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  • Jeremy Corbyn to consult on 'women-only' train carriages at night
    Jeremy Corbyn to consult on 'women-only' train carriages at night Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Women-only train carriages could be introduced at night to guard against sexual attacks, Jeremy Corbyn has suggested. More »

  • Labour leadership: Party shrinks 'selectorate' to 554,000 ahead of  …
    Labour leadership: Party shrinks 'selectorate' to 554,000 ahead of  … Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Labour has weeded out about 3,000 alleged infiltrators who attempted to saboteur the party's ongoing leadership election, officials revealed on 25 August. Labour said the people, who registered to vote in the contest, either failed to share the same values as the party or belonged to a rival outfit. The move, alongside scrapping duplicate applications, means that 292,973 members, 148,182 affiliated supporters and 112,799 registered supporters will be able to pick from Jeremy Corbyn, Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham or Liz Kendall. More »

  • Labour Ballot: Legal Challenge Ruled Out
    Labour Ballot: Legal Challenge Ruled Out Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    All four candidates for the Labour leadership have ruled out a legal challenge over the validity of the vote. Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall and Jeremy Corbyn dismissed future action amid claims that Conservative supporters are trying to influence the outcome. For £3 anyone can register as a Labour supporter and secure a vote in the poll. More »

  • Labour To Address 'Tory Infiltration' Concerns
    Labour To Address 'Tory Infiltration' Concerns Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Harriet Harman will meet Labour leadership hopefuls later to discuss their concerns the contest is not being conducted fairly. The acting party leader hopes the emergency meeting will assuage candidates' fears the contest has been infiltrated by Labour's political opponents hoping to swing the vote for left-winger Jeremy Corbyn. For £3 anyone can register as a Labour supporter and secure a vote in the poll and more than 120,000 people have signed up, swelling the electorate to more than 600,000. More »

  • Andy Burnham: British exit from EU would put jobs and prosperity at risk
    Andy Burnham: British exit from EU would put jobs and prosperity at risk Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham has warned against flirting with quitting the European Union in an apparent swipe at frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn. More »

  • Urgent Labour Meeting Over Tory 'Infiltration'
    Urgent Labour Meeting Over Tory 'Infiltration' Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Labour's leadership contenders will reportedly meet senior party figures to demand infiltrators are weeded out ahead of next month's vote. At an emergency meeting on Tuesday, Jeremy Corbyn's opponents are expected to call for better vetting following claims of "entryism" by political opponents paying £3 to become registered Labour supporters - giving them a vote in the poll. Andy Burnham's campaign argues the process could leave the result open to legal challenge because thousands of Conservatives may have signed up to vote. More »

  • Labour leadership result will stand - Harriet Harman
    Labour leadership result will stand - Harriet Harman Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Labour's leadership contest is being run rigorously and the result "will stand", acting leader Harriet Harman has insisted amid claims too little is being done by the party to root out infiltrators. More »

  • Labour calls in lawyers over its leadership contest
    Labour calls in lawyers over its leadership contest Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Labour has called in lawyers to ensure its leadership election is complying with party rules amid fears over the contest being infiltrated by supporters of other parties. More »

  • Labour leadership election explained in 60 seconds
    Labour leadership election explained in 60 seconds Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Labour supporters across the country have started receiving their ballot papers as the Labour leadership election takes place. Why is a Labour leadership election taking place? The Labour Party is holding its first leadership election in five years after Ed MIliband resigned from the post following the party's defeat at the 2015 general election. More »

  • New Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale asks voters to take fresh look at  …
    New Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale asks voters to take fresh look at  … Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    Kezia Dugdale has been elected as the new leader of Scottish Labour, asking voters across the country to "take a fresh look" at the party. More »

  • 50,000 young Britons to miss out on tax credits because of 'illegal' …
    50,000 young Britons to miss out on tax credits because of 'illegal' … Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Thousands of young people could miss out on tax credits and housing benefits under residency changes proposed by the government which are illegal under current EU regulations. The government is seeking to introduce a four-year wait to EU migrants wishing to claim benefits in the UK. "Imposing additional requirements on EU workers that do not apply to a member state's own workers constitutes direct discrimination which is prohibited under current EU law," the government has been told. More »

  • Kids Company closes as founder Camila Batmanghelidjh blames ministers
    Kids Company closes as founder Camila Batmanghelidjh blames ministers Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Kids Company has closed its doors on thousands of young people after running out of money as its high profile founder Camila Batmanghelidjh blamed "rumour-mongering civil servants" and "ill-suited ministers" for the charity's demise. More »

  • Kids Company Closes After £3m Govt Bailout
    Kids Company Closes After £3m Govt Bailout Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Councils are preparing for an influx of vulnerable children after the closure of Kids Company - less than a week after it received a £3m grant from the Government. The charity has helped 36,000 vulnerable children and young people - and officials, charities and councils have told Sky News they are "assessing" how to deal with the situation. Cabinet Office Ministers Oliver Letwin and Matthew Hancock agreed to give extra cash to help restructure the charity despite objections from a senior civil servant and former government minister Tim Loughton, who warned the £3m would not prove "value for money". More »

  • 'Bearded voter-repellent' or cure for 'virus'? Leftist shakes …
    'Bearded voter-repellent' or cure for 'virus'? Leftist shakes … Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan and William James LONDON (Reuters) - Reeling from their worst defeat in decades, senior figures in the Labour Party want to tack to the centre to win back voters, but party activists are rallying behind a leftist stalwart who says it is time to get radical. Labour is so divided over the choice of a leader to replace failed prime ministerial candidate Ed Miliband that some are questioning whether the party that created Britain's welfare state and health service can even hold together. Party heavyweights who served as cabinet ministers under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown from 1997-2010 have been issuing increasingly panicked warnings that a lurch to the left would consign Labour to electoral oblivion. More »

  • "Bearded voter-repellent" or cure for "virus"? Leftist shakes up UK's Labou … Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Reeling from their worst defeat in decades, senior figures in Britain's opposition Labour Party want to tack to the centre to win back voters, but party activists are rallying behind a leftist stalwart who says it is time to get radical. Labour is so divided over the choice of a leader to replace failed prime ministerial candidate Ed Miliband that some are questioning whether the party that created Britain's welfare state and health service can even hold together. Party heavyweights who served as cabinet ministers under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown from 1997-2010 have been issuing increasingly panicked warnings that a lurch to the left would consign Labour to electoral oblivion. More »

  • Call to 'embed' sports participation after post-Olympics lull
    Call to 'embed' sports participation after post-Olympics lull Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Ministers are appealing to the public for ideas on how to address why the number of people playing sport is falling three years after the Olympics. More »

  • France, Britain present united front as anger soars over migrants
    France, Britain present united front as anger soars over migrants Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    France and Britain vowed Sunday that a cross-Channel migrant crisis was their "top priority" in a united front that belied simmering anger over an issue which has become a political hot potato. More »

  • Ending migrant crisis 'top priority', vow Britain and France
    Ending migrant crisis 'top priority', vow Britain and France Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    France and Britain vowed Sunday that a cross-Channel migrant crisis was their "top priority" in a united front that belied simmering anger over an issue which has become a political hot potato. More »

  • Calais Crisis: Hundreds Storm Channel Tunnel
    Calais Crisis: Hundreds Storm Channel Tunnel Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Hundreds of migrants stormed the Channel Tunnel overnight, pulling down fences before being halted from crossing to Britain by riot police using chemical spray. One of those trying to break in to the tunnel railhead said he had heard that the UK was about to use the Army and it was their last chance. It comes as Home Secretary Theresa May and France's Interior Minister said the EU should step in to help Britain and France find long-term solutions to the "global migration crisis". More »

  • Pay Compensation For Calais Chaos - Harman
    Pay Compensation For Calais Chaos - Harman Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Harriet Harman has written to David Cameron demanding he ask the French for compensation for Britons affected by the chaos at Calais. Labour's interim leader says the PM should be doing more to recoup the cost of the crisis to haulage firms. Some lorries are reported to be waiting for days to cross the channel as a result of migrant activity and strikes by French dock workers. More »

  • Calais Crisis: UK To Send Extra Sniffer Dogs
    Calais Crisis: UK To Send Extra Sniffer Dogs Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Extra sniffer dogs and fencing will be sent to France to help deal with the Calais migrant crisis, David Cameron has said. Mr Cameron, who spoke with French President Francois Hollande about the issue on Friday evening, said: "This is going to be a difficult issue right across the summer. Mr Cameron said Britain would work "hand in glove" with the French to tackle the problem. More »

  • French police foil '1,000 bids' to cross Channel
    French police foil '1,000 bids' to cross Channel Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    French police said they had prevented more than 1,000 desperate attempts by migrants to get into Britain via the Channel Tunnel Friday, as London vowed further measures to tackle the crisis. More »

  • French police slow migrant bids to cross Channel
    French police slow migrant bids to cross Channel Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    The British government was to hold an emergency meeting Friday to grapple with a migrant crisis on its doorstep, as police in northern France blocked at least 200 people from reaching the Channel tunnel. More »

  • British PM's 'swarm' of migrants comment sparks outrage
    British PM's 'swarm' of migrants comment sparks outrage Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Prime Minister David Cameron faced heavy criticism Thursday for saying a "swarm" of migrants was trying to come to Britain, as authorities in France struggle to stop them crossing the Channel. More »

  • Labour Demands Inquiry Into Tax Credits Cuts
    Labour Demands Inquiry Into Tax Credits Cuts Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Harriet Harman has written to the Prime Minister to insist that the Government's cuts to tax credits should be scrutinised by a select committee inquiry. In his Budget earlier this month, the Chancellor announced changes to the thresholds for the receipt of working tax credits which would reduce the amount many workers receive. More »

  • Jeremy Corbyn wins backing of two more unions in Labour leadership race
    Jeremy Corbyn wins backing of two more unions in Labour leadership race Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Jeremy Corbyn has been given a fresh boost in his bid to become Labour leader after receiving the backing of two more trade unions. More »

  • PM Criticised Over Migrant 'Swarm' Comment
    PM Criticised Over Migrant 'Swarm' Comment Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    David Cameron has been criticised for describing migrants as a "swarm" trying to get into Britain. The Prime Minister used the term as the crisis at Calais continued, with large numbers of migrants trying to reach the UK through the Channel Tunnel. The mounting problem has caused travel chaos on either side of the Channel and led to calls for the Army to be sent in to tackle the emergency. More »

  • French police slow desperate migrant bids to cross Channel
    French police slow desperate migrant bids to cross Channel Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Hundreds of migrants holed up in northern France made another desperate attempt to reach England in the early hours of Thursday, as Britain's prime minister came under fire for controversial comments on the crisis. More »

  • Jeremy Corbyn dismisses Labour contest 'infiltrators' theory
    Jeremy Corbyn dismisses Labour contest 'infiltrators' theory Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has dodged questions about whether he is a Marxist as he dismissed warnings that the contest is being warped by hard-left "infiltrators". More »

  • Labour Leadership Race 'Should Be Halted'
    Labour Leadership Race 'Should Be Halted' Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    The Labour leadership race should be put on hold so steps can be taken to stop people joining the party simply to back the hard-left, according to an MP. Backbencher John Mann says the contest is "totally out of control" and at risk of being distorted by "infiltrators". Mr Mann told The Sunday Times that acting party leader Harriet Harman should step in, as speculation grows that 140,000 people may have joined the party since the General Election - just so they can vote for Jeremy Corbyn. More »

  • Labour leadership race should be halted over 'infiltrators', MP John …
    Labour leadership race should be halted over 'infiltrators', MP John … Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Harriet Harman has been urged to suspend the Labour leadership race amid fears it is being warped by a wave of hard-left "infiltrators". More »

  • Labour 'crying out for leadership' says Andy Burnham after welfare  …
    Labour 'crying out for leadership' says Andy Burnham after welfare  … Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Labour is "crying out for leadership" after making a "mess" of its approach in Parliament to the Government's welfare reforms, leadership candidate Andy Burnham has said. More »

  • Labour Party revolts against leader over government welfare cuts
    Labour Party revolts against leader over government welfare cuts Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    The Labour Party suffered an embarrassing split on Monday when about a fifth of its MPs defied its interim leader's call not to oppose government plans to cut welfare payments. In his first post-election budget this month, Chancellor George Osborne set out 12 billion pounds of welfare savings aimed at helping rebalance the public finances, including sharply restricting access to an expensive tax credits system which tops up the earnings of workers on low incomes. Labour, which in May suffered its worst election defeat since 1987, is in the midst of a soul searching debate about its future direction as it grapples with the reasons for its loss and seeks a new leader. More »

  • UK's Labour Party revolts against leader over government welfare cuts Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Britain's opposition Labour Party suffered an embarrassing split on Monday when about a fifth of its lawmakers defied its interim leader's call not to oppose government plans to cut welfare payments. In his first post-election budget this month, finance minister George Osborne set out 12 billion pounds ($18.7 billion) of welfare savings aimed at helping rebalance the public finances, including sharply restricting access to an expensive tax credits system which tops up the earnings of workers on low incomes. Labour, which in May suffered its worst election defeat since 1987, is in the midst of a soul searching debate about its future direction as it grapples with the reasons for its loss and seeks a new leader. More »

  • Labour Rebels Defy Leadership On Welfare
    Labour Rebels Defy Leadership On Welfare Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    A fifth of Labour MPs defied the party leadership by voting against the Government's welfare changes. Some 48 of the party's 232 MPs refused to abstain despite being ordered to do so by interim leader Harriet Harman. One of those was leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn, though rivals Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper eventually fell into line. More »