Rhondda Records exists to express the Rhondda's
vision --- when it was confident, powerful, caring,
A Rhondda very aware of the media's poisonous
tricks -- how they con working class people into
attacking each other, or racial groups, or, often,
even their best allies and friends... instead of
seeing their real enemies:--- an elite who hate
the very idea that working people can think,
create, or achieve a fairer society.
Thatcher said her proudest achievement was
Blair and New Labour - who parachuted in
careerists and expenses fiddlers - to stop
local Labour members having a say, and
who made genuine socialist MPs leave
the Labour party in disgust and many
members and voters to despair...
and the young to stop voting.
Jeremy Corbyn is being attacked because
he's trying to reverse all that New Labour
corruption --- that's why membership is
flooding in all over the UK - watch this
video in Kilburn, London: don't believe
the dripping poison of the media and
the corrupt MPs -- and understand
Jeremy's role !
POLL OUT NOW SHOWS -
JEREMY STREETS AHEAD!
This is for all the commenters who tell us all that
the polls say Jeremy Corbyn can’t win an election.
The polls are saying that he is certain to
win the Labour Party leadership again.
YouGov – a polling company that was famously
founded by Tories and is run by one of them to
this day, has finally released the long-awaited
results of its poll on the Labour leadership
Many social media commentators have speculated
that the poll result was delayed because the results
weren’t what its funders wanted to see.
Perhaps theywerewaiting for the latest Times Poll
-- which appeared on the same day -- showing that
Tory support has risen again to 14% above Labour
But the figures are clear:
Corbyn 62% Smith 38%.
That’s a 24-point lead
for Jeremy Corbyn.
Bad news for Mr Smith -- only 12% of respondents
believe he is capable of a general election victory.
The purge of Labour Party members by a ‘party
machine’ intent on denying Mr Corbyn his
victory, is the only worry now.
Who knows what the result will be, after these
people have finished purging the Labour Party
of anyone who has ever upheld its ideals?
They say that it's merely to 'process' the
massive number of new members, but
the head of the Bakers' Union? A man
dedicated to the Labour Party for
nigh on 40 years?
Oops! Labour suspends disabled woman used
in Owen Smith PR campaign | Pride’s Purge
The possibility that Owen Smith could ever be
the “champion of disabled people” should be
ludicrous to anybody who reads Vox Political
blog – for well-documented reasons.
The fact that his cronies in the Labour ‘party
machine’ have just booted out the woman in
his publicity photograph, for no very good
reason, makes his claim doubly laughable.
But there is a serious side: This man &
his supporters, are making the Labour
Party look ridiculous.
Owen Smith’s campaign team have been busy
distributing to the media a photograph of the
Labour leadership contender with a disabled
woman – to push his claim that he will be a
“champion of disabled people” if he wins.
Unfortunately for Smith & his team of PR
‘experts’ --- Ms Robinson has just been
suspended from Labour, as part of the
party’s increasingly bizarre attempts
to ‘purge’ the party of Corbyn
As with others who've been ‘purged’ by the
party, Ms Robinson hasn't been given any
reason for her suspension.
UK shadow foreign secretary
censures NEC - defends Corbyn
The shadow foreign secretary accuses Labour
Party figures of attempting to “quash” Jeremy
Corbyn’s leadership, and put “members back
in their box.”
In a Facebook post Monday, Emily Thornberry
denounces the party’s NEC, and voices her
support for Corbyn, despite the scores of
resignations from his shadow cabinet.
“Here we are now, less than a year after Jeremy’s
overwhelming victory, and the party hierarchy –
through decisions of the national executive
committee – is attempting to overturn that
result, quash Jeremy’s mandate, and put
the party’s members back in their box.
And they are doing so, in the most
The shadow foreign secretary suggests that,
while she may not always agree with Corbyn,
she welcomes his attitude towards tackling
“I have always found him and his team willing to
get around a table, listen, reflect and discuss a
“I fundamentally disagree with this attempt to
take us back to the years when our members
were deliberately antagonized, alienated and
ignored,” Thornberry says.
Odd Notes on the Ongoing Purge
from Vox Political:
Catherine Starr, is denied membership for
“sharing inappropriate content”. This was
a tweet that was entirely unconnected
with the Labour Party, as follows:
160827 Catherine Starr Foo Fighters
"I f****** love The Foo Fighters"
Mrs Starr, who would have supported Jeremy
Corbyn, shared only 2 other tweets that day
– a friend’s inoffensive poster about animal
free cosmetics & a cartoon about veganism.
Just two of the many reactions:--
Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon:
“Foo Fighters aren’t heavy enough for my
liking. I prefer Motorhead. But no need for
punishment by suspension for liking them.”
Chris Nolan (not the film director):
“Wherever you stand on Jeremy Corbyn,
Owen Smith or Labour in general, this,
by any measure, is an absolute
Jeremy Corbyn tweeted:
“I am very concerned that some people seem
to have been unfairly removed from the ability
to vote in this election. I’ve written to Labour’s
General Secretary, to raise concerns about
members being suspended from voting in
the leadership contest --- often without
knowing why, or being given an option
to challenge or appeal.”
He received flippant responses, including this
from a Scottish Labour councillor, Mr Stephen
McCabe:- “Show some faith in our Party staff
& NEC Jeremy. You are the Leader after all…”
The one-sided purge – the vast majority of
those targeted are Mr Corbyn supporters –
is attracting many comments, especially
about the language used by Smith.
Mr Smith has not yet lost his vote, nor has he
been ejected from Labour membership for the
“inappropriate content” of his utterances.
Ronnie Draper, General Secretary of the Labour
Affiliated Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union,
who received a letter on August 25, telling him
he had been suspended:
“I feel this flies in the face of natural justice.
I intend to challenge my suspension
robustly and am currently taking
It's now alleged that 200,000 people have
been denied a vote in the leadership
election, due to the actions of a
mostly Corbyn-opposing NEC.
Apparently the purge is being overseen by Johanna
Baxter, even though she is no longer a member of
the National Executive Committee, and therefore
has no right or responsibility to do so.
She tweeted: “FYI there are 2 vetting panels – both
made up of 3 NEC mbs & incl JC & OS supporters.
Decisions are made by majority, not individual
NEC mbs.” But she has not provided details of
the criteria by which members and registered
supporters are being judged.
So far, it seems you get the boot for comments
made any time since you joined social media
– no matter how long ago, and never mind
whether you've changed your mind since.
Use of profanities at any time means you’re out
– if you’re a Jeremy Corbyn supporter. Tweeting
support for a point of view put forward by
another political party – out. Publicly
disagreeing with Owen Smith – out.
It's hard to tell the criteria by which fans of
Mr Smith, are likely to be removed from the
voting register. Does anybody know?
IF YOU HAVE BEEN
“Any member who is suspended & intends
to appeal the decision should throw in a
‘Subject Access Request in accordance
with the Data Protection Act’ --- for ALL
data that the Labour Party hold on them.
The Labour Party are Data Controllers and
therefore have to, by law, provide you with
all material/information they hold on you.”
If anyone is in contact with anyone who
has been barred from voting please can
you pass this info on:
The Labour leadership election is under the
jurisdiction of the electoral reform services.
If you have been unfairly deprived of your vote
you can call them on 0208 365 8909 and lodge
your complaint, and inform them of your Data
The notification letters barring new members
do not give a clear reason, or information on
how to appeal, so Vox Political suggests that
anyone in this situation, should also contact
Liz Davies here: http://www.whycantivote.com
She is a barrister --- who can
advise members on what to do.
According to the New Statesman:-
Draper, the general secretary of the Bfawu,
the bakers’ union, one of Corbyn’s biggest
supporters in the trade union movement,
has been expelled, reported for a tweet
which included the use of the word
“traitors” to refer to [anti-austerity]
Labour opponents of Corbyn.
Yet Blairites have referred to Corbyn
supporters as 'Nazi Stormtroopers',
and Smith referred to Corbyn as a
'lunatic' and no action was taken.
This is clearly, now, part of a purge to suspend
any potential Corbyn supporters/voters, by the
NEC, a form of gerrymandering.
Apparently Luke Akehurst, defenestrated from the
NEC, although still in his post, is busily fixing the
Labour Party conference votes too.
...and the current NEC remain in post until the very
last day of Conference, with full control over what
gets debated, so don't get your hopes up a lot
for any sensible rule changes this year...
It has been pointed out that any votes already cast
--- can be cancelled during the whole of the voting
period, of one month.
People are reporting having to spend days
refreshing their e-mails until they get any
voting "invite" and then refreshing their
e-mails, to see if their vote still stands.
In this situation we need to be purer
than pure, patient, and politely
Take your cue from Jeremy.
#LabourPurge2 is trending!
John McDonnell accuses Blairite committee
of conducting a 'rigged purge' of members
John McDonnell accuses the general secretary,
Iain McNicol, of conducting a “rigged purge” of
members, aimed at weeding out Corbyn voters.
McDonnell says: “Labour party members will
not accept what appears to be a rigged purge
of Jeremy Corbyn supporters. The conduct of
this election must be fair and even-handed.”
He says he's writing to McNicol “to demand that
members and supporters who are suspended
or lose their voting rights, are given clear
information about why action has been
taken and a timely opportunity to
challenge the decision.”
McDonnell says the party is exercising double
standards in suspending Draper -- yet allowing
wealthy party donor Lord Sainsbury to remain
a member --- despite having given more than
£2m to the Liberal Democrats, weeks ago.
Corbyn’s team accuse the party’s compliance
committee of making arbitrary decisions, often
motivated by political bias, and underline how
in several cases, the decisions are in breach
of members’ human rights.
The NEC has replied to a storm of criticism by
saying that the party will not discuss national
executive committee decisions on individual
The compliance unit is examining applications
to check whether the 180,000 new registered
supporters who signed up to take part in the
vote are eligible, or if some are, or have ever
been, members of, or public advocates for,
other groups or parties, or have been
Twitter accounts, emails, are being trawled.
LAUNCH OF RENEWED NHS
Jeremy Corbyn launches his vision of how
Labour can save the NHS, & Dr David Owen
praises his dynamic plan.
A nurse was there -- showing joy at the return
of nursing Bursaries, now pledged by Jeremy
... and just cut by the Tories.
Owen Smith called his Labour leadership
rival, Jeremy Corbyn, a lunatic and a liar.
Mr Smith has apologised for his lunatic remark,
as he did, his "smash Theresa May back on her
heels" remark --- but still hasn't apologised for
his quite extra-ordinary outburst at Glasgow's
hustings, where the audience jeered him.
It seems Mr Smith has a growing list
of insults, for which, he now needs
Mr Smith also said he would fight a general
election on a promise to keep the UK in the
European Union, if elected leader.
Almost all of the 106 seats Labour would
have to win back from the Conservatives
...just voted to leave the EU. Silly boy!
Letter to the Guardian
by Caroline Lucas
I have no wish to intrude on the Labour leadership
debates and I have no idea whether former shadow
health minister Heidi Alexander is right in her critique
of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership style, but for her aides
to pick out Corbyn’s support for my NHS reinstatement
bill as evidence both of his “ineptitude” & of his shadow
chancellor’s “undermining” her, strikes me as both
desperate and depressing (Shadow cabinet inept and
shoddy, says MP, 20 August). My private members’ bill
--- drawn up after extensive consultation with health
experts & health service users, would have reversed
the creeping marketisation of the NHS -- under both
New Labour and the Conservatives -- and stripped
away the costly market mechanisms that waste
NHS money and lead to inefficiencies and the
fragmentation of services.
Perhaps a more interesting question is why
the rest of the Labour party didn’t join their
SNP, Plaid and Lib Dem colleagues in giving
it their backing too. With a few honourable
exceptions, they chose to abstain instead.
Yet this is precisely the kind of policy a successful
Labour party would surely be expected to promote
– as well as demonstrating a greater willingness to
work alongside colleagues from other parties, on
those areas where there is common ground
Overcoming party tribalism and finding practical
ways of working together, will be crucial to any
hope of progressive policies finding a majority
at the next election – whether it be on the NHS,
tackling inequality, putting rail in public hands,
or seriously addressing the climate crisis. Real
leadership means being bold & honest enough
to recognise that there’s far too much at stake
to refuse to cooperate for the common good.
Caroline Lucas MP
Green, Brighton Pavilion
TALK LEFT - ACT WRONG
The Labour coup MPs abstained on the NHS
Reinstatement Bill... but claim that they all
now support a fully public health service.
And this is not the first time the actions of anti-
Corbyn MPs have been at odds with their words.
In their campaign for leadership, Smith and
Alexander have taken a strong anti-austerity
position. Yet all the MPs who resigned in an
attempt to topple Corbyn, including Smith &
Alexander, abstained on 2015's welfare bill.
This allowed the Tories to make £12bn more
of their ideological cuts to public services.
In her letter, Lucas slams Alexander’s criticism
as “both desperate & depressing”. She points
out that it is abstaining on such a crucial bill,
that shows poor leadership to the electorate.
Labour should be a coherent opposition to
NHS privatisation and austerity, not a party
Whether a bill comes in a green or red envelope is
irrelevant. Labour must trust voters to understand
that it is the policy itself that it is important ---- not
the packaging. Supporting Lucas’ bill would have
shown that Labour values a public NHS over any
party tribalism. Abstaining suggested the
Heidi Alexander is now co-chairing Owen Smith’s
leadership campaign, and claims to support 100%
NHS public funding --- as an “absolute red line”.
So, why did both Smith and Alexander support
abstaining on a bill that would return the NHS
to public provision? Why not join their leader
and the 75 other cross-party MPs who
backed the bill?
IF NATO MEMBER ATTACKED
--- IT DOES NOT MEAN WAR
Jeremy Corbyn was torn to pieces over not
wanting to go to war if a NATO member was
attacked (by Russia, the question implied).
There seems to be a mistaken idea that
preferring negotiations and a peaceful
approach to international relations, to
a kneejerk war which could so easily
go nuclear - leading to the end of life
on this planet - can be compared to
before World War 2.
Yet the NATO treaty itself, is not,
as some Tories have tried to
make out, a simple case of
rushing to war, if one of
NATO's states are hit.
Article 5 of the Washington Treaty envisions
the support of other NATO members, in the
case of external aggression, it's true, but...
The response measures are left at the discretion
of member states --- it can be a mere diplomatic
note of support - without providing any real aid.
Labour Will Fund Opportunity For All
Last Thursday week, thousands of young people had
their A-Level results, making important decisions
about their future. Labour wants to ensure that
all students can take the abilities as far as
their talents allow.
But sadly, not all have equal access to education.
Young people from less well-off backgrounds are
being locked out of further studies...
In this context it's disgraceful that the Conservative
government abolished student grants - which gave
young people low and middle income backgrounds
a more level playing field, & risks more of Britain's
talent not being developed to its full potential.
Leader of the Labour Party,
and MP for Islington North
Labour Pledge We Will Bring Back
Student Grants And The £30 EMA
Labour will reverse the abolition of student grants
and the education maintenance allowance (EMA),
if it wins the next general election, the shadow
education secretary, Angela Rayner, stated
on Tuesday Evening.
The Tories replaced maintenance grants for poor
university students in England with repayable &
often crippling loans, and the EMA, a £30-a-week
cash payment helped 16 to 18-year-olds to stay
in education --- but was cut by the Tory/LibDem
Now Labour vows to reinstate the policies, which
will support over a million students, & says they
will be paid for, by increasing corporation tax by
less than 1.5 per cent.
Ms Rayner: “While the Tories continue to burden
our young people with debt, the Labour Party is
committed to investing in our young people.
“It is only by investing in education, that we can
ensure that all our young people, whatever their
background, are able to succeed in whatever
they aspire to.”
CLP Nominations Now Closed
Out of those Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs)
who nominated anyone in the Labour Leadership,
Jeremy Corbyn won 84% of them - 285 local party
nominations, a landslide - and Owen Smith took
Smith winning would be
a Ukip wet dream
by Charley Allan
Why only Corbyn can keep hold of
the core Labour vote
Jeremy Corbyn sparked a firestorm at Thursday’s
hustings, when he insisted Labour was ahead in
the polls, before the palace coup against him.
Owen “let-me-talk-to-Momentum” Smith immediately
accused him of lying -- and a fierce argument broke
out on social media, before mainstream journalists
across the political spectrum piled in to pour scorn
on Corbyn’s claim.
So who’s correct? Polls are notoriously easy
to manipulate and there are plenty of ways
to interpret data, but reputable firms put
full results online, so people can draw
their own conclusions.
Even sceptics concede that Survation’s poll on
June 25 — after the referendum, but before the
mass resignations — put the two main parties
neck and neck, but they insist this is an outlier
and that all other surveys that month, show a
Before checking whether this is true, there are
a couple of points about polls to bear in mind.
First, all results are “weighted” to give a more
representative sample - if not enough women
reply to a survey, for example, pollsters give
more weight to the answers of those that do.
But as well as being asked about voting
intention, people are normally asked how
likely they are to turn up and vote at all.
Combining these answers, goes the theory,
gives a more accurate prediction of actual
vote share, than the simple “snapshot”
provided by traditional opinion polls.
This is called “turnout weighting” and
pollsters sometimes go even further;
by only including those they consider
certain to vote, when working out
their “headline figure.”
The problem with all this... is that it is
notoriously tricky to predict turnout...
even if people try to answer honestly
- which often they don’t.
Pollsters agree: their epic failure to predict
the general election and referendum results
was partly down to faulty turnout forecasts,
although they prefer to blame...... lacklustre
Labour support, than admit to being blind-
sided by “shy Tories” last year.
But back to the polls... Survation said that
both Labour and Tories had 26% support
among the people “likely to vote” under
“normal weightings” - disregarding turn
out - while 20% didn’t give a preference
When you ditch these “don’t knows” and
“won’t says” and apply the turnout filter
on top, we still have a tie — with 32%
for both parties.
A week earlier on June 18, ComRes
released its own poll with headline
figures of 29% Labour, 34% Tory.
But without turnout weighting, Labour
was actually in the lead --- with 29%
among “likely” voters, compared to
the Tories’ 26% and 14% undecided.
What’s going on? Although its methodology
is unclear, ComRes seems to assume that
many don’t-knows will eventually make
up their minds -- and that most of them
will vote Tory.
So while the company publicly predicted
a Tory win, its snapshot clearly showed
Labour in the lead.
Moving on to Ipsos Mori, which claimed on
June 16, that Labour was one point behind
the Tories (34% to 35) among those people
absolutely “certain” to vote, using full
weighting, both normal and turnout.
The firm didn’t release figures that weren’t
already weighted for likelihood to vote, but
it did reveal that Labour had a 2-point lead
— 36 to 34% — after including everyone
else who expressed a preference.
Three days earlier, ICM also put Labour a
point behind — 33% to the Tories’ 34 —
using full weighting, & an “adjustment”
for the don’t-knows-won’t-says.
This opaque algorithm assigns a certain
proportion of undecideds to each party,
as ComRes does.
Without this additional adjustment -
thereby excluding the don’t-knows
instead of predicting who they are
going to vote for - Labour leaps
into a 4-point lead on 35% to 31.
And turning off the turnout while still
keeping normal weighting, sees this
increase to five points, with Labour
on 30%, Tories 25 & undecideds 16.
So Labour was indeed ahead in several polls
before the coup -- if you look past headlines
-- and no, they weren’t “unweighted,” as
trolls claim online.
Unfortunately, Labour leads don’t fit the
narrative that Corbyn is electoral poison
to be flushed away.
Smith is supposed to be Labour’s saviour
--- but the evidence suggests otherwise.
Take his seat of Pontypridd - a Labour
heartland for practically a century.
The local party won 53% of the vote in 2005,
but with Smith as candidate this plummeted
to 39% in 2010 — its biggest collapse ever.
This was the year of the Lib Dem surge, which
saw support soar to 31% from 20% in 2005.
Ukip was nowhere — 3% in both elections.
But after 5 years of Smith rule, Ukip quadrupled
its vote to 13%, in line with the national average
and level pegging locally, with the plunging
Of the 18 points lost by Clegg’s clowns, 10 went
to Ukip, 5 to Plaid Cymru, and just 2 to Labour,
which crept up to 41% - the 2nd-lowest share
in local party history, after Smith’s 2010
Strangely, at Gateshead's debate Smith refused to
repeat his pledge to hold a second referendum.....
despite plenty of prompting.
Perhaps he realises how toxic such talk is, to
many Labour voters. And even with EU-loving
party members, his message stinks of utter
contempt for democracy.
Ukip must be licking its lips at the prospect
of a Smith leadership -- hoping for a repeat
of its rapid rise in Wales, under his watch.
The party is ruthlessly targeting this key
constituency across Britain: long-term
Labour voters who backed Brexit --
plenty of whom, are Welsh.
Corbyn’s constructive criticism of the EU can
help his party hold on to its core support, but
Smith is almost genetically engineered to
drive it away.
His New Labour pedigree left him powerless
against the rising tide of nationalism, right
under his nose.
And this former Pfizer lobbyist’s reckless
referendum promises, present Ukip with
the electoral equivalent of viagra.
If Owen Smith really is “Labour’s future”
--- then I’m afraid we’re all screwed.
Chat to Charley on Twitter: @charleyallan
[Ed. While we're on the subject of threats
to Labour from the right, Tom Watson
might ponder why Max Mosley, son of
Oswald, the UK's late fascist leader,
coughed up £200,000... to run his
Owen Smith Fan Flings Obscenities At CLP Meeting
by Luke James
The incident took place on Thursday evening at a
meeting of the Barrow and Furness Constituency
Labour Party, to decide which candidate to
nominate in the leadership contest.
Local members voted by 100 to 37 in favour of
supporting Mr Corbyn’s re-election campaign.
The result was a major coup for Mr Corbyn given
the constituency is home to the Trident shipyard
and nominated Andy Burnham in 2015’s contest.
It is also significant because John Woodcock, the
former chair of Blairite faction Progress which has
actively undermined Mr Corbyn’s leadership from
the outset, is the MP for the constituency.
Mr Woodcock did not attend the meeting but sent an
email to all members urging them to back Mr Smith.
One member at the meeting, who asked not to be
named, reported how a supporter of Owen Smith
flew into a rage, when the result was announced.
The source told the Star: “It was quite well behaved,
there wasn’t any hassle except at the end where one
young guy who had passionately lectured everybody
on how we couldn’t possibly win under Jeremy threw
into a total sulk, stormed out and then walked back
in and shouted: ‘Well you can all f**k off’.”
Dan Holt, another member present, wrote on social
media: “The ONLY mud slung was from Smith
speakers, obviously Dan lost it at the end,
telling us all to f off.”
Anti-democratic Move Backed by Law Lords
Labour’s Blairites won their bid to overturn
the high court decision allowing new party
members to vote in the leader election ---
in a ruling that bars 130,000 members
from voting in the leadership ballot.
The ruling by the three court of appeal judges,
Lord Justice Sales, Lady Justice Macur
and Lord Justice Beatson, overturned the
High Court ruling -- which judged the NEC's
sub committee decision as a blatant breach
Apparently, the Appeals Court judges
think business malpractice is fine.
Appeal Court Judge Philip Sales’
intimate links to Tony Blair revealed
APPEAL COURT JUDGE HAD
BIG CONFLICT OF INTEREST
After Sir Philip Sales QC overruled the previous High
Court decision, to allow the 130,000 disenfranchised
Labour Party members to vote in the up and coming
leadership election and refused ANY leave to appeal
– Wikileaks revealed that Sales has been a Blair
insider for years, having been recruited as
Junior Counsel to the Crown in 1997.
The literature cited by WikiLeaks confirms that
immediately after Labour’s victory in the 1997
election, Sales was recruited by Tony Blair.
It also reveals that Sales used to be a practising
barrister at law firm 11KBW, of which Tony Blair
was a founder member. At that time, there was
an uproar over Sales’ appointment, as Blair
was accused of cronyism.
Since his appointment in 1997, Sir Philip Sales
has racked up a massive bill to the taxpayer as
the highest 'earning' lawyer in the government.
As a key part of Blair’s legal team, he was paid
to defend the Government’s decision against
holding a public inquiry into the Iraq War, in
the High Court, in 2005.
Clearly, this is evidence
of a conflict of interest.
Sales’ deep involvement in the Labour Party,
in the Blair years, raises big questions about
the legitimacy of his shock ruling in favour of
the National Executive Committee, especially
as there was an evident breach of contract.
Despite these 130,000 members being told in
black and white that they were eligible to vote
in the leadership elections upon registration
-- now they have been officially cast aside by
their own party in an attempt to skew a result
that is, hopefully, going to result in a victory
for democracy, despite all these dirty tricks.
The biggest kick in the teeth, however, is that
the permission to do so, was granted by this
corrupt crony-lawyer of Blair’s.
But don't lose heart...
Smith’s victory would be a huge setback.
If the Establishment recapture Labour,
anti-Establishment anger — currently
feeding this positive, inclusive and
progressive insurgency Corbyn is
leading — will find other, uglier
outlets, as it is now, in the US
& many European countries.
That’s why Corbyn supporters must not
lose heart. There's everything to play for
in this leadership race, and those who've
been stripped of their votes can still play
a huge role in campaigning: knowing that
a decisive victory for Corbyn, will strike
another blow at these anti-democrats
who are trying to silence our voices.
Labour Party members'
The Centre Left Grassroots Alliance (CLGA) slate
— composed of Ann Black, Christine Shawcroft,
Claudia Webbe, Darren Williams, Rhea Wolfson
and Peter Willsman — won all six of the seats
set aside for constituency party nominees.
First runner-up was Ellie Reeves, the sister
of Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves and wife
of Leyton and Wanstead MP John Cryer,
who won over 9,000 less votes, than the
trailing CLGA candidate Peter Willsman.
Labour Party establishment figures even
resorted to dirty tricks, to prevent left-
wingers being elected.
Disgraced Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy
made a shocking intervention in Ms Wolfson’s
constituency to stop her nomination - but she
moved, and remained in the running.
Comedian Eddie Izzard was second runner-
up, with 70,993 votes, and Luke Akehurst,
of right-wing faction ''Labour First'', was
the sixth runner-up, with 48,632 votes.
Some Blairite Progress MPs privately
say, their coup has now been beaten.
Control of the NEC is now in the hands
of genuine democratic socialists, after
party members voted all 6 candidates
in, on their joint left slate.
The new NEC members take up their seats
after September’s annual party conference.
“This is very, very, very, bad news,”
said a pro-coup Blairite Labour MP.
Mr McDonnell welcomes the
results of the NEC elections:
“This result clearly shows, that there is
a desire for real and genuine change in
our party, under the continued leader-
ship of Jeremy Corbyn;- but we're not
going to take anything for granted...
and will be campaigning for every
vote in the leadership contest.”
Bookmaker William Hill shortens its odds for
a Corbyn win from 1/8 (88% chance of victory)
to 1/10 (90%). Smith is a 6/1 (14%) underdog.
Graham Sharpe, a spokesperson for William
Hill explains: “Corbyn has emerged from the
opening round, with a points lead over his
opponent, according to political punters,
and seems to be heading for another
Jeremy Corbyn is favourite to be the
next Prime Minister, after Theresa May.
Jeremy Corbyn is more likely to be the next
PM than Boris Johnson, all the bookies say.
Jeremy Corbyn is firm favourite to
succeed Theresa May as PM even
if she steps down, or is voted out.
Corbyn has odds of 5/1 from William Hill
& 9/2 from Ladbrokes to eventually take
over from May, as the leader of the UK,
well ahead of Foreign Secretary Boris
Johnson and Corbyn's own Labour
leadership rival, Owen Smith.
Corbyn is also the overwhelming favourite
to win the Labour party leadership election
next month. William Hill's Graham Sharpe
"Owen Smith hasn't captured the imagination
of political punters and there is little support
for him to cause an upset in the Labour
Here are the current odds,
on who will be the next PM:
Ladbrokes: Corbyn 9/2 - Johnson 7/1 - Smith 12/1
William Hill: Corbyn 5/1 - Johnson - 7/1 - Smith 9/1
Paddy Power: Corbyn 11/2 - Johnson 8/1 - Smith 13/2
Bookmakers say Jeremy Corbyn will be the
Labour leader, for at least another 4 years.
LABOUR PURGE 1
Croydon Labour meeting bans
the use of the word ‘Blairite’
It’s official: the word “Blairite” is now considered
to be a term of abuse in the Labour Party, and its
use banned at meetings.
“Blairite” was on the list of proscribed words,
apparently provided by Labour HQ.. & which
was read out to a meeting of party members
in Croydon last week. And anyone found to
have used it publicly could even find them-
selves banned from taking part in the
forthcoming leadership election.
Labour officials have begun to weed out anyone
who's deemed not a “genuine Labour supporter”.
And, according to a senior figure in the Labour Party
in Croydon, “This includes, for example, anyone who
tweeted that they voted Green in the 2015 General
The lists have been sent to councillors, local party
officers and MPs, including people such as Steve
Reed OBE, for some time a vice-chair of Progress
and Croydon North/Lambeth South MP - who has
been calling for his party leader Jeremy Corbyn,
With so many Blairites “embedded” into Labour
party structures over the last 25 years, Corbyn’s
backers fear the process will be used to purge
their support among grassroots members and
those who have been drawn to the party in
the past year.
“They are also trawling through social media
accounts looking for anything incriminating
--- including the use of certain words about
opponents,” the Labour Party figure said.
“We must be on our guard and ready to defend
people who are genuine supporters of Labour
under Corbyn, but who are blocked from
Corbyn supporters reckon that as many as
40,000 of the £25 supporters, have already
been disqualified, & another 10,000 have
been referred to the party’s 'scrutiny'
Before the 2015 leadership election, when
the supporter’s fee was a mere £3, Labour
had a number of “interesting” pledges of
support, including one from a Mr Jason
Cummings, a Croydon councillor and
a Conservative Party member of
the council’s shadow cabinet.