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stoke-on-trent central by-election contender barred over tweets criticising jere


joe giddens/pa wire a labour councillor was barred from the party’s candidacy for the stoke-on-trent central by-election because of tweets criticising jeremy corbyn’s leadership, huffpost uk has learned.michael payne, the deputy leader of gedling council in nottinghamshire, was interviewed for the selection and was seen as a strong contender to defend labour’s 5,000 majority.but he was later told he had not been shortlisted for the potteries marginal because his twitter feed could be interpreted as attacking corbyn.the winner of the labour selection contest, gareth snell, has come under fire for a string of sexist and abusive tweets in recent days as the party tries to fend off a challenge from ukip leader paul nuttall.snell, who appeared not to have his own social media vetted in great d






stoke-on-trent central by-election contender barred over tweets criticising jere


joe giddens/pa wire a labour councillor was barred from the party’s candidacy for the stoke-on-trent central by-election because of tweets criticising jeremy corbyn’s leadership, huffpost uk has learned.michael payne, the deputy leader of gedling council in nottinghamshire, was interviewed for the selection and was seen as a strong contender to defend labour’s 5,000 majority.but he was later told he had not been shortlisted for the potteries marginal because his twitter feed could be interpreted as attacking corbyn.the winner of the labour selection contest, gareth snell, has come under fire for a string of sexist and abusive tweets in recent days as the party tries to fend off a challenge from ukip leader paul nuttall.snell, who appeared not to have his own social media vetted in great d






ukip's paul nuttall set to 'run scared' of andrew marr show if he loses in stoke


christopher furlong via getty images ukip leader paul nuttall is set to pull out of the andrew marr show this sunday if he loses the stoke-on-trent central by-election, huffpost uk has learned.nuttall was booked weeks ago to appear on the flagship bbc political programme as part of its new year interviews with all the main party leaders.but he has made clear to colleagues and the bbc that he is unlikely to subject himself to a grilling on the marr sofa if he fails to take the stoke seat from labour.the anti-eu party came second in the constituency in the 2015 general election and nuttall gambled on fighting it in a bid to prove that ukip was the real alternative to jeremy corbyn in labour’s traditional heartlands.stoke was dubbed ‘the brexit capital’ of england in the 2016 eu ...






the waugh zone february 22, 2017


the five things you need to know on wednesday, february 22…1) storm warningit’s the first pmqs since mps returned from the half-term break. but after a positively balmy few days, is the political weather about to change? storm doris is forecast to bring wintry gales and ‘multi-hazards’ to the midlands and north tomorrow. and an equally squally outlook looms in the two by-elections in labour’s heartlands.i’d be amazed if theresa may and jeremy corbyn failed to hammer home their respective campaign themes for copeland and stoke-on-trent central: nuclear power/brexit for may, and the nhs/cuts for corbyn.all the parties are saying it’s incredibly close in the cumbria seat, while the tories have put in a powerful late surge in stoke. the labour leader can point today to the nao re...






our poor poll ratings will have an impact on stoke and copeland by-elections, ad


bloomberg via getty images labour’s dire poll ratings have “implications” for tomorrow’s by-elections, a senior party source confirmed today in an attempt to brace supporters for potentially disastrous results.voters will go to the ballot box tomorrow in stoke central and copeland – both seats that labour has never lost.yet despite the party’s traditional strength in the areas, there is growing speculation that the tories could win copeland, and stoke central could fall to ukip.the campaigns are being fought against a backdrop of terrible poll ratings for labour, with an icm/guardian survey published on monday putting jeremy corbyn’s party 18 points behind the conservatives.asked about the party’s prospects in the contests today, a senior labour source said: “we ar...






tom watson performs a celebratory dab after jeremy corbyn's pmqs zinger


move over, ed balls - labour has a new lord of the dance. tom watson must have made political history today by performing a celebratory ‘dab’ after jeremy corbyn stung theresa may with a question on the nhs. the pair had been sparring at prime minister’s questions when corbyn asked: “it seems to me that some members don’t want to be concerned about the fact that there are 1.2 million elderly people not getting the care that they need. “the legacy of her government will be blighting our nhs for decades - fewer hospitals, fewer a&e depts, fewer nurses, and fewer people getting the care they need. “we need a government that puts the nhs first and will invest in our nhs.”as corbyn sat down, a wide camera-shot appeared to show watson doing the dab to hammer home corbyn’s f...






'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 allies hit back after peter mandelson reveals he is 'working every


jonathan brady/pa archive allies of jeremy corbyn have hit back at peter mandelson after he revealed that he is working “every single day” to bring about the labour leader’s downfall.the former cabinet minister said that the labour leader was living “in a parallel universe” and was incapable of taking the party to victory in a general election.his withering verdict on corbyn, delievered at a jewish chronicle event in hampstead, came hours after a new icm/guardian opinion poll gave the tories an 18-point lead over labour.mandelson said: “i work every single day to bring forward the end of his [mr corbyn’s] tenure in office. every day i try to do something to rescue the labour party from his leadership.”but a labour source told huffpost uk: “the idea of jeremy corbyn being prime minister an






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






jeremy corbyn tries to rally labour mps for copeland and stoke central - despite


peter byrne/pa wire jeremy corbyn will try to rally labour mps ahead of two crunch by-elections – despite a new poll giving the tories a huge lead over the opposition.the labour leader was set to address the weekly parliamentary labour party (plp) meeting with a plea to work for every vote in the copeland and stoke central by-elections on thursday.but as former shadow cabinet minister lisa nandy warned that labour’s membership was “increasingly unrepresentative of the country as a whole”, a new icm/guardian poll gave the conservatives an 18-point lead.the survey found that the tories were on 44%, up two points, while labour were on 26%, down one. ukip were on 13% and the liberal democrats on 8%.corbyn was set to focus on the two by-elections in copeland and stoke-on-trent central, both of






by-elections this week could reveal the slow death of labour in england


danny lawson/pa wire jeremy corbyn and the labour party face a double test on thursday with by-elections in stoke-on-trent central and copeland. both constituencies have voted labour since the 1930s but it's evident that many traditional labour supporters are fed-up with the party and ready to go elsewhere. labour defeat in both seats is not inconceivable and would bring to light the rapid disintegration of labour england. stoke was once labour's most secure city in britain but the party now no longer even controls the council and sits on a narrow 5,000 majority. this is england's most pro-brexit city with 81,000 voting leave and 36,000 remain in the referendum last june. it's no surprise then that jeremy corbyn has visited stoke on just two occasions having been dogged by concerns that h






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






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






poll hands conservatives 18 point lead over labour ahead of by-elections


daniel leal-olivas via getty images theresa may’s conservative party has an eighteen point lead over jeremy corbyn’s labour, according to a poll published today.the icm survey for the guardian showed the tories on 44% with labour trailing on 26%.according to the company, the tories have only led labour by more three times since 1983.the poll comes as all eyes in westminster are on thursday’s by-elections in stoke and copeland. labour is hoping to retain both seats.the conservatives fancy their chances in copeland and ukip leader paul nuttall is seen as the main challenger in stoke.the imc poll also put ukip on 13%, the lib dems on 8% and the greens on 4%.the figures mean that even a so-called progressive alliance of labour, the lib dems and the greens would still be six points adrift of t






stoke by-election candidate barbara fielding arrested on suspicion of stirring u


a pensioner standing as an independent candidate in the stoke byelection has been arrested on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred. barbara fielding, 78, was quizzed by police after a complaint was reportedly made about her website, which calls for all immigrants to be repatriated and warns of a “seeping tide of islamic warriors”, among other highly divisive policies. police seized fielding’s mobile phone and computer and later released her on bail until next month, pending “further investigations”, a staffordshire police spokesperson confirmed. the stoke-on-trent elections have been mired in controversy. darren staples / reuters barbara fielding (not pictured), who is standing as an independent in the stoke byelections, has been arrested on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred; ukip's






ken loach defends jeremy corbyn over brexit in james o'brien's lbc interview


left-wing film maker ken loach has defended jeremy corbyn against claims he failed to show leadership during labour’s campaign to remain in the eu.the i, daniel blake director denied lbc host james o’brien’s suggestion that corbyn was losing support because of his “absence of leadership.”labour backed remain but corbyn’s history of criticising the eu over decades on the backbenches left people in doubt over how he had even voted.he rated his own support for staying at the eu at seven out of 10 and there were even accusations his aides were sabotaging the remain campaign. the anger within labour led to him being challenged for the leadership within days of the june vote. anthony harvey via getty images ken loach (left) said jeremy corbyn (right) had 'done justice to complicated subjects' du






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






'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






nigel farage warns paul nuttall he must win stoke by-election to secure ukip's f


nigel farage has told paul nuttall it is crucial to the future of ukip that he wins the stoke by-election next week.“i don’t think anybody for one moment can underplay just how important, just how fundamental, that by election is for the futures of both the labour party and indeed of ukip too - it matters and it matters hugely,” farage told the ukip spring conference today.nuttall’s campaign to be elected mp for stoke-on-trent central risked being derailed this week after he was forced to admit claims made on his website in his name that he lost “close personal friends” in the hillsborough tragedy were not true.farage’s comments will add to the pressure on his successor as party leader to win on thursday. peter byrne/pa wire ukip leader paul nuttall mep speaking at the party's spring conf






jeremy corbyn accuses of reporting 'fake news' that he will quit as labour leade


jeremy corbyn has accused the of reporting “fake news” after he was asked about reports he had made plans to quit.the labour leader told one’s breakfast this morning the suggestion he had set a departure date was “absolute nonsense” and something from “i-made-it-up-yesterday.com”.“i am really surprised the is reporting fake news. there is no news. there is no news,” he said.yesterday corbyn’s team denied a report in the manchester evening news that he had made plans with his inner circle about when to step down.corbyn said this morning it was “not a disaster” that ally clive lewis, who is tipped as a future leader, quit his shadow cabinet after voting against brexit.“the majority of labour mps voted to trigger article 50. fifty-odd voted against it, mainly on the basis of their strong mess






bbc newsnight comments from oxford academic prompts labour mps to fight back


labour mps have hit back after an academic claimed there are “no working class mps any more”.speaking during a bbc newsnight special on the stoke-on-trent by-election on wednesday evening, university of oxford professor geoff evans was asked about political alienation.evans, who grew up in stoke, said that he blamed politicians for this, saying: “people have ignored, say, class divisions, they’ve pretended they either don’t matter any more.“what’s actually changed is not the class divisions in our society, the inequalities, it’s what politicians offer.“i do have to, to some degree, put the blame on labour on this one, because in the 90s in particular they were so keen to appeal to an affluent middle class electoral base, they distanced themselves as much as they possibly ...






jeremy corbyn's failure led to brexit, labour peer claims


jeremy corbyn is partially to blame for brexit as he failed a “key test” of leadership during the campaign, a labour peer has said.lord liddle, a longtime adviser to tony blair on eu policy who backed ‘remain’, said today he had to “hang my head in shame” at the referendum result.and he pinned much of the blame on his own party’s leadership. “i do say this with terrible sadness, the debilitation of our own party contributed to brexit,” he said.“we have a leader who unlike vast majority of labour members, including many of those who joined up to support him, has never been a european true believer.“and in the referendum he failed a key test of democratic politics, which is to cut through media cynicism and the mass of seething public discontents with a compelling positive case for europe th






more pain for jeremy corbyn as simon fletcher quits as campaigns chief


yui mok/pa wire one of jeremy corbyn’s top aides is quitting his post amid claims that he was sidelined by rival factions within the labour leader’s inner circle.simon fletcher, who was tasked with the party’s preparations for a snap general election, will now resign as his director of campaigns and planning.the 48-year-old left-winger masterminded corbyn’s surprise 2015 leadership election landslide.as corbyn’s original chief of staff, he was a key figure in meetings with foreign leaders like barack obama and chinese president xi jinping.but he has slowly been left out of the leader’s top team in recent months. fletcher was ousted from his more senior post last year and replaced by former unite official karie murphy, a key ally of union boss len mccluskey. simon fletcher fletcher meets






in britain’s working-class heartland, a populist wave threatens to smash the tra


stoke-on-trent, england — for hundreds of years, this small-scale city in england’s industrial north has been synonymous with pottery — colorful plates, bowls and tiles fired by workers in the heat of the local kilns and sold in fine ceramics shops the world over.but come thursday, stoke-on-trent could be known less for shaping crockery than for smashing it.the british political order, virtually unchanged for a century as the conservative and labour parties have traded control, is under threat of a populist-infused realignment as the u.k. independence party seeks to capitalize on its success in last year’s brexit campaign.having helped to push britain toward the departure lounge of the european union, the anti-immigration ukip is now seeking to displace labour as the country’s n...






in britain’s working-class heartland, a populist wave threatens to smash the tra


stoke-on-trent, england — for hundreds of years, this small-scale city in england’s industrial north has been synonymous with pottery — colorful plates, bowls and tiles fired by workers in the heat of the local kilns and sold in fine ceramics shops the world over.but come thursday, stoke-on-trent could be known less for shaping crockery than for smashing it.the british political order, virtually unchanged for a century as the conservative and labour parties have traded control, is under threat of a populist-infused realignment as the u.k. independence party seeks to capitalize on its success in last year’s brexit campaign.having helped to push britain toward the departure lounge of the european union, the anti-immigration ukip is now seeking to displace labour as the country’s n...






jeremy corbyn warns stoke and copeland 'on a knife-edge', attacks the media for


peter byrne/pa wire jeremy corbyn has warned that two crunch by-elections are “on a knife-edge” and hit out at the media after a new poll gave the tories a huge lead.the labour leader addressed the weekly parliamentary labour party (plp) meeting with a plea to work for every vote in the copeland and stoke central by-elections on thursday.but as former shadow cabinet minister lisa nandy warned that labour’s membership was “increasingly unrepresentative of the country as a whole”, mps also challenged him over an icm/guardian poll giving the conservatives an 18-point lead.the survey found that the tories were on 44%, up two points, while labour were on 26%, down one. ukip were on 13% and the liberal democrats on 8%.when challenged by former shadow chancellor chris leslie to explain the huge






jeremy corbyn warns stoke and copeland 'on a knife-edge', attacks the media for


peter byrne/pa wire jeremy corbyn has warned that two crunch by-elections are “on a knife-edge” and hit out at the media after a new poll gave the tories a huge lead.the labour leader addressed the weekly parliamentary labour party (plp) meeting with a plea to work for every vote in the copeland and stoke central by-elections on thursday.but as former shadow cabinet minister lisa nandy warned that labour’s membership was “increasingly unrepresentative of the country as a whole”, mps also challenged him over an icm/guardian poll giving the conservatives an 18-point lead.the survey found that the tories were on 44%, up two points, while labour were on 26%, down one. ukip were on 13% and the liberal democrats on 8%.when challenged over the poll by former shadow chancellor chris leslie, corby






jeremy corbyn reshuffles shadow cabinet again in wake of brexit rebellion


jeff j mitchell via getty images jeremy corbyn has begun another reshuffle of his frontbench team, triggered by the decision of  52 labour mps to defy the labour leader and vote against brexit.rebecca long-bailey replaces clive lewis as shadow business secretary with peter dowd moving to fill long-bailey’s position as shadow chief secretary to the treasury.sue hayman replaces rachael maskell as shadow environment secretary and christina rees replaces jo stevens as shadow welsh secretary.corbyn said: “i’m pleased to announce appointments to labour’s shadow cabinet. we have a wealth of talent in our party and the strength of our shadow team will develop labour’s alternative plan to rebuild and transform britain, so that no one and no community is left behind.”long-bailey has recently emerge






the waugh zone february 23, 2017


the five things you need to know on thursday, february 23…1) not-so-super thursdaythe washington post has a punchy new strapline: ‘democracy dies in darkness’. democracy may not be quite dead in the stoke central and copeland by-elections today, but it could be on life support as voters are expected to trek to the polls in the dark (most will vote after work and we are still on winter hours) amid the wind and rain.all the parties worry we could see really low turn out in stoke, which already recorded a pitifully low voting level of just 49% in 2015. and that was in a general election, with summer daylight hours. add in that the seat is small to start with - that's precisely why it's being abolished in boundary changes - and the three-way split between labour, tories and ukip, and y...






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’






the waugh zone february 16, 2017


the five things you need to know on thursday, february 16…1) duck and coverthe cold war advice to school kids in event of a nuclear attack was famously, and ludicrously, to ‘duck and cover’. in the copeland by-election, where the nuclear industry is the biggest employer, both theresa may and jeremy corbyn have been ducking and diving in the face of questions about big local issues.yesterday, the pm took a 700-mile trip to the labour constituency and it exposed her flaws as a political campaigner. the photos of her gurning awkwardly at school pupils’ lego resurrected the ‘maybot’ narrative. but worse was that may had arrived in the seat with little or no political ammo to help the tory candidate (as well as irritating newspapers by refusing to confirm she was even in the constituency).asked






copeland by-election: odds, polls and candidates


voters in the cumbrian seat of copeland are set to head to the polls on thursday to choose a new mp following the resignation of labour’s jamie reed.the former frontbencher, who announced his resignation in december, is leaving to take a job in the nuclear industry at the processing plant at sellafield in the constituency.labour are defending a majority of 2,564 in copeland, making it the tightest by-election for the party since jeremy corbyn became leader in 2015.labour's jamie reed triggered a by-election in his copeland constituency upon resigning as an mp previously, jack cunningham had held the seat for 35 years from 1970.bookies are expecting a success for the conservatives, whose candidate is trudy harrison, 40, a former community regeneration officer at copeland borough council...






less charlie kennedy and more george galloway


peter nicholls / reuters those of us in the labour party who have been staunchly sceptical of jeremy corbyn's leadership from the beginning often stand accused of not taking him or his supporters seriously enough. at progress, we are keen to rectify this perception, and apply rigorous intellectual scrutiny to the corbyn project. that's why in this month's progress magazine, the main feature - alongside fascinating interviews with shadow brexit secretary keir starmer and the labour leader in the house of lords angela smith on holding the government to account over article 50 - is an essay on the corbynite ideology. rather than the normal 'it's all going wrong' type piece that some have come to expect from progress - regardless of how fair or true that might be - historian richard carr of a






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






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






jeremy corbyn has already had more shadow cabinet members than ed miliband or da


jeff j mitchell via getty images jeremy corbynjeremy corbyn has had more shadow cabinet members in his 17 months as labour leader than his predecessor ed miliband did during his five years in charge.so far 63 have served in corbyn’s top team, including full members and those attending shadow cabinet, the huffington post uk has calculated. 46 served in miliband’s.david eron had just 42 in his shadow cabinet during the five years he was tory opposition leader.on thursday corbyn added three people to his top team, and moved one shadow cabinet member to a new role as he began his third reshuffle as labour leader, triggered after a string of frontbenchers resigned over a vote on brexit.the number of those who have served in corbyn’s shadow cabinet is now just two short of those in eron’s top t






jeremy corbyn has already had more shadow cabinet members than ed miliband or da


jeff j mitchell via getty images jeremy corbynjeremy corbyn has had more shadow cabinet members in his 17 months as labour leader than his predecessor ed miliband did during his five years in charge.so far 63 have served in corbyn’s top team, including full members and those attending shadow cabinet, the huffington post uk has calculated. some 46 served in miliband’s.david eron had just 42 in his shadow cabinet during the five years he was tory opposition leader.on thursday corbyn added three people to his top team, and moved one shadow cabinet member to a new role as he began his third reshuffle as labour leader, triggered after a string of frontbenchers resigned over a vote on brexit.the number of those who have served in corbyn’s shadow cabinet is now just two short of those in eron’s






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


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glenroy tattoo parlour shooting may have targeted man previously s in head


a man s in the head last year may have again been targeted, with a tattoo parlour linked to him being peppered with bullets in a daylight shooting this week.detectives are also investigating if the drive-by shooting at ink bound in glenroy in the city's north is connected with a shooting at the pbellfield plaza. police at the scene of the shooting on the corner of wheatsheaf and glenroy roads. p o: channel ninethe wheatsheaf road parlour was s up about 11.40am on tuesday. no one was injured.company records show nabil maghnie is the director of the company that owns ink bound. the 40-year-old father, who says he no longer has any involvement with the business, was s in his head and chest last september. detectives do not believe the drive-by shooting is linked to a feud between the comanche