Justice

This is getting embarrassing! I have generally held off using change.org petitions to influence the Labour Party but … needs must.

Re-run the local elections 2018 candidate selection across the Labour Party London Region
Justice

Working Title

Today, I wrote to Labour List and proposed to write an article for them.

I’ll take help on the title but currently working with “Privacy Law, canvassing and registered supporters”

Next year, 28th May, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation comes into force. Among other things it will prohibit the storage and processing of canvass returns without freely given, informed and explicit consent. We will have to prove that consent has been obtained and be able to tell electors everything we know about them.

The simplest answer to these new compliance requirements is to extend the registered supporter arrangement, make it an ongoing contract so that the agreement can include privacy clauses. The ambition would be to extend the scheme to high proportions of our voter base. For this purpose, the fee would need to be low, nearer £3 than £25.

ooOOOoo

I should add that without some form of reform, the retention of the Registered Supporters data in the membership system is in my mind questionably legal, as it breaks the storage limitation principle. When compliance ruled that Registered Supporters could not be invited to member’s meetings, they made the sole purpose of holding the data the leadership election. This purpose was confirmed when the NEC required re-registration of the registered supporters at £25 in 2016; the consequence of such a decision to my mind negated the purpose of the original registrations.

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Distortion

I went to Southwark Momentum meeting yesterday and discovered that Joanna Baxter, a past member candidate for the NEC while Secretary of Camberwell and Peckham established local rules that limit/establish the number of branch delegates to 15.

The problem with limiting the number of Branch delegates is that as the membership grows it cannot be properly represented vs. the privileged membership of the socialist societies, co-ops and trade unions, no doubt including the steel workers. In my CLP, the majority of branches have over 20 delegates.

When I get sometime back in my life I think I shall complain about this; it’s clearly a stichup and distorts the democracy of every meeting in which C&P CLP attend and send GC elected delegates.

Distortion

Truth

A couple of days ago, I posted the critical facts about the Lewisham Deptford CLP AGM. The Left won the majority of branches and all the forums. The incumbent Secretary negotiated changes in the results with two branches and successfully asked region to rule out the largest branch delegation and replace it with the previous years, which would have had an effect of switching 25 votes from left to right. Such a ruling is clearly against the rules.  Additionally there appear to be irregularities in the management and acceptance of affiliates by the officers of the CLP.

Truth

Scope

Labour’s Rules, yes my life is a bit obsessive, has a section called Scope of Rules, Ch 1.X. This states that the Rules apply to all party units, limits the NEC’s powers to vary the rules. They may not vary the aims and objectives, conditions of membership (inc. affiliates), selection procedures, or change the relationship between CLPs and the Party.

It permits local rules, and defines the NEC’s power of interpretation. It does not require the rules to be published to all members. 😣

Scope