Starmer Sees Unite Boss as Left Outraged With Rule Changes to Party Constitution

Guido hears that Starmer has been to see Unite union boss Sharon Graham today. Starmer could, of course, be begging for more funding or perhaps to ask for the union’s help with upcoming Labour conference votes. Momentum have picked up where they left off and are once again upset with the Labour leadership. Today the Labour NEC has voted to change the Party’s constitution so that any amendments put forward by a Constituency Labour Party (CLP) must now proposed at least a year before Conference. Within the hour, Momentum put out a furious statement promising to fight the move in Liverpool next week:

“This is yet another power grab from the Party Leadership, with Starmer further centralising power in his hands at the expense of party members. We will oppose this anti-democratic move on Conference floor. Given that Starmer last year brought forward a major rule change at barely a day’s notice, it beggars belief that this rule change would force members to propose rule changes over a year in advance. It’s one rule for the Party leadership, and another for the rest of us.”

Momentum had already pledged to force a vote on strikes and pay increases on the Conference floor in a campaign led by Sam Tarry. Now with Starmer fighting back, it’s looking like all-out war…

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Tarry to Lead Union Rebellion on Labour’s Strike Policy at Party Conference

Former Shadow Transport Minister Sam Tarry is set to lead the union’s charge to force a vote on strikes and pay rises at Labour conference next month. According to the Guardian, the campaign – organised by Momentum, obviously – will officially launch on Thursday, with Tarry accompanied by an all-star lineup including Dawn Butler, Jon Trickett, and Unison union president Andrea Egan. Presumably Angie will stay at home…

The motion will reportedly demand Labour supports rail staff pay increases in line with inflation, as per the unions’ previous demands which Tarry dutifully supported – and which got him sacked for “making up policy on the hoof”, as it was put at the time.

Now Tarry’s exacting revenge by trying to ruin Starmer’s conference:

“Labour has a huge chance to show it’s on the side of working people. But by firing shadow ministers like myself for standing on picket lines, Keir Starmer is in danger of driving a wedge between Labour and the millions of working people desperate for real relief in this escalating cost of living crisis. I am proud of our party’s historic links to the trade unions – it’s time all of our party were.”

He’s not going down without a fight…

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Jolyon’s Chief-of-Staff is Former Momentum Leader

Jolyon has hired a new Chief of Staff for the Good Law Project: former National Coordinator of Momentum – yes, that Momentum – Laura Parker. The same Laura Parker who stood side by side with Corbyn right up to Labour’s car crash defeat in 2019…

While she may have quit Momentum, she still has plenty to say in favour of the Labour Party, claiming it “can and must win the next election” and attacking “the right wing bias” of first-past-the-post. As if the Good Law Project needed yet another signal it’s just a front for anti-Tory activists… 

Just this morning, Jolyon announced he’s demanding Ofgem “carries out and publishes a full equality impact assessment” before lifting the energy price cap this autumn, on the grounds that it might breach the European Convention on Human Rights and the Equality Act 2010. If Guido understands their argument right, price rises discriminate aginst the poor and is therefore a breach of their human rights. Bonkers. With Parker’s expertise in winning from her Momentum days, maybe now the Good Law Project’s fortunes will finally change. Maybe.

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Bercow Casts Momentum Out of Battersea Labour

Labour member John Bercow has admitted participating in a local coup against his branch’s Momentum-supporting chair, and installing the Brownite John Oughton as the new chair – the former Treasury efficiency czar. As Mark Wallace retorted, “Momentum versus John Bercow is the 2022 equivalent of who would you like to win the Iran-Iraq War”…

Paul Waugh revealed the Wandsworth revolution overnight, claiming Bercow had played a key role. However just before PMQs the former speaker – who is shortly to formally learn the outcome of his bullying investigation – clarified “I simply attended, listened to candidates and cast my votes on merit by secret ballot.” It’s not like John to downplay his own importance…

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Tory Party Chairman Confirms CCHQ’s Hedonistic Intentions

Momentum – yes, they still exist – put out the above meme on social media, which seems to Guido to say “Tories are more fun”. Momentum’s viral attack meme has not had quite the impact they intended. Instead, it’s resulted in many on social media expressing a preference for Tory hedonism…

In fact, it seems to be true that the Tories really are more hedonistic: undaunted by Omicron fears, they do intend to have more fun this Christmas. Oliver Dowden made clear this morning: “I think there’s a Conservative Party political party, as it were, Christmas party, I think is still planned, and I don’t intend to cancel it as chairman of the Conservative Party.” Challenged on the nature of the planned party, in the light of allegations of lockdown-breaking party games in Downing Street last year, he told BBC Breakfast: “This is not a children’s party so I wouldn’t expect games… It will be a social gathering at our London office.” Presumably no Peppa Pig this time…

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Despite John McDonnell’s Plea, Momentum Still Paying Staff Below £15 Per Hour

Yesterday morning former Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell went on Sky News to reignite Labour’s £15 minimum wage row. On the show, McDonnell argued that the Labour Party should give [a £15 minimum wage] commitment by the next election.” Yet McDonnell’s mates at Momentum are still advertising jobs that fail to pay staff anywhere near the proposed £15 per hour minimum for which they are campaigning…   

At the beginning of the month, Guido revealed that at least six jobs at Momentum paid less than McDonnell’s proposed minimum wage. Almost a month after Guido pointed out this hypocrisy, Momentum have advertised three new jobs – all of which still offer less than £15 per hour. The ‘Administration and Governance Officer’ role offers between £26,380-£30,020. The ‘Northern and Midlands Organiser’ role offers between £22,880 – £26,520 –  which according to McDonnell, is barely enough to live on. Finally, the ‘Head of Communicationsjob offers between £29,765 – £33,370, the lower end of which is still below the £15 minimum. Momentum can’t credibly campaign for businesses to pay a minimum wage that they don’t pay their own staff…

*Unions have long campaigned for paid breaks and holidays which means, annualised, £15 x 40 x 52 = £31,200.

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