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Thursday, 24 September 2015


Jeremy Corbyn has stamped his authority on the Labour Party by promising to scrap the "devastating" benefits cap if he is Prime Minister, and slapping down his top team in the process.

Labour under Ed Miliband and acting leader Harriet Harman had supported the coalition Government's policy of capping the amount of welfare a family can claim at £26,000, but opposing a reduction to £23,000 in London and £20,000 outside the capital.

Now, in an interview with the New Statesman, Mr Corbyn has made clear the welfare ceiling will be fought in its entirety.

The move contradicts suggestions made by his shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith and shadow equalities minister Kate Green, and signals he will not be as consensual on key issues as has said he would be.

The statement will delight both the left-wing supporters who have propelled the long-serving MP. But the Conservatives wasted no time in painting Labour as "the welfare party". Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith said Labour wanted to return to "unlimited welfare handouts".

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