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.



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…


  1. 1
    Freak watch says:

    Control and command

  2. 2
    Sizzla says:

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

  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?

  4. 4
    Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Fuck me modded for saying EU

  5. 5
    Dear All says:

    The Socialists are restless.

    Why are you on their staff Guido?

  6. 6
    ed says:

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

  7. 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

  8. 8
    Andy Coulson says:

    Bring on the caption competition please

  9. 9
    Another Day Another U Turn says:

  10. 10
    JH says:

    No tax on skips?

    That will make your next delivery of food cheaper then, eh Twatson.

  11. 11
    Raving Loon says:

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

  12. 12
    I quite like it when the government recognises reason. says:

    What is wrong with realising a mistake has been made and rectifying it? Brown would have just stuck pencils in his ears and stapled his hands to the desk and refuse to listen.

  13. 13

    Sus sus stooopido

  14. 14

    Skips and pasties exempt.
    If he can just get Osborne to also exempt VAT on Chupa Chups he’ll be in clover.

  15. 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.

  16. 16
  17. 17
    WVM says:

    Reducing tax is always a good thing, but what the Labour party and public sector morons don’t seem to realize is that the coming cuts will have to come from elsewhere. So on their heads be it.

  18. 18
    Another Engineer says:

    Good, it was a recipe for fly tipping.

    I’m not sure why nobody realised this in the first place, though. Nick Clegg should have told them…


  19. 19
    Selohesra says:

    I think it was the round green vegetable

  20. 20
    VftS says:

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

  21. 21

    Ah! A high grade banana republic.

  22. 22
  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 25
    Backwoodsman says:

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

  26. 26
    sockpuppet #4 says:

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

  27. 27

    ‘Boy’ George seems determined to wrestle the mug bearing the legend of ‘world’s worst chancellor’ from Gordon’s pudgy grip.

  28. 28
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    They might, just once in a while, try to make a decision they can stick with in the first place.

  29. 29

    I can feel it
    Cumming in my hair tonight ¸.•*¨*•♫♪¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪

  30. 30
    Hamish says:

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 34
    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.

  35. 35
    匿名 says:

    We are legion

  36. 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

  37. 37
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    That does appeer to be the case.

  38. 38
    Archer Karcher says:

    Do pay attention. There are socialists in all three main parties and mainly at the very top of them too.

  39. 39

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

  40. 40
    Archer Karcher says:

    Hopefully, an institution in it’s death throes too.

  41. 41
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    Suggest an away day to a swiss clinic for millitwat and his cohorts

  42. 42
    Greece says:

    We’ve decide to join the UK!

  43. 43
    Raving Loon says:

    Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets, Sparkbrook, Luton…

  44. 44


  45. 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.

  46. 46
    Gideon and Dave - Rothschild cocksuckers says:

    Record drop in manufacturing. Just like under Maggie – Yes!!!

  47. 47
    Archer Karcher says:

    That’s a hard thing to do when you are merely following instructions, given you by others.


  48. 48
    smoggie says:

    But nowhere near Callaghan’s record.

  49. 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.

  50. 50

    One way, of course.

  51. 51
    Archer Karcher says:

    “Where are these extra-national regions?”

    In the abolished country of England.

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:


  53. 53
    lord Barnett says:

    Then their debt should be forgiven, just as we forgave Scotchland.

  54. 54
    Can't get the staff. says:

    In all probability these little tax policies were not of his making anyway. No doubt the people who came up with these ideas without fully realising the consequences have been re educated.

  55. 55
    Millie Makintosh says:

    Jockland is a nation. Geordieland is a region.

  56. 56
    Twatson is a fat git says:

    Blo*dy fat rac*.s.t. Diane Abbot. Can’t take a joke, that’s her problem!

  57. 57
    Twatson is a fat git says:

    Twatyson doesn’t pay for his own food anyway – WE DO! The fat git!

  58. 58
    Twatson is a fat git says:

    We are mugs you mean.

  59. 59
    Twatson is a fat git says:

    Shyte holes – all of them, along with S..t..o..k..e.. – utter shyte holes!

  60. 60
    Hiram Q Dingbat says:

    Must be in their mani – oops – personifesto then?

  61. 61
    Pundit Too says:

    It came out from Lord Oakshot this lunchtime on radio 4 World at One that Nick Clegg was the inspirer of at least one of the policies now u-turned. The one mentioned was charities – though pasties also came up.

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