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 […]

Ealing LCF condemns council leader’s ‘blatant disregard for rules’ – full statement

Last weekend the SKWAWKBOX reported the outrage of Labour members and officials in Ealing at the extraordinary actions of Ealing council leader Julian Bell in personally signing a call for a by-election following the sad death of a well-liked councillor before the funeral had even taken place.  – and their conviction that this was done […]

Ealing council leader censured by Labour campaign body for by-election call

Ealing Council leader Julian Bell Ealing council leader Julian Bell has long faced unrest from many of his councillors, narrowly defeating a leadership challenge in May over his housing arrangements. Arrangements for the selection of council election candidates under Bell’s watch have also been heavily criticised by Labour’s LCF (Local Campaign Forum) – arrangements that […]

Centrist ex-MP Reed linking to slimming pills site

Former Copeland MP Jamie Reed Former Copeland MP Jamie Reed can safely be considered an entrenched opponent of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. He accused Corbyn of “injecting poison into the party” after the EU referendum, resigned his seat to trigger a by-election in spring last year at a time it seemed likely to do the maximum […]

Luton Momentum calls on Shuker to resign after CLP no-confidence vote

Gavin Shuker Last week, on the same night that Enfield North MP Joan Ryan lost a vote of no confidence by local members, the CLP (constituency Labour party) of Luton South’s Gavin Shuker passed a no-confidence vote in him by a ratio of almost seven to one. Shuker attempted to dismiss the importance of the […]

Field chickens out – will not call by-election

It seems that Birkenhead ex-Labour MP Frank Field’s commitment to the ‘sovereignty’ of constituents only goes so far. Surprising almost nobody, news has emerged that, following his resignation of the Labour whip last week, he will not call a by-election to offer local voters the chance to decide whether they want him as an independent MP […]

Woodcock’s local paper sending him a message?

Ex-Labour MP John Woodcock started the recent trend, if two is a trend, of Labour MPs resigning from the party without trusting their mandate – or respecting their constituents – enough to offer them a chance to choose in a by-election whether they want to continue to be represented by an ‘independent’ MP. Woodcock resigned, […]

Video: Field says Birkenhead voters ‘sovereign’ – so why is he denying them a by-election?

Right-wing Labour MP Frank Field – rejected long before today by local Labour members, who passed a vote of no confidence in him after a string of disappointments culminated in Field siding with the Tory government in a key EU vote – has announced his resignation from the Labour Party in a self-pitying letter blaming […]

E Mids Lab MP tells members breakaway party to launch

No prizes for guessing… An East Midlands Labour MP told constituents at a CLP (constituency Labour party) meeting last night that a group of ’12-20′ Labour MPs is about to announce they are splitting off to form a new centrist party. The group is expected to be led by a London MP with a taste […]

‘Shock’ result in Curborough by-election as Labour wins big in Tory heartland

Labour took a seat in the epitome of a Tory heartland on Thursday evening, in a council by-election win that was treated as a ‘shock’ by election pundits – but to those who remember the ‘Corbyn surge‘ last year against Establishment expectations, the only mild surprise is the scale of the win. Labour made a […]