Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen
- Long Bailey defends Corbyn’s legacy as she launches leadership bid
- Long Bailey’s Today interview – Summary
Ian Murray, the only Labour MP in Scotland, has confirmed he is standing to be Labour’s deputy leader. In a statement he said:
The next leadership team must turn us into an election-winning machine that uses the skills and talents of all our members and supporters to succeed.
To win again we will need to beat the odds, and I know how to win by building broad coalitions of support.
LISTEN: I’m standing for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party because I never again want to feel like I did at 10pm on the night of the General Election.
We need to learn the lessons from defeat if we want to win power and change lives again. pic.twitter.com/qojt2tKAWE
Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, is travelling to Brussels today for talks with his European counterparts on the situation in the Middle East following the death of Qassem Suleimani and the escalating conflict in Libya, the Foreign Office has confirmed. As the Press Association reports, Raab will have a bilateral meeting with the French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, before they join their German and Italian counterparts and the EU high representative for talks on Libya.
The so-called “E3” – Britain, France and Germany – will then meet to discuss the tensions between the US and Iran, with all three pushing for de-escalation, a Foreign Office spokesman said.