Labour concern over leaks
A former Labour Party special adviser has expressed concern that a party staffer is leaking sensitive documents to hostile bloggers.
The right-wing blogger Guido Fawkes last week revealed who had been appointed to the party’s new executive board, days before the official announcement was due.
This afternoon, Guido Fawkes reported that Labour HQ staffers have gone to union arbitrators from the GMB as their dispute over the appointment of the new executive directors continues.
Paul Richards, a former special adviser to Hazel Blears and Patricia Hewitt, told PoliticsHome: “It’s a great shame that someone thinks passing regular updates to Guido Fawkes is the best way of settling disputes.
“I’m a bit exasperated and I expect many Labour Party members will be too. It’s pretty despicable really.”
Earlier today, former Labour Party general secretary Peter Watt was critical of the party's recent restructuring.
He wrote on the LabourUncut blog: “It looks like the leader’s office has taken over the running of the party. It looks like the general secretary’s role is being watered down. And the danger is that when all of this plays out, the role of the NEC in overseeing the good governance of the party is being watered down.”