Dear Iain McNicol -Labour Leadership Vote – What a Farce
This is the letter I sent to Iain McNicol this morning as I too have received my email denying me my vote!
Dear Iain McNicol
As a previous Labour Member who didn’t renew my membership due to concerns with actions by my local Labour Party and what I perceived as a lack of opposition from the Parliamentary group, I maintained my belief in Labour’s aims and values.
Given this I willingly paid my £3.00, which I can ill afford as a disabled benefit recipient, to become an Affiliated Supporter and vote for my preferred candidate in the Leadershipreceiving my electronic ballot paper I immediately duly voted but today I received an email informing me my vote will not be counted?
The email states “We have reason to believe that you do not support the aims and values of the Labour Party or you are a supporter of an organisation opposed to the Labour Party and therefore we are rejecting your application.” I refute this supposition completely, and as a lifelong Labour supporter ask you give me your “reasons” by return. Given the deadline for voting, this request is of the utmost urgency.
This is addressed to you as the promoter of the Leadership race and request you give this your urgent attention
In anticipation of a speedy response
I had to send this to Liz Kendall as my MP with the request – please forward this to Iain McNicol who has no email
The Type of thing that Jayne Linner wrote that criticised the Labour Party that was supposed to support and protect her and others was this as in March 2014.
As anyone who reads my blog will know I’m a lifelong socialist, which so far in my life has meant being a Labour supporter; and like many others over the past decade this has become more difficult.
For me being a socialist means giving a damn about people – especially those that need support; and this was the case long before I became benefit dependent, so yesterday’s Commons voted on a Benefit Cap, was for me the last straw, to use an old adage.
I a LIVID, I feel betrayed and I want Labour to know it; my twitter friend @juxtaposed summed my feelings up beautifully with “Oh Labour” and specifically one line “What’s the point of you if all you’ve got To offer is that Labour will be tougher?”; this is exactly what I’ve been asking as many Labour MPs I can, generally to no avail.
In a nutshell, what this means to me is a lose of choice, who can I vote for next year – the Toxic Tories and The Ludicrous LibDems do not count for me any more than UKIP or any other Right wing Party but…if Labour are planning to carry on with the exploitive and discriminatory policies introduced by the Coalition, then I’m truly stuck without a real option.
What I can do is continue to contact as many Labour MPs and give them real reasons why this is not good enough; if only in the hope that the honourable 22 who voted against the Cap last night can use this to persuade more to join them.
To the NOES – THANK YOU