Shadow cabinet minister resigns after Keir Starmer orders him to oppose higher minimum wage
Sir Keir Starmer has been accused of hypocrisy after photographs of him resurfaced in a protest endorsing a £ 15 minimum wage two years ago, while seeking a £ 10 minimum wage today.
Leader Ian Murray said Andy McDonald’s resignation over the wage dispute appeared to be “planned sabotage” of the Labor Party Conference.
Diane Abbott, a former shadow Home Secretary, said Murray’s suggestion was “nonsense.” “However, it is a fact that Keir Starmer was supporting £ 15 an hour until recently, and has been protesting demanding it,” he said.
Former leader Jeremy Corbyn today attacked the Labor Party’s stance under Sir Keir Starmer. Writing in the I, said Sir Keir and his team had shown that they “want to shore up, not challenge” the “wealth and power of a few.”
In a speech later today, Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow Home Secretary, will invoke the famous Blair-era catchphrase “tough on crime, tough on crime causes” while pledging to tackle anti-social behavior if is chosen.
He will accuse conservatives of being “soft on crime and soft on the causes of crime” in a conscious reference to the promise of New Labor.
Corbyn could run as an independent MP in the next election
Jeremy Corbyn has refused to rule out the possibility of running for office as an independent deputy in the next general election.
Speaking at a fringe event at the Labor conference, the former party leader was asked if he could oppose Labor and replied that he did not want to discuss “hypotheticals.”
Mr Corbyn said he should be reinstated in the parliamentary party, telling a room packed with supporters: “There is no other case than that he should be reinstated in the Labor whip.”
The Islington North MP is a member of the Labor Party, but Keir Starmer expelled him from the party’s parliamentary group after a discussion about his response to a report on anti-Semitism under his leadership.
He was originally suspended from the party entirely, but the party’s national executive committee reinstated him after investigation and clarification.
But after a backlash, Sir Keir clarified that Corbyn would not be allowed to return to the party’s group of MPs, leaving him an independent MP but a Labor member.
When asked if he could run again if he was not selected as a Labor candidate, Corbyn replied: “Let’s not hypothesize here.”
Senior party figures such as former Unite secretary general Len McCluskey have said Sir Keir did and then breached an agreement to reinstate the leftist.
Jon stone September 28, 2021 1:00 PM
Conservatives are ‘beating up’ struggling families, Labor Party says
The Conservative government is not leveling the country, but is “hitting” struggling families, said the shadow minister for child poverty.
Labor MP Wes Streeting attacked Boris Johnson’s impending cut to universal credit, saying it would result in 200,000 children falling into poverty.
“This is not a government that is ‘leveling up’, it is hitting struggling mothers and fathers and their children,” he said.
The Ilford North MP, who “experienced poverty first hand” as a child, said the government had “no ambition” to end child poverty.
“A poverty of ambition for other people’s children that they would never tolerate for their own,” he suggested.
He added that Labor would invest “in success” and spend money on addressing the root causes of poverty, rather than just the symptoms.
Rory sullivanSeptember 28, 2021 12:55 PM
Work would end tax breaks for private schools, confirms shadow education secretary
Labor has pledged to stop tax breaks for private schools and to give more education recovery funds to state sector schools.
Addressing delegates in Brighton, Parallel Education Secretary Kate Green declared the party’s commitment to the “children’s recovery plan”, which includes breakfast clubs and more small group tutoring.
“We must go further to provide each young person with a better future. That is why the Labor Party will end tax breaks for private schools, as Keir announced at the weekend, and will use those funds to equip young people with the skills they need for work and life, ”he said. .
“That is my guarantee and how the next Labor government will make Britain the best place to grow.”
Rory sullivanSeptember 28, 2021 12:44 PM
Starmer filmed saying £ 15 salary ‘should be the norm’
Taken during the protest of the McDonald’s Workers Union and Bakers, Food and Allied Workers in November 2019.
Liam JamesSeptember 28, 2021 12:21 PM
MP who resigned from Labor over anti-Semitism rejoins party
Dame Louise Ellman, a former Labor MP who resigned in 2019 over anti-Semitism, met with Sir Keir Starmer today after rejoining the party.
She said the Labor Party was now being led by someone “Britain’s Jews can trust.”
Liam JamesSeptember 28, 2021 12:07 PM
Corbyn’s column says Starmer wants to ‘prop up the rich and powerful’
Writing in the I Today, Jeremy Corbyn attacked the position of the Labor Party under Sir Keir Starmer.
He said Sir Keir and his team had shown that they “want to shore up, not challenge” the “wealth and power of a few.”
Here are some excerpts:
“This year we meet at a time of great change and crisis, perhaps greater than at any other time in my more than 50 years as a party member. … Conservatives have no solutions. There is a positive alternative, a commonsense program that Labor could offer. But that road ahead does not go through attacking the energy and ideas of our members and unions ”.
“We need public ownership of our energy system if we are going to manage it effectively, keep bills low, and decarbonize quickly.”
“All over the world, people are thirsty for massive social change; we should be part of that global movement, not on the fringes of it.
If our leadership does not defend that path, our movement must and will. “
Liam JamesSeptember 28, 2021 11:53 AM
Twenty delegates excluded from the labor conference
Labor banned 20 delegates from its party conference for disciplinary reasons, the chairman of the party’s constitutional arrangements committee revealed this morning.
Harry Donaldson said the bans had not disenfranchised any party in the constituency. In one case, he said, a constituency’s sole delegate was banned and a replacement was found.
Liam JamesSeptember 28, 2021 11:37 AM
Thomas-Symonds says Starmer was ‘showing solidarity’ in £ 15 salary photos
When asked about photos of Sir Keir Starmer apparently supporting a £ 15 minimum wage, Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow Home Secretary, said the Labor leader had been “showing solidarity with workers seeking to fight. for him”.
He told LBC about the minimum wage that “what we will look at is the particular economic circumstances and we will make sure we offer something that we can meet.”
Liam JamesSeptember 28, 2021 11:22 AM
Diane Abbott: ‘Nonsense’ to say resignation was sabotage
Diane Abbott, who was Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow Home Secretary, said it was “silly” to suggest that Andy McDonald resigned to sabotage the Labor conference.
“Andy McDonald is not like that at all,” the Hackney North MP told BBC Radio 4 Today Program.
“However, it is a fact that Keir Starmer supported £ 15 an hour until recently, and has been protesting demanding it.
“So it’s quite strange that he insisted so much that Andy McDonald argue with conference delegates for just £ 10 an hour.”
She added: “Many constituency delegates support £ 15 an hour. It’s the bare minimum. “
Liam JamesSeptember 28, 2021 11:13 AM
Labor invokes Tony Blair with ‘tough on crime’ push and antisocial behavior
Job is to invoke Tony Blair’s “tough on crime” message and promise a crackdown on antisocial behavior if elected, writes Jon stone.
In a speech at the party conference, Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow Home Secretary, will accuse conservatives of being “soft on crime and soft on the causes of crime.”
The comments are a conscious reference to Blair’s claim that New Labor would be “tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime.”
The motto was coined by Blair when he was shadow secretary of the interior in 1993, and continued when he assumed the leadership of the party.
More about the party’s proposals here:
Liam JamesSeptember 28, 2021 10:56 AM