Labour MP quits over controversial tabloid article – Politics roundup

Sarah Champion

Sarah Champion

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Labour front-bencher quits over Sun article

Rotheram MP and Shadow Minister Sarah Champion has quit the Labour party following criticism over a newspaper article she wrote about grooming gangs.

She apologised to her party and constituency over her choice of words and leader Jeremy Corbyn has said his party would not ‘demonise’ any group. The decision has been a hot topic of debate and many have criticised Labour’s stance on this issue, including Conservative communities secretary, Sajid Javid.

PM attacks far-right supporters

Prime Minister Theresa May has today condemned far-right views ‘wherever we hear the, following US President Donald Trump’s controversial responses to the clashes in Virginia.

President Trump has received heavy criticism for blaming both sides for the violence in Charlottesville, where a woman was killed when a car hit people opposing the far-right rally.

UK politicians from all parties have widely called out Trump for his lack of action and conviction to condemn the far-right movements spreading across the US.

Big Ben silence criticised

The House of Commons says it will look into the length of time Big Ben will be silenced after it was originally announced that the renovation would last four years.

Parliament had initially stated the silence was necessary for the safety of the workers carrying out the repairs on the Victorian clock tower. PM Theresa May stated that ‘it can’t be right’ that the famous sounds will not be heard until 2021.

Unemployment at 42-year low

UK unemployment fell by over 57,000 in the last three months, official government figures have shown. The jobless rate is now at a record 4.4% which is the lowest since 1975.

Government suggests ‘untested’ customs system post-Brexit

The UK government has proposed an ‘innovative and untested approach’ to customs checks as part of Brexit negotiations. This would mean that there would be no customs checks at UK-EU borders. The proposal will be discussed at the next round of Brexit negotiations.

Farage for Hollywood?

A unnamed Hollywood studio has reportedly shows interest in creating a US TV series around Brexit, hosted by the former UKIP leader, Nigel Farage.

Farage has claimed his friendship with US President, Donald Trump, was the reason for the interest in him. The proposed six-part series will revolve around Aron Banks’ account of the campaign – The Bad Boys of Brexit.