Ealing council leader censured by Labour campaign body for by-election call

Ealing Council leader Julian Bell Ealing council leader Julian Bell has long faced unrest from many of his councillors, narrowly defeating a leadership challenge in May over his housing arrangements. Arrangements for the selection of council election candidates under Bell’s watch have also been heavily criticised by Labour’s LCF (Local Campaign Forum) – arrangements that […]

Labour: ‘Enfield council leader investigation NOT abandoned’

The SKWAWKBOX has carried a series of exclusives on the Enfield council selections scandal, where Council leader Nesil Caliskan has been at the centre of an investigation by the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) into the ‘irregularities’ that occurred during the selection process to elect Labour candidates, including the deselection of all black candidates. Nesil Caliskan The beneficiaries of these […]

Ten successes already in the bag at #Lab18

For all the uproar around a couple of specific issues, Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool, which still has two days to run, has already seen a number of successes for member empowerment on a scale that members would hardly have dared dream about just two years ago. Sometimes we forget how far we’ve come. In […]

Now NEC’s circuits are unfrazzled this morning, selection situation looks better. Here’s how

In the tumult and exhaustion last night after a long day and a debate against a background of high member emotion, the picture painted by members of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) who spoke to the SKWAWKBOX last night was far from disastrous – but it was worse than the real outcome. Here’s the definitive […]

Excl: participant in Unison election ‘collusion’ revealed as ally of Enfield council leader

The SKWAWKBOX has carried a series of exclusives on the Enfield council selections scandal, where Council leader Nesil Caliskan is at the centre of an investigation by the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) into the ‘irregularities’ that occurred during the selection process to elect Labour candidates, including the deselection of all black candidates. The […]

Tory chaos sees ‘power-grab’ boundary plan shelved – for now

Theresa May – because of fears of the reaction of her own back-benchers – has shelved plans to try to force through changes to parliamentary constituency boundaries that would have given them an advantage of twenty or so seats compared to current boundaries. The closeness of the result at last year’s general election can be […]

Ryan rant blames ‘Trots Stalinists Communists’ for no-confidence vote

Labour MP Joan Ryan – who now formally lacks the confidence of her members after a dramatic vote at tonight’s Enfield North CLP (constituency Labour party) meeting, left the room a minute or so before the announcement of a result that led to an eruption of cheers and applause. Members described her as ‘quiet and […]

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 […]

Formby collecting CLP data amid reports of mass rogue affiliations and rising GE expectation

One of the key democratic – or otherwise – influences in the Labour Party around the country consists of affiliations to CLPs (constituency Labour parties) from other groups affiliated to the national party. Unions and affiliated socialist societies are entitled to send delegates to a CLP from any branch that has affiliated to it – […]

More leaked Enfield LCF ‘tapes’ show interviewer recommendations CHANGED to approve ‘coup’ candidates

The SKWAWKBOX has covered at length the battle in the London borough of Enfield between a broad coalition of Labour members and officials from all wings of the party and a group they allege has taken over the council by anti-democratic means. Those means included huge – and at least partially admitted – departures from […]