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gpolit.com February 25, 2018


Corbyn allies win seats on Labour's ruling body

17 January 2018, 01:52 | Camille Rivera

Campbell speaking at a rally outside Conservative party conference in October

Campbell speaking at a rally outside Conservative party conference in October

The comments came after some Labour figures called for the party to change tack and campaign to remain in the single market and customs union after withdrawal.

His comments came as shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry called the USA president "an asteroid of awfulness".

A review of party democracy led by former Labour MP Katy Clark is examining whether MPs should face mandatory reselection although influential unions Unison and GMB are thought to oppose such a move.

Jeremy Corbyn has tightened his grip on Labour after his supporters swept to victory in elections to the party's ruling body.

He also said he had no problem with moderate MPs such as Stella Creasey and Stephen Kinnock continuing in their jobs, despite their opposition to Corbyn in the past.

Speaking to ITV's Robert Peston, the Labour leader said the UK's relationship with the USA was no longer its most important.

'As a party we need our focus to be on stopping a Tory hard Brexit, not stopping Labour conference discussing Brexit; we need to replace Tory MPs, not deselect our hard-working Labour MPs we already have; and, encouraging young members, not closing down the Momentum youth section'.

On the 's Andrew Marr show, Ms Thornbery was asked about demands for a second nationwide vote.

However, the episode has increased the pressure on Mr Corbyn and the Labour leadership to soft their stance further.

But some in the pro-EU campaign, like the Liberal Democrats and former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, want another referendum before the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, which is due to happen in March 2019.

The others include China, India, the European Union and worldwide organizations, such as the UN, Corbyn told ITV's Peston on Sunday show.

He called for mandatory selections of ALL MPs in every Parliament, to make sure that Labour members remain in charge.

While the result of the referendum means the United Kingdom must leave, she added that "we have to look after the economy which, in my view, means that we don't go very far".

"There are also aspects of the single market one wants to think about such as the restrictions on state aid to industry, which is something that I would wish to challenge".

'Every step of the way Labour are trying to frustrate the Brexit process rather than make a success of it. Still, he admitted Washington is "obviously culturally and economically significant and important".

"Do we have a trading relationship with Europe which is tariff free, which is based on access to that market, and access of Europe to our market? Yes".



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