Jeremy Corbyn will try to heal divisions among Labour MPs on Monday, after better-than-expected election results failed to quell doubts about his leadership from sections of the parliamentary party. He plans to address Monday evening’s meeting of the parliamentary Labour party, alongside the new mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who was forced to deny on Sunday that he had an eye on the Labour leadership himself, after appearing to criticise Corbyn’s electoral strategy. Asked by the Guardian if Corbyn should lead Labour into the next general election, Khan said: “The Labour movement can only improve people’s lives by winning elections. The last time we won a mayoral election was 2004. The last time we won a big election was 2005 ... We don’t win elections by just talking to people who already vote Labour.” The Labour leader’s allies hailed as fantastic the results of Thursday’s elections, in which they also took the Bristol mayoralty, remained … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn faces Labour MPs as Sadiq Khan calls for new tone
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Jeremy Corbyn’s allies are urging him to extend an olive branch to disillusioned Labour MPs as shadow cabinet ministers warned that the election results suggest the party is facing defeat in 2020 without improvement. Clive Lewis, a shadow energy minister and Corbyn loyalist, told the Guardian that the leader needed to beef up his team of advisers and should be willing to make policy compromises with the rest of the party – including, if necessary, on the renewal of Trident. “It’s incumbent on people around Jeremy to say, ‘We’re going to take a leap of faith,’” he said. “What I’m saying to people is: compromise, reach out. Sometimes we do forget. We are comrades, we are colleagues and we agree on more than we disagree on.” Lewis, the Norwich South MP who has been a strong advocate of Corbyn’s approach, said there were also concerns, even among those who are sympathetic to the leader, about the quality of his top … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn urged to reach out to disgruntled MPs after election result
Jeremy Corbyn has said he is “strongly wedded to the principle of universalism in benefits” as he launched Labour’s policy of providing every primary school child with free school meals. The party’s plan to impose VAT on private education fees to raise £1bn to pay for the measure was criticised for directing resources to children with wealthy parents who could afford to feed them. Speaking during a local election campaign visit to a community centre in Leyland in Lancashire on Thursday, the Labour leader said the plan would benefit children’s health while ending a “subsidy for the privileged few”. Corbyn argued that local authorities that offered free school meals to all primary school pupils, such as the London borough of Islington, had seen improved school performances and educational attainment. A Labour spokesman said the party had not yet decided whether it would amend the law to allow VAT to be charged for the provision of certain … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn champions universal benefits with free school meals policy
It might be as close as a British politician has ever come to rock star status - Jeremy Corbyn alone on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury 2017 quoting Percy Bysshe Shelley and promising that “another world is possible if we come together”. As he spoke, the 100,000-strong music festival crowd chanted the Labour leader’s name - ‘ooh, Je-re-my Co-r-byn’, they sang, giddy with Mr Corbyn's offer of 'hope and change'. That was late June 2017, just a few weeks after Theresa May had lost her majority at the general election and Mr Corbyn had outperformed at the polls, coming back from 20 points behind to win an additional 30 seats for Labour. It wasn’t a win - even if it felt like it to many Labour supporters... … [Read more...] about Why is Jeremy Corbyn so unpopular?
The Tory electoral strategy is straightforward: unite leave voters behind the Conservative banner. Nigel Farage’s decision to form a de facto pact with the Tories should serve as a moment of clarity. The differences between Farage and Boris Johnson, Donald Trump’s two principal British allies, are merely personal: politically, they are on the same page. Both fundamentally see Brexit as a blunt instrument to reshape British society, stripping away the pesky workers’ rights and consumer and social protections that stand in the way of their hyper-Thatcherite dystopia. John Major once declared that the NHS was as safe with Johnson and Michael Gove “as a pet hamster would be with a hungry python”; Farage is on record supporting its privatisation. This pact should be treated as a national political emergency: in four weeks, it may triumph and transform Britain for a generation. The second plank of the Tory strategy relies on the Liberal Democrats dividing the … [Read more...] about The Lib Dems hate Labour more than they hate Brexit