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Jeremy Corbyn Gave A Speech On A Fire Engine, As 'Economically Illiterate' Shadow Chancellor Attacked

(44) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 3:50 PM

Jeremy Corbyn addressed a large crowd of cheering supporters from the top of a fire engine in central-London on Monday evening, as a rally of hundreds held to boost his Labour leadership campaign overflowed into the street.

The veteran leftwing MP and surprise frontrunner in the race to...

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Philip Hammond Accused Of Abandoning Foreign Office Campaign Against Death Penalty

(40) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 5:32 AM

Philip Hammond has been accused of treating human rights as "dispensable" after the Foreign Office decided to abandon an explicit mention of abolishing the death penalty as one of its global priorities.

Anti-death penalty campaign group Reprieve has written to the foreign secretary urging him to reverse the decision....

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Listen To The Moment A Mystery Woman First Urged Jeremy Corbyn To Run For Labour Leader

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 12:36 PM

Jeremy Corbyn is now the frontrunner to become the next leader of the Labour Party. But shortly after the general election in May he all but dismissed the idea of challenging the more obvious candidates for Ed Miliband's job.

Appearing on LBC radio on May 9, the day after Miliband...

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Jeremy Corbyn Can Not Conceivably Win A General Election, Says Jack Straw

(105) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 9:55 AM

Jeremy Corbyn can not "conceivably" win the general election for Labour in 2020 and his politics will lead to "oblivion" for the party, former cabinet minister Jack Straw has warned.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's World at One programme on Friday, Straw said the only way Labour could win again...

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Calais Migrant Crisis: David Cameron's Response Is 'Racist', Says Calais Deputy Mayor

(107) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 7:15 AM

David Cameron's response to the Calais migrant crisis has been "racist", the deputy mayor of the French city has said.

Speaking to Channel 5 News on Friday, Philippe Mignonet said it was unfair that the French authorities were always blamed for what was happening at the entrance to the Channel...

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Andy Burnham Says He's Never Worn Mascara, Questions Daily Mail's 'Obsession' With His Eyelashes

(10) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 10:04 AM

Andy Burnham has insisted he has never worn mascara.

The Labour leadership candidate was quizzed by Mumsnet users on Wednesday. Forum user 'JeanBillie' asked the shadow health secretary what he thought of "all the 'sexy eyes'/Bambi stuff" that he gets in the media.

"Hope you don't think it's rude to...

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Abby Tomlinson, #Milifandom Founder, Backs Andy Burnham For Labour Leader

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 6:04 AM

Abby Tomlinson, the 17-year-old founder of the Milifandom internet movement has announced she wants Andy Burnham to succeed her hero, Ed Miliband, as Labour Party leader.

During the general election campaign, Tomlinson led an army of teenage girls online in defending Miliband from "distorted media portrayals"...

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Nick Clegg Turns Down Job In Tim Farron's Lib Dem Team

(13) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 6:14 AM

Nick Clegg has turned down a job in Tim Farron's new Liberal Democrat shadow cabinet, while frontbench jobs have also been handed to people who lost their Commons seats at the election.

The former deputy prime minister was offered a post in Farron's new team but according to the party...

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Labour MPs Fury As Ed Balls Ridiculed By Leftwingers; Jeremy Corbyn Vows The Left Is 'Not Going To Go Away' Even If He Loses

(49) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 6:00 PM

Labour has been plunged into fresh acrimony after leftwingers joked about Ed Balls' defeat and Jeremy Corbyn vowed to keep on fighting even if he lost the party leadership.

MPs reacted furiously after Corbyn supporters last night ridiculed Balls' loss at the general election, with one shadow minister...

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Andy Burnham Says Labour Should Ignore 'Tory Press' And Consider New Tax To Fund Social Care

(26) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 11:12 AM

Andy Burnham will say Labour should consider introducing a new tax to fund social care and ignore any subsequent attacks from the "Tory press".

In a speech this evening, the shadow health secretary and Labour leadership candidate will outline his vision for a national health and care service where social...

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Stella Creasy Tells Labour 'Don't Mourn, Organise', At Final Deputy Leadership Hustings

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 7:07 AM

Stella Creasy used the final Labour deputy leadership hustings to urge the party to focus on attacking the Conservatives rather than each other.

The Walthamstow MP was taking part in a Q&A hosted by The Huffington Post's Paul Waugh with rivals Tom Watson, Caroline Flint, Ben Bradshaw and Angela Eagle.

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Watch The Final Labour Leadership Hustings With Corbyn, Burnham, Cooper And Kendall

(9) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 5:09 AM

Jeremy Corbyn, Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall have taken part in, or endured, 20 Labour leadership hustings across the country.

On Saturday, the candidates took part in the final Q&A, hosted by The Huffington Post's Paul Waugh. The full debate can be viewed above. Highlights, including Burnham's explanation...

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Labour Leadership Rules Should Be Reviewed Amid 'Infiltration' Claims, Says Andy Burnham

(61) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 9:58 AM

Andy Burnham has said Labour should hold a review of its leadership election rules, amid suggestions the party has been "infiltrated" by opponents trying to get Jeremy Corbyn elected.

Ed Miliband changed the rules to allow members of the public to vote in Labour leadership races if they pay just...

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Jeremy Corbyn Has The Most Support In Local Labour Parties

(46) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 5:05 AM

Jeremy Corybn has leapt into the lead in the Labour leadership race when it comes to the support of local Labour parties.

At the last count, the leftwinger has the backing of 55 constituency Labour Parties (CLPs), just ahead of Andy Burnham who has the support of 52....

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Tim Farron Wins Liberal Democrat Leadership

(20) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 10:14 AM

Tim Farron has been elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, beating rival Norman Lamb.

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP now faces the hard task of trying to rebuild a party that was all but wiped out at the general election.

He succeeds Nick...

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David Cameron Accused Of 'Rigging The Voting System'

(32) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 9:12 AM

David Cameron has been accused of "rigging" the voting system in the Conservative Party's favour, after the government decided to ignore a recommendation that it delay a change in how people register to vote until the end of 2016.

The Electoral Commission today warned that ending the transition to individual...

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Isis Brainwashing Shows Dangers Of Giving Teenagers The Vote, Says Peer

(87) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 4:56 AM

Young people should be denied the vote because Isis recruitment of British teenagers shows them to be too easily manipulated, a member of the House of Lords has said.

Lord Listowel, a 51-year-old cross-bench hereditary peer, said he worried people under the age of 18 were also not emotionally stable...

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Nigel Farage Comes Close To Comparing The SNP To The Nazis

(106) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 10:41 AM

Nigel Farage came close to comparing the SNP to the Nazis today and said he saw himself as a modern day Henry VIII.

In a speech in Washington DC this afternoon, the Ukip leader put the general election result down to the success of the SNP.

"We've had this stunning...

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Jeremy Corbyn 'Politically And Economically Bankrupt,' Warns Tristram Hunt

(66) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 6:39 AM

Tristram Hunt has criticised the "parochial" Labour leadership contest and said it needs to be hooked up to a "defibrillator" in order to engage voters.

The shadow education secretary, who is backing Liz Kendall to succeed Ed Miliband, also hit out at leftwinger Jeremy Corbyn for being "political and economically...

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Mhairi Black Pleads With Labour To Vote Against Cuts, Says SNP Victory Was Not Due To Nationalism

(119) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 9:38 AM

Mhairi Black, the newly elected 20-year-old SNP MP, has said Labour was run out of Scotland not because of nationalism but because the party has forgotten what it is for.

In her maiden speech, Black, the youngest MP in the Commons, attacked the Conservative...

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