Whaleoil has come across Labour Party emails, financial details, party planning information and membership data among which is the minutes of a meeting of Labour North which say:
The meeting was reminded of the successes and achievements of the LN collective – in fundraising and public meetings. The role of the office and MP were clarified, noting these add value to the collective, and to use Parliamentary services for best outcome for the LP.
The Herald On Sunday asked MP Darien Fenton, who was at the meeting about this:
She said minutes of meetings were taken by volunteers and could contain errors.
However, she conceded that there had been pressure to use the Parliamentary staff member for party business.
“It has been an area of tension. It is an ongoing discussion with them about how we protect the role of the staff member and the MP. . .”
The trouble with volunteers is that they do sometimes get carried away with their enthusiasm and they might make errors.
However, MPs should be very well aware of the very clear division between what Parliamentary Services staff and funds do on behalf of constituents and what a party and its members do for political ends.
An MP who was taking part in campaign discussions should have left the meeting and the minute taker in no doubt at all that Parliamentary Services had absolutely no role in any outcomes for the Labour Party.