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George Galloway referred to police over expenses

Former Bradford West MP George Galloway has been referred to the police by MP expenses watchdog after a complaint by his former assistant.

Credit: Press Association

Aisha Ali-Khan complained that to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) - alleging that while she worked for Mr Galloway, she spent a large amount of time on non-parliamentary duties including clothes shopping and making preparations for his wedding.

An IPSA spokesman has now confirmed that the matter has been passed on to the police.

Galloway lost his Bradford West seat to Labour's Naz Shah in the recent general election.

IPSA's compliance officer has completed his assessment of the George Galloway complaint and has passed it on to the Metropolitan Police Service.

– IPSA

Responding to the IPSA statement, Mr Galloway said: "This is news to me. According to the media, IPSA have had a complaint but they haven't informed me who has complained or exactly what the complaint is about.

"And then, without even a call, an email or a letter, they appear to have handed it on to the Met and gone public about it.

If IPSA's compliance officer has completed some kind of investigation without asking for any response from the person complained about, or even letting him know who has complained and what the complaint is about, then that is surely a breach of natural justice, and undoubtedly inspired by Kafka. When I know officially what this is all about, I will respond more fully.

– George Galloway

House of Commons big change as new MPs take their seats

There was big change in the House of Commons today as 16 new MPs from our region took their seats.

They quickly re-eleted the Speaker, but not much as stayed the same. The Lib Dems have been pushed onto the back benches by the Scottish Nationalists, who are now the third biggest party.

There has also been a big leap in the diversity of our MPs, as our Political Correspondent Paul Brand reports.

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Labour leadership candidates pitch to activists

Candidates for the Labour leadership are to make their pitch to activists after the surprise withdrawal of favourite Chuka Umunna from the race.

Labour leadership candidates in pitch to activists Credit: PA

Declared contenders Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Mary Creagh and Liz Kendall are all due to speak at the annual conference of the Progress think tank - as is fellow frontbencher Tristram Hunt, who is also expected to run. The party is still digesting the news from Mr Umunna that he is dropping his bid to succeed Ed Miliband in the top job.

Just days after formally declaring his candidacy, the shadow business secretary said he had "very real concerns" about the impact of his ambitions on "those close to me".

Farron to launch Lib Dem leadership bid in Otley

Tim Farron will officially announce his candidacy to replace Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg as Leader of the Liberal Democrats when he visits Otley today.

Tim Farron will announce his candidacy to replace Nick Clegg as the Lib-Dem leader on a visit to Otley Credit: ITV News

The local Leeds North West MP Greg Mullholland will be the Westmorland and Lonsdale MP's campaign co-ordinator.

Farron served four years as President of the Liberal Democrats, until December 2014, and is hugely popular among party grassroots.

“That over 10,000 people have joined the party since polling day shows we still have huge appeal among voters.

"I have every confidence that we as a party can rebuild after a difficult general election - I want to be at the forefront of that, and that’s why I am running to be Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

“I am greatly looking forward to visiting Otley to announce my candidacy. It’s a great example of an area where people see us as the party with the right priorities and are ready to back us.

"That was clear to see in local residents re-electing Greg Mulholland for a third straight term, and overwhelmingly voting Liberal Democrats to run the local town council. Yes, we had a difficult general election result, but we are determined to rebuild and places like Otley show how we can do that.”

– Tim Farron MP
Leeds North West MP Greg Mullholland will act as Tim Farron's campaign co-ordinator Credit: ITV Yorkshire

“I am delighted to be backing Tim Farron to be the next leader of the Liberal Democrats. We need to re-establish a strong identity for the party and reconnect and re-engage with the public.

"Tim has a clear vision for how the party can be energised to do just that and I want to be part of that vision and making it happen.

“I am very pleased that Tim agreed to come to Otley to launch his leadership campaign. Otley is a proud liberal town, with strong civic pride and a wonderful community spirit.

"It is great that after the remarkable Liberal Democrat victory in the Otley Town Council elections, Tim is launching the Liberal Democrat fightback – and we want Otley to be an example of how a strong liberal team can deliver for people.

“Tim has the ability to connect with people from all different backgrounds, in all different parts of this country and he is the right person to lead the liberal revival this country needs. "

– Greg Mullholland MP
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Yvette Cooper latest to confirm Labour leadership bid

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper is the latest Labour member to announce her bid to succeed Ed Miliband as leader of the party.

She joins Andy Burnham, Liz Kendall and Chuka Umunna, who have all announced they will stand for the leadership.

Labour have confirmed the new party leader will be announced in September after an election campaign.

Carl Dinnen, ITV News political correspondent,reports:

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Yvette Cooper announces plan to run for Labour leader

Yvette Cooper has said she will run for Labour leader Credit: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Yvette Cooper has announced that she plans to run for the Labour Party leadership.

The shadow home secretary made the announcement that she would be entering the race to become party leader in an exclusive article that she has written for tomorrow's edition of the Daily Mirror.

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Cooper: I want to make life better for Britain’s families

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said she wants to become Labour's next party leader because she wants to "make life better" for British families.

Announcing that she would be joining Chuka Umunna, Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham in Labour's upcoming leadership contest Cooper pledged that she was in politics "to make change happen" and wanted to improve the lives of the British public.

Yvette Cooper has announced in an article in the Daily Mirror that she is standing for the Labour Party leadership Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA

In an article for the Daily Mirror Cooper wrote: "I don’t want to be the next leader of the Labour Party just because there’s a vacancy, I want to make life better for Britain’s families.

"It isn’t enough to say we can stop bad things happening, we need to show how good we can be for people too.

"This four-month leadership election can’t be just a debate about the future of our party as some have suggested. It has to be a debate about the future of our country."

Cooper to stand for Labour leadership

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has announced she is standing for the Labour leadership.

West Yorkshire MP Yvette Cooper is to stand in the Labour leadership contest Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford MP joins the race alongside Chuka Umunna, Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham, who also announced his candidacy today.

Under the timetable set out by the NEC, the formal election period will open on Friday.

The Parliamentary Labour Party will stage hustings for the leadership contenders on June 8 and for deputy leadership contenders on June 9, when nominations for both posts open.

Nominations for leader will close at midday on June 15 and for deputy leader at noon on June 17. Ballot papers will be sent out by post on August 14 and polling will close at noon on September 10.

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