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Emily Thornberry quits shadow cabinet: Full statement

Emily Thornberry said she was resigning from the shadow cabinet as she "will not let anything distract from Labour's chance to win" the next General Election.

Ms Thornberry, who was shadow attorney general, said in a statement: "Earlier today I sent a tweet which has caused offence to some people. That was never my intention and I have apologised.

Labour MP Emily Thornberry said it was never her intention to offend people with this Twitter post. Credit: Twitter/@EmilyThornberry

"However I will not let anything distract from Labour's chance to win the coming General Election.

"I have therefore tonight told Ed Miliband I will resign from the shadow cabinet."

Labour MP resigns from shadow cabinet after flag tweet

Shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry has resigned from the shadow cabinet, the Labour Party has said.

Emily Thornberry has resigned from the shadow cabinet, the Labour Party has announced. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

It follows controversy over a tweet she posted earlier today of a house draped with England flags and the words "Image from Rochester".


Ed Miliband promises 'straight answers' to 'direct questions'

Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, has promised straight answers when he is grilled by young voters in his Leaders Live Q&A on Monday 8th December.

The 2015 General Election is going to be hugely important for the future of Britain – and particularly for young people. Leaders Live will give young people a chance to ask political leaders direct questions and get straight answers. I’m really looking forward to being involved.

– ed miliband, labour party


80% of people say recovery has had 'little or no impact'

Eight out of ten Britons feel the economic recovery has had little or no impact on their personal circumstances, new research reveals.

Asked what effect the upturn had had on them, 49% said there had been "none at all", while 31% said "not very much".

The majority of Britons say they have not really felt the benefits of economic recovery. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Ipsos MORI poll for the Evening Standard also found pessimism about the future, with 75% of respondents saying economic growth would have either no impact or "not very much".

The political implications of the survey are potentially interesting, with the Conservatives trumpeting the UK's improved overall economic performance, but Labour arguing that many are not feeling the benefits of growth.

Conservatives: Miliband still has no plan for UK's future

A Conservative minister has hit out at Ed Miliband after this morning's speech, saying the Labour leader still has no plan for the future of the country.

Matthew Hancock, who has a joint brief in the Energy and Business departments, told BBC News:

The problem is for Ed Miliband and for Labour is that they haven’t got a plan to secure Britain’s future. They haven’t got what we call a long-term economic plan and they may blame the media, but it’s people on their own side who are saying that Ed Miliband is not up to the job.

– Matthew Hancock MP

Miliband tells Nigel Farage to 'bring it on'

Ed Miliband has responded to Nigel Farage's challenge to a live TV debate, telling the Ukip leader to "bring it on".

However, the Labour leader ignored Mr Farage's request for a 'head-to-head debate', referring only to the upcoming party leaders' election debate, which will also feature Nick Clegg and David Cameron.

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