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  • Image copyright Getty Images Three Labour MPs have backed a campaign for the party to champion continued freedom of movement after Brexit.Clive Lewis, David Lammy and Geraint Davies have supported the new Labour Campaign for Free Movement - as have two MEPs and some union leaders.Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has said freedom of movement "ends when we leave the European Union" and should be replaced by "fair" managed migration.However the campaign says ending free movement would be "counterproductive".Its founding statement says it is committed to "defending and extending" free movement of people "in the context of the debate around Brexit". Irish PM: No economic border after Brexit Brexit: All you need to know Immigration policy: A baffling paradox? "The UK is at a crossroads in its relationship to the rest of the world and so is our party," the statement says."Immigrants and free movement are being scapegoated by a political and economic elite that is subjecting ordinary people t..

    New campaign urges Labour to back free movement

    Image copyright Getty Images Three Labour MPs have backed a campaign for the party to champion continued freedom of movement after Brexit.Clive Lewis, David Lammy and Geraint Davies have supported the new Labour Campaign for Free Movement - as have two MEPs and some union leaders.Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has said freedom of movement "ends when we leave the European Union" and should be replaced by "fair" managed migration.However the campaign says ending free movement would be "counterproductive".Its founding statement says it is committed to "defending and extending" free movement of people "in the context of the debate around Brexit". Irish PM: No economic border after Brexit Brexit: All you need to know Immigration policy: A baffling paradox? "The UK is at a crossroads in its relationship to the rest of the world and so is our party," the statement says."Immigrants and free movement are being scapegoated by a political and economic elite that is subjecting ordinary people t..
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  • Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMaduro or Blair? Newsnight's Evan Davies challenges Chris Williamson on his political philosophy A Labour MP has criticised United States' decision to impose sanctions on the Venezuelan president, who the US called a "dictator".Chris Williamson said it would be "better to facilitate talks" between government and opposition. Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has faced pressure from some MPs to condemn President Nicolas Maduro, after voicing his support in the past.The president has held a controversial vote for a constitutional assembly. Two opposition leaders who boycotted the election - denouncing it as an attempt by the government to strengthen its power - were put in a military prison on Tuesday. A number of protestors have been killed. Venezuela's 30 million citizens are suffering shortages of food, basic goods and medicines.A statement from Labour on Monday called on the government of Venezuela to recognise..

    Labour MP: US sanctions on Venezuela ‘not right’

    Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMaduro or Blair? Newsnight's Evan Davies challenges Chris Williamson on his political philosophy A Labour MP has criticised United States' decision to impose sanctions on the Venezuelan president, who the US called a "dictator".Chris Williamson said it would be "better to facilitate talks" between government and opposition. Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has faced pressure from some MPs to condemn President Nicolas Maduro, after voicing his support in the past.The president has held a controversial vote for a constitutional assembly. Two opposition leaders who boycotted the election - denouncing it as an attempt by the government to strengthen its power - were put in a military prison on Tuesday. A number of protestors have been killed. Venezuela's 30 million citizens are suffering shortages of food, basic goods and medicines.A statement from Labour on Monday called on the government of Venezuela to recognise..
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  • Skip Twitter post by @steve_mccabe Tonight nursing a very sore&swollen face. I was struck with a brick by a motorbike thug in Greenford Rd. Have given full statement to police pic.twitter.com/lHXGsA7xhP— Steve McCabe (@steve_mccabe) July 31, 2017 Report End of Twitter post by @steve_mccabe An MP was left with facial injuries when he was hit in the face with a brick thrown by a motorcyclist.Steve McCabe, who said he had given a statement to police, said he was "nursing a very sore and swollen face" after he was injured on Monday night.The Labour member for Birmingham Selly Oak later tweeted pictures of two motorcyclists allegedly involved, both wearing helmets."Sure somebody recognises these two," Mr McCabe said. "All I need are names & addresses. Send them to me anonymously & I'll do the rest with the police." MPs from his own and other parties sent messages of sympathy to Mr McCabe, who said the attack took place in Greenford Road, in the Kings Heath area of Birmingham.Sh..

    Labour MP Steve McCabe smashed in face with brick by biker

    Skip Twitter post by @steve_mccabe Tonight nursing a very sore&swollen face. I was struck with a brick by a motorbike thug in Greenford Rd. Have given full statement to police pic.twitter.com/lHXGsA7xhP— Steve McCabe (@steve_mccabe) July 31, 2017 Report End of Twitter post by @steve_mccabe An MP was left with facial injuries when he was hit in the face with a brick thrown by a motorcyclist.Steve McCabe, who said he had given a statement to police, said he was "nursing a very sore and swollen face" after he was injured on Monday night.The Labour member for Birmingham Selly Oak later tweeted pictures of two motorcyclists allegedly involved, both wearing helmets."Sure somebody recognises these two," Mr McCabe said. "All I need are names & addresses. Send them to me anonymously & I'll do the rest with the police." MPs from his own and other parties sent messages of sympathy to Mr McCabe, who said the attack took place in Greenford Road, in the Kings Heath area of Birmingham.Sh..
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  • Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The number of teachers without formal teaching qualifications has risen sharply There are 24,000 teachers without formal teaching qualifications in state schools in England - an increase of more than 60% in four years.It means that more than 5% of teachers do not have qualified teacher status.Labour, which highlighted the figures in the annual school workforce survey, said the increase in unqualified staff was "threatening standards".Head teachers' leader Malcolm Trobe said the use of unqualified staff reflected the wider teacher shortage."The government have completely failed in their most basic of tasks and are clearly relying on unqualified teachers to plug the gaps," said the shadow schools minister Mike Kane. "There is nothing more important to a good education than excellent teaching. The Tories' failure on teacher recruitment is putting school standards at risk," he added.'Recruitment difficulties'Labour claims..

    Labour warns of 60% four-year rise in unqualified teachers

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The number of teachers without formal teaching qualifications has risen sharply There are 24,000 teachers without formal teaching qualifications in state schools in England - an increase of more than 60% in four years.It means that more than 5% of teachers do not have qualified teacher status.Labour, which highlighted the figures in the annual school workforce survey, said the increase in unqualified staff was "threatening standards".Head teachers' leader Malcolm Trobe said the use of unqualified staff reflected the wider teacher shortage."The government have completely failed in their most basic of tasks and are clearly relying on unqualified teachers to plug the gaps," said the shadow schools minister Mike Kane. "There is nothing more important to a good education than excellent teaching. The Tories' failure on teacher recruitment is putting school standards at risk," he added.'Recruitment difficulties'Labour claims..
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  • Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The number of teachers without formal teaching qualifications has risen sharply There are 24,000 teachers without formal teaching qualifications in state schools in England - an increase of more than 60% in four years.It means that more than 5% of teachers do not have qualified teacher status.Labour, which highlighted the figures in the annual school workforce survey, said the increase in unqualified staff was "threatening standards".Head teachers' leader Malcolm Trobe said the use of unqualified staff reflected the wider teacher shortage."The government have completely failed in their most basic of tasks and are clearly relying on unqualified teachers to plug the gaps," said the shadow schools minister Mike Kane. "There is nothing more important to a good education than excellent teaching. The Tories' failure on teacher recruitment is putting school standards at risk," he added.'Recruitment difficulties'Labour claims..

    Labour warns on 60% four-year rise in unqualified teachers

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The number of teachers without formal teaching qualifications has risen sharply There are 24,000 teachers without formal teaching qualifications in state schools in England - an increase of more than 60% in four years.It means that more than 5% of teachers do not have qualified teacher status.Labour, which highlighted the figures in the annual school workforce survey, said the increase in unqualified staff was "threatening standards".Head teachers' leader Malcolm Trobe said the use of unqualified staff reflected the wider teacher shortage."The government have completely failed in their most basic of tasks and are clearly relying on unqualified teachers to plug the gaps," said the shadow schools minister Mike Kane. "There is nothing more important to a good education than excellent teaching. The Tories' failure on teacher recruitment is putting school standards at risk," he added.'Recruitment difficulties'Labour claims..
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  • Image copyright Reuters A former Labour chief whip has urged Jeremy Corbyn to "reflect" on Tony Blair's approach when party leader by ruling out the de-selection of MPs. Baroness Hilary Armstrong told the BBC Mr Corbyn was "the greatest rebel ever" as a backbencher but Mr Blair was reluctant to discipline him.She said the then prime minister felt that Labour was "a broad church".Amid claims Mr Corbyn's opponents could be forced out, Baroness Armstrong said he needed to show he is "tolerant".Speaking to BBC Radio 4's The Westminster Hour, Baroness Armstrong said she was pleased the Labour party chairman Ian Lavery had said de-selection was not the way forward. But she added: "I know MPs where basically there is a process of harassment, where at every meeting they are criticised, they are challenged, they are told that they don't represent the people in the room. "And all this is meant to do is grind them down, is wear them down, and get them to believe they sho..

    Follow Blair’s stance on Labour rebels, Corbyn urged

    Image copyright Reuters A former Labour chief whip has urged Jeremy Corbyn to "reflect" on Tony Blair's approach when party leader by ruling out the de-selection of MPs. Baroness Hilary Armstrong told the BBC Mr Corbyn was "the greatest rebel ever" as a backbencher but Mr Blair was reluctant to discipline him.She said the then prime minister felt that Labour was "a broad church".Amid claims Mr Corbyn's opponents could be forced out, Baroness Armstrong said he needed to show he is "tolerant".Speaking to BBC Radio 4's The Westminster Hour, Baroness Armstrong said she was pleased the Labour party chairman Ian Lavery had said de-selection was not the way forward. But she added: "I know MPs where basically there is a process of harassment, where at every meeting they are criticised, they are challenged, they are told that they don't represent the people in the room. "And all this is meant to do is grind them down, is wear them down, and get them to believe they sho..
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  • Image copyright Bury Council Image caption Mark Carriline was found guilty of serious misconduct by a disciplinary panel Senior officials "deliberately delayed" carrying out child protection measures to help Bury Council's ruling Labour group before an election, reports say.Reports seen by the BBC state former chief executive Mike Owen and head of children's services Mark Carriline failed to act quickly enough after claims were made against a councillor.Simon Carter later admitted 16 charges of making indecent images of children.Mr Owen apologised for any errors but denied any political motivation.'Inexplicably' delayed proceduresMr Carriline could not be contacted while Mike Connolly, the former council leader, declined to comment. At an extraordinary meeting later, Bury councillors will vote on whether to publish the results of two independent reports into the council's handling of the situation.The contents of those reports have, however, been seen by ..

    Bury Council elections: Bosses ‘delayed child safeguarding to help Labour’

    Image copyright Bury Council Image caption Mark Carriline was found guilty of serious misconduct by a disciplinary panel Senior officials "deliberately delayed" carrying out child protection measures to help Bury Council's ruling Labour group before an election, reports say.Reports seen by the BBC state former chief executive Mike Owen and head of children's services Mark Carriline failed to act quickly enough after claims were made against a councillor.Simon Carter later admitted 16 charges of making indecent images of children.Mr Owen apologised for any errors but denied any political motivation.'Inexplicably' delayed proceduresMr Carriline could not be contacted while Mike Connolly, the former council leader, declined to comment. At an extraordinary meeting later, Bury councillors will vote on whether to publish the results of two independent reports into the council's handling of the situation.The contents of those reports have, however, been seen by ..
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  • Image copyright Press Association Image caption Universities will be able to charge a maximum of £9,250 this term Labour has "no plans" to write off existing student debt and has never promised to do so, the party's education spokeswoman has insisted.Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner accused the Tories of "wilfully misrepresenting" its plans amid claims such a move could cost £100bn. During the election, Jeremy Corbyn said he would act to reduce the debt burden of students having to pay £9,000 fees.Several frontbenchers have distanced themselves of talk of a debt amnesty. In March 2016, the total amount of debt owed by English students and EU students studying in England, who under the current system do not have to pay anything upfront, was £76.3bn. In their manifesto, Labour promised to scrap university tuition fees in England but there was no mention of writing off unpaid student debt.During the campaign, the Labour leader pledged, if he won power, to look at ways ..

    Labour: We never pledged to write off tuition fee debts

    Image copyright Press Association Image caption Universities will be able to charge a maximum of £9,250 this term Labour has "no plans" to write off existing student debt and has never promised to do so, the party's education spokeswoman has insisted.Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner accused the Tories of "wilfully misrepresenting" its plans amid claims such a move could cost £100bn. During the election, Jeremy Corbyn said he would act to reduce the debt burden of students having to pay £9,000 fees.Several frontbenchers have distanced themselves of talk of a debt amnesty. In March 2016, the total amount of debt owed by English students and EU students studying in England, who under the current system do not have to pay anything upfront, was £76.3bn. In their manifesto, Labour promised to scrap university tuition fees in England but there was no mention of writing off unpaid student debt.During the campaign, the Labour leader pledged, if he won power, to look at ways ..
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