"The by-election was won by the Tories by just 495 votes. The Greens secured just under double that number, with 893 votes."
Simon Fletcher remembers Glenda Jackson's "admiral dedication" to fairness, and the mayoral selection where she stood up for members' rights and the democratic principles of the Labour Party.
Read Simon Fletcher's case by case analysis of the attacks on Labour Party Democracy.
With members feeling disempowered by the party meddling in parliamentary selections - and now the selection of the new North East Mayor - it's no surprise membership is falling.
"Yesterday’s speech went nowhere to address the question of pay in the NHS despite its centrality to the pent-up problems of staffing levels and service delivery."
"The Smiths were part of the culture of opposition. Thatcherism generated an opposition that existed at the level of culture and style well beyond" - Simon Fletcher commemorates Andy Rourke.
After Starmer's misguided choice to quote Thatcher on crime, Simon Fletcher shows that the only time her rhetoric should be mentioned is when we are opposing it.
Ahead of the massive wave of strikes set for February 1st, Simon Fletcher looks at the conditions facing teachers that have forced them to take action.
"The Tory party is not only in chaos, its policies are a disaster for millions of the people... as they seek to hang on, there will inevitably be arguments for a caretaker figure who can replace Liz Truss and keep their party in power for as long as possible."
Discussing the start of Liz Truss' premiership and what it means for our movement, John McDonnell, Rebecca Long Bailey, Simon Fletcher and Ruth Hayes were joined by hundreds of activists on Wednesday evening.