Tory MPs: ‘Brady has far more than 48 letters’

Tory MP and 1922 Committee Chair Graham Brady Brexiter Jacob Rees-Mogg has said publicly that he has submitted a letter of no confidence in Theresa May to the Tories ‘1922 Committee’, which holds the power to trigger a leadership election. Forty-eight letters from MPs are required in order to force an election and the mainstream […]

Drakeford: “power to the Welsh people”/”Grym i Bobl Cymru”

Mark Drakeford Welsh Labour leadership and First Minister contender Mark Drakeford – whom the SKWAWKBOX exclusively interviewed last month – launches his vision for reform under a socialist government in Wales at Newport Centre on Thursday 8th November at 5pm. Drakeford will lay out the following key points:​ After 20 years of Welsh Labour leading […]

Exclusive part 2: interview with left Welsh leader candidate Drakeford

Welsh Labour leadership hopeful Mark Drakeford On Friday, the SKWAWKBOX published the first part of a two-part series on an exclusive interview with Welsh Labour leadership – and First Minister – candidate Mark Drakeford. In part one, Drakeford talked about his background, about the Welsh language, addressing economic imbalances across Wales, democracy in the Welsh […]

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” […]

#Lab18 passes changes to leadership nomination and MP selection criteria

  Votes six and eight at this year’s Labour conference in Liverpool have seen delegates approve the NEC’s recommendations for changes to the processes for Labour’s leadership nominations and for constituency parties (CLPs) to initiate a selection process to potentially replace an incumbent Labour MP. The two votes carried with 63.94% in favour for the nomination […]

NEC chooses 10+(5 or 5) leader nomination criteria

Jeremy Corbyn congratuled by loser Owen Smith after the 2016 leadership contest Labour’s NEC has backed a change to the nomination threshold for future leadership contests. Future would-be candidates will need nominations by ten percent of MPs – MEPs will no longer be a factor post-Brexit. In addition, they will require support from either five percent […]

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, […]

Rewriting history: Sky News just ‘forgot’ the 2016 ‘coup’, claims NO leadership challenge

According to Sky News, this didn’t happen. Sky News just performed a remarkable piece of retroactive historical surgery in an article about Jeremy Corbyn’s supposed refusal – in reality, Labour rules do not give him the power – to ‘protect’ Labour MPs facing deselection by their local members. The article – which features, of course, […]

9000 to c.200 – Labour’s ratio of accusations found justified in 2016

One of the features of recent antisemitism claims about the Labour Party has been a tendency by mainstream media and Labour’s opponents to treat the number of complaints pending as if every one of them means a guilty member. But of course, some complaints are found not to be justified. The current ratio of complaints […]

Video: May’s voice goes up, eyes down when told Tory cttee has enough letters to force leader contest

Theresa May: eyes down, voice up An interesting little passage in this afternoon’s debate following Theresa May’s announcement of her ‘Chequers deal’ – a deal only with her ministers and not with the EU and one that is already rapidly unravelling after the resignations of her Brexit Secretary and Foreign Secretary, with more expected to […]