An email I sent to Iain McNicol, general secretary of the Labour Party, after today’s meeting of Brighton Pavilion Labour Party
Below is the full text of an email I sent to Iain McNicol, general secretary of the Labour Party.
I hope it is self-explanatory — apart from the reference to Mr Gregson’s role in suppressing complaints about my alleged behaviour that he received from Councillor Caroline Penn, a Labour councillor who has repeatedly libelled me online and who has been required to delete 27 of the most libellous tweets . Because of my exposure of the lies of Councillor Warren Morgan, leader of the Labour Group on Brighton and Hove City Council, I expect to be expelled from the Labour Party within the next three months.
I am making a formal complaint about the behaviour today (Saturday, February 4) of Harry Gregson, regional organiser (copied-in), when I arrived to pick up my wife — acting chair and a CLP delegate of Patcham Branch Labour Party (copied-in) — in the closing seconds of the initial general meeting of Brighton Pavilion Constituency Labour Party.
While standing in the public cafe of a public building (the Brighthelm Centre), Mr Gregson approached me, without introducing himself, and said — within hearing of several fellow party members — that it was “inappropriate” of me (as a suspended party member) to be in a public area “for safeguarding reasons”. He made clear he wanted me to leave.
This caused me, my wife, and several friends considerable distress and upset. For which I would like a public apology. (If it helps, photographs, video and sound of the incident can be provided. (See attached image of Mr Gregson with fellow party member Aidan Pettitt, copied-in).
I have met Mr Gregson only once (in June 2015, when he investigated the complaint of his then-superior, Malcolm Powers); his complaint, the NEC decided, did not merit investigation, and Mr Powers left his job shortly afterwards. Louise Magee (copied-in) replaced him.
Separately, I have evidence that Councillor Caroline Penn, a Labour councillor has repeatedly complained to Mr Gregson about my alleged behaviour several times in the immediate aftermath after I was elected secretary of Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party on July 9 2016. This makes me suspect that Mr Gregson’s approach was prejudiced.
Puzzlingly, the allegations by Cllr Penn were never raised with me by Mr Gregson; indeed, email communications between Mr Gregson and Cllr Penn about these (false) allegations were among several documents that were not included in response by the Labour Party to a Subject Access Request I made late last year.
I am confident, however, all these issues can be addressed in the investigation I am sure you will want to undertake.
(Suspended) Chair of Patcham Branch Labour Party