Posts Tagged ‘Tom Watson’

The Collapse of the Labour Right

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

In calling out Jon Lansman and Momentum publicly for the temerity of, you know, organising, Tom Watson has made a fool of himself. Worse than that, in attacking a mooted alliance between Momentum and Unite he has gone so far as to suggest there is something improper about unions seeking to maximise their influence in the Labour Party. It’s only […]

The world of skulduggery, smears and secret plots

by Len McCluskey.

For the last three months I have been touring the country meeting working men and women as I campaign to be re-elected as Unite’s General Secretary. I have been listening to their hopes and fears in the factories, bus garages, building sites and hospitals. They are worried about their jobs above all, about Theresa May’s […]

Labour needs a global vision when it comes to jobs

by Jenny Clegg.

Tom Watson, in a recent speech at the Cooperative Conference to launch his new Future of Work Commission, suggested that it is imperative for Labour to keep an open mind about Trump.  In doing so he seems to have taken on board some of the anti-globalisation sentiment of America’s protectionists, setting the Commission off on […]

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 […]

Corbyn & Watson could galvanise Labour and lead a grassroots revolution

by Grahame Morris.

How often do the public switch-off from politicians who they see as all the same. It is a criticism frequently heard when out campaigning, when the mainstream parties are perceived as offering pale imitations of each other. The public have voted with their feet, political party membership has plummeted and election turnouts have steadily declined. This […]

Tom Watson on Falkirk, and a lesson for Ed

by Jon Lansman.

Yesterday’s Sun (£) carried online a recording of Watson talking on stage with comedian Matt Forde about his friend and staff member, Karie Murphy, and Ed Miliband’s judgement on Falkirk. So you don’t have to shell out money to the Murdoch empire, nor waste time visiting the scurrilous website of Mr Guido Fawkes which features what he […]

Time to publish the Falkirk report and revise Lord Collins’s brief

by Jon Lansman.

As we reported three weeks ago, the BBC has already concluded that”there was no major vote rigging scandal in Falkirk.” Tom Watson, interviewed in today’s Guardian, goes further. Unite didn’t recruit anyone in Falkirk without their knowledge, he says, indeed the original allegations, written by a third party and now withdrawn, were made by people not […]

Progress have been stoking the flames but it’s time for Ed & Len to turn the heat down

by Jon Lansman.

Yesterday morning, Mark Ferguson at Labour List said “it felt like the Labour leadership and Unite were locked in a Mexican standoff, both sure they were in the right, and neither willing to back down,” but by the end of the day, the heat was still rising and Progress and their media friends were still […]

Tom Watson – an outstanding backbencher even when he was on the front bench

by Jon Lansman.

The resignation of Tom Watson from the Labour front bench is a great disappointment. Especially on Murdoch and phone-hacking, he has been an outstanding backbencher even when he was on the front bench. It is tragic that he should be a casualty of the unnecessary fracas over the Falkirk selection, and no doubt this will […]

BBC crisis: wishing for a new Profumo

by Lucy Reese.

Many, many years ago – OK, the late 90s to be exact – I worked on one of the first of the many ‘list shows’ I ended up making my living from. Most of these programmes were about TV, pop music or popular culture. This programme was called Top Ten Scandals and was about – […]

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