Jeremy Corbyn's response to Theresa May’s new plan for Brexit was perceptive enough: “nothing has changed”.
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ROBIN WALES, the long-standing, perhaps long-reigning would be more accurate, directly elected Mayor of Newham, has finally been deselected as the Labour Party's candidate in the forthcoming mayoral election. In an Open Selection ballot of the membership, held after Wales was not adopted as the candidate in a second Trigger Ballot, he was roundly defeated, … Continue reading Newham: Labour party members finally oust Robin Wales
By KD Tait THERE WERE a lot of Labour people on Saturday's demo for the 15 Gazans murdered in cold blood by Israel - but there was not one Labour MP among them. Why? The protest was so supportable, called by Palestine solidarity campaigns to protest the murder of 31 civilians by Israeli occupation forces … Continue reading Where was Labour on Palestine demonstration?
IN A dramatic about turn, Newham’s directly elected Mayor, Sir Robin Wales, has called for an “open selection” ballot to choose the Labour Party candidate in May’s election. This comes more than a year after party members challenged the result of a “trigger ballot” which confirmed Wales, Mayor since 2002, as the candidate. In that … Continue reading Newham Mayor ungraciously concedes members’ democratic rights
THE CLEAN sweep of Momentum candidates for three new seats created to represent Labour’s expanded membership on its nec is a chance for the left to press for long overdue democratic reform of the party. Yasmine Dar, Rachel Garnham and Jon Lansman’s landslide victory confirms the demoralisation and decline of the right’s base amongst the … Continue reading Momentum candidates sweep new NEC places
The situation is fraught with pain and anger and pregnant with opportunity. This is more than a Tory electoral meltdown - in the terrible aftermath of Grenfell, the Tories have lost the consent of the people and cannot rule. We still have no government, no coalition, but we have a sense of what they're going … Continue reading Some next steps for Momentum
The General Election is Momentum’s chance to help Labour activists give our campaign the radical socialist and campaigning edge it needs to defeat the Tories. We need to ensure Corbyn’s message is delivered on the doorstep by the hundreds of thousands of new members his policies have inspired to join and fight for real change. … Continue reading Some First Steps for Momentum’s Grassroots National Committee
THE GRASSROOTS Momentum conference in London should be a chance to rally Labour members and supporters around a fighting strategy to push for democracy and socialist policy in the movement. The conference is the first chance Momentum’s members have ever had to meet up nationally. It is also the first national meeting of grassroots activists … Continue reading Grassroots Momentum conference should call for a broad, democratic organisation of the Labour Left
By KD Tait ON 10 JANUARY Jon Lansman and a majority of the Steering Committee launched a coup. This subcommittee of the NC at an email “meeting” voted to overrule the December 5 decision of the sovereign National Committee to convene a conference of delegates from the local branches. For good measure it abolished the … Continue reading Regaining Momentum