Jeremy Corbyn speaks at an anti-austerity march at Parliament Square
Jeremy Corbyn speaks at an anti-austerity march at Parliament Square

It's been less than a month since the general election, in which Labour gains reduced the Conservatives to a minority government propped up by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Northern Ireland.

Labour and Jeremy Corbyn are now in the ascendancy and polls and approval ratings (if they could ever be trusted) would suggest that they are likely to win the next election, whenever that might be.

However, Brexit still looms over this parliament and will undoubtedly be the biggest issue in the Commons for at least the next two years.

In the general election the Labour Party campaigned for Brexit (following the referendum in which Corbyn opposed it halfheartedly), on the basis they'd protect all existing workers' rights, consumer rights and environmental protections.

Corbyn campaigned on the basis he wouldn't accept a "no deal" scenario, but also aiming for tariff-free access to the single market, without keeping membership to the single market.

He sacked three labour frontbenchers earlier this week for voting alongside a Chuka Umunna amendment which sought to keep full membership of the single market.

49 Labour MPs defied the whip last week and the amendment was defeated by 322 votes to 101.

Sandwell Labour Councillor John Edwards has had his say on the miniature rebellion and hit the nail on the head.

Edwards' tweet has now been liked over 3,000 times but it did stir some debate amongst people who are concerned about the party's approach to Brexit.


Some of those defying Corbyn and the manifesto were prominent MPs like Chuka Umunna and Stephen Doughty, plus shadow cabinet members Catherine West, Ruth Cadbury and Andy Slaughter who have since been sacked from their positions.

Other Labour MP's abstained on the vote upon request from Jeremy Corbyn.

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