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stoke voters would 'annul' brexit vote if they fail to elect paul nuttall, says


joe giddens/pa wire voters in stoke have been told they will have chosen to “annul” their decision to back brexit if they fail to elect paul nuttall to the house of commons at the up-coming by-election.speaking in the constituency today, gerard batten, the ukip mep who is the party’s brexit spokesman, said: “if the people of stoke vote for a labour mp in this election they will get exactly what they had before, nothing will change.“if they vote labour they are voting, in effect, to annul the decision they made on 23rd june. this is why thy vote ukip this why they should vote for paul.”stoke voted 69.4% to leave the eu at the referendum and has been dubbed the brexit capital of the country.the stoke-on-trent central by-election will be held on february 23 and ukip is hoping making the vote






'it's unacceptable for my labour colleagues to block brexit', warns mp leading s


nicola tree via getty images it is “simply unacceptable” for labour mps to try to block brexit in a crucial commons vote today, the mastermind of the party’s stoke by-election paign has warned.labour mp ruth smeeth gave notice to colleagues after pounding the streets of stoke-on-trent central – where a by-election is set for february 23 – in an interview with huff post uk.smeeth, who has represented the neighbouring constituency of stoke-on-trent north since 2015, is tasked with helping to hold on to the seat for labour following tristram hunt’s resignation last month.ukip are piling practically all its resources into the constituency, which is believed to be one of the most pro-brexit areas of the country after 70 per cent voted leave in last years eu referendum.after spending time on th






labour 'hanging on by its fingernails' against ukip, warns clive lewis


matt crossick/matt crossick clive lewis has warned labour is “hanging on by the fingernails” against ukip in much of the country as he repeated his warning that he could quit the shadow cabinet in order to vote against triggering article 50.the shadow business secretary said if ukip leader paul nuttall wins the by-election in stoke on february 23 then there will be a “domino effect” across the north of england that could end in a “rout” of his party.lewis was speaking at a meeting in his norwich south constituency on friday evening and he posted a video of the event on his facebook page.the mp has been seen as a close ally of jeremy corbyn, but he gave his constituents his “word” he would defy the labour leader later this week and vote against the third reading of the the european union (






emily thornberry: i haven't spoken to diane abbott since she abstained on brexit


labour’s shadow foreign secretary today revealed she hasn’t spoken to diane abbott since her frontbench colleague abstained on a key brexit vote.on wednesday, labour mps were ordered to vote with the government and support giving theresa may the power to trigger the formal brexit procedure.some 47 labour mps defied the instruction, and two members of jeremy corbyn’s shadow cabinet even quit their posts in order to vote against the brexit bill.however, shadow home secretary diane abbott abstained, claiming she was ill, despite giving a speech in a westminster hall debate just hours before.her absence provoked anger among some labour colleagues, with one mp trying to get #prayfordiane trending on twitter.speaking on the ’s andrew marr show this morning, emily thornberry was asked if she had






emily thornberry: i haven't spoken to diane abbott since she abstained on brexit


labour’s shadow foreign secretary today revealed she hasn’t spoken to diane abbott since her frontbench colleague abstained on a key brexit vote.on wednesday, labour mps were ordered to vote with the government and support giving theresa may the power to trigger the formal brexit procedure.some 47 labour mps defied the instruction, and two members of jeremy corbyn’s shadow cabinet even quit their posts in order to vote against the brexit bill.however, shadow home secretary diane abbott abstained, claiming she was ill, despite giving a speech in a westminster hall debate just hours before.her absence provoked anger among some labour colleagues, with one mp trying to get #prayfordiane trending on twitter.speaking on the ’s andrew marr show this morning, emily thornberry was asked if she had






jeremy corbyn's 'real fight starts now' brexit bill tweet leads to total bruisin


“i would like to thank clive for his work in the shadow cabinet, which has underlined what an et he is to the labour party and our movement.“i understand the difficulties mps representing constituencies which voted remain have in relation to the european union withdrawal bill. mps have a duty to represent their constituents as well as their party.“however, the labour party respects the outcome of the eu referendum, so we have asked all labour mps to vote for the bill at its third reading tonight.“we have been clear from the start that labour will not frustrate the triggering of article 50, which represents the start of the process for leaving the eu.“labour will use every opportunity to hold the government to account and protect jobs, rights and living standards at every stage of the negot






diane abbott under pressure as jeremy corbyn set to order labour mps to back bre


isabel infantes/pa wire shadow home secretary diane abbott’s political future hangs in the balance after labour mps were warned they will be expected to back the government’s brexit bill.the party’s chief whip, nick brown, told a meeting of the weekly parliamentary labour party (plp) that he favoured ordering mps to support the eu (notification of withdrawal) bill.brown said that he as “a firm advocate of consistency” on whipping matters, a strong signal that he will advise jeremy corbyn to reimpose a three-line whip on the legislation that will trigger the two-year process of the uk quitting the eu.his words e as several mps lined up to insist that abbott should be sacked or forced to quit like other shadow cabinet ministers if she voted against the brexit bill this wednesday.labour back






diane abbott under pressure as jeremy corbyn set to order labour mps to back bre


isabel infantes/pa wire shadow home secretary diane abbott’s political future hangs in the balance after labour mps were warned they will be expected to back the government’s brexit bill.the party’s chief whip, nick brown, told a meeting of the weekly parliamentary labour party (plp) that he favoured ordering mps to support the eu (notification of withdrawal) bill.brown said that he as “a firm advocate of consistency” on whipping matters, a strong signal that he will advise jeremy corbyn to reimpose a three-line whip on the legislation that will trigger the two-year process of the uk quitting the eu.his words e as several mps lined up to insist that abbott should be sacked or forced to quit like other shadow cabinet ministers if she voted against the brexit bill this wednesday.labour back






ukip's immigration spokesman apologises for 'if you want a jihadi for a neighbou


lynne cameron/pa archive a leading ukip official has apologised after retweeting a cartoon which claimed a vote for labour would lead to “a jihadi for a neighbour”.john bickley, the party’s immigration spokesman and treasurer, retweeted the image last night, which featured a lorry full of people being driven by labour leader jeremy corbyn.the slogan – “if you want a jihadi for a neighbour, vote labour” – is paraphrase of far right campaigning literature produced in the 1960s, particularly associated with the seat of smethwick in the 1964 general election.the campaign in that seat saw tory-supporting racists use the phrase “if you want a n***er for a neighbour, vote labour”.  twitter bickley deleted his retweet after it was labeled “disgusting” and “repellent” by other users of the social






paul mason says 'most ukip people' are 'toe-rags' who would steal your bike


most of ukip’s members and activists are “toe-rags” who would steal people’s bikes, left-wing journalist paul mason has said.mason, the former bbc newsnight journalist and vocal jeremy corbyn supporter, told an event that “most of the ukip people” were “the bloke who nicks your bike”.ukip said the comments show “the radical metropolitan left” think those considering ditching labour for the eurosceptic party “are scum”.the party is trying to get its leader paul nuttall elected to stoke central in next week’s by-election and poses the biggest threat to labour, in what has been a safe seat for its entire existence.mason was speaking at an event about populism, organised by left-wing media organisation novara media, which guardian columnist zoe williams and green party politician sian berry. n






jeremy corbyn suffers more frontbench resignations over order to vote for brexit


danny lawson/pa wire two more labour frontbenchers have quit jeremy corbyn’s top team after he ordered them to vote in favour of triggering article 50. shadow environment secretary rachael maskell and shadow equalities minister dawn butler both resigned as the commons prepared to vote on a bill giving theresa may the right to start the brexit process.writing on her website, maskell said: “the uk is no longer being offered a ‘people’s brexit’ but a ‘theresa may brexit’, which goes far beyond just leaving the european union, as voted on at the referendum last june.”corbyn has imposed a three line whip on his mps for the vote on the brexit bill - meaning any members of his frontbench team either have to resign or risk being fired if they choose to defy him.both pro-remain and pro-brexit cons






brexit vote: 52 labour mps who voted against quitting eu


pa/pa archive clive lewis was among the 52 labour mps who voted against the brexit bill. brexit took a major step forward tonight in the house of commons as mps voted overwhelmingly to kickstart the process to leave the european union.mps voted in favour of the eu (notification of withdrawal) bill in the commons at third reading by 494 to 122, a government majority of 372. among those were 52 labour mps who rebelled against jeremy corbyn and refused to back brexit.the list included 13 members of the labour leader’s shadow frontbench, including three party whips, and clive lewis from his shadow cabinet.lewis’s resignation brings to four the total of shadow cabinet ministers who have quit over brexit following jo stevens, rachael maskell and dawn butler last week, who have not yet been rep






'jeremy corbyn to quit' rumour is untrue, insists shadow cabinet ally ian lavery


peter byrne/pa wire claims that jeremy corbyn is preparing to quit as labour leader have been dismissed by a key shadow cabinet ally as mere “gossip”.speculation about corbyn’s future sparked into life after it was suggested he had told given a “departure date” to his inner circle of advisers.but ian lavery, shadow minister for the cabinet office, told huffpost uk the rumours were untrue.and sources close to the party leadership added that there was “no truth to it at all, [it’s] just salacious plp (parliamentary labour party) gossip”.“there’s not a grain of truth to the rumours about jeremy stepping down,” lavery said.“lots of gossip happens around this place, but we know from previous rumours that it’s not always reliable.”manchester evening news social affairs editor jennifer williams






jeremy corbyn suffers more frontbench resignations over order to vote for brexit


danny lawson/pa wire two more labour frontbenchers have quit jeremy corbyn’s top team after he ordered them to vote in favour of triggering article 50. shadow environment secretary rachael maskell and shadow minister for diverse communities dawn butler both resigned as the commons prepared to vote on giving theresa may the right to start the brexit process.writing on her website, maskell said: “the uk is no longer being offered a ‘people’s brexit’ but a ‘theresa may brexit’, which goes far beyond just leaving the european union, as voted on at the referendum last june.”in a statement, corbyn said: “i would like to thank dawn and rachael for their work in the shadow cabinet. they are great ets to the labour party and to our movement.“mps have a duty to represent their constituents as well






labour losing stoke and copeland by-elections would be a 'hiccup', says party's


matt crossick/matt crossick ian laverylabour losing two rock-solid seats in upcoming by-elections would be a mere “hiccup”, the party’s new campaign chief said today.ian lavery, appointed as labour’s campaign co-ordinater this week, sought to downplay the significance of the party losing the copeland and stoke central by-elections – both taking place on february 23.the wansbeck mp admitted that any defeat would see labour “review the strategy going forward”, but insisted the local and mayoral elections in may would become the focus of the party very quickly regardless of the result.the comments came amid reports members of the shadow cabinet are being road-tested as possible replacements for leader jeremy corbyn, should the veteran mp step down in the near future.speaking to radio 5 live’






labour losing stoke and copeland by-elections would be a 'hiccup', says party's


matt crossick/matt crossick ian laverylabour losing two rock-solid seats in upcoming by-elections would be a mere “hiccup”, the party’s new campaign chief said today.ian lavery, appointed as labour’s campaign co-ordinater this week, sought to downplay the significance of the party losing the copeland and stoke central by-elections – both taking place on february 23.the wansbeck mp admitted that any defeat would see labour “review the strategy going forward”, but insisted the local and mayoral elections in may would become the focus of the party very quickly regardless of the result.the comments came amid reports members of the shadow cabinet are being road-tested as possible replacements for leader jeremy corbyn, should the veteran mp step down in the near future.speaking to radio 5 live’






labour mp kate hoey 'proud' that theresa may is prime minister


labour mp kate hoey has said she is “proud” that theresa may is prime minister.hoey, who paigned strongly for brexit, said today she liked the “style” of the conservative pm .“when i watch prime minister’s questions now, or when i see her, particularly abroad at international events, i have to say i feel quite proud she is the prime minister of the uk,” she told the ’s daily politics.the vauxhall mp dismissed suggestions her praise meant she would jump ship from labour to the tories.“i think the public are fed up with every time a politicians says something the other side has to oppose it,” she said.“we have to recognise sometimes the country comes first and what she is doing at the moment, under very difficult circumstances, are reasonable in terms of brexit.”speaking on the programme, ho






ukip's paul nuttall: i've changed my mind on nhs privati ion


simon cooper/pa wire ukip leader paul nuttall today insisted he has changed his mind over privati ion in the nhs as he seeks to win the stoke by-election.speaking to the huff post uk from a café next to ukip’s hq on a cold and wet day in the potteries, nuttall called for money to be diverted from the uk’s foreign aid budget and ploughed into the health service.the ukip leader admitted that he did once support introducing more privati ion into the “monolithic” nhs, but the recurring winter health crises have convinced him that is not the answer.during a visit to a pharmacy in stoke this afternoon, labour’s shadow health secretary jon ashworth claimed voters were worried about nuttall’s previous support for privati ion.when asked directly by the huff post uk if he wants to see more private






jeremy corbyn orders labour mps to back brexit bill; diane abbott ponders shadow


peter byrne/pa wire jeremy corbyn is facing the prospect of fresh shadow cabinet resignations after the party agreed to order all labour mps to back the government’s brexit bill.shadow home secretary diane abbott and shadow business secretary clive lewis are set to be sacked or forced to quit if they now vote in line with their constituents’ wishes against the eu (notification of withdrawal) bill.party sources told huffpost uk that the shadow cabinet agreed on tuesday to enforce a three-line whip on the bill, which requires all mps to turn up and back the move to trigger the two-year article 50 process of quitting the eu.three senior frontbenchers resigned last week as they joined 47 labour mps in voting against the plans. isabel infantes/pa wire diane abbott but abbott was absent, citin






official brexit negotiating strategy revealed


the prime minister has laid out the government's official brexit strategy, urging the country to come together and promising to "get on with it".the 77-page white paper, with a foreword from theresa may, expands on the 12-point plan for leaving the eu set out by the prime minister in her big brexit speech last month.in it the government promises to control immigration, leave the single market and seek a "bold free trade agreement" with the eu.it promises to broker a new customs agreement and repeats the threat that "no deal for the uk is better than a bad deal" and the uk would take action if unreasonable terms are offered.making his statement on the white paper in the house of commons, brexit secretary david davis said there would be a transitional phase before the official split from the






government defeats attempt to give mps a vote on draft brexit deal


parliament theresa may this evening defeated an attempt to give mps the right to vote on any brexit deal before it is signed with the european union.labour backbencher chris leslie tried to change the article 50 bill currently going through parliament to give mps the power to veto any package agreed between the uk and eu before it was rubber-stamped.his amendment was praised by a number of tory backbenchers, but despite its cross-party support it was defeated by the government - 326 to 293.seven tories defied party orders and backed the amendment:heidi allenken clarkeclaire perryantoinette sandbachanna soubryandrew tyrieearlier in the day the government tried to see off any rebellion by announcing that parliament would get a vote on the deal after it had been agreed with brussels – meanin






government defeats attempt to give mps a vote on draft brexit deal


parliament theresa may this evening defeated an attempt to give mps the right to vote on any brexit deal before it is signed with the european union.labour backbencher chris leslie tried to change the article 50 bill currently going through parliament to give mps the power to veto any package agreed between the uk and eu before it was rubber-stamped.his amendment was praised by a number of tory backbenchers, but despite its cross-party support it was defeated by the government - 326 to 293.seven tories defied party orders and backed the amendment:heidi allenken clarkeclaire perryantoinette sandbachanna soubryandrew tyrieearlier in the day the government tried to see off any rebellion by announcing that parliament would get a vote on the deal after it had been agreed with brussels – meanin






brexit bill: full list of 47 labour mps who voted against brexit


danny lawson/pa wire shadow environment secretary rachael maskell who resigned from the shadow cabinet before voting against the brexit bill. mps tonight voted in favour of triggering article 50, a significant step towards brexit.while more votes in the house of commons will follow, the division set out where mps stand - with 47 labour mps rebelling against leader jeremy corbyn, who insisted they back the government’s position by issuing a three-line whip. they were:heidi alexander (labour - lewisham east)rushanara ali (labour - bethnal green and bow)mr graham allen (labour - nottingham north)rosena allin-khan (labour - tooting)luciana berger (labour (co-op) - liverpool, wavertree)ben bradshaw (labour - exeter)kevin brennan (labour - cardiff west)lyn brown (labour - west ham)chris bryant






government defeats attempt to give mps a vote on draft brexit deal


parliament theresa may this evening defeated an attempt to give mps the right to vote on any brexit deal before it is signed with the european union.labour backbencher chris leslie tried to change the article 50 bill currently going through parliament to give mps the power to veto any package agreed between the uk and eu before it was rubber-stamped.his amendment was praised by a number of tory backbenchers, but despite its cross-party support it was defeated by the government - 326 to 293.seven tories defied party orders and backed the amendment:heidi allenken clarkeclaire perryantoinette sandbachanna soubryandrew tyriebob neillearlier in the day the government tried to see off any rebellion by announcing that parliament would get a vote on the deal after it had been agreed with brussels






ukip's paul nuttall: i've changed my mind on nhs privati ion


simon cooper/pa wire ukip leader paul nuttall today insisted he has changed his mind over privati ion in the nhs as he seeks to win the stoke by-election.speaking to the huff post uk from a café next to ukip’s hq on a cold and wet day in the potteries, nuttall called for money to be diverted from the uk’s foreign aid budget and ploughed into the health service.the ukip leader admitted that he did once support introducing more privati ion into the “monolithic” nhs, but the recurring winter health crises have convinced him that is not the answer.during a visit to a pharmacy in stoke this afternoon, labour’s shadow health secretary jon ashworth claimed voters were worried about nuttall’s previous support for privati ion.when asked directly by the huff post uk if he wants to see more private






nigel farage refuses to campaign for paul nuttall in stoke amid splits at top of


christopher furlong via getty images nigel farage is refusing to do any more campaigning for ukip in the stoke central by-election after falling out with the new leader’s closest advisor, huff post uk has learned.farage last week appeared at a rally in stoke to support paul nuttall’s bid to win the seat from labour, but was furious to discover a ukip member who had made a series of allegations about him was helping to run the event.lisa duffy – who unsuccessfully stood to be party leader last summer – was secretly recorded by her campaign manager making claims about farage’s personal life, which became the basis of a controversial book about ukip.farage is considering suing duffy over her comments, and was appalled to see her at the victoria hall in stoke on february 6 when he addressed h






nigel farage refuses to campaign anymore for paul nuttall in stoke amid splits a


christopher furlong via getty images nigel farage is refusing to do any more campaigning for ukip in the stoke central by-election after falling out with the new leader’s closest advisor, huff post uk has learned.farage last week appeared at a rally in stoke to support paul nuttall’s bid to win the seat from labour, but was furious to discover a ukip member who had made a series of allegations about him was helping to run the event.lisa duffy – who unsuccessfully stood to be party leader last summer – was secretly recorded by her campaign manager making claims about farage’s personal life, which became the basis of a controversial book about ukip.farage is considering suing duffy over her comments, and was appalled to see her at the victoria hall in stoke on february 6 when he addressed h






paul nuttall admits claim he lost 'close personal friends' at hillsborough is no


paul nuttall has admitted his claim to have lost a “close personal friend” at hillsborough was not true.the ukip leader made the claim on his official website. “i lost close personal friends at that match and understand as well as anyone how deep the scars of that tragedy go,” he said in a now deleted post from 2012.however appearing on radio city talk today, nuttall admitted it was false when presented with a copy.“i haven’t lost anyone who was a close personal friends, there were people i knew through football and things like that,” he said. “i’m sorry about that. i haven’t put that out. that is wrong.”nuttall, who is standing for election in the stoke by-election, has dismissed claims he was not at hillsborough on the day of the 1989 disaster in which 96 football fans died as a labour “






diane abbott told brexit secretary david davis 'to off' after he congratulated h


christopher furlong via getty images diane abbott told cabinet minister david davis to “ off” after he tried to kiss her following the historic commons vote backing brexit, huffpost uk has been told.the brexit secretary ‘leaned in’ and attempted a light-hearted embrace with abbott to praise her for backing the government’s bill to trigger the uk’s exit from the eu.but the shadow home secretary was not amused by the encounter, which took place in the strangers’ bar in the commons on wednesday night, an mp present said.despite her fear of a “donald trump brexit”, abbott had just voted to support the eu (notification of withdrawal) bill to give theresa may the power to start the formal  article 50 process of quitting the 27-nation bloc. matt dunham/ap brexit secretary david davis having com






jeremy corbyn backs moorside nuclear plant planned for copeland


danny lawson/pa wire jeremy corbyn has finally given his personal backing to a new nuclear power plant in cumbria - just as doubts emerged over its expected japanese investors.the labour leader said that he was now supporting the planned moorside complex, which is expected to create 20,000 jobs and has become a key issue in the copeland by-election.corbyn has spent weeks refusing to be pinned down on the scheme, and last weekend again told itv border that it was ultimately the government’s decision and the timing was “some way off”.yet on wednesday he told huffpost uk: “labour supports new nuclear as part of the uk’s energy mix to keep the lights on and tackle climate change. nugen the proposed moorside nuclear site “i back the proposed new power station at moorside which will bring thou






uk hit by brexit labour shortages, finds survey


london: the uk is being hit by labour shortage from the european union (eu) in the wake of the brexit referendum last june, according to a new survey released on monday. british businesses that rely heavily on eu nationals are finding it difficult to hire the right candidates as such workers decide to stay home, according to a survey by the uk's chartered institute of personnel (cipd) and the adecco group. the survey shows that almost half of all the vacancies are in the retail and wholesale, manufacturing, health and accommodation and food services industries. fears of a so-called employee “brexodus” are particularly high in the education and healthcare sectors, the survey indicates. the report, which was based on data from over 1,000 employers, also shows that more than a quarter of emp






brexit bill set to clear major parliamentary hurdle


london: mps look set to approve a bill on wednesday empowering prime minister theresa may to start brexit negotiations, in a major step towards britain leaving the european union. seven months after the historic referendum vote to leave the 28-nation bloc, the house of commons is expected to grant its approval for may to trigger article 50 of the eu's lisbon treaty. the bill must now still p through the house of lords, where there may be more opposition from unelected peers less concerned about defying the majority of voters who backed brexit. but if, as expected, the bill p es its commons stage in a vote late wednesday, may will be significantly closer to her goal of starting the two-year exit talks by the end of march. under pressure from mps, the government was forced to concede on tue






diane abbott explains she voted for brexit out of 'loyalty' to jeremy corbyn


isabel infantes/pa wire diane abbott has defended her decision to vote in favour of triggering article 50, claiming that to try and block brexit would have been a “blow to democracy”.the shadow home secretary chose to obey jeremy corbyn’s order to vote in favour of the eu (notification of withdrawal) bill on wednesday evening - having missed an earlier vote on the legislation.in a statement this morning, abbott said she backed brexit “as a loyal supporter of jeremy corbyn and a loyal member of the shadow cabinet”.the bill received its third reading in the commons by a vote of 494 to 122, a government majority of 372.corbyn had imposed a three-line whip on his mps to vote for the bill. however 52 rebelled and voted against. the list included 13 members of the labour leader’s shadow frontbe






jeremy corbyn hit by resignations and rebellion as 114 mps vote against article


pa/pa wire jeremy corbyn suffered a significant rebellion against his order to vote for brexit on wednesday evening, as a quarter of labour mps voted against triggering article 50.the european union (notification of withdrawal) bill, which will allow theresa may to start the brexit process, cleared its first parliamentary hurdle by a vote in the commons of 498 to 114.the labour leader saw 47 of his mps (full list here) rebel against him and vote against triggering article 50 - compared to 167 who backed his position.ahead of the vote, two more of  corbyn’s frontbench team quit in order to allow them to defy his three-line whip.shadow environment secretary rachael maskell and shadow equalities minister dawn butler both resigned. shadow welsh secretary jo stevens had already quit, as had sh






brexit bill: mps vote in favour of quitting eu by 494 to 122


parliament tv brexit took a major step forward tonight in the house of commons as mps voted overwhelmingly to kickstart the process to leave the european union.mps voted in favour of the eu (notification of withdrawal) bill in the commons at third reading by 494 to 122, a government majority of 372.when p ed after it goes through the house of lords, the legislation will give theresa may the authority to trigger article 50 and begin the brexit negotiations with brussels.labour mps, the majority of whom paigned for a remain vote in the referendum, have agonised over the brexit votes in parliament.most of the 47 mps who voted against brexit last week represent constituencies that voted remain in june. however nine staunchly pro-eu mps voted against triggering article 50 even though their con






daily mail and nigel farage angered by mps who voted against brexit


the inevitable fall-out from the parliamentary vote paving the way for brexit has started, with the daily mail accusing mps who voted against legislation of “betrayal” and nigel farage labelling them “enemies of democracy”.the european union (notification of withdrawal) bill, which will allow theresa may to start the brexit process, cleared its first parliamentary hurdle by a vote in the commons of 498 to 114.few mps think they can stop the process, and instead want to mitigate ‘hard brexit’ they fear will damage the uk.the vote was embarr ing for labour leader jeremy corbyn as 47 of his mps (full list here) rebelled against a three-line whip and vote against triggering article 50.the vote was hailed by the eurosceptic mail, which has been a vocal cheerleader of the uk quitting the europea






commons people podcast: protest votes are so p e


on this week's commons people, the team consider if labour is on the verge of yet another leadership contest after clive lewis quit the shadow cabinet.labour's gisela stuart is dubbed a "liar" by a former colleague after she voted against an amendment calling for the rights of eu nationals in the uk to be protected in any brexit deal.the government's white paper on housing comes in for scrutiny after it was revealed a key pledge on affordable homes was dropped.there's also a recording of labour's shadow health secretary calling one of the huffpost politics team a "cheeky so-and-so."as well as listening online, you can subscribe to the podcast on itunes by clicking here. follow commons people on twitter: www.twitter.com/huffpostukpolclive lewisuk labourcommons peoplejon ashworthgisela stuar






jeremy corbyn hit by resignations and rebellion as 114 mps vote against article


jeremy corbyn suffered a significant rebellion against his order to vote for brexit on wednesday evening, as a quarter of labour mps voted against triggering article 50.the european union (notification of withdrawal) bill, which will allow theresa may to start the brexit process, cleared its first parliamentary hurdle by a vote in the commons of 498 to 114.the labour leader saw 47 of his mps (full list here) rebel against him and vote against triggering article 50 - compared to 167 who backed his position.ahead of the vote, two more of  corbyn’s frontbench team quit in order to allow them to defy his three-line whip.shadow environment secretary rachael maskell and shadow equalities minister dawn butler both resigned. shadow welsh secretary jo stevens had already quit, as had shadow ministe






sunday show round-up: john bercow row, david davis' 'sexism' and labour leadersh


the andrew marr showlast week it was housing minister gavin barwell, this week it’s leader of the commons david lidington who danced across the sunday politics shows. his first appearance of the day was the bbc’s andrew marr show, where the host pressed him on whether he had confidence in bercow, or if he was sympathetic to those tories who want him gone.lidington towed the government line that this was a matter for mps, and certainly did not come across as someone agitating for the speaker’s removal.the leader of the commons gave his views on the so-called ‘other place’ – the house of lords – if peers tried to block brexit. this for some reason prompted marr to slip into a mockney hard man impression.with the sunday times and sun on sunday reporting that the labour leadership was engaged






history made as mps vote to trigger brexit


george osborne warns he will join the “fight” over britain’s future outside the eulondon: boris johnson late on wednesday night said that “history has been made” after mps voted overwhelmingly in favour of triggering brexit negotiations and beginning the process of leaving the eu.the foreign secretary called it a “momentous” night as mps voted four to one in favour of triggering article 50. kenneth clarke, a former chancellor, was the only tory mp to oppose it.theresa may, the prime minister, was set to publish a white paper on thursday, formally setting out the government’s plans for brexit in response to the concerns of pro-european tory mpsin an emotional parliamentary session, mps on wednesday approved the first stage of a bill for triggering article 50 of the eu’s lisbon treaty, which