Team Starmer Want to Replace Labour General Secretary

Sir Keir’s allies are reportedly hoping to replace Labour General Secretary David Evans ahead of the next general election, following Evans’ failure to raise cash for the party’s near-empty coffers and taking too long to implement ‘operational changes’ to its organisation. Probably doesn’t help that the party is nearly bankrupt…

According to Politico, Evans has rankled the party’s leadership for his handling of staff redundancies – the party’s workforce has been slashed by a quarter – and his failure to tame the unions, which’ve caused massive headaches for Starmer by threatening to cut off essential party funding in recent months.

Speaking today, a former party official said:

“He messes up on nearly every engagement going, whether it’s all-staff calls, PLP engagements or shadow Cabinet meetings.”

Evans has only been in the job since May 2020. Will Starmer be following Boris in an office clear out…

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Labour Avoids Conference Picket Line

Labour general secretary David Evans has avoided the prospect of a picket line at Labour conference, after telling staff this afternoon, “I am pleased to say that at this stage we see no need to consider compulsory redundancies as part of this process”. Many are picking up on the key phrase being “at this stage”. Guido doubts there’s been any notable uptick in Labour’s finances in recent months, suggesting the required 90 sacking are still necessary in the near future – i.e. post-conference. For now, at least, it seems their biggest Brighton headache will be the membership, not the staff…

Hat-tip: @SiennaMarla

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Labour Staff Vote for Anti-Sackings Strike Action

In August Guido reported Unite and GMB were balloting strike action over potential sackings in Southside, after Labour’s general secretary David Evans said the party was seeking at least 90 redundancies. The results of the ballots are now in, and Labour staff have overwhelmingly backed action if the party pursues the sackings:

  • Unite: 78% of members on a 90% turnout
  • GMB: 76% of members on a 79% turnout

22% of members in the former, and 23% in the latter, voted no. If only Sir Keir could work out who they are they’d be great candidates for the sack…

The two unions now say they’ll meet Labour management on Friday and are hopeful “an agreement can be reached on a way forward that avoids compulsory redundancies and industrial action”. Another acutely awkward time for Labour ahead of Starmer’s first in-person conference…

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Labour’s Commie Conference Crisis

Labour’s conference may still be a month off, though Sir Keir is already facing headaches on multiple fronts. Young Labour chair Jess Barnard has published a lengthy Twitter thread bemoaning the party’s efforts to muzzle its youth wing and distance itself from its far-left politics. This is, of course, the same Young Labour that expressed ‘solidarity’ with the Cuban government, saying it fully supportsan end the illegal blockade of Cuba and stands in solidarity with Cubans against US imperialism.” Can you imagine why Starmer way want to put some distance between himself and the Labour youth wing?

Writing this afternoon, Barnard claims to have heard “nothing from Keir Starmer or the leaders [sic] office since being elected almost a year ago”, and that following the cancellation of their own YL conference, Labour’s General Secretary David Evans has now reneged on his promise to “provide YL with more resources at national conference [in Brighton] to make up for it.” Apparently the party just doesn’t have the time to run all those due diligence checks on its young socialists…

Young Labour aren’t the only ones making bad conference headlines; Labour’s elected leader in Wales, Mark Drakeford, has shocked political rivals by agreeing to appear alongside independent MP Jeremy Corbyn and recently expelled Ken Loach at a fringe event. Drakeford, fresh off bungling Wales’ response to the Covid crisis, will appear at The World Transformed fringe tent. Wales Against Antisemitism has expressed rage at his appearance, asking why the First Minister thinks it “appropriate to speak at this event, given the antisemitism controversies involving many of his fellow speakers?” – a question Welsh Conservative Leader is also levelling at Drakeford:

“This demonstrates a huge lack of judgment and sensitivity on the First Minister’s part – how will Wales’ Jewish community feel in seeing him cosy up with those who have shown disregard to the very real presence of the world’s oldest form of racism in the Labour Party?

Drakeford’s actions begs the question of why he thinks it is appropriate to make friends with those Sir Keir Starmer has said has no place in the Party.”

Recently the left was wetting themself with excitement over Corbyn’s forthcoming appearance at Labour conference, claiming “Centrists are fuming over his attendance.” Guido had to point out that the absolute boy’s in fact appearing in a field… ten minutes down the road.

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Labour Running Out of Money

Labour is now officially heading towards bankruptcy, according to General Secretary David Evans. At a meeting of Labour staff this morning, Evans said the party’s poor financial state is due to “lost members and dealing with antisemitism cases.” It’s always someone else’s fault, eh Keir…

According to Labour List’s Sienna Rodgers, Labour’s financial reserves are now down to just one month’s payroll, with voluntary severance being offered to all NEC-funded staff. For a Labour-party announcement about potential redundancies, sources claim there was “no mention of staff welfare”…

The left is furious about this financial state: Bywire News claims “Labour were the richest party in Britain under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.”; self-proclaimed “Marxist” Labour councillor James McAsh says the fall from being “the richest political party in Britain” is “so sad and so scary”. Surely for a Marxist, wealth reduction is exactly what McAsh would want to see…

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Leaked Labour Briefing Admits Public Give Tories Benefit of Doubt on Coronavirus

An internal briefing to the Labour LGA leaked to Guido admits that “large majorities” are giving the government the benefit of the doubt over its handling of the Coronavirus pandemic. Despite some Labour MPs focusing relentlessly on death tolls, polling commissioned for the Labour Party found that a big majority of the public agree with the statement that:

“Responding to the Coronavirus would have been hard for any government and on the whole the government has done as well as could be expected”

The document also warns Labour campaigners in capital letters that “VACCINATION IS POPULAR!” – encouraging local parties to instead be positive about the rollout, and focus on thanking the NHS. Seems the pandemic hasn’t been “a good crisis” for Labour after all…

A companion document prepared for LGA Labour by consultancy The Campaign Company, and also leaked to Guido, tells the party that “last year has not fundamentally re-set the terms” of politics. Instead it recommends that the most effective points of attack on the Government are not the lockdown delays, rather messaging should instead focus on bread and butter services, council tax, development, outsourcing”. Looks like Labour squandered their “great opportunity“…

UPDATE: The Times’ Patrick Maguire points out that “the firm that drafted this briefing for LGA Labour – The Campaign Company – was founded and until last June run by David Evans, Labour’s general secretary. Also used to employ Morgan McSweeney, Starmer’s chief of staff”. This is Team Starmer’s thinking…

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