Wavertree members: ‘Lansman offered to mediate to persuade us to keep Luciana’

Momentum founder Jon Lansman and Wavertree MP Luciana Berger Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger was again involved in controversy recently when the right-wing press claimed that she was in danger from Labour members had to be accompanied by a police protective detail at the party’s annual conference in Liverpool. This turned out not to be […]

Drakeford gains Unite and NUM S Wales endorsements for Welsh Labour leader

Mark Drakeford, who last week launched his campaign for the Welsh Labour leadership with a statement of socialist solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn, has made a strong start to his campaign, winning two key union endorsements. Drakeford’s endorsement by Unite has been confirmed this evening, with congratulations tweeted by Welsh regional secretary Peter Hughes, general secretary […]

CLPD: new statement re NCC slates

CLPD (Campaign for Labour Party Democracy) has published a new statement on the separate slates that it and Momentum are promoting in the current election of six additional members of the NCC (National Constitutional Committee), Labour’s senior disciplinary body. CLPD alongside all the other organisations that have been taking part in the CLGA discussions, aside […]

Exclusive: Labour dismantles allegations re employment practices

Earlier today, the LabourList site published an ‘exclusive comment piece’ – and a comment piece on the comment piece – claiming that Labour employees are on insecure contracts, sometimes have to use foodbanks or payday lenders and are sometimes asked to work overtime at short notice. In the follow-up comment piece, LabourList editor Sienna Rodgers […]

Right’s latest attack on Williamson is a naked attempt to divide the movement

Comment Derby North MP Chris Williamson and this blog stand on opposite sides of the ‘open selection’ debate. Williamson has pressed vocally for open selection – a policy of automatically having a selection process to determine the Labour candidate in every seat, every time there is an election. The SKWAWKBOX originally welcomed the idea but saw […]

Juncker ‘denies’ mocking Maybot dance (video). Kind of

EU President Jean-Claude Juncker appeared to mock Theresa May’s embarrassing attempt at dancing last week at the Conservative party conference when he performed a similar ‘dance’ at the podium as he prepared to give a speech to the ‘Committee of the Regions’: Mr Juncker’s spokesman declined to provide a direct response to a media enquiry, […]

Labour’s response to May’s ‘end’ to austerity: a brutal con

Labour Party chair Ian Lavery MP Labour has responded to Theresa May’s conference claim that she is going to bring an end to austerity, with a withering retort from straight-talking MP and party chair Ian Lavery. Lavery pointed out the huge cuts to some of the UK’s poorest families signalled this week by DWP Secretary […]

Austerity ‘over’ – but huge nos of low-income families are about to lose £200 a month

DWP Secretary Esther ‘McVile’ At the Tory conference this week, after lurching onto the stage to a tune the Tories had almost certainly used without permission, Theresa May promised an end to austerity – again. She promised the same last year, just after the general election. But this time she reallyreallyreally means it, allegedly. But […]

Carwyn Jones’ ‘thank you’ to ‘premium’ Welsh supporters – £129 a head

Outgoing Labour leader Carwyn Jones Welsh Labour leader Carwyn Jones will step down shortly and wants to say ‘thank you’ to his ‘most important’ supporters – and he’ll only charge them £69-£129 a head for the privilege. Jones has emailed details of his last ‘bash’ as leader to donors, whom he describes in fulsome terms […]

BBC refuses to comment on its and Kuenssberg’s lack of conference-speech balance

When Theresa May lurched onto the stage yesterday to begin her closing speech at the Tories’ conference, the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg seemed a bit excited: She proceeded to put out a series of tweets about the speech – and writer Thomas Pride noticed a certain contrast with the BBC’s reaction to Jeremy Corbyn’s […]