Repeated requests for party to investigate and intervene have fallen on what are now the usual deaf ears, despite party’s own horrendous data protection record
Labour’s selection process for its next parliamentary candidate in the London seat of Camberwell and Peckham has caused uproar because of the exclusion of local Black councillor Maurice Mcleod, which triggered the resignation yesterday of key members of the selection committee in protest at the regime’s rigging and interference.
But the party’s tampering in the process also appears to extend to what has been termed a ‘criminal’ data breach, with members’ information in the hands of a favoured right-wing prospect – and the party ignoring repeated requests from the selection committee to investigate and intervene.
Thr departing officers explained in their resignation statement:
In the middle of October a data breach involving one of the long listed candidates took place, which may have resulted in that candidate having accessed members’ contact information in breach of the code of conduct in the parliamentary selection procedures. We have reported it to the NEC rep, the Regional Officer, the Labour Party’s Data Controller and Data Protection Officer. Nothing has happened and no sanction has been imposed, calling into question both the integrity of the process and the suitability of the candidate.
Journalist Michael Crick noted, correctly, that the breach should be a criminal matter. This is particularly the case in view of the fact that the party caused two massive data hacks by outsourcing it’s data handling under the Starmer-Evans regime.
And the party’s lack of action is likewise part of a pattern, with complaints of rigging, voter fraud and impersonation, bullying and intimidation in several high profile selections, admitted by the party’s national management in at least one case but dismissed as irrelevant while the party installs favoured right-wingers under allegation of serious sexual assault or hate speech.
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