James Forsyth 25 February 2019 3:58 PM 25 February 2019 3:58 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp I understand that ministers are being pressured to rapidly approve a new, £1.6bn towns fund. The suspicion among ministers is that this fund, which is spread over seven years, is all part of Number 10’s efforts to get the support of some Labour MPs for Theresa May’s Brexit deal. The write round asking for ministers’ approval for this scheme declares that, ‘This government is committed to supporting communities that feel left behind’. The region which will receive the most money per capita is the Black Country. One cabinet minister tells me that while the write round letter has come from James Brokenshire ‘I don’t believe this has been invented in the MHLG (Ministry of Housing and Local Government)’. 26 out of 38 LEPS (Local Enterprise Partnerships) will share a billion of funding between them. … [Read more...] about The £1.6bn question: is Theresa May buying off Labour MPs for Brexit?
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News / UK by Press Association 14/01/2019, 7:39 pm Updated: 14/01/2019, 8:01 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Prime Minister of trying to “blackmail” Labour MPs into backing her EU Withdrawal Agreement by threatening chaos if the UK crashes out without a deal. But the Labour leader said Theresa May had failed to persuade his MPs, declaring: “The Labour Party will not be held to ransom.” Addressing the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) on the eve of the crucial vote, Mr Corbyn predicted that Mrs May’s deal would be defeated and said the country should then have a general election. Pressed on when he will table the no-confidence motion which he hopes will trigger an election, Mr Corbyn told MPs: “Don’t be concerned, it’s coming soon.” Aides later said that the timing of the tabling of the motion would be a matter for Mr Corbyn and … [Read more...] about Corbyn accuses May of trying to blackmail Labour MPs over Brexit deal vote
News / UK by Press Association 10/12/2018, 5:53 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Ministers will seek to defer the vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal without seeking approval of MPs, despite a warning from the Speaker that this would be “deeply discourteous”. After Theresa May announced she was delaying the meaningful vote, John Bercow hit out at the late stage of abandonment, with 164 having already taken part in three days of debate. Under Parliamentary rules Theresa May can postpone putting her Withdrawal Agreement before MPs without their approval but he urged her to “give the House the opportunity to express its opinion in a vote whether or not it wishes the debate to be brought to a premature and inconclusive end”. He added: “The other option is for the Government to unilaterally to decline to move today’s business, which means that the House is not only deprived of its … [Read more...] about May avoids confrontation with MPs over Brexit vote delay despite Speaker anger
John McDonnell has set tongues wagging with an interview with the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, in which he appeared to suggest that another referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union was “inevitable”. Is the Labour leadership moving towards to a harder Remain position? Well, in one sense, yes, but in a much more important sense: no. Here’s what McDonnell said in full: “We want a deal that will protect jobs and the economy. If we can't achieve that – the government can't achieve that – we should have a general election, but that's very difficult to do because of the nature of the legislation that David Cameron brought forward. “If that's not possible, we'll be calling upon the government then to join us in a public vote. It's difficult to judge each stage, but that's the sequence I think that we'll inevitably go through over this period.” This is essentially just a recitation of what any good-faith … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight No, John McDonnell isn’t changing Labour policy on Brexit
It's been a long time since Frank Field received so much support from so many of his Labour colleagues. After a summer of speculation over which Labour MP would walk next, Field has become the unlikely poster boy for self-styled moderates by putting his money where his mouth is - not just joining the chorus of critics lambasting Jeremy Corbyn's handling of the anti-Semitism row, but withdrawing his support for him in Parliament. His resignation letter is typically pointed: "The leadership is doing nothing substantive to address this erosion of our core values. It saddens me that we are increasingly seen as a racist party." The Birkenhead MP has never been afraid to walk out of step with his party, whoever is leading it. He once described Tony Blair as a "...water spider. It skims across the water, but once it’s gone, you can’t tell that it was ever there." Of Gordon Brown he said he had a "vile temper" and was "unhappy in himself". He publicly said he felt uncomfortable in … [Read more...] about Frank Field resignation as Labour MP can’t be dismissed as insignificant