Like many other loyal Labour party members I have just had a tatty circular letter from Iain McNicol lifting my suspension, repeating vague accusations without evidence and issuing a formal NEC warning.
This is my response:
I am offended by the unspecific and unevidenced allegations of misconduct made in the circular that has clearly gone to a number of loyal Labour members, me amongst them, announcing the lifting of my suspension.
Your allegations are without foundation and you have produced no evidence to justify your claim that I called anyone a traitor.
It is also clearly unreasonable to stifle political debate by attempting to outlaw 'provocative' language as well as infringing the right to free speech.
I feel you are acting unreasonably in issuing a formal NEC warning without production of evidence or offering the opportunity to refute such allegations.
As a journalist of some 50 years standing I refuse to have my right to express a political opinion within my own party curtailed in this way and I do not accept the formal NEC warning.
Instead I expect an apology from you and the NEC members responsible for my suspension.
My suspension, along with thousands of others was a political act and an attempt by the right of the party to attack and reduce the support for Jeremy Corbyn.
It was both unconstitutional and unfair.
I would expect you to respond swiftly to my request and I am copying this to my CLP secretary.
I have reached the stage where I am unwilling to tolerate such undemocratic nonsense from Labour party officials.
Thanks to Peter Underwood for sharing this letter