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Political Correspondent, BBC - in a personal capacity. Author, 'Five Million Conversations'. Apparently still worth saying - RTs aren't endorsements!
Jun 21 6 tweets 3 min read
How closely involved is the government in the rail dispute? And will the @uklabour leadership’s ‘no picket line’ policy backfire with the unions? More on @BBCr4today and @bbc5live between 630 and 7 this morning So how involved are govt? This is what one of the recently-signed contracts between the Dept of Transport and a train operating company says about industrial action: ‘the Operator’s handling of such industrial action will be subject always to the secretary of state’s direction’
Jan 27, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
lawyers for @jeremycorbyn have failed to get the courts to force @UKLabour to release documents -including minutes or notes of a meeting between @Keir_Starmer and the former leader's supporters incl @LenMcCluskey and communications between the party leadership and Margaret Hodge The @UKLabour lawyer denied that the documents being sought existed and the judge said -in effect- even if they did, they did not need to be disclosed in order to bring a case against the party over the suspension of the whip. Meanwhile discussions have continued