Labour Accused of Accepting Illegal Foreign Aid

Labour and Momentum have been accused of accepting illegal foreign donations during the election campaign, with the Tories reporting both to the electoral commission and demanding an urgent investigation. Read the letter in full here

Despite Labour constantly pointing their own fingers at supposed ‘dark money’ coming in from abroad to influence elections, new evidence shows Labour and Momentum have received support from the Bernie Sanders-supporting Democratic Socialists for America who have been running phone banking sessions for the party from five US states. Not surprising given how similar they are – the presidential hopeful even nicked Corbyn’s slogan

Such activity – also being donated by the Party of European Socialists – is illegal as it’s being undertaken by overseas corporate bodies with no connection to the UK, and there is no indication of where the money is coming from. Only the second most worrying foreign donation Labour have accepted this week, following the Russian-originated unredacted trade documents…

Super Tuesday 2: Trump and Clinton Score Big

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Donlad Trump and Hillary Clinton have emerged as the winners from what has been dubbed ‘Super Tuesday 2’.

Trump secured victories in 3 out of 4 states currently declared, including the all important winner-takes-all state of Florida. Although John Kasich did take Ohio, another winner-takes-all state. No gains for Rubio however, who has given up and announced he’s withdrawing from the race.

Meanwhile in the Democratic contest Hilary won has won 4 out of 4 states currently counted, leaving Bernie Sanders with nothing. So far the winners in the states that have declared are as follows:

Trump: Florida, Illinois, North Carolina

Kasich: Ohio

Clinton: Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio

Missouri is still undecided, with Trump and Clinton looking the likely winners there also. Live updates to follow.

Trump and Clinton Super Tuesday Winners

Final Trump PNGDonlad Trump and Hillary Clinton have emerged as the winners from Super Tuesday. The Republican race has seen the Donald already win 7 out of 10 states currently declared. Hillary has also won 7 states in the Democratic contest, compared to Bernie Sanders’ 4.

UPDATE: Hillary has a negative approval rating of -1%, Trump has net approval rating of -25%. His unfavourability is worse than Richard Nixon’s. After Watergate.favourability

How the Donald turns that around remains to be seen…

Happy As Larry: Sanders New Green Party Spokesperson

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Bernie Sanders’ big brother has been unveiled as the Green Party’s new health spokesperson. 81 year-old Sanders got the gig as part of the party’s annual spokesperson refresh, and was keen to liken his brother to the party, saying “Bernie’s main platform is almost identical to the Green Party’s”. God help America…

Trump and Sanders Win New Hampshire

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Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have won the New Hampshire primaries, with Trump taking 35% of the vote and Sanders 60%. Trump used his victory speech to first congratulate Sanders on his win before telling the audience “he wants to give away our country, folks! He wants to give it away. We’re not going to let it happen!”. All eyes on South Carolina and Nevada…

Cruz Trumps The Donald In Iowa

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The results of the Iowa caucus are in and Donald Trump has finished second place, securing only 24% of the vote compared to Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s 28%. Perhaps more worryingly for the Donald he was almost knocked into third place by Marco Rubio who went home with 23% of the vote. There’ll be tears at Trump Towers this morning…
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The outcome of the Democratic race remains unclear, with Hilary Clinton declaring herself winner despite opponent Bernie Sanders claiming a tie. Votes are still being counted and the race was too close to call at midnight local time. Updates to follow…

UPDATE: Hillary wins by 0.5 points.

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