Huge emotion as #Lab18 becomes a sea of Palestinian flags during debate

Labour’s main conference hall in Liverpool became a well of emotion and a sea of colour this afternoon as delegates made a huge, visual show of solidarity with oppressed Palestinians. During a debate on solidarity with Palestinian people, the conference floor suddenly became full of waving Palestinian flags and pro-Palestine placards provided by the Palestine […]

Labour’s Formby shows Powell a better approach to online forums

Labour MP Lucy Powell has been appearing in the media to promote her “Private Member’s Bill” which, as she describes it, is intended to ‘establish’: legal accountability for what’s published in large online forums, I believe we can force those who run these echo chambers to stamp out the evil that is currently so prominent. […]

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 […]

Excl: Ann Black ‘would support’ IHRA free-speech statement

Ann Black In the tumult surrounding the failure earlier this week of Labour’s NEC (National Executive Committee) to pass the full ‘statement’ put forward by party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s to protect free speech, the understanding of the detailed dynamics of the meeting and of the intentions of  individual NEC members has been fluid. No vote […]

Confirmed: existing Code of Conduct protections still apply until strengthened one agreed

Senior Labour insiders have confirmed that the protections of the existing Code of Conduct still apply and govern the application of the additional IHRA examples that were adopted yesterday by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC). With regard to free speech on the subjects of Israel and Palestine, the key paragraphs from the Code are below […]

Code+ back on track – reaction of Corbyn’s opponents underlines that and more

The full statement protecting free speech delivered by Labour leader Jeremy to the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) today was not, ultimately, voted on by Labour’s ruling body today. Instead, ultimately, it was parcelled up with other items in the ongoing consultation agreed at the last NEC meeting and will be voted on either at the […]

Leadership team’s stunning ‘save’ to retrieve Code Plus on behalf of Labour members

Minutes ago, the SKWAWKBOX broke news of a ‘betrayal’ by three – now possibly four – NEC (National Executive Committee) members to sink ‘Code Plus’, the enhanced Code of Conduct to protect free speech when the remaining ‘IHRA examples’ are adopted by the Labour Party. But the senior Labour figures close to the leadership have […]

Excl: expected route and outcomes from today’s NEC meeting

Sources inside Labour’s NEC (National Executive Committee) have given the SKWAWKBOX an exclusive outline of the planned path of today’s meeting regarding the adoption of additional IHRA ‘working definition’ (‘IHRA’) examples – and the anticipated outcome, subject to successful passage by the NEC. Jeremy Corbyn is delivering a short speech about the Labour Party’s position […]

Excl video: Mann’s ‘unequivocal vote of confidence’ was ‘underhand’ CLP meeting with protest walk-out

John Mann’s face during his CLP’s ‘unequivocal vote of confidence’ The tweet On Sunday, Bassetlaw MP John Mann tweeted smugly about the ‘unequivocal vote of confidence‘ he had received from his local members: The protest If it seems odd that his CLP (constituency Labour party) was meeting on a Sunday, that’s because it is – […]

Excl: NEC terms of reference/standing orders

Since there appears to be some interest in the standing orders of Labour’s National Executive Committee – especially because several National Executive Committee (NEC) members believe they prevent discussion of the party’s Code of Conduct at next week’s NEC meeting (or even the following one on 18 Sep), the SKWAWKBOX is making the latest version […]