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Labour’s David Lammy apologises to BA staff over ‘mistaken’ criticism of strike

Labour frontbencher David Lammy has apologised to British Airways workers as he admitted making a “mistake” in condemning their plans to strike over pay.The shadow foreign secretary had provoked anger from unions including the party’s single biggest donor, Unite, which accused Labour of hitting a “new low” by “supporting bad bosses”.Mr Lammy has written to constituents to say he had “mistakenly understood” the situation to mean BA check-in staff were seeking an above-inflation pay rise, as he admitted: “I was not across the details of the case.”I was not across the details of the case. It is right that those...
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David Lammy apologises for condemning British Airways strike and admits he got facts wrong

David Lammy has apologised for condemning a strike by British Airways check-in staff as unjustified – admitting he got his facts wrong.The shadow foreign secretary sparked anger in Labour circles for his weekend criticism, with Unite’s general secretary, Sharon Graham, saying: “Supporting bad bosses is a new low for Labour.”Now Mr Lammy has pulled back, arguing he “misheard” a question on the BBC and wrongly believed the BA staff were striking to try to win a 10 per cent pay increase.In fact, unions are seeking to reverse a 10 per cent pay cut imposed on workers during the pandemic,...
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Wakefield result suggests Labour would win next election ‘comfortably’, David Lammy says

David Lammy has suggested the result of last week’s by-election in Wakefield suggests Labour are on course to win the next General Election with a “comfortable majority”.The shadow foreign secretary made his comments after Thursday’s “excellent” win and suggested more people will be persuaded to vote against the Conservatives in future.“On that result in Wakefield - and indeed in Tiverton - we would be forming the next government with a comfortable majority, that is what that result tells us,” Mr Lammy said on Sky News.Click here to sign up for our newsletters.
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Labour on course to win next election ‘with comfortable majority’, David Lammy says

Labour is on course to win the next general election “with a comfortable majority” after Boris Johnson’s byelection thumpings, David Lammy says.The shadow foreign secretary argued the results in Wakefield and in Tiverton and Honiton showed there was no need for an electoral pact with the Liberal Democrats – because Labour will win outright.The Conservatives are seeking to provoke a public backlash against an informal agreement between the parties which sees each focus on seats where they are stronger, describing it is a backstairs pact.But Mr Lammy denied it and said of Labour’s win in Wakefield: “If that result...
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David Lammy being investigated by MPs’ standards watchdog

The shadow foreign secretary, David Lammy, is being investigated over allegations believed to centre on the late registration of financial interests. The parliamentary standards commissioner, Kathryn Stone, was looking at possible breaches to the MPs’ code of conduct under areas covering earnings, gifts and foreign travel. The Labour MP apologised for the error and said he had put “revised systems in place” to prevent late declarations in the future.
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Labour’s David Lammy under investigation by Commons watchdog

Labour’s shadow foreign secretary David Lammy is being investigated over allegations believed to centre on the late registration of financial interests.Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone was looking at possible breaches to the MPs’ code of conduct under areas covering earnings, gifts and foreign travel.Mr Lammy apologised for the error and said he had put “revised systems in place” to prevent late declarations in the future.This was included in an update to Parliament’s website after Ms Stone opened the investigation on Wednesday.As soon as this was brought to his attention he wrote to Registrar of Members' Financial Interests to apologise for...
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David Lammy: Death threat MP reacts to sentencing of 'vile racist'

An MP has said he will not be silenced after a "vile racist" was given a suspended jail sentence for sending him a death threat on social media. The message to shadow foreign secretary and Tottenham MP David Lammy used a racial slur and threatened violence. Glenn Broadbent, 62, of...
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David Lammy urges Boris Johnson to quit amid partygate furore

David Lammy has accused the Government of “laughing” at the public after a bottle of Champagne from the Tory chairman was auctioned off as a “souvenir of partygate”.Speaking at a protest opposite Downing Street on a wet Sunday afternoon, the shadow foreign secretary labelled Boris Johnson a “travesty” and called on him to resign.“Just a few days ago a bottle of Champagne, signed by Boris Johnson, was auctioned at a Hertfordshire Conservative constituency party meeting,” he said.“It was a meeting of the chair of the Conservative Party, Oliver Dowden.“Signed onto that bottle, next to Boris Johnson’s signature, was that this...
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