The #Lab18 Brexit motion conference landmine that delegates must dig out

The various Brexit-related motions submitted to Labour’s conference have been ‘composited’ down to a single version that will be debated and voted upon by delegates – and it contains a landmine for the party that will damage its electoral prospects and provide an open goal for its enemies if it is passed. The wording of […]

May back to square one as Speaker rules govt’s trade bill is subject to rejection by Lords

Theresa May escaped a likely fall from office over her trade bill this week by the skin of her teeth, thanks to unprecedented, cowardly surrenders to her hard right fringe and a betrayal of female MPs. But it looks like it was a futile exercise as a ruling by the House of Lords means she […]

Video: cowardice and chaos so huge May whipped vote against OWN proposal to placate Brexit ultras

Theresa May scraped through yet another day of abject Brexit and general chaos on Monday – but in doing so demonstrated a level of cowardice that reached such unprecedented levels that observers were left wondering if they’d really seen what they saw. May’s much-discussed and denigrated ‘Chequers’ proposals on a ‘common rulebook’ with the EU […]

#PeakCentrist reached as Grieve votes against own amendment. Will ‘moderates’ get point?

Tory MP Dominic Grieve was among a number of much-anticipated but ultimately non-rebelling MPs who accepted a meaningless government concession – something they would have had to do anyway – to vote down an amendment to the Tories’ EU Withdrawal Bill yesterday that would have given Parliament a say in the final Brexit deal. It […]

Today will expose those using Brexit merely as a political stick

  Who’s cynically using Brexit as a political baseball bat? Yesterday was a disastrous and humiliating day for Labour back-bench agitators and FBPE-hashtaggers, as the Tory ‘rebels’ on whom they publicly pinned their hopes accepted a transparently-false compromise from the government. Theresa May promised things she knows she can’t deliver – and the ‘rebels’ have […]

Tory fudge and cowardice = no winnable Brexit amendment vote on Tuesday

The media has been busily talking up the ‘EEA amendment’ of Labour’s ‘backbench rebels’, building the idea that this was the only winnable amendment – and, of course, using this to imply that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to abstain on the EEA bill was in some way to blame for whatever might happen when […]

Video: BBC stokes Labour division by presenting years-old information as new

Theresa May’s government faces serious challenges this week as it tries to defeat amendments to its Brexit legislation – in particular Labour’s amendments to give MPs a ‘meaningful vote’ on any eventual Brexit deal and to retain access to the customs union. To maximise the chances of the motions succeeding, Labour MPs need to unite […]