Party’s notices of investigation and suspension now point only to web address for support – but suspended members can’t access it
Labour’s abuse of its members has reached new depths – with the party putting details of mental health support resources out of reach of members it suspends, at the same time as it puts them under severe mental stress.
Letters to members suspended used to say:
The Party would like to make clear that there is support available to you while this matter is being investigated. There are a number of organisations available who can offer support for your wellbeing:
• You can contact your GP who can help you access support for your mental health and wellbeing.
• The Samaritans are available 24/7 – They offer a safe place for anyone to talk any time they like, in their own way – about whatever’s getting to them. Telephone 116 123.
• Citizens Advice – Provide free, confidential and impartial advice. Their goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever problem they face. People go to the Citizens Advice Bureau with all sorts of issues. They may have money, benefit, housing or employment problems. They may be facing a crisis, or just considering their options. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
• If you have questions about the investigation process please contact the Complaints Team, whose details are included in this letter.
This trite and dismissive advice was bad enough. But notices now being sent to victims of the party’s purge instead include only a link to a page on Labour’s website:
You can find details of organisations who can offer support for your health and wellbeing at https://labour.org.uk/safeguarding/resource-hub/. Use the on page navigation to go to the ‘Who to contact”
But any member suspended who tries to access that page finds that they are banned from accessing it. On attempting to navigate to it, they see only a notice informing them they’re not allowed in:
But this ban is not a blanket one on accessing all parts of the site. Labour’s notifications now also warn Southside’s victims that they can face further disciplinary action if they tell anyone – other than those organisations whose names they’re no longer allowed to access – about the action being taken against them:
You can find more information about your rights and responsibilities with respect to the confidentiality of the investigation at https://labour.org.uk/members/my-welfare/my-rights-and- responsibilities/labours-confidentiality-and-privacy-policy/.
If you fail to do so, the Party reserves the right to take action to protect confidentiality, and you may be liable to disciplinary action for breach of the Rules.
That page is open to anyone, including suspended members or even members of the public.
Labour, in short, has denied access to mental health support to those David Evans and co are targeting in their discriminatory purge – but is allowing access to the parts that threaten them further. The number of victims affected continues to mount and those denied access to help have included members with recognised mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder.
One of the party’s pledges on mental health was to guarantee access to mental health treatment within a month, after the Tories’ cuts inflicted terrible suffering on people with mental health issues. Now Labour is inflicting further distress – and denying access to resources to help.
Data last year from inside the party showed that a number of deaths and attempted suicides had already followed suspensions and expulsions.
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