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Jeremy Corbyn: Labour is not a threat to Jewish life in Britain

Labour leader admits party has been too slow in tackling antisemitism within its ranks broken his silence over the antisemitism row engulfing Labour, acknowledging the party has a real problem over the issue but strongly rejecting the idea that it poses any threat to the Jewish community in the UK. Writing in the Guardian following increasing calls for him to take a lead and address the concerns of many Jewish groups, the Labour leader accepted that the partys incomplete adoption of an internationally recognised definition of antisemitism had caused genuine…

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Jeremy Corbyn calls Syria airstrikes legally questionable

PM should have sought parliamentary approval before taking military action, says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has described airstrikes on Syria as legally questionable and accused Theresa May of trailing after Donald Trump in an attack that could escalate the conflict. The Labour leader was responding to the news that the Theresa May: Syria strikes ‘right and legal’ option video Labour has opposed a military strike on Syria since the chemical weapons attack on Douma. On Thursday, Corbyn urged May to remember the lessons of intelligence failures in the buildup to…

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New centrist party gets 50m backing to break mould of UK politics

Plans secretly made for a new political party drawing from left and right A new political party with access to up to 50m in funding has been secretly under development for more than a year by a network of entrepreneurs, philanthropists and donors keen to break the Westminster mould, the Observer can reveal. The movement, spearheaded by a former Labour benefactor, is understood to have been drawn up by a group frustrated by the tribal nature of politics, the polarisation caused by Brexit and the standard of political leadership on…

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Jeremy Corbyn criticised for attending radical Jewish event

Labour leader attended meeting of Jewdas, which is at odds with mainstream Jewish groups over alleged antisemitism in the party Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised for attending a Passover event with a leftwing Jewish group highly critical of mainstream Jewish communal bodies, and which has described the protests against the Labour leader as faux outrage greased with hypocrisy and opportunism. Corbyn attended a Passover seder, the traditional meal of the Jewish festival, in his Islington constituency that was organised by Jewdas, which last week accused the Jewish Board of Deputies,…

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John McDonnell says nationalising services would cost nothing

Shadow chancellor says Labours public ownership agenda is an economic necessity John McDonnell says nationalising services would cost nothing Shadow chancellor says Labours public ownership agenda is an economic necessity Sat 10 Feb 2018 07.35EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close

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Jeremy Corbyn: Labour is now the mainstream, with Tories in disarray

Labour leader says his party goes into its conference preparing for another election and with plans to unseat several ministers Jeremy Corbyn has accused Theresa May of presiding over a government in disarray and declared that the Labour party, revitalised under his leadership, now represents the mainstream of British politics. Speaking before his partys first conference since the Conservatives lost their majority, Corbyn said Boris Johnsons recent Brexit intervention demonstrated that the prime minister had surrendered control of her cabinet. The Labour leader argued that tour of marginal constituencies, with…

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May adopts contrite tone after Tory MPs vent anger over election

Prime minister apologises to Tories who lost seats and reaffirms top cabinet posts in DUP-backed minority government A chastened Theresa May has apologised to her party colleagues, after squandering the Conservatives majority with an ill-fated snap general election, forcing her to turn to Northern Irelands Democratic Unionist party for backing. A surge in support for Jeremy Corbyns Labour party and its anti-austerity message drove the Conservatives into retreat, leaving them unable to form a majority government alone. Labour won the last seat to declare, Kensington and Chelsea, meaning it had…

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Theresa May’s leadership in the balance amid Tory election fury

Gamble on early election appears to have backfired, with exit poll prediction of hung parliament seen as catastrophic for PM Theresa Mays position as Conservative leader is under pressure after her gamble on an early election appeared to have backfired spectacularly. Tory MPs were shocked and furious after the party lost much of its 20-point badly received Conservative manifesto, but on the performance of May personally, after she made it a presidential-style contest by putting her hoping for a lead in seats of up to 100. The prime minister toured…

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Eight reasons why Jeremy Corbyn robbed Theresa May of a landslide | Zoe Willlams

The game-changing manifesto, the galvanised youth vote a number of factors combined to create the worst Conservative campaign for decades Support our journalism by becoming a Guardian supporter or making a contribution Youve got to love it. A political system in which theres no winner. Almost everyone, from some angle, is a loser. Nobody can work out wholl be prime minister in the morning. Everyones muttering darkly about another election in October. Weve come down to wondering whether Sinn Fin will drop its absentee policy. And all any progressive can…

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General election: May falters during challenge over record on public services

PM confronted by nurse over issue of low pay in Question Time special, while Jeremy Corbyn is questioned over Trident and national security Theresa May came under sustained pressure over the Conservative partys record on public sector pay, mental health services and social care in a combative election edition of BBC1s Question Time broadcast less than a week before polling day. The prime minister faced a string of awkward questions from members of the public, including a challenge from a nurse, Victoria Davey, who left May faltering after confronting her…

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Jeremy Corbyn’s leaked draft manifesto: what Labour would do

Labour would keep Trident, nationalise the railways and phase out tuition fees, among other policies Details of a draft version of Labours pitch to the country have leaked, with Jeremy Corbyns party hoping to make manifesto commitments to part-nationalise some public utilities and to make funds available for social care. Below is a summary of what the party leadership would like to do in government. Respect the Brexit referendum result and give a meaningful vote on any deal to parliament. EU citizens living in the UK would have their rights…

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Conservatives on course for landslide victory in election, poll suggests

Observer/Opinium survey indicates Tory party has doubled its lead over Labour to 19 points since Theresa Mays announcement The Tories have more than doubled their lead over Labour to 19 points since Theresa May called a snap general election last Tuesday, according to a new poll that suggests the Conservatives are heading for a landslide victory on 8 June. The survey by Opinium for the Observer, conducted on Wednesday and Thursday of last week, puts the Tories on 45% (up seven points compared with the previous week), while Labour is…

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