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Labour warned more MPs ‘thinking hard’ about futures

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMPs resign from Labour over Brexit and anti-Semitism More Labour MPs could quit the party unless it listens to their concerns, Jeremy Corbyn has been warned. Following the decision of seven Labour MPs to walk out on Monday, colleagues expressed anger with the leadership during a “tense” meeting in Parliament. Corbyn-critic Ian Austin said others would “think hard” about leaving unless it fixed its anti-Semitism problem. The BBC has been told two Tory MPs are thinking about joining the ex-Labour MPs’ independent…

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Seven MPs leave Labour Party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership

Seven MPs have resigned from the Labour Party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to Brexit and anti-Semitism. The seven – who are calling themselves the Independent group are: Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey. Ms Berger said Labour had become institutionally anti-Semitic and she was “embarrassed and ashamed” to stay in the party. Mr Leslie said the party had been “hijacked” by the far left. Source link

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News Daily: Facebook report, Huawei risks and veteran Labour MP’s death

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign-up here Image copyright Getty Images Facebook needs more regulation, say MPs MPs have criticised Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg for failing to show “leadership or personal responsibility” over the issue of fake news. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s report also said there was a threat to the UK’s democracy from the spreading of untrue stories. It called for a “radical shift” in the balance of power between social media platforms and users, including a compulsory code of ethics for…

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Several Labour MPs about to resign, say party sources

Image copyright Getty Images A small group of Labour MPs look set to announce their resignations from the party, senior sources have said. Several backbenchers, who disagree with the Labour leadership over its handling of Brexit and the anti-Semitism row, are expected to break away. But Labour MP Stephen Kinnock, a vocal critic of leader Jeremy Corbyn, has urged them to “stay in and fight”. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said on Sunday he did not see “any need for anybody to split from the party”. Could Brexit cause a Labour…

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Facebook needs regulation as Zuckerberg ‘fails’ – UK MPs

Image copyright Getty Images/Facebook Facebook needs far stricter regulation, with tough and urgent action necessary to end the spread of disinformation on its platform, MPs have said. A Commons committee has concluded that the firm’s founder Mark Zuckerberg failed to show “leadership or personal responsibility” over fake news. Untrue stories from foreign powers were risking the UK’s democracy, they said. Facebook welcomed the digital select committee’s report and said it would be open to “meaningful regulation”. MPs said that what was needed to deal with the proliferation of disinformation online…

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Brexit: Theresa May urges Tory MPs to unite and back deal

Image copyright PA Theresa May has urged Conservative MPs to put aside “personal preferences” and support a Brexit deal in the Commons. In a letter to all 317 Tory members of Parliament, the prime minister said “history will judge us all” over the handling of Brexit. It comes after the government suffered a defeat in a vote on its strategy. Mrs May says in the letter she will return to Brussels to meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker next week. She will also speak to the leaders of every EU…

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Newspaper headlines: IS schoolgirl and Labour MPs’ warning

Newspaper headlines: IS schoolgirl and Labour MPs’ warning By BBC News Staff Image caption The Times has traced a former London schoolgirl who travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State group, in a refugee camp. Shamima Begum, 19, who was one of three pupils from Bethnal Green to leave for Syria in 2015, has told the paper she now wants to return to the UK. Image caption The Guardian also has a report from Syria on its front page, describing how Islamic State families are fleeing the eastern town…

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Brexit: MPs to debate next steps

Image copyright PA MPs are to debate and vote on the next steps in the Brexit process later, as Theresa May continues to try to get a deal through Parliament. A series of amendments – designed to change the direction of Brexit – will be considered in the debate, which is expected to be a routine procedure. But BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the PM could be facing another defeat. Some Tory Brexiteers are refusing to back the government, she said. No 10 insists Mrs May still plans to…

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MPs immerse themselves in VR questions

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Virtual reality is being integrated into a range of industries but remains unregulated, MPs heard Experts have called for more regulation of immersive technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). It comes as UK MPs open an inquiry into the effects of such technologies on individuals and society. They will also examine whether social media and gaming are addictive and harmful. In the first hearing on the issues, MPs were told more studies were needed on the effects of VR. “There…

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Brexit: Theresa May to update MPs on talks

Image copyright EPA Theresa May will update Parliament later on her latest round of Brexit talks, as she continues to try to gather backing for her deal. The PM is due to make a statement to MPs, ahead of a debate on Thursday on the next steps for Brexit. She visited Dublin and Brussels last week seeking changes to the backstop – the “insurance” policy to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland. The EU has reiterated it will not renegotiate the withdrawal agreement. Speaking after a dinner…

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