Jeremy Corbyn gets angry with reporters covering traingate row

The leader of a pro-Jeremy Corbyn trade union has said he is considering taking legal action against his suspension from the Labour party, a decision that has brought accusations about a "rigged purge" of Corbyn supporters.

A Virgin Train spokesperson said: "Our people deliver first-rate customer service day after day and we'd like to thank Jeremy Corbyn for highlighting this with the media".

Mr Corbyn accused the SNP of blindly following the policies of the Conservative Government in Westminster and claimed Ms Sturgeon's party would not be "radical" enough to be relied upon by Labour.

However, he faces a similar challenge in Scotland as he does throughout the United Kingdom with the backing of the majority of parliamentarians, but less support amongst the more numerous party grassroots who now favour Mr Corbyn.

It was triggered after dozens of Mr Corbyn's frontbench team - including then-Welsh secretary Mr Smith - quit in the wake of Hilary Benn's sacking on 26 June.

With the backdrop of the global Edinburgh arts festival, the party leader launched his culture policy for government, which includes a pledge to "reverse Tory real terms cuts to arts expenditure and restore grant in aid funding of the Arts Council" working within Labour's so-called fiscal crediblity rule, which aims to balance day-to-day spending with the amount raised in taxes.

Wirral Labour members with more than 1,000 years combined membership in the party have written an open letter urging people to support leadership challenger Owen Smith.

Mr Corbyn responded: "I thought we had grown up, we weren't any longer going to use those kind of questions".

"I don't think so", he said.

Sam Tarry told the Guardian that "from the point of view of the people we want to mobilise, Richard Branson's done us a favour".

"I hope he's very well aware of our policy which is that train operating companies should become part of the public realm not the private sector".

"To challenge the SNP on its austerity programme which is so damaging to local government across Scotland".

But Mr Smith has picked up support from two other major unions, the GMB and Usdaw. The reality is there's not enough trains, we need more of them, and they're also incredibly expensive.

"But I'm well aware that Labour and the SNP come from different traditions and have different goals". If they are found to associated with organisations the Labour Party deem unsuitable, their memberships might be revoked.

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