Spellar’s share in company paid by taxpayer for his office rental

Warley MP John Spellar (image: Jon Tandy, Creative Commons Licence John Spellar, the anti-Momentum Labour MP for Warley in the West Midlands borough of Sandwell, is a key figure in the Labour right – and has been at the centre of controversy after complaints from Labour members that the Brandhall Labour Club, from which he […]

Extraordinary email: “We were delegated to Spellar’s CLP without our permission’ – now suspend it”

Warley Labour MP John Spellar The SKWAWKBOX has covered at some length the serious question marks over the practice of Brandhall Labour Club in the West Midlands borough of Sandwell of sending delegates to vote at local CLPs (constituency Labour parties) – when there appears to be no evidence the club is an affiliated organisation […]

W Brom West CLP asks Formby for urgent investigation into suspect Brandhall affiliations

The SKWAWKBOX has been covering at length the issue of suspicious attachment of delegates to CLPs (constituency Labour parties) in the West Midlands borough of Sandwell – the heart of right-wing Labour, if it can be said to have a heart. Delegates from affiliated organisations can exercise considerable control over the affairs, decisions and direction […]

Outrage grows as ‘Spellar’s club’ sends ‘unauthorised’ delegates to SECOND CLP

On Saturday, the SKWAWKBOX revealed that Brandhall Labour Club – home to the constituency office of right-wing Labour MP John Spellar and to right-wing faction Labour First‘s gatherings – does not appear to have been approved by the NEC as an organisation able to affiliate to local constituency Labour parties (CLPs), but has been sending delegates […]

Spellar’s office home ‘sending delegates to his CLP from without affiliation’

Warley MP John Spellar is known for keeping a tight rein on his CLP (constituency Labour party). But recent information calls into question just how tight. Spellar is a major figure in Labour First, the hard-right Labour faction that until recently was sending a trainer – until the trainer was suspended over misogynist tweets and other complaints […]

The rule-change campaign every left Labour member needs to support and promote

A new campaign has been launched to promote awareness of a vital rule-change that has been proposed by Labour International (LI) CLP (constituency Labour party) for a vote at Labour’s annual conference this autumn in Liverpool. The Open Selection site describes its aims: A VITAL STEP FOR LABOUR DEMOCRACY This campaign is being organised by […]

RMT will ‘align’, not re-affiliate, to Labour – and what that means

Members of the RMT (Rail, Maritime and Transport Union) have been voting in recent weeks on whether the union should re-affiliate to the Labour Party. In a tight result, the union has decided not to re-affiliated – but instead to ‘align’ itself with the party. A statement by RMT General Secretary Mick Cash explains: Our consultation […]

Exclusive: Thornberry on LFI – “not the only avenue” for dialogue with Israel

Emily Thornberry Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary stood in sharp contrast to the Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) group when she issued an unequivocal condemnation on behalf of the party of the Israeli government’s killing of around sixty unarmed protesters in Gaza earlier this week and the wounding, often maiming, of thousands more. LFI’s original statement – later […]

Video: big push for radical RMT to re-affiliate to Labour Party

The RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers) is widely recognised as one of the more radical – and rapidly growing – unions in the UK. In 2004, it disaffiliated from the Labour Party because of its dissatisfaction with right-wing policies of Tony Blair. Its members have now been offered the opportunity to […]