Hilary Benn

Corbyn has an insurrection on his hands, sacks Hilary Benn as others quit


Labour in?the?UK is tearing itself apart after the Brexit campaign with calls for Jeremy Corbyn to resign. One of those accused of plotting, Hilary Benn, has been sacked and other frontbenchers are jacking it in.

More than half of the Labour shadow cabinet is expected to stand down on Sunday in a major coup against Jeremy Corbyn, triggered by the result of the EU referendum and the leader?s decision to sack Hilary Benn.

Loyal members of shadow cabinet told the Guardian they were writing their resignation letters after Heidi Alexander, the shadow health secretary, stepped down on Sunday morning.

A Labour source said Alexander?s decision to resign in the wake of Benn?s dismissal would prove hugely significant, because unlike the shadow foreign secretary she was a more ?loyal and pragmatic? member of the Corbyn team.

?She is seen as a moderate, practical and pragmatic voice,? they said. ?Hilary always had a problem with Jeremy. Now that Heidi?s gone, most of the shadow cabinet will step down. He can?t just replace those positions because other frontbench ministers won?t step up to the roles.? ? Read more »

William Hague on Corbyn’s reshuffle

William Hague comments on Jeremy Corbyn’s reshuffle disaster:

Compared to the untimely death of David Bowie, the resignation of Catherine McKinnell as shadow attorney general on Monday morning?could hardly make headline news. The average voter must in any case wonder just how devastating it can be for yet another person they have never heard of to resign from a position they didn?t know existed.

And yet, this was, to keen watchers of our democratic politics, a significant moment. For if a solid, middle-of-the-road, fairly ambitious newcomer opts to resign from the team just a few days after a reshuffle, that suggests it was a reshuffle that did not go at all well.

Reshuffles are dangerous moments for party leaders. When I was leader of the opposition, I planned their timing and content down to the smallest detail ? and despite all my other mistakes, I managed to retire a whole generation of Tory leaders and unite their replacements without any reshuffle going awry. So at the risk of helping Jeremy Corbyn next time round I offer the basic rules of how to do a reshuffle.

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The ineptitude of Jeremy Corbyn

Apparently there is a Labour party reshuffle going on…not so that you’d notice however with not a single appointment made yet after two days.

Predictably the Labour caucus is upset.

Jeremy Corbyn is facing an open revolt by nine members of his shadow cabinet including Tom Watson, the party’s deputy leader, after taking two days to finalise a reshuffle of his front-bench team, Steven Swinford?reports.

The reshuffle, described as “the longest in living memory”, left shadow ministers furious as they accused their leader of “indecision and incompetence”.

His decision to sack Michael Dugher, the shadow culture secretary, led to open criticism from shadow ministers including an unprecedented attack by Tom Watson, the party’s deputy leader.

In increasingly farcical scenes, Mr Corbyn spent two hours in the chamber of the Commons despite speculation that he was preparing to sack Hilary Benn, the shadow foreign secretary, and Maria Eagle, the shadow defence secretary.

Mr Benn, who had two meetings with Mr Corbyn, was said to be digging in after the Labour leader suggested he could only stay on in the role if he refrained from public criticism.

The Labour leader had planned to sack Mr Benn for backing air strikes in Syria but was forced to reconsider after warnings that he would face mass resignations.

He on Tuesday sat alongside Mr Corbyn and continued with his front-bench duties, including leading a debate on Saudi Arabia.

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Civil war breaks out inside Labour after Syria bombing vote in UK

Labour luvvies in?the?UK are mounting a witch-hunt against those MPs who voted with Hilary Benn and with the government to commence bombing the crap out of Daesh in Syria.

But before we get into that, check out Hilary Benn’s speech…made in support?of the government and against the wishes of his leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The best quote from the speech was:

Now Mr Speaker, I hope the house will bear with me if I direct my closing remarks to my Labour friends and colleagues on this side of the House. As a party we have always been defined by our internationalism. We believe we have a responsibility one to another. We never have ??and we never should ??walk by on the other side of the road. ? Read more »


The Corbyn experiment results in civil war inside Labour

By selecting an utter fool and complete anti-West commie as leader, Labour has set themselves up for failure.

Open civil war has erupted inside Labour after Jeremy Corbyn’s latest gaffe over Syria.

Labour is at war today after Jeremy Corbyn’s own shadow cabinet threatened to resign en masse unless he backs the Prime Minister’s plans to bomb ISIS in Syria.

Frontbenchers accused their leader of being ‘fundamentally dishonest’ and treating them ‘with contempt’ after he refused to agree to more airstrikes – despite saying the party would take a ‘collective decision’.

Mr Corbyn, a former chairman of the Stop The War Coalition, may now face a mass walkout – or a coup – by refusing a free vote and trying to force Labour MPs to back his anti-war stance.

As two former ministers called on Mr Corbyn to resign after just two months in charge, shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn said today there is a ‘compelling case’ for war but would not resign in protest.

If Mr Benn voted for military action against a whip imposed by Mr Corbyn, the Labour leader would have little choice but to sack him and anyone else who did the same.

The row stems from an angry shadow cabinet meeting last night where the majority of the frontbench team backed the Prime Minister. ?? Read more »

BBC covered up secret ‘green propaganda’ training


One of those pesky bloggers has busted the chops of the BBC that is now mired in a scandal of its own making, attempting to coverup ‘green propaganda’ training for its top executives that would shape programming for years.

On top of that it was government funded at a cost of tens of thousands of pounds.

The BBC has spent tens of thousands of pounds over six years trying to keep secret an extraordinary ?eco? conference which has shaped its coverage of global warming,? The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The controversial seminar was run by a body set up by the BBC?s own environment analyst Roger Harrabin and funded via a ?67,000 grant from the then Labour government, which hoped to see its ?line? on climate change and other Third World issues promoted in BBC reporting.

At the event, in 2006, green activists and scientists ? one of whom believes climate change is a bigger danger than global nuclear war? ? lectured 28 of the Corporation?s most senior executives.

Then director of television Jana Bennett opened the seminar by telling the executives to ask themselves: ?How do you plan and run a city that is going to be submerged?? And she asked them to consider if climate change laboratories might offer material for a thriller.

A lobby group with close links to green campaigners, the International Broadcasting Trust (IBT), helped to arrange government funding for both the climate seminar? and other BBC seminars run by? Mr Harrabin ? one of which was attended by then Labour Cabinet Minister Hilary Benn.

Applying for money from Mr Benn?s Department for International Development (DFID), the IBT promised Ministers the seminars would influence programme content for years to come.

The BBC began its long legal battle to keep details of the conference secret after an amateur climate blogger spotted a passing reference to it in an official report.? Read more »