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Keir Starmer winning election sparks Israeli MP’s horror | Politics | News

Keir Starmer winning election sparks Israeli MP’s horror | Politics | News

A leading member of the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) reacted with horror at the idea of Labour forming the next Government in the UK after the general election. Simcha Rothman chairs the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee and is a key supporter of finishing the war against Hamas. He spoke to the Daily Express US at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington DC while waiting to meet Donald Trump ahead of his keynote speech on Saturday. Currently Labour under Sir Keir Starmer is heading for a massive victory in the general election with the party 20 points ahead of the Tories in the latest tracker poll by Techne UK. Told this, Rothman reacted with horror saying: “Oh no! Are you all crazy?” His reaction had come because of Labour’s links to the anti-Israel protests in London and failure to properly support Israel in the war to defeat the terrorist Hamas group in Gaza. Rothman told the Express: “The demonstrations in Western capitals have been depressing. “We are going to win this war and …

Sir Keir Starmer faces possible probe over claims he put pressure on Speaker over Gaza debate | Politics News

Sir Keir Starmer faces possible probe over claims he put pressure on Speaker over Gaza debate | Politics News

Sir Keir Starmer is facing a possible parliamentary investigation over allegations he put pressure on the Speaker in a debate on Gaza last week. Sir Lindsay Hoyle is facing a backlash for allowing a vote on a Labour amendment to an SNP motion calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. Parliamentary convention dictates that there would usually only be a government amendment to an opposition motion, but Sir Lindsay said he selected the Labour amendment to allow as broad a debate as possible. However, critics within the SNP and the Conservatives have claimed he bowed to pressure from the Labour Party to select the amendment with the aim of staving off a potential rebellion among its MPs who could have voted for the SNP motion if denied the opportunity to vote on their own. Politics latest: Tories turn on Sunak over ‘unacceptable’ stance on Islamophobia row Following the outcry, reports circulated that Sir Keir had put pressure on Sir Lindsay, a Labour MP before taking on the Speaker role, to select his party’s amendment in …

A faultline has opened in Keir Starmer’s pragmatic politics – and this time none of the usual fixes will work | Nesrine Malik

A faultline has opened in Keir Starmer’s pragmatic politics – and this time none of the usual fixes will work | Nesrine Malik

Amid the fallout from last week’s chaos in the Commons, one question has gone largely unexplored: is Labour out of the woods on Gaza? Despite all efforts to manoeuvre itself into a safer position, the party seems to have only inflamed things further. Its ostensibly successful face-saving amendment to the SNP’s ceasefire motion – and its apparent pressure on the speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, to upturn parliamentary convention – brought about a crisis in the Commons, and has done little to appease angry voters. The resulting waves of claim and toxic counterclaim are still building: Lee Anderson’s outburst of anti-Muslim rhetoric has led to him being stripped of the Tory whip. No matter how much analysis says otherwise, particularly the sort that treats Westminster as a self-contained theatre of political gamesmanship, Labour’s victory was a pyrrhic one. It was secured in the Commons but lost outside its walls, highlighting an inescapable limitation in the party’s very coding. Whatever motion Labour ended up ramming through, it came too late. The party’s first position on Gaza, refusing to …

A faultline has opened in Keir Starmer’s pragmatic politics – and this time none of the usual fixes will work

A faultline has opened in Keir Starmer’s pragmatic politics – and this time none of the usual fixes will work

Keir Starmer during prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons last week.Photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK PARLIAMENT/AFP/Getty Images Amid the fallout from last week’s chaos in the Commons, one question has gone largely unexplored: is Labour out of the woods on Gaza? Despite all efforts to manoeuvre itself into a safer position, the party seems to have only inflamed things further. Its ostensibly successful face-saving amendment to the SNP’s ceasefire motion – and its apparent pressure on the speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, to upturn parliamentary convention – brought about a crisis in the Commons, and has done little to appease angry voters. The resulting waves of claim and toxic counterclaim are still building: Lee Anderson’s outburst of anti-Muslim rhetoric has led to him being stripped of the Tory whip. No matter how much analysis says otherwise, particularly the sort that treats Westminster as a self-contained theatre of political gamesmanship, Labour’s victory was a pyrrhic one. It was secured in the Commons but lost outside its walls, highlighting an inescapable limitation in the party’s very coding. Whatever motion …

Sir Keir Starmer outlines desire for ‘patriotic economy’ through boosting home ownership | Politics News

Sir Keir Starmer outlines desire for ‘patriotic economy’ through boosting home ownership | Politics News

Sir Keir Starmer has outlined his desire to run a “patriotic economy” through boosting home ownership and creating the “next generation” of new towns if Labour wins the election. The Labour leader will promise to deliver a “future built in Britain, by Britain, for Britain” while on a visit to a housing development in the West Midlands on Monday. Speaking ahead of the visit, where he will be accompanied by deputy leader and shadow levelling up secretary Angela Rayner, Sir Keir said: “Britain’s workers and Britain’s interests have been failed”. “Living standards have plummeted, as has the traditional British belief that if you work hard, it pays,” he added. “For too many people a higher wage is beyond reach and buying a home has become a fantasy. “The Conservative Party’s economic choices run completely against those values. Meanwhile, their promises on levelling up are empty. The Tories aren’t just betting the house, they’re betting yours.” Politics latest: Tory peer fears party using racism as ‘electoral campaign tool’ Under their plans for housing, Labour will pledge …

Keir Starmer accuses ‘weak’ Sunak of harbouring ‘extremists’ in his party | Politics News

Keir Starmer accuses ‘weak’ Sunak of harbouring ‘extremists’ in his party | Politics News

Sir Keir Starmer has accused the prime minister of harbouring extremists in his party after a senior Tory MP was suspended for “Islamophobic” comments. The Labour leader said Rishi Sunak’s “weakness” allowed Lee Anderson “to act with impunity” and that he “needs to get a grip and take on the extremists in his party”. Sir Keir said it was “right” that Mr Anderson lost the whip after what he called an “appalling racist and Islamophobic outburst”. He added: “But what does it say about the prime minister’s judgement that he made Lee Anderson deputy chairman of his party? “Whether it is Liz Truss staying silent on Tommy Robinson or Suella Braverman’s extreme rhetoric, Rishi Sunak’s weakness means Tory MPs can act with impunity. “This isn’t just embarrassing for the Conservative party, it emboldens the worst forces in our politics.” It came as Mr Sunak released his own statement, criticising those who have threatened and targeted MPs over the ongoing Israel-Hamas war and saying British democracy must not “fall into polarised camps who hate each other”. …

The Prime Minister In Waiting – but who really is Keir Starmer? | Politics News

The Prime Minister In Waiting – but who really is Keir Starmer? | Politics News

Sir Keir Starmer is a Prime Minister In Waiting. The job is not in the bag unless and until the votes have been cast in Labour‘s favour – as he and his close advisers are the first to point out. But all the circumstantial evidence from elections and opinion polls suggests that Starmer is far and away the person most likely to be the occupant of 10 Downing Street after the general election due in the next 11 months. PMIW is not a status conferred on all opposition leaders. Interest only peaks when a change of government is in the air. Scrutiny turns from the struggling incumbent prime minister to new hope. Tony Blair, before 1997, and David Cameron, before 2010, both basked in the attention. Starmer is less comfortable in the spotlight. Yet, in spite of his reticence, at the equivalent stage in his pursuit of power he is more of an odds-on favourite to take over the government than Blair or Cameron ever were. Image: Tony Blair was popular ahead of his election …

‘Have Some Respect’: Keir Starmer Slams Tory MPs For Heckling During Horizon Scandal Grilling

‘Have Some Respect’: Keir Starmer Slams Tory MPs For Heckling During Horizon Scandal Grilling

Keir Starmer told Tory MPs to “have some respect” for the victims of the Post Office Horizon IT scandal, after he was heckled during PMQs. During the clash on Wednesday, Rishi Sunak also refused to repeat the claim by Kemi Badenoch that the ex-chairman of the Post Office had lied about being asked to delay compensation payments. Henry Staunton told The Sunday Times a senior civil servant asked him to stall the payouts so the Tories could save money and “limp” to the election. Badenoch, the business secretary, has forcefully rejected the accusation as “full of lies”. But The Times has obtained a contemporaneous note Staunton made of a conversation with Sarah Munby, the then permanent secretary at the business department, which appears to back up his claim. Asked by Starmer if he was prepared to “personally to repeat the allegation” of lying, the prime minister notably did not. Instead, Sunak would only say the government had taken “unprecedented steps” to “ensure victims of the Horizon scandal do receive compensation as swiftly as possible and …

Emotional, messy and breathtakingly ruthless: the hidden life of Keir Starmer | Keir Starmer

Emotional, messy and breathtakingly ruthless: the hidden life of Keir Starmer | Keir Starmer

When friends heard I was writing a book about Keir Starmer, there were the usual questions: does he believe in anything? What’s he like? Isn’t he, they asked with a frown, a bit boring? The last of these was the easiest to answer because he really isn’t dull. Starmer is good company, engagingly funny and listens in a way that too many politicians too often fail to do. There is, of course, a long tradition of advisers (or ex-advisers like me) wailing on about how they wish more voters could see this or that candidate as we do. But the gap between the reality and perception of Starmer is bigger than with most, and it cannot simply be down to the way he sometimes closes in on himself when a camera is pointed at him, or how the online snobs – largely from the left – mock his accent and call him “Keith”. ‘There’s something extraordinary in him still being quite normal’ … Tom Baldwin with Starmer. Photograph: Tom Pullen The better explanation is that Starmer is …

the hidden life of Keir Starmer

the hidden life of Keir Starmer

‘Starmer is good company’ … The Labour leader in Tunstall, Staffordshire.Photograph: David Sillitoe/The Guardian When friends heard I was writing a book about Keir Starmer, there were the usual questions: does he believe in anything? What’s he like? Isn’t he, they asked with a frown, a bit boring? The last of these was the easiest to answer because he really isn’t dull. Starmer is good company, engagingly funny and listens in a way that too many politicians too often fail to do. There is, of course, a long tradition of advisers (or ex-advisers like me) wailing on about how they wish more voters could see this or that candidate as we do. But the gap between the reality and perception of Starmer is bigger than with most, and it cannot simply be down to the way he sometimes closes in on himself when a camera is pointed at him, or how the online snobs – largely from the left – mock his accent and call him “Keith”. The better explanation is that Starmer is complicated, as most …