Posts under ‘Politics’

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 […]

The principles of Eaglespeak

by David Osland.

“Eaglespeak was the official language of the Parliamentary Labour Party and had been devised to meet the ideological needs of Ingsoc, or English Socialism. In the year 2016 there was not as yet anyone who used Eaglespeak as his sole means of communication, either in speech or in writing. The leading articles in the Times […]

#JezWeCanAgain: Corbyn on the ballot automatically

by Newsdesk.

After a tense few hours of Labour’s National Executive Committee meeting yesterday, the party’s ruling body decided by 18 votes to 14 that Jeremy Corbyn would have an automatic right to be on the ballot in the leadership election against Angela Eagle. It was the result that many, including some anti-Corbyn voices, had argued for, […]

The 18th Brumaire of Hilary Benn

by David Osland.

If only he hadn’t died a few years back, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the late Soviet general Gennady Yanayev had been acting as strategy consultant to Hilary Benn and his mates since last weekend. In case you’ve forgotten the name, or perhaps weren’t even born 25 years ago, this is famously the guy […]

Eagle will stand for New Labour, and against the membership

by James Elliott.

Yesterday morning saw Angela Eagle announce her leadership challenge against Jeremy Corbyn on Peston, followed by a gruelling interview with Andrew Neil on the Sunday Politics. Eagle is being presented as the ‘unity’ candidate, where unity means members accepting the PLP’s wishes and selecting a leader closer to, but crucially not seen as from, the […]

Will Corbyn be on the ballot?

by James Elliott.

A successful coup usually requires two things: an acceptable leader-in-waiting, and a delegitimisation of the current leadership. While the PLP have only finally agreed on the former, the latter has been underway for some time. The latest delegitimisation of Corbyn’s position, and an attempt to legitimise the coup, is to claim the rulebook shows he […]

Rhea Wolfson: Why I’m standing for Labour’s NEC

by Rhea Wolfson.

From today, Labour Party members will receive their ballots for the National Executive Committee (NEC). You will have six votes and six people will be elected. I am proud to be standing as part of a team backed by Momentum and the Centre-Left Grass Alliance, committed to supporting the left-wing and socialist ideas that saw […]

UNISON backs Corbyn

by Andrew Berry.

UNISON’s National Labour Link met Friday in Newcastle. This is a gathering of UNISON delegates that pay into the Labour Link that will decide the unions policy in the Labour Party. Whilst most of the packed agenda was already set weeks ago there was only really one topic on people’s minds, namely the prolonged coup. Members […]

Our understaffed underfunded NHS is the result of government ideology

by Diane Abbott.

Jeremy Hunt had few answers from the barrage of cross bench concern this week’s parliamentary debates on the NHS funding and the impact of Brexit on the NHS. When asked what he was doing to ensure that the NHS gets the £350million a week that it was promised during the Leave referendum campaign, the Secretary […]

Keeping Corbyn off the ballot paper risks a lasting division in the party

by Len McCluskey.

I am dismayed at the statement issued by Tom Watson announcing his withdrawal from talks aimed at resolving the crisis in the Labour Party. Extraordinarily I received no notice of this statement before it was issued. I had made arrangements for a meeting of trade union leaders, Tom Watson and representatives of the PLP and […]

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