NEC member: Labour not underfunding Corbyn’s office

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Pro-Corbyn NEC member Christine Shawcroft has issued a statement on Facebook regarding rumours that the Labour party is underfunding Corbyn’s office so that he is forced to run with an incomplete staff:

shawcroft funding.pngMs Shawcroft is well placed to know, is highly regarded and has no reason to mislead. Absent any further evidence, it appears that the sources who are convinced of the underfunding – and they are numerous, including HQ staff and leading union officials – are under a misapprehension, albeit a sincere one.

If so, then the SKWAWKBOX is delighted that Corbyn is able to operate with a full complement of staff and is happy to put the record straight.

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Watson: “it’s better for the future of the party that I go now”

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Watson: “it’s better for the future of the party that I go now”

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watsonsweatsThe SKWAWKBOX has covered this week increasingly firm reports that Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry is planning to challenge Tom Watson for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party – and has already gathered significant supporting nominations.

Watson, meanwhile, is running scared and is hoping he can avoid a contest. A source close to the Labour leadership told the SKWAWKBOX that Watson “doesn’t have the [bottle – not the word used!]” for the fight.

It appears that this is far from a new phenomenon – and that Watson himself knows full well that the Labout Party can’t thrive with him on the front bench.

In 2013, Tom Watson was a member of Ed Miliband’s front bench in Opposition and decided to resign. He published his resignation letter on his website – but later deleted it. However, thanks to the Wayback Machine’s archiving service, the whole thing is still available…

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Blairite MP’s shameful secret email shows Left MUST organise

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Blairite MP’s shameful secret email shows Left MUST organise

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This article is written with a heavy heart for those killed or injured during Wednesday’s terrorist attack at Westminster and for their families. But life and politics go on – and some things do not bear any further delay.

Leeds West Labour MP and diehard Progress member Rachel Reeves is an entrenched opponent of Jeremy Corbyn who announced her refusal to serve on his front bench as soon as he was elected Labour leader in 2015 – not that she had been asked, which speaks volumes.

reevesProgress MP Rachel Reeves

It appears, however, that she is prepared to go to extraordinary lengths to try to undermine not only his leadership but also the very possibility of a left-wing leader in future.

The SKWAWKBOX has learned that Ms Reeves sent a secret email to only some Leeds West members, asking them to support a move to rig the selection of delegates…

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Exclusive: direct link established between Coyne campaign and Watson office

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Andy McSmith – the head of media for Gerard Coyne’scampaign for the Unite General Secretary position – has been seen meeting with James Robinson, who is head of media for Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson and husband of Progress MP Gloria De Piero.

The meeting took place in Porcullis House, just opposite the main Parliament building.

McSmith then went directly to the office of Jack Dromey, another Midlands MP, ally of Watson and Coyne supporter, on the 2nd floor of Portcullis House, where he proceeded to discuss with Dromey the role that ‘Nick’ (presumably Nick Buckley, media for Coyne and close friend of Watson) would play in the 5 days remaining until ballots for the Unite election are sent out.

The conversation was overheard from outside the room, through an open door.

These meetings prove a direct relationship between these Labour MPs and the Coyne campaign campaign – and…

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Exclusive: Watson “running scared of Thornberry challenge”

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Exclusive: Watson “running scared of Thornberry challenge”

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watson eyesVery interesting discussions this evening with two sources extremely close to the Labour leadership have cast an interesting light on rumours – which appear to be becoming firmer – that Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry may be planning to challenge Tom Watson for the deputy leader position.

It appears that at least 35 Labour MPs have already confirmed their willingness to back Ms Thornberry should she decide to stand. If Watson were to trigger a contest in a similar way to Len McCluskey with the Unite General Secretary’s position, this number would be enough to guarantee Thornberry a place on the ballot.

However, to force a contest, Ms Thornberry would need 50 or so nominations (depending on the total number of Labour MPs at the time). Her supporters are confident of reaching this number before Labour’s annual Conference.

One of the leadership sources, who is laying the groundwork for the…

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THIS is why we need #Len4Unite – and #anyonebutTom (#EmilyforDeputy?)

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THIS is why we need #Len4Unite – and #anyonebutTom (#EmilyforDeputy?)

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Len McCluskey has come out swinging today, with a Huffington Post piece on the Tom Watson debacle that shows the hard-hitting fearlessness – and humour – that shows exactly why Unite needs to keep him at the helm of the country’s biggest union:

len hugg.pngMcCluskey’s observations on Watson are spot on and based on years of experience of Mr Watson’s behaviour:

len huff1.pngBut as well as mincing no words and pulling no punches, McCluskey’s comments portray a humour that you could never imagine from his grey and cheerless rival Gerard Coyne, such as this classic Scouse wit:

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The piece also shows the statesmanlike ‘big picture’ appreciation of what’s important and how we get there that is singularly missing from Coyne’s ‘doing a Trump’ insular mentality:

len huff3.pngThe article shows integrity, toughness, loyalty, determination and, of course, that humour.

If you want to see the whole thing in all its glory, here’s a link to…

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