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Migrants are people, not insects, Harman tells PM

Harriet Harman said the Prime Minister appeared to want to whip people up against the migrants. Credit: PA

Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman said David Cameron "should remember he is talking about people, not insects" following his "swarms" comment.

She told the BBC the Prime Minister appeared to want to whip people up against the migrants.

Ms Harman also dismissed calls for the British Army to be sent in to sort out the problem.

I think it's a very worrying turn that he appears to be wanting to be divisive and set people against, whip people up, against the migrants in Calais when what he should have been doing, and should have been doing months ago and was warned to be doing, is to get the situation sorted out with the French.

– Harriet Harman

Kendall backs Harriet Harman's policy on welfare cuts

Labour leadership hopeful Liz Kendall has defended the party's interim leader, Harriet Harman after others attacked her for endorsing key Tory benefit cuts.

Liz Kendall and Harriet Harman Credit: REUTERS/Darren Staples / Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Liz Kendall said it was essential that the party showed that it had changed if was to regain the trust of voters.

She said "People said to us 'We don't trust you on the money, we don't trust you on welfare reform.'

If we are going to oppose things we have to put something else in its place, because if we carry on making the same arguments we have done over the last five years we will get the same result.

"We have to put forward a different credible alternative and Harriet was absolutely right to say that."


Labour will 'accept some Tory cuts' says leader Harman

Labour will not contest the Government's latest round of welfare cuts, including the lower household benefits cap and new limits on child tax credits, the party's acting leader has said.

Harriet Harman. Credit: Lauren Hurley / PA Wire

Harriet Harman told the BBC that her party had to acknowledge that it lost the election because voters did not trust it "on the economy and on benefits".

Ms Harman said Labour would oppose some of the changes to tax credits, as well as the abolition of the child poverty targets, but that they wouldn't do "blanket opposition" because people don't want it.

Left-wing Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn indicated he would not support Ms Harman's decision.

"If it is proposed that Labour MPs are being asked to vote for the government's plans to cut benefits to families I am not willing to vote for policies that will push more children in to poverty," he said.

Harman rules out a 'test run' for the new Labour leader

Harriet Harman has rejected the proposal that a new Labour leader should be put up for re-election in three years' time.

Some Labour MPs, including shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt, have suggested the next leader have a "test run" and seek re-election or re-endorsement before 2020.

Interim Labour leader Harriet Harman. Credit: PA Wire

But Harman, who is acting leader of the party, told The Observer whoever is elected should be allowed to get on with the job for the next five years.

Harman also announced a "truth and reconciliation" commission to discover why Labour lost the General Election.

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