Labour Suspension Appeal Process
After several frustrating days, I have finally got hold of the official appeal process for members wishing to challenge their suspension. I was suspended on the evening of Wednesday August 24. The appeal process was circulated to members of the NEC on the evening of Friday August 26 – the start of a three day weekend, during which the party office has been closed to telephone calls.
To: NEC members
From: General Secretary
Membership and Supporter validation
As you will undoubtedly have noticed, suspension letters started landing with members yesterday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a standard form of words you may wish to use with members who contact you directly if you find it helpful.
Thank you for contacting me regarding your recent administrative suspension from the Labour Party.
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.
Allegations of breaches to this rule 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 contingent on the outcome of any future investigation.
In your case, the panel of the National Executive Committee have decided that the evidence provided is enough to take further action. If you would like more information on the evidence used to make this decision, please call the Labour Party’s national office on 0345 092 2299.
I have today forwarded the appeal email I sent on August 25 to the address mentioned in the NEC note. Tomorrow I will telephone the party office – I expect a long time waiting in a queue.
Today is the sixth day of my suspension from the party. I continue to exchange and information with other party members, as we collectively battle against the purge.
My series of Blog posts on the subject have been viewed by more than 4,000 people in 5 days, and I remain committed to post here on a daily basis, outlining the fight against a process which mostly appears designed by a clique at party headquarters to deny members, and registered supporter applicants, the opportunity to vote for Jeremy Corbyn in the leadership election.