Posts under ‘Politics’

It is time to rebuild the organisation of Labour Women from the grassroots 

by Maria Exall.

With our current standing in the polls the Labour Party needs urgently to review how it appeals to women voters. Whilst such a review should include structural changes such as gender quotas for Party positions including the Shadow Cabinet and the ‘great offices of state’, a standalone position of Minister for Women and Equalities, and […]

A reply to Paul Mason’s “The Sound of Blairite Silence”

by Peter Rowlands.

Paul Mason has once again offered a solution to the conflict within the Labour Party which is worthy of serious consideration by anybody who wants  to see the party successfully develop in a left wing direction, although some will baulk at its conclusions. Essentially Mason believes that on the assumption of a Corbyn win a […]

Reluctant Corbynism, or why people are switching to Jeremy

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I’m going to tell you a story. A friend of my went for a selection in an ostensibly safe constituency. The long and short listing exercise was observed, and my comrade made it to the final three. Not wanting to mess about, the prospective prospective parliamentary candidate got the members’ details and visited the first […]

Do MPs have a “greater mandate”?

by David Pavett.

Constitutional specialist Vernon Bogdanor wrote recently in the New Statesman The Labour Party is composed of three main elements – the Parliamentary Labour Party, the trade unions and the members. But the PLP is the most important, given that it represents the nine million people who voted Labour in 2015, and any future Labour government […]

To tackle abuse, we first have to accept that the Left receives it too

by Robin Fith.

If you follow Labour politics, you’ll have read many appeals in recent months for a crackdown on abusive and bullying behaviour by Corbynite activists towards their moderate peers. Jeremy Corbyn stands accused of opening the doors of the Labour Party to teeming thousands of misogynistic “brocialists”, racist anti-Israel zealots and bullying “Trots”, who are terrorising […]

How to tackle London’s housing crisis

by Diane Abbott.

Jeremy Corbyn’s vision to rebuild and transform Britain can both tackle the housing crisis and win for Labour, writes Diane Abbott MP. A study for the charity Shelter this week explained that one in three families in England could not pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job, […]

Nominations close with Corbyn in commanding lead

by Newsdesk.

Constituency Labour Party nominations in the leadership election closed yesterday, with Jeremy Corbyn securing 285 CLPs, 84.3% of all those that made nominations, compared to Owen Smith’s 53, or 15.7% of the total. This marks an increase of 133 from Corbyn’s total in 2015 – an almost doubling of support, despite 55 fewer CLPs choosing to make […]

Burnham and Rotheram selected as Labour candidates in Mayoral contests

by Newsdesk.

This week Labour’s candidates for the metropolitan mayoral elections in 2017 were announced. MPs Andy Burnham and Steve Rotherhm were selected in Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region, while Sion Simons has been selected as the candidate in Birmingham. Burnham and Rotheram’s selections, and almost inevitable victories in Manchester and Liverpool, will mean that by-elections, […]

Labour’s Choice

by Dan Iley-Williamson.

In the 2010 Labour leadership election, Labour faced a choice between two Miliband brothers, with David offering polished Blairism and Ed offering a soft-Left alternative. With the backing of trade unions, Ed narrowly won. The early days of his leadership were suggestive of a marked break with New Labour. He condemned “predatory capitalism”, with calls […]

High Court rules new members must have votes while left sweeps NEC elections

by Newsdesk.

In a momentous day for Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Left, the High court ruled that 126,000 new members have a legal right to vote in the leadership election, just hours before the NEC elections delivered six Momentum and CLGA-backed candidates to fill the six CLP seats on Labour’s ruling body. The court ruling, delivered […]

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