Brent Central sees near-clean sweep for left

The London borough of Brent, of which Brent Central forms a part Brent Central is already well represented in Parliament by the excellent Dawn Butler, but last night it took a strong turn to the left at local party level when the left won all but one of the CLP’s officer positions – and all of its […]

Clearing up the NCC election confusion: who can vote and how it’ll work

Nominations for the important elections to Labour’s National Constitutional Committee (NCC), the party’s senior disciplinary body, are underway and will close 28 October. The contest itself became clearer for members with yesterday’s announcement of a unified ‘slate’ of left-wing candidates by CLPD, Momentum and other organisations. However, there has been considerable confusion over the issues […]

Luton South follows Shuker no-conf vote with swing left in exec election

Gavin Shuker Last month, Luton South CLP (constituency Labour party) overwhelmingly voted to support a motion of no-confidence in the seat’s Labour MP, Gavin Shuker. Shuker tried to make light of the result, but Luton Momentum called for him to resign and trigger a by-election, while right-wingers were sufficiently rattled to try, ludicrously, to claim […]

Pinto-Duschinsky wins Hendon PPC contest. Hunter 2nd, JLM’s Katz last

David Pinto-Duschinsky David Pinto-Duschinsky has won selection as PPC (prospective parliamentary candidate) for Hendon. Duschinsky won the nomination of his CLP’s seven branches and won the one-member-one-vote selection in the first round with eighty-nine votes. Patrick Hunter came second with 49 votes and JLM vice-chair Mike Katz – Hendon’s candidate in last year’s general election […]

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 […]

Interview: Patrick Hunter for Hendon. Hustings/vote this afternoon

  Patrick Hunter This afternoon in Hendon, local members will vote to select the constituency’s next parliamentary candidate. The seat is a marginal, won by Tory Matthew Offord last year by only 1,072 votes. The SKWAWKBOX spoke to one of the shortlisted candidates, Patrick Hunter, a no-nonsense Irishman who hasn’t lost his brogue in spite […]

Red Labour backs CLPD slate for NCC

In the important elections for six additional members of the National Constitutional Committee (NCC), the Labour Party’s senior disciplinary body, the party’s left faces a choice between two ‘slates’ of candidates – or more accurately one and a half slates, as three candidates appear on both – put forward by Momentum on the one hand […]

W Brom West CLP overwhelmingly rejects report exonerating Spellar ally council leader

Last week, the SKWAWKBOX highlighted a discrepancy in Sandwell council’s report exonerating council leader Steve Eling – a close ally of right-wing Labour MPs John Spellar and Tom Watson – of involvement in damaging leaks to a local blogger. The report has been described by locals as a ‘whitewash’ – and as ‘falling apart’ after an Eling […]

Labour First produces handy guide who NOT to support in vital NCC elections

One of the key decisions at Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool last week was the expansion of the NCC (National Constitutional Committee), the party’s ultimate disciplinary body, which had a long history of domination by the party’s right, but which last week elected a solid left-winger, Anna Dyer, as its chair in place of Maggie […]

#JC9 CLP reps make inaugural collective-transparency NEC meeting report

Labour’s nine ‘CLP’ (constituency Labour party) representatives on the party’s NEC (National Executive Committee) have made their inaugural joint report on NEC meetings, as part of a collective commitment to transparency. The report, as posted to Facebook by NEC member Huda Elmi just minutes ago, reads as follows: CLP reps’ report for the first meeting […]