Orthodox union u-turns to support maligned activist

Shraga Stern, whose highlighting of Charedi Jews’ views led to smears against him In a striking u-turn, an Orthodox Jewish umbrella body representing Charedi Orthodox Jewish communities in the UK has announced its support for Charedi activist Shraga Stern. Mr Stern had come under attack after helping to organise a letter signed by thirty-four UOHC […]

‘A slap in the face’ – Orthodox Jews ask Khan not to attend BoD dinner during protest

London mayor Sadiq Khan As the SKWAWKBOX revealed last month, representatives of London’s large Charedi (Orthodox) Jewish community plan to stage a protest outside the annual dinner of the Board of Deputies of British Jews (BoD). Charedi Jews represent over twenty percent of the UK’s Jewish population and many feel aggrieved that the BoD, in […]

Sandwell Establishment’s ‘contempt’ for process as suspended officer appears at Labour bash

The SKWAWKBOX has covered at length the dramatic developments in Sandwell, the West Midlands core of the Labour right – including the ‘earthquake’ of the suspension both of the LCF (local campaign forum) and of its secretary, Tom Watson ally Derek Rowley. Former Sandwell mayor Derek Rowley Mr Rowley was suspended after allegations not only […]

Outrage as Enfield council leader kills motion to protect threatened staff

The SKWAWKBOX has revealed numerous scandals in the conduct of Labour selection processes – and the subsequent election has council leader of Nesil Caliskan – who oversaw the ‘irregular’ selection of candidates, by the candidates who benefited from that process – ousting popular incumbent Doug Taylor. The SKWAWKBOX also covered the decision to threaten the […]

MP Austin fails to deny planning tilt at W Mids ‘metro mayor’

Ian Austin Right-wing Labour MP Ian Austin – who was labelled ‘thuggish’ and an ‘unpleasant bully’ for his behaviour in the House of Commons when Jeremy Corbyn criticised Tony Blair’s illegal Iraq war – was one of the few Labour MPs to reduce his majority during the 2017 general election’s ‘Corbyn surge’. Rumours have been circulating […]

MPs Coyle and Jones seen on Commons Terrace with suspended rape-tweeter McKenzie

Ian McKenzie, Neil Coyle and Graham Jones. Background: Commons Terrace Bar Ian McKenzie, who previously conducted training for hard right faction Labour First, has been at the centre of controversy since the weekend, after images emerged of tweets he posted discussing the sale into slavery, gang-rape and beheading of Labour front-bencher Emily Thornberry:   Those […]

Labour First confirms McKenzie not welcome at events while suspended

A couple of days is a long time in politics. Just ask Lewisham East Labour Party chair Ian McKenzie. On Saturday he was ‘crowing’ – his own choice of word – about the selection of Janet Daby as Labour’s candidate in the constituency’s impending by-election: This evening, he’s ‘eating crow’ with the news that he […]

Labour First trainer, Lewisham East CLP Chair’s vile sex-slave tweets with Labour complaints team

Ian McKenzie is Chair of Lewisham East CLP (constituency Labour party), secretary of Lewisham LCF (Labour local campaign forum) and a die-hard anti-Corbyn factionalist. In the wake of yesterday’s candidate selection for the Lewisham East by-election, McKenzie has been claiming two-time Corbyn voter Janet Daby as a win for the right, even though the right’s […]

Excl audio: Lewisham East shortlister Claudia Webbe on what drives her to stand

Earlier today, the SKWAWKBOX conducted an interview with NEC member and shortlisted applicant for Labour’s candidacy for the Lewisham East parliamentary seat vacated by Heidi Alexander’s move to the London mayor’s office, Claudia Webbe. The interview lasted almost an hour and ranged over topics as varied as Gaza and the NHS – but right at […]

“It’s a whirlwind” – exclusive interview with Lewisham East shortlist candidate Sakina Sheikh

Sakina Sheikh is one of four candidates shortlisted by Labour’s National Executive Committee for the Lewisham East by-election triggered by Heidi Alexander’s departure to the London mayor’s office. She is a newly-elected Lewisham councillor and is backed by Momentum. SKWAWKBOX: Thanks for making time to chat, you must be having a bit of a whirlwind […]