This letter appears to be a (not very heavily) coded warning to Labour general secretary Iain McNicol.
If the manner in which member suspensions are being handled is “damaging the reputation of the Labour Party”, then those responsible may themselves be suspended – with the possibility of worse to follow – for bringing the party into disrepute.
It’s why some high-profile Corbyn-supporting members were suspended earlier this year – most of whom have now been reinstated after investigations revealed no cause for concern.
It seems some party functionaries are becoming reckless.
Jeremy Corbyn has accused Labour officials of suspending members without letting them know why or giving them the chance to appeal, as tensions surrounding the party’s leadership election intensified over the weekend.
The Labour leader has written to the party’s general secretary, Iain McNicol, about a spate of suspensions warning: “The online and press speculation around the reasons for suspension and how these are being dealt with are raising concerns about whether members are being treated in a consistent and proportionate manner,” he said. “This in turn is damaging the reputation of the Labour Party.”
In the note, seen by the Guardian and which he signed off “JC”, Corbyn said he wanted Labour to bring forward the recommendations made by Shami Chakrabarti in a recent report into antisemitism and racism within the party. She called for the party to “uphold the strongest principles of natural justice” including giving people a timeline in which their case will be dealt with, offering the identity of any complainant and telling people why they are being suspended. Corbyn has called for a meeting of Labour’s equalities committee to discuss the issue in early September, before the end of the leadership battle.
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