Forged in the fire of protest: A Prime Minister for the many

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Lab Conf delegate deadline moved. Right already organising. Left cannot fail to

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Lab Conf delegate deadline moved. Right already organising. Left cannot fail to

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One effect of Theresa May’s decision to call a June election has been the suspension of normal CLP (constituency Labour party) meetings – although campaign-planning meetings are still being held. This has had a major effect on the scheduling of delegate selections for Labour’s 2017 annual Conference in Brighton.

Many CLPs had been planning to hold their selections in their April or May meetings, but this cannot now take place. As a result, the SKWAWKBOX understands that Labour’s HQ has extended the deadline for applications to early July – the 8th seems to be the likely date.

Most CLPs will therefore have only a single monthly meeting to finalise their delegates between the result of the General Election and the deadline.

The Labour right has already been organising and will be hoping to take most left-wing members by surprise in order to monopolise the selections. Many right-wingers have not let…

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The SKWAWKBOX in the news

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The SKWAWKBOX in the news

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skwawkbox newsInteresting couple of days. Yesterday, defunct Labour MP Michael Dugher gave an interview to The New Statesman in which, along with the Canary, he ‘name-checked’ the SKWAWKBOX. He did so in an entirely negative way, of course, but since there’s history there and his departure will be Labour’s gain, it’s a badge of honour:

dugher nsThe SKWAWKBOX also received a call from the political editor of one of the major online publications who is preparing an article on ‘new left media’. We won’t spoil their thunder by naming it before they publish, but it was an interesting conversation, as the journalist said s/he wanted to talk to this blog because it’s the one that ‘all the MPs’ – and even Labour’s NEC – are talking about.

Of course, some of those MPs speak positively and some positively hate it – but that’s unsurprising, given the topics that are covered here.

S/he…

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Celebrities flock to provide new Red Wedge for Corbyn

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THE right wing press loves to depict Jeremy Corbyn as a dour, out-of-touch “retired geography teacher” who is more at home pottering on his allotment than connecting with real people.

Oh, how wrong they are!

Corbyn’s leadership election campaigns in 2015 and 2016 gave the electorate a glimpse of the man’s universal appeal.

And anyone who has met him or heard him speak publicly, will attest to the 67-year-old’s contagious charisma and genuine human warmth.

Small wonder therefore, that celebrities from the world of acting, music, sport, and elsewhere, are flocking to support him in his bid to become the UK’s next Prime Minister.

An unlikely quartet of multi-millionaire snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan, Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, Welsh diva Charlotte Church and the Modfather himself, Paul Weller, are leading a 21st Century Red Wedge for Corbyn.

This new Wedge kicked off last December with the hugely successful Concert for…

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Celebrities flock to provide new Red Wedge for Corbyn

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