The questions Sandwell council won’t answer re key Watson ally housing investigation

In June, the SKWAWKBOX published evidence of the involvement of Sandwell councillor Simon Hackett – an employee and close ally of Labour deputy leader Tom Watson – in a potential breach of laws regulating the allocation of council housing. The council’s housing system recorded Mr Hackett involved in a housing allocation, to a local woman, […]

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 […]

Lawyers take blame for Sandwell leader report discrepancy – but council was warned inaccurate 7 weeks ago

On Friday, the SKWAWKBOX highlighted a glaring 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’ […]

Spellar hangs back at Corbyn rally – but ‘ranted’ when he wasn’t mentioned

John Spellar West Midlands Labour First MP John Spellar is an outspoken opponent of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters, having once agreed that he considered calling someone a Momentum member to be an insult. Yet he turned up at a Corbyn rally in Halesowen on Saturday – although he stayed well to the […]

Sandwell council leader’s ‘exoneration’ ‘falling apart’ as false statement emerges

Sandwell council leader Steve Eling has been trumpeting the result of a council investigation into allegations of misconduct against him ahead of a meeting of Sandwell’s ‘Ethical Standards and Member Development Committee’ scheduled for this afternoon. Mr Eling was under investigation over alleged breaches of the councillors’ code of conduct in relation to leaks of […]

Councillor: “Watson made my life a misery. What’s his problem with independent Labour women?”

Sandwell councillor Yvonne Davies and Tom Watson Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has rightly been pilloried this evening after a ludicrous interview in which he claimed that the party’s general secretary, Jennie Formby, had “staked her career on dealing with antisemitism” and, She has been in post for three or four months. If I come […]

The emails Sandwell council leader says are ‘waste of his time’ to ask about

As the SKWAWKBOX published on Monday, Sandwell council leader Steve Eling – a close associate of right-wing Labour MP John Spellar – was asked seven questions by this blog about the leaking of confidential information to a local, anti-Labour blogger and about his failure to react appropriately when a close council ally fell into disrepute. […]

Sandwell leader’s remarkable response to questions re confidential leaks: “Don’t waste my time”

Edit: this article originally described Julian Saunders as a ‘UKIP-supporting blogger’. He has been in touch to advise that he is not a UKIP supporter. Steve Eling Sandwell council leader – and delegate of right-wing MP John Spellar’s Brandhall Labour Club – Steve Eling has been slated for alleged leaks of sensitive information on political […]

Spellar ally photographed at Williamson ‘Democracy Roadshow’ gig says event ‘good and well received’

Steve Eling, the leader of Sandwell council in the West Midlands, is considered an ally of local MPs Tom Watson and John Spellar, who – to put it mildly – are no friends of the Labour left. So it surprised a number of locals when he not only turned up at the event when left-wing […]

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 […]