Labour anti-Semitism report: Corbyn's suspension exposes old divides

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Despite a damning report on the handling of anti-Semitism allegations, Jeremy Corbyn's reaction to 130 pages that describe how Labour let Jewish people down was achingly familiar.

The former Labour leader stated his own anti-racist campaigning credentials, but then claimed that the prevalence of racism against Jewish people inside the party was overstated by those who wished him political harm.

That defence was circulating online shortly after 10:30 GMT, not long before his successor Sir Keir Starmer took to his feet, to confront the findings of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report that details a shaming episode for the party.

Sir Keir's speech had already been written to include a vow that anyone who claimed the problem was exaggerated would have no place in the Labour Party.

The leadership said it had not seen Mr Corbyn's statement in full at this stage.

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Ex-civil servant boss Mark Sedwill makes concerns crystal clear

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Surveying the Solent from the bridge of the vast Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, Lord Sedwill bursts out laughing.

Until only a few weeks ago he was at the helm of the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the most senior civil servant in the country, the official who sat next, first to Theresa May and then Boris Johnson, during the cabinet.

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Greater Manchester deal falls over a £5m gap

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Image caption Boris Johnson's allies blamed Andy Burnham's "pride" for the failure to reach a deal

After Monday's will-they-won't-they and political tit-for-tat, the back-and-forth between the Westminster government and the leaders of Greater Manchester is at an end.

But it's a messy one, and a politically risky one for them both. And, given what could be at stake, a situation that already looks like a political failure.

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Friends and enemies in the North

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After well over a week there is still, tonight, no agreement between the leaders of Greater Manchester - a conurbation of nearly three million people - and government ministers.

Clearly, this is more than a little local difficulty. Lives and jobs are at stake.

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Covid: Casey's poverty warning difficult to ignore

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Louise Casey has a reputation for getting things done.

That's why successive governments, including this one, have brought her into the fold - not to make them feel good, but to tell the truth about what needs to happen to achieve their aims.

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Coronavirus: Can Johnson hold out against more restrictions?

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Boris Johnson has been at pains to use every chance recently to say how much restricting our lives bothers him.

Branding himself a "freedom-loving Tory", time and again his reluctance for further clamp downs is clear.

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Coronavirus: How the PM's lockdown decisions were shaped

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"Save lives, protect the NHS and shelter the economy."

If you were paying close attention at the end of September when the prime minister made his latest announcements about the limits on our lives, you'd have spotted the change in the slogan, as we reported here.

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Coronavirus: Who's in charge?

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Without needlessly causing any offence to Steve Rotheram, you may never have heard of him before now, unless you are one of the 1.5 million or so people who live in the large area surrounding Liverpool.

Or you live in the constituency of Liverpool Walton he used to represent.

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Could English pubs follow in Scotland's steps?

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However you look at the blizzard of statistics about the Coronavirus, the disease is still spreading - despite town after town being placed under extra limits.

Even before Nicola Sturgeon's moves on Wednesday to try to break the spread in Scotland, ministers in SW1 were looking at the next steps they would need to take to stop the acceleration of the virus.

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Boris Johnson tries to look forward - but Covid is still here

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Boris Johnson may have "had enough" of the Covid pandemic.

He probably spoke for millions of people when he said that at the lectern, looking out at the non-existent crowd to the virtual audience on the other side of the lens.

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