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Brexit: Labour gets behind bid to stop ‘no-deal’

[ad_1] Image caption Hilary Benn tabled the amendment attempting to block a "no deal" scenario Labour are backing a cross-party bid to ensure the UK cannot leave the EU without a deal.Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said the amendment to 11 December's Commons vote on the PM's Brexit deal had his "full support".If MPs back the amendment it will not be binding but Theresa May would find it difficult
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Ian Austin: No action against Labour MP over anti-Semitism policy row

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Ian Austin was reportedly involved in a heated exchange with the party's chairman over the issue Labour will not be taking disciplinary action against an MP involved in a row over how it is tackling anti-Semitism.Ian Austin, the MP for Dudley North, faced possible suspension following an argument with chairman Ian Lavery in which he called the party's code of conduct on anti-Semitism a
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How many Labour MPs will vote for Theresa May’s Brexit deal?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The former US President Lyndon Baines Johnson said the first rule of politics is being able to count. And looking at the numbers in the Commons Theresa May must wonder how on earth she can get a Brexit deal through Parliament, even if she breaks the impasse in Brussels. As it stands, Tory Brexiteers say they have dozens of MPs ready to vote against the
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Labour conference: Jeremy Corbyn vows to end ‘greed-is-good’ culture

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has promised to sweep away the "greed-is-good" culture that caused the 2008 economic crash if he wins power.He said the "old way of running things" had suppressed wages, led to "damaging" cuts and fuelled racism.Ending Labour's conference in Liverpool, Mr Corbyn also promised a "green jobs revolution".And he offered to "reach out" to Theresa May on Brexit if she backed his
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Labour conference: Female joint deputy leader plan ditched

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Plans for a woman to be elected joint deputy leader of the Labour Party have been withdrawn over concerns it would undermine Jeremy Corbyn.Deputy leader Tom Watson said he was "very disappointed " by the move, which he blamed on "hard left" activists.The plan was backed by the National Executive Committee and unions.But it was withdrawn by the Constituency Labour Party that had tabled it, Wirral
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Labour conference to debate option of fresh Brexit vote

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Labour members are to vote on keeping "all options on the table" on Brexit, including possibly campaigning for a new referendum, at their conference.The party's leadership wants a general election allowing Labour to take control of negotiations if it won.However some members want the party to pursue a "people's vote" on Brexit.Shadow chancellor John McDonnell told the BBC he thought any such vote should be on
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Brexit: Labour ‘would back members’ on new vote, says Corbyn

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he would be ready to back another EU referendum, if party members want one.He said he would be "bound" by the outcome of a vote at the Labour Party conference - although he would prefer to have a general election.But Unite leader Len McCluskey said any referendum should not include the option of remaining in the EU.Meanwhile Brexit Secretary Dominic
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Labour promises paid leave for domestic violence victims

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDawn Butler: Employers have a "duty of care" to employees experiencing domestic abuseEmployers would have to provide up to ten days paid leave for victims of domestic violence, under plans announced by Labour on Saturday. Shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler unveiled the policy at the party's Women's Conference in Liverpool.The proposals aim to give victims time to leave abusive partners safely
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Labour could renationalise railways in five years – McDonnell

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said Labour's nationalisation plans would be cost-neutral The rail industry could be completely renationalised within five years if Labour wins the next election, the shadow chancellor has suggested.John McDonnell said he was looking at whether break clauses in contracts could allow rail franchises to be taken into public hands before they expired.He is planning to create a new unit in
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Labour pledges ‘gig economy’ rights boost

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Labour would extend workers' rights and "restore the balance of power in the workplace", shadow chancellor John McDonnell is to pledge.He will promise more rights for people working in the so-called gig economy.In his speech to the Trades Union Congress in Manchester, Mr McDonnell will say a "new workplace environment" will boost productivity.The Tories said unemployment is at an all-time low with millions of low-paid workers