Starmer’s party an organisational mess
The Labour party is bombarding a Liverpool councillor with a daily stream of emails begging him for support – after expelling him and manoeuvering to block him from the Labour-run council’s policy committees.
Sam Gorst was expelled by Labour last week on the retrospective pretext of support for other expelled members that took place long before their groups were ‘proscribed’, but the party still wants his money so badly that it is emailing him almost every twenty-four hours.
On Monday, Cllr Gorst received a letter from the party asking him to go and help campaign in a West Midlands by-election:
On Tuesday, he received another – this one telling him about the campaigning and training dates he ‘needs’ to save:
And today, it’s an update from Labour’s Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner:
Party general secretary David Evans has claimed that the party, which recently suffered a massive data breach about which it has still not fully informed victims or party officers potentially liable to financial loss, is allowed to keep minimal data on expelled members for disciplinary purposes’internal governance’. But he also stated clearly that the information was ‘restricted’ to ‘ensure‘ that it could not be used for other purposes and that the party will not contact ex-members:
We do however minimise the personal data we hold and ensure that unnecessary information is deleted once it is no longer required. Where someone is no longer a member or supporter, we restrict the processing of this information in such a way to ensure that the Labour Party does not contact you again.
The huge data breach led to members’ sensitive data being in the possession of criminals, but Labour’s own internal data handling and admin has been a complete mess under Starmer and Evans, no doubt aggravated by their mass purge of left members and the even bigger exodus of people disgusted with their behaviour.
But to be expelling councillors from the party and not even bothering to ‘ensure that the Labour party does not contact [them] again’ is shoddy even by the standards of the current Labour regime and must surely constitute yet another major breach of supposedly-strict data protection laws.
Sam Gorst is appealing against his expulsion.
Clearly Starmer’s shambles of a party, having expelled or sickened its most engaged and campaigning members, is flailing around for support in its lacklustre campaigns. But it’s not going to get it from those it has most egregiously hounded and abused, nor from the hundreds of thousands of others who stand in solidarity with them.
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