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On December 1 the following was sent Tom Watson and others but shared online as an open letter;
Dear Tom Watson,
Well here we are again! Another day another letter!
This time it forms part of a formal complaint and therefore a copy will be sent to Iain McNicol as Labour's General Secretary, Jeremy Corbyn as party leader and the validation team.
After Jeremy was re-elected party leader in 2016, like many party members and supporters, I was hopeful we had turned a corner.
Labour's so-called broad church allows for a range of appropriate groups to actively support the party though it does exclude some.
Diversity is the name of the game but drawing a line is important.
In light of Labour First's latest divisive, insulting, antagonistic and disrespectful email newsletter we are again at a crossroads.
This group intends to utilise Tory tricks of divide and conquer in its quest to return the party to a brief period in its history, 1997 to around 2008. But it is now 2016 and the political landscape and challenges have moved with the times although Labour First boss Luke Akehurst still appears to be stuck in a time warp.
What is disconcerting is that you, Tom Watson Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, appeared as a guest speaker at Labour First's annual meeting Saturday November 26, 2016.
Did the meeting discuss Labour First's plans including an email to be sent out this week asking for funds and written in a divisive tone?
I know you tend to decry the online publication the Canary but it has written on this latest incident and included a donation image.
The image is very telling.
Martin Taylor is a hedge fund manager and Frances Barber is an ageing actress who's Twitter timeline is nasty, aggressive and very anti Jeremy Corbyn.
If she is a Labour Party member she posted enough abuse during the summer of 2016 to be not only suspended from the party but expelled and NOW
The email from Labour First is widely available online though we have opted not to share in full as Mr Akehurst has slapped a copyright symbol on with the words all rights reserved.
But the gist of the letter is this - it starts with an apology after addressing the recipient as if John McDonnell is now leader of the Labour Party. An apology of sorts follows; apologies for scaring you John McDonnell is not leader of the Labour Party; not yet unless you sign up and pay up. It goes on with allegations that the Hard Left, abusive terminology in my opinion as a Jeremy Corbyn supporter, want to push for a "McDonnell amendment" so that MPs without a high level of parliamentary support can be on the ballot.
The whole email is divisive and against Labour values.
It is an insult to the party, its democracy, its members and the electorate.
WE need a united Labour Party geared up to win the next election.
As long as Labour First are supported by mainstream Labour MPS such as yourself they will continue to divide the party and ultimately wreck its election chances.
So the question now is who is strong and honest enough to publicly remove Labour First and the man behind this nasty little group from the Labour Party?
The following forms part or this letter http://www.thejeremycorbyneffect.com/jeremy-corbyn-blog/formal-letter-complaint-re-luke-akehurst-and-labour-first
Online at http://www.newtekjournalismukworld.com/latest/open-letter-to-tom-watson-requests-action-against-luke-akehurst-and-labour-first"
Friday December 9, we still had no reply and so contacted the team again to make sure they were aware how many people had signed the open letter.
Monday December 12 we have received an email reply from Tom Watson or a member of his team. It says;
Thank you Eileen for your email.
Of course that needed a reply and this is what I sent;
While I can agree with that, the last sentence "I know Jeremy would agree that launching petitions criticising party members is not the best way to take the fight to the Tories" is somewhat of a joke surely. Or at the very least it is laden with irony.
A couple of those said images are included in this report.
Opinion: Labour List is an online publication allegedy supporting the Labour Party.
If you look at a cross section of its articles you may find it difficult to accept it supports the Labour Party.
Still the party is allegedly a "broad church" but sadly many of those on the right-wing of the Labour Party use that term but only mean it when it suits them.
Take a look at the following from Labour List Thursday.
Labour First, the centre-left group, has revealed plans to raise funds to recruit a paid organiser to resists the Corbynistas when a series of key grassroots votes kick off in January.
The language of the article is biased and divisive.
It is not posted as an opinion piece but is littered with opinion.
It gives a valuable online opening for Labour First which in my opinion has little to do with the Labour Party.
It is more about one man, Luke Akehurst, his masters and his vision for the Labour Party.
Akehurst has busied himself attempting to defeat and remove Jeremy Corbyn from his role as Labour Party leader. But Mr Akehurst, in spite of underhand tactics, failed to win a seat on the NEC in the latest round of elections.
But one thing about Mr Akehurst is his consistency.
He has simply said he and his gang will keep at it until Jeremy Corbyn is removed as party leader. They will push for a return to old new Labour, the politics of 1997 until around 2008.
Off all the people who have been suspended from the Labour Party surely Luke Akehurst, who remains a member of the party, is the most deserving of expulsion?
I do not personally know the man but I have been told by some who do he is vile and bitter. I also do not read Labour List these days but I am thankful some do and share. I am also thankful to those who brave high blood pressure by subscribing to Labour First to keep an eye on what Mr Akehurst and his band of anti-Corbyn, anti-party-democracy friends are up to.
The latest share comes by way of a Jeremy Corbyn supporter.
This is her reaction to Labour First's latest newsletter which we have shared in part below:
I've been fuming about this over night. Its so hurtful and divisive to all of us members, never mind about poor John McDonell. I think now is the time to send this Labour First e-mail in with a formal complaint to the party. Print it off take it to your CLPs, get the matter on the agenda and make them put through a formal complaint! Email from Labour First 30th November:
Mr Akehurst and Labour Party Deputy Leader Tom Watson paid a visit to Israel recently.
Days later Tom Watson was a guest speaker at Labour First's annual meeting Saturday November 26, 2016.
The two men appear linked in many ways. Does that mean both are trying to remove Corbyn?
We need to put in formal complaints and NOW. Many members have been suspended for much less.
Why is Mr Watson apparently working hand in glove with Luke Akehurst? If he is not it is way past time he put distance between himself and Labour First. The right-wing of Labour have pushed for Jeremy Corbyn to remove himself from some groups as Party leader, the same rules must apply to Mrs Watson as Deputy Party leader.
Contact email@example.com to formally complain.
Mr Akehurst being his usual anti Labour self on Twitter Thursday -hilarious arrogance too.
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