Katherine Buckingham, then Labour Party head of disputes, quoted in the #LabourLeaks report (whose contents triggered the Forde Inquiry)

My article in the July issue of Labour Briefing

Below is an article I wrote for the latest issue of the ever-excellent Labour Briefing (July 2021).

Since I wrote it — and in response to a similar article by investigative journalist Asa Winstanley — the Labour Party has made a bizarre attempt to stifle free speech with an unprecedented attack on journalism. Tony Greenstein, a pro-Palestine activist, has also written about the subject here.

An article by The Skwawkbox can be read here.

If ever there was a perfect case-study of the institutional failures of Labour Party democracy, it is difficult to look beyond the machinations of Hove Constituency…


The January 2021 issue of Labour Briefing

Below is an article I have written for the January 2021 issue of the ever-excellent Labour Briefing. Please subscribe to — and support — a remarkable must-read publication.

With Brexit done and Covid vaccines on the way, the current Labour Party leadership can get on with what it does best: stifling democracy, suffocating socialism, and suspending activists.

Even in these uncertain times, members can count on Sir Keir Starmer to continue apace with an aggressive remodelling of the party, its policies, and its processes.

To the surprise of none of us, the lightweight report of the Equalities and Human Rights…


Sir Keir Starmer held his first meeting as leader with members of the Jewish Labour Movement on Monday, May 18 2020

New evidence about events of Monday, May 18 has provided a shocking insight into how Sir Keir Starmer and senior Labour Party officials deliberately used the “anti-Semitism” crisis as a pretext to vilify and then expel a leading pro-Corbyn activist in Brighton and Hove.

It was on that Monday morning, barely a month into his time as party leader, that Sir Keir — along with his chief of staff, Morgan McSweeney — held his first meeting with the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM).

With David Evans still to be named as the party’s new general secretary, it is ironic that everyone…


Acknowledgement of my complaint to the ICO

Below is the text of my latest complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) about the Labour Party’s chronic failure to respond to Subject Access Requests (SARs). It is my fourth SAR to the Labour Party in four years and follows my third suspension by the party.

SAR 1 — Made August 12 2016; apology for delay on September 22; fulfilled on October 11; SAR 2 — Made April 6 2017; apology for delay on June 7; fulfilled on August 4; SAR 3 — Made December 8 2017; never fulfilled; SAR 4 — Made July 21 2020; not yet fulfilled.


There are countless individual examples of how the level of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party has been dramatically overstated because of false allegations — erroneous, imagined, or fabricated — made for political reasons by opponents inside and outside the party.

Becky Massey’s experience — the result of a handful of tweets — is far from unique.


There are countless individual examples of how the level of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party has been dramatically overstated because of false allegations — erroneous, imagined, or fabricated — made for for political reasons by opponents inside and outside the party.

Becky Massey’s experience — as recently-released emails reveal — is far from unique.

Becky Massey was expelled on June 2 2020— without a hearing — for a single tweet posted, nearly seven months earlier, on November 8 2019:

The single tweet that resulted in Ms Massey’s expulsion

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Becky Massey faced no sanction beyond a letter on February 8 2017 from Sam Matthews, head of disputes, after the…


Below is an article I have written for the September 2020 issue of the ever-excellent Labour Briefing.

Please subscribe to — and support — a remarkable must-read publication.

Josef K was arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his alleged crime revealed neither to him nor to those who knew him. He was told to await instructions from a shadowy committee about which he knew little or nothing.


As as service to fellow members, I quote here from a recent email from the Labour Party to Constituency Labour Parties that lists what none of us is allowed to discuss. I hope this helps!

Panorama settlement

The Labour Party recently agreed a settlement with seven former members of staff who appeared on an edition of the BBC’s Panorama programme, as well as with the journalist who hosted that programme. Those settlements included an unreserved apology and a withdrawal of the allegations previously made by the Party about those individuals. The withdrawal and apology are binding on the Party and…


Below is an email I sent today (Tuesday, June 30) to David Evans, general secretary of the Labour Party, following Warren Morgan’s attempts to rejoin our party.

Dear Mr Evans,

I am a member in good standing of Brighton Pavilion Constituency Labour Party (L0091688).

I am pleased to understand that an application by Warren Morgan to join our party — Ref A712050 — has been rejected “without appeal”, following representations by the chair of Brighton Kemptown CLP and by Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown.

I see, however, that Mr Morgan is trying to garner support from party members…

Greg Hadfield

Pro-Corbyn. Elected secretary of Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party; votes annulled by NEC; suspended Oct 2016; re-instated Feb 2019. Ex-Fleet Street.

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