Labour appoints new W Mids deputy director

Harry Taylor Labour has appointed Harry Taylor as its new deputy Regional Director for the West Midlands, to assist Director Fadel Takrouri in the task of bringing the local party into line with the vision of Labour’s leadership and members. Taylor is currently deputy leader of Shrewsbury Council. Regional office staff were informed this afternoon. […]

Labour appoints new London regional director

After a substantial period of acting regional directors drafted in from the north-west, the Labour Party has appointed longstanding Labour activist Hazel Flynn as its new regional director for London. Ms Flynn is an eminently-qualified organiser, as the role requires, who signed a July 2016 statement of support for Jeremy Corbyn published by Lesbians and […]

Exclusive: first of two-part interview with Welsh Labour leadership hopeful Mark Drakeford

Left-winger Mark Drakeford The contest for the leadership of the Welsh Labour Party – and the position of First Minister of the Welsh Assembly – is well and truly underway, with many union and CLP (constituency Labour party) nominations filed and weekly hustings being held. Three candidates are in the running and have received enough […]

W Mids Labour staffer who ‘rigged’ candidate interview still in place for selections

Evidence obtained by the SKWAWKBOX showing the ‘rigging’ of a council candidate’s interview illustrates the extent to which Labour’s previous administration in the West Midlands was in thrall to some of the region’s most right-wing MPs. Late last year, a councillor in the region was interviewed for the ‘panel’ – the list of approved applicants […]

Left takes clean sweep in Pidcock’s CLP – as Blairites skip AGM… to listen to Blair

Last May, the right-wing site known colloquially as the blue squeak published a typically snide and inaccurate article about the election of a right-wing chair in North-West Durham (NWD) CLP (constituency Labour party), the seat represented in Parliament by the excellent Laura Pidcock. The article, no doubt leaked by one of the CLP’s right-wingers, claimed […]

Excl: ‘author’ of councillor’s ‘parasite’ resignation letter is PR ally of Labour council leader

There has been an interesting sequence of events on Merseyside this week – or to be more precise, on the Wirral peninsula. Sheila Murphy On Monday, the ‘Labour Uncut‘ website featured an interview with supposed ‘northern [Labour] legend’, former north-west regional director Sheila Murphy, who launched a blistering attack on the Labour Party’s newer members […]

FBU conference unanimously endorses mandatory reselection

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) unanimously passed a resolution calling for mandatory reselection (MR) – whereby all Labour MPs will need to have their selection reconfirmed before each general election instead receiving an effective ‘free pass’ via the current complicated and easily stacked ‘trigger ballot’ system – at its June annual conference in Brighton this […]

Breaking: Labour appoints Fadel Takrouri as new W Mids regional director

Fadel Takrouri Labour has appointed highly-regarded, UK-based Palestinian Fadel Takrouri, chair of the British Arab Federation and well known to excellent Labour MPs such as Grahame Morris, as the new regional director for the West Midlands. Coventry-based Takrouri, who still has family in Palestine, is considered a solid and extremely capable left-winger. In breaking news, […]

New WM Labour regional director appointed. Right wing panicking

According to Labour sources, the new West Midlands regional director has now been appointed – the SKWAWKBOX can reveal that left-wing members will be very happy that change is coming. Right-wingers – of which there are many in the West Midlands – are apparently like a disturbed termites’ nest, with fraught phone-calls aplenty and attempts […]