Corbyn asks Cameron questions from public in debut PMQs

Jeremy Corbyn asks David Cameron questions submitted by the public as he takes part in Prime Minister's Questions for the first time as Labour leader.

Before his PMQs appearance, Labour said Mr Corbyn will sing the national anthem at future events, after he was criticised for not singing the anthem at a Battle of Britain commemoration on Tuesday.

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Caroline Flint stands down from Labour shadow cabinet

Labour's former shadow energy and climate change secretary, Caroline Flint, has stepped down from Jeremy Corbyn's new shadow cabinet.

There had been speculation that new party leader Mr Corbyn was angling for Ms Flint to be part of his new line-up, with sources describing her as "one of the party’s best communicators by a country mile".

However, in a statement posted via Twitter, Ms Flint said she felt she could "best support the Labour Party and the leadership" from the backbenches.

Tory video attacks 'national security threat' Corbyn

A political attack video labelling newly-elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn a "threat to national security" has been released by the Conservatives.

In the short video, posted to YouTube, Corbyn is said to have called Osama Bin Laden's death was a "tragedy", and to have described Hezbollah and Hamas as "friends".

He is against the replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons programme, the video adds, before accusing him of wanting to "dismantle" the Armed Forces, with a video clip from a previous speech when he railed against the country "presuming to afford" an army with global reach.


McDonnell denies women snubbed in shadow cabinet

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has dismissed claims women had been snubbed for the top jobs in Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet.

Mr McDonnell said health and education portfolios are more important than the great offices of state.

He said it looked like the shadow cabinet "will be completely gender balanced" and there may be more women than men in the whole of the administration.

Mr McDonnell said: "Jeremy said very, very clearly that we don't accept the hierarchical nature of what we have inherited by these supposed top jobs. They largely stem from the 19th century when you had an empire and all that.

"For most people the real top jobs are the ones that provide the services like health and education, those sorts of things. So he has broken with that tradition and I'm really pleased.

"You can't say that Foreign Secretary is more important than delivering education to our children, or the health of the people of this population."

Corbyn remains silent on lack of women in key shadow cabinet roles

New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has refused to answer questions about the lack of women appointed to top roles in his shadow cabinet.

Mr Corbyn was asked repeatedly by reporters early on Monday to respond to the criticism that he had given key roles surrounding the economy and defence to men.

He walked on silently before calling out to a staffer "There's people bothering me".


Corbyn slammed for lack of women in top cabinet jobs

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A Labour MP has attacked Jeremy Corbyn for failing to promote any women to the top shadow cabinet positions.

Diana Johnson, Labour MP for Hull North, said she was disappointed by the male-dominated top team named by Jeremy Corbyn after the announcement of Andy Burnham, John McDonnell and Hilary Benn to key positions.

Mr Corbyn had promised that 50% of his shadow cabinet would be made up of women but Ms Johnson described the appointments as "very disappointing".

Three women have so far been announced for the shadow cabinet; Heidi Alexander as Shadow Health Secretary, Angela Eagle as Shadow Business Secretary and Seema Malhotra as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Andy Burnham MP confirmed as Shadow Home Secretary

Andy Burnham MP has been confirmed by Labour officials as the Shadow Home Secretary.

Andy Burnham MP confirmed as Shadow Home Secretary. Credit: PA

Announcements as follows:

  • Shadow Home Secretary, Andy Burnham MP
  • Shadow Foreign Secretary, Hilary Benn MP
  • Shadow Health Secretary, Heidi Alexander MP
  • Shadow Lord Chancellor, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Lord Falconer of Thoroton
  • Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell MP
  • Shadow International Development Secretary, Diane Abbott MP

Yvette Cooper MP leaves the Shadow Cabinet and will continue her work on bringing together councils, faith groups, and community groups to respond to the refugee crisis. She will chair Labour's task force on refugees.

Andy Burnham, Hilary Benn and Angela Eagle 'expected to stay' in Shadow Cabinet

The Labour leadership expects Andy Burnham, Hilary Benn and Angela Eagle to stay in the Shadow Cabinet, ITV News understands.

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