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Portrait of the week | 5 May 2016

And: Donald Trump on verge of nomination, Spain to hold new elections, EU Commission backs Schengen entry for Turks


Naz Shah MP was suspended from the Labour Party after the blogger Guido Fawkes revealed that in 2014, nine months before she beat George Galloway to win the seat of Bradford West, she had posted on Facebook a proposal to ‘relocate Israel into the United States’, adding the comment: ‘Problem solved and save you bank charges for the £3bn you transfer yearly.’ Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, said: ‘It’s not a crisis. There’s no crisis.’ Ken Livingstone, the former mayor of London, said on the wireless: ‘When Hitler won his election in 1932, his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel. He was supporting Zionism — this before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews.’ Mr Livingstone was confronted by John Mann, a Labour MP, at 4 Millbank in Westminster, where there are broadcasting studios, and a television crew caught him shouting at Mr Livingstone, calling him a ‘Nazi apologist’ and a ‘fucking disgrace’. Mr Mann was summoned to see the chief whip; Mr Livingstone was suspended from the party. Gerry Adams, the Sinn Fein politician, faced unprecedented criticism for tweeting: ‘Watching Django Unchained —A Ballymurphy Nigger!’

Leicester City won the football Premier League after starting the season as 5,000-1 outsiders. Britain was found to have generated 25 per cent of its electricity last year from solar, wind and other renewable sources. Legal & General found that parents were contributing to 25 per cent of mortgages this year, by an average amount of £17,500. Dawn Copley, who took up the interim role of chief constable of South Yorkshire Police when David Crompton was suspended following the Hillsborough inquests, herself stepped down and Dave Jones, chief constable of North Yorkshire Police, took over.

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