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Shapps Warns Trans Pennine Franchise



HOT on the heals of Grant Shapps taking action against the Northern rail franchise, TBG can sensationally reveal that he’s just given a warning to Trans Pennine Express who operate from as far south as Grimsby and Manchester to as far north as Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The transport secretary tweeted that he had called in bosses from the company to explain the poor service passengers received in December and January and has told them they must get their act together since “I won't hesitate to escalate this further.”





Irish General Election Called For Feb 8



LABOUR launched its campaign for the Irish General Election which is on February 8 earlier.

The Party is fielding 31 candidates.

Leader Brendan Howlin says Labour wants as many progressives as possible in next Dáil.

The party hopes to double number of TDs elected.

Leadsom Welcomes Flybe Bailout


Flybe issued this statement

BUSINESS minister Andrea Leadsom has this evening said she is delighted that airline Flybe is to continue operating.

She tweeted - “Delighted that we have reached agreement with Flybe’s shareholders to keep the company operating, ensuring that U.K. regions remain connected.”

“This will be welcome news for Flybe’s staff, customers and creditors and we will continue the hard work to ensure a sustainable future.”

Labour Change Indy Ref II Policy Twice In A Day


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THIS is the new official line being taken by Scottish Labour tonight as regards Indy Ref II.

Earlier in the day, Alex Rowley said that “there are conversations to be had in the future.”

It didn’t last long!

As the statement above shows, Richard Leonard has since called the PM "spectacularly naive" and is now sensationally calling for "home rule within the UK.”

How times change.

Has Long Bailey Got An Unfair Advantage Already?



WITH all the candidates for the Labour leadership ready to go and Lisa Nandy set to face the wrath of Andrew Neil tomorrow night, TBG has learned that even though she trails Keir Starmer in the polls, Rebecca Long Bailey May have an unfair advantage when it comes to Labour data.

Hence, the NEC were pressed earlier today to give all leadership candidates access to membership data before the ballot opens.

Some fear that Rebecca Long Bailey May have access to data held by Momentum while others will have far less info when seeking CLP nominations.

Boris Rejects Indy Ref II



BORIS Johnson has rejected Nicola Sturgeon’s demand for another referendum on Scottish independence.

In his written response to Ms Sturgeon, the prime minister said he had "carefully considered and noted" her arguments.

But he said: "You and your predecessor (Alex Salmond) made a personal promise that the 2014 independence referendum was a once in a generation vote.”

"The people of Scotland voted decisively on that promise to keep our United Kingdom together, a result which both the Scottish and UK governments committed to respect in the Edinburgh Agreement."


Mr Johnson said the UK government would "continue to uphold the democratic decision of the Scottish people and the promise you made to them".

He added: "For that reason, I cannot agree to any request for a transfer of power that would lead to further independence referendums".

Boris: Free Trade Lifts People Out Of Poverty



Boris Johnson gave his first major television interview since the General Election on BBC Breakfast this morning.

PM says he does not want a conflict with Iran but wants to engage instead - “The U.K. served as a bridge between European powers. Our job was to make clear our position. Our job was to work hard to avoid an escalation.”

“We have got to stop the Iranians obtaining a nuclear weapon.” Urges a Trump deal instead of JCPOA."


On the Royals: “I am a massive of the Royal and absolutely confident they will sort it out. They will sort it out much better without a running commentary from me.”

On Brexit: “I thinks it’s very likely we will get a free trade deal. This is about building a great new partnership.”

“Free trade has done more to lift people out of poverty than anything else.”


Boris said he was looking into chiming Big Ben on Brexit hour as it has been reported the decision was taken not to bong Big Ben.

On being Vegan: "It requires so much concentration. It's a crime against cheese-lovers. I take my hat off to vegans who can handle it."

On NHS: “This is our number one priority.”

“There will be 50,000 more nurses and 6,000 more GPs. 40 new hospitals and 20 new upgrades.”


On social care reform: “Nobody should sell their home to pay for the costs of care.”

PM also stated he wants county lines drugs gangs completely wound up.

European Parliament Set To Vote On Boris EU Deal



TBG can sensationally reveal that the European Parliament’s vote on the Brexit deal is pencilled in to take place at 6:00pm Brussels time on 29th Jan.

It will be in Brussels rather Strasbourg.

Senior MEPs on the European Parliament’s Conference of Presidents will decide at a meeting this week how to mark the departure of the UK from the EU.

Good News On The Economy



THE economy grew by 0.1% in the three months to November 2019. It's grown year on year since 2010 by a total of 19% which is faster than France, Italy and Japan.

UK exports rose by £5.1 billion in the 3 months to November totalling £177.5 billion over the period. British firms’ global exports totalled £679.5bn last year and 53% of goods exports went to non-EU markets. Exports of goods to non-EU markets are up 7.5%.

Boris Johnson told TBG - “By getting Brexit done on 31 Jan, we have the opportunity to negotiate trade deals with countries across the world, placing British businesses at the heart.”

Liz Truss told TBG - “It is Great to see demand for British goods in non-EU markets is growing at its fastest for over a year.”

Boris In Northern Ireland



“Never mind the hand of history I see the hand of the future.”

Those were the words of PM Boris Johnson in Stormont’s Great Hall earlier today.

The PM went on to say - “I cannot see any circumstances whatsoever to have checks on goods going from Northern Ireland to Great Britain.”

“For goods going from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, the ONLY circumstances for checks would be if those goods were going on to the Republic of Ireland if we have not secured a zero tariff deal with the EU.”


Boris Johnson says that the Government stands by it’s pledge of "no further unfair prosecutions" in respect of veterans.

The Taoiseach joined his British counterpart at Stormont to welcome the restoration of power-sharing but returned to Dublin without commenting on his intentions for the date of the General Election which is expected on Feb 7th-ish.

Patel Vows To Double Jail Terms For Attacks On Emergency Workers



PRITI Patel has this morning vowed to get tough on people who attack frontline emergency workers.

She’s pledged to double jail terms for such offenders.

The Home Secretary told TBG - “Our frontline emergency service workers have some of the toughest jobs there are.”

“They are the unsung heroes across our communities.”

“I am unapologetic about doubling the maximum sentence for assaulting workers in the emergency services.”


Momentum Behind Long Bailey



MOMENTUM have this weekend pledged to ensure that the hard left remain in control of Labour.

In a statement the left wing faction said - “This leadership election will decide the future of our party.”

“We are planning a huge people powered campaign to make sure Labour is led by a new generation of left wing MPs.”


A steering committee statement added - “Rebecca Long Bailey is the only viable candidate to build upon the socialist agenda.”

The news comes just days after Jess Phillips was forced to suspend an aide for describing Israel as “a murderer that was inflicting Holocaust conditions on Palestinians.”

Jess Phillips In Anti Semitism Storm

Jess Phillips has today sensationally issued this statement after one of her staff was suspended in yet another Labour Antisemitism row



Labour War Goes On



LABOUR leadership hopeful Emily Thornberry has this morning told Andrew Marr that it was a "disaster" to go for an election rather than a referendum on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal.

Despite admitting she's been a slow starter in the leadership race she said, “I’m fairly confident I will get across the line.”

Emily Thornberry also said that the UK taxpayer should continue to pay for security of Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

This morning Rebecca Long Bailey called for the House of Lords to be abolished.

Boris In Oman



BORIS Johnson has arrived in Muscat to offer his condolences following the death of HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman.

He's at a condolence ceremony alongside the Prince of Wales, the Defence Secretary and the Chief of the Defence Staff.

This is a photo of Boris when he was Foreign Secretary with Sultan Qaboos bin Said in Muscat, Oman, in 2017.

Raab Says Arrest Of British Ambassador In Tehran Is Against The Law



FOREIGN Secretary, Dominic Raab, last night accused Iran of "a flagrant violation of international law" after the arrest of the British ambassador in Tehran and then released after 3 hours.

Raab told TBG - “The Iranian government is at a cross-roads moment.”

“It can continue its march towards pariah status with all the political and economic isolation that entails, or take steps to deescalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards."


It’s emerged that the ambassador was attending a vigil which evolved into a protest and was arrested on the way back to the British embassy but later released.

Hot on the heels of Boris Johnson’s statement earlier, the Security minister Brandon Lewis has this morning said that the arrest of the UK ambassador in Iran is a “completely unacceptable breach of Vienna Convention.”

He also said that the UK does wants to remain in Europol and is ambitious for security deal with EU.

PM Statement on Northern Ireland deal



Richard Burgon In Desperate Plea For Nominations



BURGON'S troubles come on the same day Labour MP and leadership candidate Clive Lewis launches his campaign at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton.

Lewis said, “One of my priorities would be to champion the cultural and economic case for stronger migration.”

Clive Lewis called for a referendum on the future of the monarchy at the launch.

Lewis currently has FOUR nominations.


Iranian Air Disaster Investigation Cover-up



A CBS News crew earlier visited the Ukrainian airlines crash site west of Tehran.

It was 9:00am local time and virtually all the pieces of the plane were removed yesterday, according to locals.

Scavengers were earlier picking the site clean too.

No security. Not cordoned off. No sign of any investigators.

That’s Iran for you.

EX Lincoln MP Looks For A Job



Former Lincoln MP Karen Lee says she has visited the job centre after losing her seat in the general election.

She posted this on Twitter earlier:

Ironically, she might have a slight problem claiming Universal Credit because of her upcoming pay off.

EXCLUSIVE: Northern Rail Set To Lose Franchise



Northern Rail are on the brink of losing their franchise after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps took them to task in the House of Commons earlier.

Shapps told TBG - “I want trains to run reliably and on time.”

“Unacceptably this hasn’t been the case for Northern Passengers.”

“Today I’ve informed parliament of Financial Default.”

“By the end of this month I will set out the changes we will make to move towards a less fragmented, more reliable railway.”


Mr Shapps also released this written statement.



Shadow Minister Snubs Corbynite Comrades



IN another sign that all is not running smoothly in the Rebecca Long Bailey camp, TBG can today sensationally reveal that the Shadow Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Stephen Morgan, has put his support behind front runner Keir Starmer too.

The Portsmouth South MP beat Flick Drummond in 2017 largely thanks to Jeremy Corbyn‘s policy of scrapping tuition fees.

Yet despite serving as a Shadow minister, our Stephen has snubbed the opportunity to back the official Corbynite candidate this time.

Morgan told today’s Portsmouth News that Starmer “is best placed to build a path back to power and unify the Labour movement.”

Mr Morgan is, however, backing Corbynite Angela Rayner for Deputy.

TBG smells some political opportunism that the public will easily see through.

Labour Infighting Continues



HOT on the heels of Rebecca Long Bailey‘s latest remarks about Jeremy Corbyn, it seems as though Labour moderates have taken it rather badly.

So much so that former Home Secretary Jack Straw has this morning re-opened the war with a thinly veiled warning.

In a huge swipe at Long Bailey, Straw, who’s son is pals with David Cameron, said the party could “collapse” under our Rebecca even citing her as the “continuity Corbynite.”

“I am absolutely clear that the party needs a true loyal successor to Jeremy Corbyn like a whole in the head.”

“It would be a collective suicide note.”


As TBG reported on our Facebook page, the new Labour leader will be announced on April 4.

Defence Secretary Makes Middle East Statement



THE Defence Secretary has made a statement on the security situation in the Middle East

Ben Wallace said “Since October 2019 there were 14 attacks on coalition bases in Iraq.”

“We are in discussions with the Iraqi government and urge them to ensure the coalition can continue its fight against Daesh.”


Jeremy Corbyn responded by saying “It is illegal to kill foreign leaders without evidence of an imminent threat.”

Thus suggesting he didn’t want to upset Donald Trump.

Mr Wallace replied “The prime minister is running the country and he believes in cabinet government.”

“He thought it was appropriate for me to attend.”


Long Bailey: Corbyn Was The Right Leader



REBECCA Long Bailey has this morning sensationally said that Jeremy Corbyn was always the right man to lead Labour into the General Election.

She told Radio 4 Today “I supported Jeremy and still support Jeremy.”

“He was the right man to lead with the right moral integrity.”

She said, “Labour lost trust in leave areas, there was an inordinate amount of time spent on parliamentary manouevres” and “the party ended up with a compromise solution on Brexit rather than just emphasising the need for a good deal.”

On antisemitism she said behind the scenes she was “arguing for a faster disciplinary process.”

Yet she fails to mention it once in her Tribune article that launched her leadership bid.

EXCLUSIVE: Sajid Javid's £100bn Infrastructure Revolution




THE Chancellor has set 11 March as the date for his first Budget - the first since the general election.

Sajid Javid told TBG: “There will be an infrastructure revolution in our great country.”

"We set out in our manifesto during the election how we can afford to invest more and take advantage of the record low interest rates that we are seeing, but do it in a responsible way.”

"There will be up to an extra £100bn of investment in infrastructure over the next few years that will be transformative for every part of our country,"

“In the Budget, we will be setting out how we are going to take advantage of all the huge opportunities that Brexit will bring.”

"Also, how we are going to help hard-working people in particular - especially with the cost of living - and how we are going to level up across the entire country."


Tories Pledge To Bring Back Steelmaking



TBG can sensationally reveal that Tees Mayor Ben Houchen has this morning said that if he is re-elected, he will bring back steelmaking to Teesside.

It’s a bold and ambitious pledge as he launched his campaign to continue as Tees Valley Mayor at AV Dawson in Middlesbrough earlier.

Moderates Fear Long Bailey Stitch Up



IT'S emerged this morning that today’s meeting of Labour’s NEC could be part of a plan to rig the leadership election.

TBG understands that hard left supporters of Jeremy Corbyn are plotting a timetable and set of regulations that will strongly favour a Rebecca Long Bailey.

It’s understood her supporters are trying to block “registered supporters” from having a say.

Jess Phillips yesterday backed the idea and many argue that it’s what got Corbyn elected in the first place.

Hunt Concern For Jailed Briton In Iran



The former Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has this morning warned that it’s "going to be much harder" to get Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe home after the US strike in Baghdad.

He says that the situation between Iran and the US is a “tinderbox” and that both sides are “underestimating” each other.

Starmer and Phillips Clash Over Brexit



JESS Phillips has this morning sensationally criticised the message her party campaigned on in the General Election.

She told Andrew Marr that offering free broadband was “not believable” and “part of the problem why voters didn’t trust the party to deliver.”

She said that whilst she marched against the Iraq war she isn't against interventions where there is a 'moral and legal' case.

However, she hinted that she would campaign in future for Britain to rejoin the EU saying, “if our country is safer, more economically viable, inside the EU then I will fight for that.”

Leadership contender Keir Starmer has warned against “blindly following the Americans” into another war.

Starmer wants to establish whether the US action was legal in the first place.

As regards the EU, he told Andrew Marr, “we in the Labour Party have to accept the result and focus on what comes next.”

In response to questioning as regards the General Election result, Starmer, who launches his campaign in Stevenage later, said, “we lost the public's trust to be a force for good and a force for change.”

He cited a lack of clarity and leadership issues, the handling of anti-semitism, and not knocking down Boris Johnson’s claim to 'get Brexit done' as some of the reasons for the defeat.

Mr Starmer refused to say what policies he would drop but said an argument for rail nationalisation “makes itself.”

Raab: It Was Self Defence


DOMINIC Raab gave a guarded response earlier to the US air strike in Baghdad.

He told Andrew Marr, “We understand why they did it.”

“They have a right to self-defence. It is not an act of war.”


The Foreign Secretary said he was aware of it "as it happened" and that he wants to de-escalate the tensions.

Thornberry Criticises Iran Strike



Emily Thornberry has this morning just called the Qassem Soleimani assassination ia "lurch towards war".

She told Sophy Ridge that And the killing was wrong and said that the UK should stand up to US and say we will not be dragged into another war.

The Shadow Foreign Secretary also called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

Corbyn Questions Iran Strike



JEREMY Corbyn has written to the Prime Minister asking for an urgent privy council briefing on the US airstrike that killed a top Iranian general.

The Labour leader is set to raise questions over what the UK knew in advance and communications with White House since the action took place.

The news comes despite a statement earlier pointing out that Boris Johnson was not warned in advance about the US airstrike in Iraq that killed a top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.

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