RUTH Davidson claimed the Tories were having a “nervous breakdown” as she urged party chiefs to “man up”. The Scottish Conservative leader made the shock comments as she was quizzed over allegations of Cabinet plots and feuds. Asked if she would bid to become UK leader and “save the party”, she told a conference fringe event: “I don’t think the party needs saving. “I think it needs to get over its current nervous breakdown and man up a little bit.” Ms Davidson also went further than ever before in rubbishing the chances of her running to lead the UK party. London to Edinburgh flight declares emergency and is diverted to Manchester Craig Gordon dating ex-Celtic TV host Summer Harl after splitting from wife Blood-soaked victims of chillingly realistic … [Read more...] about Scots Tory leader Ruth Davidson claims the party is having a “nervous breakdown”
The Norwich South MP claimed political leaders had “systematically undermined” the NHS, the BBC and public services while comparing this to a Nazi policy known as “Gleichschaltung”.Gleichschaltung was a term used by the Nazis for the process by which they achieved the total coordination and uniformity of political, economic, and social institutions.Responding to Mr Lewis’ remarks, Tory MP Andrew Percy said: “These comments from Clive Lewis are grossly offensive and little more than hate speech.“It is this type of rhetoric that encourages followers to violent and sinister behaviour. Most importantly, what he is saying is also historically inaccurate.“The capitalist system has provided this generation with the best healthcare, education and social services in the history of the country.“Clive Lewis is an ill-informed, ignorant fool.”At the event, Mr Lewis said: “One of the things that neoliberalism has done, it has … [Read more...] about Corbyn ally Clive Lewis called ‘ignorant fool’ for saying UK leaders used power like Nazis
The new US ambassador to Britain has described a conversation with Margaret Thatcher on a boat as "the best two hours I've ever spent with anybody". Woody Johnson said the late prime minister was "one of my favourites" as he spoke about famous alumni who had taken part in US-UK educational exchange programmes, remarking on their importance. Recalling the trip to an army football game in West Point, New York, he said: "She was sitting at the front of the boat by herself and I said, 'Prime Minister, is it OK if I come and join you?', and she said, 'Come on up here'. "So I spent two hours with Margaret Thatcher and it was probably the best two hours, definitely the best two hours I've ever spent with anybody." President Ronald Reagan meets with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during an economic summit meeting in Venice, Italy. The two are clearly at ease with one another. June 1987 Credit: Wally McNamee/Corbis via Getty Images Referencing her place on an … [Read more...] about US ambassador to UK Woody Johnson says talk with Margaret Thatcher ‘best of his life’
MSP Anas Sarwar has launched his Scottish Labour leadership campaign with a pledge to deliver “equality, opportunity and fairness” in power. He spoke of his ambition to become Scotland’s next First Minister during the event held in Nicola Sturgeon’s Glasgow Southside constituency. The Glasgow politician said he would pursue policies to “rescue the NHS”, end the gender pay gap and lift children out of poverty by topping up child benefit, as he outlined his leadership pitch. He said: “Despite being a Glasgow MSP, despite representing one of the poorest communities in our country, Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP has presided over £400 million of cuts to this city. “Half of the children in this constituency are deprived. That is a national disgrace. And yet Nicola Sturgeon refuses to use the powers we have to help them. “Our plans to top up child benefit would be worth millions of pounds to families in this city, but she fails to … [Read more...] about Labour MSP Anas Sarwar in leader bid with pledge to deliver ‘equality and fairness’
The moderate Glasgow MSP and former MP today published a list of supporters which included 11 of the 22 other MSPs, one of its two MEPs and two of the seven MPs.Former Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray and ex-shadow Scottish Secretary Ian Murray MP were among those throwing their weight behind his bid to replace Kezia Dugdale.But he was endorsed by just one of the party's six new MPs, who are regarded as close to Jeremy Corbyn.Mr Sarwar's rival, the trade unionist Richard Leonard, is already building up a hard-Left support base.MSP Neil Findlay, a close ally of the UK leader, has signalled his backing in a series of social media posts.Meanwhile, the pro-Corbyn campaign group has begun a drive to secure a Left-wing leader. It is holding “Bernie Sanders style activist training” sessions in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh this weekend. Labour is revitalised in Scotland and we need a united party in Holyrood that is … [Read more...] about Scottish Labour leader race: Almost half of parliamentarians back Anas Sarwar
Glasgow MSP Mr Sarwar said voters do not need a party that is "fighting itself" and was "ready to unite our party and lead us back to power". He paid tribute to Ms Dugdale's "dedicated service" in the wake of her shock resignation last week after just over two years in the top job. But trade unionist opponent Richard Leonard criticised her stewardship for failing to make the most of a "Corbyn bounce" in the general election. The Central Scotland MSP also used an interview to brush off claims that being English and privately educated could undermine his campaign. Mr Leonard insisted he did not want to engage in "personality politics" with Mr Sarwar also facing questions over his own and children's private schooling. Confirming his candidacy Mr Sarwar, a former deputy leader and current health spokesman, again tried to distance himself from previous criticism of UK leader Jeremy Corbyn. He said: "Labour is revitalised in Scotland and I am ready to unite our … [Read more...] about Scottish Labour leader race: Anas Sarwar enters battle as rival takes aim at Kezia Dugdale
He became the first candidate to formally declare, saying he was putting his name forward because Scotland needed "a united Labour Party committed to real and bold change". The Central Scotland MSP, thought to be UK leader Jeremy Corbyn's preferred replacement for Ms Dugdale, unveiled his campaign website. Potential moderate rival Anas Sarwar still yet to announce whether he will stand. I decided to seek to be the next leader of the Scottish Labour Party Richard Leonard Writing in a Sunday newspaper, Mr Leonard pledged to lead "according to Labour principles rather than simply manoeuvre and position to win support". Praising Mr Corbyn's general election platform he also said the party had to take "more chances" if it was to lift itself from third place and into power at Holyrood. Calling for action on issues such as inequality, fuel poverty and public sector … [Read more...] about Richard Leonard launches bid to become leader of Scottish Labour
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has resigned saying it is time to "pass on the baton" to someone else, in an interview with the BBC. The Lothians MSP was elected leader in 2015 - after just four years in Holyrood - and has previously criticised UK leader Jeremy Corbyn. She has also faced criticism from within her party after replacing Jim Murphy. Dugdale is leaving with immediate effect claiming that she has left the party in a much better state than she had found it. In an exclusive interview with BBC Scotland's political editor, Brian Taylor, she said the party was "on its knees" north of the border when she took over. She said: "I have thought long and hard about this. I care deeply about the Labour Party - I love it and I have devoted my adult life to serving it in a number of different capacities. "And I have just come to the conclusion that the best thing for it, the Labour Party, this precious, precious thing that has done so much good in our country, and indeed for me, is … [Read more...] about Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale quits saying: ‘I’ve thought long and hard about this’
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKezia Dugdale said she was leaving with her "head held high" Kezia Dugdale has resigned as leader of Scottish Labour, saying it is time to "pass on the baton" to someone else.Ms Dugdale has previously criticised UK leader Jeremy Corbyn, and has faced criticism from left-wing members of her own party. She insisted she was leaving the party in a much better state than she had found it. But she said a new leader was needed with "fresh energy, drive and a new mandate".Ms Dugdale said she wanted to give her successor the "space and time" to prepare for the next Scottish Parliament election in 2021. And she strongly denied suggestions that she was leaving now in order to avoid being pushed out by supporters of Mr Corbyn. In an exclusive interview with BBC Scotland's political editor, Brian Taylor, she said she had taken over the leadership when the party was "on its … [Read more...] about Kezia Dugdale quits as Scottish Labour leader
Image caption Mike Hedges was elected to the assembly in 2011 and is a former leader of Swansea council A Corbynite candidate should run for the Welsh Labour leadership when Carwyn Jones stands down, a Labour AM has said.Mike Hedges said party members should be offered a left-wing option at the leadership election, when it happens.Stopping short of saying he would run, he said he was one of four AMs who had consistently backed Jeremy Corbyn.Mr Jones has been Welsh Labour leader and first minister since 2009, and has not set a date for his departure. He defeated rivals Edwina Hart and Huw Lewis for the Welsh Labour leadership in 2009 and said in March that at 50 years old he was younger than Theresa May and had given no thought to retiring. On Thursday, Swansea East AM Mr Hedges also called for rule changes that could open the door to more candidates and potentially give a left-winger a … [Read more...] about Left-wing option needed for next Welsh Labour leader, says AM
ONE of the EU’s top figures has threatened to use Brexit to take revenge on Britain for Margaret Thatcher’s victories in Europe three decades ago. The Prime Minister of Luxembourg declared “We want our money back” as he insisted the UK must pay up billions. But Xavier Bettel also admitted the final divorce bill could fall to £36billion – less than half of the amount previously suggested as the cost of Brexit. British leaders have accused the EU of being vindictive for demanding huge sums which they say the UK has already committed to fund projects which will continue after our departure in 2019. Mr Bettel insisted that the bill is “not a penalty”, telling the Mail on Sunday: “The British Government took this commitment in the past and needs to honour it. “The sum ranges between £36billion and £54billion.” But he went on to say: “It is now time for the European Union to make an analogy with the famous quote … [Read more...] about EU leader demands huge Brexit divorce bill as payback for Margaret Thatcher winning a budget rebate 30 years ago
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption King Felipe and Queen Leitizia will be greeted by the Queen at Horse Guards Parade The Queen is to formally welcome the king and queen of Spain to the UK as they begin a two-day state visit. King Felipe and Queen Leitizia will be greeted by the Queen and Prince Philip at Horse Guards Parade on Wednesday.The trip is the first state visit by a Spanish king to the UK since Felipe's father, Juan Carlos, came 31 years ago. BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said UK leaders hope the trip will foster understanding between the two countries over Brexit. It is expected to be the Duke of Edinburgh's last state visit before he retires from public duties after the summer. Spanish royals' UK visit glosses over Brexit cracksThe visit is beginning one day later … [Read more...] about Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Leitizia begin UK state visit
Image caption From baking bread to selling ice-cream, Scotland's political leaders have been busy on the campaign trail You've heard what the politicians have to say. You've heard the spin about which seats are important. If you're really keen, you may even have read a manifesto or four. Is there another way of finding out what - and where - really matters to the party leaders? We set out to analyse another indicator - where they've been going. The campaigning time available to Scotland's main party leaders is finite, especially in a snap election. Even battlebuses, helicopters (and on at least one occasion a go-kart) can't cover the whole country. Nicola, Ruth, Kezia and Willie are going where they think they can make the biggest difference. So we thought we'd analyse those campaigning visits to see if a pattern emerged. A few caveats...First, as Peter Snow used to say, this is … [Read more...] about Election 2017: What do the mapped out visits of Scotland’s leaders tell us?
You've heard what the politicians have to say. You've heard the spin about which seats are important. If you're really keen, you may even have read a manifesto or four. Is there another way of finding out what - and where - really matters to the party leaders? We set out to analyse another indicator - where they've been going. The campaigning time available to Scotland's main party leaders is finite, especially in a snap election. Even battlebuses, helicopters (and on at least one occasion a go-kart) can't cover the whole country. Nicola, Ruth, Kezia and Willie are going where they think they can make the biggest difference. So we thought we'd analyse those campaigning visits to see if a pattern emerged. A few caveats... First, as Peter Snow used to say, this is just a bit of fun. It's not rocket science. It's hardly even political science. Second, we set limits on whose movements we analysed: we looked only at the Scottish party leaders (although Nicola is both a … [Read more...] about Election 2017: What do the campaign visits of our Scottish leaders tell us?
Image caption From baking bread to selling ice-cream, Scotland's political leaders have been busy on the campaign trail You've heard what the politicians have to say. You've heard the spin about which seats are important. If you're really keen, you may even have read a manifesto or four. Is there another way of finding out what - and where - really matters to the party leaders? We set out to analyse another indicator - where they've been going. The campaigning time available to Scotland's main party leaders is finite, especially in a snap election. Even battlebuses, helicopters (and on at least one occasion a go-kart) can't cover the whole country. Nicola, Ruth, Kezia and Willie are going where they think they can make the biggest difference. So we thought we'd analyse those campaigning visits to see if a pattern emerged. A few caveats...First, as Peter Snow used to say, this is … [Read more...] about Election 2017: What do the campaign visits of our Scottish leaders tell us?
Get daily updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email THE Liberal Democrats won a single Welsh MP in 2015 having lost a bastion in the Welsh capital to Labour and seen former rural heartlands turn blue. But the party's UK leader is refusing to give up on Wales and will campaign in the nation on Thursday. Tim Farron does not pretend they stand a chance of winning the election - but he is using the contest to audition for the role of Leader of the Opposition. Mr Farron argues that even people who want Theresa May back as Prime Minister should consider voting Lib Dem so the UK can have a strong opposition and local MPs who won't "just tug their forelock to the Conservative whips in Westminster". His party had just nine MPs on the day parliament was dissolved but he is in the fight of his life to engineer a comeback. Here are six things he told us while out campaigning: 1. A Tory landslide is on the way so vote … [Read more...] about Tim Farrons bid to replace Corbyn as Opposition leader is coming to Wales
In phone calls with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday evening, Trump discussed last Friday's airstrikes on a Syrian air base in retaliation for what Washington says was a chemical gas attack by Syria's military. The three leaders agreed "on the importance of holding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accountable" for the atrocity, the White House said in a statement after the calls. The Syrian government has denied it was behind the April 4 assault which killed as many as 100 people. A spokeswoman for May said Washington and London had agreed that there was a "window of opportunity" to persuade Syria's longtime ally Russia to sever its links with Assad. New talks hopeful "They agreed that US Secretary of State Tillerson's visit to Moscow this week provides an opportunity to make progress towards a solution which will deliver a lasting political settlement," the spokeswoman said. Tillerson is due in Russia on Wednesday but will not meet … [Read more...] about US, German, UK leaders discuss pressure on Russia to end Syria links | News | DW.COM | 11.04.2017
Opinion 10:06 04 February 2017 Martin Elvery The UK leader of the Coptic Church â based in Stevenage â has spelled out a message of compassion to refugees and those fleeing war and conflict in the wake of US President Donald Trumpâs severe tightening of immigration laws. Email this article to a friend To send a link to this page you must be logged in. The newly-elected president issued executive orders last Friday which suspended the entire US refugee admissions system for 120 days, even though it was already one of the most rigorous vetting regimens in the world, suspended the Syrian refugee program indefinitely, and banned entry from seven majority-Muslim countries â Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen â for 90 days. His Grace Bishop Angaelos â who is General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK and is based at the churchâs UK centre at Shephalbury Manor â issued a statement saying: âThe current state of geo-politics and the … [Read more...] about âWe must not alienate othersâ, says leader of Stevenage-based Coptic Church in thinly-veiled condemnation of President Donald Trumpâs immigration crackdown – News
Donald Trump and Theresa May were spotted holding hands briefly as they walked through the White House after their first meeting. The Prime Minister flew to the US this week to become the first world leader to meet the newly-inaugurated US President. President Trump hailed the “special relationship” between the two nations, describing them as “one of the great forces in history for justice and for peace”. The two leaders were seen holding hands just moments before they delivered a joint news conference. Former billionaire businessman Donald Trump told reporters that he believed the UK and US were going to have a “fantastic relationship” and said their bond was “stronger than ever”. Opening the press conference, President Trump said: “I am honoured to have the Prime Minister here for our first official visit from a foreign leader. “It is our first visit so a great honour. “The special relationship between our two … [Read more...] about In pictures: Theresa May and Donald Trump hold hands as they celebrate US-UK ‘special relationship’
In an interview with Sky News on Sunday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said that on leaving the European Union she intended on striking "the right deal internationally" as well as a "fair deal at home." Sidestepping questions on whether she would prioritize curbing immigration from the EU over Britain's preferential access to the EU's single market, May said it was not a "binary choice." June's referendum was a "vote for us to change that freedom of movement," May added. "We will be able to have control of our borders, control of our laws." Single market mystery Still unable to confirm whether Britain will be leaving the European single market, May said, "We want the best possible deal for UK businesses in the EU and for European companies trading in the UK." Leaders of the remaining 27 EU states, and most recently German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have repeatedly warned the UK that they would "not be able to cherry pick." May denied claims, however, that Westminster wants to "keep … [Read more...] about UK Prime Minister Theresa May to set out Brexit plans ‘in coming weeks’