Willsman receiving death threats after misrepresented NEC comments

Labour National Executive Committee (NEC) member Peter Willsman was at the centre of controversy after a recording of his comments during an NEC meeting was leaked to the media. The comments were presented as antisemitic, but a proper examination of what was actually said, rather than the framing by media and ‘centrist’ MPs, showed that […]

Exclusive: Lansman clarifies position on full IHRA examples

Jon Lansman A month ago today, Momentum founder and Labour National Executive Committee (NEC) member Jon Lansman described Labour’s new Code of Conduct as the ‘gold standard’ in terms of political party guidelines on antisemitism. Since then, various news outlets have claimed that Lansman has been lobbying NEC members and the party leadership to accede […]

Labour members launch open letter to NEC against concession on IHRA

Labour members across the UK and internationally have begun signing an open letter that calls on the NEC to resist pressure to change the party’s Code of Conduct by those who want to see the unclarified and ‘non legally binding’ ‘IHRA Working Definition’ of antisemitism replace Labour’s legally sound, clarified version. The beginning of the […]

Camden Momentum’s rebuke to national re smear response: “with every scalp taken, a new target will soon loom into view”

A Camden Momentum banner At the beginning of this month, the SKWAWKBOX strongly criticised the decision of the officer group of Momentum’s NCG (National Coordinating Group) to withdraw support from National Executive Committee (NEC) candidate Peter Willsman over misrepresented comments Willsman had made during an NEC meeting, calling the decision ‘idiotic and reckless’. Local Momentum […]

Unison boss Prentis’ pro-IHRA article just labelled his OWN union antisemitic

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis has appeared in the New Statesman today calling for Labour to occupy the ‘high moral ground’ by adopting the full IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) ‘working definition’ of antisemitism – including all of its much-criticised ‘examples’: Prentis name-checks Barnet in his article, claiming that when he campaigned in the borough, which has […]

Excl: Bakers’ union on NEC backs Code of Conduct – attacking it through media is ‘cowardly’

BFAWU President Ian Hodson The SKWAWKBOX spoke exclusively to Baker’s union (BFAWU) president Ian Hodson this morning about his take on the current and increasingly ridiculous smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn and a full article on his hard-hitting comments will be published shortly. But one of the key elements of the discussion was his statement […]

Lansman condemns ‘uncomradely and divisive’ Azim article

Momentum founder Jon Lansman has come out in condemnation of an article by Open Labour’s Owen Smith-supporting Jade Azim, after a fraught twenty-four hours or so in which too many well-known young left-wingers who should have known better had defended Azim and her article, which sought to pit ‘Lansmanites’ against the abusively-termed ‘cranks’, as well […]

Margaret Hodge denies expressing regret. Formby: Chief Whip says twice that she did

Margaret Hodge (image: Wikimedia Commons) Labour MP Margaret Hodge has tweeted a letter from her lawyers to the Labour Party which denies that she expressed any regret for her behaviour toward Jeremy Corbyn. A letter sent by Labour general secretary Jennie Formby flatly contradicts Ms Hodge’s claim – and also states that Hodge received a […]

Azim on ‘mental health slur’ anger: ‘crank’ is common among ‘young high profile activists’

On Wednesday, LabourList published an article under the inflammatory, “The real battle for Labour’s soul? Lansmanites vs Cranks” As an article, its aim is fairly transparent – and it is not to promote unity among the Labour left. It has lazy and unevidenced assumptions in abundance and dismisses people on the wrong side of her […]

Mandatory selection set to pass conference with Unite backing

As the SKWAWKBOX reported yesterday, Unite insiders – one of the UK’s and Labour’s largest unions – say that the union is set to get firmly behind changes to party rules to bring in ‘mandatory reselection’ (MR) of Labour MPs. Activists, along with MPs such as Chris Williamson, have been campaigning for the change to […]