Dear Iain McNicol, Labour NEC, Jeremy Corbyn and Compliance Unit,
I note that the word Blairite no longer represents Labour values and is in fact a banned word.
Around 20 years ago Tony Blair and his Blairite New Labour were touted as the best thing since sliced bread.
But times change and BLAIRITE is now a four-letter word in all but letter count.
As a 64-year-old working-class woman I find it odd that since becoming a Labour Party member almost two years ago my vocabulary has been curbed.
I can no longer use the word Blairite, or a few others, during any social media activity. If I do and am reported to you guys I could be suspended or expelled from the party.
Of course my Labour Party vote of 43 plus years would still be welcomed by you all I suppose.
Yet Sunday according to the usual anonymous Times source Tony Blair is considering a return to British politics and one reason is because he thinks Jeremy Corbyn is a "nutter."
Surely that verbal attack is worse than calling a person a blairite, tory-lite, scum or traitor.
Fair enough scum is a bit strong but it has been widely used through Labour Party history during industrial action and beyond.
In namby pampy 2016 political correctness rules the Labour Party but is that only when it suits?
Having emailed the validation team regarding John Ferrett, Alastair Campbell and a few others who have been abusive online no reply is ever received.
Campbell's favourite word on Twitter when he is challenged is to call the person a "twat."
I imagine this open letter and email will again fall on deaf ears and you will not respond.
But here's the thing.
If the next plot is already underway, if Labour split or whatever, the only real losers will be "we the voters."
Perhaps the flood of MEPs set to lose their jobs on the back of BRexit, and MPs who will be shoved out in the cold with Tory boundary changes, are going to fill the necessary posts of a new type of Labour Party.
But whatever is playing out behind the scenes "the Labour Party management" are making us all look like fools.
Democracy in the Labour Party must be restored and that must mean taking veteran party members such as Tony Blair to task for calling Corbyn a nutter.
The Labour Party has its roots in fair play.
Time you acted in a fair manner
Note: If the news story is incorrect please offer an official statement. If not we have to assume it is true.
The Labour Party purge rolls on.
Some people have had their party suspension lifted while others are left frutsrated, angry and hurt out in the cold.
And many are now receiving letters to arrange a telephone interview.
This will perhaps complete the process and result in individuals being reinstated or expelled.
At time of writing some of those already reinstated have been served rough justice with a note staying on file.
Will that allow the Compliance Unit to easily remove these members at a future date fairly or unfairly?
Labour's General Secretary Iain McNicol is overseeing the whole affair. Administrators are sending letters out notifying those concerned just who their Investigating Officer is.
One member who has recieved notification of a upcoming telephone interview has this to say:
Dear Sir or Madam
Thank you for your communication, which sadly for me is a continuation of a farce which has brought a once proud party into such despicable disrepute, both considered by 60% of its members and now the general public who once we're also proud to vote and support Labour. All this brought about by those with hidden agendas against members who pay the bills, and wish to see Jeremy Corbyn as the leader. The leader members have legitinately supported, and by the biggest mandate ever in its long and worthy history.
Please do not take my comments personally, as I appreciate you are doing your job of whatever that may be. I have no axe to grind with you personally, or anyone else who serves the party for what it is, and not in a self serving manner. I have no idea who you are, or by what powers and fantasy rule changes on the fly the previous NEC allegedly gave you, or what lawful authority exists for your role in this pathetic excuse of an investigation. Moreover, a farce instigated by a PLP who forget members give them power, and can also take it away again; as can suspended members who then choose to suspend their lawful voting rights to vote for a political party which puts itself above its membership.
With respect I am coming to my 62nd year on this planet after serving the trades union movement and Labour Party for as long as I can remember.
I have done so with due dilligence, and respect of others whilst in the service of people I cared about in the NHS, both as a registered nurse and a manager.
Furthermore, and for my sins, I was a formidable force to be reckoned with against the sort of top down dictat that I now see within the Labour Party, that I fought so hard to limit and prevent from damaging others.
I did this until I was severely injured in the course of my duties which left me so disabled physically, that it takes me all my time to hobble in a straight line let alone have room in my life for the political games being played by a few self-centred individuals who don't like being criticised or being told the truth.
When I have received all the evidence that has been requested on a number of occasions, and all of the information I am entitled to recieve, that has been ignored thus far, then I would be happy to attend an appeal hearing which has also been requested on a number of occasions.
An appeal hearing which is my right and one I have not so far been advised I am entitled to, or given an opportunity to have.
However, an appeal implies there has been some form of secret trial that I have neither been invited to , or been given the opportunity to contest.
I do not know you, or the person you have appointed to liaise with me and I do hope none of my personal information and alleged nonsense, is being passed to any members or employees without my consent.
Particularly in view as to the manner in which I am accused, and the resulting comedy of errors that has occurred since.
I would remind those who change the rules on the fly that I am not on trial here, and I only wish I was.
At least that way one could ensure that justice would be served, and not the star chamber style (non quasi) legal panel empowered for the convenience of political shenanigans by those who would ignore members wishes.
I have not given permission for information to be given to anyone and neither would I.
The Data Protection Act 1998 was not on statute when I joined the party and therfore I have signed nothing giving my permission that my information could be used or bandied around to whom the party choses.
I have not agreed that it was acceptable to trawl my personal accounts on social media looking for comments that are lawful to make.
Of course the Information Commissioners Office will be notified in due course of my concerns in both areas once this psuedo trial by Blairphile philosophy is concluded. I have the right to express my opinion for what it is worth, whether a few unfortunates in the party like it or not. That is never going to change.
Whilst I have always supported true Labour values, I will never support any entity that would attempt to suppress the rights of free expression and will continue to condem tyranny in all its forms where I see it; a principle that my family and others adhere to, and one the Labour Party appears to have forgotten. My social media accounts are nothing to do with the Labour Party and political satire is lawful in this country at least for the time being.
Therefore, I do not consider there is anything to be investigated. I have been a member of the party for decades and the party has been happy to take my direct debit for decades also.
Another is due on 28th November 2016.
Sadly the party couldn't even get the length of my membership right as the errors that have been disclosed from my Subject Access Request have brought to light. Moreover, I was previously informed that my membership application had been declined even after being member for decades.
So you see Sir / Madam this is somewhat of a conundrum which an "interview" with some unknown would not address adequately enough.
I would like to remind the party that I am not applying for employment in the Labour Party so an interview has no purpose.
In this country our law and quasi legal approach is one of assumed innocence until proven otherwise. However the Labour Party appear to operate under the continental civil law procedures and one of inquisition rather than trial by ones peers. I will not be subject to any such inquisitorial process.
I do not need to justify my membership or alleagiance to anyone, but I do feel the party needs to justify it's actions towards me.
I have been suspended without due diligence, natural justice and due process. Until that occurs, then there is nothing to discuss. There are many people have who have now been reinstated, after months of this farce. I expect to be reinstated also without further delay and receive an aplogiy for being treated so abysmally and with total disrespect.
I am assuming you still want me to vote for Labour as I have done since 1973 because frankly the way the party is disinfranchising members for voting for Jeremy Corbyn, you will need every member and voter you can get.
I will not be accepting a slap on the wrist for doing nothing more than exercising my lawful rights and acting within the law as I have always done.
What is abuse and what is abusive language?
Most people know when they are being abused physically, mentally and or verbally but sometimes it is a grey area.
Occasionally a victim of abuse may be the last person to see it but we have to be careful when and if we step in to help.
But what about interaction via social media and the lines between abuse, banter, sticks and stones and simply sounding off?
The recent Labour Party purge resulted in too many Labour Party members and supporters being suspended.
It was touted as Labour simply getting to grips with abuse, in particular following the murder of MP Jo Cox.
But the timing of the purge, after a despicable plot by some in the PLP who acted abominably, as Jeremy Corbyn fought to remain as Labour Party leader was just too convenient to make it credible.
Most people thought the purge was more about diminishing support for Jeremy Corbyn than addressing abuse real or perceived in the Labour Party.
And it was a case of "there but for the grace of whoever go you or I" when it came to the purge in 2016.
Members young and old, new and long standing were caught in a trap; in some cases people who have paid for the privilege of supporting the Labour Party over many years.
Social media accounts were trawled back over a period of time as those administrating the purge looked for words designated abusive and off limits in late Summer 2016.
Those caught out never stood a chance.
A retrograde decision, on what is acceptable and what is not, removed people unnecessarily and heartlessly in many cases.
And in many cases it was Comrades reporting Comrades to the Compliance Unit.
How many real abusers were caught? My guess is not many as real abusers often play a devious game.
Having written about the purge a few times this latest post relates to a long standing older party member, female, who was suspended in late August. This week she finally received information pertaining to her "offences."
Her social media offending interactions were during a period of time when tempers were frayed.
Some in the PLP, parliamentary Labour party, were antagonising members on social media, in some cases running click bait accounts, but crying foul when they got a response.
Others were not so lucky debating, getting cross, bickering at times and allowing Labour Party snooper's a way in.
In many cases people who were suspended were reported by some person or another.
Following Jeremy Corbyn's election in September 2016 she has lifted the block on some.
But as she said she is under no illusions
Her contact is one of a few online friends who have decided to quit the party rather than fight this nonsense. Of course the Labour Party will want her vote come election time.
Others have accepted a slap on the wrist as their suspensions have in a way been overturned. The reality however for too many is the slap on the wrist is accompanied by a warning with a note staying on file.
That allows the person to be easily removed if they are reported again or if a leadership challenge kicks off again, depending what you believe.
Perhaps a mass exodus from the Labour Party should have been a first option. A walkout.
The Party was in the financial poop until recently and is now in a much healthier financial position.
That is of course as long as members pay into the pot.
Most of us have stuck around to support Jeremy Corbyn but how long we continue to do so is not just up to the party it is up to US.
[Feel free to comment openly but remember Labour's Big Brother machine may be watching!]
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?
This is either a so-called tin foil hat post or the shape of things to come and soon.
For me the use of that tin foil hat description regarding what some think are conspiracy theories and paranoia is offensive. We should never forget the plight of those with mental health issues, these days all too often let down by society and the state. But that's another story
So on to the Labour Party conference fix which is either real, perceived or fantasy.
All the evidence over the last month or so has indicated it is real.
Shame the plotters cannot throw that much energy into their paid roles.
Looking at conference coverage Tuesday the fix by the right wing of the Labour Party, those who like to call themselves moderates or centrists but who critics prefer to call red Tories or Tory-lite, is ongoing.
It was hilarious to read a post in the Independent Tuesday posted as "an exclusive" as, if you use social media and read articles and blogs by ordinary people, you will have seen reports of plans to manipulate conference to suit reported over a period of time.
If Corbyn supporters acted in a similar fashion they would be castigated by all including the mainstream media but instead the only "news" is at the eleventh hour and via leaks from those involved.
Of course this is all designed to undermine Jeremy Corbyn's speech Wednesday.
With reports circulating that plotters will be trying to ensure the anti-Corbyn brigade fill the hall or ensure it is not full who knows what will follow.
Deputy Party leader Tom Watson received massive cheers Tuesday but was the love genuine? If you take a look at the image above from the Progress boss it certainly looks like the audience was fixed for Tom.
With reports circulating today that there will be claims the hall is full when it is not and people turned away in order to make it look like Corbyn has little support who knows what is really going.
But one thing is clear.
The Independent was saying nothing new except to readers who do not use social media.
The lack of earlier mainstream media reporting on various Labour Party fixes and ongoing plots and the timing of the "exclusive" highlights how manipulated and out of touch the mainstream media really is.
It also shows that devious plotters within the Labour Party have no intention of respecting Saturday's election result.
And it is not a good look.
The Independent may choose to say "Exclusive: Officials and MPs worked for months behind the scenes to ensure decision-making delegates sent to Liverpool were not from the party’s hard-left" but it omits relevant details including the unfair and unnecessary purge of Corbyn supporters from the party especially those who would have attended conference and supported Jeremy Corbyn.
Yes anyone would think these "geniuses" were Tories.
"Jeremy Corbyn has been outflanked by Labour centrists who worked for months behind the scenes to ensure they could win key conference battles, The Independent can reveal. A group of MPs and key officials oversaw a drive to make certain that decision-making delegates sent to Labour conference in Liverpool were centrist rather than from the party’s hard left. Their efforts proved a success today when the delegates passed a motion to hand seats on the party’s all-important ruling executive to figures likely to oppose an increase in Corbynite influence."
They are of course not "centrists" and people such as this writer is not "hard left" but when has the mainstream media let a few facts stand in its way?
Check back later for an update of what-will-be-will-be.
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.
I came across Dean Sean Foy earlier in 2016 on social media when he was campaining for a Labour candidate standing for election as a local councillor.
One thing that quickly became clear was Dean was a very enthusiastic young Labour Party supporter.
He worked tirelessly on social media and in his local area delivering leaflets and knocking on doors sharing images on social media along the way.
It was also obvious he has a sense of humour but is at that intense age in life; a period many of us older people would love to recapture.
He threw himself into his election campaign body and soul but he was unlucky and his candidate failed to get elected.
Still Dean is not a quitter and he was soon campaigning with a passion for the UK to stay in the EU.
In the run up to the referendum June 23 he worked his socks off trying to persaude people to vote to stay in the EU.
The only time we crossed words briefly was following the death of Jo Cox.
Dean was so caught up in the referendum and the importance of the country remaining in Europe that he continued campaigning when the Labour Party had called a brief halt as a mark of respect to Mrs Cox.
We spoke on messenger and Dean told me he would stop campaigning but resume as soon as allowed.
There was no malice just the enthusiasm of a young person with a strong belief; a young man who was worrying that time was running out and the majority of the electorate would vote leave.
Ultimately he was right to worry.
The country voted to leave the EU but Dean bounced back.
He went back to campaigning for the Labour Party posting positive information and highlighting negative Tory news.
Mr Foy is also looking for work and he regularly posts updates of job interviews but has been unlucky so far. He is one of those guys who really deserves a break.
Imagine my surprise Monday evening when I read his post saying he was leaving all forums on Facebook and going to delete his page as he has been suspended from the Labour Party.
His "crime" who knows?
His FB friends rallied and although Tuesday he has said he is still very upset he has updated his timeline to say "I have decided not to remove my Page or go off any Forums but I am not happy with my Suspension it is bad really after all the hard work I have done for the Party I am not happy at all."
Opinion: Who will care that a young man who is already facing the challenge of finding work is hurt and angry, suspended from the political party he loves; and yes loves is the right word.
If you check Dean out online his passion for the Labour Party is clearly visible.
He is not a spin doctor, or university educated person. He is an ordinary young man with political energy and enthusiasm and this week he has taken a battering.
Do Iain McNicol, Labour Party General Secretary, Jeremy Corbyn, party leader, Tom Watson, deputy party leader or Owen Smith the leadership challenger care?
WE the ordinary party members will care.
And Jeremy Corbyn will care. He is fighting behind the scenes to resolve this crazy Labour McCarthy period.
Without young people such as Dean Sean Foy we the Labour Party are meaningless. We may still have our fat money backers and highly paid spin doctors but so do other parties such as the Tories.
The Labour Party is different, used to be or at least should be!
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
I contacted you all Friday re abuse on social media by Alastair Campbell but what about abuse via some Labour MPs, troll accounts, councillors and party activists?
I am appalled at some of the abuse but a realist. It is the 21st Century and times have moved one. Foul language is the norm for some and what they do in their own free time is up to them as long as they do not break the laws of the land.
But here is the issue.
Ordinary party members and supporters stressed out to high heaven, in desperation at the Labour Party coup and the valuable time, money and energy it is wasting, may be reacting angrily and out of character.
Yet they may be excluded from the party leadership election; suspended from the party for a hasty ill thought-out comment on social media.
But some Labour MPs have led by a terrible example on social media; and yes some have acted as an agent provocateur.
Yesterday I focussed my report re abuse on Alastair Campbell but today it is John and Ken Ferrett and a troll account called Miss politics; a troll account that is widely shared by some Labour MPs which leads me to conclude it is a high fliers troll account used to bait.
Perhaps Labour's "abuse query-master " has been set to catch certain words and people.
And perhaps people like John McTernan, Alastair Campbell, Ian Austin, John Woodcock, Tom Blenkinsop and a few others know how to avoid getting caught?
But whatever the truth is I find after 43 years plus voting Labour I am becoming ashamed of my party due to its biased and uneven witchhunt.
I may have only been a party member almost two years but I have spent my life promoting the party and voting Labour.
My question then is will you you suspend offending councillors, MPs, and activists or is the #LabourPurge2 simply a false flag to try fixing the leadership election?
Mrs E Kersey
Lab Party Mem L
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.
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