The British Labour Party Election

The Guardian’s Owen Jones: A political health warning

By Julie Hyland, 17 June 2017

Guardian journalist Owen Jones, who spent much of the last year preparing for yet another leadership challenge against Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, is now singing another tune.

UK: Labour-led Lewisham council attempt land-grab involving football ground

By Simon Whelan, 18 March 2017

The plan by Labour-run Lewisham borough council to seize Millwall’s football ground and sell it on to an offshore-registered developer has only been put on hold.

UK Labour leader Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor McDonnell offer unity talks with right-wingers Blair and Mandelson

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 9 March 2017

Mandelson told an event organised by the Jewish Chronicle that he “works every single day to bring an end to (Corbyn’s) tenure in office.”

Pro-Corbyn Momentum group seeks affiliation to Labour Party

By Richard Tyler, 17 January 2017

Any pretence Momentum maintained that it was a radical rank-and-file group, nominally independent of the Labour Party, has been destroyed.

UK: May and Corbyn suppress scandal over Israel's role in anti-Corbyn coup

By Jean Shaoul and Chris Marsden, 14 January 2017

In response to proof that the coup against him was sponsored by Israel, Corbyn has not said a single word.

Jeremy Corbyn: The abortive rebranding of a “left muddlehead”

By Paul Mitchell, 12 January 2017

Corbyn’s speech was a signal that he is prepared to make the political shifts demanded of him by the party’s right wing, including the adoption of an anti-immigration agenda.

UK: Jeremy Corbyn re-launched as populist leader

By Robert Stevens, 4 January 2017

Corbyn’s New Year message confirms his role as frontman for a party dedicated to waging war on the working class and against opponents of British imperialism throughout the world.

UK: Labour’s Corbyn competes with Prime Minister May for alliance with big business

By Chris Marsden, 22 November 2016

Corbyn is presenting Labour as the best means to secure the interests of big business in a post-Brexit Britain, as against a divided Tory government.

Report by Julie Hyland to the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

By Julie Hyland, 21 November 2016

SEP Assistant National Secretary Julie Hyland moved the second resolution to the SEP (UK) Third National Congress, “Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party: The strategic lessons.”

UK: Corbyn threatens to block Brexit and trigger general election

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 7 November 2016

In portraying the European Single Market as progressive, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is siding with finance capital and big business interests against the working class.

Roger Cohen of the New York Times declares that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism

By Chris Marsden, 24 October 2016

Cohen’s attack on the left’s “anti-Semitism,” which seeks to proscribe all criticism of Israel, is a slander directed in particular against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters.

UK Labour’s right wing mounts pro-EU, anti-immigrant offensive against Corbyn

By Robert Stevens, 11 October 2016

Central to the attack of Labour’s right wing on Corbyn is that he is not pandering to the noxious anti-immigrant sentiment fuelled during the Brexit referendum campaign by both sides.

Corbyn’s capitulation to the right wing and the lessons of the UK Labour leadership contest

By Chris Marsden, 29 September 2016

Corbyn’s defence of the Labour Party’s grip on the working class and his continued opposition to any struggle against the right wing is a vindication of the political stand taken by the Socialist Equality Party.

UK Labour Party conference: Corbyn again prostrate before right wing

By Chris Marsden, 28 September 2016

British Labour leader Corbyn wants to preserve the unity of the Labour Party because he represents only a left-talking faction of the apparatus.

UK Labour right views Corbyn’s compromises as chance to resume offensive

By Chris Marsden, 26 September 2016

Far from accepting Corbyn’s increased majority in the Labour leadership contest, the media and the party are discussing how leadership can be restored to the right wing.

Lessons of Labour’s leadership contest

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 24 September 2016

The following statement is being distributed at the Labour Party Special Conference and the Momentum-backed The World Transformed event this weekend.

Blairite coup to continue despite UK Labour leadership vote outcome

By Julie Hyland, 23 September 2016

Jeremy Corbyn is expected to win the Labour Party leadership contest comfortably against his challenger, Owen Smith, despite the vicious campaign, initiated by the Blairite right wing, to depose him.

Corbyn offers olive branch to right wing as purge of British Labour Party escalates

By Robert Stevens, 6 September 2016

By September 24, when Labour’s leader is elected, it is highly likely that well over 200,000 people will have been barred from voting for Jeremy Corbyn.

UK: Corbyn, Brexit and the so-called progressive alliance

By Julie Hyland, 31 August 2016

There are increasing efforts to link up the Labour Party, the Greens and the various nationalist blocs in Wales and Scotland on the basis of a pro-EU program.

Britain: Labour’s National Executive extends purge of party membership

By Robert Stevens, 27 August 2016

Ronnie Draper, the general secretary of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers union and a Labour Party member for 40 years, has been suspended from membership.

Chakrabarti report refutes claims of rampant anti-Semitism in British Labour Party

By Jean Shaoul, 26 August 2016

Far from calming tensions, the findings have added to the already “toxic atmosphere” inside the Labour Party.

Britain: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn outlines policies for “wealth creation”

By Robert Stevens and Julie Hyland, 24 August 2016

Corbyn routinely proclaims that he is for a “new politics,” but this amounts to only a handful of limited measures that do nothing to challenge the stranglehold of the super-rich over society.

Britain: Labour’s anti-Corbyn plotters plan rival parliamentary grouping

By Julie Hyland, 23 August 2016

The Labour Co-op plan is being put forward as a way that the party right wing can avoid moving straight to a breakaway grouping, where they might struggle to muster any support.

UK Labour leader Corbyn silent on right-wing coup attempt at Sheffield rally

By Robert Stevens, 22 August 2016

Repeated calls for party unity were made by all the speakers at the Sheffield rally, passing over the efforts of Labour’s right-wing to oust leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Workers and youth speak on Corbyn and the British Labour Party

By our reporters, 22 August 2016

The <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> interviewed several of those participating in a Sheffield rally called in support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The ruling class and the spectre of Leon Trotsky

By Chris Marsden, 20 August 2016

Seventy-six years after his assassination at the hands of a Stalinist agent, Trotsky remains not only a towering historical personality, but also a figure of acute contemporary political relevance.

UK media denounces Corbyn’s refusal to support war with Russia

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 20 August 2016

Corbyn’s comments occasioned a slew of articles and commentary declaring that he could not be trusted with the reins of power if he were not ready for all-out war.

Britain’s Financial Times calls on anti-Corbyn plotters to prepare Labour split

By Julie Hyland, 20 August 2016

The FT said the Labour right must think “through what a new party of the centre-left would stand for” and make “serious preparation” for a breakaway.

UK Labour leader Corbyn refuses to oppose denial of vote to party members

By Robert Stevens, 15 August 2016

On Friday, the Court of Appeal in London handed down a politically motivated ruling upholding the denial of a vote to those who have joined the Labour Party since January.

UK Court of Appeal sanctions mass disenfranchisement of Labour Party members

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 13 August 2016

The politically-motivated ruling excludes up to 150,000 Labour party members from voting in the upcoming leadership contest.

UK Court of Appeal to rule on exclusion of Labour Party members from leadership ballot

By Robert Stevens, 12 August 2016

The Labour Party’s National Executive Committee argued that the mass sign-up to the party by supporters of Jeremy Corbyn is contrary to the “democratic process.”

Once again on Owen Jones and the coup against UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

By Chris Marsden, 10 August 2016

Guardian columnist Jones sides with the coup plotters with the aim of preserving Labour as a trusted political instrument of British imperialism in the name of ensuring its “electability.”

UK High Court rejects ban on 130,000 Labour members voting in leadership contest

By Julie Hyland, 9 August 2016

The court overturned a rule, aimed at excluding supporters of leader Jeremy Corbyn, that only members who joined before January 12 would be allowed to participate in the election.

Anti-Corbyn plotters make second Brexit vote centre of UK Labour leadership contest

By Laura Tiernan, 8 August 2016

Owen Smith, the challenger to the Labour leadership, condemned Jeremy Corbyn for not fighting hard enough for a Remain vote.

UK: Labour leader Corbyn calls debate with coup plotter Owen Smith “comradely”

By Robert Stevens, 6 August 2016

Denying that a split is in the cards has become the central theme of Corbyn’s leadership campaign, even as the Blairite wing of the party continues to seek his removal.

Corbyn and McDonnell plead with UK Labour Party right wing for “unity”

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 25 July 2016

The aim of the Blairites is not merely to depose Corbyn, but to thwart the growing anti-capitalist sentiment and yearning for fundamental social change among millions of people.

Leadership contest prompts mass sign-up to UK Labour Party

By Chris Marsden, 23 July 2016

Owen Smith, Corbyn’s challenger for the leadership, voted in support of setting up a no-fly zone in Libya and for air strikes in Iraq.

The murky world of the UK’s Blairite anti-Corbyn coup plotters

By Robert Stevens, 22 July 2016

Leading figures in the plot to depose Corbyn were members of the US British-American Project, which was established during the 1980s with a mission “to perpetuate the close relationship between the United States and Britain.”

Labour and Liberal Democrats plot new party in event of Corbyn’s re-election

By Chris Marsden, 20 July 2016

The Mail On Sunday reported that a breakaway party is being discussed in secret, involving up to 150 Labour MPs, who would align themselves with the Liberal Democrats.

What the coup against Jeremy Corbyn reveals about the Labour Party

By Chris Marsden, 18 July 2016

Labour was, from its birth, dedicated to the defence of capitalism against the threat of international socialism.

UK Guardian’s Owen Jones offers apologia for anti-Corbyn coup

By Julie Hyland, 16 July 2016

Jones’ criticism of the right-wing Labourites is not with their coup against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn per se, but rather its timing.

UK Labour’s governing body says Jeremy Corbyn will be on leadership ballot

By Chris Marsden, 13 July 2016

There is no reason for anyone to believe that the National Executive Committee’s decision puts an end to the ongoing coup attempt against Corbyn.

Angela Eagle chosen to front anti-Corbyn coup in UK Labour Party

By Chris Marsden, 12 July 2016

The campaign to remove UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn by 172 MPs pits the Parliamentary Labour Party against the vast majority of Labour Party supporters.

Leadership contest launched, raising prospect of split in UK Labour Party

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 11 July 2016

Nothing is being ruled out by the Parliamentary Labour Party, including the possibility that Labour leader Corbyn will not be allowed to stand in a leadership contest.

UK: Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn refuses to call Tony Blair a war criminal

By Chris Marsden, 8 July 2016

Corbyn’s silence is his response to the efforts by 80 percent of Labour MPs, led by the Blairite wing of the party, to remove him as party leader.

Britain’s right-wing media call for creation of new pro-European Union party

By Robert Stevens, 6 July 2016

Leading commentators in the financial press view the founding of a new party as a means of reversing a strategic setback for the dominant sections of British capital.

Union boss offers to broker “peace” deal with Labour’s anti-Corbyn plotters

By Robert Stevens, 5 July 2016

A frantic last-ditch effort is being made to force the resignation of UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn so as to avoid a fresh leadership contest.

UK Labour right wing mounts leadership challenge against Corbyn

By Chris Marsden, 30 June 2016

The coup against Corbyn is considered vital to the ability of the British ruling class to safeguard its interests globally.

In right-wing putsch, UK Labour MPs deliver overwhelming anti-Corbyn vote

By Julie Hyland, 29 June 2016

The motivation of the parliamentary Labour Party is not their professed concern that Corbyn could not win a general election, but their fear that he very well might.

UK Labour MP Jo Cox murdered in midst of Brexit referendum campaign

By Chris Marsden, 17 June 2016

The brutal murder of a Labour parliamentarian by a man who allegedly yelled “Britain first” takes place amid a hysterical campaign of right-wing nationalism and xenophobia.

UK: Pro-Corbyn Momentum Youth and Students hold founding conference

By Joe Mount, 11 June 2016

The aim of Momentum Youth and Students is to recruit youth into the Labour Party and trade unions.

Jeremy Corbyn appeals to UK Labour’s Blairite wing for unity

By Chris Marsden, 17 May 2016

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s lofty pretence at being above personal insults would carry more weight if it was not routinely employed to justify his latest political capitulation to the right wing.

Labour “anti-Semitism” witch-hunt dominates media in run-up to UK polls

By Robert Stevens, 6 May 2016

During Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament Wednesday, David Cameron reiterated the charge that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was a supporter of terrorism.

Oppose the witch-hunt of Ken Livingstone!

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 2 May 2016

Ken Livingstone, accused of anti-Semitism, is the target of a smear campaign aimed at discrediting all criticism of Israel and shifting the Labour Party still further to the right.

UK Labour leadership, bowing to right-wing campaign, suspends Ken Livingstone

By Robert Stevens, 30 April 2016

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has capitulated to a scurrilous campaign to portray Livingstone as an anti-Semite.

People’s Assembly demonstration promotes Corbyn’s anti-austerity fraud

By Paul Mitchell, 18 April 2016

Large numbers of junior doctors currently involved in industrial action took part in the protest, which also included student nurses and steelworkers.

Labour’s Corbyn pledges to lead pro-EU referendum campaign in UK

By Chris Marsden, 15 April 2016

The intervention by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in favour of Britain remaining in the EU is vital for the ruling elite amid growing popular hatred of the Cameron government.

Corbyn’s six months as UK Labour leader: A record of capitulation and betrayal

By Robert Stevens, 24 March 2016

There is a stark symmetry between the treacherous and cowardly course of Corbyn’s tenure and the betrayal carried out by the Syriza government in Greece.

Shadow Chancellor McDonnell pledges UK Labour Party to austerity

By Robert Stevens, 15 March 2016

McDonnell said ensuring Labour’s credibility on the economy to big business was “the struggle of a generation.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn deletes criticisms of EU from his web site

By Robert Stevens, 14 March 2016

There is nothing that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn once proclaimed as an issue of political principle that he will not jettison.

Brexit referendum: Remain camp backs European Union of austerity and militarism

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 10 March 2016

The support of the dominant sections of Britain’s financial and business elite for remaining in the European Union is based on maintaining trade links within the world’s largest single market.

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour Party and Britain’s bosses are “natural allies”

By Julie Hyland, 5 March 2016

Corbyn used his first speech to a gathering of Britain’s corporate heads to reassure them that the Labour Party under his leadership is an ally of big business.

UK: Resignations follow Labour shadow cabinet reshuffle by Corbyn

By Chris Marsden, 7 January 2016

The Labour Party right wing, having emerged largely unscathed from the reshuffle, immediately went back on the offensive.

UK Labour leader urges party not to defy Conservative spending cuts

By Chris Marsden, 24 December 2015

Jeremy Corbyn is far more concerned with placating the right wing than he is with opposing cuts.

Scotland: Sturgeon and Corbyn share platform against Trade Union Bill

By Steve James, 16 December 2015

Sturgeon made clear her support for the trade unions is based on their suppressing the class struggle.

A balance sheet of Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party

By Robert Stevens, 12 December 2015

Within days of becoming party leader, Jeremy Corbyn set out on a course that has seen him utterly betray the anti-war sentiment and hostility to the ruling elite that his election reflected.

What is the Jeremy Corbyn Momentum?

By Julie Hyland, 22 October 2015

Momentum is perpetrating a fiction that the Labour Party “can transform our society for the better,” rather than being an obstacle to such a change.

UK Labour Party paves way for Syria intervention

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 19 October 2015

Labour’s right wing has been handed a victory without a fight by party leader Corbyn

Tens of thousands protest austerity outside UK Conservative Party conference

By Robert Stevens, 6 October 2015

Workers in Britain have suffered five years of spending cuts, job losses and attacks on living standards on a scale without precedent since the 1930s.

UK Labour: A party of militarism and nuclear war

By Chris Marsden, 5 October 2015

Newly elected Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s statement that he would not authorise a nuclear strike met an outraged response at last week’s party conference.

UK Labour conference ends with attacks on Corbyn over nuclear weapons and Syria

By Robert Stevens, 1 October 2015

Corbyn has insisted he can lead the party in an anti-austerity and anti-war direction while maintaining unity with the supporters of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

UK Labour delegates speak on Corbyn’s leadership

By our reporters, 1 October 2015

Some delegates indicated illusions in the possibility of change, in some cases far more radical than that advanced by Corbyn, in and through the Labour Party.

New Labour Party shadow chancellor seeks to reassure big business at party conference

By Chris Marsden, 29 September 2015

McDonnell called for right-wing opponents of Corbyn in the Labour Party to “come back,” while making clear that the new party leadership would not challenge the capitalist system.

UK Labour Party conference begins under leadership of Corbyn

By Chris Marsden, 28 September 2015

The conference will not discuss or vote on scrapping the Trident missile system after major trade unions made clear their opposition to any such move.

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and the national anthem row

By Julie Hyland, 18 September 2015

The commotion over Corbyn’s refusal to sing the anthem provides an object lesson in the nature of the political set-up in Britain.

UK Labour leader Corbyn, addressing Trades Union Congress, makes first policy speech

By Chris Marsden, 16 September 2015

Corbyn’s assignation of a progressive role to the trade unions flies in the face of political realities as experienced by almost two generations of workers.

UK Labour leader Corbyn includes pro-austerity, pro-war Blairites in shadow cabinet

By Chris Marsden, 15 September 2015

Corbyn has chosen a shadow cabinet that includes those who are bitterly hostile to the policy shifts he publicly advocates.

The political issues posed by Corbyn’s election as UK Labour Party leader

By Julie Hyland, 14 September 2015

No one can seriously argue—especially after the experience of Syriza in Greece—that a redistribution of wealth can be effected without a struggle by the working class to break the stranglehold of the financial elite.

Britain’s pseudo-left line up behind Corbyn Labour leadership bid

By Julie Hyland, 5 September 2015

The pseudo-left groups are backing the campaign of Jeremy Corbyn in an attempt to revive support for Labour and present this right-wing party as an agent of social reform.

UK Labour Party steps up purge of suspected Corbyn supporters

By Chris Marsden, 1 September 2015

The entire full-time staff of the Labour Party is now exclusively occupied in investigating those who have paid £3 to become labour supporters to vote in the leadership contest.

Is Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy socialist?

By Chris Marsden, 29 August 2015

Those looking to Corbyn as a means of opposing war will not find the answers they are seeking.

Jeremy Corbyn’s economic plan to rescue British capitalism

By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 20 August 2015

The programme advanced by Corbyn in his campaign for Labour Party leadership challenges neither the market economy, nor the major corporations and banks.

What does the “Jeremy Corbyn phenomenon” represent?

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 15 August 2015

While the support for British Labour politician Jeremy Corbyn represents a growth of oppositional sentiment, those looking to a Corbyn victory to provide an alternative to austerity will be cruelly disappointed.

UK Labour Party descends into crisis over leadership contest

By Julie Hyland, 29 July 2015

The Labour Party leadership contest in the UK has descended into farce, with calls for it to be suspended and even threats of a coup should the “wrong” candidate win.

Tony Blair warns against “radical leftism” in Labour leadership race

By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 24 July 2015

Labour’s leadership lives, works and plays in “the Westminster bubble”—a social circle made up of the super-rich and their hangers-on.

UK: Labour capitulates on Conservative welfare cuts bill

By Paul Mitchell, 22 July 2015

The bill’s measures will plunge millions of workers and youth further into economic insecurity and poverty.

As party leadership contest unfolds

British Labour backs Conservatives’ welfare cuts

By Julie Hyland, 15 July 2015

The leadership contest is the outcome of the massive losses sustained by Labour in the May 7 General Election.

UK: Labour saves Conservative government from defeat on EU referendum bill

By Jordan Shilton, 19 June 2015

The Labour Party demonstrated its readiness to form an alliance with the Cameron government over British European Union membership.

Crisis envelops UK Labour leadership contest

By Paul Mitchell, 16 May 2015

In the May 7 general election, Labour received 30.4 percent of the vote, resulting in 232 seats—the party’s worst defeat since 1987.