Oldham Labour councillor avoids jail after near-fatal accident

Cllr Abdul Malik was spared jail this week thanks to his service to the Bangladeshi community There was a time when the Labour Party was thought to represent the British working class. That delusion can be laid to rest following the conviction this week of Oldham Labour councillor Abdul Malik, who was spared imprisonment at Manchester Crown Court this week after being convicted of offences against the Work at Height Regulations 2005, which had led... [Read More...]

UKIP crash to double defeat in Rotherham

UKIP’s Brinsworth & Catcliffe by-election candidate Steve Webster UKIP crashed to a double defeat in two Rotherham by-elections yesterday. This is of course the council that was disgraced by its multiple failure to deal with the scandal of child abuse by Pakistani-origin residents. So bad was the scandal that Whitehall commissioners were appointed to oversee with most of the council’s affairs, and every councillor had to face re-election... [Read More...]

Israeli Embassy official fired after plot against Tory minister

An intelligence expert at the Israeli Embassy in London was sacked last night after he was caught plotting against Sir Alan Duncan, number two to British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Shai Masot – ‘political officer’ at Israel’s embassy on Kensington Palace Gardens – was filmed as he talked about a plan to “take down” Sir Alan, who is a longstanding critic of Israeli policy. The conversation took place last October... [Read More...]

Australian government papers reveal race law’s slippery slope

Former Attorney General Michael Duffy, who drafted Australia’s race law Government documents released yesterday by the National Archives of Australia reveal that the notorious Australian race law – section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act – was the subject of intense discussion among ministers before it was introduced, and as originally drafted would have been far less restrictive. However as many countries have found, once setting... [Read More...]

Labour councillors tell Corbyn to get tough on immigration / Brexit

A Financial Times survey of Labour councillors in some of its traditional heartland areas reveals demands from the party’s grassroots for Jeremy Corbyn to take a tougher line on “hard Brexit” and immigration controls. Labour is increasingly divided between young liberals in inner London and other major cities, who typically supported the EU and favour Corbyn’s policy of unrestricted immigration, versus more socially conservative... [Read More...]

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