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Andy Burnham clashes with acting leader Harriet Harman over welfare bill

Andy Burnham Labour

Andy Burnham, the frontrunner for the Labour leadership, has openly clashed with the party’s interim leader, Harriet Harman, by disclosing that he told the shadow cabinet that the welfare reform bill was unsupportable and the party should not abstain at second reading if the government does not accept a raft of Labour amendments.

SNP's Mhairi Black attacks housing benefit cuts in first Commons speech

House Of Commons

Mhairi Black, the youngest person to be elected to parliament since at least the 19th century, used a barnstorming first speech in the House of Commons to mount a withering attack on the chancellor for cutting housing benefit to young people and to call for Labour to join the Scottish National party in mounting an effective opposition to the Tories.