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Andy Burnham has made an unabashed pitch for the leftwing Jeremy Corbyn vote in the Labour leadership contest, saying that the party has been “dancing to the tune of the Tories for too long”.
The rightwing press are so desperate for Jeremy Corbyn to win the Labour leadership race that they are inventing stories to give the impression he already has, according to rival candidate Andy Burnham.
Gordon Brown has accused the government of stoking a “dangerous and insidious” English nationalism that is putting the union between England and Scotland in “mortal danger”.
Yvette Cooper will raise the prospect this week of a legal challenge to the trade union bill, which threatens Labour’s funding and limits the right to strike.
A defiant Tony Blair has dramatically re-entered the debate over Labour’s future with an 11th-hour appeal to party members to come to their senses and reject the “Alice in Wonderland” politics of Jeremy Corbyn.
Andy Burnham would promise to increase taxes on companies that failed to pay their staff a new £11 living wage if he leads Labour into the next general election.
Caroline Flint, a candidate in the Labour deputy leadership contest, has put herself on a collision course with Jeremy Corbyn by claiming that she would use the strength of being directly elected to force the next leader to learn the lessons of the electorally successful Blair years.
Nicola Sturgeon has backed her predecessor, Alex Salmond, in his continuing spat with the former BBC political editor Nick Robinson, saying that her SNP colleague was not to blame for the dispute.
Theresa May has given a personal pledge to leading leave campaigner Chris Grayling that she intends to honour the referendum vote by taking Britain out of the European Union.
David Cameron has used his final prime minister’s questions to praise the public service of his fellow MPs while roundly mocking his opposite number, Jeremy Corbyn, for being so ineffective that a Conservative voter once urged him to try to keep the Labour leader in his job.
Owen Smith, the former shadow work and pensions secretary, will launch a challenge to Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership on Wednesday.