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Jeremy Corbyn Warned By Leftwing Labour MP He Will Have To Go If He Becomes A 'Liability' Like Miliband, Foot Or Brown

(151) Comments | Posted 27 November 2015 | (13:43)

Jeremy Corbyn has been warned by a veteran leftwing MP he will have to quit as Labour leader if he becomes a "liability" like Gordon Brown, Ed Miliband or Michael Foot.

Paul Flynn, a friend of Corbyn who sits on the same wing of the party, said on Friday it...

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Jeremy Corbyn Should Quit As Labour Leader, Say Former Labour Ministers

(312) Comments | Posted 27 November 2015 | (09:48)

Jeremy Corbyn should resign as leader of the Labour Party over his handling of David Cameron's call for Britain to launch airstrikes against Isis in Syria, according to two Labour MPs.

The Labour leader is opposed to military action, but the majority of his shadow cabinet want to vote in...

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Hilary Benn Insists He Will Not Quit Shadow Cabinet Amid Labour Turmoil Over Syria Vote

(8) Comments | Posted 27 November 2015 | (08:10)

Hilary Benn has insisted he will not resign as shadow foreign secretary amid a revolt against Jeremy Corbyn from within his own frontbench over his opposition to airstrikes against Isis in Syria.

Yesterday David Cameron set out his case to MPs for why Britain should join the United...

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George Osborne's Autumn Statement Leaves Over Two Million Families £1,600 A Year Worse Off, Says IFS

(29) Comments | Posted 26 November 2015 | (13:03)

Around 2.6 million working families will be an average £1,600 a year worse off as a result of benefit changes confirmed in George Osborne's Spending Review, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has found.

This is despite the chancellor's surprise decision to totally abandon his planned cuts to tax credits.


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David Cameron Has Published His Case For Bombing Isis In Syria, 'Our Closest Allies Want Our Help'

(66) Comments | Posted 26 November 2015 | (10:00)

David Cameron has published a dossier making the case for British military action against Isis in Syria.

In a response to the Commons foreign affairs committee report that warned against expanding RAF strikes beyond Iraq, the prime minister said today: "The threats to our interests and to our...

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John McDonnell Told His Decision To Quote Mao Was 'Chilling' By Ex-Labour Camp Prisoner

(14) Comments | Posted 26 November 2015 | (09:04)

A woman who spent part of her childhood in a Chinese labour camp has told John McDonnell it was "chilling" to hear him quote from Mao Zedong's Little Red Book in the Commons yesterday.

Labour's shadow chancellor faced an immediate backlash on Wednesday when he waved a copy of the...

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John McDonnell Did Not Ask Seema Malhotra If He Should Quote Mao And Wave Little Red Book

(6) Comments | Posted 25 November 2015 | (23:23)

John McDonnell did not ask his deputy in Labour's shadow Treasury team whether she thought it would be a good idea for him to brandish the Little Red Book and quote Chairman Mao in the Commons on Wednesday.

The shadow chancellor's attempt at a joke about George Osborne...

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Jeremy Corbyn Supporting Group Insist No 'Conspiracy' To Oust Labour MP Stella Creasy

(15) Comments | Posted 25 November 2015 | (21:51)

A group dedicated to supporting Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of Labour has denied it is involved in a "plot" to oust Stella Creasy as the party's MP for Walthamstow and replace her with a more left-wing candidate.

It has been reported that Creasy, who stood to be deputy Labour leader...

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Autumn Statement 2015: Tories Laugh At George Osborne Joke About 'Comedy' Labour Frontbench

(11) Comments | Posted 25 November 2015 | (13:34)

George Osborne has become known for crowbarring a Budget-based joke or two into his financial statements. Wednesday's Autumn Statement was no different.

The chancellor told MPs that Alan Johnson, the former Labour home secretary, had personally asked him to support Hull in it's year of culture. "I am...

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Autumn Statement 2015: John McDonnell Reads From Chairman Mao's Little Red Book In The Commons

(65) Comments | Posted 25 November 2015 | (12:02)

"Let's quote from Mao," John McDonnell unexpectedly said from the Commons Despatch Box on Wednesday afternoon - to the delight of George Osborne and horror of some Labour MPs.

The shadow chancellor produced the Chinese communist leader's Little Red Book of speeches from his pocket in order to...

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David Cameron Had A Bit Of A Car Crash Outside 10 Downing Street

(1) Comments | Posted 25 November 2015 | (11:12)

It was not quite a pile-up, but someone drove into David Cameron's official car outside No.10 on Wednesday morning as it waited to take the prime minister to the Commons for PMQs and the Autumn Statement.

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Anonymous Praised By Security Minister John Hayes For Hacking Isis

(3) Comments | Posted 24 November 2015 | (14:43)

Security minister John Hayes has said he is "grateful" for the actions of hackers including Anonymous who have targeted Islamic State.

Hayes told the Commons home affairs committee on Tuesday the challenge of fighting radicalisation online "grows all the time".

The minister was asked by Keith Vaz, the chairman of...

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Alan Johnson Reacts With Anger To Being Told He Is 'Undermining' Jeremy Corbyn

(52) Comments | Posted 24 November 2015 | (12:51)

Former home secretary Alan Johnson engaged in a bitter row with Left Unity's Simon Hardy on the BBC's Daily Politics on Tuesday, telling him he was not welcome in the Labour Party.

Johnson was annoyed at being told by Hardy, who stood against Labour at the election, too many Labour...

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Conservative Party Must Explain Links To 'Rich Arabs,' Says Lord Ashdown

(20) Comments | Posted 24 November 2015 | (10:31)

The failure of David Cameron to put pressure on Gulf states to stop funding jihadists raises questions about the Conservative Party's links to rich Arabs, Lord Ashdown has said.

The former Lib Dem leader said on Tuesday morning said while it was a "serious charge" to make, it was justified.

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David Cameron Mocks Labour Splits Over Defence Policy

(20) Comments | Posted 23 November 2015 | (16:15)

David Cameron mocked Jeremy Corbyn in the Commons today following last week's explosive internal-Labour Party row over Ken Livingstone's appointment to co-chair a review of the party's defence policy.

The prime minister told MPs: "We look forward to this review, being carried out as it is, by Ken Livingstone. Someone...

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Boris Johnson Likes To Swear Using Two Fingers

(6) Comments | Posted 23 November 2015 | (12:31)

Boris Johnson prefers to swear at people with two fingers rather than just one.

Last week a cyclist was photographed raising his middle finger at the mayor as the pair passed each other on London's new cycle super highway.

Twitter user @mrchrisjohn asked Boris today: "Will you be asking for...

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Ed Miliband Burned By BBC Presenter Jim Naughtie For 'Crashing' Labour Car

(8) Comments | Posted 23 November 2015 | (08:51)

Ed Miliband popped up on the Today programme on Monday morning and was asked whether Jeremy Corbyn, his successor as Labour leader, was suited to being prime minister. "Of course," Miliband replied. It was a question Angele Eagle, the shadow first secretary of state, repeatedly dodged on Sunday.

However Miliband...

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Jeremy Corbyn 'Conceivably' Could Back Military Action In Syria, Says Shadow Defence Secretary

(29) Comments | Posted 23 November 2015 | (08:11)

Jeremy Corbyn could decide to support David Cameron's plan to expand military strikes against Isis from Iraq into Syria, the shadow defence secretary has said.

The prime minister will this week set out his case for action in the hope of persuading enough MPs to vote in favour of a...

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We Didn't Get To See Osborne And McDonnell Sitting Next To Each Other

(1) Comments | Posted 22 November 2015 | (11:37)

One of the joys of the Andrew Marr programme on Sunday morning is watching political opponents sit awkwardly next to each other and attempt to engage in breakfast chit-chat.

However today the sofa was empty, after George Osborne reportedly declined the invitation to sit with John McDonnell.

An aide to...

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George Osborne Refuses To Rule Out Cuts To Police

(29) Comments | Posted 22 November 2015 | (11:17)

George Osborne has refused to rule out making cuts to the police when he unveils his spending review next week, but insisted the country would be protected against a Paris-style terror attack.

The chancellor has been under pressure not to slash police budgets in the wake of the Isis assault...

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