‘RejoinRebuild’ site provides no details of who runs it or who will control member data – but registration details show Labour right-winger with link to centrist leadership hopeful
An anonymous site set up to encourage people to ‘rejoin and rebuild’ the Labour Party was set up by a centrist supporter of leadership hopeful Keir Starmer – who is vice-Chair of Starmer’s Holborn and St Pancras constituency Labour Party (CLP).
Rejoin/Rebuild says it is ‘a group of friends in the Labour Party who believe things need to fundamentally change‘ – yet that they believe in the party being ‘a broad church of members’. It says in its pinned tweet that it is trying to bring in one hundred thousand returning members – and it invites potential Labour members to enter their personal details:
GDPR data protection laws specify what information must be provided to those whose data is collected:
The site says no personal information will be shared with third parties, but with no indication of who the parties are who will have access.
And although it claims to believe in ‘a broad church’, Rejoin/Reform’s Twitter feed makes clear that it is supportive of the right of the party, while it has shared tweets calling to ‘take our party back’ from the so-called hard left:
Alongside support for right-wingers who have regularly attacked Jeremy Corbyn, the Twitter feed also includes calls to ‘get rid of this awful [Labour] leadership:
But while the site and Twitter account give no details of who is involved, a search of the right ‘WhoIs’ site reveals that the site was registered last week by a firm named ‘Wilder Digital’:
Wilder Digital is a firm that says it helps its clients “connect with and grow your audiences”. It lists Tom Lillywhite as its sole director on Companies House. Tom Lillywhite is vice-Chair of Holborn and St Pancras CLP:
Lillywhite’s Twitter feed shows not only regular retweets of Labour right-wingers and tweets in support of them, but also a stream of tweets concerning the constituency’s MP – Labour leadership hopeful Keir Starmer:
The SKWAWKBOX was unable to find any personal contact details for Tom Lillywhite. Calls throughout the day to the number shown on the Wilder Digital website reached a dead line. Emails to his attention at the firm’s email address were not answered.
Keir Starmer was also contacted for comment. No response was received before publication. There is nothing in evidence to suggest that he was involved in Rejoin/Remain.
Any site set up by the Labour right – or by anyone – that does not provide the required information to ensure privacy and protect data should not be trusted with any personal information.
Those who support Labour as a genuine alternative to the austerity consensus should not go near any site run by the Labour right to try to ‘take their party back’.
The battle for the heart and soul of the Labour Party is well and truly underway.
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