Earlier today, the SKWAWKBOX exclusively published a letter sent by Labour general secretary Jennie Formby to MSPs (members of Scottish Parliament) in response to their complaint about Labour’s decision not to further fund Kezia Dugdale’s defence against a libel action brought by the owner of the Wings over Scotland website.
The letter described the extent of Labour’s contribution of initial funding for the case and the reasons the party decided not to do so for continued legal costs. The SKWAWKBOX offered Ms Dugdale the opportunity to comment and she has now done so via a spokesperson, who said:
Jennie Formby’s letter throws into question whether she believes in the party’s values of solidarity.
As for her bizarre claim about the party having ‘no sign off’, Kezia Dugdale was the leader of the party at the time of writing. Is Jennie Formby really suggesting that Scottish Labour leaders need ‘sign off’ from UK officials? That should deeply trouble the current leadership.
Ms Dudgdale’s response appears to suggest that ‘solidarity’ means licence to commit alleged libel – accusing someone of homophobic comments – without consultation with the party and yet still expect members to foot the bill for resulting legal action.
Even more to the point, Ms Formby’s letter did not say that Dugdale needed approval from ‘UK officials’ for her article – but conversely, if Ms Dugdale was entitled to write what she wanted without ‘sign off’, then she was equally independent when it comes to the consequences.
Her spokesperson responded to the letter – but missed the point.
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