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Peter Willsman reports from Labour’s Clause V meeting, May 2017

by Peter Willsman.

For new members, I will just explain what the ‘Clause V’ meeting actually is. It has pride of place in our party’s Constitutional Rules – “Chapter 1, Clause V – Party Programme”. It is when the party’s Mandarins get together to produce the party’s General Election Manifesto. When not in government, the Clause V meeting […]

Understanding the local election results

by Mike Phipps.

It’s not over yet. What are we to make of the local elections? The headline losses for Labour speak for themselves, but there are some important points to note behind these. Although they never looked like losing it, Labour won the Manchseter mayoralty on a huge swing. While the usual doomsayers were quick to bemoan […]

Large gains for Conservatives as UKIP and Labour suffer losses

by Newsdesk.

Counting of the local election results got underway last night, and as of 9am this morning, Labour had won 91 seats, the Conservatives 454, Lib Dems 103, and the Greens 10. UKIP has lost every single seat it previously held. All of Wales has been counted and declared so far, while counting in Scotland and much […]

Britain goes to the polls in local elections

by Newsdesk.

Just over seven million voters in 88 local authorities are going to the polls today, in an election where 4,581 council seats are up for grabs, in addition to the election of ‘metro mayors’ in Greater Manchester, Liverpool and the West Midlands. Tees Valley, the West of England, Cambridge and Peterborough also have the chance to […]

The Scottish Tory Resurgence

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

This general election is very interesting. Particularly Scotland. Last weekend, Survation for the Sunday Post had the Tories on 28% to the SNP’s 43%. This could net them eight seats at the nationalists’ expense. Panelbase for the Sunday Times has them down for 33%, or 12 seats. As this is a social science blog that […]

Pete Willsman reports from Labour’s emergency NEC meeting

by Peter Willsman.

Peter Willsman reports from Labour’s emergency executive National Executive Committee 19 April 2017 Following Theresa May’s breaking of her word on Tuesday 18 April, the NEC swung into action and had a meeting on Wednesday 19 April. It was a very upbeat and business-like meeting. Everyone was totally focused. A lot of work has already […]

The theological significance of Corbyn the Messiah

by David Osland.

It is no small thing for jocular comparisons between the leader of the Labour Party and Jesus Christ to become a staple of Twitter diatribe and broadsheet political commentary alike. Yet the notion that Jeremy Corbyn is heralded by his supporters as ‘the Messiah’ is well on its way to hardened cliche status. Google it up. […]

The other trade union march

by Andy Newman.

Danny Glover, Bernie Sanders and NAACP president Cornell Brooks participated this weekend in a march with Nissan factory workers trying to unionize in Canton, Mississippi. It is worth watching the film below, and Brooks is particularly eloquent about why workplace rights are civil rights.

The Return of David Cameron

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

He’s been gone five minutes, and already he’s poised for a comeback. According to The Indy, David Cameron is Theresa May’s nomination for the next NATO general secretary. This, according to Michael Fallon, is part of a move that would deepen Britain’s commitment to the alliance to make up for Brexit. Presumably that would involve an extra […]

Prevent – Time for a major review and fundamental rethink

by Diane Abbott.

By Diane Abbott MP Increasingly, the evidence is suggesting that the Government’s Prevent Strategy – aimed at countering radicalisation and making us safer – doesn’t work on either count. In recent weeks it has become clear that this is also the case when it comes to tackling the worrying rise in far-right extremism. Commenting on the […]

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