Attlee’s great-nephew is ‘purged’ by Labour’s NEC – for non-existent social media postings

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Clement Attlee, has demanded the suspension of party secretary Iain McNicol from his post after his party membership was revoked for abusive social media comments – that do not exist.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?


Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:


Related posts

10 Thoughts to “Attlee’s great-nephew is ‘purged’ by Labour’s NEC – for non-existent social media postings”

  1. I have been treated in the same way as John McDonald and thoroughly endorse his demand for a removal of this person from his post for similar reasons and I thoroughly endorse his comments. I most sincerely hope that other deprived members ([n fact all members) will join in to try and get the Labour Party respected once more. I am certain that once we can get Jeremy Corbyn re-elected these travesties of maladministration will be dealt with in the proper manner.

  2. Might I suggest you call a vote of no confidence?

  3. He mentioned Corbyn in a post and therefore is ‘justifiably’ purged. What is the publicised purpose of the purge? If it is to rid the election from mythical ‘entryists’ from other parties then how can the PLP justify suspension of ANYONE that joined prior to the 2015 General Election? It seems clear that this is a last gasp attempt of the anti-Corbyn and anti-Labour brigade to rid the Party of all those that want Labour to return to it’s core values and not, as they wish, move towards a pink-tinged Tory Party that already lost Labour the last two elections.

  4. Iain McNicol should be suspended ASAP with all the otheres that have helped him I can’t see that he as done this on his own

  5. Brian

    I propose the majority of Corbyn supporters belong to minority groups. Gerrymandering the electorate of minority groups becomes discrimination. Any instances of this render the administrators liable for discrimination & hate crime. So unless the administrators can prove they have ensured due diligence in ensuring they have not discriminated, they become legally liable for their actions. I hope they are prepared to back their actions up with pear reviewed facts.

  6. Mike Young

    I’ve no idea how you publicize these things, but I’ve just started a petition “Suspend the Labour Party’s General Secretary Ian McNicol” in response to this. Anyone can read more and sign the petition here:

  7. I do not agree with a suspension I would like our Labour Movement ( Grass Roots Rank and File) to call an EGM of all Members including those that have been treated disgracefully and Undemocratically by the present PLP and certain factions of the NEC.All the so called Labour Hierarchy along with MPs Tom Watson Angela Eagle Owen Smith and the rest of the front bench Shaddow cabinet who resigned en masse plus all who were and are refusing to work for us under Mr Corbyn should face nothing less than Expulsion from Our Labour Movement under the Leadership of Mr Corbyn. I will also include Kezia Dugdale and Jim Murphy from what’s left of Scottish Labour the one Scottish MP is included amongst Watsons Cowards I suggest this is done sooner rather than later as I was more than alarmed by Mike Siviers Blog Yesterday. That Blog was scary if the Tory Rag is correct this is enough to prove these MPs are Deluded beyond Reason and are not fit or competent to represent Their Constituents nor The Labour Party Expel Them All and let us build a Labour Party Fit For Purpose. We do not need to win Conservative Voters We need to get our core Working People Voting for us again New Labour dropped the Ball big time.

    1. Mike Sivier

      Just one point – there is no venue large enough to accommodate a meeting of half a million Labour members. Best to have CLP meetings to sort it out, eh?

  8. gerald hull


    1. Mike Sivier

      The person who ‘purged’ Mr Macdonald? Yes.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this:

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. This includes scrolling or continued navigation. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.