Phillips leaves Yardley AGM early as left takes all contested positions

Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips Centrist MP Jess Phillips was reportedly a lot less than happy as Birmingham Yardely CLP (constituency Labour party) held its annual general meeting (AGM) to elect its officers for the next year. In a fractious three-hour meeting – starting 10am on Saturday – attended by 92 members eligible to vote, […]

Successful Angela Smith no-confidence motion – full text

On Friday night, ‘centrist’ Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith received a 27-20 – a good turn-out for a delegate-based CLP – vote of no confidence from her CLP (constituency Labour party) – and took to Twitter with a sour dismissal of the vote as the work of a hard-left ‘cabal’. Fellow right-wing Labour MPs […]

Spellar recorded shouting ‘abuse’ at blind delegate

John Spellar Labour and Labour First MP John Spellar has been recorded insulting Momentum members – saying that even the term ‘Momentum member’ is an insult – and blocked delegates in 2017 saying it was unacceptable to have Momentum members ‘flooding’ the party’s conference. Spellar was said to have ‘ranted‘ when he was not name-checked […]

Watson criticises Gove – for ‘disloyalty’

Comment It’s one of the ironies of politics that so many politicians don’t seem to get irony. Labour deputy leader Tom Watson chose to tweet a comment about Michael Gove’s decision not to resign from the Cabinet this week over Theresa May’s dismal Brexit deal, with a dig at Gove’s loyalty – or lack of […]

Merseyside branch calls for selection rerun as LCF identifies multiple procedural breaches

Liscard on the Wirral Liscard Labour branch in the Merseyside borough of Wirral has called an emergency meeting for next Tuesday after the Local Campaign Forum (LCF) – the Labour body with oversight of council candidate selections – identified a number of breaches of procedure by the campaign team of the sitting councillor. The following […]

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 […]

Bleak, viral WhatsApp message captures spirit of non-fascists in Brazil

A bleakly-humorous WhatsApp message, which has apparently gone viral among Brazilian WhatsApp users, gives a poignant insight into the reaction of ordinary people who don’t support fascism to the victory of far-right Jair Bolsonaro in the Brazilian presidential election. Bolsonaro has been accused of trampling democracy, being anti-women and an extremist ‘barbarian’ and organising criminal […]

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 […]

Exclusive: first of two-part interview with Welsh Labour leadership hopeful Mark Drakeford

Left-winger Mark Drakeford The contest for the leadership of the Welsh Labour Party – and the position of First Minister of the Welsh Assembly – is well and truly underway, with many union and CLP (constituency Labour party) nominations filed and weekly hustings being held. Three candidates are in the running and have received enough […]

Excl: NUJ ‘bypasses black members’ to disinvite Mendoza from Black History Month lecture

Last night the SKWAWKBOX broke exclusive news of the National Union of Journalists’ remarkable decision to try to force its Black Members Council (BMC) to amend a motion the BMC had just passed unanimously. The NUJ’s national executive committee told the BMC it had to impose additional strictures on Canary editor-in-chief Kerry-Anne Mendoza – which […]