This Blog has received a comment from Unite member David Chesters, who thinks hundreds – or perhaps thousands – more members may have been disenfranchised because they are “paid up/lifetime members”.
I am an associated member of the Labour party as I have been a lifetime member of the UNITE union, and I have already cast my vote, but my Mother, who was expecting to be able to do the same, has not received notification of her vote in any form.
I rang Unite HQ to ask why not, and they told me that Labour HQ had dictated to them that “Paid up / lifetime members” were not eligible to vote as they no longer contribute to the “Political Fund”.
My mother achieved 30 yrs as a member a few decades back. This means that she became “Non Contributory” and therefore a lifetime member without subscription.
However, she has not been notified that her previous voting status has been altered by either the Unite Union, or the Labour Party.
In my opinion this is gross misconduct by Labour Central Office, Underhand and devious to say the least… Personally I believe it is mainly because older members are old Labour and align with Jeremy far more, and so need to be kept from voting.
What do you think?
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