If Mike Gapes left Labour because of religious discrimination, why the apparent support for Islamophobia?

Former Labour Parliamentarian turned Change UK MP Mike Gapes should have kept his fingers away from the keyboard when a fellow member of the new party – and European Parliament candidate – was accused of Islamophobia. Nora Mulready was accused of conflating Islam with terrorism, suggesting it was a “fallacy that Islamism is nothing to do with Islam” and that radical Islamism could be “Koranically justified”. Both the Muslim Council of Britain and anti-racism reporting service Tell Mama condemned the candidate. But Mr Gapes made it clear that he supported Ms…

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‘Independent Group’ MPs face demands for by-elections in their constituencies

February 18 was a big day for the “Maleficent Seven” Labour MPs who quit to form their own “Independent Group” in Parliament – and now they are facing demands for by-elections in their constituencies. Local Labour members who helped Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie, Gavin Shuker, Angela Smith, Luciana Berger, Mike Gapes and Ann Coffey say they were elected into Parliament on a Labour manifesto but the people of those constituencies no longer have representatives who support that manifesto. They say voters are entitled to choose whether they want to keep…

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MPs split off from the Labour Party. Voters say ‘Good riddance!’

A group of seven MPs has split off from the Labour Party – to gasps of relief across the United Kingdom. The reaction is probably not what they wanted. The group includes Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie, Gavin Shuker and Angela Smith as expected. Joining them are Luciana Berger – quitting before her Liverpool Wavertree CLP pushes through the “no confidence” vote that members have been readying? – along with Mike Gapes and Ann Coffey. The group has released a statement but it seems its website is having teething problems –…

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Bryant gets burnt over ‘gammon’ gag

If this wasn’t so deliberately disingenuous it would be absolutely hilarious. It’s still funny, but tinged with the malevolence that accompanies all right-wing Labour MPs claims of anti-Semitism in others. You may be aware of the slang term “gammon” – used to describe (according to the Wikipedia page on the subject) “older white men, especially those who are particularly patriotic or supported Brexit, who appear pink-faced when emotional. The term is a comparison of their skin colour to the pink of salted pork hind leg, i.e. gammon.” The term came…

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Right-wing Labour MPs betray the UK by offering to prop up the Tory government

If ever there was an argument that MPs should always be made to ask their constituency for permission to stand for re-election at the end of every Parliamentary term – mandatory reselection, as it’s called – it is this: As Theresa May’s government floundered in chaos of its own making after years of dithering over Brexit, Labour MPs Mike Gapes, Ian Austin and Tom Watson swooped in – not to deliver the killing blow, but to offer help. Thanks to the Conservative Party, the UK is now a country where critically-ill…

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Labour ‘fiscal charter’ rebels are ignoring the evidence

The shock and anger professed by some Labour MPs at shadow chancellor John McDonnell’s decision to oppose George Osborne’s Charter for Budget Responsibility – in line with Labour’s anti-austerity policy direction – defies belief. Mr McDonnell has claimed his decision was triggered by a meeting with steel workers in Redcar, where the factory is to be closed down after the Conservative Government wouldn’t lift a finger to save it. He said: “Originally what I said to people was, ‘This charter is a political stunt; it is a political trap by…

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