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.
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