Posts Tagged ‘Ray Collins’

Campaign to defend the Labour Party-Trade Union link

by Jon Lansman.

The Labour Party is calling on its members to let its leaders know by Friday 13 September what they think about Ed Miliband’s proposals on “building a better Labour Party, so we can build a better Britain.” Tell us how you’d build a better Labour Party – a party that is rooted in the hopes of the […]

Dangers of the Collins review

by Billy Hayes.

Just two years away from the General Election, the priorities of the Labour Party ought to be obvious. These surely need to be to strengthen our campaign against the Coalition government’s failing policies; sharpen our alternatives in anticipation of government; and preparing our internal organisation for the elections in 2014 and 2015. Yet for some […]

Shining a light into Labour’s shadow

by Peter Willsman.

Peter Willsman’s reading of  Banana Republic UK? by Sam Buckley, published in 2011, prompted another look at the parliamentary selection scandal and subsequent cover up in Erith & Thamesmead in 2009. As well as covering covers vote rigging, fraud and error in British elections since 2001, this book has a section on “vote rigging in […]

Labour’s General Secretary is on the way out

by Jon Lansman.

Today’s Labour Party national executive (NEC) agreed to recruit a new General Secretary immediately after May’s local elections who is expected to be in place before the summer. Ray Collins, the current post-holder, will depart by the September conference following a brief  hand-over. The move was announced by Ed Miliband but, in reality, his departure was […]

Whose party is it anyway? Labour General Secretary makes up the rules

by Jon Lansman.

Many of us on the Left have complained, for years, that party officials have been making the rules up as they went along to achieve the ends of their political masters. What we didn’t realise was that the General Secretary would not only make up the rules, but also insert them in the rule book without the authority […]

Luke Akehurst for General Secretary?

by Jon Lansman.

We hear that some comrades are suggesting that Luke Akehurst, recently elected to Labour’s national executive on the right-wing Labour First and Progress slates, might be a suitable replacement for Ray Collins as General Secretary. Now, we don’t disagree with everything Luke says: his blog is worth following; he is pretty firm on retaining the […]

Labour General Secretary departs – the clean up begins

by Jon Lansman.

Two months ago, we argued that the party machine was corrupt and rotten, that this was recognised across a broad spectrum of the party, and the new Leader should ask the NEC to appoint a new General Secretary with a brief to clean up the party. This evening, it has been announced that Ray Collins is going. Of […]

The party machine is corrupt and rotten

by Jon Lansman.

On Saturday, Labour’s new leader must address several urgent problems. Making the party fit for purpose is one he cannot afford to ignore. The party machine as it is now was designed to support Blair in power, to command and control, to ensure that anyone selected for any public office was on-message, that any policy […]

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