Donald Trump Condemned For Retweeting Hate Posts

Donald Trump, the President of the United States, has been condemned by a number of British politicians for retweeting three posts from the extremist group Britain First. The Government is yet to respond to the retweets but they have been condemned by Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, and a number of other British politicians. There is also some pressure on the British Government to ban for US President from visiting the UK.

Corbyn said on Twitter:

“I hope our Government will condemn far-right retweets by Donald Trump. They are abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society”.

Ian Blackford, the SNP leader in Westminster, said:

“Trump re-tweeting videos from far right organisations in the UK underlines once again why a state visit to the UK would not be appropriate for the President”.

Caroline Lucas, the leader of the Green Party, said on Twitter:

“The President of the US has just retweeted a convicted British fascist. @theresa_may must publicly condemn him immediately. We cannot stand by and watch @realDonaldTrump spew this hate”.

 

Sadiq Khan, London Mayor, Says Labour Can Make Large Gains in 2018

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has said that the Labour Party is well positioned to make large gain in the city in the 2018 local elections. Khan is also expected to make Brexit a core theme of the party’s campaigns in the capital, and the London Mayor is also expected to back the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

Speaking at a party conference in London, Khan is expected to say:

“There is now no corner of London where Labour can’t win – and with enough hard work we can challenge the Tories even in their crown jewels of Wandsworth and Barnet”.

The local elections will take place in May and the Labour Party currently hold 22 off the capital’s 33 councils. Khan is also expected to say:

“However, Londoners that desperately need Labour in power across London cannot afford for us to be complacent about the upcoming local elections. That’s why we must keep taking the fight to the Tories – who are weaker and more divided than ever – and I pledge to lead Labour members in that fight”.

Richard Leonard Wins Election to Become New Scottish Labour Leader

Richard Leonard has been confirmed as the new leader of Scottish Labour after beating Anas Sarwar, the other remaining entrant. Leonard is from the left of the party compared to Sarwar’s centrist position and Jeremy Corbyn congratulated Leonard and said that he was “a real force for change”.

Leonard said on Twitter:

“I just want to thank you all – let’s work together as movement for real change, as a movement for democracy and socialism and as a movement for realising the hopes of the people”.

Sarwar said:

“Congratulations to Richard on his victory. I’m proud of our campaign, our team and all the volunteers. I’m sorry I couldn’t do it for you, but I look forward to campaigning with Richard and our party in the weeks, months and years ahead”.

There was a 63.7% turnout in the vote with 56.7% voting for Leonard and 43.3% voting for Sarwar.

Political Leaders Pay Tribute on Remembrance Sunday

Political leaders have paid tribute to the war dead at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday. Current party leaders and former Prime Ministers were present at the memorial, with a two-minute silence being held throughout the country.

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said:

“It was an honour to attend the Remembrance Sunday service and to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in memory of all those who have died in defence of our freedom. This time of year should remind us that our way of life is only made possible by the bravery of the men and women who are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe.

We should also take great pride in the way we come together as a nation to honour the fallen. Today I pay tribute not just to our Armed Forces but also to those who stand alongside them in this small act of remembrance each and every year”.

Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Defence said in a statement:

“I am proud to stand alongside members of the Armed Forces and veterans at the Cenotaph to reflect on those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This year we have commemorated the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele where the fields of Flanders saw enormous bravery and vast sacrifice.

On Remembrance Sunday we remember all conflicts including our heroes from more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Around the globe there are currently thousands of troops deployed in 25 operations in more than 30 countries, often putting themselves in danger to make us safer and more secure at home”.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, said on Twitter:

“On this Remembrance Sunday, I would like to extend my warmest thanks, appreciation and solidarity to all our veterans”.

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, said on Twitter:

“It will be an honour to lay a wreath of remembrance on behalf of the Scottish Government and the Scottish people in Edinburgh this morning”.

Carl Sargeant, the Suspended Labour Welsh Minister, Found Dead

Carl Sargeant, the Labour MP who was Welsh cabinet secretary for Communities and Children until his suspension last week, has been found dead. Sargeant had been suspended by Carwyn Jones, the Welsh First Minister, following a series of allegations about his personal life.

Sargeant’s family issued a statement saying:

“Carl was a much loved husband, father and friend. He wasn’t simply a part of our family. He was the glue that bound us together. He was the most kind and caring husband, father, son and friend. We are devastated beyond words, and we know our grief will be shared by all those who knew and loved him”.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, said on Twitter:

“I’m deeply shocked to hear of the terrible news about Carl Sargeant. My thoughts and profound sympathy are with his family and friends”.

The sitting of the Welsh Assembly that would have taken place this afternoon has been suspended as a mark of respect.

Jeremy Corbyn Suggests Queen Should Apologise over Tax Arrangements

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has suggested that the Queen should apologise over tax arrangements that have been revealed as part of the Paradise Papers document release. The Paradise Papers are private documents relating to offshore investments which have been placed into the public domain.

When asked about tax avoidance at the CBI conference, Corbyn replied:

“Anyone putting money into tax havens in order to avoid taxation in Britain – and obviously investigations have to take place – should do two things. They should not just apologise for it but also recognise what it does to our society”.

Corbyn also called on an inquiry to be launched into the current state of offshore investments. When asked if that inquiry should include the Monarchy, Corbyn replied:

“Everybody. The Royal Household are subject to taxation. I don’t know what has happened in that case. These issues all must be part of that”.

Ed Miliband, former Labour Leader, Says He Would Like a Return to Front-Line Politics

Ed Miliband, the former Leader of the Labour Party, has said that he intends to stay in front-line politics and would be interested in a return to the front bench. Speaking to Nick Robinson, Miliband said that he was “still relatively young” and that was much still to be fought for in politics.

Miliband added:

“After I lost the election it was never really a serious thought in my mind that I would give it all up and go off and be an academic”.

Miliband had been rumoured to be seeking a return to the Shadow Cabinet, despite saying in 2016 about Jeremy Corbyn:

“I think a lot of what he stands for is very important for us going forward. But I’ve reluctantly reached a conclusion that his position is untenable”.

Jeremy Corbyn Makes Speech to 2017 Labour Party Conference

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has made his speech to the party’s annual conference which is this year being held in Brighton. He said in the speech that the current economic model was broken and that the Labour Party now occupies the middle ground.

Referring to the 2017 General Election, Corbyn said:

“Yes, we didn’t do quite well enough and we remain in opposition for now, but we have become a Government-in-waiting. Our outstanding shadow cabinet team here today. And our message to the country could not be clearer – Labour is ready”.

On the subject of Brexit, the Labour leader said:

“One thing needs to be made clear straight away. The three million EU citizens currently living and working in Britain are welcome here. They have been left under a cloud of insecurity by this government when their future could have been settled months ago. So Theresa May, give them the full guarantees they deserve today. If you don’t, we will.

Since the referendum result our Brexit team has focused above all on our economic future. That future is now under real threat. A powerful faction in the Conservative leadership sees Brexit as their chance to create a tax haven on the shores of Europe a low-wage, low tax deregulated playground for the hedge funds and speculators”.

Talking about politics today, he added:

“Today’s centre ground is certainly not where it was twenty or thirty years ago. A new consensus is emerging from the great economic crash and the years of austerity, when people started to find political voice for their hopes for something different and better”.

Kezia Dugdale Resigns as Scottish Labour Leader

Kezia Dugdale, the leader of the Scottish Labour Party, has unexpectedly resigned her role and said that she wants to give her successor “space and time” before the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary elections.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“I’d like to thank Kezia Dugdale for her work as Scottish Labour leader and the important role she has played in rebuilding the party in Scotland. Kezia became Scottish leader at one of the most difficult times in the history of the Scottish Labour party and the party’s revival is now fully under way, with six new MPs and many more to come. I want to thank Kez for her tireless service to our party and movement, and look forward to campaigning with her in future”.

Dugdale’s full resignation statement reads:

“As Chair of the party, I am writing to you today to resign as Leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

It has been an honour and a privilege to have served this party in a leadership position for the last two and a half years, covering four national elections and one referendum.

I have worked with many great people, not least the staff in our HQ led by Brian Roy and those in the Scottish Parliament, whose boundless energy, expertise and good humour has guided our party through some dark hours and difficult times.

I’d like to thank my shadow cabinet for their efforts, and in particular Iain Gray for his unflinching love and support and James Kelly for the thankless but crucial job he does so well as our Business Manager.

Earlier this year I lost a dear friend who taught me a lot about how to live. His terminal illness forced him to identify what he really wanted from life, how to make the most of it and how to make a difference. He taught me how precious and short life was and never to waste a moment.

Being leader has always been a difficult but fulfilling challenge. One that until now I have enjoyed, driven by a clear guiding purpose and goals, many of which I have achieved.

I am proud of the fact that I’ve demonstrated how the parliament’s powers can be used to stop austerity with progressive taxes and the creation of new benefits. Proud to have advanced the call for federalism across the UK. Proud to have delivered real autonomy for the Scottish Labour Party and a guaranteed voice for Scotland and Wales on the NEC.

Educational inequality is the number one issue in Scottish politics after the constitution because Scottish Labour under my leadership put it there.

I am proud to have delivered 50/50 slates of amazing and diverse candidates in both the Scottish and U.K. Elections and equally proud to have invested in the next generation of labour activists and parliamentarians with leadership programmes. These have already furnished us with two of our magnificent seven MPs. With that re-established Scottish Labour group at Westminster, and a talented and effective group in Holyrood, Scottish Labour has a bright future.

A marker of success for me was to leave as leader with the party in better shape than I found it and I have done that.

Emerging from the challenging times following the 2014 referendum, and the 2015 UK election, we now have a solid platform on which to build towards success, and government.

I have given the task of achieving this all that I have. But with nearly four years now until the next Scottish Parliament elections, I am convinced that the party needs a new leader with fresh energy, drive and a new mandate to take the party into that contest.

I will continue as a Labour MSP for the Lothians and am already looking forward to spending more time with constituents and on constituency issues.

Too often our leaders leave in a crisis, with scores to settle. I love this party too much for that to be my way. There will be no press conference and no off the record briefing in my name. I choose to stand down because I believe it is best for me and best for Scottish Labour, at a time when we can be positive and optimistic about our future.

I remain in awe of all those party activists who devote their time to this movement without pay or reward. I thank them for their belief in me”.

 

Labour Signals New Direction on Brexit

The Labour Party has confirmed that it is changing its policy on Brexit to support an interim arrangement which would allow the UK to temporarily remain in the Single Market. The move, signalled by Keir Starmer, would also mean that the UK would continue to pay into the EU budget for around four years.

Writing in the Observer newspaper, Starmer who is the Shadow Secretary of State for Leaving the European Union, said:

“We will always put jobs and the economy first. That means remaining in a form of customs union with the EU is a possible end destination for Labour, but that must be subject to negotiations. It also means that Labour is flexible as to whether the benefits of the single market are best retained by negotiating a new single market relationship or by working up from a bespoke trade deal”.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has confirmed that Starmer was speaking for the Shadow Cabinet in a move which may put pressure on pro-EU Tories to support them.