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Labour anti-Semitism claims: Jewish group backs Corbyn

Image copyright AFP A network of Jewish Labour members has backed Jeremy Corbyn over claims the party has become “institutionally anti-Semitic” under his leadership. Some 200 Labour supporters signed a Jewish Voice for Labour letter calling Mr Corbyn’s party a “crucial ally in the fight against bigotry”. Anti-Semitism on the left is “abhorrent but relatively rare”, it argues. The Board of Deputies of British Jews said the view ran “counter to the experiences of Jewish Labour members”. On Wednesday, Labour front-bench MP Barry Gardiner made an emotional apology to Jewish…

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The Independent Group: Who are they and what do they stand for?

Image copyright Getty Images So far, eight Labour MPs and three Conservative MPs have quit their parties and joined forces as the Independent Group. From Labour, Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Mike Gapes, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Ann Coffey, Gavin Shuker, and Joan Ryan have all left. It wasn’t long before Conservative MPs Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston followed. Here we answer some of your biggest questions about what is now the fourth-largest group in Parliament. Are there going to be by-elections? Jeremy Corbyn has said the Labour MPs…

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Telecoms group Orange strikes cautious tone as French price war lingers on

PARIS (Reuters) – Orange, France‚Äôs number one telecoms operator, struck a cautious tone for 2019 due to a protracted price war in its home country and few chances that a merger between its rivals might improve market conditions. FILE PHOTO – The logo of French telecom operator Orange is seen on the facade of the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, September 30, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier/File Photo Orange expected core operating profit to grow at a slower pace in 2019 than 2018, despite a good performance in its home country and…

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Islamic State group: Civilians evacuated from last Syria enclave

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Syrian Democratic Forces said it did not know how many people the lorries were carrying Civilians have been evacuated from the last village in Syria still held by the Islamic State (IS) group. At least 15 lorries carrying men, women and children were seen leaving Baghuz, near the Iraqi border, where 200 families were reportedly trapped. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, which is besieging the area, said it did not yet know if any IS fighters were among the passengers. There have…

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Independent Group: Minor tremor or political earthquake?

Image copyright PA Are the tectonic plates of British politics moving with the formation of a new “centrist” group in Parliament – or are we experiencing a minor tremor? It’s too soon to say – but that won’t stop some MPs and commentators declaiming as though they were expert political seismologists. So let’s stand back and examine the landscape. A split is quite an easy thing to understand. Three Tory MPs join breakaway group Eighth MP quits Labour for Independent Group But currently there are fissures that run all the…

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Three Tory MPs join Labour breakaway group

Image copyright PA Image caption Heidi Allen, Sarah Wollaston and Anna Soubry Three Tory MPs have resigned from party over its “shift to the right”. Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen wrote a joint letter to Theresa May to confirm their departure. The pro-Remain trio will join the new Independent Group – made up of eight Labour MPs who resigned from their party over its handling of Brexit and anti-Semitism. In the letter, they said the party was “in the grip” of the DUP and the European Research Group…

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LGBT group severs links with Navratilova over transgender comments

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Martina Navratilova has been a longstanding campaigner for gay rights A US-based organisation that campaigns for LGBT sportspeople has cut its links with tennis legend Martina Navratilova over comments she made about male-to-female transgender athletes. The 18-times Grand Slam winner wrote it was “cheating” to allow transgender women to compete in women’s sport as they had unfair physical advantages. Athlete Ally said the remarks were transphobic and perpetuated myths. It said it had sacked the star from its advisory board and as an ambassador.…

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Eighth MP quits Labour for Independent Group

Joan Ryan has become the eighth Labour MP to quit the party in the past 48 hours, citing a “culture of anti-Jewish racism”. The Enfield North MP said she was “horrified, appalled and angered” by Labour’s failure to tackle anti-Semitism, saying its leadership allowed “Jews to be abused with impunity”. Ms Ryan said she did not believe Jeremy Corbyn was fit to lead the country. Seven MPs quit on Monday to form the Independent Group in Parliament. Announcing her decision on Twitter, Ms Ryan said she would continue to represent…

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FA Cup: Flynn, Arteta & Henry, the unlikeliest WhatsApp group

Mikel Arteta and Thierry Henry both represented Arsenal in the Premier League The WhatsApp group featuring Newport County’s Michael Flynn and Mikel Arteta – not to mention Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg – was a little busier than usual last Sunday evening. Manchester City had just taken Chelsea apart in the Premier League with Arteta, who is assistant coach to Pep Guardiola at Etihad Stadium, watching contentedly from the home dugout. Premier League champions City’s next assignment is at Rodney Parade, where they will do battle with Flynn’s Newport team…

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Islamic State group plans to rebound with more attacks – MI6

Image copyright EPA Image caption Alex Younger, head of MI6, said people returning from Syria warzones should be investigated The head of MI6 has warned that the Islamic State group is reorganising for more attacks despite its military defeat in Syria. Alex Younger, the UK’s intelligence chief, also told of his concern about jihadists returning to Europe with “dangerous” skills and connections. They should expect to be investigated and possibly prosecuted, he said. His comments come after Shamima Begum, a teenager who ran away to join IS, said she wants…

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