Ealing LCF condemns council leader’s ‘blatant disregard for rules’ – full statement

Last weekend the SKWAWKBOX reported the outrage of Labour members and officials in Ealing at the extraordinary actions of Ealing council leader Julian Bell in personally signing a call for a by-election following the sad death of a well-liked councillor before the funeral had even taken place.  – and their conviction that this was done […]

Brent Central sees near-clean sweep for left

The London borough of Brent, of which Brent Central forms a part Brent Central is already well represented in Parliament by the excellent Dawn Butler, but last night it took a strong turn to the left at local party level when the left won all but one of the CLP’s officer positions – and all of its […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pinto-Duschinsky wins Hendon PPC contest. Hunter 2nd, JLM’s Katz last

David Pinto-Duschinsky David Pinto-Duschinsky has won selection as PPC (prospective parliamentary candidate) for Hendon. Duschinsky won the nomination of his CLP’s seven branches and won the one-member-one-vote selection in the first round with eighty-nine votes. Patrick Hunter came second with 49 votes and JLM vice-chair Mike Katz – Hendon’s candidate in last year’s general election […]

Interview: Patrick Hunter for Hendon. Hustings/vote this afternoon

  Patrick Hunter This afternoon in Hendon, local members will vote to select the constituency’s next parliamentary candidate. The seat is a marginal, won by Tory Matthew Offord last year by only 1,072 votes. The SKWAWKBOX spoke to one of the shortlisted candidates, Patrick Hunter, a no-nonsense Irishman who hasn’t lost his brogue in spite […]

Excl: grave complaints against Momentum slate candidate cast doubt on vetting process

On Thursday, left-wing organisations CLPD (Campaign for Labour Party Democracy) and Momentum each announced competing – albeit overlapping – ‘slates’ for Labour’s important elections for additional members of the party’s senior disciplinary body, the National Constitutional Committee (NCC). The CLPD slate, announced first, has been supported by Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL), Labour Campaign for […]

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SKWAWKBOX: causing ripples The SKWAWKBOX continues to impact the UK’s political landscape at a national and local level, bringing its readers often-exclusive information that inconveniences the Establishment and undermines the constant attacks on Labour’s continued and growing standing as not only a genuine alternative to ‘business as usual’ but as a genuine government-in-waiting. Since the […]

Right’s latest attack on Williamson is a naked attempt to divide the movement

Comment Derby North MP Chris Williamson and this blog stand on opposite sides of the ‘open selection’ debate. Williamson has pressed vocally for open selection – a policy of automatically having a selection process to determine the Labour candidate in every seat, every time there is an election. The SKWAWKBOX originally welcomed the idea but saw […]