Newbury Labour Party
Newbury Labour Party

Dear Chairs and Secretaries

We know that many of you have been in touch with Party staff in the regions and nationally expressing concerns with both the leaked document and its contents, and that many members will also have contacted you.

Please be aware that the party have condemned the leaking of the report, as with all leaks this damages our party and is unfair on staff who do not have the right to reply.

As soon as the Party was made aware of this leak, an internal investigation was immediately instigated and the ICO has been informed. In addition, the Leader and Deputy Leader have announced that in conjunction with our NEC they will be commissioning an independent investigation, this investigation will look at:

1) The background and circumstances in which the report was commissioned and the process involved.

2) The contents and wider culture and practices referred to in the report.

3) The circumstances in which the report was put into the public domain.

We are confident that the investigation will demonstrate that the overwhelming majority of members and staff work tirelessly for the good of the Labour Party but clearly it is essential to conduct a full and independent investigation.

As mentioned in the guidance issued to all CLP Secretaries, we are currently not holding any meetings within the Party whilst the Covid-19 lockdown remains in place. Executive Committees may organise informal meetings with members via telephone or video conferencing, however these calls will not have the status of a General Meeting. Therefore CLPs are not able to pass motions while these restrictions remain in place.

Any CLP in receipt of a copy of the report or its contents MUST NOT share or distribute that material in any way, including on social media. Any individual who shares or distributes the report or its contents on an unauthorised basis will be immediately exposing themselves to potential significant civil and criminal liability.

It would be inappropriate to say more whilst these investigations are ongoing so thank you for your understanding and patience.

Kind regards,

Jennie Formby

General Secretary

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