A leader who will stand up for Wales: why I’m backing Eluned Morgan for Welsh Labour leader

With ballot papers about to arrive for the Welsh Labour leadership election, it’s been a time to think about what sort of Labour Party and indeed what sort of Wales I want to see in the years ahead.  Carwyn Jones will be an enormously difficult act to follow; thankfully, in this election Welsh Labour members […]

Labour’s readmission of Derek Hatton and the rejection of serious politics

On Wednesday, those of us who listened to Jeremy Corbyn’s speech heard a plea for party unity.  Today, on Friday, comes confirmation that Derek Hatton of Liverpool Militant has been readmitted to the Party.  Not only does this news show how shallow that appeal for unity was, but serves as a powerful reminder – if […]

Jeremy Corbyn’s Conference speech: still miles away from Government

Jeremy Corbyn’s closing speech to the Labour Party conference in Liverpool this morning was long and appeared to cover a large amount of ground.  It offered a grand tour – often to the point of tedium – of the issues of the day.  But it was, at the same time, a speech that still sounded […]

John McDonnell and the People’s Vote: a Leninist moment

Following an exhaustive compositing meeting last night, the Labour Party agreed on a motion that will go to this week’s conference on the next steps on Brexit.  This morning, in a widely-reported interview, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said that Labour would respect the decision to leave and, should there be another referendum, the option to […]

Enfield North and Press TV: a question of safeguarding?

Last night, the Enfield North constituency Labour Party passed a vote of no confidence in its MP, Joan Ryan, who is the Chair of the Labour Friends of Israel.  What was perhaps most notable about this meeting was the fact that it was streamed and live-tweeted by the Iranian state TV service, Press TV. There […]

In (qualified) praise of Frank Field

The news that Frank Field, long-serving Labour MP for Birkenhead, has resigned the Labour whip, has generated a deluge of comment, including the predictable attacks from the Corbynist left. Field’s resignation letter cites antisemitism and a culture of intolerance and bullying as the reasons for his departure – in which he is far from alone; […]

The legacy of Carwyn Jones

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, announced this afternoon that he would stand down in the Autumn.  As he departs it is worth considering his record in Government – a Labour leader who, in difficult years for the Party across the UK, won two national elections; who delivered in its entirety the election on […]