Open selection moves closer as Unite’s Beckett voices support. You can help

Howard Beckett speaking at last year’s TUC conference While Momentum and many CLPs (constituency Labour parties) have been raising awareness and backing for open selection, Labour insiders and activists feel that Chuka Umunna’s recent statements reflect an attempt by right-wingers to hold the membership to ransom with threats of a break-away party in a bid […]

NEC member Willsman’s report on last week’s NEC meeting

NEC member Peter Willsman Last week’s meeting of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) saw drama with the adoption of additional examples from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) ‘working definition’ of antisemitism – but the deferment of a statement specifying additional protections for free speech and the rights of Palestinians. Since then, the Labour right […]

Left clean sweep in NEC elections confirmed – and the message it sends

As the SKWAWKBOX exclusively broke this morning and now confirmed, the candidates of the left slate in Labour’s National Executive Committee elections have won another clean sweep, taking all nine positions. Veteran NEC member Ann Black, standing as an independent candidate after being dropped from the slate, did not succeed and will stand down after […]

Breaking: reports suggest clean sweep for JC nine – yes nine

Unconfirmed reports suggest the left slate has won another clean sweep in the elections for Labour’s National Executive Committee, taking all nine positions. The formal announcement of the result is expected around 2pm. If confirmed, it will mean that incumbent Peter Willsman has retained his seat in spite of shameful manoeuvres and smears by the […]

Code+/IHRA back on 4 Sep agenda – but avoiding delay to Democracy Review discussion crucial

  The header of the NEC’s ‘standing orders’ The Labour National Executive Committee’s (NEC) standing orders state that the issue of Labour’s Code of Conduct should not be discussed until October at the earliest – after the three-month minimum from the July NEC meeting that first approved the Code expires. In spite of that rule […]

Breaking: neither IHRA examples nor Code+ on 4 Sep NEC agenda

Several NEC members have told the SKWAWKBOX that neither the addition of the remaining ‘IHRA examples‘ to Labour’s Code of Conduct nor the strengthening of protections for free speech and the rights of Palestinians are on the agenda for 4 September – contrary to the confident claims of the mainstream media. There are in fact two meetings on […]

One of the most important videos for Labour members to watch this week

Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool is less than a month away and will discuss and vote on a number of important issues, particularly the recommendations of Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘Democracy Review’ (DR), which are due to be discussed by the National Executive Committee (NEC) next week before passing to Conference for ratification. But one vital step […]

Obscure NEC rule could delay IHRA debate – and play decisive role in Labour democratisation

As the SKWAWKBOX showed earlier this week, Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) is essentially certain to vote the remaining IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Association) ‘working definition examples’ of possible antisemitic behaviour into the party’s Code of Conduct when it meets to discuss the issue – and Labour members concerned about the protection of free speech […]

Momentum’s ‘Team Corbyn’ missing a name. Vote for the full #JC9yes9 for NEC

Momentum has issued a new campaign video for the ongoing elections for nine members of Labour’s National Executive Committee – showing only eight candidates, now collectively named ‘Team Corbyn’ instead of the ‘JC9’. For some time, Momentum’s graphics etc continued to show the full ‘grassroots left’ slate of nine candidates including incumbent NEC member Peter Willsman, […]

Jeremy Corbyn’s blistering response to Netanyahu is a masterful put-down

Jeremy Corbyn broke his silence on the nonsensical issue a blistering put-down to  Benjamin Netayahu when the Israeli PM made an ill-advised and hypocritical comment on Corbyn’s attendance at a memorial for Palestinians killed in an Israeli bombing raid. Echoing fake news in the UK mainstream media, Netanyahu claimed that Corbyn had laid a wreath […]