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Ashley Cowburn
Political Correspondent, The Independent. Any tips and abuse to: ashley.cowburn@independent.co.uk
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Patrick Maguire 25m
Lovely piece by Diane Abbott on the end of This Week
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Jon Stone 38m
Jeremy Corbyn speaking outside EU Commission HQ in Brussels after meeting with Michel Barnier
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Momentum launches major campaigning drive against ex-Labour MPs
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Liverpool Echo 20h
Breaking: Derek Hatton suspended from the Labour Party after two days
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I vote Blackpool (cc )
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Ashley Cowburn 21h
You know what I can't wait for? Another political party conference every autumn because three weekends in a row is never enough.
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Ashley Cowburn 21h
David Cameron: "Our party has long been able to contain different views on Europe." Define "contain" and define "long". Both Mark Reckless and Douglas Carswell literally left the Conservative Party in 2014 to join Ukip over Europe.
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Labour going on the attack over Anna Soubry's coalition comments. Party source says: "It didn't take long for the Independent Group to show their hand and reveal they stand for privatisation, austerity and tax cuts for the rich."
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Stefan Rousseau 22h
Photo du Jour: Members of the Independent Group pose for photographs after the announcement that three Tory MPs have joined them. By Stefan Rousseau/PA
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Ashley Cowburn 23h
Replying to @georgeeaton
Further clarity here from Chris Leslie in interview with : “I think there are real problems with their [Conservative] welfare policies, which have had a tin ear to the most vulnerable in society."
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Ashley Cowburn 23h
Replying to @ashcowburn
If a spokesperson for the Independent Group could get in touch and provide some clarity on their position on austerity that be wonderful, thanks.
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Ashley Cowburn 23h
These two things happened at the same press conference.
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Ashley Cowburn 24h
Replying to @ashcowburn
Anna Soubry: "The right wing, the hardline anti-EU awkward squad that have destroyed every leader for the last 40 years are now running the Conservative Party from top to toe. They are the Conservative Party."
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Ashley Cowburn 24h
Replying to @ashcowburn
Heidi Allen: "I can no longer represent a government and a party who can't open their eyes to the suffering endured by the most vulnerable in society, suffering which we have deepened whilst having the power to fix."
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Ashley Cowburn 24h
Brutal assessments on the current state of the Conservative Party just now. Sarah Wollaston: "I am afraid the Prime Minister simply hasn't delivered on the pledge she made on the steps of Downing Street to tackle the burning injustices in our society."
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Ashley Cowburn Feb 20
Astonishingly stupid of millennials to spend money on food.
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Ashley Cowburn Feb 20
Moment of parliamentary history - three ex-Conservative MPs, Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen, and Sarah Wollaston - join the opposition benches.
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Ashley Cowburn Feb 20
Labour source texts: "The Independent Group has now become a Tory-establishment coalition. "What unites the 11 MPs is their business as usual support for austerity, corporate tax cuts and big money corrupting politics."
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Ashley Cowburn Feb 20
Replying to @ChrisTheMoss
was an error in a story and has been corrected - they have the same number of MPs as the Liberal Democrats of course. Thanks
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Ashley Cowburn Feb 20
Replying to @ashcowburn
"This is unfair, undemocratic and dishonest. The only decent thing to do is to call a by-election and let their constituents decide."
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