Labour will be putting "two fingers up to voters" if it refuses to back a Brexit trade deal, Sir Keir Starmer has been warned, as a prominent Remainer MP said they would vote for it. Amid splits at the top of the party on whether to withhold support for an agreement, shadow business minister Lucy Powell suggested Labour would struggle to win back voters in “Red Wall” seats if it attempted to abstain. Arguing that a “skinny deal” could be “built on” in future, Ms Powell added that it was better than no deal - which she said would be a “catastrophe” - and was therefore “quite hard for us to oppose”. Echoing her concerns, Chris Bryant MP, a staunch Europhile, revealed he intended to back the deal and urged his colleagues to do the same. Writing for The Telegraph, the former foreign minister said that even if Boris Johnson failed to strike the “comprehensive deal we were promised” the alternative of no trade deal would be “even worse.” While Sir Keir has hinted he intends to back a deal, Anneliese Dodds, the shadow chancellor, is said to be one of several shadow cabinet ministers who believe Labour should abstain to avoid being blamed for any economic fallout. Other sceptics include shadow trade secretary Emily Thornberry and shadow justice secretary David Lammy, both prominent remainers, as well as shadow Scotland secretary Ian Murray. On Friday evening Lord Kinnock, the former Labour leader, also waded into the row, telling peers that backing the deal would be politically "lethal" for the party. "We must abstain and explain that this is the rational course when faced with a damaging ‘yes’ and a disastrous ‘no’,” he wrote in a private Whatsapp group. However, Ms Powell, who helped lead a review into last year’s crushing election defeat, argued that it was better to be “strong” than refusing to take a position either way. “It’s not just about Brexit, although Brexit was a big symbolic expression of Labour losing touch with its traditional voter base,” she told Huffington Post. “And we can’t keep putting two fingers up to people if we want them to vote for us again and support us and be part of the agenda that we want for the future.” According to Labour insiders, Lisa Nandy, the shadow foreign secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow home secretary, and Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, are also in favour of a deal. Mr Bryant, the MP for Rhondda in Wales, warned that a no deal exit would lead to tariffs on Welsh lamb that would make the meat unaffordable in the EU, where half is sold at present. He also voiced alarm about the security implications of leaving without a deal, adding: “If the Prime Minister does what I expect him to do, namely negotiate some kind of minimalist trade deal with the EU at the very last minute – I expect I will vote for it and I would encourage all my Labour colleagues to do the same.” enior Labour source told The Telegraph a final position was likely to be hammered out over the next few days, adding that the party would need to have come to “collective decision” either before or soon after any deal is struck. Allies of Sir Keir allies have also been frustrated by leaks suggesting the shadow cabinet is divided and are determined to prevent a repeat of the public rows that plagued Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. They believe they are an attempt by advocates of an abstention to bounce Sir Keir into sitting on the fence. While they insist no position has been reached, they have warned that there will be no room for dissent on the frontbench once a decision has been taken. However, a number of shadow cabinet figures believe that proponents of a deal have become too preoccupied on the Red Wall rather than focussing on the issues that will define the next four years. One source told The Telegraph that some in the party appeared to be trying to “refight the last election” rather than thinking of the “bigger picture.”
The Black Eyed Peas, whose music spans hip hop to soul to pop-rap, is topping the charts with the former quartet's first album in two years, featuring Latin pop artists such as Shakira. "Translation" also has tracks created with other Latin stars like J. Balvin and Maluma in a genre whose growth has outpaced the overall U.S. music market. One track, "Girl Like Me," was recorded in 2008 by Shakira and Will.i.am but only released this week.
Wait until you see the Queen’s Gallery! 😍
Snowfall in the Great Smoky Mountains made for a picturesque drive through a “winter wonderland” in Townsend, Tennessee, on December 1.Footage posted to Facebook by the City of Townsend shows a drive through a snowy landscape. “Driving in a winter wonderland!” wrote the city on the post. “This is Laurel Creek Road this morning on the way to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”The National Weather Service had reported 11 inches of snow on Mount LeConte, near Townsend, on December 1. Credit: City of Townsend via Storyful
For many families, the holiday is an even bigger deal than Christmas Day.
States faced a deadline on Friday to place orders for the coronavirus vaccine as many reported record infections, hospitalizations and deaths, while hospitals were pushed to the breaking point — with the worst feared yet to come. The number of Americans hospitalized with COVID-19 hit an all-time high in the U.S. on Thursday at 100,667, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Arizona on Friday reported more than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases for the second straight day as the number of available intensive care unit beds fell below 10% statewide.
Lennon's account was a joint venture between TikTok, the Lennon Estate, and UMG in recognition of what would have been the performer's 80th birthday
DC Comics character Naomi could soon be coming to The CW thanks to Ava DuVernay and former "Arrow" writer and executive producer Jill Blankenship. DuVernay and Blankenship are attached to write and executive produce "Naomi." The potential series follows a teen girl’s journey from her small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse. When a […]
Welcome to my fifth annual “Fearless Five”: the five companies that made the boldest and most audacious entertainment-media-tech moves of the year. This doesn’t mean these companies ultimately will be the most successful. What it does mean is that they were the most fearless and made the biggest, boldest bets in 2020. Each can be […]
Speck, a cattle dog pup living in Yass, New South Wales, was reunited with her owner after a nearly 300 km trip to Sydney on Friday, December 4. Footage from the NSW Police Force shows the “silly little girl” reunited with her owner.Detective Inspector David El-Badawi said that police brought Speck to the Sydney police station after a member of the public reported a distressed dog left in a car. The dog wasn’t distressed, police said, but the owner of the car surrendered the dog, which she said she found “40 minutes outside of Yass.”Reports said Speck dug under a fence to escape, was found on the side of the road, and was taken to Sydney.This footage shows the heartfelt reunion between Speck and her owner. Credit: NSW Police Force via Storyful
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for renewed negotiations over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region under a long-established international process after a ceasefire halted recent fighting there.
National correspondents Jericka Duncan and Adriana Diaz will take over as anchors of "CBS Weekend News," the ViacomCBS unit said Friday, setting in place a more formalized structure for the weekend evening-news broadcast after its logistics were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Diaz will anchor the Saturday broadcast from Chicago and Duncan will anchor Sundays […]
A suspect in a deadly 1982 attack at a Jewish neighbourhood in Paris arrived in France late Friday after being extradited from Norway, airport officials said.
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Twenty-six-year-old Diamonté Harper, better known as Saweetie, has taken the rap world by storm this year with her no-nonsense lyricism and breezy ’90s flow. “Tap In,” the lead single from her upcoming debut album “Pretty Bitch Music,” has garnered more than 90 million Spotify streams since its June release and spurred a viral TikTok dance […]
Stuart Hogg believes Scotland will go a long way to justifying all their time spent cooped up in camp if they can secure a first away win over Ireland in a decade with victory in Saturday's Autumn Nations Cup third-place play-off in Dublin.
Nissan said Friday that it will no longer support the Trump administration in its legal fight to end California's ability to set its own auto-pollution and gas-mileage standards. The announcement is another sign that a coalition of automakers backing the outgoing administration could fall apart. General Motors ended its support for the Trump administration's battle with California on emissions standards last week.
BRB, have to re-watch George's death scene in season 5 now.
A Minnesota regulatory panel on Friday denied a request from two tribes to prevent Enbridge Energy from moving forward with its contentious Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement, which broke ground this week after receiving its final state permit. The Red Lake and White Earth Bands of Chippewa asked the independent Public Utilities Commission to stay its earlier approval of the project, citing pending litigation before the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Attorneys for the two northern Minnesota tribes argued that allowing construction to continue would cause irreparable harm should the court rule in their favor.
Dec.04 -- Slack Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Officer Stewart Butterfield says the company's values with not change after being bought by Salesforce.com Inc. and dispels the belief that Microsoft Corp. drove the deal. He speaks on "Bloomberg Markets: The Close."