We previously shared the story of one man still suspended from the Labour Party who is fighting his suspension every step of the way.
Monday he received the following email from the person appointed to assess and investigate his alleged "abuse" or other reason for suspension from the party.
Dear Mr *******
I have received your letter.
As you will be aware, the Labour Party implemented a robust validation process for all votes in this year’s leadership contest to ensure every vote cast is eligible according to the Party’s rules and agreed procedures. The validation process is fully compliant with all areas of UK law including the Data Protection Act. All decisions are made by the majority decision of a panel of 3 NEC members - these particular NEC members have been chosen to sit on this panel by the NEC. Once a decision is made to take further action in any particular case, a member of the compliance team reviews the specific circumstances of the applicant and takes the most appropriate action, as laid out in the Rule Book.
I am sorry to hear that you are unwilling to participate in an interview.
A report of will be made to the National Executive Committee’s Disputes Panel at the earliest practicable opportunity on the investigation on the basis of the information we have. That report will be written using all of the information that we have available to us. This is your opportunity to contribute to that investigation and it’s important to make you aware that the NEC Disputes Panel will consider that report whether you participate in this investigation or not.
I will provide you with the evidence we are using in this case prior to any interview with sufficient time for you to read it over.
I would appreciate your cooperation in reconsidering your refusal to participate in an interview.
Governance and Legal Unit
The Labour Party
My friend and comrade has replied and shared that reply below:
Thank you for your reply and boiler plate letter of which I know has been sent to many others who feel the same way as myself. There must be so many if a boiler plate letter is required.
With respect, I feel I have made it very clear that I have no intention of taking part in a inquisitorial style telephone interview; particularly one with none of the protections that one would expect from any organisation claiming to respect people's right to natural justice and due process.
This telephone inquisition is designed to bypass, and expedite normal procedures due to a complete farce of Mr McNichols and the NEC's own making. Moreover to try to attempt to pacify the massive dissent due to the disgraceful treatment of decent long standing members who have been victimised by this process.
I will not discuss my position over the telephone to someone I do not know or indeed have never met.
Further, to try to bypass normal procedures for expediency, says more about Labour Party power brokers disregard of membership rights than I ever could.
I think my emails over the past 6 months for all the requested evidence and appeal requests thus far which are still being ignored, makes my position very clear.
I note also that my direct debit has been taken over a week early and as a consequence of that I insist that my membership is restored to full voting rights and I expect an apology for the disgraceful treatment of myself for doing nothing more than affirming my lawful right to freely associate and express satirical comment.
If I am good enough to pay my membership, as has been the case for decades, I am good enough to have full membership rights.
I consider that the Labour Party may be in breach of contract at this point by claiming a direct debit with the intention of still denying me voting rights and membership services I am due and entitled to.
I will be issuing another SAR in due course to ensure all my emails are on file, as some of my previous emails are not shown on my last SAR or have failed to be disclosed as requested
I do have copies of all corespondence that the Labour Party has received.
Thank you for your time.
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