From shouting on the sidelines, Jeremy Corbyn finds himself suddenly catapulted into a position that should be the envy of any opposition leader. Theresa May’s pledge to seek a Brexit compromise plan with Labour’s boss has created “a Corbyn-May coalition government”, according to Tory arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg. That may be an exaggeration, despite the fury of Conservative Eurosceptics – but for a few days at least the Labour leader has been given real clout in the decision-making process. It could help steer the UK towards a “softer” Brexit. Traditionally a Eurosceptic himself, Corbyn has been criticised for at best lukewarm support for Remain in the 2016 referendum campaign. And Labour has pledged to respect the result." But now the timetable is incredibly tight, and the risks for Corbyn and his team are high. Labour is under conflicting pressure from backers of both “leave” and “remain” among its ranks. Failure … [Read more...] about What is UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s policy on Brexit?
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Former UK foreign secretary David Miliband has hit out Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of British Labour, arguing that the party is still “struggling to assert itself” despite being up against a government that is “leading the country nowhere”. In an exclusive 'Euronews Uncut' interview, top political commentator and journalist Andrew Neil asked Miliband to respond to arguments that the Labour Party is doing better in Britain than the French socialists or the German or Italian social democrats because it had become more left wing. "He's the success story," he said. Miliband, who narrowly lost a Labour leadership contest to his brother Ed in 2010, responded that the party under Corbyn had not been able to secure power, and highlighted differences with other European electoral systems. “Well he's not in government at the moment. We lost the last election and I think it's important to remember that the two-party system in Britain marks it out from really the … [Read more...] about Watch: David Miliband weighs in on state of British Labour Party under Corbyn
The Sun’s “Blood on his Hands” splash with an “ex-IRA killer’s verdict” on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was the most complained about story of 2017, the Independent Press Standards Organisation has revealed. The Sun was the most complained about daily newspaper in 2017 with 4,847 complaints made to press regulator IPSO, but more than half of these (2,894) related to the Corbyn story by political editor Tom Newton Dunn. IPSO did not investigate the story on the grounds it did not raise a possible breach of the Editors’ Code of Practice – the standards to which all of its members are held.None of the other four most complained about stories were investigated, either because there was no potential breach or because they were third-party complaints, not from those concerned in the articles.Mail Online’s story naming a man whose “faulty fridge” is thought to have started the Grenfell Tower inferno was the second-most … [Read more...] about Sun’s Jeremy Corbyn ‘Blood on his Hands’ splash and Daily Mail’s ‘Legs-it’ front among most complained about stories in 2017, IPSO reveals
More than 200 complaints of antisemitism against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have been left “sitting in a folder” in the party’s headquarters, according to the Times. Sources told the paper the complaints “did not meet the threshold for investigation.” Meanwhile an explosive dossier leaked to LBC shows 45 serious complaints of anti-Semitism against Labour Party members. Mak Chishty, a former senior police officer says that of the 45, 17 could be hate crimes which should be reported to the police. Met commissioner Cressida Dick says that her force will investigate the dossier for potential hate crimes. LONDON – The Labour party has failed to fully investigate more than 200 complaints of antisemitism it has received about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and has instead left them “sitting in a folder” in its headquarters, according to the Times. Sources told the paper that the party had received dozens of complaints following reports … [Read more...] about Labour has failed to investigate more than 200 anti-Semitism complaints against Jeremy Corbyn
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for more powers for be handed to local and regional transport bodies in the North as he pledged to improve services for northern commuters during a rail tour of the region. Speaking aboard a train from Leeds to Hull, which was running 16 minutes late by the time it left the station, he said public transport in the North was worse than the “fully-regulated transport system of buses, underground or overground” in London.And he said he was “disappointed” with comments by Prime Minister Theresa May earlier this year which appeared to reject the idea of strategic body Transport for the North getting similar revenue-raising and borrowing powers to Transport for London.Henri Murison: Give the North full powers to get transport on trackDescribing a meeting with Greater Manchester metro mayor Andy Burnham earlier that day, he said his former Labour party leadership rival did not yet have the powers for a regulated bus system similar … [Read more...] about Hand more transport powers to northern leaders, says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on (delayed) rail tour of the North