Here’s a copy of Labour’s 2017 rulebook


It ought to be easy to find a copy of the current Labour rules online. It isn’t.

A democratic party ought to be very keen to encourage its members to get to grips with its rules and procedures. There is a link on Labour’s Membersnet site but it doesn’t work and hasn’t for some time. Occasionally, other organisations make a copy available, but the SKWAWKBOX hasn’t seen the 2017 rules on any of these sites.

labrules 2017This blog has been able to get hold of a PDF of the 2017 rulebook and is pleased to make it available to download for anyone who wants it. We encourage every member and supporter to read it and at least get a basic understanding of key sections, such as the rules for Conference delegates.

The document can be downloaded here: Rule Book 2017 Labour

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Coroners versus DWP

Stop MP lies & corruption

A number of coroners have come out and stated the DWP played a role in the death of their clients. The DWP have the cheek to say the coroners are wrong – who are you more likely to believe – the professionals whose job it is to investigate deaths or a Government department with its own agenda?

Coroner Michael Oakley said the DWP benefits assessment was key to the death of Nick Barker.  Coroner Andrew Haigh concluded the death of Tim Salter was mostly caused by the DWP who drastically reduced his benefit.  Coroner Mary Hassell found that the trigger for Michael O’Sullivan‘s suicide was his recent assessment by a DWP doctor as being fit for work.

Meanwhile these people died under questionable circumstances with the DWP.  Cecilia Burns had cancer.  The DWP declared her fit for work.  She appealed the decision but died shortly after…

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Smokescreen – response to Green Paper

Spartacus Network

Spartacus Network this week has produced a response, aptly named Smokescreen, to the Government Green Paper on health and work.  Smokescreen attempts to dig below the soundbites and policy based evidence, and analyse the proposals.

What we found was truly shocking. In a Green Paper, touted as being mitigation for the cuts to the sickness benefit ESA, there was very little evidence that the cuts would be mitigated at all. Instead the Green Paper outlines yet another series of Work Programmes, using many of the familiar Prime Work Programme providers, supported by many of the same community and charity organisations as sub-primes.

What is truly startling though are the numerous hypotheses put forward as facts, supported in part by evidence based on reports written by the DWP or for the DWP, or extremely weak evidence – one survey used only 5 people.  There is a deliberate conflation of sickness…

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I, Daniel Blake Wins a BAFTA. But….

It was pleasing to hear that Ken Loach won a BAFTA this evening for his thoroughly accurate film I, Daniel Blake of which he made the following speech after collecting the award:

Ken Loach condemned the Government’s refugee policy as he accepted the Bafta award for outstanding British film.

The director of I, Daniel Blake, said: “Thank you to the academy for endorsing the truths of what the film says, which hundreds and thousands of people in this country know, the most vulnerable and poorest are treated by the Government with a callous brutality that is disgraceful, a brutality that extends to keeping out refugee children we promised to help and that’s a disgrace too.

“Films can do many things, they can entertain, terrify, they can make us laugh and tell us something about the real world we live in – sorry it’s early for a political speech – and in that real world it’s getting darker and in the struggle that is coming between rich and poor and the wealthy and the privileged and the big corporations and politicians who speak for them.

“The rest of us on the other side – film makers know which side they are on and despite the glitz and glamour of occasions like this, we are with the people.”

However, those in the entertainment industry who listened to every word must not stand by as the harm, suffering and death continues they must take an active role in lobbying the Government in ending this abuse after all these Citizens suffering are the same Citizens who made those in the entertainment industry the celebs they are.

The film depicted the events of just one man and a young lady he sort to help but the film is an accurate documentary film and what you see is actually happening in the real world countless times it is pure brutality of the extreme that has no place in the modern world.

It is high time we brought this to an end.

So Labour didn’t change #Brexit? Here’s a concession you might not know of


So, so predictable that today the media, political opposition parties who were never in a position to achieve and change and some Labour MPs and members are making today (yet another) ‘blame Corbyn for everything’ day. The news broadcasters and print media are doing their usual, unprincipled thing, while Nicola Sturgeon, in particular, disgraced herself with some opportunistic, reality-denying nonsense:

sturgeonThe Article 50 bill – which is really not news if you think about it – made it through Parliament. It was always going to and nothing – whether you like it or not – was going to change that, or even disturb its passage. The Parliamentary mathematics made sure of that.

Some people, of course, never let the facts get in the way of a good smear – especially when it’s an opportunity to deflect attention that Theresa May got her backside handed to her in PMQs yesterday, after…

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A guide to completing additional questions for Personal Independence Payment

Telling it as it is

Follow this link for a very comprehensive PIP guide  which focuses on examples that you could for the additional information boxes.

Often people with disabilities or long term illness get so use to living with pain and discomfort that they do not realise how much their disability affects they everyday life.

Please share as widely as possible


 As this guide is a PDF, below are the writable additional information sheets from the Appendix for you to copy and paste:


National Insurance Number………………………..

Q2 About your health condition and disabilities




 Q3 Preparing Food



Q3 Additional Information Preparing Food


 Q4 Eating and Drinking




Q4 Additional Information Eating and Drinking


Q5 Managing Treatments



Q5 Additional Information Managing Treatments


Q6 Bathing and Washing



Q6 Additional Information Bathing and Washing


Q7 Managing Toilet Needs




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STRIKES – Unfortunately many Citizens have short memories.

I saw this Facebook post by Paula Peters this morning and felt the need to blog it and thus get it out to a wider audience because this is what many citizens do not get when they feel their private lives are being invaded.

Although this relates to the tube drivers strike it can equally apply to all the strikes we see and as Paula says it is not all about pay but for some reason that is always the one the public give when they feel the need to speak out.

The public who use these services need to start understanding that it is not always about pay and that strikes it can be for a number of reasons including the health and safety of the service users. The debacle of the #NHSCRISIS should be enough to tell you the Govt do not care one iota about the health and safety of not only employees but the public at large too.

Quote from Paula Peters:

“Yesterday in London was at bus stop and everyone in the queue were talking about the London underground strike and the problems getting around, three of them complaining about the strike and one said overpaid staff should get back to work.

Was getting angry by listening to the media crap some were spouting so had to say something didn’t I.

I said excuse me, how many of you in this queue (there were 12 of them) said how many of you had to use a ticket machine to travel this morning? Hands up.

11 put their hands up.

Then said, and how many of you took struggled to use the ticket machine, probably needed some assistance in which to do this or needed to speak to a member of staff to get some advice? Hands up.

11 put their hands up.

Then said, OK, how many of you use the underground often or regular basis, wish there were more staff on the underground when you are struggling to use ticket barriers, dropped something on the track, taken unwell on the station, need staff member to show you where you need to go and what if there was a terrorist attack need those staff to evacuate the station and lead you to safety? Hands up

.All 12 put their hands up.

I said you know why they are on strike today?

Fighting ticket office closures, fighting for the lack of staff on stations. The trade unions are fighting for your safety as you travel and go about your daily lives.

Instead of buying the government crap in the media, Employees are saying no trade union takes this action lightly and wish often there was another way, but feel they have no choice with a government whose only interest is about profit of companies before passenger safety and access.

Instead of abuse to the striking workers perhaps some solidarity to them might be good.

There was complete silence at the end of that.

Then several of them said, I did not look at it like that. I said, find a picket line and ask the workers why they are there, if they have a leaflet take one, if you have an experience of the underground you wish to share take a moment to share it.

But remember most of all, many of the rights you have today are because trade unionists made a stand to fight for your rights in the first place so a few days of difficulty travelling about has to be endured when the issues affect all of us.

Solidarity by the way to Aslef on Southern Rail dispute this morning. Keep guards on trains, its about our safety and access to travel on the rail network.


So their you have it lets not taint the best efforts of those seeking to improve the services that we all rely on against the backdrop of corporations who could not give a flying fig about those employees or the public using them.

So get behind them and find the time to show a united front because the sooner you do the sooner Govt and Corporates will listen and bring the safer services you deserve.