Do we count for nothing?
This is the tale of a retired psychiatric nurse, male, who has been a Labour Party member and supporter for the last 35 years.
He is being denied a Labour leadership vote as around the time ballot papers started being sent out he was suspended from the Labour Party.
He stands accused of wrongdoing on Twitter but has no idea what he has done.
Many of us tweet foolishly in the heat of the moment or even carelessly retweet for another as tit for tat. But if you are a Labour Party member someone somewhere may by spying on you and it could result in suspension from the party.
Wealthy party donors and MPs appear to be excluded from those rules however.
The man at the heart of this story decided to fight his suspension by following legal procedures.
Part of that is using the Data Protection Act to request what information pertaining to him the Labour Party holds .
The image above is the form he received following that request but he will have to pay a £10 admin fee for the privilege of seeing his information. Note also it could take 40 days for any information to be released.
In other words he will not be voting in the 2016 leadership election whether he is exonerated or not.
It is standard procedure to apply an admin fee but this is the Labour Party which makes it different, or it should do.
To many of Labour's core traditional supporters party membership fees are an expense; the £10 admin fee is another expense.
As a long standing party member he has supported the party financially for many years but suddenly now he is a nobody.
As the Labour Party continues to implode who would trust them with a vote?
Are the coupsters already establishing their new party in case Corbyn wins and simply playing as a wrecking ball for now?
We will update on our friend's case and in time be posting his own report of his Labour Party battle
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