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Lots of talk over the past few days on ‘the rule of law’ and no-one being above law. Yet, some at #Lab19 not only defended but participated in the intimidation & abuse of @Womans_Place_UK for holding a meeting to discuss their rights while the police stood by.
@Womans_Place_UK Also, lots of talk on ‘inflammatory’ language around the Brexit debate and how it is fuelling discord and could incite violence. Again, what about misogynistic hatefulness and how that is inciting violence against women?
@Womans_Place_UK Many women today are reporting threats because they attended or defended the meeting.

We suggest that women contact any MPs who have, rightly, condemned inflammatory speech and ask them to act on these principles and condemn these misogynist attacks.
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This isn’t going to get much attention today but worth noting. #Lab19 is still just about ongoing and they’ve just unanimously passed a motion which pledges to maintain Freedom of Movement as part of any Brexit deal.
So...does this mean Freedom of Movement will be part of Labour’s Brexit deal which they’ll put against remain? Which will also include a customs union and single market alignment. So Norway+ essentially. That could be...politically tricky.
Labour source confirms that Freedom of Movement is now Lab policy as conf is “sovereign body”. When I asked if it will therefore be included in any Labour Brexit deal put to the people (vs remain) source said that’s up to the EU but “some form of it” could well be.
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Today Jeremy Corbyn promised to bring medical research into common ownership at #LabourConference2019. This is a huge campaign victory, and a huge challenge to the power of Big Pharma. Here’s what it means: (1/9) #Lab19
At the moment, medicines are produced by a monopoly of giant corporations for super profits. They cost our #NHS over £18bn last year - an increase of 4.6% from the previous year - and means it can’t afford some new medicines. People are dying, the NHS is being undermined. (2/9)
Luis Walker featured in Corbyn’s leaders’ speech is an 8-year old boy with cystic fibrosis. There’s a drug, Orkambi, that could alleviate his symptoms and slow the disease, potentially adding years to his life. But it’s too expensive for the NHS (£105,000!) (3/9)
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Feeling on the floor from some of the delegates is that Corbyn’s opponents have turned Composite 13 into a form of confidence vote on the Corbyn leadership, so lots of rallying around him/urging to vote it down. #Lab19
One member told me: “the media have made this about Jeremy so we need to support him.”
Screaming from the conf floor asking to be called. Shouts of “points of order!”
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For Labour to enact their amazing policies they need to win the election. They need to win over Labour leave seats to do this. By becoming a party officially backing remain, there's a real risk Labour will lose these seats by alienating voters in these constituencies. 1/7 #Lab19
Both the country & the party are clearly split on this. To sway one way or the other, as the Tories & Lib Dems have done, is surely not going to solve anything. There has to be compromise on both sides: leavers accepting that there should be another vote... 2/7 #Lab19 #LabConf19
the reasonable one being proposed by Corbyn & Labour - with leave still being an option - but under a much better deal; and remainers need to acknowledge that by Labour being pushed to adopt a staunchly remain position risks completely trashing how far the party's come 3/7 #Lab19
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McDonnell: “We are tight to give the people the final say on the deal on Brexit, deal or remain.” #Lab19
McDonnell: “Though I will campaign for Remain I profoundly respect those who wish to leave with a credible deal. I warn those who would revoke A50 without a democratic mandate. Just ask yourselves what message that would send to the people.” #Lab19
McDonnell just promised to:

-cap rents
-build a million homes.
-introduce full employment rights from day 1
-stop rollout of universal credit
-reintroduce collective bargaining where abolished

Alongside private schools, one of the most radical Labour platforms for years.
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It’s been a difficult start to #lab19 as the party tears itself apart over Corbyn and Brexit.

“We just can’t help ourselves. It looks like we are more focused on our own problems than helping the country at large.”

Latest from @PickardJE and yours truly…
@PickardJE Senior Labour officials describe the effort by Jon Lansman to oust @tom_watson as deputy leader on Friday as “insane” - blaming Karie Murphy in the leader’s office and union leader Len McCluskey.

"Lansman was just doing their dirty work."…
Are we reaching the end of Corbyn? Shadow cabinet minister:

"Jeremy is 70, but he has one last big campaign in him. He’s geared up for an election this year…if he loses, he’ll hang around long enough to ensure his chosen successor gets the job.”…
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BREAK: It is now Labour Party policy to effectively ban private schools. They will have to be integrated into the state system and forced to sell off land and assets if there’s a Labour govt. #lab19
This is the motion conference has just passed. “Endowments, investments and properties held by private schools to be redistributed democratically and fairly across the country’s educational institutions.”
Political implications?

Obvious one to me is that it almost certainly solidifies Tory vote in Home Counties/southern England who might have been toying with voting Lib Dem.
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.@sussex_police have responded

They have alleged something very serious that DID NOT happen.

They say I'm March 2019 I "threatened to kill people with a handgun & my 4x4."

1st, I didn't.
2nd, I don't own a 4x4
3rd, I was never arrested
4th, I'd be in jail

I will not have this
2/ Their decision say I was visited in March 2019 regarding this allegation.

I was never at any point, visited, interviewed, arrested or questioned about this or any other offense.

They have provided no proof either.

I have *never* at any point been arrested for terrorism
3/ I have made a representation and will have a response by 12.30 tomorrow.
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Just been accosted by Labour Party Marxists' Anne McShane outside a pub. She wanted to know if I was proud of myself. #LabourConference2019 #Lab19
She accused me of assisting a witchhunt against the Labour left, which will be due to my calling out antisemitism, something I'd always regarded as a duty for socialists. I replied that I was ashamed I'd ever been involved in a group that was now facilitating antisemitism.
And that she should be ashamed too. LPM is a front for the CPGB, a group that didn't used to obsess about anti-Zionism but has done that these last few years, spawning Labour Against the Witchhunt and presenting all concerns about antisemitism as some sort of Zionist conspiracy.
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It was the same last year, and the year before
@UKLabour remainers, you can composite, and posture, and tweet all you want

But until you have the integrity to displace Corbyn Labour will be a #Brexit party, who's leadership will torpedo remain…
@UKLabour #Lab19 honestly, grow up - you can have Corbyn or you can fight #Brexit, you can't have both

No one is saying anymore that a #Brexit deal will leave us better off - except your brexiter leader

He will wreck any remain campaign as long as he has any influence
@UKLabour #Lab19 the Watson coup wasn't even about #Brexit or the GE. The people you've handed control to don't even care about winning this GE, only how they secure the leadership after Corbyn fails

They have no interest in Labour voters

As long as you keep Corbyn, neither do you
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There is every reason to have hope that we (those not in the ruling class) can be successful in removing the neoliberal clamp on our lives. The @UKLabour regeneration for the 21st Century is only one part of the change. The key is for the vulnerable to feel empowered. #Lab19
Those whose original ideal was a no-deal brexit took a calculated risk to let the poor out of their box to achieve the leave result. The game is still in play. If they succeed, the poor will quickly be quashed, their usefulness no longer required. #Lab19
Voters in US learning the hard way after supporting Trump. We risk the same abuse of power, it's not new, it's just more blatant as systems of accountability have been inadequate and arguably compromised for many years. #Lab19
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Having a sovereign conference, where the rank and file of the party can submit policies without having them subject to bureaucratic stitch-ups or obfuscatory composites, and then policies the conference votes for actually become party policy and are implemented in government...
...rather than policies being made up and announced unilaterally by ministers or having conference debates undermined by statements from the NEC or leader’s office issued right before they’re due to take place... just such basic, 101 stuff in terms of party democracy and empowering the membership. It’s a scandal how poor “Corbynism” has been on this stuff so far. #Lab19 #LabourConference2019
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Tom Watson is much harder to get rid of than you realise: a thread.
There's no point signing petitions calling on the NEC to pass a motion of no confidence against Watson, even if they did it would have no effect as such a mechanism doesn't exist in the Labour Party Rule Book.
The only way to get rid of an incumbent deputy leader is for a challenger to be nominated by 20% of the combined PLP/ELP, as per Chapter Four, Clause II, subsection B, point iii of the Labour Party Rule Book.
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