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Hain: High cost of Brexit for Northern Ireland peace

Hain: High cost of Brexit for Northern Ireland peace

Brexit could mean a “dangerously high cost” for peace in Northern Ireland, a former minister has warned. Ex-Labour Northern Ireland Secretary Lord Hain said the peace process could “so easily unravel”. He said the Brexit bill should be changed to support maintaining the open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. But former […]

John McDonnell says ‘soft coup’ launched against Corbyn

John McDonnell says ‘soft coup’ launched against Corbyn

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Shadow chancellor John McDonnell (centre) warns of “dark arts” Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell says “a soft coup” has been launched against Jeremy Corbyn by “elements in the Labour Party”. Mr McDonnell accuses unnamed “plotters” and the “Murdoch media empire” of a “coordinated and fully resourced” coup. In an article […]

Disability benefits: Number 10 defends changes to PIPs

Disability benefits: Number 10 defends changes to PIPs

Image copyright Science Photo Library Downing Street has defended plans to change access to disability benefits, saying that “nobody is losing out”. The government wants to reverse the effects of a court ruling which expands the number of people who can claim Personal Independence Payments. The PM’s official spokesman said the welfare system was a […]

Labour MP Gerald Kaufman dies at 86

Media captionSir Gerald was the oldest serving MP in Westminster, so was given the title of Father of the House Sir Gerald Kaufman, Labour MP for Manchester Gorton and Father of the House of Commons, has died aged 86. His family made the announcement late on Sunday, calling him “a great socialist and parliamentarian”. Sir […]

MPs criticise Theresa May and NHS over ‘bickering’

MPs criticise Theresa May and NHS over ‘bickering’

“Public bickering” between the prime minister and the NHS is an “insult to taxpayers” who want clear information on health funding, MPs have said. The House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee (PAC) criticised a dispute between Theresa May and NHS England boss Simon Stevens over finances. Its report also censured the government for “plundering” NHS […]

Don’t give up, Jeremy Corbyn urges Labour

Don’t give up, Jeremy Corbyn urges Labour

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Labour leader has come under renewed pressure since the Copeland defeat Jeremy Corbyn is to say Labour’s parliamentary by-election loss shows “the scale of how hard our task is to persuade people of our message”. In a speech, he will urge his party to “remain united”, and not […]

Labour leadership: Watson says not the time for a contest

Media captionTom Watson: “We have to do better, we cannot sustain this level of distance from our electorate.” Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has said now is “not the time” for a leadership contest, but the party must “do better” at winning over voters. Speaking at the Scottish Labour conference in Perth, he said the […]

Labour must do better under Corbyn, says Watson

Media captionTom Watson: “We have to do better, we cannot sustain this level of distance from our electorate.” Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has said now is “not the time” to change the party’s leadership, but it must “do better” at winning over voters. Speaking at the Scottish Labour conference in Perth, he said the […]

London Mayor Sadiq Khan ‘not accusing SNP of being racists’

Media captionSadiq Khan: “Of course I am not saying that the SNP are racists or bigots.” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was not accusing the SNP of being racists or bigots. He was under pressure to clarify tweeted extracts of his Scottish Labour conference speech in which he attacked “narrow nationalist parties”. Mr Khan […]

London Mayor Sadiq Khan calls for fight against ‘narrow nationalist parties’

London Mayor Sadiq Khan calls for fight against ‘narrow nationalist parties’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sadiq Khan is due to address Scottish Labour conference members in Perth London Mayor Sadiq Khan will tell Scottish Labour conference delegates gathered in Perth that nationalism is as divisive as racism. He will use his speech to say that the world-wide trend toward “narrow nationalist parties” needed to be […]