Jeremy Corbyn has become embroiled in a furore over allegations that he apparently unwittingly met with a communist spy during the Cold War. The Sun is reporting that the Labour Party leader met with an intelligence operative from then-Soviet Czechoslovakia multiple times during the 1980s, and cites Czech government files that list him as one of the security team’s “sources.” But a spokesperson for the Labour Party dismissed the report, telling the paper that Corbyn met with a Czech diplomat but did not provide any privileged information. Soviet spies are known to lie about their sources, casting doubt on the files’ veracity, they said.“The claim that he was an agent, asset or informer for any intelligence agency is entirely false and a ridiculous smear,” the spokesperson said. “Like other MPs, Jeremy has met diplomats from many countries. In the 1980s he met a Czech diplomat, who did not go by the name of Jan Dymic, for a cup … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn allegedly met with a communist spy during the Cold War
A revolution is coming to Ottawa in two weeks.For the past two years, the Leap Manifesto has been a disruptive force within New Democratic Party politics. Now, on the eve of the federal NDP convention this month, top organizers for U.S. Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders and British Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn are coming to town to lend the Leap movement support.That leftist movement — led by prominent Canadian activists Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis — will stir things up whether the current NDP leader, Jagmeet Singh, likes it or not.“Courage to Leap” is the title of the Feb. 15 event, and the marquee speakers are disrupters themselves from the nations of Donald Trump and Brexit. Among them: Becky Bond, a senior adviser to Sanders and co-author of Rules for Revolutionaries; Emma Rees and Adam Klug from the Momentum U.K. movement; and Marsha De Cordova, a Labour MP and Corbyn’s shadow minister for disabled people.Bond, who has been carrying a battered old copy of … [Read more...] about Are Leap movement and advisers to Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn crashing the NDP’s party?
A Labour lord has been sacked from the party’s front bench for attending the Presidents Club Dinner. Women were allegedly sexually harassed and groped at the now-notorious all-male event, which was attended by powerful figures from the worlds of finance and politics. Lord Mendelsohn was the Labour spokesman on business and international trade in the House of Lords. Jeremy Corbyn has sacked a Labour lord from the party’s front bench after they attended the now-notorious Presidents Club Dinner where women were allegedly sexually harassed. This week, The Financial Times published a bombshell report about the all-male charity event, reporting that it was rife with inappropriate behaviour and that hostesses hired to entertain the guests at the exclusive event were repeatedly groped. A leaked seating plan included numerous high-profile names from the worlds of finance and politics, and attendees and organisers … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn sacks Labour lord from front bench for attending the now-notorious Presidents Club Dinner
LONDON – Jeremy Corbyn will lift Virgin’s ban on the sale of the Daily Mail on its trains once the railway system is nationalised, his spokesman said today. Sales of the paper have been banned on the company’s West Coast trains in apparent protest over its editorial position on immigration and LGBT rights. Virgin, which is owned by Richard Branson, said this week that they had ended sale of the paper on their West Coast trains due to “concern raised by colleagues about the Mail’s editorial position on issues such as immigration, LGBT rights and unemployment.” Their spokesperson added: “We’ve decided that this paper is not compatible with the VT brand and our beliefs. However, a spokesperson for Corbyn said on Wednesday that the Labour leader was an “enthusiastic supporter of a free press” and would lift the ban, “Under a Labour government the railway system will be brought back into public ownership and … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn promises to scrap Virgin Train’s Daily Mail ban
Jeremy Corbyn has attacked Theresa May over her reshuffle on Monday, labelling it a “lacklustre PR exercise.” The Conservative Prime Minister has been shaking up her front bench, with Karen Bradley appointed Northern Ireland secretary after predecessor James Brokenshire resigned over health reasons, Matt Hancock made culture secretary, and David Gauke appointed justice secretary. But the heavy-hitters – including Boris Johnson, Philip Hammond, Amber Rudd, Sajid Javid, and Greg Clark – have remained in their existing roles. Jeremy Hunt, now the longest-serving health secretary ever, has given an expanded brief that includes social care. According to one report, he had been due to be moved to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, but refused. Speaking at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP), opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn accused May of “dodging the real issues” with a “pointless” … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn labels Theresa May’s reshuffle a ‘lacklustre PR exercise’ amid NHS winter crisis