Excl: full interview with Lewisham East shortlist candidate Claudia Webbe

Claudia Webbe On Wednesday, the SKWAWKBOX published an exclusive interview with Sakina Sheikh, one of two main left candidates in the contest to replace Heidi Alexander as the candidate and then MP for Lewisham East. Today, Claudia Webbe spoke to this blog at length about her views, politics and motivations in standing for the candidacy. […]

“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 […]

Leaked letter shows Atos incentivising staff for VOLUME of disability claimant assessments

Atos is a French-based company that holds contracts with the UK government to carry out billions of pounds worth of services But not without controversy. The government announced in 2014 that a contract Atos had with the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) for ‘fitness to work’ assessments was being terminated early, after concerns over ‘significant […]

Tory bill to make you pay for your NHS treatment is being debated today

An attempt by Tory MPs to push through an amendment to the National Health Service Act 2006 that will allow NHS patients in England to be charged for their treatment and GP visits. The National Health Service (Co-Funding and Co-Payment) Bill, sponsored by Tory MPs Christopher Chope, Peter Bone and Edward Leigh – Leigh has been […]

Breaking video: Hunt admits ‘incompetence’ cost hundreds of womens’ lives. #HuntMustGo

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt – inexplicably to many observers – not only survived Theresa May’s last Cabinet reshuffle, but gained an expanded title. NHS-watchers were horrified that the man on whose watch the NHS has fallen into permanent crisis was protected yet again. Today, he appeared before MPs to make a shocking admission of further […]

Breaking: Alexander to quit as MP – and the private health lobbyist she employed

Heidi Alexander (image credit: The Robin Hood Tax — https://secure.flickr.com/photos/robinhoodtax/6305514539/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35745741 Former Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander is to step down as an MP. Ms Alexander was rumoured yesterday by the Guardian to be looking at a move to London City Hall. Ms Alexander resigned as Shadow Health Secretary as part of […]