Still, this report provides an excuse to reveal that the Labour ‘party machine’ (in reality committees composed of NEC members) has been disqualifying members of the basis of comments retweeted on Twitter, regardless of whether the member approves of them or not.
It has long been established that RTing a tweet does not imply any kind of endorsement, and some members of the Twitter community reinforce that claim with personalised disclaimers.
But that didn’t stop Labour from disqualifying Philip Lewis on the basis of three tweets that he didn’t write.
Mr Lewis commented: “Today I received the tweets reason why I’m suspended and no not my acc.mine @philewis and my cat @philewis_lenin”
Here are the tweets. As you can see, they are not written by Mr Lewis:
Jeremy Corbyn has revealed he is investigating allegations that Labour’s leadership contest is being rigged against him after a number of his supporters received letters barring them from taking part.
In an interview with the Guardian, the Labour leader said he hoped party officials were not working against him but could not rule out the possibility.
“I’m surprised at the numbers of people who’ve been denied a vote and I’m surprised at the lack of reason that’s been given to people,” he said, in his strongest intervention on the subject so far.
“I’m concerned about that because surely in a democratic process everyone should be entitled to vote unless there is some very good reason against them.”
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