A new poll from YouGov makes grim reading for Labour, putting them fourth behind the Conservatives, Brexit Party and Liberal Democrats. After nine years of the Tories in government, austerity and three years of political paralysis with Brexit the official party of opposition is polling at 18 per cent. A party expecting to win a general election and assume control of the government doesn't lose dozens of seats in local council elections, come third in European elections and drop below 20 per cent in polling. Questions will be asked of the party and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in particular as to how they have fallen so far, reports Perspecs. The Claim Rafael Behr of The Guardian writes that Corbyn is now a "liability" to his own party and ideology, a far cry from the politician whose name was chanted at Glastonbury two years ago. Behr notes that Corbyn's personal approval ratings have dropped to new lows, falling into the sort of territory opposition candidates don't tend to come … [Read more...] about Has Jeremy Corbyn become a liability for Labour?
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UK Labour and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has joined the outcry of those urging the government to allow Shamima Begum to remain a citizen of the UK, adding that she had "legal rights, just like anybody else. © AP Photo / AP Photo via militant website, FileBegum Lawyer Claims 400 Jihadis Back in UK, Prepares Taxpayer-Funded Court BidMr. Corbyn added that the whole point of legal aid was that, when faced with prosecution, "you're entitled to be represented and that's a fundamental rule of law, a fundamental point in any democratic society." But UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Monday that he was "very uncomfortable" with the notion that Ms. Begum would receive taxpayer money to fight against the government's decision to revoke her citizenship, stating that she "knew the choices she was making" and that "we made decisions about her future based on those … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn Backs Daesh Bride’s Right To Legal Aid As Part Of UK ‘Rule of Law’
Jeremy Corbyn has joined lawyers and human rights groups in defending the right of Shamima Begum to be granted legal aid so that the east London teenager can challenge the decision to remove her UK citizenship. The Labour leader said that, whatever crimes Begum was accused of after she left the UK to join Islam State in Syria, she was entitled to proper legal representation. “She is a British national and therefore she has that right, like any of us do, to apply for legal aid if she has a problem. She has legal rights, just like anybody else does,” he told reporters on Monday. “The whole point of legal aid is that if you’re facing a prosecution then you’re entitled to be represented and that’s a fundamental rule of law, a fundamental point in any democratic society.” The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said the idea Begum could receive taxpayer funding to challenge the decision to remove her citizenship made him “very … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn defends Shamima Begum’s right to legal aid
British Army soldiers have been filmed using a picture of Jeremy Corbyn as target practice. The brief clip, 28 seconds long, is thought to have first been posted on Snapchat before being widely shared on Twitter. A Ministry of Defence source confirmed the footage was genuine. The footage captured in Kabul, Afghanistan, shows personnel from 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment using the Islington North MP as target practice on a gun range. Do you know the soldiers? Email [email protected] It is understood it was a non-lethal hardened wax substance aimed and fired at the image instead of metal bullets, with the incident taking place in the past few days. The Army said they were aware of the video and branded the behaviour 'totally unacceptable'. It says a full investigation has been launched. Jeremy Corbyn said: "I'm shocked, obviously, that this sort of thing has happened. "I hope the Ministry of Defence will conduct an inquiry into it and find out what was going on and who did … [Read more...] about British Army soldiers shoot picture of Jeremy Corbyn in ‘unacceptable’ video
FOUR British soldiers filmed shooting at a target of Jeremy Corbyn “face court martial" after being flown home for breaking Army's strict disciplinary code, says a report. The Army has been condemned over a viral video showing paratroopers using a picture of the Labour leader's face for target practice. The Mail on Sunday reports that four soldiers face the sack for breaching the Army's disciplinary codes - for bringing the Army into disrepute. It adds that sources "close to the investigation" said each soldier involved, ranking from private to corporal, has a clean record. An initial investigation has reportedly failed to find any evidence of links to fascist or far-Right political groups, the Mail adds. The troops in the video have been flown home from Afghanistan to speak with Army bosses. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence today declined to comment on the possible court martial action. When the footage went viral after it was posted on social media, the British Army … [Read more...] about Four Brit soldiers filmed shooting at a target of Jeremy Corbyn ‘face court martial after being flown home for breaking Army’s strict disciplinary code’