Phillips’, Hodges’ zero self-awareness with May ‘knife’ condemnation

Comment Commentators have been getting worked up about the unpleasant language allegedly used by Tory MPs to described the likely fate of failing and flailing PM Theresa May. Mps have reportedly talked about ‘heating a knife’ in readiness for bringing an end to her tenure and have said that she should ‘bring her own noose’ […]

Woodcock: constituency office abandoned, website suspended and more

John Woodcock Barrow and Furness’ former Labour MP John Woodcock appears to be finding life as an independent since his resignation over sexual harassment allegations a challenge. Woodcock’s constituency office in Barrow has shut down and a notice on an outside wall directs constituents to an office in Ulverston, a ten-mile drive away: The Ulverston […]

Clearing up the NCC election confusion: who can vote and how it’ll work

Nominations for the important elections to Labour’s National Constitutional Committee (NCC), the party’s senior disciplinary body, are underway and will close 28 October. The contest itself became clearer for members with yesterday’s announcement of a unified ‘slate’ of left-wing candidates by CLPD, Momentum and other organisations. However, there has been considerable confusion over the issues […]

19 leading academics endorse rigour, caution, findings of damning media bias study

Earlier this month, the SKWAWKBOX published details of a landmark academic study that was highly critical of the integrity of the coverage by mainstream media of the issue of alleged antisemitism in the Labour Party. Predictably, that study was attacked by those who have an interest in portraying Labour in that way, or in maintaining […]

SNP finally denies ‘IndyRef2 for abstention’ deal – almost – and blames Galloway

SNP – pointing a finger at Galloway Earlier today, the SKWAWKBOX reported on the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) 24-hour-plus failure to deny reports that Theresa May offered SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon a deal when the two met on Monday: abstentions by SNP MPs in the vote on the UK’s final Brexit deal with the EU, […]

Grassroots Black Left backs unified slate, calls for black voice in future slate-making

This morning, CLPD (Campaign for Labour Party Democracy) and Momentum announced that they had agreed a unified slate of candidates for Labour’s elections to the National Constitutional Committee (NCC). Since then, CLPD-affiliated Jewish Voice for Labour has backed the unified slate and another affiliated group, Grassroots Black Left (GBL) has now also given qualified backing […]

Jewish Voice for Labour backs unified NCC slate

As the SKWAWKBOX revealed this morning, CLPD (Campaign for Labour Party Democracy) and Momentum agreed a unified ‘slate’ for the important elections to Labour’s NCC (National Constitutional Committee). Other affiliates who had supported CLPD’s original slate had not yet announced their support for the six candidates selected for the unified slate – the five remaining […]

CWU, Unison add their support to Drakeford’s Welsh leadership campaign

Mark Drakeford The campaign of left-winger Mark Drakeford for the leadership of the Welsh Labour Party continues to build impetus. Hot on the heels of endorsements by Unite and South Wales NUM, the CWU and Unison unions have also declared their support. With the switch to OMOV (one member, one vote) from the old ‘electoral […]

Breaking: new delay to Universal Credit roll-out as DWP incompetence gives some vulnerable reprieve

Comment The despair of an impoverished UC claimant The BBC has just announced that the government’s planned full roll-out of the hated Universal Credit system to all claimants has been delayed – again – by a further nine months. Vulnerable people in this country cannot hope for compassion or sense preventing this government pushing ahead […]

Wavertree members: ‘Lansman offered to mediate to persuade us to keep Luciana’

Momentum founder Jon Lansman and Wavertree MP Luciana Berger Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger was again involved in controversy recently when the right-wing press claimed that she was in danger from Labour members had to be accompanied by a police protective detail at the party’s annual conference in Liverpool. This turned out not to be […]