Clement Attlee is considered one of the UK's greatest leaders - and probably the greatest Labour prime minister. It was in his 1945-51 government that the NHS and the welfare state were both founded. Now, party secretary Iain McNicol has seen fit to suspend the membership of Mr Attlee's great-nephew, John Macdonald.

Clement Attlee is considered one of the UK’s greatest leaders – and probably the greatest Labour prime minister. It was in his 1945-51 government that the NHS and the welfare state were both founded. Now, party secretary Iain McNicol has seen fit to suspend the membership of Mr Attlee’s great-nephew, John Macdonald.

The great-nephew of one of the Labour Party’s greatest leaders, Clement Attlee, has demanded the suspension of party secretary Iain McNicol from his post after his party membership was revoked for abusive social media comments – that do not exist.

John Macdonald, a party member for 40 years, revealed that he had queried the non-arrival of his voting papers, only to receive an emailed response from Mr McNicol, “conveniently suspending my membership and therefore of course my vote”.

He stated: “My suspension is for alleged breaches of a rule relating to supposedly abusive comments on social media on and prior to 8th August.” The problem is, he added, that there are no such abusive messages on Mr Macdonald’s timeline.

Read the full message for yourself:160912-john-macdonald

Mr Macdonald wrote: “I challenge both the competence and the ethical probity of the Labour Party’s General Secretary and call for his immediate suspension from his post pending investigation into his behaviour and suitability for this office.”

There may be a great many fellow Labour members – and newly ex-members – lining up to join him in that demand. Does a mechanism exist for them to add their support?

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