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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Have you been prevented from voting in the Labour Party leadership election?

If you have been prevented from voting in the Labour Party leadership election, please complete the survey. 

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There have been a significant amount of expulsions, suspensions and other methods of preventing members from voting in the current Labour leadership election It is presently estimated that more than 100,000 people have either not received their ballot papers on have been prevented from voting by other methods. 

On September 12th my wife was suspended from the Labour party, after receiving a letter stating 

"Allegations that you may have been involved in a breach of that rule have been brought to the attention of the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC). The allegations relate to:
Comments made on social media including on 31 December 2015.
It is important that these allegations are investigated and the NEC will be asked to authorise a full report to be drawn up with recommendations for disciplinary action if appropriate.
In the meantime, I give you formal notice that it has been determined that the powers given to the NEC under 6.I.1.A of the Party’s rules should be invoked to suspend you from office or representation of the Party*, pending the outcome of an internal Party investigation"

My wife has never used social media and has, for personal reasons, not been to party meetings for some months. There is no formal statement from the "accusers" and no evidence is offered in support of these "charges". Consequently, the content of the letter and the allegations therein are totally refuted and which led to an appeal being submitted on the same day.

Notwithstanding repeated e-mails to the appeals at@labour contact e-mail address and other connected e-mail addresses, the Labour Party did not even acknowledged receipt of the appeal. The net result being that the deadline for receipt of ballots, 12 noon on the 21st September 2016, passed and my wife was unable to vote in this crucial election. As previously mentioned, she was not alone in this, as some 100,000 other members appear to have been dis enfranchised also.

If you've been denied your vote in the Labour Leadership Election, Please take a moment to complete this survey

Yesterday, a message appeared in my inbox with a link to a simple survey, requesting information as to how and why, party members had been prevented from voting. The survey has been produced by  Ms G Richards (, who must be applauded for taking a step towards assisting ordinary members of the Labour party, to understand what has happened over recent weeks and the extent to which the party may have been affected.

It seems to me to be essential that Labour party members be given the opportunity to exchange information and personal experiences in connection with the leadership election which has witnessed events and circumstances, unprecedented in the history of the Labour Party and its democratic processes. 
Please take a moment to complete the survey and submit to the organiser.