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Parliament must have vote on Brexit plan, says Benn

Hilary Benn is chairman of the Commons Brexit Committee. Credit: The Andrew Marr Show/BBC

Parliament must have a vote on the Government's Brexit plan, Hilary Benn has said.

The Government has insisted that the EU referendum result must be respected and that its negotiating strategy should not be undermined, but there are growing calls from MPs for a vote to take place.

Mr Benn, the chairman of the Commons Brexit Committee told the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show: "I think that it is right and proper that Parliament should, first of all, have a chance to express a view about what our negotiating objectives are going to be."

He added that it was "essential" that Brexit minister David Davis tell Parliament what his negotiating objectives are.


Jeremy Corbyn 'in denial of anti-Semitism in Labour'

Tim Loughton. Credit: Pool

Jeremy Corbyn is "in denial" about the extent of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party, Conservative MP Tim Loughton has said.

Mr Loughton, the acting chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, suggested the Labour leader is not doing enough to challenge anti-Semitism within Labour.

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Loughton said: "We pay tribute to Jeremy Corbyn's long and proud record of fighting racism over many, many years - that is not in doubt.

"What we do question is his leadership in actually doing something serious about this emerging problem of anti-Semitism. Up to 50 members of the Labour Party have been suspended over the last year on his watch."

Mr Loughton added that Labour's "mismanagement" of its alleged anti-Semitism problem has "created an air of it being safe for these anti-Semites within the Labour Party to operate".


Jeremy Corbyn sacks Chief Whip Rosie Winterton

Rosie Winterton (left), who helped plan Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet in 2015, has been sacked. Credit: PA

Rosie Winterton, Labour's Chief Whip for six years, has been sacked by party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Corbyn thanked Winterton for her "exceptional service" as he announced that Newcastle MP Nick Brown had taken over the role.

"[Rosie Winterton] has played an outstanding role in her support for me as leader and for the Labour Party as a whole," Corbyn said.

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