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  • How Labour's Day Of Reckoning On Anti-Semitism Unfolded

    Thousands chanted his name at Glastonbury when the “youthquake” election of 2017 saw him almost topple Theresa May.  Just a few short months ago, he was leader of HM Opposition and candidate to be prime minister of the United Kingdom. Now, Jeremy Corbyn faces being the first Labour leader since Ramsay MacDonald to be thrown out of the party.  And because what some tonight call his “callous denialism” in the wake of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report on anti-Semitism, the now-independent MP for Islington North is left with few allies and nobody to blame but himself.  Here’s how this extraordinary day in British politics unfolded and what it all means.  It began at 10am when the equality watchdog, established by Tony Blair’s government in 2006, published its long-awaited repo…

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  • Labour Must Become A Home For Jewish People Again - It Starts With Listening

    For five years, anti-Semitism has become ever more interwoven with Labour’s factional struggles. In the Labour Party, attitudes to anti-Semitism are now almost a symbol of political allegiance, a stand-in for someone’s views on economic policy or foreign affairs.  I’ve seen this first-hand. When I interviewed for a job with Labour in 2016, I assumed, perhaps naively, that while I did not agree with Jeremy Corbyn on things like foreign policy, and was uncomfortable with some of his past associations, different views would be welcomed because the point of political parties is work together to win power. It quickly became apparent that judgement was wrong. As I worked with Corbyn and his team, I became acutely aware that some saw me not just in terms of my political or policy beliefs, but in…

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  • West Yorkshire To Move Into Tier 3 Coronavirus Lockdown On Monday

    West Yorkshire is the latest place to be put under tier 3 lockdown restrictions amid surging Covid-19 cases.  The new rules will come into force at 12.01am on Monday.  The news was confirmed by Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake at a press conference on Thursday.  It comes amid a second wave of coronavirus infections in the region, with local leaders warning that there are already 268 Covid-19 patients in Leeds’ hospitals – more than there were during the first surge in infections in spring.  According to government data, there were 3,066 new cases in Leeds between October 20 and October 27, giving the area an infection rate of 386.6 per 100,000 people.  But the city’s director of public health, Victoria Eaton, said that this figure had already risen to 416.7 per 100,000 people. A sup…

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  • Khloe Kardashian On Backlash To Kim's 40th Birthday: 'This Is A Frustrating Year'

    Khloe Kardashian responded to the backlash her sister Kim is receiving on social media for her 40th birthday extravaganza, saying the private-island party was a “beautiful experience” that shouldn’t be overshadowed by haters.  The younger Kardashian sibling appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ show on Thursday to discuss a plethora of happenings and was asked about her sister getting roasted on Twitter for saying she had flown family and friends to a private island to celebrate her birthday. Kim’s remarks were memeified, mocked and torn apart for their insensitivity to those suffering during the coronavirus pandemic. After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were nor…

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  • Mariah Carey Decrees Whether Or Not It's Too Early To Listen To All I Want For Christmas Is You

    While many people have been indulging in a bit of festiveness two months before Christmas, it seems that is too early for even the Queen of Christmas herself Mariah Carey.  The singer has settled the argument once and for all by declaring it is premature to be listening to her festive smash, All I Want For Christmas Is You.  On Thursday, one Mariah fan tweeted a graph from Google Trends that shows how people are already searching for her song on the internet.  “It’s happening,” @MikeNicolella excitedly wrote.  But Mariah was having none of it, sharing the tweet with the caption: “Not yet.” not yet https://t.co/vV6sxtoS8M— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) October 29, 2020 While we’d personally forgive anyone for needing to listen to All I Want For Christmas right now (because, ya know, 2020), M…

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  • Test And Trace Only Catches A Quarter Of Covid Infections, Major Study Reveals

    The number of daily coronavirus infections in England could be almost four times higher than is currently being reported, according to the latest major study. Over 85,000 volunteers were tested in England between October 16 and 25 as part of the REACT survey run by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI. Their report, published on Thursday, suggests there are 96,000 new infections per day – significantly higher than the 23,065 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the wider UK confirmed by the Department of Health on the same day, suggesting the government’s much-criticised test and trace system is only detecting around a quarter of people catching the virus.  The report also showed the coronavirus R rate in England has jumped to 1.6 and the number of infections is doubling every nine day…

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  • The Key Reactions To The Labour Anti-Semitism Report

    The investigation into anti-Semitism by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has found Labour responsible for unlawful acts of harassment and discrimination. In its report, published on Thursday, the human rights watchdog said the party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership was guilty of three breaches of the Equality Act. The EHRC said Labour had allowed political interference in anti-Semitism complaints (resulting in pressure to treat some cases less harshly and others more harshly); had failed to provide adequate training to those handling anti-Semitism complaints; and had permitted harassment of Jewish members by two agents. There were also 18 “borderline” cases of “local councillors, local election candidates and Constituency Labour Party office holders” whose conduct could not…

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  • These People Told Their Trump-Loving Friends How They Really Feel

    Jimmy Kimmel’s crew asked people on the street to tell their President Donald Trump-supporting relatives and friends exactly what they thought of their political views. And, from behind the anonymity of a mask, they didn’t hold back. One woman had a scathing message for her sister who she said goes on and on “about this orange stain being the best thing to happen to this country.” Another simply asked how “David” could “vote for a pig like that?” Check out Kimmel’s full monologue: Related... Watch: This Scathing Supercut Exposes Trump's Decades Of Racism Mark Hamill Nails Why Trump Is The 'Worst President Ever’ Barack Obama Says Trump Is 'Jealous Of Covid’s Media Coverage'

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  • Mum Fined £100 For Overstaying In BP Car Park While Breastfeeding

    A mother has spoken out about the lack of safe spaces to breastfeed amid the Covid-19 pandemic, after being fined £100 for overstaying at a BP station while feeding her daughter.  Cassie Werber, 39, was driving from Bristol to London with her young daughter on October 13 when she realised she’d have to make a stop on the M25 for fuel and to breastfeed.  She pulled into a parking space at a BP petrol station and spent around 25 minutes feeding her daughter, after which she filled up her car, paid, and used the baby changing facilities in the station – a visit which lasted, in total, little more than 45 minutes. She said: “It was really out of necessity, I pulled into one of the parking bays at the side of the station and fed her. I wasn’t timing it, but I think it would have been in the re…

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  • Harry Styles Had Tea With A Fan's Dad And Even Fed Her Fish – And She Missed The Whole Thing

    One Harry Styles fan got the shock of her life when she found out her idol had been at her home – and she missed the whole thing. Theodora, a young fan of the singer, revealed the unbelievable story on her Instagram page, revealing that while she was out, Harry’s car had broken down outside of her home, and her dad had let him in to use the phone. Admittedly, this does sound like the sort of thing that only happens in TV shows (or, indeed, in a dream), but she actually posted photographic proof of the surprising encounter. Theodora’s Instagram account is private, but the pictures she posted have gone viral among fans of the star on Twitter, including the note that he left her and a snap of Harry feeding her pet fish.  Imagine coming home to find out @Harry_Styles' car broke down outside y…

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