Labour leadership launches data clampdown amid rising panic over splinter group

The Labour leadership has taken the decision to strip all of the party's regional staff of any access to membership and electoral registration data.

The Labour leadership has taken the decision to strip all of the party’s regional staff of any access to membership and electoral registration data.

The decision to cripple the staff’s ability to actually do their job – of winning elections – seems to be about ensuring that only the leadership and their acolytes have any access to information that might be useful in winning the selection in the eight seats that suddenly find themselves without a Labour MP. Attempting to access data returns the message that the party’s online tools are “offline for maintenance”.

An email sent to all Labour MPs this afternoon from general secretary Jennie Formby says “the Party has become aware of a number of attempts to access personal data held on the Party’s system by individuals who are not, or are no longer, authorised to do so”.

One moderate Labour MP said: “It’s not even party over national interest any more. It’s faction above all.”

It appears that panic in the Corbyn nether-world at the challenge from the Independent Group is apparently rising – with supporters varying between calling them a Jewish plot, an American project or a pro-privatisation rump.

A willingness to examine why the party is falling apart in Parliament and what has to be done to stop it is still missing though.

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