David Davis Says that Regions Can Flourish Economically after Brexit

David Davis, the Secretary of State for Leaving the European Union, has said that the regions can still flourish economically following the UK’s departure from the European Union. The meeting, which also discussed security and investment issues, was also attended by Andy Burnham, Steve Rotherham and Ben Houchen.

During a visit to York meeting with the Northern Combined Authority Mayors, David said:

“As we continue to make decisive steps towards our exit, we are committed to bringing all of the UK with us – ensuring that every region is able to flourish.

The Combined Authorities play a crucial role in representing the priorities of our regions which is why I’m pleased that we are continuing to build a productive relationship with their Mayors since their election in May.

We will continue working closely with them to understand the potential challenges and opportunities that leaving the EU presents to each of the regions, building on the productive meeting we have held in York today”.

Andy Burnham Selected as Labour Mayoral Candidate for Greater Manchester

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Andy Burnham, the Shadow Home Secretary, has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Greater Manchester Mayoral elections which will take place in 2017.

The other two candidates were Tony Lloyd, the interim Mayor who has held the role since 2015, and Ivan Lewis, the Labour MP for Bury South. As Burnham secured over half the votes there was no need to count the second preferences, with the final result being:

Andy Burnham – 50.1%

Tony Lloyd – 28%

Ivan Lewis – 19%

Burnham said after the results were announced:

“To be selected as Labour’s candidate for the first elected mayor of Greater Manchester is a great honour and I thank our members for the faith they have shown in me. I will repay it by devoting all my energy to uniting the Labour family here, working to win back the voters we have lost and building a policy programme with broad appeal. I will bring forward real answers to our housing crisis and give new hope to our young people”.

Burnham is now the favourite to become the first elected Mayor of Greater Manchester and he has pledged to stand down from Parliament if he is successful.

Andy Burnham Admits that Labour Has Been Slow to Deal With Antisemitism

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Andy Burnham, the Shadow Home Secretary, has said on BBC’s Question Time that the Labour Party has been slow to tackle recent cases of antisemitism within the party.

Burnham said:

“These allegations, when they are surfacing, are not being dealt with properly and quickly enough. They need to be dealt with much more speedily in the future”.

Burnham’s comments come after criticism was made over how the party dealt with Naz Shah and Ken Livingstone.

Yvette Cooper, the former Shadow Home Secretary, also said last night:

“The Labour party needs to do more than simply to have suspensions of people who have been saying antisemitic things”.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, rejected a question that the Labour Party was now in crisis, saying:

“It’s not a crisis. There’s no crisis. Where there is any racism in the party it will be dealt with, it will be rooted out”.

Jury Concludes that Hillsborough Killings were Unlawful

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A jury has concluded that 96 football fans were killed unlawfully at the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.  The jury also concluded that there were a series of errors which contributed to the disaster.

Andy Burnham (photo above), the Shadow Home Secretary and Labour MP for Leigh, said:

“It exceeds anything that we could have expected. But it’s only what they deserve. This is justice for them. Their loved ones. Tonight, for the first time in 27 years, can rest in peace…

Now come accountability. Disgracefully, slurs have been thrown around in this courtroom about supporters of Liverpool football club. Disgracefully, the cover up has continued in this courtroom, Disgracefully, public money has been spent on those lies and putting these families through hell once again. I find that completely unacceptable. People must be held to account for their actions. Prosecutions must follow”.

Sue Hemming, Head of the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division at the CPS said after the verdict:

“Following the inquest’s determinations the CPS team will continue to work closely with Operation Resolve and the IPCC as in due course, the CPS will formally consider whether any criminal charges should be brought against any individual or corporate body based upon all the available evidence, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

“We would ask that everyone is mindful of the continuing investigations and the potential for future criminal proceedings when reporting or publicly commenting on the inquest’s conclusions”.

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said on Twitter:

“I would like to pay tribute to the extraordinary courage of Hillsborough campaigners in their long search for the truth”.

Labour Claim Border Force Cuts Risk UK’s Security

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Andy Burnham, the Shadow Home Secretary, has warned that planned Government cuts to the Border Force are putting the nation’s security at risk.

Burnham said:

“This is not good enough. The public has a right to know about the government’s plans for the UK border and that is why I call on them to publish these figures without delay and to drop these damaging cuts.

This decision is yet another consequence of George Osborne’s botched spending review and budget. It has nothing to do with the EU referendum and everything to do with a government with its priorities wrong and whose austerity drive is putting our country at risk”.

A Home Office spokesman said:

“The Border Agency has the ability to redeploy resources on a national basis, and can allocate funding to address specific pressures when necessary”.

The spokesman added:

“This includes the additional £17m being invested during the next financial year to ease migrant pressures in the Calais region and further strengthen the UK border”.

Iain Duncan Smith Says Staying in EU Would Risk Terrorist Attacks

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Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has said that a Paris style terrorist attack was more likely if the UK remained in the EU.

Speaking to the BBC he said:

“What we see with the EU is its incapacity to get its act together. That leads to tensions. Who’s to say in the next few years countries that have taken people from various areas aren’t then going to give them a kind of leave to remain and even passports, as we’ve seen in some cases, and then in due course may well turn up again in the UK.

These are big issues further down the road for us. This open border does not allow us to check and control people who may come and spend time. We see what happened in Paris where they spent ages planning and plotting. Who is to say it is not beyond the wit of man that those might be already thinking about that”.

Andy Burnham, the Shadow Home Secretary, criticised the comments and said:

“It raises the question of whether ministers campaigning for Brexit can realistically remain within the Cabinet if the statements they are making are so fundamentally at odds with settled Government policy.

As Iain Duncan Smith well knows, the UK opted out of the Schengen open borders agreement and therefore retains control over who comes in and out of the country”.

Andy Burnham says Labour may not be able to agree on Trident

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Andy Burnham, the Shadow Home Secretary, has said that it may not be possible to get agreement in the party on a Trident policy. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme Burnham said that the debate was difficult whilst Emily Thornberry, the Shadow Defence Secretary, said that there needed to be a debate.

Burnham said:

“We always knew this was going to be a difficult debate for the party – there are two positions here that are difficult to reconcile, maybe impossible to reconcile, and the party’s got to find some way of accommodating those positions and move forward and not let this issue take over everything”.

Thornberry added:

“The idea of the Trident replacement is that it can hide in the sea. If technology is moving faster than that then it may well be that Trident may not be able to hide. And if that’s right, and if we are to bet everything on ‘mutually assured destruction’, we have to be assured that it will work – and if it cannot hide any more then that is a problem”.

The comments came after a planned Shadow Cabinet debate this week on Trident was postponed. It has been rumoured that the subject could split the party with Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, known to be against renewal of Trident.

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.

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.