Labour Suspension Telephone Call
Yesterday I felt a positive, having obtained detail of the Labour suspension appeal process. Today has brought a bizarre and frustrating development, as I telephoned party HQ. The email I sent after the call will form a large part of this post.
On a brighter note, many people are sharing links to this series of Blog posts on Twitter and Facebook.
My Blog posts have been viewed 6,400 times in just 5 days.
One lady has kindly told John McDonnell on Twitter that “Andrew Godsell has been working tirelessly to get suspension appeal info”.
So that is where I am on day 7 of the suspension – more to follow, but here is the email.
Further to emails below I have today telephoned, and spoken to X in the compliance department.
I said I had been suspended from the Labour Party, and been advised that if I telephoned I would be told the reason for the suspension.
X said the reason is on the suspension letter.
I said the letter only mentioned allegations about comments on Twitter, and I understood, from guidance sent to NEC members, that if I telephoned I would be told the exact detail of which comments had led to the suspension.
X said this would be emailed to me, probably two days from now.
I said I was frustrated that after several emails and telephone calls in recent days I was still not being given the opportunity to look at the exact detail, believing this could be sent as soon as I called. I asked if there was a manager, or anybody else I could speak to, to get the detail today.
X said there was not anybody else there who would tell me anything different to what she had said, and there was not a manager available.
I said I was not happy with that, after 32 years of loyal party membership, during which I had stood as a Labour candidate for local council elections several times, I had been suspended due to allegations about Twitter comments. I had phoned as I had been advised to do, and was now met with more delay.
X said she would check with a colleague.
A moment later, X said she had spoken to a manager, who said the detail would be emailed to me in three or four days.
I asked X why the timescale had moved from 2 days to 3 or 4 days, and how she had been told this by a manager when there was not a manager there.
I again asked to speak to a manager, but X now returned to telling me there was not a manager there. X added she had been told not to pass the call to a manager.
I asked for the name of the person who advised X that I could not speak to a manager.
X said she would not tell me the name of that person, and would not take the call any further, whereupon she put the phone down.
All of this leaves me feeling increasingly frustrated and upset. I suffer from Asperger Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and the unjustified actions of the Labour Party in suspending me are currently making my condition worse. I have been unable to focus on anything apart from battling against suspension for several days. I have been contacted by other Labour Party members with mental health conditions, who share my anxiety on this issue. I am also aware that complaints about misuse of data by the party have been submitted to the Information Commissioner’s Office.
I am copying this email to Y, a member of the National Executive Committee.
Please can I have a prompt reply from somebody advising how this will be resolved.