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Jeremy Corbyn faces challenge from Owen Smith

Owen Smith is challenging Jeremy Corbyn over leadership of the Labour Party Credit: Reuters

The Labour Party have confirmed that Owen Smith will be the sole challenger to Jeremy Corbyn for leader of the party, after Angela Eagle backed out of the contest.

A Labour spokesperson said: "The nominations for candidates in the 2016 Labour Leadership contest by members of the PLP and EPLP closed at 5pm today. The nominations have been officially accepted and received.

"Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith are the Labour Leadership candidates."

May: Brexit will not mean walking away from EU friends

Theresa May has insisted that Brexit will not mean "walking away from our European friends" as she embarked on her first foreign trip since being made prime minister.

Ms May, appearing alongside German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, insisted that the UK would remain an "outward-looking country" after the European Union referendum result.

I have been clear that Brexit means Brexit and the United Kingdom is going to make a success of it.

But I also want to be clear here today, and across Europe in the weeks ahead, that we are not walking away from our European friends.

Britain will remain an outward-looking country and Germany will remain a vital partner and a special friend for us.

– Theresa May


May greets Merkel in German during Berlin meeting

Theresa may have brushed up on her German skills for her first foreign trip since being made prime minister a week ago.

She greeted the German chancellor Angela Merkel in her own language as they hosted a joint press conference today.

"I am delighted to be in Berlin" she said in German, hastily adding: "I will now go into English".

Her efforts seems to have made a good early impression on Ms Merkel as the pair got to know each other at their first meeting.

The chancellor appeared visibly surprised and pleased at the gesture.

May arrives in Berlin for Brexit talks with Merkel

Theresa May has landed in Berlin for talks with the German chancellor Angela Merkel on issues including Britain’s exit from the EU.

It marks Ms May’s first foreign trip since she took over as prime minister earlier this month.

She was welcomed with a full guard of honour at the airport, where she shook hands with Ms Merkel.

Ms May is expected to stress that the UK is in no hurry to leave the EU and also sound out the German leader over possible terms of a Brexit.

However, German officials have said there can be no official “pre-negotiations” before the UK triggers article 50 to leave the bloc.

May displayed 'incredibly calm authority' at PMQs

Theresa May displayed "an incredibly calm authority" during her first Prime Minister's Questions, the assistant editor of the Spectator magazine has told ITV News.

Isabel Hardman said she was "surprised" by Mrs May's performance, saying she had expected her to be "quite dull".

She said although Mrs May did not have David Cameron's "swagger", she fitted her jokes in well.

But Ms Hardman warned there will be tougher tests ahead at the dispatch box.

"When she does eventually lose her temper that will tell us a lot about Theresa May," she said.


May tempers expectations on immigration target

Theresa May has moved to temper expectations for the Government to hit its immigration target.

The prime minister suggested attempts to meet the target could be hit by Brits moving back from the EU and that it may take some time to hit the target.

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