Efforts to undermine #CammellLaird strikers pt 2: the petition

On Wednesday evening, the SKWAWKBOX published evidence of a coordinated campaign on social media to undermine the efforts and credibility of GMB and Unite members at the Cammell Laird shipyard on Merseyside as they take action to defend their jobs. The accounts involved are brand new and appear to have sprung up almost exclusively with […]

Coordinated efforts to undermine #CammellLaird strikers pt1: Twitter accounts spring up to troll

Union members at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead are united in a rolling strike action to defend their jobs after the company announced plans to make around forty percent of the workforce redundant just after winning a huge £619 million contract. Unions say that the redundancies are part of a move by the shipyard […]

Smith’s response to CLP no-confidence vote as sour as Ryan’s – and as telling

Comment Angela Smith Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith last night suffered defeat in a no-confidence vote by her local CLP (constituency Labour party, by a margin of 27 votes to 20. Smith’s response was sour and completely dismissive of local members’ views: Smith has been vocal in criticism of the Labour Party over alleged […]

“Govt of national unity” = Establishment attempt to prevent Corbyn govt – as SKWAWKBOX predicted

In July, the SKWAWKBOX predicted that centrists were lining up behind the idea of a ‘government of national unity’ in a desperate attempt to prevent a Corbyn-led Labour government. The very next day, deputy Labour leader and so-called ‘moderate’ Tom Watson told a bemused television interviewer that he considered it Labour’s job to prevent the Tory […]

Guardian deletes fake news re Momentum poll. Reality is very different

On Tuesday, Momentum published the results of a poll of its members’ opinions on Brexit and Labour’s priorities. That evening, the Guardian published a headline about those results that was entirely false: The paper later withdrew the false headline and amended the article to one more accurate – without noting the change – but the […]

Excl: NUJ ‘subverts democracy’ to ‘bully’ Mendoza out of Black History Month lecture

Canary editor-in-chief Kerry-Anne Mendoza NUJ’s black members (BMC) invited Canary editor Kerry-Anne Mendoza to deliver Black History Month lecture NUJ ‘chapel’ at Guardian/Observer ‘chapel’ protested Mendoza invitation NUJ’s NEC voted to ask  BMC to discuss invitation again – but claimed it would respect BMC’s freedom to choose, as well as freedom of speech and dissent […]

Nottingham East’s overwhelming vote of no confidence in Chris Leslie

Chris Leslie gets chummy with Tory MP Anna Soubry at a pro-EU march Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie has joined Frank Field, Joan Ryan, Kate Hoey and Gavin Shuker in losing the confidence of his membership after the CLP (constituency Labour party) passed an overwhelming vote of no confidence in him on Friday night. Leslie […]

Leading BAME MPs slam Umunna’s exploitation of racism

At the weekend, right-wing Labour back-bencher Chuka Umunna, perhaps rattled by the visit of his well-known and popular colleague Chris Williamson’s ‘Democracy Roadshow’ to his constituency a few days before, followed up his ‘dogs’ attack on Labour’s pro-Corbyn membership majority by telling broadcasters that Labour is ‘institutionally racist’. The comments have been widely interpreted as […]

Enfield N ‘ploy’ to rule out Ryan no-confidence motion fails

As the SKWAWKBOX published exclusively on Sunday, members of Enfield North CLP (constituency Labour party) tabled a motion of no confidence in their MP, Joan Ryan, accusing her of making false accusations of antisemitism and bringing the party into disrepute. Ms Ryan publicly dismissed the motion, which was to be debated at tomorrow’s CLP meeting, […]