David Davis, former Tory leadership candidate, warns over trade union legislation

David Davis, the Conservative MP for Haltemprice and Howden, has said that the Government’s proposed restrictions on trade unions should be reconsidered.

Davis said on Sky News’s Murnaghan programme that he agreed with many of the measures but added:

“There are bits of it which look OTT, like requiring pickets to give their names to the police force. What is this? This isn’t Franco’s Britain, this is Queen Elizabeth II’s Britain”.

The measures which Davis referred to related to proposed rules which would require trade unions to supply information on members if requested to do so. The measures would also require unions to appoint a supervisor to supervise strike action who would take on some responsibility for events which took place.

Paul Kenny, the leader of the GMB Union, says that Labour MPs who don’t back Corbyn should quit party

Sir Paul Kenny, the leader of the GMB Union, has controversially suggested that those not loyal to Jeremy Corbyn should leave the Labour Party.

Speaking at the Trades Union Congress Kenny said that those not loyal should:

“Go off into the oblivion like previous splitters from the Labour party have done”.

The previous day Kenny had suggested that those with alternative views would be tolerated saying:

“There will be plenty of room for people with alternative views and arguments in the Labour Party but at the end of the day the sniping has to stop. Those who cannot accept the democratically elected leader of the party should “ave it on their toes” now”.

Jeremy Corbyn is yet to comment on Kenny’s statement.


SNP signal their intention for a second independence referendum


Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, has said that the SNP would consider laying out a timetable for a second independence referendum in 2016.

Referring to the Scottish Parliament elections Sturgeon said in an interview with the Sunday Herald:

“Our manifesto will set out what we consider are the circumstances and the timescale on which a second referendum might be appropriate, but we can only propose.

It’s then for people in Scotland, whether it is in this election or in future elections, to decide whether they want to vote for our manifesto and then if there is in the future another independence referendum, whether that’s in five years or 10 years or whenever, it will be down to the people of Scotland to decide whether they want to vote for independence or not”.


Corbyn hit by early series of Labour resignations


Within just hours of Jeremy Corbyn being elected as the new Labour Party leader there have been numerous resignations from the party’s Ministerial spokespeople.

Those already announcing their departure include Tristram Hunt, Emma Reynolds, Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall, Chris Leslie, Chuka Umunna, Rachel Reeves and Jamie Reed with others expected to stand down later today. Ed Miliband, the former party leader, has also confirmed that he wouldn’t serve in a Corbyn-led Shadow Cabinet.


Foreign Secretary expresses sympathy following Mecca tragedy


Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, has expressed sympathy following the collapse of a crane at the Grand Mosque in Mecca which has killed over 100 people.

In a statement Hammond said:

“I’m shocked and saddened to hear of the accident in Mecca involving a large number of fatalities amongst those attending the Hajj. My thoughts are with the families of those affected”.

Jeremy Corbyn is the new leader of the Labour Party


The Labour Party have confirmed that Jeremy Corbyn has been elected as their new party leader.

Results 1st Stage Members Registered Supporters Affiliated Supporters Total % of Valid Vote
BURNHAM, Andy 55,698 6,160 18,604 80,462 19.0%
COOPER, Yvette 54,470 8,415 9,043 71,928 17.0%
CORBYN, Jeremy 121,751 88,449 41,217 251,417 59.5%
KENDALL, Liz 13,601 2,574 2,682 18,857 4.5%
TOTAL 245,520 105,598 71,546 422,664


Tom Watson is the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

The Labour Party have confirmed that Tom Watson has been elected as their new deputy party leader.

Results 1st Stage Members Registered Supporters Affiliated Supporters TOTAL % of Valid Vote
BRADSHAW, Ben 24,738 6,839 7,503 39,080 9.6%
CREASY, Stella 47,372 22,465 8,263 78,100 19.1%
EAGLE, Angela 36,321 15,676 14,016 66,013 16.2%
FLINT, Caroline 41,504 11,282 11,639 64,425 15.8%
WATSON, Tom 90,018 43,729 27,105 160,852 39.4%
TOTAL 239,953 99,991 68,526 408,470
Exclusion of Ben Bradshaw
Results 2nd Stage Members Registered Supporters Affiliated Supporters TOTAL % of Valid Vote
CREASY, Stella 52,866 23,959 9,730 86,555 21.4%
EAGLE, Angela 40,559 16,583 15,375 72,517 17.9%
FLINT, Caroline 48,208 12,948 13,425 74,581 18.4%
WATSON, Tom 96,008 45,329 29,252 170,589 42.2%
TOTAL 239,953 99,991 68,526 408,470
Exclusion of Angela Eagle
Results 2nd Stage Members Registered Supporters Affiliated Supporters TOTAL % of Valid Vote
CREASY, Stella 62,875 27,874 12,997 103,746 26.4%
EAGLE, Angela
FLINT, Caroline 57,305 15,434 16,799 89,538 22.8%
WATSON, Tom 111,465 51,815 35,682 198,962 50.7%
TOTAL 239,953 99,991 68,526 408,470


Andy Burnham reported to say that Jeremy Corbyn would be “a disaster”


Andy Burnham, one of the four candidates to become leader of the Labour Party, has been recorded by the Sun Newspaper saying that electing Jeremy Corbyn instead would be “a disaster”.

The recording was made in secret by a Sun journalist posing as a donor to Burnham’s campaign. It may now prove difficult for Burnham to take a position in Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet as he had previously indicated that he would be willing to do.

Burnham said in the secret recording:

“Privately, it is a disaster for the Labour Party. I mean, publicly, he is a nice man, a nice individual. He believes in the things he campaigns on so he’s not a fraud in any way. But I think the public will think Labour has given up on ever being a Government again”.

The result of the leadership contest will be announced this Saturday with Corbyn the current favourite to win.

Peter Robinson, the Northern Ireland First Minister, has stood down

Peter Robinson, the First Minister of Northern Ireland and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), has stood down after weeks of disagreement in the Province. The crisis started following the murder of Kevin McGuigan, who was a former member of the IRA, when the Police Service of Northern Ireland said that the IRA were implicated in his killing.

Robinson said in a statement:

“The failure of the SDLP and Sinn Fein to implement the Stormont House Agreement together with the assessment from the Chief Constable of the involvement of IRA members in murder, the continued existence of the IRA and the arrests that followed has pushed devolution to the brink”.

Downing Street said in a statement:

The Prime Minister is gravely concerned about the situation in Northern Ireland following developments there today.

“Earlier this afternoon, the Prime Minister spoke with Peter Robinson. While acknowledging the gravity of the situation, the Prime Minister told Mr Robinson that the UK Government did not believe it would be right to introduce emergency legislation now to suspend the Assembly.

They discussed options for what more the UK Government could do to comprehensively address all remaining paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland.

The PM underlined the need for intensive cross party talks to identify ways to tackle all paramilitary groups and to get on with implementation of the Stormont House Agreement

The Prime Minister said that there should be a return to the spirit that had seen politicians show such leadership over the years to deliver a peace process that has inspired people across the world.

The Government objective is clear: we want to work with political leaders for a Northern Ireland where politics works, the economy grows and which is no longer defined by its divided past but by its shared future”.

Arlene Foster, the current Minister for Finance in Northern Ireland, has taken on the role of acting First Minister.

David Cameron has met with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu


David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has met at Downing Street today for talks with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel.

Downing Street said in a statement:

“The two leaders welcomed the growing economic ties between the UK and Israel, particularly the progress that had been made since the PM’s visit in a number of areas, including research and science, with an additional £3 million of new funding for bilateral medical research projects in 2017.

They agreed that cyber security was a vital issue, and that it had to be considered both in terms of threats and opportunities. They agreed to collaborate further, with a new package of co-operation covering training and joint exercises to prepare against cyber attacks. The UK will send a cyber business delegation to Israel in December to further strengthen this co-operation.

On the Middle East, both leaders reiterated their commitment to a two state resolution as the only way to secure lasting peace in the Middle East, and the Prime Minister emphasised the importance of improving daily life for the people of Gaza, for example through better power and water supplies and facilitating travel in and out of Gaza.

They also discussed the threat of Islamist extremism and agreed that both political and economic security was required for long term peace, and pledged to continue to work together to support fragile countries in North Africa.

On Iran, they recognised that while there were differences in their approach, both shared the objective of greater stability in the region, and agreed that it was in the interests of all that Iran allowed regular inspections of its nuclear facilities”.