Seven pro-EU Labour MPs resigned from the party on February 18 and called on other parliamentarians from rival parties to join them in solidarity to show support for Britain to remain a member of the European Union. Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Mike Gapes, Chris Leslie, Ann Coffey, Angela Smith, and Gavin Shuker all expressed rage at their former party’s stance on Brexit, but also when it came to international relations issues accused Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, of tolerating “institutional anti-Semitic” views. The group hopes to establish a new political platform that will counter Corbyn’s attempt to transform Labour into a vehicle for his radical leftist views on society and the economy. Corbyn has a history of defending Trotskyites, IRA members, Arab Marxists, and his own belief that the UK should turn its back on NATO and the trans-Atlantic relationship with the United States has faced criticism for years for his perceived hostility … [Read more...] about Anti-Brexit Labour Party MPs quit party to form independent group
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ONE of the Labour Party's longest serving MPs has just resigned along with six colleagues to form an independent political party. But who is Ann Coffey, and what are her views on Brexit? Here's everything you need to know. Who is Ann Coffey? She was the Labour MP for Stockport, elected in the 1992 general election, but today resigned to join The Independent Group. The 72-year-old was elected as a councillor to the Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council in 1984 and became its Labour group leader 1988-92, stepping down from the council in 1992 to become an MP. She served as member of the trade and industry select committee until she was made Opposition whip in 1995 and then Opposition health spokeswoman in 1996. When Labour won the general election in 1997, Coffey was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Prime Minister Tony Blair. In 1998 she became PPS to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Alistair Darling and was his assistant from 2002-2006 in … [Read more...] about Who is former Labour Party MP Ann Coffey, why did she resign and what’s her view on Brexit?
LONDON (Reuters) - Seven Labour lawmakers quit Britain’s main opposition party on Monday over leader Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to Brexit and a row over anti-Semitism, saying Labour had been “hijacked by the machine politics of the hard left.” Britain's Labour Party MP Chuka Umunna makes an announcement he is leaving the party, in London, Britain, February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson The departure of the small group of lawmakers underlines the mounting frustration with Corbyn’s reluctance to change his Brexit strategy and start campaigning for a second referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union. With only 39 days until Britain leaves the EU in its biggest foreign and trade policy shift in more than 40 years, divisions over Brexit have fragmented British politics, breaking down traditional party lines and creating new coalitions across the country’s left/right divide. “The Labour party that we joined that we … [Read more...] about Seven lawmakers quit UK Labour Party citing Brexit ‘betrayal’,…
UK Politics 18 February 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47278902 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Seven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn's approach to Brexit and anti-Semitism.The seven - who … [Read more...] about Seven MPs leave Labour Party
Kate Hawkesby is under fire for criticising the Labour Party's dress sense - and now her own style is being attacked. The party had its annual caucus retreat in Martinborough on Wednesday. MPs gathered for breakfast and policy discussion, most decked out in shorts and t-shirts in the summer heat. Prime Minister outlines 2019 as year of delivery for Government One Newstalk ZB host was not happy with the clothes on show. In an opinion piece titled 'What a dag! Is this really how Labour Party MPs dress for a retreat?' Hawkesby railed against what she called "crimes against fashion". Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway copped a roasting for his T-shirt which read: 'I'm the boss guy'. "Slogan T-shirts are for teenagers attending music festivals, or one-year-olds," Hawkesby wrote. "Ones that say 'I'm the boss guy' are really only for under the thumb dads at Christmas, as a joke gift from the kids." Kate Hawkesby shares the Jacinda Ardern Christmas present she'll be giving Mike … [Read more...] about Social media savages Newstalk ZB host Kate Hawkesby for mocking Labour Party’s ‘crimes against fashion’