By-election to come as left veteran Paul Flynn announces plans to step down

Paul Flynn Veteran Labour MP Paul Flynn – one of a small band of genuine parliamentary left-wingers representing the party in Wales – has announced that he will step down shortly from his Newport West seat and trigger a by-election – unless a snap general election is called first, as he would prefer to save […]

Left takes clean sweep in Pidcock’s CLP – as Blairites skip AGM… to listen to Blair

Last May, the right-wing site known colloquially as the blue squeak published a typically snide and inaccurate article about the election of a right-wing chair in North-West Durham (NWD) CLP (constituency Labour party), the seat represented in Parliament by the excellent Laura Pidcock. The article, no doubt leaked by one of the CLP’s right-wingers, claimed […]

Erith & Thamesmead passes unanimous vote of CONFIDENCE in Teresa Pearce MP

Erith & Thamesmead’s Labour MP Teresa Pearce did not support Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership. In 2016, she supported challenger Owen Smith in the leadership contest. But last week, her CLP passed a vote of confidence in her unanimously. Teresa Pearce MP The vote, based on a motion from Abbey Wood ward, expressed “full confidence” […]

Pause and consider: the Labour right has been ominously quiet the last ten days or so…

While some sections of the pro-Corbyn Labour Party have been getting worked up about whether one in three branches is an insurmountable democratic obstacle for people who think they can achieve fifty percent in a vote to remove an incumbent MP, or whether a reduced nominations threshold among MPs is a good trade for an […]

TV-star-turned-candidate Nixon smeared by own party as US Dems copy anti-Corbyn playbook

Smeared and smeared alike: Nixon and Corbyn Picture the scene: a popular left-wing leadership candidate threatens the status quo of an Establishment, notionally-left political party, putting at risk the painstakingly-constructed business-as-usual cosiness that it clings to. In spite of huge threats from burgeoning right-wing extremism, the Establishment party turns on one of its own candidates, […]

‘Tory Glasto’ yesterday was absolutely bouncing..

‘Tory Glastonbury’ – or to give it its official title, the ‘Big Tent Festival of Ideas’ – took place yesterday. You could be excused for missing it, since it seems almost everyone else did: No, that’s not a spoof picture. In case you think it’s a one-off or an unflattering camera angle, here’s another from […]

As SKWAWKBOX warned, a #CoupOfCowardice is underway. #NoPasaran

Yesterday, as the attacks on Jeremy Corbyn’s video message to the Jewish community was cynically attacked, the SKWAWKBOX warned that the response removed any reasonable doubt that a new coup had begun: The response of the Labour right and the Establishment media to today’s announcement that no further action would be taken against Barking MP […]

Austin raises Labour morale with hint at intention to leave

Soon to be ex-Labour MP Ian Austin? Right-wing Labour MP Ian Austin, currently the subject of at least two formal complaints for alleged aggression and abuse toward parliamentary colleagues and accused by author Michael Rosen of a ‘full frontal assault’ on Rosen’s testimony to MPs about antisemitism, seems to be going for broke on social […]

Formby collecting CLP data amid reports of mass rogue affiliations and rising GE expectation

One of the key democratic – or otherwise – influences in the Labour Party around the country consists of affiliations to CLPs (constituency Labour parties) from other groups affiliated to the national party. Unions and affiliated socialist societies are entitled to send delegates to a CLP from any branch that has affiliated to it – […]

Leaked Brighton email exposes shameless right-wing hypocrisy and questionable resource use

Over the last few days, Labour’s hard right in Brighton has mounted an attack campaign on social media against prospective left candidates in the selections for the next set of local elections – apparently fearing a ‘Momentum clean sweep’. A toxic fringe publication published a tweet mocking Momentum’s candidate preparation process for its ‘form-filling’: This […]