Spellar recorded shouting ‘abuse’ at blind delegate

John Spellar Labour and Labour First MP John Spellar has been recorded insulting Momentum members – saying that even the term ‘Momentum member’ is an insult – and blocked delegates in 2017 saying it was unacceptable to have Momentum members ‘flooding’ the party’s conference. Spellar was said to have ‘ranted‘ when he was not name-checked […]

Major counter-demo against fascist march in Liverpool next weekend

Merseyside Together Against Racism and Fascism is calling on all opponents of the far right to gather for a counter-demonstration against neonazis planning to march in Liverpool. The demonstration, coordinated by Labour left and antifascist stalwart Alan Gibbons, who spoke on the subject at a The World Transformed event alongside Labour’s conference in Liverpool last month, […]

Excl: NUJ ‘bypasses black members’ to disinvite Mendoza from Black History Month lecture

Last night the SKWAWKBOX broke exclusive news of the National Union of Journalists’ remarkable decision to try to force its Black Members Council (BMC) to amend a motion the BMC had just passed unanimously. The NUJ’s national executive committee told the BMC it had to impose additional strictures on Canary editor-in-chief Kerry-Anne Mendoza – which […]

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 […]

Queen’s U Belfast Student Union says ‘Solidarity with Palestine’ during Israeli ambassador visit

The Student Union of Queen’s University in Belfast staged a sit-in today in protest at the visit of Israeli ambassador Mark Regev to the university, to express their solidarity with Palestinian people: The protest also aimed to highlight attempts by pro-Israel activists to prevent discussion on university campuses of the plight of Palestinians and the […]

CWU, Unison add their support to Drakeford’s Welsh leadership campaign

Mark Drakeford The campaign of left-winger Mark Drakeford for the leadership of the Welsh Labour Party continues to build impetus. Hot on the heels of endorsements by Unite and South Wales NUM, the CWU and Unison unions have also declared their support. With the switch to OMOV (one member, one vote) from the old ‘electoral […]

Interview: Patrick Hunter for Hendon. Hustings/vote this afternoon

  Patrick Hunter This afternoon in Hendon, local members will vote to select the constituency’s next parliamentary candidate. The seat is a marginal, won by Tory Matthew Offord last year by only 1,072 votes. The SKWAWKBOX spoke to one of the shortlisted candidates, Patrick Hunter, a no-nonsense Irishman who hasn’t lost his brogue in spite […]

Left mobilising against far-right DFLA in London today

Left-wing organisations are mobilising their members to march against the far-right group ‘Democratic Football Lads Alliance’ (DFLA) in London today in a demonstration of what the left can achieve in unity. Following John McDonnell’s call for a new anti-nazi league, trade unions, Momentum, community leaders and other progressive organisations at the counter-demonstration in Westminster. Momentum […]

Drakeford gains Unite and NUM S Wales endorsements for Welsh Labour leader

Mark Drakeford, who last week launched his campaign for the Welsh Labour leadership with a statement of socialist solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn, has made a strong start to his campaign, winning two key union endorsements. Drakeford’s endorsement by Unite has been confirmed this evening, with congratulations tweeted by Welsh regional secretary Peter Hughes, general secretary […]

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SKWAWKBOX: causing ripples The SKWAWKBOX continues to impact the UK’s political landscape at a national and local level, bringing its readers often-exclusive information that inconveniences the Establishment and undermines the constant attacks on Labour’s continued and growing standing as not only a genuine alternative to ‘business as usual’ but as a genuine government-in-waiting. Since the […]