Labour turmoil 1): John McDonnell becomes Shadow Chancellor

Johnmcdonnellmp“Jeremy Corbyn has named John McDonnell shadow chancellor and defeated leadership candidate Andy Burnham shadow home secretary. Hilary Benn will be shadow foreign secretary in the new Labour leader’s first shadow cabinet. Lord Falconer will be shadow justice secretary, Angela Eagle will be shadow business secretary and Lewisham MP Heidi Alexander will oversee health. Chuka Umunna said he was leaving the front bench by “mutual agreement”. Mary Creagh also joined a number of MPs from the previous shadow cabinet who opted to return to the backbenches.” – BBC

  • New Shadow Chancellor is IRA sympathiser – Daily Mail
  • McDonnell was 60 per cent tax rate – City AM
  • SNP calls for new alliance in Commons – The Times(£)
  • Opinion polls were spot on this time – Peter Kellner The Times(£)



Labour turmoil 2): Abolish the army demands Corbyn

“LABOUR’S new leader Jeremy Corbyn wishes Britain would abolish its Army. Mr Corbyn, 66, believes Britain and other countries should follow Carribean outpost Costa Rica by scrapping armed forces. The comments, at a Hiroshima remembrance parade in August 2012, will stun our brave squaddies. Standing with late left-winger Tony Benn, Mr Corbyn slammed Britain’s support for nuclear weapons.” – The Sun(£)

Labour turmoil 3): I’ve got my own mandate says Watson

Tom Watson“Tom Watson, who was elected on Saturday, said he had his own mandate to reform Labour – and said he would not swallow all of his new leader’s hard-left positions on issues such as membership of Nato. Best known for helping lead the plot that brought down Tony Blair, Mr Watson now finds himself cast in the role of peacemaker between the party’s warring factions. Some moderate MPs are already plotting to try to oust Mr Corbyn within months.” – Daily Mail

Labour turmoil 4): Leftists hit back over claims of threat to security

“Security” appears to be the new watchword of Cameron’s government – it was used six times by the prime minister in an article attacking Corbyn in the Times late last month, and eight times by the chancellor, George Osborne, in an article published in the Sun the following day. Cameron’s remarks were criticised and ridiculed on Twitter by Labour MPs and others. Chi Onwurah, the Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central, accused Cameron of “weaponising the politics of defence while cutting our actual defence”.” – The Guardian

Labour turmoil 5): Gove warns of Corbyn’s supporters

GOVE Legatum“Michael Gove, the justice secretary, claimed the “attitude of most of us who are Conservatives is sombre, respectful of Jeremy Corbyn’s mandate, but also concerned about what it means for the country”. Speaking on BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, he said that while the Labour leader’s own decency was not in question some of his supporters took a “very different” stance…”I do worry, as we saw even in the last parliament with organisations like UK Uncut that there are some people who want to bring protest on to the street. I think it’s important that we keep our politics civilised.” – The Guardian

Labour turmoil 6): Fringe parties in Europe celebrate

“The hard-left and populist parties of Europe greeted the election of Jeremy Corbyn as vindication of their anti-capitalist dream, but the result stirred unease in the governing centre-left parties of France and Germany. From Syriza in Greece to the new Podemos in Spain, and even the hard-right National Front in France, Mr Corbyn’s victory was seen as an unexpected windfall for the parties that have risen to challenge the international consensus behind globalised markets.” – The Times(£)

Labour turmoil 7) Moderates face fight to keep their seats

Liz Kendall 13-07-15“Prominent critics of Jeremy Corbyn risk losing their seats under a review of MPs’ boundaries, prompting fears that the changes will be used to force them from parliament. Liz Kendall, who came last in the leadership contest, is among ten Labour centrists whose seats could be abolished or rendered unwinnable under the reforms, according to an analysis for The Times. Just three Corbynites are in danger, and they are more likely to be given help in finding new seats.” – The Times(£)

Labour turmoil 8): Even the BBC is shunned

“Less than four minutes into his first speech as Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn launched an attack against the “intrusive” and “abusive” press, setting the scene for a stand-off between the new opposition leader and the media. As he stepped off the stage on Saturday morning, he refused to answer questions posed by Laura Kuenssberg, the BBC’s political editor, simply smiling at her silently as he moved past her in a media scrum. Hours later, Mr Corbyn’s press team contacted the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show to pull out of his pre-agreed appearance.” – The Times(£)

Labour turmoil 9): Mills to stop donations

johnmills“Labour’s biggest private individual donor has pledged to stop giving money to the party now Jeremy Corbyn is leader and instead fund a group of MPs dubbed ‘The Resistance’. John Mills, who gave £1.65 million under Ed Miliband, told The Telegraph that Labour would become a “protest” party under the hard-Left MP and warned his economic policies were unworkable. He stands ready to “funnel” cash into Labour for the Common Good – the group set up by Chuka Umunna and Tristram Hunt – and think tanks looking to reinvigorate centrist thinking in the party.” – Daily Telegraph

Labour turmoil 10) Backing for renationalisation without compensation

“John McDonnell proposes the full public ownership of Britain’s banking system in order “to take control of our casino economy” and has described his interests as “fermenting the overthrow of capitalism”….The 64-year-old recently said that a Corbyn-led government would reserve the right to renationalise privatised assets without compensating investors.” – City AM

Labour turmoil 11) Dismay as all the senior posts go to men

“The appointments mean that the top four jobs – leader and the shadows for the Chancellor, Home and Foreign Secretaries – are all held by men. Diana Johnson, Labour MP for Hull North, expressed her dismay on Twitter that the senior shadow Cabinet jobs had all gone to men. “It is so very disappointing – old-fashioned, male-dominated Labour politics in the top positions in shadow Cabinet,” she said, adding the hashtag “#notforgirls”.” – The Independent

Labour turmoil 11): The Tories must use this opportunity says Montgomerie

MONTGOMERIE Tim offical“The proper response of Tory politicians to Jeremy Corbyn isn’t just to increase the budget for negative ads. It’s to find a way of getting developers to build cheaper homes; to relink CEO pay to company performance; to reduce the cost of financial services for the poor; and to end the regulations that help big business at the expense of small start-ups. The Conservatives can probably count on a decade in power. They should use it to fix capitalism.” – Tim Montgomerie The Times(£)

  • If Corbyn honestly cares about the workers he’ll back union reform – Boris Johnson Daily Telegraph
  • Making of Comrade Corbyn – Quentin Letts Daily Mail
  • 10 questions Corbyn must answer – The Sun(£)
  • How can we trust Corbyn with our security – Max Hastings Daily Mail
  • It’s too late to put down rabid underdog Jez – Trevor Kavanagh The Sun(£)
  • Let’s welcome this glorious antidote to Blair – Libby Purves The Times(£)
  • A great leap backwards – Leader Daily Mail
  • Corbyn is redefining opposition – Zoe Williams The Guardian
  • Labour can’t function as an opposition if they won’t take the task seriously – Leader The Times(£)
  • Corbyn victory energises the alienated and alienates the establishment – Gary Younge The Guardian
  • Corbyn is a man of the Party not the people – Leader Daily Telegraph
  • Blairism is dead – Len McCluskey The Guardian
  • The vest is back on – Patrick Kidd The Times(£)
  • Judge him by results – Leader The Guardian
  • Authenticity is irrelevant if he’s plain wrong – John McTernan The Times(£)
  • Corbyn put’s Labour moral authority at risk – City AM
  • Corbyn has brough Labour back to life – Steve Richards The Independent

Commons debates Trade Union Bill…

FIST Red“Controversial plans to tighten rules on trade union strike ballots are to be debated in Parliament for the first time later – amid warnings of industrial and legal action. The government’s Trade Union Bill proposes curbs on picketing and higher voting thresholds for ballots. Unions say the bill is a threat to workers’ right to strike, with leaders vowing to fight it “tooth and nail”. Business Secretary Sajid Javid said it will stop “endless” threats of action.” – BBC

  • Sir Paul Kenny “prepared to go to jail” – The Sun(£)
  • David Davis attacks “Franco-style” sections of bill – The Guardian

…as unions threaten civil unrest

“Jeremy Corbyn’s union allies last night threatened strikes and civil unrest to topple the Government and install him in Downing Street. Emboldened by his dramatic election as Labour leader, militant chiefs warned they were ready to break the law to bring down the Tories. Mark Serwotka hailed Mr Corbyn’s anti-austerity policies and called for 6.5million trade union members to back them up on the streets with strikes, demonstrations, local campaigns and occupations.” – Daily Mail

Osborne offers to soften cut in tax credits

Osborne“The Treasury is ready to consider watering down dramatic cuts to tax credits that will hit the working poor from April, according to senior Tory sources. MPs are preparing to vote on plans to cut £4.4 billion from the welfare bill by substantially reducing the level of tax credits and universal credit to those both in and out of work….Some MPs said that the Treasury was signalling that it would discuss measures to help the worst affected once the vote had taken place.” – The Times(£)

Rail journeys have doubled since privatisation

“The number of passenger journeys taken by train has more than doubled since privatisation of the railways….Patrick McLoughlin, the transport secretary, said: “This research shows just how dangerous Jeremy Corbyn’s ideas are for people who use the railways. His backwards-facing, union-demanded ideas would stop all the benefits passengers are beginning to get, while hitting the taxpayer hard.” – The Times(£)

SNP to set out timetable for another independence referendum

Sturgeon“The SNP will set out the timescale for a possible second referendum on independence in its manifesto for next year’s Scottish Parliament election. But First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would only hold another referendum if she was confident she would win. Opposition parties accused Ms Sturgeon of breaking her “once-in-a-generation” referendum promise. Scots rejected independence by 55% to 45% in last year’s referendum held on 18 September.” – BBC

Faith register to counter extremism

“IMAMS, priests and rabbis wanting to work in Britain will have to sign a faith leader register under a Government anti-extremism plan. Faith leaders would also be subject to training and security checks. The plans were in a leaked draft of the Home Office’s counter-extremism strategy. The Government will also “intervene” if councils fail to tackle extremism.” – The Sun(£)

Liddell-Grainger backs campaign to release marine accused of murdering Taliban fighter

Ian Liddell-Grainger“The campaign for justice for jailed Royal Marine Alexander Blackman received heavyweight backing yesterday. Ian Liddell-Grainger, a Tory member of the defence committee and a former major in the Royal Green Jackets, said: ‘These guys are under intense pressure and stress, and things go wrong. He has said he made a mistake. He made a snap decision – it does not mean he is a bad man. The best way to deal with this case is either he is released on parole or into military custody, or there is a retrial on the lesser charge of manslaughter. I think what the Daily Mail is doing campaigning on this case is great.’ ” – Daily Mail

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