Posts under ‘Labour’

‘You can’t pass motions; that’s political’ – A Report for Labour Students National Committee meeting, 19/07/16

by Michael Muir.

At this year’s Labour Students National Conference in Scarborough, delegates were promised, to quote from the manifesto of our new Chair, ‘a radical change’. Indeed-and much needed it was. Poor organisation made for a chaotic conference, whilst, time and again, BAME members of our organisation told of how they felt ignored and marginalised to the […]

#SaveLabour – Vote Jeremy

by Guest.

A beautiful short film made by activists and filmmakers in Liverpool, featuring a wide range of local Labour members explaining why they support ‪#‎JeremyForLabour‬. Thank you Phil Maxwell, Hazuan Hashim and Lola Perrin! If you would like to volunteer your talents for Jeremy’s campaign, let him know through his campaign website.

Peter Willsman reports from Labour’s July executives

by Peter Willsman.

National Executive Committee 19 July 2016 This was the scheduled NEC meeting for July (below I cover the Emergency NEC meeting of 12 July). The atmosphere at this meeting was much better than at last week’s Emergency NEC meeting. In part this was due to the fact that Jeremy was present for the whole NEC […]

Over 180,000 sign up as registered supporters in Labour leadership election

by Newsdesk.

Comforting news for Corbyn supporters as 183,541 people paid £25 to become registered supporters in the Labour leadership election in just 48 hours. The stitch-up of the right on the NEC had prevented around 200,000 party members from being able to cast a vote, forcing many who had joined the party since January 12th to sign […]

Corbyn ahead in leadership poll as Eagle drops out of race

by Newsdesk.

Jeremy Corbyn is set to win the Labour leadership election for the second time in twelve months, according to the latest polling from YouGov, for The Times. The percentage of people who think Corbyn is doing well now stands at 55%, up four points, while 41% think he is doing poorly. Corbyn, according to the YouGov poll, would win […]

“I’m Normal”: Class, Culture and Representation in Post-Brexit Labour

by Ewan Gibbs.

Owen Smith provoked a string of criticisms for his assertion of “I’m normal”, largely due to it resting on his later assertion of “I’ve got a wife and three children.” This has been viewed as an implicitly homophobic criticism of Angela Eagle’s candidacy, and compared to Andrea Leadsom’s gaffe about Theresa May not being a […]

What does Owen Smith believe?

by James Elliott.

The right of the PLP are faced with an impossible conundrum. On the one hand, many of them believe that only through being tougher than the Tories on welfare, or being seen to want to drastically reduce immigration, can they ‘reconnect’ with the voters they lost from 2001 onwards. Yet on the other hand, they […]

Vote for the Centre Left Grassroots Alliance for Labour’s National Executive Committee

by Newsdesk.

Ballots have been sent out this week for the Labour Party National Executive Committee elections. The party’s ruling body has taken on increased significance since the vote to allow Jeremy Corbyn on the ballot. It’s importance cannot be understated, given it has this week: – Ruled out over 20% of the membership from their right to […]

Unite conference votes to endorse mandatory reselection

by James Elliott.

Unite’s Policy Conference sent a very clear message to rebel Labour MPs yesterday by voting by an overwhelming majority to support a rule change to the Labour Party rulebook to reintroduce mandatory reselection of MPs before each general election. The rule change, first introduced in the 1980s and then abolished under Neil Kinnock, to be replaced […]

NEC subcommittee sets freeze date on affiliate votes

by James Elliott.

Yesterday, the stitch up by the party’s right plunged to new depths, as the NEC procedure subcommittee voted to extend the 6-month membership freeze to affiliates, thereby disenfranchising anyone who has joined a Labour-affiliated union in the past six months – and shutting off one of the left’s best routes to sign up new voters […]

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