Labour Suspension – Encouraging Developments
I have pledged to Blog, on a daily basis, about the suspension of thousands of Lavbour Party members until something is done about this affront to our democracy. I have been suspended from the Labour Party after 32 years of loyal membership, and prevented from voting in the leadership election, due to “allegations” about “comments you posted on Twitter”.
Many thanks to the thousands of people reading the Blog, and spreading the message on other Blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. I have received hundreds of messages of support and advice – thank you for these. I always read the messages, but am having trouble finding the time to respond personally to everybody.
On day 8 of the suspension, I feel there are some encouraging developments to report.
1 I have been telephoned by Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign team, and have given them information for a dossier they are compiling about the suspensions. I cannot say much more at the moment, but hope that this will raise the profile of our battle to regain our votes and membership.
2 The Guardian have published a letter from a group of 17 Labour Party members, including myself. The letter points to the organised campaign to prevent many Corbyn supporters from having a vote – and the lack of action against abusive opponents of Corbyn.
3 I had a positive telephone conversation with the Equality Advisory Support Service, an organisation that provides official advice on the practicalities of the Equality Act and Human Rights Act. They are looking at the Labour Party’s legal responsibility to deal fairly with party members who have a disability, including the long-term mental health issues experienced by myself, and other suspended members who have been in touch.
Once again, thank you and good luck – working together we can tackle this.
I have not yet received any reply to the series of emails sent to Labour headquarters appealing against my suspension, but have sent another chaser today, set out below.
I write further to the series of emails below.
As I have Asperger Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, long-term mental health conditions, I feel I should be entitled to expect reasonable adjustments, in accordance with the Equality Act, in the way that the Labour Party deals with my appeal against suspension. I think the clearest way in which the Labour Party could demonstrate this is by a prompt response to the series of emails.
Having not received a reply to the emails, I telephoned yesterday, and this added to my anxiety. One aspect of my condition is that I find written information easier to deal with than verbal information. I feel that the Labour Party’s delay in replying is disadvantaging myself as a disabled person. I have been suspended from the party on the basis of allegations, the specific detail of which has not been shown to me, and deprived of my vote in the current leadership election, thereby infringing on my right to take part in the democratic political processes in Britain.
In the first email in this chain I requested a reply by August 30, which was a reasonable timescale. It is now August 31 and I still have not received a reply.