It is time to talk about the elephant in the room - Labour Party suspensions. Around 8,000 people according to some.
There may be many reasons some members are still suspended from the Labour Party, stuck in limbo, but a lack of useful, pertinent information to those affected is just one cruel aspect of this sorry state of affairs.
Legal concerns and matters may be part of the problem but we members are just ordinary folk. We are not in it for the money, the power and the glory.
We have our own life stresses and strains. When we opt to commit to a political party we deserve some respect.
People join for many reasons and yes some do so mischievously. But the majority join the party to show support and pay for the privilege.
In some cases they work their socks off trying to get the Labour Party message out and representatives elected. If they then respond angrily on social media using a word that the party machine has suddenly decided is off limits, such as TRAITOR, do they deserve suspension?
When the party has trawled back over time following anonymous complaints regarding party members the affected member is scuppered.
But as previously stated if you feel a person has betrayed you or broken a promise TRAITOR is a very fitting word.
Those MPs who vowed to support Mr Corbyn when he was elected September 12, 2015, but did anything but, fit that category to perfection.
But as #LabourPartyPurge2 drags on tempers are fraying and people are resigning - enough is enough and who can blame them for quitting.
A sensible way forward would be an amnesty of sorts. The abuse timer reset, as after all in many cases it was simply angry debate and not abuse.
That would allow a date to work from. No more trawling back over social media just a clean slate and new era following your re-election in 2016.
Allowing the current situation to drag on is destructive.
It means people listen to Chinese whispers and gossip. That results in more anger and the downward spiral circle continues to whirl out of control. It is not rocket science.
It makes some conclude the party is still split, that a further leadership challenge could follow and it provides the mainstream media with ammunition all making Labour's electability a distant dream.
For the sake of us all we need to hit the restart button.
With so many factions working against each other little wonder people are 'speaking with their feet' and resigning.
Who will respond to this open letter? Will anything change for the better in 2016? Or is the Labour Party just too big for its boots now.
Party suspensions need putting to bed. Time to move on and work toward election success with all hands to the pumps.
The writer is not suspended. But she has Labour values which means she cares about those that are. Do you Mr McNicol?
Good Morning comrades.
Well today is the day.
The mainstream media including BBC rolling news is in Labour Party leadership election overdrive.
The result of the election will be announced around 11.45am Saturday and though political pundits are declaring a win for Jeremy Corbyn hours earlier "it aint over till the fat lady sings."
We remember recent poll predictions regarding the 2015 General Election and this year's EU referendum and remain cautious.
The mainstream media are ignoring #LabourPurge2 which has removed thousands from the vote; add to this reportedly thousands of eligible voters who never received ballot papers after trying till they were blue in the face to get them issued; add to this those who would have liked a vote in the election but were excluded when an eligibility timeline of January 2016 was implemented and the vote is expected to be closer than last year.
Don't expect to see or hear mainstream reports today that include Labour Party shenanigans that may have mainly hit Jeremy Corbyn supporters.
But though cautious this Labour Party member remains hopeful.
I do not believe Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable; I do not believe that if Corbyn is unelectable the challenger Owen Smith, an apparent physical clone of many other politicians, is somehow electable.
If, and it is a big IF, Owen Smith wins I expect his time as party leader may be brief.
The silly, damaging and nasty "chicken coup" has been about removing Jeremy who refused to simply roll over and quit when over-paid politicians and fat cat donors wanted a return to the "same old politics."
But enough - later we will update this brief post and complete the headline "And the Labour leadership election winner is...." and hopefully it will be with the name Jeremy Corbyn.
And the winner is JEREMY CORBYN well done all.
"674,006 eligible voters. 506,438 votes cast. Spoiled votes 1,042
Jeremy Corbyn - 313,209
Owen Smith -193,229"
Part one - http://www.thejeremycorbyneffect.com/jeremy-corbyn-blog/tale-of-two-ferretts-miss-politics-and-labour-party-abuse
Part two - http://www.thejeremycorbyneffect.com/jeremy-corbyn-blog/part-two-labour-party-suspensions-and-abuse-the-elder-ferrett-john
Part three Miss "potty-mouth" Politics.
Miss Politics is a strange click-bait come troll account on Twitter.
At times it has been adorned with an Owen Smith Twibbon and at other times one for Jeremy Corbyn.
A day ahead of the Labour leadership result it is just Miss Politics whoever or whatever that is.
It could be a man, a woman or a group of people.
But one thing is clear the account is abusive and anti-Corbyn.
Take a look at the tweet above and tell me that is not abusive, inappropriate, baiting and more.
Perhaps as the leadership result draws near the account will disappear but that could depend on who wins.
Miss Politics bio days "Former Labour SpAd We need to stand up to Comrade Corbyn and his trots who are destroying the working classes chance of electing a government" and the location is given as London.
The account could be simply vindictive, a sick joke or run by someone of a different political persuasion but if it is a Labour Party member or affiliate the person must surely be suspended from Labour during the current witch-hunt McCarthy period in Labour history?
Friday the anti-Corbyn trash is less visible on Miss Politics timeline as she opts to wind people up about Iraq and Saddam Hussein.
One tweet that will amuse Corbyn supporters says "@lukeakehurst Wish you were an MP."
Most of us have our own wishes concerning Mr Luke Akehurst.
When challenged by one comment she tweets "@Kosmogrrrl @bristling You are a cunt. How dare you make up lies about me. You are scum."
She is still retweeting Mr Blair's former spin doctor John McTernan and other anti Corbyn accounts from within Labour.
As Owen Jones, journo, and Chuka Umunna, MP, appeal in some ways for unity a series of Labour MPs including Chuka make it clear they will not serve in a Corbyn Shadow Cabinet if Corbyn is elected with some saying the same will apply if Owen Smith wins.
Add to that accounts such as Miss Politics who not only tweets some Labour accounts but is actually retweeted by Labour MPs and you see it is a farce.
We will close with Miss Politics new tweet "Corbyn supporters are a nasty, horrible uncontrollable mob. They don't want us to unite. They just want us to conform. #LabourLeadership."
Unity my backside!
Opinion: We are two-days away from the Labour leadership election result but the smear-a-day campaign trundles on.
Thursday it is David Miliband.
The mainstream media are running with the story that David Miliband has written a stinging article condemning Jeremy Corbyn as unelectable. Yes that old chestnust that drip feeds into the minds of some and becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
It is gathering pace like a round robin as the media run with various versions of the story.
It strikes me as odd that ordinary working people struggling with all that life throws at them are being suspended from the Labour Party for using angry words on social media but people like David Miliband, and my MP Alan Johnson, are allowed a free rein to attack and undermine us all in the mainstream media.
Labour MPs on the right of the party such as Wes Streeting are tweeting it is worth reading Miliband's article but one man on social media hits the nail on the head.
"Aaron BastaniTwitter › AaronBastani "David Miliband earns £425,000 as head of refugee charity International Rescue ibt.uk/A6RUR?utm_sou… he ain't fighting no by-elections!"
In other words those who think he may be about to step back into British politics for real are deluded but it does not stop him sticking the knife in.
Little wonder David Miliband like other Labour fat cats Peter Mandelson, Tony Blair, Ed Balls, Alastair Campbell et al do not want real Labour politics with Jeremy Corbyn in pole position.
Is it really because voters will not go for Corbyn or that THEY do not want such politics?
David Miliband was expected to be elected leader of the Labour Party back in 2010 but he lost out to his younger brother Ed.
"David Wright Miliband (born 15 July 1965) is a British Labour Party politician, charity chief executive and public policy analyst who was the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2007 to 2010 and MP for South Shields from 2001 to 2013."
David said he would not serve in Ed's shadow cabinet as he did not want the two brother's to be compared and presumably Ed somehow undermined. He left politics in 2013 triggering a by-election and moved on to pastures new.
He took up the posts of President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee in New York City.
But he has always been in the mix and in some people's eyes remains a natural successor to Tony Blair.
The BBC reports ""The main charge against Jeremy Corbyn is not just that his strategy is undesirable because it makes the party unelectable. That is only half the story. "The real issue is that his strategy makes the party unelectable because it is in many aspects undesirable" but undesirable for whom we wonder?
Voting closed Wednesday at high noon but the right-wing of the Labour Party appears to have no intention of embracing the leadership election winner if it is Jeremy Corbyn.
They continue to call Corbyn supporters hard-left and themselves moderates or centrists but who are they trying to kid?
Though political pundits are predicting a win for Mr Corbyn remember such poll predictions have been wrong before.
With a large number of eligible voters removed it could be a tight result.
First it was a ridiculously early date for eligibility, then it was changes to the cost of being an affiliated supporter, then it was people removed in many cases for silly or non-existent comments on social media, it moved on to those who heaven forbid may have supported another political party in the past and possibly finally tens of thousands who did not receive ballot papers in time.
Was the latter incompetence or foul play?
Look at those ruled out of voting for any of the above reasons and you tend to find Jeremy Corbyn supporters.
This has led to most people drawing to the conclusion that a fix is on. Whether it will be enough to return Owen Smith as party leader is doubtful but stranger things have happened and are continuing to happen.
And as always you need to follow the money trail.
Opinion: Our tale of two brothers and one political social media click baiting account continues with Councillor John Ferrett.
To be fair he was partially included in part one "Tale of two Ferretts, Miss Politics and Labour Party abuse."
Currently ordinary members of the Labour Party are being suspended from Labour but there is a big BUT.
In the summer we were warned that the use of certain words could result in party suspension or even expulsion. Of course there you have problem number one. Those in the know are able to avoid the certain words but remain abusive on social media, in some cases goading others to cross that invisible red-line of abuse.
The party is justified in removing enemies within but it is currently undertaking a divisive witch-hunt and suspending long standing party members, young, old and it has to be said by and large Jeremy Corbyn supporters.
Suspension notification letters tell the recipient that they are excluded from holding office in the party. That means they cannot be a secretary or chair person in their CLP or at ward level but also excludes them from going a step further into politics perhaps as either a Councillor or an MP.
It also prevents them attending the Labour Party conference 2016 which is imminent.
If the Labour Party wants to even put on a show of being fair it must include people such as Mr John Ferrett in its suspensions but that would cause local council problems.
The same goes for MPs.
But if the Labour Party cannot show itself to be fair with its members it says something and not something positive.
Reasons for suspension range from the sublime to the ridiculous with the downright crazy in the mix.
Councillor John Ferrett posted on Twitter recently that Labour's Compliance Unit has a dossier on him, in other words complaints re perceived abuse on social media, but that he has been cleared.
The conclusion then must surely be that the majority of party members currently suspended will be exonerrated?
Because when you look at the reasons given and examples of social media activity that has resulted in the suspension of members Mr Ferrett is up there with the worst offenders.
However if exonerrated it will be too late for input in the 2016 Labour leadership contest.
Mr Ferrett on the contrary will have voted and be able to attend party conference if he wants to.
Opinion: Sunday Eoin on Twitter has gone for "Andy Burnham manages to fight a leadership campaign last summer without abusing Corbyn or his supporters. Why can't Owen Smith so the same?" and he has nailed it once again.
This blogger attended an Andy Burnham event in Hull in the summer of 2015 and an Owen Smith one in 2016.
They were both held at the same venue and both organised at least in part by East Hull Labour MP Karl Turner.
In 2015 former deputy Prime Minister and local MP John Prescott played host. He added some humour to the event and veteran politics at one point saying he would have preferred the meeting included others standing for election and he mentioned Jeremy Corbyn in particular.
That mention was as a positive and it was the only time the other leadership hopefuls were "in the room."
The Owen Smith event was a very different affair.
For one thing Alan Johnson West Hull MP attended but Prescott did not. In 2015 Mr Johnson threw his political support behind Yvette Cooper although his CLP failed to agree on a nomination.
There were also less people at the Smith event.
The question and answer session was similar to last year but those who asked some questions were labelled, probably correctly, Corbynistas. One man who seemed to be a Corbyn supporter wanted to ask in depth questions about the NHS but was told by some including Mr Johnson to sit down.
To be fair time was limited and the event did overrun as Mr Smith was late.
Last year I was a novice at events.
I was inspired by Mr Burnham who seemed the best candidate for the job of party leader. For me Jeremy Corbyn was too old and I say that as one of his contemporaries.
So I voted Burnham last year but accepted the democratic result and have supported Mr Corbyn who has in my eyes proved himself more than worthy over and over again.
I also attended a Corbyn rally in Hull this summer and was more than impressed; finding the right word is not easy.
The rally was fun, informative, entertaining, inspiring and more. And challenger Owen Smith was not "in the room."
Corbyn has held many of his rallies outdoors to keep costs down and to accommodate the huge number of people attending.
The Owen Smith event was ticketed. In order to attend you had to apply online giving an email address.
But it did not take long for Corbyn to be "in the room" thanks to Mr Smith.
One giggle for Smith supporters was a dig at Jeremy commenting he was "perhaps making jam" when he was not available.
And sadly that was not the only dig.
If Mr Corbyn wins the leadership election, and I seriously hope he does, he will have done so by fair means.
If Mr Smith wins will he have been helped along by an unfair and biased purge of Labour Party members and attacking Mr Corbyn time and time again?
From someone else who went to an Owen Smith rally http://www.newtekjournalismukworld.com/your-voice/so-i-went-to-an-owen-smith-event-in-halifax
Nice work if you can get it and you can get it if you try. The words of that classic song seem to fit this story well.
The Labour Party is advertising two jobs working for our party's dreadfully named Compliance Unit.
This unit makes sure party members are not signing up for all the wrong reasons but as the Labour party leadership election 2016 rolls on it appears to have turned against some long standing party members.
The level of party suspensions, reasons and people targeted has all the hallmarks of a McCarthy type witchhunt.
So what price spying on party members, trawling their social media accounts, deciding what words could lead to suspension, inflicting emotional pain on those wrongly suspended and pulling Labour into a cesspit along the way?
Role: Compliance Officer – Investigations x2
The labour Party is in a good financial position right now.
This in part has to be down to a surge in membership and paid supporters.
Those suspended or removed from the party by the Compliance Unit will be out of pocket. Fees will not be refunded.
So will people purged from Labour be paying the salaries of those suspending them from the party?
Those who claim Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable need a lesson in reality and the real world.
A summer of purging party members and supporters, orchestrated shadow cabinet resignations and vitrolic articles written by some Labour MPs and shared in the mainstream media hammer home the message that Labour may be unelectable not Mr Corbyn.
What price spying on members?
£34,061.77 plus expenses.
Will you be applying or would spying on comrades be a step too far?
Should being a paid up member of a political party restrict your social media activity?
Unless you break the law I would say a big fat NO.
While the party is right to purge enemies within removing some of its core supporters and members for freedom of expression on social media is a step way too far.
With silly words off limits presumably the query-master that is dragging names and members details onto a spreadsheet for perusal and removal is many things including a damn cheek.
oOp-ed: The Daily Mail often referred to as the Daily Fail is up to its usual tricks spinning a story for maximum exposure and negative impact; negative to Jeremy Corbyn, his supporters, party members and by association the Labour Party.
It relates to wealthy Labour Party donor and one time 'wannabe' MP Michael Foster.
Michael Foster has, finally, been suspended from the Labour Party after a series of Labour Party supporters and members have been purged from the party, depriving them of a leadership vote; until this weekend Foster has been sitting pretty.
Many of those purged are Jeremy Corbyn supporters and most have been excluded for silly comments on social media. Few have actually crossed the red line of decency and abuse.
Even fewer have been reported by the mainstream media but Mr Foster is headline news Sunday.
MPs have been posting abusive comments for some time, perhaps acting as a red rag to a bull and drawing people in before Labour's dreadfully named Compliance Unit moves in suspending people.
Little wonder there was an angry response to Foster's earlier Daily Mail piece likening a Corbyn rally in Cornwall and its audience to a 'circus' and 'stormtroopers'.
Sunday as he is suspended Foster claims the Mail added the word 'Nazi' to their piece but he does not fool me.
"In the article he wrote: "To me, respect for the rule of law is fundamental to a democracy. Once political parties believe they are above the law it ends with all opposition silenced, whether it is my grandparents in Dachau, or the Left in Erdogan's Turkey rounded up and held uncharged in prison. "The courts decided that the rules as they stand allowed it. This decision advantaged Corbyn and his Sturm Abteilung (stormtroopers)."
If the alleged addition of the word "Nazi" bothered him he could have distanced himself from the Mail but today we have his party suspension featured in the Fail with the ridiculous title "Jeremy Corbyn reignites race row engulfing Labour as he launches vicious act of revenge and purges top Jewish donor who criticised his regime."
What a nice inflammatory title.
You may never read the story or the background but you may assess Corbyn as the dictator of a regime, decide that somehow Foster's suspension is to do with "race", that peace loving Jeremy is vicious and the party is "engulfed in a race row."
What rubbish but damaging reporting.
It is pure Daily Mail bunkum from start to finish but even the headline will drip feed into the minds of some.
Other publications have gone for titles such as "Labour donor Michael Foster suspended from party over 'Nazi stormtroopers' article" and "Labour suspends donor for 'Corbyn team Nazi comparison."
The Mail and Mr Foster apear to have a working relationship as it was their weekend publication that fully removed the lid off this real can of worms.
But Mr Foster has been a vocal opponent of Jeremy Corbyn from day one. Corbyn was elected party leader September 12, 2015, and at an event a couple of weeks later Mr Foster was making waves and headlines:
A Labour supporter who heckled Jeremy Corbyn at a Labour Friends of Israel reception has explained his reasons for shouting at the party leader.
The fact Mr Foster is Jewish should be irrelevant but that report in the Jewish Chronicle stressed his religious faith.
Mr Corbyn's refusal to say the word Israel in response to Foster's childish demands highlights the measure of the man; Jeremy has backbone and does not resort to personal attacks or game play.
Fast forward to July and Foster dragged the party through the courts as he fought to prevent Corbyn being automatically on the leadership election ballot. But how could there be a leadership challenge if the incumbent leader was excluded from the election?
The PLP plotters knew they could keep Corbyn off the ballot if he neded nominations but they also knew he stood a fair chance of being re-elected if he was allowed to stand.
The National Executive of Labour voted to allow Jeremy an automatic right to be on the ballot by a majority vote.
But Foster was not happy with party democracy when it did not suit his aims and dragged the party through the courts:
Michael Foster, whose family has given £400,000 to the Labour Party, said he was concerned over the "apparent manipulation" of party rules by the ruling body, the National Executive Committee (NEC).
So what does wealthy Mr Foster care if the Labour party is being ripped apart and ordinary working people left out in the cold?
Will he really care if Labour fails to win elections or splits?
Draw your own conclusions.
Opinion: British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, Labour, is generally thought to be the man responsible for coining the phrase "a week is a long time in politics."
So if a week is a long time what is a year?
Monday September 12, 2016, marks the one year anniversary of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party leadership.
On Saturday September 12, 2015, I was awake early and waiting for the result of the Labour Party leadership election which had followed that year's Labour General Election defeat and Ed Miliband's resignation.
I had followed the leadership race and done a little phone banking for my preferred candidate Andy Burnham.
Yes in 2015 I believed Andy was the party's best hope.
As a northerner Jeremy Corbyn had by and large passed me by. I attended a local event for Andy Burnham organised by Karl Turner MP with John Prescott acting as host.
Prescott opened the event remarking that he had hoped other candidates including Jeremy Corbyn could have been included but other local MPs never supported Corbyn.
The event sealed the deal for me. I did not look further. Both Liz Kendal and Yvette Cooper held no appeal for me. They were just too wishy washy and right of centre politics.
I say the above as a female.
I say this next bit as an older person; for me Jeremy Corbyn seemed too old.
I had said this to some and been shot down in flames but it was simple; aged a couple of years younger than Jeremy I was judging him as a contemporary.
I have since changed my view.
So we switched on the TV and were waiting for the result when our elderly dog Jessie, became very ill very quickly.
She had come to us as a leggy nine-month-old abandoned dog that had been rescued around 14 years earlier. Her previous owners had mistreated her then moved home and left her tied to a tree in the garden of their former home. By the time she was rescued she was skinny and in relatively poor health.
So after a few weeks with a local dog rescue service she came to us on a temporary foster basis.
Hubby could never part with her and she was a much loved part of our family for many years bringing laughter and joy.
A friendly dog she had one of those smiley faces.
By September 12, 2015, she was almost blind, had a few lumps and bumps and was tiring easily. She was spending more time snuggled in her bed but still seemed happy.
We had spoken to the vet and agreed TLC was the best course of action.
But on the morning of September 12 her back legs gave way under her and she was laid spreadeagled in the garden as rain fell. Although a big dog Hubby managed to carry her into the kitchen where I had laid her bed.
We rang the vet having decided it was time.
I sat on the floor with Jess talking to her and stroking her. The female vet and her assistant arrived and as soon as Jess heard someone at the door she got up and made it along the kitchen wagging her tail.
But she collapsed again.
We managed to carry her into the kitchen and the vet prepared to put Jess to sleep.
As I sat with her talking reassuring words Jess smiled serenely and passed peacefully into the next world.
In the front room the TV was ringing out that Jeremy Corbyn was elected but I could not have cared less.
If you have ever had to euthanise one of your beloved pets you will understand.
We were heartbroken and that included our other little rescue dog who had been with us a few years. It took weeks to settle him down and even get him to leave the house by the front door the vet had used.
So Monday it is Jeremy Corbyn's one-year anniversary as party leader but a sad day for us as we remember and still miss our Jessie.
Corbyn faced a tough year as plotters in the party began working on ways to undermine him and remove him as party leader even before he was elected.
He has showed strength of character time and time again.
He is all those things a Labour Party leader should be. He is compassionate, inspiring, entertaining, thoughtful, measured, on the left of the political spectrum and unlike the rest of us he does not do personal.
When Tory PM Theresa May calls him a laughing stock to his face it is like water off a duck's back. When former Tory PM David Cameron told him to "go" he ignored the abuse.
If Mr Corbyn is so unelectable, and making Labour unelectable too, why do so many Tories, like smug-faced Philip Hammond sat alongside May and looking for all the world like Nasty Mr Burns in the Simpsons, laugh in Corbyn's face and attack him?
In 2016 my leadership vote went to Jeremy Corbyn.
This year on September 24, barring any personal tragedies or disasters, I will be watching the TV as Corbyn is reelected and if he is I will be jumping for joy.
And I will not be the only person celebrating.
Late afternoon Friday Ronnie Draper, General Secretary of BFAWU, shared the following via Facebook "Just received the news that my suspension from the Labour Party has been lifted. Now we need to campaign to get the thousands of other members who have been suspended back in the party where they belong. Common sense and natural justice need to prevail. I will be back on the campaign trail ensuring that we return Jeremy Corbyn to his rightful position as our leader. Once again thank you all for the messages of support, they have kept me focused during this very strange fortnight in my life."
It is great to have Ronnie back but too many ordinary Labour Party supporters and members are still left out in the cold unable to vote in the ongoing Labour leadership election.
Mr Draper's suspension statement follows:
"Statement from Ronnie Draper, General Secretary of BFAWU
Dave Downes, Jean Jones and shared on Facebook by Susie English
Labour Against the Witch Hunts Strategy Group met yesterday. Notes will be coming out shortly. We all know it is important to ensure the undemocratic shenanigans are sorted. The Strategy Group agreed:
1. Public meeting to be held September 10, 6:30PM - 8:30PM with a view to asking for an emergency NEC meeting to quash all suspensions until a process meeting the Chakrabarti Inquiry standard has been set up. It will mean ballots could be sent out by the 14th September deadline. Arrangements being finalised and publicised Monday. Your help with this would be most appreciated - all hands on deck!!!
2. Petition asking for same to go live Monday evening. Tony Greenstein preparing draft to be agreed by members on current email list by Monday.
3. Form to collate info on all suspensions to go live Monday evening. We saw draft and members have asked for some changes before sending form out.
4. Fringe meeting at Labour Party Conference regarding suspensions and expulsions to be organised asap. It will be outside the secure zone so any Comrade can attend
5. Support for Bakers Union Model Contemporary Motion to be supported by as many CLPs as possible so it has a chance of debate in Liverpool - will send out later today
6. Guidance for people facing interviews & appeals to go live Monday
7. Call out for Labour Party members willing to act as Silent Friends so we can compile list of people able to support suspended/ expelled colleagues
8. Invite victims of the purge to closed Facebook suspensions page
Your help in getting any of the above publicised in your area most welcome.
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I am barely able to type this post because I am shaking so much. I have just now received an email from Iain McNicol telling me not only have I been denied a vote in the Labour leadership election but that I've been suspended from the party and prevented from holding office within Labour.
The pain in every word is genuine and heartfelt; the same is true of friends who have empathised and expressed support such as:
And Monday Philip Lewis, already suspended from the party, received details of his offending Tweets on Twitter but it appears the tweets were not his!
"Today I received the tweets reason why I'm suspended and no not my acc.mine @philewis and my cat @philewis_lenin."
Did he retweet? Should that even be relevant?
Piss up and brewery spring to mind and not for the first time.
Trouble is suspensions will not be reviewed until after the leadership election denying many people a vote and in some cases for nothing.
August 31, 2016
Labour Central, Kings Manor
Newcastle, NE1 6PA
Dear Iain McNicol:
It is with great sadness that I write this letter, I take no pleasure in having to point out to the wider public, outside the Labour party, the tragic and pitiful state the Labour party has descended into under your stewardship.
When the current state of affairs is made known to the public at large the Labour party will become a laughing stock, and that is heart breaking for all true supporters of the socialist ideals of the Labour party.
Above all else the Labour party, as an organization for social justice, has to lead by example and remember that the most important components of that organization are its members. They are the lifeblood of our party, and as such should be treated with the utmost respect. If we as a party cannot demonstrate that our organization is run in a democratic manor, that is beyond reproach, we will have no moral authority to govern this country, and we will never be taken seriously by the electorate.
This purge of Jeremy Corbyn voters that is currently going on under your stewardship is nothing short of a disgrace.
Over 100 years of Labour party values are being flushed down the toilet, and you are the one pulling the chain.
Any decent Labour member or supporter, whether they support Jeremy Corbyn or Owen Smith, will be disgusted and appalled in equal measure at this crass and openly partisan rigging of the ballot. Most members probably don’t realize what is going on because of lack of reporting in the main stream media.
The following arbitrary rule that you have set up specifically for this election is wrong on so many levels.
“No abuse of any kind by members or supporters shall be tolerated. All eligible members and supporters must conduct themselves in a calm and polite manner and be respectful to each other at all times. Any racist, abusive or foul language or behaviour at meetings, on social media or in any other context will be dealt with according to the Rules and procedures of the Labour Party.”
This flagrant abuse of the democratic principle of free and fair elections has no place in a democratic society, and certainly no place in the Labour party.
Examples of high profile Owen Smith supporters who have not been suspended are:
Compare this with the 100 000+ Corbyn supporters already purged from the Labour party and unable to vote for comments such as “I F”””ing love the Foo Fighters” on twitter, or in my case no information provided as to what I was supposed to have said.
There are now only two courses of action open to you Mr McNicol, to allow you to retain some semblance of self respect and dignity, and more importantly, reestablish the Labour party’s credibility.
The first is to suspend Owen Smith from the Labour party and thus withdraw his nomination to stand in this leadership election; or secondly rescind all suspensions made in this purge of Labour party members (excluding those suspended for racial abuse) from voting, and issue ballot papers forthwith.
Member and supporter of the Labour party’s reputation
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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