Jonathon Seed has been disbarred from the PCC election. Now it’s time to expel him from the Tory party.

Jonathon Seed, the Swindon and Wiltshire Tory candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), is currently making headlines after being disbarred from the election. ITV News has revealed that Seed has a historic drink driving offence, which makes him ineligible to stand. It’s unclear whether the Conservative Party knew of the offence. Seed insists he declared it, while ITV understands that the Tories were not aware of the conviction. Seed is an ex-army major and ex-fox hunt master. Animal rights campaigners have worked tirelessly for the past year, giving extensive reasons why Seed was not fit to run for PCC. Wiltshire Hunt Sabs and Bath Hunt Saboteurs told…

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Greens gain and NIP struggle, but Labour decay is the election theme

The big battle in this round of elections was always going to be between the Conservatives and Labour in the Hartlepool by-election, a battle in which the Tories achieved a landslide win. However, smaller parties had mixed results. The Greens made some gains, as did the Liberal Democrats. The Northern Independence Party had a rough outing in its first electoral test. Lib Dems The Lib Dems, who have never looked the same since their stint in coalition with the Tories, won control of Stockport Council and took four seats from Labour in Sunderland. Liberal Democrats have become the biggest party on Stockport Council. pic.twitter.com/2BjkwYXbMc — Liberal Democrats (@LibDems)…

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Who is up for election and how long will results take?

Voters across Great Britain will go to the polls on May 6 on what has been dubbed “Super Thursday”. What elections are being held? Votes are being held across Great Britain. Some of these should have happened last year, but were postponed due to the pandemic. Scotland and Wales will both elect members to their respective parliaments, and Londoners will choose representatives for the city’s Assembly. Many areas across England will also choose mayors. As well as Sadiq Khan defending his role in London, regional mayors will be elected for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Greater Manchester, the Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West Midlands, West of England and –…

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Election misery for Keir Starmer keeps piling up

Elections in Britain are less than 24 hours away. For Keir Starmer’s Labour Party, the misery just keeps on piling up. But is it fair to say the 6 May results will give an idea of what the public thinks of ‘Keith’ and Labour? Starmer: bringing on the heartache On Thursday 6 May, people will vote in elections for English councils, Scottish and Welsh parliaments, the London Assembly, and local mayor, and police and crime commissioners. As The Canary previously reported, there’s also a by-election in Hartlepool. Polling suggests that Labour will lose the seat. People on social media were reminding us that under Jeremy Corbyn Labour won…

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Sinn Féin restructuring party in Derry after election disappointments

Sinn Féin is “attempting to fix” internal party issues in Derry following recent election disappointments, a senior Assembly member has said. Conor Murphy did not deny a report in the Irish Examiner newspaper that MLAs Martina Anderson and Karen Mullan have both been asked to consider their position following a review of operations in the Foyle constituency. Elisha McCallion lost the Foyle Westminster seat to SDLP leader Colum Eastwood in 2019 by over 17,000 votes, and in the same year the party lost its majority on Derry City Council to the SDLP. Former Sinn Fein MP Elisha McCallion (Niall Carson/PA) An internal review A subsequent party review resulted…

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Biden’s election promises to welcome refugees are starting to seem hollow

Thousands of refugees could suffer in limbo if Biden doesn’t act to decisively improve Trump-era immigration policy. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) said the Biden administration is currently on track to allow the lowest number of refugees into the US of any president, despite election promises to welcome them. This comes after the president announced on 16 April he wouldn’t raise Trump’s 15,000 annual cap on refugees, even though in February he promised to increase the cap to 62,500. However, after criticism he backtracked and said he would increase the cap, except he hasn’t specified by how much. With 100,000 refugees suffering as they wait to enter the…

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Amazon “Broke the Law”: Union Seeks New Election After Alabama Warehouse Organizing Drive Fails

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: The largest union drive in the history of Amazon ended Friday with the company, led by the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, on top. After a months-long battle, ultimately 738 workers at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse voted to unionize, and 1,798 voted no. Ballots from another 505 workers were challenged, mostly by Amazon. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union that led the drive says Amazon illegally interfered in the vote, and it plans to file unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board. Democracy Now! co-host Juan González tweeted in response…

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Labour’s troubling election leaflets show the ugly normalisation of anti-Traveller racism

Labour MP for Warrington North and shadow women and equalities minister Charlotte Nichols has come under fire. People are criticising her for distributing local election leaflets which include anti-Traveller racist propaganda. Nichols apologised following backlash online. But her distribution of clearly racist materials reflects just how normalised anti-Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller (GRT) racism is in the UK. Anti-Traveller propaganda The leaflets in question claimed that locally Labour would ‘deal with traveller incursions’. Meaning “sudden” unexpected or unwanted appearances. GRT Socialists simply replied: Incursion is it. Very classy. — GRTSocialists (formerly LabourGRT) (@GRTSocialists) April 1, 2021 In response to criticism online, Nichols published a statement on 2 April. She…

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Exclusive: Presidential frontrunner’s advisor discusses Ecuador’s crucial election

Amauri Chamorro is a strategist in political communications, who has worked closely with former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa and is currently advising socialist frontrunner Andrés Arauz. With the left on the verge of returning to power, Chamorro spoke exclusively with The Canary about Arauz’s political vision, the forces trying to stop him, and the legacy of neoliberalism in Ecuador. The interview has been edited in part for clarity. To begin, can you explain your role as advisor to socialist presidential candidate Andrés Arauz, as well as your work with former president Rafael Correa? With Andrés, I’ve been his communications adviser – I work directly with him and I’m…

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Catalans set to vote in an election that could be a test for the separatist movement

Voting has started in Spain’s north-eastern Catalonia as 5.3 million voters are called to cast their ballots. It’s an election that will test the region’s secessionist movement. Salvador Illa will lead the ticket of the Socialists’ Party of Catalonia. Until January, he was in charge of Spain’s coronavirus (Covid-19) response as its health minister. A tight race Illa is hoping to end the hold that pro-independence politicians have held in the regional parliament for the past decade. Polls, however, predict a tight race. The Socialists will compete for votes with the two leading pro-secession parties, the left-wing Republic Left of Catalonia and the centre-right Together for Catalonia. People…

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