The NEC members who could have recorded Willsman comments are a short list

Peter Willsman When the leaked, 51-second audio of comments by veteran left-wing NEC member – and candidate in the current election for nine members to serve the next two years – Peter Willsman were published yesterday by the Jewish Chronicle (JC), a storm of outrage was whipped up to demand Willsman’s suspension or resignation. Why […]

Enfield council leader’s ‘lies’ in emailed defence cause anger among Labour members

The SKWAWKBOX has covered at length the battle in the London borough of Enfield between a broad coalition of Labour members and officials from all wings of the party and a group they allege has taken over the council by anti-democratic means. Those means included huge – and at least partially admitted – departures from […]

More Enfield councillors join calls for full NEC investigation into alleged rigging

The SKWAWKBOX has covered at length the battle in the London borough of Enfield between a broad coalition of Labour members and officials from all wings of the party and a group they claim has taken over the council by anti-democratic means. Those means included huge departures from proper procedure in the selection of council […]

Excl: leaked Formby email’s barb for 3 MPs over code of conduct criticism

Over the past week or so, a number of Labour MPs have taken to mainstream or social media to attack Labour’s new code of conduct on antisemitism, claiming – incorrectly – that it waters down the ‘IHRA working definition’. Among them have been centrists Chuka Umunna and Anna Turley, as well as Shadow Brexit Secretary […]

Woodcock ‘withdrawing cooperation’ from investigation of ‘sex pest’ allegations

John Woodcock Cumbrian MP John Woodcock has been suspended from the Labour Party over ‘sex pest’ allegations – and his self-defence when his suspension came to light clearly revealed the hypocrisy of the Labour right. Woodcock pleaded for due process and none of his fellow Blairites seemed to find it objectionable – which was a […]

Spellar’s office home ‘sending delegates to his CLP from without affiliation’

Warley MP John Spellar is known for keeping a tight rein on his CLP (constituency Labour party). But recent information calls into question just how tight. Spellar is a major figure in Labour First, the hard-right Labour faction that until recently was sending a trainer – until the trainer was suspended over misogynist tweets and other complaints […]

Staff told move or be sacked to make room for ‘irregularly’-elected Enfield leader’s political assistant

Over the last week, the SKWAWKBOX has reported on the outrage – across a broad spectrum of local Labour members and officials – at the serious flaws in the selection of council candidates for the recent Enfield local elections, which were revealed in an investigators’ report. That process was overseen – and by her own […]

Breaking: QC appointed as Labour’s new in-house counsel

Gordon Nardell QC of 20 Essex Street Chambers has been appointed as Labour’s new in-house Counsel (IHC), to oversee the party’s disciplinary processes. Labour sources told the SKWAWKBOX that an urgent task of the IHC will also be to define what qualifies as evidence in complaints – a key issue in ensuring that due process […]

Disturbing social media of right-winger who may have casting vote on McKenzie expulsion

Lewisham East Chair, Labour First tactical trainer and die-hard right-winger Ian McKenzie was suspended last month after the revelation of misogynist social media posts that included tweets about the gang-rape and beheading of Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry. He also resigned from a position as political adviser to Newham’s mayor: The complaints those messages engendered […]

How Labour’s wider disciplinary processes will be made fit for purpose

Image: Rwendland via Wikimedia Commons The SKWAWKBOX published details and analysis earlier this week of Labour’s new disciplinary process for antisemitism complaints. The new process, which is based firmly on the recommendations of the Chakrabarti report, has been widely welcomed for its clear processes, fixed timescales and intelligent measures to depoliticise complaints and adjudications. However, Labour […]