Wednesday briefing: Starmer sets out Labor leadership pitch – The Guardian,

Wednesday briefing: Starmer sets out Labor leadership pitch – The Guardian,

Top story: ‘My fear is they have a majority to do pretty much as they like’

Good morning, Alison Rourke here and welcome to this Wednesday briefing as recriminations over Labor’s performance at the polls continue.

Keir Starmer says he’s seriously considering running for leader and has urged laborto return to being a “broad church”. The shadow Brexit secretary, who maintained a low profile during the campaign, says the party didn’t do enough to counter the Tories ’“ get Brexit done ”slogan, but says it can still win the next election if it sticks to its values. “It is a devastating result, but it’s important not to oversteer. The case for a bold and radical labor government is as strong now as it was last Thursday. We need to anchor ourselves in that, ”he said. Starmer agrees the party’s manifesto was “policy overload” and fears the sizeable Tory majority means they can “pretty much do as they like”. Starmer blamed factionalism for the party not dealing with antisemitism.

Last night Jeremy Corbyn faced furious MPs at a fractious meeting of the parliamentary party, saying he tookresponsibility for the resultand was “Very sorry”. He said “despite our best efforts, I believe this election was ultimately about Brexit”, and claimed the media amplified Boris Johnson’s push over Brexit. John Crace writes that the only cheers that greeted Corbyn in parliament yesterdaycame from the Tory benches. You can read Dan Sabbagh on the implosion ofthe People’s Vote movement here.

The Conservatives meanwhile have been accused ofignoring Islamophobia in their ranksafter Johnson broke his promise to hold an inquiry into the issue, instead announcing a broad-brush review of how the party handles discrimination complaints. The PM has also banned his ministers from attending the World Economic Forum in Davos next month,in what’s being seen as an effort to consolidate the party’s position among working-class voters.

Trump hits back- As the vote on whether to impeach Donald Trump approaches, the president haswritten a stinging letteraccusing Democrats of waging an “open war on democracy”. Six pagespacked with scathing criticismaccused his opponents of breaking their allegiance to the constitution and cheapening what he calls “The very ugly word, impeachment!” He accused Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House, of having contracted “Trump Derangement Syndrome” and of viewing “democracy as your enemy!” His attack came as more than (American historians called for his) impeachment and removalfrom office. Zero-carbon shipping- Companies owning freighters would have to pay a small levy on every tonne of fuelthey use under proposals aimed at developing zero-carbon vessels within 17 years. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents (**************************************************************************% of the global shipping industry, is proposing a $ 2 levy on every tonne of fuel consumed by ships, raising $ ma year that would be devoted to research and development of zero-carbon vessels. The ICS said while the proposed levy was small, it was designed to make it affordable for developing countries, while still raising enough to fund the development of a new generation of carbon-zero ships in a decade or so. Poverty affects patients- The poorest people have a 29% greater risk of dying from emergency surgery than those from wealthy areas. A University College London studyhas found a “a significant association between patient poverty and the mortality rates following this commonly performed emergency procedure ”. The study suggests that someone’s housing, education, employment status and working conditions – not just their medical condition – can influence who is most likely to die. Australia swelters- As the country experiencedits hottest day on record(average maximum temperature on********************************************************* (December:) **************************************************************************** .9C), there were warnings that smoke taint and sun damage from blazes and heatwaves could affectsome of the country’s largest wine producers. The Hunter Valley – home to some of the UK’s best-selling wines – is bounded by bushfires on two sides. Smoke can permeate the skin of the grapes as they ripen, causing the wine to have an unpleasant smokey characteristic. It is worst in red wine, when the skins are used to create color. Temperatures in the mid to high s are expected in wine-producing regions in New South Wales and South. Australia this week. ‘I’m speechless’- Fallon Sherrock has made darts history,becoming the first woman to beat a manat the PDC world championship. “I’m speechless,” she said. “I feel really happy because I have proven something for women’s darts, that women can play the men and beat them.” The 25 – year-old, whose twin sister Felicia also plays darts, earned her place by winning the UK and Ireland women’s qualifying event. She beat her opponent Ted Evetts as only the fifth woman to take part in the men’s championship.

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Lunchtime read: Ian Wright on celebrity, the jungle and being content

When Ian Wright entered the jungle for I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here !, he was one of the favorite and not put off by the physical challenges. But what he was not expecting wasthe mental challenge and intense environment(hunger, arguments, isolation), plus the stress of the challenges: “In hindsight, if I’m being totally honest, I probably wouldn’t have done it,” he says . But in another way, it was a triumph of how far he has come in taking on the challenges of his childhood.


Jürgen Klopp has said Fifa’s scheduling of the Club World Cupundermines respect for the competitionbut Liverpool did not “fly 3, 07 miles not to show up ”in Qatar. In the first team’s absence, Liverpool’s second string were 4-0 down by half-time before losing their Carabao Cup quarter-final 5-0 at Aston Villa.

Eddie Jones is yet to reach an agreementwith the Rugby Football Union over continuing as the England coach until despite a series of meetings with the chief executive, Bill Sweeney . Jess Varnish haswon the right to an appealin her employment case against British Cycling and said: “I believe we’re doing the right thing by not giving up.” Joe Root, Joe Denly and Dom Sibley all scored unbeaten half-centuries as England got their tour of South Africa under way witha leisurely day at the creasein Benoni. And seven jockeys banned at Sandown for allegedly ignoring a stop-race flaghave won their appeals andwill be able to take part in racesthroughout the Christmas period.


All eyes will be on sterling today, after it tumbled by about two cents against the dollar and the euro on the international money markets, as the decision to enshrine time-limited Brexit negotiations into law caught investors by surprise. Yesterday, the PM said he would write into law that the UK will leave the EU in and It will not extend the transition period.It set alarm bells ringing in the City, where bosses and investors have largely been anticipating that the year-long Brexit transition period would likely be extended.

Sterling came under heavy

selling pressure on the foreign exchanges, falling to about $ 1. 29 against the dollar and to about € 1. 25 against the euro, reversing all the post-election gains made since Thursday evening last week. It’s dipped further to € 1. and $ 1. 310.

The papers

TheGuardiansplashes with Keir Starmer’s push to put an end to Labor’s damaging infighting. TheTimeshas “Furious Labor MPs slam Corbyn for election defeat”, while theTelegraphpictures Boris Johnson being sworn in and the headline: “Furious MPs confront Corbyn over election disaster ”. The latter saves its splash for “Turkey lets Hamas plot war on Israel.”

TheExpresshas “Boris told to end the agony of HRT drugs crisis. ” Theihas “Air pollution linked to NHS winter crisis”. The

Sunhas “Flack sack & whack for ITV” fury over Love Island host Caroline Flack’s departure from the show after she was charged with assault. The paper claims she was forced to quit and that stars say ITV failed to support her. Finally the

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