“Well, that’s all right then” – said nobody at all after Labour apologised to Jess Barnard for emailing her with a ridiculous Notice of Investigation at one o’clock in the morning.
The party had been planning disciplinary action against the Young Labour chair on the pretext that she was wrong to challenge transphobia. Think about that.
But party officers took a sharp U-turn – not because they acted in error, as they tried to claim, but because Ms Barnard reported the attack to her lawyers and they threatened court action against the party.
Skwawkbox has claimed that the email was demanded by a senior staff member who is carrying out a vendetta against Ms Barnard to punish her for standing up against the party’s attempts at character assassination against her, for standing in solidarity with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and to prevent her speaking at Labour’s conference later this month. The evidence is here.
Possibly worse than this is the fact that the email was deliberately sent to a young woman who has already suffered considerable mental distress because of interventions by Labour Party officers – at one in the morning on World Suicide Prevention Day. Did whoever was responsible think it was funny to do that?
• What type of person tells someone they’re under investigation at 1am in the morning by email?
The damage to someone’s mental health & wellbeing is potentially catastrophic. On world suicide prevention day as well.
Labour this is no way to treat Young members pic.twitter.com/0EAqReZC7r
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) September 10, 2021
“As a young member already facing hostility from some members of staff, this is very much starting to feel like harassment and intimidation,” wrote Ms Barnard in an emailed letter to NEC members. And rightly so – because that is exactly what it was.
An 'error' is when you press a wrong key. Spending a day sifting through someone's social media, finding stuff that can be bent to appear rule-breaking, preparing a disciplinary case, sending it off at 1am: I think that's called something else. Eh, @Keir_Starmer?
— Raphael Dogg (@raphaeldogg) September 11, 2021
Quite right. And several questions arise. Firstly, why is the party abusing its responsibilities in this way?
This is what happens when the party machinery is in hands of people who see everything through the prism of factionalism and have no understanding of the rule of law, due process or simple decency and common-sense
There are many other cases that should be withdrawn immediately https://t.co/8TFJOjlccp
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) September 10, 2021
We need to know who is responsible for this behaviour and what is going to happen to them as a result. Will they face disciplinary proceedings? (I think we all know the answer to that: no.)
And the second question is: how many other Labour Party members have been subjected to abuse of their mental health in the same way?
This is going to put the cat among the pigeons, what? If @JessicaLBarnard got a rogue letter from a rogue executive at 1 am, what of the other people who were issued them around that time?@alexnunns @skwawkbox @MidWalesMike @OwenJones84 @AsaWinstanley @Jonathan_K_Cook https://t.co/znhCzCyv7P
— leftworks #WeAreCorbyn #IStandWithCraigMurray (@leftworks1) September 11, 2021
You see, Ms Barnard is not the only Labour Party member to have received notice of disciplinary proceedings at such a time.
It is regular Labour Party practice, it seems.
That is what we find from the response to Pamela Fitzpatrick – who is herself taking Labour to court over disciplinary proceedings launched against her, apparently in order to prevent her from attending the party conference and being available as a possible replacement for David Evans if he is removed from his general secretary role by party members angered at his vindictive and unreasonable purges of left-wing members.
She asked whether the party was deliberately timing its letters to cause maximum distress to members and the answer is an unequivocal yes:
I got the email @ 11 pm with 5 accusations of liking items on Facebook, spurious accusations. On the last page of 5 they suggest you turn to CAB, the Samaritans or my GP. For support. I have 64 years active membership. Disgraceful treatment.
— ElizabethAnne Belworthy (@EBelworthy) September 10, 2021
I was a sitting councillor (County and Borough) with an unblemished record. NOI came at ten past eight on a Saturday evening, on same day I put in my application to be a candidate in CC elections and days after I had confirmed my intention to stand for the Borough.
— Karen S #BDS (@s_karensudan) September 11, 2021
I can only agree with Ms Fitzpatrick’s response to the revelations from fellow party members:
I have never in the decades of party membership come across such dreadful behaviour. Those standing silently by are just as guilty.
— Pamela Fitzpatrick (@PamelaFitzNWC) September 10, 2021
Where is the outrage from Keir Starmer and his cult members? Where are the announcements of disciplinary action against the culprits? And when will the procedure be reformed?
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