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White van man says Emily Thornberry is a 'snob'

The owner of the house and white van which Emily Thornbury took a photo of before posting it on Twitter has said the MP is a "snob".

White van house owner: Emily Thornberry is a 'snob'. Credit: Twitter/@EmilyThornberry

Dan Ware,told The Sun: "I've not got a clue who she is, but she's a snob".

He said the flags had been left up since being raised when England played in the football World Cup in May.

"We will continue to fly it," he added.

Mr Ware, a 37-year-old father of four, told the newspaper he could not remember when he last voted.

Hunt: 'Very sad to lose a trusted and good colleague'

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has said he is "very sad" to lose his "trusted and good" colleague Emily Thornberry following the MP's resignation.

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt. Credit: PA

He told BBC2's Newsnight: "I think it's very sad to lose a trusted and good colleague in the run-up to a general election.

"But we should also be very clear that we are hugely in favour in the Labour Party of people expressing pride in their national identity and national symbols.

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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".

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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.

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