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Labour MP Natalie Elphicke with ex-husband Charles Elphicke
Labour MP Natalie Elphicke with ex-husband Charles Elphicke (PA)

More Tory MPs are contemplating defecting to Labour due to “division and incompetence” in Rishi Sunak’s authorities, a Labour frontbencher has claimed.

But Wes Streeting insisted his occasion wouldn’t take simply any Tory MP, as unrest grew amongst Labour ranks over its acceptance of Natalie Elphicke, lengthy thought-about to be on the correct wing of the Conservatives.

He stated: “I’ve been speaking to other Conservative MPs in Parliament, who are wrestling with their future.”

Meanwhile, Keir Starmer is dealing with calls to let MP Diane Abbott again into Labour.

Ms Elphicke, who despatched shockwaves by Westminster by defecting on Wednesday, has apologised for defending her ex-husband after he was discovered responsible of sexual assault.

Charlie Elphicke, her predecessor as MP for Dover, was convicted in 2020 of sexually assaulting two girls and jailed for 2 years.

She ended the wedding however had stated her husband was “attractive, and attracted to women” and “an easy target for dirty politics and false allegations”.

One shadow minister advised Politico her feedback had been “abhorrent” and a Labour councillor in Dover stated the remarks “minimised what was predatory behaviour and sexual abuse”.


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Press watchdog rejects grievance by Tory ex-MP

A former Conservative MP caught in a newspaper sting in a playing foyer scandal has had a grievance to the press regulator rejected.

Scott Benton, who had represented Blackpool South, was filmed by reporters from The Times providing to foyer ministers and desk parliamentary questions on behalf of playing buyers.

Mr Benton complained that an article final April breached Clause 10 of the Independent Press Standards Organisation’s (Ipso) Editors’ Code, which says journalists can’t use subterfuge except appearing within the public curiosity.

The MP stated there was no public curiosity within the story as a result of it didn’t expose wrongdoing, and he additionally complained that the journalists had requested main questions.

The Times stated if an MP was not appearing with “selflessness, integrity, accountability and openness”, the general public had a proper to know.

It additionally stated that the journalists’ line of questioning was “reasonable and in line with the public interest served”.

The regulator didn’t uphold Mr Benton’s grievance, saying: “Given that the investigation had the potential to expose an MP – an individual who represents the interests of the public – breaching parliamentary rules, there was a clear public interest in seeking to verify the claims made by sources.

“The Public Interest portion of the Editors’ Code explicitly references exposing serious impropriety, and raising or contributing to a matter of public debate, including serious cases of impropriety, unethical conduct or incompetence concerning the public.”

Mr Benton was caught on digital camera telling undercover reporters posing as buyers that he was prepared to take actions that might break Parliament’s lobbying guidelines.

Scott Benton complained that an article, printed in April final 12 months, breached the Independent Press Standards Organisation’s Editors’ Code (Beresford Hodge/PA) (PA Wire)

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Accepting Elphicke outstanding, says minister

A minister says Sir Keir Starmer’s acceptance of Natalie Elphicke as a Labour MP is outstanding when the occasion “has no room” for Jeremy Corbyn or Diane Abbott.

Security minister Tom Tugendhat advised Sky News’s Politics Hub: “He’s got a party that has Zarah Sultana on one side and Natalie Elphicke on the other but has no room for the guy he wanted to put into No 10 only a few years ago, Jeremy Corbyn, or Diane Abbott, who’s been campaigning for the Labour movement for what is it, 20 or 30 years? It’s a remarkable thing.”

He added: “And I like Keir, he’s a decent guy, but I have no idea what he stands for.”

Tom Tugendhat (Danny Lawson/PA) (PA Archive)

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Starmer to vow new anti-terror measures to deal with small boat gangs

Labour will use new counter-terrorism powers to deal with people-smuggling gangs bringing migrants throughout the Channel in small boats, Sir Keir Starmer is about to announce on Friday.

In a speech on the Kent coast, the occasion chief will set out his plans to deal with the small boats disaster if it wins the final election.

Sir Keir is anticipated to say Labour will “replace gimmicks with graft”, scrapping the federal government’s Rwanda scheme and utilizing a number of the cash saved to fund a brand new “elite Border Security Command” led by a former police, navy or intelligence chief.

Attacking the federal government’s strategy as “rank incompetence”, he’s anticipated to accuse the Conservatives of working a “Travelodge amnesty” by housing migrants in resorts quite than processing their claims.

Among the measures to be proposed by Sir Keir are new border-control stop-and-searches, constructing on powers created in 2000 by the Terrorism Act, together with new monetary investigation powers and search and seizure warrants concentrating on organised immigration crime.

The new Border Security Command would convey collectively companies together with the National Crime Agency, Immigration Enforcement and MI5, whereas Labour may also pledge to rent lots of of recent specialist investigators to work throughout the UK and Europe to deal with folks smuggling.

Sir Keir may also stress his expertise as the previous head of the Crown Prosecution Service and pledge to make Britain “hostile territory” for people-smugglers.

He will say: “A business that pits nation against nation, thrives in the grey areas of our rules, the cracks between our institutions, where, they believe, they can exploit some of the most vulnerable people in the world with impunity.

“It’s a vile trade that preys on the desperation and hope it finds in its victims.”

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