Corbyn

Several of the media highlight the Labour leadership race, saying left-winger Jeremy Corbyn is in the lead in the contest.

The Sunday Times claims thousands of his supporters have joined the Labour Party to sway the vote.

HARRIET HARMAN has been urged to suspend the Labour leadership race after evidence emerged that hard left infiltration is fuelling a huge surge in party membership.

More than 140,000 new activists are projected to have joined by the deadline for registration to vote, a rise of more than two thirds since the election, with many signing up to back the hard left candidate Jeremy Corbyn.

The Communist party of Great Britain has called on supporters to join and back Corbyn as part of its revolutionary “strategy” while Green party activists have also been discussing how to vote for him.

Labour MPs say their local parties have been flooded with new members, most of them supporting Corbyn, the MP for Islington North, who polls have suggested is the frontrunner in the leadership race.

Sky News also calls for the contest to be halted.

The Labour leadership race should be put on hold so steps can be taken to stop people joining the party simply to back the hard-left, according to an MP.

Backbencher John Mann says the contest is “totally out of control” and at risk of being distorted by “infiltrators”.

Mr Mann told The Sunday Times that acting party leader Harriet Harman should step in, as speculation grows that 140,000 people may have joined the party since the General Election – just so they can vote for Jeremy Corbyn.

The Communist Party of Great Britain is reported to have urged supporters to join the party and endorse Mr Corbyn. Under new rules, they only have to pay £3 to have their say in the vote.

He said: “It is becoming a farce with long-standing members … in danger of getting trumped by people who have opposed the Labour party and want to break it up – expressly want to break it up. Some of it is the militant tendency types coming back in.”

The Guardian claims the party is shocked by the influx of prospective members

Maggie Dunn has worked with Jeremy Corbyn since the Winter of Discontent in 1978-79, when they were both officials at Nupe, the now-defunct National Union of Public Employees. She is one of his oldest political friends. On Friday she took a break from the Corbyn for Leader campaign and headed to the Buxton opera festival in Derbyshire.

“It is all very exciting,” says Dunn, who can’t quite believe how, after all the years of singing old tunes that few wanted to hear, Corbynism is now resonating up and down the country with young and old. In Buxton she found herself discussing plans to take state services back under public ownership with a clerk from the House of Commons.

“It does feel unreal. I am having political discussions that I haven’t had for donkey’s years. People are talking about whether we should be renationalising things. It is wonderful.”

She has a grandson at Oxford University who tells her that Corbynism is catching on there, too. “He says they are all wearing Corbyn-for-PM T-shirts. They are struggling to pay for their books and coming out of university with huge debts and here is someone saying he wants a completely different society.”

And Sky News claims that almost three quarters of grassroots supporters would vote for Corbyn.

A leadership victory for Jeremy Corbyn could result in an SDP-style split and put off wealthy financial supporters, one of Labour’s biggest donors has warned.

Businessman John Mills, who has given £1.6m to the party, said that a win for the veteran anti-austerity MP would divide Labour.

His warning came as a poll of 5,438 LabourList readers indicated an astonishing 72.84% would pick Mr Corbyn as their first preference for Labour Party leader.

Corbyn’s team is sure he’ll win, says the Telegraph.

Jeremy Corbyn’s backers are increasingly confident that he can win the Labour leadership, despite a backlash from moderates and Blairites over his hard-Left socialist agenda.

A senior member of his campaign team said Mr Corbyn’s opponents would be foolish to “rule out” his challenge for the top job, and predicted that he would either win the election or finish second behind one of the other “establishment” candidates.

The growing belief inside the Corbyn campaign comes after polls put the 66 year-old Left-winger in the lead, with more support than his rivals, Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall.

Asked whether Mr Corbyn could win, a senior member of his team said: “You have got to say there is a strong chance. As the other three candidates drop out, their votes will coalesce, so it will be Jeremy against one of them.”

But one of the other contenders claims she would not leave the party, according to the Independent.

Labour leadership contender Liz Kendall will try to curtail the apparently unstoppable surge in support for Jeremy Corbyn by warning that his left-wing politics are “not right for the party or the country” and his victory would be a “betrayal” of voters.

In a forthright interview with The Independent on Sunday, Ms Kendall says those who are backing the MP for Islington North are “looking for easy solutions but they’re the wrong solutions” and that his policies “won’t change the country for the better”. She also points out that Mr Corbyn has failed to rule out voting for Britain to leave the EU, which she says would be a “catastrophe”.

The MP for Leicester West says that in the event of a Corbyn victory she would not only refuse to serve in his shadow cabinet, but would fight to keep “the party I love” from splitting in two – a suggestion that she would back a coup to oust him. Other shadow cabinet members have told the IoS they would fight to keep the party united, despite claims by some, including the Labour donor John Mills, of an SDP-style breakaway after a Corbyn victory.

EU referendum

Several of the media claim there will be an in/out referendum within the next year.

The Express says the date will be announced at the party conference in October.

DAVID Cameron will reveal plans to fast-track a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union to next June, according to reports.

The Prime Minister is set to announce the date during his speech at the Conservative Party conference in October in a bid to take advantage of burgeoning support for the EU.

Although the referendum was announced in the Queen’s Speech in May, the specific month has so far been a mystery – with the Government only saying it will be held before the end of 2017.

But now Cameron thinks that a vote next year will give him enough time to promote his planned package of EU reforms which he is currently negotiating.

The Mail claims the vote will hinge on French support.

David Cameron plans to hold a referendum on the country’s membership of the European Union in June next year, it has been claimed.

The Prime Minister has promised to re-negotiate the terms of Britain’s membership of the 28-member block before holding a referendum by the end of 2017.

An anonymous source has claimed the vote will be held in June 2016, although a spokesman for Mr Cameron’s Downing Street office declined to comment.

Citing an anonymous source, the Independent on Sunday said it had learned that ‘Mr Cameron has decided to pencil in June of next year’.

The paper reported that the Prime Minister would announce the timing of the referendum during the Conservative party’s annual conference in October.

The Independent claims the vote will be held in June next year.

David Cameron is set to hold the in-or-out referendum on Britain’s future membership of the European Union in June next year and will announce the fast-tracked date as the centrepiece of his party’s annual conference in October.

Although the Queen’s Speech in May promised the British electorate would be given its first chance since 1975 to have a say on EU membership, the Government did not name a date for the vote, only that it would be held before the end of 2017. Chancellor George Osborne was believed to be keen for the referendum to be held later rather than sooner to maximise chances of securing the best possible deal for Britain, but the Prime Minister has now calculated that a 2016 vote will give him a better chance of promoting what may end up being a limited package of EU reforms, and of highlighting the economic risks Britain could face if it left the EU.

Troops

The Express reports on a ‘top secret’ plan for the army to patrol our streets if Britain is attacked

DEFENCE chiefs are ready to deploy 5,000 heavily-armed soldiers on Britain’s streets if the country comes under major terrorist attack.

The troops would be sent to cities if multiple attacks were launched on the UK by an extremist group, according to top secret plans accidentally posted online.

The soldiers would guard high-risk targets with armed police as Britain’s elite intelligence services hunted down those behind the attacks.

Such a deployment would be triggered by the emergency Cobra committee chaired by the Prime Minister.

The drastic plans were discussed at the highest levels of government amid fears of a Paris-style terror threat, where extremists launched a series of attacks starting with a mass shooting at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The Mail also reports on the plans.

A top secret plan for the mass deployment of armed troops on the streets of Britain in the wake of a major terrorist attack can be revealed for the first time today.

More than 5,000 heavily armed soldiers would be sent to inner cities if Islamic State or other fanatics launched multiple attacks on British soil – an unprecedented military response to terrorism.

The plan, codenamed Operation Temperer, would see troops guard key targets alongside armed police officers, providing ‘protective security’ against further attacks while counter-terror experts and MI5 officers hunted down the plotters.

Exercise Strong TOwer: Armed police in London’s streets last month, in training for a terror attack in the wake of Tunisia killings.

Greece

Greece is back in the news with CityAM reporting that the country has invited the International Monetary Fund to join in the upcoming bailout talks

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday confirmed that it had been invited by Greece to enter into negotiations with European creditors over a third bailout deal worth up to €86bn (£60.8bn).

“We confirm that we have received a letter from the Greek authorities indicating that they are seeking a new loan facility from the IMF. We will discuss with the Greek authorities and with our European partners the timing and the modalities for the discussions,” an IMF spokesperson said.

In a letter to the IMF dated 23 July but sent yesterday Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos formally requested a new bailout from the fund. The cash-strapped country had wanted to continue without fresh help from the IMF which it thinks to attached to austerity policies.

The crucial talks are now expected to start on Monday, with officials flying into Athens over the weekend.

Court overrules Home Secretary

A court has freed an Islamic extremist against the wishes of Theresa May, reports Breitbart.

A court has overruled Home Secretary Theresa May and released a convicted Islamic extremist from jail to live in the community. The unidentified foreign national has spent years behind bars on terror-related offences and is still believed to pose a threat to the public.

May signed a deportation order on 15 July as release was pending. Earlier this week Home Office lawyers asked a judge to remand him in custody until those proceedings finished, arguing he was not only a threat to the public but also a flight risk.

Mr Justice Irwin, of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, ruled otherwise. The judge said the risk detainee N2, as he was known in court, would abscond was not enough to justify his continued detention. A hearing date for his appeal against the deportation order has not been set.

Arctic ice

A Cambridge professor claims three scientists working on the Arctic icecap may have been assassinated, says the Telegraph.

A Cambridge Professor has made the astonishing claim that three scientists investigating the melting of Arctic ice may have been assassinated within the space of a few months.

Professor Peter Wadhams said he feared being labelled a “looney” over his suspicion that the deaths of the scientists were more than just an ‘extraordinary’ coincidence.

But he insisted the trio could have been murdered and hinted that the oil industry or else sinister government forces might be implicated.

The three scientists he identified – Seymour Laxon and Katherine Giles, both climate change scientists at University College London, and Tim Boyd of the Scottish Association for marine Science – all died within the space of a few months in early 2013.

Professor Laxon fell down a flight of stairs at a New year’s Eve party at a house in Essex while Dr Giles died when she was in collision with a lorry when cycling to work in London. Dr Boyd is thought to have been struck by lightning while walking in Scotland.

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