Excl: NUJ ‘subverts democracy’ to ‘bully’ Mendoza out of Black History Month lecture

Canary editor-in-chief Kerry-Anne Mendoza NUJ’s black members (BMC) invited Canary editor Kerry-Anne Mendoza to deliver Black History Month lecture NUJ ‘chapel’ at Guardian/Observer ‘chapel’ protested Mendoza invitation NUJ’s NEC voted to ask  BMC to discuss invitation again – but claimed it would respect BMC’s freedom to choose, as well as freedom of speech and dissent […]

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 […]

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 […]

CLPD-backed NCC candidate drops out but comments don’t add up

CLPD-backed NCC candidate Kaneez Akhtar has stepped down from the election, citing a wish for unity. However, some of the commentary around her decision does not add up. LabourList surmised: The statement implicitly agrees with the criticism levelled at the CLPD slate by Jon Lansman and other members of Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) yesterday. After […]

Breaking: Grassroots Black Left endorses JVL’s NCC candidate, attacks Momentum

Grassroots Black Left (GBL), which entered the political arena last autumn at a parliamentary launch featuring Labour MPs Clive Lewis and Chris Williamson and is affiliated to CLPD (Campaign for Labour Party Democracy), has just issued a statement expressing serious concerns about the process used by key left-wing organisations for selecting its ‘slates’ – and […]

W Brom West CLP overwhelmingly rejects report exonerating Spellar ally council leader

Last week, the SKWAWKBOX highlighted a discrepancy in Sandwell council’s report exonerating council leader Steve Eling – a close ally of right-wing Labour MPs John Spellar and Tom Watson – of involvement in damaging leaks to a local blogger. The report has been described by locals as a ‘whitewash’ – and as ‘falling apart’ after an Eling […]

#JC9 CLP reps make inaugural collective-transparency NEC meeting report

Labour’s nine ‘CLP’ (constituency Labour party) representatives on the party’s NEC (National Executive Committee) have made their inaugural joint report on NEC meetings, as part of a collective commitment to transparency. The report, as posted to Facebook by NEC member Huda Elmi just minutes ago, reads as follows: CLP reps’ report for the first meeting […]

The definitive guide to selecting an MP under Labour’s new (2018) rules

Labour’s annual conference last week in Liverpool passed new rules for the process of selecting an MP when there is already a sitting candidate. While the final, detailed NEC (National Executive Committee) guidance for what has been termed ‘affirmative ballot’ (AB) meetings are still to be finalised, below is a definitive guide of the new […]

Exclusive: Unite has already endorsed first affirmative-ballot selection candidate

The dust has barely settled on the decision of Labour conference delegates to approve a new, easier process for Labour members to have a selection process and elect a new parliamentary candidate – and already one of Labour’s most staunchly pro-Corbyn unions has moved to help members make use of the new rules. The SKWAWKBOX […]

Breaking: Labour reduces ‘quorum’ level to just 5% for all CLP/branch meetings

The idea of a ‘quorum’ – the minimum required level of attendance required at a Labour meeting for it to make valid decisions and resolutions – might seem  the dullest, most mundane topic imaginable at first glance. But for Labour members and observers, in the context of developments this week, it’s huge. At Labour’s conference, […]