|Khan - Going for Gold|
Khan presented himself today as a Corbyn supporter who has reluctantly come to the conclusion that Owen Smith will be best for the Labour Party.
Fortunately these things are easy to check: Khan has always been strongly anti-Corbyn. Yes, he nominated Corbyn for leader along with a lot of other Blairites and Progress members, but admits he did not vote for the person he nominated.
In fact Khan appeared in the March 2016 leaked core list as "Hostile ", the most anti-Corbyn of the 5 categories of Labour MPs. Khan undoubtedly voted against Corbyn in the secret no confidence vote that began the coup.
Also in the "Hostile" group are Progress members Caroline Flint, Chuka Umunna, Yvette Cooper and Simon Danczuk. Even the coup ring leader Hilary Benn only made it as far as the "Core Group Negative", one level below "Hostile".
So it's no surprise that on the eve of the ballot Khan shows his true colours, with a carefully constructed and planned speech. What is shocking is his blatant misrepresentation of the position he has always held. How can we ever trust politicians like this?
Owen Smith has become the willing dupe of the Labour right
GMB have 639,000 members
The GMB official results were:
|Lord Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary.|
In the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours, Sir Paul Kenny was knighted 'for services to trades unions'.
Shame on the GMB bureaucracy.
More on the GMB
BLACK, Ann 100,999 Elected
|Eddie Izzard, Lost|
WEBBE, Claudia 92,377 Elected
WILLIAMS, Darren 87,003 Elected
WOLFSON, Rhea 85,687 Elected
WILLSMAN, Peter 81,863 Elected
REEVES, Ellie 72,514
IZZARD, Eddie 70,993
BAILEY, Bex 67,205
BAXTER, Johanna 60,367
DHANDA, Parmjit 53,838
AKEHURST, Luke 48,632
WHEELER, Peter 44,062
GALLAGHER, John 22,678
GUL, Amanat 14,693
- A hard-core of Labour coup plotters intend to destroy Labour as an effective opposition between now and 2020.
- Corbyn to become prime minister means Labour will have to win as an insurrection or not at all (For the sake of clarity, this is a metaphor not an actual call for armed insurrection).
- Labour has suddenly become a mass party. It can become, as Corbyn says, a social movement. But this would be something new in Labour politics and therefore difficult to achieve and hold together.
- The route to power also involves Labour itself becoming a more formal alliance and, in turn, being prepared to make political alliances across party lines.
Understanding the coup
Day after day, the tactics of the coup plotters have evolved. It began with veteran Blairites, quickly spilled over into a disorientated group of soft-left young MPs and was organised in the background by the Blairite apparatus. The sole aim was to remove Corbyn: lest we forget, Angela Eagle launched her doomed campaign with not a single policy.
|Owen Smith MP|
said the ex £80K a year lobbyist for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer and then Amgen on Radio 4 today.
We bet they were. Pfizer is the largest pharmaceutical company in the World. Since the year 2000 Pfizer has been on a mission to make Big Pharma even bigger, by taking over other pharmaceutical companies, even trying (and failing) to take over the huge AstaZeneca. You can't do that without political friends.
No surprise then that Owen Smith "generally voted against a statutory register of lobbyists".
This is not the first contradiction for Owen. On Radio 4’s Today programme 13/7/2016 he was asked “Iraq War, For or Against?”. He said the following,
"Against. I wasn’t in Parliament at the time, I would have voted against, I was opposed to it at the time."
Except of course, he wasn’t. Here’s what Smith actually said about the Iraq War when asked in 2006,
"We are making significant inroads in improving what is happening in Iraq.When asked whether he would have voted against the war, he told Wales Online that he didn’t know.
I thought at the time the tradition of the Labour Party and the tradition of left-wing engagement to remove dictators was a noble, valuable tradition, and one that in South Wales, from the Spanish Civil War onwards, we have recognised and played a part in"
Thanks to www.athousandflowers.net
You may have but a few hours to save a Left Labour Party.
|For the cost of a single ink cartridge|
You can do that here: www.labour.org.uk/pages/labour-party-leadership-election-2016
One exception is if you are a member of a trade union, joined the union before 12/1/16 and have registered as an affiliate supporter or register before 8th August this year see www.unitetheunion.org/campaigning/unitepolitics/your-party-your-voice/
like over 100,000 members, you won't get a vote.
Unless you pay £25! Of course if you are a wealthy member then £25 is nothing, but then again you quite likely won't vote Corbyn will you? Also the window for registering is only open for two days, starting next Monday.
You need to be fast, the £25 will only work until 20th July!
Update: This has all been changed by the party establishment, the methods crossed out below may no longer apply. Here is the latest from Unite:
Your Party Your Voice
Your Party Your Voice
Entitlement to register as affiliated supporters – updated 14 July 2016
- Have been a member of the union since 12 January 2016
- Pay the political levy – this will be the case unless the member has opted out. It is a portion of member subscriptions to fund political campaigning by the union.
- Agree to the statement that they support the aims and values of the Labour party and are not a supporter of any other political party and agree for their contact details to be shared with the Labour party.
- Be on the electoral register at the address given to the union and the Labour party.
- Provide a date of birth and email address.
- Apply to be an affiliated supporter before 8 August 2016. To do this, fill in the form below.
The decision by Labour's National Executive Committee (NEC) has caused outrage among Jeremy Corbyn's supporters who have interpreted it to be another attack on his leadership.
From Red Pepper
Simon Hardy gives the facts about Corbyn's victories so far that you won't read in the rest of the press
'300 people' at the rally in support of Jeremy Corbyn in Parliament Square.
The reactionary fall out from the Brexit vote continues to tear through society. The Labour membership and the Labour left are now under the most sustained attack seen since the Bevan-Gaitskell clashes of the 1950s. The Labour Party is in a state of civil war – the mass rally of 10,000 Corbyn supporters outside Parliament felt like a battle cry of the rank and file against a cynical, mendacious coup by the Bitterites.
Their claim is that Corbyn is unelectable. Between back-handed compliments that he is, in the words of the sacked Hilary Benn, 'a good man, a principled man', the right wing narrative is that Corbyn is an electoral liability for the party. This narrative is spun out in the media – a example of how sinister elites try to turn a claim into a reality. What was the old adage about lies repeated often enough? They try to prove their lie through a coordinated set of resignations from the shadow cabinet. This plan was revealed in the Telegraph two weeks before the referendum – it is not a spontaneous display of anger, it is a premeditated coup against the Labour left.
But the tremendous display of support for Corbyn across many parts of the Labour Party and from the trade unions reveals the class divide at work here.
Here are some facts about Labour under Jeremy Corbyn that you aren't seeing in the Mirror or the Guardian.
1. The biggest mandate
Jeremy Corbyn won the leadership with the biggest mandate from party members that any leaders has ever won - 59% - more than all the other candidates put together.
2. Huge membership increase
Labour's membership has increased dramatically under his leadership - over 380,000 members.
3. Byelection victories
Labour has won 4 by elections since he became leader, Oldham West, Sheffield Brightside, Ogmore & Tooting. Oldham West, Tooting and Sheffield Brightside saw Labour win on an increased majority.
4. Mayoral elections won
Labour won London Mayor with Corbyn as leader. Sadiq Khan won with the largest personal vote a single politician has ever received in Britain, 1.3 million. It was also the first election of a Muslim candidate to a western capital city. Labour also won Mayoral elections in Salford, Liverpool, Bristol.
5. Good local election performance
In the local elections in 2016 Labour's performance was as good as 2001, when Labour won a second landslide in the general elections. Labour has repeatedly been ahead of the Tories in the polls since the start of 2016.
6. Anti-austerity victories
Labour under Corbyn has helped fight off cuts to tax credits and disabled people's PIP payments - scoring significant blows against the Tories austerity agenda.
7. Won the Remain vote among Labour voters
Whilst the Brexit vote was very disappointing, Labour delivered 63% of its 2015 voters to vote Remain in the EU referendum. Compared to the SNP's vote of 64% of their voters and 70% of Liberal Democrat voters, Labour didn't perform qualitatively worse. David Cameron and the Tories couldn't even deliver a majority of their voters - only 42% voted to Remain.
Even if the right wing's arguments were true that Corbyn doesn't 'look' like a leader or doesn't 'get his message across in the media', it just means that Labour is doing exceptionally anyway. Imagine how well Labour would do if its MPs were loyal to their members and leader and Labour could present a united campaign, unhindered by in-fighting?
If the coup plotters stand a moderate left candidate in a leadership battle, Labour members should not be tricked into supporting them as some kind of unity candidate. They would be a front for the disruptive coup plotters.
Corbyn has been with the left since the start, dedicating his life to the movements of resistance and hope that have battled it out against the forces of reaction for the last 30 years. If Corbyn is defeated then the triangulation of the party back towards soft-austerity, social liberalism and migrant-bashing is guaranteed. That way lies oblivion.
Simon Hardy is a Labour Party member and a member of Lambeth Momentum.
From Red Pepper
Jeremy Corbyn and Momentum need your help.
Hundreds of thousands of people, like you, have joined the Labour party to help us transform our politics and our society.
To win the next General Election, we need to organise our Party and our communities around a movement with a clear and bold plan to put an end to savage Tory cuts, reach out to all those disillusioned with politics, and offer a vision of a better, fairer future.
The plotters who have paralysed our party during a period of national crisis are afraid to even have a debate with our own members, let alone the country. That's why they've resorted on trampling on party democracy and trying to force Jeremy off any leadership ballot.
This is the old politics versus the new, and we have 24 hours to ensure our party gets a choice about its future.
Here's what you can do now.
Join Labour, and stay
Join the Labour party, join Momentum and encourage your friends, workmates and family to join. The plotters don't want a mass party that can reach beyond Westminster. We do, and we're here to stay. There has never been a time where your active support in the Labour Party is more needed.
Sign our petiition
Sign our petition to show your support for Jeremy Corbyn being on the ballot for any leadership election, and to ask our National Executive Committee to respect Labour democracy - and then share the link to the petition on social media.
We'll be sending more ideas for ways to help.