W Brom West CLP overwhelmingly rejects report exonerating Spellar ally council leader


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Fresh in from Skwawkbox. Last week, the SKWAWKBOX highlighted a discrepancy in Sandwell council’s report exonerating council leader Steve Eling – a close ally of right-wing Labour MPs John Spellar and Tom Watson – of involvement in damaging leaks to a local … Continue reading

Labour left drop plan for female deputy after Tom Watson backs idea


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Labour conference: Female joint deputy leader plan ditched Plans for a woman to be elected joint deputy leader of the Labour Party have been withdrawn over concerns it would undermine Jeremy Corbyn. Deputy leader Tom Watson said he was “very … Continue reading

Labour risks ‘eternal shame’ over anti-Semitism, says Tom Watson


Labour’s deputy leader warns his party may “disappear into a vortex of eternal shame” and render itself unfit to lead if it does not tackle anti-Semitism. Tom Watson told the Observer that Jeremy Corbyn should adopt all the examples in … Continue reading

Tom Watson accuses NEC member of being a ‘loud-mouthed bully’


Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has accused a member of the party’s ruling body of being a “loud-mouthed bully” – after he was recorded criticising members of the Jewish community. The National Executive Committee’s Peter Willsman suggested Jewish “Trump fanatics” … Continue reading

Labour accuses PM of ‘blatantly untrue excuses’ in chief whip pairing row


Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has accused Theresa May of making “blatantly untrue excuses” for the behaviour of her chief whip. Mr Watson said the PM’s defence of Julian Smith was “unbelievable” and public trust in politics was at stake. … Continue reading

Accused senior Sandwell Labour figure referred to NCC – but most senior still not suspended


The SKWAWKBOX has covered the ongoing controversy in the West Midlands borough of Sandwell at some length, where the local Labour Party has been riven by allegations over the behaviour of senior Labour figures – and that those senior figures … Continue reading