19 thoughts on “‘Theresa May, resign’, British demonstrators say

  1. Monday 12th June 2017

    posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain

    HATED Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt survived a third term in his position yesterday after PM Theresa May began a Cabinet reshuffle.

    At least 13 ministers remained in their jobs at the time of going to press for a government that had yet to be secured amid the Tories’ talks over a potential deal with the ultra-conservative DUP.

    Claims circulated that Ms May’s “reshuffle kerfuffle” was only conducted as a convoluted attempt to demote former justice secretary Liz Truss, who now takes fills the Chief Secretary to the Treasury role. Ms Truss has been heavily criticised over her failure to fight against the High Court which had ruled that the government had to seek permission from Parliament to trigger Article 50.

    Ms May’s long-term ally Damian Green was moved from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to be appointed Cabinet Office Minister — replacing Ben Gummer who lost his seat last week — and would also act as her deputy.

    Replacing Mr Green at DWP is David Gauke, former chief secretary to the Treasury.

    Those remaining in the same positions include Philip Hammond as Chancellor, Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary, Amber Rudd as Home Secretary, David Davis as Brexit Secretary, Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary, Sajid Javid as Communities and Local Government Secretary and Michael Fallon as Defence Secretary.

    Also, Chris Grayling kept his job as Transport Secretary, Priti Patel as International Development Secretary, Gavin Williamson as Chief Whip, Justine Greening as Education Secretary and Greg Clark as Business Secretary.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-d4aa-Hunt-and-Johnson-stay-on-as-May-begins-reshuffle#.WT6gEdykIdU

  2. Monday 12th June 2017

    posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain

    Labour ‘raring to go for new election’ as 150,000 new members sign up after election results

    LABOUR is raring to go for another general election expected to take place within months, leader Jeremy Corbyn said yesterday.

    An additional 30 seats were won by Labour while 13 were lost by the Tories as a result of Theresa May’s failed opportunistic attempt to bolster her Commons majority — which led a humiliating hung Parliament.

    Following the results, Mr Corbyn received a torrent of public apologies from his carping critics, including right-wing journalists and Labour MPs such as Owen Smith and Stephen Kinnock, for doubting his abilities.

    Labour garnered 40 per cent of vote — its highest since the 1997 landslide win — compared with the Tories’ 42 per cent.
    This was largely powered by an astonishing 72 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds turning up to vote on Thursday.

    According to the latest Survation poll — the most accurate pollster in the run-up to polling day — another election would see Labour attract an incredible 45 per cent of votes and the Conservatives 39 per cent.

    There have been suggestions that an election could take place in October after the Tories’ annual conference.

    The party is in turmoil after desperately engaging in talks with the ultra-conservative and terror-linked DUP, which has 10 MPs. Ms May has faced calls to quit by Tory MPs and grandees.

    Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said Ms May was effectively “squatting in Downing Street.”

    Almost half of Britons believe Ms May should quit as PM with 38 per cent saying she should stay, according to polls by Survation and YouGov conducted since the general election.

    Mr Corbyn said on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “We have a programme, we have support and we’re ready to fight another election campaign as soon as may be, because we want to be able to serve the people of this country on the agenda we put forward, which is transformative and has gained amazing levels of support.”

    He intends to oppose the Queen’s Speech and table a “substantial amendment” in an attempt to bring down Ms May’s administration.

    Labour has also swelled with at least 150,000 new members joining since the election results. It has over 800,000 in total and could be on course for a million.

    Mr Corbyn said Labour has raised millions of pounds — with the average donation £22 per person — and assured supporters that the party has enough funds in hand for another election campaign.

    Asked if he was in it for the long-term, a relaxed and smiling Mr Corbyn replied: “Look at me, I’ve got youth on my side.”

    Mr Corbyn told the Sunday Mirror that he expects to be able to attract some of Labour’s biggest names to serve on his front bench — a contrast to the refusals to serve during two leadership battles he ended up winning with flying colours.

    “My phone is full of texts from lots and lots of people from right across the party,” he said.

    Mr Corbyn also said Labour would “absolutely” ensure Brexit occurs, with a focus on negotiating tariff-free access as part of a “jobs-first Brexit,” maintaining university and research collaborations, keeping human rights pacts, and participating in the work of European agencies for security and environmental matters.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-c411-READY-FOR-DOWNING-STREET#.WT6gYNykIdU

  3. Monday 12th June 2017

    posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain

    EMBITTERED Tories warned Theresa May yesterday that she will never get the chance to lead the party into another general election after she gambled on calling a snap election to win a thumping mandate for her nebulous Brexit plans, only to lose the Conservative Commons majority.

    Editor of the London Evening Standard George Osborne, sacked as chancellor by Ms May last year, said she was a “dead woman walking” and could be ousted in a matter of days.

    With Thursday’s vote resulting in a hung parliament, the desperate Prime Minister is pinning her hopes of clinging on to power via a voting pact with the Northern Irish terror-linked Democratic Unionist Party.

    “It is just [a question of] how long she is going to remain on death row,” Mr Osborne said on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show.

    “I think we will know very shortly. We could easily get to the middle of next week and it all collapses for her.”

    Former education minister Nicky Morgan, also sacked by Ms May, offered her no solace. On ITV’s Peston on Sunday she foresaw a leadership challenge during Parliament’s summer recess.

    And former business minister Anna Soubry said on Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday that Ms May’s position was untenable — but cautioned against a rush to replace her.

    Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, one of the first ministers whose job was confirmed by Ms May, defended her position and welcomed the resignation of her chiefs-of-staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, a move demanded by Tory MPs as the scale of their loss became apparent.

    Former director of communications for No 10 Katie Perrior revealed that Ms May’s confidantes had created a “toxic” and “pretty dysfunctional” environment in Downing Street and put forward “batshit crazy” ideas.

    Asked if they bullied Cabinet ministers, Ms Perrior told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think so. I think there was not enough respect shown to people that had spent 20 years in office.

    “I felt sending people rude text messages was unacceptable.

    “I felt what the Prime Minister needs when you’re going through a tough time like negotiating Brexit is diplomats, not street-fighters.

    “They really only know one way to operate: that’s to have enemies — and I’m sure I’m one of those this morning.”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-8542-Tories-call-for-dead-May-walking-to-stand-down#.WT6hNdykIdU

  4. Sunday 11th June 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    JEREMY CORBYN has been confirmed to speak at this year’s Durham Miners’ Gala, which will take place next month.

    One of Europe’s biggest annual celebrations of the labour and trade union movement, the gala attracted 150,000 people last year.

    Other speakers at the gathering on Saturday July 8 will include socialist film-maker Ken Loach and Unite general secretary Len McCluskey.

    This year’s gala will be the first since the death of Davey Hopper, secretary of the Durham Miners’ Association (DMA), who passed away two weeks after last year’s event.

    The last pit in the Durham coalfield closed in 1993, but the spirit of the region’s mining communities is maintained through the collieries’ union banners, which are marched through Durham during the gala.

    DMA chairman Joe Whitworth said: “It’s seen as a beacon for the labour and trade union movement. We think it’s vital for Labour — it gets the message out on what the labour movement is about.”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-3e5b-Corbyn-will-top-the-bill-at-Durham-Miners-Gala#.WT6hqNykIdU

  5. Sunday 11th June 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    LABOUR is right to set its sights on preventing the passage of the Queen’s speech and bringing down Theresa May’s tottering government.

    May might think she can cling to office with the votes of the repulsive terror-linked Democratic Unionist Party, but the knives are out.
    Boris Johnson is forced to deny planning a takeover, while aides of Scottish Conservative boss Ruth Davidson are reportedly working on a plan to form a separate party to the UK-wide Tories.

    Commentators and Labour MPs may be eating slice after slice of humble pie over Jeremy Corbyn’s stunning success at the polls — achieving the largest increase in Labour’s vote since 1945 — but too many keep peddling the narrative that May’s incompetence rather than Corbyn’s message of hope was responsible for the result.

    Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie is the worst offender with his contemptible assertion that against an incompetent like May another Labour leader would have done better.

    But the passionate mass campaign by hundreds of thousands of members and the huge surge in the youth vote would not have happened had the party been fronted by some washed-out Blairite.

    It was hope and the empowering sense that change is within our grasp that drove millions to the polling stations for Labour.

    Labour’s comeback from 20 points behind to neck and neck with the Tories was nothing short of remarkable, but what’s just as important is that it’s continuing.

    We all heard pre-election claims in the Guardian that people would only vote Labour if they were sure Corbyn had no chance of becoming prime minister.

    Well, now he looks capable of snatching the keys to No 10 and Labour are five points ahead of the Tories in the polls — according to the ultra-Conservative Daily Telegraph, and further ahead in some other surveys.

    A healthy dose of Corbynism is prompting the third massive growth spurt the party has enjoyed since he threw himself into the leadership contest two summers ago.

    The first came in 2015 as hundreds of thousands joined to elect him, the second in 2016 as many more did to re-elect him, and the current massive increase in membership — with over 150,000 new members since the election, taking the total to over 800,000 — signals a wave of enthusiasm that could carry him to power.

    Corbyn was relaxed and confident on Andrew Marr, a stark contrast to the dead duck May. But the left should remain on the alert.

    Evidence that the Labour HQ declined to properly resource many marginal seats that could have been taken shows the party machine is still capable of sabotage.

    And while previously disloyal MPs are lining up to say they have changed their minds about Corbyn, an understandable instinct to bring critics back on board could risk diluting the passion Labour is inspiring if it waters down the socialist message.

    Corbyn says he will build a strong new shadow cabinet — and quite right too, with some vacancies remaining from the “chicken coup” last year. But his current set of shadow ministers have played a blinder and delivered incredible gains. It’s no time to split up the dream team.

    Nor should the left have any truck with proposals for a cross-party initiative to devise an approach to Brexit negotiations.

    Given the pro-EU views of most MPs, this could undermine Labour’s determination to work for an exit deal that puts the British people back in charge of our own economy or even pave the way for an anti-democratic “national government” to preserve neoliberalism in the face of popular revolt.

    Labour is within sight of power, and with its most progressive programme for many decades. To realise that goal the left must stay focused.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-e35d-Power-is-within-sight-for-the-Labour-Party-But-the-left-must-remain-vigilant#.WT7BANykIdU

  6. Monday 12th June 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Features

    LUCA HORTON, 18, explains why he was so pleased to put a cross in the Labour box for a better future for all

    I LIVE in Wales and I turned 18 in April. Upon my 18th birthday there was excitement filling the air as I knew that I could finally vote and have my voice heard.

    Coming from a working-class family background, where politics is talked about and discussed within my family daily, I believe it is a necessity for all younger voices to be heard when it comes to important issues in elections.

    Even more important, it is a chance for young people of different cultures and ethnic backgrounds to get involved in the whole political process.

    As a first-time voter, I was motivated to persuade many others of my age in my constituency to vote on Thursday, resulting in over 4,000 messages, many phone calls and many Facebook and Twitter shares.

    Spreading the news, information and policies regarding Labour’s inspirational leader, Jeremy Corbyn, became a burning necessity to get the voices of young people heard for once.

    For me, along with many other young voters, it was vital to actually go and vote for whatever we believe is the right way forward with our chosen party and our own beliefs. For me that was Labour, Corbyn and my local candidate Chris Ruane.

    Corbyn is an honest, “extremely hard-working” (to reclaim an overused Tory phrase), passionate and charismatic leader who should be very proud of himself for the things he has achieved in his lifetime, and the way he conducts his politics that other party leaders simply cannot fathom.

    I believe having a voice through voting is the key to positive change that would benefit us all and many generations to come.

    It takes passion, care and consideration to govern, and I am extremely proud and honoured to be a part of campaigning and voting for this incredible party with an incredible individual as our leader.

    As an 18-year-old the main reasons I voted for Labour, Corbyn and my local Labour candidate were:

    The removal of university tuition fees
    Retention of the education maintenance allowance in Wales and its possible return to England
    Corbyn’s personal manner. He listens and takes great care, effort and consideration when representing young people
    Nationalisation of the railways, which can benefit all students and especially young workers in rural areas like mine
    Abolition of zero-hours contracts
    Investment to build over a million new homes, including affordable homes
    Abolition of the bedroom tax

    An increase in carer’s allowance by £11 a week to recognise the work carers do and the amount of money they save the government. Young carers are treated appallingly by the Tory government and have to look after disabled relatives while trying to study at school. Often university is a distant dream for young carers.

    I believe it should be made compulsory for all young people to vote and to have the ability to vote at 16. It can broaden our horizons into the world of politics and adult life. It can educate us, and let us shape society where young voices are heard and policies made to benefit us as well as older people.

    I have a disability: autism. I was forced to change from a child’s disability living allowance to personal independence payments at age 16, even though I was still in school and the first cohort of children who by law have to stay on in education and training until aged 18 and my parents receive child benefit for me.

    How could I be classed therefore as an adult at 16 by this Tory government? Disabled people and people who have long-term health conditions are living in constant fear of having their disability payments stopped at any time by the Tories and the DWP. Here in Wales, I have benefited from being assessed for students’ disability allowance for extra costs incurred going to university in September. I was told that in England disabled students have to pay £200 towards a computer to help them with their studies.

    Here in Wales under a Welsh Labour government I do not have to make any payment, but receive the support I need. That’s the difference having a Welsh Labour devolved government, rather than an uncaring Tory one in England. Corbyn understands the difficulties disabled people, especially young disabled people, face.

    I helped my candidate Chris Ruane get the message over through talking about policies affecting young people on Facebook videos and sharing Labour policies widely.

    Living in a very marginal Tory-held seat, it was wonderful to wake up and know Chris has reclaimed the Vale of Clwyd from a privately educated and privileged Tory MP who has never walked a yard, let alone a mile in my working-class shoes.

    Throughout the campaign he never once said what he would do for my generation or appeared in my road to campaign. Young voters were treated with disdain by Dr James Davies unless they were Tory Party members. Like his leader, he had no connection with ordinary voters.

    I have learnt many things in this general election campaign through Labour and Corbyn. I know that as party leader he will continue to listen to the many, not the few and I would like to say thank you Jeremy for all you have done for 18 to 25-year-olds, and for all you will do in future. You are a great socialist and an even greater leader. I look forward to seeing you lead the Labour Party to cement future policies for young people.

    Oh, and please take a holiday and a well deserved rest. I hope when I am 68 I have your sheer drive, energy and enthusiasm to change the lives of working-class people, and make the much-needed changes our young people desperately need.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-8d56-Im-a-first-time-voter-and-I-was-proud-to-be-able-to-vote-for-Jeremy-Corbyn#.WT7BkNykIdU

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