Video: Ellman misled a second time on same Newsnight programme

Labour MP Louise Ellman has come under fire this evening for attacking Jeremy Corbyn on last night’s BBC Newsnight programme. Ellman claimed to have just found out about a 2010 event with Jewish Auschwitz survivor Hajo Meyer that Corbyn attended – and to be ‘absolutely appalled’ that Corbyn had been at the event because of Meyer’s […]

The NEC members who could have recorded Willsman comments are a short list

Peter Willsman When the leaked, 51-second audio of comments by veteran left-wing NEC member – and candidate in the current election for nine members to serve the next two years – Peter Willsman were published yesterday by the Jewish Chronicle (JC), a storm of outrage was whipped up to demand Willsman’s suspension or resignation. Why […]

Audio: Willsman recording and the mismatch between what was said and what’s claimed

Peter Willsman Below is a subtitled version of the audio file released this evening by the Jewish Chronicle in an article that quotes Labour MP Luciana Berger making outraged comments about veteran NEC (National Executive Committee) member’s illicitly-recorded remarks at a meeting of the NEC that took place earlier this month, before calling for his […]

Greenwich leader loses majority as council announces fraud charges against ally – after denying any investigation

Six weeks ago, the SKWAWKBOX published claims from Labour insiders in the London borough of Greenwich that a key ally of the council leader – whose majority in the group was a single vote – was mired in a property scandal that was being kept quiet. The background This blog had been investigating the issues […]

Exclusive, huge: NEC confirms investigation into Enfield selections and leader

The SKWAWKBOX has covered at length the huge controversy in the London Borough of Enfield, where the then-Secretary of Labour’s LCF (local campaign forum) oversaw a deeply-defective selection process in which numerous applicants were rubber-stamped to stand as candidate in spite of not being asked mandatory interview questions and in some cases being rejected by […]

Sandwell Establishment’s ‘contempt’ for process as suspended officer appears at Labour bash

The SKWAWKBOX has covered at length the dramatic developments in Sandwell, the West Midlands core of the Labour right – including the ‘earthquake’ of the suspension both of the LCF (local campaign forum) and of its secretary, Tom Watson ally Derek Rowley. Former Sandwell mayor Derek Rowley Mr Rowley was suspended after allegations not only […]

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 […]