To all members caught up by the latest purge of our party's membership, I have now received additional information from the NEC though I am not permitted to share the substance of our exchanges beyond general information in the public domain.
"For those who have been suspended or rejected with a right of appeal (this unfortunately does not extend to supporters and affiliates) - there is important but missing information from the suspension or rejection letters, in particular in the last paragraph which informs recipients that they are permitted to request the evidence or information used by the panel in reaching its decision. The excerpt provided is as follows:
"The procedural rules for the leadership election state that: 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. Behaviour including, but not limited to, racist, abusive or foul language, abuse against women, homophobia or anti-Semitism at meetings, on social media or in any other context will be dealt with according to the rules and procedures of the Labour Party. Membership of, or support for, another political party or candidate standing against Labour is also against party rules.
Allegations of breaches to the rules have, in all cases, been referred to a panel of the National Executive Committee to make a decision on whether further action needs to be taken. Where appropriate, such as in cases of abuse, this includes the power to revoke the voting rights of members and supporters in the Leadership Election. The NEC panel’s decision to revoke voting rights is not prejudicial to the outcome of any future investigation.
If members or supporters who have received a notification would like more information on the evidence seen by the panel, from today they can call 0345 092 2299 and a team in Newcastle will be able to help them. There is no right of appeal for registered or affiliate supporters, but if members wish to appeal they can make this in writing to email@example.com "
I am informed that this missing information will in be included in future letters, though it is frustrating that it was not included in the very first place!
My advice for what it is worth is to formally write to firstname.lastname@example.org stating clearly your intention to appeal by the strict deadline (14 days from receipt of letter). Ask for the evidence or information that has been used against you to be made available to you in writing, and seek to confirm the date by which your appeal will be considered and inform them you will be submitting a full statement of appeal before this date.
Best of luck!"
Many thanks for the information shared.
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