Labour braced for internal battle over manifesto after leak


UK   –  Labour is braced for a battle over the final version of the party’s manifesto at a summit for its most senior figures a draft was leaked overnight. Recriminations over the leak and the motivations for it are likely to dominate the meeting of Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) and shadow cabinet at the so-called clause V meeting. Jeremy Corbyn was due to attend a poster launch but pulled out to prepare for the talks.  Different drafts appear to have been leaked to the media, with the leaders’ office and other senior figures blaming each other for the breach. The document seen by the Guardian, which is watermarked “DRAFT: CONFIDENTIAL”, is believed to have been initially shown to the Trade Union and Labor Party Liaison Organisation (Tulo).[+]http://abonnement

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