JEREMY Corbyn has gone from rebellious backbencher to Prime Minister-in-waiting in a political earthquake that has rocked the Labour party to its foundations. He has recently been accused of viewing British Jews as a "hostile entity" and siding with anti-Semites among his supporters. Here's the lowdown... Who is Jeremy Corbyn? What constituency does he represent? Born in Chippenham, Wilts, in 1949, Corbyn is the youngest of three sons. After private prep school and state grammar school, he worked briefly at a local newspaper before, at the age of 19, he volunteered in Jamaica for two years. He then worked as a trade union organiser and was elected a councillor in Haringey, North London, aged 24. In 1983 Corbyn, 69, was elected as Labour MP for Islington North, the constituency he has represented since. On his website, Corbyn says: “I remain every bit as determined to fight for a better society today, as I was then." As a backbench MP he was known as a radical who backed … [Read more...] about Who is Jeremy Corbyn, who’s his wife, what’s the Labour Party Leader’s constituency, could he be Prime Minister and how old is he?
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The man asked to be Italy‘s prime minister has failed to secure support from major political parties to form a stop-gap government, as the country’s political turmoil sent international financial markets plunging. Carlo Cottarelli, a former International Monetary Fund (IMF) official, was asked to form a technocratic government after an attempt by two populist parties to form a government fell apart. The president, who appoints the premier and ministers in Italy, opposed the populists’ choice of a eurosceptic economics minister. Mr Cottarelli was supposed to submit his list of ministers to the president, Sergio Mattarella, on Tuesday, but he left the president’s office after about an hour without making a statement, unexpectedly delaying the formation of a government. A spokesman for Mr Mattarella said Mr Cottarelli needed more time to work on the cabinet and the two would meet again Wednesday morning. Carlo Cottarelli, an economist with experience at … [Read more...] about Italy crisis: Potential prime minister fails to get support for stop-gap government as markets plunge
Italy’s political future has grown more uncertain as the president refused to approve a cabinet minister and the country’s prime minister-in-waiting failed to form the continent’s first populist government. After emerging from the Quirinal presidential palace, prime minister-designate Giuseppe Conte did not say why he could not form what would have been Western Europe’s first populist coalition. But Italian President Sergio Mattarella told the nation minutes later he had refused to accept the nominee the eurosceptic League and 5-Star Movement parties had put forward for the key economic ministry. Read more Five things to look out for that could further impact the eurozone Financial markets tumbled last week on fears the mooted coalition would unleash a spending splurge and increase Italy‘s already huge debt mountain, which is equivalent to more than 1.3 times the nation’s domestic output. Looking to allay investor concerns, Mr … [Read more...] about Italy’s prime-minister designate abandons efforts to form a government after cabinet nominee vetoed
Theresa May needs to be quit as Prime Minister to because the Brexit talks "resemble a Greek tragedy and it only ends when everyone is dead", a leading Tory party donor says today. Jeremy Hosking, a City financier who has donated £375,000 to the party since 2015, says the Government’s strategy to exit the European Union had to change. Mr Hosking is the first major donor to speak about against Mrs May and her Brexit talks. He tells today’s Chopper’s Brexit Podcast that it is time to take decisive action to ensure that Britain gets the best possible deal to leave the EU in March next year. He says: “We are three-nil down and it is half time. We are in the dressing room having half time oranges and the plan is to wait until we are six-nil down and hope for a miracle in injury time? It just resembles a Greek tragedy and it only ends when everyone is dead.” Mrs May had to be replaced “as soon as possible. There needs to be an audit on the … [Read more...] about Theresa May needs to quit as Prime Minister over ‘Greek tragedy’ Brexit talks
The man nominated to lead Italy’s incoming populist government as its next prime minister has been forced to fend off questions about whether he really studied at the prestigious colleges his CV claims he did. Giuseppe Conte, a relatively unknown politician from the Five Star Movement apparently heading for the top job, said on his official 12-page résumé that he “refined” his studies of law at the world-famous private New York University in 2008 and 2009. But the Italian press erupted on Tuesday after a report in the New York Times claimed NYU had no records of the would-be prime minister ever attending the institution. Read more Italian populist parties unveil programme for coalition government Italian daily Corriere della Sera dubbed the row “il caso del curriculum” (the case of the CV) while the country’s other major newspaper La Repubblica put the claims on its front page and published an op-ed characterising the … [Read more...] about Italy’s would-be populist prime minister faces difficult questions about accuracy of his CV