Labour members launch open letter to NEC against concession on IHRA

Labour members across the UK and internationally have begun signing an open letter that calls on the NEC to resist pressure to change the party’s Code of Conduct by those who want to see the unclarified and ‘non legally binding’ ‘IHRA Working Definition’ of antisemitism replace Labour’s legally sound, clarified version. The beginning of the […]

All Liverpool CLP Chairs, Secs, sign letter calling on fire authority to abandon accelerated cuts

Merseyside firefighters are in dispute with the area’s fire authority over its plans for a major downgrade of fire cover on top of cuts already made in the first eight years of Tory government. Earlier this month, residents of sixty square miles of the Wirral peninsula were left with no cover during the night as all […]

Wimbledon CLP backs Code of Conduct after Langleben no-show

Wimbledon CLP (constituency Labour party) last night voted to support Labour’s Code of Conduct and to reject attempts to adopt wholesale the examples in the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) ‘working definition’ of antisemitism. The vote – by twenty-five to nineteen with a single abstention – by delegates from branches and affiliates came after a […]

‘Centrist’ MP’s bizarre fundraising evening with Blair fuels new-party speculation

Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson – a so-called ‘centrist’ Labour MP and vocal critic of party leader Jeremy Corbyn – was one of the few Labour MPs to reduce his majority in last year’s general election. Like others who saw reduced majorities, he had campaigned by ‘disowning‘ Corbyn. Now Wilson has organised a bizarre fundraising event in […]

Enfield North members statement of support for Corbyn is censure of their MP

Joan Ryan Enfield North MP Joan Ryan has been sharing posts on her social media that attack the Labour Party’s and its leader’s actions and integrity in their dealings with Jewish people, in spite of Jeremy Corbyn’s long record of activism and principled stands against racism generally and specifically against antisemitism. Those posts have included […]

Video: Ellman ‘appalled’ to find out Corbyn at 2010 Meyer event – that she personally attended

LFI vice-chair and Labour MP Louise Ellman has been at the forefront of much of the loud criticism of the party and its leader over alleged antisemitism, appearing regularly on programmes to express her dismay. The latest manifestation of that criticism is a claim that he acted somehow inappropriately in arranging an event at which […]

Field boycotts CLP in strop over photo. CLP demands apology for S*n column

As the SKWAWKBOX reported on Friday, right-wing Labour MP Frank Field suffered a serious reverse on Friday when more than eighty percent of Birkenhead members at their monthly CLP (constituency Labour party) meeting voted in favour of a motion of no confidence in the MP and for the withdrawal of the Labour whip. Members were expressing […]

Breaking: Birkenhead CLP’s overwhelming no-confidence/withdrawal of whip vote v Field

Frank Field MP during an earlier censure by his CLP The repercussions of the decision of four Labour MPs to prop up Theresa May and her government during last week’s tight vote on her EU trade bill continue. Last night the SKWAWKBOX reported on the overwhelming vote by Vauxhall CLP (constituency Labour party) to express […]

IHRA-motion MP’s CLP votes overwhelmingly to support Labour code

Earlier this week, Louise Ellman was one of two Labour MPs expected to propose a motion at the weekly PLP (parliamentary Labour party) meeting. The motion was ultimately deferred until early September, but constitutes an attempt to manoeuvre Labour’s NEC (National Executive Committee) into abandoning Labour’s Code of Conduct. That code endorses the IHRA’s (International […]

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 – […]