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Starmer's win is a defeat, but our movement is not beaten

KEIR STARMER’S victory in the leadership contest represents a serious setback for the left following five years in which a socialist led the Labour Party.

At the same time, it neither erases those years nor negates the potential of Labour’s huge membership to help build the socialist ...

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Britain's communists sign open letter on international response to Covid-19

The Communist Party of Britain has signed an open letter from the Chinese Communist Party calling for an internationally co-ordinated response to the Covid-19 pandemic.CP general secretary Robert Griffiths said the party was “pleased and honoured to associate itself with the Open Letter ...

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Keir Starmer elected Labour leader

SIR KEIR STARMER was elected leader of the Labour Party, the party announced today.

The former shadow Brexit secretary was elected in a first-round victory with 56.2 per cent of the vote, defeating Rebecca Long Bailey and Lisa Nandy. 

Angela Rayner, who served as shadow education ...

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Coronavirus and the war on the working class

ACCORDING to Bloomberg News, the billionaire hedge fund and private equity fund managers who met President Donald on Tuesday March 24 “are getting impatient with the national economic shutdown caused by coronavirus…” 

They urged that workers be released to return to their jobs from ...

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Men’s Football Andros Towsend puts Matt Hancock firmly back in his place

HEALTH secretary Matt Hancock is “deflecting blame” onto footballers by saying they should take a pay cut during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend.

Hancock, who is part of a government which has been criticised over its response to the ...

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Codir calls on trade unions to stand with Iranian workers

AN IRANIAN human rights organisation is calling on British trade unionists to stand with workers at the “epicentre” of the coronavirus crisis in Iran. 

The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (Codir) said the theocratic regime had refused to impose protective ...

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Democratic National Congress postponed due to Covid-19

DEMOCRATS have delayed the party’s national convention, which would have named its candidate against Donald Trump for the US presidential elections later this year.

Democratic National Convention chairman Tom Perez announced that the gathering, scheduled for July 13 in Milwaukee, ...

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Unions call for ‘manufacturing army’ to make vital PPE

THE government must raise a “manufacturing army” to make personal protective equipment (PPE) which is vital to the safety of millions of key workers, leading trade unions urged today.

General union Unite, public service union Unison, doctors’ union the British Medical Association ...

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Campaigners warn of ‘humanitarian disaster’ for refugees in France as 52 cross channel

HUMAN RIGHTS campaigners warned of an unfolding “humanitarian disaster” in France today after 52 refugees crossed the channel to escape coronavirus at camps.

The UK Border Force intercepted four inflatable boats and those onboard were taken ashore at Dover, the Home Office confirmed ...

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Education divide set to widen during lockdown, charity warns

THE education divide will widen during the coronavirus lockdown, with poorer students less likely to have access to quiet study rooms, private tutors and the internet, a charity warned today. 

About 40 per cent of children from low-income families – earning less than £20,000 – do ...

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Israel accused of ‘constantly endangering’ Palestinian lives as arrests continue despite pandemic

ISRAEL occupation forces arrested 250 Palestinians, 54 of them children, last month despite the coronavirus outbreak.

Palestinian Prisoners’ Centre spokesman Riyad Al-Ashqar accused Israel of “constantly endangering” Palestinan lives by continuing arrests “in these exceptional ...

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Corbyn warns next Labour leader against undemocratic national government with Tories

LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn warned his successor not to drag the party into a national government with the Tories.

In his first-ever interview with the Telegraph, he said that the next Labour leader should steer clear of a crisis coalition with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ...

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Baillie beats left-winger Kerr for Scottish Labour deputy leadership

JACKIE BAILLIE was announced as the new deputy leader of Scottish Labour today after beating left-wing candidate Matt Kerr. 

The Dumbarton MSP gained 10,311 of the 17,839 ballots cast, around 58 per cent of the vote. 

Ms Baillie will succeed former MP Lesley Laird, who stepped ...

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STUC survey reveals people facing fear and insecurity during coronavirus

SCOTS are facing an unprecedented level of fear and insecurity, both in and out of work, during the coronavirus crisis, a survey revealed today.

A majority of workers feel unsafe at work, with more than 40 per cent of respondents without access to adequate personal protective equipment, ...

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Arriva Grand Central confirms it is suspending services from tonight

INTERCITY rail operator Grand Central suspended all services last night and slashed workers’ wages to the 80 per cent rate funded by taxpayers.

Rail union RMT said it was “appalled” by the decision and that workers should be paid in full.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash ...

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China hits out at claims it has covered up coronavirus reality

CHINA has hit out at “shameless” US claims that it has covered up the full reality of the coronavirus pandemic.

Beijing was responding to an escalating smear campaign, including allegations from US Republican Senator Rick Scott that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had colluded with ...

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Argentina bans lay offs in coronavirus fight

ARGENTINIAN President Alberto Fernandez has banned all lay-offs of workers during the coronavirus crisis in a bid to “preserve social peace.”

The move was outlined earlier this week as part of a package of measures aimed as sustaining the economy and introducing mandatory quarantine to ...

2020-04-03 19:44 open_in_new
Editorial Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership has strengthened our movement

TOMORROW as Labour picks its new leader there will be no packed conference hall, no crowds of ecstatic supporters. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has drowned out coverage of the leadership contest and the government’s success in creating the impression of swift and sweeping action has given the ...

2020-04-03 19:44 open_in_new
Corbyn thanks ‘inspirational’ Labour members from whom he ‘learned so much’

JEREMY CORBYN thanked Labour members ahead of his successor’s election on Saturday, adding that his “voice will not be stilled” as he continues his campaign for socialism.

In his email to members, the outgoing Labour leader said it had been “the honour of [his] life” to lead the ...

2020-04-03 19:44 open_in_new
Government support for buses revives calls for public ownership of services

BUS services should be taken into public ownership to stop private operators slashing them, the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) said today.

A government promise of an extra £167 million to help keep some bus services going was welcomed by the union, but it said the ...

2020-04-03 19:44 open_in_new
Government's idea of issuing Covid-19 immunity certificates deemed ‘dangerous’ and ‘unnecessary’

THE government’s idea of issuing immunity certificates to people who have recovered from coronavirus is dangerous and unnecessary, an immunology expert has warned.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told a press conference on Thursday that the government was considering handing out the ...

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