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'Hierarchy of racism' fears threaten Starmer's hopes of Labour unity

After the antisemitism rows of the Corbyn era, there are concerns that black voters are now being pushed awayWhen Keir Starmer approved apologies and six-figure damages last month for former Labour officials accusing the party of antisemitism, he probably hoped to draw a line under a damaging issue that had dogged the party under its former leader, Jeremy Corbyn.But rather than solving Labour’s problems, the settlements – regarded by some on the party’s left as principally about repudiating Corb...
Tags: Politics, Race, UK News, Labour, Diane Abbott, Keir Starmer, Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn, Starmer


Senior Met officer defends police who stopped Dawn Butler

Officers ‘could not have known Labour MP was black before they targeted car’Officers from an anti-violence taskforce who stopped a car carrying the Labour MP Dawn Butler, sparking claims of racial profiling, were not at fault, Scotland Yard’s deputy commissioner has declared.Sir Steve House said officers could not have known Butler and the driver of the BMW car were black before they stopped it, because the windows were tinted. Continue reading...
Tags: London, Police, Race, UK News, Labour, Bmw, Scotland Yard, Metropolitan Police, Butler, Steve House, Dawn Butler


Coronavirus: 'Home workers need rights', say Plaid Cymru and Labour

Plaid Cymru and Labour want to see changes to give workers flexibility to work from home or the office.
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Call for grouse shooting to be licensed amid rise in bird of prey deaths

Labour seeks review after police and RSPB link sharp rise in killings to hunting seasonLabour has called for grouse shooting to be licensed after a big increase in illegal killings of birds of prey during the coronavirus lockdown, the majority of which, investigators say, are linked to the sport.As the grouse shooting season, known as the Glorious 12th, officially began on Wednesday, the shadow environment secretary, Luke Pollard, called for a review of how shoots operate. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Environment, UK News, Birds, Wildlife, Conservation, Labour, Rural affairs, Yorkshire, Hunting, RSPB, Luke Pollard, Coronavirus outbreak


BBC and Sky accused of 'voyeurism' in coverage of migrant boats

Live footage of people crossing Channel to UK is like ‘grotesque reality TV’, says MPBritain’s television news broadcasters have been criticised by opposition MPs and campaigners over their coverage of migrants crossing the Channel, with claims that some of their reports dehumanise those taking the risk to make the journey.Footage of Sky News and BBC Breakfast teams approaching and filming small boats trying to navigate the busy waters of the Dover strait was widely condemned on social media. Th...
Tags: Politics, UK, Media, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Bbc, Labour, Television industry, Home Office, Refugees, TV News, Sky News, Zarah Sultana


Jacinda Ardern must use her power to push New Zealand to more progressive politics | Morgan Godfery

The PM promised transformative government, but has so far largely maintained the status quoJacinda Ardern was travelling in a taxi in July 2017, two months before the election that would make her prime minister, when arguably the most important message in her nine-year parliamentary career came through. Labour’s poll results were crashing, the message said, and the party leader – the austere Andrew Little – was considering stepping down. Would Ardern, the then deputy leader, consider stepping up...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, Labour, New Zealand, Little, Andrew Little, Jacinda Ardern, Morgan Godfery


'The system needs to change': Dawn Butler on being stopped by police

The Labour MP describes her experience of being pulled over with a friend in LondonLabour MP Dawn Butler stopped by police in LondonI was going through Hackney with my friend, who was driving. He’s male and he’s black. There were two police cars and the sirens went off, and we were wondering where they were going to. I thought something big must have happened. Then my friend stopped, and I asked him why. He said: “They’re stopping us.” That’s when I got my phone out and started to record.Two pol...
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Labour MP Dawn Butler says racism led to police car stop

Dawn Butler says she was pulled over by two police cars while travelling through east London.
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John Hume believed in the EU and building bridges | Letters

Hume was a fervent supporter of European integration, writes Harry Schneider, while Brian Simpson and Catharine Sadler remember his work and qualities as a leaderAmong the many words written about John Hume recently, relatively little has been said about the European dimension of his beliefs. Reading Martin Kettle’s comments (John Hume’s politics went far beyond Northern Ireland – his vision is as urgent as ever, 5 August), I was reminded of a story I heard him tell more than once.As a newly ele...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, Second world war, Labour, Northern Ireland, Strasbourg, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Martin Kettle, Hume, John Hume, Brian Simpson, Kehl


Labour MP Dawn Butler stopped by police in London

Car driven by friend of ex-minister pulled over, with officers subsequently admitting they made a mistake Dawn Butler, the Labour MP and former shadow equalities minister, has described being stopped by the police while driving with a friend through east London, saying her experiences show “the system is institutionally racist”.Butler, a strong critic of police stop-and-search tactics, said the car being driven by her male friend, who like Butler is black, was pulled over by two police cars in H...
Tags: London, Law, Police, UK News, UK criminal justice, Labour, Hackney, Metropolitan Police, Butler, Stop and search, Dawn Butler, North Yorkshire Continue, Dawn Butler the Labour


Jacinda Ardern pushes stability over change in New Zealand's 'Covid election'

The prime minister is pitching a mix of steady leadership and big-spending policies to voters after a world-leading coronavirus response Covid report: New Zealand goes 100 days without local transmission On her first public outing since launching her party’s election campaign the day before, New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, spent Sunday morning at a farmers’ market in central Auckland where she walked among friends, posed for selfies and did her vegetable shopping.Ardern is riding h...
Tags: Asia Pacific, Labour, New Zealand, National party, Auckland, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand politics, New Zealand election 2020


Big Labour donors returning to party under Keir Starmer

Several former financial backers report rejoining, with some ‘ready to give again’ in wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s departureFormer Labour donors who had abandoned the party are already considering renewing their support under Keir Starmer’s leadership, it has emerged.Figures who have given the party large sums in the past said they had rejoined Labour, with one major donor saying they were already prepared to give again. Another former supporter said there was “a long road” ahead after allegations of...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Labour, Party funding, Keir Starmer, Jeremy Corbyn, Starmer, Big Labour


Former Labour donors returning to party under Keir Starmer

Several former financial backers report rejoining, with some ‘ready to give again’ in wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s departureFormer Labour donors who had abandoned the party are already considering renewing their support under Keir Starmer’s leadership, it has emerged.Figures who have given the party large sums in the past said they had rejoined Labour, with one major donor saying they were already prepared to give again. Another former supporter said there was “a long road” ahead after allegations of...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Labour, Party funding, Keir Starmer, Jeremy Corbyn, Starmer, Former Labour


Jeremy Corbyn accuses Labour officials of sabotaging election campaign

Exclusive: Former leader and allies say alleged diversion of funds in 2017 could be fraudJeremy Corbyn and his former leadership team have openly accused disgruntled Labour officials of potentially costing the party the chance of victory by sabotaging the 2017 election campaign in a factional dispute.In a joint statement that shines a light on the scale of continued Labour splits, Corbyn, the former shadow chancellor John McDonnell and seven other former shadow ministers and aides have for the f...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Labour, Jeremy Corbyn, John Mcdonnell, Corbyn


Ex-Labour MP Eric Joyce gets suspended jail sentence over child abuse image

Former MP sentenced at Ipswich crown court to eight months in prison suspended for two yearsThe former Labour MP Eric Joyce has been sentenced at Ipswich crown court to eight months in prison suspended for two years and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work for making an indecent image of a child.More follows … Continue reading...
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Pope appoints six women to top roles on Vatican council in progressive step

Former Labour minister Ruth Kelly is among the women who will oversee Vatican finances and address its cashflow problemsPope Francis has appointed six women to oversee the Vatican’s finances including Ruth Kelly, the former Labour minister, in the most senior roles ever given to women within the Catholic church’s leadership.The appointments mark the most significant step by Francis to fulfil his promise of placing women in top positions. Until now, the 15-member Council for the Economy was all m...
Tags: Religion, World news, Labour, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Christianity, Vatican, The papacy, Pope, Francis, Council, Ruth Kelly, Former Labour


MPs to investigate surge in migrants crossing Channel in small boats

Response of UK and French authorities and role of criminal gangs will be under scrutinyMPs are to investigate a surge in migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats after more than 2,000 people were reported to have entered the country by this route in June.The home affairs select committee, chaired by Labour’s Yvette Cooper, is to examine the reasons behind the growth in crossings and will look at the role of criminal gangs. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, France, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Labour, Yvette Cooper, Home Office


Keir Starmer: 'More confidence in government in Wales'

But Labour leader Keir Starmer failed to back the Welsh Government's stance on face masks in shops.
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Keir Starmer says face masks a matter for Welsh ministers

Labour's leader, who supports compulsory masks in shops, said it was for each government to decide.
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Keir Starmer declines to back Welsh Government face covering policy

Labour's leader, who supports compulsory masks in shops, said it was for each government to decide.
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Sir Keir Starmer calls for action on jobs in Wales visit

The Labour leader says plans to end the furlough scheme must be reversed to save Welsh jobs.
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UK coronavirus live: local lockdown imposed in Aberdeen; official UK death toll rises by 65 – as it happened

Nicola Sturgeon orders closure of pubs and restaurants, plus bans on non-essential travel and indoor meetings. This live blog is now closed, please follow the global live blog for latest updatesEmergency lockdown in Aberdeen could extend to other towns 7.00pm BST Here’s a summary of the day’s main news: Related: Emergency lockdown in Aberdeen after surge in Covid-19 cases Related: Coronavirus live news: Spain sees highest daily cases since June; Greece blames complacency for infections ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Greece, Spain, UK News, Aberdeen, Labour, Luton, Malik, Coronavirus outbreak, Tahir Malik, Asif Masood, Waheed Akbar


UK coronavirus live: 89 further deaths recorded as seven-day average nudges up

Total of 8,891 deaths in England and Wales in week to 24 July, reports ONS; researchers warn more testing needed ahead of schools reopeningBAME workers ‘disproportionately hit by coronavirus downturn’Local authority sets up own test-and-tracing schemeUp to 2,000 jobs to go at Pizza Express and Dixons CarphoneGlobal coronavirus live: latest updates 7.03pm BST We will shortly be wrapping up the UK coronavirus liveblog. As ever, thank you for joining us. 6.56pm BST The Labour leader, Keir S...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Wales, UK News, Labour, Boris Johnson, Ons, Keir Starmer, Dixons, Pizza Express, Coronavirus outbreak, Guardian Starmer


Twitter needs to act over racist abuse, says David Lammy

The Labour MP got the backing of Home Secretary Priti Patel after receiving abuse over social media.
Tags: UK, News, Labour, David Lammy, Priti Patel


Russians 'hacked Liam Fox's emails' to obtain dossier on US-UK trade talks

Hackers reportedly accessed account last year and obtained dossier cited by Jeremy Corbyn during election campaignClassified documents relating to US-UK trade talks are believed to have been hacked by Russians from an email account belonging to the former minister Liam Fox, it has emerged.A report from Reuters said Russian hackers accessed Fox’s account several times between July and October last year and obtained a dossier that ultimately ended up in the hands of Jeremy Corbyn during the electi...
Tags: Politics, Russia, US, Conservatives, UK News, Fox, Foreign Policy, NHS, Labour, Liam Fox, Jeremy Corbyn, Reuters, US UK, Trade Policy


Classified documents on US-UK trade talks 'hacked from Liam Fox's emails'

Hackers reportedly accessed account last year and obtained dossier cited by Jeremy Corbyn during general electionForeign Office sources have refused to comment on reports that classified documents relating to US-UK trade talks were originally hacked from an email account belonging to MP and former trade minister Liam Fox.It follows a report by Reuters that hackers accessed the account several times between July and October last year and obtained a dossier that ultimately ended up in the hands of...
Tags: Politics, Russia, US, UK News, Foreign Policy, NHS, Labour, Liam Fox, Jeremy Corbyn, Reuters, US UK


Manchester-born 'wellness entrepreneur' revealed as Jeffrey Epstein's alleged ex-girlfriend

A Manchester-born publisher has been identified as the alleged former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein named in legal papers relating to Ghislaine Maxwell that were unsealed by a Manhattan court last week. A woman named as “Shelley” was allegedly named by Ms Maxwell as Epstein’s girlfriend between 1999 and 2002, according to an email contained in papers released by US District Judge Loretta Preska. It has now been claimed that the woman is Shelley Ann Lewis, 43, a “wellness entrepreneur”, who runs ...
Tags: New York, London, News, US, United States, Labour, Manchester, Maxwell, Manhattan, Brian, Telegraph, Caribbean, Robert Maxwell, Christie, Duke Of York, Lewis


Unite threatens to review donations to Labour

Union leader Len McCluskey takes issue with compensation paid to anti-Semitism whistleblowers.
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Len McCluskey threatens to remove funding from Labour over anti-Semitism payouts

Len McCluskey, the leader of the Unite union, has warned Sir Keir Starmer he cannot take its money for granted after a decision to offer payouts to whistleblowers who accused the party of failing to tackle anti-Semitism. Mr McCluskey, the union’s general secretary, on Sunday warned Unite would review its funding of the Labour Party and called the payouts "an abuse of members' money". Labour agreed to pay "substantial damages" to whistleblowers who contributed to a TV expose of its handling o...
Tags: News, Labour, Unite, Len McCluskey, Telegraph, Keir Starmer, Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn, McCluskey, BBC Panorama, Keir, Corybn


Jeremy Corbyn makes fresh complaint over rejected House of Lords nominees

Anger is growing on the left after Labour peerages were blocked, as Lord Fowler, a Tory, criticised the chamber’s expansionJeremy Corbyn has raised renewed concerns over the decision to reject his nominees for seats in the House of Lords, amid anger on the left over a raft of peerages announced last week.It is understood the former Labour leader has again complained to the cabinet office about the rejection of a peerage for Karie Murphy, a former Labour official and a close ally. Continue readin...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, House Of Lords, Labour, John Bercow, Tom Watson, Boris Johnson, Evgeny Lebedev, Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn, Fowler, Karie Murphy