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  • Featured News Corbyn asks for more time to develop policy as Watson-McCluskey feud continues

    Corbyn asks for more time to develop policy as Watson-McCluskey feud continues

    Jeremy Corbyn has appealed for more time to deliver election-winning policies following a weekend of intense debate at the top of the party and the unions over his future following Labour’s disastrous defeat in Copeland. Corbyn also appeared to blame demographic change for the loss of the west Cumbria seat to the Tories, which had been Labour for more than 80 years. The leader, who has won overwhelmingly victories in the last two leadership elections, spoke out last night after […]

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  • Featured News Corbyn aims to bounce back from Copeland defeat with reshuffle of top aides

    Corbyn aims to bounce back from Copeland defeat with reshuffle of top aides

    Jeremy Corbyn has responded to Labour’s terrible result in Copeland by shaking up his top team of aides. The party leader made two key appointments to his strategy and communications team over the weekend and little more than a week after losing key official Simon Fletcher over an apparent frustration at the lack of direction at the top of the party. Last night it emerged that Niall Sookoo, a former Unite staffer who previously had a spell working for Corbyn, would return […]

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  • Comment Featured He wanted to bring peace to the Middle East and it was my pleasure to travel with him – Corbyn on Sir Gerald Kaufman

    He wanted to bring peace to the Middle East and it was my pleasure to travel with him – Corbyn on Sir Gerald Kaufman

    This is the full statement published by Jeremy Corbyn following the death of Sir Gerald Kaufman. I’m very sad at the passing of Sir Gerald Kaufman MP. An iconic and irascible figure in the Labour Party, Gerald worked with Harold Wilson when he was Prime Minister in the 1960s and became a Labour MP in 1970. Gerald was always a prominent figure in the party and in Parliament, with his dandy clothes and wonderful demeanour in speaking. Gerald came from […]

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  • Comment Europe Featured Gareth Thomas: RBS has posted another loss so let’s shake-up the City and turn part of the bank into a mutual

    Gareth Thomas: RBS has posted another loss so let’s shake-up the City and turn part of the bank into a mutual

    Ministers should create a new mutual bank to compete with the big four banks for business and individual clients. Williams & Glyn could be hived off from the Royal Bank of Scotland to achieve this but the government, desperate to privatise RBS, is trying to persuade the European Commission to let the state-owned lender keep Williams & Glyn; creating a fund to help challenger banks instead. Whilst there have been many reforms to banking since the 2008 crash, one fundamental […]

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  • Featured News Tributes paid to Sir Gerald Kaufman after former minister dies at 86

    Tributes paid to Sir Gerald Kaufman after former minister dies at 86

    The veteran Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman has died aged 86. Kaufman, the father of the House, was a former minister who had been an MP in Manchester (above) since 1970. Tonight senior Labour figures paid tribute to the backbencher after his family confirmed his passing. Kaufman was a minister in the environment department and then the industry department in the 1970s and served as shadow foreign secretary under the leadership of Neil Kinnock. Jeremy Corbyn said he was “very sad” […]

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