This week’s vote of no confidence has no constitutional basis.

by Jon Lansman.

Last year Jeremy Corbyn won a quarter of a million votes of Labour members, supporters and affiliates. On Tuesday, he lost in a ‘vote of confidence’ due to the votes of just 170 people who never supported him in the first place, and many of whom have been actively undermining the Labour Party’s choice of […]

Left take strong lead in election for Labour’s national executive

by Jon Lansman.

Although the final nominations have not yet been published in the election for constituency representatives on Labour’s national executive, the left moved into a decisive lead this week. Although nominations, most of which have been made by constituency delegates elected prior to the Corbyn surge of last summer, are likely to understate the left’s support in […]

Labour must unite to voice the anger of a working class revolt against political elites

by Jon Lansman.

Most Labour voters who backed Brexit did so because of the greater insecurity and drop in living standards they have suffered because of the effects of neoliberalism and austerity. It was, as Owen Jones wrote a “working class revolt against the political establishment” achieved through the “furious, alienated working-class votes” cast against “the lack of affordable housing; […]

Statement on my BBC Radio 4 interview

by Jon Lansman.

Yesterday, the BBC aired an interview with me as part of its occasional “At lunch with…” series. The full episode was 18 minutes long and a shorter version appeared on the PM program on Radio 4. In the interview, I said that under the New Labour project, we alienated millions of our core voters, who have […]

Labour and the Jews: from ethnic cleansing to truth and reconciliation

by Jon Lansman.

Who is responsible for the Middle East conflict? And how do we help resolve it? We can do no worse than to begin by looking at Labour’s own history. On this day in 1944, Labour’s annual conference was taking place in London. A week before D-Day and two weeks before V1s started hitting London, the Allies […]

Why Andy Burnham should oppose the snoopers charter come what May does

by Jon Lansman.

Today, the Guardian reports that “Labour has edged closer to supporting the ‘snooper’s charter’“, referring to the Investigatory Powers Bill carried forward from the last session of Parliament. Andy Burnham, Labour’s shadow Home Secretary, said “Her commitment to an independent review of the case for bulk powers is a major concession but the right thing […]

Report of Scottish Labour’s May executive

by Jon Lansman.

The May meeting of the Scottish Executive Committee (SEC) inevitably focused on the election post-mortem. General Secretary, Brian Roy set out his analysis of the voting and the party’s own polling. The numbers can be found in the SPICe report, for those in need of further depressing reading. The party’s mid-campaign polling was better than the final result […]

Poll shows Corbyn can’t be deposed. Do his critics want Labour to win or not?

by Jon Lansman.

A YouGov poll whose findings are published today by the Times shows that the membership of the Labour Party are more supportive of Jeremy Corbyn now than they were in November 2015 and there is no realistic chance of him being removed now or in the foreseeable future. It is time for all his critics […]

Make sure your CLP nominates centre-left candidates for Labour’s national executive

by Jon Lansman.

You have six weeks left (until Friday 24 June) to ensure that your constituency Labour Party nominates a candidate for election to Labour’s executive who can be relied upon to back the leader who was elected only 8 months ago with the strongest mandate of any Labour leader, and the programme he stood for. So far, […]

A frenzied witch-hunt is not the way to combat antisemitism or any form of racism

by Jon Lansman.

Last week Jackie Walker, Vice-chair of Momentum‘s national steering group (of which I am chair) was suspended by the Labour Party pending investigation of remarks she made in a Facebook conversation. These were brought to the party’s attention by the Jewish Chronicle whose coverage does not describe them as antisemitic though it does claim in a […]

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