#AceNewsReport – Feb.09: Editor says let ‘ members decide ‘ best candidate and stop all this lobbying for votes just to become the leader of the opposition party ..who lost the election because of the lack of unity …..and are heading down the same path again: Senior Labour MP in ‘end of party’ warning
BBC News Report: The Labour party has formally reported members of Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership campaign team to the Information Commissioner, accusing them of hacking into the party’s membership database, the BBC has learned: The allegations were made against two members of Sir Keir’s team – one of them is his compliance official………….They were passed to the Information Commissioner’s Office on Thursday…………Sir Keir and his team have strenuously denied the allegations………..The allegations are serious, and the confrontation has engulfed the campaign in bitter recrimination.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s independent body set up to uphold information rights: Last night the commission simply confirmed it had received a report of a membership database breach, and would make inquiries.
But I understand from multiple sources the Starmer team members were accused of what’s called “data-scraping” – in other words unlawfully hacking information from a membership database capable of helping to target their efforts to drum up support: Late last night, Sir Keir wrote to the party flatly denied any wrongdoing by his team member: He insisted they were investigating a means of penetrating the database – called Dialogue – with no intention to use it.
Supporters of Sir Keir, who currently has the support of twice as many local Labour parties than any other candidate, have suggested they were now victims of a politically motivated effort to damage him and his campaign:
A spokesman for Sir Keir’s campaign said: “We categorically reject these nonsensical allegations and are incredibly disappointed that they have been leaked to the media. We are still awaiting the party’s formal response to the serious concerns we and others had about access to Labour Party membership data.”
Labour said it had written to Sir Keir and his three leadership rivals to “remind them of their obligations under the law and to seek assurances that membership data will not be misused” “The Labour Party takes its legal responsibilities for data protection – and the security and integrity of its data and systems – extremely seriously.”
It emerged last week the rival campaign of Rebecca Long-Bailey had circulated links to volunteers capable of allowing access to the membership database – her team say done innocently: Long-Bailey vows to back workers ‘no questions asked’
Under the party’s leadership rules, any candidate who makes it to the final stage of the contest later this month will be entitled to receive details of party membership and registered supporter lists, containing names, telephone numbers and postal addresses:
Sir Keir, Ms Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy have already qualified after getting sufficient support from trade unions and other bodies affiliated to the party: Emily Thornberry has yet to do so: Who will be Labour’s next leader?
It is understood all the eligible candidates are being required to provide guarantees that the information will be stored securely and processed lawfully before it is given to them.
#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: Feb.09: 2020:
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