Labour apparently didn’t want members or public knowing what it was doing
Yesterday, the SKWAWKBOX covered the news that candidates in Labour’s National Executive Committee elections had been told by email that the party – despite earlier denials – is removing the votes of overwhelmingly left-wing members who resigned after casting their vote because of the conduct of Keir Starmer and the conduct of the party’s new leadership.
Now, in an irony that would almost be humorous were it not for the Stalinism it reflects, candidates have been rebuked by the party for leaking that email to members.
And that email has leaked.
And the SKWAWKBOX can reveal its wording and its chilling undertone:
You may have seen that the email below was leaked to LabourList last night.
We hope you will understand that if we cannot trust candidates to treat communications from the Party confidentially, we may need to rethink what level of information we share with you in the future.
‘We may need to rethink what level of information we share with you in the future’ – so the party doesn’t want Labour members, whose representatives are being elected in this contest, to know what it’s doing and how it is influencing the result.
It’s worth underlining that there is nothing in the rules for the election that says those eligible to receive and cast a ballot will have their votes disqualified if they resign before the day of the result (today) – and it is anything but normal for the register of eligible voters to be amended for something those voters did during the election period, as writer Ronan Burtenshaw rightly observed.
Yet the party has even delayed the announcement of today’s result by around five hours to allow extra time for more left-wing votes to be removed.
This is Keir Starmer’s ‘unity’.