Allies of Jeremy Corbyn, left, see Labour’s general secretary Iain McNicol as working with deputy leader Tom Watson, right, against Corbyn [Image: Gareth Fuller/PA].

Allies of Jeremy Corbyn, left, see Labour’s general secretary Iain McNicol as working with deputy leader Tom Watson, right, against Corbyn [Image: Gareth Fuller/PA].

It is the Labour Party way – if an injustice is done to one worker, then all colleagues unite in their support.

This Writer supports that position; united, we are stronger.

Labour employees who work for every member of the party without favour to some and without prejudice against others are indeed entitled to respect and loyalty.

Of course, if just one of these employees is found to have been behaving in a partisan manner – helping one side and/or hindering another – then the argument put forward by their former colleagues must fail. So one hopes the signatories of this letter are very sure of their ground.

(This is not to say that all are then to be tarred with the same brush; it is perfectly possible for some to be sincere in their intentions while others are hiding among the crowd, as it were.)

I am happy to sit this one out. I don’t know any paid Labour staff and therefore cannot comment on their behaviour.

I would advise the MPs who made the comments that form the basis of this complaint to be prepared to show evidence supporting their claims.

The letter from the former employees is here.

More than a hundred former Labour staff have signed a letter urging Jeremy Corbyn and his team to respect the party’s workers, amid fears that senior figures, including general secretary Iain McNicol, could be pushed aside.

The letter says that despite working long hours and having little job security, party staff “remain completely loyal to the party and to their employers, and the least they are entitled to expect is some loyalty and respect in return. To hear members of the Labour party attack their own employees is depressing; to hear talk about ‘clearing them out’ is unacceptable; to hear such statements from the most senior level is intolerable”.

Signatories include two of McNicol’s predecessors, Lord Collins and Peter Watt; and more than a hundred other former Labour staff.

Source: ‘Respect Labour party workers’ say former party staff | Politics | The Guardian

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