Yet again, the Prime Minister has been found wanting when his leadership has been tested.

If I were Prime Minister, the Home Secretary would have been removed from her job. [Thread]
It is hard to imagine another workplace in the UK where this behaviour would be condoned by those at the top.

The Government should be setting an example. Instead, it is one rule for Boris Johnson and his friends, another for everyone else.
The Prime Minister has previously said he ‘loathes bullying’. Yet when one of his own ministers is found to have bullied their staff he ignores the damning report sat on his desk and instead protects them.
In the interest of transparency, the report into Priti Patel’s conduct and any drafts should now be fully published and the Prime Minister and Home Secretary should come to the House on Monday to face questions on their conduct.

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18 Nov
Since I was elected Labour leader, I have made it my mission to root out antisemitism from the Labour Party.

I know that I will judged on my actions, not my words.
The disciplinary process does not have the confidence of the Jewish community.

That became clear once again yesterday.
It is the task of my leadership to fix what I have inherited. That is what I am resolute in doing and I have asked for an independent process to be established as soon as possible.

I’m the Leader of the Labour Party, but I’m also the Leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party.
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17 Nov
I know that this has been another painful day for the Jewish community and those Labour members who have fought so hard to tackle antisemitism.
I know the hurt that has been caused and the trauma people have felt.
Jeremy Corbyn's statement in response to the EHRC report was wrong and completely distracted from a report that identified unlawful conduct in our tackling of racism within the Labour Party. This should shame us all.
I will not allow a focus on one individual to prevent us from doing the vital work of tackling antisemitism.

When I stood as leader of the Labour Party, I was clear that my first priority would be to root out antisemitism. It still is.
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7 Nov
Congratulations to @JoeBiden on his election as President of the United States of America.

He ran a campaign on the values that we in the United Kingdom share - decency, integrity, compassion and strength.
And I want to congratulate @KamalaHarris on being elected Vice-President, the first woman of colour to take that role.
Their victory is one for hope and unity over dishonesty and division. Millions of Americans of all backgrounds and ages have come together to vote for a better, more optimistic future.
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1 Sep
For millions of families across England, this week will be a mixture of excitement and anxiety.
Excitement for children who will be back in the classroom for the first time in months.

But anxiety for teachers and parents about a year ahead that is full of uncertainty. [Thread]
I want to pay tribute to the extraordinary dedication of our teachers and school staff who have worked tirelessly over the summer to make sure schools can reopen safely.
Labour want and expect children to be back at school.

Every day that schools were closed was a day of opportunity, learning and support lost.
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30 Jul
No one would argue with putting in place local action to reduce the transmission of coronavirus.

But announcing measures affecting potentially millions of people late at night on Twitter is a new low for the government’s communications during this crisis.
When the government ended the daily press conferences, they said they would hold them for “significant announcements”, including local lockdowns. It’s hard to imagine what could be more significant than this.
For all the bluster, government has failed to deliver a functioning track and trace system that would spot local flare ups like these.
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30 May
Labour supported the lockdown and has always argued that restrictions need to be eased gradually and in a safe way.

The Government’s actions over the past ten days have made difficult decisions more risky.
First, ministers have not yet got a fully functioning test, track and trace system in place.

Second, the Government’s public health message has been undermined because the Prime Minister was too weak to take firm action against Dominic Cummings for breaking lockdown.
Ministers need to accept that mistakes have been made and do everything they now can to reduce the risks to public health. That should include three things.
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