W Mids Labour staffer who ‘rigged’ candidate interview still in place for selections

Evidence obtained by the SKWAWKBOX showing the ‘rigging’ of a council candidate’s interview illustrates the extent to which Labour’s previous administration in the West Midlands was in thrall to some of the region’s most right-wing MPs. Late last year, a councillor in the region was interviewed for the ‘panel’ – the list of approved applicants […]

Ealing council leader censured by Labour campaign body for by-election call

Ealing Council leader Julian Bell Ealing council leader Julian Bell has long faced unrest from many of his councillors, narrowly defeating a leadership challenge in May over his housing arrangements. Arrangements for the selection of council election candidates under Bell’s watch have also been heavily criticised by Labour’s LCF (Local Campaign Forum) – arrangements that […]

Councillor: “Watson made my life a misery. What’s his problem with independent Labour women?”

Sandwell councillor Yvonne Davies and Tom Watson Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has rightly been pilloried this evening after a ludicrous interview in which he claimed that the party’s general secretary, Jennie Formby, had “staked her career on dealing with antisemitism” and, She has been in post for three or four months. If I come […]

Leaked Brighton email exposes shameless right-wing hypocrisy and questionable resource use

Over the last few days, Labour’s hard right in Brighton has mounted an attack campaign on social media against prospective left candidates in the selections for the next set of local elections – apparently fearing a ‘Momentum clean sweep’. A toxic fringe publication published a tweet mocking Momentum’s candidate preparation process for its ‘form-filling’: This […]

More leaked Enfield LCF ‘tapes’ show interviewer recommendations CHANGED to approve ‘coup’ candidates

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 […]

Leaked transcript: London Labour region fully aware early of huge Enfield ‘rigging’ issues

The SKWAWKBOX has covered at considerable 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 […]

‘Shock’ result in Curborough by-election as Labour wins big in Tory heartland

Labour took a seat in the epitome of a Tory heartland on Thursday evening, in a council by-election win that was treated as a ‘shock’ by election pundits – but to those who remember the ‘Corbyn surge‘ last year against Establishment expectations, the only mild surprise is the scale of the win. Labour made a […]

‘Nuclear’ email by Enfield dep council leader asks whole Labour group to support investigation

Deputy Enfield Council leader Daniel Anderson The drama in Enfield has moved from growth to explosion, with an email – described by local Labour figures as ‘nuclear’ – sent by the council’s deputy leader to all Labour councillors and obtained by the SKWAWKBOX. Outrage has grown among locals in and out of the party since […]

Ryan’s CLP votes overwhelmingly for investigation into ally’s selection process

The SKWAWKBOX has exposed the extremely troubling practices involved in the selection of candidates for the recent local elections in the London borough of Enfield – and the way in which the LCF (local campaign forum) Secretary who oversaw the admittedly-flawed process was then elected as council leader by the candidates who made it through […]

Abbott’s ‘Labour right abuser’ runs TORY Facebook group

Late last year, the SKWAWKBOX covered the abuse directed toward Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott by a right-wing ‘Labour’ member of a Facebook politics group. The abusive message was deeply troubling: Bigham also routinely posted angry messages about Jeremy Corbyn and other left-wing figures. However, although the Abbott message was reported to the party, he […]