Right-wing Labour group Labour First has started a petition attacking the decision of the NEC, Labour’s ruling committee, to write to Haringey council asking it to pause the progress of the ‘HDV’ – the controversial housing development project that involves removing thousands of council house residents from their homes and handing the buildings to a private-public partnership.
The petition, which has attracted only a few hundred signatures so far, uses the official Labour Party logo:
Labour members contacted the SKWAWKBOX concerned about a non-official group using the official party logo to attack the party’s NEC and querying whether Labour First had Labour’s permission to do so.
So we asked Labour First secretary Luke Akehurst whether his group had obtained permission. The response was interesting:
The petition attacks the NEC’s message to Haringey council’s ruling Labour group – which it has a right under the party’s rules to send. Labour First started the petition in spite of the fact that none of the local government representatives on the NEC – including the person who created the letter the petition supports – voted against sending the ‘pause’ message.
In spite of those circumstances, Labour First feels entitled to use the party logo without such niceties as asking the permission of the party that owns the logo.
However, Labour’s own guideline document for the use of its logo may disagree:
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