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  • Featured News Unions Union chief challenges Labour over “politically motivated” suspensions

    Union chief challenges Labour over “politically motivated” suspensions

    The trade union leader suspended from Labour – apparently over social media posts – has attacked the decision as “flying in the face of natural justice” and claimed it could be “politically motivated”. Ronnie Draper, general secretary of BFAWU, has said he will be writing to general secretary Iain McNicol over “arbitrary” bans on ordinary members and supporters after he was suspended – meaning he and others cannot vote in the leadership contest. The Labour-affiliated Bakers’ Union has endorsed Jeremy […]

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  • Featured News Corbyn: I’ll reverse cuts and deliver a “transformative vision” for British arts

    Corbyn: I’ll reverse cuts and deliver a “transformative vision” for British arts

    Jeremy Corbyn has today pledged to spend an extra £40m a year on the arts and introduce an pupil premium in order to support cultural education if he were elected Prime Minister. The leader promised to reverse the Tory cuts to arts budgets to increase spending to match the European average as a proportion of GDP – which would cost £42.8m a year. He would also introduce funding, similar to that of the physical education pupil premium, which would give a cash boost […]

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  • Featured News Unions Labour conference still in doubt as security giant G4S snubs party plea

    Labour conference still in doubt as security giant G4S snubs party plea

    Concerns are mounting over whether Labour conference – due to open in less than a month – will go ahead after a major security company rejected a late offer to cover the event. Labour approached G4S, which has provided security numerous times previously, earlier this week in an effort to solve the crisis that has thrown the annual conference into doubt. However, the company says it does not have sufficient time to make arrangements ahead of the September 24 start date. Working with […]

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  • Europe Featured News Labour donor Lord Sainsbury also funded Lib Dems as part of EU campaign

    Labour donor Lord Sainsbury also funded Lib Dems as part of EU campaign

    Labour donor Lord Sainsbury also gave more than £2m to the Liberal Democrats, it has emerged. The former science minister, who served under Tony Blair, said both gifts were part of his attempt to ensure Britain remained in the EU. The donations, of £2.15m to Labour and £2.125m to the Lib Dems, were revealed as part of the latest quarterly return on party funding published by the Electoral Commission. The update, published yesterday, prompted controversy with shadow Chancellor John McDonnell […]

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  • Featured News John McDonnell claims Corbynistas “purged” from leadership contest

    John McDonnell claims Corbynistas “purged” from leadership contest

    Tensions between the Labour leadership and party officials appeared to deepen tonight when John McDonnell claimed there had been a “rigged purge” of Corbynistas. The shadow Chancellor alleged that “thousands” of Labour supporters were being denied a vote in the leadership contest as he published an extraordinary statement in response to the earlier suspension from the party of Ronnie Draper, the leader of the Bakers’ Union. McDonnell, who chairs Corbyn’s campaign,  claimed the action against Draper, which bars him from voting […]

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