Corbyn announces departure but not just yet

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Jeremy Corbyn has held his constituency, Islington North, and his party has gained the majority in Wales but is seeing losses in many parts of the UK.

Corbyn said: “Today has been a disappointing day for the party. We put forward a manifesto of hope and unity that would help to right the wrongs and the injustices of this country.” He recognised that Brexit had “polarised the country”, and said he will not lead Labour into the next election after his defeat.

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Labour have held Leicester East with a majority of 50.8%

Labour – 25,090

Conservatives – 19,071

Lib Dems – 2,800

Brexit – 1,243

https://en4news.com/2019/12/13/26874/

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Labour have held Barnsley East with a majority of 37.6%

Labour – 14,329

Brexit: 1,112

Conservatives: 10,377

Lib Dems – 1,330

https://en4news.com/2019/12/13/26867/

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Labour have held Caerphilly with a majority of 44.9%

Labour – 18,018

Conservatives – 11,185

Plaid C – 6,424

Brexit – 4,490

https://en4news.com/2019/12/13/26801/

Jeremy Corbyn lauches Labour General Election Plan

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn released his General Election campaign in Battersea this afternoon.

Corbyn has made some key promises to try and win over voters. EN4 News has listed his key campaign points:

  • Brexit will be done in six months

Corbyn has said six months into winning an election he will have the Brexit negotiations sorted with a people’s vote so the UK can “leave with a sensible deal or remain”. Which Corbyn says is not a complicated issue. Corbyn wants to deliver “real change” that he said Britain needs.

  • NHS is “not for sale”

Corbyn claims that Johnson has a “sell out” deal for the NHS that will copy an American corporation style health system, with big drug companies being in control of the healthcare and drug manufacturing. Corbyn said that the NHS is “not for sale” to Trump or to anyone else.

  • Public Ownership

Corbyn said he would put rail, mail and water in public ownership, taking it away from “Tory donors and shareholders in tax havens.”

Corbyn reiterated promises that he already made a few weeks ago when launched his campaign, promising a £10 an hour minimum wage for over 16s and free childcare for those with children aged 2-4 years.

Corbyn made jabs at his Tory counterpart, Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying that they are going to “fight dirtier” during this general election.  Corbyn said that he going to take on the people the Conservative Party likes to protect by going after “tax dodgers”, “dodgy landlords” and “big polluters”.

The Labour leader finished his speech by saying its “time for a change,” leaving people wondering what Labour’s next point of action will be.

 

 

Dugdale: Scottish Labour’s disappointment after joining ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me out of Here?

The decision to suspend Kezia Dugdale from Scottish Labour could be decided today when the party group hold their weekly meeting at Holyrood.

Last week it was announced that MSP Kezia Dugdale would be a contestant on the latest series of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here with her first appearance expected to be broadcast later this week.

Dugdale in hot water over latest venture. Photograph: Herald Scotland.

The Labour MSP has confirmed that the salary she receives for being MSP will be given to charity while she is away filming in Australia but it is unconfirmed if she will also be donating the tens of thousands she is expected to receive from starring on the show.

Dugdale’s foray into the world of reality television just months after she stepped down as leader of Scottish Labour has split the party. It was revealed by the new Scottish party leader, Richard Leonard, that Dugdale failed to gain permission from party chiefs to join the show and that he was personally disappointed.

Former Labour leader, MSP Neil Findlay, also voiced his displeasure described her decision as “utterly ludicrous”.

Dugdale’s partner and Scottish National Party MSP, Jenny Gilruth accused the Labour party of bullying tweeting her opinions.

 

Tory MP, Nadine Dorris, who was previously suspended from her party after joining the same show in 2012 also took to twitter to show her support.

 

What is more important is how this will affect the residents of Lothian who are represented by Dugdale. Three weeks is a long time to leave your constituents and considering the reputation of the show voters may begin to look elsewhere for representation.


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Fracking debate heating up as Holyrood votes on new legislation

MSPs are to debate and vote on the Scottish Government’s ban on fracking north of the border – and the only political party opposing the ban are the Conservatives.

Ministers have pledged to seek authorisation from parliament for the move, leading to the debate and vote scheduled at Holyrood today. Organisations supporting the ban have raised concerns over the impact of fracking on health and the environment, while opposing parties have attempted to highlight economic benefits.

Scottish Labour’s Claudia Beamish said she welcomed the “indefinite extension of the moratorium”, but said the proposals “do not go far enough or offer the protection” that her bill would.

Anti-fracking groups staged a protest outside Holyrood at 1 pm today before the vote calling for legislation is to be passed. If the legislation is passed, fracking in Scotland will be banned indefinitely.

 

Friends of the Earth’s head of campaigns, Mary Church, said:

“The Scottish Government’s plan to ban fracking is fantastic news for communities and the environment. But we would like to see Ministers go even further and secure the fracking ban in law.”

She added:

“Unfortunately, the Government’s proposal falls short of committing to passing a law like recent bans in Ireland, Victoria and Maryland. This means that a future Government could overturn this decisions with the stroke of a pen, while a ban in law would require Parliament’s approval to undo the ban on fracking.”

The Scottish Government first imposed a temporary prohibition on fracking in January 2015, while conducting a series of scientific studies and public consultations.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has accused members of opposing parties of “dancing on the head of a pin”, saying “Fracking is being banned in Scotland – end of story. There will be no fracking in Scotland, and that position could not be clearer.”

Labour’s Brexit amendment set to divide party

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MPs will meet in Westminster today to discuss amendments to Article 50

The on-going Brexit saga is set to take another turn in Westminster later on today.

Amendments to article 50, which triggers Britain’s exit from the European Union, will be pushed forward by the pro-remain Labour party in parliament.

Shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry has proposed the amendments in order for the UK to get the “best deal” in a Brexit society. “We wanted to stay in the European Union, and we were pretty united around that,” said Thornberry. “But we lost. The country decided that we should leave the European Union. It was a very serious vote.”

“The question is how do we best fight for that? In our view we have to do as instructed and vote to leave the European Union, but actually the fight begins now.”

The Labour party are seemingly in a midst of disarray as leader Jeremy Corbyn proposed a three-line party whip ordering the party to support article 50, with a number of Labour MP’s such as shadow business secretary Clive Lewis, planning to rebel against the party line during Brexit negotiations.

Thornberry however will not defy the party whip and will tow the Labour party line in agreeing to Brexit, albeit with amendments put forward today.

It is unlikely that the amendments will pass, as around 90 MP’s will oppose the amendment, but said that the amended article 50 had to go through the House of Commons.

The Scottish National party are set to oppose article 50 and will vote against Labour’s amendments later today. The SNP have criticised the government for failing to properly negotiate with the devolved governments of Scotland and Northern Ireland, both countries that voted to remain in the EU.

SNP MP Stephen Gethins argued strongly that Brexit would have a profound impact on Scotland’s economy. “Passing this bill and turning your back on our amendment would turn its back on the progress made and disrespect the devolution settlement,” according to Gethins. “I’d urge members to vote for our amendment, otherwise this is a backward and damaging step and it is an act of constitutional and economic sabotage.”

The Brexit debate has already begun to divide the Labour party. Those who voted remain have either gone with the new Labour mandate of accepting Brexit, or vow to defy the party whip.While Labour’s amendments are likely to be opposed in Westminster, there is a slight chance they will be passed and in turn will halt the governments exit from the EU. Brexit was widely rejected by mainstream media, only for the public to say otherwise in the polls.

Labour’s Brexit spokesman, Sir Keir Starmer, said two thirds of Labour MPs represented constituencies that voted to leave the EU, and one third where people voted to stay in.
“This is obviously a difficult decision,” he said.

“I wish the result had gone the other way. I campaigned passionately for that. But as democrats our party has to accept that result and it follows that the prime minister should not be blocked from starting the article 50 negotiations.”

UPDATE: Ian Murray, Scottish Labour’s only Member of Parliament has just confirmed that he will vote against Article 50, defying Labour’s amendment. In a statement on BBC Scotland, Murray he would be “standing up for [his constituency] in the Commons by voting against the triggering of Article 50”. The Edinburgh South MP stated he represented the constituency where 78% of constituents voted to remain in the EU and was one of the highest “remain” constituencies in the UK.

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