Posts Tagged ‘Iain McNicol’

How Labour should be reacting to abuse on social media

by David Pavett.

Accusations of abusive behaviour by the Corbyn-supporting left began from the moment Corbyn was elected leader. The Labour Party all of a sudden became, according to frequent media reports, a seething cauldron of racism, specifically anti-Semitism. It was also heavily involved, according to reports, in regular threats of violence, homophobia, and sexism. It didn’t matter […]

Andrew Fisher’s suspension isn’t about rule-breaking – it’s about factional struggle

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

So a couple of Labour MPs have made complaints against Andrew Fisher, Jeremy’s head of policy, and the NEC have moved to suspend him. His crime? Among other things, publishing a tweet advocating a vote for our anarchist friends Class War over Labour’s Emily Benn in Croydon South almost a year prior to the general […]

It’s Labour’s executive being sidelined in party management shenanigans

by Jon Lansman.

Spencer Livermore, who started work yesterday, may be a very decent person and turn out to be a first class election supremo for Labour, but the manner and circumstances of his appointment were disastrous for good governance in the Labour party, and an insult to the party’s elected national executive, as well as to its […]

Party executive and general secretary reassert control

by Jon Lansman.

Although everyone is at pains to claim that there was never a problem in the first place, the reality is that, at this week’s Labour executive meeting, the executive and its general secretary reasserted their control over the party after the recent public rows over the new management board.

Ed’s office has done him a disservice, but the worst culprits pose as loyal party staff

by Jon Lansman.

Since we reported on Monday that Ed Miliband’s office had overstepped the mark in the structure of Labour’s new executive board, things have gone from bad to worse. Further details of the new structure have emerged, the Guardian has reported that the “Labour party staff react with fury to plans for new executive board” and, […]

Leader’s office oversteps mark with Labour Party HQ

by Jon Lansman.

(see also update here) When the Labour Party announced the appointments to its new executive board last Friday, it appeared that elements in the leader’s office were trying to take over the running of the party machine. The new board was to have consisted of six new posts plus the general secretary. Two of those plus […]

Labour’s clean up begins in earnest – top managers to go

by Jon Lansman.

Few Labour politicians are willing to discuss the true nature of the old New Labour party. Just over a year ago, we argued that the party machine was corrupt and rotten. A hard hitting attack that received almost no response. No rebuttal. No complaint. Just one supportive comment. Many people seem to prefer not to […]

Refounding Labour: conference timetable stitch-up

by Peter Kenyon.

According to the draft Labour Party Annual Conference timetable, rule changes and other matters arising from the Refounding Labour ‘consultation’ will be ‘decided’ on Sunday 25 September – the first day. The proposals themselves will be tabled at a deferred Organisation Committee on Thursday 15 September, and decided at the Labour’s pre-Conference executive committee on Tuesday […]

Report of Labour’s July national executive

by Ann Black.

Tuesday 19 July was a dramatic day in parliament, with Tom Watson questioning the Murdochs and Keith Vaz chairing interviews with senior police officers.  Across the committee corridor the NEC meeting was quieter but equally tense as we chose Iain McNicol for Labour’s next general secretary, the sixth appointment in 11 years, after Ray Collins’ […]

Labour General Secretary: who voted which way?

by Jon Lansman.

It’s been a long time since votes on Labour’s national executive were recorded. Although all members of the executive are representatives of someone, they prefer to vote in secret. They don’t get away with it in parliament and we may not agree with the practice, but don’t expect it to change anytime soon. But since […]

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