Ryan’s email to members asking for their post-resignation support links her to unauthorised member data use
Labour MP Joan Ryan resigned from the Labour Party on Tuesday evening. At 22.07hrs, after her resignation, she tweeted her statement:
But only a minute earlier, she or someone acting on her behalf had sent an email to Labour members advising them, not that she intended to resign but that she had already done so:
Ryan’s email – sent at 22.06hrs – unequivocally told recipients not that she was about to resign, but that she had resigned. Yet as the email header shows clearly, the email was sent using Labour’s ‘Organise’ system:
The LabourList article that revealed the breach linked it directly to the Organise system:
Ms Ryan’s email stating she had resigned shows that she or someone acting for her was using the Organise system after she had terminated her own entitlement to use that system. LabourList‘s article confirms that the data breach involved that same system.
The quitters’ ‘Independent Group’ had denied that any of its members had made unauthorised use of Labour systems, as LabourList related:
But a spokesperson for The Independent Group has denied the allegation: “The Labour Party has not contacted The Independent Group concerning this issue. If the Labour Party has a specific allegation they should come forward.
“None of The Independent Group MPs, or their offices, have had access to or accessed personal data held on the Labour Party’s systems since the MPs resigned on Monday.”
But Ms Ryan’s email to members makes clear that this claim cannot be true.
Ryan’s email also invited Labour members to make themselves liable to expulsion by helping her activities in spite of her resignation:
If you’d like to be part of my community team going out with me talking to residents where they live and at school gates, please email me on: email@example.com . Also, if you’d like to help me with coffee mornings so we can hear back from our local community and what they want to see happen then also email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org…
I have left the Labour Party with a very heavy heart… If you would like to get involved locally to help me support this community in what are truly difficult times, please email me
Under Labour Party rules, support for a rival political group is an ‘auto-exclusion’ – expulsion – offence.
The SKWAWKBOX wrote to Joan Ryan on Wednesday:
Why was your login used to access Labour’s systems after your resignation? Unauthorised access of personal data can result in custodial sentences and individuals have already been imprisoned for doing so under GDPR laws – are you concerned about legal consequences?
Up to the time of publication, she had not responded.
Labour Party sources declined to comment except to say that action was being taken regarding the breach.
The Tinge group’s inauspicious start – which involved a racist comment by one of its MPs within a couple of hours of its inception – continues.
An MP made unauthorised – self-declaredly unauthorised – use of a confidential Labour system she had put herself in a position of having no business using.
And the quitters’ group insisted it had not happened – even though the evidence had been emailed to hundreds of Labour members.
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