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Skwawkbox Blog and Unite to pay £1,3m libel costs to Anna Turley.

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Controversial Skwawkbox founder Steven Walker 'leaves the Labour Party' -  The Jewish Chronicle

Skwawkbox: No Word Yet On this on Walker’s Tool.

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Unite and blogger must pay £1.3m libel case costs to ex-Labour MP


Judge orders union and Stephen Walker to pay up after they were sued by Anna Turley in 2019

Unite and a blogger who is a supporter of the union’s leader, Len McCluskey, have lost a £1.3m battle over legal costs with a former Labour MP.

A judge ruled that the union, Labour’s most generous backer, and Stephen Walker must hand over the money after losing a libel case in 2019 brought by Anna Turley.

Lawyers told the judge that Unite and Walker had agreed to pay about £1.3m spent on the case by Turley, who lost her seat in Redcar, North Yorkshire, in the 2019 general election.

Judge Andrew Gordon-Saker considered issues relating to legal costs at an online hearing on Thursday, about 18 months after the libel case ended. He said Turley had won and was therefore entitled to have her costs paid by the losers.

Walker always tags his Blog posts with words like ‘breaking’, ‘exclusive’, yet this big breaking story gets not a word, nor exclusive insider information ,on his Factional Tool.

Skwawkbox — an embarrassment to the Left. Bob Pitt 2017

Skwawkbox’s approach is entirely counterproductive. Far from defending Corbyn against right-wing attacks, this irresponsible nonsense just provides ammunition for his enemies, allowing them to portray the Labour leader’s supporters as a bunch of liars and political fantasists. It also degrades the political culture of the left, by sidelining serious analysis and debate in favour of false polemics and crackpot conspiracy theories.

Skwawkbox has a featured post that includes a tweet from an admirer: “This blog is journalism as it should be. True, fair, accurate and in the public interest.” The reality, however, is that Skwawkbox functions as a sort of left-wing mirror image of the right-wing tabloid press, or of alt-right sites like Breitbart News. It employs the same unscrupulous, sensationalist journalistic methods, but for opposite political ends. Skwawkbox appears incapable of grasping that socialist aims cannot be achieved by such anti-socialist means.

Written by Andrew Coates

May 14, 2021 at 8:29 am

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  1. And absolute silence also on the LP administrative suspension of Howard Beckett for his Pritti Patel twitter. The dogs in the night have been muzzled it seems.

    David Walsh

    May 14, 2021 at 9:50 am

  2. Instead his Factional Tool carries this weighty report today:

    Journalist Owen Jones has backed Steve Turner in the contest to become the next general secretary of the giant Unite union, tweeting last night that ‘everyone on the left should be backing’ him.


    The ‘report’ is a thinly disguised attack on Cde Owen Jones.

    If you read this Walker you should know that this Blog and the Central Committee of the Tendance take a very dim view of people who get at Owen Jones.

    Andrew Coates

    May 14, 2021 at 10:55 am

  3. Breaking, exclusive to all social media:

    Andrew Coates

    May 14, 2021 at 11:26 am

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