The National:

LABOUR have thus far failed to provide anything approaching effective opposition during the Brexit omnishambles.

Rather than holding the UK Government to account, Labour have, if anything, facilitated a scenario which now sees us on the verge of crashing out of the EU without a deal.

Last week we heard that the so-called leader of the so-called opposition has reportedly been offering to do a deal with the Prime Minister to allow her to push through her disastrous Brexit plan.

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Imagine failing time and time again to hold account the most incompetent UK Government in living memory...

Even the Remain-supporting MPs within the Labour ranks can't seem to arrange the proverbial piss up in a brewery.

Step forward Angela Smith, who thought she'd score herself some Brownie points by handing in a petition – signed by more than 45,000 people – in to Labour HQ which calls on Jeremy Corbyn to to back a People's Vote.

The petition came in the wake of reports that some Labour MPs were ready to take a "bribe" in the form of more money for their constituencies in exchange for their support of Theresa May's Brexit plan.

There was just one problem ... well a few more than that, actually ... but the first problem Smith ran into was that there was no-one there to collect the petition, according to the Twitter account of journalist Daniel Hewitt.

So far, not too damaging, folk are late all the time but then things got worse for the MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge when she was eventually told that Labour HQ were refusing to take the petition.

That's right, the Labour Party refused to take a petition from one of their own MPs, telling her to email it instead.

A Labour source, according to Hewitt, said: “For the safety and security of staff members, the Labour Party does not accept hand-delivered petitions. Anyone who informs us of an intention to do so is asked to send it through electronically.”

Hewitt added: "I understand Angela Smith was told this on Friday."

Where do they get these people...