Dear Iain McNicol – Jayne Linney

I think most of us would be happy to confirm that the lovely Ms Linney has Labour values.

As a previous Labour Member who didn’t renew my membership due to concerns with actions by my local Labour Party and what I perceived as a lack of opposition from the Parliamentary group, I maintained my belief in Labour’s aims and values.

Given this I willingly paid my £3.00, which I can ill afford as a disabled benefit recipient, to become an Affiliated Supporter and vote for my preferred candidate in the Leadership campaign.Upon receiving my electronic ballot paper I immediately duly voted but today I received an email informing me my vote will not be counted?

The email states “We have reason to believe that you do not support the aims and values of the Labour Party or you are a supporter of an organisation opposed to the Labour Party and therefore we are rejecting your application.” I refute this supposition completely, and as a lifelong Labour supporter ask you give me your “reasons” by return. Given the deadline for voting, this request is of the utmost urgency.

This is addressed to you as the promoter of the Leadership race and request you give this your urgent attention


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8 thoughts on “Dear Iain McNicol – Jayne Linney

  1. David Woods

    What a free and open vote labour supporters are offered; Vote only for OUR choice or Go!
    They won’t need to worry about winning any election, they will no longer exist!

  2. mohandeer

    Further evidence of right wing LP vote rigging. The Labour Party has done itself so much damage that it is unlikely to recover even if JC wins. Not sure if it is a good idea for JC to remain with the LP if he can’t shift the undemocratic and unrepresentative right wing out of the party. It may be that the party will have to split and those MP’s with traditional and real LP values leave. This said, if enough LP members denounce the right wing element and receive Union backing it will mean that those right wing radicals will be looking to call themselves something other than the Labour Party.
    I just don’t know how many true LP politicians we have left (no pun intended) anymore.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      “The Labour Party has done itself so much damage that it is unlikely to recover even if JC wins”? Nice way to try to slant everybody’s thinking. You have no reason to believe that.

  3. hstorm

    I’m still waiting for the Blue Labour elite to define for everyone what those values are. But we know they won’t, because all the capitalist platitudes will make explicit to their entire support base that there is nothing for them in supporting Labour as long as it is run by Blairites.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Well, we could ask Liz Kendall when Labour values were expanded to include privately-run education. We could ask Yvette Cooper when Labour values included forcing the disabled into work if they can lift things with the stumps of their limbs. We could ask similar questions of Andy Burnham, I’m sure.

  4. Guy Ropes

    If Harriet Harman said “Labour Party aims and values” once, she said it half a dozen times when interviewed yesterday. So I went to the Labour Party website – to find out what they were or if indeed they had been decided upon – where I was confronted by a photo of Ed Miliband and a pledge that the party is fighting to win the next election. Is the fighting referred to between members? I learnt much of what I needed to know without delving further. Why was there not a photo of Tony Blair – the last elected Labour Prime Minster or – pro tem – a photo of Nye Bevan or other Labour “winners?”. Does this give the impression of a party that is up to date, relevant or progressive? Also the party’s antipathy towards certain British citizens at the moment looks akin to McCarthyism to me. If newly arrived EU migrants with criminal records i.e. rape; murder etc (and welcomed via our EU membership) apply to join the party, would they be admitted or do they have to wait until the party considers they have mouthed enough platitudes before they’re welcomed?

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