Labour leadership

BBC News
A judge has rejected a challenge to Labour’s decision to allow Jeremy Corbyn to automatically stand for re-election as leader. Labour donor and ex-parliamentary candidate Michael Foster was challenging Mr Corbyn’s inclusion without having to get MPs’ nominations. Mr Corbyn called the court case a “waste of time and resources”. Mr Foster said he would not be challenging the decision: “We wanted the courts to adjudicate… they have.”

Jeremy Corbyn has seen off a legal challenge that tried to force him off the Labour leadership ballot, but the party is facing fresh criticism over its decision to announce the winner on the same day as its main annual event for women. Corbyn’s place on the ballot was ruled to be secure, after Mr Justice Foskett said in the high court that it was “correct in law” for the incumbent leader to have the automatic right to be a candidate. The case had been brought by Michael Foster, a former parliamentary candidate and party donor, whose counsel argued that Corbyn should be forced to sign up the required number of nominations in order to stand. However, Foskett backed the decision of Labour’s ruling national executive committee (NEC) that the leader did not need the backing of 51 MPs or MEPs when facing a challenge.

Sky News
Jeremy Corbyn is entitled to be on the Labour leadership ballot without the support of MPs, the High Court has ruled. In an unprecedented case, the judge ruled Mr Corbyn did not need to find the support of 51 of his MPs or MEPs to take part in a leadership battle – unlike those who sought to challenge him. The beleaguered leader welcomed the decision saying the case, brought by Labour donor Michael Foster, was a “waste of time and resources”.

eremy Corbyn won a victory today when the High Court threw out a bid to scupper his leadership fight. A judge ruled Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) was “correct in law” to let Mr Corbyn stand without needing the nominations of 51 MPs and MEPs. Lawyers for Labour donor Michael Foster claimed the NEC “misapplied” the rules when it voted 18-14 to put Mr Corbyn automatically on the ballot paper. But in a written judgement Mr Justice Foskett said the NEC had used the “natural impression” of the rules on an “ordinary objective member of the Labour Party“.


UKIP Leadership

UKIP’ s would-be leader vowed to tackle multiculturalism and called for a “modernised version of British Islam” as she kicked off her campaign. Outlining her bid to succeed Nigel Farage , senior party official Lisa Duffy claimed she could “walk the people’s army into Westminster”. But she refused to reveal how many seats she hoped to win, claiming it was “wrong at this time to start putting numbers” on a target. Appealing to the party’s core support, she highlighted immigration as key battleground in the summer leadership contest. There are some difficult subjects we are going to have to manage: multiculturalism isn’t working, so we need to look at integration,” she told journalists at a hotel overlooking the Thames in London.

Ukip leadership favourite Steven Woolfe has called on his party to stop engaging in “politics of the sixth form college” if it wants to get serious about winning elections. Woolfe, a former City lawyer, said he would take steps to end the infighting that has dogged the party over the last year and declared he would review all party policies set at the last election under Nigel Farage. The party’s immigration spokesman is the frontrunner in a crowded field of contenders to be Ukip leader, including Lisa Duffy, a key party organiser, Jonathan Arnott, an MEP in the north-east, and Bill Etheridge, an MEP in the Midlands. In an interview with the Guardian, Woolfe said he was determined to champion social mobility and appeal to voters on the left, denying that Ukip was a rightwing political party. But he said the party had work to do to transform itself into a sharper political force that would pose a serious challenge to Labour in the north and the Tories in the south.


Brexit deal

BRITISH voters’ concerns about sky high immigration from the European Union must be addressed in the terms of any Brexit deal, Theresa May insisted yesterday. The Prime Minister put other EU leaders on notice that she will not take no for an answer on changing the current situation where free movement rules leave Britain no choice but to let in workers from the Continent. Some have warned that Britain after Brexit cannot have free trade without free movement of people. But the steely former Home Secretary insisted she would hold out for an arrangement that is in her country’s best interests and heeds the clear message British voters sent in the June 23 referendum vote to leave the EU.

BILLIONS of pounds destined for local projects across Britain is tied up in the European Union (EU) with fears the money will not leave the bloc before Brexit. The vital EU regeneration funding is reliant on the UK Government approving detailed proposals. But with the majority not yet given the green light, fears are growing British communities will never receive the cash and vital projects will be lost forever. Local areas in England have been allocated a share of £3.5billion worth of EU regeneration funding up to 2020. To access the money each area has put forward innovative proposals to create opportunities such as jobs or infrastructure, and it is up to the Government to then decide which projects get portions of the money. The Local Government Association, which represents councils in England, estimates billions of the EU funding has yet to be released to local areas.

Theresa May will appeal over the head of the European Commission to the leaders of the 27 EU nations in an attempt to secure a good exit deal for the UK. The Prime Minister will try to limit the influence of Jean-Claude Juncker, the Commission’s president, and Michel Barnier, the former French Foreign Minister who will lead the Commission’s negotiating team on Brexit. Both are seen as hostile to the UK, and Mr Barnier is likely to repeat the tough line he took against the City of London while he was the Internal Market Commissioner in Brussels.



Thousands of protesters filled the streets outside the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, demanding the US military leaves the country. The base – which houses nearly 3,000 US troops and several hundred RAF airmen – was placed on high alert as demonstrators burned US flags and chanted “Allahu Akbar”, which is Arabic for “God is greatest”. The new disorder is alarming as it comes just days after the military tried to overthrow the Turkish government in a failed coup.



NICOLA Sturgeon’s “barmy” calls for Scottish independence would mean a barbed wire Hadrian’s Wall having to be built, a leading Scottish politician has said. David Coburn, leader of Ukip in Scotland, has told a physical border would have to be put in place between Scotland and England if the United Kingdom was split apart. There would be no choice but to put barbed wire up between the two countries because of the number of migrants who would come into England because the First Minister wants to stay part of the EU’s open door policy, he said. His comments come after the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) leader outlined her next steps in an attempt to secure Scotland’s position in Europe, including saying a second independence vote was “highly likely”.



BBC News
Theresa May has said she “wants and expects” to be able to protect the rights of Polish citizens in the UK, if British expats’ rights are protected. In Poland on the latest visit of her post-referendum tour of EU leaders, the UK prime minister said she valued Poles’ contribution to the UK. There are more than 850,000 Poles in the UK, official figures say – the largest group of EU nationals by far. Mrs May met PM Beata Szydlo in Warsaw after meeting Slovakian PM Robert Fico.


Terror attacks

The French government will confirm the creation of a new civilian National Guard to help protect citizens and the nation from Islamist terror attacks. Authorities are urging all able-bodied patriots to step up with the aim of boosting the current 28,000 reservists by 12,000. According to the interior ministry, around 2,500 have already answered the call, including Marion Le Pen, the Catholic niece of the right-wing Front National party leader, Marine Le Pen.


Nuclear energy

BBC News
Plans to build the first new UK nuclear plant in 20 years have suffered an unexpected delay after the government postponed a final decision until the early autumn. French firm EDF, which is financing most of the £18bn Hinkley Point project in Somerset, approved the funding at a board meeting. Contracts were to be signed on Friday. But Business Secretary Greg Clark has said the government will “consider carefully” before backing it. EDF chief executive Vincent de Rivaz has cancelled a trip to Hinkley Point on Friday following Mr Clark’s comments. Critics of the plan have warned of environmental damage and potential escalating costs.

Sky News
The Government will not make a final decision on building a new nuclear power plant in Somerset until the autumn, despite the French firm behind the project approving funding for its construction. The EDF board voted 10-7 in favour of investing in the site to replace Hinkley Point B, which is due to be decommissioned in the next decade. Hinkley Point C will power 5.8 million homes and create 25,000 jobs. But the Government said it was still looking at the details of the project.

ITV News
Almost immediately after EDF announced it was ready to proceed with Hinkley C, the government announced it wasn’t and intends to review the terms of the agreement. EDF was not expecting this. he chief executive, Vincent de Rivaz, was due in Somerset on Friday morning, so was the business secretary, ostensibly to put pen to paper.

The government stunned the energy industry last night by announcing a further review of the Hinkley Point nuclear power station hours after EDF, the French state electricity giant, approved the project. Executives at EDF had been expecting the government to sign a subsidy deal connected to the £18 billion plant in Somerset today. However, in a move that caught the industry by surprise, Greg Clark, the business and energy secretary, said that he needed until September to study the subsidy contract.

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