The group ‘Labour against Antisemitism’ (LAAS), in spite of its name, has no standing with the Labour Party – a fact either missed or ignored by mainstream journalists who wish to portray its various attacks as having some kind of official weight.
CLP (constituency Labour party) secretaries have been complaining bitterly on their Facebook forum today about an uninvited email apparently sent by the group, or by its representative Euan Phillips in what some have complained to the SKWAWKBOX is a ‘clear and serious breach of data protection laws’:
The email, signed in the name of Euan Phillips, demands that recipients ‘Reject and Condemn the Open Letter to the NEC Regarding Labour’s Code of Conduct‘. It attempts to refute the open letter point by point and asks the Secretaries to forward it to all members:
Mr Phillips has been criticised by members of the CLP of which he used to be chair for alleged unauthorised use of the CLP’s social media accounts and for his attacks on the party’s leadership. He has also been accused of running ‘myriad anonymous trolling accounts’.
LAAS has no entitlement under data protection laws to email anyone without their express permission, including CLP secretaries. Such an uninvited email and the unauthorised possession of email address could, if a complaint is submitted to the Information Commissioner and upheld, result in large fines.
If someone at Labour Party HQ has disclosed the information to LAAS, that will also represent a serious breach and should also be result in immediate dismissal for gross misconduct.
LAAS has also posted the message to its Facebook page.
LAAS was contacted about the complaints and to ask how it obtained the recipient email addresses. No response has been received so far. No contact information could be found for Euan Phillips.
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