“The European Union is not an à la carte menu”

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“The European Union is not an à la carte menu”

Eamon Gilmore, Ireland’s deputy prime minister, says Britain should not be allowed to set up a different category of membership in the EU. His comments follow a letter from prominent business leaders to the FT saying David Cameron risks destabilising the economy if he tries to seek a “wholesale renegotiation of our EU membership”.

Eamon Gilmore, Ireland’s deputy prime minister. Photograph: Getty Images

Helen Roxburgh is the online editor of Economia

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.