Who’d be a Labour MP? Despite the best efforts of the Parliamentary Labour Party, Corbyn is going nowhere and, if the polls are to be believed, he’s leading Labour to electoral oblivion. A general election landslide is on the cards for the Tories, with some estimates suggesting the Government could boost its majority by more than 100 seats come June 8th. Much of this surge will it seems, inevitably, come at the expense of Labour MPs. And for some, the prospect of a snap election has led to them calling time on their Parliamentary careers. Here is the full list of the Labour MPs doing just that:
Theresa May has said she wants to hold a snap general election on 8 June, despite repeatedly claiming that she was against the idea of an early vote.
In a surprise statement outside Downing Street this morning, the prime minister claimed that opposition parties were jeopardising her government’s preparations for Brexit.
“We need a general election and we need one now,” she said. “I have only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion but now I have concluded it is the only way to guarantee certainty for the years ahead.”
Labour Leave is ready for this moment, we have been planning.
Since becoming Prime Minister, Theresa May has run a virtually leak-free tight ship, and so it was that her announcement of a General Election for June 8th took all of us in Westminster entirely by surprise.
Just a few hours before the PM came out of the door of Downing Street, I had been reflecting on last month’s YouGov polling – noting how seven in ten voters want the Government to deliver on the referendum result and how even the majority of those who voted Remain were not wanting to frustrate the delivery of the expressed will of the British people.
So it is all the more frustrating that there remains a vocal minority, particularly among the political class – and disproportionately represented in the House of Lords which has to give its approval to all the Government’s Brexit-related legislation – which has refused to accept the result.
THE PRESS OFFICE OF The Lord Stoddart of Swindon (independent Labour), 19th April 2016
House of Lords “badly served” by anti-Brexit Peers as it faces threat to its powers from General Election
The independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has reacted to the announcement of a General Election by pointing out the threat it is to the future of the House of Lords, following its opposition to the Government’s Brexit legislation.
For those of you out there celebrating Easter, Happy Easter!
Over in the United States people in 150 different communities celebrated the holidays by marching to protest Donald Trump’s failure to release his tax returns. Donald Trump became the first presidential candidate in 40 years not to release his tax return during his campaign for the presidency.
A leaked page of his return suggested he may not have paid taxes in 10 years.
The march was timed to coincide with the annual deadline for US citizens to file their tax returns with the US tax authorities
A huge story broke last Monday regarding Shell’s purchase of an oil block in Nigeria, OPL 245. It made the purchase with Italian oil giant ENI in 2011 and it’s been plagued with scandal since. After the deal was completed it emerged that a former Nigerian Oil minister Dan Etete had received a huge payoff, but there was always a question mark over how much the oil majors knew.
I thought I had election fatigue. I thought I couldn’t cope with any more political rows or referendums. I was wrong. It turns out that while I am bored to tears and mildly irritated by the idea of a Scottish indyref2* (hence the feeling of fatigue), I’m pretty pleased by the idea of a snap general election.
Read Theresa May’s statement from yesterday and you can see why the whole thing makes sense, not just for her and her party, but for all of us. She might not have wanted to fight an election when she has a few things on already, but she clearly does want to deliver a good Brexit (“Britain is leaving the European Union and there can be no turning back”) as well as to move on with some of her domestic agenda. And she isn’t going to get a better chance to get the backing to do that than she has right now.
This week saw the release of the Town Hall Rich List 2017. Back in 2007, compiling this research was a lot more difficult – council accounts were opaque and taxpayers couldn’t get any meaningful information on the remuneration of those who spent their money. But with our work, and the tireless campaigning of our activists, councils were forced to open up the books…
Ed – After 911, Iraqi WMDs, Libya, Afghanistan and Syria quite frankly there is rampant skepticism about the US, UK, French motives behind their middle-east policy objectives. 911 has never been fully investigated as new evidence demands it should be. Blair and Bush still walk free after lying through their teeth to their respective nations. Obama, Sarkozy, Cameron and Hague bombed Libya and initiated the mad dispersal of its arms arsenal all over the middle east. Now Boris Johnson with May’s backing one assumes tries to reinstate the ‘Assad must go doctrine’ on the back of an alleged chemical weapons attack before the UN has any chance to investigate the facts impartially.
I don’t trust Trump, May, Hollande or Boris Johnson. Their predecessors have deadly deceitful form. We have been lied to once too often by an out of control elite.
RT.COM, Published time: 11 Apr, 2017 13:07
“President Trump is under the influence of warmongers whose bread is buttered by violence, and are connected with the war industry blocking the President from getting really good people placed in office, says Virginia State Senator Richard Black.
Lord Green of Deddington has been a Cross-Bench peer since 2014 and is Chairman of Migration Watch UK. He spent 35 years as a professional diplomat, including postings as British Ambassador to Syria and Saudi Arabia.
The Prime Minister may be right to suggest that there could be a need for a transitional phase as a new system for EU migration is brought into effect. Much depends, of course on what that system turns out to be. We have recommended visa free access for visitors, students and the self-sufficient but free movement of workers cannot continue. For workers there will have to be a system of work permits similar to that which now applies to non-EU workers. We estimate that a regime of this kind would reduce net migration from the EU by about one hundred thousand a year – a major contribution to the government’s objective.