Interesting developments in Tom Watson’s West Bromwich East (WBE) constituency. Local sources tell the SKWAWKBOX that there has been an increase of new members in the constituency since this blog’s exclusive that the Sandwell LCF (Local Campaign Forum) – in which WBE lies – was suspended by Jennie Formby after allegations of serious anti-democratic practice.
Two senior members of the local Labour hierarchy, one a council Cabinet member and both members of the same LCF that has now been suspended, have been turning up on the doorstep of new Labour – and exclusively Asian – members within two or three days of the members’ joining the party, demanding to know why they have joined the party and ‘who was behind it’.
Neither of the figures lives in the ward where the new members reside. One works for Tom Watson.
This presents serious problems, as those Labour figures should have no entitlement under Labour rules to data about new members – and any release of that information to people not entitled to access the data would represent a serious breach of data protection regulations.
It may also indicate the scale of the panic among the Sandwell Labour establishment at the suspension of the LCF and any potential threat to councillors and MPs from changes in membership.
The unravelling in Sandwell continues apace. Letters of complaint are believed to be in preparation by the new members, who feel that they have been ‘harassed’.
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