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  • Comment Featured Local Government Sadiq Khan: Local election campaign starts now – so let there be no complacency

    Sadiq Khan: Local election campaign starts now – so let there be no complacency

    The local elections in just under five months times are a massive opportunity for Labour in London. We are setting our sights high – not just keeping the councils we currently hold but aiming to make major inroads into Tory strongholds in London and take control of even more councils across the capital.  Following our fantastic results in London at the general election in June, we can honestly say that there is now no corner of London where Labour can’t win.   Our aim is to elect a raft of new […]

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  • Comment Featured Alex Cunningham: Labour stands ready to deliver a pensions system fit for all

    Alex Cunningham: Labour stands ready to deliver a pensions system fit for all

    The pension system is not fit for purpose. This is a national scandal but, to a large extent, an invisible one. Yes, there is a great deal of satisfaction that workplace pensions are in a better place these days, due to automatic enrolment – a policy developed by the last Labour government. But there are six glaring absences which must be remedied before we have a truly fit-for-purpose workplace pension system. First, the workplace defined contribution system doesn’t result in […]

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  • Featured News Seats and Selections Unions Unite lodges complaint with Labour over postal votes in Watford selection row

    Unite lodges complaint with Labour over postal votes in Watford selection row

    The dispute over the choice of a Labour candidate in Watford escalated today when Unite sent a complaint to party headquarters over requests for postal votes. The union, Britain’s largest, contacted Labour after eastern region party officials postponed the selection vote, which had been due to take place tonight, following a final hustings. It is the latest development in a troubled contest in which Mike Hedges, a taxi driver and Unite activist, above, was excluded from the initial shortlist and later […]

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  • Comment Featured Murdochs are in retreat – Tom Watson on £39bn deal for 21st Century Fox

    Murdochs are in retreat – Tom Watson on £39bn deal for 21st Century Fox

    This is the full statement published by Tom Watson, deputy leader and shadow culture secretary, after Walt Disney agreed to buy 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets, including a stake in Sky, for £39bn. This is the end of an era for the Murdochs who after decades of aggressive empire expansion are now in retreat. The decision to sell off key assets follows their UK business being engulfed in a phone hacking scandal, and ongoing revelations about sexual harassment at Fox […]

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  • Featured News Seats and Selections Unions Troubled Watford selection kicked into new year amid row over postal ballots

    Troubled Watford selection kicked into new year amid row over postal ballots

    The selection process for the key target seat of Watford has been postponed amid a dispute over postal ballots. Labour officials told the constituency party to postpone its vote among members, which had been scheduled for tonight, following the final hustings. The delay arose following complaints from several members over the handling of applications for postal votes. Yesterday Cameron Scott, Labour’s east of England regional director, wrote to the CLP to say that a series of “procedural errors” had taken […]

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