Leonard looking strong in Scottish leader race

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Leonard looking strong in Scottish leader race

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leonard sarwarThe contest for the leadership of Scottish Labour is a straight fight between the left’s Richard Leonard and former Progress vice-Chair Anas Sarwar. Sarwar’s campaign has hit a number of obstacles, with controversy over his family firm’s low wages to staff and refusal to say whether it recognises unions, over substantial dividends he has taken from it, and over the expensive private school his sons attend, leading to allegations that he is one of ‘the few’.

These revelations and Leonard’s clear anti-austerity stance appear to be taking their toll.

Most Labour MPs and MSPs (members of the Scottish Parliament) came out early for Sarwar – but those are the same MSPs who also came out against Corbyn’s leadership in 2016 and the leadership vote is OMOV (one member one vote), so their declaration is unlikely to have much impact on the result. Certainly it is starting to appear that Labour…

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May’s lie to Queen to cling to power should spark constitutional crisis

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May’s lie to Queen to cling to power should spark constitutional crisis

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In June, the SKWAWKBOX published government documents and legal analysis by constitutional law experts showing that Theresa May ran out of time, according to constitutional law experts, in her attempts to do a deal with the DUP that would allow her to claim ‘the confidence of the House’, ask to form a government and pass a Queen’s Speech.

Last weekend’s Sunday Times ran a front-page story describing Buckingham Palace sources’ ‘exasperation’ that Theresa May ‘misled’ the Queen by claiming that she had done a deal with the DUP, when in fact it took her another seventeen days to do so:

may times.pngThe key parts – blurred but legible – show that this ‘misleading’ was not the only unprecedented aspect of the post-General Election events. May also delayed the Queen’s Speech to gain time for her negotiations, the first time this had ever happened:

may times croppedMay also angered the Queen by telling…

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Video: Tory conference-goers, security ‘assault protesters’ at JRM event

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Video: Tory conference-goers, security ‘assault protesters’ at JRM event

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The Tory press carried a story yesterday about ‘angry protesters’ ‘storming’ Jacob Rees-Mogg’s fringe event at the Tory conference in Manchester. That description was shown to be nonsense by footage – also shown on today’s BBC Daily Politics programme – of Rees-Mogg and protester Shabbir Lakha in a calm if animated discussion of Rees-Mogg’s politics at the event:

But the real situation at the fringe event was allegedly far more than simply protesters not ‘storming’ anything. The People’s Assembly activists allege that they – including a disabled man – were seriously assaulted by conference-goers and security staff.

Alex Knox, a protester from Hackney, told this blog:

I was at the front sitting down. When JRM was up at the table, I got a ‘Tories Out’ banner out and lifted it above my head. After about 4 minutes Jacob Rees-Mogg came up to me. There were lots of objections from…

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Siberian Husky Symbolic Meaning: Canis lupus familiaris

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