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July 21, 2016 2:14 PM Confident Corbyn warns Labour rebels they could be kicked out of the party – but then offers them the 'hand of friendship' even if they hate him

Jeremy Corbyn has warned his Labour rebels they could be kicked out of Parliament as he confirmed every sitting MP would face mandatory re-selection before the 2020 General Election. Launching his bid to be re-elected Labour leader today, he attempted offered his many internal critics in the Commons the 'hand of friendship', acknowledging that some 'may not even like me personally' 29

July 21, 2016 5:57 AM The Waugh Zone July 21, 2016

The House of Commons rises for its summer recess today as MPs head off to their constituencies. The Tories are the most chilled I’ve ever seen them, but grim-faced Labour members look like they are marching into gunfire. (This is the last WaughZone until the House returns too, see below). The main action today is outside Parliament, which is exactly 30

July 20, 2016 8:05 PM JK Rowling, Ross Kemp and Robert Webb are urging people to vote out Jeremy Corbyn

More than 180,000 people paid £25 to be given a vote in the labour leadership contest in the last 48 hours, raising an astonishing £4.59 million for the party coffers. The astonishing number of sign-ups - added to 380,000 party members - puts Jeremy Corbyn in prime position to beat challenger Owen Smith and be re-elected as Labour leader in September 22

July 20, 2016 6:39 PM Labour leadership: More than 180,000 people register in 48 hours

Labour has received more than 180,000 applications to vote in the party's upcoming leadership election over the past 48 hours, it has said. Some 183,541 people paid £25 to become registered supporters and qualify for a vote in the contest between existing leader Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith. Mr Smith was nominated by 162 Labour MPs. The party ruled last week that Mr Corbyn 24

July 20, 2016 3:23 PM UK PM May visits Germany for Brexit talks with Merkel

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May was making her first overseas trip as Britain's leader on Wednesday to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a key figure in negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union. A week ago May replaced David Cameron, who resigned in the wake of Britain's decision to leave the 28-nation bloc. May's office says the trip, which 24

July 20, 2016 1:54 PM Theresa May's first PMQs: A Thatcheresque performance

Prime Minister goes on warpath, mocking Jeremy Corbyn to loud cheers from the backbenches Theresa May stunned political commentators with a formidable performance in her first Prime Minister's Questions this afternoon. "Is someone putting something in May's tea?" tweeted the BBC's assistant political editor Norman Smith. "First she culls the Cabinet 44

July 20, 2016 12:33 PM ‘Remind you of anyone?’ Theresa May rains blows on Jeremy Corbyn comparing him to an 'unscrupulous boss' as she delights Tories with Thatcheresque debut at PMQs

Theresa May has lacerated 'unscrupulous' Jeremy Corbyn as she made a devastating debut at PMQs that drew comparisons to Margaret Thatcher. Facing off against the Labour leader in the Commons, Mrs May made a point of thanking 140 of his MPs who defied him to vote for keeping the Trident nuclear deterrent. She also joked that she hoped Mr Corbyn survived 33

July 20, 2016 10:27 AM Rifles soldier Joshua Hoole dies during Brecon training

A soldier has died while training in Brecon, south Wales, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. Cpl Joshua Hoole, 26, of Ecclefechan, near Lockerbie, who was serving in the Rifles regiment at ITC Catterick, died during pre-course training for the Platoon Sergeants' Battle Course. Ambulances were called to Dering Lines infantry training centre in Brecon 22

July 20, 2016 10:18 AM Watch: Past leaders make their PMQs debut

As Theresa May prepares to make her Prime Minister's Questions debut, a look at how previous leaders and opposition leaders fared on their first outing. Making his debut against Tony Blair in December 2005, David Cameron's famous line was when he said of the prime minister: "He was the future once." Indeed, Mr Cameron went full circle with this, joking 18

July 20, 2016 12:00 AM Brexit: May hopes for 'frank and open' talks during Merkel visit

Discussions about the UK leaving the EU must be "frank and open", Theresa May has said as she prepares to embark on her first tour of European capitals. The prime minister will have a working dinner with Germany's Angela Merkel on Wednesday before talks with France's Francois Hollande on Thursday. Mrs May said maintaining strong trading links in Europe 22