Labour leadership

ITV News
John McDonnell is to promise Labour will offer an “interventionist government” which will protect key British businesses from global market pressures. The shadow chancellor will use his keynote speech at the Labour party’s annual conference to herald a post-Brexit “manufacturing renaissance” backed by a comprehensive industrial strategy. He will accuse the Conservative government of undermining the potential of UK industries by cutting scientific research spending as well as planning to reduce investment in infrastructure like housing and transport. Mr McDonnell will tell the conference the rules of globalisation “are being written for us”, with governments worldwide moving to interventionist policies. He will cite the crisis caused by China flooding markets with cheap steel, when the UK was slow to follow other governments and protect its steel sector.

Sky News
Labour would intervene in British industry to protect key sectors of the economy like steel, shadow chancellor John McDonnell will declare. In his big set-piece speech to Labour’s conference in Liverpool, Mr McDonnell will pledge a post-Brexit “manufacturing renaissance”. He will accuse the Government of undermining UK industry’s potential by cutting scientific research spending and subsidies to renewable energy.

Guardian
Jeremy Corbyn has said the “vast majority” of Labour MPs should not fear deselection, as he prepares to strengthen members’ grip on policymaking. Corbyn won the bitter leadership race on Saturday against challenger Owen Smith with 62% of the vote. He has said he will “wipe the slate clean” for MPs who have criticised him, but some still fear a backlash. Appearing on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show, he was asked about deselection, which is being openly advocated by some of his backers, with the Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey, saying disloyal MPs were “asking for it”. Corbyn said Labour MPs across the country would have to stand for selection as constituency boundaries change. He said: “My message is, concentrate on policies, concentrate on campaigning, concentrate on what we’ve got to put out there as a message.”

Express
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 low in the polls with just 26 per cent to the Tories’ 41 per cent. But, in a sign that he is the focal point of moderate opposition to the “Corbynista” extremists, Mr Umunna launched a furious attack on the Labour leader’s lack of patriotism and disregard for national security. It followed Mr Corbyn suggesting that spies who defend the country from terrorist attacks should get no more money and his support for more Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans being pursued in the courts over alleged abuses.

 

Brexit

BBC News
Digital advances are encouraging firms to return to the UK but the Conservatives are “too blinkered by their ideology” to take advantage, he will tell the party’s conference. Labour, he will say, will not stand by and let industries like steel flounder. He will also promise to “work with” wealth creators and entrepreneurs. It comes as shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry is to promise to replace any regional funding shortfalls in the UK caused by Britain’s departure from the European Union.

Reuters
Britain has a lot of work to do before triggering the formal divorce procedure with the European Union but once it is done, the country will not let the process drag on, Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday. Last week, Johnson said Britain would trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty to start its exit from the bloc early next year. He was swiftly put in his place by Prime Minister Theresa May’s aides who said the policy had not changed – Britain would not invoke the procedure this year. London is under pressure from fellow EU members and millions of Britons who voted to leave the bloc at a June referendum to start the divorce, and May’s aides have suggested that she hopes the formal procedure will be started early next year. But some members of parliament and government officials say the government has not had time to form a clear negotiating stance and that, by triggering proceedings too early, Britain may land a poor deal. “I think the crucial thing is that obviously we are not going to do it before Christmas and I think we’ve got to do a lot of work to get our ducks in order and that is going on,” Johnson told the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme.

BBC News
A future Labour government would intervene in the economy to bring about a “manufacturing renaissance”, shadow chancellor John McDonnell is to say. Digital advances are encouraging firms to return to the UK but the Conservatives are “too blinkered by their ideology” to take advantage, he will tell the party’s conference. Labour, he will say, will not stand by and let industries like steel flounder. He will also promise to “work with” wealth creators and entrepreneurs. It comes as shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry is to promise to replace any regional funding shortfalls in the UK caused by Britain’s departure from the European Union.”

Reuters
Britain intends to become an independent member of the World Trade Organisation when it leaves the European Union, trade minister Liam Fox will say next week, according to a report in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper. The newspaper, without citing its sources, said Fox would use a speech at the WTO on Tuesday to say Britain would seek to be an independent member of the body so that it could negotiate its own trade deals outside of the EU. Being an independent member of the WTO would involve Britain leaving the EU’s customs union, the newspaper said, something the government has so far refused to confirm it intends to do.

Guardian
Allies of Theresa May have rejected claims that she failed to pull her weight in the campaign to stay in the EU, after David Cameron’s former media chief said she declined to help on 13 occasions. Sir Craig Oliver, who was No 10 communications director until July, writes in his book that May frustrated the remain campaign by pursuing a “submarine strategy” of disappearing from view. He said Will Straw, the director of the remain campaign, had been so uncertain where her true loyalties lay, he sent a text asking: “Are we sure May’s not an agent for the other side!?” May, who was then home secretary, came out for remaining in the EU early on but kept a low profile in the referendum and made only one public intervention in favour of the in campaign. Since becoming prime minister, she has been adamant that “Brexit means Brexit”, signalling she is fully committed to taking the UK out of the EU.

 

Right to buy

Mirror
Labour today unveiled radical plans to scrap the Right to Buy – temporarily at the least – if the party wins power. More than three decades after it launched, the party said Margaret Thatcher’s treasured policy cannot be justified in a “time of shortage” and should be “suspended”. Right to Buy was ditched in Scotland this summer after SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said the nation could “no longer afford” it – and Wales has now announced it will follow suit. Shadow Housing minister Teresa Pearce dropped the bombshell announcement for England in the final seconds of her speech to Labour’s party conference in Liverpool.

 

North Korea

Star
NORTH Korea has threatened the US with nuclear war after supersonic American bombers flew past its border. The Hermit Kingdom told the UN it is preparing for an apocalyptic conflict with its archenemy after the US flew two Rockwell B-1B Lancer planes across South Korea . Ri Yong Ho – the Communist regime’s foreign minister – told the general assembly the act could “ignite the outbreak of nuclear war”. The US launched the dramatic flypast last week after North Korea carried out its fifth nuclear weapon test.

 

EU

Express
GERMANY’s finance minister has offered Boris Johnson lessons in EU politics. Wolfgang Schäuble was at a press conference Berlin with his French counterpart Michel Sapin when reporters asked about Johnson’s claims there was no link between free movement and access to the single market. The Foreign Minister said that an automatic trade-off between access to the single market and free movement of people was “complete baloney.” Mr Schäuble said: “We’ll happily send her majesty’s foreign minister a copy of the Lisbon Treaty. “He can then read about the fact that there’s a certain connection between the single market and the four freedoms. “I can also say it in English. So if clarification is necessary we can pay a visit and explain this to him in good English.”

 

NHS

Mail
Militant junior doctors reacted with fury yesterday after a series of planned five-day strikes was called off. The industrial action planned for October, November and December was suspended after junior doctors’ leaders acknowledged waning support from the public and misgivings from many medics over patient safety. The move was welcomed by patients’ groups and the Department of Health but hard-line members of the British Medical Association said they felt abandoned by their leaders and called for tougher action. One suggested a ‘Momentum-style group’ – a reference to the Left-wing Labour Party campaign group – could take over the junior doctors’ committee of the BMA and its negotiations with the Government over the imposition of new contracts. Writing on a social media forum about the contract dispute, Kamran Abid said the current junior doctors’ leaders had shown ‘spineless incompetence’ and called on them to resign. Alternately, Dr Abid suggested starting a new union or ‘a Momentum-style group to overtake and utilise the mechanisms available to the current BMA. A kind of union-within-a-union’.

Mail
Militant junior doctors reacted with fury yesterday after a series of planned five-day strikes was called off. The industrial action planned for October, November and December was suspended after junior doctors’ leaders acknowledged waning support from the public and misgivings from many medics over patient safety. The move was welcomed by patients’ groups and the Department of Health but hard-line members of the British Medical Association said they felt abandoned by their leaders and called for tougher action.

Mail
A hospital has relaxed language tests on foreign nurses after fewer than one in 20 passed the test. The English exams are a safeguard to ensure patients are protected from staff who may not fully understand what they are saying or communicate properly. In June the Nursing and Midwifery Council announced it was watering down tests to make them easier to pass. Now an NHS hospital trust has taken advantage of the new rules and decided to make the tests easier. The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust was prompted to try the new measures after just eight out of 220 Filipino nurses passed the exam.

 

Alien life

Star
NASA will reveal evidence of “surprising activity” on a moon believed to be a possible alien homeland today. Truth-seekers should brace themselves for “surprising evidence” hitting the wires at 6pm on September 26. NASA’s planet-hunting telescope Hubble has discovered something major on Jupiter’s mysterious moon Europa – regarded as the solar system’s best bet for alien life. Hubble has found evidence that the moon has a large ocean – an essential for life. Officials said: “Astronomers will present results from a unique Europa observing campaign that resulted in surprising evidence of activity that may be related to the presence of a subsurface ocean on Europa.” Last year it revealed that it had found a new Earth-sized world that had the potential to hold alien life. Kepler-452b orbits a star similar to our sun and has perfect climate for water and life.

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