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Day: September 25, 2016

Labour fails to agree peace plan to let Corbyn’s shadow cabinet
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Labour fails to agree peace plan to let Corbyn’s shadow cabinet

    The plan had been touted by some MPs as a potential way for the leader to repair relations within the party, but after the National Executive Committee put them on hold one senior Labour figure said it doesn't look good for them. A meeting of Labour's ruling executive has failed to agree on proposals allowing MPs to elect members of Jeremy's Corbyn shadow cabinet. Others claimed there could still be hope for the proposals, which leading moderate MPs urged Mr Corbyn to adopt after his convincing leadership contest victory. The plan, proposed by deputy leader Tom Watson, would have seen MPs given a say on who from among their ranks would sit with Mr Corbyn in the shadow cabinet. One senior backbencher said: "The PLP [parliamentary Labour party] offered to return to an electe...
Calais camp as refugees await the bulldozers: Panic sweeps if Jungle is dismantled
ENGLISH, Europe

Calais camp as refugees await the bulldozers: Panic sweeps if Jungle is dismantled

    Europe’s biggest slum – around 10,000 migrants are squeezed into a sprawl of wasteland east of Calais will be no more in a few weeks. Bulldozers will raze an eyesore that has acquired new political significance in the run-up to next spring’s French presidential elections. There is no plan B for children like Einas, who spent eight months and his family’s savings journeying from southern Ethiopia to northern France, the dream will die when the Jungle is dismantled. “I am here to reach the UK, that is all I think about, I have no other plan,” said the unaccompanied 17-year-old, who arrived in the Calais camp in January. Few child refugees appear to have a fallback strategy once the Jungle is no more. As rumours circulate over when the forced eviction will happen, aid organis...
Reveals crisis talks between Cameron and May about Brexit
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Reveals crisis talks between Cameron and May about Brexit

    Cameron's ex-spin doctor reveals crisis talks between Cameron and May in the days leading to Brexit. Former PM David Cameron was prepared to stay on as Tory leader, but decided against it for fear of being led to the "slaughterhouse", a top aide has claimed. Cameron's former director of communications Sir Craig Oliver also suggests that the current UK prime minister, Theresa May, was seen by some members of the Remain campaign as an "enemy agent". In Oliver's book, Unleashing Demons: The Inside Story of Brexit, the former Tory aide says that May reluctantly "came off the fence" to support the Remain campaign during the EU referendum campaign, after Cameron became "visibly wound up" and rebuked her in tense phone conversations. "Suddenly he picks up his mobile and calls May...
Pakistan accused Narendra Modi trying to defame for himself
Asia, ENGLISH

Pakistan accused Narendra Modi trying to defame for himself

    Pakistan's reaction came after Prime Minister Modi launched a blistering attack on it in his first public address after last Sunday's deadly Uri terror attack. Pakistan on Sunday rejected Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion that it was exporting terror, saying the remarks were part of a well thought out vilification campaign to distract attention from Kashmir. Pakistan Foreign Office, in a statement, said Prime Minister Modi in a public meeting in Kerala tried to malign Pakistan. “It is unfortunate that Indian leadership continues to indulge in a well thought out vilification campaign against Pakistan by making provocative statements and baseless accusations. Such irresponsible display of behaviour at the highest political level is regrettable,” the Foreign Office sai...
PM May of leaving Cameron to fight Brexit campaign alone
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

PM May of leaving Cameron to fight Brexit campaign alone

    The bitter divisions between David Cameron and Theresa May over Brexit have been revealed in two books about the EU referendum campaign, in which May is described as lily-livered and an enemy agent by Cameron and his allies. Cameron’s director of communications, Sir Craig Oliver, says in his exposé of Downing Street that the former prime minister’s advisers used the nickname “Submarine May” because she never came to the surface to support his efforts. In extracts from Oliver’s book, Unleashing Demons: The Inside Story of the EU Referendum, published in the Mail on Sunday, Cameron’s chief spin doctor says the prime minister pleaded with May to “come off the fence” about Brexit. Oliver also describes how Boris Johnson “flip-flopped” between Leave and Remain before finally de...