learning from his mistakes regarding Covid-19 and is now taking a more cautious approach
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Active Covid-19 cases decrease to 1,132 – Malta News Briefing – Monday 29 March 2021

Active Covid-19 cases decrease to 1,132 – Malta News Briefing – Monday 29 March 2021

Updated 1745- News Portal Briefing Times of Malta reports that a Chinese negotiator involved in multi-million euro deals by Enemalta is behind a secret company suspected of being set up to pay kickbacks to Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi.  MaltaToday reports that a minority shareholder in Allied Newspapers is calling on company directors and members of the Strickland Foundation to shoulder responsibility for the misdeeds of two ex-directors. Newsbook reports that Transport Minister Ian Borg and Infrastructure Malta CEO Frederick Azzopardi should, “at least for once” take the road to dialogue, “a road they clearly need to learn how to…
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Latest update: Malta News Briefing – Monday 22 February 2021

Latest update: Malta News Briefing – Monday 22 February 2021

Updated 1745- News Portal Briefing Latest Update- News Portal Briefing Times of Malta reports that traffic wardens could end up carrying out construction site inspections under proposed legislative changes, architects said on Monday, raising concerns about their understanding of the industry.   MaltaToday reports that public health doctors have reiterated their stand against the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use. Newsbook reports that Marcel Pisani is still missing TVM reports that PM Robert Abela has written a letter to the European Commission President Charles Michel on the importance of having one market to purchase medicines which can benefit the patients…
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Latest Updates – Malta News Briefing – Tuesday 2 February

Latest Updates – Malta News Briefing – Tuesday 2 February

Updated 1745- News Portal Briefing Latest Update- News Portal Briefing Times of Malta reports that the police arrested four men after they found a fridge and a chest freezer stuffed with drugs being carried on a van in Floriana late on Monday. MaltaToday reports that Robert Vella was appointed Lands Authority CEO Newsbook reports that the decision to sack former PBS CEO John Bundy was deemed unjust according to the law, said the Employment Tribunal. TVM reports that the compilation of the testimony against the alleged mastermind in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Yorgen Fenech, continued being heard before…
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Latest Updates – Malta News Briefing – Monday 1 February

Latest Updates – Malta News Briefing – Monday 1 February

Latest update- 1745 Times of Malta reports that a former altar boy who claims he was sexually abused by two priests in Xagħra first mentioned his childhood trauma in September 2019 but only named the alleged perpetrators several months later, Gozo bishop Anton Teuma told a court on Monday. MaltaToday reports that auditor General Charles Deguara says inadequate waste separation leading to recyclable waste being dumped in landfills Newsbook reports that the db Group have submitted new plans for their project on the ex-Institue for Tourism Studies (ITS) site in Pembroke. In a Facebook post Birdlife Malta said that although…
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Malta News Briefing – Sunday 31 January 2021 UPDATE

Malta News Briefing – Sunday 31 January 2021 UPDATE

Good Sunday, Your newsbriefing from Malta. Update 1245 - Covid19 Update - A total of 182 new COVID-19 cases were recorded between Saturday and Sunday, as another two virus patients died. The victims were a 63-year-old woman and a 78-year-old man. Both died at Mater Dei Hospital, the Health Ministry said.  Their deaths bring the number of people who died while infected with COVID-19 to 267. Statistics released by the ministry also showed that 185 people recovered overnight, meaning there were 2,676 known active cases of COVID-19 in Malta as of 12.30pm on Sunday. - Times of Malta https://www.facebook.com/sahhagovmt/photos/a.102565371462015/273364451048772/ Update…
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Malta: Konrad Mizzi refuses to answer questions at public inquiry

Malta: Konrad Mizzi refuses to answer questions at public inquiry

Former Labour minister Konrad Mizzi refused to answer more than 100 questions when he was forced to testify at the public inquiry into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.  The now-independent MP was tight-lipped as lawyers and the inquiry board asked about his secret Panamanian company revealed by Caruana Galizia in 2016 and his various controversial projects. Source Times of Malta Updated 1657
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Malta-24 – News Briefing – Thursday 16th July 2020

Malta-24 – News Briefing – Thursday 16th July 2020

Updated 0859 - Newspaper Review The Malta Business Weekly says that the EU Commission intends to put pressure on low-tax members, including Malta. The Commission says that advantageous corporate tax regimes create distortions in the Single Market. L-Orizzont announces that the General Workers Union registered an industrial dispute with the Water Services Corporation over delays in the finalisation of a new collective agreement for employees. The Times reports that Yorgen Fenech, a suspect in the Caruana Galizia murder case, had his challenge to a pardon request decision turned down by court. The Judge upheld a plea by the state advocate…
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Labour needs ‘fundamental reconstruction’ to survive, Blair warns as party marks 120th anniversary

Labour needs ‘fundamental reconstruction’ to survive, Blair warns as party marks 120th anniversary

Labour needs to undergo “fundamental reconstruction” in order to survive, Tony Blair will warn the leadership candidates as he marks the 120th anniversary of the party’s founding. As Sir Keir Starmer, Lisa Nandy, and Rebecca Long-Bailey compete to succeed Jeremy Corbyn, the former Labour prime minister will insist that “retreating to a narrow part of the left” always ends in defeat. Recognising his own toxicity among party members – 62 per cent viewed him unfavourably in recent poll – Mr Blair will stop short of endorsing a candidate vying to take the party into the 2024 general election. His intervention…
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UK Conservatives have 16 point lead over Labour

UK Conservatives have 16 point lead over Labour

The Conservative Party has seen a surge in support over the past week, according to a poll that gives the party a 16-point lead over Labour. The poll, carried out by Opinium Research showed support for the Conservatives had reached 40%, while the Labour Party commanded 24%. SkyNews reports that this is a 3% increase for the Tories on the same poll conducted a week earlier, while the Labour result is unchanged. The Opinium poll, conducted between October 23-25, sees them poll at forty percent. This is 2.4 percent lower than the voter share they gained in 2017 but in that snap…
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British Labour pledges the abolishment of private Schools

British Labour pledges the abolishment of private Schools

Labour will pledge to abolish private schools if it wins the next election, after the party's annual conference voted for a proposal to "integrate" them into the state sector. In a major policy shift, a motion approved by delegates at the gathering in Brighton said Labour should "challenge the elite privilege of private schools" and claimed that "the ongoing existence of private schools is incompatible with Labour's pledge to promote social justice". The motion added that Labour would "include in the next Labour Party general election manifesto a commitment to integrate all private schools into the state sector". Via The Independent   
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Labour shortage a burning issue in Croatia

Labour shortage a burning issue in Croatia

  The President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) Luka Burilović said that Croatia had benefited from its membership of the European Union, however, the labour shortage was becoming a burning issue and required a radical approach. Asked what the past six years of EU membership means for the HGK, Burilović said that Croatia had joined the EU in its "golden years" and that six years on the country was economically stronger. Croatia joined the European Union on July 1, 2013 as the 28th member of the bloc. But Burilović said that the loss of labour force is Croatia's…
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Conservative and Labour suffer big losses in local elections

Conservative and Labour suffer big losses in local elections

Britain's two biggest parties — Conservative and Labour — suffered big losses in Thursday's local elections in England and Northern Ireland, according to partial results from the BBC. A BBC tally showed on Friday morning, the Conservative party had lost 362 councillors, while the Labour Party had lost 77. The biggest winners were the Liberal Democrats who had gained 249 councillors at the time of writing. Independent candidates gained 188 councillors and the Greens won 34 seats. The votes could be an indicator of the countrywide disagreement over how Brexit has been handled by the Conservative government. Analysists predicted that…
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Corbyn pledges to invest £1.3 billion in the local bus services to boost communities and help environment

Corbyn pledges to invest £1.3 billion in the local bus services to boost communities and help environment

Labour would spend £1.3bn a year to reverse recent cuts to local bus services as a means of boosting communities and helping the environment, the party has announced. The scheme, which Labour said would improve services on 3,000 bus routes around the country, would be funded using revenue raised from vehicle excise duty (VED). Jeremy Corbyn has raised the issue of poor local bus services at prime minister’s questions, arguing that cuts since 2010 have left many older and vulnerable people isolated, especially in poorer areas, and that such policies lead to greater car use. Via The Guardian
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Is Brexit showing that the current two-party system no longer serves the interests of the electorate?

Is Brexit showing that the current two-party system no longer serves the interests of the electorate?

Jeremy Corbyn is on course to sweep into No 10 after Theresa May failed to deliver on her promise to take the UK out of the EU by March 29, a major polling analysis reveals, The Telegraph reports The Conservatives would lose 59 seats in the event of a general election, making Labour the largest party in the Commons, according to an exclusive poll of polls for The Sunday Telegraph. Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative leader, and Amber Rudd, the Work and Pensions Secretary, would be at “high risk” of being voted out. Jeremy Corbyn has been warned by Labour’s…
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Brexit Labour talks to continue on Monday

Brexit Labour talks to continue on Monday

Jeremy Wright, Britain’s culture minister, said the government would continue to talk to the opposition Labour Party on Monday to try to find a solution to the Brexit impasse. In these talks, Prime Minister Theresa May could offer to remain in a permanent customs union with the European Union to win support of Labour, the BBC reported. With just five days to go until the UK is due to leave the EU, May has said only a cross-party pact will get the support of a majority of MPs, as the DUP and some Tories have rejected her deal with the…
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May warns of no Brexit unless deal is agreed with Labour

May warns of no Brexit unless deal is agreed with Labour

  British Prime Minister Theresa May has warned that Brexit could "slip through our fingers" unless a compromise deal can be reached with Jeremy Corbyn. Her comments come as she continues to try to reach an agreement with the Labour leader that she can get MPs to vote through parliament. May has insisted she had to reach out to Labour in a bid to deliver Brexit or risk letting it "slip through our fingers". In a statement on Saturday night, May said there was a "stark choice" of either leaving the European Union with a deal or not leaving at…
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New vote on Brexit to take place on Friday

New vote on Brexit to take place on Friday

MPs will vote again on Brexit on Friday but it is not clear whether it will be another "meaningful vote" on the PM's withdrawal deal. The Guardian says that Theresa May is still aiming to hold a vote on her Brexit deal on Friday, even though there are no new talks with the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) and more Tory Eurosceptics have hardened their positions against it. The BBC says that when asked whether the motion would be the "full package", Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said discussion was "ongoing". There is speculation that MPs might be asked to vote on the withdrawal agreement but…
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President Abdelaziz Bouteflika returns to Algeria

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika returns to Algeria

A plane has taken Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika back to Algiers. Earlier security forces had been deployed between Algiers airport and the presidential residence in Zeralda, just outside the capital Algiers. The 82-year-old Bouteflika spent two weeks in a hospital in Geneva. Since having a stroke in 2013 he has rarely been seen in public. The president's plane flew to Geneva on Sunday before returning to Boufarik military airport. Bouteflika's announcement that he would stand for re-election next month sparked huge protests across Algeria. The demonstrations, which have seen tens of thousands of people take part, are thought to represent…
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MP Ian Austin quits the Labour party

MP Ian Austin quits the Labour party

The Dudley North MP Ian Austin has said he is quitting the Labour party, telling the Express & Star newspaper he has no plans to join the Independent Group. Austin told the Express and Star he left Labour because of his constituents, saying: “I always tell them the truth and I could never ask local people to make Jeremy Corbyn prime minister. Via The Guardian
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Eight MP quits UK Labour

Eight MP quits UK Labour

An eighth Labour MP has quit the party to join the Independent Group in the House of Commons, accusing Jeremy Corbyn of “presiding over a culture of anti-Jewish racism and hatred of Israel”. Joan Ryan, the MP for Enfield North, described the decision to quit Labour after four decades as “terribly difficult” – but promised to continue to represent and “speak up” for her constituents as a member of the new independent grouping in parliament. In a statement outlining the reasons behind her resignation, Ms Ryan said she had become ”horrified, appalled and angered” by the party’s failure to tackle…
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Corbyn appeals for unity following resignations from Labour

Corbyn appeals for unity following resignations from Labour

Jeremy Corbyn has appealed to Labour members to remain united after seven MPs quit the party in protest over the leadership's handling of Brexit and antisemitism. In an attempt to calm tensions, the Labour leader emailed thousands of party members to express his "disappointment" at their resignations but insisted "our opponents are the Tories, not each other". Mr Corbyn said: "When millions are facing the misery of universal credit, rising crime, homelessness and poverty, now more than ever is the time to bring people together to build a better future for us all. Via The Independent
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Barnier says that Theresa May should endorse Labour’s proposal of a permanent customs union

Barnier says that Theresa May should endorse Labour’s proposal of a permanent customs union

The European Union’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Monday British Prime Minister Theresa should endorse a permanent customs union with the bloc — as proposed by the opposition Labour party — to break the impasse over their looming divorce. Barnier told a news conference in Luxembourg that time was “extremely short” to conclude a deal before Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29. The EU is urging May to work with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to unlock ratification of the withdrawal agreement she negotiated with Brussels. British lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected the deal, agreed in November, in…
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Commons should be able to vote on whether there should be a second Brexit referendum – Labour Party

Commons should be able to vote on whether there should be a second Brexit referendum – Labour Party

Labour has said the Commons should be able to vote on whether to hold a second referendum in an amendment the party submitted on Monday night to Theresa May’s Brexit update. It is the first time the party has asked MPs to formally consider a second poll, although the carefully worded compromise amendment did not commit the party’s leadership to backing a referendum if such a vote were to take place. The wording called for May’s government to hold a vote on two options – its alternative Brexit plan and whether to legislate “to hold a public vote on a…
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Labour’s No confidence vote in Theresa May – explainer

Labour’s No confidence vote in Theresa May – explainer

Labour has been under pressure from other opposition parties to force a vote of no-confidence under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act. Under the law that sets out when the UK holds elections, if a majority of MPs backed such a motion, it would trigger a general election and result in the resignation of the Prime Minister if the UK Government couldn’t reverse the result in a second vote within 14 days. ITV carries the following Q&A explainer on the status Q. What did Jeremy Corbyn table? The Labour leader put forward a no-confidence motion in Mrs May as PM, bemoaning the…
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Labour is no longer a broad church. It is intolerant of those who speak their minds – The Observer

It has become increasingly apparent that differing views are not tolerated in the Labour party and every opinion is judged on whether it is acceptable to the party leadership. This started shortly after Jeremy became leader, as colleagues with whom I had previously thought I shared a similar political outlook began expecting me to do a U-turn and take positions I would never have otherwise agreed with – whether on national security or the EU single market. When Momentum’s activists in my local party voted to censure me, it was hardly a surprise. After all, I’m the latest in a…
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Brexit Update – Understanding the impact of Labour’s motion

Brexit Update – Understanding the impact of Labour’s motion

Britain’s main opposition Labour party on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favour of its Brexit motion, which keeps open the option of a second referendum. Only a few members of the party voted against the motion, which passed at its conference in the northern city of Liverpool. The motion says that if British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans collapse and the ruling Conservative party refuses to call an election, Labour “must support all options remaining on the table including campaigning for a public vote”. “If the government is confident in negotiating a deal that working people, our economy and communities…
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UK Labour adopts internationally-recognised definition of anti-semitism

UK Labour adopts internationally-recognised definition of anti-semitism

After months of wrangling, bitter rows and accusations of institutional racism which have dogged the party all summer, sparking fears of a damaging split, Labour on Tuesday finally adopted the internationally-recognized definition of anti-Semitism in a bid to finally put the issue to bed. The Guardian: Labour’s ruling body has agreed to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism in fullafter a tense meeting in which an accompanying clarification put forward by Jeremy Corbyn was rejected. The party leader withdrew his additional statement when it was clear it could not be agreed upon and instead, after a discussion…
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Former Labour Leader Gordon Brown says party’s soul is at risk because of Corbyn’s handling of anti-Semitism crisis

Former Labour Leader Gordon Brown says party’s soul is at risk because of Corbyn’s handling of anti-Semitism crisis

Gordon Brown has warned that the "soul" of the Labour Party is at risk because of Jeremy Corbyn's handling of the anti-Semitism crisis. The former Labour Prime Minister said that Labour must take action "immediately" to right the "hurt" that it has caused the Jewish community. He said that the Labour Party must "unanimously and unequivocally" accept the international definition of anti-Semitism. It came as Lord Sacks, a former Chief Rabbi, warned that Jewish people are prepared to leave Britain if Jeremy Corbyn becomes Prime Minister because of the "existential" threat he poses. Lord Sacks said that the majority of the…
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Corbyn apologised in Labour antisemitism row

Corbyn apologised in Labour antisemitism row

Jeremy Corbyn has apologised for speaking alongside people who reportedly compared the actions of Israel in Gaza to the Nazis. The Labour leader acknowledged he had appeared with people “whose views I completely reject” when he hosted a Holocaust Memorial Day event in 2010. He apologised for the “concerns and anxiety” that caused.
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Corbyn’s policy on Brexit to be challenged within Labour

Corbyn’s policy on Brexit to be challenged within Labour

The Guardian : 150 constituency Labour parties (CLPs) have been considering mounting a challenge to Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit policy at conference this autumn, with an apparent rise in support for a referendum on a final deal among some of his key allies. A handful of the local parties, some of them in leave-voting constituencies, have already agreed to adopt a motion for a public vote on Theresa May’s deal with an option to remain in the European Union. Others were expected to decide in the coming weeks. Support for a fresh vote has also been quietly growing in Momentum, the…
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UK – Local council election results (Updated)

More than 160,000 candidates spent the night expecting their fate waiting for local election results. A total of 4,371 seats were up for grabs in 150 local councils. Results are being declared across England as counting continues up and down the country. These elections are the first England-wide test of political opinion since the election of last year.  (more…)
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