The following has been sent to Labour Party Secretary Iain McNicol and others. It is fairly self-explanatory:
Dear Mr. McNicol,
I was pleased to finally hear from you, lifting my suspension from the Labour Party, but I have deep concerns about how my case was “investigated” and find it unacceptable that a warning will remain on my file indefinitely.
This whole process of suspending, expelling and disenfranchising members due to “alleged comment on social media” flies against all laws of natural justice.
1) Your suspension letter did not inform me of the right to appeal or the appeal process.
2) I was suspended on comments I allegedly made on social media. No details were given so I was unable to submit an appeal. I therefore submitted a notice of appeal and a request for further information about the allegations so that I could properly defend them. I heard nothing more until your letter of 31st October, lifting the suspension.
3) My alleged use of the word “traitor” in connection with MPs Hillary Benn and Jessie Phillips (I cannot find the original tweets) were said to have been made in June 2016, whereas I believe it was not decided by the NEC that this was a prohibited word until July 2016, therefore it is wholly wrong to apply this rule retrospectively. As far as categorising the use of this word as offensive goes, in the case of these two MPs their actions last summer – briefing negatively to the media about the elected leader (and in Phillips’ case also swearing publicly at colleagues) – appear to fit the dictionary description of the word “traitor.
4) Some high profile Labour members and MPs have been allowed to use offensive language on social media and in public, seemingly without incurring any sanctions (I have already given you details about this), therefore the rules appear to have been applied unequally.
5) To issue a formal NEC warning, which will be kept on my file indefinitely, is unjust and disturbs me greatly. This needs to be reviewed.
6) It was not explained what form the investigation took, which led to my being “unsuspended” and if there was an investigation, why was I not allowed to defend myself?
Your letter expresses the hope that this matter is now behind me.
Well, no, it is not.
There remain many unresolved issues and unanswered questions surrounding “this matter”. I was suspended from the Party, not allowed to participate in meetings, unable to become a GC delegate for my local ward, my vote was not counted and I still stand unjustly accused of alleged offenses, under the category of “racist, abusive or foul language or behaviour”.
I was extremely upset by being accused of behaviour which I find abhorrent and will not be able to put this matter behind me until I, and the thousands of others in this situation, receive some form of justice.
I would like:
· A full, independent inquiry into the actions of the NEC in suspending, expelling and disenfranchising thousands of members during the leadership election.
· An apology to all those members who were unjustly “purged” for flimsy reasons and on flimsy or false evidence and that the warning be removed from their files.
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