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‘Lexiting Labour’ – divorcing the left from Labour and the Establishment

Jeremy Corbyn continued to look, and stand for. the left while others around him capitulated to Establishment interests, says Phil BevinThis guest article is the second in a three-part series by former Corbyn ‘LOTO’ staffer Phil Bevin. For part one … Continue reading

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DWP To Get Powers Of Arrest, Search And Seizure

With many thanks to Benefits And Work. The DWP is to get the power to arrest claimants, search premises and seize evidence as well as being able to fine claimants where they do not have enough evidence to bring a … Continue reading

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Anger As Man With Guide Dog Told To Leave Marks & Spencer Shop

A senior executive at the charity Guide Dogs said he felt “publicly humiliated” when he and his guide dog, Faldo, were illegally told to leave a Marks & Spencer shop in west London. Dave Kent, 62, a corporate engagement executive … Continue reading

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Damning: Johnson lied to Parliament about party attendance and police failed to fine him

Days after police decided not to fine Boris Johnson again for attending illegal Downing Street parties, we see that it is all a lie. Johnson did attend at least one party beyond the birthday event in 2020 for which he was … Continue reading

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Breaking: Mahmood tells court he personally made Starmer – who did nothing – aware of serious allegations

Former front-bencher tells tribunal he told party leader about serious ‘protected disclosure’ allegations of abuse and blackmail Skwawkbox has previously made exclusive revelations of the allegations made by whistleblower Elaina Cohen against another member of right-wing (then-) front-bench Labour MP … Continue reading

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Partygate: should we be asking if Boris Johnson spent public money on lawyers?

A criminal defence lawyer has suggested that Boris Johnson, and possibly other senior Tory politicians, escaped Partygate fines because they employed expensive lawyers to rubbish the evidence. And Lucinda Nicholls told the I that the Metropolitan Police may also have been … Continue reading

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The UK is supposed to have no institutional racism – so why are POLICE apologising for ‘racism, discrimination and bias’?

Remember when the Tory government released a report claiming that the UK is an “exemplar” of racial equality in all its institutions? Now members of one of those institutions – the police – are having to apologise for “racism, discrimination … Continue reading

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By-elections: For a country suffering Long Tory disease under Boris Johnson, Change Is Good

Boris Johnson is facing a double-defeat more deadly to his premiership than Partygate as the public turns against him in two by-elections. People in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, together with Tiverton and Honiton in Devon, seem certain to turn against the … Continue reading

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Johnson tries to take credit for Crossrail – but he won’t railroad us

Lying Boris Johnson has been caught being dishonest again – this time about the new Elizabeth Line in London, formerly known as Crossrail. In Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday (May 18), Johnson attacked his opponents in the Labour Party, saying: … Continue reading

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DWP To Be Given Power To Arrest Universal Credit Claimants

In a recent report by Benefits and Work the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will be giving their officers the power to mass-request bank data more efficiently to enable them to conduct more spot-checks to see if people are … Continue reading

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