#Lab18 passes changes to leadership nomination and MP selection criteria

  Votes six and eight at this year’s Labour conference in Liverpool have seen delegates approve the NEC’s recommendations for changes to the processes for Labour’s leadership nominations and for constituency parties (CLPs) to initiate a selection process to potentially replace an incumbent Labour MP. The two votes carried with 63.94% in favour for the nomination […]

How good new selection rules are is clear in how much Labour First hates them

Advocates of ‘open selection’ continue to make noise about the decision of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to put forward an ‘affirmative ballot’ process for the selection of Labour’s parliamentary candidates. Open Selection, at least in the form that has recently been promoted by Momentum, is essentially a ‘no bar’ ‘primary’ system that happens before […]

New twist in Wirral smear saga as councillor resigns facing bullying allegations

The national media has been helping to propagate a series of attacks on the Labour left in the Merseyside borough of Wirral, just across the river from the site of Labour’s annual conference that begins this weekend. The saga began with accusations by former regional director Sheila Murphy and encompassed Birkenhead MP Frank Field’s ‘jumped before pushed’ […]

Exposed: Bitterite plans to sabotage conference

With the start of Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool just over a week away, most Labour members and delegates are excited and expectant about the anticipated Democracy Review recommendations and ‘open selection’ moves that will put the party firmly into the hands of its members. But at the same time – and for the same […]

Rewriting history: Sky News just ‘forgot’ the 2016 ‘coup’, claims NO leadership challenge

According to Sky News, this didn’t happen. Sky News just performed a remarkable piece of retroactive historical surgery in an article about Jeremy Corbyn’s supposed refusal – in reality, Labour rules do not give him the power – to ‘protect’ Labour MPs facing deselection by their local members. The article – which features, of course, […]

Breaking: Ellman’s local Labour party rejects her antisemitism accusations

Louise Ellman Liverpool Riverside CLP (constituency Labour party) has issued a strongly-worded statement rejecting recent accusations regarding antisemitism by its MP, Louise Ellman. Ms Ellman was recently seen telling a TV interviewer that she was “appalled” to find out that Jeremy Corbyn had attended an event featuring Holocaust survivor Hajo Meyer – when she attended […]

Police issue CCTV pic named as ‘author’ of Wirral councillor’s resignation. Council no-comment

As the SKWAWKBOX exclusively revealed last week, a bitter resignation letter issued by Wirral councillor Michael Sullivan that called local Labour members ‘parasites’ showed close ally of the council leader, ‘public affairs strategist‘ Martin Liptrot, as its author, not the councillor. The letter also showed that it was last saved by the council leader himself, Phil […]

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 […]

Mersey Fire Authority accused of ‘revenge for climbdown’ – moves to disband crews

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and activists on Merseyside have been celebrating victory in their campaign to prevent the acceleration of a plan to make drastic cuts to fire cover on Merseyside that firefighters said would cost lives of the public and those protecting them. The local authority had planned to bring forward the programme […]