Challenge to Labours lack of fair procedures and natural justice

by Friends and supporters of Pamela Fitzpatrick

Challenge to Labours lack of fair procedures and natural justice

by Friends and supporters of Pamela Fitzpatrick
Friends and supporters of Pamela Fitzpatrick
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We are friends and supporters of Pamela who are concerned at the unfairness, factionalism and use of retrospectively in Labours disciplinary process. All sadly confirmed by the Forde report.
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Latest: Jan. 28, 2023

A brief update from Pamela Fitzpatrick

I am writing to thank you all for your very generous  contributions to this fighting fund and to provide a brief update. I instructed Bindman‘s Solicitors in October last year to advise on…

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Pamela Fitzpatrick was a long standing member of the Labour Party,  Labour Councillor for 8 years and was the Unite backed Parliamentary candidate in Harrow East in 2019. She has worked in the voluntary sector for over 30 years, set up a legal advice centre in Harrow in 2010 and has been an active trade Union member for 40 years. She is caught up in the injustice of Labours retrospectively applied disciplinary process.  

In 2015 she was one of 4 people who set up Harrow for Corbyn.  From that point onwards she has been subjected to abuse and harassment, vexatious complaints and defamation.  Her family have also been targeted.  

In 2018 one of the men responsible for her harassment was suspended from the party due to those allegations of harassment of Pamela and by numerous other people. In July 2021 Pamela was notified by the Governance and Legal Unit that the case against the man in question was to be heard by a panel. She was invited to give evidence to the panel as a victim. It had taken the party some 3 years to deal with issues of serious and sustained abuse  

However, in August 2021 Pamela was told that she was now under investigation for being a member of Socialist Appeal. The sole reason given for this assertion was that she had given an interview to Socialist Appeal in May 2020 on why she was applying to be the General Secretary of the Labour Party. As a councillor, active trade unionist and Director of a legal advice centre Pamela has given interviews to numerous organisations.  The NEC had only proscribed Socialist Appeal in July 2021, at the same time that Pamela‘s complaint of harassment was due to be heard. This was nearly two years after Pamela had given the interview to Socialist Appeal. Pamela is not and never has been a member of socialist appeal and has told the party so. But nonetheless the Labour Party applied the rule retrospectively and expelled Pamela on 19th November 2021. The party took just 3 months to expel Pamela, in sharp contrast to 3 years it took to have a hearing about the abuse she was subjected to.

She was given no hearing and no knowledge as to who was on the panel, what the legal advice was or whether it was a unanimous decision.   She has now been waiting for an appeal hearing for almost a year  She has made subject access requests which have been ignored.  She has sent emails to the party asking for an update on her case but has received no reply or even acknowledgement.   Meanwhile the man accused of abusing and harassing Pamela and many others have been welcomed back into the party  

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Pamela is but one of many who has been treated in this way.   Our goal is to ensure that there are genuinely fair and transparent disciplinary procedures in the Labour Party which cannot be used in a factional way nor as a tool to harass, bully and intimidate members. We are seeking an end to the growing use of defamation to smear members which most members do not have the resources to defend themselves against. No one in the Labour Party should be engaging in such practices with impunity.

What is the next step in the case? - At this first stage we are simply seeking an appeal hearing in Pamela’s case that is conducted in a fair, impartial and transparent way.  We will also be looking at all legal avenues to achieve our goal  

How much we are raising and why? - Initially we need to raise £5000 to pay for legal advice and representation.

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Update 1

Friends and supporters of Pamela Fitzpatrick

Jan. 28, 2023

A brief update from Pamela Fitzpatrick

I am writing to thank you all for your very generous  contributions to this fighting fund and to provide a brief update. I instructed Bindman‘s Solicitors in October last year to advise on the merits of a legal challenge to the Labour Party. Any legal challenge usually  requires all internal appeal processes to be exhausted before going to litigation so it is likely to be a long process.

As you may recall I am a long standing member of the Labour Party who was expelled in November 2021 for being a ‘supporter’ of the socialist organisation Socialist Appeal.  The sole grounds for this was that I had given an interview to Socialist Appeal in May 2020 as to why I had stood to be the General Secretary of the Labour Party.  The Labour Party subsequently introduced a rule over a year later proscribing Socialist Appeal and applied their new rule retrospectively to me. The hearing to expel me took place in my absence and no meaningful consideration appears to have been given to any of the representations I made.   I appealed against the expulsion over a year ago but no appeal has yet taken place.  I have emailed a number of times for an update but have received no response or acknowledgement. 

The conduct of the Labour Party breaches all established principles of fairness and natural justice.  It is also appears to be unprofessional and incompetent. For a party that says it is ready for Government and which will have responsibility for courts and tribunals the inability to provide a fair, transparent and professional appeals process internally should be a concern to us all.

Bindman‘s has sought Cousel’s opinion  and we should have a further update very shortly.

Finally, since I announced that I was taking legal action against the Labour Party There have been a number of incidents at my home which the police are now investigating as cases of harassment and criminal damage.

With very best wishes to you all

In solidarity 

Pamela

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