NEC member’s admission confirms what left always knew: mass exodus followed start of Keir Starmer’s tenure as leader
Labour’s membership has tumbled by around 200,000 during Keir Starmer’s short regime as Labour leader, according to an admission by a longtime member of Labour’s NEC.
Labour now claims it is has no reliable data on its current membership because of the scandal of the ‘ransomware’ data hack of the company to which Starmer’s sidekick David Evans had subcontracted the party’s membership system – but Ann Black says that the figure is ‘around 400,000’ – at least 190,000 down from its peak under Jeremy Corbyn of 590,000.
Skwawkbox exclusively published analysis last month suggesting a membership fall of exactly the same figure. This equates to a loss of membership dues of around £8 million per year. Labour, financially healthy under Corbyn, has been on the edge of bankruptcy for much of Starmer’s tenure, with needless legal payouts and the loss of donations from several unions adding to its woes as members abandoned the party in disgust at the shredding of his leadership campaign promises and the right’s war on left members and party democracy.
Labour lost control of its member system after it outsourced its data management to an outside company that was subsequently hacked, exposing the sensitive data of hundreds of thousands of current members to criminals – and of ex-members that Labour should not have been holding under GDPR and had claimed to have isolated from the normal membership records. The breach was so serious that the party brought in the National Crime Agency, but Labour has still not informed victims exactly what was stolen.
The party could face huge fines of up to £17.5 million for the breach, which it is unable to afford – exposing the leadership and Labour’s elected National Executive members to risk of liability, but it had still not informed NEC members of the company’s identity either, months after the incident.
Despite this, Labour is now running yet another relaunch campaign claiming voters can trust the party to show ‘accountability’, ‘openness’ and ‘honesty’.
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