Corbyn

Following the Labour leadership victory of Hard-left veteran MP Jeremy Corbyn, several of the newspapers carry follow-up reports.

Breitbart starts with the result.

The former long-standing party rebel, who has never before sat in either cabinet or shadow cabinet experienced an unexpected rise to fame in the aftermath of Britain’s general election in May of this year.

The surprise result, which gave the Conservative party enough seats to break out of the previous coalition and rule alone as a majority force gave Labour confidence a hard knock.

Corbyn won 251,417 of an estimated 422,000 votes cast, taking 59-per-cent of the first round votes.

The Mirror reports that the new leader will join a pro-refugee rally.

Jeremy Corbyn will join a London pro-refugee rally as his first public engagement as leader of the Labour party.

The veteran left-winger was elected leader of the Labour party by a landslide.

He secured 60% of the vote, taking the top job in the first round.

Tom Watson was elected Deputy leader, securing 50.7% of the vote in the third round.

Argentina president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has congratulated Jeremy Corbyn on being elected leader of the Labour Party, hailing him as “a great friend of Latin America”.

Mrs Fernandez de Kirchner, who has clashed repeatedly with the British Government in recent years over the Falkland Islands, said the 66-year-old’s victory was “the triumph of hope”.

She cited his support for “political sovereignty” in South America and political dialogue regarding the British Overseas Territory – known as the Malvinas in Argentina.

The Sun has him belting out The Red Flag.

JEREMY Corbyn joined in a chorus of socialist anthem The Red Flag after being crowned Labour Party leader .

The teetotal left-winger took to the stage as jubilant supporters punched the air and chanted “Jez we did” in the packed Sanctuary pub in Westminster as bemused tourists looked on.

Campaign manager John McDonnell and union baron Len McCluskey were among the crowd as vegetarian Mr Corbyn, 66, rallied supporters by holding aloft a tea towel bearing the words of leftie icon Tony Benn: “Hope is the fuel of progress and fear is the prison in which you put yourself.”

Mr Corbyn faces a stiff challenge to unite the party after seven senior Labour figures quit their front-bench roles following the result.

Union bruiser Tom Watson, who helped topple Tony Blair, was elected deputy leader, sealing a “Tom and Jerry” pairing which many moderates had dreaded.

The Independent outlines the front-bench resignations that have happened since his appointment.

It is 128 days since Ed Miliband announced his resignation as Labour leader, but in case, after four months of gruelling campaigning, his successor Jeremy Corbyn feels he has earned a break, he is to be disappointed. True, he has pulled out of The Andrew Marr Show today, in what should have been one of his first major interviews as leader. But there are other events over the next few weeks that Mr Corbyn simply cannot avoid – as well as more politically dangerous elections and referendums in the months and years ahead.

Mr Corbyn has said  that he would only ‘possibly’ serve as leader (and it may not be entirely his decision) until 2020. But if he is to remain at the helm of an ideologically disparate party, he will have to negotiate all of the below.

The Guardian reports that Corbyn is expecting loyalty from his front-benchers.

Jeremy Corbyn has insisted that Labour voters would “want and expect” all senior figures in the party to rally round and work with him after he pulled off a historic victory to become leader of the party.

Speaking to the Observer minutes after it was revealed that he had trounced Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall, Corbyn said he had won a “huge mandate” from across the party for his leftwing anti-austerity programme. “That is what is important about this. It is a huge mandate for a new democracy in the party,” he said.

“I think the membership and supporters will want and expect members of the parliamentary party to cooperate with the new leader and let us develop an effective strategy for opposing the Tories on the issues I outlined in my speech: welfare reform, trade unions, budget and so on. We will be constructing a shadow cabinet later today and tomorrow.”

On a day of extraordinary drama, which saw the one-time rank outsider secure more than three times the number of votes obtained by second-placed Burnham, Corbyn – arguably the most leftwing leader in Labour history – insisted he would now work to unite his MPs behind him in the Commons.

In his first newspaper article as party leader, Corbyn makes clear in the Observerthat he wants his critics to drop their resistance to working with him and join a new movement that he insists will embrace and tolerate views from all wings of the party.

The BBC reports Corbyn’s work on his shadow cabinet.

Jeremy Corbyn has started work on putting together his shadow cabinet after his dramatic landslide victory in the Labour leadership contest.

The veteran left winger – who has never held a formal position in the party before now – must also prepare for his first Commons clash with David Cameron.

The new Labour leader has promised to “unite” the party after getting 60% of the votes in the leadership contest.

Mr Corbyn’s victory has sparked an exodus of shadow cabinet members.

But senior figures, including his predecessor Ed Miliband and former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott urged MPs to get behind Mr Corbyn because he had a strong mandate from party members.

The Islington North MP is facing calls to reach out to all sections of the party – not just the small group of left-wing MPs who supported his candidacy.

Mr Corbyn is expected to name the first members of his new shadow cabinet later.

The Sunday Times claims there will now be a civil war in the party.

LABOUR was plunged into a bitter civil war last night after Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader when nearly half the shadow cabinet refused to serve under him.

Lord Mandelson issued a coded call for the hard-left veteran to be removed before the general election, warning that the party would “slide into history” unless Labour had a leader with “policies that people regard as relevant and workable”.

Corbyn’s landslide victory was hailed by the hard-left parties of Europe, including Syriza, Podemos and the Socialist Workers party; the Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams; Russia; a website run by Palestinian group Hamas; and even Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the President of Argentina, who praised his demand for Britain to share sovereignty of the Falklands.

And the Mail claims there is now a split in the Labour ranks.

Labour MPs started plotting to oust Jeremy Corbyn immediately after his sensational victory yesterday.

Within hours of the Left-winger being elected party leader, moderate colleagues openly admitted they were ready to sack him before the next General Election. Corbyn triggered a political earthquake by winning the race to succeed Ed Miliband by a massive margin.

The teetotaller celebrated in the pub by singing socialist anthem The Red Flag with his Leftwing supporters. But he faced a mutiny as Shadow Cabinet Ministers, horrified at the party’s lurch to the left, resigned en masse.

The rebellion started seconds after he was unveiled as new Labour leader at 11.42am. Labour Health spokesman Jamie Reed resigned via Twitter at 11.43am.

Another tweet posted by Andy Burnham’s shocked team at the same time said ‘f***’ – but it was quickly deleted.

This is echoed in the Telegraph.

Labour was plunged into crisis last night after the Left-wing radical Jeremy Corbyn stormed to a landslide victory in the party’s leadership election.

Leading Blairites warned the party is now “fighting for its life” as eight shadow ministers resigned from Labour’s front bench within minutes of Mr Corbyn’s victory.

Mr Corbyn won the election with 60 per cent of the vote and the backing of more than 250,000 members, crushing the campaigns of the former cabinet ministers, Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper.

Mr Burnham and Mrs Cooper, who served in the governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, were humiliated and left with just 19 per cent and 17 per cent of the vote respectively.

The Express quotes a poll which shows Corbyn will keep Labour out of power for a decade.

LABOUR will be out of power for a decade under hard-left new leader Jeremy Corbyn, according to a damning survey.

The Survation snap poll for the Mail on Sunday revealed just 24 per cent of voters think the veteran backbencher is fit to become Prime Minister.

A staggering 39 per cent said the party would be defeated in the next two General Elections, expected to be held in 2020 and 2025, compared to 22 per cent who disagree.

Labour’s longest spell in opposition since the First World War was between 1979 and 1997 – dubbed the ‘wilderness years’.

Corbyn has been widely compared to ex-leader Michael Foot, whose socialists policies in the 1980s proved wildly unpopular with voters.

And 44 per cent of those polled said David Cameron would make a better Prime Minister – despite him ruling out serving a third term earlier this year.

City AM claims the new Labour leader poses “serious risk to national security”

The Conservative Party has issued a strong response to Jeremy Corbyn’s victory as Labour leader, describing it as a “very serious moment for our country”.

Defence secretary Michael Fallon said Labour was now a “serious risk to our nation’s security, our economy’s security and your family’s security.”

Tory HQ issued a detailed message sent to members following the news listing Corbyn’s perceived threats to the country.

A Corbyn-led government would withdraw from Nato, “all but dismantle our armed forces”, oppose free market economics and hike corporation tax, according to the statement which also notes his decision to refer to terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah as his “friends”.

In a statement Fallon said: “Whether it’s weakening our defences, raising taxes on jobs and earnings, racking up more debt and welfare or driving up the cost of living by printing money – Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party will hurt working people.

“This is a very serious moment for our country – the Conservatives will continue to deliver stability, security and opportunity for working people.”

Scotland

In other news, several of the media report that Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish Nationalists, is planning a second independence referendum.

The BBC claims the next SNP manifesto will reveal a timetable for a second referendum.

The SNP will set out the timescale for a possible second referendum on independence in its manifesto for next year’s Scottish Parliament election.

But First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would only hold another referendum if she was confident she would win.

Opposition parties accused Ms Sturgeon of breaking her “once-in-a-generation” referendum promise.

Scots rejected independence by 55% to 45% in last year’s referendum held on 18 September.

Since last year’s result, the SNP has gained thousands of new members and won 56 of Scotland’s 59 seats in May’s general election.

Ms Sturgeon has come under increased pressure to clarify her position on a second vote ahead of the party’s conference in Aberdeen next month.

She said: “Our manifesto will set out what we consider are the circumstances and the timescale on which a second referendum might be appropriate, but we can only propose.

“It’s then for people in Scotland, whether it is in this election or in future elections, to decide whether they want to vote for our manifesto and then if there is in the future another independence referendum, whether that’s in five years or 10 years or whenever, it will be down to the people of Scotland to decide whether they want to vote for independence or not.

ITV has a similar story.

The SNP will set out the timescale for a possible second referendum on independence in its manifesto for next year’s Holyrood election, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Almost a year after Scotland marginally voted to reject independence, Scotland’s First Minister confirmed the party’s manifesto will include more details on the circumstances under which another vote might be “appropriate”.

Ms Sturgeon named continued austerity measures, the renewal of Trident and withdrawal from the European Union as potential triggers for a second referendum.

Sturgeon also said she would only press ahead if she was confident of support in Scotland for independence.

As does the Guardian.

SNP leader says 2016 manifesto will set out triggers for second referendum following party’s spectacular gains in general election

Sturgeon has said there could only be another vote if Scots voted for a party which proposed one in a Scottish parliamentary election. Photograph: David Gordon/David Gordon/Demotix/Corbis

Scottish nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon will include triggers for a second independence referendum in the party’s manifesto for the 2016 Scottish election, according to reports.

The Sunday Herald said Sturgeon had told the newspaper in an interview that the 2016 manifesto would set out triggers for a second independence referendum, though it did not immediately supply a direct quote from Sturgeon.

British prime minister David Cameron has ruled out another independence referendum despite spectacular gains by Scottish nationalists in the 7 May election, saying Scots had “emphatically” rejected a breakaway in last year’s referendum.

Scottish Nationalist party leader Sturgeon has said there could only be another independence vote if Scots voted for a party which proposed one in a Scottish parliamentary election. One is due in May 2016.

A party spokesman declined to comment.

And Sky News.

A year after Scots rejected independence, the SNP has said there could be a second referendum on splitting from the UK.

The ruling party has revealed it will set out the timescale for such a move in its manifesto ahead of the Scottish Parliament election in 2016.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the manifesto will also include more details on the circumstances under which another vote might be “appropriate”.

The revelation comes after Scots voted by 55% to 45% to reject leaving the union on 18 September last year.

A recent survey for STV suggested 53% of voters in Scotland would back independence if there was another referendum.

Islamophobia

Breitbart reports on the bias of the BBC.

Last Monday the BBC ran a sensationalist report about an apparently dangerous rising tide of Islamophobia in London over the past 12 months. The “balanced” take took all of its cues from far left groups with vested interests in inflating hate crime figures, and was built around a dramatic case from three years ago, which was found by a court not to be motivated by anti-Muslim hate of any form.

The episode of Inside Out London was touted as “exploring the brutal reality of daily life for some Muslim women.” All across London, however, every form of hate crime was up in past year; homophobia up a third; Islamophobia up 70 per cent; Anti-semitism up 94 per cent. Yet, only one got this type of attention from the Beeb.

Near the beginning of the program the BBC briefly spoke to the man who runs the Metropolitan Police’s hate crime department. The Met provided the data, which the entire program was based around, and officer Mak Chishty was very clear in explaining that it would be a misrepresentation to describe the new figures as representing a spike in attacks.

“Over the past 12 months there has been a rise in the number of Islamophobic incidents which have been reported to us… that does not mean that there is more offending,” he said. In fact, “That means there are better ways of recording it, and I’m really please about that.”

However, the BBC then preceded to do precisely the opposite: scaremonger.

And in the Telegraph, Charles Moore has a comment piece about Islam.

Significant numbers of Muslims see a faith-run, faith-defined state as the ultimate goal in this life.

Viktor Orbán is the prime minister of Hungary. It is through his country that very large numbers of migrants from the Middle East and the Balkans now pass. At the beginning of this month, Mr Orbán said: “I think we have a right to decide that we don’t want to have a large number of Muslim people in our country.”

Mr Orbán was fiercely attacked for the motives behind his remark. I do not know enough about Hungarian politics to say whether such attacks are justified. But, regardless of the precise facts about Mr Orbán, I would guess most people in western – let alone eastern – Europe would quietly agree with his general proposition. One of the biggest anxieties about the current immigration is its high Muslim element. Is it wrong to have such an anxiety, let alone to express it publicly, let alone to want to have a system of immigration based on it?

Olympic doping

The Sunday Times claims the boss of the UK’s anti-doping watchdog tried to bury a report on cheating.

SHOCKING emails reveal how the head of the UK’s anti-doping watchdog wanted to bury bad news about cheating in athletics in the run-up to the next Olympics.

Nicole Sapstead, the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) chief executive, sent the emails to the head of the British Olympic Association after an investigation six weeks ago by The Sunday Times and the German broadcaster ARD/WDR revealed widespread blood doping in athletics.

Mobile phones

The Sunday Times reports that the use of mobile phones in the classroom may be restricted.

MOBILE phones could be banned from classrooms and tight restrictions placed on using iPads as the government today announces an inquiry into the effect of technology on pupils’ behaviour.

The inquiry has been ordered by the Department for Education (DfE) after schools spent millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money to give children free tablet computers.

Two-thirds of schools use tablets, with one in 10 supply­ing them to all pupils, accord­ing to a study carried out last year. Many schools also text pupils to remind them about homework or detentions.

However, teachers have reported that the use of ­smartphones and tablets is “hindering teaching and lead­ing to disruption”.

The inquiry, announced this weekend by the schools minister, Nick Gibb, will be led by Tom Bennett, the government’s new behaviour tsar.

The Telegraph has a similar story.

Pupils could be banned from taking mobile phones and iPads into class under a major government crackdown on disruptive behaviour at school.

Tom Bennett, the Department for Education discipline tsar, will begin a wide-ranging inquiry into how schools deal with unruly children.

While smartphones and tablet computers can be useful in some lessons, Mr Bennett will investigate teachers’ concerns that growing numbers of pupils are distracted by their mobile devices when they should be concentrating on their work.

His review will also examine whether the attitude of parents towards their own children’s behaviour contributes to disruption in class.

Refugees

The Express claims the north of the country will  bear brunt of Cameron’s 20,000 Syrian refugees, with the south east barely affected

DAVID Cameron’s promise to take in 20,000 Syrian immigrants will spark a deep North/South divide across Britain with a single working class northern town taking more refugees than the entire affluent South East region.

Exclusive research by Express.co.uk indicates the town of Rochdale would take in 651 migrants alone – twice the amount of the whole of the south east of England.

Neighbouring Oldham would receive 413 and just five cities in the north are braced to take in more than a third of those new asylum seekers.

By contrast, entire counties in wealthier areas of Britain will barely welcome a single migrant.

And the reason is simple economics – it is much cheaper to house migrants in the poorer areas of the north than the south, where rents are so much higher.

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