Unison election: Now Electoral Reform Services on trial

, 20 December 2016

The second day of the hearing into complaints about union officials breaking rules to ensure that Dave Prentis was re-elected general secretary of Unison, put the spotlight on the role of the Electoral Reform Services which was both oversaw and scrutinised the election.

Unison:Union Democracy on Trial

, 15 December 2016

A hearing begins on Monday into whether officials in Britain’s biggest public sector trade union, Unison broke its own rules and an Act of Parliament by overzealously supporting the re-election of its general secretary, Dave Prentis. All candidates who stood against him have lodged complaints.

Why Labour needs a simple message

, 9 December 2016

With the exception of one good council by-election result yesterday Labour’s performance was dire. They need a simple message to galvanise the voters to see where they stand.

The loss of Zac Goldsmith and the Lib Dem revival

, 2 December 2016

I have mixed feelings about Zac Goldsmith’s failure to be re-elected. I disagree with him over Brexit and his Mayoral campaign but he is a true democrat and environmentalist. There are also lessons for Labour in the Lib Dem revival.