But he was forced to request a Brexit delay from the EU - thereby breaking his vow to take the UK out of the EU on 31 October - when Labour and other opposition MPs voted to withhold their approval for his agreement as they sought to avoid a no-deal Brexit. … [Read more...] about Labour elects new leader: A look back at Jeremy Corbyn’s highs and lows
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Labour’s green industrial revolution is one of the most ambitious policy platforms in the world for how a country can decarbonise and be sustainable. It can be a rallying call for the concrete demands we need to implement to meet our climate targets, and put the achievement of social justice and the creation of good, unionised jobs at its heart. I will work with anyone who supports those demands in parliament, across our trade unions, the labour movement, civil society and activists. As Labour leader I will make sure that Labour is part of the coalition keeping this issue high on the political agenda and will resist any moves to restrict the civil liberties of peaceful activists and campaigners ahead of Cop26. At Cop26 I think Labour should push for the UK to adopt more ambitious national targets on climate change, to provide increased levels of public climate finance, and to lead international efforts to establish a new fund for loss and damage. … [Read more...] about What are Labour leadership candidates’ green policies?
In the most detailed explanation of his plans so far, Mr Johnson told the BBC that Theresa May's Brexit deal was 'dead' – but insisted his 'positive energy', coupled with the threat of No Deal and the withholding of the £39billion divorce payment could persuade the EU to back down in key areas. … [Read more...] about Boris breaks cover: Defiant would-be PM REFUSES to discuss ‘loved-ones’ in first interview since row with lover Carrie Symonds – saying it’s ‘not fair’ to drag them into his politics
Another MP said: 'You just couldn't make it up. If the bulk of your members are over 60, most of them have got grandchildren, most of them have settled down, most of them are stable… the activists are going to turn around and say do we really want this guy to be PM? Anybody normal would think that. … [Read more...] about ‘People don’t want to hear about that kind of thing’: Boris repeatedly refuses to answer questions about ‘plate-smashing, screaming row’ at leadership hustings – but Carrie stays away
On prime minister’s economic briefing: “Confidential economic briefing for the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister was the title of the ten-page briefing paper that I found in my red box one weekend in mid-2014 ... I quickly flicked over a couple of pages to a section on Key Statistics: ‘Asda Semi-Skimmed Milk-49p,’ I read. Then: ‘800-gram Hovis medium wholemeal loaf – £1.35p’ ‘Heinz Baked Beans – 68p’ ‘Mars Bar – 54p’ ‘Average price of pint of beer in London – £3.60 [Sheffield £2.70]’ … [Read more...] about David Laws: David Cameron ‘petrified’ of Boris Johnson leadership bid