The trouble with volunteers

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.

6 Responses to The trouble with volunteers

  1. gravedodger says:

    There would be a strong possibility with the complete politicisation (sic) of the public service that the person was a LP activist, with the certainty that anything they do is right and the ends justify the means, Ms Fentons spin is utter BS.

  2. pdm says:

    HP how silly of you – of course Parliamentary Services funds are Labour Party Funds – it is what they do naturally.

  3. Inventory2 says:

    I think that the leak of ONE set of Labour North’s minutes is the least of Labour’s worries today. One can only wonder what tomorrow will bring 🙂

  4. robertguyton says:

    “Whaleoil has come across Labour Party emails”

    Well that’s perfectly legitimate then!
    Reminiscent of the time the young tape-recording activist ‘came across conversations’ at a cocktail party where Bill, John, Nick and Lockwood were spilling their guts.
    What merry comments that provoked from the tolerant and fair Right-wing commentariat.

  5. Inventory2 says:

    Ever so slight difference was that said activist (a Green Party supporter, from memory) went to said cocktail party with the intent of making secret recordings. Slater has stated that the information that he has stumbled across was NOT illegally obtained.

    It’s nice to see you running Labour Party lines for them though Robert 😉

  6. robertguyton says:

    “Slater has stated that the information he has stumbled across was NOT illegally obtained.”

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !

    Inv!

    You wag!

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