Two intertwined power struggles are being fought in the Labour party this week, one over British airstrikes in Syria and the other over the future of Labour, with questions raised over how it will make collective decisions in the future.
Jeremy Corbyn has warned plotters against his leadership that he is “not going anywhere” over his opposition to bombing Syria, as he urged MPs to listen to the Labour membership.
British troops have been discredited after Iraq and Afghanistan, Labour’s Ken Livingstone has said, causing fresh controversy following his comments on the London 7/7 bombings.
Grant Shapps, a former Tory chairman, has resigned from the government in disgrace in the wake of revelations that he had been warned about bullying in the party before the death of one of its young activists.
“Jim, Jim, Jim-Jim-Jim. No mention of the other fella.” That’s how one Greater Manchester councillor summed up Labour’s campaign message in Oldham West and Royton, where a byelection will be held next Thursday.
The home secretary, Theresa May, has been accused of fast-tracking her “snooper’s charter” legislation by the back door after giving a scrutiny committee of MPs and peers only three weeks to consider the 299-page bill.
Jeremy Corbyn has responded to the 44 female Labour MPs who warned about “escalating abuse and hostility” by pledging to designate a member of staff to deal specifically with a spate of harassment and intimidation, the Guardian can reveal.
Theresa May has told eastern European countries that British people have sent a “very clear message” on the need to reduce migration through their vote to leave the EU.
The Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith is facing calls to make sure Jeremy Corbyn is on the ballot if a judge rules on Thursday that the incumbent leader needs to collect nominations from MPs.