Labour ridiculed over Naz Shah brewery p*ss up as MP is finally suspended

Labour ridiculed over Naz Shah brewery p*ss up as MP is finally suspended

27 Apr 2016 17:35

Labour’s media operation has been lambasted by commentators after the party moved to suspend Naz Shah – hours after Jeremy Corbyn said he would not take action against the Bradford West MP.

Earlier in the day, shadow energy secretary Lisa Nandy contradicted the party line by saying her colleague should be suspended.

And to make matters worse, it has been reported that the Labour leadership team removed references to 'anti-semitism' in an apology issued by

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Yvette Cooper wins PMQs with passionate plea on child refugees... as PM emulates Delboy

Yvette Cooper wins PMQs with passionate plea on child refugees... as PM emulates Delboy

27 Apr 2016 13:05

After an impressive performance at Prime Minister’s Questions last week, Jeremy Corbyn came back down to Earth with a bump this week.

The Labour leader touched only fleetingly on the NHS strike. He also opted not to pursue Tory donor Sir Philip Green’s role in the collapse of BHS or the government’s failure to give sanctuary to 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees in Europe.

Instead, he devoted all six of his questions to government plans

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After Ian Botham, now Brexiteers get Ted Cruz batting for their side

After Ian Botham, now Brexiteers get Ted Cruz batting for their side

27 Apr 2016 09:05

Last week the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union got a boost of sorts as former cricket player Ian Botham backed Brexit.

But that intervention quickly looked rather featherweight after Barack Obama warned that Britain would be at the "back of the queue" for a trade deal with America if it left the EU.

Who could hit back for the Brexiteers?

Now Ted Cruz has weighed in with the sort of comments that

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Naz Shah resigns PPS post five hours after antisemitic posts revealed

Naz Shah resigns PPS post five hours after antisemitic posts revealed

26 Apr 2016 15:06

Alastair Campbell is said to have once declared* that a politician can only survive 11 days of negative headlines before they are finished.

Today came further evidence that the news cycle is tightening dramatically as Labour MP Naz Shah opted to step down as parliamentary private secretary to shadow chancellor John McDonnell - about five hours after damaging revelations surfaced.

Shah came in for criticism after the Guido Fawkes website revealed that she had

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How Nicola Sturgeon will get her independent Scotland... in three years' time

How Nicola Sturgeon will get her independent Scotland... in three years' time

by Geoff Beattie / 26 Apr 2016 12:00

It’s January 2019. George Osborne has been Prime Minister for six months. His predecessor, David Cameron, bowed out in the summer of 2018, two years after he won that famous victory in the EU Referendum, by a much more comfortable margin than anyone had predicted.

There is a fragile unity in the Tory Party, with Michael Gove firmly established as Deputy Prime Minister. The economy is growing again, after the mild global recession of 2017. 

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Jeremy Hunt eyes cabinet exit: 'This is likely to be my last big job in politics'

Jeremy Hunt eyes cabinet exit: 'This is likely to be my last big job in politics'

26 Apr 2016 09:06

As junior doctors walk out of A&E departments across England in the first ever strike to hit emergency care, spare a thought for Jeremy Hunt.

Or maybe not. But the health secretary is clearly keen for people to know that episode has taken its toll on him.

As the NHS enters unchartered territory, Hunt this morning suggested that his battle with the doctors had killed off any lingering ambitions he might have once held to

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Corbyn satisfaction ratings up for second month in a row

Corbyn satisfaction ratings up for second month in a row

25 Apr 2016 17:20

The number of voters who are satisfied with Jeremy Corbyn has been gradually creeping up since February 2016, according to new polling.

Ipsos Mori found that 38% of all voters are now satisfied with the way that Corbyn is doing his job as Labour leader.

A month ago - in March - some 35% of voters were satisfied, while in February the figure stood at just 30%.

The rise in his satisfaction ratings means

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Zac Goldsmith cannot be David Cameron’s priority

Zac Goldsmith cannot be David Cameron’s priority

by George Pascoe-Watson / 25 Apr 2016 15:23

The debate is raging in political circles: does David Cameron actually want Zac Goldsmith to be London Mayor? 

What a strange question to ask. Why would the PM be interested in anything other than a third Tory term in power in the world’s greatest capital city?

And it’s true, speak to the Cameron team and it’s clear the PM is playing his part in the London election, dragooning his own MPs to campaign on the

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Theresa May keeps Brexiteers sweet as she speaks up for Remain

Theresa May keeps Brexiteers sweet as she speaks up for Remain

25 Apr 2016 12:15

Theresa May’s backing for Remain came as a pleasant surprise to some pro-EU Tory MPs. It also frustrated most of the eurosceptic MPs that the home secretary needs on board if she is to become next Tory leader.

So how to square the circle?

Today the home secretary set out her support for remaining in the EU in her first speech of the campaign.

She said the UK has to "stand tall and lead in

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Sophie Walker: Equality for women is not a political football

Sophie Walker: Equality for women is not a political football

by Sebastian Whale / 25 Apr 2016 10:30

Tucked away near the hipster-laden Bermondsey Street in south east London is the Women’s Equality Party’s campaign headquarters.

The small, three-floor operation is in full flow, just under a month remains in party leader Sophie Walker’s bid for City Hall, and the former journalist is in full campaign mode.

Walker is part of the 12-person shortlist running for mayor of London. It is a wide and diverse field, but Walker believes only her party is

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How will Brexiteers bounce back from Obama? Johnson and Gove lead the way

How will Brexiteers bounce back from Obama? Johnson and Gove lead the way

25 Apr 2016 08:50

The NHS features prominently in the columns of both Michael Gove and Boris Johnson today – almost as if they were coordinated!

Both Vote Leave big dogs argue that some of that £350m per week going to Brussels (yep, they use that figure again despite the UKSA rebuke last week) could be used for the health service.

Gove suggests the doctors’ dispute would be in a different place if the UK was out of the

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Book review: How To Win A Marginal Seat

Book review: How To Win A Marginal Seat

by Keith Simpson MP / 22 Apr 2016 16:30

Gavin Barwell is the Conservative MP for Croydon Central.  In 2010 he was elected with a majority of 3,000 and in 2015 with a majority of 165 votes making his seat one of the most marginal in the country. He decided after the election he wanted to write an account of five years campaigning for his three boys, to give them an understanding of what he had been doing, and why he was often away

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