Labour contender Owen Smith in pledge to fight Brexit negotiations trigger

31 August 2016, 06:59 | Isaac Mcdaniel

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The leader of a pro-Jeremy Corbyn trade union has said he is considering taking legal action against his suspension from the Labour party, a decision that has brought accusations about a "rigged purge" of Corbyn supporters. The party leader responded angrily, urging the Pontypridd MP to take a "grown-up" attitude to the debate and insisting he had voted for Britain to stay in but that the democratic vote had to be respected; Mr Smith wants a second referendum.

Labour has said only that it does not discuss national executive committee (NEC) decisions concerning individual members.

"Central to Labour's vision to rebuild and transform Britain must be a radical transformative vision for the arts. And that surely is something that has to be challenged, is challenged in the Scottish Parliament", he said.

And Ms Turley, whose Redcar constituency is still recovering from last year's SSI steelworks closure, claims in the video above that Mr Corbyn turned up at a protest march, but failed to do the hard work behind the scenes to actually help the industry's workers.

Both candidates have already pledged to invest £20 billion in Scotland if they are elected to lead a UK Labour government, and ruled out any kind of "progressive alliance" with the Nationalists. Get more Spectator for less - just £12 for 12 issues.

But in an article for the Daily Record on Thursday, Mr Corbyn accused the SNP of pursuing Conservative-style policies such as a benefits cap and low corporation tax, and of "relentlessly" attacking councils.

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"I am now blocked from attending Labour Party meetings, annual conference and, above all, voting in the leadership election".

But a party source hit back: "It's a deliberate attempt to stoke up ill-feeling and anger among Jeremy's supporters".

"But I hope she realises that we're putting forward a clear anti-austerity programme".

The row threatens to tarnish Corbyn's claim to be an "honest and straight-talking" politician who offers a "new politics" after the media-focused New Labour years. "I think she is a fantastic role model for Labour across this country".

The Bakers' Union, which has around 19,000 members, is affiliated to Labour.

The Labour leader was clearly annoyed when his war of words with Virgin Trains over the incident threatened to dominate a Labour NHS policy launch.

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