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September 25, 2016 8:45 PM My heart's broken but we must fight back: DAVID BLUNKETT tells of his despair at the situation Labour finds itself in after Jeremy Corbyn's re-election

For the Labour Party I love, the party I have devoted more than 50 years of my life to serving, the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader is a catastrophe. I’m in despair at this calamitous situation. I honestly cannot see how we’re going to get out of it. Most readers, of course, will not be lifelong party members like me. Perhaps you think that this is merely 10

September 25, 2016 8:45 PM Ed Miliband heckled by Labour member as he tells the party NOT to campaign for a second EU referendum

Ed Miliband was heckled after telling the Labour party not to campaign for a second EU referendum tonight. The former Labour leader pleaded with members not to 'become the party of the 48 per cent,' dismissing such talk as 'nonsense' in a slap down of failed leadership challenger Owen Smith, who had campaigned for a second EU vote. Speaking at a fringe 11

September 25, 2016 6:04 PM Labour conference: Relief and trepidation for the future

That seems to be the common sentiment of Labour activists at the party conference in Liverpool in the aftermath of Jeremy Corbyn's re-election as Labour leader. "I am very happy and a lot of people are very happy the decision has been made and we can move forward," says Jacqueline Griffiths, from Sevenoaks. There is frustration that the leadership squabbles 18

September 25, 2016 5:00 PM Jeremy Corbyn's backers and opponents continue to clash

As long as the leader says Momentum is mainstream, many Labour MPs will not be prepared to wipe the slate clean. Instead of starting afresh and burying their differences, the Labour leaders' supporters and his opponents are continuing to clash with the same ferocity. And it's not pretty. The most ugly clash came between John McDonnell and Yvette Cooper 15

September 25, 2016 4:11 PM Labour's civil war deepens as Corbyn gives supporters green light to purge moderate MPs

LABOUR’S civil war deepened last night as Jeremy Corbyn gave the green light to hard Left supporters to start a mass purge of moderate MPs with the party’s annual conference in Liverpool opening in chaos. It came as former shadow cabinet member Chuka Umunna rebuffed suggestions that he is planning a leadership challenge with Labour languishing at a seven-year 14

September 25, 2016 2:04 PM UK Labour leader Corbyn says he plans no purge of critics

LONDON (AP) — Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn says he doesn't plan to purge his ranks of critical lawmakers despite their failed campaign to oust him. Most Labour lawmakers rebelled this summer against Corbyn's leadership of Britain's major opposition party. But the 67-year-old socialist won 62 percent of votes from grass-roots members to remain leader 14

September 25, 2016 1:58 PM Get ready for a General Election, Tom Watson warns Labour

With the leadership election over, Black Country MP Tom Watson says Labour must focus on fighting Theresa May and the Conservatives. An early general election is coming and Labour must be ready, Deputy Leader Tom Watson has warned. Mr Watson, Labour MP for West Bromwich East in the Black Country, said the party’s “sole focus” should be to take on Conservative 11

September 25, 2016 1:58 PM Labour must change or it will become irrelevant to the voters and die, a top MP tipped to save the party from Jeremy Corbyn warns

Labour could die as a political party if it does not face up to the challenges of modern Britain, an MP tipped as a future leader warned today. In a stark message to Jeremy Corbyn a day after he won a second landslide, Lisa Nandy said he had to acknowledge the real threats facing Labour because voters were already 'moving away' from the party. The Wigan 10

September 25, 2016 9:58 AM Corbyn urged to act over online abuse of Labour MPs

A senior MP has called on Jeremy Corbyn to do more to curb the online abuse of colleagues, saying it is not enough for the Labour leader to condemn it. Yvette Cooper, one of a number of MPs to have received death threats, told the Sunday Telegraph one Twitter user claimed they wanted to "behead" her. Mr Corbyn, she said, should use his authority after 20

September 25, 2016 8:14 AM Will the Sugar Tax actually work?

The contest that Corbyn’s opponents had sought desperately to avoid had begun. Neither a vote of no confidence by 81 per cent of Labour MPs, nor 65 frontbench resignations had persuaded him to stand down. Days of negotiations led by Tom Watson had failed (“For years I’ve been told that I’m a fixer. Well, I tried to fix this and I couldn’t,” Labour’s 25