Right NEC candidate’s campaign rocked by bullying complaint by blind member

Gurinder Singh Josan closing Labour First’s annual meeting in January Tomorrow ballots will be sent out for the vital NEC (National Executive Committee) elections of nine ‘CLP’ (constituency Labour party) members to represent Labour’s huge membership on the party’s ruling body. The left has a full slate of nine candidates and all Labour members who […]

‘Analyst/gambler’ sends letter for LDems in Lewisham East – has bet heavily on outcome

An outraged tweet by a London resident has revealed that the LibDems – as the ‘imprint’ at the bottom of the letter – have been sending a letter to voters in today’s Lewisham East by-election from the founder and editor of the ‘PoliticalBetting.com’ website, Mike Smithson: The full letter attempts to persuade voters that they […]

Akehurst publicly signing up support for his NEC bid. Hasn’t gone well

Labour First’s Luke Akehurst has set up a page to garner support for his bid to regain a seat on Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) as part of a slate of right-wing candidates that supporters of the party’s leadership shouldn’t go near. The page offers visitors the chance to sign up as supporters – but […]

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 […]

Early NEC nominations show need for left discipline – why it matters even more than usual

Over six hundred CLPs (constituency Labour parties) are eligible to nominate their preferred candidates for Labour’s National Executive Committee CLP slots, although not every CLP always nominates. Once a candidate has five nominations, they qualify for the ballot – but overall nomination totals are often an indicator of likely levels of support in the OMOV […]

RCN member? Have your say on the nurses’ rip-off pay offer

If you are a nurse and a member of the RCN (Royal College of Nursing), the RCN is holding a ballot on the government’s derisory pay offer, which has been described as ‘barely a pay deal at all’. The RCN has endorsed the deal, but nursing and NHS activists are recommending rejection. To cast your […]

Excl: full interview with Lewisham East shortlist candidate Claudia Webbe

Claudia Webbe On Wednesday, the SKWAWKBOX published an exclusive interview with Sakina Sheikh, one of two main left candidates in the contest to replace Heidi Alexander as the candidate and then MP for Lewisham East. Today, Claudia Webbe spoke to this blog at length about her views, politics and motivations in standing for the candidacy. […]

Voter registration for local elections closes tomorrow. Make sure to have your say

Voter registration for the 3 May local elections closes tomorrow (Tues 17 April). If you are not yet registered to vote – EU citizens can also vote in local elections – go to the government’s registration site and make sure you complete the online form before midnight tomorrow. Of course, the SKWAWKBOX recommends that you […]

Video: BBC shows Russia vote-stuffing footage – but with a curious coincidence

That ballot-stuffing takes place in Russia is not seriously in doubt however, BBC News used footage of the same two women ‘ballot stuffing’ in two different elections to substantiate claims of extent Russian vote-rigging coincidence or otherwise, revelation reflects poorly on BBC editorial practices BBC fails to respond to question whether it knew it had done […]