PMQs: Theresa May faces Jeremy Corbyn after three Tory MPs quit party – Politics Live

Asked about antisemitism, Theresa May says: “I never thought I would see the day when Jewish people in this country would be worried about their safety in their country,” and when a “once-proud Labour party” is accused of anti-semitism. “It is racism and we should act against it,” she adds.

Jeremy Corbyn says: “Antisemitism has no place whatsoever is any of our political parties.” He has to pause because of MPs jeering. “My own political party takes the strongest action to deal with antisemitism whenever it rears its head.”

PMQs has kicked off. Theresa May is paying tribute to Labour MP Paul Flynn, who died this weekend. She reminds the house of his excellent quote when he was sent to the backbenches by Corbyn.

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RIP Paul Flynn. Gave me one of my best ever quotes after he left the Labour frontbench in 2016. pic.twitter.com/L32lZk2wvk

February 18, 2019

Kevin Schofield

MPs are gearing up for what will be a very interesting PMQs. The Independent Group MPs have taken their new seats.

(@John2Win)

The new @TheIndGroup seem to be enjoying their new seats in @HouseofCommons #allchange #selfietime pic.twitter.com/n9UtE3iVB7

February 20, 2019

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Here they all are – the new Independent Group sitting together on the opposition benches pic.twitter.com/i1PJFwWCz6

February 20, 2019

Jessica Elgot

It is with regret that we are writing to resign the Conservative whip and our membership of the party.

We voted for you as leader and prime minister because we believed you were committed to a moderate, open-hearted Conservative party in the one nation tradition. A party of economic competence, representing the best of British business, delivering good jobs, opportunity and prosperity for all, funding world class public services and tackling inequalities. We had hoped you would also continue to modernise our party so that it could reach out and broaden its appeal to younger voters and to embrace and reflect the diversity of the communities we seek to represent.

Sadly, the Conservative party has increasingly abandoned these principles and values with a shift to the right of British politics. We no longer feel we can remain in the party of a government whose policies and priorities are so firmly in the grip of the ERG and DUP.

Brexit has re-defined the Conservative party – undoing all the efforts to modernise it. There has been a dismal failure to stand up to the hard line ERG which operates openly as a party within a party, with its own leader, whip and policy.

This shift to the right has been exacerbated by blatant entryism. Not only has this been tolerated, it has been actively welcomed in some quarters. A purple momentum is subsuming the Conservative party, much as the hard left has been allowed to consume and terminally undermine the Labour party.

We have tried consistently and for some time to keep the party close to the centre ground of British politics. You assured us when you first sought the leadership that this was your intention. We haven’t changed, the Conservative party has and it no longer reflects the values and beliefs we share with millions of people throughout the United Kingdom.

The final straw for us has been this government’s disastrous handling of Brexit.

Following the EU referendum of 2016, no genuine effort was made to build a cross party, let alone a national consensus to deliver Brexit. Instead of seeking to heal the divisions or to tackle the underlying causes of Brexit, the priority was to draw up “red lines”. The 48% were not only sidelined, they were alienated.

We find it unconscionable that a party once trusted on the economy, more than any other, is now recklessly marching the country to the cliff edge of no deal. No responsible government should knowingly and deliberately inflict the dire consequences of such a destructive exit on individuals, communities and businesses and put at risk the prospect of ending austerity.

We also reject the false binary choice that you have presented to Parliament between a bad deal and no deal. Running down the clock to 29 March amounts to a policy of no deal and we are not prepared to wait until our toes are at the edge of the cliff.

We can no longer act as bystanders.

We intend to sit as independents alongside the Independent Group of MPs in the centre ground of British politics. There will be times when we will support the government, for example, on measures to strengthen our economy, security and improve our public services. But we now feel honour bound to put our constituents’ and country’s interests first.

Rahm Emanuel warns Dems not to ‘mimic’ Trump’s politics, says Virginia’s Northam shouldn’t resign

Chicago violence hurts Mayor Rahm Emanuel's political future
Chicago violence hurts Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s political future

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn’t agree with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that if President Trump can declare a national emergency to bypass Congress in order to secure funding for his long-promised border wall, a Democratic president can do the same for guns.

“The one thing you don’t want to mimic … their politics,” Emanuel said during a guest appearance Friday on HBO’s’ Real Time with Bill Maher. “He [Trump] wants you on certain cases to actually mimic what he’s doing because then there’s a difference of nothing. That’s not where you want to go against him.”

The conversation quickly moved on to other topics without a mention of Friday’s deadly workplace shooting in Aurora, Ill., that ended with six dead, including the gunman, and several wounded police officers.

Emanuel –…

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Virginia’s Democratic Governor Ralph Northam is facing a growing chorus from his own party calling for his resignation after a racist photo from his medical school yearbook surfaced. Ben Jealous and Jon Allen discuss.
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Nikki Haley resigns as US ambassador to the UN

Nikki Haley resigns as US ambassador to the UN

President Trump has accepted the resignation of the U.N. ambassador; John Roberts reports from the White House on the surprise announcement.

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If Christine Todd Whitman can call on Trump to resign, so can other Republicans

CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN: “We know asbestos was in there, was in those buildings. Lead is in the those buildings. There are the VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), however, the concentrations are such that they don’t pose a heath hazard.”

As the weeks and months dragged on, Whitman, the EPA and its officials made statement after statement after statement reaffirming that contaminant levels were “low or non-existent” and that the air quality in Manhattan posed “no public health concern.”

We now know that these reassurances were outright lies. On September 18th, the very same day that Whitman and the EPA were encouraging New Yorkers to return to work, the agency detected sulfur dioxide levels in the air so high that “according to one industrial hygienist, they exceeded the EPA’s standard for a classification of ‘hazardous’.” By that time, first responders were already reporting a range of health problems, including coughing, wheezing, eye irritation and headaches.

The evidence continued to pour in that there were serious health concerns for those in and around Manhattan, but the information was suppressed almost as quickly as it was discovered. When a local lab tested dust samples from near the WTC site and found dangerous concentrations of fiberglass and asbestos, the New York State Department of Health warned local labs that they would lose their licenses if they processed any more “independent sampling.” When US Geological Survey scientists began performing tests on their own dust samples, they were shocked at the “alphabet soup of heavy metals” they found in it. They forwarded this information to the EPA, but the agency continued to assure the public that there was no evidence of long term health risks.

The drama continued to unfold as information poured in about benzene, lead and other environmental toxins. Yet on September 18th the EPA specifically advised the public against wearing respirators outside the World Trade Center restricted area. Then, just two weeks later, the…

May to meet new cabinet after Boris Johnson’s Brexit resignation – live

Theresa May outside No 10 Downing Street on Monday.

Theresa May will meet with her reshuffled cabinet on Tuesday morning after she warned hardline Brexiters to fall into line or risk handing power to Jeremy Corbyn. It follows Boris Johnson’s departure on Monday when he became the second cabinet minister to resign in 24 hours, claiming Britain was “headed for the status of colony”.

After a dramatic day of twists and turns in Westminster, the prime minister addressed Conservative MPs for an hour on Monday, issuing a stark warning that divided parties lose elections and telling her party that “to lead is to decide”.

She then returned to Downing Street to fill the gaps left on the government benches by several resignations, sparked by the Brexit secretary, David Davis, who stepped down late on Sunday night.

Q&A

Cabinet: who’s in and who’s out

WHO’S IN:

Jeremy Hunt

The longest-serving health secretary – having held the role for almost six years – becomes foreign secretary after Boris Johnson’s resignation.

Matt Hancock

The former culture secretary replaces Hunt as health secretary.

Jeremy Wright

The former attorney general takes on Hancock’s old job as culture secretary.

Geoffrey Cox

The Devon MP is promoted to be attorney general and will attend cabinet.

Dominic Raab

The former housing minister is promoted to Brexit secretary after the resignation of David Davis.

WHO’S OUT:

David Davis

Goes to the backbenches after kicking off the ministerial reshuffle with his resignation as Brexit secretary over Theresa May’s negotiation plans.

Boris Johnson

The gaffe-prone and controversial foreign secretary joins Davis on the backbenches after also quitting his role.

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“If we don’t pull together, we risk the election of Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister,” one cabinet minister said, summarising what was said at the meeting. “At least half a dozen people made that point and the prime minister responded, too – what is good for the country is a Conservative government.”

Earlier, Downing Street announced Johnson’s resignation as foreign secretary, just minutes before May addressed MPs about the softer Brexit plan agreed at Chequers on Friday.

Johnson had been due to host a summit about the western Balkans on Monday afternoon but was instead holed up in his official residence with close advisers, considering his position.

In a strongly worded resignation letter, he warned that the current Brexit plan meant Britain was “truly headed for the status of colony” and accused the prime minister of “sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them”.

On Monday evening, Johnson was replaced as foreign secretary by Jeremy Hunt, who in turn was replaced as health secretary by Matt Hancock, as the prime minister embarked on a reshuffle to shore up her position.

Both men have proven their loyalty to May in recent months. Hunt recently won a significant increase in resources for the NHS after a standoff with the chancellor, Philip Hammond, and is widely regarded as a potential future leadership candidate.

As the flamboyant public face of the Vote Leave campaign, Johnson’s departure deepened the sense of crisis in Downing Street, and increased the chances that May could face a vote of no confidence in the coming days.

If 48 Conservative MPs write letters of no confidence to the chair of the backbench 1922 committee, Graham Brady, she would face an immediate vote, but he made clear on Monday night that point had not been reached.

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson signs his resignation letter Photograph: Andrew Parsons/i-Images

Many of the…

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Arizona GOP calls for lawmaker to resign for calling immigration an ‘existential threat’

Lawmaker: Immigration 'existential threat'

Washington (CNN)The Arizona Republican Party is calling on a Republican state lawmaker to resign after he said that “immigration today represents an existential threat to the United States” and “there aren’t enough white kids to go around.”

David Stringer, a member of the Arizona House of Representatives, can be seen criticizing immigration in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday that has since gone viral.

The video shows him saying, “There aren’t enough white kids to go around … immigration is politically destabilizing … immigration today represents an existential threat to the United States. If we don’t do…