Labour members back Corbyn against Starmer

If Keir Starmer wants to get rid of Jeremy Corbyn, it seems he’s going to have to fight his own party. Up and down the country, Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) have condemned the Labour leader’s decision to keep the Islington MP suspended. Corbyn was originally suspended from the party on 29 October following his response to the publication of the EHRC antisemitism report. He argued that the levels of antisemitism in the party had been “dramatically overstated”. That suspension has now been lifted. But Starmer has controversially ruled that Corbyn still cannot serve as a Labour MP. CLPs fighting back Starmer told the Guardian: Jeremy Corbyn’s actions in…

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‘Letter to Corbyn’ artist slams the ‘mess’ Keir Starmer just created

Jeremy Corbyn has not been far from the headlines in recent weeks. But a track dedicated to the former Labour leader from a Bristol-based artist has also made waves. And the man behind the top 20 hit says the current Labour leader has created a “mess” – and has slammed the “lies and smears” against Corbyn.Corbyn’s suspensionOn 29 October, the Labour Party suspended Corbyn. As The Canary’s Sophia Purdy-Moore reported at the time, this was:‘in light of his comments’ in response to an investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)’s investigation… found Labour responsible for ‘unlawful acts of discrimination and harassment’…

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A newly-independent MP stole the PMQs limelight from Keir Starmer

Neither Boris Johnson nor Keir Starmer took centre stage during Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on Wednesday 18 November. Because a newly-independent MP unintentionally took the limelight. Starmer: the backlash intensifies Talk about a misstep by Starmer. Because he decided to come out and say that he wasn’t giving Jeremy Corbyn the whip back right before PMQs. This came after Corbyn was first suspended, and then reinstated, by the party machinery over comments he made about the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)’s investigation into alleged antisemitism in the Labour Party. Firstly, Starmer not giving Corbyn the whip back prompted a furious backlash from the latter’s supporters on social…

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The best bits of PMQs were after Starmer stopped speaking

Given previous weeks, you’d be forgiven for switching off Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) early. But sometimes it’s worth waiting a bit longer. As two of the more interesting points of Wednesday 14 October’s edition actually came from backbench Labour MPs – after Keir Starmer stopped speaking. Seizing an opportunity Ignoring Starmer and Boris Johnson’s playground-like spat, other Labour MPs actually made the most interesting points. First up was Matt Western. He said: The communities secretary has a habit of hitting the headlines. Not always for the right reasons. At the weekend we discovered that his constituency had been awarded £25m for a regeneration scheme. And that was approved by…

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We need to smash Starmer and Johnson’s disgusting duopoly. That’s why I’m running for London mayor.

Boom. Bam. You know who it is. This is Drillminister, aka Young Drilly – writing for The Canary. People know me for using my music to fight back against political violence; using words as a weapon against the repression of the poorest people in our society:But now, I’ve got to take it to another level. An opposition that doesn’t opposeSince Jeremy Corbyn was hounded out of the Labour Party by the right-wing guard dogs in our billionaire-owned mainstream media, our chances for a fair and equal Britain have been torn from the bones of our society.It’s been replaced by an opposition that does not oppose; forcing its members…

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STARMER SHOWDOWN: Boris Faces Defeat Over 10pm Curfew as Labour Mounts Attack 

BORIS Johnson is facing a Commons defeat with his backbenchers next week as MPs vote on the Government’s controversial 10pm curfew restrictions.Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg told the Commons that next Tuesday MPs will get to debate the measures, that apply to pubs and restaurants in England, and which he assured the House were necessary.It follows a vote on the rule of six regulations this week, which 12 Conservatives voted against, while several others abstained or voiced concerns in the chamber.Asked by his Labour opposite number Valerie Vaz for the evidence that closing hospitality venues early reduced the spread of Covid-19, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “As regards to evidence for…

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Len McCluskey warns Keir Starmer not to move too far from the left as Unite cuts funding

Unite boss Len McCluskey has warned Keir Starmer not to move Labour too far from the left as the union moved to cut affiliation money. The union, which is Labour’s biggest financial donor, was understood to be reducing affiliation by about 10% after a vote of its executive on Tuesday. McCluskey, an ally of Starmer’s predecessor Jeremy Corbyn, warned Unite’s multi-million pound funding could be cut if the new leader undertakes too drastic a change of course. But the cut to Labour’s funding is being used to support the grassroots left: Len McCluskey's statement on why Unite voted yday to reduce affiliation to @UKLabour. 'We also want to…

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Veterans slam Labour’s ‘blatant fence sitting’ as Starmer sacks ministers daring to vote against war crimes bill

Military veterans have condemned Labour’s mass abstention from a Commons vote on the Tory Overseas Operations Bill which critics say could decriminalise torture during military operations. Their comments come after a fiery debate in Parliament on 23 September which saw three Labour MPs, including the popular socialist Nadia Whittome, sacked for rebelling against party leader Keir Starmer’s orders to abstain:   Thank you all for your messages of support. My statement below: pic.twitter.com/7pZWFUYZzs — Nadia Whittome MP (@NadiaWhittomeMP) September 24, 2020 Labour’s shadow defence secretary John Healey argued that the bill: creates the risk that the very gravest crimes including torture and other war crimes go unpunished Defence…

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With his leadership proposals reportedly abandoned, Starmer promises ‘new leadership’

In a new speech, Keir Starmer has made clear that Labour is under “new management”. At the same time, however, it’s reportedly the case that leadership pledges he made earlier this year have already been abandoned:  What about his fifth pledge, on common ownership of rail, mail, energy and water? Lisa Nandy says public ownership is "one way" and "another way" is "giving people more control" #PoliticsLive — Sienna Rodgers (@siennamarla) September 22, 2020 Red WallStarmer’s choice of warm-up act left little doubt that his keynote speech was an attempt to make a clean break from the Jeremy Corbyn era of the Labour Party. The introduction was given…

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