Angela Rayner defends calling Tory MPs ‘scum’ – leef

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Angela Rayner says Keir Starmer looks ‘strongheading into Labour party conference

Angela Rayner has defended calling Conservative ministers “scum” during a reception at the Labour party conference in Brighton.

The deputy leader of the Opposition reportedly described the Tories as “a bunch of scum, homophobic, racist, misogynistic” during an event for Labour activists from northwest England on Saturday.

Defending her actions the following morning, she told Sky News: “That was post-watershed — what I was trying to get across… the anger and frustration when you have a prime minister who has said things that are racist, homophobic… at a time when they are cutting universal credit… we can’t sit on the sidelines here.

“If the PM wants to remove himself from those commentsthe racist, misogynistic, homophobic commentsthen I will apologise to him personally for calling him scum.”

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is expected to ask the conference to back a watered-down shake-up of leadership rules, after an embarrassing defeat in his bid to scrap the voting system that elected Jeremy Corbyn.

The five-day event got off to the worst possible start for the Labour leader, who was forced into a U-turn that dented his authority and created a rift with his own deputy, Ms Rayner.

After the trade unions opposed the change – which would have seen the party return to an electoral college system, handing power from members to MPs – a set of diluted proposals will be put to delegates in Brighton on Sunday.

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Blow for Starmer as poll shows Labour supporters prefer Andy Burnham as leader

In a fresh setback for Keir Starmer as Labour’s annual conference gets under way in Brighton, a poll for Die Onafhanklike has found that Andy Burnham is the preferred choice as leader, not only of voters in general but also among the party’s own supporters.

The exclusive Savanta ComRes poll for Die Onafhanklike found despondency among Labour supporters about the chances of election victory under Starmer’s leadership and uncertainty among voters about who he is as a person and what direction he wants to take the country.

Our political editor Andrew Woocock has more on this:

Blow for Starmer as poll shows Labour supporters prefer Andy Burnham as leader

Findings increase pressure on Labour boss as party gathers in Brighton for conference

Chiara Giordano26 September 2021 09:10
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Angela Rayner defends calling Conservative ministers ‘scum

Angela Rayner has defended calling Conservative ministers “scum” during an event at Labour’s party conference in Brighton yesterday.

Our political correspondent Ashley Cowburn, has the deputy Labour leader’s comments below:

“That was post-watershed — what I was trying to get across… the anger and frustration when you have a prime minister who has said things that are racist, homophobic… at a time when they are cutting universal credit… we can’t sit on the sidelines here," sy het gese.

Sy het bygevoeg: “If the PM wants to remove himself from those commentsthe racist, misogynistic, homophobic commentsthen I will apologise to him personally for calling him scum.”

Chiara Giordano26 September 2021 08:55
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Noodvisums vir 5,000 buitelandse vragmotorbestuurders sal op Kersaand opraak

Emergency visas for foreign lorry drivers to tackle the fuel crisis will run out at Christmas, it has emerged, as businesses dismissed the move as no more than “throwing a thimble of water on a bonfire.”

As expected, 5,000 HGV drivers – together with 5,500 poultry workers – will be offered the right to work in the UK, a move repeatedly rejected by ministers despite warnings of a supply chain crunch.

Our deputy political editor Rob Merrick has the full story:

Noodvisums vir 5,000 buitelandse vragmotorbestuurders sal op Kersaand opraak

The hunt is on to also find 5,500 poultry staff to tackle shortages – but visas will only ‘be valid until 24 December’

Chiara Giordano26 September 2021 08:45
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Eksklusief: Labour launches bid to end NHS ‘culture of secrecy

Labour is to push for key changes to the government’s NHS reforms, with new laws on transparency in the NHS and a demand for safe staffing levels on hospital wards, following a series of scandals relating to failures in patient care.

Amendments to the government’s Health and Care Bill will also include plans for the investigation of stillbirths by medical examiners, and for limits on the power of the health secretary to interfere in investigations.

Our health correspondent Shaun Lintern has this exclusive report:

Labour launches bid to end NHS secrecy and improve safety following care scandals

Eksklusief: Ashworth reveals plan for patient safety

Chiara Giordano26 September 2021 08:30
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Leadership election rules row mars day one in Brighton

A badly bruised Keir Starmer will ask the Labour conference to back a watered-down shake-up of leadership rules, after an embarrassing defeat in his bid to scrap the voting system that elected Jeremy Corbyn.

The five-day event got off to the worst possible start for the Labour leader, who was forced into a U-turn that dented his authority and created a rift with his own deputy, Angela Rayner.

Our deputy political editor Rob Merrick has the full story:

Keir Starmer gekneus deur 'n nederlaag oor leierskapreëls terwyl die Arbeidskonferensie begin

Delegates set to back watered-down shake-up after unions force retreat – amid rift with deputy Angela Rayner

Chiara Giordano26 September 2021 08:10
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Starmer calls for tax on private schools

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer will look to raise £1.7 billion for state education by increasing the tax burden on private schools if elected prime minister.

The opposition leader told the Sunday Mirror he wanted to see arethinkon education and said the pandemic has increased the gap between children of wealthy and poor families.

The party is hosting its conference in Brighton, with Sir Keir’s keynote speech due on Wednesday in which he will talk about overhauling the curriculum in England, with a focus on digital skills, practical work and life skills, and sport and the arts.

This would ensure pupils areequipped for life”, hy het gesê.

Die Mirror said Labour will look to raise the money by ending the charity status of private schools, with the party saying this will bring in £1.6 billion after the removal of VAT exemption and £104 million in business rates.

Chiara Giordano26 September 2021 08:04
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Good morning and welcome to Die Onafhanklike’s live coverage of the annual Labour party conference being held in Brighton. We’ll be bringing you the latest news and updates throughout the day.

Chiara Giordano26 September 2021 08:03

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