June 1st, 2012

Labour Staff Reprimanded for Interfering in Internal Elections
General Secretary Demands Block On Email Electioneering

This email went out to Labour staff 5 minutes ago:

From: Iain_McNicol
Date: 1 June 2012 12:04:13 GMT+01:00
To: All_Staff
Subject: Staff and Internal Elections

Dear All,

Over the past week I have received a number of complaints about staff interfering with internal elections.

Although no rules have been broken, the spirit of the rules has been tested and the timings questionable. With NPF and NEC as well as Police Commissioner elections coming up, there is a lot of attention being given to these key selections.

Recently emails have gone out to members from some people seeking to gain positions in these elections. I must remind staff that helping candidates to contact members whilst they are seeking election unless it is part of your constituency responsibilities is not acceptable.

I came into this job to change the way our party operates. I want to create a party that empowers and respects its staff, but at the same time I want to create a party that is open and transparent. To this end I have asked the chair of the NEC – Michael Cashman and Executive Director for Governance and Party Service, Emilie Oldknow alongside chair of the JTUC, Ray Walker to work on a code of conduct for staff covering internal elections as I do not feel the current staff handbook deals sufficiently with the issue.

I hope that staff based in head office, across the nations and regions and those working in local offices understand the severity of the issue. Upholding our own rules and remaining fair is the role of all our staff and any failure to do so can only undermine our internal democracy which does us no favours.

After such great results in May, of which you all contributed, I hope we can have a summer where we build on these successes that lead to us being a one term opposition. Creating a fair, open and transparent party is a vital step in the right direction.

Yours

Iain

Iain McNicol
General Secretary

Background to this can be found over at LabourList, this article on the Labour Party’s “culture of fixing” elaborates. LabourList’s editor Mark Ferguson says “at the moment, some of the actions that go on in our supposedly democratic party would shame a low grade banana republic.” Blairite Phil Collins said the same in an article in The Times recently in an uncoded attack on Tom Watson’s machinations…


61 Comments

  1. 1
    Freak watch says:

    Control and command

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  2. 2
    Sizzla says:

    Was it send to Ed Balls, Tom Watson and Yvette Cooper and cc’d to the rest of the party?

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  3. 3
    Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Classic biased comment from Radio 5 just now. When talking about Oirish elections fat Shelagh of Radio 5 stated that in parts of Ireland it appears 90% of people voted NO.

    Colin Patterson in the studio described that vote as “rather extreme”

    The BBC can’t stop defending the EU can they?

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    • 4
      Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

      Fuck me modded for saying EU

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    • 11
      Raving Loon says:

      It wouldn’t matter if the Irish voted 100% no, the EU will still have their way, Mwahahahahahaha!!!

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    • 15
      Dub lynne says:

      The Oirish feel they have to vote yes as the EU have said they can’t have any more money if they vote no.

      Trouble is the Oirish are too thick to realise that borrowing money from Germany to pay their debts to German banks only has one winner. Now if they took a punt on the punt and said we ain’t paying you Frau Merkel they would be back on their feet within 2 years.

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      • 26
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        And presumably then, in three years time, they would never ever need to borrow cash ever again.

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        • 32
          Polly is on the telly says:

          At the moment they are on the never never, just borrowing money to service the interest on their debt. This means their debt is always increasing. Far better to go Bankrupt, wipe the slate clean, get some cheap dosh from thye IMF and start again.

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          • sockpuppet #4 says:

            you don’t really wipe the slate clean do you?

            But anyway, you missed the right answer, which is that your central bank loans all the money you want, and you no longer have to rely on international financiers. Marine LePen told me that.

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      • 45

        They are bust. Beyond bust. They are in Argentina territory.

        They escaped decades of ruin because of the minerals , mining, agriculture and commodities boom, that by luck the Chinese kicked off about the time the Argies went broke. Inflation is still estimated at about 20% in Argentina. Without the boom they are back in real trouble.

        So unless the Chinese suddenly develop a taste for chips, the Irish can’t really get out of their debts the same way.

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    • 36
      Owain Glyndwr says:

      yes but it was concluded that the vote was out of context, and all bbc staff are to put fingers in their ears and sing lalalalalalala

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  4. 6
    ed says:

    Strings from above or the Union hand up my back has always worked for me

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  5. 7
    Phil Collins says:

    I shall not hesitate to issue writs if you describe me as a Blairite.

    For the avoidance of doubt I am a vocalist and drummer with Genesis.

    Good day

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  6. 8
    Andy Coulson says:

    Bring on the caption competition please

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  7. 9
    Another Day Another U Turn says:

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  8. 20
    VftS says:

    “across the nations and regions”
    Where are these extra-national regions?

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  9. 23
    The General Public says:

    The Labour Party has an Executive Director for Governance and Party Service.

    There’s a non-job if ever I saw one.

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    • 31

      Bit like “LieBore Leader” really. Just jump on someone else’s bandwagon and wave a blank sheet of paper.

      Having said that, the way CleggCam are performing of late, that’s about all Retard-Ed will need to do to get elected by the pasty eating Bright House customers.

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  10. 24
    West Eltham Eddie says:

    I believe that Ray Walker who is chairman of the Labour HQ JTUC is a councillor in Greenwich and Chief Whip of the Labour Group there.

    Having seen him in action in Greenwich he would not be high on the list of people I would trust to operate a fair and transparent system of anything.

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    • 49

      No, but he IS doing a very good job of advertising the “fair and transparent” narrative – it’s like all LieBore’s policies, they are really aspirations not promises.

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  11. 25
    Backwoodsman says:

    ‘a low grade banana republic’ – thats what you get from 13 years of labour running things.

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  12. 30
    Hamish says:

    Anyone else having trouble connecting to LabourList and Bloggerheads (Tim Ireland)?

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  13. 33
    nellnewman says:

    “I want to create a party that is open and transparent…”

    Not much chance of that when the party’s leader was famously elected by manipulation, backstabbing and union brute force.

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  14. 39

    Would you want to buy a used car from either of those two gentlemen depicted above?

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