John McDonnell claims Corbyn supporters ‘purged’

John McDonnell claims Corbyn supporters ‘purged’

Image copyright PA Shadow chancellor John McDonnell claims there has been a “rigged purge” of supporters of Jeremy Corbyn in Labour’s leadership contest. Mr McDonnell said thousands of members were being denied a vote “without being given an explanation”. He was reacting to the suspension from Labour of Ronnie Draper, who leads the Corbyn-supporting Bakers, […]

Greens’ Caroline Lucas proposes Labour election pact

Greens’ Caroline Lucas proposes Labour election pact

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has raised the prospect of an electoral pact with other parties to prevent them “fighting each other”. She indicated she would be prepared to consider deals with Labour that could involve candidates standing aside in some constituencies. Counting of votes is due to start today in the Green Party leadership […]

Labour leadership: Smith claims Corbyn ‘happy’ about Brexit vote

Labour leadership: Smith claims Corbyn ‘happy’ about Brexit vote

Image copyright PA Image caption The hustings debate is being held at the SECC in Glasgow Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith has claimed Jeremy Corbyn was “happy” about the UK voting to leave the EU. Speaking during a sometimes ill-tempered hustings debate in Glagow, he also warned that the party could split unless Mr Corbyn […]

Poland overtakes India as country of origin, UK migration statistics show

Poland overtakes India as country of origin, UK migration statistics show

Image copyright PA Poland has overtaken India as the most common non-UK country of birth for people living in the UK, Office for National Statistics figures show. It comes as net migration estimates show it remains near record levels, at 327,000 for the year to March. The figures – for the period before Britain voted […]

Labour leadership hustings: Corbyn against coalition with SNP

Labour leadership hustings: Corbyn against coalition with SNP

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale is backing Mr Smith (right) while her deputy Alex Rowley has spoken in support of Mr Corbyn The current leader of Labour, Jeremy Corbyn, has ruled out his party entering into a coalition with the SNP. He made his view clear ahead of taking […]

UKIP’s Diane James: Why I’m not offering new policies

UKIP’s Diane James: Why I’m not offering new policies

Image copyright PA One of the candidates bidding to become UKIP’s next leader says she is not putting forward any policies as part of her campaign. Diane James said she refused to develop policy “on the hoof” and would focus on “refreshing” UKIP’s last manifesto. She also said she was boycotting hustings with the other […]

Immigration: Brexit an opportunity to fix ‘broken’ system

Immigration: Brexit an opportunity to fix ‘broken’ system

Image caption Net migration has remained above 300,000 for more than a year The vote to leave the EU is a chance to fix the UK’s “broken” immigration system and restore trust in controlled migration, a report says. Think tank British Future said the Brexit referendum outcome was a “vote of no confidence” in existing […]

Brexit: Owen Smith opposes Article 50 move without vote

Media captionThe Labour leadership challenger says the country will be ill-served by leaving the EU. Owen Smith says he will try to stop Theresa May formally triggering Brexit unless she promises a referendum on the final deal or calls a general election to approve it. The Labour leadership challenger said his party should not give […]

Jeremy Corbyn angered by train seat row questions

Media captionJeremy Corbyn angered by questions about train seat row Jeremy Corbyn has reacted angrily to questions about his spat with Virgin Trains tycoon Sir Richard Branson. He said he hoped the businessman was “well aware” of his plans to nationalise rail operators. Sir Richard has challenged the Labour leader’s claim in a video that […]

Margaret Thatcher held secret Saudi arms talks, archives show

Margaret Thatcher held secret Saudi arms talks, archives show

Image copyright PA Image caption Margaret Thatcher used a private lunch with King Fahd to discuss the prospects of an arms deal, the papers show Margaret Thatcher held secret talks with Saudi rulers in 1985, leading up to the UK’s largest arms deal, newly released official documents show. The then prime minister met King Fahd […]