Tom Watson is going on a one-day hunger strike in solidarity with two Guantanamo Bay inmates. The deputy Labour Party leader announced this morning that he would not allow himself ‘anything but sips of water’ as a protest against the treatment of two prisoners currently on hunger strike in the notorious military prison. Mr Watson wrote in The Guardian: ‘This is not some George Osborne-inspired weight-loss plan.
BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg to have bodyguard protection at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester this week.
“I won’t forgive you for getting into bed with the Tories.” As an active member of the Lib Dems for the last two years, this is a phrase I’m very used to hearing when I canvass Labour voters. Regular Politics.co.uk columnist Chaminda Jayanetti suggested that the party needed to recognise this feeling in the country, but that instead it had “learned nothing” from the Coalition years. In actual fact, the 2017 general election saw Tim Farron reject the idea of another coalition with the Tories, so it is clear that we have actually learned quite a lot.
Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity within the party has never been higher and the excitement at the conference has not gone unnoticed.
Jeremy Corbyn has played down the prospect of his party offering a second referendum on the Brexit deal, after Sadiq Khan suggested it was 'possible'.
Political campaigner Booth, 85, who was the father of Cherie Blair, the wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, died on Monday night.
One of the strange new communication techniques in Brexit Britain is for a politician to give a speech containing huge amounts of waffle except for a couple of very specific sentences right in the middle. Now shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer has done the same at the Labour conference. Starmer went on about how lovely Labour was and how it would pursue a lovelier Brexit than the Tories.
People who vote Labour know less about politics on average than their Conservative counterparts, a poll has found. The survey tested participants’ political knowledge by asking them whether eight statements about politics were true or false. Statements included ‘the unemployment rate in the UK is currently less than 5%’; ‘the chancellor of the Exchequer is responsible for setting interest rates in the UK’ and ‘the minimum voting age for UK general elections is now 16 years of age’.
Laura Kuenssberg has reportedly been targeted by a left-wing hate mob who have sent her a series of threats because they believe she is biased against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is under fresh pressure to commit Labour to keeping the UK in the EU single market after Brexit. Labour meets in Brighton for its annual conference this week.
Diane Abbott shocked breakfast TV viewers this morning by using the N-word live on air. The shadow home secretary was appearing on Good Morning Britain to discuss the racist and sexist abuse she receives from Twitter trolls. Ms Abbott shocked presenters and viewers when she said she had been called a “n***** b****”.
Jeremy Corbyn has said he is “open” to the United Kingdom remaining in the single market permanently after Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn has seemingly contradicted himself in a matter of minutes over his position on the single market and Brexit. Speaking ahead of a key vote on the second reading of the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Commons, the Labour leader appeared to suggest he supported membership of the single market (which would only be possible with continued membership of the EU) whilst going on to assert he wanted to respect the result of the referendum.
Britain could remain in the EU single market permanently Labour’s deputy leader has claimed. Tom Watson’s comments came even though party leader Jeremy Corbyn says Britain must leave it following the Brexit vote last year. Watson was speaking to BBC Newsnight.
Theresa May has insisted she will lead the Tories into the next election but Conservative MPs believe Boris Johnson will be the man to eventually take over. The under-fire Foreign Secretary is the man that one third of Tories believe will take over the role as party leader, according to polling company Populus. One fifth think that Brexit Secretary David Davis will lead the party next – whether it is is display as leader or as Prime mInister if Mrs May does quit before another election.
A Labour MP has claimed she shared a sick message telling Rotherham sex abuse victims to ‘shut up for sake of diversity’ by accident. Naz Shah, a key ally of leader Jeremy Corbyn, retweeted and liked a post on the Twitter page by a parody account of left-wing writer Owen Jones. The post read: “Those abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths.
During his time running mayoral campaigns for Boris Johnson, Lynton Crosby famously created the “doughnut” strategy. This focused campaigning efforts on the outer boroughs of London where the Tory vote was then strongest. Of the 23 London constituencies that share a border, Labour hold just seven compared to the Tories’ 13.
Charlie Mullins, who runs Pimlico Plumbing, told Yahoo News UK that he believes the Labour leader is “destroying the country” - and wouldn’t let him work at his company.
The millionaire boss of a plumbing company caused red-faces all round when he called Jeremy Corbyn a “tw*t” live on radio. Remain supporter Charlie Mullins, the boss of Pimlico Plumbers, appeared on BBC Radio 4’s World At One to talk about employment laws. When the subject moved on to Brexit, Mr Mullins was asked about whether the UK should stay in the single market – something opposed by the Labour leader.
Labour may yet change its stance on Brexit if the British public decide they don’t want to leave the EU after all, according to the party’s election campaign chief. Andrew Gwynne, a key advisor to Jeremy Corbyn, suggested that Labour could be “flexible” over Brexit, according to the Daily Mirror.
Labour have taken an eight points lead in the latest opinion poll published by YouGov. It is the first survey the polling company has taken since last month’s General Election. The poll puts Labour at 46 per cent and the Conservatives 38 per cent.
In an alternate universe, Ed Miliband is Prime Minister and Jeremy Corbyn is nothing more than a veteran backbencher. The former Labour leader was supposed to topple David Cameron in the 2015 General Election and become the new PM, according to the polls.
One of the reasons Labour performed strongly in the general election was the surge in support in Remain areas and among the young, so it’s ironic that this has allowed Jeremy Corbyn to consolidate his control of the party and enforce hard Brexit. Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer, who for many months was gradually retreating on his demands for single market membership, has now effectively accepted defeat and adopted the hard Brexit position of Jeremy Corbyn. By the time Corbyn secured his surprisingly strong result, the game was up.
The sight of thousands of men in a tent chanting for the execution of a female politician they disagree with was genuinely disturbing. The crowd at Glastonbury generally shares the same values as me. Presentation has always mattered in politics, from as far back as the records go.