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Turning back to Labour, George Eaton from the New Statesman says the Socialist Campaign Group, which represents the most leftwing Labour MPs, have not got the numbers to launch a leadership challenge against Sir Keir Starmer.
The Socialist Campaign Group met last night and concluded that they couldn’t get the 40 MP nominations needed to challenge Starmer, I’m told.
But a left candidate would only need 20 nominations if Starmer resigned.
Around 6-7 members of the Socialist Campaign Group are prepared to back Angela Rayner, I’m told.
The path to a leadership challenge against Starmer is extremely narrow. It’s like people have forgotten 2016 where 162 MPs backed a challenger and they still could not oust a sitting leader. https://t.co/sh2GXs1fGu
There are clear differences – I think Starmer would quit if 162 MPs said they backed his challenger – but all the grown-ups in the Labour party have written off the possibility this time
At the Downing Street lobby briefing the prime minister’s spokesman suggested the Nissan investment in Sunderland showed that Brexit could be an opportunity for the car industry.
Asked if the investment was proof that those who warned about Brexit damaging the sector were wrong, the spokesman referred journalists to the words of Nissan’s chief operating officer, Ashwani Gupta, this morning.
The key success factor for Brexit has always been trade-friendly business conditions to sustain our business, not only in the UK but in the whole of Europe, and, thanks to Brexit, Nissan is moving forward to use Brexit as an opportunity.
Nissan’s announcement today is a major vote of confidence in the UK and our highly-skilled workers in the north-east. It is a pivotal moment in our electric vehicle revolution securing its future for decades to come.
The Nissan announcement shows Brexit was no threat to the UK car industry. The whole industry here and in the EU does face a serious challenge from the forthcoming ban on new petroleum and diesel cars.
Govt gifts #Nissan £100m to produce 1500 new jobs. The bill for #Brexit grows daily with subsidies & gifts to companies who are asking a high taxpayer-funded price to stay in the UK. A Tory govt desperate to mask its post Brexit failure is now an open goal for business
We will review our support as the project develops and due diligence takes place. Then it is the standard practice after this details of the award will be in the public domain which is a normal procedure and part of the process of transparency.