Open selection moves closer as Unite’s Beckett voices support. You can help

Howard Beckett speaking at last year’s TUC conference While Momentum and many CLPs (constituency Labour parties) have been raising awareness and backing for open selection, Labour insiders and activists feel that Chuka Umunna’s recent statements reflect an attempt by right-wingers to hold the membership to ransom with threats of a break-away party in a bid […]

FBU’s Matt Wrack speaks out in support of ‘Open Selection’

In June, as the SKWAWKBOX reported, the FBU (Fire Brigades Union) annual conference voted strongly in favour of mandatory reselection, often called ‘open selection’. Now FBU head Matt Wrack has spoken out in support of the change to Labour rules to make it easier for members to decide who represents them to the electorate and […]

One of the most important videos for Labour members to watch this week

Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool is less than a month away and will discuss and vote on a number of important issues, particularly the recommendations of Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘Democracy Review’ (DR), which are due to be discussed by the National Executive Committee (NEC) next week before passing to Conference for ratification. But one vital step […]

Excl: Bakers’ union on NEC backs Code of Conduct – attacking it through media is ‘cowardly’

BFAWU President Ian Hodson The SKWAWKBOX spoke exclusively to Baker’s union (BFAWU) president Ian Hodson this morning about his take on the current and increasingly ridiculous smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn and a full article on his hard-hitting comments will be published shortly. But one of the key elements of the discussion was his statement […]

Mandatory selection set to pass conference with Unite backing

As the SKWAWKBOX reported yesterday, Unite insiders – one of the UK’s and Labour’s largest unions – say that the union is set to get firmly behind changes to party rules to bring in ‘mandatory reselection’ (MR) of Labour MPs. Activists, along with MPs such as Chris Williamson, have been campaigning for the change to […]

Corbyn to announce package of workplace policies for hospitality workers

Jeremy Corbyn speaks to BFAWU today In a speech to the Bakers Union (BFAWU) annual conference in Southport today, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will announce a package of new workplace policies for hospitality workers across the UK, including: Legislation to ensure 100 per cent of tips are kept by staff Corbyn will announce a new […]

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. […]