Thank you Claudia.
I know there are deep concerns regrding the amount of punitive sanctions applied to members. Moreover, alarm at the alleged biased and disprportinate use of suspensions against Jerrmy Corbyn supporter's. Many who have been members for decades like myself.
The way this has been handled can only be described as a complete farce. Sadly in my view these actions against members have brought the party into disrepute, and brought about a level of mistrust at grass roots level not seen since the 80s.
We have seen judgement and punishments handed down without trial ,natural justice or what could be remotely described as due process. The judgemrnts are more in keeping with a medieval star chamber than a modern quasi legal approach to fair play and justice.
Labour HQ paid officers, a few disgriuntied MP' and all in the NEC need to face reality. Members, pay for services, and to support this movement. They don't pay to be used as political weapons by those who would want to destroy the party from within, or those who fear their gravy trains are coming to an end ,by bringing the party back to its roots as it was formed to do.
Suspended for 1 tweet out of 218 thousand made in 2015/16 lawfully made, and sanctioned without due process or an opportunity to defend such action.
Thank you for raising this. I think it is important, in particular, that the Labour Party does not develop into an organisation that believes it has a right to monitor what its members say at all times. The surveillance of members' social media accounts is intrusive and indefensible. The Labour Party is a political party, not a religion, and it should not be censuring its members for blasphemy. Nor should it attempt to police occasional incivility: rude people are citizens too.
I feel cheated I rejoined whe n Jeremy became leader I was cheated of my vipote for remarks on Facebook.ust to clarify I have a perfect right to say inmyopionion blair is war criminal.and that Owen smith was slick as used car salesman. And Ian nicol and his cronies were breaking data protection act by trolling members. I hope nicol coming cortcase will find him guilty of breaking dats protection act a big fine and kicked out of our great movement and he has no right to use members subs to fight his case.
As a member of the Labour Party I fully support Claudia Webb for bringing this utterly disgraceful behaviour by the 'elite' of the party to our attention. I also fully support the comments above and those who have been treated so badly during the whole Corbyn campaign. Something needs to be actioned NOW otherwise disillusionment will take over and that's what the right of the Party are hoping for.
Thank you Claudia for raising this . I received my suspension notice midday on Bank Holiday Monday. I am a member of some 20 years standing. Within the last 12 months I have campaigned actively in bye-elections, City Council elections, European Referendum and of course the GE. Suspended 'for' 2 tweets March and July this year, both before leadership contest began. Clear what has gone on here -what was called voter suppression in US to -succesfully- defeat Bernie Sanders- was an attempt here to defeat Corby, or at very least to depress his vote as part of long term sabotage,
Thank you again for raising this - my appeal to Party has been met with resounding silence. My MP and local Councillor have taken issue up but without visible effect to date
Same here. Appeal is under the carpet and still waiting for real evidence of wrong doing, because there is none All tweets I make are within UK law and not Labour NEC dictat rules on the fly.
Subject Access Request still not materialised as lawfully requested under the Data Protection Act 1998. Just an excuse from Labour HQ that they can't cope with the amount of requests from wronged people.They appeared to be hoping the Information Commissioners Office won't sanction them for alleged Data Breaches and not complying with the law for not complying with SAR deadlines. Labour HQ has written to the ICO in the hope they can deter the ICO from taking action.
A complete discgrace. Labour HQ and NEC use members money to take members to court, but doesn't comply with the law itself.
Thank you Claudia for raising this. I'm am devastated the way I have been treated. I've voted Labour for 50 years and I'm a fully paid up member.
I was suspended in August for supposedly making 2 posts one in May and one in July. No evidence has been forth coming and I've asked three times.
I was allowed to vote for NEC so I'm thinking that vote was after May so I'm asking why was I allowed to vote for that if my first post was in May, yet I wasn't allowed to vote in leadership.
All I'm asking is proof of what I posted.
At last someone is taking this up with Iain McNicol - I thank you.
My husband James was suspended supposedly for making comments on social media including 2nd dec 2015 and 25th june 2016.
The only trouble with that is he cannot even use a computer never mind be involved in any way on social media - so this is nothing more than a lie.
The only reason we can think of for being denied a vote was when asked why he was joining Labour he said he believed they now had a leader he could believe in.
I trust we will hopefully get some answers
Thank you Claudia. An excellent letter addressing this issue which makes many anxious far beyond those directly affected. I have not been excluded but I see the effect on local members who have, and whose cases seem fairly straightforward to clear up. The whole thing is very sad and regrettable and I really hope your letter makes a difference, otherwise the Tories will stay in power a very long time.
If every single purged member is not reinstated within the next few weeks, including admitting Ken Livingstone etc then the NEC must expel McNicol from the party. He has almost singlehandedly caused extreme distress to thousands of Labour members and even non-members like myself throughout the year..
I agree. McNichol,#ChickenCoup MPS , and NEC at the time purges were instigated,have caused more damage to Labour than Tories achieved in the last century.
The purged must be reinstated;aplogised to and ring leaders sacked!
Nothing less will do.
If McNicholls does not fall on his sword for this and the GE expenses scandal that has just cost the party a multi thousand pound fine, There is a party within a party. The PLP need pulling into line. I do hope the Data protection Commissioner is asked to investigate. We can't just let this attempt at vote rigging go unchallenged. The party have acted illegally in the way they gathered information from members social media accounts and pure lies.
I Think the warning that came with my reinstatement letter was a complete and utter insult. We all should support an action against the party and NEC. Nothing short of a complete clear out will do.
My two brothers have left, my wife a member like myself of many years has gone , I've just ended the political levy due to my MP backing Smith when the local party backed Corbyn.
I myself have no interest in apologies or drawing lines my decision was made for me by labour when I was told to go or be banned , simple I backed keeping open Remploy factories against the wished of Brown .
Sadly none of the other parties are meeting up to what I call socialist, so I will now protest vote.
An excellent letter Claudia. I too have the same story as many of the others. I was a CLP secretary who had just arranged the meetings for the shortlisting and selections for the County Council next year, I received the my suspension notice in late August for alleged tweets made in may. I did tweet but did not use foul or offensive language or any threats as I don't behave like that. However it took a lot of pressure to extract the alleged tweets which took several weeks to arrive. My twitter account was examined by my MP and his staff and I had it examined by others, they could only identify two from me. After several more weeks of being ignored I resigned the position as CLP secretary and a week later I have rescinded my membership as I won't be treated like this. Today 4th November I received a letter lifting my suspension with a warning. This from Ian McNicholl who has just cost the party £thousands in fines for the last GE expenses cock up and he has not been sanctioned in any way. It is a good job Jeremy got the leadership in the first place as all the new members who joined paid off the party debt and we have a surplus for the first time in years. I still say that all those who resigned in public and behaved in a despicable manner should resign or be sacked. None of them seem to ave principles that go any further than their pockets. Ian McNicholl should have gone by now. Many of the NEC should have been expelled for the illegal behaviour in their governance of the party. They deprived me of three votes and I had to explain to them how this could be. It was after that discussion I thought I was wasting my time and cancelled my membership. They did complement me to the meeting as to my organisational skills in the way the I set it up and put some structures in place. but like others have said the NEC have seriously miscalculated the exponential loss of Labour votes At least 30 in my immediate close family. multiply that by about 7000 and the number is significant. They know best, I can't be bothered spending money on legal people to sort out the problem. Perhaps the regulators should be complained to. The party has no right to troll peoples private accounts using an algorhythym to pick out key words.
I agree with every thing you stated The people who created this mess should resign. That includes those MP's and paid officials who are more interested in their own gravy trains than the Labour Party.
Ordinary members fund the Labour Party and pay to support it. Members should not have politically motivated suspensions used against them for complying with the law and their right of freedom of expression.
What planet are these people on. They do as we tell them, not the other way around Its as simple as that.
The whole thing was a farce and now they are trying to lift suspensions hoping people will accept a slap on the wrist and cease appealing.
It's Labour HQ, 171 MP's and the NEC prior to conference who should be being sanctioned for bringing the party in to disrepute.
Not law abiding and long suffering ordinary members who pay the bills.
I agree with all the above .
In fact the letter unpurging us is as much an insult as the letter that banned us from voting in the first place.
Just a thought folks are we being unpurged because there is a whiff of an early election so another coup on Corbyn will have to wait.
Are these letters that state our supposed misdemeaners to lie on file for the next coup on Corbyn so we can be purged again?
If I had the money we would be suing for defamation of character.
Really sad and upset with the corruptin that seems to be at the heart of Labour.
We have only stayed because Corbyn is still leader - if he goes so will we .
I paid £25 to vote for Jeremy Corbyn with the intention of becoming a full member of Labour should he remain leader. I would be a returner to the Labour Party as I was an active member in my twenties but left when Tony Blair became leader. I have never been a member of any other party. I am extremely poor being a full-time carer for my severely disabled son. I receive £62.10 per week Carers Allowance. £25 was for me and thousands of others a huge sum of money to pay. Why wasn't there a concessionary rate? I was denied a vote on the basis of a tweet over a year previously when I had commented on the behaviour of rebel MPs. Those of us who paid £25 have no right of appeal and no right to a refund. A year previously I did not know I would decide to return to the Labour Party. I was merely a socialist interested in politics who lived in hope that Labour would once more become a party with values and policies I could strongly support and possibly rejoin. I broke no laws or twitter rules and there had been no complaints about my comments on line. Whilst I published my remarks in a public space on line they represent personal views held at that time to which I was/am entitled. I feel that I have suffered a robbery and my personal records have been gone through without my permission with intention of using them against me without any right of appeal. I have lost £25 and feel violated by the intrusion into my personal life. I am angry and frustrated that I cannot get my money back, a very large sum to me, and that I cannot appeal the decision. The return of the money should have been automatic and returned with the letter informing me I would be denied a vote in the leadership election. Why didn't this happen? Citizens Advice commented that a contract had been entered into by those who paid £25 which included a vote and this contract had been broken by the Labour Party. I am pleased that many who were purged have had that decision rescinded but upset that many poor people have still not had their money returned. Both purged and those denied a £25 vote should receive an apology from the Labour Party, none of us have. From me £25 was a huge sum of money to lose from that week's income and caused me real hardship as I had to cut back on food. I am dying from heart failure which is distressing but nothing compared to my extreme anxiety for my son and what will happen to him when I die. There are thousands of us in this position. I would gladly give another 3 days food for a leader of a party that will take care of our children in the future providing them with housing, care services, support and equal opportunities for a happy and fulfilled life.
As a member for many years and also suspended on a political whim by using Social Media as an excuse to try and stop my vote for Jeremy Corbyn at any cost, I agree with you.
The paid officials and NEC of the day who appallingly allowed some in the PLP to bring the party into disrepute won't have the guts to apologise to you.
However I will. No one including long standing members should be abused in this way by those in the PLP, Labour HQ and NEC who used members money against its own members and future prospective members
It's appalling,obnoxious and I suspect unlawful to treat people in this manner and also to trawl people's social media accounts for the specific purpose to use the information obtained in the manner it has.
I hope every member who has been suspended has issued a SAR, and if they feel the information is inaccurate or obtained in a manner they are unhappy with, they should complain to the Information Commissioners Office. I'm sure there will be many.
There are strict laws in the use and handling of Data in this country and the Labour Party has to abide by the law as anyone else. Even though by its behaviour, one could be forgiven to think if those in high places have any respect for members or the law.
After some thirty years, the only thing that has stopped me from resigning is to not allow the madness we have seen to give those behind the coup and those who supported it what they want
I am waiting for an apology from those at the top for treating myself and others so badly. Particularly after they accuse ordinary Corbyn voting members and supporters of doing same often with flimsy or non evidence.
I am so very sad that our members have been disparaged by their own Party. A kangaroo court made up of some seemingly innocuous bullies. I have been shocked that a democratic socialist party can treat it's members in a fascist cull. I feel for all those who have been treated abominably by their so-called comrades.
Much time was wasted on this insane 'purge', when we should have been righting the infamous wrongs of the Tories. During this time we allowed the 'government' to get away with their evil machinations, while the Labour hierarchy, i.e. NEC and PLP bludgeoned us into unbelievable dystrophy.
I was hoping that by now the party hierarchy would have had the decency to apologise at least. I have not heard of any developments with the Information commissioner regarding the illegal gathering and storage of members personal information. I have not rejoined the party and can't see that I will until people like McNicholl and his cronies are still in post. We should publish a list of the party destroyers from MPs to NEC members who have caused this mess. They have to go. I hope Claudia can push this issue and start a revolt against these people. She can count me in.
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