Katy Balls 15 August 2018 3:59 PM 15 August 2018 3:59 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Will the latest anti-Semitism row damage Jeremy Corbyn? The row over the Munich memorial rumbles on for another day following the Labour leader’s refusal to apologise for attending a wreath-laying ceremony for members of the terrorist organisation behind the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre. Although there are photos of Corbyn holding a wreath near those gravestones – and he previously said that he laid a wreath at the ceremony – he says there were multiple wreaths and multiple people moving wreaths. His wreath was for the victims of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation base in 1985. Not helping matters is the fact that Corbyn appears to have changed his story a number of times. However, Corbyn’s main supporters have been keen to show that they are standing by their man. At a campaign event in Stoke, around 400 activists showed up … [Read more...] about How damaging will the latest anti-Semitism row be for Jeremy Corbyn?
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Jeremy Corbyn is making a historic visit to Northern Ireland today, but it risks being overshadowed by his links to Irish republicanism. The Labour leader will his use first trip to the country since being appointed nearly three years ago to pitch a plan to break political deadlock in the Northern Ireland Assembly.Stormont has been without an power-sharing executive since January 2017.Mr Corbyn will suggest the reconvening of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference (BIIGC).It is a forum established under the Good Friday Agreement chaired by the British and Irish governments, and attended by the Northern Ireland executive.:: Corbyn's support for Irish reunificationThe visit has already stoked some controversy among unionists because of Mr Corbyn's long-standing support for reunification.On Wednesday, his spokesman repeated that position but added the Labour leader "respects the Belfast Agreement and the process".Asked if he would act as a persuader for Irish unity if he were … [Read more...] about Why Jeremy Corbyn is courting controversy with Northern Ireland visit
A Sky News journalist has been left red-faced after admitting he quoted satirical website ‘The Daily Mash’ when falsely claiming Ken Livingstone has a pet newt called ‘Adolf’. Jon Craig, the broadcaster’s chief political broadcaster, made the suggestion after the former mayor of London quit the Labour Party amid an anti-Semitism furore. The left-winger had two years ago linked Jews to Hitler and Nazism, but said on Monday he was quitting as the issue was becoming a “distraction”. Reporting hours after the news broke, Craig said of whether Livingstone would return: “He is 72 years old, he spends most of his time walking his dog Coco and famously looking after his pet newts. And guess what one of them is called? Yep, Adolf.” The suggestion was reported by express.co.uk. But a day later, Craig made a correction. He wrote on Twitter: “Very disappointed to learn reports that Ken Livingstone has or had a pet newt called Adolf, which … [Read more...] about Sky News Reporter Jon Craig Quoted ‘The Daily Mash’ When Wrongly Claiming Ken Livingstone Has Pet Newt Called ‘Adolf’
JEREMY Corbyn’s plan to nationalise the railways won’t stop ticket prices going up – one of his biggest allies has said. Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald said the policy wasn’t about “freezing or reducing” the cost of travelling by train. He said Labour would instead “substitute” the measure of inflation which is used to set annual train fare hikes to the cheaper Consumer Price Index – currently running at 2.3 per cent. Mr McDonald told Sky News: “It’s not about freezing or reducing fares but substituting the Retail Price Index every year with the lower rate of inflation. “That will be bring about very significant savings for people. “As wages rise, people would find them much more affordable and much more within their reach than now.” Chief Inspector Jenny Gilmer's statement on the deaths of Rubina Khar and her 10-year-old boy on the railway tracks at Slough station MOST READ IN POLITICSNOT … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to nationalise the railways won’t stop ticket prices going up, warns Labour ally
Vox pops made up over one-third of all election news sources on the UK’s nightly television bulletins in the first week of the 2017 election campaign, our study has found. While politicians made up the majority of appearances, 36.4% of sources were members of the public expressing their views about the election. That matters because research has shown that citizens tend to be represented apolitically in television news. Members of the public are used to respond to political elites rather than contribute to policy debates. Our study of election coverage so far broadly reinforces this picture, but we also found citizens articulating clear party political preferences without supporting evidence.Vox pops – meaning voice of the people – are a longstanding television news convention designed to give a flavour of public opinion. They are, in this sense, illustrative. They are not a scientific tool to measure public opinion. As the BBC guidelines state:Vox pops should be used … [Read more...] about TV news coverage of the 2017 election isn’t giving you the full picture – especially about Jeremy Corbyn