Labour initially suspended a party member and denied her a vote in the leadership election because she swore at U.S. rapper Azealia Banks for making a racist comment.
See update at the end of this post.
Amandeep Gill told Political Scrapbook she got the letter today, a week after she told a canvasser for Owen Smith’s campaign she was leaning towards voting for Jeremy Corbyn.
The letter from Labour general secretary Iain McNicol (below) states that Ms Gill, who works in organising live events in London, was being suspended for:
Comments you made on social media including on 11th May 2016.
The letter gives no further detail.
Ms Gill told Political Scrapbook the only comment she could find on her Facebook account on that date was one on U.S. rapper Azealia Banks.
The post had nothing to do with the Labour party, though it did include swearing.
She sent us a screenshot of the Facebook post. In it, she said:
I don’t use this word often, but feel like its apt now. Azealia Banks, you are a c**t and a racist piece of s**t! From a #Curryscentedbitch
(Apologies for the language)
She made the same comment on Twitter on that date.
In an email to Political Scrapbook today, Ms Gill said
Apologies for the language, I genuinely never use that word, but this was something that got me very angry!
With 5 days to go before the polls closed, I haven’t had a response to my reply to the letter and suspect I won’t get one until after the polls close.
She also said she had got a call from a canvasser for Owen Smith’s team last week, and told them that she had been planning to vote for Corbyn, but hadn’t gotten her ballot yet.
She was assured that she would get her vote soon. Instead, she got the letter suspending her from the party.
A spokesperson for the Labour party told the Mirror earlier on the same issue
It is also vital to this process that those applying for a vote as a supporter, who have been abusive on social media, or there is evidence to suggest they do not share the Labour Party ’s aims and values, lose that vote.
If merely swearing in general is enough grounds for suspension, it would wipe out more than half the membership
UPDATE: Amandeep got in touch to say she has received a letter from Labour saying her membership has been reinstated fully.
This was the suspension lettern in full