Will Corbyn be on the ballot?

Watson & CorbynA successful coup usually requires two things: an acceptable leader-in-waiting, and a delegitimisation of the current leadership. While the PLP have only finally agreed on the former, the latter has been underway for some time.

The latest delegitimisation of Corbyn’s position, and an attempt to legitimise the coup, is to claim the rulebook shows he will not make the ballot. It is expected among some the NEC will meet on Tuesday to deliberate the point, though this has yet to be confirmed.  Continue reading

Union backing alone won’t give Corbyn victory, we must work to make that happen

JeremyCorbyn1The weekend brought welcome news with the announcement that Unite, Britain’s largest trade union and Labour’s largest donor, would be backing Jeremy Corbyn after a vote of 34 to 13 on Unite’s 63-person Executive Council. To this, Jeremy also has the largest transport union, the RMT; the train drivers’ union, Aslef; the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), with some expecting the GMB to follow soon.

These union endorsements have been welcomed by the Corbyn campaign – but after all, how could the trade unions back any of the other candidates who are so committed to continuing Labour’s support for austerity? He is the only one proposing policies which will not harm living standards, such is the dismal state of the Labour leadership election. Continue reading

Jeremy Corbyn welcomes Unite’s endorsement

It is a great honour to receive Unite’s nomination for the Labour leadership, and it underlines that this a serious campaign that has growing momentum.

The leadership election is about one issue above others: whether we accept another five more years of a race to the bottom based on cuts that destroy services and damage living standards, or whether we invest our way to growth and fairness.

I thank Unite for this backing, not just for myself but for all those people who have already committed time and effort to my campaign. Continue reading

Labour Friends of Israel continues to whitewash war crimes

Palestine1One year on from the tragic events in Gaza last summer, and the British Israel lobby is still trying to distract us from Israel’s crimes by highlighting perceived wrongdoing by other sides.

In her piece for Left Foot Forward, Jennifer Gerber makes a number of claims which require refutation: Hamas’ responsibility for provoking ‘the conflict’; the use of ‘terror tunnels’; Hamas use of human shields; and finally what Gerber laughably calls, ‘Israel’s attempt to avoid civilian casualties’.

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McCluskey comes out in favour or working with the SNP

Nicola SturgeonThe Guardian reports today that Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, has come out in favour of Ed Miliband working with the SNP after the election. However, McCluskey was also careful to back the Labour Party – even under the leadership of Jim Murphy – saying “we’re a democratic party and of course we’re behind him and supporting his efforts to change.” He argued that the problem was that, whereas disillusionment with Labour was usually associated with abstentionism by working class people because they saw no alternative to it, the SNP was seen as offering a credible alternative in Scotland and Ed Miliband had a difficult task in trying to repair the trust that had been lost under New Labour. Continue reading