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A Labour Councillor has defected to The Breakthrough Party - becoming the newly formed left-wing party's first ever elected representative. Samantha Cooper, a Town Councillor for the Woodhouse and Hainworth Ward in Keighley, Bradford, blamed Keir Starmer for her decision to switch parties. Co...
A Labour Council leader has been severely criticised after calling for the formation of an 'anti-migrant militia' to defend Britain's coastline. Brendan Chilton, the Labour Group Leader on Ashford Council in Kent, suggested that ordinary Brits could set up a "Home Guard" to repel asylum seekers arr...
A Labour Council leader has been severely criticised after calling for the formation of an 'anti-migrant militia' to defend Britiain's coastline. Brendan Chilton, the Labour Group Leader on Ashford Council in Kent, suggested that ordinary Brits could set up a "Home Guard" to repel asylum seekers ar...
The GMB Union, who represent over half a million workers across the country, have pulled funding to the Labour Party in London. The unprecedented decision comes after the union accused Labour of "political victimisation" following the sacking of a grieving employee who had worked for Islington c...
Two new polls released today show that support for Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has fallen dramatically over the past fortnight - with one of today's surveys also showing Keir Starmer’s Labour closing the gap to the government to within just two points. The headline figures of today’s Surv...
LONDON (Labour Buzz) - It’s sleaze, sleaze, sleaze with the Conservatives as Starmer roasts Boris offer dodgy texts and dodgy deals. Sign up for the exclusive Labour Party Buzz Newsletter bringing you to the latest VIP Labour Party News Now.  It’s been an exciting week for the leaders with both get...
https://youtu.be/l9pg-4l4vZ8 WESTMINSTER (Labour Buzz) - Parliament is back from its Easter recess and there was only one topic of conversation. The unfolding scandal surrounding Greensill Capital, and dodgy Dave’s dodgy lobbying habit. Sign up for the exclusive Labour Party Buzz Newsletter br...
WESTMINSTER (Labour Buzz) - Keir Starmer’s first big voting test getting near with next month’s Hartlepool by-election, and it’s not going well. A new poll gives the Tories a seven-point lead in a seat which Jeremy Corbyn won in both 2017 and 2019. Barring a miracle, therefore, it seems the Conserv...
Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks with medical staff during a visit to the Whittington Hospital in London, Britain, March 15, 2021. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS
LONDON (Labour Buzz) - The fact-checking organisation Full Fact is calling for government communications to serve the people rather than the narrow interests of politicians. It’s a call that comes from the way in which the controversial report on racism was released to the public. Anger at the rep...

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Round one: Army cuts WESTMINSTER (Labour Buzz) - Starmer opened by going all-in on armed forces. Why, he asked, did the Prime Minister promise to maintain armed forces at the current levels but then cut them. He referred to the admission from defence secretary Ben Wallace, who admits troops will be...
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives an update on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic during a virtual news conference inside 10 Downing Street, in central London, Britain, March 18, 2021. Tolga Akmen/Pool via REUTERS
WESTMINSTER (Labour Buzz) - It was a sombre and reflective PMQs dominated by the murder of Sarah Everard. Both men seemed to sense that it would be difficult to be seen to be scoring any political points from such a tragedy. That didn’t stop him from trying.  Round one: She was just walking home  S...
Flare smoke rises over a protest at Parliament Square, following the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard, in London, Britain, March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
WESTMINSTER (Labour Buzz) - Donald Trump called it the Fifth Avenue effect, the idea that he could shoot someone dead on Fifth Avenue and people would still vote for him. Throughout all the ups and downs of this pandemic, one politician has been immune to the ups and downs of fortunes. Ironically a...
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves Downing Street, in London, Britain, November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File Photo
WESTMINSTER (Labour Buzz) - Starmer entered PMQs with a host of targets to pick from. He could have chosen the damning verdict on NHS test and trace, the High Courts finding that Johnson had lied to parliament or even a new book detailing his inept response to the pandemic.  Instead, he focused on...
FILE PHOTO: People walk past a mural praising the NHS (National Health Service) amidst the continuation of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, London, Britain, March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville
LONDON (Labour Buzz) - Today sees Rishi Sunak launch possibly one of the most important budgets in living memory. This will shape how the UK recovers from the pandemic and may impact our future for the next decade. Battle lines are already being drawn. From the government, opposition and media we c...
Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak holds the budget box outside his office in Downing Street in London, Britain March 3, 2021. REUTERS/John Sibley
LONDON (Labour Buzz) - Earlier in the week, the UK announced it would slash its aid to Yemen, something which the UN Secretary-General described as a death sentence for starving children. At the same time, they have been a keen seller of arms to Saudi Arabia as organising a secretive project traini...
FILE PHOTO: British Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks during a question period at the House of Commons in London, Britain February 3, 2021. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS
LONDON (Labour Buzz) - Starmer and Johnson faced off ahead of next week’s budget which will go a long way towards deciding what the recovery from the pandemic might look like. It was a testy exchange and one which will not have done much to encourage Keir Starmer’s growing list of doubters.   Round...
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic media briefing at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain February 22, 2021. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS
LONDON (Within the Law) - News that the report into Labour’s leaked antisemitism report will be delayed indefinitely will anger many but surprise few. It’s almost a year since the report was leaked to the press. However, at almost every step of the way, Labour’s response has been almost as bad as t...
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LONDON (Labour Buzz) - When it comes to Brexit Sir Keir Starmer has maintained a monastic silence. Now some within his own party are starting to lose patience. With the Boris Brexit unravelling before our eyes, they want him to get tougher.  Speaking to the Observer Richard Corbett, Labour’s former...
FILE PHOTO: Britain's opposition Labour Party Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer speaks to members of the media as he leaves the BBC headquarters after appearing on The Andrew Marr Show in London, Britain January 5, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

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LONDON (Labour Buzz) - It was a rather stodgy PMQs with neither man managing to make any meaningful blows. We watched it so you didn’t have to. Here is what, for the want of a better word, we’ll call the highlights.  Q1 Extend business rates  Starmer came out of his corner like the most cautious of...
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a session on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at the House of Commons in London, Britain January 27, 2021. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS
LONDON (Labour Buzz) - The pandemic has been tough on everyone unless of course, you happen to be friends with someone from the government. As Rachel Reeves revealed in a speech £2 billion has been spent on what she calls ‘crony contracts’.  Speaking from Labour’s headquarters on Southside she is e...
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LONDON (Labour Buzz) - A leaked strategy presentation has caused embarrassment for Starmer this week. Labour supporters are busy tearing each other to pieces on Twitter and Tories are having a right old giggle. The news that Starmer plans to win back disaffected voters by hugging the union jack has...
British Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to members of the media, in London, Britain January 10, 2021. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
LONDON (Labour Buzz) - We began the session in an unusual situation in which Johnson has some good news to fall back on. The pandemic has normally been a case of crisis after crisis. However, for the first time, he has something which has gone right in the form of the vaccination program.  Starmer,...
Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks on as he addressees the media at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic briefing in Downing Street, London, Britain February 3, 2021. Stefan Rousseau/Pool via REUTERS
LONDON (Labour Buzz) - This week is local government week for Labour at a time when the party is doing much to recruit candidates from up and down the country. Throughout the week, Labour List will be showcasing articles and highlighting discussions about various aspects of local government.  It al...
A public health information message is seen at a bus stop in West Ealing as the South African variant of the novel coronavirus is reported in parts of the United Kingdom amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, February 1, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville
LONDON (Labour Buzz) - In the normal run of events, a party which has seen 100,000 deaths, the biggest recession for hundreds of years, and has been named and shamed in a report for continuous mistakes, might sweat on the polls.  However, according to the latest data from Opinium, things are lookin...
FILE PHOTO: British Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speaks to members of the media, in London, Britain January 10, 2021. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
LONDON (Labour Buzz) - Boris Johnson issued a mumbling apology as the UK passed the 100,000 mark for COVID 19 deaths. It was a stat even he couldn’t mumble his way through as the UK gained the dual award of the highest deaths per head and the deepest recession of any developed nation.  Johnson alwa...
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leads a virtual news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic inside 10 Downing Street in London, Britain January 27, 2021. Geoff Pugh/Pool via REUTERS
LONDON (Labour Buzz) - For this week’s PMQs we’re changing the format a bit. The exchange has often been likened to a boxing match and as Johnson’s suggestions to take the virus on the chin shows, he loves a sporting analogy. In keeping with that, we’ll score PMQs in the same way.  Each of the six...
FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a media briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in Downing Street, London, Britain January 15, 2021. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Pool via REUTERS
WESTMINSTER (Labour Buzz) - In a PMQs marred by technical glitches, Keir Starmer focused on just two questions: the loss of criminal records and the revelation that his Home Secretary wanted to close the borders earlier.  The loss of criminal records Starmer opened up with the accidental deletion o...
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes questions in parliament in London, Britain January 20, 2021 in this still image taken from a video. REUTERS/REUTERS TV
LONDON (Labour Buzz) - Do you think the government should look after those who lose their jobs because of the pandemic? Do you support free school meals continuing through February half term? If so, Boris Johnson thinks you’re a fascist.  That was the remarkable claim in messages to Tory MPs on the...
FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend a cabinet meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, Britain December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville
LONDON (Labour Buzz) - Good news, Stanley Johnson, the man who broke lockdown more often than Steve McQueen has, received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. So too has Rupert Murdoch, whose Fox network has been spewing anti-vax misinformation and of course the Queen and Prince Phillip.  Unfortu...
FILE PHOTO: Stanley Johnson, father of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is seen in Westminster, in London, Britain September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo
LONDON (Labour Buzz) - On Sunday Boris Johnson went onto the Andrew Marr Show and told the country schools were safe. The next day he went on TV and told us they were not and would have to close. What’s remarkable is not the speed of the U-turn, but the fact that nobody watching was surprised.  The...
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears on BBC TV's The Andrew Marr Show in London, Britain January 3, 2021. Picture taken through glass. Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout via REUTERS