Jeremy Corbyn is the new leader of the Labour Party

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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

 

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

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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.

David Cameron claims the Conservative Party is the true party of working people

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David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has written in an article for The Times newspaper today that it is the Conservatives who are the true party of working people.

He wrote:

“Our autumn agenda is about keeping our foot to the floor on the recovery. If we do that, we can turn a low-pay, high-tax, high-welfare society into one which higher pay, lower taxes and less reliance on welfare – restoring the link between hard work and reward”.

He also commented on the Labour leadership election, writing:

“Look at today’s Labour leadership candidates. All of them are in a race to the left, vowing to borrow, tax and spend more – all the things that failed in the last century and were rejected at the last election. Listening to some of the anti-NATO, anti-American, profoundly anti-business and anti-enterprise debates is like Groundhog Day. Labour aren’t learning. They’re slaves to a failed dogma that has always left working people paying the price”.

Tony Blair launches another attack on Jeremy Corbyn

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Tony Blair, the Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007, has written a third article urging Labour Party members not to vote for Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership contest.

In an article written for the Observer the former Prime Minister. In the article he wrote that Corbyn’s politics were “Alice in Wonderland” and added:

“People like me have a lot of thinking to do. We don’t yet properly understand this. It is about to transform a political institution we spent our whole lives defending. But it is part of something much bigger in politics.

Because it is a vast wave of feeling against the unfairness of globalisation, against elites, against the humdrum navigation of decision-making in an imperfect world, it persuades itself that it has a monopoly on authenticity. They’re “telling it like it is”, when, of course, they’re telling it like it isn’t”.

Three Labour leadership candidates reject Jeremy Corbyn’s call for all-women train carriages

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Yvette Cooper, one of the four candidates for leadership of the Labour Party, has rejected a proposal by Jeremy Corbyn, who is also standing, for all-women carriages to be introduced onto trains.

Cooper said on Twitter:

“Why should we [women] have to shut ourselves away to stay safe?”

She later said in a statement:

“The staff needed to enforce the segregated carriages should be keeping all the carriages safe instead. Transport bosses and police need to do far more to crack down on harassment and abuse – and that means we need more visible police and staff on tubes, trains and platforms, better lighting and CCTV, tough action to follow up abuse (which too often doesn’t happen), and a complete change in culture on buses, railways and tubes”.

Liz Kendall, also standing in the leadership contest, said:

“But I don’t believe that gender segregation is the answer. That’d be an admission of defeat, rather than a sustainable solution”.

Andy Burnham, the fourth candidate for the leadership, said:

“In this day and age we shouldn’t even considering the idea of segregated train travel. As a dad of two young girls, I want to see a proper society-wide strategy on tackling violence against women”.

Anber Raz from the Equality Now group also criticised the proposals saying:

“Having women-only carriages on public transport does not solve the fundamental problem of sexual harassment and hides women away. Instead, the focus should be on ending the harassment and teaching boys and men not to do it, rather than putting the onus on women to ‘stay safe’. The justice system should be held accountable too, to take this issue seriously and pursue prosecutions, thereby sending a strong message that the continued harassment of women and girls will not be tolerated”.

Corbyn’s campaign team said that he had raised the issue only to encourage debate on protecting women and that it was only for discussion at this stage.

Further controversy hits Labour leadership contest after union leader banned from voting

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Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) trade union, has been banned from voting in the Labour leadership election. Serwotka has led the union since 2000 and has been backing Jeremy Corbyn in the leadership campaign.

His wife Ruth Serwotka said on Twitter:

“Mark been prevented from voting in a Labour Movement election as an affiliated member. I’m very interested to hear the reasons”.

The Labour Party has yet to comment on why Serwotka’s ballot was rejected.

 

Alan Johnson appeals for calm after splits in Labour Party threatened if Corbyn wins leadership

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Alan Johnson, the former Home Secretary and Shadow Chancellor, has appealed for calm in the Labour party over further rumours of splits if Jeremy Corbyn is elected leader.

Fears of a split have increased in recent days as numerous Labour MPs have said they fear being deselected by members loyal to Jeremy Corbyn. Johnson has appealed for loyalty to whoever is elected leader of the party and confirmed that he would also remain loyal.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph Johnson said:

“This is an election. If Jeremy Corbyn emerges as the winner I would counsel anyone thinking of splitting or separating to think again”.

Johnson is supporting Yvette Cooper in the leadership contest and although he appealed for calm he also urged restraint from the left of the party. Johnson warned against repeating past mistakes and said:

“I certainly hope that Jeremy and his supporters, particularly the more finger-jabbing intolerant sections of them are not going to try to repeat the 1980s”.

There are four candidates for the Labour leadership who are Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn and Liz Kendall. The results will be announced at a special conference on Saturday 12 September 2015.

Corbyn campaign team confirms assets may be seized from pension funds

John McDonnell, the campaign agent of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership bid for the Labour Party, has confirmed that assets may be seized as part of a programme of renationalisation.

Corbyn has pledged to start with nationalisation of the energy and railway industries and McDonnell confirmed that assets may be seized without compensation. Asset holders include pension funds and charities but Corbyn has yet to comment further on the potential seizure. McDonnell said:

“A future Corbyn-led Labour government will reserve the right to bring them back into public ownership with either no compensation or with any undervaluation deducted from any compensation for renationalisation”.

The comments drew criticism from Labour MPs including  Yvette Cooper, who is also standing for the leadership of the party. She said:

“You can’t confiscate assets and you can’t print money to pay for things because that has a much wider impact on the economy and confidence in the British economy”.

Chris Leslie, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, also expressed concern at the comments made by the Corbyn campaign team. He said:

“We have a right to know and, so far, I have not received an explanation”.

Former Labour Scottish First Minister calls party leadership contest “a shambles”

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Lord McConnell, the third person to become the First Minister of Scotland, has referred to the Labour Party’s leadership contest as “a shambles”.

Harriet Harman, the acting leader of the Labour Party, admitted that there were some Conservatives who had signed up and paid £3 to vote in the election. She said:

“That is dishonest and that is shameful for people who purportedly believe in democracy and support democracy”.

She added that she was confident that the leadership election result would stand and said:

“I am absolutely certain that no court would decide that we had done anything other than apply the rules in a rigorous, fair, robust and even-handed way. So whoever is elected, they will be legally elected”.

Yvette Cooper says that a Corbyn victory could split the Labour Party

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Yvette Cooper, one of the four candidates to lead the Labour party, has warned. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s World at One Cooper said:

“The party does seem to be polarising between the different extremes and I don’t think that is the right thing to do. Partly, we want to hold our party together in order to win. Divided parties don’t win, but it’s actually much more than that. I just don’t think the extremes of the party are the right place to be and are true to our values and are true to the things we need to do to change the country for the future”.