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By-election date set for Jo Cox's Batley and Spen constituency

A date has been set for the Batley and Spen by-election 'with agreement' of the family of the late MP, Jo Cox.

It will be held on October 20th - the same day as the by-election in David Cameron's constituency of Witney.

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Thatcher 'would not have supported Brexit'

Margaret Thatcher would not have supported Brexit, or having an In-Out referendum on the EU at all, according to one of her most senior policy advisers.

Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher and deputy leader William Whitelaw during a Conservative Group for Europe Press conference in 1975 Credit: PA Archive

Lord Charles Powell of Bayswater, the former prime minister's closest foreign policy adviser while she was in Number 10, said Mrs Thatcher had "no truck" with referendums and wanted to change the EU from within.

Speaking to The Observer, he said the late leader would have "avoided getting trapped" by the referendum promise.

Of course she got fed up with [Europe], but I don't believe that as prime minister she would ever have campaigned to take Britain out of Europe, or had a referendum to allow that to happen.

She wanted to change Europe, and she set out to change it with great vigour, but I don't believe she would have chosen this way, and she would have avoided getting trapped by the referendum promise.

She never had any truck with referendums and frequently spoke out against them.

– Lord Charles Powell of Bayswater
  1. Daniel Hewitt

Labour donor says party WILL split if Corbyn wins and pledges to fund a breakaway group

One of Yorkshire's richest men and one of the Labour Party's biggest individual donors has said he will fund a breakaway party in Jeremy Corbyn is re-elected.

Dr Assem Allam, who owns Hull City Football Club, has long been a critic of Mr Corbyn's leadership, describing him as unelectable.

Now he's told our Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt it is inevitable Labour will split, and has revealed he's been in contact with senior party figures about forming a new party.

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