A veteran Labour MP today accused Jeremy Corbyn's "inner circle" of interfering in anti-Semitism cases in a furious attack. Dame Margaret Hodge sensationally claimed the Labour leader either misled her or was misled when he claimed his staff had nothing to do with the process. She accused Mr Corbyn of promising a "zero tolerance approach" that fell apart if the cases involved his "mates". And she condemned the appointment of Tony Blair's ex-flatmate Lord Falconer as anti-Semitism surveillance commissioner - saying the peer is "not independent". "Last summer, when action was being taken by the Labour Party against me, I was absolutely bombarded by telephone calls from Charlie Falconer," the Jewish MP revealed to the BBC. "They were not about the rights and wrongs of the case. They were all about trying to force me to give an apology". It comes as Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson is set to hold private talks with Jeremy Corbyn today over the anti-Semitism crisis. Labour insisted that it … [Read more...] about Margaret Hodge accuses Corbyn’s ‘inner circle’ of meddling in anti-Semitism cases
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Labour MPs are demanding the party introduces a fully independent complaints process to tackle anti-Semitism among the membership. A motion at the Parliamentary Labour Party also called on officials to publish the evidence provided to the Equality and Human Rights Commission investigation into anti-Semitism in the party. It followed more allegations published in The Sunday Times that staff from Jeremy Corbyn's office were directly involved in disciplinary process against members. The motion was submitted by Ruth Smeeth, Cat McKinnell, Wes Streeting Margaret Hodge and Stella Creasy and will be voted on at the next PLP meeting - likely next week. Walthamstow MP Ms Creasy tweeted that the motion "offers a clear way forward for addressing all reports of harassment and abuse as well as suggestions for how transparency and solidarity could restore trust." In a letter to MPs Labour's General Secretary Jennie Formby said: "The Labour Party is clear - we take all complaints of antisemitism … [Read more...] about Labour MPs demand independent complaints process to tackle anti-Semitism
The former French prime minister Alain Juppé, who is fighting a corruption conviction that may end his political career, admitted yesterday that he had committed "errors, even faults", but insisted that he had never intended to break the law. Mr Juppé, President Jacques Chirac's most loyal lieutenant and for long his chosen successor, was given an 18-month suspended sentence earlier this year and barred from elected office for 10 years for a political financing scandal involving a fake jobs scam at Paris town hall. On the first day of his appeal hearing, Mr Juppé, who has resigned as an MP and head of Mr Chirac's centre-right party UMP to fight his case, said he did not claim to be above reproach. "I have doubtless committed errors, even faults through negligence," he told the appeal court in Versailles. "But in all conscience, I never had any intention of breaking the laws of the republic." He said he had been "profoundly shocked" by the verdict, and "refused to … [Read more...] about I never intended to break law, Juppé tells appeal judges
'No nonsense': NSW Police Senior Constable Andrew Murphy - known as Raptor 13 - is the police officer found to have threatened and abused two Muslim women A police officer found to have threatened and abused two Muslim women at a traffic stop is a controversial 'no nonsense' senior constable known by his squad name 'Raptor 13'. The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) released footage on Friday showing two officers pulling over a driver, 24, and her stepmother in Church Street, Parramatta, in Sydney's west, for having an unbuckled seatbelt. One of the officers berates the hijab-wearing P-plate driver as 'the most stupidest person' and then threatens to charge her 'as an accessory to bloody murder'. That officer can now be revealed as Senior Constable Andrew Murphy, the most high-profile member of NSW Police's bikie-busting Strike Force Raptor. Murphy has gained notoriety for his uncompromising style, having previously been caught on camera clashing with … [Read more...] about Did Raptor 13 go too far? Cop filmed threatening and racially abusing two Muslim women at a traffic stop is named as no-nonsense anti-bikie officer
Last week, President Jair Bolsonaro was ready with the punchlines in Brazil. Many of the national media outlets he dislikes were mocking his controversial plan to nominate Eduardo, his third-oldest son, as ambassador to the US. "If he's getting criticized like that," Bolsonaro said of his son, "then he must be the right person for the job." Jair Bolsonaro (right), president of Brazil, would like to nominate his third-oldest son, Eduardo (left), for the position of Brazil's ambassador to the US Last year, Eduardo Bolsonaro was reelected to the Chamber of Deputies, Brazil's lower house, with a national record of nearly 2 million votes. He considers himself qualified for the ambassadorship. "I'm president of the [congressional] foreign affairs commission. I did a foreign exchange program, and I fried hamburgers in the US," he said. Brazil's US Embassy has historically been staffed by long-serving top diplomats. The possibility that a lawyer and career … [Read more...] about Could Brazil’s new ambassador to the US be a Bolsonaro?