Schedule for NEC CLP nominations and ballots


ballot.pngOne of the left’s triumphs at last month’s Labour annual Conference in Brighton was the passing of a rule-change to elect three additional ‘CLP’ (constituency Labour party) representatives to the party’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC).

The schedule for the election process has been finalised as follows:

  • Closing date for CLPs to nominate candidates: 5pm Thursday 16 November. Each CLP may make up to THREE nominations
  • Membership eligibility cut-off: 16 November 2017. It is believed that eligible members must have at least eight full weeks’ membership at that date, but clarification has been requested from the Labour Party
  • Sending of email ballots: from Thursday 30th November 2017. Ballots will be sent out in batches over the following week. Postal ballots will only be issued to members for whom Labour do not hold an email address for

Members who have not received a ballot can contact Labour HQ…

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Sarah’s story: #UniversalCredit cost us £2,500 immediately


pse6yogn_400x400Sarah Spoor

Sarah Spoor is a London-based full-time carer and disability activist. She appeared on Channel 5 on Wednesday and this morning will appear on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme to talk about her experience with the government’s Universal Credit system, which has been widely condemned as damaging and ill-conceived.

It cost Sarah and her family £2,500 as soon as they were put onto it.

She told the SKWAWKBOX her story – here it is in her own words:

I have two disabled sons aged 17 & 20 years. Our Child Tax credits and Child benefit stopped in October last yr when my oldest turned 20 yrs.

I immediately lost of £690 per month = £8280 per year. This was tax credits of £7204.

We had no money at all for 8 plus weeks.

Then we started to receive payment of £250 per month 8 weeks later – so shortfall…

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A vital opportunity at Birkenhead CLP AGM – today

Wow, Good luck Comrades!


bhead town hall.pngBirkenhead’s old Town Hall

Birkenhead CLP (constituency Labour party) on Merseyside holds its annual general meeting (AGM) this evening. The CLP, which is represented – after a fashion – by the right-wing MP Frank Field, has an opportunity to make a transformative decision on how it is run and who by. The decision it makes this evening will have huge ramifications for the nature and actions of Labour in the area.

The meeting will take place at The Laurie’s Centre, Claughton Rd, Birkenhead CH41 6EY. Doors will open at 6.30pm for a prompt 7pm start.
A local activist told the SKWAWKBOX:

We have a full slate of experienced, honest and talented members, who are committed to:

  • unequivocal support for Jeremy Corbyn led Labour Party
  • a member-led Party, putting grassroots members at the centre of Party activities
  • reinstating Party democracy, which was diluted in the Kinnock/Blair/Brown eras
  • supporting Socialist policies…

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Tories’ latest Commons strategy: run away


It’s not the first time it’s been said and it certainly won’t be the last: you couldn’t make it up – the Tories’ latest tactic for taking on Labour in the House of Commons is: running away.

runaway.gifLabour won votes in Parliament on tuition fees and pay for nurses – sadly, non-binding ‘Opposition Day’ motions – unanimously. Because the DUP had announced it was going to back the motions, so the Tories just ran for cover.

Not only that, but Theresa May has taken the extraordinary step of telling Tory MPs not to vote against any Labour motions for the entire two years of this Parliamentary session – which is two years long only because May is terrified she won’t get the traditional yearly Queen’s Speech past Parliament if she has one next year.

It was a move that even the mainstream media described as ‘humiliating’. Because it…

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