Woodcock ‘withdrawing cooperation’ from investigation of ‘sex pest’ allegations

John Woodcock Cumbrian MP John Woodcock has been suspended from the Labour Party over ‘sex pest’ allegations – and his self-defence when his suspension came to light clearly revealed the hypocrisy of the Labour right. Woodcock pleaded for due process and none of his fellow Blairites seemed to find it objectionable – which was a […]

Senior Sandwell council figure’s ‘aggressive outburst’ brings funeral-goer to tears

The West Midlands borough of Sandwell has been the scene of some high drama in the local Labour party recently, with its Local Campaign Forum (LCF) suspended by the national party amid allegations of anti-democratic manoeuvres and key figures suspended or accused of various misdeeds and local, right-wing MPs and their allies under close scrutiny. […]

Suspended Scottish Labour councillors’ latest attempt to collaborate with Tories rejected by SEC

Last year, Scottish Labour suspended an entire group of councillors for persistently trying to form a coalition with the Tories. It seems they – and many Labour MSPs (members of Scottish Parliament) have learned nothing since. The MSPs are said to be unhappy about the decision by the Scottish Executive (SEC) to reject Aberdeen Labour councillors’ – […]

Sandwell councillor and Watson employee ‘involved’ in irregular housing allocation

Simon Hackett (L) and Tom Watson MP Simon Hackett is a councillor in Sandwell and Chair of Sandwell Labour’s LCF (local campaign forum), which has been suspended by the Labour Party after allegations of anti-democratic behaviour by key figures. He is also an employee and close ally of Labour MP and deputy leader Tom Watson. The […]

Tory councillor’s colossal fail when he tries to mock Corbyn over football

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted congratulations to the England football team on their win last night over Tunisia in the World Cup. As it seems the #FBPE bots couldn’t think of a way to link congratulations on an England football win to the usual ‘what about the EU?’ comments, the Tory bots and trolls took […]

Tory chair’s 24hr u-turn – from zero tolerance of Islamophobia to claiming it’s just ‘playing politics’

Brandon Lewis On Friday, Tory chair Brandon Lewis wrote an article for the Conservative Home website in which he claimed that he and the party had adopted a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to Islamophobia by its representatives: But that did not appear to be happening in practice, as Buzzfeed’s Stuart Millar pointed out concerning the case […]

W Mids Regional Director post advertised

An ad has just gone up on the Labour Party website for a new Regional Director for the West Midlands – the position had been vacant for some time after the incumbent went on long-term absence. The region has been in the grip of controversy in recent months after allegations of anti-democratic practice and sexual […]

Outrage grows as ‘Spellar’s club’ sends ‘unauthorised’ delegates to SECOND CLP

On Saturday, the SKWAWKBOX revealed that Brandhall Labour Club – home to the constituency office of right-wing Labour MP John Spellar and to right-wing faction Labour First‘s gatherings – does not appear to have been approved by the NEC as an organisation able to affiliate to local constituency Labour parties (CLPs), but has been sending delegates […]

Abbott’s ‘Labour right abuser’ runs TORY Facebook group

Late last year, the SKWAWKBOX covered the abuse directed toward Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott by a right-wing ‘Labour’ member of a Facebook politics group. The abusive message was deeply troubling: Bigham also routinely posted angry messages about Jeremy Corbyn and other left-wing figures. However, although the Abbott message was reported to the party, he […]

Breaking: QC appointed as Labour’s new in-house counsel

Gordon Nardell QC of 20 Essex Street Chambers has been appointed as Labour’s new in-house Counsel (IHC), to oversee the party’s disciplinary processes. Labour sources told the SKWAWKBOX that an urgent task of the IHC will also be to define what qualifies as evidence in complaints – a key issue in ensuring that due process […]