Labour HQ say suspensions not being investigated until AFTER leadership ballot
Today has brought official confirmation from the Labour Party of the scenario many people feared. Having prevented thousands of Corbyn supporters from voting in the leadership election, with draconian suspensions, the anti-Corbyn clique at headquarters are blocking members from an appeal process that could allow their votes to be reinstated. This is a travesty of party democracy, and an insult to thousands of loyal Labour people.
I finally received an email from the compliance department at Labour headquarters today, but this merely repeated the vague suspension letter.
I replied as follows:
I do not feel that your email really deals with the issues that I have raised in a series of five emails sent to the Labour Party, between August 25 and August 31, contesting my suspension. I presume you have the emails on record, but can re-send them if required.
To summarise my position:
1 As a loyal member of the Labour Party for 32 years, I am aggrieved that I have been suspended, on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations about comments on Twitter. Suspending me on this basis is contrary to natural justice. I have been found guilty without trial.
2 The suspension letter mentions an investigation, but does not give a timescale for this, and I have not been contacted by regional office. I seek an assurance that a decision on my suspension will be made in time for me to vote in the leadership election, assuming that the suspension is lifted.
3 I had a telephone conversation with the compliance department on August 30, having been told, in line with NEC guidance, that they would provide me with the evidence on which I had been suspended. Compliance said the evidence would be emailed to me, but I have not received it.
4 I have Asperger Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, long-term mental health conditions, and 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. The suspension is adding to my anxiety. I feel that the Labour Party’s delay in dealing with the appeal is disadvantaging myself as a disabled person. I have been deprived of my vote in the current leadership election, thereby infringing on my right to take part in the democratic political processes in Britain.
I am copying this email to X, who was part of the NEC panel looking at possible suspensions, and argued against the suspension of myself.
This is the tenth day of my suspension, I renew the request for fair treatment, along with a prompt and detailed response to the points I have raised.
The compliance department responded:
Thanks for getting in touch.
As I said in my email below, the investigating officer will be in touch in due course but this will not be before the conclusion of the leadership election. The is due to the extra work the election creates for staff, meaning we do not have the resources to complete investigations in this timescale. Unfortunately I am unable to give you an exact date as to when you will be contacted.
If you have requested the evidence that your suspension is based on, this will be sent to you in 5 working days from the date you requested it.
We will of course make reasonable adjustments for disabilities, I would advise you to let the investigating officer know when they contact you of any reasonable adjustments you require and why will do their best to accommodate these.
All the best,